Oilers: Sorry Folks But Brent Seabrook Isn’t Coming

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-24

There is no question that the Chicago Blackhawks are going to have to be creative when it comes to the salary cap for the upcoming 2015-16 National Hockey League season. Whether you believe the most recent number of $71 million which has been floated out there by Gary Bettman or the previously rumoured ceiling of less than $70 million, Chicago will have their hands filled over the coming years when it comes to managing their cap. With Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both set to start earning their $10.5 million cap hits starting next season and the quintet of Corey Crawford, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp all sitting somewhere in the $5M – $6M range, somet

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Oilers’ Nelson Exploring Other Opportunities

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-24

Todd Nelson was the best thing to happen to the Edmonton Oilers last season, when he stepped in on an interim basis to replace fired head coach Dallas Eakins. More good changes have come to fruition in Edmonton since the season ended, but the bad news is Nelson might now be leaving town if he can land a head-coaching job elsewhere.  | gettyimages.com The Edmonton Oilers could be on the verge of suffering their first significant loss of the off-season — that being former interim coach Todd Nelson. It has been nothing but wins to this point — since the actual season ended for Edmonton — with the Oilers overhauling the front office to give Bob Nicholson more responsibility, then br

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SLEDGEHAMMER

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-24

It’s important to reiterate something that happened last month, and that’s the verbal from the McDavid family. I don’t know about you, but the anticipation of Connor McDavid arriving at the draft to be selected by Edmonton is rocket fuel for the soul. Brian McDavid: “If he’s selected first overall by the Oilers on draft day, it’s going to be a big thrill for him.” Source I was lucky enough to be an Oilers fan when the all-time greats first rolled into town and believe me it’s less a bolt of lightning in the early days and more like a promise of a change in the weather on the horizon. We know Connor McDavid is special, we know he’ll change this city and

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What are the Oilers going to do with Martin Marincin?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-24

One of the most interesting tests of Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarellli in his first year on the job will be his handling of not-a-prospect-not-yet-a-player Martin Marincin. There are a lot of directions the team can go here, and the path forward is by no means clear.

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Leon Draisaitl remains a stellar prospect for the Edmonton Oilers, despite the team’s incompetent handling of his debut NHL campaign

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-24

2014-15 Edmonton Oilers in Review: Leon Draisaitl Well, it was quite a ride. Leon Draisaitl’s rookie season didn’t go the way the player, his team or its fans might have liked, but it did tell us a lot about the massive German who is still such an important part of Edmonton’s future. Draisaitl joined the Oilers at the draft in June. He’d been an obvious target for the team given its draft position, and as a result there was no shortage of information available on the player. Red Line Report’s assessment is a good general summary of what was known at the time: Huge German centre is tenacious in puck pursuit with his relentless forecheck often creating chances for linemates. Started

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Washington Capitals rearguard Mike Green is not a good free agent fit for the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-24

One of the most commonly suggested free agent targets for the Edmonton Oilers this summer is Washington Capitals rearguard Mike Green. It’s understandable. Green is 29 years old, meaning there’s plenty of tread left on the tires. At 6’1”, 207 pounds he’s blessed with decent size and unlike a lot of primarily offensive defencemen he doesn’t mind using that size. He’s a brilliant point producer and a famous player, having twice finished as the runner-up for the NHL’s Norris Trophy. So it’s going to seem strange when I say that I don’t think he’s a good fit for the Oilers. Let me make my case. The first item here is price. Green is fresh off a three-year, $18.25 million co

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Detroit Red Wings Face Many Questions, Have No Time to Waste in Coaching Search

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-05-24

The Detroit Red Wings face a number of questions in the team's search for a new head coach for next season. The first question, of course, is, "Who?"  After Mike Babcock left for the Toronto Maple Leafs, there is plenty of ongoing discussion regarding his replacement in Detroit. One thing that is not up for discussion, however, is that the Wings need to settle on a coach in a quick, decisive manner. Although there are still a few head coaches out there without a contract for next season—including Dan Bylsma, Claude Julien and Ken Hitchcock (the latter two are still under contract until the end of June)—Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, per James Mirtle of the Globe and

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Detroit Red Wings Face Many Questions, Have No Time to Waste in Coaching Search

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-05-24

The Detroit Red Wings face a number of questions in the team's search for a new head coach for next season. The first question, of course, is, "Who?"  After Mike Babcock left for the Toronto Maple Leafs, there is plenty of ongoing discussion regarding his replacement in Detroit. One thing that is not up for discussion, however, is that the Wings need to settle on a coach in a quick, decisive manner. Although there are still a few head coaches out there without a contract for next season—including Dan Bylsma, Claude Julien and Ken Hitchcock (the latter two are still under contract until the end of June)—Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, per James Mirtle of the Globe and

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Edmonton Oilers have told Todd Nelson “he’s free to look around” for another NHL coaching job

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-24

This in from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, news that former interim Oilers coach Todd Nelson is free to look elsewhere for a coaching job. “Todd Nelson has been given the option to go and look and see what else is out there. He’s told the Oilers he wants to be a head coach. They understand. I think they’d like to keep him on their staff, or in the organization if they can, and they will circle back with him in a couple of weeks, but from what I’m hearing, he’s been told he’s free to look around.” My take A lot of good things happened with the Edmonton Oilers after Todd Nelson took over as head coach 36 games in the 2014-15 season. The squad

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Oilers’ Todd Nelson free to look elsewhere

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-23

It’s been quite an off-season for the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers won the Connor McDavid sweepstakes by landing the No. 1 draft selection in April’s NHL Draft Lottery and then took steps towards pulling the organization out of the Western Conference basement by naming Peter Chiarelli general manager and brining in former San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. The addition of McLellan effectively cost interim bench boss Todd Nelson his first NHL head coaching job. During Saturday’s edition of “Headlines,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Nelson will look for work elsewhere for work, as it is his desire to be a head coach. STANLEY CUP PLAYOF

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-23

This is Curtis Hamilton. He's always been a personal favorite, owing to a scouting report that suggested he could bring a range of skills to the pro game. Injuries have impacted Hamilton's career with the Oilers, and four years in, he's at a crossroads. Hamilton's future with the team is in the hands of Peter Chiarelli and dependent on the organization's evaluation of a number of prospects. It's going to be an interesting summer.

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THE 2015-16 BAKERSFIELD CONDORS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-23

If everything breaks right, and the chances of that happening are better now than a month ago, the first edition of the Bakersfield Condors should be a tremendous AHL hockey team. The possible roster could include a couple of lottery picks and fewer AHL veterans than normal. Let’s have a look. SIGNED FOR NEXT SEASON AND POSSIBLY AHL BOUND G Laurent Brossoit. He should be the 1G and this is his time to shine. RFA summer 2016 and might push for NHL job. G Eetu Laurikainen. Sign all the goalies with .933SP’s. A terrific bet, got lost in the excitement. D Darnell Nurse. If he’s in the AHL, he’s playing a major role for the team. D Jordan Oesterle. College man now has exp

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