Edmonton Oilers: News and notes

With a few days off during the NHL All Star Break, there are still plenty of intriguing story lines regarding the Edmonton Oilers. Here are some of them:

-Will Tom Renney and Steve Tambellini be retained beyond this season? With reports out of Edmonton that Tambellini will be offered a contract extension to see the rebuild through. No such vote of confidence has been given yet to to Tom Renney.

-What will the Oilers do about their goaltending? Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun wrote recently that Nikolai Khabibulin was likely to get dealt. If that’s the case, what is the Oilers plan for the rest of the season and beyond? Is Devan Dubnyk the future #1?

-Ales Hemsky. The question doesn’t seem to be if he is dealt, but where does he go and how much does he command on the trade market?

-Sam Gagner. He may be the most marketable trading chip for the Oilers. Do they move him?

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  • http://newsjogger.com Darren Thompson

    Despite the best efforts of the NHL braintrust, the league continues to survive by it’s rabid loyal fan base. Here are the top 6 headlines I’d would like to see announced by the newly appointed NHL commisioner Scotty Bowman. Hey we can dream can’t we.

    HEADLINE NUMBER ONE.
    NHL ADMITS SOUTHERN UNITED STATES EXPANSION WAS A TERRIBLE MISTAKE AND AGREES TO SELL ARENA LEASES TO MONSTER TRUCKING PROMOTER…
    It would have been interesting to have been a fly on the wall when the NHL finally gave in and let the Atlanta Thrashers move to a city that actually realized there was a professional hockey league called the NHL. Gary Bettman has spent the last 20 years stead fastly refusing to admit that no matter how hard he prays – the southern United States just doesn’t get hockey.

    HEADLINE NUMBER TWO
    GARY BETTMAN FINALLY GIVES IN AND LETS BLACKBERRY CHIEF JIM BASILEE BUY PHOENIX COYOTES.
    Problem is, Basilee’s blackberry’s are about as popular as the Coyotes right now and no one else is dumb enough to buy the team. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been flushed down the toilet keeping the Phonix Coyotes afloat in a market that could have really used the money to help create jobs and catch all those Mexican’s that have according to the Republican party, destroyed home prices, used up all the water and made the place smell like a giant burrito stand.

    HEADLINE NUMBER THREE
    NHL FINALLY DECIDES TO SUSPEND PLAYERS FOR AS LONG AS THE PLAYER THEY HURT IS OUT OF LINEUP.
    This isn’t rocket science guys – the only way to stop the head shots and cheap hits ( can anyone say Vancouver Canucks ) is to suspend the guilty player for as long as the injured players is out of the line up. End a guy’s career with a cheap head shot – your career is over too. It’s a biblical solution to the problem – an eye for an eye.

    HEADLINE NUMBER FOUR
    NHL ANNOUNCED NO TOUCH ICING WILL COME INTO EFFECT IN 2012 / 2013 SEASON
    It speeds the game up and ends the continuing string of violent injuries being caused by two 220 pound athletes skating head first into the boards after getting a 140 foot head start to build up speed. Come to think of it – the NHL should also create a rule similar to fouls in the NBA where you are penalized after 5 icings in a period. The Minnesota Wild would be short handed most of the game.

    HEADLINE NUMBER FIVE
    NHL ANNOUNCES COACHES THAT PLAY THE TRAP WILL BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY
    Nothing has done more to hurt hockey then the defensive left wing trap used by clutch and grab teams. Jacque Lemaire – Alain Vigneault – Brian Sutter and the king of the trap Ken Hitchcock would all be asking if you wanted fries with your coke. The trap is boring – and is used to slow down teams like the San Jose Sharks, the Chicago Black Hawks or the Pittsburg Penguins by grinding the forwards to a halt in the nuetral zone. The only proof you need is to watch the Canucks in the playoffs last year where they clutched and grabbed and clung on to the Hawks and Sharks forwards like they were tow ropes. They’re has to be a solution that involves having the trapping team penalized for delay of game.

    HEADLINE NUMBER SIX
    EDMONTON OILERS FINALLY REALIZE THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAVE AND HOW MANY FIRST NUMBER ONE PICKS THEY HAVE THAT WITHOUT A GOOD COACH YOU STILL SUCK.
    You have to give credit to the fans in Edmonton – year after year they watch their team fall faster in the standings then the Titanic and no one does anything about it. General Manager Tambellini hasn’t been able to make a meaningful trade since he took office – and the growth of the team has been through repeated losing seasons which makes it pretty hard not to look good with the new talent you’re adding to the team when you get the best player available two seasons in a row – and it looks like a third is on the way. Fans in Edmonton were furious this week when it was announced that Tambellini would be getting a contract extension at the end of this season.

    published on Newsjogger.com by Darren Thompson