OK, really, today wasn’t THAT good. It was good though, and I was surprised how much the Edmonton Oilers got done in a single day. This is the same crew of people that snailed their way through last off-season and did much to improve the farm team, but very little to improve the big club with Colin Fraser, Jim Vandermeer and Kurtis Foster being the “big” additions.
Posts tagged: Stortini
Oilers qualified the following RFA players: Chorney, Smid, O’Marra, Cogliano, Peckham
I’ve always been a fan of Stortini. It always sucks to see these guys go (and let’s face it, at best, he’ll be going to Oklahoma City.. at worst, he’ll get claimed) because they generally put a lot into the community. And quite frankly, Stortini definitely did his part.
There was a time where I thought Stortini would be a key part of our rebuild, and I think many (although definitely not all) of you thought the same. He showed a lot of work ethic, he was a decent skater and a solid hitter, and he rarely took bad penalties or gave you the feeling it was a bad idea to have him on the ice. He also was known as a leader-type (perhaps leader by example might be a better description though).
However, on the bad side, his Continue reading 'My take on the Stortini waiving..'»
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 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'»