NHL Rumors: Latest Buzz on Kyle Okposo, Milan Lucic and More

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-06-30

After an event-filled start to the NHL offseason, the drama is only going to continue with a number of high-profile free agents still available. Fans were struggling to keep up with the news on Wednesday afternoon, when seemingly every major story was followed by another. ESPN.com's Scott Burnside recapped some of the action, which included P.K. Subban being traded to the Nashville Predators and Steven Stamkos re-signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning. It will be tough to follow that mayhem, but teams are still on the lookout for top talents who could improve their rosters heading into next season. This could lead to some noteworthy races concerning the biggest names on the market. Here i

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Everything is happening: Recapping the craziest 53 minutes the NHL has seen in years

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-06-30

During a 2011 NHL playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, iconic ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ play-by-play man Bob Cole exclaimed ‘Everything is happening!” during a frantic series of play. It has become a go-to saying for hockey fans, especially on Twitter, during periods of excitement or big news. It can definitely be applied to what happened on Wednesday afternoon. While many fans, pundits, and media sat and waited for big news to start happening on Friday during the official start of free agency, several teams swooped in and made a series of blockbuster moves. Each move on its own could have carried a news cycle for a day, but three came in suc

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Fishing for UFAs

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-06-30

When the clock strikes 10am MST on Friday morning the doors open on the UFA grocery store, and I'm wondering who you guys have at the top of your shopping list. In today's vote, I'm going to include defensemen and forwards and it will be up to you to tell me who the Oilers should be targeting. Today is the day to let your digital voice be heard so grab your manager's hat and let the GMing begin.

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The Edmonton Oilers Acquire Defenseman Adam Larsson for a Pinecone

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-06-30

Sometimes, a potent combination of perspective and denial is great for coping with trauma. Here is some much-needed therapy for languishing Oilers fans out there. The day started off as any ordinary day would. I headed out to grab a quick lunch with a friend, deciding on a rather cleverly-named restaurant called Hurry Curry. I ordered the Tokyo Curry and it was delicious, morsels of beef immersed in a perfectly balanced, rich curry sauce over hot, steaming rice. You can read my Yelp review here. I looked at my phone after lunch and after seeing the first notification, let out a loud expletive, completely shocked at the buffoonery behind such a trade. Subban for Webber? "What a bu

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NHL Free Agency 2016: Rumors, Predictions for Andrew Ladd, Eric Staal

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-06-30

The NHL experienced one of its wildest offseason days ever on Wednesday, with the Edmonton Oilers sending Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for Adam Larsson, the Nashville Predators acquiring P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens for Shea Weber and Steven Stamkos re-signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  This all happened before the start of free agency, which kicks off on Friday. While it might not be as entertaining with the biggest name already gone thanks to Stamkos' new deal, there are still some big names who could be on the move this summer.  Here is the latest on a couple of them and a prediction on where they'll land.    Andrew Ladd You won't find a mor

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Cult of Hockey: It's a good bet the Oilers can also win the Hall for Larsson trade

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-30

It’s hard to argue that the New Jersey Devils won’t win the Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson trad. Indeed, I have no inclination to even try to make that case. Frankly, a fairer price for Larsson straight up would have been Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but that was evidently not to be.  So the spectacular Hall, Edmonton’s version of play-driving, out-scoring Marian Hossa, is gone. He takes his offensive prowess with him and goals are the rarest commodity in the NHL. The lightning Hall has a marvellous ability to create them, while stalwart Adam Larsson can only stop them. But stop them Larsson does. So, yes, the New Jersey Devils are going to get a huge win out

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Thoughts on the Hall Trade

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-06-30

Trading a star player is never easy, especially when the return fails to meet expectations. Adam Larsson is a good player, someone who can play in your top four, and be reliable in his own zone. He fills a need on the right side, and gives the team more options when it comes to line matching and deployment. But the fact is, the Oilers lost an elite winger, someone who has put up very impressive numbers, despite never having a legitimate defence core behind him. One thing I do wonder is if Hall’s decline in powerplay productivity had any influence on the team trading him away. One metric that I look to to determine a player’s value on the powerplay is Fenwick For/60 (the rate at

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30 Thoughts: Why couldn’t Edmonton and Montreal make a deal?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-06-30

On a crazy day where Steven Stamkos signing in Tampa Bay could arguably be the third-biggest hockey story, the most unanswered question has to be: “Why couldn’t Montreal and Edmonton work out a Taylor Hall-P.K. Subban deal?” The Oilers sure could’ve used Subban. We knew they were talking last week. Montreal initially asked for Leon Draisaitl, the No. 4 pick at Friday’s draft and more. That “more” included either Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse, plus something else. I can’t nail down what that “something else” was, but it was not insignificant. It was a big price to pay, and Edmonton did not want to do that. According to several sources, there was another possibility

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Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2016-06-30

Wow what a huge day in Edmonton! Peter Chiarelli pulled off a blockbuster! AT first glance the Oilers clearly lost the best player but… who the F cares???!!! Taylor Hall is awesome. He’s one of the best left wingers in the world and was the Oilers best player last season. He was a great Oiler [...] The post appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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After playing under New Jersey's defensive system, D-man Adam Larsson hopes to grow his offence with Oilers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-06-29

The hard-rock Ken Daneyko, who has his No. 3 hanging from the rafters in New Jersey and helped win three Stanley Cups with the Devils on their back-end, knows defencemen and he says Adam Larsson is the real deal.

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