Headed to Helsinki during the lockout. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Oil On Whyte's Weekend Link Extravaganza

Week one of the NHL lockout has just passed you by.

Holding on strong?  Good.  We’ll see how you do next week when preseason hockey should be filtering through the airwaves.

Here are some of this week’s hotlinks chosen for you, the reader with the most scrupulous of palettes.

Black Dog Hates Skunks : This Is A Joke, Right? - Presented without comment.

Copper and Blue (Benjamin Massey) : Today In Hockey History, Tony Hand Makes His Debut - Benjamin Massey’s take on the greatest British hockey player that ever lived.  This is a fantastic piece about a guy you might not have ever heard of before.  Go.  Read.  Do.

Oilers Jambalaya (Revingev):  2013 NHL Draft Profile – #1, Nathan MacKinnon – Head over to OJ and see what Revingev has to say about the possible first overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.  Here’s hoping the Oilers won’t be winners of that lotto.

Lowetide:  I Miss You, John Candy -” I’m cool with it, hell take the whole season or two if you want. I won’t bitch and moan, honest. However, I reserve the right to nerd out on the Oil Kings or Barons or Hitchcock movies for as long as I want”.

Tend The Farm (Neal):  Bill Scott Is Very Excited & Other #1 Picks Who Played In OKC- You might imagine that fans of the OKC Barons are a little bit excited to see some guys named Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins at training camp in a week.  I’d say that’s a pretty fair assessment.

OilersNation (Jonathan Willis):  Lennart Petrell Signs In Europe, Ladislav Smid Rumoured To Be On His Way Too – Everybody is signing in Europe.  We’re just waiting on our paperwork to be finalized, and we’ll be suiting up for Metalurg Magnitogorsk along with Oleg Tverdovsky.

FINALLY

The NHL cancelled September’s preseason games with little hubbub, and it really shouldn’t be a surprise to you if you’ve been following the labour negotiations with any regularity.  But, if you’re into torturing yourself a little bit, here’s the list of the preseason games (courtesy of NHL.com) that have yet to be cancelled in October.  Hey look, the Battle of Alberta on the 3rd.

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