MacKinnon: Edmonton Arena District will be like visit to Disneyland: Nicholson

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-03

The former national hockey czar charged with bringing Oilers owner Daryl Katz’s vision to reality does not dial down his enthusiasm when talking about the Edmonton Arena District (EAD). “It will be like you’re going to Disneyland,” said Bob Nicholson, named vice-chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group in mid-June.

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ON THE KILL

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-03

Boyd Gordon will be back, Matt Hendricks too, but the Edmonton Oilers are going to need to stretch a few forwards this winter. Many of the penalty-killers from a year ago (forward division) are gone, leaving a gap and an opportunity.

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HYPERBOLE SEASON UNDERWAY!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-02

Early September in the world of hockey means the suits are back, the players are skating and getting ready, but we’re still a few miles from training camp lists, physicals, scrimmages and preseason games. It means we’re getting closer, but the discussions are still off-ice and blue sky. Example: Brad Treliving. In an article from Mark Spector today, the new Flames GM discussed Sam Bennett and his chances of making the Calgary Flames hockey club. Treliving: “There are a lot of guys who can play in the league. But [the real questions are] can you help the team, and is it good for you? “I would be shocked [if Bennett sticks]. He will have to come in here and show beyond a shado

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Cult of Hockey: Edmonton Oilers stars Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle are scoring-chance machines

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-02

Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are different players in style — Hall is a flame-thrower, Eberle a rapier — but not so different when it comes to their results.

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NHL signings & moves tracker

Source: CBC Sports - Hockey Night In Canada
Date: 2014-09-02

Keep up to date on the latest NHL moves with this team-by-team list of important new signings, contract extensions, trades and buyouts since the start of the 2014 off-season. Keep up to date on the latest NHL moves with this team-by-team list of important new signings, contract extensions, trades and buyouts since the start of the 2014 off-season. *All monetary terms indicated are totals for full length of contract and are in U.S. currency. Figures are either from team or, where not released, from media reports. New Signings D Clayton Stoner (4 years, $13M) G Jason LaBarbara (1 year, $750K) F Dany Heatley (1 year, $1M) Players re-signed F Sami Vatanen (2 years)F Patr

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Matt Henderson: Charting The Pacific

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-09-02

It’s an exciting time of year for Oiler fans because the crispness in the Fall air is there to tell us that Hockey is right around the corner. In a very short amount of time the Oilers will be testing their rookies against those of a few other clubs and then main Camp will begin. It’s all happening so fast and I for one cant wait to see how the added depth will impact the NHL club. The bigg...

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Meet the Blogger: Jeremy “Boris” Wright

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-09-02

There are two impulses at work in the successful writer: a desire to say something and be heard saying it; and, a desire to self-educate through experimentation. The Oilogosphere has more than its share of the writers confined to the former impulse. A team as Gord-Awful as the Oilers and a market as hockey-infused as Edmonton, is bound to conspire in the creation of all manner of ranters, ravers, armchair GMs, etc. By and large, these folks are uninteresting writers. They arrive at the keyboard with the problems solved. Far more interesting, are those writers who enjoy the second impulse (let’s stipulate that the first impulse is simply a necessary condition for writing anything rega

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Draisaitl, Yakupov and the Middle Six

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-02

It seems probable that Edmonton’s top line for the majority of 2014-15 will be the incumbent trio of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Assuming that to be true, Oilers coach Dallas Eakins has an interesting challenge in front of him: How can he carefully manage the minutes of both Leon Draisaitl and Nail Yakupov while still running at least one capable two-way line in his middle-six forward group?

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The Top 5 Edmonton Oilers Training Camp Battles to Watch in 2014

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-09-02

The Edmonton Oilers had a busy offseason attempting to address some major holes that have prevented the team from turning the corner during its rebuilding process. While some might criticize the money paid to new players such as Benoit Pouliot and Nikita Nikitin, head coach Craig MacTavish has finally started to diversify the types of players on the Oilers' roster. The new additions will lead to some interesting battles as incumbent players will want to prove they're deserving of the high billing received in Edmonton, while new players will compete for top minutes. Here is a look at the top five Edmonton Oilers training camp battles to watch in 2014.   *All stats courtesy of NHL.comBegi

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Retired Edmonton Oilers goalie jailed for sexual misconduct with 13-year-old

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-02

The man who had a brief but memorable career between the pipes for the Edmonton Oilers will spend the next two month in prison as a result of sexting with a 13-year-old girl. The Bangor Daily News (h/t Puck Daddy) reports that Mike Minard pleaded no contest to a charge of sexual misconduct after sending and requesting sexually explicit content and asking the girl and one of her friends to meet him at a hotel. According to a police report quoted by the paper, Minard was “very cooperative” with the detective sent to investigate. It’s the kind of charge that leaves a black mark on anyone, no matter how distinguished his history. Minard, who was a fourth round pick of Edmont

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Edmonton Oilers chances of winning the Stanley Cup? Better than the Calgary Flames, Bodog.com says

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-02

The Edmonton Oilers don’t have much of a chance to win the Stanley Cup this year, but their betting odds are better than the Calgary Flames, according to Internet betting site Bodog.eu.  Bodog has the Oilers at 50/1, at the same level as the New Jersey Devils. Edmonton is ahead of Arizona, Carolina, the New York Islanders, Ottawa and Winnipeg, all at 66/1, and even more ahead of Buffalo, Calgary, Florida and Nashville, all at 75/1. If Flames fans want to make lemonade out of those lemons, Calgary is seen as one of the frontrunners to pick up the high draft pick it will take to grab Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. Just ahead of the Oilers are Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, all at 40

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UNICORNS!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-02

The biggest concerns for Edmonton Oilers fans this fall? How much time do you have? It’s the depth at center, the top pairing, the goaltending, the power play, the faceoff circle and the left coast. THREE EFFECTIVE SCORING LINES The Oilers have a great, rocking line of $6 million dollar men in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. I’ve projected them to score 87 goals this season. That’s the “G-A-G plus 5″ line should it happen, and it would be a nice step up from 74 a year ago from the trio. I think most of us believe the club could cobble together a quality 2line from the group of remaining skill wingers (David Perron, Teddy Purcell, Benoit Pouli

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