Updates from the Hockey World – September 1, 2009

By , September 2, 2009 1:26 pm
"Two minutes, by yourself, you know and you feel shame, you know."

"Two minutes, by yourself, you know and you feel shame, you know."

First off, we’ll start with the Oilers news.

Andrew Cogliano Speaks About Trade

(UPDATED)
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:

Group A:

Thursday, October 8 – Calgary

Monday, October 19 – Vancouver

Monday, December 28 – Calgary

Wednesday, January 20 – Vancouver

Group B:

Tuesday, October 27 – Colorado

Wednesday, November 18 – Colorado

Thursday, January 7 – Columbus

Tuesday, January 12 – Nashville

Group C:

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:

TSN – Paul Kelly Fired

TSN – Ian Penny named as Interim Exec. Director

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).”

9 Responses to “Updates from the Hockey World – September 1, 2009”

  1. Steve-O says:

    Re: New mini packs

    I guess they are not selling tickets as well as they hoped. First time I’ve been notified that there are still tickets available twice as a previous mini pack holder as well as this draw. And I sure as shit didn’t get offered jerseys when I bought my 5 packs. Fuckers

  2. Racki says:

    Updated with the Cogliano interview details.

    Anyone going to the games this year, give these guys (Penner, Smid, Cogliano) applause when their names are announced.

  3. Trogdor says:

    Regarding Cogliano’s comments, how many players on our team have said they love playing here and want to stay? They’re just words… I want action!!!

    I’d like to see one of them actually show the drive and determination akin to someone who enjoys what they are doing. Like was mentioned about Smith and Smyth in the other post, we need someone on the team skate around oozing pride and passion, not just talk about it in interviews.

    If one guy starts doing it, it will be contagious.

  4. Racki says:

    True, but Cogliano actually did show drive and determination last year. He was one of few players performing well. So to reward him for his efforts, MacTavish put him on line 3.

  5. Steve-O says:

    Racki: True, but Cogliano actually did show drive and determination last year. He was one of few players performing well. So to reward him for his efforts, MacTavish put him on line 3.

    You would rather he lose face offs on the top line? Or take ice time away from the golden child?

    No where else to put him

  6. Racki says:

    Wing?? That’s where he’ll end up this year… or so I would hope.

  7. Racki says:

    Update on the Comrie situation too.. Oilers Nation has a post up by Robin Brownlee. He spoke to Comrie off the record. So he can’t say much, but he did say that both sides ARE interested. As well, Comrie and Tambellini might be meeting today to discuss this. It was also mentioned that Comrie was practicing with the Oilers yesterday, wearing a Senators practice jersey, however. I was thinking that they should invite him to camp for a try out. It sounds like that might be what will happen.

    I was very against the idea before, but I’m warming up. If we were to put a 3rd scoring line together, he could be helpful. I’d still rather see other needs met, but a 3rd scoring line would rock.

  8. Dallas says:

    Exactly my point I have been thinking the only way we will succeed this year is with 3 scoring lines like the Hans had 2 years ago. And I would much prefer to see Cogs on the wing with Gags as well. If they pick up Comrie do and do go with 3 scoring lines. Do you think Schremp sticks. And who else plays on that line? My guess and hope would be Nils and Brule.

  9. Racki says:

    We certainly have enough non-first liner skill players to form another scoring line. :P

    As far as Schremp, I have a tough time seeing him ever. But I wouldn’t mind seeing him given the chance again… you know, clean slate and all. Let him make or break his career one last time. Personally I see him as just a benefit on the PP. He’s great when the puck is on his stick, but outside of that, he’s for sure a below average player. But a lot can happen in a year. He has been working hard this off-season too. We shall see!

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