TRAINING CAMP HOPEFUL NO. 3: JOEY LALEGGIA

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-07-24

It is sometimes easy to forget just how difficult it can be to project defensemen. In the case of Joey Laleggia, it would be easy to discount him as a potential NHL player. A smaller (listed at 5.10, 185) defender, he can move the puck with authority but is a true chaos blue. The former Hobey Baker finalist led Bakersfield in rookie scoring, ranked No. 42 among defensemen league wide—and No. 12 among rookie AHL blue. Laleggia received a paper callup in year one of his pro career, and with Brad Hunt exiting the organization—and Jordan Oesterle likely getting NHL time—we could see a spike in offense from the young defender. BAKERSFIELD BLUE Laleggia’s offense is pretty solid based

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Oilers Sunday Night Links

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-07-24

Another week has come and gone in the summer of 2016. As we approach the final week of July, the month of August is now firmly in our sights, the last month without hockey for this calendar year. While I still think we will get some news in the form of another Oilers transaction or two, this week was another slow one in terms of news for Oiler fans. So, without further ado, here are this week’s links from around the Oilers blogosphere. Adam Larsson Against Top Dogs: How did new Oilers defender Adam Larsson do against the top opponents last season in New Jersey? It’s a question worth asking, considering many consider him a top-pairing shut-down defender. Jonathan Willis goes in-de

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Being named captain of Oilers would be 'unbelievable': McDavid

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-07-24

TORONTO — Connor McDavid would embrace the opportunity to serve as captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

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How Smart NHL Teams Can Take Advantage of the Death of the Bridge Contract

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-07-24

There is a shift happening in NHL finance, one which represents both a challenge and an opportunity to the league’s member clubs. In the past, the highest-paid players were free agents with a long body of work behind them. Increasingly, though, teams have been signing young players—in a lot of cases players who haven’t even completed their entry-level contracts—to massive long-term deals. Smart teams will understand the implications of this shift and alter their approach to take advantage. Competitors with less agile management groups will struggle with the change. Last week, Larry Brooks of the New York Post wrote about the death of the bridge contract, specifically

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NHL Free Agency 2016: Rumors and Predictions Based on Offseason Buzz

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-07-24

The NHL's big-name free agents made their splashes July 1, but there are still players who have chances to sign contracts prior to the start of the season and get off to fresh starts with new teams. Players like James Wisniewski, Brandon Pirri and Sam Gagner have the abilities and talents to fill roles with new teams, and they are not likely to cost their new teams prohibitive amounts of cash. However, it may not be until the start of training camp that prospective deals get finalized. Wisniewski may be the most interesting option and perhaps the most challenging decision for any general manager to make. Wisniewski, 32, had just one shift last year before he injured his knee and missed

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NHL Arbitration: Potential for Bruised Feelings Makes Actual Hearings Rare

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-07-24

It's easy to say "It was just business, nothing personal" in pro sports. Players are conditioned to expect criticism, and owners are conditioned to expect paying as much as a player can get. Usually, the sides come away saying "no hard feelings." The process of arbitration, though, makes it a bit more difficult for the usually hardened sides not to take things a little more personally. Imagine having done a good job at work in the past year, but going in to a meeting with management where their sole goal is to pay you less than you think you're worth, and list the reasons why to your face. All the while, trying to reconcile management's words that are essentially, "Hey, we still want you aro

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NHL Twitter Mailbag: Which Team Is Winning the Offseason?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-07-24

We're getting close to August, which has become about the only month on the calendar when nothing hockey-related happens. July doesn't have a lot either, but there is free agency, arbitration and usually a few trades happen. August is the month when it's pretty much impossible to get any hockey person on the phone. Everybody is on vacation and doesn't want to be bothered. But until then, we can still talk some hockey here. There continue to be signings here, minor trades there. There are always barstool debates to be had too, so with that said, here is another NHL Twitter Mailbag. I take questions right off my Twitter feed and paste them in here. Let's get started.        

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NHL EQUIVALENCIES TIP OFF FALL, PREDICT WINTER

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-07-24

NHL equivalencies are a great way to put a bunch of players outside the NHL into a single category for the purposes of estimating offense. It is not perfect, but does act as a reasonable guideline for fans to project prospects into the immediate future. This year's NHLEs have one major issue, but once again give us a solid look at Edmonton's top forward prospects.

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The Latvian Peca

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-07-24

The date was August 3rd, 2005. Mike Peca was a New York Islander at the time but Oilers GM Kevin Lowe was feeling particularly active that day given just hours before he’d acquired the deadliest defenceman in the NHL, Chris Pronger, and signed him to a 5 year deal; Lowe decided to make another call to the Islanders and offer centre Mike York and a 5th rounder for two-time Selke Trophy winner Mike Peca. The rest is history and Peca only spent the one year in Edmonton but if you remember Mike Peca’s career, he was a tough as nails shut-down centre (hence the Selke trophies) that concentrated his talents on keeping the puck out of the net as opposed to putting it in the net. He

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DIRECT HITS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-07-24

At the beginning of June, Edmonton had a 50-man list of 38 players, 21 men who were associated with the organization but without a contract, and a bunch of issues. Here is a review of what happened over the last six weeks. EXITING THE SYSTEM! L Taylor Hall, expert river pusher now in swamp country. L Lauri Korpikoski, bought out and looking for work. D Adam Clendening. Not qualified, signed a two-way deal with NY Rangers. L Luke Gazdic. Not qualified, signed a two-way deal with New Jersey. R Adam Cracknell, Not qualified, signed a two-way deal with Dallas. G Niklas Lundstrom. Not qualified, signed with Bjorkloven (Allsvenskan). L Kale Kessy. Not qualified, destination unknown. D Brad Hunt.

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