Random Trade Ideas That Just Make Sense

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-12-19

Follow me @IanEsplen and tweet me your thoughts   Nail Yakupov For Torey Krug and Malcolm Subban Thoughts: Edmonton has to do something more then just change the coach in order to change the culture of their team. I say the best way to do that is shake things up and move one of their high end guys for a top-4 D and a potential No. 1 netminder – 1 & 1A on their need list. Boston pulls the trigger here because they are likely not going to be able to re-sign Krug, they are solid in goal for the next six plus years and they need some scoring. Big-time move for both but in the end I think both organizations are better for it.   Curtis Glencross For John Moore Thoug

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Will Puck Luck Cause the Buffalo Sabres to Miss out on Connor McDavid?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-12-19

The Buffalo Sabres are not a good hockey team. The consensus pick for dead last in the NHL before the 2014-15 season even started, the Sabres in an average game allow the opposition almost two shots at the net for every one they take. This is a team so self-admittedly terrible that it had presumptive first overall pick Connor McDavid’s Erie Otters come to town and play a game; McDavid himself noted to the Canadian Press earlier in the season that every time the Sabres lose his Twitter timeline explodes with mentions (h/t Sportsnet).   But then, the Sabres haven’t lost much at all lately. This is a team with nine wins in its last 13 games, a team that with 28 points sits

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Ten WJC-eligible players still in the NHL

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-19

With the 2015 World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto just around the corner, NHL teams faced decision time on whether or not to send the top prospects on their roster to the international under-20 tournament. The Ottawa Senators decided to send Curtis Lazar and the New York Rangers sent Anthony Duclair, while the Edmonton Oilers decided to not send Leon Draisaitl. With the NHL’s holiday roster freeze taking effect on Friday Dec., 19, here are the remaining 10 World Junior Championship-eligible players in the NHL and what their status is. Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks The ninth overall pick of the 2013 draft is averaging only 10:18 of ice time a night for the Canucks, which is th

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With no OKC Barons next year, Oilers will likely move AHL team to Bakersfield

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-12-19

When any Edmonton Oilers get sent to the minors next year, it almost certainly will be to join the most fun franchise in hockey.

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Hockey World: For fired NHL coaches, ‘life goes on’

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-12-19

There is life after being fired from your first National Hockey League head coaching gig if you’re Dallas Eakins, who need only look up the likes of Tom Renney, Claude Julien or Rick Bowness. Sometimes, though, you only get one kick at the can as a head man, like George Burnett, who spent 35 games with the Edmonton Oilers in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign, or Bruce Cassidy, who logged 110 games in 2002-03 and ’03-04with the Washington Capitals.

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Stock Watch for Top 6 Forwards for the Boston Bruins

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-12-18

The trade talk surrounding the Boston Bruins has all but accelerated from a flurry to a blizzard. Virtually all of it consists of rumored or proposed deals to reel in a top-six forward. As part of his evaluation of every Eastern Conference team’s needs, Stephen Burtch of sportsnet.ca wrote Tuesday, “The Bruins should be interested in adding a scoring winger like Chris Stewart, Drew Stafford, Joffrey Lupul, Tomas Fleischmann or Brad Boyes.” Meanwhile, Joe Haggerty of csnne.com penned a lengthy column, detailing what the Bruins would need to offer Edmonton in exchange for Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle. He later made a guest appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub Thursday morning, b

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Video: Oilers' inability to get to the net is puzzling

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-12-18

Edmonton Journal hockey writer Joanne Ireland talks about the Edmonton Oilers' continued scoring woes, particularly a puzzling inability to establish a forward presence in front of the opponents' goal, as the NHL team struggles to win games.

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Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-12-18

The Edmonton Oilers are looking to end a five-game losing streak tonight and the San Jose Sharks are in their way.

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Edmonton Oilers keep Leon Draisaitl out of the World Juniors, doubling down on a poor centre depth chart and bad development strategy

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-12-18

The Edmonton Oilers made it official on Thursday: Leon Draisaitl will not be loaned out to Germany for the World Juniors this year. It’s nice news for Draisaitl. For the Oilers, it’s yet another indication that the team’s management is unable or unwilling to address the team-crushing inadequacy of its centre depth chart. That inadequacy is readily apparent when one looks at the scoring numbers of the team’s pivots at even-strength. Let’s compare the performance of the Oilers’ centres to the league average for first, second, third and fourth lines (via Garret Hohl). A typical first-liner scores 2.0 points/hour at evens; that’s exactly what Nugent-Hopkins has managed this year.

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Matt Henderson: G33 Oilers vs Sharks: Commissioner Gordon Returns

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-12-18

Boyd Gordon is back, baby! This will immediately DOUBLE the amount of NHL Centermen that the Oilers have available to them tonight. DOUBLE IT. The team has been running Hendricks in that spot on the 4th line and he’s done an admirable job in the faceoff dot (his season average is 56.4%) but the facts are that the line needs players with more defensive awareness. Luke Gazdic does a few things...

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Oklahoma City Barons Season Seat Holder Message

Source: Tend The Farm
Date: 2014-12-18

From the season seat holder email sent this afternoon from the Prodigal offices: Barons season seat holder: Your support of the Oklahoma City Barons from the team’s humble beginnings in 2010 has been unmatched. Night in and night out, you’ve witnessed many of the best hockey athletes in the world play in our city. Our coaching staff has produced teams that have qualified for the playoffs in each season, twice reaching the Conference Finals. Nearly 40 players and staff members have graduated from Oklahoma City to realize their dream of playing or working for an NHL team. The success of the franchise from a business perspective however has not been what I anticipated. After extensive n

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Oilers not loaning Draisaitl to world junior team

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-18

The Edmonton Oilers are not loaning forward Leon Draisaitl to Team Germany for the upcoming 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Edmonton Oilers on Twitter In 32 games with the Oilers this season, the 19-year-old Cologne native has two goals, five assists, two penalty minutes, a minus-14 rating and is logging an average of 12:46 in ice-time per game. The third-overall pick from the 2014 draft represented his country at the 2013 and 2014 world juniors. This past summer, he suited up for Team Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Championship where he registered four points in seven games.

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