Stoll ready to do it again

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

Jarret Stoll has heard the whispers of how the departure of Chris Pronger, Michael Peca, Sergei Samsonov and Jaroslav Spacek will lead to the Edmonton Oilers downfall.

The Oilers centre wishes the skeptics would reserve judgement, but at the end of the day, Stoll isn't worried about the naysayers since he's got plenty of confidence in the Oilers -- a team that took a nation by its hand and went all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final before falling short against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"We know we lost some players and we know who those players are," Stoll said from Grande Prairie, Alta. "I don't think it should continue to be brought up. We're a new team. Every year you're going to have new guys come in and guys depart. It's part of the business side of the game. We're going to have a great team this year. We've got great forwards, our defence is going to be tough to play against and we've got Rolie (Dwayne Roloson) and Juice (Jussi Markkanen) back between the pipes.

SPOKE WITH PASSION

"We're happy with our team and where we're headed."

The Oilers face the Phoenix Coyotes in NHL pre-season action tonight at 7 p.m. (680 CJOB) before a sold out crowd at the 15,015-seat MTS Centre. Stoll, a strong two-way forward who was third in points (22 goals, 68 points in 82 games) on his team last season, spoke with passion when asked to recount his most recent playoff experience.

"It was a short summer and that's definitely what you want," said Stoll. "You want short summers, long springs and good playoff runs. It was the time of our lives, we learned a lot and it was an exciting time for people in Edmonton, the surrounding area and eventually Canada."

Feeling the excitement in Rexall Place was something Stoll will never forget.

"It just kept getting better and better," said Stoll. "The fans were unbelievable. I've never seen anything like that. You can never really describe it. It's the feeling you get, chills running up your body. We had a great run and we're going to have to do it all over again.

"For myself, that was my first (NHL) playoffs and getting all the way to Game 7, you wish it would happen every year. We learned how tough it was. Every series gets tougher and tougher. Everybody wants that Cup so darn bad that they'll pretty much do anything to get it. You realize how tough it was to get to that point and then get over that hump. To see them celebrating was disappointing and we wanted to get off that ice as quick as possible. Hopefully, we'll get another crack at it and make another run."


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