OILERS SIGN MATT BENNING

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-08-28

The Edmonton Oilers signed defensive prospect Matt Benning yesterday afternoon, completing a very busy spring and summer in college procurement. Although Edmonton has several draft picks playing at the college level—William Lagesson, Zach Nagelvoort, Tyler Vesel, others—all four men (Drake Caggiula,Nick Ellis, Patrick Russell, Benning) were classified as free agents at the time of their signing. Who among this group will make the NHL first? Based on depth chart, the smart money might be on Benning.

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"Negotiations are not in good shape." — essential quotes about downtown arena, Part 3

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-08-28

Rise and fall, rise and fall. November 2010 to November 2012. This is the third of a multi-part series on the key quotes about Edmonton’s downtown arena deal. You can find Part One about former Oilers owner Cal Nichols’ initial push to build a new arena starting in 2005 here. Part Two on new Oilers owner Daryl Katz’s early attempt to forge a deal with Northlands and Edmonton city council from 2008 to 2010 is here.  In Part Three, the negotiations go well, then crash, go well, then crash, culminating in the Katz Group exploring their option to move the team out of Edmonton in September 2012. November 12, 2010, downtown resident Ian O’Donnell on the

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Curses, ECHLers, and More!

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-08-27

The Oilers have one known curse to date, the Calder Curse. No matter how good a rookie is for the Edmonton Oilers, he just can’t seem to convince the eastern media that he’s worth the award. We could go through them individually from Gretzky to Fuhr to Arnott to Nuge to McDavid but that’s another blog for another time. Hopefully, The Sports Forecaster is right and Puljujarvi wins it this year. But I want to talk about a different curse. It’s the Curse of the First… Overall pick that is. The reason that the Oilers couldn’t get more for Hall is not because Peter Chiarelli is bad at making big trades involving star players, it’s because nobody in the N

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College free-agent Matt Benning signs with hometown Oilers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-08-27

For college free-agent defenceman Matt Benning, who grew up in St. Albert, there was the money and the opportunity here but when you're branching out to the pros, there's also the family tree to look at.

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College free-agent Matt Benning signs with hometown Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-08-27

For college free-agent defenceman Matt Benning, who grew up in St. Albert, there was the money and the opportunity here but when you’re branching out to the pros, there’s also the family tree to look at. So Benning signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers Saturday, in part because dad Brian played for the team 23 years ago, and his local-based grandpa Elmer, the crack Montreal Canadiens amateur scout who had his 80th birthday party Saturday, hopefully will get a chance to see him in his favourite pro jersey. The 22-year-old unrestricted free-agent from Northeastern University in Boston opted to sign with his hometown Oilers and while he also could have gone

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The Shin Pad Assassin

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-08-27

Embed from Getty Images The Oilers went out and acquired Sekera, one of Free Agency’s biggest prizes, in the summer of 2015 for 5.5 million a year over 6 years. That’s a lot of scratch. By about a million and a half he’s the highest paid Oiler defenseman on the roster. Only somewhat ironically, “that’s the price you have to pay” is actually the phrase that applies to signing UFA defensemen with a positive track record. In his first year with the Oilers Andrej Sekera gained a nickname that I think will probably stick with him while he’s here: The Shin Pad Assassin. It’s catchy. It also carries a pretty negative connotation for a player who lived up to reasonable expectatio

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RE 16-17 LAURENT BROSSOIT: DID YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH ME?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-08-27

The Edmonton Oilers telegraph things, have forever. For instance, the organization loves Laurent Brossoit, bigly. I know it, you know it, but the Oilers continue to show it—in every move they make. (Did You Fall In Love With Me?) LAURENT BROSSOIT 15-16: 5GP, 3.61 .873 He was awful! He played five games, you can’t gather much from his NHL time. What about AHL time? He is good, two years in a row now. This is a solid prospect. How good are his AHL numbers? He was No. 10 in save percentage among starters, up from No. 17 a year ago. He has progressed well and could have a legit NHL career in my opinion. How does he compare to Devan Dubnyk? In his final minor league season, Dubnyk finish

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A deeper look at Larsson vs. Severson

Source: Because Oilers
Date: 2016-08-27

-photo.nj.comThis post is not a defense of the Larsson-Hall trade.I'm on record in a number of venues stating that the Oilers gave up way too much value.That trade will not be a good one unless Larsson become much more than he is today.That said, I've read a few different pieces comparing Larsson to Severson and most of them declare that Severson is probably the better Dman.I've dug deep into their results and I just don't come to the same conclusion.I can see why people come to their conclusion why Severson is better, and I want to explore those numbers a little deeper so I could relate why what I'm seeing that is different.Aside: I've set the over/under on having to start a positive post a

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Cult of Hockey: Edmonton Oilers sign free agent college defender Matthew Benning

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-08-27

Peter Chiarelli finally got his man. The Edmonton Oilers GM signed free agent college defender Matthew Benning to a two-year entry-level contract on Saturday, some four years after he had drafted Benning while managing the Boston Bruins. The 6’0, 203-pound right-shot defender never did come to terms with the Bruins, but has now come to terms with his home town team. If that surname seems familiar, it should. Matthew’s dad Brian Benning, also an Edmonton native, played 568 games in the NHL, including 18 with the Oilers back in 1992-93. His uncle Jim, currently the GM of the Vancouver Canucks, played  605 NHL games. The Canucks were rumoured to be one of t

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Oilers sign Matthew Benning

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-08-27

The Edmonton Oilers signed yet another NCAA UFA. Defenceman Matthew Benning, a former 6th round pick of Chiarelli’s Bruins in 2012, joins the Edmonton Oilers. This is the fourth NCAA free agent signing for the Oilers as Benning joins Drake Caggiula, Patrick Russell and Nick Ellis. The #Oilers have signed defenceman Matthew Benning (@GoNUmhockey) to a two-year, entry-level contract. pic.twitter.com/z3juLulnoq — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) August 27, 2016 Matthew Benning is a former Northeastern Huskie who posted 19 points (6 goals 13 assists) in 41 games last season. Benning is the son of former NHL defenceman Brian Benning and the nephew of current Canucks general manager,

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