Do we care about the Garth Brooks banner?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-02-25

Garth Brooks sells out nine shows at Rogers Place and gets a banner for it. Do we care?

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Kings activate Jonathan Quick from injured reserve

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-25

The Los Angeles Kings activated goaltender Jonathan Quick from injured reserve Saturday. He will start against the Anaheim Ducks, seeing his first action since October. Quick suffered a lower-body injury in the first game of the season and missed 59 games. Peter Budaj has filled in for the injured starter, starting 53 games and going 27-20-3 with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Forward Jordan Nolan was also activated from injured reserve. Jeff Zatkoff was reassigned to the AHL. More from Sportsnet Bettman upholds 10-game suspension for Ducks’ Vermette Associated Press

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GAME PREVIEW: CONDORS HOST STOCKTON

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2017-02-25

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (21-20-5-1) host the Stockton Heat (20-21-4-1) on Dignity Health Home Ice at Rabobank Arena. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. with doors opening for happy hour at 5 p.m. (5:45 p.m. for season ticket members). Bakersfield stands just one point out of playoff position and look for their third straight win tonight. PROMOTION: The ZOOperstars! are here with Whale Gretzky, Squidney Crosby, Tim Teebull, Bobby Orrangutang, and Harry Canary entertaining fans of all ages all night presented by My45 and La Caliente 96.9 FM Game Preview  Tickets Listen Live Watch Live  EAT & DRINK CLUB ROOM Pasta Bar

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Bettman upholds 10-game suspension for Ducks’ Vermette

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-25

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the 10-game suspension that was assessed to Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette for striking an official in a game on Feb. 14. Vermette had appealed the decision and met with Bettman during a hearing on Feb. 23. The Ducks forward violated Rule 40.3 (Physical abuse of an official) when he hit a linesman with his stick after a faceoff draw. The length of the suspension includes four games already served. More from Sportsnet 2016-17 NHL Suspension Tracker: $856,000 in lost salary Luke Fox 30 Thoughts: Red Wings telling teams they’re ‘

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Celebrations and Trade Deadline Whispers

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2017-02-25

I just wanted to share a bit of good news with you before getting into today’s post but a little background first. When I started this blog way back in 2012 over on Weebly, my goal was to hit the first page of google without having “Edmonton” or “Oilers” in the URL because I figured that it’d be that much more challenging.Now I’m no SEO expert, I may have read a few blogs on the topic but if I’m not mistaken, one would like all the advantages he/she can get when it comes to making it easier for people to find your website, right? Next, I wanted to step up the site’s coverage back in 2015 and take it to the next level, so I picked up the d

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Edmonton Oilers Open Thread: After The Caps

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2017-02-25

A look at the Pacific Division after Edmonton's 2-1 loss to the Capitals Oilers really could have made some hay with a victory in Washington, but it was Justin Williams who scored the difference maker for the Capitals midway through the third period.  .  Leon Draisaitl scored Edmonton's only goal, a puck that Justin Williams turned over almost directly in front of Caps goaltender Braden Holtby. It was a sloppy game for the Oilers.  Credited with only six giveaways, it sure felt like a lot more. Caps skated an entire game without getting penalized.  Fancy that. It's another game that saw the Oilers score just one goal.  To their defence, th

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Wayne Gretzky opens up on his new role in Oilers front office

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-25

In a two-part series, Mark Spector examines Wayne Gretzky’s re-integration into the NHL and the Edmonton Oilers, after years of not having an official capacity inside the game. In Part I today, we look at how Gretzky’s sees his return to NHL employment, and what being the partner and vice-chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group really means. In Part II Sunday: Gretzky on how he plans to mentor Connor McDavid —- Wayne Gretzky is leaning up against a wall on the event level of Rogers Place, a coffee in his hand, talking hockey and where a lifetime in the game has taken him at age 56. In the city where Gretzky was at his greatest, this is his happy place: A game last night, another on

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Oilers in Odd Spot Heading Into Deadline

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-02-25

With the Edmonton Oilers firmly entrenched in a playoff position and the NHL Trade Deadline less than a week away, the club will find itself in a bit of an awkward spot over the coming days.  On a roster which already includes the league’s leading scorer and a goaltender who has given them a shot at taking home two points on a nightly basis, many are hoping Peter Chiarelli will be a busy man leading into Wednesday afternoon. Despite having the general manager already come out and state he’s not looking to make a splash at this year’s deadline, a good chunk of Oilers nation is banking on it being nothing more than a smokescreen. No matter how we look at it, as of this moment, Edmonton

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The Case For Mikhail Grigorenko

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2017-02-25

As the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline inches ever nearer, teams are either preparing to buy or preparing to sell. Peter Chiarelli and the Oilers will find themselves apart of this year’s group of deadline buyers, as they currently sit tied at 74pts with the Anaheim Ducks for sole possession of 2nd in the Pacific Division. While the team has performed above and beyond expectations this year, there is plenty of room for improvement on the current roster. Peter Chiarelli also said that the team’s performance has earned them the chance to show what they got down the stretch (That interview can be seen in its entirety here). Despite the efforts of the Oilers GM in trying to stoke the rampant

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AHL TARGETS (NORTH DIVISION)

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-02-25

The trade deadline is close now, with the Edmonton Oilers looking to add help up front, and possibly in goal. It is also possible the club tries to upgrade some elements at the minor league level and add useful prospects in a bigger deal. In our continuing look at the possibly available young talent, here is the North Division of the AHL.

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Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher on getting the most out of people

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-02-25

• How to “activate” players • Learning from Mike Babcock, Pat Quinn and Jacques Lemaire • Why “leadership is everything” Coaches are involved in every facet of the game, from drawing up a last-second play to making sure the healthy scratch works harder instead of losing hope. They don’t often have time to talk at length, but when they do, you’d better listen. And learn. In partnership with ProSmart, Sportsnet will publish a number of coaching-related pieces over the next couple of months. In this installment, Guy Boucher talks to senior writer Ryan Dixon about how he got into coaching and his philosophies on and off the ice. Whatever the context, Guy Bouch

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VANTAGE POINT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2017-02-25

Last night, despite playing well, it was not to be for the Oilers. Edmonton played a strong road game against the Washington Capitals, I think credit is due for a pretty impressive effort. The club didn’t get one break from the zebra’s and couldn’t generate enough offense to grab a point on the road. One true thing: If they play like that every game, this season is going to end very late in the spring. The game also included a fascinating goal, in that all who saw it had a strong opinion—but were divided about why the puck went in. Some thought it was a perfect shot, others thought Talbot played it poorly. There is usually more agreement on a goal, but this one appears to

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