First off, we’ll start with the Oilers news.
Andrew Cogliano Speaks About Trade
Andrew Cogliano talked with the media earlier today about the trade that didn’t happen. “When you’re watching TV and your name comes up, it’s pretty shocking. It was disappointing. I like being here. I want to be an Oiler. I want to play here, but I know this was a business move.” Sounds like Cogliano is saying all the right things here. Good to hear. This was exactly the right thing I wanted to hear too: “I’m not holding any grudges . . . (and) when you see Dany Heatley as the guy coming back, you realize he’s a 50-goal scorer and they have to give up assets to get him. In a way, it’s flattering, but there’s a part of me that was disappointed — I want to be an Oiler. It just made me stronger and it’s good motivation too.I’m a guy who has some worth in the league and I have to prove it now.”
You can see the video and read more on the Edmonton Journal website.
Sheldon Souray Autograph
Sheldon Souray will be signing autographs at the Pro Life Hockey Megastore in South Edmonton Common this Friday (September 4), between 6pm and 8pm (thanks to “somealbertaguy” on the Edmonton Oilers Message Board for that heads up).
Ales Hemsky Talks About Heatley, and the Coaching Change
The Edmonton Sun has an article up in which Ales Hemsky discusses his initial excitement with the opportunity to play with Dany Heatley (that of course was shot down by Heatley), as well as the new coaching staff. Some of the highlight quotes:
On Heatley: “I think everybody heard it, so I heard it too. I was excited. If you can have a player like that it could be fun to play with him, but in the end it didn’t work out so you have to move on. We have a lot of good players on the team so we’ll see what will happen.”
On the coaching change: “Mac (Craig MacTavish) was a great guy, a great person. He gave me a lot so I really appreciate what he did for me those seven years. It’s tough after seven years to have a new coach but that’s hockey, you have to move on. I don’t know them (Quinn and Renney), so I don’t know what style we’ll play; we’ll find out in camp. The finish wasn’t really good for me and for the team. Let’s just move on. It’s behind us, we have a new year, a new start, new coaches, so we’ll see what will happen.”
Steve Staios Talks Intensity
The Edmonton Journal has a good article up in which they talk about Steve Staios’ take on why last year bombed so badly: “The one thing I was critical of was we didn’t play with enough intensity throughout our lineup last year. It’s not just the games, it’s the practices, the off-ice training. But in the games, especially the home games, we have to find another level here. Last year was the first season since I’ve been in Edmonton (he arrived in 2001)where I felt we didn’t get the response needed. Even teams with less skill in past years had the intensity.” Read more on the Edmonton Journal site.
Oilers Flex Packs on Sale Tomorrow (Thursday, September 3, 2009)
Tomorrow, Flex Packs go on sale (and ends on September 9th). You have a choice of picking 1 of 4 games from each of 3 groups (i.e. 3 games total). In addition, you get a replica jersey with every 2 packs purchased. Sounds like an alright deal. Here are the games available:
Thursday, October 8 – Calgary
Monday, October 19 – Vancouver
Monday, December 28 – Calgary
Wednesday, January 20 – Vancouver
Tuesday, October 27 – Colorado
Wednesday, November 18 – Colorado
Thursday, January 7 – Columbus
Tuesday, January 12 – Nashville
Tuesday, October 6 – Dallas
Tuesday, December 16 – Los Angeles
Thursday, December 17 – Nashville
Monday, February 1 – Carolina
More information and pricing available on the Oilers homepage.
And now to league news…
Bobby Lou Re-signs with Vancouver Canucks
The deal is said to be for $64-million over 12 years ($5.33M / year cap hit), which will definitely put him into post-retirement. So because this deal was made before Luongo was 35, if he retires, the Canucks will not be on the hook for the remaining cap hit. Good signing for the Canucks, however you kind of have to wonder… when is the NHL going to wise up and prevent teams from exploiting this? The cap hit obviously drops a bit with the added years tacked on at a bargain price.
Paul Kelly fired, some other guy hired.. and some other guy quit…
Honestly, here at the Foil, we don’t give a shit what is going on behind the NHLPA Executive Director firings/hirings. We won’t pretend to care. However, Shawn Horcoff tells us it is important stuff. So we’ll take his word on that, and refer you to some better articles where you can read up on that:
Phoenix / Balsillie Update
Today Judge Redfield T. Baum will decide whether or not to ignore the overwhelming NHL owners vote to prevent Balsillie from submitting a bid to purchase the Coyotes. If the judge rules against this vote, then Balsillie is entitled to participate in the September 10th auction for the Coyotes. No decision has been made just yet. But more information is available on TSN. You can also follow along with TSN’s live blog, presented by Farhan Lalji from within the court room… if you’re really that bored at work.
I can’t be certain, but from what I’ve seen so far, it sounds like the judge rule in favor of Balsillie. From the blog: “Judge Baum stated that he is reluctant to discourage anyone from making a bid. He went to say that everyone better have a very compelling argument for why a bidder should not bid. He is concerned about losing a bid (any bid).”