Missing The Boat – Oilers Failing To Take Advantage

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-02-11

Over the last two seasons, a number of defenders have been moved via trade and free agency. The Oilers, for the most part, have been left without a seat when it comes to this game of musical chairs. From Craig MacTavish mistakenly waiting around to Peter Chiarelli listening to him this summer, the Oilers have missed the boat far too much. Move Along: Off the top of my head, here are some top four defenders that were moved and that the Oilers weren’t really in on. Some of these misses are the fault of the Oilers, but some of these situations can’t be blamed on Edmonton. Nick Leddy was sent to the Islanders for picks and prospects, Oilers were never mentioned. Johnny Boychuk went f

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Move On!

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2016-02-11

You know what I liked about the Leafs last few moves? They aren’t hanging onto a losing culture. They traded away a 40 goal scorer and perennial top 20 point getter and their captain with no regrets. They moved on.  The management didn’t get attached to the players and made the moves they had to [...] The post Move On! appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Oilers Running Out of Potential UFA Targets

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-02-11

With Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets coming to agreement on a five-year extension earlier this week, the upcoming NHL unrestricted free agent market for potential impact defenceman has dwindled down to next to nothing.  While the Edmonton Oilers were likely hoping to grab another quality player for a second consecutive summer on the open market, see Andrej Sekera,  that could prove to be far easier said than done for general manager Peter Chiarelli. Not gonna lie, I was hoping that #Oilers could sign Byfuglien in the offseason but the Jets did the right thing signing him. — Pandhermonium (@Pandhermonium) February 8, 2016 All anyone has to do is simply take a look at the pendi

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G56 2015-16: MAPLE LEAFS AT OILERS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-02-11

The Edmonton Oilers have riches untold and can’t buy a win—lack of balance and an addled defense for a decade running is not the way to go. Who knew? Everyone. The Oilers 2006-16 will be a monster cautionary tale for the rest of the century. How will this era of endless el’s turn out? I am hoping Peter Chiarelli can write a few quick chapters here in order to get to the good parts. Taylor Hall and Connor McDavid are roommates. They don't play Xbox or PlayStation. Hall says they play Crazy 8s. #Oilers — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 9, 2016 FOREVER MIDNIGHT, YEAR OVER YEAR Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1 Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0 Oilers in November 2014: 2-9

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Game 55 Coverage: Oilers at New Jersey Devils - A Friend of the Devil is a Friend of Mine

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-02-11

After a pair of ugly losses the Oilers look to get back on track. We've now had a couple of days to deal with whatever that was on Sunday afternoon, and Saturday as well, now we can all get back to the business watching the Oilers play hockey; starting tonight with a game against the New Jersey Devils. Dwelling on the past doesn't do anyone a lot of good, what's done is done, but when your team gets embarrassed in back-to-back games by a combined score of 13-2 not dwelling on the past is likely easier said than done. The players had a quick chat amongst themselves following the loss, hopefully whatever needed to be said was said on Sunday and we can go back to watching a team that

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Game 54 Coverage: Oilers at New York Islanders - Welcome to Brooklyn

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-02-11

The Oilers make their first trip to Brooklyn to play the Islanders. @ 21-27-5, 47 points, .887 p/g Ranks 26-18-6, 58 points, 1.115 p/g Pacific Division - 7th Metropolitan Division - 5th 29th P/G 14th 13th ST 11th 20th S/G 11th 26th Goal 11th 12:30 MDT TV - Sportsnet West Radio - 630 CHED Barclays Center The opposing view:  Lighthouse Hockey Tickets - TiqIQ Absolutely No Success In Montréal Aside from a late shorthanded goal for Benoit Pouliot, the Edmnoton Oilers got absolutely slaughtered on Hockey Day in Canada by a score of 5-1.  Less than eight minutes in

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Game day: Edmonton Oilers meet Toronto Maple Leafs in cellar-dwellers battle

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-02-11

Edmonton Oilers (21-29-5) versus Toronto Maple Leafs (19-24-9) Where to catch the game: 7 p.m. SportsNet/630CHED Power play: Edmonton 15th (18.4%), Toronto 29th (15.4%) Penalty-killing: Edmonton 20th (79.6%), Toronto 16th (80.9%) Last 5 Games: Edmonton:  2-3-0 EDM 1 – NJ 2 EDM 1 – NYI 8 EDM 1 – MTL 5 EDM 7 – OTT 2 EDM 5 – CBJ 1 Toronto: 2-3-0 TOR 3 – CAL 4 TOR 1 – OTT 6 TOR 3 – NJ 2 TOR 4 – BOS 3 TOR 0 – TBL 1 Dion Phaneuf. In the tank Edmonton: one third After starting the four-game trip with a rout in Ottawa, they were pummelled 15-3 in three straight losses. Toronto: one third Just traded minute-munching captain Dion Ph

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The Sensational Six: A New Core

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-02-11

We’ve all read countless blogs and articles by journalists, bloggers, or fans alike detailing how to build a competitive and hopefully successful hockey team. The common theme amongst them is that you build down the middle, goalie-defence-center. Wingers are complimentary in most cases and they no matter how skilled they are, they rarely bring championships to teams alone. I think every team in the NHL would love to have drafted Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash, Alexander Ovechkin, or Taylor Hall but to build a team around them? Maybe no. Only Ovechkin’s Capitals and 11 years after being drafted no less, are coming to fruition. Kovalchuk, Gaborik, and Nash all seen po

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Cult of Hockey: Will the real Draisaitl please stand up?

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-02-11

In his first 20 games of the 2015-16 season Leon Draisaitl played centre like he was destined for National Hockey League All-Star teams, and sooner rather than later. Even as a poor-scoring rookie Draisaitl demonstrated astonishing vision and passing skills, with his backhand lasers in particular standing out. In his sophomore year, though, he looked to have increased his speed, as seen by numerous dashes up the ice with Taylor Hall, the two of them driving and bashing past opposing d-men to put up numerous dangerous scoring chances and goals. In those first 20 games, Draisaitl had 26 points. The background numbers were also tremendous. His individual scoring chances plus-minus — where

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Odds for Top Contenders to Win the 2015-16 NHL Scoring Title

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-02-11

The NHL scoring race looks like it will have a landslide winner. As of Thursday morning, there was a 15-point gap between Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane and his closest competitors. It sure looks like Kane is set to become the Art Ross Trophy winner for the first time in his career. But he was in a good position to win the race last season too before a collarbone injury ended his year early. The bottom line is anything can happen—and there are a handful of hopefuls playing well enough to make up some ground should Kane slow down or get hurt. The list includes Sidney Crosby, who has stormed back into the league's top six. If you ignore his early struggles and look at what he's

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