Oilers' Belov signs four-year deal to return to KHL

Source: TSN
Date: 2014-04-16

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I’m Tryin’ to Get Home: MacTavish Takes Responsibility for his Development Process

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-04-16

Of the many interesting remarks Craig MacTavish made yesterday, none caught my attention more than his interesting asides on “development.” For reference, here’s the presser in its entirety: Development Part One: We’ve Got to Look Elsewhere Question (Jason Gregor): Craig you mentioned you’re not going to look for kind of a middle of the road defensemen…what about your forward group, your top 4 produced a lot, but you didn’t get a lot of secondary scoring. Smyth is not gone, will you look elsewhere to improve that, or do you think you’ve got some guys in your system that you use to fill those roles offensively? Answer (GM MacTavish): We’ve g

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An open letter to some angry Oilers fans

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-16

Dear loyal fans of the Edmonton Oilers, The last time we had a little discussion like this, it was truly refreshing. I felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on a number of things - jersey tossing, the Lowe Must Go debacle, Craig MacTavish, and more. I've got another bone to pick with a few of you.  Not all of you, so please don't misconstrue. If this doesn't apply to you, just read along and share in my disappointment. If you don't already know by now, the Oilers have come out of the 2014 Draft Lottery rankings with the third overall selection. Some fans are a little miffed, as the Oilers would have had the opportunity t

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Jack and James, Two American Kids Playing D In The Heartland

Source: Mc79hockey
Date: 2014-04-16

I took my annual look at how Jack Johnson’s teammates did with and without him today and, as is always the case, they pretty much all did worse with him than they did without him. I did a throwaway tweet about it and wouldn’t have given it any more thought but someone asked me about [...]

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Series preview: Avalanche vs. Wild

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-16

Up until Sunday, April 13, it looked as though the Colorado Avalanche would be taking on the monstrous task of facing off against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, as the number-two seed in their division. The St. Louis Blues had led the Central Division for much of the 2013-14 season, and everyone had expected that they would coast into the number one berth to take on one of the two wild card teams.  You know what they say about taking the pedal off the gas in the last leg of the race, though: Unfortunately for St. Louis, Colorado didn't afford them that split-second pause that the runner in the above (rather hilarious) gif does. They steam-rolled the

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Let's Exchange Picks

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-16

After the Florida Panthers won the draft lottery on Tuesday it has come to my attention that there are teams out there who would like to exchange picks.  Florida is missing some key things in their organization. My list as I see it: 1. A # 1 Defenseman. Someone to munch minutes, kill penalties and stop the bleeding 2. Top 6 Scoring Winger. The Panthers need a triggerman in a big way.  3. Goaltending Depth. The Panthers are fine with Luongo and Ellis for the next few years, but the pipeline is pretty bare.  In my opinion I wouldn't trade the pick away, but I could be persuaded if teams were to offer up the right pieces. Here are some potential deals that would sway me

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My bet: the Edmonton Oilers will draft big, skilled centre Leon Draisaitl

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-16

Top prospects Ekblad, Dal Colle, Draisaitl, Bennett, Reinhart all fill a need on Oilers There are four or five top prospects at the top of the NHL draft, and not only will the Edmonton Oilers get one of them, that player will also fill a major need on the Edmonton roster. As Sun columnnist Terry Jones suggested to Oilers GM Craig MacTavish (and MacTavish went along with the notion) everyone knows the Oilers have two big holes, the need for a top-pairing d-man and a second line centre. The good news is that this draft has three top centre prospects in Sam Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl and Sam Bennett, and one top d-man propsect, Aaron Ekblad. Ekblad is a big, tough, skilled defenceman, just the k

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Oilers boss Craig MacTavish says team is closer to end of its journey than the beginning [Video]

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-04-16

It’s not often you hear the general manager of a team which has just finished 30th, 30th, 29th, 24 and 28th talking Stanley Cup. But the day before the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs began, Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was doing just that.

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Oilers: The one that got away

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2014-04-16

When NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly opened up the final envelope of the 2014 Draft Lottery and pulled out the card of the Florida Panthers, all I could do was shake my head. Through 81 games the Edmonton Oilers sat in 29th spot in the overall standings, one point ahead of the Panthers but that changed after Game 82. Back in 2007, a similar situation cost the organization a chance at drafting Patrick Kane and it looks as though it will happen yet again in 2014.

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Approximating Touches for the Oilers This Season

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-04-16

What if we used the real-time stats for good instead of evil? Could they help provide an approximation of touches?

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Red Wings are far from streaky as they hit 23

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-16

Even with a shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings gained a valuable point from the game, hitting 90, and securing them an eastern conference wildcard spot in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.  That makes this the 23rd consecutive year that the Red Wings have secured a playoff spot. This is currently the best active streak in the NHL with San Jose trailing in second at 10 straight seasons. The Wings 23-year streak is the fifth best in NHL history, with the golden Bruins holding the top spot at 29 seasons. Chicago sits in second with 28, St. Louis behind them at 25, and the Montreal Canadiens narrowly lead the Wings with 24 consecutive playoff sea

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WHAT EXACTLY DID THE GUY SAY?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-16

My wife is always asking me ‘what exactly did the guy say’ because she doesn’t trust my ability to relay subtle nuance in conversation. I suspect she’s right—my tendency to embellish is legendary behind these four walls and hyperbole makes daily visits. With that as the backdrop, let’s see if we can come up with exactly what the guy said from yesterday’s MacT media avail. CRAIG MACTAVISH SPEAKS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS “My other mandate coming in here was to turn the team over to the core group of people who are going to lead us out of the malaise. Most of those players (core group) if not all of them have had career years.” I’ll agree tha

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