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They love Yakupov, they love Yak not

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-22

Same old, ridiculous trade rumours swirl around Yakupov and Eberle from Toronto sources This in, two conflicting views of Nail Yakupov’s trade value, one from hockey’s T-Rex, Don Cherry, the other from an NHL reporter, Renaud Lavoie of the Journal de Montreal. Here’s Cherry’s take: “You can’t trade (Nail) Yakupov, because nobody’s going to take him,” Cherry said. “(Jordan) Eberle or one of those guys have got to go. “It’s a tough deal giving one of (the young players) away, but something’s gotta go.” Then there is this from Lavoie: My take Cherry says the

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Oilers first line seeing more time and success against the best in the game

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-22

You can analyze the game until your eyes fall out, but the old Darryl Sutter adage will almost always ring true.

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Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins says win over Tampa Bay confirmation system works

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-22

You gotta believe.

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Should Edmonton Oilers keep Leon Draisaitl or send him back to junior?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-22

Leon Draisaitl signed up to be a centre, not a lab rat, but until the Edmonton Oilers rookie plays his 10th game — which would be two days after his 19th birthday Oct. 29 when Nashville Predators are here — the experiment will rage on. Draisaitl has played six games. If he plays in 10 games, he burns a year of his entry-level contract.

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Oilers podcast: 'Do it again. And again. And again' edition

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-22

Edmonton Journal hockey writers Jim Matheson and Joanne Ireland, and sports columnist John MacKinnon join sports editor Craig Ellingson to talk about the Edmonton Oilers' first half-dozen games of the 2014-15 NHL season on Oct. 21, 2014.

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THE WONDERFUL KID FROM NIZHNEKAMSK

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-10-21

Plenty of talk on the Al Gore about trades but I can’t see Craig MacTavish moving a big piece for a short term solution. This assumes the Oilers still see Nuge—Draisaitl as the future up the middle, if that’s the case there’s zero reason to trade for Brayden Schenn at this time. Schenn isn’t good enough to play ahead of Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier in Philly, and he won’t be good enough to play in front of Nuge-Leon in a year or two. Why trade something of value for him if you’re looking for a short-term solution? I don’t think MacTavish makes that move. Here’s another one I don’t think he’ll do: Even if the Oilers believe (a

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Edmonton Oilers ex-coach Tom Renney says he lost his job over correct handling of injured stars

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Spills
Date: 2014-10-21

As newly installed president and CEO of Hockey Canada, onetime Oilers head coach Tom Renney is committed to being a values-based leader for our national sport. In a sport whose grassroots numbers are stagnant, if not diminishing, Renney knows his mandate is to address issues like fighting in hockey (he’s an opponent); concussions and other player-safety concerns. Given his lengthy performance record as a coach in major junior hockey, Canada’s National Team, Canada’s National Junior Team (1999), the Winter Olympic Games (silver medal in 1994), 10 World Championship tournaments and a lengthy NHL resume, Renney is well-placed to take on that role. In an interview with Gabriel

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Do the Edmonton Oilers finally have a line-up that makes sense?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-21

Dallas Eakins finally has a line-up with some balance In the last two games, the Edmonton Oilers have won a game, lost a game, and outchanced the opposition Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning 31 to 28. It’s hardly the second coming of an Oilers dynasty, but for a team that hadn’t yet won a game, it’s a start. Best of all, for the first time since Dallas Eakins became head coach of the Oilers, he finally had four forwards line and three sets of defenceman that made some sense. No fourth line goons or plugs to kill the momentum. No former Toronto Marlies not getting the job done. No inadequate rookie defencemen getting whipped and beaten at every turn. The top line of

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Chris Kelly And The Oilers?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-10-21

The Oilers scored their first win of the season on Monday night, a 3-2 decision over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a solid win, one where the Oilers had almost their whole team clicking. I say almost, because there was a key cog that looked lost for the 6th time this season. That key cog? Leon Draisaitl, the man drafted 3rd overall this past June at the entry draft. Leon’s very talented, he’s got a ton of offensive potential, he brings size, and a knack for a puck possession style of play. He was a monster in juniors a year ago, but does not appear ready to make the jump to the NHL. He started behind the eight-ball after a brief injury during rookie camp, and outside of a game

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It’s time to end Leon Draisaitl’s NHL experience

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-21

Leon Draisaitl is a superb prospect. Big, smart and skilled, it’s easy to see why Edmonton keyed in on him at the 2014 Draft. It’s equally clear that right now that he's really struggling in the NHL.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins proved better than Steven Stamkos in Oilers' win

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-21

It should go into Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ memory bank -- not just his deposit that beat Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop for the game-winner on Monday night to give the Edmonton Oilers their first win on the season, but being more noticeable than his centreman counterpart, superstar Steven Stamkos, for one head-to-head-night.

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Matt Henderson: Eberle Trade Proposal Shot Down

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-10-21

There are times when a trade proposal comes up and you step back and think to yourself “That could really work!” and there are times when your immediate response is an indignant “WTF?” The later response was mine to the recent proposal by Joe Haggerty. The Bruins writer, who is plugged in when it comes to Boston’s hockey scene, recently proposed a deal for Oiler RW Jordan Eberle. His...

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