Boston Bruins' 2014-15 Season Will Be Key to Sustaining Their Elite Status

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-09-01

A quarter-century ago, the Boston Bruins were one of the last losing Stanley Cup finalists to return to that round within two seasons. After suffering a sweep via Edmonton in the 1988 championship, they mustered a 1990 rematch, though they brooked the same basic fate in five games. Since then, only three NHL teams have reached another final one or two years after losing that series. The 1995 Red Wings, 2001 Devils and 2008 Penguins all regrouped to achieve redemption in 1997, 2003 and 2009, respectively. For everybody else, getting so much as back to the conference final that quickly has been a near-futile endeavor. Boston’s core group from the late ’80s/early ’90s was one

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WELCOME TO EDMONTON: FIX EVERYTHING

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-31

The Edmonton Oilers will have a new director of the powerplay in Craig Ramsay. A team that once routinely scored more than 80 power-play goals in a season scored 46 and was mid-pack in 2013-14. This team has outstanding talent and should be better with the man advantage, but a lack of creativity going back 10 years or more mean Edmonton is subpar in this category. I think better times are ahead. THIS YEAR’S WEAPONS W/LAST SEASON’S 5X4/60 (BTN) PLAYER 5X4/60 RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS 4.85 JORDAN EBERLE 4.72 TAYLOR HALL 4.29 DAVID PERRON 3.71 TEDDY PURCELL 3.34 BENOIT POULIOT 3.10 NAIL YAKUPOV 2.63 JUSTIN SCHULTZ 2.23 NIKITA NIKITIN 0.00 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins doesn&

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Which Canadian team will next win the cup?

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-08-31

K, so I brought up something on Twitter that I'm going to turn into a blog. I made a comment asking if 2015 is the year the Stanley Cup is going to return to Canada. Likely not. About 99% sure not. Perhaps the Montreal Canadiens have the best shot at winning the cup this upcoming season, and the Leafs and Canucks have the potential to make the playoffs. But truthful, there's really no Canadian team that is close to a Chicago or a Los Angeles. But thinking about this made me consider something a little different. Sooner or later a Canadian team is going to win the cup again. So which team has the most potential? Allow me to rank them. 1. Edmonton Oilers - Yes, yes, I'm a homer and all of

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HURRY SEPTEMBER

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-08-31

In a recent article at NHL.com, Craig MacTavish (GM of the Edmonton Oilers) talked about the club's need for a 2C. ( Source ) "I think there is room for somebody outside of the organization if we can find the right complement. In my mind it's a real significant piece that we're looking for, and it would have to be a big incremental difference between who we feel would fill that position currently and the player that we would bring in. If we were able to get a star player that could win faceoffs, play big minutes and be productive at the net front and on the power play, we'd really enhance our ability to compete and to have a great degree of success. But they are tough to find."

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ROUTE 66

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-31

September long is here, but the Oilers didn't give us the rookie TC roster to discuss. Word is it'll be out next week, and the main list will arrive behind it. Since we have all afternoon to talk Oilers (tomorrow will be devoted to the Eskimos) let's see how close we can get to the actual list.

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Meet the Blogger: Benjamin Massey, Cynic (A Compliment, Trust Me)

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-31

By contemporary standards, it’s usually pretty easy to sort undesirable types into one of two categories: the gravely cynical and the unnervingly earnest. The former is pessimistic enough to take La Rochefoucauld’s famous maxim about the base-nature of human motives (“Our virtues are, most often, only vices in disguise”) to heart. However, he lacks the good sense to temper his insights with a sense of levity. He broods, sneers and infects those around him with bile. The latter is optimistic enough to mangle the ever-compounding series of contradictions that is his practical and ethical life (a rich and ever-expanding tapestry of commitments to humanity’s good

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PROMISED LAND

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-31

Among the quotable quotes being delivered pell-mell and willy-nilly by Craig MacTavish the other day, his description of the depth chart at center caught my ear for one major reason: MacTavish: “We’ve got Leon Draisaitl, which is a big question mark for an 18-year-old’s ability to come in. We’ve got Anton Lander, who has shown an ability to score and be a real good player at the American League level. We’ve got Mark Arcobello, who when we sent him back had two points per game at the American League level or very close [to it]; he’s got potential to fill one of those roles. When you look at our depth chart, I understand and certainly agree with that position having the most quest

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Wild card Bogdan Yakimov might be a solution for Edmonton Oilers’ biggest need — size at centre

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-31

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #4 Bogdan Yakimov When Edmonton Oilers selected Bogdan Yakimov 83rd overall in 2013, we didn’t know a whole lot about the kid other than a couple of scouting reports. Elite Prospects had this thumbnail of his skill set from 2012: Yakimov is a large center with a terrific set of hands. Owns great playmaking ability and vision. Is very hard to knock off the puck. “Large centre” seems like an understatement. He’s listed at 6’5 and over 200 pounds on various registers, and at a whopping 100 kilos (220 pounds) on his KHL page, the league where he played in 2013-14. It’s hard to get a handle on exactly how good was Yakimov’s

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TOP 20 PROSPECTS, 2014

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-31

And we're back! It seems like only yesterday (that's a lie) we gathered together to count down the best prospects in the Oilers system heading into fall. A year ago, the three best prospects were defensemen and six of the top 10 patrolled the blue. A lot has changed in 12 months.

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WITHER SLEPYSHEV?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-30

Another year will burn off the calendar (it appears) before we see one of Russia’s sons, Anton Slepyshev. I saw him on television from my living room during Christmastime and was quite impressed, so of course am not impatient for his arrival. Slepyshev (whose last name is a nickname waiting to happen) is doing the ‘Jani Rita dying on the vine in his country’s pro league’ as he plays nine minutes a night behind some foreigner (well, Teemu Hartikainen). SLEPYSHEV IN THE KHL 2011-12 (age 17) 39GP, 4-3-7 (8:55 TOI, 28 shots) (1.21 points-per-60) (4.83 shots-per-60) 2012-13 (age 18) 26GP, 7-2-9 (12:40 TOI, 63 shots) (1.64 points-per-60) (11.48 shots-per-60) 2013-14 (age 1

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Ty Anderson: Boychuk for Yakupov?

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-08-30

Be sure to 'like' Hockeybuzz on Facebook! Theoretically, the Boston Bruins have to make a move of some sort. Unless they want to wait until Day 1 of the NHL season when they can place Marc Savard’s $4 million plus cap-hit on the long-term injured reserve and then sign restricted free agents and pivotal pieces of the 2014-15 puzzle in Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, a trade needs to be made....

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Meet The Blogger – Pat McLean

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-08-30

When we at the Oilers Rig started discussing the meet the blogger series a while back we spoke of who we thought would be good people to include. There are so many good writers out there and the list of people we are interviewing is literally growing by the day. There was one person on the list that, to me, was a must and that person is none other than Pat McLean author of Black Dog Hates Skunks. Pat is a literary genius, he has a knack for telling personal stories and intertwining them with hockey. There is no one else like Pat when it comes to writing about the Oilers. In fact I can’t wait for him to write a book. If and when he does it should be a national best seller. The thing I like

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