Expectations

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-22

There are two ways to be happy in this world.   1. Lower your expectations  2. Improve your reality This statement has never rang more true than it does right now.   Quite literally, for the past decade, Oilers fans have slowly been lowering their expectations of this Edmonton organization. By the end of the 2014/15 season, respect and hope for this team was nearly non-existent. If expectations were any lower heading into next season, the team would be wearing those cute little Tim Bits jerseys,  the Edmonton Oilers head office would be the site of a giant bonfire and what little supporters they had, would trade in their season tickets for magic beans. It wasn’t that we, a

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MAKING THE CALL ON THE RFA’S (CHIARELLI EDITION)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-22

Peter Chiarelli is the new GM of the Edmonton Oilers, but his counsel includes Craig MacTavish, Scott Howson and Bill Scott. That may cloud the issue for the short term when assessing the minor league talent, but we have to assume Chiarelli is his own man and will delete as required. How will he handle the current 50-man roster? History tells us a culling is about to take place. Let’s start with the RFA’s and here are my bets. D Justin Schultz. If the Oilers could get him at a reasonable number, bringing back Schultz might make sense. As it is, I simply can’t see him returning to this team unless they plan to have another chaotic year. My bet is they trade him for a vetera

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Taking Advantage of Cap Hell: New York Rangers Edition

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-22

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 we turn to a team that came up in this week’s mailbag: the New York Rangers.

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Five NHL Teams Who Could Bounce Back Next Season

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-22

Another regular season in the NHL has come and gone, and while the 16 teams who were good and/or fortunate enough to qualify for the postseason are in the midst of battling it out for league supremacy, there are 14 other teams in this league who deserve some attention as well. Each year, we consistently see a few teams qualify for the playoffs who would have come as complete and total surprises to the vast majority of fans had you told them they would pull off such a feat in the previous offseason. This year, the Western Conference was ripe with surprise teams to make the playoffs. With usual playoff fixtures such as Los Angeles and San Jose failing to qualify and last year’s playoff t

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THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-22

The Edmonton Oilers have been guilty far too often of signing the wrong people for the wrong money in recent years, so it’s a welcome departure from the same old, same old to see them continue what’s been a ridiculous off-season roll by getting it right with coach Todd McLellan.

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McDavid, McLellan Buys Oilers Another Year

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-22

In announcing Todd McLellan as the fourteenth head coach in franchise history on, the Edmonton Oilers confirmed what had become the worst kept secret of the off-season. The moment the native of Melville, Saskatchewan and the San Jose Sharks decided to officially part ways, was the moment Edmonton let their intention be known. While Peter Chiarelli was the one who unveiled this organization’s latest “catch” to the masses, the duo of Bob Nicholson and Craig MacTavish had actually reached out to McLellan before the former Boston Bruins general manager was even brought on board. Just like his new GM, the fact the Oilers had Connor McDavid fall into their lap likely played a large role in t

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Stingy Generals set for Memorial Cup run

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-22

Cole Cassels had the least enviable task in the major junior hockey: Shut down Connor McDavid four times. Nobody had much success on that count all year long, not even the Soo Greyhounds, the CHL’s top-ranked team, who were upset by McDavid’s Erie Otters in the OHL’s Western Conference final. But that’s exactly what the Oshawa Generals centre and his teammates managed to do in their victory over the Otters in the league final. Across the five games, Generals coach D.J. Smith made sure that Cassels was out on the ice against McDavid on virtually every even-strength shift. McDavid showed his spectacular skills on a few occasions but Cassels just about stole the show, scoring the overti

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It’s the Goaltending, Stupid!

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-22

The numbers suggest that the greatest weakness of the 2014-15 Oilers was their dreadful goaltending. Therefore, it’s imperative that GM Peter Chiarelli improve the goaltending this offseason.   What was the Oilers’ Biggest Problem? During the 1992 U.S. presidential election, Bill Clinton faced a difficult challenge. According to Wikipedia, “In March 1991, days after the ground invasion of Iraq, 90% of polled Americans approved of President Bush’s job performance.” So how did Clinton end up defeating Bush? The economy, stupid. A recession hit the U.S., which led to Americans identifying the economy as their nation’s biggest problem. Clinton’s lead strategist James Car

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Commemorating the Golden Ticket: Good Idea or Bad?

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-05-22

The Oilers season ticket renewal package. Good idea? Tone deaf? Masterful job of trolling? Season ticket package arrived. Well played Oilers. Well played. #Oilers pic.twitter.com/9DD6fIy7Pf — Rob Kinsey (@solid_guarantee) May 21, 2015 I haven't seen my Oilers season ticket renewal package yet, I even checked the mail last night in search of it, but thanks to the wonder that is Twitter there will be no surprises waiting for me when it does arrive. I already know what the prices are, the McDavid tax for my seats was set at 8%. And I know what the package itself looks like, it's a replica of the golden ticket from the draft lottery. You remember the draft lottery, when we

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The Oilers Didn’t Want Mike Babcock

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-22

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) The Toronto Maple Leafs, their fans and their media have every right to be excited about the arrival of Mike Babcock. He’s a high-profile coach, he’s a big name with a proven track record, and he’s going to bring some much-needed structure and identity to a team that is severely lacking in both. Granted, the team on the ice is still bad, and needs a lot of improvement. But, they seem to be building a competent management team, and that’s a step in the right direction. Though I will say, whoever takes the job as General Manager will probably feel a little bit irrelevant at this point, but anyways. Yes, the turnout for Babcock’s press conference w

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USER’S GUIDE TO TURNING NORTH

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-22

Peter Chiarelli: “Everyone has a five-year plan and so did we. It’s not like it fell exactly into place, but we were adding certain elements to get to this point.” (After SC win, via Behind the Moves) I thought it might be a good idea to go back to PC’s PC and see what we can see, now that the first blush excitement is gone. We’re looking for blues clues and anything about the F & G. All of the quotes are via Bruce McCurdy unless otherwise indicated. Chiarelli: “The way I manage there’s nothing really flashy about it, although in the past I’ve made some trades and I’m not afraid to do that, it’s about getting to know the players, instilling an

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Off-Season Targets: Zbynek Michalek

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-22

When the 2015 NHL trade deadline passed, a number of solid defenders changed hands. Among them were a few notable names, including Jeff Petry, Keith Yandle and James Wisniewski. One name of a solid defender that slipped through the cracks? Zbynek Michalek of the Arizona Coyotes. Michalek, who had been a very good shut-down defender for years in the desert, was sent to St. Louis as a rental for the Blues’ playoff run. Michalek suffered a concussion right before the trade, and never got going with the Blues. He was, for the lack of a better term, the forgotten one. Why Is He Out There: When you look at all the numbers, Michalek is actually a very solid NHL defender. So, why are we talkin

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