More fun with Photoshop- Taylor Hall/Denis Lemieux

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-12-21

Darren Dreger created a stir when he reported that Taylor Hall could be on the market. Subsequent comments, blogs, and suggestions in the media have suggested that Taylor Hall could have requested a trade or may demand one in the near future. While it is all speculation at this point and only Craig Mactavish and Taylor Hall know the real story (if there is one; so much of these rumours have no teeth). However, in honour of the trade talk swirling around Taylor Hall, I created the image below using one of the most famous trade requests in cinematic and hockey history courtesy of Denis Lemieux of the Charlestown Chiefs (and the movie Slapshot):     Really Long Run for MS As a pers

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Oilers’ interim coach benefits from big-time mentors and a rocky journey as a player

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-12-21

Sunday’s game against the Dallas Stars will be Edmonton Oilers’ interim bench boss Todd Nelson’s third NHL game as a coach. That’s the same number of games he had as player in Pittsburgh and Washington, if you’re keeping score.

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Bill Meltzer: Stars Gameday: 12/21/14 @ EDM

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-12-21

Looking to sweep their three-game western Canada road trip and pull their season point total north of the .500 mark, the Dallas Stars (13-13-5) will take on the Edmonton Oilers (7-20-6) on Sunday evening. Game time is 5:00 p.m. CST. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. This is the second of three meetings between the teams this season. On Nov. 25 in Dallas, the Stars captured a 3...

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Burns scores winner as Sharks rally past Blues

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-21

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Brent Burns scored a power-play goal 4:22 into overtime, and the San Jose Sharks rallied past the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Saturday night for their season-best fifth straight victory. Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored with 21 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game for the Sharks. Joe Thornton dug the puck out of the corner before delivering the pass. Steve Ott scored his first goal in 10 months late in the second period to put the Blues ahead. Patrick Berglund also scored for the Blues, who endured their second straight disappointing defeat. St. Louis lost 6-4 to the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. Andrew Desjardins had a goal

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Elliotte Friedman: Edmonton Oilers among teams keen on pending free agent goalie Matt O’Connor

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-12-21

In the eyes of this observer Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is one of the more respected figures in the hockey media. When he speaks, I tend to listen a little closer than to many of the rumour-mongers out there. In recent times Friedman has had plenty to say about the Edmonton Oilers, including this item on the intermission panel of Hockey Night in Canada Saturday: There’s a teammate of [Jack Eichel] by the name of Matt O’Connor. He’s a goaltender, 6-foot-6, he’s going to be 23 in February, he has a 1.67 goals-against average. O’Conn0or is going to be a free agent after this year. There’s a lot of interest especially by Canadian teams. Toronto met br

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Cox: Eakins may return to Maple Leafs

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-21

Dallas Eakins was fired by the Edmonton Oilers as head coach less than a week ago, but he may have another opportunity before you know it. According to Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox during Hockey Night in Canada’s second intermission “Headlines” segment, Eakins could return to his former coaching position in Toronto. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool ​ “Don’t be surprised if he ends up back in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization,” Cox said. “He has held a number of jobs, including being head coach of their AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies. This season, the Marlies are not h

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Coach’s Corner: Lack of toughness hurts Flames

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-21

The Calgary Flames enjoyed a great start to the 2014-15 season before falling on hard times with their current seven-game losing streak. Don Cherry believes the reason the Flames are sputtering heading into the New Year is because they’re not tough enough. “Teams were terrified to go into Calgary [last season],” Cherry said. “You had [Kevin] Westgarth and you had [Brian] McGrattan and if you go in and look sideways at any of those players they would take care of you. Everybody grew.” More NHL on Sportsnet: Subscribe: Rogers GameCentre Live Rogers Hometown Hockey | Broadcast Schedule Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool The Flames brought in some toughness this pa

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Tweener

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-21

View image | gettyimages.com Anton Lander will get to continue his quest to be more than a Tweener in the NHL now that he has been called up again. We remain hopeful that he can turn AHL success into the beginnings of an NHL career, but we've seen this story play out before. 

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Oilers’ Draisaitl to be healthy scratch Sunday

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-21

For Leon Draisaitl, it’s a case of ‘you can’t play in the World Junior tournament and you can’t play here, either.’ The Edmonton Oilers are expected to make their 2014 first round draft selection a healthy scratch for the first time in his young career on Sunday versus the Dallas Stars. Jim Matheson on Twitter It’s been a long time coming for the rookie, who has struggled in the NHL this season, but it’s a puzzling move given the timing. The Oilers announced earlier this week that they would not be loaning the 19-year old to Team Germany for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Draisaitl is one of a handful of Oilers to appear in all 33 games

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NO. 16 PROSPECT (winter 2014) LAURENT BROSSOIT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-12-21

The day Craig MacTavish took over as GM, everyone knew his task for improvement at the NHL and amateur procurement level involved building up the middle. He drafted Darnell Nurse for the blue and Leon Draisaitl plus Bogdan Yakimov for center. In goal? It’s been a slower process with mid-season acquisition (from last year) Laurent Brossoit leading the way. PREVIOUSLY NUMBER SIXTEEN ON THE LIST December 2004: L Brock Radunske (0) December 2005: L Slava Trukhno (0) December 2006: D Theo Peckham (160) December 2007: D Mathieu Roy (66) December 2008: L Teemu Hartikainen (52) December 2009: L Toni Rajala (0) December 2010: D Taylor Chorney (61) December 2011: G Frans Tuohimaa (0) December 2

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Oilers’ interim coach benefits from big-time mentors and a rocky journey as a player

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-12-20

Sunday’s game against the Dallas Stars will be Edmonton Oilers’ interim bench boss Todd Nelson’s third NHL game as a coach. That’s the same number of games he had as player in Pittsburgh and Washington, if you’re keeping score. “I had four playoff games, too. So actually a total of seven. They kind of held me off for regular-season,” kidded Nelson, a defenceman in junior in Prince Albert, who never fashioned himself a poor man’s Paul Coffey, more like Charlie Huddy.

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Leon Draisaitl will sit out first Edmonton Oiler game

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-12-20

Centre Leon Draisaitl, who has dressed for every Edmonton Oilers’ game in his rookie NHL season, will be a healthy scratch Sunday when the Dallas Stars are here, with farm call-up Anton Lander taking his spot in the lineup. “Leon looks a bit tired of late…it’s always good for a young player to sit out and watch the game from above and get a different perspective. He was accepting of it and undertands and he’ll be back against Arizona (Dec. 23 at Rexall Place),” said interim head coach Todd Nelson, who had a conversation with Draisaitl (two goals, seven points, minus 15, 12:42 ice-time) and informed the 19-year-old centre he’ll be up in the pressbox f

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