Jesse Poliojarvi, Evander Kane, Duncan Keith, and more

I’m not sure if Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland works on phones trying to get rid of Jesse Puljujarvi or if it’s stuck on Continuing saga In terms of his status, but coach Jay Woodcroft looks set to move on with the Finnish top striker with the start of the main training camp just two days away.

“I have a lot of time for Jesse,” Woodcroft told Oilers Now host Bob Stover on Friday. “Obviously, I’ve seen him mature over the years… I’ve watched Jesse for the last few days. He’s come back quite a bit in those skates. He looks pretty good.

“He’s someone we’ve sat with. We’ve talked through some methodological changes or adjustments that we want to add. We’re going to start boot camp by implementing that. He’s excited about it. He’s a great guy. He’s approaching camp with the right attitude, he’s healthy. He feels good about it. Himself and we feel good about him.”

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Whether things are as rosy as the picture Woodcroft paints – I don’t think so, but I don’t know – or Puljujarvi wants out of here and the Netherlands is trying to get something done, declaring any displeasure doesn’t help the process, so we’re unlikely to hear anything along the way. Discourage words with the opening of the camp.

This is how it should be.

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Ryan Smith of the Edmonton Oilers (94) waves to the crowd before a game against the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alta, Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Canadian Press/Jason Franson

Everything is in full swing this coming week with the Oilers returning from the rookie championship in Penticton and the opening of the 2022 edition of main camp. In between, we’ll find out who the first two people were recruited for Oilers Hall of Fame/Ring of Honor That’s when their names are announced on Tuesday.

We know that the 2022 class will feature Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Gary Currie, Grant Four, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Kevin Lowe, Glen Suther and Rod Phillips because they already have their banners on the rafters. The party itself will take place on November 3 before a game against the New Jersey Devils.

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Former Oilers qualifiers are eligible to nominate five years after they retire as players. Other candidates may include coaches, employees, trainers, executives, or any other person whose role or service in the organization since 1972 is considered unusual.

They are the two new recruits that will be chosen by an 11-member panel, we don’t know yet. Like I wrote again September 7: “For me, there are no wrong answers and a lot of deserving people for those sites.” If my call – it’s not – former dressing room host Joey Moss and Ryan Smith will be the names to launch on Tuesday. We’ll know soon enough.

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Take a tip from the hat, 35-year-old Nathan Gerby, who retired this week after playing 435 NHL games with Buffalo, Carolina and Columbus in a professional career that spanned 13 seasons.

Gerby’s claim to fame is that he came into the books as the second shortest player in NHL history at five feet four. Goaltender Roy (Shrimp) Worters is listed as the only shortest player in the NHL at five feet three. Worters played 484 games for Pittsburgh, New York and Montreal from 1925-1937.

For context, Kailer Yamamoto is five feet eight and Theo Fleury played at five feet six.

And the . . .

  • Mark Spector’s word on Sportsnet is Duncan Keith, who was the team for dinner Thursday night in Penticton, and will join player development with the Oilers this season. The Netherlands has done this before. He recruited Sean Horkoff as Detroit’s director of player development in 2016 shortly after retiring with Anaheim. Horkoff, who completed 44 on Saturday, is an AGM with Red Wings now.
  • A man of defense does not involve risk Jason Demers As an in-depth player and it’s no real surprise because Woodcroft knows Demers from his time as an assistant on Todd McClellan’s staff in San Jose. At the very least, Demers will absorb some of the wear and tear in the pre-season schedule in which the Oilers play eight games in 13 days.
  • Basically, Evander Kane will get his $5.125 million salary from Oilers topped up by San Jose Sharks for the next three seasons.

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  • When: On Thursday, January 12, we’ll hop on a flight at Edmonton International Airport and head to Vegas. On Sunday evening, we will be returning from Vegas to Edmonton. So the dates you have to block for this trip are January 12-15.
  • Where do we live: After landing at LV, we’ll hop on the free shuttle and make our way to Park MGM before we settle for a good night’s sleep. 😉
  • What did you get: Round trip, hotel, shuttle, viewing party (Friday night), game entry – we got seats this time (Saturday night), and exclusive entry to the “meet everyone” event before the flight.
  • What is the price: The total cost of the flight, flight, hotel and entrance to the game $1,499 per person (based on double occupancy)
  • the tickets: Ready to dive? Click on this link.

Previously by Robin Brownlee