Jason Gregor: Edmonton Eskimos QB has good chance to topple CFL passing record

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-08-30

Many believe the Canadian Football League season officially begins on Labour Day weekend. I think the excitement level increases as we get closer to the playoffs, but Saskatchewan has proven a bad first half can end your season before Labour Day. All the games matter, it’s just after Labour Day the intensity rises. The Eskimos are 5-4 at the midway point, and their biggest challenge has been inconsistency. Their recent victory over the Toronto Argonauts was the only game with solid and consistent execution. Despite their Jekyll and Hyde performances, the Eskimos have shown signs of improvement. Their defence has allowed only 83 points in their last four games, and their offence h

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4 Oiler Prospects to Watch

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-08-30

With the recent signing of Matthew Benning, the Edmonton Oilers have added another top-tier college free agent to the prospect system. Perhaps more importantly, they’ve added another high-end prospect potentially poised to make the jump to the NHL in 2016-17. Benning’s signing now makes four prospects to recently join the Oilers who immediately shoot to the top of the list in terms of players who could play a major factor in Edmonton’s success over the next two to three seasons. To predict when and where these players will make their NHL debuts is a difficult task. Some may start the season with the big club and others may only get a cup of coffee. But, if you look at some

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The Steve Dangle Podcast – Aug. 30, 2016 – Nick Kypreos

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-08-30

On this episode, Nick Kypreos joins the show to talk about calling Steve a loser, P.K. Subban, the Oilers, Maple Leafs, winning the Stanley Cup, old hockey stories, and why Doug MacLean is wrong. WARNING!!! This is an explicit podcast. That means it contains swearing. If you do not want to hear that sort of thing then do not listen.

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Condors sign Joel Rechlicz

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2016-08-30

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors announced today that the team has signed RW Joel Rechlicz (RECK – litch) to an American Hockey League (AHL) contract for the 2016-17 season. For an updated roster tracker, click here. RECHLICZ – stats 29 years old, 6’4″, 220 lbs., Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 10th pro season Has played 219 AHL games with 981 penalty minutes (4.48 PIMs / game) Played 26 games in the NHL with the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders and amassed 105 penalty minutes (4.04 PIMs / game) Fight card includes tilts with Milan Lucic, John Scott, Jon Mirasty*, Zenon Konopka,Georges Laraque, Paul Bissonette,

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Forward Jarret Stoll to attend Blue Jackets’ camp on PTO

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-08-30

Forward Jarret Stoll will attend Columbus Blue Jackets’ training camp on a professional try-out, the team announced Tuesday. Jarret Stoll (@jarretstoll) will attend #CBJ training camp on a professional tryout. pic.twitter.com/f5xP5vYaV4 — ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) August 30, 2016 The Melville, Saskatchewan, native spent the 2016-17 season with the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild, scoring four goals and totalling nine points in 80 games. The Wild claimed Stoll off waivers from the Rangers in December of 2015. The Calgary Flames originally selected Stoll in the second round, 46th overall, at the 2000 NHL Draft. Upon re-entering the draft, Stoll was selected in t

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Down The Middle

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-08-30

It’s no secret that the Edmonton Oilers have had poor depth at center for a very long time. But this year, the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers will be comfortable in the options he has available down the middle. Despite the fact that they are aged 19, 20, and 23, the trio of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins offer a much more competent top-three than years past. Last year the Oilers started with the Nugent-Hopkins, McDavid, and Anton Lander. The year before it was Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl, and Marc Arcobello. And the year before that it was Taylor Hall, Marc Arcobello, and Boyd Gordon. For each of the past three seasons, the Oilers have began the season with at lea

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Matthew Tkachuk on making the Flames: ‘It’s gotta be earned’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-08-30

Most people would be willing to wager that at least the top two picks in the 2016 NHL Draft, Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, will be NHLers this season. Jesse Puljujarvi should make a strong case to fit on the Oilers as well. After that, training camps will determine how many other first-round picks stick with their teams, whether it’s for a nine-game regular-season tryout, or the full 82-game schedule. Matthew Tkachuk, the sixth overall pick and a Calgary Flames prospect, is one of those youngsters who will make a strong case at camp to stick with his team. He scored 30 goals and 107 points in 57 games with the Memorial Cup-winning London Knights last season, but usually it’s

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Auston Matthews ready for life in Toronto, starting with World Cup

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-08-30

TORONTO – Having a season of professional hockey under his belt is already paying dividends for Auston Matthews. For starters, he knew not to cram too much into his luggage as he left his parents’ home in Scottsdale, Ariz., over the weekend to make the move to Toronto. “(I didn’t bring) too much,” Matthews said Tuesday. “I tried to learn from last year going to Zurich. I think I packed too much and that’s a much longer trip. I kind of slimmed down the suitcases this year. “I have my Dad up here, so he kind of helped me out with just moving stuff and getting ready with all my luggage and everything.” It promises to be a year of new experiences for the No. 1 overall draft pic

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Dubois eyes up Calder, wants to ‘force’ Blue Jackets to keep him in NHL

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-08-30

From the P.K. Subban trade to the Taylor Hall deal, the off-season has had its share of surprises. But prior to either being dealt and before free agency even opened, Pierre-Luc Dubois was part of one of the more surprising moments of the summer. For much of the year leading up to the 2016 draft, speculation was that the first three picks were as good as set in stone with some combination of Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi as the assumed top three. The Blue Jackets threw a wrench in that, though, when they selected Dubois with the third-overall pick. But being taken third overall was just the first surprise Dubois hopes to deliver. While Matthews and Laine are expected

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EDMONTON OILERS: CENTERS AND PTO'S

Source: OilersNetwork
Date: 2016-08-30

There has been a lot of buzz lately regarding centers and PTO invites this summer. The chatter stems from the Oilers sending their three main centermen, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid to the World Cup of Hockey, which if all goes well for their respective teams, could bleed over into training camp.It's unlikely that any of these players will miss significant time, but it doesn't change the fact that the Edmonton Oilers will need to prepare for a hugely important upcoming NHL season. They have holes to fill and systems to run with a full camp of players.Jarret Stoll is a viable option on a PTO for the Oilers. Photo By WendyHow do the Oilers head into camp and potential

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