NHL Rumours: Stars out on Lupul; Jagr on block?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-27

With the all-star break and its bottomless plastic cups in the rear view, more than 56% of the regular season in the books and the NHL trade deadline less than five weeks away, we take a look at some of the more intriguing trade rumours making the rounds. Jagr knows he’s trade bait New Jersey Devils GM and interim head coach Lou Lamoriello has been tight-lipped — surprise! — about his deadline strategy, but pending UFA Jaromir Jagr knows he could well be dealt as a rental player. “I don’t really want to think about it,” the future Hall of Famer told NorthJersey.com. “I just want to play the best I can play and whatever happens, happens. I just want to en

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Predict The Final Score: Game 48 - Edmonton Oilers vs Minnesota Wild

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-01-27

Not this guy again... Oilers vs Wild Today's Goaltenders: Ben Scrivens (1,948 mins ESSvPct: .901 SvPct: .895) vs. Devan Dubnyk (1,240 mins ESSvPct: .930 SvPct: .914) Please put your prediction in the subject line like this: Oilers n - Wild n Please list the Oilers score first, regardless of the team being home or away. Make your own prediction and do not comment on anyone else's prediction. Any comments that are not in the format above, or in response to someone else's comment will be deleted. Points distributed as follows: Predict both teams correctly: 5 points Predict the Oilers score correctly: 2 points Predict the opponent's score correctly: 1 points Your predic

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WILD AT OILERS G48, 2014-15

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-01-27

The boys are back in town and that means (lately) a chance to win the game, possession be damned. Last time our heroes saw blade cut ice they were 5-4 winners despite losing the Corsi 5×5 (41%) and Corsi all (48%) battle. In that 5-4-2 run the team is 47.7% Corsi all, which compares to 50.3% during the Dallas Eakins coaching period this season. I think, at the end of the day, the story of this season is going to be that Dallas Eakins figured out the possession but the blue had no calm feet and the goaltending was just a rumor. The season was flushed almost before it began, behind the net with a Calgary Flames forward forcing a quick, bad decision. And now, in another of life’s cru

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30 Thoughts: Kings risk recapture on Richards

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-27

As we wait to see if Mike Richards is claimed on waivers, NHL teams are measuring the risk of taking him. There are the two obvious discussions, the first about his contract (five more years at a cap hit of $5.75 million, although a decreasing salary drops his actual cash payout to $22M). The second conversation would be about his fit. How much do clubs think he can help them? But, there is another, lesser-known concern: cap cecapture. Cap recapture penalties were added to the 2013 CBA, punishment for the league-despised back-diving contracts handed out to Ilya Kovalchuk, Roberto Luongo and Richards, among others. Basically, teams benefitting from these “friendly” deals would face finan

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Edmonton Oilers prospect Anton Slepyshev finally gets some ice time, starts filling net in KHL

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-01-27

Prospect updates from Europe For a former first-overall draft choice in the Kontinental Hockey League, it took Anton Slepyshev a long time to gain some traction. Deep into his fourth season in the KHL, the Salavat Yulaev Ufa forward continued to languish on the bench as a fifth wheel if not a fifth liner. Ice time had always been a concern for the youngster. KHL rules insist that teams use a minimum number of U20 players but don’t dictate how much action they see. In Slepyshev’s case that was under 9 minutes a game as a 17-year-old with Novokuznetsk Metallurg, ballooned to 12+ in his first year in Ufa before dropping to little over 10 minutes in 2013-14, the season after Edmonton

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Report — Edmonton Oilers interested in veteran Swedish d-man Patrik Hersley & his howitzer

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-01-27

My Swedish isn’t that great, but that headline from Tre Kronor’s Sportbladet earlier today seems clear enough. Run it through Google Translate, and it says: “Hersley hunted by the Edmonton Oilers — The Swede can get NHL contract after the success”. In the article that follows, Sweden’s largest sports magazine made a couple of comments specific to the Oilers “Sports blade can reveal that the Edmonton Oilers scouted Hersley and there are discussions between the agent Christian Sjögren and Oilers… Hersley knows that Edmonton … looked at him in connection with Channel One Cup in December, but he also knows that it is a long way to go to a r

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Can Todd Nelson keep the wins coming? Fingers crossed. And they need to be.

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-01-27

Analytics don’t look good under Nelson. But analytics can change, of course … To borrow a phrase, the Edmonton Oilers look “visibly better” under head coach Todd Nelson. The veterans — Andrew Ference, Benoit Pouliot, Boyd Gordon, Matt Hendricks, Jeff Petry — are at least as solid as they were under fired coach Dallas Eakins, and he young stars — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz — all appear to be playing with more confidence and joy. Their execution is better. Nelson’s reputation as head coach will rise or fall on his handling of these young players, and that goes the same with Eakins, who has taken a big

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Mike Richards is Not Derek Roy.

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-01-27

A few weeks ago, the Oilers made a trade in which they dealt AHL quality centerman Mark Arcobello to the Nashville Predators for the experienced, yet underwhelming Derek Roy. Arcobello had better stats, and it felt like a horizontal move that didn’t really make them better. I didn’t mind the move, because despite his shortcomings, Roy has a lot more experience than most of the guys in the Oilers dressing room, and he’s a legitimate NHL player. Since coming to the Oilers, Roy has three goals and eight points, and the team has won four of their past eight games. (For the Oilers, that’s actually a good stretch). (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports) Do the Oilers Need More Vet

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Edmonton Oilers’ return from NHL all-star break spurs ‘huffing and puffing’

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-01-27

There has never been a way to avoid the muscle-burning, lung-busting sensations that have followed every break he’s taken, so Jordan Eberle knew all too well what was coming when the Edmonton Oilers returned to the ice on Monday. “If you take two days off, you feel like you’ve never played hockey before when you get back on the ice. Today was definitely a tough day. We were huffing and puffing,” he said after the Oilers’ afternoon practice session wrapped up at Rexall Place, signalling the end of the NHL all-star break.

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Oilers winger Jordan Eberle likes the U-23 squad proposed for World Cup of Hockey

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-01-27

He may be too old to be considered for the team, but Jordan Eberle likes the idea of an Under-23 squad at the next World Cup of Hockey.

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Oilers out of playoff picture but aim to keep generating positive outcomes

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-01-27

The Edmonton Oilers returned from the NHL All-Star break well-rested and ready to tackle the remainder of their schedule.

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Cult of Hockey: Oilers don’t deserve Connor McDavid, you say? Preposterous

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-01-27

The Edmonton Oilers franchise is now considered such a bad joke that there’s a considerable buzz that Edmonton simply doesn’t deserve to draft phenom Connor McDavid should the team end up with the first-overall pick in the 2015 National Hockey League entry draft. This notion was stated most forcefully by former Nashville Predators beat writer Josh Cooper, now an editor with the Puck Daddy blog. Cooper recently ranted that Edmonton and Buffalo “aren’t worthy” of getting McDavid or American phenom Jack Eichel:

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