The Cult of Hockey: the pros and cons of trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-04-30

My favourite Edmonton Oilers player? Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. So writing an article about the pros and cons of trading RNH brings no joy.Trade talk around him heated up this year in the fall and hasn’t relented since but I’ve consistently preached patience with the player and made numerous arguments against trading him.  Nonetheless, just in case those pushing to trade RNH are more right than they are wrong, it’s best to explore the arguments raised in favour of trading the player. So here are the top reasons for trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins:   It’s time for big change. After ten years out of the playoffs the Oilers have to get serious about winning, w

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WHO SHOULD GO NO. 4?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-04-29

The NHL draft lottery goes tomorrow—in less than 24 hours we will know where Edmonton is slotted among the lottery teams. If the tumblers click in the right order, the internet could be down for days! If the Oilers choose second or third, most fans will know the names of Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi. What about No. 4? No. 5? Who should be considered the favorite for those spots. Well, I would like to say it is difficult to identify the player Edmonton probably likes, but he is making himself very obvious. 

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Dan Barnes: Window almost closed, no bid yet from Edmonton for Canadian Finals Rodeo

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-04-29

Riding off into the sunset? Or roping in a new generation of fans in Edmonton? Some of the dust will clear off on May 5, when bids to host the Canadian Finals Rodeo beginning in 2017 are due at the offices of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association in Airdrie. Calgary is already out of the running, roping and riding. “We said we were going to have a look at it. We did. We just made a determination at this point that we have other priorities and other major event bids in motion,” said Marco de Iaco, executive-director of the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority. “We’re not going to be submitting a bid.” Vancouver and Winnipeg were never in the ring. Ditto for Abbo

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Seven NHL teams that could take chance on Alexander Radulov

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-04-29

Between the ongoing Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday’s NHL Draft Lottery and subsequent June draft, plus a looming off-season that will feature Steven Stamkos likely hitting the open market, it’s an exciting time for hockey fans. Friday’s news that skilled Russian winger Alexander Radulov is planning on a return to the NHL only adds to that excitement. LIVE TOMORROW: Don't miss live coverage of the #HockeyCentral #NHLDraft Lottery, beginning at 7pmET/4pmPT on CBC pic.twitter.com/S8P7JBtjaT — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 29, 2016 Kyle Okposo, Milan Lucic, Loui Eriksson, Mikkel Boedker and Andrew Ladd are among the strong crop of wingers slated to become unrestricte

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THE OILERS AND THE REPUBLIC OF FINLAND (2016 EDITION)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-04-29

The Edmonton Oilers have developed an unusual relationship with Finland over the last few years. Historically, Finns and Oilers go together like peanut butter and jam, but in the last decade or so the draft picks are few and far between. The procurement department has landed a few free agents—Lennart Petrell, Antti Tyrvainen, Jesse Joensuu—and acquired Lauri Korpikoski via trade. These men have become more infamous than famous as Oilers, although young Iiro Pakarinen is trying his best to re-establish what was once a brilliant bit of chemistry. Will this season see Edmonton use a top pick on Finland? NHL TOTAL PLAYERS/FINISH PLAYERS DRAFTED BY YEAR AND TOTAL 2015 NHL draft—211 total p

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Options a-plenty if Oilers score No. 1 pick in NHL draft lottery

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-04-29

It’s a huge embarrassment we’re still talking about Edmonton Oilers’ rite of spring — no, not losing in Game 7 of a playoff round which is the private preserve of those Anaheim Ducks — instead the National Hockey League’s bingo-ball draft lottery.

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The Best Goalie from the Past Decade

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-04-29

We were shooting the breeze at Nation HQ, and we started talking about all the goalies the Oilers have used since the 06 Cup run. After putting together the list I was blown away by the sheer volume of goaltenders that have come and gone since that magical run a decade ago. What I'm asking for today as that you use the power of pollz to rank the goaltenders that have played in at least one game over the past 10 years. My friends, it's time to vote again!

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What if the Edmonton Oilers win the NHL draft lottery AGAIN? Options for GM Chiarelli would be many

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-04-29

It’s a huge embarrassment we’re still talking about Edmonton Oilers’ rite of spring — no, not losing in Game 7 of a playoff round which is the private preserve of those Anaheim Ducks — instead the National Hockey League’s bingo-ball draft lottery. We should not be celebrating this and wondering if Oilers assistant general manager Bill Scott and those lucky socks of his will be the story once again. They won’t be. But if the Oilers have to be there — GM Peter Chiarelli will be representing them — what happens if the stars all align and they get the No. 1 pick Saturday night much to the hoots and hollers from around the NHL? Then what? Do they really need a

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AHL Playoffs Roundup: Staying sharp a big concern

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-04-29

Hurry up and wait – that is life in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup playoffs. Day by day the AHL playoff field is being whittled down, leaving some teams with extended breaks as a reward – and perhaps an obstacle – for efficient first-round series victories. Then again, some teams will have a break that extends to next October. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Milwaukee Admirals and Utica Comets all exited the playoff field this week. Utica’s departure leaves the Toronto Marlies as the lone AHL affiliate of a Canadian NHL team remaining. The Lake Erie Monsters could end up being the clubhouse leader in the “days off” category. Idle since this past Saturday after sweeping th

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Cult of Hockey: Opposing fans ready to keep it classy if Oilers win lottery

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-04-29

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