My Favorite Team From The Oilers' Dark Ages

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-01

The biggest letdown was my favorite 29-44-9 29-44-9.  The final record of the 2013-14 Edmonton Oilers.  28th in the league standings.  28th in the league in possession.  They iced what is likely the worst defense in the team's history, especially impressive considering the team played Jason Strudwick, yes this Jason Strudwick, for 143 games over the course of two seasons.  They were supposed to be better - they finally got rid of The Great Assessor and added a bright guy in the front office.  Things didn't go as well as hoped in the off-season and progressed to "Oh no, not again!" relatively quickly.  If anything, the team was a huge disappointment, which is quite an a

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Complete Preview for the Arizona Coyotes' 2014-15 Season

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-10-01

In a decision that brought joy to approximately 14,000 people in the summer of 2013, the Glendale City Council decided by a 4-3 vote to approve an arena lease that kept the Phoenix Coyotes from leaving the desert for a new location. There would be new ownership, new revenue and new excitement for one of the least popular franchises in the NHL and perhaps all of sports. Yet here we are one year later, and all that's changed is the name of the franchise almost no one cares about (relatively speaking), and ownership is four years from being able to exercise an out clause. The Phoenix Coyotes are now the Arizona Coyotes, a team that has missed the postseason for two straight years and looks pois

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Ryan Garner: Fire MacTavish for Losing Oilers’ Tkachev the Day

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-10-01

In the midst of upheaval, I disconnected from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday evening. I left my laptop untouched on the dinner table, avoided Twitter and the blogosphere, and, like a hidden CBA subsection, my phone and e-mail account went unchecked. Under my fiancé’s watchful eye, I prepared and seasoned some chicken for dinner. She handled the actual cooking, which helps us avoid being unintentional...

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Complete Preview for the Ottawa Senators' 2014-15 Season

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-10-01

Following two years of steady progress by its young squad, a disappointed Ottawa Senators team found itself outside the playoff picture at the end of the 2013-14 season. The trade of Jason Spezza led to a tumultuous summer that was short on upgrades. The Sens will need to improve from within if they hope to get back into playoff contention.   What We Learned in 2013-14 Paul McLean won the 2013 Jack Adams Trophy for leading an injury-plagued Ottawa Senators team on an unexpected journey to the second round of the playoffs. It looked like it would be onward and upward in 2013-14—until Daniel Alfredsson surprised everyone by signing as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings. After

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'We missed it': Edmonton Oilers GM admits NHL team botched contract with Vladimir Tkachev

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-01

The ink didn’t even have time to dry on the entry level contract that Vladimir Tkachev had signed with the Edmonton Oilers before it was tossed out by the National Hockey League.

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NHL rules Oilers entry level contract with Russian forward Vladimir Tkachev ineligible

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-01

It turns out, it was a deal that was too good to be true.

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Vladimir Tkachev Back In the Draft: Not Eligible for Oilers ELC

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-01

Alright, already the show goes on All night, till the morning we dream so long Anybody ever wonder, when they would see the sun up Just remember when you come up The show goes on! Word from Edmonton this evening: Vladimir Tkachev's Standard Players Contract has been ruled ineligible by the National Hockey League. — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 30, 2014 So there's that. At least the Oilers are in good company: This was a brutal mistake by the Flyers. We're not going along with the assumption that they knew this was the case all along, either. A team source told Anthony SanFillippo of the Delco Times yesterday that they were looking to sign Hyka, and now all o

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Matt Henderson: Tkachev Day Cancelled: Go Home

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-10-01

Oh god. OH GOD. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. The NHL has deemed the contract tendered to Vlad Tkachev ineligible based on the CBA. The Oilers were working under the premise that Tkachev was a CHL player as described in the CBA and could be offered a contract if undrafted. Bad news. He wasn’t. To have the full rights of a CHL player he had to play in the full CHL season rig...

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NHL declares Vladimir Tkachev contract with Edmonton Oilers ineligible

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-01

Vladimir Tkachev, undersized, undrafted and as unlikely a looking prospect as one could imagine — at least when he doesn’t have a hockey stick in his slick hands — has played way into the fold of the Edmonton Oilers.

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Oilers hope lining up Leon Draisaitl with Jordan Eberle and David Perron will boost trio's production

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-01

In slotting him between Jordan Eberle and David Perron, the Edmonton Oilers are really putting Leon Draisaitl in a position to succeed.

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Edmonton Oilers contract with Vladimir Tkachev rejected; they may not be able to sign him

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-01

Tuesday morning was pretty decent for the Edmonton Oilers. The team got an entry-level deal done with the highly-talented Vladimir Tkachev, which meant that they were going to be able to add the 18-year-old to their prospect pool without spending a pick to acquire him. But then this happened: Initially, it seemed possible that the Oilers had slipped up on some technicality, that Tkachev was eligible to be signed and that there must be a minor problem with his contract. However, further study reveals that he may not be eligible for a contract – in fact, never was eligible for a contract – because he spent part of last season in Russia. This is what happened a year ago to Nathan W

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TKACHEV CONTRACT SHIVED!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-30

The Edmonton Oilers are reporting that the standard player contract signed by Vladimir Tkachev today has been ruled ineligible. It is not clear where the Oilers may have differed in their deal compared to the Carolina Hurricanes and their signing of Sergey Tolchinsky. SERGEY TOLCHINSKY DEAL It is unlikely to derail the signing, but a restructuring of the deal is likely. The Oilers deal looks very similar to Tolchinsky’s, it’ll be interesting to see how Edmonton tweaks the contract to comply.

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