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Ken Holland Will Be Working The Phones

Goaltending continues to be a hot topic of conversation in Edmonton, with Mikko Koskinen set to become an unrestricted free agent, Mike Smith unsure of his playing future, and Stuart Skinner continues to progress. GM Ken Holland spoke to the media and admitted that they don't have a true number one goalie as they used guys in tandem. Holland also said he needs to be working the phones to see what they will be doing, and where they are going.

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Edmonton Has A Decision To Make On Evander Kane

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Ken Holland, the Oilers general manager, told us a series ago that he’d love to re-sign Kane. But there is a salary cap, and what does the leading goal scorer in the NHL Playoffs command on the market?

Six million dollars? Seven million? Eight?

“I can sign anybody. But someone's gotta go,” reasoned Holland. “If you love everybody, somebody's not staying.

“Can you keep him? I can keep anybody. But I can't keep ‘em all.”

There are salary cap machinations that would have to take place: trading Tyson Barrie’s $4.5 million cap hit; moving Zack Kassian at $3.2 million; perhaps having to choose between which restricted free agent to sign, Kailer Yamamoto or Jesse Puljujarvi.

Then there is the baggage that has dogged Kane throughout an NHL career spent on the outs with teams in Winnipeg, Buffalo and San Jose, where he was literally kicked off the island by the Sharks players.


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The Edmonton Oilers Are Done

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

As daunting tasks go, there’s this old saying.

“When the world says ‘give up,’ hope whispers ‘ah, try it one more time.’”

It looked like we would see that, a Game 5 in Denver, but Artturi Lehkonen slapped in a rebound off a Cale Makar shot — the defenceman’s fifth point of the night — 79 seconds into overtime for a 6-5 Colorado victory over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night. The Oilers didn’t go quietly into the June night, leading by two in the third and then sending the game to OT on a goal by Zack Kassian with 3 1/2 minutes left but the bottom line was they got swept in the NHL’s Final Four.

There’s solace in getting this far, for sure, especially against a better, deeper, healthier team–winning two playoff rounds against Los Angeles and Calgary-but in the end, the Oilers’ run is over with defenceman Darnell Nurse soldiering through 15 games with a torn hip flexor, with Leon Draisaitl playing on a leg and a prayer with a suspected high ankle sprain but getting four assists in the last game. With the Oilers still playing into June when 28 other teams weren’t.

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But, losing hurts. “There’s no participation medals,” said a clearly hurt Oiler goalie Mike Smith, who is 40 and running out of time to be this close to his first trip to the Stanley Cup final. “We lost, we’re done. We got the lead and it seemed like when we got the lead they came at us in waves and we couldn’t withstand that, couldn’t get some saves, couldn’t get the bounces. Ultimately, they get another break at the end (Makar’s shot was tipped by Lehkonen as he reached towards Smith’s glove, and then reached around for the winner).”


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Win Is The Goal For The Edmonton Oilers Tonight

from the CP at Sportsnet,

The task for the Oilers at home Monday night is simple — win a game.

"Everybody's counting us out, so there's no pressure on our end,'' Hyman said Sunday. "All the pressure flips to Colorado. They're expected to win now.

"For us, it's just about getting one and then go from there.''

The gritty winger, who signed with Edmonton in free agency last summer, and the Leafs were up 3-1 on Montreal in the first round just over 12 months ago before the Canadiens roared back with three straight victories — including two in overtime — to stun Toronto in seven.

"A lot of guys in (this) locker room have either been up or down heavily in series and seen a swing,'' Hyman added. "I got a first-hand view of it last year. I don't think anybody gave them a chance to come back in that series, and sure enough, they did.''

Hyman saw a straight-forward formula on the other side.

"It's hockey — you're not knocked out until you're knocked out,'' he said. "You've got to continue to plant that seed of doubt. It starts with one win.''


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Video- Evander Kane Suspended One Game


note- 6/6/22, I moved the video below since the embed sttings asked you to accept the cookies from the NHL, not KK.

A few people brought this to my atention so that is why the video was moved after the jump.

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No Cup Again For Canada

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

Looks like the drought is going to hit 30 years.

It was 1993 when the Montreal Canadiens became the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup. The Edmonton Oilers, the last team from the Great White North still standing in these playoffs, are now on life support.

The Oilers trail the powerhouse Colorado Avalanche three games to none after losing Game 3 on home ice Saturday night by a 4-2 score.

Sadly, a series that looked at the outset like it could be special and entertaining has turned into a one-sided affair. Colorado, even with key injuries, is the far better club, and proving it can be just as good defensively as offensively. The series started with a high-scoring, 14-goal affair, but since then the Avalanche have basically held the Oilers, and their stars, in check.

“You don’t gotta please anybody,” Colorado star Nathan MacKinnon said. “We’re here to make it boring and gross.”


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Video- Suspend Evander Kane

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Will somebody give the Avs a broom, so they can sweep away Edmonton from the NHL playoffs and take Oilers rogue Evander Kane out with the trash?

Kane is a stain on the game of hockey. The kind that requires bleach and a wire brush to scrub the stink from the ice.

What Kane did to Nazem Kadri, slamming the Avalanche center into the boards with obvious intent to injure, fits the modus operandi of a scoundrel that has been known to flash a fake COVID-19 vax card and has been accused of welching on a stinking pile of gambling debts.

“The hit, it’s the most dangerous in hockey,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said late Saturday after the Avs beat Edmonton, 4-2, to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Kane “hit him headfirst from behind, eight feet away from the boards.”

That the NHL should suspend Kane for no less than two games is a no-brainer. The real brain-twister is why Kane would be employed by a team in a city that loves hockey as much as Edmonton does.


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Open Post- Game 3 Of The Western Conference Final

The Edmonton Oilers return home down 0-2.  We all know they need a win to extend the series at least one more game.

The Colorado Avalanche look unbeatable at this point, but stranger things have happened, that's why they play the games.


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It’s Up To McDavid

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

No time, no space.

For Connor McDavid we’re not used to typing those four words. He creates his own room even if there’s nothing there, no matter if he’s wearing a cheap-suit checker with those crazy spin moves. Like the last series against Calgary, when they were flailing and failing to stop him.

But Colorado’s a different beast in this Final Four matchup, up 2-0. They’re good, real good.

Especially Cale Makar and Devon Toews, the Avs’ top tandem on defence, who would have been Olympic team partners if the NHL had green-lighted going to China. And if it’s not them, everybody in a purple jersey seems to be in McDavid’s face, and he’s taking punishment. He’s dishing it out too, like that hellacious hit on Andrew Cogliano by the bench in Game 2.

Never count McDavid out. His furnace-like will to win is every bit as high as the Avs’ Nate MacKinnon’s. He could score two and set up a third in Game 3, taking over a game with his 29 points in 14 games.

But this isn’t a January game in Arizona. This is June, a few short steps from the Stanley Cup final, and the Avs are treating McDavid with respect, befitting the best player on the planet. But in hockey’s Mile High City, they’re also clearly sucking some of the life out of McDavid.


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Video- Zack Kassian Fined For Unsportsmanlike Conduct

NEW YORK (June 3, 2022) – Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian has been fined $2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram during Game 2 of the Western Conference Final in Denver on Thursday, June 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 9:38 of the third period. Kassian was assessed a minor penalty for interference.

Watch below.

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