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The West Trembles

MacIntyre's Return To Edmonton Leaves The Western Conference Paralyzed With Fear

NHL Hometaowns Quiz

Made a Sporcle quiz today, dealing with the cities/towns/villages that have produced the most combined points from players born there. Give it a shot if you like - the answers are actually quite fascinating (knowing your small towns of Saskatchewan will help)!

The Road to Khabarovsk

So I have started up a little blogging project, on the subject of the KHL and Russian hockey in general, and I would like to invite you all to come over and take a look at it! (Site editors, if this is considered an abuse of Fanshot-ing, I apologize and please do delete this)

Linus Omark to Switzerland

The Linus Omark saga has apparently come to an end, or at least to a turning point. Mr. Omark has signed with EV Zug in the Swiss league, where he'll join ex-Oiler Jussi Markkanen.

On the Forecheck Interview with Ryan Jones

The Predators folks have posted the transcript of a short interview with Mr. Jones, in which he talks about both Nashville and Edmonton.

Sometimes when I went into the boards I would have to lose the battle because I knew if I put my...

Sometimes when I went into the boards I would have to lose the battle because I knew if I put my shoulder a certain way it would kind of pop out.

Taylor Hall talks about his shoulder injury, and about the progress of his recovery from it.

Ryan Keller to Genève-Servette

Another OKC Baron has flown the coop (is that what the landed nobility do? Fly the coop?), as Mr. Keller is off to Genève-Servette of Switzerland's National League A. I am having trouble seeing this as in any way a good thing for the Barons in '12-'13 - didn't Keller get some consideration for a call-up to the NHL at one point last season?

Montgomery Heading Overseas

Kevin Montgomery appears to have signed with Lillehammer of the Norwegian League. Any thoughts on this from the folks in OKC?

Gernat Picked in KHL Draft

Salavat Yulaev Ufa picked up Oil Kings d-man and Oilers draft pick Martin Gernat 19th overall in today's KHL draft. It doesn't necessarily mean that he's heading back overseas, but it does give him an extra option in a pretty good league.

"I cannot defend the tripping penalty called on Colten Teubert."

Kerry Fraser explains why the back referee is not supposed to make calls like that one.


Local Talent in the NHL

Was Don Cherry right? Do local boys matter?

Magnus Paajarvi looks OK...he's on the ice early today. Great news.

Magnus Paajarvi looks OK...he's on the ice early today. Great news.

From Dan Tencer's twitter machine this morning. Looks like the kid may have gotten the luck that he deserved and that we were all hoping he would get with that hit! In the meantime, we await further bulletins...

Mike Comrie Calls It a Career

Apparently hip problems are the key reason why Comrie is hanging it up so young. A pity; his return to the Oilers, and subsequent rapprochement with the Edmonton fans, was one of the few happy stories of the 09-10 season. Best of luck in future endeavours, Mr. Comrie!

Jack Jablonski Website

The link is to a website gathering best wishes, and donations towards medical expenses, for Jack Jablonski, a 16-year-old Minnesotan who was terribly injured in a high school hockey game on Friday night. In addition, the folks at Hockey Wilderness have compiled a number of the messages of support to Jablonski from members of the NHL community, and it's worth checking out.

Pisani to Play in the Allsvenskan

The construction of the Swedish chapter of Oilers Alumni Abroad continues, as San Fernando joins Struds at Södertälje. SSK are currently sitting 8th out of 14 in the Allsvenskan. All-in-all, this sounds like a pretty solid move for a Swedish 2nd division club!

Steve Valiquette Heads to Europe

Ok, maybe he didn't have the longest career in Edmonton (14 min.). Nor was it the most glorious (8.57 GAA, .714 SV%). But Steve Valiquette is an ex-Oiler, and thus worthy of a mention here! Anyway, after failing to stick this season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, Valiquette is off to Italy, and to Serie A's HC Valpellice Bodino Engineering. The Bulldogs are currently sitting last in Serie A, with a 9-17-3 record.

Broad Street Hockey Rights A Wrong

So, long story short - ESPN did not include a single hockey figure in its year-end "In Memoriam" feature. In this year, of all years. Anyway, the good folks at Broad Street Hockey have rectified matters - check out the link.

Boris Mironov Interview

Kent Wilson has posted a translated interview with the ex-Oiler D-man over at ON. Check it out - it reminds me of why I always rather liked Bobo.

A Ladislav Benysek Sighting!

You may remember Mr. Benysek, the Oilers' 11th-round pick in the 1994 draft. He ended up playing only 2 NHL games for Edmonton, although he later enjoyed 2-and-a-bit full seasons with the Wild. The rest of his career has been nomadic to say the least. Anyway, Benysek plays on! He has just signed a contract with SV Kaltern Caldaro of Italy's Serie A2. Kaltern is currently sitting 6th out of 8 teams in A2.

Hall Out 2-4 Weeks

Given the fact that Sportsnet was tossing around a figure of 7-10 days last night, we can but hope that his absence will be a lot closer to 2 weeks than 4. On the other hand, let's also hope that he's fully healed before the Oil put him back into the lineup.

OKC Recalls Kytnar

Milan Kytnar has been called up to the AHL after a brief stint in Stockton, and the Barons have also signed ECHL defenceman Dylan Yeo to a PTO.

Today in "Ex-Oilers Moving" News: Janne Niinimaa

Former Oiler stalwart Janne Niinimaa is on the move, from Kiekko-Laser of the Finnish 2nd Division to Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League A, where he will join, among others, Michel Riesen. Given the current state of the Oilers' defensive corps, I occasionally, if only semi-seriously, wonder why they don't give Niinimaa a call. He's only 36, after all...

Jason Strudwick Heads to Sweden!

Mr. Strudwick has apparently signed on to play with Södertälje, in the HockeyAllsvenskan (Sweden's second division). Södertälje were relegated from the Elitserien last season, and are currently sporting a record of 9-10-2.

Barons Sign Ringwald to PTO

The OKC Barons have brought Dan Ringwald back up from Stockton, which would seem to suggest that they're expecting some defensive call-ups to the big team. No surprise there, but I thought it worth mentioning.

Another Former Oiler Changes Teams

From Italy comes news that our old friend Ralph Intranuovo has moved from EV Bozen 84, who play in second-tier Serie A2, up to HC Asiago of Serie A. Intranuovo had put up 16 points in 13 games for the White Weasels - yes, that is EV Bozen's nickname - prior to the transfer.

Ex-Oiler on the Move

Google Translate renders the story, from the Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod site, thus: "Sweden striker Robert Nilsson officially became a player, "Torpedo." This season, the KHL Gagarin Cup and the 2011 World Championship silver medalist 2011 had 15 matches for "Salavat Yulaev," which scored 5 (0 5) points. Our team will play forward at the 26th number."

Seguin Has Congenital Hip Problem

Given the Hall vs. Seguin debate of 18 months ago or so, I thought this bore mentioning here. I'd be very interested to know, for sure, who was aware of this problem and when.


Relocated Teams & Visual Reminders of Their Previous Homes

I was moved to write this fanpost (my very first!) by a comment in Patti Dawn Swansson's article on the new Jets' logo.  In the comments thread, ThrashersRecaps wrote: The Jets missed an...

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