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“… Bertuzzi in front, Druken SCORES!!! Standing O for Harold Druken, 3:19 of overtime, and the Canucks are on their way to the playoffs!!”
After the Penguins lost the Eastern Conference Championship last season to the Devils the Penguins returned to their practice facility south of Pittsburgh to clear out their lockers and leave for the off-season.
The Minnesota Wild didn’t play the trap and lit the lamp 6 times on route to recording their first win of the preseason against the Edmonton Oilers last night.
In a night where the Habs put out a bunch of young players the Leafs were supose to put on a show in Newfoundland. Well that was not the case as Toronto was shut out and out played.
There has been a long standing tradition in Edmonton that a team consisting of would-be rookies plays a game against the University of Alberta team. Sunday night’s matchup was an embarrassing loss for the Oiler wannabes as they were pounded by the UofA Golden Bears 7-2.
It seems like a natural fit. The Oilers have too many forwards, too many who fill the same role. Grit and checking is their game. The Oil have too few gifted passers or forwards with the much needed offensive flare. In the Sens, what has been painfully obvious is that the team Europe approach doesn’t work. The right mix of brute force and talent is needed. The Sens honestly don’t have the needed grit to make it out of the first round in a gritty eastern conference.
Training camp has only been on for a few days but already some noteworthy stories have arisen. The nearby suburb of Sherwood Park is playing host to the opening week of Oiler camp as the general public has free admission to the sessions.
Canada’s “Orientation Camp” which ended last Friday provided on lookers a glimpse of what could be the final team this February. Three seperate reports from three seperate newspapers basically agree on what the final roster will look like, based soley on last week’s camp.
With the recent outbreak of goaltending needs throughout the NHL it appears that some teams that are deep in that position may be willing to part with some of that talent for the right price.
A couple weeks have gone by since Slava Fetisov was selected to head up Team Russia but still the problems are growing with this team. Fetisov’s position hasn’t been made official yet, and now some players are wavering on their commitment to playing.