Jason Gregor: WHL needs to change draft age

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-02-09

It is time for a change. The Western Hockey League’s archaic belief they need to draft players as young as 14 for their bantam draft has to stop. It is unnecessary. It doesn’t benefit the kids or the WHL teams. Canada’s other two major junior leagues, the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, draft players after their first year of midget-level hockey, the calendar year they turn 16 years old, and those teams are just as productive as those in the WHL. Players can’t play regularly in any of the three leagues until they are 16, unless they apply for exceptional status, and no WHL player has ever received exceptional status. Only five players have been g

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Zack Kassian returns to Montreal to face the Canadiens for the first time since being traded to the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-02-09

MONTREAL — Zack Kassian is neither embarrassed nor bitter at the Canadiens as he returns to Montreal for the first time since the early morning truck accident that landed him in the NHL’s substance-abuse program.

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Game Thread - Oilers @ Devils

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-02-09

Justin Schultz will sit out this one. The Oilers have played two terrible games in a row, and they've been outscored by the almost comically lopsided 13-2 in those two games. In other words, "the weekend". SCHULTZ SITS Justin Schultz will be a healthy scratch tonight.  When this happened, a wild amount of trade speculation began. Justin Schultz is a healthy scratch. May end up being dealt but nothing is done yet. Definitely interest in him. — Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) February 9, 2016 Cody Franson is a healthy scratch in Buffalo tonight. Just sayin'. JERSEY RETIREMENT Martin Brodeur will get his number 30 raised to the rafters tonight at the Prudential Center. &nb

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Oilers/Leafs/Sabres Three-Way Trade Coming?

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-02-09

  A sign of things to come?… Boy the Toronto Maple Leafs are making waves today! Dion Phaneuf becomes a Senator (Are they paving the way for Steven Stamkos to come home?) and now there are rumblings that they could be involved in a three-way trade with the Oilers and the Sabres! Add to that the fact that Griffin Reinhart (Not Darnell Nurse…) was sent down to Bakersfield, Justin Schultz is a healthy scratch for the Oilers’ game versus the New Jersey Devils on Martin Brodeur’s jersey retirement night AND Cody Franson is a healthy scratch for the Sabres… Click the pic! Get this kick-ass Darnell Nurse KO shirt! My source told me WEEKS AGO here that the Sabres a

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Subtracting Phaneuf no guarantee of successful Maple Leafs’ rebuild

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-09

CALGARY — The National Hockey League rebuild is a perilous, unpredictable venture. Ask Brian Burke’s Toronto Maple Leafs, Craig MacTavish’s Edmonton Oilers, or even this year’s Calgary Flames under the astute management of general manager Brad Treliving. The problem is this: The early, losing years where you deconstruct the roster, ask your fans for patience, and vie for the latest Auston Matthews are guarantees. They happen every time. But the success part — the decade of Stanley Cup contention built on a foundation of pragmatic drafting, developing and augmenting with free agents — is anything but assured. Often, that part never arrives at all. Put into context, da

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Capilano Rehab Centre Injury Report - February 9, 2016

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-02-09

Now that Connor's back (and better), I'm not sure if I'm more concerned for the health status of the rest of the Oilers, or the health of the staff inside the walls of Nation HQ.

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NHL Trade Rumours: Latest on Schultz, Ladd, Yandle, Reimer

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-09

The NHL business landscape can change quickly. Consider the events of the past three days. New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh gets punched in the head. The Minnesota Wild forget how to win a hockey game. Dustin Byfuglien, the most coveted potential trade chip on the back end, signs a five-year extension to remain ice fishing in Manitoba. And the Ottawa Senators asserted themselves as a buyer by taking on Dion Phaneuf‘s contract. Though few would mistake Big Buff with a butterfly, it is interesting to see how one transaction can have a ripple effect across the league. With less than three weeks remaining until the Feb. 29 trade deadline, we take a look at the latest rumours circula

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Up and down road trip for the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2016-02-09

Up and down road trip for the Edmonton Oilers

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Why Phaneuf trade will only help challenged Senators

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-09

Well, at least one Canadian team is going for it. While the Habs, Flames, Jets, Oilers and Canucks rub their foreheads raw over the possibility of doing something big to enhance their playoff chances, the Ottawa Senators actually did something substantial today, adding to the drama by doing it with the assistance of their provincial rivals from Toronto. Whatever the Sens saw in 23 minutes from Dion Phaneuf on Saturday night while they were laying a whipping on the Maple Leafs obviously appealed to them, as three days later the 30-year-old defenceman is now part of Ottawa’s effort to make a second half charge for a Stanley Cup playoff berth, just as they did last year. It’s a massive nine

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Oilers vs Devils Preview – Is Schultz about to be moved?

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-02-09

TALE OF THE TAPE: Game: Edmonton Oilers (21-26-5) at New Jersey Devils (26-21-7) Location: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey Time: 6:00 PM MT Where to find it: TV: Sportsnet – Radio: 630 CHED BREAKING: Hearing that #oilers Justin Schultz being scratch tonight vs #devils might be trade related. #tvasports — Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) February 9, 2016 Very interesting news coming out at the noon hour. If Schultz is about to be moved, it is not going to come as a surprise. HIs struggles are well noted and he has not progressed well during his time in Edmonton. I wrote about Schultz and a potential move here. We will keep our ears on the ground and let you know of anyth

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