Smid Contracted (past tense) H1N1

By , October 28, 2009 12:25 am

Tonight Quinn released the news that a player on the Oilers had contracted the H1N1 virus. It was later confirmed on the Oilers website that the player in question is Ladislav Smid who has since recovered from the virus.

According to Pat Quinn, Alberta Health guidelines are to not test for H1N1 unless the person is hospitalized. Quinn also noted that the players are not in the at risk group for serious effects of the virus. “Young people are getting it and there is no way of stopping it, I guess,” Quinn stated. “We want to be able to help them through it. They’re not at the at risk group – they’re at risk to get it, but not at risk for serious illness other than the sweats and the fevers and that sort of thing. So we’re going to stay on top of that and there may be further discussion tomorrow.”

In other sad, somewhat related news.. 13-year old minor hockey leaguer Evan Frustaglio died monday night from the H1N1 virus. Frustaglio was in London, Ontario for a hockey tournament when he complained of a sore throat and cough on Friday night. By Saturday, Frustaglio was experiencing more flu-like symptoms and had even seen a physician the next day who had advised the family to continue taking medication and treat the fever, and the boy would be fine. Within 24 hours later, the boy had passed away from the virus.

GDT – Oilers 0, Avalanche 3 – Oct 27, 2009 – Game 12

By , October 27, 2009 9:00 am
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche

GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche


Well the Oilers had a rough weekend, thanks mostly from the flu that’s been ravaging its way through the team. The weakened Oilers lost on Saturday 5-2 to the Calgary Flames and were blanked 2-0 against the Canucks on Sunday. The Avalanche, meanwhile, have been rolling along since the season started. They’ve only lost once in regulation time and are 8-1-2 to start the season. Their last game was against Detroit on Saturday, which was a 3-1 win. They’ve been riding on the spectacular goaltending of Craig Anderson, who has started all 11 of the Avalanche’s games so far this season and should get the start for Tueday night’s game versus the Oilers as well. Continue reading 'GDT – Oilers 0, Avalanche 3 – Oct 27, 2009 – Game 12'»

Coyotes Sale / Richards Hit / Prendergast and more…

By , October 26, 2009 9:25 pm
Bettman works the jazz hands

Bettman works the jazz hands


Per TSN.

Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes has agreed to sell the bankrupt franchise to the NHL.

The agreement, which still must be approved by Judge Redfield T. Baum, was announced in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Monday after lawyers met for more than an hour during a recess in a status hearing on the case.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says that once the deal closes, the league will immediately look to sell the team, preferably to an owner who will keep the club in Arizona.

The deal is said to be worth about $128M US.


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GDT – Oilers 0, Canucks 2 – Oct 25, 2009 – Game 11

By , October 25, 2009 2:34 pm
GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks - Oct 25, 2009

GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks - Oct 25, 2009


Tonight marks the second regular season meeting between the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks for this year. Edmonton won the game 2-1 on some spectacular play from Nikolai Khabibulin. Khabibulin stopped 39 of 40 shots, excluding the shot that went in just after the buzzer sounded. Hopefully the Oilers can get ahead in the game again and do an even better job of protecting the lead this time. Tonight it’s partly up to Jeff Deslauriers though, as he gets the nod in goal for just his second start this season.

I’m calling it a 3-2 win for the Oilers tonight.
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On coaching comparisons and team psychology – by Norweigan Oiler

By , October 24, 2009 10:42 am

It is as inevitable as gravity, tidal cycles and Leaf-suckage – fans and experts alike compare head coaches Pat Quinn and Craig MacTavish. The roster MacTavish commanded in his last Oilers campaign has all but entirely spilled over into Quinn’s reign, and we are tempted to draw some early conclusions. As anyone can easily observe the results have immediately improved. Though the statistical sample is limited our record stands at 6-2-1 for a strong .722 point percentage after 9 games. That, of course, has a particularly satisfying taste to the neglected palates of Oilers society, having been starved with the mediocre pastries of .500 hockey for years. But alas, this is only statistics and as Evan Esar said “It is the only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.” Still, the conclusions here seem to flow in the same vein – Pat Quinn is a better coach than Craig MacTavish. The questions are; Is Quinn really better? If so, why is he better? What has changed? How has it changed? Continue reading 'On coaching comparisons and team psychology – by Norweigan Oiler'»

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