Hockey’s sharpest TV commentator Ray Ferraro rips Justin Schultz, praises Oscar Klefbom, and says there’s “real hope” Oilers will be in playoff contention

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-02

TSN’s ace TV commentator Ray Ferraro is blasting Justin Schultz of the Oilers, saying he’s been a disappointment. “In my mind Schultz has been a disappointment because he’s not been able to figure out the NHL game, the speed that he has to play at. He doesn’t defend particularly well.” At the same time, Ferraro has kinder words for Schultz’s defensive partner Oscar Klefbom: “But at the World Championships, when I watched Oscar Klefbom, he looks like a player that is ready to take a step for me. He looks like a second-pair defenceman. He’s mobile, he skates and he can shoot the puck. I thought he looked terrific there and he had a good se

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NHLers tweet appreciation for Martin St. Louis

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-02

Martin St. Louis announced his retirement from professional hockey on Thursday after 16 remarkable NHL seasons. Martin St. Louis announces his retirement after 16 seasons. His 868 points since 2003-04 are 3rd-most in the NHL. pic.twitter.com/dDnz1eV7iO — Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) July 2, 2015 Martin St. Louis Awards: 1 Stanley Cup 1 Hart Trophy 1 Ted Lindsay/Lester B Pearson Award 2 Art Ross Trophies 3 Lady Byng Trophies — Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) July 2, 2015 Many former teammates, peers and on-ice foes took to Twitter to show their appreciation for the 40-year-old winger’s hockey talents, sportsmanship and contributions to the game, and to wish

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McLellan expects McDavid to play with Oilers this year

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-07-02

Tucked in the corner of the stands in the lower bowl of Rexall Place sat a group of invested onlookers surveying the Edmonton Oilers’ orientation camp. Bob Nicholson, the chief executive of the Oilers Entertainment Group, general manager Peter Chiarelli and head coach Todd McLellan were among the members of the management team watching the NHL team’s prospects during Thursday’s on-ice drills.

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Nurse’s final junior season full of accomplishments

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-07-02

Looking back, with all the benefits hindsight provide, Darnell Nurse has a much different take on his prolonged stay in junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Nurse captained the overachieving Greyhounds to the Ontario Hockey League playoffs and contributed to Canada’s gold-medal win at the world junior hockey championship. He even played in four playoff games with the Oklahoma City Barons in the American Hockey League after the Greyhounds’ season was done.

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Peter Chiarelli – A Bruins Point Of View

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-07-02

***Editors Note: Nick Lovett is a friend of mine, and he is a die-hard Boston Bruins fan. Tonight, Nick gives Oilers fans a little glimpse into the world of a team run by Peter Chiarelli. After a solid draft weekend and free agent day, Oilers fans are thrilled with Chiarelli, and rightfully so. What can we expect moving forward? Nick gives us his best thoughts on that. You can follow him on twitter @_NickLovett. Also, check out his new blog, midniterelease.com.******  If you ask the consensus of Boston Bruins’ fans what they think about Peter Chiarelli, I would be willing to bet most do not like him or are pretty indifferent about him. For the most part, I believe Chiarelli was a great pa

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DARNELL

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-02

I think Darnell Nurse is going to have a say this fall and there are going to be tough decisions to make on Kingsway. I’ve said many times (here and on the Lowdown) that Edmonton would have to make multiple moves in order to force Nurse to No. 7 on the current depth chart. They haven’t done it yet. Before the draft, in a post called The Gap, I wrote the following: I don’t think Nurse spends much if any time in Bakersfield, California. The Oilers would need to add two legit pieces in order for anyone to reasonably argue that Nurse was the No. 7 option for the club. I suspect he’ll be third pairing opening night LH side for the Oilers and maybe that’s where we should start

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2015 UFA Day Review

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-07-02

Stand by for judging! July 1st has come and gone once again. For long suffering Oilers fans in years past, this day would be looked toward with great anticipation, and looked back on with great frustration. Every year the Oilers would need some UFA help to plug some serious holes and help complement the young core, and every year those impact players would sign somewhere else, leaving Edmonton to search high and low for guys like Steve MacIntyre and Luke Gazdic to fill out the roster. The Oilers have been considered undesirable by MSM types and NHL players alike for some time now, and based on their recent performance it’s not hard to see why. This year though, things felt differ

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McDavid’s arrival sparks Glory Days 2.0 talk

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-02

EDMONTON — They all skated beneath the Stanley Cup banners and retired jerseys inside Rexall Place on Thursday, 31 Edmonton Oilers prospects of varying pedigree, only a handful of whom will ever play in the National Hockey League. The gathered media wasn’t asking all 31 of those kids about knocking some dust of the Oilers legacy, however. They were asking Connor McDavid, because the last time a player like him showed up in Edmonton, well, that’s just when the banner business started to get good. “It’s very cool,” said McDavid, his eyes glancing skyward as a homage to the Oilers rich, yet distant history of winning. “The history that comes with this organization, the great games

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Lauri Korpikoski: An Open Letter to Oilers Fans

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-02

Dear OilersNation,This is my first time writing for you guys, so many of you may not know me. My name's Catherine, I write at LeafsNation, and I watch the Oilers a lot - but last season, I covered the Arizona Coyotes. 

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Bringing Back Horcoff (Part 3)

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2015-07-02

I should probably change the name of this post, as Horcoff has officially signed with the Anaheim Ducks for one year at $1.75 million. But since this ties in with Part 1 and Part 2, I’ll leave it as is. Once the Oilers acquired winger Lauri Korpikoski for Boyd Gordon, I figured there’d be no chance of Horcoff returning. The Oilers left wing roster chart was filled before the free agency window opened with Hall, Pouliot, Hendricks, Pakarinen and now Korpikoski signed to play next season. Horcoff had success as a center for the Oilers, but in his past two seasons, he’s been primarily a winger in Dallas. The Ducks, it appears, have signed him as a centerman. Their left wing roster already

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3 NHL Teams That Are Winning The Offseason

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-07-02

The Stanley Cup Final is great. Legends are made and are forever etched onto hockey’s most hallowed trophy. Yet for the fans of the 28 other teams not in the Final, the excitement for the off-season is even greater, as it gives them a ray of hope that they too can get that much closer to the Cup. Here are three teams that have been taking the necessary steps towards that goal this summer: 1. Toronto Maple Leafs View image | gettyimages.com Let’s face it, recent history hasn’t been kind to the Leafs’ string of decision making. That appears to be changing under the leadership of Brendan Shanahan, who has made a number of smart pickups this offseason. First, the Leafs

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Pacific Division Teams Improve Via Draft And Free Agency

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-07-02

The last few days in the NHL have been nothing short of a flurry. With the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in the not so distant past and the opening of the Free Agency there has been a plenty of big moves across the NHL. Some of the bigger moves came within the Pacific Division, where as a whole, the division has improved. All seven teams within the division have been involved with drafting or bringing in a player from another team, in some cases a team from the Pacific, and on paper seem to have gotten better because of their moves. Here is a team-by-team look at some of the moves each team has made. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports) Anaheim Ducks The Ducks brought in defenseman Kevin Bieska via

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