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from Derek Van Diest at NHL.com,
After spending the majority of the offseason in Russia, the Edmonton Oilers' right wing has returned to prepare for the upcoming NHL season, having put a disappointing second season behind him.
"It might be a huge year for me and that's why I'm here, to work on some things and to be here and train," Yakupov said Tuesday during a visit to the Oilers' summer hockey school. "I just want to be ready for the season. I'm going to be doing some different things this year. I feel more comfortable here than training at home. That's why I'm here and I will train with the Oilers prospects and the other NHL players that will come."...
"My season was over after [teammate] Justin Schultz's shot hit me in the foot," Yakupov said of a March 16 game. "I haven't even thought about last year. I have recovered from my foot injury. I worked over the summer on my foot and tried to skate a little bit. I feel pretty good and I'm ready to go. I'm 100 percent and I can do everything with my foot."
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
Hope #2: That Mark Arcobello and Anton Lander pick up where they left off in the AHL. Both Arcobello and Lander are seasoned AHLers now, and both have aced almost every test that league has thrown at them. If this were Detroit, we might be going on about how sage management had wisely let them get over ripe on the farm (though that’s not exactly the truth with Lander, is it?).
If this were Detroit, we’d think they were at last properly schooled and ready to graduate to the ranks of NHL stalwarts.
Hope #3: That Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is ready to do his best Davey Keon/Pavel Datsyuk impression and step forward as a truly effective, top-line NHL center.
Hope #4. That Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle will both have outrageous peak scoring seasons, Hall with 95 points, Eberle with 85.
Hope #5. That Nail Yakupov will figure out how to mesh better with his teammates, read the play more adroitly, and find a home on the right half-wall of the power play from where he will pound in 20 power play goals from that spot, bringing his total to 35 for the year.
six more hopes...
from Jonathan Willis of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
It was a dark and ugly campaign for the Oilers. The 2009-10 NHL season saw the implosion of the retooling effort the team had carried out in the aftermath of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final run, and launched an official era of rebuilding in Edmonton.
With the moves made this summer, every single player who took to the ice for that team has now been purged from the system.
It’s a remarkable statement. Forty different skaters appeared in at least on game for Edmonton that season. Thirty-five of those 40 had already been dealt prior to the 2013-14 season, but Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish managed to knock off the rest over the course of the year.
You see, Corsi is like a tempting hotdog. It looks good, smells good, might even taste good, but it can you leave you with a stomach ache. If you actually dig into what ingredients are in it, you might start to question your consumption.
-David Staples of the Edmonton Journal, where you can read more on this topic and how it relates to Justin Schultz.
from Jonathan Willis of the Cult of Hockey,
On Monday morning, the Edmonton Oilers’ official Twitter account proudly hit a new milestone in fan engagement, topping 300,000 followers for the first time:
But how does that total compare to the rest of the NHL?
Unsurprisingly, it lags behind the NHL most established franchises. The NHL’s top team by Twitter followers is the Montreal Canadiens, with 604,000, more than double Edmonton’s total. Every Original Six team is in that group, along with three teams from the NHL’s first wave of expansion (in 1967) – the Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. The youngest team in the mix is Vancouver, which was awarded an expansion franchise in 1970:
I call it a vacation...
via a press release from the Edmonton Oilers...
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have agreed to terms with defenceman Jeff Petry on a one-year contract.
Petry, 26, recorded 17 points (7G, 10A) and 42 penalty minutes in 80 games last season. He also led the Oilers in blocked shots (132) and hits (181), marking the third straight year he has ranked in the top two on the team in hits.
The 6'3", 195 pound blueliner has spent his entire NHL career with the Oilers, accumulating 59 points (13G, 46A) and 107 penalty minutes in 236 career games.
The Ann Arbor, Michigan native has represented his country several times internationally, most recently at the 2014 World Hockey Championship, posting four assists in eight games. He also participated in the World Hockey Championship in 2012 and 2013.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Edmonton’s roster right now holds only Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at first-line centre, and Boyd Gordon on the fourth-line.
Is general manager Craig MacTavish counting on newly minted draft pick Leon Draisaitl to play No. 2 centre in the NHL as an 18-year-old this fall? Or does the timing of this trade suggest that MacTavish has already landed a No. 2 centre during the interview period prior to the opening up of free agency at noon Eastern on July 1?
It’s not often you can trade, ostensibly, a 5-foot-10 winger for a 6-foot-3 one like Purcell, but this appears to be a classic case of two guys whose organizations felt it was time to move on.
Purcell comes billed as a Top 6 right-winger, but at times late in the season Tampa coach Jon Cooper had him toiling on the fourth line. He’s a pass-first player — even though Purcell is reputed to have a wicked wrist shot — who surely does not play as big as his frame might have you hoping he will.
added 7:55am, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal on Sam Gagner,
Tomorrow kicks off the free agency period but Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is wasting no time between the Draft and the Open UFA market to start setting up for things to come.
Last night the Lightning was wheeling and dealing to free up cap space and managed to snag another pick in the 2015 draft which is to be stronger than the one we just watched in Philadelphia.
After the Tampa Bay Lightning sent Teddy Purcell to the Edmonton Oilers for Sam Gagner they flipped Gagner out to the Arizona Coyotes along with B.J. Crombeen for a 6th round pick in the 2015 draft. Gagner’s night was summed up beautifully by Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo on Twitter.
⛄️ -> �� -> �� @89SGagner— Strombone (@strombone1) June 30, 2014
Tampa was just getting started. Around midnight the Lightning would acquire both a fourth and a seventh round pick for the 2015 draft from the Anaheim Ducks while the Ducks would receive forward Nate Thompson in the deal. Yzerman collected an additional three picks for the Lightning in the next draft and off loaded cap space.
With the 3 trades tonight, TB saved $5,583,333 in cash and $5,650,000 in cap space; plus added a 4th, a 6th and a 7th round pick.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 30, 2014
Tomorrow the Free Agent Frenzy starts and Tampa looks to have a plan.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The truth is, while MacTavish has likely reached out to about a half-dozen agents in the sell-us-on-your-team window from June 25-30, the Oilers may want to go after somebody like Buffalo Sabres defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, but everybody’s eyes lit up when the Sabres on Sunday bought out the last seven years of his contract.
Quite possibly 10 teams might be in the hunt for the German-born defender; the Oilers can sell him on playing with his countryman Draisaitl, among other things, but you can bet the Detroit Red Wings will make a huge push for him.
Ditto for the Colorado Avalanche, who are also in the Niskanen pursuit, the Washington Capitals, the Philadelphia Flyers, the New York Islanders and the Minnesota Wild.
Ehrhoff has been paid $22 million of the $40 million he signed for and will get another $12 mil in the buyout, so he’s made out like a bandit. Now, the teams are lining up for the 32-year-old, who can easily log 20 minutes a game, but teams may be trying to give him dollars but not term at his age — like, say, four years at $5.5-million a season.
MacTavish knows players pick landing spots in free-agency for 1) money, 2) a shot at winning a Stanley Cup, 3) location and how cold it is in the winter, and 4) where your wife wants to live.
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