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Nice, but no big deal

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

That was then. This is now.

Craig MacTavish has seen enough linen lifted inside Rexall Place that he didn't give too much thought to the brief pre-game video-montage marking the Edmonton Oilers Western Conference championship before last night's season-opener against the Calgary Flames.

Nice gesture. No big deal.

"You know what? I don't even like to think about it," MacTavish said of the tribute, which added only about five minutes to the opening night program. "That's last year. It's a completely different set of circumstances this year."

MacTavish kept the Oilers in the dressing room during the video that led up to the unveiling of the 2005-06 championship banner, which was already hanging.

"We just want to go about our business and it has nothing to do with what happened last year," MacTavish said.

"We've got to make our own identity early this year and I don't want any distractions for anybody other than (fans) out in the bowl so that they can enjoy it," MacTavish said.

"You should be able to get yourself ready regardless of the circumstances," Ethan Moreau said of the brief delay to start the game.

"We've had some practice. We've had a lot of jerseys retired here. We're used to it."


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