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The Edmonton Oilers have been stuck in rebuilding mode for some time, but the hope this season is that this youthful bunch - laced with first-round picks - returns to a place this franchise used to dominate.
Indeed, the Oilers - a once-dynastic franchise - has not qualified for the playoffs in seven straight seasons. But there is a benefit to Edmonton's on-ice failings: The Oilers have been able to stockpile high-end talent in defenseman Justin Schultz and forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.
Many inside and outside the organization believe Edmonton's collection of talent will eventually lead the Oilers back to a Stanley Cup, which would be their sixth. For now, though, a playoff berth would do just fine.
Edmonton opens against Winnipeg on Oct. 1.
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Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner will miss the start of the regular season with a broken jaw.
Gagner was hurt in Edmonton's 5-2 exhibition win over the Canucks on Saturday.
Gagner collided on the side boards with Vancouver's Zack Kassian, and Kassian's stick knocked out some of Gagner's teeth.
Kassian received a four-minute penalty on the play.
The team says...
Over the last week I've taken a look at who will be the Oilers fourth line centre and which players are likely to grab the last couple of spots on defence. I find it a little strange that there are so few jobs up for grabs on a team that honestly wasn't very good last season but for better or worse that's the way it is. Looking at the tweets and some of the stories coming...
The first rule of early pre-season games is just like the first rule of Fight Club: You don’t talk about early pre-season games.
After all how much can you read into exhibition scrimmages involving line-ups that are one-third wide eyed juniors one-third AHLers and one third NHLers trying not to get hurt?
Lots of guys look good in the first 10 days of an NHL training camp....
The Edmonton Oilers were already on the lookout for an enforcer to beef up their team a hunt that only seemed to intensify when Sam Gagner suffered a broken jaw on Saturday at the hands stick of Zack Kassian.
They found their man on Monday in the form of a waiver claim from the Penguins. Former Oiler Steve MacIntyre is headed back to Edmonton.
It's not every day that a waiver...
During his sterling stint with the Windsor Spitfires Taylor Hall was a regular on the penalty kill so when it became apparent he was going to see some time on the Edmonton Oilers’ special teams unit this pre-season he was ready to give it a go.
Ditto for Ales Hemsky although the veteran winger’s “I played back in the day” reference was a little dustier than that of his linemate...
Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner was in hospital Sunday with his jaw reportedly broken in two places after taking a stick to the face from Vancouver Canucks winger Zack Kassian during their pre-season game on Saturday night.
Apparently Gagner’s jaw wasn’t wired shut after the incident. That would most likely mean a six to eight week recovery but he could still be out for many...
Following a hearing with the NHL’s disciplinary brass on Monday, Vancouver Canucks right-winger Zack Kassian was suspended for eight games – three presason games and the first five of the regular season — as punishment for a reckless high stick that caught Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner in the face during a preseason match-up between […]The post Edmonton Oilers center...
Oilers last had a super heavyweight enforcer in Steve “Smac” MacIntyre
This just in from TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Twitter: “Is this good time to note EDM which was looking for super heavyweight BEFORE last night is now ramping up that search.”
This tweet comes after incidents where various Vancouver tough guys Zack Kassian and Dale Weisse targeted Oilers star forwards Sam...
Centre of gravity?
Those gaping month-long holes down the middle of Edmonton’s line-up are as grave as it gets for a team that was already Spandex thin at centre.
With Sam Gagner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins lost until November the Oilers are now left with the urgent task of having to replace their top two centres for as many as 14 games.
“We’re hopeful we have the...
Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner was the recipient of a brutal high stick from Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian and took to Twitter to share the damage on Monday.
Seen here is a busted up Gagner, who suffered a broken jaw when Kassian violently swung and struck Gagner in the face during a recent preseason game.
Kassian has been suspended for the rest of the preseason...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
For years now, Oilers’ opponents have looked at the pre-game lineup sheet in search of the type of player who might deter those kinds of plays, and they’ve seen an open stretch of highway. Sure, Mike Brown stepped up to fight Weise to a draw, but he stands just five-foot-10 and is a cruiserweight at best. It was an admirable response, but...
Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner will miss some time to start the season.
The team announced on Sunday that Gagner will be out indefinitely with a broken jaw suffered in a preseason game with the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
Vancouver Canucks winger Zack Kassian swung his stick at Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner's face, breaking his jaw. Want to see the gross photo?
I’m pleased to welcome another new free agent signing to RobTheHockeyGuy: Steve Lancashire. Steve lives in Calgary but is originally from Duncan, BC. He is a lifelong Canucks fan and has experience writing for the University of Victoria newspaper.
I was going to start my blogging venture with a nice fluff piece about what a good job John Tortorella has been doing thus far. Then...