Does Jimmy Howard of Detroit Red Wings make sense as long-term bet for Edmonton Oilers?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-28

This in from Detroit, talk that if the Red Wings decide to go with young Petr Mrazek in goal over veteran Jimmy Howard, Howard could be on the block. Hockey writer Ansar Khan of Mlive says the Red Wings aren’t going to rush to move Howard, but it could be in the cards: “As long as the Red Wings are in playoff contention they’re not likely to move Howard, who would serve as insurance in case Mrazek is injured. But if Mrazek proves to be their man, the Red Wings likely would look to move Howard next off-season. Mrazek would be due a huge raise and it makes no sense having Howard as the backup with his huge cap hit.” As for Howard’s 2014-15 season, Khan writes:  &

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AT RANDOM

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-28

Fans and media types alike love making predictions. If we’re right, whether we’ve made your bold pick after running spreadsheets or reading tea leaves, the inclination is to crow, “I called it.” If we’re wrong, as we most often are, well, crickets and on to the next one.

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Re-live the Edmonton Oilers 2008-09 season

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-28

Even seven years later, it’s hard to be definitive about exactly what was accomplished in Edmonton during the Steve Tambellini era. He took the helm of the team in the summer of 2008 and would spend five years running the team, though most of the offseason changes were made by Kevin Lowe before the official transition of power. 2008-09 was an uncertain start to Tambellini’s run as general manager, though as it turned out it also marked the high point in terms of on-ice achievement during his time with the Oilers.

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LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-28

We may (or may not) have the Oilers roster for training camp surrounded, so let’s have a look (for the first time this year) at the three training camp categories, who fits where and discuss any possible overlap. THE SURE OILERS (19) As things currently stand, the ‘sure Oilers’ is a fairly long list. The club has 19 of 23 roster spots locked up (82.6%) and the next group is basically fighting over one goalie spot, (possibly) one defensive opportunity and three forwards depending on how they proceed with  Luke Gazdic. We should remember that IR will probably play a role—the injured list could get a workout this winter—and of course Peter Chiarelli is very active in-seas

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On Draisaitl, McLellan, And Moving To The Wing

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-28

View image | gettyimages.com The future of the Oilers down the middle looks pretty fantastic. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Anton Lander are all under 25 years of age. The eldest Lander has taken more time developing but has turned into a smart utility player capable of playing on the PK or the PP. The question with Draisaitl is whether or not his top-end talent is going to be wasted on the third line.

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NHL TRADE RUMOR: Kevin Shattenkirk to Philadelphia Flyers

Source: The Hockey Press
Date: 2015-08-28

Kevin Shattenkirk - STL | Ray Emery - PHI ​Player: Kevin Shattenkirk Teams interested: • PIT • EDM • CBJ  • PHI • BOS• Trade Report: About a month ago there were many reports that the St. Louis Blues were talking with multiple teams on Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Well I have heard from multiple of my sources that those trade talks have picked up again, I also heard that the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins have just recently joined the party. Philadelphia Flyers | Edmonton Oilers | Columbus Blue Jackets | were all interested in Kevin Shattenkirk from the past, and still are. As of right now the Philad

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-28

Canucks building a contender, Leafs hire old Oiler scout, Giordano gets paid, Calgary's arena talks, show Byfuglien the money, Yakupov with McDavid, jersey sponsors, team previews, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Oilers’ prospect Greg Chase got the bum’s rush out of Calgary, but that won’t hurt his status in Edmonton

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-28

2015 Edmonton Oilers prospects: No. 7 Greg Chase Previously: No. 10 overall in the 2014 ranking Why should followers of the Edmonton Oilers be high on RW prospect Greg Chase? A few reasons, based on this talent analysis from Hockey’s Future: Chase is an agitating forward who has strong hockey sense and a bit of offensive flair. He’s big with good foot speed and never backs down from a tough battle in the gritty areas of the ice. He’s tough to knock off the puck, has good hands and sees the ice well. His on-ice attitude is often a bone of contention for some, but his intriguing offensive upside and raw talent make him a somewhat of a hidden gem for the Oilers as a former late round

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Obvious influence of outside factors on Corsi is both its greatest weakness and one of its greatest strengths

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-28

Individual scoring chance contributions seem like an answer to one of hockey’s most perplexing problems: how to properly credit individual contributions in a team sport. The trouble is that they really don’t do that. My friend and colleague David Staples has been doing the time-consuming work of manually tracking individual contributions to scoring chances by Edmonton Oilers players the last few years, and he’s produced a large quantity of interesting and in my view highly useful data. But it’s also limited data, and it’s highly dangerous to treat those numbers as individual numbers rather than team numbers. In some ways, individual scoring chance counts can be a lot more misleadin

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Developing and Deploying Youth on Defence

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2015-08-28

There’s a good chance that the Oilers will have a lot of youth on defence next season. Both Oscar Klefbom (22) and Justin Schultz (25) will definitely be on the opening night roster. Darnell Nurse (20) and Griffin Reinhart (21) will be in the mix, while prospects like Jordan Oesterle (23), David Musil (22) and Brandon Davidson (24) hope to leave an impression as well. That’s a lot of youth pushing for roster spots on defence, something that Todd McLellan didn’t really have to deal with during his seven seasons as head coach of the San Jose Sharks. Now this isn’t to say that McLellan has no experience with developing defenceman. Three players, in fact, were young an

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Great Yakspectations

Source: Oilers Nerd Alert
Date: 2015-08-28

Nail Yakupov sure is a polarizing player, isn’t he? Some feel Yakupov is still going to be a terrific young 1OV talent, finally released from the shackles of rookie coaching, free to emerge and surge. Other’s believe he’s already a failure, an(other) indictment of Oiler management incompetence or of the young man himself, an enigmatic Russian wrapped in a Tatar mystery meat. Even the numbers are confused For the downsiders, you can point to two years of fairly poor production as incontrovertible confirmation of the failure story. The upsiders can point to the fact that Yak led the Oilers in goal scoring his rookie year, and his game also improved by leaps and bounds on

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Former Oiler Brodziak jumps at chance to play with Blues

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-08-27

When the free-agent doors swung open in July, the team all over Minnesota Wild centre Kyle Brodziak was the opponent he had just played six angry playoff games against — the St. Louis Blues. As the one-time Edmonton Oilers forward said, probably my “most hated team” after playing the Blues 30 times during the last six years with the Wild.

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