How the Edmonton Oilers avoided the Toronto Maple Leafs’ $25-million David Clarkson mistake

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-02-27

Thursday’s trade of David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Nathan Horton was a massive win for the Toronto Maple Leafs, freeing up more than $5 million in cap space. It was also an admission that the Clarkson signing was a massive mistake, an error so enormous that it made sense to them to pay more than $25 million (Horton has $26.1 million left on his deal after this season) to a guy who will probably play never play again just to make it go away. Executives of all stripes make mistakes all the time. It’s just that generally those mistakes don’t amount to the cost of a Michael Bay movie. Any assessment of Dave Nonis’ tenure has to include the fact that he made a

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Injured Oilers Tyler Pitlick and Nikita Nikitin starting to skate with teammates at practice

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-02-27

Tyler Pitlick and Nikita Nikitin were on the ice with their teammates Thursday, making the long road back from their respective injuries.

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Oil Kings edge Hurricanes in overtime

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-02-27

Forward Edgars Kulda scored just over two minutes into overtime Thursday night in Lethbridge to lift the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 3-2 win over the host Hurricanes.

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Edmonton Oilers haven't yet ruled Jeff Petry out of Saturday's game against St. Louis Blues

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-02-27

Interim Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd Nelson said he hadn’t discussed with general manager Craig MacTavish whether to sit out defenceman Jeff Petry Saturday against the St. Louis Blues to guard against injury before the trade deadline.

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Oilers forward Matt Fraser faced with a battle to find a spot in the lineup

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-02-27

Matt Fraser is still straddling the line, trying to become an everyday player.

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Stempniak nets winner as Rangers edge Coyotes

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-02-27

NEW YORK — Lee Stempniak broke a tie with 2:14 left, netting his second goal of the game, and Chris Kreider also scored twice to lift the New York Rangers to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Arizona on Thursday night. In sending the Coyotes to their eighth straight loss, Stempniak backhanded in a rebound of his own shot on the doorstep. That gave the Rangers their fourth consecutive win and 11th in 14 games (11-1-2). Kevin Hayes had two assists, and Cam Talbot stopped 37 shots as New York moved into a first-place tie with the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. Sam Gagner scored two goals, and Mark Arcobello added one for Arizona, which led 3-1 after the first period. Mi

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The Edmonton Oilers should have close to zero interest in Zachary Fucale

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-02-27

Zachary Fucale is a pretty famous goalie prospect. A second-round pick by Montreal in 2013, he has twice represented Canada at the World Juniors and was projected as a potential NHL starter in his draft year. According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, the Canadiens are willing to deal him and the Oilers just might be interested.

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Is Tanking Dead? The Story of the NHL Draft Lottery

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-02-27

Whether it’s the right thing to do, or if you think it’s despicable, or (my favourite) it ruins the integrity of the game, tanking as an artform may be all but dead. This year’s draft lottery might be the first sign of the NHL finally pulling the plug on the strategy as a whole. Before you could just trade all your players and essentially be gifted the first overall selection. Then the league came up with the weighted lottery system where prior to this lottery, if you won the lottery you moved up four spots. In recent years that led to Colorado (2013) moving up a spot to take Nathan MacKinnon, Edmonton (2012) moving up a spot to take Nail Yakupov. Even Chicago (2007) moved up from 5th

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Edmonton Oil Kings draw energy from spark-plug Luke Bertolucci

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-02-27

Edmonton Oil Kings winger Luke Bertolucci’s game has always been dictated by his work ethic. Despite his diminutive size — the winger measures in at around five-foot-eight and 185 pounds — Bertolucci is as noticeable as any player on the team.

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BATTLE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-02-27

It’s very difficult to develop a bunch of kid blue at the same time. We’ve discussed the old Toronto Maple Leafs of 1970 a lot and they certainly proved the point. I remain hopeful Martin Marincin can make it as an NHL player for the Edmonton Oilers and he received an enormous boast when Todd Nelson was named coach of the team. I’m not connected to the team but would bet money there was some kind of a disconnect—that may still exist—and it impacted his season in 2014-15. Fast forward and we are here: Todd Nelson: “I think, his battle. That’s one thing we’ve always tried to work on with him. Last game in the last minute or 40 seconds or whatever he really competed

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Hockey World ‘Short shifts’: Edmonton Oilers would certainly be interested if Montreal Canadiens dangled prospect goalie Zach Fucale in trade talks

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-02-27

I’m hearing Canadian world junior goalie Zach Fucale could be in play in any trade talks with the Montreal Canadiens in the summer because there is no way Fucale will ever be more than a backup with the team as long as Hart Trophy candidate Carey Price is minding the store. If so, you can bet the Edmonton Oilers would be interested. They wanted Fucale at the 2013 National Hockey League entry draft, picking 37th, but Montreal shocked them by taking the teenager one spot ahead of them. Fucale goalie is playing for the Memorial Cup host Quebec Remparts. - I know NHL teams always say ‘we’re not moving that prospect for a rental,’ but let’s get serious here. The East

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Matt Fraser looks to be on Edmonton Oilers’ bubble

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-02-27

EDMONTON — When winger Matt Fraser couldn’t stick with the Boston Bruins and was placed on waivers, people shrugged and said “yeah, but that’s Boston, tough team to crack.” But when you’re getting scratched by the 29th-place Edmonton Oilers or you’re sitting on the bench for an entire period as he did in Minnesota Tuesday night, that’s humbling.

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