Is the Writing on the Wall for Connor McDavid?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-07-27

When the Oilers signed defenceman Andrew Ference to a free agent contract in 2013, they promptly named him as captain, before he ever suited up in a regular season game for the team. They had the right idea in mind. Sign an experienced veteran, and give him the leadership mantle until one of the younger players are ready. No offence to Ference, but he was never going to be the right kind of veteran to take on that role. He had a lot of years under his belt, but hardly as a marquee player. The experiment failed miserably, as he was asked to relinquish the captaincy before the 2015-16 season began. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Who Will Be the Oilers Next Captain? Edmonton didn’t have

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Todd McLellan likes what he sees in defenceman Adam Larsson

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-07-27

Edmonton Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan is from the you’ve-gotta-give-to-get school, so as much as it stung badly to trade Taylor Hall a month ago, he knows they sorely needed an infusion of calmness on defence even if they didn’t retrieve a high-end puck-mover.

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Dan Barnes: GM fired, directors resign, Canadian Professional Rodeo Association in turmoil

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-07-27

There has been a massive shakeup of the dysfunctional Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. President Murry Milan resigned on July 17, the final day of the Calgary Stampede. Nine days later, the other cowboy boot dropped. General manager Dan Eddy, hired in February 2015, was fired Tuesday night at a meeting of CPRA directors in Airdrie. The vote was reportedly 6-5 in favour of Eddy’s termination, which came despite a recommendation from the CPRA’s eight-member business advisory council to retain him. Eddy had earlier this year been suspended with pay pending an outside human resources investigation of allegations made against him by some CPRA office staff. He had since been re

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Oilers Notes: Head coach coy on next captain; Yakupov anticipation; mid-summer updates

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-07-27

After going without a captain last season — the first time in their NHL history which goes back to 1979 — Edmonton Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan says they will definitely have somebody with the C on his jersey this year. Last year, Andrew Ference gave it up after two years and they rotated A’s with Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ference and Matt Hendricks as associate captains. McLellan dodged the question Monday about who would be the 15th team captain. “Will we have a captain? Yes we will,” said McLellan, who flew in from his off-season home in Kelowna Monday to play in the Mark Spector Golf Classic to raise money for Sports Central, the good folks who outfit ki

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Good Lord Not These Guys…

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-07-27

Well here we stand on July 27th of 2016 and the Edmonton Oilers are a much different-looking team. It’s a tougher team. A Stronger team. One with more “swagger” and “attitude” yet I’m still getting messages that the team is looking to add to that.  I know. I get it. The hardest thing in the world is to take seriously a website called Beer League Heroes and your Oilers insider news from someone whose Twitter handle is @beerleagueheroe… But it is what it is and like I always say, you can believe it or not but anybody living back home in Canada knows it’s not that hard to be connected to someone within a professional hockey team. In the end, th

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Oilers head coach is bullish on defenceman Adam Larsson

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-07-27

Edmonton Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan is from the you’ve-gotta-give-to-get school, so as much as it stung badly to trade Taylor Hall a month ago, he knows they sorely needed an infusion of calmness on defence even if they didn’t retrieve a high-end puck-mover. “We had to make changes and Taylor was the price we had to pay to get a defenceman,” said McLellan, who flew in from his off-season home in Kelowna for Monday’s Mark Spector Golf Classic at The Quarry to raise money for the good folks at Sports Central, which outfits kids with used sports equipment. McLellan is an advisor to Sports Central. “Doesn’t matter if you’re the Edmonton Oilers or the Pittsburgh Penguins,

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Oilers Loan Bogdan Yakimov to KHL Club

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-07-27

Edmonton Oilers forward Bogdan Yakimov has been loaned to HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), the team announced on Wednesday. The #Oilers have loaned forward Bogdan Yakimov to HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) July 27, 2016 Yakimov, 21, was previously loaned to the KHL club during the 2015-16 regular season when he played in 11 games and tallied three goals and four points. After HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk was eliminated from the KHL playoffs, Yakimov returned to the Bakersfield Condors, the Oilers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. Yakimov was originally selected by the Oilers

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BACK IN THE USSR

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-07-27

Bogdan Yakimov will stay in Russia for 2016-17, and that news is a sobering reminder that players who bolt the North American team during a season are rarely given a second chance.

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NEW VERBAL

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-07-27

Todd McLellan found a microphone today, and a mid-summer media avail from the coach is like finding an ocean in the desert. Giddyup. McLellan on Jesse Puljujarvi: “From what I’ve been told & seen, I think he’s going to have a real good opportunity.” Source McLellan on Jesse Puljujarvi: “Jesse’s played against men & I think that gives him a head start.” Source We have talked previously about how best to ease Puljujarvi into the Edmonton lineup. The team has several options, including NHL, AHL and back to Europe. I expect JP will receive every opportunity to make the big club (my RE has him playing a large percentage of the season). A very re

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Cap comparables: How good is Hoffman’s new deal with Senators?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-07-27

It’s a good day to be an Ottawa Senators fan. The team avoided arbitration with Mike Hoffman and came to terms on a favourable four-year, $20.75-million contract with their best goal scorer. It comes with an annual salary cap hit of $5,187,500 and a modified no-trade clause in the final three years of the deal. Hoffman's Modified NTC is a 10-team no-trade list in final 3 years of deal.https://t.co/clFmF2RMf9 pic.twitter.com/MI83OBI235 — General Fanager (@generalfanager) July 27, 2016 It looks like this could be a bargain of a deal when you consider what he has proven himself to be capable of. Hoffman has led the Senators in goals in each of the past two seasons. His 56 goals

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