Monday, December 31, 2012

Oilers Update - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins vs Nail Yakupov

 In just a few moments it's Canada vs Russia in the World Junior Championships in Ufa Russia.    Canada's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will go head-to-head against fellow NHL teammate Nail Yakupov of Russia.  The winning nation will take a strangle hold of first place in Group B and will be granted a bye to the semi-finals.

Burnaby BC native, Nugent-Hopkins leads the tournament with 8 points in just 3 games which includes 3 goals and 5 assists - his latest goal came versus the US when Canada edged the Americans by a score of 2-1 yesterday.  At the other end, Nail Yakupov has 4 points in 3 games.  The Russian captain managed to score his first goal of the tournament when his club manhandled the Germans 7-0 two nights ago.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Oilers Update - Nugent-Hopkins WJC collects 5 Points - Yakupov 1 Assist

Ufa Russia

This morning, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins collected 5 points in his first ever World Junior Championships game.   The Burnaby BC native had a goal and 4 assist enroute to a 9-3 victory over the German National Squad.  Because of his impressive numbers, the Canadian captain was given ‘player of the game’ honors for his country and was seen after the game to be wearing a black 'cape' during his interview with TSN.
“No matter where you go, there’s always going to be pressure and expectations especially coming here and being from Canada,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “There’s a lot of pressure and we’re going to put that pressure on ourselves. We relish that. We’re excited about it.”

Pressure or not, the Canadians did exactly what they intended to do from the get-go: get the first goal and find the winning rhythm.  Nugent-Hopkins who was accompanied by fellow top-liners Johnathan Huberdeau and Mark Scheifele, certainly found the rhythm kept their play to a comfortable pace for the rest of Team Canada.

Canada will now face Slovakia at 1 am pacific time on Dec 28th 2012

In other news!

Russia’s Nail Yakupov had an assist when his club edged the visiting Slovaks by a score of 3-2 in overtime.  Yakupov finished the game with a shot goal and earned a even rating, while country man and Oilers draft pick Danil Zarkov didn't make the score sheet but was also an even rating.

videos courtesy of TSN and IIHF 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Oilers Update - 1988 Oilers Championship Hat

A few years ago, a work colleague of mine was kind enough to present to me this very RARE hat.  This hat once belonged to Bill Tuele, whom was a long standing Public Relations Director for the Edmonton Oilers. 

After retiring from the club, Tuele then donated this hat to my colleague’s mother who happened to be a close friend of the Tuele family.  She had no use for this piece of Oilers history, and thus the hat, is now in my possession.

While I have no evidence to say that my cherished hat was drenched by champagne on that fateful day of May 26th, 1988.  I do, however make the immediate connection that this hat signifies Gretzky’s 4th and final Stanley Cup.

I hope to one day have Mr. Gretzky sign this for me.  Until then, it will sit on top of my shelf, clean and without a single ounce of ink, waiting for his signature.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Oilers Update - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Reports to WJC

"Definitely, it doesn't feel good, but getting the opportunity as a 17-year-old was good for me.

"If I looked back and thought had I changed things, I'd have regrets. I think I played overall pretty good."  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins after getting cut in 2010.

That was 2 years ago when Nugent-Hopkins was a late snip for the Canadian side, however since then "The Nuge" did some incredible things leading up to this years camp. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins went on to become: 1) the number draft pick for the Oilers in 2011, 2) Made the squad as an 18 year-old and finished the season with 52 points in 62 games. 3) He became a runner up for the Calder Trophy.  4) Suited up for the world men's championship.

Yesterday, Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins arrived in Calgary to attend the world junior camp in hopes to make the Canadian, scratch that! With a full NHL year under his belt (and not to mention that he is also currently playing with the likes of former World Juniors, Hall and Eberle in Oklahoma during the NHL Lock-Out), there is NO question that the 19 year-old from Burnaby BC will be the top centre for the 2013 World Juniors in Russia.

"I've got to try to take on more of a leadership role this year.  As a 17-year-old, I couldn't come into camp and do that.  he told the Media at the Calgary Airport.  "I'm definitely going to try to take some experience from the worlds and bring it to this camp here."

"I feel like I'm a different person than I was a couple of years ago.  My game has definitely evolved a lot and I see myself more as a two-way player right now, so I'm definitely going to try to take on that role..."

The NHL lock-out is a complete blessing in disguise for the Canadian squad. Nugent-Hopkins, will skate with, Mark Scheifele of the Jets, Jonathan Huberdeau of the Panthers to name a few who, like the Nuge would have been with their NHL teams this season.

Naturally, with the addition of Nugent-Hopkins, Scheifele and Huberdeau, Canada is now considered to be a power-house and here is hoping that the Canadian can bring home the gold.

Another player in the mix, who is connected to Edmonton Oilers is Nail Yakupov of Russia.  Yakupov who like Nugent-Hopkins went first-overall in their NHL draft will get a taste of playing against each other on the world stage.

The tournament begins Dec 26th in Ufa Russia.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Oilers Update - NHL Cancels More Games

It was announced to today that the NHL will cancel games through Dec 30th.   The total number of games lost now comes to 526.  With no end in sight to the lock-out there has been rumblings that this strike could potentially reach another 24 months according to sources within the media.  YIKES!

While we all try and point fingers to who is really responsible for this debacle, perhaps avert your attention to this mess and enjoy the rest of the year. 

Remember, the holidays are just around the corner and we've got the World Juniors to provide us with some entertainment during Christmas.  

Happy Holidays!

Oilers Update - Jordan Eberle Saluted

Last week, former Regina Pat Jordan Eberle returned to his hometown and watched his old number ascend to the rafters at the Brant Centre - solidifying that the lucky #7 will never be worn again.

For four consecutive years Eberle was a proud member of the major junior hockey club between 2006-2010.  During his tenure with the Pats, Eberle amassed 301 points.  Even more impressive "Captain Clutch" posted an incredible 106 points in 57 games during the 2009-2010 season.

Congratulations Jordan Eberle

Friday, October 26, 2012

Oilers Update - No Hockey in November...Who do you blame?

The NHL is expected to announce the cancellation of all games throughout November. 


This lockout is beyond frustrating for the HARD WORKING: NHL employees, merchandise vendors and especially YOUR fans.

This is a NIGHTMARE and it has turned into a real JOKE.  Both the NHLPA and NHL look like a bunch of court jestures fighting for the role of the lead clown. 

Really, who are you trying to impress on Television??  Newsflash: You both look ridiculous in those expensive suits fighting for millions...would you like us to throw tomatoes at you Krusty N' Bozo? Or would you prefer some yolks on the face? Don't egg us on!

If and/or when an agreement is made, perhaps it would be necessary for us fans to declare a 'fan strike'.  Believe me, thousands of fans have given up on you already.  It's all because of greed and it's because of BOTH of you!

Your comments!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oilers Update - Yakupov to Play Sub Way Super Series

The Edmonton Oilers' Nail Yakupov, will represent his country when Russia takes on the best of the CHL in the Sub Way Super Series which begins on Nov 5th in Quebec.  Yakupov is slated to play in all 6 games and will once again skate in front of his fans in Sarnia on November 12th.

Game 1  Monday November 5 at Blainville-Boisbriand, QC
Game 2  Wednesday November 7 at Val-d’Or, QC
Game 3  Thursday November 8 at Guelph, ON
Game 4  Monday November 12 at Sarnia, ON
Game 5  Wednesday November 14 at Vancouver, BC
Game 6  Thursday November 15 at Victoria, BC

Team Russia (Club):

Igor Ustinski (Stalnye Lisy, Magnitogorsk)
Andrei Vasilevski (Tolpar, Ufa)*

Alexei Vasilevski (Salavat Yulaev, Ufa)
Albert Yarullin (Ak Bars, Kazan)
Mikhail Naumenkov (CSKA)*^
Nikita Nesterov (Traktor, Chelyabinsk)*^
Andrei Mironov (HC Dinamo, Moscou)
Kirill Dyakov (Mamonty Yugry)
Yaroslav Dyblenko (Atlanty, Mytischi)
Pavel Koledov (Loko, Yaroslavl)
Ilya Lyubushkin (Loko, Yaroslavl)

Maxim Shalunov (Traktor, Chelyabinsk)*^
Nail Yakupov (Neftekhimik, Nizhnekamsk)*^
Evgeni Mozer (Omskie Yastreby, Omsk)
Andrei Sigarev (SKA, St. Petersbourg)
Anton Shenfeld (Stalnye Lisy, Magnitogorsk)
Vladimir Tkachev (Ak Bars, Kazan)
Valeri Nichushkin (Belye Medvedi, Chelyabinsk)
Damir Zhafyarov (Metallurg, Novokuznetsk)
Yaroslav Kosov (Mettalurg, Magnitogorsk)*
Alexander Khokhlachev (Spartak, Moscou)*^
Kirill Kapustin (Loko, Yaroslavl)
Bogdan Yakimov (Reaktor, Nizhnekamsk)

QMJHL Games:
Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts)*^
Anton Zlobin (Val-d’Or Foreurs)^
Valentin Zykov (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Val-d’Or Game Only:
Artem Sergeev (Val-d’Or Foreurs)*^

Guelph Game Only:
Nikita Zadorov (London Knights)
Daniil Zharkov (Belleville Bulls)

WHL Games
Andrey Makarov (Saskatoon Blades)*^


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oilers Update NHL to resume NOV 2nd????


According to Yahoo! Canada,  the NHL has made an offer to the NHLPA which would start the 2012-2013 NHL season by Nov 2nd.

"We hope we've given our best shot," said a hopeful Gary Bettman to the media Tuesday afternoon .

The two sides met this afternoon in Toronto and after the meeting, it was mentioned by Gary Bettman that the proposal includes a "50/50 split of hockey related revenue". IF accepted by the NHLPA the proposal will thus preserve the 82 game schedule and start by Nov 2nd.  The schedule, however will see that each team play an extra game every 5 weeks.

More to come hockey fans!

Saturday, September 15, 2012


For the 3rd time under Commissionaire Gary Bettman's tenure, the 2012-13 NHL season is officially locked out. 

The NHL and the NHLPA had until mid-night of September 15th 2012 to create a brand new collective bargaining agreement and despite having numerous meetings over the course of two months, both sides were unable to reach a suitable agreement.

At this point, there are no scheduled meetings between both sides, but it is expected that the first few pre-season games (which begin September 23rd 2012) will be cancelled barring if no agreement is found.

In the meantime, NHL players around the league are will now look to play pro-hockey either within North America or outside of the continent.

As for hockey fans and for those who work behind the scenes within all 30 NHL clubs etc., this decision is yet another blow below the belt.  Where it hurts most is in pockets of those who need that little extra INCOME just to stay afloat, during a time where jobs are becoming fewer a far between.

More to come.

*Editor's Note*

To those who will inevitably lose out this season, be prepared because this lock-out could be a long and arduous one. My hope is that this lock-out will be a blessing in disguise for you and I am sure it will be. In the meantime,  go out and play a little shiny and win your own Stanley Cup.

Antony S Scandale

Oilers Update - Young Guns to AHL

The Oklahoma Barons just got a little stronger.  With NHL lock-out expected to commence in a few hours, the Edmonton Oilers have moved some of they're young forwards to the their affiliate squad down south. In total 26 Oilers forwards have been sent to Barons including top scorer Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson.

Defenceman Justin Schultz will also make the trip to the Sooner State, however Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov will not suit up for the Barons.  Hall is not eligible to play with the Barons since he is still considered to be on the injured reserved list, and  as for #1 Draft of 2012, Yakupov has been sent back Sarnia Sting, but is rumored that he will play in the KHL in Russia.

Here is the list of players assigned to the Barons.

Cameron Abney
Mark Arcobello
Tyler Bunz
Dane Byers
Philippe Cornet
Yann Danis
Brandon Davidson
Jordan Eberle
Taylor Fedun
Curtis Hamilton
Teemu Hartikainen
Tanner House
Anton Lander
Martin Marincin
Ryan Martindale
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Magnus Paajarvi
Kristians Pelss
Tyler Pitlick
Alex Plante
Toni Rajala
Olivier Roy
Justin Schultz
Colten Teubert
Antti Tyrvainen
Chris VandeVelde

Friday, August 31, 2012

Jordan Eberle Signs for 6 years

The Edmonton Oilers have announced the signing of 22 year-old Jordan Eberle to a multi-million dollar contract worth $36 million for 6 years.  The signing comes days after the Oilers signed fellow forward Taylor Hall to a 7 year contract.  Eberle, whom I refer to as the,  'The slippery, human-high-light-reel" finished the 2012 season with 76 points in 78 games.

"I saw Taylor get his done and when they came after me to get mind done, there was a lot of excitement. said the Regina native. "I'm happy to be an Oiler. I want to be here for awhile.  With the direction the team is going, with a couple acquisitions this summer and everyone being a year older, we're going to be a team that's going to have a reputation for winning here in a little bit.  There's no other way to put it, we're both excited to be here."

With the two corner pieces firmly set into the foundation, the building of a Championship team however, is still in the making which will clearly need a little more time, money and resource.  And who of course but to leave that responsibility to GM Steve Tamebellini to fill the gaps.  So for so good, especially considering the acquisition of Nail Yakupov and defenseman, Justin Schultz to add to the plethora of extremely young talent, who have all the time to develop into top performers in the NHL and perhaps, earn a contract akin to Hall and Eberle.  These two signings for the Edmonton Oilers is exactly what the organization is trying to do: Send the message to the rest of the league, WE'RE GOING PLACES!

"It's sends message to our players that some our best young players are so committed to being here in Edmonton.  "It's not like they were looking for a two-year extention, they were willing to talk about committing the next 7 or 8 years here in Edmonton.  That's the type of commitment we need to get everybody on board.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Oilers Update - Omark Overseas

Unrestricted free agent Linus Omark has signed a one year deal with the EV ZUG of Switzerland's National League A.

The 25 year-old forward from Sweden, scored 3 goals in 14 games with the Oilers and then finished the 2012 season with the Oklahoma Barons with 16 points in 18 games.

Despite, his flashiness and brilliant play-making abilities, Omark became the victim of an Edmonton Oilers club who carries an over-abundance of small, skilled forwards. To make matters more difficult, Omark publicly said that he wanted out of Edmonton.  This was made evident when a few months ago, he tweeted "I really hope edm let me have a chance in another nhl team."  His tweet, forced GM Steve Tambellini to reply, "Linus is an interesting guy."  He then added that Omark isn't good enough to beat out anyone in Edmonton's top six.

Linus Omark will be most remembered for his heart-stopping, shoot-out goal versus the Tampa Bay Lightning during his first ever NHL game.

Good Luck to Linus Omark.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oilers Update -Taylor Hall Locks Up 7 year deal

The Edmonton Oilers have officially locked up foward Taylor Hall to a 7 year $42 million dollar contract. Dubbed "the hardest working player in the NHL" - and quite possibly the most fearless player in the show, Hall will receive an average of 6 million per year with the Oilers.

To this day, Taylor Hall has collected 95 points in 126 games with 49 goals and 46 assists.

Now that Hall has been signed to a long term contract, the Edmonton Oilers will proceed talks with #14 Jordan Eberle.

More to follow.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Oilers Update - Bettman... Lock Out Sept 15th?

NHL Commissionaire Gary Bettman announced today that the NHL could be locked-out, if there is no new CBA by Sept 15 2012.

"I re-confirmed something that the union has been told multiple times over the last night to 12 months.  Namely, that the time is getting short and the owners are not prepared to operate under this collective bargaining agreement for another season, so we need to get to making a deal and doing it soon.  And we believe there's ample time for the parties to get together and make a deal and that's what we're going to be working towards." said the Commissionaire to reporters in New York.

Bettman, who could potentially see his third lock out during his 19 year tenure as commissionaire also stated."We reiterated to the union that the owners will not play another year under the current agreement."

NHLPA executive director David Fehr is reported to make a counter offer by next Tuesday. 

No hockey makes Mckyla sad. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Oilers Update - Justin Schultz an Oiler

Justin Schultz has decided to join the Edmonton Oilers.  The highly coveted offensive defenceman has been on the Oilers radar for about a week, and it appears that Schultz will make his NHL debut in an Oilers uniform.

Schultz who was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2008 (43rd overall) gave the media a short reason as to why he didn't want to pursue a career in California but did offer this statement to the media.  Perhaps it's because he misses Old Man Winter.

“It was nothing ever against Anaheim at all. They are great people and I enjoyed my time there. It was a matter of me having the option of choosing where I wanted to play.

“Playing in Canada has always been a huge thing for me. Growing up around the game, you definitely see the passion up here. It was just an option and I took it.”

Schultz, officially de-registered from the University of Wisconsin Badgers which immediately made him an unrestricted free agent and thus forcing the Anaheim brass to try to re-sign him within thirty days.  Instead the Oilers snapped up the 21 year-old for next to nothing

Newly anointed Head Coach Ralph Kreuger, Taylor Hall, Paul Coffey and the Great One each had a discussion with the young lad "urging" him to start his career in Edmonton.  And after making a decision to sign with Edmonton on a two-way entry level contract, Schultz could've done away with the media hype.

“It was surreal and a little overwhelming at times. I definitely didn’t expect to get this much attention, I never wanted it to get that big. I haven’t played a game in the NHL yet. It was overwhelming.”

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Oilers Update - Ralph Kreuger

Ralph Kreuger becomes the new Head Coach for the Edmonton Oilers.  GM Steve Tambellini announced that 52 year-old native of Winnipeg will take over the vacant spot for Tom Renney. 

Kreuger spent the last 2 seasons with the club as an associate coach and will finally get his chance to coach in big leagues.  Before joining the Oilers, Kreuger has been coaching the Swiss National squad between 1998 to the 2010.

"I know how much potential I feel there is in Edmonton.  I don't think there's any question there's a big upside.  It's there.  But it's going to take a lot of hard work in the next while to there." said Krueger in an interview with the Edmonton Sun.

Krueger becomes the 11th coach to serve the Oilers under the NHL.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Oilers Update Nail Yakupov selected 1st Overall

Nail Yakupov is an Oiler!  For the third consecutive year, the Edmonton Oilers picked went up to the podium and chose the best available player of the NHL Draft.  The Russian right winger from the Sarnia Sting played a mere 65 games last season, yet the dynamic forward managed to put up an incredible 101 points with 49 goals and 52 assists.

"I feel great right now, excited to be in Edmonton, it's a great time in my life." said Yakupov after being drafted.  Yakupov is quite possibly the most ready player of the draft to dive into the NHL and put up some respectable numbers.  With Yakupov in the organization the hockey pundits and fans are just dying to see the top 3 picks with Hall and RNH will form and an extremely deadly first line in the future.

Yet, does he think he's ready to make the splash in Edmonton and swim with big fish with Hall and co., or sink like a Bonsignore? 

 "Yeah, why not? I have lots of time to work in the summer," he said. "I think I'm ready to play in the NHL. It's a great team, pretty young team. I saw a game in Detroit there and they showed great hockey. It's going to be a great team, plus me, maybe."

Maybe? You can bet this kid can and will make the starting line-up come October and you can bet that this team has more than just the potential to be great team or dare I say...create a dynasty?

Hmm, maybe.

But let's be real. The Oilers haven't made the play-offs in 7 long seasons and the team MUST find the post season in 2013.  Anything less than a play-off spot would definitely be a bust. The only thing the Edmonton Oilers can do is just work hard and work well with each other and play the game they love.

"I want to just work and show how I can play hockey. Help my team try and win every game. That's what I want."

Here is hoping for you to do well kid!

Congratulations to Nail Yakupov 2012 #1 Draft Pick

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Oilers Update - Kings Reign

Congratulations to the 2012 Stanley

Also, a special congratulations to former Oilers, Jarret Stoll, Matt Greene, Colin Fraser, Dustin Penner and goaltending coach, Bill Ranford.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Oilers Update - MacT Back in ETown

After being fired as head coach 3 years ago, the Edmonton Oilers have once again hired Craig MacTavish to become the organization's, senior vice-president of hockey operations. 

MacTavish comes back to Edmonton after spending one year as head-coach with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

Wolves GM Wendell Young expressed his well wishes to MacTavish.

"The Chicago Wolves would like to thank Craig for all his contributions to the Wolves oragnization this past year.  We would also like to wish him and his family the best on his future endeavours."

MacTavish, led the Wolves to the post season only to lose in the quarter finals versus the San Antonio Rampage.  The Wolves completed their season with a 42-27-4-3 record.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Oilers Update - Oilers will not Renew Renny's Contract.

According to TSN,Oilers GM Steve Tambellini announced that the Oilers will not re-new Tom Renny's contract.  After spending two seasons with the Oilers as Head Coach, Renney was unable to bring his troops out of the basement.

The search is now on for a new Head Coach and the immediate replacement could be Assistant Coach Kelly Buchberger or Associate Coach Ralph Kreuger.

More to come.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Oilers Update Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Calder Finalist

It was announced today that 19 year old Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a finalist for the Calder Trophy along with fellow rookies Grabriel Landeskog (Avalanche), and Adam Henrique (Devils). Nugent-Hopkins completed his rookie season, albeit abbreviated with an impressive 52 points in 62 games. 

"It's a big honour." said Nugent-Hopkins who is now getting set to play for his country in Europe.  "I got lucky coming to the Oilers. I've been given a great opportunity here and have been able to play with some great players, so it's been a lot of fun."

"The Nuge" as he is often referred to, was nearly a-point-per- game player until the untimely shoulder injury he suffered back in January versus the Chicago Blackhawks.  In fact, leading up to his injury, Nugent-Hopkins was close to 15 points ahead all rookies.  

"When I got hurt, I wasn't thinking about it, but it's one of those things where I started to a little bit at the end of the season because of all the questions that came up about it."

The NHL awards ceremony will take place in June 20th 2012 in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Oilers Update - Oilers Win Lottery Draft!

For the 3rd consecutive year the Edmonton Oilers will once again choose the #1 draft pick for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  The last team to secure the top spot thrice in a row was the Quebec Nordiques during the early 90's.

But who knew??  Going into the Lottery Draft the Oilers had a measly 18.8 % chance to win it, when all hockey pundits and experts thought for sure that the Columbus Blue Jackets would secure the top choice.

Perhaps it was meant to be.

"I guess if you're in the lottery and you come here you might as well win it," said Steve Tambellini.  "I feel really excited about the fact that now another young talent hopefully at the level of what the past few picks have been. To add another player like that is pretty exciting for our organization."

No kidding.  2010 Draft Pick Taylor Hall has been nothing but GOLD for the Edmonton Oilers.  Despite having a rough 2 years in the show due to injuries, Hall has managed to live up to the hype and the sophomore was 5 points shy of reaching 100 career points. 

Rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the clear winner of the 2011 Draft and after boasting 52 points in 62 games in his first season for the Oil, it is rumored that the 19 year-old will win the Calder despite having less goals than Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog.  Moreover, Nugent-Hopkins will represent Canada at the World Hockey Championship along side with Jordan Eberle (who led the team in scoring with 76 points by the way).

With an embarrassing amount of talent at their finger-tips, who will the Oilers pick when Steve Tambellini steps up to the podium at the Energy Console Centre in Pittsburgh?

Nail Yakupov
"I'm looking to know the top picks.  Not only in what they do on the ice, but most importantly really makes them tick." said Tambellini.

The consensus among all scouting is that Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov is slated to go  #1 at this years draft.  While Steve Tambellini understands were the 5'10" 170 pound Russian is positioned, Tambellini will do exactly what he has done in recent years and will remain mum about who he will choose.

to be continued...

Friday, March 30, 2012

Paajarvi Sent to OKC

The Edmonton Oilers announced that Magnus Paajarvi has been sent back to Oklahoma City - and it is quite possible that #91 will not be returning to Edmonton for the rest of the NHL season.

GM Steve Tambellini quotes "We believed we had confirmation to recall Magnus as one of our four call-ups after the trade deadline.  The league informed us today the only way he could be recalled was under an emergency recall basis."  

Paajarvi has been nothing more than good this season with the OKC Barons.  The 20 year-old has 22 points in 27 games and is second behind Linus Omark in points.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tom Gilbert Swapped for Nick Schultz

Edmonton's Tom Gilbert has been traded to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Nick Schultz.

Here is Tom's reaction when he found out that he was going home to Minnesota.

"It's a new experience for me it's just part of the business and you just gotta expect that...I can actually see my parents smiling right now.  I haven't even looked at phone at all or my texts...I am sure that they (his parents)  have tried calling and texting and they probably have a house for me already set up and a welcome home its exciting to go back to home a team that I've been watching since I was young."

Tom Gilbert leaves the club having spent 6 years with the Oilers and amassed a grand total of 159 points in 384 games played.  

"He (Oilers GM Steve Tambellini) was the first guy to tell me about the trade and wished me the best of luck and said that I am a great guy and that it was pleasure to have this Edmonton Oilers team and all the luck in Minnesota." said Gilbert.

"Well you can see the direction this team is headed, especially with these young guys that are just coming in to this league and every game they are getting better and better you can see the talents and there is so much room for improvement and the sky is the limit with these younger it's so unfortunate to leave a great group of guys that I have been a part of - this is the first team I have played for for 6 years and you grow accustomed to the people around you" said Gilbert.  "You wish the guys all the best you are leaving a great bunch of guys and you move on and you move on to a team that you play against all the time and you see the amount of skilled players that they have and where they are headed too, so it's exciting for me." he said.

In return, the Edmonton Oilers will welcome Nick Schultz who had this to say about his new address.

"It's good. It's tough right now...I don't know if it really sunk yet of what's going to happen but I think it's good, I mean obviously we all know that they are good young team...up and coming team with a lot of talent that's trying to build a winner there so you gotta go there and be  part of that try to fit in there... said Schultz. "It's going to be tough it's going to be an adjustment for myself and for my family but it's something that we are going to have to deal with." he admitted.

Schultz brings to Oilers a shut down style play plus veteran leadership. Schultz is 29 and is native of Strasbourgh Saskatchewan Canada.  The defenseman has played 743 games while earning 128 points.

The departure of Gilbert immediately brings to mind that the Oilers could be trying to free up some cap space to make room to re-sign Centre Sam Gagner.

Other news

Ryan O'Marra has been traded to Anaheim for defenseman Bryan Rodney.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hemsky Signs for 2 Years with Oilers

He was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st but Czech forward Ales Hemsky will remain an Edmonton Oiler.  Last night, the 28 year-old signed a 2 year extension worth 10 million dollars and flashy winger couldn't be happier   to stay in Edmonton.

"I've been here through a lot, through up downs. It will be tough to leave the place when you see it's changing, a lot of guys coming up and you know hopefully you can make a push for the playoffs and one day maybe win the Cup. So that's why I want to stay here too.  I didn't want to give up after 10 years just to leave and pack my bags." said Hemsky 

Many fans and hockey pundits were very certain that #83 would be moved come trade deadline however, NOBODY saw this coming.  

Whether he deserves 10 million remains to seen, however this is a player who found a home in Edmonton who also enjoys playing with the club who drafted him in 2001.  Hemsky, brings veteran leadership, skill, vision and a scoring touch and recently looked good with Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall.  Sadly his biggest knock during his 10 year career has been his inability to remain healthy for a single season.  

Although what is striking, is that Ales Hemsky is coming into his prime and it is probably about time for him to reach his full potential.  In fact, country-man Jaromir Jagr believes that Hemsky has capability to reach 100 points (perhaps if he were to change teams). 

"I'm 28, I'm not 35.  So I don't think I have to retire next year.  It's behind me know.  Last month I felt great. I'm just looking forward to play more hockey and I think I can have a long career." said Hemsky.

Hemsky has 421 points in 536 career NHL games.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Gagner 8 Points

Sam Gagner drafted 6th Overall 2007
22 year-old Sam Gagner joined a very elite class last night when he posted 8 points to help his club beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 8-4.  Gagner recorded 4 goals and 4 assists to tie a team record shared by #99 and #7.  For his efforts Gagner was aptly named 1st, 2nd and 3rd stars.  The centre-man from London Ontario centered a line between Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall and the trio amassed an incredible 16 points.

"It seemed like everything I touch was going in...said Gagner.  "Everyone on the bench was telling me to stay out the the last five minutes.  I didn't have the legs to stay out that long.  I was pretty gassed." 

The crowd at Rexall went into frenzy when #89 posted his 8th point a feat which coincidentally, has not been accomplished since '89.  The chants of 'Gag-ner, Gag-ner', and 'We want 10' still echoes hangs in the rafters.

"Hearing the Gagner chant will stand out," he said.  "To get that kind of ovation from people who know the game was an incredible feeling.  Tough to re-create that." 

Chicago Blackhawks' pint sized Patrick Kane couldn't believe his eyes when he witnessed Gagner's performance. In '06 Gagner and Kane were line-mates in the OHL for the London Knights and the pair have remained the best of friends since...though I wonder if Kane met Gagner for dinner afterwards?

"He was just giving me stare downs," said Gagner.  "I don't think he was happy I one-upped him like that.  We have a competition going and so far, in our (NHL) career, he's won every one.  It's nice to get that one on him tonight."

Gagner with hockey history in his hands

 List of Players who reached 8 points

Maurice Richard
Bert Olmstead
Darryl Sittler (Feb. 7 1976 10 pts)
Tom Bladon
Bryan Trottier
Peter Statsny
Anton Stastny
Wayne Gretzky (1983, 1984)
Paul Coffey (1986)
Mario Lemieux (1988, 1989)
Bernie Nicholls


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oilers Update - Oilers Avoid Avalanche - Cornet's First NHL Point.

Philippe Cornet
Last night the Edmonton Oilers skated to a 3-2 decision over the visiting Colorado Avalanche and the man who got things rolling was none other than #14.  Fresh from the All-Star festivities in Ottawa, Jordan Eberle continued with his scoring touch when he beat Av's goaltender Varlamov with a slick wrap-around.  Contributing with an assist to Eberle's 19th goal of the season was rookie Philippe Cornet.  The left-winger from OKC played his first every NHL game and within 5 minutes of his start, the 21 year-old recorded his NHL point.

"I felt pretty good out there for the first game." said Cornet.  "Playing with players like Eberle and Gagner helps.  "On that first goal, it was great work by Gagner on the cycle and it was great work by Eberle to finish it off.  It feels good, I wasn't expecting to have a point in my first game, but I'll take it for sure."

Tom Renney was more than happy with the rookies performance and admitted that he would've love to see what the 6'0" winger can do on the power-play.

"You want to give him a chance to play to where his instincts are," said Renny.  "He's a sniper and he's an offensive player, but he's responsible.  I certainly didn't have any fear of having him out there where he was.  I was actually hoping to get him some power-player time, but we scored and that was the location that he would have popped into..."I anticipate him playing again and we'll see how he does.

Also Scoring:

Late in the first frame Eric Belanger scored his second goal of the season.  The veteran centre who has been having a difficult season, buried a slap-shot on the power-play to make it 2-0 Oilers. Taylor Hall scored the winner in the third.  #4 pounced on a loose rebound from an Ales Hemsky shot to seal the victory for the Copper and Blue.


Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Cam Barker were seen skating with the club and are expected to return perhaps by next week.

The Edmonton Oilers will take a break and await the Chicago Blackhawks this Thursday night at Rexall.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Oilers Update - Blog Black Out!

Dear Oilers Fans.

I will not be posting any updates and/or blogs until after the NHL All Star break.  While I understand that the Edmonton Oilers are going through a very long and arduous rebuild, I cannot bare to watch less than a hand full of players putting in 100% game in and game out. 

I do believe that the Edmonton Oilers are on the way up and have the potential to become an elite squad in the future.  However, injuries and lack of experience should NOT be used as an excuse and it is time for both management and players to make some rapid changes before this squad finishes dead last for the 3rd straight year.

I can handle the fact that the Edmonton Oilers will miss the play-offs for the 6th straight time, but now it is simply time to find the right personnel who really wants to be a part of a storied franchise in the City of Champions.


Antony S Scandale. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Oilers Update - Jordan Eberle Returns

According to the Edmonton Oilers Jordan Eberle will suit up against the St Louis Blues tonight. Less than two weeks ago the Oilers leading scorer tweaked his knee when his legs got tangled with Dallas' Jaime Benn. Eberle was slated to miss 2-3 weeks but he now feels good enough compete against the Blues.  

"I'm excited,few days off missed a few games...feels good on the ice..."I am going to keep things simple and try to make the right play at the right time." said Eberle.

Tribute to Taylor Hall's Scar

Until #4 returns to the ice to rejoin his troops.  I will be wearing my beloved Oilers Cap with a Band-Aid across the Oilers logo.  

Show some love people.  Place that Band-Aid across your hat until #4 is healthy!

Here at Oilers Update we wish for Taylor Hall for speedy a recovery.

Go Oilers Go!

Oilers Update Taylor Hall's Scar Photo

Hall's Scar Photo Credit Edmonton Oilers
A photo of Taylor Hall has surfaced after he was cut on the forehead two nights ago in Columbus. The photo was released less than an hour ago by the Edmonton Journal and here is what Taylor Hall looks like with 30 stitches.

It is said that Taylor Hall may not play tonight in St. Louis but is hoping to step on the ice against the Calgary Flames this Saturday in Edmonton. 

He's a Hall Scar!

A tribute to Taylor Hall. My cap with a Band-Aid! Hall Scar!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oilers Update - Hall Receives 30 Stitches - Should Helmets be Mandatory?

A freak accident just before game time between the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets left Taylor Hall with 30 stitches.  In the video below you can see Taylor Hall tripping on a loose puck and then taking out teammate Ladislav Smid - moments later Corey Potter's right skate caught Taylor Hall's left eye. According to GM Steve Tambellini Hall was ready to play. "I was talking to him when the doctors were with him.  Typical Taylor he said 'I'm ready to go, I'll be playing tonight.'  But I think it's best that we sat him" said the Oilers GM. Sure, maybe Taylor Hall was fine after receiving medical attention and perhaps the dynamic forward probably could've played during the 4-2 loss last night.  However, the accident now has hockey pundits asking 'why isn't it mandatory for players to wear helmets during warm-up?' 

In my opinion, it's called machismo.  Let's face it, these players are showing off their faces, some are showing off their hockey locks or "flow" as Oilers' forward Ryan Jones calls it.  In other words, the pre-game warm-up is the opportunity to look your best just prior to game-time and to give the fans something to look at.  

However, for hockey player, the pre-game warm-up is also the last opportunity to relax, to feel loose and to feel comfortable before the puck drop. For some, it is part of their pre-game ritual to skate around a rink with full gear without a helmet.

Yet, in recent weeks the Oilers have lost top players due to injury - and with Edmonton sinking faster in the standings than the Titanic, they can not afford to lose more players.  I wonder if Tambellini and Co., will look to make it compulsory for every player (investment) to wear full gear during pre-game.

Despite the outcome, nobody wants to see to someone lose an eye, or get severely injured or killed because he or she opted to not wear protection. 

"Definitely terrible, you never want to see your teammates go off the ice like that." said Corey Potter.  I turned in the corner, had two guys sliding at me and just tried to get out of the way.  I don't think I've ever seen a cut that was pretty deep and long. It was pretty gross. 

Breaking News!

Hours after this blog was posted according to 630 Ched, Defenseman, Theo Peckham was quoted "Seeing something like that with Taylor makes you reconsider.  We're putting in place that everybody is going to be wearing helmets now in warm-up."

It is also said that the New York Rangers will make it mandatory for their players to wear helmets at all times.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Oilers Update - Hall Snaps Losing Streak

The Oilers needed to win this one, badly.   

After an abysmal 5-0 loss versus the Anaheim Ducks a few nights ago,  Oilers fans across the nation were calling for the head of Head Coach Tom Renney while others demanded a shake-up within the organization - and one passionate fan suggested for the Oilers to cancel Saturday's Skills Competition and force a public bag skate.  There was certainly heat under the asses of every Oilers player it was time for the club to find to snap a 5 game losing skid against the visiting LA Kings.

From the drop of the puck, the Oilers came out hard which seemed to surprize the road weary Kings.  There was a sense of urgency among the Oilers and it appeared from the get-go that the Oilers would finally earn another "W".  And who better to seal a victory but the Oilers most dynamic player Taylor Hall.

"Anaheim wasn't our best effort, the guys know that, and we really wanted to respond in a good way, for Tom and for our whole organization," said Taylor Hall who buried a beautiful pass from Shawn Horcoff with a minute and change left in OT.  "Because that's not the way we want to play. For us to play like we did against a really good team, that been playing well is good."

It comes as no surprize for the sophomore winger to play hero.  Taylor Hall, since coming back from injury now has 31 points in 36 games for his squad and he continues to provide that killer instinct which seems to be non existent for the rest of the Oilers.  

With his supporting cast of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle out with injuries for another 3 weeks, Hall has the club on his shoulders.

"No matter how long it took, overtime or whatever, we wanted to get that win. It's a good feeling. "

With the game tied in overtime, the Los Angeles Kings were given a 2 minute penalty and the Oilers wasted no time to hammer home the winner.  Ales Hemsky blasted a point shot on Jonathan Quick and the LA net-minder couldn't absorb the rebound.  Shawn Horcoff, grabbed the loose puck and blindly gave a back hand pass to find Taylor Hall on the doorstep.

The Edmonton Oilers will now face the Blue Jackets in Columbus tomorrow night.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Oilers Update - Pottter Burns Oil in Snoozer

TSN chose a brilliant day to nationally broadcast a snoozer last night in Edmonton.  The fans in the stands didn't actually wake up until Ales Hemsky tied the game late in the 3rd to force overtime.  However, Corey Potter's tripping penalty with less than a minute to go in the game, allowed for stalwart Zach Parise to pick up the second point for Devils in OT.

 "Yeah, obviously feeling pretty terrible at the moment, just trying to go out to the net there and make something happen, had a little collision there and I'm not feeling great right now."  said Potter after the game.  

Potter recently signed a two year extension with the big club after showing some very promising work on the depleted Blue-line this year.  However, his play last night is one left for the bush league.  On the replay, it appeared that Potter purposely administered a slew foot to the legs of Adam Larsson.  

"It cost us the game," said head coach Tom Renney. "You know, we certainly had a chance to win the game. Corey has been very good for us but it was on those very, untimely penalties and hopefully, everybody will learn from that..."Safe to say that I wasn't really thrilled with what happend."

The only consolation for the Oilers was the much needed point they received after playing two lack-luster periods.  After a scoreless first period, Kovalchuk opened the scoring in the second with a short-handed break-away goal.  The Russian speedster intercepted a pass intended for recent call up Magnus Paajarvi and wristed a clean shot past countryman Nikolai Khabibulin.
"I really liked our third period, I liked how we didn't quit," said Taylor Hall who had an assist on the Hemsky goal.  "We showed a lot of really good habits in coming back.  It was a good effort and a good feeling to know that we can play that way at home."

The Oilers will now face the Ananheim Ducks this Friday.

Not in attendance for the game was super fan of the Oilers and Devils Kevin Smith  It was said that the Hollywood director was to appear at the game in Edmonton but opted to stay at home with his sick pooch Scully.

Here is a picture of myself with Kevin Smith in Las Vegas.