Does Darnell Nurse have an honest shot at making the Edmonton Oilers?

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

Connor McDavid stole the show at the Oilers’ Billy Moores Cup on Monday night, but his teammate Darnell Nurse wasn’t half bad either, showing impressive speed and agility in the wide-open game. It wasn’t surprising, really. Nurse was the No. 7 pick in the 2013 Draft and has had two years to work on his game at the junior level. Colleague Bruce McCurdy raved about his showing earlier in the Oilers’ development camp, describing him as “easily the most dynamic pure athlete Oilers have drafted since Taylor Hall, or maybe since Mark Messier.” Other colleague David Staples turned to history and pointed out that most players of Nurse’s draft pedigree make the jump to the NHL almost im

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Anders Nilsson’s one-way contract raises plenty of questions

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-07

On Monday, the Edmonton Oilers traded fringe prospect Liam Coughlin to the Chicago Blackhawks for the rights to goalie Anders Nilsson. Nilsson was promptly signed to a one-year, $1.0 million contract, and what had been a relatively clear situation in net suddenly became complicated.

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Tavares: McDavid going to do some special things

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-07

John Tavares knows what it’s like to be in the spotlight. Now with six NHL seasons under his belt, the New York Islanders captain has some friendly words of advice for Connor McDavid, from one first overall pick to another. Tavares — who was in Toronto Tuesday to promote the sixth annual Canadian Suit Drive to help men and women get back into the work force — joined Sportsnet The Fan 590′s Jeff Blair Show in studio. Proud to be working with @MooresClothing for the Canadian #SuitDrive Get involved! Bring a suit to any of their stores now-the end of July! — John Tavares (@91Tavares) July 2, 2015 While Long Island’s hockey fanaticism may not be as intense as that

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Oilers Take A Flyer On Anders Nilsson

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

Over the past eight weeks, the Edmonton Oilers have added three goaltenders from outside the organization, in hopes of addressing an obvious weakness. While Peter Chiarelli is banking on Cam Talbot being able to carry the mail as an NHL starting netminder in the here and now, he is also hoping one of Laurent Brossoit or Eetu Laurikainen will eventually develop into a so-called goalie of the future. [Related Article: Oilers Take Calculated Risk In Acquiring Cam Talbot] With that said, yesterday’s somewhat surprising acquisition of  Anders Nilsson from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for prospect Liam Coughlin could very well mean Ben Scrivens has played his last game in Oilers sil

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Oilers file for club-elected arbitration with Justin Schultz

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-07-07

Three seasons ago, during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, rookie defenseman Justin Schultz came straight out of the University of Wisconsin to tear up the AHL for 18 goals and 48 points in 34 games. When the Oilers’ season opened, he joined the club, scored eight goals and 27 points in 48 contests and looked on the verge of NHL stardom. With that in mind, it’s hard to believe that three seasons later, after playing through an entry-level pact and a one-year, $3.675 million contract, Schultz and the Oilers have yet to come to terms on a new deal. It would have been even more difficult to picture a scenario during Schultz’s rookie season in which, three years later, the Oilers wo

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Ben Scrivens: Moving On?

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

Credit to my friend Lowetide, who posted something over at OilersNation Sunday that gave me the idea of today’s post. You can read his article here. As always, it’s a tremendous piece of work. Going into the summer, I thought the odds of Ben Scrivens being the back-up in October were about 100%. When Edmonton traded for Cam Talbot, those thoughts were essentially cemented. Now, just ten days after Talbot came aboard, it appears Scrivens could be an option to actually leave Edmonton. Color me surprised with this. The Quotes: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun tweeted the following out back on Wednesday, just before the floodgates opened up for free agent frenzy. @Real_ESPNLeBrun: Hearing

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Is Ben Scrivens’ time up with Oilers’ signing of Anders Nilsson?

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-07-07

Early Monday evening, the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers made what was considered a minor trade: the Oilers received KHL goaltender Anders Nilsson from the Blackhawks in exchange for prospect Liam Coughlin. At least, it seemed like a minor trade. That is until the Oilers promptly signed the netminder to a one-year, $1 million contract. While the dollar figure and term aren’t eye-popping, there’s a catch: the contract for Nilsson is a one-way deal, meaning it’ll be either NHL or waiver-wire for the towering 6-foot-5 Nilsson. That might not be good news for Ben Scrivens, as now it looks like his spot as Edmonton’s backup could be up for grabs. It was no surprise that the

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FUTURE GAMES

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-07

It was a splendid evening at the rink, but of course they all are. I have a few notes (below) on these young men but the bottom line is they’re talented kids, we’re lucky, and for God sakes enjoy your summer. Great gifts await us, but that’s it, no more lovely July evenings at the rink! So, the #Oilers have signed newly acquired G Anders Nilsson to a one-year, $1 M deal. Looks like Scrivens could be gone. — Alex Thomas (@Alex_Thomas14) July 7, 2015 Sounds like Nilsson will get a chance to make the club, but will need to clear waivers if he doesn’t grab the backup job. It looks like competition for Ben Scrivens, but if Nilsson wins the job he and Cam Talbot will

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TRADE: Oilers Overhaul Continues. Nilsson In, Scrivens Out?

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

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired the rights to RFA goaltender Anders Nilsson from the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Liam Coughlin. Coughlin, 20, was a 2014 fifth-round selection (130th overall) by the Oilers last summer who has committed to the NCAA and University of Vermont for the foreseeable future. The 6′ 3” 185 pound center finished the year with the BCHL Vernon Vipers and had a 20 goal 60 point season. In the grand scheme of things Coughlin won’t be coming to Edmonton for a few years as it is and with the Oilers looking to continue the theme this offseason of improving the team in the immediate rather than the future, Coughlin became expendable. He was a fringe prospect

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Are the Edmonton Oilers a Playoff Team?

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

Could the Stanley Cup Playoffs finally be in reach for the Edmonton Oilers in 2015-16? Thanks largely in part to the vast number of transactions completed by new general manager Peter Chiarelli this off-season, the Oilers find themselves poised for significant on-ice improvement this coming season. Since there are a number of players new to the Oilers, as well as an even larger number who are now ex-Oilers, let’s take a quick look at who’s in and who’s out in order to determine whether the Oilers could suddenly be a legitimate playoff contender. Who’s In? In order to bring significant improvement to the Oilers’ roster, Chiarelli targeted Edmonton’s t

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Oilers File for Arbitration with Justin Schultz

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

The Edmonton Oilers have filed for salary arbitration in negotiations with restricted free agent defenseman Justin Schultz. Schultz and team can settle before a hearing, so the damaging process doesnt have to take place, but the buyout window is still triggered — Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) July 6, 2015 Justin Schultz (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)The 25-year-old Schultz made $3,675,000 on a one-year deal last season and posted some of the worst numbers of his young career. He scored just six goals, a lower total even than he posted in the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season. Part of that may have been an incredibly low 4.9% shooting percentage in all situations, a good shot below

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Chicago, Edmonton Swap Anders Nilsson, Liam Coughlin

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

In a late Monday trade, the Chicago Blackhawks sent goaltender Anders Nilsson to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward prospect Liam Coughlin. The #Blackhawks have acquired F Liam Coughlin from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for G Anders Nilsson. Release: http://t.co/5yTNC6nCPT — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 6, 2015 On Chicago’s end, they’ve still got a nice stockade of goaltending talent, even after trading Antti Raanta to the New York Rangers. Plus, Nilsson wasn’t on their roster. What the team hopes to uncover, is more NHL-level talent at entry-level contract prices. Anders Nilsson playing for the Islanders in 2013 (Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWI

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