Why the time is wrong to deal Phaneuf, Kessel

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-02

The temptation is there. Within the Toronto Maple Leafs front office it’s likely bordering on something near a compulsion: We must trade Dion Phaneuf or Phil Kessel – and ideally both – before the 3 p.m. Monday NHL trade deadline. I’m here to say: don’t do it. This is not the time to shed the Leaf’s best forward and best defenceman. The reason is simple: The Leafs don’t know if they’re going to draft Connor McDavid yet, and won’t until the NHL draft lottery is held after the regular season ends. Drafting McDavid could change everything, including the potential roles for the likes of Phaneuf and Kessel. At the very least their value doesn’t diminish between now and th

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins moving up as one of longest-serving Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-03-02

It’s not often that a 21-year-old kid with less than four years of NHL experience is one of the longest serving players on a team, but the Edmonton Oilers, as we all know, are no ordinary organization.

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Five teams that need to make a deadline move

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-02

A lot of the big names are off the table, but that doesn’t mean teams should stand pat on deadline day. Adding the right piece at the cutoff point could make the ultimate difference in winning a Stanley Cup. The best historical examples include Marian Gaborik (Los Angeles), Bill Guerin (Pittsburgh), and Mark Recchi, who all proved to be critical veteran additions for Cup-winning teams. With a heated battle for playoff position in the West and a wide-open Eastern Conference, here are five teams that need to make an impactful trade deadline move: Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks did well to bring in forward Tomas Fleischmann, who played under coach Bruce Boudreau in Washington, over the weekend. B

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Trade deadline day tough on teams like Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-03-02

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, now well-versed in the NHL trade deadline, doesn’t pay much attention to the frenzy. What the Edmonton Oilers centre can’t avoid, however, is the annual departure of teammates. Last year, Ales Hemsky was a pending unrestricted free agent on a non-playoff team. In his rookie season, Dustin Penner was the deadline-day asset shipped out.

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First Star, Worst Star: March 1, 2015

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-03-02

Spring is almost here! The trade deadline is almost here! First Star, Worst Star? It's here RIGHT NOW! 

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If the St. Louis Blues want Jeff Petry, what should the Edmonton Oilers ask back?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-03-02

As the time left before the NHL trade deadline slowly runs down, the league has seen a massive trading frenzy – one that the Oilers have been left out of, even as rumours circulate that Edmonton is interested in a Toronto goalie and is taking calls on team captain Andrew Ference. But while those rumours may or may not come to fruition, what does seem certain is that we will see a resolution on pending free agent Jeff Petry. The Oilers may opt to sign him. If they don’t – and consensus wisdom is that they won’t – he will certainly be traded. The only questions are destination and return. We’ll get the answers shortly, but the rumour mill has a suggestion: Colonel Mustard, in the

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Surprise -NHL Trade Deadline

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-03-02

This years NHL trade deadline is less than 24 hours away and the Oilers are set to trade Jeff Petry in that time frame. But we all expect that to happen, is there going to be anything we don’t expect to happen? Is there going to be any bold moves, or any moves other than Petry for that matter? I’ve got a few ideas, some are good, some not so good but all things I’d consider if I was the Oilers this trade deadline. Boyd Gordon?  Now before you get all gritensity on me and close the article just hear me out. We may have seen they type of NHL player Anton Lander or we may not have but it looks like Lander has finally turned into the NHLer we’ve been hoping for.  There

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Malkin’s two goals pace Penguins past Blue Jackets

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-02

PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist and Pittsburgh’s revived power play dominated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Sunday night. David Perron, Steve Downie and Derrick Pouliot also scored for the Penguins, who have won four straight. Sidney Crosby picked up two assists and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots as Pittsburgh sent the Blue Jackets to their sixth straight defeat. Pittsburgh went 3 of 6 with the man advantage, scoring all three goals during a dynamic second period. Curtis McElhinney made 36 saves for the Blue Jackets. James Wisniewski, Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno scored for the short-handed Blue Jackets, who had no answer when Malk

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Does the answer to the Oilers goaltending lie in Toronto?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-03-02

For the second season in a row, Craig MacTavish finds Edmonton’s goaltending in need of an overhaul. Last year, he looked for answers before the trade deadline, adding Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth in exchange for draft picks rather than waiting for the summer to make a move. History may be about to repeat itself, and rumour has it that the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs may be the target.

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Red Wings acquire forward Erik Cole from Stars

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-03-02

The Detroit Red Wings acquired forward Erik Cole from the Dallas Stars on Sunday, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. In return for Cole and a third-round draft pick, the Red Wings will send prospects Mattias Backman and Mattias Janmark along with a second-round draft pick. Janmark is other prospect for Cole. So, it is Cole and a 3rd for Backman, Janmark and a second. DAL gets that pick back if… — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 2, 2015 DAL gets pick back if DET gets to third round and Cole plays 50 per cent of the games. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 2, 2015 Cole, 36, has 18 goals, 15 assists, and 14 penalty minutes in 57 games this season

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SCREAMING TARGETS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-03-02

It’s the world gone crazy today in the NHL, where the Arizona Coyotes willingly became the new Oilers and Glen Sather traded all his picks until he’s 100 years old. The Edmonton Oilers? A strong case of Tambi blew in from the coast and they’ve spent the day pondering. There are some interesting things out in the ether. Oilers getting calls on their captain, Andrew Ference. Ference has no-move clause and hasn’t been asked (yet) if he would waive. Still early — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 1, 2015 I would guess Ference waives if the destination has a chance Stanley and this is of course the time of the season when veteran Odelein’s have increased value. T

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Deadline: Post Salary Cap

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-03-01

Aw yes, the unrequited Canadian holiday is upon us and it appears the Oilers may have more than just Petry do deal with before the 1pm deadline. Alex Thomas just recently updated the Oiler’s deadline status and the team is apparently taking calls on captain Andrew Ference as well as discussing a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs that could bring in one of James Reimer or Jonathan Bernier. As exciting as the current news is, I have started looking into the past and here is part two of yesterday’s blog. POST SALARY CAP DEALS Before the Oilers would shock the NHL with a magical run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, they spent the deadline adding two key pieces that would play major

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