Wings

Wings

For most of a decade, four general managers have spent time trying to ‘build up the middle’ to create an Edmonton Oilers team that has a strong base at center, defense and in goal. High draft picks spent on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse, Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, Ethan Bear, Evan Bouchard and Philip Broberg all chosen with an eye to improving at center or defense. During those same years, the team has procured and then sent away some stunning skill wingers. It

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2020-07-08

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Hot Links: Wednesday, July 8

Hot Links: Wednesday, July 8

Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images RTP schedule, can McDavid and Draisaitl stay hot, what to do with James Neal, Evan Bouchard highlights, more than just special teams, Broberg and Yamamoto arrive, and MORE! Morning, folks! The NHL’s RTP schedule was teased out by the Bobfather yesterday, with games slated to start at 12PM, 4PM, and 8PM every single day. In both cities. There’s going to be so much hockey. Questions about the state of the Oilers linger as the NHL gears up to resume t

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2020-07-08

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Edmonton Oilers will have no home ice advantage, says Chicago sportswriter

This in from Charlie Roumeliotis, an NBC sportswriter in Chicago, his take that the Blackhawks will have no disadvantage in their play-in series against the Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton, in part because Oilers players will also have to pack their bags and live in the bubble hotel, just like every other player: “They have to pack multiple suitcases and stay inside the designated boundaries that includes hotels, dining destinatio

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2020-07-08

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Can McDavid & Draisaitl pick up where they left off?

Can McDavid & Draisaitl pick up where they left off?

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Source: SportsNet
Date: 2020-07-08

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James Neal Buyout More Likely With Flat Salary Cap?

James Neal Buyout More Likely With Flat Salary Cap?

No matter how you paint the picture, a James Neal buyout isn’t pretty. If the Edmonton Oilers choose to cut loose their veteran forward thanks the announcement of a flat salary cap — or simply because they’ve decided he’s too pricey an option to keep around for the production he brings — the organization will have to eat a good chunk of salary for an extended period of time. It’s certainly not ideal. But, is there a scenario in which a buyout is better done while the cap stays l

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2020-07-07

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NHL Rumors: Oilers, Bruins, Blackhawks, Recapture Penalties, More

NHL Rumors: Oilers, Bruins, Blackhawks, Recapture Penalties, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the type of contract the Edmonton Oilers might offer Ethan Bear, news on Jake DeBrusk not taking a hometown discount to stay with the Boston Bruins, the Chicago Blackhawks are expected to sign a top defensive prospect, and other top prospects have a small window to sign with their NHL clubs. Plus, the NHL has adjusted the recapture penalties clause under the new CBA which gives some serious relief to teams like Nashville and Minnesota. Oil

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2020-07-07

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Let’s rally behind Kaysen and his family

Let’s rally behind Kaysen and his family

When there’s a cause, Edmontonians are there to support. They step up and they don’t shy away from helping where they can. Today, I’m calling on anyone available to help support a young Edmonton child and his family. Kaysen is just under two years old and lives with a devastating disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It’s a rare neuromuscular disorder affection voluntary muscles needed for head and neck control, crawling, walking, swallowing and breathing. Kaysen is diagnosed with Ty

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-07-07

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Evan Bouchard’s 2019-20 AHL Highlights

Evan Bouchard’s 2019-20 AHL Highlights

One of the best things about the Internet is finding videos that fans put together relating to their/our favourite players. Thanks to the fine work of a YouTube user named SPR, we all get to spend five minutes watching highlights of Evan Bouchard doing his thing from this past season in Bakersfield. From the moment Evan Bouchard was drafted with the 10th overall pick back in 2018, Oilers fans have been hopeful that he’ll be able to blossom into the puck-moving defenceman that this team has n

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-07-07

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Darnell Nurse's chances of making Team Canada Olympic 2022 team are much better than you think

Darnell Nurse’s chances of making Team Canada Olympic 2022 team are much better than you think. First off, I’m going on what you think based on a Twitter poll I did, asking hockey fans what chances they thought that Nurse had of making the Olympic team? The answer? When I last checked, the po

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2020-07-07

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Oilers Have More Than Just Special Teams

Oilers Have More Than Just Special Teams

If everything goes according to plan, the NHL qualifying round and seeding will begin on August 1st in Toronto and Edmonton, which means we could see exhibition games by the end of this month. With more time on my hands than usual at this time of year, we can look deeper into commentary, and one statement I’ve heard for years is how special teams aren’t as important in the playoffs. Is this true? I decided to look back at the past four NHL seasons and the special teams and 5×5 play of the

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2020-07-07

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