Oilers Needs on July 1st

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-06-30

On the eve of Free Agent Frenzy, what does Edmonton need to do? It's been a crazy few days in Oiler nation and we still have a few days left to go. The eve of July 1st is upon us and Edmonton is faced with their best opportunity to close the gaps in their roster over the next 36 to 48 hours. Barring any late summer trades, the next few days...maybe a week, will ultimately decide whether or not this franchise is well positioned to compete for a playoff spot for the first time in a decade next season. What's done is done and Taylor Hall is gone. I still hate it, but the fact remains that there is work to be done. What does Edmonton need to do to close their remaining roster gaps? Let's h

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Cult of Hockey: Why the Oilers should have made the Subban trade, not the Hall deal

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-30

On Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers made their biggest trade since at least the Chris Pronger deal with Anaheim, shipping left wing Taylor Hall off to New Jersey and bringing back right defenceman Adam Larsson. One of the interesting wrinkles to this story is that there may have been another way. In the immediate aftermath of the deal, both Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and TSN’s Ryan Rishaug reported that the Montreal Canadiens had discussed the possibility of moving P.K. Subban to Edmonton for a package consisting of Leon Draisaitl, the No. 4 selection (used to get Jesse Puljujarvi), one of Oscar Klefbom or Darnell Nurse, and something else of “not insignificant” value.   

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Goodbye Taylor Hall

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-06-30

Well my worst nightmares are coming true; the Golden Boys of the Rebuild 2.0 era are slowly being traded away, and my hopes of watching an Oilers playoff run in the near future are once again being dashed. Hopefully I'm proven VERY wrong, and Adam Larsson will be exactly what the doctor ordered, but for now I will mourn the loss of Edmonton's best player over the last 6 years. So long Taylor. Sorry things had to end this way. I will always be grateful for what you did during your time in Edmonton, and I'll miss you dearly. Good luck in New Jersey!  See you on the other side, Jeanshorts. 

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A Fanbase Divided

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2016-06-30

The Oilers got fleeced. They got their man, but they paid dearly. But, clearly that is what the market was for a minute-munching right-handed defenseman capable of handling that kind of workload. I trust that Chiarelli dangled Hall in front of the 16 GMs out East and came to the conclusion that this was the [...] The post A Fanbase Divided appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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It makes sense that the Edmonton Oilers passed on P.K. Subban

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-06-30

This in from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, a thorough explanation of why former Habs defenceman P.K. Subban is not an Edmonton Oilers player today, even as the Oilers were willing to pay a high price for a right shot d-man. In his report, Friedman goes over a lot of things that were already known, such as the Habs’ ask from the Oilers, a package of players that included Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton’s fourth pick in the 2016 draft, a defenceman like Oscar Klefbom or Darnell Nurse, and another asset. This massive ask was discussed on various Oilers radio shows at the time of the draft. The new twist Friedman adds today is Subban’s long-term $9 million per year salary and h

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NHL Free Agents 2016: Rumors, Predictions for Milan Lucic, Kyle Okposo, More

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-06-30

In just a few hours, the NHL's free agency period will officially begin, allowing some of the largest names in the league to sign with new teams.  While a lot of drama evaporated from the July 1 festivities when superstar Steven Stamkos re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, via the team's official site, there are still plenty of potential difference makers that could add something big to a different team.  Here is the latest on some of those players that are expected to hit the market on Friday.  Milan Lucic Milan Lucic's hopes of re-signing with the Los Angeles Kings were dashed when the Kings broke off negotiations with the 28-year-old and instead re-sig

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What will Larsson bring to Oilers?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-06-30

Embed from Getty Images We don't see Eastern teams very often. Even when they were a perennial Cup contender the Devils were rarely a "must-see" team. They had elite players like Martin Brodeur, smooth skating Scott Niedermayer and punishing Scott Stevens. Their style of play rarely made them a team people lined up to see.I watched six Devils games last year. Adam Larsson won't wow you offensively, but he also won't make wow-like defensive lapses either.Who does he play like? What are realistic expectations? Let's discuss.

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What Are the Oilers Getting in Adam Larsson?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-06-30

The dust has settled on the Taylor Hall trade, and what obviously feels like a loss for the Oilers at the moment, may not necessarily be in a few years. Hall is the better player right now, and whoever gets the better player in the deal wins. At just 24 years old, Hall is entering the prime of his career already established as one of the best left wingers in the league. Adam Larsson took strides forward last year with the Devils, and has the potential to be a top-pairing guy. McKenzie: Let’s let it play out. Let’s give Larsson a chance to do his thing. Let’s see what else #Oilers do to supplement all of this. — Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) June 30, 2016 Trading a p

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Dangle: Hate Hall trade, Hate Subban trade, Stamkos… ?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-06-30

WOW! Did you catch all that? Here’s my reaction video to the enormous flood of news regarding Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, and Taylor Hall. Holy cow what an afternoon! Here is a link to OwnThePuck, as mentioned in the video.

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Buyout roundup: Lightning’s Carle, Bruins’ Seidenberg and more

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-06-30

Less than 24 hours before the free agency period begins, several NHL teams got to work on some housekeeping Thursday. Six teams placed players on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout. The NHL’s buyout window closes at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday. There had already been some notable buyouts, including the Canucks’ Chris Higgins, the Wild’s Thomas Vanek, and the Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin. The Blue Jackets got back to work on Thursday, buying out the final year of right winger Jared Boll’s contract. Boll, 30, scored one goal in 30 games in 2015-16. A Boll buyout will save the #Bluejackets $1.13M in cap space for the 16-17 seasonhttps://t.co/16N8058pte pic.twitt

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