Five potential trade destinations for Dion Phaneuf

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-23

If things keep going downhill for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf, a change in scenery might not be too far around the corner. For all the criticism Phaneuf receives, he is one of the most productive blueliners in the league and has been since he made his NHL debut 10 seasons ago. He shoulders the bulk of the blame for the Maple Leafs’ defensive woes – he hasn’t finished a game with a plus rating since Dec. 23 – even though he’s not the reason the team is struggling. It’s not unlike the situation Bryan McCabe found himself in toward the end of his tenure in Toronto before he was shipped out of town. Though it’s not an inevitability he gets dealt, Phaneuf’

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Handcuffed?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-23

Todd Nelson’s in a really awkward spot. He’s an interim head coach, with no job security past the next few months, and he’s trying to make changes on the fly with an underachieving roster and no training camp to set things up. One thing that might help him is reliable reinforcements from Oklahoma City, but at this point it seems either that there aren’t any or that general manager Craig MacTavish wants him to make do with the players currently in the majors.

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SIZE MATTERS MORE THAN EVER

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-01-23

During last night’s game, John Shannon mentioned a conversation with Craig MacTavish involving what the GM learned during his trip behind the bench. Shannon: “I talked to Craig MacTavish before the game, and about the five or six games behind the bench. I said you know size doesn’t matter anymore and he said oh no, one thing I learned is that size matters more than ever. Size and quickness.“ Interesting insight. If we apply that statement to the top 30 (we’ll use mine because I’m lazy) what would the Edmonton list look like? (1) C Connor McDavid, Erie Otters (OHL) 6.075, 195. (2) C Jack Eichel, Boston U (NCAA) 6.02, 196. (5) R Mitch Marner, London Knigh

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The Roundup

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-23

The loser point, Leafs piling up losses, David Clarkson, Flames buying or selling, Jeff Petry, an Oilers cartoon, skill players fighting and more in this week's Roundup.

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The case against blowing up the Maple Leafs

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-23

If the little red button has any kind of ego, it likely feels pretty flattered right now thanks to all those Toronto Maple Leafs fans talking about how attractive it is. For many scarred Buds supporters, the idea of pushing a trigger that would reduce their team to rubble is an increasingly enticing—and likely cathartic—notion. But just as things are never as simple as they seem when your team is winning 10 in a row and leading the NHL in goals-per-game, it’s crucial to remember that a tear-it-down rebuild brings absolutely zero guarantees. Any player will tell you a few things have to bounce your way to win a game, and the same principle applies when trying to mould a franchise from g

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How Has Each Canadian Team Performed in 2014-15

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-01-23

There were low expectations for Canadian hockey teams heading into the 2014-15 season. Only one of the seven Canadian teams made the playoffs in 2013-14, the first time that happened since 1973. That feat was quite astonishing considering the Canadians, the Maple Leafs, and the Canucks were the only Canadian teams in the league during that season. At least the Montreal Canadians made it count by winning the Stanley Cup. Despite low expectations, some of the Canadian teams have performed better than expected. Going into the All-Star Break, four of the seven Canadian teams are sitting in a playoff spot. While a few teams have been able to quench the negativity surrounding the lack of Canadian

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the ASG

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-01-23

Edmonton Oilers F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was selected to his first All-Star game earlier this month, and while it seems like a small detail, it’s a pretty damn big deal. RNH has been in the shadow of Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle since coming to Edmonton, but has actually been Edmonton’s most important player. Yes, Hall is Edmonton’s best player, but RNH might be the most important piece to this puzzle in Edmonton. He’s a center with absurd skill, an ability to score points, and he plays a killer two-way game. His defensive ability has been really good throughout his career, but has taken a big step forward this year. Offensively, the Nuge puts up points, but doesn’

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Habs are Canada’s team with best Stanley Cup odds

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-01-23

The Chicago Blackhawks enter this weekend’s NHL All-Star Break in their familiar position atop the Stanley Cup betting futures, listed at 5/1 odds to win their third Cup in six years at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Hawks maintain their Stanley Cup betting position despite losing three of their last six games, all as heavy moneyline favourites at the sportsbooks. Chicago wrapped up play ahead of Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game in Columbus trailing the Central-leading Nashville Predators by three points in the division and sitting just two points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets, who hold down the Western Conference’s top Wild Card spot. The Blackhawks continue to be closely trailed

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TOMORROWLAND

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-01-23

It’s time! The Edmonton Oilers have their draft number surrounded (1,2,3,4?) and it’s a good year to be near the top. All those nights of fall and winter spent throwing things and having tantrums have us right where we wanted expected to be: Top of the Draft, baby! It’s a helluva night, as the best prospects CHL hockey can gift to the NHL will be on display. BOXCARS TEAM ORR BOXCARS TEAM CHERRY Man there are some amazing players. Please pass along your thoughts and we’ll chat about it during and after the game, plus tomorrow. McDavid, Strome, Marner are the headliners but there are tons of talented kids. Can’t wait!

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Which of these Edmonton Oilers should be traded before the deadline? [Photos]

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-01-23

Five players the Oilers should ship out, based on what they could get in return. What's your take?

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Hockey World ‘Short Shifts’: Edmonton Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse draws comparison to Nashville Predators defenceman Seth Jones

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-01-23

St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was very impressed with Edmonton Oilers’ first-round draft pick and defenceman Darnell Nurse at the World Junior Hockey Championship. “He looks like (Seth) Jones. Plays the same game on the move. He’ll be able to skate you out of trouble,” said Hitchcock.

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What is Petry's value?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-01-22

It has been obvious to me since the beginning of the season that Jeff Petry was going to be traded. He will be a 27-year-old UFA on July 1st, and the temptation to see what teams will want to sign him and for how much money is too enticing to pass up.The big questions are what is he worth in a trade and what type of salary will he command on July 1st?

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