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To the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism of which I’m an occasional member this makes no sense.
The Edmonton Oilers have gone from 33-to-1 on June 25 to 25-to-1 on Sept. 1 to 20-to-1 to win the Stanley Cup on bodog.ca the eve of the NHL season.
The Oilers will start the season with a 37-year-old who looked like he was pretty much done last year playing on the first line. They have another guy on the first line who they tried to trade without any takers. And they have a 21-year-old trying to transition from left wing to centre playing between them.
Their top two centres are injured. And they’re using up roster spots for heavyweights and middleweights like a modern-age gathering of Ogie Oglethorpe Tim ‘Dr Hook’ McCracken Clarence ‘Screaming Buffalo’ Swampton and the Hanson Brothers.
Then there’s the goaltending. Despite Devan Dubnyk’s numbers being more than decent playing behind a decidedly indecent defence the jury still seems to be out on him.
But undecided as the hockey world se...
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The Edmonton Oilers, who previously named Andrew Ference as their captain, has announced today via Twitter that they have named six players as alternate captains for the upcoming season. For those of you who are wondering, this is not a typo. The alternate captains are Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nick Schultz, and Ryan Smyth.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was...
The Edmonton Oilers are heading into the season with a lot of familiar faces.
Yet it's the new guys who may make the difference between a playoff berth and another early golf season.
General manager Craig MacTavish went about trying to supplement his roster this off-season looking to provide support to his young up-and-coming stars.
He gained secondary scoring by trading for...
Taylor Hall has the makings of an NHL captain.
But it’s not going to happen yet.
On Sunday Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins announced Andrew Ference as the 14th captain in franchise history succeeding Shawn Horcoff.
Hall was considered to be among those in the running for the role.
“I think it’s great. He has a lot of experience in winning and that’s important...
EDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers chose defenseman Andrew Ference their new team captain on Sunday, making him the 14th in franchise history. The 34-year-old Ference is entering his 14th NHL season and his first with the Oilers. Drafted in the eighth round of the 1997 draft, Ference has 37 goals, 156 assists and 645 penalty minutes in 760 career games. The Edmonton native...
Jesse Joensuu was happy with the effort but disappointed in the loss.
The Edmonton Oilers winger had an impressive debut for his new team scoring a goal in a 5-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
“It’s tough to lose” Joensuu said. “I’m happy that I played but it’s tough to lose it’s really frustrating.”
Joensuu was one of the Oilers’ better forwards on the night playing...
photo via www.stamfordadvocate.comWhen Andrew Ference left the Bruins this offseason for the Edmonton Oilers, it was bitter sweet for him. He left a city where he was not only a fan favorite on the ice, but also off the ice, oftentimes seen riding his bike to Bruins practices, games, and always getting involved in the community. But he left for his hometown Oilers, a team he grew...
First-year head coach Dallas Eakins trots through life to his own double-time cadence and carrying his own clean slate which is precisely how the Oilers want it.
This being Edmonton a sort of hockey Brigadoon where the 1980s glory days live forever Oilers Standard Time can take over which is understandable.
On Monday for example while the all-business Eakins put his club through...
Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner won’t be eating solid food any time soon with one plate and six screws holding his broken jaw together but he’s able to talk.
“I only lost four teeth ... they were able to save some” Gagner said 10 days after taking a stick in the mouth from Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian. The National Hockey League slapped Kassian with a five-game...
The Edmonton Oilers have named six alternate captains two days after naming Andrew Ference to the top job.
The alternates are:
Dallas Eakins made his NHL head coaching debut on Tuesday when his Edmonton Oilers opened their regular season schedule against the Winnipeg Jets.
However, you could argue that the lasting image of this game won’t be the score, it will be tie that Eakins decided to wear.
The 46-year-old’s tie featured a cast of different jungle animals, and it reminds us of something that would...
Right off the bat, I admit that it would be hypocritical of me to blame the Edmonton Oilers for their lack of finish. Itâs an ailment that Iâve experienced several times throughout my life. Rollerblades make their way out of the closet a couple times a year, but I skate like Alexei Semenovâ¦ after heâs downed a fifth of scotch and three bottles of Nyquil. Books...
"In professional sports, winning is the bottom line â¦ This isn't about winning one game or one season. We're going to bring this organization back so that we're in the mix to win every single year."
Of all the quotes that made their way through the Edmonton Oilers organization this summer, that was the one that stands head and shoulders above the rest...
Gene Principe of Sportsnet and Dallas Eakins hit the streets of Edmonton on bikes to talk hockey and the Hockey Central panel discusses the 213-14 Edmonton Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets own the NHL's two longest active postseason droughts.
They hope their first seasons in different divisions will help bring them better fortune.
Edmonton hosts Winnipeg on Tuesday night in both clubs' openers.
The Oilers have suffered through a seven-year playoff drought - the longest in the league - after losing Game 7 of the 2006...
In the season preview, we could’ve expected both teams to be fun to watch and score a lot of goals, that’s what we saw tonight in Edmonton. The Oilers were without C’s Sam Gagner, and star franchise forward Ryan Nugent Hopkins. So in a de-facto sort of way, Taylor Hall had to be 1st line […]