Found December 27, 2011 on Lowetide:
As the reality of another lost season grips fans of the Edmonton Oilers, the time has come to talk of "next year": the draft, the men who offer hope and finally a defensive pairing worthy of the Oildrop. I've long since given up on hoping for some kind of grand intervention by Oilers management for this season. Ryan Whitney's in real trouble, things are unlikely to end well. Alex Plante made "face plante" an unpleasant headline and Corey Potter is doing his best to show you why he was in the minors all those years. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Ladislav Smid and Tom Gilbert (courtesy behind the net)QUAL COMPCORSI RELGilbert's signed through 2014, Smid is free a year earlier. When we get around to talking about next season--and I think we're there--Tom Gilbert and Ladislav Smid are actual NHL players. That's two.

More Pain for Ryan Whitney

It has been over a year since Ryan Whitney’s ankle surgery, but the Oilers defenceman is still not completely recovered. Whitney suffered a broken ankle in a game on December 28th, 2010. After a successful surgery to repair the ankle, and a very long offseason Whitney returned to the Oilers lineup but he hasn’t looked like himself. Yesterday, Whitney spoke to the Edmonton media...

Rangers in the Mix for Hemsky

Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Journal says that the Rangers are one of a handful of teams that are in the mix for the Oilers' Ales Hemsky.Hemsky who has struggled offensively this year has just 3g, 8a on the season. Hemsky's career high is 23g during the 2008-09 season.Hemsky is in the final year of his contract that pays him $4.1 million this season....the Rangers are already...

G35 Oilers at Canucks & WJ Day One

The Oilers have faded in the NW standings, but remain one of three teams with a positive goal differential. A closer look reveals a lot of what the Oilers are about is the powerplay. Oilers 11-12 are 59-65 at even strength, 28-23 on the PP and 4-3 on the PK. The powerplay has been outstanding at home--19 goals leads the league and the 24.4 home percentage is 2nd in the entire league...

Weise hit on Plante - no suspension.

This is the hit that Vancouver forward Dale Weise put on Edmonton defenseman Alex Plante. The NHL has ruled that this was a shoulder to shoulder hit, and I concur. The head coach of the Edmonton Oilers Tom Renney wasn't very pleased with the hit and said that a suspension might be in order. Asked about the hit by Vancouver forward Dale Weise on Edmonton d-man Alex Plante in...

Video- What Do You Think Of The Dale Weise Hit?

Weise received 5 for charging and a game misconduct. from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey, Asked about the hit by Vancouver forward Dale Weise on Edmonton d-man Alex Plante in Monday night’s game, Edmonton Oilers head coach Tom Renney suggested a suspension might be in order. “Pretty tough hit. Maybe a little sabbatical,” Renney said. “He came pretty hard. He had a...

Oilers expected to be without D Whitney, RW Hemsky

The Edmonton Oilers are expected to be without defenseman Ryan Whitney and right wing Ales Hemsky for Monday's game against Vancouver. Whitney has been ruled out due to tendinitis in his ankle. Hemsky is expected to sit out his second straight game due to dizzyness as a result of sinus problems.

Richard Cloutier: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - Oilers Stink Edition

You want random thoughts? You've got'em. - I keep reading all these Ales Hemsky trade rumors on various web sites. Stop it, all of you! Seriously. The Oilers aren't talking to anyone right now. Not with respect to Hemsky or anyone else. The Oilers won't be making trades in the immediate future. See, it's like this: Hemsky is damaged goods. The Oilers could...

High Praise For Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

from Doug McIntyre of ESPN The Magazine, An elusive, skinny lefthanded playmaker taking Edmonton by storm? Comparisons to Wayne Gretzky seem inevitable, but Nugent-Hopkins’ coach in Red Deer sees a different parallel. “I played with Pavel Datsyuk,” says Jesse Wallin, referring to the Red Wings’ three-time All-Star. “That’s really who Hoppy reminds me of. He’s so strong...

Oilers C Nugent-Hopkins eyes 'home' game vs. Canucks

Edmonton Oilers rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins loves being at home on the road. On Monday, the top overall pick of the 2011 draft will play a "home" game when the Oilers visit the Vancouver Canucks. Nugent-Hopkins returned home to Burnaby (British Columbia) for Christmas and plans to drive to the rink for the game. "Pretty nice, very convenient (schedule-making), I...

I-35 Update

The OKC Barons lost last night, but there is good news on the pro prospect front. Last night in the middle of the first period, two young Barons rang shots off the post. Magnus Paajarvi--in OKC to find his confidence and some swagger--hit iron and then Teemu Hartikainen--back after missing 10 games--did the same. "We had great chances, it's just one of those things that...

Oilers Continue to Slide

Oilers lose 5 - 3 to Canucks While I was enjoying the 2012 IIHF World Juniors tournament in Calgary, the Edmonton Oilers were struggling with their first game of their World Juniors road trip. The first stop was Vancouver, another difficult divisional rival game that on paper the Oilers had lost before the game even began. Continue reading "Oilers Continue to Slide"

Oilers recall Plante

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have recalled defenceman Alex Plante  from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Plante, 22, has played in 28 games this season for the Barons recording...

No Suspension for Canucks’ Dale Weise

According to Jim Jamieson of the province, there will be no suspension or fine for Vancouver Canuck Dale Weise following his hit on Edmonton Oilers defenceman Alex Plante on Monday night. NHL VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan looked at the video of the hit but opted not to hold a hearing with Weise, so there will not be a suspension. It’s still possible Weise could be fined...

Oilers recall Teubert

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have recalled defenceman Colten Teubert from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Teubert, 21, has played in 17 games with the Barons this season, recording...

Edmonton Oilers (15-16-3) at Vancouver Canucks (21-11-2), 10 p.m. (ET)

While it will be over two weeks until the Oilers next play in Edmonton, at least one skater will feel at home in tonight's road matchup in Vancouver.
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