Ex-Oilers head coach Todd McLellan gladly jumps back in saddle with L.A. Kings

Ex-Oilers head coach Todd McLellan gladly jumps back in saddle with L.A. Kings

Todd McLellan says he would have stayed in Edmonton forever because he’s a kid from Saskatchewan, “but obviously the Oilers didn’t want me forever.” So, after firing him last November in a low-blow sequence of events that saw him him fly with his players and coaches to San Jose for a road game, even though GM Peter Chiarelli was already working on a change, McLellan spent five months “channel-surfing” NHL games at his place in Kelowna. He was getting paid the remainder of his $3-mil

Source: The Edmonton Sun
Date: 2019-04-19

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A GM at heart, could Ken Holland be the one the Edmonton Oilers are looking for?

A GM at heart, could Ken Holland be the one the Edmonton Oilers are looking for?

The old general manager Ken Holland was sitting next to the new GM Steve Yzerman at the changing of the guard in Detroit on what was the 19th day of the 19th year on a good Friday for the Hall of Fame player. But Holland took several slugs of water and moved around in his seat. That was a tell, to me, that he was a tad uncomfortable. He’s passed the baton to Yzerman as Red Wings GM just as Jimmy Devellano handed it off to him in 1997, but while Devellano has seemed happy enough to be a senior

Source: The Edmonton Sun
Date: 2019-04-19

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How Ken Holland would be a good fit for Oilers’ GM vacancy

How Ken Holland would be a good fit for Oilers’ GM vacancy

The Ken Holland I have come to know over the years probably isn’t enamoured with his new role in Detroit. Sure, he smiled at the press conference, as they kicked him upstairs with the role of Sr. Vice President, so his protege Steve Yzerman could make a triumphant return as Executive Vice President and General Manager. He’ll still have an excellent pay cheque, distributed by perhaps the most loyal and efficient ownership family in the National Hockey League, the Illitch family. But to what

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2019-04-19

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Game 1 Pacific Division Semis 2019: Condors at Eagles

The last time an Oilers’ AHL affiliate played a playoff game, Darnell Nurse, Brandon Davidson, Jordan Oesterle, Brad Hunt, Dillon Simpson and David Musil formed the defense. Richard Bachman and Laurent Brossoit were the goalie tandem (in Oklahoma City), and the big guns up front were mostly AHL veterans (Andrew Miller, Matt Ford, Ryan Hamilton). Prospect forwards of note included Jujhar Khaira and Mitch Moroz. It seems like decades. The Condors under Jay Woodcroft represent an enormous change

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2019-04-19

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Puck77 Daily Roundup – Hot Posts/Articles/Links To Check Out

Looking for some hockey blog posts and/or articles to read! Look no further. Jim Parsons of The Hockey Writers talks about whether or not the Edmonton Oilers should consider trading for Kris Letang. (EDMONTON) Adam Girard of Oil On Whyte talks about if the Edmonton Oilers should trade their first round draft pick. (EDMONTON) Olli Huotari of Puck77 talks about who has made it to the Liiga championship round. (LIIGA) Cody Rusan of Puck77 explores the hiring of Steve Yzerman as general manager of

Source: Puck77
Date: 2019-04-19

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Ken Holland Staying On With Detroit Is Good News For The Oilers

Ken Holland Staying On With Detroit Is Good News For The Oilers

Holland’s Senior VP promotion will keep him from being GM in Edmonton. Good. Detroit #RedWings Governor, President and CEO Christopher Ilitch today announced that Steve Yzerman has been named Executive VP & GM responsible for all hockey operations and that Ken Holland has been promoted to Senior VP and will serve as a senior advisor to hockey operations. pic.twitter.com/klxWolMruX— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 19, 2019 This isn’t quite as good as hiring a forward-

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2019-04-19

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Can Edmonton Oilers afford to slow-play Evan Bouchard? Can they afford not to?

Lots of feedback and some pushback to my previous post in which I noted how the Edmonton Oilers played their last 25 games in a lost season without a single Entry Level Contract anywhere on their active roster. In theory this was an early step in CEO Bob Nicholson’s declaration that “We want our younger players to develop more in the American Hockey League. I think that we bring them up a little bit too early in hopes that they’re going to be ready when they’re really, really close. I t

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2019-04-19

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The Final Battle For The East

The Final Battle For The East

One final matchup stands before the Edmonton Oil Kings and playing for their first WHL title since 2013-14. Tonight, the Oil Kings get things going against the WHL’s best in the form of the Prince Albert Raiders. The winner moves on to face either the Vancouver Giants or the Spokane Chiefs. Edmonton’s run in round two of the WHL playoffs vs Calgary saw them sweep the Hitmen but were taken to overtime in Games 1 and 3. Game 4 was the biggest statement, a 6-0 win to close out the series with

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2019-04-19

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At The Top

It goes without saying we’re not going to get a look at CEO Bob Nicholson’s short list of candidates to take over as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. I’m just as interested to know how many potential candidates out there have Edmonton on top of their short list of destinations. Not many, I bet. While there’s an assistant-GM or two who’ll consider the job here because it’s generally smart to take a promotion and a raise in pay even if the new job isn’t ideal, how many top-s

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2019-04-19

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Should the Oilers Consider Kris Letang?

Should the Oilers Consider Kris Letang?

After losing four games to the New York Islanders, the Pittsburgh Penguins are a team about to make some significant changes. GM Jim Rutherford told media Thursday during a press conference: I wonder if there’s too many guys content with where they are at in their careers after winning a couple of Stanley Cups and is that a signal where some of that has to be changed?” .. “We have a lot of good players and players with good resumes… Depending what changes we decide to make, we have

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2019-04-19

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