Saturday, August 25, 2012

Oilers History: Battle of Alberta - 1988 Smythe Division Final (Game Two)


After riding the stellar performance of netminder Grant Fuhr to a 3-1 victory in the series opener, the Edmonton Oilers were looking to make it two in a row and head back home to Northlands Coliseum with a commanding 2-0 series lead. Easier said than done, especially with the Calgary Flames knowing full well that dropping two straight at the Saddledome, would all but seal their fate.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Oilers will have a tough time keeping the Big Four



With the NHL likely headed for another work stoppage, tomorrow's system will undoubtedly be somewhat different than the current landscape. However, the likelihood of any sort of big "rollback" in salaries occurring is frankly non-existent.While the owners may want it, at the end of the day, both sides are going to have to give in.

Oilers History: Battle of Alberta - 1988 Smythe Division Final (Game One)


There have been a number of great "Battle of Alberta" playoff games throughout the years between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. While the 1991 seven game classic, which Edmonton won on a seeing-eye slap shot from Esa Tikkanen, likely sits atop the list as the best of the bunch, it was the1988 series that holds a special spot in the hearts of many Oiler fans. The dismantling of the President Trophy winning Flames, during their second round series, ranks among the most satisfying victories in the storied history of the Edmonton Oilers franchise.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Money well spent, Hall sets the standard for young Oilers




Some may look at the Edmonton Oilers decision to sign Taylor Hall to a 7 year/$42 million contract extension as a bit of an over payment. Not to mention those who feel Jordan Eberle, Ryan-Nugent-Hopkins and possibly even Nail Yakupov, could turn out to be better offensive players than Hall. That being said, there is more to a player's game than just point totals and the former Windsor Spitfire looks as though he will be the engine that makes this ship go.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Oilers Eberle will silence doubters, whenever the NHL returns


Over the last couple of weeks, much has been made of what type of season we should expect out of Jordan Eberle come 2012-2013, after an absolutely electrifying sophomore season in an Edmonton Oilers uniform. Be it because of his higher than average shooting percentage or the number of offensive zone starts he received during his rookie campaign, it seems not everyone is in agreement on what type of numbers should be expected out of the former Regina Pats standout.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Oilers History: The Reijo Ruotsalainen Years


There has never been player in the Edmonton Oilers storied history quite like Reijo Ruotsalainen. The diminutive Finnish blueliner suited up for just twenty-six regular season games for the Oilers but still managed to leave his mark on the 1987 and 1990 Stanley Cup winning clubs. Not too shabby for a guy that GM Glen Sather, frankly stole from the New York Rangers.