THE OILERS AND RUSSIA (2015 DRAFT)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-24

By any measure, Bogdan Yakimov is tracking very well for a third-round selection. The big center—he is 6.05, 232—had a good season in Oklahoma City and finished up well (12 points in his final 13 games) before losing his year to injury. He also played a game in the NHL, something he obviously enjoyed even though it happened quickly: Yakimov: “It was a game in Los Angeles. The plane landed and it looks like it’s summer there, beaches, palms, Beverly Hills. It was really incredible. We got to the hotel and everything was great. You can feel the high level of organization. At the arena everything was so great that my head was going around in circles. However, I was feeling normal,

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Esposito relives glory days with Remparts

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-24

QUEBEC — Attending a reunion of the Quebec Remparts’ 2006 Memorial Cup championship team brought back the good times for former hockey prodigy Angelo Esposito. In those days, the smooth skating centre was considered a candidate to go first overall in the 2007 NHL draft and, while not quite a generational player like Connor McDavid, become a star. It didn’t quite work out that way for the Montreal native, who ended up going 20th overall to Pittsburgh, bounced around a few organizations, and never played an NHL game. "That was a while ago, but you’ll never forget winning the Memorial Cup and bringing it back here and having thousands of fans in front of

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Edmonton Oilers Say “Thank You” To OKC In Full Page Ad

Source: Tend The Farm
Date: 2015-05-24

The Oklahoma City Barons season ended at the hands of the Utica Comets just a few days ago. Since then it has been difficult to say goodbye to a franchise we have loved for five years, but we have done it, and we continue to be grateful. The Edmonton Oilers said "Thank You" to the team, the fans, the community, and owners that have given us one heckuva a run. The post Edmonton Oilers Say “Thank You” To OKC In Full Page Ad appeared first on Tend The Farm ~.

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Off-Season Targets: Johnny Oduya

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-24

All season long, we’ve been talking about teams who will be in cap hell this summer and who will need to shed salary. One of those teams is Chicago, and we’ve already profiled a strong trade option from them in D Brent Seabrook. Today, we’ll profile another target from the Hawks, this time a free agent. D Johnny Oduya has become one of the game’s underrated defenders. After a strong start to his career in New Jersey, Oduya broke out in Atlanta/Winnipeg, and went to the next level in Chicago. He’s slated to hit the market in July as a free agent. Why Is He Out There: Oduya is a good defender, but will be looking for a nice contract this summer, likely the last bi

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Nelson Free To Look

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-24

As per Elliotte Friedman the Oilers have given Todd Nelson permission to look elsewhere in pursuit of a Head Coaching opportunity.

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25 Years ago Today: Oilers Win Fifth Stanley Cup

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-05-24

It was on this day 25 years ago that the Oilers dynasty came to an end. And I missed the whole thing. On this day 25 years ago, the Oilers beats the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-1 in Game 5 of the 1990 Stanley Cup Final. That win ended the series and gave the Oilers their fifth Stanley Cup win during a remarkable seven year stretch. In those seven years the Oilers won an amazing 87 playoff games; in the 25 years since they've won just 47 playoff games and, as I'm sure you are well aware, haven't won another Stanley Cup. By the 1990 Stanley Cup win Wayne Gretzky was already gone, having been sold the the Kings two seasons earlier, and after the win he'd be followed out the door, rapidl

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Oilers: Sorry Folks But Brent Seabrook Isn’t Coming

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-24

There is no question that the Chicago Blackhawks are going to have to be creative when it comes to the salary cap for the upcoming 2015-16 National Hockey League season. Whether you believe the most recent number of $71 million which has been floated out there by Gary Bettman or the previously rumoured ceiling of less than $70 million, Chicago will have their hands filled over the coming years when it comes to managing their cap. With Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both set to start earning their $10.5 million cap hits starting next season and the quintet of Corey Crawford, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp all sitting somewhere in the $5M – $6M range, somet

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Oilers’ Nelson Exploring Other Opportunities

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-24

Todd Nelson was the best thing to happen to the Edmonton Oilers last season, when he stepped in on an interim basis to replace fired head coach Dallas Eakins. More good changes have come to fruition in Edmonton since the season ended, but the bad news is Nelson might now be leaving town if he can land a head-coaching job elsewhere.  | gettyimages.com The Edmonton Oilers could be on the verge of suffering their first significant loss of the off-season — that being former interim coach Todd Nelson. It has been nothing but wins to this point — since the actual season ended for Edmonton — with the Oilers overhauling the front office to give Bob Nicholson more responsibility, then br

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SLEDGEHAMMER

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-24

It’s important to reiterate something that happened last month, and that’s the verbal from the McDavid family. I don’t know about you, but the anticipation of Connor McDavid arriving at the draft to be selected by Edmonton is rocket fuel for the soul. Brian McDavid: “If he’s selected first overall by the Oilers on draft day, it’s going to be a big thrill for him.” Source I was lucky enough to be an Oilers fan when the all-time greats first rolled into town and believe me it’s less a bolt of lightning in the early days and more like a promise of a change in the weather on the horizon. We know Connor McDavid is special, we know he’ll change this city and

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What are the Oilers going to do with Martin Marincin?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-24

One of the most interesting tests of Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarellli in his first year on the job will be his handling of not-a-prospect-not-yet-a-player Martin Marincin. There are a lot of directions the team can go here, and the path forward is by no means clear.

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Leon Draisaitl remains a stellar prospect for the Edmonton Oilers, despite the team’s incompetent handling of his debut NHL campaign

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-24

2014-15 Edmonton Oilers in Review: Leon Draisaitl Well, it was quite a ride. Leon Draisaitl’s rookie season didn’t go the way the player, his team or its fans might have liked, but it did tell us a lot about the massive German who is still such an important part of Edmonton’s future. Draisaitl joined the Oilers at the draft in June. He’d been an obvious target for the team given its draft position, and as a result there was no shortage of information available on the player. Red Line Report’s assessment is a good general summary of what was known at the time: Huge German centre is tenacious in puck pursuit with his relentless forecheck often creating chances for linemates. Started

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Washington Capitals rearguard Mike Green is not a good free agent fit for the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-24

One of the most commonly suggested free agent targets for the Edmonton Oilers this summer is Washington Capitals rearguard Mike Green. It’s understandable. Green is 29 years old, meaning there’s plenty of tread left on the tires. At 6’1”, 207 pounds he’s blessed with decent size and unlike a lot of primarily offensive defencemen he doesn’t mind using that size. He’s a brilliant point producer and a famous player, having twice finished as the runner-up for the NHL’s Norris Trophy. So it’s going to seem strange when I say that I don’t think he’s a good fit for the Oilers. Let me make my case. The first item here is price. Green is fresh off a three-year, $18.25 million co

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