The Condors Defence

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-26

More than Half of the defensive corps for the 2015-16 edition of the Bakersfield Condors is pretty well set in stone.

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2:35 FROM LAX TO BAKERSFIELD

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-26

I have no plans to go but good lord that could change. The Bakersfield Condors are going to have an enormous amount of young talent opening night. If the Oilers keep all of their veterans on blue (Sekera, Fayne, Nikitin, Ference, Klefbom, Schultz, Gryba) we’re going to see a big part of Edmonton’s future in California opening night. OPENING NIGHT 2014-15 L1—Ryan Hamilton-Jason Williams-Tyler Pitlick L2—Iiro Pakarinen—Anton Lander—Andrew Miller L3—Kale Kessy-Jujhar Khaira-Matt Ford L4—Mitch Moroz-Bogdan Yakimov-Steve Pinizzotto D1—Keith Aulie-David Musil D2—Martin Marincin-Martin Gernat D3—Jordan Oesterle-Dillon Simpson G1—Richard Bachman (Laurent Brossoit) F

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AHL Logo Ranking: No. 18 – Bakersfield Condors

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-08-26

(The AHL has undergone a season of change and one-third of the league has changed locations or logos for the 2015-16 season. Leading up to the new season, The Hockey News will be ranking the logos of the league’s teams and offering a brief look at the history of each franchise. See the rest of the rankings in our AHL feed.) The Bakersfield Condors have lived up to their billing as one of the most fun teams in all of professional hockey over the past few seasons, but the on-ice product hasn’t exactly been as successful. That could all change with 2015-16’s jump to the AHL, however. In the four years prior to 2015-16, the Condors were an ECHL club of the same name and only made the playo

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Ex-NHLer Gusev hit with doping ban in Russia

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-08-26

MOSCOW — A veteran forward who played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars has been banned for breaking doping rules in the latest doping case to hit Russian hockey. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement Wednesday that Sergei Gusev received a six-month ban from the Russian Hockey Federation for an unspecified "breach of anti-doping rules." Gusev’s ban is backdated to March 23, the same month as he played in the first round of the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. The 40-year-old Gusev started his professional career in 1992. He spent four seasons in the NHL between 1997 and 2001, first in Dallas and then in

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Best #NationalDogDay photos from NHL players

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-08-26

Wednesday is #NationalDogDay, and the NHL is celebrating. via GIPHY And, seeing as it’s the, um, dog days of the NHL off-season (sorry), we thought we’d gather some of our favourite photos of NHLers and their beloved four-legged friends. Happy #NationalDogDay, NHL! Here’s Ryan Johansen and his (totally unimpressed) dog. #NationalDogDay #CBJ pic.twitter.com/Z6hq0PnaVm — NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) August 26, 2015 It’s #NationalDogDay times two in Columbus. #NationalDogDay #CBJ pic.twitter.com/NfuxMd4Jhi — CBJ Foundation (@CBJfoundation) August 26, 2015 Glamour shot. National Dog Day!!! #soph #chili #legends pic.twitter.com/tiLVDyKqRv —

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Oilers Firsts.

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-08-26

There are seventeen days between now and the official opening of the 2015/16 season. The young stars tournament held annually in Penticton to me are when things really start to get exciting. This is our first chance to see some of these budding young players in actual games with physical contact. More importantly this is the first time we will get to see Connor McDavid play against someone other than his own teammates in a non-contact game. While I am not discounting his 5 goal performance in the Billy Moores cup it was just a prospect game which obviously presents little in the way of a challenge for Connor. Thinking about Penticton and all the excitement that will surround the bustling lit

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What Would You Do With Rexall Place? – Sponsored

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-08-26

A fundamental rule of real estate is supply and demand – and with 2 arenas and only 1 NHL team, some hard decisions will have to be made regarding the future of Rexall Place. Other Canadian cities have gone through similar decisions in the last 20 years; some cities have kept the arena for other events (PNE in Vancouver), others have been transformed into other useable space (Montreal, Toronto), and 1 was torn down altogether, and rebuilt as something different(Winnipeg). Over the past year the Northlands Arena Strategy Committee was created to reach out to the people of Edmonton and ask what they would like to see happen. The resulting options were narrowed down to 4 predictable optio

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Szabados elects to return to Columbus of SPHL

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-08-26

Two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados is set to return to the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League for a second season. The 29-year-old goaltender says she was contacted about joining the National Women’s Hockey League for its inaugural season, but for now she will continue to stop pucks in the men’s minor-professional league with a chance to see more starts in 2015-16. “I definitely thought about it … I wasn’t contacted directly by a team, but I was by the league,” Szabados said of the NWHL, via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. “I got all the information about the draft and signing up and, yeah, I read it all.” The

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WWYDW: Andrew Ference and the Captaincy

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-26

One of the subplots of this fall’s Oilers training camp will be the role of team captain Andrew Ference. The defenceman took a step back last year and saw his ice time reduced as the season wore on; arguably he isn’t among the top-six defencemen on Edmonton’s roster at this time. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask if he should or shouldn’t play, and what should happen to the captaincy in either event.

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The Most Attractive 25 Under 25

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-08-26

The 25 most attractive Oilers prospects under 25. There comes a point in any Top 25 countdown where it may (or may not) be appropriate to insert some levity into the situation. This summer the Copper and Blue contributors (myself included) compiled a Top 25 Under 25 countdown for players in the Oilers organization. The evaluation centred on important hockey-related characteristics, things like points scored, save percentages, potential, readiness for the NHL, track record (possibly we even considered how much we each favoured a player), and other suitably serious categories. There was, however, one category we did not consider while complying this list: attractiveness. This may seem li

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Will Connor McDavid live with Andrew Ference?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-08-26

A rookie Sidney Crosby lived with Pittsburgh legend Mario Lemieux. The league’s most recent Calder Trophy champ, Aaron Ekblad, shacked up with Florida captain Willie Mitchell as an 18-year-old. And the Edmonton Oilers will make sure Connor McDavid’s living situation is a positive one. The Oilers have spoken with captain and respected veteran Andrew Ference, 36, about the possibility of welcoming a teenage phenom into his family home this fall. “We talked about it and I think Peter [Chiarelli, the Oilers general manager] is going down the path to make sure Connor is in a really good situation,” Ference told Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal Tuesday. “I think the interacti

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THE 2015-16 OILERS: MUSIC! (BUT NOT YET BALANCED)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-26

The 2015-16 Oilers are a marriage of clusters (or possibly constellations). The future is absolutely the McDavid cluster, but for this season, the Hall cluster will push the river. YEAR-OVER-YEAR This is a massive improvement, historically unlikely to be honest. I’ve gone over the numbers and it comes down to four things: Connor freaking McDavid. The goaltending last season (and before) was simply awful. Seriously. Taylor Hall is about to enter his prime, Jordan Eberle is already there and Nuge is close. Todd McLellan is the new coach (and of course he’s bringing his power-play brain). You can counter “defense, dummy!” and you’re right, there are major issues.

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