Dave Bidini Q&A: Best and worst of ’80s hockey

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-28

When he’s not writing books (Tropic of Hockey, Keon and Me: My Search for the Lost Soul of the Toronto Maple Leafs) his column in the National Post, rocking stages (Rheostatics, Bidiniband) or tweeting opinions on our game through his @hockeyesque account, Dave Bidini has been busy recruiting musicians and players for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. With Halifax ready to host the Feb. 14 event, we caught up with the multi-talented artist and well-informed member of Leafs Nation to discuss road-tripping with Wendel Clark, why Leafs Nation is ready to rebuild, and how the angelic Claude Lemieux could have been a Quebecois pop star. Side A: MUSIC TALK, Jan. 27 Side B: HOCKEY TALK, Jan.

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Oilers Off To Hersley Park?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-01-28

On Tuesday afternoon, I was doing my normal sweep of the Oilers’ blogging community, checking in on the usual stops. As always, my first visit was to Lowetide’s website, where I encountered an interesting tidbit of information. In this piece resides a part regarding a 28 year old Swedish defender, Patrik Hersley. Hersley is reportedly interested in coming to the NHL next season, and according to a report from SportBladet in Sweden, the Oilers are showing some big time interest in the player. Hersley is a decently sized player, clocking in at 6’3” and 203 pounds, and has some experience at the pro level, both in Europe and in North America. He’s been in the KHL t

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Why the Oilers continue to lose

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2015-01-28

The Edmonton Oilers lost yet again last night to the Minnesota Wild and they simply did it to themselves.  They didn’t get unlucky or run in to a hot goalie.  They simply made two horrific turnovers that both ended up in the back of their net.  I have been saying for a couple years that [...] The post Why the Oilers continue to lose appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Oilers: Same Old, Same Old

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2015-01-28

It was nice while it lasted but the Edmonton Oilers modest two game win streak came to a crashing halt on Tuesday night, as the visiting Minnesota Wild eked out a 2-1. To make matters worse, Edmonton dropped their four consecutive decision to their former starting netminder Devan Dubnyk, who has won a grand total of twelve games this season, with half of them coming against the Buffalo Sabres, Oilers and his former team the Arizona Coyotes.

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THE MISFITS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-01-28

On a night when both young righties (Petry and Schultz) played very well, Edmonton Oilers fans saw (too late, it’s true) flashes of what might have been on that cursed blue line. Jeff Petry may be headed out of town any minute but this season will have ramifications for Justin Schultz, too. If he can put together 30 games like last night, one guesses the Oilers will be open to a longer contract with richer numbers. As it stands now, no way in hell Schultz gets a long term deal or a significant bump from his current number. Can Justin Schultz play games like last night consistently? I think you’d need to see it for 100 games before giving him $5 million a year. DAMMIT NAIL! Terr

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Zach Parise Suffers Puck to the Face, Picks Up Tooth, Returns to the Game

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-01-28

If you ever had any doubt that hockey players weren't tough, think again. Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise took a puck to the face against the Edmonton Oilers in the first period Tuesday night. After staring at the ice for a few seconds, Parise realized his tooth was sitting in a pool of blood. He took off his glove, picked up said tooth and skated off the ice. If you thought a missing tooth was going to keep him out of the game, guess again. The forward returned after some repairs. (YouTube, h/t Puck Daddy)Read more NHL news on BleacherReport.com

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Lawsuit Provides New Details About Arena Negotiations

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-01-28

Daryl Katz is suing the owner of the Erie Otters, and because of that we've learned some new things about how he handled the arena deal negotiations with the City of Edmonton. At this point I'm hesitant to write anything about Edmonton's new downtown arena. Not because I don't believe that there are to be things to say, but because, with the debate over the funding now over, anything written about the arena is often met with responses of "It's done, move on," and while that is a very compelling argument, it's not something that interests me a whole hell of a lot. But then there stories like the one that David Shoalts wrote in yesterday's Globe and Mail that make it simply impossible f

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3 Major Trades the Edmonton Oilers Need to Contemplate

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-01-28

Half way through the 2014-15 NHL season and it has been more of the same for the Edmonton Oilers. Seemingly endless frustration, failure and un-attained expectations have become the norm in the “City of Champions”, who have had little to celebrate since they last reached the playoffs in 2006. In past off-seasons, free agent signings and draft picks have brought numerous players into the Oilers organization, however, various combinations of such players have thus far failed to result in any sort of sustained success. The current core of young players in place are among the best in the NHL, however, the majority of these players are forwards, a situation which has led to maj

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Curse on Yakupov holds Oilers to 2-1 loss

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-01-28

The Minnesota Wild grind out a 2-1 win against a predictable Oilers showing. Highlights Taylor Hall, and the energy he brings, was sorely missed as he was out with a leg injury that he sustained taking a puck during practice. The Oilers looked pretty lifeless for the first two periods. If you PVRed this game for whatever reason, just skip ahead to the third period. The first two periods will put you to sleep like cold medicine. First period 18:00 Oilers doing a lot of dumping and chasing. Teddy Purcell records the Oilers first shot of the game with a shot from centre ice straight into Devan Dubnyk. 17:35 Charlie Coyle skates by Victor Fasth’s net and tries to jam it in the side righ

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MacKinnon: Two giveaways cost Oilers in narrow loss

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-01-28

Call it the search for signs of intelligent hockey life in the Edmonton Oilers’ universe. On their first night back from the National Hockey League all-star break, having finished the so-called first half riding a two-game winning streak, would the Oilers pick up where they left off, more or less?

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Minnesota not crazy about how they played, but won't turn up noses at win over Oilers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-01-28

The Minnesota Wild were not necessarily happy with their game, but they’ll take the two points and move on to their next destination.

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At a time when the Oilers were supposed to be playing meaningful games, attention turns to draft

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-01-28

The idea was that the Edmonton Oilers would be playing meaningful games at this time of year.

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