Eberle: Hall wanted to be ‘one of the guys to turn it around’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-07-21

Jordan Eberle thought aloud about what many presumed: that Taylor Hall was likely hurt by his trade to New Jersey. The Edmonton Oilers winger was on Sportsnet’s The Andrew Walker Show Thursday to talk about the trade that rocked the city, what to expect of the team’s next captain, and his childhood fascination with Pokemon. “I was in Mexico, my sister was getting married,” Eberle said of the moment he found out that Hall was traded for New Jersey Devils defenceman Adam Larsson. “I looked at my phone after the ceremony and I had about 90 text messages,” he said. “Immediately I was thinking I got traded. I didn’t really have a reaction, itR

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HOLTY’S BLOG: 7 Questions

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2016-07-21

If there is one thing I’ve grown to appreciate more as I’ve aged, it’s to enjoy the offseason. I remember my first offseason dragging and wishing we had games. Now, five seasons later, offseasons aren’t so bad. The season will come folks. Games will be played. Fun will be had. If you’re reading this and thinking “he must have had nothing to write about and is stalling,” you would be entirely correct. Then, good friend of the blog @Joe_Babik suggested “hey do what @KevinBartl used to do and just ask yourself questions and answer them.” Is this a good idea? Yes. Should I do it? Certainly. How many questions will there be? I have no clue. Why are you still reading

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Skills coaches the new wave in NHL

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-07-21

We have watched the goalie position evolve substantially in the past two decades. The change from stand up to butterfly has made them better, but much of their improvement comes from having a goalie coach. Every NHL team has one, many have two, and the goalies are privy to a lot of one-on-one coaching. It has helped goalies immensely, yet NHL teams haven't put the same resources into skill coaches for skaters.Every team has a skills coach, but the one-on-one teaching is a fraction of what the goalies receive, and I believe the disparity in coaching, combined with the focus on systems over skill, is why the NHL isn't as exciting as it used to be.The good news, however, is we are finally start

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Nail Yakupov Isn’t Moving…Yet

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-07-21

On Tuesday morning, a new rumor hit the Oilers blogosphere that suggested Edmonton was talking to Florida about a trade surrounding Nail Yakupov and Panthers’ defender Alex Petrovic. Since that rumor came about, it has been shot down by numerous reporters and insiders from both markets. I think when we look at Yakupov rumors, we need to keep a sense of realism here. While it’s very well possible that at one point the two sides talked about something along these lines, the odds are that Edmonton would have had to give up more. I like Nail Yakupov as a hockey player and I want him to have success, but the fact of the matter is he simply has never emerged as the goal scoring threat

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The Most Important Part of the NHL Locker Room

Source: The Players Tribune
Date: 2016-07-21

Look inside the locker room of any team in the NHL, and at the heart of the space you’ll find a revered staple of the Room. No, not a Bieber-trampled carpet emblem. I’m referring instead to the other cherished staple: the Ping-Pong table.

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NHL Arbitration: Potential for Bruised Feelings Makes Actual Hearings Rare

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-07-21

It's easy to say "It was just business, nothing personal" in pro sports. Players are conditioned to expect criticism, and owners are conditioned to expect paying as much as a player can get. Usually, the sides come away saying "no hard feelings." The process of arbitration, though, makes it a bit more difficult for the usually hardened sides not to take things a little more personally. Imagine having done a good job at work in the past year, but going in to a meeting with management where their sole goal is to pay you less than you think you're worth, and list the reasons why to your face. All the while, trying to reconcile management's words that are essentially, "Hey, we still want you aro

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NUMBER 4: YES OR NO?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-07-21

Embed from Getty Images If there’s been a more polarizing figure with the passionate fan base of the Edmonton Oilers over the past 10 years than Kevin Lowe, I can’t think of who it might be.It follows, then, that discussion about whether the team should retire Lowe’s jersey No. 4 and hang it with the franchise’s other retired player numbers – 99, 11, 7, 9, 17, 31 and 3 -- draws either “hell no” or “hell yes” responses with little middle ground.

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Only in New York

Source: The Players Tribune
Date: 2016-07-21

Hockey players will often tell you how special it is to play in New York, […]

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Rumor Roundup: Shattenkirk possible target for Rangers after Brassard trade

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-07-21

After weeks of anticipation, the New York Rangers finally made a significant roster move this summer. On Monday, they dealt center Derick Brassard and a seventh-round pick in 2018 to the Ottawa Senators for center Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second-round selection. In shipping out Brassard’s $5-million annual average salary through 2018-19 for Zibanejad’s $2.65 million in 2016-17, Rangers GM Jeff Gorton freed up an additional $2.35 million. He can put that toward re-signing a restricted free agent forward such as Chris Kreider or Kevin Hayes. He could also use it to his roster via trade or free agency. Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News speculates Gorton could use the savings t

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Why faceoff beast Dominic Moore won’t go unsigned

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-07-21

TORONTO — Steve Guiney was his name, and he was The Man in Aurora, Ont., circa 1997-98. The Junior A Tigers’ top-line centre wasn’t born the most gifted skater and at 5-foot-10 he didn’t have the size to wow scouts, but he more than got by on his superior smarts and work ethic. One hundred and one points in 49 games commands respect, even if your career abruptly ends in junior. So when the Tigers captain pulled rookie pivot Dominic Moore aside to share faceoff tips, the 16-year-old was all ears. “It was a real eye-opener. I had literally not thought anything beyond: Just swat at the puck when it gets dropped. He started teaching me about trying to figure out what th

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