Can Offseason Additions Help Arizona Coyotes Make Playoffs?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-08-20

For this coming hockey season, the bottom line for the Arizona Coyotes could be more of the “same old, same old.”If their offseason moves, at this point, are complete, the Coyotes made just a few lateral moves. No significant trades and no signing of major free agents characterized the Arizona offseason. In a strange way, the Coyotes could benefit from buying out the remaining three years of a troubled Mike Ribeiro’s contract and opening the door to say goodbye to right wing Radim Vrbata. These subtractions could work in the Coyotes favor.Then again, head coach Dave Tippett is wondering how to replace potential offensive contributions. The optimum word here is “potent

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Could Burmistrov Become An Oiler?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-20

#142271010 / gettyimages.com After completing his entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets, Alexander Burmistrov took his talents back home to Russia where he enjoyed a successful season with the KHL’s Kazan Ak-Bars.Recent reports state that Burmistrov is eyeing an NHL return after he fulfills the 2nd year of his KHL contract set to play out this coming season.

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Keith Aulie or Oscar Klefbom: Which would be the better Oiler next season?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-20

There’s a very good case to be made that Oscar Klefbom is a better player than Keith Aulie, and not just tomorrow but today as well. Despite this, Aulie has to be the odds-on favourite to make next season’s team, with Klefbom likely ticketed for the minor leagues.

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THE PSYCHEDELIC RANGERS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-20

The Barons’ defensive prospects are (for the most part) a year ahead or behind the forwards, depending on which crop we’re discussing. The Oilers have already introduced Martin Marincin and Oscar Klefbom at the NHL level, their progression is the front edge of a large and impressive cluster that stretches all the way to Sault. Ste. Marie. The Oilers have a gap in blue, but it’s closing with extreme prejudice. OILERS PROSPECTS IN OKC (RE 14-15 BARONS DEFENSE) NAME GP G A PTS BRAD HUNT 57 7 33 40 MARTIN GERNAT 64 5 20 25 BRANDON DAVIDSON 65 4 10 14 DILLON SIMPSON-rookie 50 3 11 14 C.J. LUDWIG-rookie 35 3 7 10 DAVID MUSIL 70 1 9 10 JORDAN OESTERLE-rookie 50 1

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Meet the Blogger – Alan Hull

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-20

Today in Meet the blogger we feature the first of our writers from CoppernBlue. The SB Nation blog about the Oilers is filled with awesome talent and we’ll have a chat with a few of them during this series. Today’s interview features Alan Hull, here’s what he had to say;   When did you start writing about hockey? What got you into it? I think that’s a two-part question for me to answer. I’ve been responding to other people’s articles and commenting on messageboards for a number of years…more than I can recall truthfully. I’m glad I used to post under a pseudonym back then because when I think back to how ignorant I was as a hockey fan at the time, I can’t help but laug

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How many points will Leon Draisaitl score as an 19-year-old Edmonton Oilers rookie?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-20

Take Our Poll How many points will rookie Leon Draisaitl get this year? It’s a fair question to ask as it’s increasingly clear the Oilers will have little choice but to keep Draisaitl in Edmonton. There’s a certain amount of fuss, bother and talk that the best thing is to see whether or not Draisaitl can make the team in training camp, that this the main issue, not whether or not he should spend another season in Prince Albert in the Western Hockey League or in a lesser European pro league than the NHL. But this fuss is essentially moot. The Oilers failed to pick up another centre this summer. The team will need to be at least five deep at centre, and without another vet

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Memorial Cup champ Mitch Moroz ready for next challenge as he joins Edmonton Oilers’ pro ranks

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-20

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #11 Mitchell Moroz Of the 36 Edmonton Oilers prospects identified for our annual Cult of Hockey series, no single player caused as much of a split in our panel as Mitch Moroz. That should come as little surprise, given that Moroz is among the most polarizing draft choices of the Oilers in recent years. The boom-or-bust selection of the burly Edmonton Oil Kings winger early in the second round (#32 overall) of the 2012 draft was met with howls of outrage in some corners of the Oilogosphere, where it was seen as yet another wasted pick in the Oilers’ seemingly endless search for The Next Milan Lucic. That divide has moderated a little but not a lot in the

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Kevin Lowe: Edmonton Oilers “should be in a pack with a number of teams that are shooting for that seven/eight spot”

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-20

On Tuesday, the Oilers announced a 30-year reunion celebration for the 1984 edition of the team, which was the first to win a Stanley Cup for Edmonton. Shortly after the official reveal, 630 CHED’s Bob Stauffer sat down to talk with executive Kevin Lowe. Most of the conversation was focused on the anniversary, but Lowe also took the time to talk a bit about the Oilers’ summer and the expectations for next season. Lowe started by praising general manager Craig MacTavish’s efforts to add size and experience to the team, saying that he’d added big, veteran players that “are not too old, that could legitimately help the stars on the team” and describing such players as good – if ex

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Gretzky recalls calling out teammate Linseman

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-08-20

Wayne Gretzky expects to hear a number of great stories at the Edmonton Oilers 1984 Stanley Cup Reunion.

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Oilers president Kevin Lowe says he expects nearly 100% of ’84 roster to attend reunion

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-08-20

The last time Kevin Lowe had a chance to catch up with a large number of his old glory days teammates was during the Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup run in 2006.

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JACKSON CAGE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-19

Jackson Houck has a big season ahead, one that could thrust him into the picture as a possible Edmonton Oiler in the coming years. Houck had a slow start but strong finish in 2013-14, and will play on an emerging team in 2014-15. Houck will have a new coach, as this story from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun details. One quote from Houck is interesting: “I think everyone is a little bit nervous and excited to see what it’s going to be like. I mean, we’re all going to have to prove something to the new coach because he hasn’t seen most of us play ever. I met him a couple of years ago when he ran my agency’s camp and he talked about what he likes, the details and stuff like that. B

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Meet the Blogger – Curtis Leblanc

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-19

Another edition of the Meet the Blogger series, today we talk to someone I only started reading recently, Curtis Leblanc. Curtis writes at his own site called Oil! The Blog, and he does good work there, he’s and advanced stats writer but does a great job of simplifying his views into something that is easy to read for a simpleton like me. So without further ado let’s see what Curtis has to say. When did you start writing about hockey? What got you into it? I’ve been writing in some form or another for a long time now—I have my BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and am currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate there as well. I always played hockey growing

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