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What Shall We Do With Taylor Hall?

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Taylor Hall was the first pick overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  He is likely to be a future NHL star, but he isn’t off to a fast start with the Edmonton Oilers.  He has one assist so far in his four game NHL career.  This has happened despite a solid amount of ice time - over 15 minutes a game.  The best scenario for the Edmonton Oilers would be to send him back to the OHL for the season. 

Edmonton holds Hall’s rights for seven NHL seasons of until he turns 27 years old (whichever comes first).  This season will not count as one of the seven seasons in question unless he plays nine or more games this year.  He remains on an entry level deal for the first three years of his NHL career and is presumably a good enough player to be significantly underpaid by the end of that period of time.  He is more likely to have a higher value as he matures and gets older.  18 year old Taylor Hall will not be as good as 21 year old Taylor Hall.  You are more likely to get a better season out of Hall if you control his NHL career at age 26 and 27 than at 18 and 19.

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No Plan To Send Taylor Hall To Juniors

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from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

Four games ago, the Edmonton Oilers’ first-round draft pick was the wunderkind who could do no wrong.

In his NHL regular-season debut, he was creating chances, fuelling hope. Now there are suggestions from the a segment of fans that the 18-year-old may be better served returning to junior hockey with the Windsor Spitfires for another season.

That’s not likely to happen, said Oilers head coach Tom Renney, who figured Hall played his best game on Saturday against the Flames in Calgary.

“He’s going to be here all year unless somebody tells me otherwise,” said Renney. “That’s a conversation you’d have down the road if, in fact, there was something that seems consistent in his game that really prevents him from moving forward. I’m not there.

“I think he’ll just get better (and) that’s an assimilation we’re prepared to work with. And not just with him but others in our lineup in a year where we think we can afford to do that and, quite honestly, we need to.”


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Record Crowd For Outdoor Hockey Game

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The Big Chill at the Big House has sold 105,585 tickets for game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

The game is on December 11th at 3:00pm.

Who’s going?


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King Richard Brodeur

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from VancouverCanucks.com,

“When I was playing with the Canucks I was painting at home and brought a sketch pad with me on the road. But it’s not something I mentioned to my teammates. You’re always considered a flake as a goalie anyways, and then if you walk in to the locker room and tell them you’re an artist they are going to laugh.”...

Brodeur played seven seasons in a Canuck uniform. He earned his spot in Canucks’ lore in 1982, when he backstopped the team to its first Stanley Cup final appearance and was given the moniker King Richard.

For the past several years, the former NHL net-minder has been participating in art exhibitions to showcase and sell his paintings. He utilizes oils, acrylics, and water colours to create abstract paintings as well as images of ‘Canadiana’– images such as the fishing villages in the Queen Charlotte Islands, lakes and orchards of the Okanagan, and the ports and coves of Nova Scotia. His most popular series is a collection of paintings titled ‘My Childhood Hockey Memories” – which features depictions of youngsters playing hockey on frozen outdoor ponds.

more and thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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The Flames Up And Down Season

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The victory over Edmonton momentarily quelled the panic in Calgary city streets. If the first four games are any indication, it promises to be a yo-yoing up-and-down year for the Flames. The axe may be hovering in the deep background over the current Sutter regime, but it is not poised in the imminent, we-need-to-win-tomorrow’s-game-or-else way that you see in Minnesota with Todd Richards.

General manager Darryl Sutter convinced the team’s ownership to stick with his vision, and ownership, unwilling to make a change that would probably involve dumping not just a highly paid executive but also a well-compensated coach, gave the brothers the reins – for another year, anyway. The Sutters have a decent amount of rope to show that their way is the right way – and if it all goes off the rails, as so many think it can, changes will come in the off-season.

In the meantime, the Flames are 2-2, not an especially fast start compared to last year, where they roared out of the gate to a sparkling 12-4-1-1 record and then limped home the rest of the way.


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Tom Gilbert Fined For Hit On Stajan

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via Joanne Ireland tweet,

Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert has been fined $2,500 (the maximum allowed under the CBA) for the hit he laid on the Flames Matt Stajan.

I tried to find video of the hit when it happened and again right now, nothing.  If you have a link, please post it.

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Doan Gets Three Games

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via Darren Dreger tweet,

As per Mike Johnson (tweet) 3 games for Doan is confirmed.

If you missed the hit, watch it here.

added 4:17pm, via NHL.com,

“Doan delivered a late hit from the blind side to the head of an unsuspecting opponent,” NHL Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said. “While it was fortunate that Sexton did not suffer an injury, the message should be clear that this is the type of hit that we want out of our game.”

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DiPietro In Pink

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Rick DiPietro shows his support for Hockey Fights Cancer.

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Afternoon Line

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“He came and touched base with our whole team and kind of gave us the short-term plan for right now, for how the P.A. is going and how he sees himself taking over. That’s my third or fourth time talking to him, throughout the meetings and everything this summer. I’m real impressed. He has a pretty good presence about him, with his knowledge and experience, and I think that rubs off on the guys and makes the guys pretty excited about where this is going. I think everybody is real happy about him coming on board and helping us out.”

-Matt Greene, LA Kings union rep on Donald Fehr.  Via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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At The Bottom Of The Eastern Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The great and horrible thing about the start of a new season is trying to separate trends from blips on the radar. Because there is such anticipation, fast starts are heralded as breakthroughs, while slumbering starts are indicative of some sort of organizational rot, personal lack of focus or just plain lousiness. All of which may mean absolutely zero by the time folks put away their Halloween costumes.

That said, you can understand why there’s more than a little angst among a trio of Eastern Conference playoff teams from last spring. Ottawa, New Jersey and Buffalo occupy the bottom three spots in the conference and were a combined 3-11-3 heading into this week with a combined minus-23 goal differential. Ouch. Each team has battled its own early-season demons, including injuries, inconsistent goaltending and lack of timely scoring. And while it’s early, all three share the same concern that these first games reflect something more problematic than just a slow start.

more topics including the Caps penalty kill and a look at the Panthers…

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