Friday, July 29, 2011

Oilers Update - "Oh I remember that!" Wayne Gretzky and Joey Moss

It's Friday kids and it's time for, "Oh I remember that!"  

Every Friday, I will be posting videos from the past which will be solely dedicated to our beloved Edmonton Oilers.  My intent, is to bring you laughter, tears or even perhaps make you a little angry.  

All in all, I guarantee you that at the end of each video you will say to yourself, "Oh I remember that!"

This week I have chosen a PSA which aired back in 1986.  The public service announcement includes a very young tandem of Wayne Gretzky and Joey Moss inside the now refurbished Oilers dressing room.

From what I was able to gather, this is the original commercial.

Take a gander.

Coming up on Sunday.  The Top 4 Goals by H.O.P.E. - E for Eberle.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Oilers Update - Khabibulin to Serve Sentence - Jail and House Arrest

It appears that Nikolai Khabibulin will in fact, serve a 30 day jail sentence for drunk driving.  

Yesterday, Khabibulin decided to withdraw his appeal and will serve jail time in the very near future.  The Russian net-minder dropped the appeal believing that the case would interfere with the start of the Oilers training camp.

Khabibulin's lawyer, Mark Dubiel said that his client will spend 15 days in prison while the other half will be spent under house arrest.  It is expected that the he will also wear an ankle monitor and will be given random alcohol tests.  He is also ordered to pay a $1500 fine and will complete an an alcohol program.

Khabibulin said in a statement "Despite assurance by legal counsel regarding the strength of my appeals case, I have decided to withdraw my appeal and proceed with sentencing.  Once completed I eagerly anticipate a timely return to Edmonton for training camp where I will strive to be the best player, teammate and citizen possible." 

In Feb 8th 2010, Khabibulin was pulled over in his Ferrari for going 70 m.p.h in a 45 m.p.h. zone.   According to Phoenix Police, the officer smelled alcohol and promptly administered a sobriety test.  It appeared that Khabibulin's blood-alcohol was level was at .164, which is twice the legal limit.

Coming up.

"Oh I remember that!" Friday July 29 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Oilers Update - Coming Soon. "Oh I remember that!"

Hello again!

I hope you are all having a great summer and that you are all safe while enjoying a great time with friends, family.

In the very near future (hmm lets make it this Friday) I will be posting some things on this blog which will make you say, "Oh, I remember that!" 

While I can't give you the full details of what I have in store for you, rest assured you will be entertained.  

Please stay tuned for "Oh, I remember that!"  July 29 2011.

On a slightly different topic, Oilers Update is reaching 5000 views from around world.  

I would like to thank you all for paying me a visit.  Without you, there is no audience and I really appreciate your support so very much! 

"Let's Go Oi-lers!"


Antony S Scandale

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Oilers Update - Top 4 Goals by H.O.P.E. - Magnus Paajarvi

This week on the Top 4 Goals by H.O.P.E., we proudly present "P" for Paajarvi.

Paajarvi, Magnus
Apr. 12th 1991 Age 20
Height 6'3"
Weight 200
Norrkoping Sweden 

Selected 10th Overall in 2009 NHL Draft
NHL Stats 15 (g) 19 (a) 34 (p) in 80 games 

The Game

Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames 

Oct 26th 2010

Anatomy of the play.

Leading by a score of 4-2 in the third period, the Flames looked to add another tally on a 3 on 2 rush, but the play was soundly broken up by Edmonton's Gilbert Brule.  With the puck bouncing in front of the Oilers slot, Ryan Whitney swatted the biscuit to find Andrew Cogliano's stick.  With blinding speed, Magnus Paajarvi peeled off of the half boards, snuck behind the defense and gloved an aerial pass from Cogliano at centre ice for a partial break away.  With little room to shoot Paajarvi, shoveled puck with one hand to beat Kiprusoff.

1st then 2nd at the Saddledome:

Paajarvi's one handed tally became his second goal of the year.  10 days before, the Oilers visited the Flames and the rookie recorded his his first ever NHL Goal.

Next week, Eberle, Jordan...thing of beauty too folks.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Oilers Update - Jets New Logo

Yesterday, the Winnipeg Jets proudly unveiled their new logo to the hockey world.  Mark Chipman, Chairman & Governor of True North Sports & Entertainment commented about the emblem. "We felt it was important to authenticate the name Jets and we believe the new logo does that through its connection to our country's remarkable Air Force heritage, including the rich history and relationship that our city and province had enjoyed with the Canadian Forces."  said Chipman

The Jets has yet to reveal the overall look of their jersey's which is scheduled to come out in the coming weeks; and whether you love or despise the new look, Chipman eluded that the club will produce a retro third jersey in the near future.  According to Chipman the team did not have enough time to create one for the start of the 2011-12 season. 

Tomorrow, Magnus Paajarvi featured on Top 4 Goals by H.O.P.E.  

Monday, July 18, 2011

Oilers Update - Top 4 Goals by H.O.P.E. - Linus Omark

On this week's installment of "The Top 4 Goals by H.O.P.E." we will now focus our attention on the letter "O".

Omark, Linus
Feb. 5 1987 Age 23
Height 5'10"
Weight 175
Overtornea, Sweden

2007 NHL Draft in the 4th round 97th overall

NHL Stats: 5 (g) 22 (a) 27(p) in 51 games

The Game:

Edmonton Oilers vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Dec.10 2010

Anatomy of the play:

At the start of the 2010/11 season, Linus Omark was one of the last players to be cut from the roster.  The young Swede was promptly sent to the Oklahoma Barons for some seasoning; until a rash of injuries plagued the Oilers and thus opened a spot for Omark's NHL Debut vs the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With the shoot-out tied at 3, Linus Omark was given the nod by the bench boss to try to put the game out of reach for the Lightning.  Omark calmly administered a spin o' rama while collecting the puck, faked a slap-shot and then immediately tucked the biscuit "five-hole" on a bewildered Dan Ellis.  

The Edmonton Oilers went on to win by a score of 4-3.  Omark also collected his first NHL assist during the game.

Next week Paajarvi, Magnus

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Oilers Update - Andrew Cogliano Traded to Anaheim

The Edmonton Oilers have traded forward 24 year-old Andrew Cogliano to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2nd round pick for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

In the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Cogliano was acquired by Edmonton in the first round going 25th overall.

After the Oilers picked up a few key components during the Free Agent Frenzy, it seemed almost inevitable that the young speedster would find new address before the start of the 2012 season.

The native of Toronto Ontario leaves the club having played 328 games while scoring 146 points 

Steve Tambellini had a chat with Bob Stauffer about the trade.  Have listen to the link provided below.

My take on the trade soon to follow.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Oilers Update - Top 4 Goals by H.O.P.E.

After the acquisition of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Smyth's surprize return to the Oilers  and the frantic Free Agency Frenzy which brought in the likes of Eric Belanger and Ben Eager to Edmonton; the news has been somewhat dead in Oil Country.

As we sit and enjoy the lazy days of summer while waiting for the arrival the NHL, I will entertain you all with something I have been wanting to do since the 2010 season ended.

Every Sunday for the next four weeks, I will post the top 4 goals scored by the kids of H.O.P.E.

To kick off the highlights, we will start with letter H.

HALL, Taylor
Nov. 14 1991 Age 19
Height   6'1"
Weight 194 

Selected 1st Overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

NHL Stats: 22 (g) 20 (a) 42 (p) in 62 games  

The Game:

Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs, 

December 2nd 2010 

Anatomy of the goal:

Off of a Leafs turnover, Taylor Hall collects the puck from fellow rookie Jordan Eberle from centre ice. With speed, Hall gets an early step on defender Francois Beauchemin and goes in all alone on Jonas Gustavsson and rifles a back-hand to put the Oilers up 2 nothing against the Buds.  Later on in the 3rd period, Taylor Hall tipped in his second of the night from Shawn Horcoff's feed; as the Oilers went on to slaughter the Leafs 5-0 at the ACC.

Hall's highlight goal is quintessential of what the 19 year-old is capable of.  His blinding speed coupled with a willingness to crash the net at all costs is one reason why the rookie posted 42 points in 62 games.

Next Up OMARK, Linus

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Oilers Update - Day 2 Prospects Development Camp

Day 2 of the Prospects Development Camp came to a conclusion yesterday afternoon.  In the mix was Ales Hemsky who decided to part-take in a little scrimmage with the young kids.  Hemsky who hasn't seen the ice since his shoulder surgery, made it clear to the Media that his shoulder is not 100% though he is confident that he should be ready to in time for camp.

Have a look at the video provide by

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Oilers Update - Heart N' Soul Ryan Smyth Returns

#94 is back!

After being traded back to the Edmonton Oilers nearly 2 weeks ago, "Captain Canada" Ryan Smyth met with GM Steve Tambellini and the media for a formal "meet n' greet" today at Rexall Place.  

"I am overwhelmed with joy.  Coming back as an Oiler, to me is something I've wanted for a long time" said a very relaxed and tanned Ryan Smyth who faced the Edmonton media since his departure 3 years ago.  "It's something I will never forget being part of this organization, if you cut me open I'd probably bleed blue and I am excited and I can't wait for the season starts."

"I think once the season gets going  and you see the energy in the building and the energy around the city of hockey fever it's going to be a tremendous year." he said calmly.

Steve Tambellini also briefly discussed what he feels Ryan Smyth will bring to the young Oilers for this season.

"You know that Ryan is going to be there every night  and I know that he is going to scratch and claw for every minute of ice time...I can't think of a better fit as far timing for what we have with the group of young people, that need not only good players with them; Ryan is a good player but obviously we need people that can help in the team development. " said Tambellini

While Smyth and company sit patiently to ink a deal with his former club, Captain Canada understands his role and is eager to provide some leadership to the baby-faced Oilers.

"If I can mentor some of these kids along the way...cause they are kids (chuckles) then great..but the bottom line is bringing the work ethic on a consistent basis and competing at a high level." said Smyth.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Oilers Update - Edmonton Oilers Development Camp and Tom Gazzola

The Edmonton Oilers prospects took to the ice today in Sherwood Park for the Oilers 2011 Development Camp. Big names such as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Anton Lander and Colten Teubert were all in attendance.  Oilers' Correspondent Tom Gazzola will give you a break down of what happened today. 

Follow the link:

Oilers Update - Oilers Ink Peckham

The Edmonton Oilers announced today that they have signed defenceman Theo Peckham to a one year contract.

Peckham, 23 was selected in the 3rd round, 75th over-all in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.  The bruising defenceman accumulated 14 points in 102 NHL games while collecting 198 PIM. 

The native of Richmond Hill Ontario will enter his 5th season with the Oilers.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Oilers Update - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins signs for 3 years.

Last night, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins signed a 3 year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. The 1st over-all pick for 2011 will be earning a maximum $925,000 plus bonuses and the young man from Burnaby BC couldn't be happier with the contract.
"I was very excited when I got that call. Nugent-Hopkins told the Edmonton Sun. "It's pretty incredible and I can just focus on just the hockey part now.  I'll train hard this summer, put on a few more pounds and get back on the ice." 

Edmonton Oilers GM, Steve Tambellini is looking forward to see Nugent-Hopkins step on the ice tomorrow for the Oilers Development Camp in Sherwood Park Alberta.  

Tambellini has made it quite clear that the Oilers will not rush the rookie into the pros.  In fact, the focus for Nugent-Hopkins is for him to bulk up but also prepare for the Canadian Juniors Camp this year. 

 "We know what kind of player he is and what he's going to be, but I don't think people know how quality of a person he is.  He's a respectful young man that respects the game and he has an incredible amount of respect for the Edmonton Oilers and I look forward to working with him for many years." said Tambellini   

"There is no rush with this player.  He's going to have an incredibly busy summer here.  We have some time to figure that out.  I just want him to relax and prepare."

Friday, July 1, 2011

Oilers Update - Free Agent Frenzy: Oilers Beef Up. Part 1

Here is a quick and dirty look at what the Oilers did this afternoon during the July 1st Free Agent Frenzy for 2011. 

The Edmonton Oilers acquired the following players:

Ben Eager (LW) age 27 Signed for 3 years for 3.3 Million l as a UFA

Darcy Hordichuk (LW) age 30 Signed for a 1 Year Contract 

Cam Barker (D) age 25 Signed for a 1 Year Contract

Eric Belanger (C) age 33 Signed for 3 years (undisclosed)

Andy Sutton (D) age 35 Trade between Anaheim Ducks for Kurtis Foster.

Corey Potter (D) age 27 Signed a 1 year 2-Way Deal

The Oilers also dealt away with the following players:

Sheldon Souray (D) 35 Signed with the Dallas Stars

Jim Vandermeer (D) 30 Signed with the San Jose Sharks

Kurtis Foster (D) 29 Traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Andy Sutton.

In a brief press conference , GM Steve Tambellini admitted that the team "will take a breath" before returning to the phones to make some more deals.  Players such as Andrew Cogliano, Gilbert Brule, Sam Gagner and Shawn Horcoff are all on the trading block but it appears that the Oilers may have to wait until mid summer or the start of the season to swap players.

Possibly the biggest news for the Edmonton Oilers Fans is that Sheldon Souray is now a Dallas Star. After being sent to purgatory for more than a year, GM Steve Tambellini finally placed the defenceman on unconditional waivers yesterday afternoon.

to be continued...

Oilers Update- Ladislav Smid Signs for 2 years.

The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed Ladislav Smid to remain with the club for another 2 years.

"I was really happy," Smid said. "The negotiations were smooth and it was pretty quick. It only took a couple days to get done. Both sides could see that I really wanted to stay in Edmonton, so it wasn't a problem and I’m really glad to be part of the team’s future."

The 6'3" 225 pound Czech let it be known to the media and to Oil Country that he wanted to stay an Oiler and GM Steve Tambellini happily obliged by offering Smid a 2 year contract worth 2.25 million per year.

“He presents so much life and energy in our dressing room,” said GM Steve Tambellini about the defensive defenseman.

“He’s a big part of the momentum going forward. He was brought in with these high, offensive expectations and now he’s established himself as a guy who can match up against good, heavy players. He’s very competitive.” said Tambellini.

Smid will enter his 6th season with the Oilers after being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks in 2006.  The 25 year-old has accumulated 4 goals and 40 assists throughout his entire NHL career.  While his stats look somewhat ugly, his toughness and competitiveness speaks volumes as he is the type of player who is willing to drop the mitts when called upon.  Despite the new contract, Smid looks to improve his game. 

 "I've had a slower progression than I’d like. I’ve got to work on my consistency, simplifying my game more. Sometimes, I over-think the situation. I’ve got to be more physical in our zone,” Smid said

“I want to establish myself as a top-four defenceman,” said Smid.

In other news.

Today the Edmonton Oilers have picked up tough guy Ben Eager from the San Jose Sharks.  The deal is worth 3.3 million for 3 years. 

More details to come.

Also, this just in Darcy Hordichuck and Cam Barker have been signed by the Edmonton Oilers