Short stay, great memories for former Oiler Conacher

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-17

You’ll find Pat Conacher’s name inscribed on the Stanley Cup in 1984, as part of one of the greatest assemblages of talent in NHL history, after Paul Coffey, alphabetically Of all the players reuniting for the 30-year Edmonton Oilers’ reunion of that first NHL championship Oct. 10, Conacher stands out, maybe because he wasn’t a standout. By his own admission, Conacher, now the director of hockey ops for the Utica Comets, the Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate, considered himself blessed to be an Oiler.

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Revisiting A Johnny Boychuk Trade?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-09-17

Elliotte Friedman’s splendid 30 thoughts article returned on Monday to the internet. Aside from being another sign that hockey is right around the corner, it gave us some interesting tidbits to think about, including one about the Oilers and a certain rumor that simply hasn’t died since it started when the off-season began last spring. That rumor? It surrounds a cap-strapped Bruins team, a team desperately trying to get better in the Oilers, and big contract in defender Johnny Boychuk, an Edmonton native who still spends his off-seasons in town. 10. Obviously, Boston remains in this category as well, with a need to free cap room. Much of the speculation surrounds Matt Bartkowski

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Edmonton Oilers can’t afford to let Vladimir Tkachev sign elsewhere

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-16

Juniors who get tryouts at National Hockey League camps are usually here today and gone tomorrow, before you can even spell their names, never mind put a face to a number. But what of Vladimir Tkachev, the gifted small winger who was the hit of the Young Stars prospects tournament in Penticton, B. C.?

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THE PAPER CHASE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-16

As we’ve discussed many times, waiting five years after a draft to pass judgement is the only way to go. This fall, we can put to bed the 2010 entry draft, and it looks like we’ll be able to declare two successful picks and maybe a third from that year. The 2010 draft saw eight of 11 sign pro deals, and on the weekend the 2013 draft saw the third of ten players signed to a pro contract when Greg Chase became an Oiler. The interesting thing to look at is their contract numbers. DARNELL NURSE, NO. 7 OVERALL These contracts at the top write themselves, it’s the same contract as Sean Monahan (who was taken No. 6 overall) save for the sliding year. Nurse gets the full signing b

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Oilers Add Westgarth To Camp Roster

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-16

More grit. The #Oilers have added forward Kevin Westgarth (@KWesty19) to their training camp roster on a tryout basis. pic.twitter.com/jEYuKXhjNh — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 16, 2014 The Oilers related news of the day consists of a change in the purveyor of pizza at Rexall Place and Kevin Westgarth being added to the team's training camp roster on a tryout basis. It's been a busy day in Oil Country. Including Westgarth on the camp roster, in addition to being funny/sad, likely means that man Luke Gazdic, the man who supplied the Oilers with much need grit last season, isn't fully healed from his offseason shoulder surgery. Rather than just employ hockey player

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Oilers big third-rounder Jujhar Khaira figures he can fill the team's sizeable need at centre

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-16

In a city that’s been screaming for big centres for years, Jujhar Khaira can hear the voices loud and clear.

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OILERS INVITE WESTGARTH TO CAMP

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-16

The Edmonton Oilers have invited enforcer Kevin Westgarth to training camp. Word leaked out this afternoon, leading some to wonder where that puts Luke Gazdic in terms of recovery and readiness. It’s a legit question (the Gazdic recovery timeline) and at 6.04, 234 he’s certainly going to get some attention during the pre-season. It’s funny, the Oilers began the week raving about young Vladimir Tkachev and now we find out that Westgarth gets an invite. Maybe they’re looking for one of those “sublime to ridiculous” photos? Nah. My guess is the Oilers remain convinced enforcers have their use, and honestly Westgarth’s resume does strike me as being sol

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Edmonton Oilers bring veteran enforcer Kevin Westgarth to training camp

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-16

The Edmonton Oilers have opted to bring an NHL veteran in on a tryout basis, but not one who will address the team’s weak centre position. On Tuesday, the Oilers announced the addition of 30-year-old Kevin Westgarth, an enforcer who most recently played for the Calgary Flames. Westgarth has played 169 career NHL games, recording 16 points and 226 penalty minutes. As one might imagine given Westgarth’s stat line, his primary skill-set is pugilism. He has fought sixteen timesover the last three NHL seasons, with HockeyFights.com having him down as having won eight, tied four and lost four. Interestingly, one of those losses came in one of two tilts last season (the other was voted

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Oilers add Westgarth to camp roster

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2014-09-16

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have added winger Kevin Westgarth to their training camp roster. Westgarth, 30, split the 2013-14 campaign between the Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames, recording seven points (4G, 3A) and 68 pena...

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Matt Henderson: Forward Depth: No More Passengers

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-09-16

I was pondering the idea of depth as it relates to playing time in the NHL, specifically to the Oilers. The Oilers have had woeful depth at both the forward and defense positions, which has been in many ways responsible for the team’s losing history. It turns out that there are about 40 minutes of the game where Taylor Hall is sitting on the bench and that’s more than enough time for the B tea...

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Bayesian Training Camp

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-16

Pretty much without exception, there is always at least one surprise during the lead-up to the NHL season, and generally there are multiple surprises. How much weight should we give a standout performance from an unknown? How worried should we be about a struggling veteran? Oddly enough, an 18th century Englishman can help us with the answer.

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Things look to be going sideways, so should the Oilers be looking into Ryan Johansen?

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-09-16

Sportsnet.ca ran an article this morning about the Ryan Johansen’s contract negotiations with the Columbus Blue Jackets. In the article, Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen is quoted as stating, “Our success is going to come from being a team, not a bunch of individuals or stars, or whatever.” The GM is further quoted, “When training camp [...] The post Things look to be going sideways, so should the Oilers be looking into Ryan Johansen? appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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