Dual Offer Sheet - Chicago’s Worst Nightmare?

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-05-29

Could a dual offer sheet scenario give the Oilers a boost this offseason? Offer sheets aren’t a new concept in the NHL. Restricted free agents have the right to sign with any team that will take them as long as the team is willing/able to pay the compensation for the player. The problem with offer sheets is that a lot of GMs see them as taboo. Fear of retaliation (see Vancouver/St. Louis circa 2008), the loss of draft picks and criticism from other teams has lead to only a handful of offer sheets over the past 10 years. Since 2006 there have been a total of 8 offer sheets to RFAs and in each case except for Dustin Penner the original team matched the offer sheet. What we haven’t se

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Oilers Draft Preview: #16

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-28

Before I get into the titled subject matter, I thought I’d share my Lottery Day story with you all. Let me sum up my past few weeks in a simple, yet elegant, name. MCFLIPPINGDAVID!!! The moment is still engraved into my memory. Here I was, working the kitchen at the local A&W on a saturday night, well aware I was missing the Draft Lottery at home. My phone was near dead and, I am ashamed to say, I was scrolling through my twitter feed far more than doing my job. I was working alongside one of my friends, a Flames fan, and we were speculating how McDavid would be for the Buffalo Sabres and casually joking about Edmonton winning the lottery. We both knew that would just be ludicrous

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RE 14-15 BEN SCRIVENS: LITTLE MARTHA

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-28

I don’t know anyone who cheers against Ben Scrivens, and in Edmonton—for a goalie—that’s incredible. Scrivens is a fine person, his causes are absolutely worthy, and he’s a thoughtful young man who uses his celebrity to further genuine conversation and debate. I cheer like hell for him. He had a very bad year as a hockey player. BEN SCRIVENS PLAYER CARD That was an ugly season. From game one through to the last one, complete disaster. Will they bring him back? Hard to say. Would you bring him back? Yes. Well, that’s it, fire him into the sun! Scrivens’ four seasons of college featured good SP’s (.911, .930, .931, .934) after year one and he had some

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Peter DeBoer to Sharks: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-05-28

The San Jose Sharks have a new leader—head coach Peter DeBoer. The team’s official Twitter account passed along the news Thursday: DeBoer is the eighth head coach in franchise history and replaces Todd McLellan, who joined the Edmonton Oilers this offseason. DeBoer coached with the Florida Panthers for three years and then took over the New Jersey Devils. He led the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season, where they ultimately lost to the Los Angeles Kings. That trip to the Stanley Cup Final for DeBoer was one more than the Sharks have enjoyed in their franchise history. New Jersey fell off in DeBoer’s next two seasons, and the Devils fired him in December aft

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The Rangers "Clutch" Elimination Game Performances

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-05-28

The Rangers just keep winning in elimination games. They must be the clutchiest bunch of clutches who ever clutched. If you watched Game 6 of the Rangers/Lightning series on Tuesday night then you likely know about the Rangers record in elimination games over the last four years because it was discussed at least once every five minutes throughout the broadcast. I was watching the game with a baby screaming in my ear and of the two, the constant mention of the Rangers elimination game record was by far the more annoying. Not because it’s not interesting, if you weren’t watching the game they’re now 14-3 in games when facing elimination since 2012, but because it doesn’t really m

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Auston Matthews to play next season in Europe

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-28

It appears that 17-year-old phenom Auston Matthews will spend the 2015-16 season overseas. Almost 100% Auston Matthews is headed to Europe, not WHL or NCAA.. News is teams from Sweden, Finland may have joined Zurich in the bidding. — Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 28, 2015 Re Matthews, scored 10 g in 10 games vs Div I teams this yr, played against men for U.S. at worlds, thinking simply wants bigger challenge. — Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 28, 2015 Cox reported earlier this month that several clubs from Switzerland had reached out to Matthews’ camp to gauge his interest in playing next season in Europe. The Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League hold his junior righ

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Taking Advantage of Cap Hell: Tampa Bay Lightning Edition

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-28

This is going to be a difficult summer for many teams thanks to a salary cap which has risen by less than expected early in the year. For a team like the Edmonton Oilers, there’s a chance to land talent from a team in cap trouble. Taking Advantage of Cap Hell is dedicated to looking at clubs reportedly in cap trouble and figuring out who might shake loose. Today our focus turns to one of the four teams still fighting for the Stanley Cup: the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Feschuk: So all will be well forever … right?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-28

A very good coach has joined the Maple Leafs. Naturally, everyone is calm and rational about it. It’s an exciting time for hockey fans in Canada. Edmonton has a new GM, a new coach and dibs on Connor McDavid. Calgary and Ottawa have youth and momentum. Montreal has the best goalie on Earth—and a defence that generously allows him to prove it each night. Vancouver has, uh, mountains and stuff? Winnipeg fans have the thrill of knowing that winter will return in about three weeks. And now even enthusiasts of the Toronto Maple Leafs—the Leafs!—have a reason to look on the hockey bright side. Let’s parse the introductory press conference of Mike Babcock, head coach of the Leafs and—to

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Hall rejuvenated, excited to win with Oilers

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-28

Taylor Hall hasn’t been this optimistic about the Edmonton Oilers in a while. It would be fair for Hall to feel down after five straight losing seasons, but recent moves throughout the organization, including the hiring of new head coach Todd McLellan, have rejuvenated the 23-year-old winger. Hall spoke glowingly of McLellan, whom he and teammate Jordan Eberle recently played for during a gold-medal run with Team Canada at the 2015 world championships in Czech Republic, in an extensive interview with The Edmonton Journal. “You kind of forget how fun it is to be a part of a group of guys who win and have results,” Hall told the Journal‘s Jason Gregor. “And it’s not an

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Oilers, Predators, Ryan Ellis and Nail Yakupov

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-28

It is no secret the Edmonton Oilers badly need to upgrade their defence. While the addition of a top pairing defender who can be used in all situations would be fantastic, the chances of finding such a creature via free agency or the trade market are almost non-existent. With that being the case, general manager Peter Chiarelli may need to aim little lower on the totem pole when it comes to improving his backend. Does that mean he should not bother trying to go big game hunting this summer?  Not at all but there is a big difference between being able to actually pull of such a move and wanting to do so. View image | gettyimages.com Juggling Previous Blunders In my mind, Edmonton is going

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DAYDREAM BELIEVER

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-28

Word today from Derek Roy’s agent that it’s crickets in regard to negotiations between his client and the Oilers. Makes sense, the Oilers won the lottery and have a new GM, changing things in a very real way for the organization. I think it’s reasonable to suggest that the Oilers opening night depth chart at center will be: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Connor McDavid Anton Lander Boyd Gordon And that brings us to Mr. Nail Yakupov and his future. After signing a two-year deal just after the season, things seemed to be going in a good direction—and that was news. Yakupov’s Oilers career is three years old and I don’t remember one month in the 36 without worry, but the new deal

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Chiarelli and RFAs

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-28

The next month will give us some insight into Peter Chiarelli's strategy on how he plans to build the Oilers organization into a contender.Not just the NHL team, but the overall organizational depth. How will he fill out the 50-man roster?

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