Sad Songs and Waltzes

Sad Songs and Waltzes

In describing his team and things he would like to acquire, Peter Chiarelli often uses vague terms. “Heavy sticks” was one he used in the early days of 2015 and more recently (last week) he spoke a lot about “higher pace” but was quick to add that didn’t necessarily mean speed. PC then discussed areas and gave a litany of examples: “Thinking more quickly, moving the puck through all three zones more quickly. You know you start at some point on the rink, whether it’s breaking out,

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2018-04-19

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Thursday Morning Hot Links

Thursday Morning Hot Links

Good morning everyone, here they are. Leon Draisaitl had a really good season last year, Jonathan WIllis says he’ll be even better next year. (The Athletic) Jason Gregor has uncovered that Peter Chiarelli overseas the Edmonton Oil Kings operations, and shows that it’s stupid. (Oilers Nation) Ilya Kovalchuk is now an unrestricted free agent, where may he end up? (The Hockey News) Finally, the NHL has released its Selke Trophy nominees: Patrice Bergeron, Sean Couturier, and Anze Kopitar.

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-04-19

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RFA Profile: To bridge or not to bridge Darnell Nurse

Darnell Nurse was one of very few bright spots on a disappointing Oilers squad this season. While he was better in the first half than he was in the second, Nurse proved in 2017-18 that he was a legitimate top-four defenceman at the NHL level. Now, as his entry-level contract is set to expire, the Oilers are faced with a decision: give Nurse a long-term contract or give him a bridge deal. It took Nurse quite some time to find his footing in the NHL. After being drafted seventh overall by the C

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-19

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Playoffs 2018: Sharks Sweep Ducks

Playoffs 2018:  Sharks Sweep Ducks

“That’s too bad” says Oil Country I’ve resigned to the fact that the 2017-18 was one of the most disappointing seasons in Oilers history. After such a good 2016-17, you can’t feel anything but a sharp kick in the pants once you’re taken a 25 point drop off a cliff. We can, however, take a gander at Anaheim’s misfortunes this postseason and chuckle heartily. That’s it for Anaheim. Thomas Hertl’s second goal of the playoffs seals the deal for the San Jose Sharks in round

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2018-04-19

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Columbus Blue Jackets not making the same mistake with Mark Letestu as Edmonton Oilers did

Columbus Blue Jackets not making the same mistake with Mark Letestu as Edmonton Oilers did

One grave and repeated mistake made by the Edmonton Oilers coaching staff this year was over-using veteran players in situations where they were having little or no success. This happened with winger Milan Lucic on the top line with Connor McDavid and on the top power play unit. It happened with Andrej Sekera as he struggled mightily after his return to the line-up, and it also happened with Mark Letestu, one of Edmonton’s heroes of the 2017 playoffs. Letestu was unable to replicated his 2017

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2018-04-19

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Happy 3rd Connorversary!

Can you believe that it’s already been three years since the Oilers won the privilege to draft Connor McDavid? It was three years ago today that the lottery gods gave us the nod and blessed our franchise with the best player to hit the NHL since Sidney Crosby, and I wanted to take a minute to celebrate a huge moment in our team’s history. Do you remember where you were when Bill Daly flipped over the golden ticket, revealing our good fortune and simultaneously pissing off the fans of 29 ot

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-19

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WWYDW: The coaching staff

On Tuesday afternoon, the Calgary Flames announced that they were relieving Glen Gulutzan and his staff of their duties. After a disappointing season in which the Flames missed the playoffs despite going all-in in the off-season with the acquisitions of Mike Smith and Travis Hamonic, management decided the coaching staff deserved to take the fall for the team’s failures. Glenn Gulutzan: 82-68-14, 0.5425 as Flames head coach. Made the playoffs 1/2 years. Fired.Todd McLellan: 114-109-23, 0.51

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-18

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(Video) Welcome the L.A. Kings to the No Playoff Party

The boys are feeling the power of positive thinking, and will take some time welcome the freshly eliminated playoff teams to the “No Playoffs Party” as they leave the comfy confines of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Today, fresh off their sweep from the the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Vegas Golden Knights, (who weren’t even a team last year) we have the LA Kings. The Kings were only able to score three goals in the four games, while allowing seven goals. As some of the most experienced in the

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-18

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Oilers aren’t helping Chiarelli

Bob Nicholson is the CEO of the Oilers Entertainment Group, which consists of sports and entertainment entities. Under the OEG umbrella is the Edmonton Oilers, the Bakersfield Condors, the Edmonton Oil Kings, the Oil Country Championship (golf tournament), and the OEG operates Rogers Place. Las week, Nicholson announced Peter Chiarelli would be staying on in his role as General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers, and he would be assessing the coaches and every other facet of the Edmonton Oilers.

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-18

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The Oilers and Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk’s birthday was a little more important this year. As the Russian sniper turned 35 years old, he officially became an unrestricted free agent. The story around Kovalchuk has been well documented. He signed a historic 15-year contract with the New Jersey Devils in 2010 only to walk away from it in 2013 and head home to the KHL. The whole situation has been a mess, to say the least, but now it’s fairly simple: Ilya Kovalchuk is free to sign with whoever he wants. Could there be

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2018-04-18

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