The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-19

Oilers fire Eakins, Flames extend Hartley, Taylor Hall rumors, Ryan Miller as a back-up, Jets defensive woes, Leafs PDO, World Juniors and more in this weeks Roundup

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30 Thoughts: Sarich wants one more shot at NHL

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-19

Five months after a life-threatening accident, Cory Sarich wants one more shot at the NHL. The 36-year-old defenceman was bicycling in late July when he swerved to avoid an SUV that turned in front of him. Unfortunately, he skidded underneath the vehicle and suffered five cracked vertebrae, along with multiple cuts and bruises. Sarich was already recovering from two surgeries — one on his back and a scope of his knee — which had him behind on training. But this was even more serious, with Sarich realizing, as he recovered, that his 969-game NHL career may be over. “It did cross my mind,” he said Wednesday. “Could I lead a normal life? Once things sorted themselves out, I came out o

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Edmonton Oilers player grades — Oil finally net some goals but can’t hold Sharks at bay

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-12-19

Oilers 3, Sharks 4 Give up 1, score none. Score 3, give up 4. Ladies and gentlemen, your Edmonton Oilers. It was more of the same in a different package on Thursday night as the blue and orange found yet another way to lose despite scoring all of three goals for the first time in December.  In an entertaining affair that featured some loose goaltending at both ends of the ice, the Oil managed to hold San Jose snipers Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, and Tomas Hertl at bay, allowing just one goal by Oiler-killer Logan Couture, but couldn’t fend off the likes of James Sheppard (goal), Matt Tennyson (goal), Barclay Goodrow (goal, assist), and Melker Karlsson (2 assists). To q

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Random Trade Ideas That Just Make Sense

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-12-19

Follow me @IanEsplen and tweet me your thoughts   Nail Yakupov For Torey Krug and Malcolm Subban Thoughts: Edmonton has to do something more then just change the coach in order to change the culture of their team. I say the best way to do that is shake things up and move one of their high end guys for a top-4 D and a potential No. 1 netminder – 1 & 1A on their need list. Boston pulls the trigger here because they are likely not going to be able to re-sign Krug, they are solid in goal for the next six plus years and they need some scoring. Big-time move for both but in the end I think both organizations are better for it.   Curtis Glencross For John Moore Thoug

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Edmonton Oilers show signs of improvement but sink against San Jose Sharks

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-12-19

It took two new bench bosses and a demand for more a more energetic effort for the Edmonton Oilers to finally shake off some past sins. But only some. For the first time since Nov. 28, the Oilers scored more than two goals. They led after the first period for the second time in as many games and only the fifth time this season.

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Edmonton Oilers show signs of improvement but sink against San Jose Sharks

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-12-19

It took two new bench bosses and a demand for more a more energetic effort for the Edmonton Oilers to finally shake off some past sins. But only some. For the first time since Nov. 28, the Oilers scored more than two goals. They led after the first period for the second time in as many games and only the fifth time this season.

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Crisis In Edmonton

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2014-12-19

During the Christmas break, I will be spending time with family in my childhood home of Edmonton, Alberta: Formerly known as the City of Champions. This didn’t come as a shock to me because that moniker has been synonymous with winning. Edmonton’s sports teams have won many championships between the late 1970s and the early 1990s. The CFL’s Eskimos were a football juggernaut back then, having won five straight Grey Cup Championships. The Oilers who had merged from the defunct WHA to the NHL took only four years to reach the Stanley Cup Final, and five to win it’s first of five Cups. Since then, things have been somewhat gloomy. While Edmonton has progressed socially a

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Quick third period goals lead Sharks past Oilers

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2014-12-19

Matt Tennyson and Barclay Goodrow scored within 34 seconds in the third period as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Thursday night. More to come…

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C'est La Vie

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-12-19

Despite a strong effort through forty minutes, the Oilers increase their newest winless streak to six. The Edmonton Oilers came into tonight’s game as the only team to beat the San Jose Sharks in their last eight—that was Edmonton’s only win in the last 17 games. So this Western Conference matchup seemed like as good an opportunity as any for the Oilers to stop their five game losing streak from snowballing any further. First Period 1:30 Ference makes a bad play at his own blue line. Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl go in on a 2-on-1. Thornton can’t take the pass from Hertl. 3:15 Petry with a good stick check on Marleau to stop the 3-on-2 rush. 6:15 Really creative passing from

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GDB 33.0 WRAP UP: Oilers @ Sharks

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-12-19

They say that "close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades" or something... Final Score: 4-3 Sharks.

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Random Trade Ideas That Just Make Sense

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-12-19

Follow me @IanEsplen and tweet me your thoughts   Nail Yakupov For Torey Krug and Malcolm Subban Thoughts: Edmonton has to do something more then just change the coach in order to change the culture of their team. I say the best way to do that is shake things up and move one of their high end guys for a top-4 D and a potential No. 1 netminder – 1 & 1A on their need list. Boston pulls the trigger here because they are likely not going to be able to re-sign Krug, they are solid in goal for the next six plus years and they need some scoring. Big-time move for both but in the end I think both organizations are better for it.   Curtis Glencross For John Moore Thoug

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Will Puck Luck Cause the Buffalo Sabres to Miss out on Connor McDavid?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2014-12-19

The Buffalo Sabres are not a good hockey team. The consensus pick for dead last in the NHL before the 2014-15 season even started, the Sabres in an average game allow the opposition almost two shots at the net for every one they take. This is a team so self-admittedly terrible that it had presumptive first overall pick Connor McDavid’s Erie Otters come to town and play a game; McDavid himself noted to the Canadian Press earlier in the season that every time the Sabres lose his Twitter timeline explodes with mentions (h/t Sportsnet).   But then, the Sabres haven’t lost much at all lately. This is a team with nine wins in its last 13 games, a team that with 28 points sits

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