Rumor Roundup: Expensive backup Jimmy Howard likely to hit trade market

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-02-09

With Petr Mrazek having displaced Jimmy Howard as the Detroit Red Wings’ starting goaltender, questions are being raised over the latter’s future in the Motor City. Howard is under contract through 2018-19 at an annual cap hit of $5.29 million. Now an expensive backup, the 31-year-old netminder could become the subject of trade speculation in the near future. He carries a full no-trade clause, but could waive it for an opportunity to become a starting goalie elsewhere. Responding to a question from a reader regarding Howard’s trade status, MLive.com’s Ansar Khan speculates the Wings will wait until the offseason to move him. Khan believes they must either pick up part

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Tuesday thoughts

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2016-02-09

1. The Edmonton Oilers faithful were a happy bunch with The return of Connor McDavid as the team went out and scored 12 goals in the first two games after his return. I spoke to a friend who said the Oilers were about to go on a 10 game run based on McDavid. Then in [...] The post Tuesday thoughts appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Game Preview: Oilers at New Jersey Devils - It's Martin Brodeur Night

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-02-09

Looking to put an awful weekend behind them, the Oilers pay a visit to the New Jersey Devils, who will be honouring Martin Brodeur tonight. We've now had a couple of days to deal with whatever that was on Sunday afternoon, and Saturday as well, now we can all get back to the business watching the Oilers play hockey; starting tonight with a game against the New Jersey Devils. Dwelling on the past doesn't do anyone a lot of good, what's done is done, but when your team gets embarrassed in back-to-back games by a combined score of 13-2 not dwelling on the past is likely easier said than done. The players had a quick chat amongst themselves following the loss, hopefully whatever neede

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In Defense of the Oilers

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-02-09

The Oilers got destroyed in back-to-back games this past weekend. Steve Dangle planned on talking about their futility today but a little research changed his mind. Here's why Dangle thinks the Oilers are actually alright.

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Canadiens can prove something with win over Lightning

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-09

BROSSARD, Que. — The Montreal Canadiens have a lot to prove. This is a team that was feeling sorry for itself, left for dead by the majority of its fans after losing 21 of 26 games coming into last weekend matinees against the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes. A convincing 5-1 win over the former and a gutsy 2-1 shootout win over the latter brought the Canadiens to within three points of the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference, giving them something to feel good about, but did little to challenge the perception that they are incapable of salvaging their season. But a win of any kind over the Tampa Bay Lightning this Tuesday would help the Canadiens build some much n

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Brodeur’s jersey retirement set to heal any Devils wounds

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-09

They’ve done it for Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, erected statues in their likeness and their honour, immortalizing their connections not only to the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers, respectively, but to those cities. Now, it’s Martin Brodeur’s turn. “I’m gonna have some pigeon living on my shoulder,” he chuckled. “The Salute” will, eventually, live in bronze on the corner of Lafayette and Mulberry outside the Prudential Centre in downtown Newark, not the site of the vast majority of Brodeur’s brilliant performances with the New Jersey Devils, but a building that might never have been built without his crucial contributions to the hockey club’s history. We now know what

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30 Thoughts: What’s behind Crosby’s scoring surge

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-02-09

Here’s the scariest thing about Sidney Crosby’s leap into the NHL’s Top 10 scorers: he’s not cheating. Most centres are asked to play low in the defensive zone. It can help you transition to offence with speed, but it also means you have a longer skate and increases the possibility a scoring chance disappears by the time you get there. We know coaches demand defensive accountability, and no one, not even Crosby, is immune. As he struggled to start the season, opponents wondered if the Penguins would move him higher or allow him to “blow the zone,” just to get him going. With 12 goals and 22 points in his last 11 games, no one’s worried about Crosby anymore. They’re worried ab

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G55 2015-16: OILERS AT DEVILS

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-02-09

The Edmonton Oilers reach G55 for the season in familiar territory: Back of the line, waiting for the lottery balls. Although the playoffs remain a distant bell, there are jobs to play for and a strong effort might get them a table in the second row on draft day. I think it is important for the Oilers to push—they did last season when other teams were selling off their best goalies—but at this point I think we are probably looking at a top-five selection at the 2015 draft. As the daylight begins to stay longer, this blog will begin the transition toward the draft and summer. JURASSIC PARK, YEAR OVER YEAR Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1 Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0 Oilers in November 2014

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PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-02-09

 In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!

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And Then….There Were Four For The Oilers Core

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-02-09

During the last six years, you’ve probably heard quite a bit about the core of the Edmonton Oilers. When this rebuild started, the core group was large and spanned a number of positions. Today, February 9th 2016, the core has shrunk considerably and only one name remains. The GM has changed (twice) and the veteran boss is not pleased with his club. We can sit here and say the same thing will happen in the summer, but folks that just is not true. I’ve seen Peter Chiarelli work up close when he was here in Boston. If you think this team will look the same in September then you are lying to yourself. Copy this and store it away until camp, this Oilers team will look VERY different c

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