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Columnist calls the Oilers ‘soft’


There are a lot of theories regarding the Edmonton Oilers’ perpetual poorness.

They haven’t drafted well, especially beyond obvious high first-round picks. Despite year after year of ineptitude, the front office seems fairly protected, especially Kevin Lowe (sure, they changed GMs … but some wonder if Lowe’s voice still rings the loudest, anyway). Most directly, they are pretty lousy at keeping the puck out of their own net, whether that falls heaviest on their goalies or defensemen.

If you ask the Edmonton Sun’s Robert Tychkowski, the real problem is that the Oilers are “soft.”

It’s been nine years since the Edmonton Oilers were last described as a gritty, hard-working team that nobody wants to play against, which is probably why it’s been nine years since they last made the playoffs.

Any coach or GM worth his weight in lottery balls knows you need some mongrels mixed in with your purebreds if you’re ever going to win.

Granted, it’s also been nine years since the Oilers employed an elite defenseman, as Chris Pronger was traded to the Anaheim Ducks after Edmonton’s memorable run.

Anyway, Tychkowski believes that a recent roster move implies that the front office is acknowledging his perceived lack of sand paper. By calling up Tyler Pitlick and keeping Steve Pinizzotto while demoting Jesse Joensuu, he thinks that Edmonton’s addressing a deficit.

Is it really about grit and intangibles for Edmonton? Maybe, maybe not … but it seems like the Oilers still have a long way to go, which has basically been a refrain since that playoff run many moons ago.

Oilers waive Joensuu, assign Marincin


The Edmonton Oilers have placed Jesse Joensuu on waivers with the purpose of reassigning the forward to the American Hockey League the club announced Sunday.

Joensuu has two goals and four points to go along with 14 penalty minutes and a minus-8 rating in 20 games with the Oilers this season.

The 27-year-old was a healthy scratch in four of the last six games, but got into the Oilers lineup for Friday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues as a result of an injury to Matt Hendricks.

In a separate transaction, defenseman Martin Marincin was assigned to the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons.

The Oilers 2010 second-round pick (46th overall) had an assist in 12 games to go along with a minus-4 rating with Edmonton this season.

Marincin, 22, was a healthy scratch in the Oilers last two games.

Edmonton gets back to action on Monday when they play host to the Arizona Coyotes.

Video: Oilers’ Hendricks blocks Weber shot, leaves game (Updated)

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Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks blocked a shot from Predators defenseman Shea Weber early in the first period Thursday night.

Hendricks took the shot off the knee and left the game.


Henrdricks is the second forward Edmonton has lost in a week due to an injury after blocking a shot.

Benoit Pouliot suffered a broken foot and has been placed on injured reserve after blocking a shot against the New Jersey Devils last week.

Jesse Joensuu is the lone extra forward currently on the Oilers’ roster. Depending on the severity of Hendricks’ injury, Edmonton would have to place him on IR in order to recall another forward.

NHL schedules hearing with Nolan for boarding Helm

Nolan hit

Jordan Nolan only got a two-minute minor for slamming Darren Helm into the glass from behind during Friday’s game, but the league is considering punishing him further. The NHL Department of Player Safety announced that it has scheduled a hearing on Sunday with Nolan. They didn’t specify if it was an in-person or over the phone meeting.

You can view the hit below:

As you might have suspected given that Helm was involved in the ensuing brawl, he remained in the game. Detroit went on to earn a 5-2 victory.

Nolan does have a history with the player safety department though. He was suspended for a game in March after punching an “unsuspecting” Jesse Joensuu with “significant force.” He was also fined in 2013 for cross-checking Henrik Sedin.

Nuge, Eberle and Petry out for Oilers; Nurse, Yakimov to make NHL debuts vs. L.A. (Update: Petry’s a healthy scratch)

Darnell Nurse, Taylor Hall
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Big lineup changes in Los Angeles tonight as the Oilers look for their first win of the season against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Jeff Petry are all sidelined with injuries, paving the way for two of Edmonton’s top picks from the 2013 draft — Darnell Nurse (seventh overall) and Bogdan Yakimov (83rd) — to make their NHL debuts.

Nurse, the nephew of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, has been with the Oilers since training camp but has yet to play a regular-season game. Yakimov was called up from AHL Oklahoma City after Edmonton’s rough-and-tumble shootout loss to the Canucks on Saturday.

It’s unclear exactly what’s ailing Eberle, Petry and Nugent-Hopkins. “Multiple bang ups,” is how head coach Dallas Eakins described their conditions, per the Edmonton Sun; there was some speculation that Nugent-Hopkins injured himself in his first-ever NHL fight against Vancouver’s Dan Hamhuis, but Eakins shot that down.

As you’d expect from such a significant roster shuffle, the ins and outs have altered Edmonton’s lines. Here’s what the Oilers rushed at this morning’s skate:

Taylor Hall-Mark Arcobello-Teddy Purcell

David Perron-Yakimov-Jesse Joensuu

Benoit Pouliot-Leon Draisaitl-Nail Yakupov

Matt Hendricks-Boyd Gordon-Will Acton

Nurse, meanwhile, is likely to be paired with Justin Schultz on defense.

UPDATE: Well, this is interesting — per TSN, Petry, who last year finished second among all Edmonton d-men in TOI per game, is a healthy scratch for tonight’s game.

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