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Ken Holland Has Work To Do

from Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Sun,

With pro-scouting meetings this week, here’s 10 things Holland has to get to, with $67.3 million committed to 15 players (eight forwards, six defencemen and one goalie) for next year with the salary cap likely going up to about $83 million in 2019-20.

The big tickets are, of course: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Milan Lucic, Zack Kassian, Sam Gagner, Colby Cave and Kyle Brodziak up front; Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera, Adam Larsson, Darnell Nurse, Kris Russell and Matt Benning on defence; and Mikko Koskinen in net.

1. The elephant in the room is Lucic, a 30-something forward making too much for his production. A buyout with the cap hit spread out over eight years seems implausible because it would be $3.625 million next season, then $5.625 mil, then $4.125 mil, then $5.625 mil, with only the final four years ($625,000) making it worthwhile.

They shopped Lucic last summer after his 10-goal season and they’ll do it again with Holland cognizant he’s dealing from a weak position because of Lucic’s four years and $24 million left, plus that no-trade clause, which means he’d have to OK a destination.


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A Dedicated Man Leaves For Edmonton

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Ken Holland had two passions: working for the Detroit Red Wings and being an NHL general manager. He knew the day was coming when he would have to choose between them.

He made the hard choice when he left the Red Wings to become GM of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Time will tell if it was the right one for him and his new team.

The easy choice would have been to stay in Detroit. Holland loved the Red Wings. He spent most of his adult life working for them, rising from western Canada scout to GM, helping to build the most successful team of its time.

He's loyal. He stepped aside so the Red Wings could replace him with Steve Yzerman on April 19, because he felt it was the right thing to do for the organization. Had he wanted to, he could have stayed in his new role as senior vice president indefinitely, a Red Wing for life.

"It's tough," he said at his introductory press conference in Edmonton on Tuesday. "I'm 63 years old, and I've been a Red Wing for 36 years."


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Daryl Katz Battling Health Issues

from Terry Jones of the Emonton Sun,

Daryl Katz sat beaming after he opened the press conference in a rare public appearance to finally face the customers and listened to new GM and President of Hockey Operations Ken Holland field questions and make statements.

But behind the expression around his lips, people watching the press conference Tuesday morning were struck with the much different appearance of the owner since he last appeared in public.

His face had a different colour and look and his hair was more wild and unmanaged.

The result was a great deal of comment on social media that, some time after the press conference ended, was silenced when Rogers Sportsnet commentator John Shannon sent out the following tweets:

“There’s been a lot made publicly today about how Daryl Katz looks. After asking a few questions, I can tell you he has been struggling with life threatening bacteria-resistant sinus infection over the past few years.

contiued including the Oilers confirming the health issue..

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Live Stream- Major Announcement From The Edmonton Oilers

Ken Holland will be introduced as the new GM of the Edmonton Oilers.

Anything else?  Watch below to find out.

Scheduled to begin at noon ET.

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The Edmonton Oilers Will Have A Major Announcement Today At Noon ET

via the Edmonton Oilers,

Please be advised Bob Nicholson, CEO and Vice Chair of Oilers Entertainment Group will host a press conference today, May 7 at 10:00 AM (MT) in the Oilers Hall of Fame at Rogers Place.

Bob Nicholson – CEO and Vice-Chair, Oilers Entertainment Group
Hockey Operations Staff

Oilers Entertainment Group Major Announcement

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Video- Exactly What The Edmonton Oilers Needed

via the YouTube page of TSN,

The Oilers did what they said they were going to do and they took their time finding the right person to fill their general manager vacancy. The hiring of Ken Holland came over three months since the firing of Peter Chiarelli, but was it worth the wait for Edmonton? Gino Reda, Bob McKenzie and Craig Button debate and weigh in on who could fill the open head coaching position.


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Taking A Gamble In Edmonton

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

This time was supposed to be different. And for a while, it actually was. The Edmonton Oilers canvassed the hockey world for candidates to fill their vacant GM position. They talked to people around the league, compiled a comprehensive list of names and did their research on each of them, extensively interviewed them and got their input on everything from how to get the Oilers out of a cap hell to their top coaching candidates. One person who was interviewed said he spoke with Oilers president Bob Nicholson for six hours and came away impressed with how well prepared Nicholson was and how much he had done his homework.

So then what did Nicholson and the Oilers do? After all that work, they went out and threw $5 million a year on a five-year contract at Ken Holland, a guy who wasn’t even interviewed and whom Nicholson has a relationship from his time at Hockey Canada. For a franchise trying to shake the old-boy network image, it was a curious way to go about things.

So what do we make of all this? The safe and prudent choice or the predictable one doomed to fail…again? Well, of course, all of that will depend on Holland’s performance and which route he goes down with this franchise. If he’s Jim Rutherford 2.0, Nicholson will look like a genius. If Holland is the second coming of Peter Chiarelli, the Oilers will be mired in mediocrity for another decade. (And by the way, Oilers fans have every right to question Holland’s hiring and look at it warily. They are not the problem in Edmonton. They are not toxic. They react the way they do because their team has been dismal, dysfunctional and terrible and all those people have done is kept supporting it.)


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The Edmonton Oilers Are Trying To Keep Their Fans Happy

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

A zero per cent ticket price increase.

A card to receive 15 per cent off all food and beverages.

Dramatic changes in environment and game presentation.

And, of course, a new general manager and head of Hockey Operations – it says here one will almost certainly be announced next week – and significant organizational changes to follow.

Will that do it?

Will that keep Rogers Place full for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl?

The Edmonton Oilers waited about as long as they could for the emotions of their fan base to level off somewhat and to transition from last year to next year.


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Edmonton’s New GM Needs To Be In Place For The NHL Draft

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

How much pressure is there on the Edmonton Oilers organization to get this general manager hire right?

Well, consider the $2 to 3 million home gates that pass by each spring, with the Oilers on the outside of the playoffs looking in for the fourth time in CEO Bob Nicholson’s five years with the team.

Nicholson has his candidates for GM — a list that includes Kelly McCrimmon, Mark Hunter, Ken Holland, Keith Gretzky and Sean Burke — and don’t believe what you hear about the team going into the upcoming draft without filling the position.

“Are you kidding? That’s where [the new GM] is going to have to get all his work done,” an Eastern exec said Sunday.

It would be a grave mistake not to have the new GM in place in time for the draft, and there’s no reason for it.

It’s not even May 1 and the interviews are concluded — or at least well along in the process. The draft goes in Vancouver on June 21. Unless the new hire is forbidden by his old organization from making the move before draft day — which is almost unheard of — the Oilers need him in place to make a dent in their cap woes come June, so they can go after a couple of mid-range free agents in July.


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Connor McDavid Injury Update

(Edmonton, AB) - Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid was injured during a game on April 6th in Calgary.
 The Edmonton Oilers medical staff, in collaboration with top orthopedic specialists, have determined a rehabilitation protocol for Connor which will begin immediately. 

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