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The losses are eating away at Sam Gagner and his busted jaw and the taste is far from being a juicy tenderloin. It’s more like a five-day old egg sandwich instead.
He’s been back two games and being a part of 4-0 and 5-0 Edmonton Oilers’ drubbings at Rexall Place at the hands of Toronto and Detroit sting a whole lot worse than his own personal numbers, which are certainly uneven (no points, minus-4, 20:08 average ice-time and 14 wins, 15 losses in the faceoff circle). Gagner knows he’ll get going as he takes Mark Arcobello’s spot on the second line, but will the team he’s played for for seven years do the same?
Gagner’s stats need buffing — especially the plus/minus — but what about the Oilers as a group, with the first game of a four-game road trek against the Florida Panthers up next on Tuesday?
When asked if this is as frustrated as he’s been since joining the team in 2007, Gagner doesn’t stickhandle.
“Yeah,” he said. “We’ve put ourselves here ... you want to be known as a
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The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Linus Omark from the Oklahoma City Barons according to the team’s official Twitter account.
Omark has been lighting it up in the AHL so far this season with a team best 8 goals and 12 points in 12 games for the Barons. Three of his eight goals have come on the power play which, at this point having Omark join the Oilers man advantage...
The Edmonton Oilers (3-10-2) and the Florida Panthers (3-8-3) came into the game tonight, both losing the past five games. At least coming into this game, one team would be able to end their losing streak.
All four goals from the Edmonton Oilers were the first of such this season by each player; Philip Larsen, Mark Arcobello (2 goals), Taylor Fedun.
Philip Larsen’s first goal of...
The Edmonton Oilers got some good news. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk and forward Ryan Smyth returned to the lineup in Tuesday night’s game, as per Derek van Diest of the Edmonton Sun. The team hopes this can bring some sort of spark as they are 0-4-1 in their last five games.
Dubnyk returns after missing a few games with an ankle injury. He’s had a difficult start to the season however...
Linus Omark has made a return to the NHL by way of a callup to the Oilers from the Oklahoma City Barons. The diminutive but tenacious forward has been the Baronsâ most dynamic player thus far this season with 12 points in 12 games, 8 of which being goals. Edmonton has been down their entire LW group for some time already so the choice to recall him now after theyâve...
Buttery soft. Thatâs the most appropriate way to describe these Edmonton Oilers. They come the same way I prefer my Orange juice, with no pulp. Thereâs just nothing there. Whether itâs their shattered psyche or simply their internal makeup, the vast majority of Oiler players lack the fire and courage it takes to engage physically in the NHL.
The coach has already...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It is a grim thing how the Oilers’ season had gone off the rails, and hard to see any solutions on the horizon, even with Taylor Hall returning to the lineup from injury, possibly towards the end of the week.
The Oilers’ defence is leaky, their offence has ground to a halt and the goaltending remains largely mediocre. The confidence...
Take this for what you will. The New York Post's Larry Brooks suggests that the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers may be pursuing a trade because the Rangers have come up short on offense minus the concussed Rick Nash:
The Oilers dispatched a scouting expedition featuring their president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, general manager Craig MacTavish and special adviser...
Don’t expect Nail Yakupov to arrive on Broadway
As often happens in the Twitterverse and blogosphere, a pretty harmless tweet set off a frenzy among Rangers fans over the last 36 hours.
A few writers noted that Edmonton president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, GM Craig MacTavish and special adviser Mark Messier(!) were in attendance for New York’s 2-1 loss to the Ducks on Monday...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
MacTavish won’t trade his big guns–Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Jordan Eberle–but the door might be slightly ajar for Yakupov who is having a miserable second NHL season after a fine 17-goal rookie year. But Hemsky is almost surely being shopped by the 3-10-2 Oilers who need to get bigger and better defensively, and certainly...
The Edmonton Oilers will be all over Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller this summer, when he’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, if Devan Dubnyk (also unrestricted) doesn’t pan out as their No. 1. The Ducks are loaded in goal with Viktor Fasth, Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, the AHL’s Player of the Month. Hiller, 31, will be the Swiss Olympic goalie.
The Edmonton Oilers had a contingent of team president Kevin Lowe, general manager Craig MacTavish and special advisor Mark Messier at Madison Square Garden for Monday night's Rangers game against the Anaheim Ducks, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
With the Oilers mired in last place in the Western Conference, the team could be looking to make some deals.
Why stop at one?
Edmonton Oilers forward Mark Arcobello scored the first two goals of his National Hockey League career Tuesday night in Florida, his second coming in overtime as the Oilers beat the host Panthers 4-3.
No. 2 came a little less than two minutes into the extra frame – on a rare OT power play. Arcobello fired a 25-footer past Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom for the...
An utterly pathetic display devoid of even a shred of pride, professionalism or intestinal fortitude. â Robin Brownlee
That was Brownleeâs assessment of the Edmonton Oilers after Saturday nightâs 5-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, and itâs hard to argue. It was one of the most memorably ugly losses during a seven-year stretch that has been...
Frustration is growing for the Edmonton Oilers, and the same could be said of the Florida Panthers.
One of them should feel somewhat better Tuesday night as these teams attempt to end their respective five-game losing streaks.
It's still early but Edmonton (3-10-2) and Florida (3-8-3) are among the worst teams in the NHL, and those struggles appear to be wearing on them.
Former Edmonton Oilers winger Tony Salmelainen has announced his retirement at the age of 32 due to a previous neck injury. Salmelaninen was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers as their second-round pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. After two seasons with Ilves in Finland, Salmelainen moved to North America, where he spent three years with the Edmonton Oilers [...]