Columbus Blue Jackets not making the same mistake with Mark Letestu as Edmonton Oilers did

Columbus Blue Jackets not making the same mistake with Mark Letestu as Edmonton Oilers did

One grave and repeated mistake made by the Edmonton Oilers coaching staff this year was over-using veteran players in situations where they were having little or no success. This happened with winger Milan Lucic on the top line with Connor McDavid and on the top power play unit. It happened with Andrej Sekera as he struggled mightily after his return to the line-up, and it also happened with Mark Letestu, one of Edmonton’s heroes of the 2017 playoffs. Letestu was unable to replicated his 2017

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2018-04-19

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Happy 3rd Connorversary!

Can you believe that it’s already been three years since the Oilers won the privilege to draft Connor McDavid? It was three years ago today that the lottery gods gave us the nod and blessed our franchise with the best player to hit the NHL since Sidney Crosby, and I wanted to take a minute to celebrate a huge moment in our team’s history. Do you remember where you were when Bill Daly flipped over the golden ticket, revealing our good fortune and simultaneously pissing off the fans of 29 ot

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-19

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WWYDW: The coaching staff

On Tuesday afternoon, the Calgary Flames announced that they were relieving Glen Gulutzan and his staff of their duties. After a disappointing season in which the Flames missed the playoffs despite going all-in in the off-season with the acquisitions of Mike Smith and Travis Hamonic, management decided the coaching staff deserved to take the fall for the team’s failures. Glenn Gulutzan: 82-68-14, 0.5425 as Flames head coach. Made the playoffs 1/2 years. Fired.Todd McLellan: 114-109-23, 0.51

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-18

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(Video) Welcome the L.A. Kings to the No Playoff Party

The boys are feeling the power of positive thinking, and will take some time welcome the freshly eliminated playoff teams to the “No Playoffs Party” as they leave the comfy confines of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Today, fresh off their sweep from the the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Vegas Golden Knights, (who weren’t even a team last year) we have the LA Kings. The Kings were only able to score three goals in the four games, while allowing seven goals. As some of the most experienced in the

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-18

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Oilers aren’t helping Chiarelli

Bob Nicholson is the CEO of the Oilers Entertainment Group, which consists of sports and entertainment entities. Under the OEG umbrella is the Edmonton Oilers, the Bakersfield Condors, the Edmonton Oil Kings, the Oil Country Championship (golf tournament), and the OEG operates Rogers Place. Las week, Nicholson announced Peter Chiarelli would be staying on in his role as General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers, and he would be assessing the coaches and every other facet of the Edmonton Oilers.

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-18

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The Oilers and Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk’s birthday was a little more important this year. As the Russian sniper turned 35 years old, he officially became an unrestricted free agent. The story around Kovalchuk has been well documented. He signed a historic 15-year contract with the New Jersey Devils in 2010 only to walk away from it in 2013 and head home to the KHL. The whole situation has been a mess, to say the least, but now it’s fairly simple: Ilya Kovalchuk is free to sign with whoever he wants. Could there be

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-18

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Baggedmilk on #theLOCKEROOM: Wayne Gretzky and Fine Young Cannibals

As I do every Wednesday morning, I jumped on 95.7 Cruz FM’s airwaves to talk all things Oilers, a little Wayne Gretzky trivia, Fine Young Cannibals, and anything else the boys throw my way. This week, my appearance on The Locker Room started out with a little bit of Wayne Gretzky trivia and seeing whether or not I could figure out the connection between the Great One and Fine Young Cannibals. From there, we touch on the Humboldt tribute tees and how people can help as we get closer to shippi

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-18

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Another chapter in the tale of the expansion Golden Knights

Another chapter in the tale of the expansion Golden Knights

“31 Thoughts: The Podcast” co-host Jeff Marek weighs in on the Golden Knights sweeping a playoff-hardened Kings squad, lessons other clubs can take from Vegas, the Jets going up 3-1 in their series vs. the Wild, the Flames firing their coaches, and how the Maple Leafs can beat the Bruins.

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2018-04-18

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(Cap) Room with a view

(Cap) Room with a view

As we spend our spring mornings wondering if we’ll ever see spring and discussing a trade of No. 9 overall, I return to the cap projections and repeat the truth: Edmonton has to offload some salary in order to add any prominent piece. There’s no way around it. THE ATHLETIC! Great playoff special! Try The Athletic on for size free and see if they enjoy the in-depth, ad-free coverage on the site. Offer is here. New Lowetide: Milan Lucic at a crossroads after disastrous season. New Jonat

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2018-04-18

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Off-Season Targets: Carter Hutton

Off-Season Targets: Carter Hutton

One of the most underrated backup goaltenders in the NHL resides in St. Louis, and he stepped up big this season for the Blues. Carter Hutton spelled Jake Allen on numerous occasions and helped guide the Blues during some tough times this season. In fact, from November on, he was one of the best goalies in the NHL in terms of save percentage. Not bad. Hutton will test free agency this summer, and very well could be the top backup option available to a team like the Oilers, desperate for a goalt

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2018-04-18

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