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Edmonton Oilers Announce Temporary Staff Reductions

EDMONTON (March 30) – Due to the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) today implemented a temporary staff reduction of 139 employees, effective April 13, 2020, as well as a compensation rollback for all continuing staff working from home. These actions were made necessary by the pause of the NHL and AHL seasons, the cancellation of the WHL season, and the postponement of all Live Entertainment events at Rogers Place enacted to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and protect the safety of fans and employees.

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid

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New Lines Worked For The Edmonton Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Hello, Houston. It’s Apollo 97 here again. We think we have a fix for our re-entry problem. Mission is ‘go’ again.

While it totally goes against the old saying, ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it’, Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett said he’s creating a new saying to fit the situation.

“If it’s not broke, you haven’t looked hard enough.”

It might be a good quote, but I’m not sure it’ll survive long as a ‘saying.’

When the Oilers took the ice Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tippett used his under-appreciated ‘third star’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to fix the Connor McDavid ‘helicopter line’ (no wings) problem....

So when they dropped the puck, it was McDavid with Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian back after a seven game suspension and four-games of re-entry with the role of The Nuge now being played by newcomer Tyler Ennis.

James Neal and Andreas Athanasiou had been penciled in to be McDavid’s wingers upon re-entry but Neal had a pathetic performance returning to the McDavid line from injury. And trade deadline newcomer Athanasiou looked totally out of place in his auditions with McDavid, as well.

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Mike Green Out 3-4 Weeks With A Sprained MCL

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How Much Better Did Edmonton Get?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“I’ve come to Edmonton, we’ve got a great nucleus, and they’ve played hard to put ourselves in a position where we can compete for a playoff spot,” he said. “The last three years I was a seller in Detroit. We made the playoffs for 25 years before that. It’s fun to be in the playoffs.”

Give Holland credit for making the maximum impact with the minimum expenditure. He shored up his team with three acquisitions, yet did not give up a first-round pick or even a single prospect in acquiring left wingers Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Ennis, plus veteran defenceman Mike Green.

The biggest price he paid was two second-round picks for Athanasiou, but the speedy winger is a restricted free agent for two seasons after this one. So he will be an Oiler for several more years, if the team wishes it so.

“He’s having a tough year. We’re hoping … we can get the best out of him,” Holland said. “He’s got great speed, high-end skill. He’s a talented player and he’s 25 years of age — not 21, 22. We’re hoping his best years are ahead of him.”

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Morning Line- Ken Holland

"I think what you've seen in the past week, there will be more of it. I think there will be three or four players traded that are, 'Wow,' trades. Only one team ... is left standing at the end, so of those three or four deals, a couple won't have the impact you thought they would. But if you don't do it, what will happen? The NHL Guide and Record Book will tell you there's anywhere between 15 and 25 trades each year [before] the deadline. I would anticipate 10 to 20 trades in the NHL between now and Monday and three or four will be of the bigger variety. That's what history tells us.

-Ken Holland, GM for the Edmonton Oilers.  Tim Campbell of NHL.com has more from Holland, Oilers related.

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Ken Holland Planning To Do Something At The Trade Deadline

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

We’re betting he plays Sunday at the latest, and McDavid’s imminent return coupled with Monday’s trade deadline has veteran GM Ken Holland under the spotlight here in Edmonton — no different than in any hockey town on the map.

“The day I took the job (back in May) I told everybody at the press conference that I hoped on March 1 that we’re playing important games, competing for a playoff spot,” Holland said on Thursday. “We’re probably a little bit above that, but just a little bit. You can say we’re first place in the division, but we’re also five points from being out.

“How has it affected my thinking? I was a seller in Detroit the last three years, and I was a buyer at the deadline for many years. Would I like to do something? Yeah, you like to do something to pitch in.”...

And the owner of a team that has enjoyed one playoff run in the past 13 seasons likely wouldn’t mind a playoff gate or two. All of that is running through the mind of Holland, who is also responsible for building something here that can past — which means not dealing away picks and prospects.

Especially a first-round pick.

“Certainly for a rental,” he said. “I’m not going to spend a first-round pick on a rental.”

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Edmonton Oilers Announce Oscar Klefbom Out 2-3 Weeks

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Leon Draisaitl Proving He Can Play Without Connor McDavid

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Let’s stop talking about Leon Draisaitl as a Hart Trophy candidate, shall we. I mean, seriously.

He’s not a candidate, OK?

He’s the favourite.

And with 10 points in the four games that Connor McDavid has missed due to injury, the big German is officially extinguishing the final embers of what has been a pretty bad take for some time now.

"According to a lot of people out there, I can’t play on my own. I can only play with Connor," Draisaitl said after setting up Josh Archibald’s OT winner in Raleigh. It was Draisaitl’s third point in a 4-3 victory that launched the Edmonton Oilers into first place in the Pacific Division, and leaves them at 12-4-2 since young Kailer Yamamoto joined the club for a New Year’s Eve game against the Rangers.

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Video- Zack Kassian Suspended 7 Games

For kicking.

 

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