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Pat Quinn made a short, but strong statement today in regards to Sheldon Souray’s trade request:
It’s been no secret here. He’s made it clear for a long time (that he wants a trade). We have a hard enough time trying to build team framework. I always believed you should be able to look around that room and look into a teammate’s eyes and say ‘I’m giving it my best and I want you to do the same. That’s how a team builds trust. If you don’t want to play here, don’t screw around. Get the hell out. If you’ve got one guy sitting over there who doesn’t want to bloody well be here, how do you build trust, how do you have a team? You don’t. Sheldon knows how I feel about that sort of thing. This organization, certainly in my time, and I know the people involved here, are not people who would order them to go and play if they were in (injured). Legally it’s dumb. Secondly, I as a coach don’t want a guy in the lineup wearing the sweater who is in a position to let his teammates down because he is not physically or mentally ready to go.
EDIT: Updated with more quote from Quinn.
With Ryan Stone in the line up, the Oilers are currently 9-2-1. Now obviously, Ryan Stone isn’t that big of a difference maker to think that he alone is lifting this team to the cup. But with all of our size players (Penner, Stone, Stortini, JFJ, Moreau) in the line up, Quinn is able to stick to the original game plan of putting a big guy or two with every small skill player we have to open up ice for them.
The newest incarnation of size with skill comes in the form of a line that Pat Quinn has dubbed “Hack, Smack and Whack” – Nilsson, Stortini and Stone. Now I’m going to be a bit presumptuous and guess which is which, as labelled in the picture. But who the hell knows how to decode what this old Irishman is saying half the time. All I know is that he’s right in saying that these guys are doing quite well with the minutes given to them. Continue reading 'The Hack, Smack and Whack Attack…'»
Today in practice, apparently Renney blew up on Hemsky. Details on all of this are sketchy still, but according to Tencer’s twitter: “Would be inappropriate to relay what Renney said to Hemsky during practice; underlying message was: ‘pls work a bit harder'”.
Quinn was asked about it in an interview and had this to say (quote taken from Oilers Nation): Continue reading 'Renney snaps, loses it, and headfakes Hemsky with a complicated practice drill'»
Looking back at the recent off season, Edmonton Oilers fans endured both an embarrassing refusal by one Dany Heatley to waive his no-trade clause as well as what felt like some stagnation in terms of our roster of players. Dwayne Roloson was let go due to age and concerns over the duration of a contract that he was seeking. Kyle Brodziak was traded at the draft for a bucket of pucks. We also let go of Ales Kotalik which raised concerns over the loss of the scoring that he brought to the Oilers.
If you add it all up, we lost an aged but competitive goalie who battled on a nightly basis, a center who could win draws and kill penalties, and a big if not physical winger who could score goals. Following these changes, not surprisingly several Oilers bloggers lamented the refusal of Oilers’ management to find a center who can kill penalties and win face-offs, a shut-down defensemen, and a big winger who could score goals. Oh, and did I mention that we transitioned from the Oilers old boys club to the Nucks old boys club (sort of). Continue reading 'Pat Quinn`s Edmonton Oilers – by Hockey Noob'»