The Torresian Head Fake Is On The Comeback Trail

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-08-29

With over a decade playing at the highest level, two appearances in the Stanley Cup final, a 27 goal year on the 05-06 Edmonton Oilers, injuries, suspensions – Raffi Torres has had an eventful career, but it’s one that he knows that may be coming to an end soon. This past week the 34 year old free agent winger took part in Biosteel’s annual pro hockey camp in Toronto, which includes close to 20 NHLers from all across the league as well as CHL and AHL players. Torres hasn’t played in an NHL game, regular season or exhibition since the 2015-16 preseason with San Jose after a hit on Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg saw him suspended for 41 games (after previously in his

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30 NHL teams, 30 points of pessimism heading into 2016-17

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-08-29

Last week we got all the positivity out of the way — today, reality bites. While optimism is all the rage at the start of a new season, crushing disappointment eventually sets in for most. Maybe it’s a slow start out of the gate, a late-season meltdown or a early-post-season exit, but most teams fall short of expectations. Time to rain on your parade. Here are reasons to be pessimistic about each of the 30 NHL teams heading into 2016-17. ANAHEIM On Jan. 1 of this year, the Ducks were 15-15-7 and 11th in the Western Conference ahead of only Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. Bruce Boudreau made the necessary adjustments to kick-start the season and eventually get the Ducks to the top

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The North by NorthGretz Podcast - Going for Gold

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-08-29

This week the boys are joined by two time Olympic gold medal winning goalie Shannon Szabados! Shannon tells the boys about her Olympic experiences, what it's been like breaking into the male dominated world of hockey, talks about her glorious hair, tells some hilarious stories about Kyla The Intern and more!

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Rumor Roundup: Latest on the Rangers efforts to add a defenseman

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-08-29

The New York Rangers’ recent signing of Bradon Pirri to a one-year, $1.1-million deal gives them 15 forwards under contract for 2016-17, with 13 on one-way deals. That’s generating speculation one of them could be dealt before the start of the upcoming season. Last month, Rangers GM Jeff Gorton shipped center Derick Brassard and a seventh-round pick in 2018 to the Ottawa Senators for center Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second-round selection. With the Pirri signing, NBC Sports’ James O’Brien wonders if Gorton might be working on a bigger move. He cites Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman telling the NHL Network the Blueshirts GM “has his hand in a lot of things.” Go

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Just Who Is Graham McPhee?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-08-29

Under Peter Chiarelli, the Edmonton Oilers have been looking for a specific type of hockey player. While size is certainly welcomed, Chiarelli has been looking for players who can play a physical style and play a versatile role in the lineup. NHL pickups Patrick Maroon, Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian fit this mold perfectly, but what about in the system? Through college free agents and through the draft, Edmonton has begun to address their lack of skilled and physical forwards. This past June, the club spent the 149th overall pick on Graham McPhee, a player who fits the Chiarelli mold. So…..Just Who Is Graham McPhee?: After two USHL seasons with as many teams (graduated from the US Nati

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Monday Mailbag - Ranking the Pacific Division

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-08-29

It's time to tilt your chair back to a comfortable position, because we've got 3000 words worth of company time wasting wisdom coming at you in this week's mailbag. As always, I need your questions to make this work. If you've got one, email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk and I'll get to you as soon as we can. Fine citizens, I present you with another mailbag. Enjoy!

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"There's simply no prick like a math prick in a sports bar," says cultural critic Klosterman

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-08-29

This great line in about sport analytics fanatics from cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, author of the provocative and insightful new book But What If We’re Wrong: “There’s simply no prick like a math prick in a sports bar.” Nailed it with that comment, no? But he might have added: “Or on a blog or on Twitter.”  Klosterman Klosterman sets up his critique by writing how when he was a boy he could only watch a few pro football and basketball games on TV, mainly due to how few games were televised in the 1980s of any sport. To fill in the gap for his sports obsession, he turned to the newspaper stats page, where he became obsessed with the numbers o

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PTOs: Oilers Takin’ Care of Business

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-08-28

Earlier Oilers Now! host Bob Stauffer put out this incredibly “cryptic” tweet about the Oilers bringing in a centre on a PTO and as Stauff says there, all of the Oilers top pivots will be playing at the World Cup of Hockey in the Big Smoke (Toronto) at the beginning of training camp. Oilers will have 3 C's (McDavid, Draisaitl, RNH) at World Cup. Don't be surprised if Oilers invite a C in on PTO for training camp — Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) August 28, 2016 WHO THEY BRINGING IN? Well, I was talking to friend a friend of the blog and he mentioned Dominic Moore and his name was tossed out there by Sammi Silber over at Oil on Whyte. “However, his problems st

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RE 16-17 MATT HENDRICKS: RUN RUNAWAY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-08-28

Matt Hendricks arrived as a rugged two-way winger and has answered every call—moving to center, moving up and down the depth chart—with workmanlike efficiency and a great deal of enthusiasm. He is a black and white (and blue) player, pretty simple game but very effective when the boots are moving. History tells us Hendricks is nearing the end of his NHL time, as age and erosion have worn away the banks along the shore. I am pleased we got to see him in Edmonton, he is a perfect fit for a working class city. (Run Runaway). MATT HENDRICKS 15-16 5×5 points per 60: 0.76 (13th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 0.00 Corsi for 5×5 %: 45.6 Qual Comp: 11th toughest competition among

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With keys ready to hand over to Oilers on Thursday, Rogers Place crew proud of their ice

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-08-28

It’s the final countdown.

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