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Oilers Discussion / Oilers drop Oklahoma City Barons Affiliation
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:18:22 AM »
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they are ending affiliation with Prodigal, operators of the Oilers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons at the end of the 2014-15 season.

The mutual decision between the Oilers and Prodigal comes after considerable negotiations on an affiliation extension agreement were unsuccessful.

“The players, coaches and fans of the OKC Barons have been outstanding partners to our organization as our development team affiliate. We have enjoyed a solid working relationship with the City of Oklahoma City as well as with Prodigal, the Barons’ management company, throughout the team’s five years,” said Oilers Entertainment Group President & COO Patrick LaForge. “The decision to move on from Oklahoma City, although not easy, will open new opportunities for the Oilers organization and our AHL business.”

“We want to thank Bob Funk Jr. and his team at Prodigal for their partnership in bringing professional hockey to Oklahoma City.”

The Edmonton Oilers AHL development system has been located in Oklahoma City since the 2010-11 AHL season.

Oilers Discussion / Re: Mactavish Presser
« on: December 05, 2014, 08:40:21 PM »
Summary of MacTavish Press Conference

Oilers Discussion / MacTavish Press Conference (Dec 5th 2014)
« on: December 05, 2014, 08:38:58 PM »

Oilers Game day / Oilers at Stars
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:56:33 AM »
The first game of a three game road trip.

Will the Oilers turn it around before another goalie coach falls?

Are the Stars off limits for the Oilers?

Oilers Game day / Oilers vs Capitals
« on: October 22, 2014, 05:14:00 PM »
Lets hope the Oilers can keep what they established last game.

Tom Renney coached the Edmonton Oilers for two seasons, from 2010-12. He didn’t lead the team to the playoffs in either, and was fired (eventually) in May of 2012.

Now the president of Hockey Canada, Renney had a rather interesting thing to say to La Presse newspaper about the Oilers’ decision to let him go.

“I once lost a job because of my values,” Renney said (as translated by @ChristoYoung). “In Edmonton, I was asked to give more playing time to more young players who’d had an operation to play. I reduced their playing time. But we had to play them, because they were really good and we were selling hope. But I acted according to my conscience.”

Taylor Hall, the first overall draft pick in 2010, had shoulder surgery in March of 2012.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick in 2011, had issues with his shoulder “for a couple of years” before having surgery in April of 2013.

Jordan Eberle and Sam Gagner were other young, hope-inspiring players who missed good chunks of time with injuries while Renney was coach.

Renney was replaced as coach by Ralph Krueger, who lasted just one season before being fired and replaced by Dallas Eakins.

Music / Tony Joe White & Foo Fighters
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:14:47 AM »
Smooth mercy.

Oilers Discussion / Oilers October 17 - Pre Canucks
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:40:07 PM »
Seems public opinion is weighing on management.

Oilers Discussion / Oilers Practise lines on Sunday Oct. 5
« on: October 05, 2014, 12:28:33 PM »




Oilers Discussion / Oilers reduce roster by eight
« on: October 05, 2014, 12:13:29 PM »
The Oilers have reduced their training camp roster by eight this morning.

Jujhar Khaira, Bogdan Yakimov and Martin Marincin have been assigned to Oklahoma City. Kevin Westgarth has been released from his PTO.

Earlier, Keith Aulie, Anton Lander, Steve Pinizzotto and Tyler Pitlick were placed on waivers with the purpose of assignment to OKC.

Eakins Take

Oilers Game day / Oilers vs Canucks
« on: October 04, 2014, 11:20:23 AM »
Projected forward lines:


Defensive Pairings:




Around the NHL / Islanders acquire Boychuk, and Leddy
« on: October 04, 2014, 11:13:09 AM »
The New York Islanders retooled their defense on Saturday, acquiring Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins for three draft picks and Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks in a deal involving five players

The Bruins will receive second-round picks in 2015 and 2016, as well as a conditional third-round pick in 2015. They would acquire the conditional 2015 third-round choice if New York trades Boychuk during the 2014-15 season to an Eastern Conference team.

The 2015 second-round pick was acquired by the Islanders from the Philadelphia Flyers on March 4 for defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

New York will receive Leddy and goaltender Kent Simpson from the Blackhawks in exchange for defensemen TJ Brennan and Ville Pokka and the rights to goaltender Anders Nilsson, a restricted free agent who is playing in Russia this season.

The Blackhawks said Pokka and Brennan will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Boychuk, 30, had five goals, 23 points, 45 penalty minutes and was plus-31 in 75 games for the Bruins last season. At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, he adds size to the Islanders' defensive corps.

He can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.

The trade gives Boston more salary-cap flexibility. Boychuk carries a salary-cap charge of $3,366,667 for this season, with an actual salary of $3,600,000. Before the trade, the Bruins were more than $3.6 million over the salary cap, according to CapGeek, though they can place center Marc Savard on the long-term injury list and remove his $4.027,143 salary from their cap.

Leddy, 23, had seven goals, 31 points, 10 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating with the Blackhawks last season, his fourth with Chicago. Leddy was taken by the Minnesota Wild with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft and traded to Chicago on Feb. 12, 2010.

Brennan, the highest-scoring defenseman in the American Hockey League last season with the Toronto Marlies, was signed by the Islanders as a free agent on July 1. Pokka, a 20-year-old Finn, was taken in the second round (No. 34) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He had been assigned by the Islanders to their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, earlier in the day.

Simpson, 22, played 31 games with Rockford and one game with Chicago in 2013-14.

The Ottawa Senators made some major moves on Thursday, announcing the signing of winger Bobby Ryan to a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension and naming defenceman Erik Karlsson their new captain.
Follow coverage and reaction all day on TSN Radio 1200 Ottawa.
Ryan's deal includes a full no-movement clause and a partial no-trade clause, where he has to submit a list of 10 teams if requested.
Ryan said the decision to make a long term commitment to the Senators was a "no brainer" as he and his fiancee believe Ottawa is a place "where we could build a family, start a family, call home and everything that we've experienced here in the last year has hinted at none other than that."
"We're very, very happy that we were able to get it done," added Ryan. "I promise you we'll give it everything we have night in and night out to uphold our end of the contract."
Ryan scored 23 goals and added 25 assists in 70 games with the Senators last season, his first with the club.
The 27-year-old was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks in July of 2013 in exchange for Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a 2014 first-round pick, which the Ducks used to select forward Nick Ritchie, 10th overall.
Ryan has one year remaining on his current contract worth $5.1 million.

Karlsson replaces Jason Spezza, who was traded to the Dallas Stars this past summer after holding the captaincy for one year. Chris Phillips and Chris Neil remain alternate captains.
The 24-year-old Karlsson thanked teammates past and present for helping him become the player he is today.

Swedish Leaders
Karlsson is the fourth active Swedish captain in the NHL, the second most of any nationality in the league. Only Canada has produced more active captains (15). Six captaincies remain open in the NHL.
"I'm a little bit nervous actually as I don't know what to say," said Karlsson. "It's a good feeling. It's an honour to be a captain of a Canadian team and it's not something that I could have hoped for when I came here, but I embrace it and I'm very much looking forward to the responsibilities to come. I am right now a very happy guy and I look forward to the upcoming season."
Senators general manager Bryan Murray said the decision to make Karlsson captain made sense as they always knew they wanted him to take on a leadership role.
"We knew in the very near future he was going to be (captain) and we finally just decided that if he's going to be it why not be it now," Murray said. "I think his growth off the ice, his attitude, the conversations we've had since last year and the fact he's back to full health and really wanting to be a focal point of this hockey team - all those reasons. The most important one obviously was we just felt he was the right guy because he had that personality to step up and take charge and be forceful, but considerate of his teammates."
Karlsson, who was drafted 15th overall by the Senators in the 2008 NHL Draft, made his Senators debut in the 2009-10 season, scoring five goals and 26 points in 60 games as a rookie.
He is coming off his first career 20-goal season, with 20 goals and 74 points with the Senators.
In 315 NHL games with the Senators, Karlsson has scored 63 goals and 237 points.

Oilers Discussion / Oilers reduce roster Sept 30
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:15:08 AM »
Travis Ewanyk (Oklahoma City - AHL)

Mitch Moroz (Oklahoma City – AHL)

Jordan Oesterle (Oklahoma City – AHL)

Dillon Simpson (Oklahoma City – AHL)

Andrew Miller has been placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the Oklahoma City Barons.

The Oilers training camp roster now includes 38 players (4 goalies, 12 defencemen and 22 forwards).

Oilers Discussion / Ramsay could have the tools to fix young Oilers
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:25:37 AM »
Mark Spector Article:

he Edmonton Oilers have the horses up front. The problem is, they’re all thoroughbreds, no Clydesdales. They need to learn how to work as a team, or the team won’t work.

That would make assistant coach Craig Ramsay Edmonton’s Horse Whisperer, arriving here having taken on a few projects that were very similar to this during a coaching career that began in 1986 — before all but five of these current Oilers were born.

“Tampa was like this,” Ramsay said, referring to a young Bolts roster he joined in 2001 that had a pair of 21-year-olds named Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards. “And Martin St. Louis as a young player, trying to find his way. Not as a high pick, but as a guy who had to struggle to get his opportunity to play. Ottawa was like this as well. I had (Daniel) Alfredsson, (Alex) Daigle, (Alexei) Yashin, Wade Redden came along… They picked first (or Top 3) a whole bunch of times.

“There’s a learning curve, and we can shorten it. But we can’t end it. We see steps, and then falters. Then another step…”

The Oilers are proof that it is impossible to win in the National Hockey League when all your best players are 24 or less. And it is a further fallacy that the skill accrued when drafting high translates directly to goals at the NHL level.

Last year Edmonton ranked 25th in offence, and they surrendered more goals than any other club. The three Oilers forwards who led the team in ice time were sub-24-year-olds Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. Nail Yakupov would join that trio, if he weren’t such a disaster defensively, ranking 883rd among 886 NHL players last season with a minus-33.

Enter Ramsay, a veteran, steady hand whom success has followed throughout two decades behind NHL benches.

“The key issue is for them to understand that the fact they were so dominant as a young player doesn’t exactly translate into the NHL,” said the 63-year-old. “They have to adapt some of the things they used to get away with, that were wonderful in junior and college, to the NHL level. You have to be quicker, and the thing is when you get the puck is to keep it.

“As a (junior), you’re better than everyone else. You get that one chance, you take it to the net, you score goals. It’s wonderful. It just doesn’t work that way (in the NHL). You’ve got to work with teammates. You’ve got to keep the puck. That’s the next step — being part of a team concept,” he said. “You’re not expected to carry the weight of the world every night (like in junior). But you are expected to participate with those players around you. You’re job is to help them be better, and they’ll help you be better.”

Hall, when he arrived, had a tendency to bury his head and bolt down the wing like a spooked horse. He’s much better now, but today it’s Yakupov who becomes the project. He is entering his third NHL season and still has miles to travel to become a player you would describe as even remotely responsible defensively.

But really, it’s not Yakupov’s fault. Or Hall’s. Or Eberle’s.

You show Ramsay a star player in junior, and he’ll show you one who isn’t learning much about being on the proverbial ‘right side of the puck.’

“Because you were better than everyone else,” he said. “You had more time, and could dominate because you were bigger and stronger, or you were quicker.

“I’m not asking you to be a checker,” Ramsay said. “ I’m asking you to participate with your teammates in getting the pucks back.”

Hall is well aware of his team’s need for a more stern defensive posture. And the theory that they need to let the kids loose and be creative? Well, the Oilers were pretty loose last season, and they finished 25th in scoring.

It’s about Corsi today, and that bears out the obvious statement that you can’t put the puck in the other team’s net, if it’s not on yours — or a teammate’s — stick.

“Skate. Play (both ends). Be smart,” recited Yakupov on Monday. “If you do those three things you have more chances to shoot the puck, and (have) some offensive chances.”

The message is getting through, slowly. But the Horse Whisperer’s work is only beginning in Edmonton.

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