Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Edmonton-Oilers

Fun In The Summertime

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

Some trade suggestions out of Boston, the first from sports commentator Jimmy Murphy: “Habs need to trade Max Pacioretty and Carey Price! Do it now before what promises to be a miserable season and their value goes down! If I’m Bergevin, Pacioretty to Panthers for Bjugstad and Price, Alzner to Oilers for Draisaitl, Lucic, Talbot. Make it happen MB! (Montreal GM Marc Bergevin).”

And this from Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston, his notion that the Bruins might be interested in Milan Lucic of the Oilers: “If the Bruins could get him at a reduced rate without giving up too much in assets, would it be worth reuniting Lucic and Krejci on the second line to see if that could spark the power forward back up to 20 plus goals? Certainly the Bruins wouldn’t get pushed around in the playoffs like they did against the Lightning last season, and that’s worth something in and of itself....

My take

Both Murphy and Haggerty aren’t reporting trade rumours here, they’re just speculating, having some fun, as the NHL’s silly season is clearly upon us. Most teams have made all of the major moves they’re going to make, though Ottawa could still move Erik Karlsson. All the major free agents have been signed, saved for Patrick Maroon. Still, hockey fans and hockey writers like to scheme and dream, so we’re going to hear all kinds of fascinating scenarios, some of them more credible than others.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Connor McDavid Wins The Ted Lindsay Award

LAS VEGAS/ TORONTO (June 20, 2018) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today at the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu that Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is the recipient of the 2017-18 Ted Lindsay Award (TLA) after garnering the most votes from the players for his exceptional season. The TLA is presented annually “to the most outstanding player in the NHL,” as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche both finished as first-time finalists for the TLA. Hall placed sixth in the league in points (93), which were 41 more than his next-closest teammate. MacKinnon co-led the league in game-winning goals (12) and placed second in points per game (1.31).

McDavid is the first player in the history of the TLA to receive the players’ award twice before the age of 22. This is only the 16th time that the players’ choice for most outstanding player differed from the Hart Trophy winner.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: connor+mcdavid

The Edmonton ‘Plan’

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This just in from the Oilers, news that the team has hired: “TheOilers have hired Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros as assistant coaches.”

My take

If I’m not mistaken, we now know what The Plan is for the Edmonton Oilers: axe all the asst. coaches, keep the same coach, GM and almost all the same players and see how that turns out.

In other words, The Plan is to bet the mediocre Edmonton Oilers of 2017-18 were a fluke, while the strong Oilers of 2016-17 were the real deal and the team can bounce back to that higher level.

It looks like we’ve got a full slate of new assistants in Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Emanuel Viveiros, and that’s a fine and encouraging development, given how horrendous the Oil’s special teams were last year and the strong pedigree of the incoming coaches.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

The Edmonton Oilers Could Move The #10 Pick In the NHL Draft

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Odds are high they deal their 10th overall pick this June because whatever teenage defenceman is available at that spot is probably two to three years away from playing in the NHL — think Ty Smith in Spokane of the Western Hockey League or Noah Dobson in Acadie-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League — and the Oilers don’t want to waste any more of Connor McDavid’s prime years waiting for help down the road.

They need immediate offensive punch for a defence that had 29 goals last year.

And no, they can’t afford to trade for Ottawa Senators superstar Erik Karlsson.

“A player at No. 9 or No. 10 isn’t going to play next year,” Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said recently. “We’ll certainly listen to offers, and if there is a trade, it would probably be on the draft floor.”

Rest assured, he’ll be the one making more calls than taking them for the pick.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid

On winning the Hart Trophy vs. the Ted Lindsay Award:

You don’t want to take anything away from the Hart and take anything away from the media but to have your opponents and teammates and guys that you go up against every night, for them to vote and give you that respect or think of you on that level, it’s very special. Last year when I won it, it was such a nice feeling knowing that these are the guys you go to war with and they’re sitting back and saying, ‘you’re the best player this year.’ It really does mean a lot.

-Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.  Darren Dreger of TSN has more from McDavid.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: connor+mcdavid

The Problem In Edmonton

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are voices in Edmonton. Voices who bear Stanley Cup rings from the Oilers glory years, many of them don’t believe McLellan should be the Oilers head coach. Others would have him remain as a coach, but want to install at least one of their own to help him out.

We get that. Show us an organization that loses as much as this one has, and we’ll show you a team with a bunch of voices competing to be heard. Win, and it all goes away.

But, it’s not going away in Edmonton, where the alumni’s post-game strategizing has been dubbed “The Red Wine Summits.” That much became obvious this season when somebody above Chiarelli decided that Paul Coffey should be hired.

Someone, almost certainly in conversation with owner Daryl Katz — always vulnerable to being persuaded that The Old Boys Club is the answer — made this failed Coffey experiment happen. And it became a laughing point around the NHL.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

The Edmonton Plan

added 2:48pm,



added 3:00pm, Video of the announcement is below...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Year End Media Availability With Peter Chiarellli

from Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

Strangely, Chairelli made no opening statement but jumped directly to questions...

On Milan Lucic
Confident that Milan Lucic can live up to his expectations next year. Likes his work ethic, reminds that he is “still young”.

On what has to change next year
Have to play to a higher pace, not just foot speed but thinking more quickly, moving the puck through all three zones more quickly. Parttly a personnel issue so as a manager he has to look at that. “Thinks our speed needs to start on the back end and moving the puck up quickly. Have some young forwards who can challenge for jobs who will bring speed. Generally wasn’t happy with execution, and that starts with passing. Criticized lack of support on thee breakout, neutral zone play and o-zone cycle.

Coaching staff
Lack of success on special teams was problems with execution. Made some tweaks on the penalty kill. Powerplay was disappointing this year. On the whole it was a challenge for the coaches. All are in a period of evaluation, including himself. “We are all under evaluation.”

read on

You can watch the 30 minute media Q & A below...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: peter+chiarelli

Afternoon Line- Milan Lucic

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: milan+lucic

Videos- Milan Lucic Had A Busy Night

Mike Smith first...



Tanner Glass next...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+smith, milan+lucic, tanner+glass

 1 2 3 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com


Most Recent Blog Posts