Oilers Recap: Hunter the Lynx, Trouba Rumors & Camp Notes

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-09-27

It’s been an eventful few weeks for the Edmonton Oilers and this last week the team once again found themselves caught in NHL headlines. This week the Oilers introduced a new mascot that will honor some of the team’s roots in the Edmonton-area. They’ve also been caught up in the Jacob Trouba sweepstakes after the 22-year-old Winnipeg Jets defenseman made his trade request public. Training camp is underway, and the Oilers have already started re-assigning players. Oilers head coach Todd McLellan is already trying out several line combinations which will resemble what the team will roll out on opening night. Without further adieu here are your Oiler headlines, and some musing

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Former Czech national coach Vladimir Ruzicka fined

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-09-27

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Former Czech Republic hockey coach Vladimir Ruzicka has been convicted of fraud and fined more than $15,000. The Prague 10 district court ordered Ruzicka to pay a fine of 400,000 koruna ($16,600) or face a 16-month prison term. Ruzicka accepted 500,000 koruna ($20,750) from a father who said he paid him to let his son play when he was in charge of Slavia Prague. He denied any wrongdoing, saying he considered the money sponsorship and later returned it. Ruzicka still can appeal. Ruzicka resigned from his post with the national team last year following similar allegations by other parents. In his playing career, Ruzicka captained the Czech Re

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HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-09-27

If you have been reading this blog for a long time, you will know it is not in my personality to give up on a young prospect. Did you know that Jason Chimera didn’t really establish himself until age 23? Fernando Pisani? 26. Tyler Pitlick turns 25 in November, and while I am not comparing him to either man, I still hold out hope for the player. Lonely spot, mind, but that’s okay, even more lonely over at the Marc Pouliot marching and chowder society. THOUGHTS ON LAST NIGHT, EDMONTON All numbers below are Corsi 5×5 percentage. R Tyler Pitlick 1-1-2 in 12:51. He made a strange defensive play in the first period but recovered with a goal and two points later in the game. Looke

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A Little More on Ryan Vesce

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-09-27

When you check the boxscore from Edmonton’s 4-2 victory over Calgary from Rogers Place on Monday night, you’ll notice an unfamiliar name being credited with a powerplay goal in third period. The goalscorer will read Ryan Vesce, and most Oiler fans will react with the word “huh?”. A journeyman of the AHL, NHL and assorted European leagues quietly entered Oilers camp on a PTO last week, but he’s quickly trying to make a name for himself. In addition to his goal on Monday night, Vesce has looked good in practice and provided the Oilers with some skilled veteran depth. At 34 years old, the Lloyd Harbor, New York native is likely making his final kick at the NHL can,

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Unpopular Opinion: I Love Hunter the Canadian Lynx

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-09-27

The only positive take you will see on the Oilers' new mascot. As he prepared for his grand debut to the world, Hunter the Canadian Lynx took a deep breath and looked down at his furry body. His artificial hair shook with a combination of nervousness and excitement, as he peeked through the curtain at the expectant faces of the school-age children in the crowd, anticipating with delight the appearance of an adorable creature, preferably round and utterly huggable. He anxiously wondered if the world would like him-- all he wanted to do was make everyone smile. Yesterday, Hunter the Canadian Lynx made his first appearance in public. It is safe to say at this point that the public did no

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Take a tour of the Rogers Place premium rental spaces

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-27

Rogers Place, the shiniest new plaything in Edmonton, has been touted as having something for everyone — from the nosebleed section to plush suites, but it also includes several premium rental options. Stew MacDonald, chief commercial officer for Oilers Entertainment Group, took reporter Juris Graney on a tour of the arena to highlight some of those options. That’s a sweet suite The Scotiabank Suite at Rogers Place on Monday September 26, 2016. Exclusivity builds demand, so it’s little surprise that 54 of the 57 private suites at Rogers Place (that’s nine fewer suites than Rexall) are all licensed for the next three, five or seven years. That leaves three 12-fixed-sea

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Who is going to play up the middle?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-09-27

Entering preseason, I think biggest decisions are 3rd line centre and 2nd & 3rd line RW. My hunch is that both RNH/Draisaitl start in top 6.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) September 26, 2016 Yesterday, Oilers play-by-play voice Jack Michaels put out an interesting thought looking at the Oilers roster makeup. Does it make sense?

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EDMONTON OILERS: Good and Bad From Monday's Split-Squad Games

Source: OilersNetwork
Date: 2016-09-27

The Oilers swept both games against the Calgary Flames in a split-squad series on Monday. A 4-2 victory at Rogers Place along with a 2-1 victory in Calgary gave Oilers fans a few things to be excited about.Photo By Lisa GanskyThe GoodIn Edmonton, Tyler Pitlick shined with a two-point effort. Kris Versteeg had a great first game as part of his professional tryout (PTO) — a first of what will likely be many games. Drake Caggiula showed he's improving in every game.Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson showed well as a top-unit pair and Mark Fayne was steady, which after last season is a wonderful change.In Calgary, it was a goaltending duel where Jonas Gustavsson and Laurent Brossoit delivered desp

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Three reasons why the Edmonton Oilers don't appear to be major players for Jacob Trouba

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-27

Edmonton is mentioned in some reports as in the running for Winnipeg Jets holdout Jacob Trouba, but I figure it’s a long shot that Trouba ends up as an Oiler for three reasons: TSN’s Bob McKenzie doesn’t think the Oilers are super keen here. Asked on TSN radio if the Oilers might have the pieces to acquire Trouba, McKenzie said, “Um, I guess they might. I don’t know. You know, as soon as the news came down I saw the stuff on Twitter, ‘Oh boy, he’s going to Edmonton. The Oilers will be all over this.’ I’m not saying the Oilers aren’t interested in Jacob Trouba. But I wouldn’t necessarily categorize them as a team that would be

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Home-town Oilers shed rust, finish strong in 4-2 win over Calgary

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-09-27

The home-town Edmonton Oilers christened Rogers Place on Monday night with a convincing 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames.  Most pre-season games are not things of beauty, and nor was this, especially considering the Flames split-squad was somewhat under-manned in the talent department, compared to its Northern counterpart.  But hidden in an early pre-season tilt that featured lots and lots of rust were numerous bright spots to note, as the home side ended with a 39-15 edge in shots.   Game grades: GOAL Cam Talbot. 4. A rather pedestrian performance by his standards, I would say, having allowed two goals on just 13 shots.  Neither Flames marker will win any awards for beau

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