GDB 49.0: The McDavid Bowl

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-29

Tonight's matchup vs. the Buffalo Sabres pits the 30th (Sabres) and 29th (Oilers) place teams in the NHL. Many are calling it the McDavid Bowl, but players in both dressing rooms are not nearly as excited about that as fans in Edmonton or Buffalo.Neither teams wants to be in this situation, and no self-respecting NHL player will try to lose on purpose just so their team has a better chance at drafting 1st overall this coming June. The way these teams are playing there is a good chance many players from both lineups won't be in the NHL next season, so they sure won't try and lose to land McDavid.The harsh reality, however, is that these are clearly two of the worst teams in the league and one

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Agent: Oilers legal case no concern to McDavid

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-29

The minute a business deal between Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz and the Erie Otters soured, the smoke started rising around Edmonton. Would the Otters’ star centre Connor McDavid’s loyalty to Erie and owner Sherry Bassin cause any difficulties should the Oilers find themselves in a position to draft McDavid first overall in June? Well, rest easy Oilers fans. McDavid’s agent Jeff Jackson was quick on Thursday to put an end to any such speculation. “I can quash those unfounded rumours right now since there has NEVER been ANY discussions about Connor not reporting to the Oilers or to any other NHL team,” Jackson told Sportsnet in an email. The Oilers rebuild has stalled. In fa

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GARTH'S CORNER: Oilers Fortunes Changed On December 30

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2015-01-29

Did you know that since December 30th the Edmonton Oilers have gained 12 points in the NHL standings? Since December 30, the Buffalo Sabres have lost 12 straight games in regulation. True story. To whom do the Oilers owe their recent change of fortunes? Todd Nelson and Derek Roy. On December 29, Oilers GM Craig MacTavish appropriately extricated himself from the bench....

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Sabres @ Oilers Game 49 Preview

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-01-29

Toilet Bowl v. 2.0 @ 14-31-3, 31 points, .646 p/g Ranks 12-27-9, 33 points, ..688 p/g Eastern Conference - 16th Western Conference -14th 30th P/G 29th 30th ST 25th 30th ES 28th 30th Goal 28th 7:30 PM MDT - SNW Rexall Place The opposing view: Die By The Blade Tickets - TiqIQ Stopped At Two A rousing third period wasn't enough as the Oilers fell to the Minnesota Wild by a score of 2-1.  Oilers had thirteen shots in the third period, more than twice as many as the first 40 minutes combined (11).  Boyd Gordon scored the lone tally for the Oilers late in the second period from Matt Hendricks and Oscar Klefbom, only to be deflated by a to

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Gameday: Edmonton Oilers host Buffalo Sabres

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-01-29

PAST FIVE: Oilers 2-3; Sabers 0-5

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The moment of opportunity to trade Jordan Eberle has passed

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-29

The Edmonton Oilers may or may not decide to trade Jordan Eberle this summer in a bid to improve at another position. The question is whether it’s even worthwhile at this point; given Eberle’s contract and modest scoring totals over the last three years he’ll certainly still have some value but his stock has dropped precipitously from when the Oilers should have traded him, in the summer of 2012.

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Oilers’ Ben Scrivens blasts tank suggestion

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-29

Talk of ‘tanking’ takes centre stage as the Edmonton Oilers prepare to host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Neither the Oilers or Sabres have much left to play for this season, but the consolation for turning in the league’s worst record is an increased chance at landing the coveted No. 1 draft choice. Not surprisingly, losing on purpose in the name of Connor McDavid is not a road the Oilers appear willing to go down. Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens unloaded at the suggestion on Wednesday after practice. Via the Edmonton Sun: “If anybody even insinuated to me that I was trying not to win, you’d have a fight I think,” Scrivens said Wednesday. “That’s the most un

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Oilers Gameday – V. Sabres

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-01-29

The Oilers are back on the ice tonight at Rexall Place as they host the Buffalo Sabres in the second and final meeting between the sides on the season. Edmonton will conclude a brief two game home-stand with this game, while Buffalo is in game two of a Western swing and the first half of back-to-back games. Taylor Hall is questionable for Edmonton after missing Tuesday’s game, but could play, while Buffalo will be without D Nikita Zadorov, F Marcus Foligno and F Cody McCormick. Ben Scrivens likely returns to the net for Edmonton, while Matt Hackett is slated to start for Buffalo. Last Games: Edmonton: The Oilers hosted the Wild in a snooze fest on Tuesday night. The sides were rather

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Checking In On Aidan Muir

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-01-29

A look at Oilers prospect Aidan Muir, courtesy of SB Nation College Hockey. On the second day of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Craig MacTavish was a busy man. As you might recall, he traded the 37th overall pick for pick for picks 57, 88 and 96, and then flipped number 57 for numbers 83, 94, and 113. It was a move that was questioned by some, but what's done is done, and now we have to wait and see if any of those five picks - Bogdan Yakimov, Anton Slepyshev, Jackson Houck, Kyle Platzer, and Aidan Muir - turn into something. So far, we've written a little about the first three, as they all landed inside our last iteration of Top 25 Under 25, but there's been very coverage of either Platzer

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Oilers and Otters: Snakes and Snake Oil

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-29

View image | gettyimages.com Back in November a story broke out of Erie, Ontario that the Oilers were suing Otters owner Sherry Bassin for 4.5 Million dollars. You can find that story here and I would suggest reading more of Erie Times reporter Ed Palattella's work as he's followed the situation unfold over the past few months. He is no doubt the go to person for this information. Very recently the Globe and Mail ran a piece about that same legal battle written by David Shoalts that you can see here. The slant on the most recent article was about the seedy underside of sports and it portrayed Katz as something of a slimy figure. A snake in the grass. Is that fair? Is that acc

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SABRES AT OILERS, G49 2014-15

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-01-29

The Edmonton Oilers can dip into the draft pool during the final 33 games of the season by simply getting Nail Yakupov straightened out. I think it’s reasonable to suggest Todd Nelson could secure an NHL head coaching job by doing it and we saw flashes of a breakout last game. It’s there, it’s in the ether. Watching Nail right now is like watching a mannish boy find his way in life: Frustration after frustration followed by small, painful growth. All you’re really looking for is a spark and youth, determination and skill should light the way. You need that spark. WHAT WOULD 32 GOOD GAMES LOOK LIKE? Let’s have a quick look at what Nail’s been doing so far i

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New NHL Power Rankings: The #Hashtag Edition

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-29

This is for all of those who thought Jaroslav Halak was only good because the St. Louis Blues play so strong defensively and Ken Hitchcock is a shot-limiting mastermind. All-star Halak stopped 40 pucks Tuesday and beat the Rangers again. This is for all of you who assumed the Islanders were the second-best team in their own city. The Isles have defeated the Rangers in all three mettings this season, outscoring the Blueshirts by a combined score of 13-4. This is for all of you who are sick of John Tavares not getting enough praise, for those who thought New York would lose a step with Kyle Okposo out of the lineup, and for those who were convinced coach Jack Capuano and/or GM Garth Snow shoul

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