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Will The Milan Lucic For James Neal Trade Help Either Team?

from Mark Spector of Sportnst,

Milan Lucic for James Neal. Two 31-year-old unhappy players who failed to live up to their multi-year UFA deals, swapped in a one-for-one — almost. Because Lucic’s contract presents a more difficult buy-out, the Oilers have tossed in a conditional third-round pick in 2020.

Also, the Oilers will retain $750,000 of Lucic’s salary, marking the end of a long, unsuccessful chapter of Lucic’s career, having scored just 16 goals in his past 161 games....

Neal is a scorer — pure and simple. He doesn’t do much else for you when he’s not scoring. And, for a guy who has scored 20 goals or more in 10 of his 11 NHL seasons, he’s been traded three times now and was left open in the Vegas expansion draft.

That points to character issues, plain and simple.

In Edmonton, however, where Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are starving for a right-winger who can score, can Neal become a 20-goal man once again? If he can, Edmonton wins the trade, as it is unlikely Lucic will see the offensive opportunity in Calgary that awaits Neal in Edmonton.

Because anyone who has watched Lucic stumble through the past two seasons wouldn’t bet you a nickel that he will ever be a top-six producer ever again. All that remains in Lucic’s skillset is size and intimidation, both of which have diminishing value in today’s game.

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Looks Like A Milan Lucic/James Neal Swap Could Happen

added 3:39pm,



added 7:35pm, Trade is official...

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Questioning The Hiring Of Tyler Wright In Edmonton

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

I’m far from convinced that Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland made the right decision in bringing in Tyler Wright to become the director of amateur scouting for the Oilers.

Wright’s record in the past eight drafts — two heading up amateur scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets and six in the same job with the Red Wings — isn’t obviously good work. That assessment may well change as time passes and some of Wright’s picks turn into better players than they’re trending to be right now, but the obviously successful picks from those eight drafts are few and far between while the question marks are plentiful.

Let’s look at how Wright did in acquiring Big 12 players, the spine of any team, the critical players essential to any squad’s success, the No. 1 goalie, Top 4 d-men and Top 7 forwards, all the first and second line forwards and one excellent checker/two-way player leading the third line.

NHL head scouts who succeed will identify at least one Big 12 player every draft year on average, they will make the most of their Top 10 overall picks, they’ll find at least one Big 12 players outside the first round every second year, and they’ll identify at least one Team Canada-quality player every four drafts.


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The Latest On Jesse Puljujarvi’s Situation In Edmonton

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This in from Jesse Puljujarvi’s agent Markus Letho on Vancouver Sportsnet radio 650 with an update on Puljujarvi’s situation.

As to the suggestion that Puljujarvi was headed back to Europe this year, Lehto said, “First off, I’m not sure that Jesse is going to go back to Europe. I don’t think Jesse himself ever, or I don’t think I did, ever told anyone that unless he’s traded he’s for sure going to be back in Europe.

“What Jesse has been saying to (Oilers GM Holland) Kenny and everybody else, and what I’ve been saying, is we just don’t think it’s going to work out any more. He could definitely benefit from a fresh start. I think he deserves a fresh start. I think he has done everything that Edmonton coaches, management, they had a plan. He went down three times to the American League. Every time he played excellent and he was brought back up, right?

“It’s very unfortunate, I think that it’s been in the media a little bit, in Jesse’s mouth there has been put all kinds of words and in my mouth too. I never actually said anything. We’ve been having a really good dialogue with Kenny Holland about the trade possibility and obviously I’ve got so many teams calling me, asking what’s going on. Obviously nothing has happened yet.”

Asked about giving it a go with new Oilers GM Ken Holland in charge, Lehto said, “Well, that’s something that really kind of makes Jesse and really myself think that he should try and go back. But at the same time it’s a lot like a confidence issue here.


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Ken Holland’s Day

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

His name is Ken Holland not Ken Houdini.

It’s not easy to work Free Agent Frenzy Day wearing a set of handcuffs, ankle irons and wrapped in chains while trying to keep your head above water in a fishbowl with 18,000 out-of-the-playoffs-for-12-of-the-last-13-season Oilers fans tapping on the glass and screaming to hurry up.

To suggest Holland went bobbing for apples and ended up with applesauce Monday would be unfair.

But what did he get done? A little.

And what didn’t he get done? A lot.

Everybody in Edmonton knew what Holland had on his ‘To Do’ list going into July 1.

Job 1 was to get Ryan Nugent-Hopkins a second-line talent to finally be able to play with. Free Agent Frenzy Day came and went with the Oilers longest serving player still centring a helicopter line — no wings.


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Ken Holland Takes Heat For First Round Pick

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Let me see if I’ve got this right.

The Edmonton Oilers hire the most experienced and successful general manager in the league at $5 million a year. And with the first pick of the Ken Holland era in Edmonton, the eighth selection overall, the Oilers long-suffering and venomous fan base was distressed.

The idiot went and picked a player ranked lower than eighth on many published lists and mock drafts?

Holland was even characterized as having put himself “on the hot seat” with his first ever Oilers draft pick.

It wasn’t just the social media haters and internet trolls. The reaction was decidedly that of disappointment throughout a significant slice of the passionate fan base.

This is in the wake of going with the rankings and ratings in the recent past and picking Nail Yakupov and Jesse Puljujarvi.

Now the Oilers have the recently successful amateur scouting and development pair of Keith Gretzky and Bob Green working under the draft and development champion of the NHL, in Holland. And an inordinate number of Edmonton fans call him out for his first pick?

Credit Holland for the best quote of the draft.

“The people who don’t watch the games seem to have all the answers today,” he said.


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Afternoon Line- Ken Holland

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Afternoon Line- Ken Holland

"If you're going to have success in this league, you can't have a different direction or a different vision every couple of years. We're going to build around our young players. We've obviously got some star players up front.

"We've got to stick with it. You've got to have a plan."

Ken Holland, GM of the Edmonton Oilers.. The CP has more on the Oilers via TSN.

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An Announcement From The Edmonton Oilers

via an Edmonton Oilers release,

Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced today that Bob Nicholson will assume the new role of Chairman, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and that Tom Anselmi is hired as President, Business Operations and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and ICE District. These moves allow Nicholson to devote his energies to OEG’s hockey franchises and growing sports business, while the addition of Anselmi brings significant management and operational leadership to day-to-day business operations.

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Dave Tippett Introduced As The Head Coach Of The Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton, AB) – The Edmonton Oilers announced today the hiring of Dave Tippett as the 16th head coach in Oilers franchise history.

Tippett, 57, has been a head coach in the NHL for 14 seasons (2002-04, 2005-17), with Dallas and Phoenix/Arizona, posting a career record of 553-413-28-102 in 1,114 games. The native of Moosomin, Saskatchewan also served as an assistant coach in Los Angeles from 1999-2002. Prior to joining the Oilers, Tippett was serving as a senior advisor for Seattle’s NHL team.

“Dave brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the organization,” said General Manager and Oilers President of Hockey Operations Ken Holland. “He is a great communicator and has consistently led teams known for their level of compete. I look forward to seeing Dave guide the Oilers this fall and we are all excited to have him on board.”

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