THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-22

The Edmonton Oilers have been guilty far too often of signing the wrong people for the wrong money in recent years, so it’s a welcome departure from the same old, same old to see them continue what’s been a ridiculous off-season roll by getting it right with coach Todd McLellan.

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McDavid, McLellan Buys Oilers Another Year

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-22

In announcing Todd McLellan as the fourteenth head coach in franchise history on, the Edmonton Oilers confirmed what had become the worst kept secret of the off-season. The moment the native of Melville, Saskatchewan and the San Jose Sharks decided to officially part ways, was the moment Edmonton let their intention be known. While Peter Chiarelli was the one who unveiled this organization’s latest “catch” to the masses, the duo of Bob Nicholson and Craig MacTavish had actually reached out to McLellan before the former Boston Bruins general manager was even brought on board. Just like his new GM, the fact the Oilers had Connor McDavid fall into their lap likely played a large role in t

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Stingy Generals set for Memorial Cup run

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-22

Cole Cassels had the least enviable task in the major junior hockey: Shut down Connor McDavid four times. Nobody had much success on that count all year long, not even the Soo Greyhounds, the CHL’s top-ranked team, who were upset by McDavid’s Erie Otters in the OHL’s Western Conference final. But that’s exactly what the Oshawa Generals centre and his teammates managed to do in their victory over the Otters in the league final. Across the five games, Generals coach D.J. Smith made sure that Cassels was out on the ice against McDavid on virtually every even-strength shift. McDavid showed his spectacular skills on a few occasions but Cassels just about stole the show, scoring the overti

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It’s the Goaltending, Stupid!

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-22

The numbers suggest that the greatest weakness of the 2014-15 Oilers was their dreadful goaltending. Therefore, it’s imperative that GM Peter Chiarelli improve the goaltending this offseason.   What was the Oilers’ Biggest Problem? During the 1992 U.S. presidential election, Bill Clinton faced a difficult challenge. According to Wikipedia, “In March 1991, days after the ground invasion of Iraq, 90% of polled Americans approved of President Bush’s job performance.” So how did Clinton end up defeating Bush? The economy, stupid. A recession hit the U.S., which led to Americans identifying the economy as their nation’s biggest problem. Clinton’s lead strategist James Car

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Commemorating the Golden Ticket: Good Idea or Bad?

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-05-22

The Oilers season ticket renewal package. Good idea? Tone deaf? Masterful job of trolling? Season ticket package arrived. Well played Oilers. Well played. #Oilers pic.twitter.com/9DD6fIy7Pf — Rob Kinsey (@solid_guarantee) May 21, 2015 I haven't seen my Oilers season ticket renewal package yet, I even checked the mail last night in search of it, but thanks to the wonder that is Twitter there will be no surprises waiting for me when it does arrive. I already know what the prices are, the McDavid tax for my seats was set at 8%. And I know what the package itself looks like, it's a replica of the golden ticket from the draft lottery. You remember the draft lottery, when we

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The Oilers Didn’t Want Mike Babcock

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-05-22

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) The Toronto Maple Leafs, their fans and their media have every right to be excited about the arrival of Mike Babcock. He’s a high-profile coach, he’s a big name with a proven track record, and he’s going to bring some much-needed structure and identity to a team that is severely lacking in both. Granted, the team on the ice is still bad, and needs a lot of improvement. But, they seem to be building a competent management team, and that’s a step in the right direction. Though I will say, whoever takes the job as General Manager will probably feel a little bit irrelevant at this point, but anyways. Yes, the turnout for Babcock’s press conference w

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USER’S GUIDE TO TURNING NORTH

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-22

Peter Chiarelli: “Everyone has a five-year plan and so did we. It’s not like it fell exactly into place, but we were adding certain elements to get to this point.” (After SC win, via Behind the Moves) I thought it might be a good idea to go back to PC’s PC and see what we can see, now that the first blush excitement is gone. We’re looking for blues clues and anything about the F & G. All of the quotes are via Bruce McCurdy unless otherwise indicated. Chiarelli: “The way I manage there’s nothing really flashy about it, although in the past I’ve made some trades and I’m not afraid to do that, it’s about getting to know the players, instilling an

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Off-Season Targets: Zbynek Michalek

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-22

When the 2015 NHL trade deadline passed, a number of solid defenders changed hands. Among them were a few notable names, including Jeff Petry, Keith Yandle and James Wisniewski. One name of a solid defender that slipped through the cracks? Zbynek Michalek of the Arizona Coyotes. Michalek, who had been a very good shut-down defender for years in the desert, was sent to St. Louis as a rental for the Blues’ playoff run. Michalek suffered a concussion right before the trade, and never got going with the Blues. He was, for the lack of a better term, the forgotten one. Why Is He Out There: When you look at all the numbers, Michalek is actually a very solid NHL defender. So, why are we talkin

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The 2015 Memorial Cup is too close to call

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-22

QUEBEC CITY — As the 97th MasterCard Memorial Cup dawns, this much seems clear: it’s too close to call. Sticking one’s neck out to pick a winner of this year’s tournament might leave one feeling exposed like, oh, the folks who said Mike Babcock would never in a million, trillion, ga-zillion years join the Toronto Maple Leafs. Few knew his mind. And few can accurately take a snapshot of the four-team field here in La Vieille Capitale and confidently say which team should be favoured. As always, only two of the four have actually played each other, and those two — the Quebec Remparts and Rimouski Oceanic — had to go to double OT in Game 7 to decide a winner of the QMJ

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-05-22

Oilers and Leafs land the coaches they want, the Canucks ongoing rebuild and Jordan Subban, Flames draft plans and cap situation, Zack Kassian, Ladi Smid, the NHL draft, free agency and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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The Sweater

Source: Tend The Farm
Date: 2015-05-22

I have an Oklahoma City Barons sweater. That sweater is dark navy with copper, white, and red stripes on the sleeve. It has a tight v-neck design that is tailored perfectly for a head, two ears, two eyes, and a mess of hair to squeeze through. The back is stitched with breathable fabric that is perfect for early October heat and late May playoff pushes. The front features a nearly 24" logo, the traditional Barons mark. The left shoulder has an OKC Barons oil drop, the right the iconic Edmonton Oilers logo. The sleeves are the perfect length, hitting me on the wrist as the radius and ulna meet, but not too far past where the carpals begin. It is comfortable, well worn, easy to clean, and perh

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Matt Hendricks delivered for the Edmonton Oilers in 2014-15; can he keep this performance up?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-05-22

2014-15 Edmonton Oilers in Review: Matt Hendricks In preparation for writing this piece, I went looking for key posts written on this site over the last season on Matt Hendricks. There really wasn’t much (see the end of this piece for the full list) but that shouldn’t be taken as a slight to the player; the simple fact is that over 100-odd games in Edmonton he’s been remarkably reliable. Hendricks has his limitations, to be sure. At the top of that list is his overall scoring touch; the 16 points he scored for Edmonton in 2014-15 is the second-best total of his career. He is not an offensively gifted player and he plays a conservative style of game to boot. He adds value in other ways,

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