The moment of opportunity to trade Jordan Eberle has passed

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-29

The Edmonton Oilers may or may not decide to trade Jordan Eberle this summer in a bid to improve at another position. The question is whether it’s even worthwhile at this point; given Eberle’s contract and modest scoring totals over the last three years he’ll certainly still have some value but his stock has dropped precipitously from when the Oilers should have traded him, in the summer of 2012.

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Oilers’ Ben Scrivens blasts tank suggestion

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-29

Talk of ‘tanking’ takes centre stage as the Edmonton Oilers prepare to host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Neither the Oilers or Sabres have much left to play for this season, but the consolation for turning in the league’s worst record is an increased chance at landing the coveted No. 1 draft choice. Not surprisingly, losing on purpose in the name of Connor McDavid is not a road the Oilers appear willing to go down. Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens unloaded at the suggestion on Wednesday after practice. Via the Edmonton Sun: “If anybody even insinuated to me that I was trying not to win, you’d have a fight I think,” Scrivens said Wednesday. “That’s the most un

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Oilers Gameday – V. Sabres

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-01-29

The Oilers are back on the ice tonight at Rexall Place as they host the Buffalo Sabres in the second and final meeting between the sides on the season. Edmonton will conclude a brief two game home-stand with this game, while Buffalo is in game two of a Western swing and the first half of back-to-back games. Taylor Hall is questionable for Edmonton after missing Tuesday’s game, but could play, while Buffalo will be without D Nikita Zadorov, F Marcus Foligno and F Cody McCormick. Ben Scrivens likely returns to the net for Edmonton, while Matt Hackett is slated to start for Buffalo. Last Games: Edmonton: The Oilers hosted the Wild in a snooze fest on Tuesday night. The sides were rather

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Checking In On Aidan Muir

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-01-29

A look at Oilers prospect Aidan Muir, courtesy of SB Nation College Hockey. On the second day of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Craig MacTavish was a busy man. As you might recall, he traded the 37th overall pick for pick for picks 57, 88 and 96, and then flipped number 57 for numbers 83, 94, and 113. It was a move that was questioned by some, but what's done is done, and now we have to wait and see if any of those five picks - Bogdan Yakimov, Anton Slepyshev, Jackson Houck, Kyle Platzer, and Aidan Muir - turn into something. So far, we've written a little about the first three, as they all landed inside our last iteration of Top 25 Under 25, but there's been very coverage of either Platzer

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Oilers and Otters: Snakes and Snake Oil

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-29

View image | gettyimages.com Back in November a story broke out of Erie, Ontario that the Oilers were suing Otters owner Sherry Bassin for 4.5 Million dollars. You can find that story here and I would suggest reading more of Erie Times reporter Ed Palattella's work as he's followed the situation unfold over the past few months. He is no doubt the go to person for this information. Very recently the Globe and Mail ran a piece about that same legal battle written by David Shoalts that you can see here. The slant on the most recent article was about the seedy underside of sports and it portrayed Katz as something of a slimy figure. A snake in the grass. Is that fair? Is that acc

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SABRES AT OILERS, G49 2014-15

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-01-29

The Edmonton Oilers can dip into the draft pool during the final 33 games of the season by simply getting Nail Yakupov straightened out. I think it’s reasonable to suggest Todd Nelson could secure an NHL head coaching job by doing it and we saw flashes of a breakout last game. It’s there, it’s in the ether. Watching Nail right now is like watching a mannish boy find his way in life: Frustration after frustration followed by small, painful growth. All you’re really looking for is a spark and youth, determination and skill should light the way. You need that spark. WHAT WOULD 32 GOOD GAMES LOOK LIKE? Let’s have a quick look at what Nail’s been doing so far i

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New NHL Power Rankings: The #Hashtag Edition

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-29

This is for all of those who thought Jaroslav Halak was only good because the St. Louis Blues play so strong defensively and Ken Hitchcock is a shot-limiting mastermind. All-star Halak stopped 40 pucks Tuesday and beat the Rangers again. This is for all of you who assumed the Islanders were the second-best team in their own city. The Isles have defeated the Rangers in all three mettings this season, outscoring the Blueshirts by a combined score of 13-4. This is for all of you who are sick of John Tavares not getting enough praise, for those who thought New York would lose a step with Kyle Okposo out of the lineup, and for those who were convinced coach Jack Capuano and/or GM Garth Snow shoul

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Predict The Final Score: Game 49 - Edmonton Oilers vs Buffalo Sabres

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-01-29

How low can you go? Oilers vs Sabres Today's Goaltenders: Ben Scrivens (1,948 mins ESSvPct: .901 SvPct: .895) vs. Jhonas Enroth (1,905 mins ESSvPct: .913 SvPct: .899) Please put your prediction in the subject line like this: Oilers n - Sabres n Please list the Oilers score first, regardless of the team being home or away. Make your own prediction and do not comment on anyone else's prediction. Any comments that are not in the format above, or in response to someone else's comment will be deleted. Points distributed as follows: Predict both teams correctly: 5 points Predict the Oilers score correctly: 2 points Predict the opponent's score correctly: 1 points Your p

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Edmonton vs Buffalo: Greatest Tank Battles Coverage

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-01-29

Seasoned tank killers vs. n00bs Oilers vs Sabres Today's Goaltenders: Ben Scrivens (1,948 mins ESSvPct: .901 SvPct: .895) vs. Jhonas Enroth (1,905 mins ESSvPct: .913 SvPct: .899) Please put your prediction in the subject line like this: Oilers n - Sabres n Please list the Oilers score first, regardless of the team being home or away. Make your own prediction and do not comment on anyone else's prediction. Any comments that are not in the format above, or in response to someone else's comment will be deleted. Points distributed as follows: Predict both teams correctly: 5 points Predict the Oilers score correctly: 2 points Predict the opponent's score correctly: 1 poin

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Oilers Moving AHL Team To Cali

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-01-29

At a press conference later this afternoon, it is expected that the Edmonton Oilers, along with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, are picking up the farm and moving to California. The long talked about AHL Western Division is now a reality, and is slated to start in the fall of 2015. The Oilers will be stopping operations in Oklahoma City following this season, and moving their ECHL team to the AHL. That team, the Bakersfield Condors, was purchased by Edmonton previously. The Condors will join Stockton (Calgary), San Jose (San Jose), San Diego (Anaheim) and Ontario (LA) in the new division. This move marks a sad day, but also a new day within the organ

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Video: Jordan Eberle surprises the St. Albert Barons with some new hockey sticks

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-01-29

Members of the St. Albert Barons AA atom team are surprised when Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers comes to their practice to skate with them, but they are even more surprised when he announces that the entire team is getting the same stick he uses which won't be released until February to the general public. Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal.

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Leon Draisaitl & his Kelowna Rockets stifled 2-1 in shootout as Oil Kings salvage home stand

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-01-29

The homecoming didn’t go quite according to plan for Leon Draisaitl. The prime prospect of the Edmonton Oilers made his return to Rexall Place wearing the black hat, er, helmet of the visiting Kelowna Rockets, the top club in the WHL and the second-ranked squad in the 60-team Canadian Hockey League. But it was the homestanding Edmonton Oil Kings, closing out a miserable seven-game home stand that had seen them win just one of the first six games, that managed to get the job done, holding the powerful visitors to a 1-1 draw through 65 minutes before prevailing in the fourth round of the shootout. For his part Draisaitl was held off the scoresheet by the goaltending of the game’s f

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