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Video- A Tribute To Henrik Zetterberg


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The Team Comes First

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As we have heard from inside the dressing room of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s a complicated balance between being a teammate and a union brother.

Le’Veon Bell’s ongoing holdout has not been unilaterally supported by fellow NFLPA members inside that Steelers room. In fact, they’re more worried about the effect Bell’s holdout has on the Steelers’ success, than whether it provides any rising salary tide for running backs across the National Football League.

In hockey, more often, it works the other way. The rare player who does hold out tends to self-reflect over the effect his absence has on his team.

It’s just the way hockey players are raised. “Hockey is a team-first game,” Darnell Nurse said on Monday, after signing a two-year, $6.4 million deal that will have him back at Oilers training camp on Tuesday morning.


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Connor McDavid Ready To Lead, Can The Rest Of The Edmonton Oilers Do Their Part?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

A back-to-back Art Ross winner, McDavid spent a summer listening to what everyone employed by this organization heard. Some variation on the theme of, “What the heck happened to you guys last season?”

Of course, the Oilers rebuild started so long ago. If it were a child, it would be in Pee Wee hockey. Maybe even Bantam. But McDavid has only been here for three years. He doesn’t own all that previous grief, just the fall-on-their-faces season that was 2017-18.

“We definitely get a sense from the fans and the media, and we’re just as eager as (they) are, inside the room. We want to get this thing going, get moving in the right direction,” McDavid said. “Put last year to rest and stop having to talk about it. Having to answer questions about it.”

Ask McDavid about being faster or better this season, and you don’t get much: “My fitness is right where it’s always been. I’m not a guy who will blow the bench press out of the water, but I’m a fit guy.”

But, during the week prior to the opening of camp, word was filtering back from players and coaches. McDavid, for the first time starting an NHL season able to buy a beer in the United States, is getting even better at age 21....

“We were just saying, a small group of us, at one point or another he’s going to do something special. We’ve got to pull our rope and be part of that,” said Strome, Edmonton’s third-line centre. “It’s like if you get to play with a Crosby or a Malkin. We’ve got to pull our rope and do our part in getting us all there.”


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Under Pressure In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It’ll be no place for a nervous person.

Training camp for the Edmonton Oilers may look like fun and games from the stands at Rogers Place, but with medicals Thursday, for the following 16 days until they fly to Europe and return, it will be a season of applied pressure from just about every direction on just about everybody involved.

If the fourth edition of the Connor McDavid Era Oilers misses the playoffs again, just about everybody gets fired.

Peter Chiarelli gets canned.

Todd McLellan gets gassed.

A whole new collection of assistant coaches will be sacked.

And the worst possible thing — a rebuild of the rebuild of the rebuild — will transpire.


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Video- Get In The Mood For Hockey

5 1/2 mnutes of Connor McDavid from the past NHL season.


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Video- The Trailer For ‘Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story’

via the YouTube page of Upstream Flix,

“I think he’s the best goaltender in the history of the NHL.” - Wayne Gretzky

Upstream Flix is partnering again with Award winning producer Adam Scorgie (Ice Guardians, The Culture High, Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo) in conjunction with Oilers Entertainment Group VP Donn Metz and Co-Producer Shane Fennessey for Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story.  Upstream Flix plans to release the film in late 2018.

Don Metz directs this captivating cinematic chronicle on one of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic goalies in the history of the NHL.

Featured contributors in the documentary include Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Martin Brodeur, Brett Hull, Chris Pronger and many more of the NHL’s royalty.

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Connor McDavid Is In A Safe Place

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

He’s confident, possibly euphoric. It reminds me a little of Mats Sundin’s captaincy with the Maple Leafs. Sundin believed in the Leafs lineup every year, even when the results told him differently. Every time they missed the playoffs, he thought next year would be different. He was so busy being optimistic he couldn’t see what wasn’t there.

Maybe McDavid, at a higher level, with his game for the ages, is the eternal optimist. He has the power now of contract and production and status in the game to say whatever he wants. To call for change if he believes change is necessary. Few players ever reach that level. McDavid is there now and what we really don’t know is if he thinks leaving this lousy Oilers team together was prudent. All we know is what he’s said for publication.

He is still just 21 years old, still a kid in many ways, still playing the part of the robotic, say-nothing, hockey player. It’s a safe place to be. But really, wouldn’t you like to know what he thinks about his team and about anything else in hockey? He is bright and opinionated and thoughtful until the cameras come on. The lights, in this case, too often can be silencing or deceptive.


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Darnell Nurse Ready To Go Even Without A Contract

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Darnell Nurse doesn’t want to drag this out much longer.

The supersized defenceman with genes you wish you had and jeans you’ll never fit into calls his fellow Edmonton Oilers his brothers, his family.

He can’t imagine not joining them in Alberta in a couple weeks, under lowered expectations and heightened urgency, of stepping into camp determined to build off his best year personally and a kick in the head professionally.

The catch: Nurse, one of the NHL’s several restricted free agents still unsigned in these back-to-school shopping days, is the only Oiler without a job in place for the 2018-19 season — yet.

“No matter how long it takes or what goes down, I’m always ready to go. That’s always been my main focus: When the puck drops, I’ll be there,” Nurse said Monday at BioSteel Camp, after sniping on consecutive three-on-three rushes.


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Scottie Upshall Signs A PTO With The Edmonton Oilers

via a PR release from the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent forward Scottie Upshall to a professional tryout (PTO).

Upshall, 34, appeared in 63 games for St. Louis last season, posting 19 points (7G, 19A), 46 penalty minutes and a –1 plus-minus rating.  The native of Fort McMurray, AB, has played 759 career NHL games over 15 seasons, with Nashville, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Arizona, Columbus, Florida and St. Louis.

The 6’0”, 201-pound forward has 285 career NHL points (138G, 147A), 615 penalty minutes, and a +9 plus-minus rating.  Upshall also appeared in 53 playoff games, posting 13 points (5G, 8A), 66 penalty minutes and a -3 plus-minus rating.

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Andrej Sekera Had Surgery Today On A Torn Achilles Tendon

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