WITHER SLEPYSHEV?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-30

Another year will burn off the calendar (it appears) before we see one of Russia’s sons, Anton Slepyshev. I saw him on television from my living room during Christmastime and was quite impressed, so of course am not impatient for his arrival. Slepyshev (whose last name is a nickname waiting to happen) is doing the ‘Jani Rita dying on the vine in his country’s pro league’ as he plays nine minutes a night behind some foreigner (well, Teemu Hartikainen). SLEPYSHEV IN THE KHL 2011-12 (age 17) 39GP, 4-3-7 (8:55 TOI, 28 shots) (1.21 points-per-60) (4.83 shots-per-60) 2012-13 (age 18) 26GP, 7-2-9 (12:40 TOI, 63 shots) (1.64 points-per-60) (11.48 shots-per-60) 2013-14 (age 1

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Ty Anderson: Boychuk for Yakupov?

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-08-30

Be sure to 'like' Hockeybuzz on Facebook! Theoretically, the Boston Bruins have to make a move of some sort. Unless they want to wait until Day 1 of the NHL season when they can place Marc Savard’s $4 million plus cap-hit on the long-term injured reserve and then sign restricted free agents and pivotal pieces of the 2014-15 puzzle in Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, a trade needs to be made....

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Meet The Blogger – Pat McLean

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-30

When we at the Oilers Rig started discussing the meet the blogger series a while back we spoke of who we thought would be good people to include. There are so many good writers out there and the list of people we are interviewing is literally growing by the day. There was one person on the list that, to me, was a must and that person is none other than Pat McLean author of Black Dog Hates Skunks. Pat is a literary genius, he has a knack for telling personal stories and intertwining them with hockey. There is no one else like Pat when it comes to writing about the Oilers. In fact I can’t wait for him to write a book. If and when he does it should be a national best seller. The thing I like

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Matt Henderson: The Team As MacT Built It

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-08-30

Craig MacTavish is finished adding to the pool of players vying for roster spots this fall. The team, as he envisioned it, is complete for now, although with serious question marks at the Center position. At the Schultz press conference MacT acknowledged the potential weakness of the team's pivots but suggested teams were in a holding pattern. When asked about the possibility of a trade the Oi...

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ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-30

The hockey news is finally starting to roll, after a summer that had explosions in June and early July and then fell into a deep slumber. For Edmonton Oilers fans, the last 24 hours have been full of interesting items, and let’s get to them. Craig MacTavish discussing Leon Draisaitl: “In my mind, Leon’s going to make a very strong case in camp for making our team. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t a strong case. If this decision is easy, he’s staying (rather than go back to junior in Prince Albert). But like I said, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t make a strong case. He’s stayed here this summer, worked out, but we’ll have to make sure we can protect him in games in some mat

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Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish: “There’s not a deal [for a centre] right now”

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-30

Craig MacTavish said a lot of things about the Oilers’ roster in his media availability on Friday, and some of his most interesting comments were with regard to the team’s shaky situation at centre. Made perfectly clear was the fact that the team was going to go into 2014-15 with the status quo up the middle, and that it had precious little choice in the matter. “We’re going to go into camp – barring anything unforeseen – with the group that we have right now,” he told reporters. “We’ve got Leon Draisaitl, which is a big question mark for an 18-year-old’s ability to come in. We’ve got Anton Lander, who has shown an ability to score and be a real good player at the Ameri

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FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-30

http://www.gifbin.com/988090I'd love to talk to an NHL coach someday about the gift of teenagers forced upon them by general managers. We're about to see another one, and there's nothing (apparently) Dallas Eakins can do about it. Who will it impact, beyond the coach? Let's have a look.

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Justin Schultz has Norris potential. He also has a bad contract.

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-30

In his press availability announcing the news of the Justin Schultz signing, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish courted controversy by saying that the young defender “has Norris Trophy potential.” He might be right about that. The ironic thing is that if he is, it just makes the terms of Schultz’s new deal even worse.

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Edmonton Oil Kings look to veteran pair for blue-line leadership

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-08-30

The Edmonton Oil Kings will be entering the 2014-15 season looking for someone to step up and fill the void left by defensive stalwarts Griffin Reinhart and Cody Corbett. It’s a fact that Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton has come to accept.

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Edmonton Oilers 'buying a bit of time' with new Justin Schultz deal

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-08-29

Chances are when Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish was working on that one-year, $3.675-million contract with Justin Schultz’s agent, he didn’t hammer home his theory that the puck-moving defenceman has “Norris Trophy potential.”

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Oilers GM Craig MacTavish says he's not eyeing any trades before camp

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-08-29

With Justin Schultz’s signature on a contact, Craig MacTavish has his roster heading into training camp this fall.

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AT THE END OF THE DAY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-29

Craig MacTavish held court today, with the new Justin Schultz contract the main item on the agenda. I was heartened by some of the verbal, flummoxed by other portions, and came away with one thing certain: my ‘balance’ photo will have to wait a year. ONE AT A TIME PLEASE Here are my takes on some MacT comments from this morning. On the Schultz contract: “I think for our franchise it was a good compromise.” I was always interested in knowing the starting point. If it was the entry-level deal, then $2.5M is a more than reasonable number—generous—but they clearly used the entire entry-level number, including bonuses. My suspicion was always the latter, and on that basis it

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