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Today was day 2 of camp and there were some positives to take from it. Here is a summary of the days events. Also check here for todays training camp lines.
Visnovsky’s shoulder is still an issue. He told Dan Tencer in an interview earlier that it isn’t 100% yet and he’s still having problems with the rotation. He is at least a week away from seeing any action, but he should be recovered in time for the start of the season. “The shoulder is good, it’s strong. The doctor said I need one more week for re-hab, maybe I’ll miss the first week of the exhibition games,” Visnovsky told reporters. Today was Visnovsky’s first practice since being injured last year in a game vs. Chicago on February 3rd, 2009. Continue reading 'Edmonton Oilers Training Camp – Day 2'»
Save your boos
Well, on my plane ride home from Vegas, I learned that the snot-nosed kid who snubbed Edmonton is back in town. I’m sure many of you are planning on booing/heckling the crap out of him, but I say “save your boos.”
Comrie did screw up. He’s admitted to it though: “I’ve come out and said I didn’t handle it properly. I was young. I made mistakes and I’ve learned a lot.” Even Lowe admitted to making a mistake in how he handled it. I don’t have the exact quote, but he did apologize for trying to extort the $2.5M in bonus money out of Comrie. These two sides have obviously put things behind them, and now it’s time for the fans too. Comrie has also matured quite a bit in the 6 years since he’s been here. He also has never said one bad thing about the fans here (unlike that venomous snake, Chris Pronger) while he was here and even after he was chased out of town. Continue reading 'Save Your Boos – Mike Comrie Returns to Edmonton'»
With Craig MacTavish (and his player criticisms) out the door, there are a few players on this team who are going to have a fresh, clean slate in the NHL again and another chance to make their name for themselves. The biggest (pun not intended) opportunity for improvement this year will be Dustin Penner.
Last season, Penner was publicly criticised by Craig MacTavish in the interview heard ’round the NHL: “He’s not competitive enough or fit enough to help us, so why put him back in? He’s never been fit enough to help us. We thought the contract was a starting point for him, but he views it as a finish line. I can’t watch it, certainly not for another two and a half years”. We all know the story behind that, and how well MacTavish’s motivational speech worked. So why do we want this guy back?
Well, for one, we’re stuck with him. But, for two, he actually can be a factor on this team. Continue reading 'Dispelling Myths – Dustin Penner'»