Happy days

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2015-05-02

Edmonton Oilers fans have endured a lot this last decade.   Excluding one fantastic run in 2006 the team has been awful. Not just awful but bloody awful.  In fact the team has been pretty bad since the early 90’s.  There were many a year when the team would squeak into the playoffs and then get [...] The post Happy days appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Off-Season Targets: Todd Nelson

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-05-02

As we keep looking for the next head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, we come across a familiar face, that of Todd Nelson. Nelson spent many years in the AHL as the head coach of the Barons, and this year had an impressive stint as the interim coach of the Oilers following the firing of Dallas Eakins. Nelson was not handed the job, and as a result must go through the process with the rest of the field of competitors. Can Nelson, who has never been a full-time head coach in the NHL, beat out some veteran options for the job? Nelson’s Resume: Todd Nelson had a lengthy playing career that was mostly spent in the AHL. After playing in the WHL for parts of five seasons, Nelson moved on to the

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THE OIL DOWN DESERT WAY (HAS BEEN SHAKING TO THE TOP)

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-02

The NHL draft goes June 26 & 27 in Sunrise, Florida. It is the 53rd draft in the league’s history. Edmonton’s best draft came in 1979, when Kevin Lowe, Glenn Anderson and Mark Messier were selected. That draft, along with the 1980 (Coffey, Kurri, Moog) and 1981 drafts (Fuhr, Smith) gave Edmonton a cluster that rivaled any in the game’s history. The Oilers have been gifted with the best player in a generation through pure luck, but it will be hard work to marry that gem to other exceptional talents available in 2015. McDavid’s draft must also contain quality beyond the No. 1 overall selection. Edmonton’s NHL franchise is standing on the threshold of another g

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Where's MacT?

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-05-02

Where is Craig MacTavish hiding? Bob Nicholson brought his own old boys club to the Edmonton Oilers and sent Kevin Lowe back to the world of kissing babies and accepting congratulations for accomplishments a generation old. But where is Number Two? Is he scouting for the Anaheim Ducks like Steve Tambellini?  Is he running a Premier League soccer club like Ralph Krueger?  Did he take over the Blue Jackets like Number Three Scott Howson? Did he get a job at Hockey Canada like all of Lowe's comrades?  Is he hiding out in Dallas Eakins' rec room?  Did he become the official head of Nikita Nikitin's fan club? Or is he snapping pictures of Kevin Lowe kissing babies? Look

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Should Lightning’s OT non-goal have counted?

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-01

Three minutes into overtime in Game 1, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov thought he scored the winner on Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price but to no avail. Kucherov was stopped by Price’s pad on a breakaway but the puck crossed the goal line as both skater and goalie slid into the net. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: | Broadcast Schedule Rogers GameCentre LIVE | Stanley Cup Playoffs Fantasy Hockey New Sportsnet app: iTunes | Google Play The referee waved the goal off immediately and after a brief consultation the decision was confirmed. NHL ruling pic.twitter.com/1zmuHDmrDm — Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) May 2, 2015 Wow looked like a goal to me…#overtime #habs #ligh

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The Big 3: New Edmonton Oilers GM weighs in on team’s top prospects — and on Connor McDavid

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-05-01

Here are new Edmonton Oilers general manager and president of hockey operations Peter Chiarelli’s early impressions of blue-chip team prospects Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl, and of Connor McDavid, the superstar player the Oilers are expected to select with the first-overall pick in June’s NHL entry draft.

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Coach’s Corner: Babcock, avoid a rebuilding team

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-01

The future of Mike Babcock is the most compelling off-ice NHL storyline right now and Don Cherry has some advice for the Detroit Red Wings head coach. “Of all the guys in the world that should tell Babcock what to do, it’s me,” Cherry said on Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada Friday. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: | Broadcast Schedule Rogers GameCentre LIVE | Stanley Cup Playoffs Fantasy Hockey New Sportsnet app: iTunes | Google Play “I have some suggestions for him,” Cherry, who went from a contending Boston Bruins team in 1979 to coach a young Colorado Rockies squad after being fired by Harry Sinden, added. “I would say San Jose. Don’t go to a rebuilding team, it

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John MacKinnon: Connor McDavid’s impending arrival to Edmonton Oilers dulls spectre of NHL team’s pressing issues

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-05-01

That’s quite enough harrumphing over the removal of those City of Champions road signs, Edmonton, thank you very much. Cool it. Any lingering hard feelings will soon be forgotten, mark it.

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MAKE IT SO

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-05-01

Terry Jones had the story in the Edmonton Sun today, Mac is back and we’re just waiting for the title. I find it interesting that the title is to come, it perhaps implies there may be an addition (possibly Mike Babcock as the ‘coach and player personnel) to the management group. I also wondered if Chiarelli could be bringing someone with him from Boston (Scott Bradley?) to help with the chores, but he can’t talk to them (as Jones discusses in the article). Chiarelli: “He’ll be No. 2 in all aspects. He’ll be my eyes and ears in all areas. I want to have strong people with strong opinions.” One wonders about the conversations over names like Niki Nikitin but the

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Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli on retaining Craig MacTavish as right-hand man: ‘It’s smart to have him at my side’

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-05-01

Craig MacTavish’s new official title is yet to be announced, but the former Edmonton Oilers general manager, who has bled orange and blue for over 30 years, will be new GM Peter Chiarelli’s right-hand man in the shuffled management hierarchy. Losing his job a week ago was a kick in the gut, but he’s not being kicked to the curb.

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NHL alumni weigh in on former teams’ chances

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-01

Guy Carbonneau, Denis Savard, Dennis Maruk and Brad May—three Stanley Cup champions and a 60-goal scorer among them—may be retired, but all four NHL alumni say they still closely follow their former clubs. At the Scotiabank Baycrest Pro-Am, a fund-raising tournament to raise money for Alzheimer’s being held in Toronto this weekend, we asked each the four men to break down the Round 2 matchups featuring their former teams and to pick a winner. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: | Broadcast Schedule Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE | Stanley Cup Playoffs Fantasy Hockey New Sportsnet app: iTunes | Google Play Here is how they size up the conference semi-finals. (C3) vs. (WC1) In the words of Hall of Fam

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Chiarelli: MacTavish will be my ‘No. 2 guy’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-05-01

Former Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish will be staying with the club, according to the Edmonton Sun. New general manager and president of hockey operations Peter Chiarelli told the Sun that while he hasn’t settled on a specific title for the demoted GM, McTavish will “be the No. 2 guy.” “He’ll be my eyes and ears in all areas,” he added. STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: | Broadcast Schedule Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE | Stanley Cup Playoffs Fantasy Hockey New Sportsnet app: iTunes | Google Play Chiarelli’s hiring left MacTavish’s status with the club very much up in the air. Of course, Chiarelli can empathize with being fired. He was recently fired after nine

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