Are the Oilers looking for a d-man?
Steve Tambellini is actively shopping for defencemen (join the club), and there is an outside chance they may just have to eventually shut Ryan Whitney down for the season. His foot woes have limited his play this year, and he is still out of the lineup. The Oilers have won eight of their last 29 games in what is quickly becoming another lost season. When you see the heart and sacrifice exhibited by Taylor Hall and several of the youngsters on the Oilers, it’s clear Ales Hemsky’s time there is coming to an end. Last week, the oft-injured second-line winger flamingo’d on a shot that got through for a goal and later gave up on a race to try erasing icing in the final minute of a win in Chicago. Not popular moves.
A UFA this summer, Hemsky and the Oilers are better off with him elsewhere if they can find a suitor … Fasel met with Donald Fehr, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey in Calgary on Thursday with hopes of finding out more about possible NHL participation in the 2014 Olympics. “We’re open,” said Fasel on seeing the world’s best at the Games. Fasel will meet with the NHL in two weeks, but nothing will be determined until a new CBA is agreed upon … Who wouldn’t be in favour of scrapping the NHL’s realignment plans if the alternative has the Boston Bruins playing the Vancouver Canucks 10 times a year? … As laughable as the fans’all-star selections are, what many fail to remember is that such a flawed system actually gets people talking about a game nobody would otherwise discuss. In that vein, it works … Slap Shot translation of Rene Bourque’s apology following the hit that prompted his five-game suspension: He feels shame.