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Afternoon Line- Darnell Nurse

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A Statement From The Family Of Colby Cave

EDMONTON, AB - The family of Oilers forward Colby Cave released the following statement on Thursday, thanking friends, family and the hockey community for their support during this difficult time.

There are no words to comfort a grieving family with a loss such as this. Yet, our community, our friends, and our family, found a way to wrap themselves around us, without saying a word.

People that impacted Colb's life seemed to stand out like beacons... teachers, hockey coaches, babysitters, buddies, and his family. We are so sad, and so broken for all of you too.

Colb's competitive nature always fuelled a drive to want to be better, and do better, in every aspect of his life; certainly what we are most proud of. To know that others recognized and admired those same qualities in Colby, makes us even more proud.

On Tuesday, the Cave family and the Oilers announced the creation of the Colby Cave Memorial Fund to help carry on Colby's memory and legacy.

Proceeds from the fund will go toward community programs with an emphasis on mental health initiatives and providing access to sports for underprivileged children.

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Terrible News With The Death Of Colby Cave

 

via the Edmonton Oilers,

FROM THE FAMILY OF COLBY CAVE:

It is with great sadness to share the news that our Colby Cave passed away early this morning. I (Emily) and both our families are in shock but know our Colby was loved dearly by us, his family and friends, the entire hockey community, and many more. We thank everyone for their prayers during this difficult time.

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Video- Connor McDavid On A Few Topics Today

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Connor McDavid answers questions from the media about what he has been doing during the NHL’s pause in play and what he would like to see once play resumes.

 

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Edmonton Oilers Announce Temporary Staff Reductions

EDMONTON (March 30) – Due to the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) today implemented a temporary staff reduction of 139 employees, effective April 13, 2020, as well as a compensation rollback for all continuing staff working from home. These actions were made necessary by the pause of the NHL and AHL seasons, the cancellation of the WHL season, and the postponement of all Live Entertainment events at Rogers Place enacted to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and protect the safety of fans and employees.

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid

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New Lines Worked For The Edmonton Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Hello, Houston. It’s Apollo 97 here again. We think we have a fix for our re-entry problem. Mission is ‘go’ again.

While it totally goes against the old saying, ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it’, Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett said he’s creating a new saying to fit the situation.

“If it’s not broke, you haven’t looked hard enough.”

It might be a good quote, but I’m not sure it’ll survive long as a ‘saying.’

When the Oilers took the ice Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tippett used his under-appreciated ‘third star’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to fix the Connor McDavid ‘helicopter line’ (no wings) problem....

So when they dropped the puck, it was McDavid with Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian back after a seven game suspension and four-games of re-entry with the role of The Nuge now being played by newcomer Tyler Ennis.

James Neal and Andreas Athanasiou had been penciled in to be McDavid’s wingers upon re-entry but Neal had a pathetic performance returning to the McDavid line from injury. And trade deadline newcomer Athanasiou looked totally out of place in his auditions with McDavid, as well.

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Mike Green Out 3-4 Weeks With A Sprained MCL

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How Much Better Did Edmonton Get?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“I’ve come to Edmonton, we’ve got a great nucleus, and they’ve played hard to put ourselves in a position where we can compete for a playoff spot,” he said. “The last three years I was a seller in Detroit. We made the playoffs for 25 years before that. It’s fun to be in the playoffs.”

Give Holland credit for making the maximum impact with the minimum expenditure. He shored up his team with three acquisitions, yet did not give up a first-round pick or even a single prospect in acquiring left wingers Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Ennis, plus veteran defenceman Mike Green.

The biggest price he paid was two second-round picks for Athanasiou, but the speedy winger is a restricted free agent for two seasons after this one. So he will be an Oiler for several more years, if the team wishes it so.

“He’s having a tough year. We’re hoping … we can get the best out of him,” Holland said. “He’s got great speed, high-end skill. He’s a talented player and he’s 25 years of age — not 21, 22. We’re hoping his best years are ahead of him.”

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Morning Line- Ken Holland

"I think what you've seen in the past week, there will be more of it. I think there will be three or four players traded that are, 'Wow,' trades. Only one team ... is left standing at the end, so of those three or four deals, a couple won't have the impact you thought they would. But if you don't do it, what will happen? The NHL Guide and Record Book will tell you there's anywhere between 15 and 25 trades each year [before] the deadline. I would anticipate 10 to 20 trades in the NHL between now and Monday and three or four will be of the bigger variety. That's what history tells us.

-Ken Holland, GM for the Edmonton Oilers.  Tim Campbell of NHL.com has more from Holland, Oilers related.

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