Dear Peter Chiarelli: Don’t Listen to Them, The Game Hasn’t Changed THAT Much

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2017-12-08

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NHL salary cap to rise in 2018-19

According to Pierre LeBrun, the NHL’s salary cap is going to increase next year. LeBrun reports that the cap will, at the very minimum, increase from its current $75 million ceiling to $78 million next season, but it could rise as high as $82 million. The final salary cap number will ultimately be decided in...

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-12-08

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Jonathan Drouin back with Canadiens, likely to face Oilers

Jonathan Drouin back with Canadiens, likely to face Oilers

BROSSARD, Que. — Jonathan Drouin is back with the Montreal Canadiens after missing the last four games and is likely to play when they host the Edmonton Oilers this Saturday. D

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-12-08

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Ask Me Anything: Pacioretty for Nugent-Hopkins?

Ask Me Anything: Pacioretty for Nugent-Hopkins?

Deep-dive answers to your most pressing hockey questions – even your wildest trade proposals. The Ask Me Anything mailbag returns after a one-week hiatus. That break must’ve been good for your brains, as you’ve fired me some juicy, ambitious questions this week. Nice work. Let’s get to ’em.Andrew Kujavsky (@andrewkujavsky) asks…Would you do a Max Pacioretty for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins swap? It would seem to be a good hockey trade that would fi

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2017-12-08

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It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas for Todd

There’s so much for Todd McLellan to be happy about. He gets to coach Connor freaking McDavid, he has the keys in his hands to what is supposed to be one of the most exciting franchises in the NHL, a young team, a new barn, and a passionate fan base. Yet, just like Charlie Brown,...

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-12-08

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Opinion: Analytics show Oilers are losing because of defence

Opinion: Analytics show Oilers are losing because of defence

Despite the team sitting seventh in the Pacific and tied for 29th overall, I enjoy Oilers games. I also enjoy “Cult of Hockey” player grades by David Staples, Bruce McCurdy, Kurt Leavins, and colleagues. Win or lose, I eagerly await their post-game assessments, insightful analyses, and meticulous breakdowns of players’ in-game performances. Their grading criteria typically relate to goals, assists, shots for and against, scoring chances for and against, Grade-A chances, net-fr

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-12-08

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Friday Fights: Fight of the Year?

Hello out there, I’m on the air, it’s Hockey Fights today. This is a weekly feature where we will take a look back at the best tilts of the week that was, a fond look back at the fights that were, and a strong finger wag at the worst fight of the week. HockeyFights.com and I...

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-12-08

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Quarter Moon in a 10-cent Town

Quarter Moon in a 10-cent Town

The elephant in the room, the thing we’re going to discuss for the rest of this winter, is the following: Secretly, in our heart of hearts, we honestly thought Connor McDavid could pull any dead horse across the line. The shame of it? Management appears to have thought the same. In August, I run the RE series by player and overall, giving a line in the sand, an estimate for success. This season has been a frustrating journey, but it’s just one-third of the way to completion. One hopes f

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2017-12-08

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Friday Morning Hot Links: Start the Weekend

Friday Morning Hot Links: Start the Weekend

Good Morning, I don’t know about you guys, but this has been a long week. Let’s have some links. First things first, Lowetide’s prospect updates. A lot of them look really good and the Oilers should have three prospects in the WJC this

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2017-12-08

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Dear Peter Chiarelli: The Game Has Changed

Dear Peter Chiarelli: The Game Has Changed

Peter Chiarelli was a successful general manager for the Boston Bruins and won a Stanley Cup in 2011. He also helped navigate the team back to the final in 2013, coming up two wins short of a second title in three seasons. From the moment that series ended, however, Chiarelli has been one of the worst GM’s in the NHL. The reason why? Like so many before him and so many in the future, Chiarelli got stubborn and failed to adjust with the sport. No longer is the NHL about building a bi

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2017-12-08

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