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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What grade would give you Dallas Eakins?

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

Take Our Poll I saw Eakins as a “D” coach on a “D” team in 2013-14 The first job of any coach is get the right players on the ice, so let’s first look at Dallas Eakins in that regard. Did he give the most ice time to his best players? At even strength, here’s the ranking for each position when it comes to individual plus-minus, a stat that hockey great Roger Neilson developed and many NHL teams utilize including the Phoenix Coyotes. For some context, here’s what Phoenix coach Dave Tippet recently told Jason Gregor of Oilers Nation about his team’s reliance on breaking down video of scoring chances as opposed to relying on (Corsi) shots-at-ne

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Objectify Your Subjective Perception

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-04-22

  Even in the offseason, the Oilers continue to have controversy…but who is responsible for it? The Oilers organization and what goes on within it is just a catalyst – because, Oilers fans, when it comes to creating the controversy, turn around and look in the mirror. Hey…I get it! You’re pissed off that your team has missed the playoffs for 8 straight years…and you should be! You hate that your team is consistently picking in the top five of the draft year after year. You are tired of the constant let down that the organization is to you and you are going to scrutinize EVERY little thing that happens hoping to find an answer as to why the team is so terrible, you’re going t

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Former Oilers defenceman Anton Belov tells Russian media he didn't want to stay in Edmonton under head coach Dallas Eakins

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-04-22

Anton Belov didn’t take long to pack his bags and head back to Russia once the Edmonton Oilers season came to an end.

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Oilers hire OKC Barons GM Bill Scott as assistant GM

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-04-22

Considering the job Bill Scott and his staff did getting the Oklahoma City Barons into the AHL playoffs this season, it’s little surprise the Edmonton Oilers came calling with a management position.

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Cult of Hockey: Weaker two-way play by Edmonton Oilers’ best players a black mark on coach Dallas Eakins

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-21

The first job of any coach is get the right players on the ice, so in grading Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins for his work in 2013-14, let’s first look at how Eakins did there. Did he give the most ice time to his best players?

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Playoff Thoughts: Breaking a few Eggs to make an Omelette

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-21

Milan Lucic is one of the most unique players in the NHL. His combination of skill, size and absolute nastiness are hard to find. He is the type of player that really affects a lineup. He gives attitude and confidence to every one of his teammates. As a coach or GM I would welcome him on my team anytime.

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LANDER’S BAT

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-21

Anton Lander’s chores for Edmonton down the stretch involved a lot of time on the wing and penalty killing. Is that his role for next year? Does he have one? It’s an open question and we may already have part of the answer. Lander was among the leaders this season in Oilers PK TOI: I’d say there’s a role there for him, but you can also include Acton, Arcobello and maybe Roman Horak too among the players who will be looking to make the club next season. This is from BTN and of course there’s a major sample size alert. Still, among those who played significant time on the 4×5, Lander’s number is among the better totals. Is he line to play that role next

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Edmonton Oilers could definitely use Anton Lander on the penalty kill next season

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-21

Ryan Jones should have got more PK time this year… If you go by the numbers, the top penalty kill unit on the Edmonton Oilers this year would have had Anton Lander at centre, Ryan Jones on the wing, with Andrew Ference and Jeff Petry on defence. That Lander wasn’t on the Oilers for much of the year, though, was likely the right call. If Lander is ever going to stick in the National Hockey League, he needs to get more confident and skilled with the puck, and those skills were far more likely to develop as a first or second line AHL centre than as a fourth line centre on the Oilers. How do we interpret these numbers? If a centre or a dman is doing his job on the PK, he’s goi

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Departed Oilers defenceman's statement about coach sounds like sour grapes

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-21

What do we make of Anton Belov’s recent statement to a Sovietsky Sport reporter that “I could have re-signed with Edmonton but I didn’t want to stay with that coach”? It sounds like what Russian forward Alex Burmistrov said about now-former Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel last season before he hiked back to Russia. Sour grapes, in both cases.

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Monday Mailbag - April 21st

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-21

I hope everyone had a great long weekend and a huge shout out to those of you that made it down to the Summit Show at Millenium Place to check out the Nation booth. As is Monday tradition at the Nation, we've taken your questions and passed them on to our writers for their input and wisdom. If you'd like to submit a question, all you have to do is email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com!Sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy the learning opportunity.

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Oilers name Bill Scott new assistant general manager

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-04-21

The Edmonton Oilers named Bill Scott the team's new assistant general manager on Monday, replacing Ricky Olczyk.

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