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Edmonton/Calgary Still A Hot Topic

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

George Parros is coming to the game. But he doesn’t want to talk about it?

Meanwhile, just about everybody else seems to want to talk about nothing else but Game 787 of the NHL schedule Jan. 29 in Edmonton. It’s a game that has come to stand separately from all the others on the 2019-20 NHL schedule.

The renewal of hostilities of the finally-on-again Battle of Alberta following the Oilers recent 4-3 loss in Calgary featuring heels Matthew Tkachuk and Zack Kassian has become the featured game of the entire regular season.

Parros, the NHL Director of Player Safety, has decided his presence will be required in Rogers Place to read the riot act to both teams and particularly both players in order to prevent a riot.

In all his years as a goon, playing 10 NHL seasons with career totals of 18 goals and 18 assists and 1,092 minutes in penalties, no NHL Director of Player Safety was ever required to show up for any jackpot Parros ever managed to get himself involved.

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Looks Like Ken Holland Will Be Kicking Some Tires At The Trade Deadline

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

When it comes to the trade deadline, Ken Holland has a philosophy.

“When your team plays at a high level to put themselves in a position to get into the playoffs, as the general manager I want to help out.

“I like to make a move that sends a message to your team, a message that says ‘You guys have played great to get us to this point, I’m going to try to help out.’ ”

In a one-on-one interview with your correspondent Thursday, Holland revealed his intent to be a player at the trade deadline if his hockey club keeps itself in position to warrant it.

Having taken over the job as Edmonton Oilers GM with the team in salary cap jail, all Holland could do was sign a bunch of low dollar one-year deals with veteran European and North American players, hoping a few of them would help build a bridge to next year.

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Video- Afternoon Line- Zack Kassian

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Oilers forward Zack Kassian continues his war of words with Matthew Tkachuk following their latest altercations in Saturday's Battle of Alberta, says "he messed with the wrong guy," and that he has a great memory, also questions whether Tkachuk knows they're in the same division.

 

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Zack Kassian Will Have A Hearing On Monday

 

See all of Kassian's aggressiveness here.

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Video- It Was The Battle Of Alberta

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Oh boy, how we’ve missed you, Battle of Alberta.

Fast, crisp, 4-3 hockey.

Big, edgy hits, with great quotes post-game.

And a hell of a fight… Oh, wait.

“He’s just a young punk that has to figure that aspect out in the game,” Edmonton’s Zack Kassian said of Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, after another Flames-Oilers game where Tkachuk played uber-physical yet refused an invitation to fight. “It’s sad because he’s a pretty good player but he’s a (expletive).”

The truth is, Tkachuk is exactly what this latent rivalry has lacked for so long — a skating, hitting, turtling stick of dynamite that ignited the Battle of Alberta once again on Saturday. He tracked down Kassian in the first period and labelled him, sending Kassian’s helmet flying.

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Watch a different kind of game highlight package below plus the HNIC panel discusses the game.

added 3:40am, below, post-game video of Kassian and Tkachuk...

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Connor McDavid At Another Level

from Larry Brooks of the New Yotk Post,

So can we just retire the Mike Trout Trophy after awarding it by unanimous vote to Connor McDavid, whose goal seen ’round the world in Toronto on Monday only served to remind the hockey universe that someone very special who doesn’t appear very often on any national platform is in our midst?

Of course, in another time, Bobby Orr routinely scored goals such as the one in which the Edmonton center turned mighty fine defenseman Morgan Rielly into a dreidel. This reminds me that I could never quite understand how anyone other than No. 4 could have won the Hart Trophy back in the day, let alone a teammate, as Phil Esposito did in both 1968-69 and 1973-74.

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Video- McDavid

Connor McDavid!

 

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Afternoon Line- Ken Holland

“I managed some great players in Detroit: Yzerman, Fedorov, Shanahan, the Russian Five, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Chelios. I’ve not managed anybody like Connor. He’s 22. Zetterberg and Datsyuk just became Zetterberg and Datsyuk until they were 25 and 26. They played in the NHL at 21 and 22 but they were just support parts, and they grew into being ready to carry the torch and have a team compete for a Stanley Cup. When you factor in Connor’s age and what he’s accomplished, he’s already got on his résumé a Hart Trophy and leading the league in scoring once or twice.  I haven’t managed anybody close to Connor McDavid.”

-Ken Holland, GM of the Edmonton Oilers on The Fan590 in Toronto today.  Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal has more.

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Can A Loss Really Be A Positive?

Two headlines this morning at Sportsnet caught my eye.

Positive signs for Oilers despite blown lead, loss to Sabres

Canadiens’ youth movement a positive as slide continues with loss to Lightning

To me, finding a positive in a loss is only as good as the next game.  Another loss, another positive?

Give me a win, any kind of win on any day.  I'm positive of that.

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The Slumping Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The Edmonton Oilers are back to looking like they don’t believe, a familiar look in the land that playoff hockey forgot.

They’ve lost whatever spirit they had, not to mention 11 of their past 15 games, and we all know where it goes from here. This isn’t a one-game thing, it’s a 10-year thing. And it always finds its way to a game like the one the Oilers played Friday, a 5-1 embarrassment at home to Calgary.

“We were off three days for Christmas, and we didn’t come with the mindset to prepare to play a hard game. We were loose,” said head coach Dave Tippett. “When you haven’t skated for three days, show up with the purpose to prepare. Prepare the right way. We were loose the whole (morning skate). We didn’t prepare well enough to win and it showed right from the drop of the puck.”

He talked to his team about it before the game. They didn’t respond even a little.

The first Battle of Alberta of the season. A full house on a Friday night. Fresh off a few nice days off, and nobody is ready to play?

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Below, watch Dave Tippett post-game.

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