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Connor McDavid Misses The Edmonton Oilers Super Skills Competition

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

In my mind, it was going to be a wonderful event.

There would be a capacity crowd with young fans holding ‘Happy Birthday Connor’ signs and everybody would stand and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.

Indeed, there was a capacity crowd for the Edmonton Oilers Super Skills Competition Sunday at Rogers Place. Most of the fans were kids. And several held up signs wishing McDavid ‘Happy Birthday’ cardboard signs....

There was no big public address system announcement in the building to inform fans that McDavid wouldn’t be on the ice. In fact there was no announcement at all.

The Oilers simply flashed, and I do mean flashed because it wasn’t up there more than a few seconds, a notice informing that the following players would not be involved because of injury or sickness: Connor McDavid, Jujhar Khaira, Alexander Petrovic, Andrej Sekera and Kailer Yamamoto....

Actually, I broke the story in the morning on Twitter (apparently that counts as a scoop these days) reporting that McDavid was sick and wouldn’t be there.

The response from followers was predictable:

• “Sick of losing?”

• “Sick of Edmonton?”

• “Bad back from carrying 22 players on it?”


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Connor McDavid Leads The Edmonton Oilers Again

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are nights when you’re not clicking on all cylinders. Then, there are nights when the car’s up on blocks, the engine is taken apart and parts are strewn across the garage.

When you’re having one of the latter nights, and then watch a puck rattle off both of your defencemen and into you net for the apparent game-winner, well, then you’ve got no chance, right?

There’s absolutely no rescuing any point on one of those nights, correct?

“We had nothin’” said head coach Ken Hitchcock, who played the hell out of his best players, got a goal with eight seconds left in regulation and watched his Edmonton Oilers beat Florida 4-3 in a shootout Thursday.

“These games can really help you going forward as a team,” Hitchcock said, “because it’s damned impressive, what they did.”


Below, watch the goals (2 and 1 in the shootout) from McDavid last night, including the game tying goal with eight seconds left.

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The Ongoing Rebuild In Edmonton

from Robert Tychkowski at the Edmonton Sun,

Watching Connor McDavid trying to drag this organization into the playoffs is like watching Secretariat attached to a plow. You can’t take your eyes off a spectacular horse, but it’s hard to look at.

And it’s nothing new. There have been some great young players come through here during the 12-year rebuild, most of them asked to do too much too soon with too little help.

Instead of getting the kind of support that blue-chip prospects in Calgary and Toronto get, they’re patted on the back and told to be patient while the owner and his management teams attack this problem with all the efficiency of a gorilla in ski gloves trying to untangle headphones.

There have always been good, honest, hard-working grinders surrounding the young stars in this organization, but for more than a decade now, the skill and experience needed to help them turn this team into a winner has never been provided.

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Does Connor McDavid Have A Target On His Back?

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

In Los Angeles Saturday, Drew Doughty managed to get away with a Gordie Howe-calibre elbow to the jaw of McDavid. Doughty was shown laughing on the Kings bench and McDavid went back to the Oilers bench clearly suffering the effects of the elbow.

Many Oilers fans were more upset with the fact that Doughty escaped without a Milan Lucic or Zack Kassian choosing to take the law in their own hands and filling in Doughty for his transgression as would have happened in the days of Dave Semenko....

Sunday in Anaheim, the video of Anaheim Ducks’ Hampus Lindholm crosschecking McDavid in the back where ‘97’ and ‘McDavid’ are sewn on his uniform and sent head-first into the boards, went viral.

more with videos of both instances and others too and below, the Sunday play in question can be viewed...

added 5:02pm, below, Bob McKenzie on the topic too.

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Morning Line- Ken Hitchcock

"We didn't compete, their best players were their best players. We didn't compete, so this is on everybody. Everybody."

"The start? Come on. We had one player show up and play. Darnell Nurse was our best player by a mile. He was one of the most competitive players on the ice and that's all we had.

"When you have one player that competes at a high level in a game like this, it can't be acceptable. There's been too much of this going on in the first 41 games. We win one and then we take our foot off the gas, and that's exactly what we did."

-Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the Edmonton Oiler after a 4-0 loss to the LA Kings last night.

More at NHL.com.

Catch the game highlights below.

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Video- Peter Chiarelli On The Weekend Trades

via the YouTube page of TSN,

Peter Chiarelli explains that the trades he made on Sunday weren't 'knee-jerk reactions' and he felt that it was imperative to shore up the Oilers' defence at this critical point of the season. Chiarelli also says he spoke with Connor McDavid last year about acquiring Brandon Manning and he had no problem with it.


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Critical Time For The Edmonton Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

For Daryl Katz and his Edmonton Oilers franchise, this is a massively important business year and, suddenly, that’s the developing story behind the story of what’s going on with this once again nose-diving team.

Sunday, the Oilers traded three players and a draft choice and called up leading point-producer and goal-getter Joseph Gambardella from Bakersfield, hoping to get the attention of the team and find a short-term fix for an injury-riddled and offence-lacking secondary scoring in almost total disarray, before they flush a semi-successful start to the season away.

The moves are a reflection of the Oilers’ current crisis in the standings, brought on by a five-game losing streak. But there’s the potential to be a much bigger crisis than existed last year, when the team went from a 103-point season and Game 7 of the Pacific Division final to missing the playoffs for the 11th time in 12 years.

It’s the third year of the team playing in Rogers Place, and what makes it a developing business crisis is that a significant number of suites and premium seating inventory and all the season tickets are up for renewal at the end of the year.

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Busy Day For Edmonton, Now A Trade With Chicago



added 5:33pm, Blackhawks announce the trade below.

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We Have A Florida/Edmonton Trade


added 2:27pm, Edmonton release...



The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Alexander Petrovic from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenceman Chris Wideman and a conditional third round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Petrovic, 26, is in his fifth NHL season, and has appeared in 26 games this year for Florida, posting one assist, 24 penalty minutes and a -8 plus-minus rating.

A 6’4”, 216-pound defenceman, Petrovic has appeared in 254 NHL games over his career, posting 49 points (5G, 44A), 358 penalty minutes and a -3 plus-minus rating. 

The native of Edmonton, AB was originally selected by Florida in the second round, 36th overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

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A Bad Loss For The Edmonton Oilers, A Good Win For The Vancouver Canucks

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

At least one of the Edmonton Oilers had an understanding of how big the game was for them Thursday night at Rogers Place.

“If we lose, they take our playoff spot. It’s a big matchup. You never want to give your playoff spot up,” said Connor McDavid at the morning skate.

Unfortunately, McDavid delivered that message to the media, not to his teammates.

Five nights before turning the calendar ahead to 2019, the Oilers appeared to have turned it back to the decade of darkness — back before they were wearing orange, back when fans were throwing blue home jerseys on the ice.

To suggest they didn’t show up for this extra large Pacific Division game to open what I call Separation Season would be a massive understatement.


from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Points to ponder as the Canucks quickly found their post-Christmas break stride, were on their heels in the second period and found a way to grind out a 4-2 win over the Oilers to hit the .500 mark (18-18-4) to start a six-game trip off on the right foot:

Meaningful games mean everything

The Canucks handed the Oilers their fourth-consecutive loss and fifth in the last six games by finding a way to win.

It wasn’t pretty because aside from Elias Pettersson doing his electric thing in the first period, it was about grinding one out. It was about the fourth line being as important — or more important — than the first on a night when the Oilers made a strong second-period surge with an 11-5 advantage and 22-11 shot dominance after 40 minutes.


Game highlights below.

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