THE ROUNDUP

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-29

NHL reportedly looking at expansion, the changing world of sports journalism, Flames expectations, comparing Justin Schultz to PK Subban and more in this weeks Roundup

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A Nail Yakupov for Johnny Boychuk trade could solve problems for both Bruins and Oilers, Boston hockey insider says

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-29

This just in from Comcast SportsNet’s NHL insider Joe Haggerty, who covers the Boston Bruins, speculation about a Nail Yakupov for Johnny Boychuk deal: “The intriguing part about Edmonton from Boston’s perspective: They have young forward talent, along with a desperate need for a shutdown defenseman such as Boychuk. Something along the lines of a Nail Yakupov-for-Johnny Boychuk trade could solve problems for both teams from a long-term perspective, but there’s no question the Black and Gold’s chances of winning a Cup this season would take a hit if No. 55 is dealt before, or in, this upcoming season. Boychuk will literally take a puck to the face to help the Bruins win a g

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Jujhar Khaira riding wave of huge young pivots set to enter Edmonton Oilers’ pro ranks this fall

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-29

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: #5 Jujhar Khaira For all the prospects sprinkled through an NHL organization such as Edmonton Oilers, the transition into the North American professional game — be it from junior, college, or Europe — is a key season along the development path. When a cluster of players turn pro together, it can be a key season for the entire organization. In 2013 it was a group of plus-sized defence prospects that hit the pro ranks simultanenously, as Oscar Klefbom, David Musil and Martin Gernat all beefed up the OKC Barons blue. By season’s end Klefbom was in the NHL while Musil and Gernat had established themselves with decent debut seasons. The crystal ba

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NHL Advanced Stats: Why I trust Corsi over Neilson Numbers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-29

It’s hard to keep track of all the critics of what has emerged as mainstream analytic thinking in hockey – the school that emphasizes shot metrics like Corsi and Fenwick and contextual statistics like zonestarts and quality of competition. One of the most consistently critical voices belongs to my friend and colleague David Staples, who doesn’t believe that Corsi provides an accurate picture of individual players. A couple of weeks ago he wrote a long explanation of his position, an excerpt of which runs as follows: If folks regularly start to say, “Hall and his teammates had a Corsi of 44%,” then there’s no issue. But if you shorten it to just “Hall’s Corsi was 44%” it bec

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Justin Schultz says he’s close to signing with Edmonton Oilers, reports Kelowna hockey insider

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-08-29

This just in from Regan Bartel, long-time play-by-play man of the Kelowna Rockets, news that Justin Schultz is ready to sign with the Edmonton Oilers. My take? Bartel is a solid source here. Of course, this is what fans of the Edmonton Oilers have been expecting for some time, that Schultz and the Oilers would reach agreement. No doubt the deal will be for one or two years, which should work for Schultz, as he’s fu

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JUSTIN SCHULTZ: GETTING THE INK DONE

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-08-29

There’s been plenty of debate in recent weeks about how much the Edmonton Oilers should pay RFA defenseman Justin Schultz on a bridge deal. That isn’t likely to end when the ink is done.

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John MacKinnon: Katz finds perfect pitchman for Edmonton Arena District: Himself

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-08-29

EDMONTON — With Rogers Place, the Oilers’ under-construction new home, framed by what soon will be a mixed-use development, Daryl Katz found the perfect salesman to champion the emerging brick-and-mortar of the Edmonton Arena District — himself. For 75 minutes on Thursday, from a 17th-floor board room affording a panoramic view of the district, the Oilers owner was by turns passionate, witty, charming and in total command of the file as he briefed six journalists about his vision.

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Ryan Smyth trying to keep busy as NHL camp time approaches

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-08-29

EDMONTON — Ryan Smyth took off his No. 94 jersey for the final time in a tearful April goodbye after playing 1,270 NHL games and nobody called over the summer to see if he’d changed his mind about retiring after 19 seasons. “I’m old and I’m washed up, I guess,” the former Edmonton Oilers winger said with a laugh from his off-season home in the Okanagan.

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Sportsnet adds Drew Remenda as Edmonton Oilers TV colourman

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-08-29

EDMONTON — As rumoured the last few days, Drew Remenda will be the new voice in the Edmonton Oilers’ TV broadcast booth. The 52-year-old Remenda, who was an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks from 1991-95 then got into colour commentary on radio then TV, is replacing Louie DeBrusk as play-by-play man Kevin Quinn’s sidekick.

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I’LL SEE YOU ON THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-08-28

This afternoon we got word the Justin Schultz contract soap opera will soon come to and end (could be tonight, might be tomorrow). It’s about damn time, and even though the concern was minimal, it’s always good to have everyone arrive at camp at the same time. Any lag in readiness seems to anger the hockey gods, and the Oilers often pay double in the karma department. Bartel is the PBP guy for the Kelowna Rockets, and an absolutely credible source. The details of the gap between the two sides was a steady leak all through summer (thanks, Matty!) and the fact they’re close suggests it’ll be short term and for lesser dollars. PROJECTED DEPTH CHART 2014-15 BLUE LEFT

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Fans to See Every Minute of Edmonton Oilers Season, Exclusively on Sportsnet and Rogers

Source: Edmonton Oilers official website
Date: 2014-08-28

TORONTO (August 22, 2014) From the first puck drop to the final whistle, Oilers fans will get a front row seat to all 82 games this season on Sportsnet and Rogers. The Oilers’ regular season broadcast schedule, featuring 32 national games and 50 r...

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Ryan Garner: Remenda Replaces DeBrusk in Oilers Broadcast Booth

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-08-28

As far as offseason acquisitions go this one trumps them all, charging away from the pack like California Chrome at the Kentucky Derby. The Edmonton Oilers saved their best for last as the summer comes to a close, confirming that Drew Remenda will take over as the team’s colour commentator this season, replacing Louie DeBrusk. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited about Remenda’s addition,...

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