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Does Connor McDavid Want Out Of Edmonton?

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey News,

Do you believe that Connor McDavid wants to spend the rest of his hockey-playing life in Edmonton? I don't.

Did Wayne Gretzky? No. The Great One loved L.A.

Did Mark Messier? No. He loved New York.

Or, recent Hall of Famer Kevin Lowe? No again. (See Mess)

At least the above trio previously had enjoyed Stanley Cup years in The True North. So far, Lord Connor has known nothing but cold and cold-hearted underachieving Oilers sextets.

As Rob Tychkowski noted in The Hockey News Yearbook: McDavid has "One playoff win to show for the first six years of his NHL career."

You'd think he'd tell his battery of agents, marketeers and assorted other reps something akin to "Enough already! Get me outa here!"

Granted that Edmonton ranks among the all-time intense hockey cities, overflowing with super-intelligent fans and writers who can tell the expiration dates on Official NHL Pucks.

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Goaltending For The Edmonton Oilers Sparks A Comeback Win Over The Calgary Flames

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Like the Grinch who stole Christmas, somewhere between the first and second periods on Saturday night, the Edmonton Oilers' hearts grew three times in size.

A game that began like so many others of late, with the Calgary Flames holding a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, did not end the way the past seven — or 13 of the previous 15 — had for the Oilers.

Somewhere along the way the bad goalie, the horrible power play and the unproductive superstars wrote different endings to their stories, and the Oilers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a dramatic 5-3 win over the Flames.

“When you are losing, you feel like you have that cloud or that pressure on your shoulders. You grip your stick a little bit too tight,” said Leon Draisaitl, whose four-point night included the game-winner with 5:31 to play and an empty netter just as the final horn sounded. “This was a big night for a lot of guys. You relieve a little bit of pressure and maybe don’t grip your stick as tight. That swagger is a huge part of confidence. Tonight was a big night for us.”

Undoubtedly, the best story all evening was goaltender Mikko Koskinen, who has been bombarded with criticism more than any single figure in the NHL over the past couple of weeks.

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Catch the game highlights below.

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Can It Get Any Worse In Edmonton?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It’s broken in Edmonton. Smashed into a million pieces.

On Thursday night, the Oilers outplayed Florida for the entire opening period, but couldn’t buy a goal despite outshooting the Panthers 17-7. A couple of hours later, that “success” was but a distant memory, buried in a landslide of Florida goals.

Losers by a 6-0 score, the Oilers have now lost seven straight games and 13 of their past 15. This was yet another embarrassment, and truth be told, the group as it exists has not found a solution in weeks, putting up the worst record in the National Hockey League standings for a month and a half now.

This is not the worst team in the NHL. But it’s been playing like it for too long now.

So something has to change. Because as it exists today, this collection of players and coaches can not effect change by themselves.

They no longer have an answer.

Fire head coach Dave Tippett? It wouldn’t surprise us one bit if, for the first time in his career as a general manager, Ken Holland pulled the trigger on Friday.

The season is swirling down the drain, and the team isn’t getting any better. He can’t find a goalie, let alone one who can score on a nightly basis.

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Game highlights are below.

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The Battle Of Alberta Continues On Saturday

The Edmonton Oilers host the Calgary Flames on Saturday night and if a team needs a win, it is the Oilers.

Rumors around Edmonton are plenty including fire the coach and make a trade for a top 4 defenseman and a goalie.

Not the easiest thing to do when your team is against the cap and the stars are slumping.

On to the battle between the two teams as explained here-

The Battle of Alberta is one of hockey’s great rivalries.

Ever since the Atlanta Flames moved 1,914 miles north to Calgary in 1980, Alberta has played host to some of the NHL’s fiercest games, most exciting moments, and one of its most famous dynasties.

Although the standard of hockey in Alberta has dipped since the Oilers and Flames won six of eight Stanley Cups between them in the 80s, the rivalry between the two teams remains intense.

n ongoing feud between Matthew Tkachuk and Zack Kassian, along with the shifted schedule for the 2020-21 campaign, which saw them face off 10 times within four months, has really reignited the hatred between the Flames - who are trending upwards in the NHL lines to win the 2022 Stanley Cup - and the Oilers.

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Afternoon Line- Jim Matheson

update 4:31pm, Fake account, my mistake.

Want to know what happened?  Watch below.

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Video- Our Game Is A Bit Different Today

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The Edmonton Oilers Have Problems

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Everyone in Edmonton wants answers. Such is life when you have the best player in the world, perhaps two of the five best players in the world, and just two wins since Dec. 1.

The problems with the Oilers are multi-faceted. There is the now decade-long issue of the team’s depth players failing the top half of the roster. The goaltending, with all due respect from the yeoman work put in by 23-year-old Stuart Skinner, has been ineffective. The blueline the team spent crucial cap space on in the off-season isn’t any better. Connor McDavid is doing deer-in-headlights post-game interviews. It’s going badly.

We knew the Oilers were top-heavy this season, and that their path to the playoffs could be boiled down to the star players going supernova while the rest of the roster managed to not get crushed in limited minutes. The team could ill afford new cracks to form.

But a new crack has formed, this one on the penalty kill.

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Another Loss For The Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Can’t kill a penalty, can’t get a save, can’t win a game. There are some serious, serious issues in Edmonton — and yes, they still need to find a goalie.

“Same group,” began Zack Kassian. “Beginning of the year, we were one of the best teams in the league. Now it seems like we’re finding ways to lose. That snowball going downhill, that’s not an excuse anymore. We’ve had a long break.”

The Edmonton Oilers had nine days off, and on the 10th day they rested, folding up like a tent against the Ottawa Senators. Edmonton turned a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes into a 6-4 loss to log their second six-game losing skid in their past 14 games.

Allowing five third-period goals to the 30th place Ottawa Senators ranks as perhaps the biggest regular season disaster in Connor McDavid’s NHL career.

“It’s definitely up there,” said McDavid, who was dangerous but pointless Saturday. “I’m not sure what to tell ya. It’s been a long layoff, we come in and work ourselves to a 3-1 lead… And we give it away.”

What happened?

“I wish I had an answer.”

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Ken Holland Has Inquired About Evander Kane

from Sportsnet,

Edmonton Oilers general manager and president of hockey operations Ken Holland confirmed on Tuesday he spoke to the agent of Evander Kane, the embattled forward whose off-ice choices and troubles put his NHL career on pause.

The scope of those talks is not clear.

"I've talked to his agent, his agent is Dan Milstein -- I know Dan very well because he was Pavel Datsyuk's agent [the former Detroit Red Wings star who Holland drafted]," Holland said. "As the manager, it's my responsibility to investigate every situation."

Kane's former NHL team, the San Jose Sharks, placed him on unconditional waivers Saturday in order to terminate his contract, ending a tumultuous run that saw him face consequences at both the NHL and AHL level for breaches of Covid-related protocols.

The 30-year-old Kane was previously suspended for the first 21 games of the NHL season for using a fake vaccination card.

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added 2:44pm, if interested, watch Hollands meeting with the media below.

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Carey Price Could Be A Fit For The Edmonton Oilers

from Michael Traikos at the Calgary Herald,

What's up hockey fans …

First, a disclaimer: I don't think Carey Price will get traded to the Edmonton Oilers before the April 12 deadline. Honestly, I'd be shocked if he goes anywhere before the summer.

The contract is simply too massive to move in-season. Finding a team that can take on his $10.5-million salary — or send back the necessary pieces in order to match — is next to impossible. Even if you could do it, there's the fact that Price hasn't played since Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final that should scare away any potential bidders.

That being said, I'm not ruling it out completely.

After all, something needs to be done in Edmonton. Something bigger than juggling the lines or changing the head coach.

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