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Book review: Howard Baldwin’s Slim and None captures fun and craziness of NHL ownership, but sweeps the dirt under the rug

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-20

Howard Baldwin isn’t a household name these days, but he has had a pretty thrilling life and he’s been at the centre of some of the most pivotal moments in the modern history of professional hockey. Starting with an entry-level job on a team at the lowest level of the sport, he worked his way up until he was both an NHL owner and a producer of Hollywood blockbusters. For most people, the greatest strength of his book will be the way it captures the fun and the craziness of the ride. From smuggling a swearing goaltender (still in full equipment) out of town in the trunk of a car, to selling an ownership stake in a team to an antiques dealer in exchange for office furnishings to having a

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Gregor: Draisaitl’s development likely better in junior

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-20

The Edmonton Oilers season isn’t over, despite a bad 0-4-1 start, but if they want to improve, they will need to make some difficult decisions. The Oilers wisely returned defenceman Darnell Nurse to junior on Friday. Nurse will eventually be a very good NHL player, but Martin Marincin and Oscar Klefbom are more NHL-ready today.

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Oil Spills: Another disappointing start to the season

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-20

The Journal’s Joanne Ireland takes a look at the Edmonton Oilers’ past week, from scoring deficiences to Scrivens’ charitable campaign

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Oilers’ Purcell as good off the ice as he is on it

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-10-20

Steven Stamkos, who possesses all of the elements required to dazzle a crowd, wasn’t going to pull out his wallet to pay for dinner. That was a task he left to Teddy Purcell, who will play his first game against his old teammates on Monday, when the Edmonton Oilers host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m. Rexall Place

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MARINCIN AND FAYNE AND PRAY FOR RAIN

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-10-20

Martin Marincin's return to the Edmonton Oilers gave head coach Dallas Eakins more options, and allowed him to deploy the troops in a more effective way. How did he use him in Game one? Will that be Marincin's job for the rest of the year?

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Oilers Arcobello doin' his job

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-10-20

All Mark Arcobello has ever done, is everything asked of him. The Edmonton Oilers might be struggling this season, but the centre has been doing his job.

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Michael Stuart: Drouin Could Debut as Lightning Face Oilers

Source: Hockey Buzz
Date: 2014-10-20

Fresh off a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks, the Tampa Bay Lightning are in Edmonton for a tilt with the Oilers tomorrow night. In advance of the game, the Bolts announced today that they have recalled forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Luke Witkowski from the Syracuse Crunch. The latter was brought up to ‘replace’ the spot previously held by Victor Hedman, who was sent home to...

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TSN’s Dave Hodge blasts Nail Yakupov pick

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-10-20

But veteran announcers is guilty of premature denunciation This in from TSN’s Dave Hodge, his blast at the Oilers for drafting Nail Yakupov. “My thumb is down to the Edmonton Oilers’ decision to select Nail Yakupov with the first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. I know you’ve heard that before, the Oilers are sick of hearing it and Yakupov is burdened by it. Unfortunately for Yakupov, the criticism will continue until he gets a fresh start somewhere else and the Oilers address their pressing need for blue line help. The Oilers could have solved some of their defensive woes if they had used that 2012 pick to select Ryan Murray, Jacob Trouba, Olli Maatta, Morgan Rielly, Hampus Lind

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BLAME IT ON PRACEY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-10-19

At first blush, it looks like Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy acted in haste when releasing amateur scouting director Rick Pracey. The news is out about the firing, and when you go back five seasons it’s very difficult to see why the Avs pulled the trigger. WHAT WE KNOW NOW PRACEY’S BEST PICKS, 2009-14 Matt DuChene, No. 3 overall in 2009 (343gp, 107-159-266) Ryan O’Reilly, No. 33 overall in 2009 (351gp, 74-119-193) Gabriel Landeskog, No. 2 overall in 2011 (205gp, 58-77-135) Nathan MacKinnon, No. 1 overall in 2013 (88gp, 24-42-66) Tyson Barrie, No. 64 overall in 2009 (112gp, 15-38-53) Stefan Elliott, No. 49 overall in 2009 (58gp, 6-12-18) Michael Bournival, No. 71 overall in 2010

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Oilers Rig Radio Podcast Episode 3

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-10-19

Your favorite Oilers podcast is back with yet another edition! This week, I’m joined by Jackie Dawson, who does an unreal job filling in for Dave Gordon. We touch on a number of topics, ranging from Edmonton’s terrible start to the season to trade rumors galore. We give our thoughts on the team’s early season play, whether there is accountability from ownership, and whether or not a coaching change should happen. We also discuss GM Craig MacTavish and some of his decisions, and look at what the team needs to do next. On top of all of that, we break down the big trade rumors that have surfaced featuring the Oilers, which come from The Fourth Period. These rumors are juicy, a

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The Origin Of Iiro The Hero (And Other Finnish Things)

Source: Tend The Farm
Date: 2014-10-19

There is a lack of Finnish things on the Edmonton Oilers these days. In fact there was a lack of Finnish things on the Oklahoma City Barons roster since the departure of Teemu Hartikainen. The grand five years that the Barons have been in existence they have managed to position seven Baltic Sea lovers in the lineup, and seven has always been God's perfect number. Toni Rajala, Antti Tyrvainen, Teemu Hartikainen, and to a lesser extent Lennart Petrell, Niko Hovinen, and Frans Tuohimaa have given opponents Helsinki Hell and caused a frenzied hot flash to Barons fans far and wide. The swoon-worthy-ness of Finnish hockey players has always been a tiny obsession of mine, and it only grows as the d

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NHL Power Rankings: It's Early & Weird

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-10-19

With only a handful of games to go on, the early power rankings look a bit odd. Last year's power rankings worked out pretty well, so we're bringing them back for another go-round. Rank Team Share 1 Pittsburgh Penguins 1.9 2 Minnesota Wild 2.5 3 St. Louis Blues 2.5 4 Chicago Blackhawks 3.1 5 Vancouver Canucks 3.1 6 Nashville Predators 6.6 7 Boston Bruins 6.8 8 Washington Capitals 7.0 9 New York Islanders 7.9 10 Tampa Bay Lightning 8.6 11 New York Rangers 9.5 12 Columbus Blue Jackets 9.9 13 Toronto Maple Leafs 10.0 14 Anaheim Ducks 10.1 15 Winnipeg Jets 10.4 16 New Jersey Devils 10.7 17 Arizona Coyotes 10.8 18 Philadelphia Flyers 11.0 19 Ca

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