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Scottie Upshall Signs A PTO With The Edmonton Oilers

via a PR release from the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent forward Scottie Upshall to a professional tryout (PTO).

Upshall, 34, appeared in 63 games for St. Louis last season, posting 19 points (7G, 19A), 46 penalty minutes and a –1 plus-minus rating.  The native of Fort McMurray, AB, has played 759 career NHL games over 15 seasons, with Nashville, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Arizona, Columbus, Florida and St. Louis.

The 6’0”, 201-pound forward has 285 career NHL points (138G, 147A), 615 penalty minutes, and a +9 plus-minus rating.  Upshall also appeared in 53 playoff games, posting 13 points (5G, 8A), 66 penalty minutes and a -3 plus-minus rating.

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Ranking The Starting Goalies In The NHL

from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

Here’s my ranking of the NHL’s 31 starting goalies entering the 2018-19 season:

1. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets: Consistently one of the very best goalies in the league, he’s in his prime on a hardworking, defensively solid team that’s trending up.

2. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning: He had the Vezina Trophy in his sights last season before running out of steam down the stretch. Still, he’s a great young goalie on a great young team.

3. Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets: The Jets-Bolts showdown in the 2019 Stanley Cup final is gonna be something to see.


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Video- Improved Farm Systems And Impact From Prospects

In regards to question #1, Pronman mentions the Sabres, Islanders and Canadiens.


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Video- Red Berenson Joined The NHL Network Today

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Hockey Notes In Mid-August

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The contract Ryan Ellis signed with Nashville – eight years, $6 million a year –  is the kind of money Jake Gardiner can expect in his next contract, either from the Leafs or from another NHL team. Gardiner is no Ellis – but he’s just a step and some sense behind.

- Brendan Shanahan doesn’t understand any talk about Auston Matthews being bothered by the signing of John Tavares or the logic attached to it. When Shanahan played for Detroit, the Red Wings signed Brett Hull. He welcomed the signing. It made his life easier.

- Amazing how challenging it is to make a list projecting the Top 50 players in the NHL for the coming season. I’m at 50 and am having difficulty finding places for excellent players such as Marc-Andre Fleury, Mark Stone, Nylander, Torey Krug, Logan Couture, Braden Holtby, Vincent Trocheck and Filip Forsberg. I’m still playing with the list, but this is a tough assignment … Picking one and two is easy – it’s either Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid. After that, everything’s an argument. And a hard one: Where you do put Erik Karlsson this season? Which Erik Karlsson? And for what team? 

a few more hockey blurbs...

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Video- Training With Aaron Ekblad

It's slow, very slow so how about doing some off-season training with Aaron Ekblad.


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Brock Boeser Ready To Play His Game Again

from Jessi Pierce at NHL.com,

Brock Boeser is raring to go with the Vancouver Canucks after proclaiming himself healthy and showing no effects of a lower-back injury that ended his rookie season March 5.

"It was a long four months, so it feels really good to get back out there," the 21-year-old forward said Wednesday between games at Da Beauty League, a 4-on-4 summer league featuring players with connections to Minnesota. "I feel like I'm playing my game again. It's been a good summer since they cleared me."...

It was a breakout season, but one that could add pressure for a repeat, especially with the Canucks beginning a new era following the retirement of forwards Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin after 17 seasons in the NHL.

"There's always pressure, at least you think there's pressure, but I try not to let pressure situations get the most of me," Boeser said. "I definitely exceeded my expectations [last season], so I think I can take that into [this season].

"I really can't get away from the style play that I play. I think I just need to go in there and hopefully be a better player than I was last year, make sure I come to the rink every day working hard and help make the team better."

read on

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The Ottawa Senators Will Not Give Away Erik Karlsson

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

If Karlsson isn’t traded by the time training camp opens Sept. 13 at the Canadian Tire Centre, then the expectation is he will report to honour his deal. He has been skating at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata off and on since late June to prepare for the start of next season — wherever that might take place.

If general manager Pierre Dorion is going to make this trade, it has to be right and he’s not going to give away a franchise player. The Senators are not going to get caught up in false deadlines. The reality is the organization will make this move when the timing and, more importantly, the return is right.

It’s believed five to six teams, including the Vegas Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks, remain interested in Karlsson. It’s not known what the asking price is, but it would stand to reason that it’s likely hefty and includes multiple pieces.


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Scoring Goals

from Travis Yost of TSN,

One thing that always fascinates me about the NHL’s modern day goal scorer is that there are an awful lot of ways to be successful.

Look at last year as just one example. Alexander Ovechkin – surprise! – was the league’s most successful goal scorer. Ovechkin is incredibly predictable in the offensive zone. He tends to sit in or around the left circle and fire blistering slap shots and one-timers past goaltenders. He can be a bit reliant on his playmaking linemates to set him up, but they are equally reliant on him to put the puck in the back of the net. To this day, no one has really figured out a way to slow down Ovechkin or his patented slapper.

Not everyone fits the Ovechkin mould, though Patrik Laine is probably the closest thing we have. He likes to manoeuvre around the circles as well, but a much higher percentage of his goals are considered snap shots. The mechanics of the snap shot are much quicker than something like the Ovechkin wind up, and are deadly when a goaltender is trying to recover his position.

Minnesota’s Eric Staal doesn’t possess the same type of shooting talent as an Ovechkin or Laine, but he still managed to add 42 goals to his name last season....


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Morning Line- Ryan Miller

“I get both sides of the argument actually, but I’m more strongly supportive of people voicing their opinion even if they are an athlete. I just feel like, yeah they do have more exposure, media exposure and a soapbox, and whether you think that’s fair or unfair or if it’s warranted or not, I just encourage all people to engage in conversation and engage in politics and that they are aware of what’s going on and they can participate. So if you feel like you have something and you have people that are willing to listen to you, I don’t think that’s out of bounds.

“I mean we had a Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United where they would say corporations basically had free speech and should be treated as a person. So I mean, there’s money and an agenda and all that behind that. So if we’re OK with that, I think we can be OK with a person having a political opinion within the sport. Now it’s up to the sports to handle it the way they feel like they [should] handle it.”

-Ryan Miller of the Anaheim Ducks.  Josh Cooper of The Athletic (paid sub.) has much more from Miller.

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