Some of us have been following hockey’s springs and falls for over 40 years. We’ve seen Mike Rogers and Brett Callighen and Raimo Summanen and Mark Messier as young men.

We’ve seen these young men mature, some of them reaching the highest peaks in the game’s history, others fading from the game but never forgotten.

This photo of Mark Messier and Kevin McLelland is courtesy Steve’s Oilers website, which offers a delightful trip through the past and serves as a valuable memory bank for dates and times. Truly a labor of love and well worth the visit.

It was a big week in Oilers land this week. Historic signings (RNH) and subtle ones that could be important in hindsight (Danis). Another angry GM on the left coast and a rookie development camp devoted to improving the kids skill levels.

Summer in the city? It’s still on ice.

Nation Radio is on Team 1260 at noon today. Your calls and emails are very important because the guest list was put together before the Lombardi waves. So please send in questions and comments and I promise to read them. Scheduled guests:

  • Former NHLer Brian Benning, who played with the Oilers and several other teams during his career. We’ll talk about the draft, free agency, the difficulty of playing his position and I might mention that Jari Kurri crosscheck too.:-)
  • Lisa McRitchie from the Copper and Blue. She’s been on fire lately at the C&B, giving excellent information about the draft and the development camp. We’ll talk about those issues and more.
  • Kent Wilson from Flames Nation. We’ll talk about the Flames in free agency, the draft and both of us will predict where the Oilers and Flames finish in 11-12.
  • Steve Serdachny from the Edmonton Oilers. I’ll ask him about his power and skills program and the results expected from it. Early word is that Anton Lander has gained a step since one year ago.

I’m also attempting to get a “live on the scene” update from Oilers development camp and the action there this morning. Hope you tune in.

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