AT THE END OF THE DAY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-29

Craig MacTavish held court today, with the new Justin Schultz contract the main item on the agenda. I was heartened by some of the verbal, flummoxed by other portions, and came away with one thing certain: my ‘balance’ photo will have to wait a year. ONE AT A TIME PLEASE Here are my takes on some MacT comments from this morning. On the Schultz contract: “I think for our franchise it was a good compromise.” I was always interested in knowing the starting point. If it was the entry-level deal, then $2.5M is a more than reasonable number—generous—but they clearly used the entire entry-level number, including bonuses. My suspicion was always the latter, and on that basis it

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Mr. Unpopular

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-29

Leon Draisaitl should be returned to Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League this season.

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Meet the Blogger: Bruce McCurdy, The Starry Messenger

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-29

Here’s Bruce at the public observatory at Telus World of Science, Edmonton. He gets to play with giant, intricate instruments and that’s pretty damn cool. You know what else is cool? Bringing some empiricism and level-headedness to hockey’s many lines of discussion. That’s basically Bruce’s operating philosophy. And, I suspect the reason Bruce is so damn good at doing this lies in his other life as a starry messenger. You see, Bruce happens to be a many-times published author of peer-reviewed, scholarly research in the field of Astronomy (have a go at one of his pieces here). I think you can see the same rigorous attention to detail Bruce provides in his Astro

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Leon Draisaitl is biggest question of Oilers’ training camp

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-08-29

Before Edmonton Oilers’ GM Craig MacTavish took to the highway to drive his boy Sean to Iowa to play junior in the USHL this year, he talked about whether another teenager Leon Draisaitl could be a big wheel right away on his NHL club or down the road. The Draisaitl question going into camp Sept. 18 is very tricky-can he play now as a No. 2 centre, or will he need more time because he’s only 18?  Can he be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who stepped in immediately when he was the first overall pick in 2011 and had 52 points in 62 games or will Draisaitl, picked third this June, and considerably bigger at 6’2″ and 209 pounds, be in over his head?  The Oilers badly need somebody

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Ottawa Senators 2014 Fall Top 20 bolstered by offseason trades

Source: Hockey's Future
Date: 2014-08-29

Photo: Forward Curtis Lazar had a strong 2013-14 season, managing 41 goals in 58 WHL games. Lazar was picked 17th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)   The lack of a first round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft hurt the Ottawa Senators, but the arrival of two forward prospects via trade helped generate some excitement. Acquired from the Dallas Stars as part of a package deal for Jason Spezza, OHL forward Nicholas Paul is a player on the rise, poised for a breakout year in 2014-15. Fellow new arrival Alex Guptill, on the other hand, is looking to rebound back to elite form after a forgettable final season with the Michigan Wolverines. This year in Ot

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Oilers set to face CIS national champs in annual rookie game

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2014-08-29

On September 17th, the Edmonton Oilers rookies will drop the puck in their annual tilt against the Canadian Interuniversity Sport champions, the University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team at 7:00 pm at Clare Drake Arena. For $30 each, tickets ...

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Schultz contract and analytics

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-29

?The Oilers signed Justin Schultz to a one-year, $3,675 million deal. Craig MacTavish had very high praise for the 24-year-old from Kelowna."I think he's going to be a great player and a great Oiler. I think he has Norris trophy potential," said MacTavish.Fans have been waiting for "bold" from MacTavish, and there is no debating that is a bold statement.

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MacTavish on Schultz: Some Good, Some Crazy

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-08-29

The Oilers GM said some good things today and some crazy things.

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Edmonton Oilers sign Justin Schultz to one-year deal

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-08-29

Justin Schultz has always been part of the Edmonton Oilers long-term plans.

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Eklund: (Very Short) Bridge Deal for Schultz... one year, $3.7M

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-08-29

Justin Schultz scored pretty big in his new deal with the Edmonton Oilers. Not only does he get a raise from his entry-level specified deal to $3.675 million, it's only a one-year deal so he's got the ability to go looking for an even bigger raise as a restricted free agent again next summer. In announcing the extension, Craig MacTavish said Schultz has "Norris Trophy potential". I'm not sure I...

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Justin Schultz Signs a 1-Year Deal

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-29

This morning, the Oilers announced that they have signed Justin Schultz to a 1-year deal worth $3.675 million.  The contract comes in higher than many of us expected, but it looks like the Oilers paid a higher amount for a shorter term. Judging from the reaction on Twitter, the Nation is divided on the new deal.

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Matt Henderson: Schultz Signs

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-08-29

With Justin Schultz signing a 1 year 3.675M deal the Oilers roster is now complete as MacTavish has built it. The youngish (24) defender will be entering his 3rd year in the NHL and needs to make a huge leap forward over his past season if the club wants to compete. He came into the league with a lot of promise as a College star and delivered in a huge way at the AHL level during the lockout. H...

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