Toronto Maple Leafs make organizational 180°, firing Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle and hiring progressive executive Kyle Dubas

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-22

For years, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been the NHL’s last greatest bastion against the slow infiltration of hockey analytics. Under first Brian Burke and more recently Dave Nonis, the team has made it abundantly clear through both word and action that it has no time or use for numbers in making decisions. The team’s record under this strategy has not furthered that cause. So on Tuesday the Toronto Maple Leafs decided to try something different. Assistant general managers Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin were both shown the door. Hired in place of one was 28-year-old Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds general manager Kyle Dubas: #TMLtalk news: #Leafs name Kyle Dubas Assistant General Manager ht

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New-Look Oilers – Part Two

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-22

The Edmonton Oilers have done a lot this off-season, re-shaping their roster and their coaching staff. That isn’t the only thing the Oilers have done however, as there was some change in the front office ranks as well. The Oilers have added two new faces to the mix and subtracted one, as Craig MacTavish continues to put his stamp on the Oilers. The Subtraction: Assistant GM Ricky Olczyk was relieved of his duties and ended up catching on in the same role with the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this summer. Olczyk was the right-hand man of former GM Steve Tambellini, and was at the center of a number of CBA-related screw-ups committed by the team in recent memory, including the recall of M

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RE 14-15 DAVID PERRON: COYOTE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-22

David Perron was a delight, a true revelation in his first year as an Oiler. A fanbase used to seeing smallish forwards weave and dangle and fall in a heap—suddenly exposed to an agitating winger with some swagger, attitude and the ability to create chaos and outrage on the other side. Well, it was love at first sight. DAVID PERRON 13-14 5×5 points per 60: 1.96 (3rd among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 3.71 (5th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 3rd toughest among regular forwards (top line opp) Qual Team: 11th best teammates among regular forwards (4line linemates) Corsi Rel: 6.9 (best among regular forwards) Corsi for % 5×5: 45.7 Corsi for % Rel 5×5: +2.5 Zone Start: 48.9%

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Will dark horse NHL candidate Steve Pinizzotto push his way on to the Edmonton Oilers’ 2014-15 roster?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-22

2014 Edmonton Oilers prospects: Steve Pinizzotto (unranked) As with Brad Hunt and Roman Horak, Pinizzotto doesn’t qualify for this summer’s prospect series (he turned 30 in April) but remains a player in the system that is of significant interest despite not being an established NHL’er. Pinizzotto joined the Oilers in January, coming over in a rare hybrid NHL/AHL trade between the Oilers/Oklahoma City Barons and the Florida Panthers/San Antonio Rampage. Two AHL players were dealt (with Derek Nesbitt leaving OKC and Jack Combs returning) in the deal, which saw Pinizzotto come to the Oilers in exchange for fringe prospect Ryan Martindale (Martindale didn’t crack our top-30 in last year

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All your centres are belong to Nashville

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-22

The Edmonton Oilers reportedly had interest in at least two different unrestricted free agent centres. Both of them ended up signing in Nashville.

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Roman Horak may have bolted to the KHL, but he remains a prospect of interest to Edmonton Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-22

2014 Edmonton Oilers Prospects: Roman Horak (unranked) More than a few eyebrows were raised in Oil Country last November, when Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish made a deal with the devil the Oilers’ provincial rival, the Calgary Flames. Just 17 games into a four-year, $14 million contract, stalwart defenceman Ladislav Smid found himself on the southbound route down the QE2. Joining him was marginal goaltending prospect Olivier Roy. Coming the other way (at least in theory) were a pair of youngsters in rookie netminder Laurent Brossoit and forward Roman Horak. Smid of course stepped right into the Calgary line-up, playing 56 games, leaving mixed impressions on observers in our sister city.

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New-Look Oilers – Part One

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-07-22

As we sit late in July, the moves that the Oilers are going to make are just about all done. The organization is decidedly in a better place than this time last year, and a much better place than two years ago at this exact same time. While things are not ideal, they are improved, and better results will be expected. In the next few days, we will be looking at each area of the team and how it has changed. Tonight, we’ll look at coaching, which will be followed by the front office, the forwards, the defense and goaltending, and will conclude with an overview piece. The Head Coach: Dallas Eakins returns for a second season behind the Oilers bench, which in my mind is a good choice. Many

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Cult of Hockey: Scouts battle over whether Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse is ready for the NHL

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-07-22

Top Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse thrilled observers with his skill and violence during the team’s intersquad game at rookie camp in Jasper earlier this month, but it’s still an open question whether the 19-year-old will make the National Hockey League this fall. The matter will be decided in training camp, but it’s a subject of major disagreement right now between two scouts who closely follow Ontario Hockey League prospects.

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THE HOCKEY NEWS!

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-07-21

Elliotte Friedman let loose with an overflowing 30 thoughts earlier today, and several passages involved the Oilers. The money quote from Friedman: They’re going to look for a centre, because they don’t want to rush Leon Draisaitl for no reason. FRIEDMAN’S THOUGHTS 21. Edmonton landed two of its top targets in free agency — Mark Fayne and Benoit Pouliot. (Someone was willing to go a sixth year on Pouliot, so the Oilers went to five to get him.) They also took a run at Olli Jokinen, who took slightly less in salary elsewhere (but in a tax-free state). They’re going to look for a centre, because they don’t want to rush Leon Draisaitl for no reason. Same go

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2014-15 Goals Projection: No. 3 winger David Perron

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-07-21

David Perron blew expectations away after coming over from St. Louis last season, posting a legitimate breakout season at the age of 25. Is it a sign of things to come, or will he take a step back next season?

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Tomorrow could be very important for fans of the Oilers

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2014-07-21

Tomorrow could be very important for fans of the Oilers- Yup, this is another post about centre ice. Can you tell what has been dominating my thoughts lately? Even though it is highly probable that I would concede (under torture or extreme duress) that the Oilers’ centre ice chart will look much the same on [...] The post Tomorrow could be very important for fans of the Oilers appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Cody Franson of the Toronto Maples Leafs is on the block. Should the Edmonton Oilers be interested?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-07-21

This is from James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail on Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer and defenceman Cody Franson, who just signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Leafs: “They’re not viewed as key pieces of the franchise’s future – and they know it. For one, both have been on the trade block all off-season…” And Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post reports on Franson’s trade status: “Franson will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, meaning the Leafs will risk losing him for nothing. It has been suggested the team will look to move him before that threat comes to pass. Toronto nearly shipped him to Montreal earli

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