Glenn Chico Resch hangs up the mic

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-23

For the past 18 seasons, Devils fans have known one consistent voice that held the position of color commentary behind the broadcast microphone. It's the familiarity that makes the broadcasts feel right. However, that familiarity will need to be built from square one again as Glenn "Chico" Resch has decided to step down from his broadcasting duties to pass the torch on to Ken Daneyko. It was his passion for the game and love for the Devils that made Chico the endearing figure he was in Devils' lore. Not only was this the case in his broadcasting years where he may be most recognizable to fans of this era, but his dedication to the franchise during some of its most difficult times also made

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YES!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-23

The Edmonton Oilers have signed college defender Dillon Simpson. It’s an important signing, as Simpson’s skill set (he’s a defensive sort) fits nicely with the rest of the Oilers youngsters. They can wheel, he’ll protect the house. More later.

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APRIL 15, 2013

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-22

One year ago, the Edmonton Oilers moved on from the Tambellini rain and welcomed Craig MacTavish as General Manager. In the following months, MacTavish traded for David Perron and Ben Scrivens, signed Boyd Gordon and Andrew Ference, ALMOST signed David Clarkson, traded away Ladislav Smid and more. As a trader, he’s exhausting. He also hired Dallas Eakins and several other manager types including Bill Scott, this week.  There’s so much gone and so much new, it’s difficult to know if the 50-man list is better today than one year ago. Or is it? Would the Oilers have been better off signing Gordon and keeping Horcoff? Signing Hemsky in the summer? Keeping Laddy? No GM is 100%

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MICHAEL DAL COLLE

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-22

Our look into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft continues today with Michael Dal Colle. The video highlights show a few things: he can shoot, deke and score goals. Will he be an Oiler in June? Let's take a look.

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Colorado at Minnesota: The Dismantling

Source: Mc79hockey
Date: 2014-04-22

I’m missing a lot of the Chicago-St. Louis series because there always seems to be something compelling on going while they play. Last night it was Colorado going in to Minnesota and getting torn apart in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as Minnesota’s 1-0 OT win would suggest. It’s no secret that the [...]

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RE 13-14 BOYD GORDON: HARD NOSE THE HIGHWAY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-22

Boyd Gordon’s signing sounded like a good idea at the time, and he delivered as advertised. Facing some of the toughest situational hurdles in the game, he crawled through a river of (bleep) and came out clean on the other side. BOYD GORDON 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 0.93 (10th among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 6.85 (1st among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 6th toughest among regular forwards (2nd-3rd line opp) Qual Team: 8th best teammates among regular forwards (3rd line teammates) Corsi Rel: -4.1 (11th best among regular forwards) Corsi for % 5×5: -42.1 Corsi for % Rel 5×5: -2.4 Zone Start: 20% (toughest among regular forwards, 2nd toughest in NHL) Zone Finish: 39.5% (

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Taylor Hall had two different seasons for the Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-22

Cult of Hockey’s individual recaps for the 2013-14 season start with the player who is the most important piece of the current edition of the Edmonton Oilers: Taylor Hall. Hall is a truly exceptional hockey player, the kind of skater a team can be built around. It’s really important to say that up front, because we’re going to get into some numbers that aren’t always going to cast Hall’s season in a favourable light. Hall was a bit of a conundrum for a lot of the numbers geeks who follow the Oilers, because while he is self-evidently a superb player, his underlying numbers took a brutal dip this season. Take, for example, the decline in Hall’s Corsi rating (the total number of sh

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Thirteen Seconds

Source: Mc79hockey
Date: 2014-04-22

I think that Dion Phaneuf is a good defenceman. I don’t think he’s quite in the NHL’s elite but I’d put him in the group right below that. There was a time when he was talked about as being the Next Big Thing, which I suspect kind of irritated a lot of people – this [...]

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THE WAY I SEE IT: WHAT ABOUT NAIL?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-22

The bottom line is it doesn’t matter much that Anton Belov didn't want to return for a second season with the Edmonton Oilers as long as Dallas Eakins was the coach here, opting instead to sign with SKA in Russia.

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Matt Cooke claims yet another victim as he knees Tyson Barrie. Should he be suspended?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-22

One of the NHL’s most notorious cheap-shot artists, Matt Cooke, was up to his old tricks on Monday night when the Minnesota Wild’s resident torpedo caught Colorado Avalanche defenceman Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit. Barrie hobbled straight to the dressing room and did not return. Cooke was assessed a two-minute penalty for kneeing on the play and returned to play in the game, which the Wild ultimately won 1-0 in overtime. Colorado coach Patrick Roy announced post-game that Barrie, an important cog on the blueline for the Avalanche, suffered a torn medial collateral ligament on the play is out four-to-six weeks. We’ve been down this road a few times before with Cooke

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Where Columbus Got Better

Source: Mc79hockey
Date: 2014-04-22

One of the great things about Twitter (which has some serious downsides) is that if you follow the right people, it’s kind of like watching the playoffs with a bunch of smart people. I was watching the Jackets-Pens game tonight and commented that I’d expected, early in the season, that Todd Richards would be the [...]

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Cookie Monster

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-22

I'll take a break from insulting Oilers management to discuss Matt Cooke. Game 3 tonight between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild. The Avs have owned the series so far. Something was needed to turn the tide. Or in the case of Matt Cooke, turd the tide. A knee. Intentional. No one watching the game could have missed seeing it. It's been a while since we've seen such a Matt Cooke-type play. Luckily, he saved something special just for us, just for the playoffs. Barrie's season is over. Here's what sucks: Cooke will get a suspension. Fine. But this will be the turning point of the series. You watch. Even if the Avs win tonight in OT, the series winner has been determined.

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