Oilers Recall Steve Pinizzotto


In the same vein of a Gazdic or a Steve Ott, Pinizzotto is a hockey player cut from the cloth of rough and tumble. He has speed and quality stick work, and this makes his offensive giftedness an asset to the Barons. Of the twelve NHL games he’s tallied in his career he earned 29 penalty minutes, and that was with the Vancouver Canucks in 2013. Since then he’s been property of the Florida Panthers until the trade deadline approached, and he became a baby Oiler.

That's friend of the Copper and Blue, Neal Livingston, on the Oilers most recent call up. You can read Neal's entire piece at Tend The Farm.

Hemsky On His Last Days In Edmonton


It could be the last two games in this locker room, so I better enjoy it.

After practice today Hemsky spoke to the media and, not surprisingly, the prospect of his being traded came up (video starts at 1:34). Hemsky said he's "ready for it." He might be but, as I wrote yesterday, I'm not.

Western Canada Is Bad At Hockey


Not including games against one another, western Canadian teams have 18 points (7 RegW, 1 OTW, 2 OTL) from 34 games this month.

— Passive Voice (@Z_A_Kline) January 24, 2014 Regular commenter Passive Voice points out how poorly Western Canada is playing hockey right now.

Elliotte Friedman on the Fan 960


From Boomer in the Morning -- The Oilers have likely told the Predators that if the Preds are considering trading Weber, the Oilers want to take a shot [Weber does not have any no-trade, no-movement clause]. The Oilers would likely be willing to give up Eberle (which is not a knock on Eberle), but the Predators would probably be after Nugent-Hopkins and a first round pick.

Dubnyk has "bad habits"


"Devan Dubnyk came from Edmonton and.. let's just say he has some bad habits." - #Preds Head Coach Barry Trotz on @949Game2. #Oilers #NHL

— Cellblock 303 (@Cellblock303) January 22, 2014 Shocking news out of Nashville: Devan Dubnyk learned bad habits in Edmonton.

Ladislav Smid on Flames Practices - "The Practices Are Really Hard Here"


"The practices are really hard here, there's a lot of attention to detail...the biggest surprise was the work ethic, every guy works so hard here, it's great to see, that's how you('re) gonna win games..."

Ben Eager Clears Waivers


We're hopeful we've got the depth that we can withstand this injury problem at center and our guys will be back pretty quickly. If you pick too many people up or sign another free agent then when our guys do get back and are playing, then you've got another contract and another body around that you don't necessarily want.

That's Craig MacTavish talking about his reluctance to pick up another center the day after picking Steve MacIntyre off the waiver wire. After MacIntyre was hurt, MacTavish immediately filled the toughness void by claiming Luke Gazdic. In other news, Ben Eager cleared waivers today.

Omark Not Practicing In Oklahoma City


Word out of Oklahoma City is that Linus Omark is not practicing today with the Barons due to a shoulder injury.

Omark was waived by the Oilers after a weak camp.

Omark has decided to test the shoulder today and is back on the ice. Follow @EricRSports for the latest.

Tom Gilbert Looking Good in Florida


I liked his game tonight. He was one guy that could, probably, walk away feeling--well, not the one guy, but he had a solid game, I thought. He looked comfortable playing with Brian Campbell, and he showed some strong poise out there, so I think that was a good first showing for him.

That's Florida's coach, Kevin Dineen, talking about Tom Gilbert's first exhibition game. Gilbert, who's on a try-out with the Panthers, scored Florida's only goal. I'd tell you how much he played, but sadly, the NHL didn't track anything but the score.

Klefbom Has Concussion Symptoms


[Klefbom] was hit in the head [during the game against the Golden Bears] and we’re following the [concussion] protocol with every head injury. He’ll be reassessed in the morning.

That's Dallas Eakins talking about Oscar Klefbom's injury. Not a good sign for a player that the Oilers are expecting to be a big part of the future on the blueline.
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