3 Major Trades the Edmonton Oilers Need to Contemplate

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-01-28

Half way through the 2014-15 NHL season and it has been more of the same for the Edmonton Oilers. Seemingly endless frustration, failure and un-attained expectations have become the norm in the “City of Champions”, who have had little to celebrate since they last reached the playoffs in 2006. In past off-seasons, free agent signings and draft picks have brought numerous players into the Oilers organization, however, various combinations of such players have thus far failed to result in any sort of sustained success. The current core of young players in place are among the best in the NHL, however, the majority of these players are forwards, a situation which has led to maj

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Curse on Yakupov holds Oilers to 2-1 loss

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-01-28

The Minnesota Wild grind out a 2-1 win against a predictable Oilers showing. Highlights Taylor Hall, and the energy he brings, was sorely missed as he was out with a leg injury that he sustained taking a puck during practice. The Oilers looked pretty lifeless for the first two periods. If you PVRed this game for whatever reason, just skip ahead to the third period. The first two periods will put you to sleep like cold medicine. First period 18:00 Oilers doing a lot of dumping and chasing. Teddy Purcell records the Oilers first shot of the game with a shot from centre ice straight into Devan Dubnyk. 17:35 Charlie Coyle skates by Victor Fasth’s net and tries to jam it in the side righ

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MacKinnon: Two giveaways cost Oilers in narrow loss

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-01-28

Call it the search for signs of intelligent hockey life in the Edmonton Oilers’ universe. On their first night back from the National Hockey League all-star break, having finished the so-called first half riding a two-game winning streak, would the Oilers pick up where they left off, more or less?

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Minnesota not crazy about how they played, but won't turn up noses at win over Oilers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-01-28

The Minnesota Wild were not necessarily happy with their game, but they’ll take the two points and move on to their next destination.

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At a time when the Oilers were supposed to be playing meaningful games, attention turns to draft

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-01-28

The idea was that the Edmonton Oilers would be playing meaningful games at this time of year.

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Player Grades – Nail Yakupov a force for good and ill as Edmonton Oilers fall to Minnesota Wild

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-01-28

Minnesota 2, Edmonton 1 The Edmonton Oilers’ most dangerous player was without question Nail Yakupov. It was true in the defensive zone early, when Yakupov made a breathtakingly bad play on Minnesota’s first goal of the night, the kind of play that could have got him stapled to the bench without the coach needing to worry about criticism for it. But Todd Nelson didn’t staple Yakupov to the bench, and that paid off. Not in a goal and not with a win, but with a nasty physical presence and with scoring chance after scoring chance. Yakupov excelled in the latter half of the game; he might have been Edmonton’s best player if we ignore that first goal against. Full player grades for Yakupo

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Ex-Oilers goalie Dubnyk 4-0 against Edmonton this season after Wild win

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-01-28

Viktor Fasth, who played just three NHL games without a win for the Edmonton Oilers between Dec. 14 and Jan. 15, made his third straight start Tuesday. The Swedish goaltender played well enough to merit a fourth appearance with his 27-save performance at Rexall Place, but it still was another loss — 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

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Injured Hall may have to miss more Oilers games

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-01-28

There will be more treatment in the medical room and maybe more time on the sidelines for Taylor Hall, who had to be a spectator on Tuesday when the Edmonton Oilers played the Minnesota Wild at Rexall Place. Hall took a puck off his lower leg on Monday during the Oilers’ first practice after the National Hockey League’s all-star break and did not respond as expected overnight. He was kept off the ice for Tuesday morning’s practice and was scheduled to have some tests to determine if he sustained more damage than initially thought.

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Coyle’s late goal lifts Wild over Oilers

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-28

EDMONTON — Charlie Coyle’s goal late in the third period stood up as the winner as the Minnesota Wild snapped a two-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Nino Niederreiter also scored for the Wild (21-20-6), who have only three wins to show from their last 11 games. Boyd Gordon responded for the Oilers (12-27-9), who saw a rare two-game winning streak come to an end. Edmonton dropped to 3-20-8 this season against fellow Western Conference opponents. Minnesota scored nine minutes into the first period as Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov completely lost control of a puck in front of his own net on a horrendous giveaway to Justin Fontaine,

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GDB 48.0 Wrap Up: Wild @ Oilers

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-28

ELPH?  Is that you? Final Score: 2-1 Wild.

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He played for the Blues? Really?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-28

Some players just look weird wearing certain jerseys. Jarome Iginla has gone around the league a bit now, but do you remember the first time you saw him in a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey? Ew, right? It was like seeing Bobby Orr in a Chicago Black Hawks jersey, which actually happened. It was like seeing Darryl Sittler in a Detroit Red Wings jersey. Yes, that also happened. Mats Sundin in a Vancouver Canucks jersey? I do my best to pretend that never happened. With Martin Brodeur announcing his retirement from playing in the NHL today, he joins a special list of players who randomly played with the St. Louis Blues. The best part about this list is that I probably forgot some players because the

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Does NHL Need to Address Dirty Hits More?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-01-28

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Patrik Elias was standing in front of his podium, off the stage, during NHL All-Star media day Friday at Nationwide Arena. There were only three or four reporters conversing with the longtime New Jersey Devil, each with his own agenda, in a relaxed setting away from all the television cameras. It's not an absolute truth in hockey, but usually the older the player, the more honest, unfiltered answers you get. At 38 years old and with two Stanley Cups and 1,003 points, Elias can speak his mind on just about anything. He'll give you stock answers when needed but not always. The NHL hasn't had the same rash of injurious and malicious hits this season as it's had in the pa

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