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Principe's Blog: Merry Christmas Oilers

by Gene Principe / Edmonton Oilers
Oilers (Photo by Andy Devlin / EOHC )

Monday is the day that I write a weekly blog on To this point in the season I've written about RNH on a few different occasions, TH (Taylor Hall), the 'Kid Line', the other lines, the team's great start, the turnaround by Nikolai Khabibulin, reasons to keep Sam Gagner, the leadership of Shawn Horcoff and a few more topics that I've tried to write in a timely fashion. This week it seems to be the right time to spread some Christmas cheer since this will be my last blog before Christmas. If I were Santa here's what I would put under the Oilers tree.

Steve Tambellini - One more high draft pick but acquiring it through trade and not position in the standings.

Tom Renney - 'Just for Men' as the grey hairs will continue to grow with a team that is still rebuilding

Nikolai Khabibulin - More water to put in his own personal 'Fountain of Youth'

Devan Dubnyk - Playing time to keep developing

Taylor Hall - A GPS that shows him the safest direction to go in order to stay out of harms way

Ladislav Smid - Two front teeth

Ryan Whitney - Health and happiness

Shawn Horcoff - Respect...doesn't get enough of it

Jordan Eberle - A pair of thick winter gloves to protect those hands

Darcy Hordichuk - Plenty of hand cream for his knuckles

Eric Belanger - Goals as a payoff for his hard work

Theo Peckham - Referees phone numbers so he can call them on the penalties he feels are questionable 

Andy Sutton - Dinner at the Shanahans' to prove he's a better person then his suspensions would suggest

Ryan Jones - A pair of scissors or a hair appointment would be the obvious but 'the flow' looks good on him. Maybe just a hair tie so it doesn't get in his face

Lennart Petrell - That he doesn't wake up from a dream of making the Oilers as a 27 year old free agent forward from Finland

Corey Potter - The entire collection of the Harry Potter movies

Ben Eager - A refill of his bottle of cologne called 'Nasty and Mean'

Anton Lander - ABBA's greatest hits and a VIP card at IKEA (sorry Anton Santa was losing his creativity)

Cam Barker - Hyperbaric Chamber so he can return sooner than expected

Jeff Petry - A dish

Tom Gilbert - A win in Minnesota (scratch that he got his present early this year)

Ales Hemsky - Points because he's too good to not have more of them

Sam Gagner - One position and one line for as many games in a row as possible

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Socks and underwear and X-Box games. What else do you get a teenager?

Ryan Smyth - A contract that works well for both him and the team

To you and yours wishing you a Merry Christmas


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