95% in poll glad Oilers didn't trade Draisaitl-plus for Subban

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-01-16

On the day late last June that former Oilers winger Georges Laraque tweeted out the rumour that the Montreal Canadiens were asking for Leon Draisaitl and Edmonton’s fourth overall pick in trade for P.S. Subban, a Cult of Hockey poll found 72 per cent of Oilers fans approved of such a deal. Even as Montreal’s demands reportedly went up, there were still all kinds of Oilers fans, bloggers and commentators who loved the idea of the trade.  In a new poll, however, after more than 1,000 votes, 95 per cent said they were glad to see the Oilers had not made this trade. Take Our Poll Today on the Cult of Hockey podcast, bloggers, David Staples and Bruce McCurdy welcome fellow Oil

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McLellan's button-down style has Oilers competitive frequently, dominant rarely

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-01-16

GAME DAY 46: Coyotes at Oilers The NHL has been known as a parity league for quite some time now. Finally in 2016-17, the Edmonton Oilers have joined the party.  The Oilers came blasting out of the gate this season with 7 wins in their first 8 games, all decided in regulation, then came back down to Earth with a 5-game November losing streak, with all of those games also decided within 60 minutes. They responded with a trio of big wins, 5-2 at Dallas, 5-0 vs. Chicago, and 6-3 at Denver. By the time the Oilers posted a 6-3 win at Winnipeg on December 1, their record through 25 games stood at 13-10-2 and the club had established itself in the mix of playoff contention. 12 of their 13 wins

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What Should be Expected of Lucic?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-01-16

When the Edmonton Oilers signed Milan Lucic to a lucrative free agent contract in the summer, it was met with mixed reviews. Some believed his experience and toughness would bring a much-needed element to the team. Others wondered if he would be able to keep up with the speed of the game enough to be effective. Halfway through the season, the results are just as mixed. But what should we realistically expect of Lucic? (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports) The Intangibles The folks who swear by hockey analytics hate the word “intangibles”. It’s something that can’t be measured in numbers, and thus they are left wondering if it’s a real thing. But there’s no

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GDB 46.0: Opportunity Against Arizona

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-01-16

(photoshop: @isuckatpicking)Edmonton hosts the Arizona Coyotes this evening, and the contest represents an opportunity for the Oilers. From a standings perspective the ‘Yotes are entirely irrelevant, but in other ways they’re unique. The Coyotes have given Edmonton trouble for a long time, and tonight’s game is a chance to prove that a mid-December win in Arizona was a start of a new trend.It’s also a chance for the Oilers to find some secondary scoring against a team that has trouble keeping the puck out of its own net.

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Poll question: if the choice is between Maroon and Eberle, who do you protect in the expansion draft?

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2017-01-16

Online a narrative has formed pitting Maroon versus Eberle and who the team should protect in the upcoming expansion draft. We have no way of knowing whether or not this is actually being debated within the Oilers nor do we have any knowledge of what gm Peter Chiarelli’s plans are. However, without speculation our list of potential poll questions would be very short. So for our purposes here we’ll assume the debate is real and not an online fantasy. Which brings us to today’s poll question: Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The post Poll question: if the choice is between Maroon and Eberle, who do you

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Edmonton Oilers: Larsson, Khaira Likely to Return Monday

Source: Oil On Whyte
Date: 2017-01-16

The Edmonton Oilers didn’t have Adam Larsson in their 3-2 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames Sunday. He was out with a lower-body injury. He also sat out of Sunday’s skills competition, and with Jordan Oesterle’s recall, there was concern over the severity of his injury. However, according to “Edmonton Journal” reporter Jim Matheson, Larsson […] Edmonton Oilers: Larsson, Khaira Likely to Return Monday - Oil On Whyte - Oil On Whyte - An Edmonton Oilers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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5 storylines to watch in the NHL's 2nd half

Source: CBC Sports
Date: 2017-01-16

The first half of the NHL season brought us, among other delights, scoring sprees by Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid and stunning rookie performances by Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine. With the league settling into its second half, here are five storylines to follow the rest of the way.

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Oilers Game Day: Maroon continues scoring tear as Coyotes visit

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-01-16

Edmonton Oilers (23-15-7), 53 points, vs. Arizona Coyotes (13-23-6), 32 points. 7 p.m. at Rogers Place. TV: Sportsnet, radio: 630 CHED. The Oilers come into Monday’s game at Rogers Place having won their last two games — the second and third of a six-game homestand — including Saturday’s 2-1 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames and Thursday’s 3-2 overtime decision over Taylor Hall and the new Jersey Devils. The 29th-place Coyotes are winners of two of their last five games. They come into Rogers Place having dropped their previous contest, a 3-0 loss at home to the Anaheim Ducks. Who To Watch Edmonton Oilers forward Patrick Maroon celebrates a goal agains

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Oilers Recall Jordan Oesterle, Injury Thoughts

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2017-01-16

Last yesterday afternoon, the Edmonton Oilers completed a transaction by recalling Jordan Oesterle from Bakersfield of the AHL. While it is the mobile defender’s second stint in the NHL this season, he has still yet to appear in an NHL game during the current campaign. The #Oilers have recalled d-man Jordan Oesterle from the @Condors. pic.twitter.com/PAAafcr9UB — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 15, 2017 The move shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but it does raise a few eyebrows. Adam Larsson missed Saturday’s win over the Flames after he was hurt blocking a shot with his foot on Thursday against the Devils. While Larsson finished that game against New Jer

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NHL Trade Deadline Preview: Who’s buying? Who’s selling?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-01-16

Who’s buying? Who’s selling? It’s not only the cry of scalpers the world over, it’s also the double-sided question we ask of the National Hockey League’s 30 teams at this time of year, as we gallop toward the Feb. 28 trade deadline. While only two clubs have declared themselves out of the race, we see a handful of others hopping off the fence and joining them over the next month. The contenders should see more separation from the pretenders. After looking at each team’s needs, assets, salary cap space, and position in the standings, here is our best early estimation of which teams will be looking to buy, sell, or pass as the trade frenzy ramps up. WHO̵

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Top to Bottom: Contenders, Tankers, and That Big Mess in the Middle at the Halfway Point

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-01-16

Embed from Getty Images It's more of a 'Bottom to Top' but 'Top to Bottom' sounds better. This is a monthly feature where I'll do a dive into each team's underlying numbers to see if they match up with where they currently sit in the standings. Three months down, three to go. We're halfway through the 2016-17 NHL season. At this point, we can stop talking about who's over and underachieving, because at this point enough time has passed to accurately determine who's actually good and who's actually bad. With that in mind, I'm going to split the league into five categories: Legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, surefire playoff teams who aren't quite at the top of the class, basement tea

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G46 2016-17: COYOTES AT OILERS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2017-01-16

”I’ve made deals where I know the other team is getting the better player, but I knew what we needed. Sometimes you’ve got to trade a better player to get what fits what you ultimately need.” -Jim Rutherford, Behind the Moves. I think general managers are easier to read than they are sometimes made out to be by fans and media. We talked about the Oilers possibly trading Taylor Hall before the warm weather, and the national media (Bob McKenzie, Frank Seravalli, Elliotte Friedman) had Edmonton in play for a big deal. By the way, so did the local media (Bob, Ryan Rishaug, Robert Tychkowski). Here is a passage from this blog, April 2016: Lowetide: It is a bad time to be

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