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Morning Line- Matt Kassian On Connor McDavid

 

McDavid had a hat trick last night, watch the goals below...

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Pressure On Connor McDavid

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

So you wonder, as this National Hockey League season goes into the gate, if the Edmonton Oilers can handle the pressure of being considered a Stanley Cup contender for the first time in almost three decades?

You worry about the 103-point team that played 14 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs heading into this season with a target on their backs one year after ending a record-equaling 10 straight seasons out of the playoffs?

Accept the challenge, says Connor McDavid.

Nobody in the NHL has more pressure on him going into this season than the 20-year-old captain who won the Hart, Art Ross and Ted Lindsay awards.

More pressure?

“You want to go out and do it again,” McDavid said of his approach to the Hart.

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TSN Says Connor McDavid Is The Best Player In The NHL

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year.

For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22 TSN experts.

The 20-year-old McDavid bested Sid the 30-year-old Kid, earning 59 per cent of first-place votes just one year after Crosby attracted 100 per cent of first-place votes for the first time during his seven-year run of absolute dominance.

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Paying The Number 2 Guy

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Another reason for Draisaitl’s $8.5 million annual payday is the identity of the center to which he defers. The Oilers presented Connor McDavid with an eight-year, $100 million extension. McDavid might even be underpaid considering the halo effect he bestows upon the organization and league in terms of marketing, corporate sponsorship, and appeal to prospective teammates (see: Milan Lucic). But purely in hockey terms, the Oilers could not afford to apply previously existing templates, such as six years and $36 million, on Draisaitl. It would not have been easy for management to explain to Draisaitl why he was worth $6.5 million annually less than McDavid, regardless of the latter’s prodigious skill.

While different parties have different opinions on Draisaitl’s AAV, the value the Oilers intend to extract from their top centers cannot be disputed. Starting next year, the Oilers will commit $21 million annually toward McDavid and Draisaitl. It’s the same amount Chicago invests in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews per season.

The differences are age and expected future performance. McDavid and Draisaitl will be 21 when the puck drops on 2018-19. The Blackhawks are paying Kane (28) and Toews (29) $10.5 million each for five more seasons. Guess which tandem every GM would prefer. 

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What To Do With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answered numerous questions from the fans...

At what point do the Edmonton Oilers look at trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? How do they afford him with their latest extensions?

Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli and his staff are in an interesting and difficult position with Nugent-Hopkins, who is 24 and carries a $6 million salary-cap charge for the next four seasons. He's valuable to them now as a No. 2 center or perhaps a No. 3 center depending on how they use Draisaitl and Ryan Strome. He also fits under their salary-cap structure now because McDavid's raise, from $925,000 to $12.5 million, doesn't kick in until next season. However, the Oilers will likely be in a bind next offseason with McDavid's new contract and the potential to give Strome and defenseman Darnell Nurse raises too. They must look a year ahead, when goalie Cam Talbot will be in the market for a new contract.

The Oilers must weigh the cost-benefit analysis in handling Nugent-Hopkins. If they trade Nugent-Hopkins before or during the season, when his value could go up depending on how badly a team might need him or how he performs, how much will they be giving up from a roster that should be thinking about contending for the Stanley Cup this season? If they wait until after the season to trade him, will they be getting the same value for him they might get if they traded him now or at least soon? I don't know the answer to these questions, but the best guess here is Nugent-Hopkins' $6 million cap charge is not likely a fit for the Oilers beyond this season. 

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Bad In Colorado And Getting Good In Edmonton

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

When it all goes sour, no one remembers the flowery compliments, the strong words of commitment and belief.

That’s mostly because it was all hot air anyways, all public relations chatter designed to get people to buy tickets and invest their money and affections in the supposedly golden future of an NHL team.

Remember, for example, the words of Colorado executive Joe Sakic back in July 2013 when the Avalanche inked blue chip young forward Matt Duchene to a five-year, $30-million (U.S.) contract.

“Matt already is and will be a big part of our team’s nucleus for the long term,” said Sakic. “We all felt it was important to secure his rights.”

Well, four years later, the Avs are trying to get rid of him, and Duchene wants out. The team is terrible, and “locking up” the core of Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog (seven years, $39 million) and Nathan MacKinnon (seven years, $44.1 million) has led the Avs exactly nowhere....

The Oilers do appear set up better than any other Canadian team for a run at the Stanley Cup, and for those among us who would very much like to see the Cup back in Canada, this would be a fine thing indeed. At this point, after a quarter century of watching U.S. clubs from Carolina to California hoist the grand trophy, it hardly matters which of the seven Canadian teams manage to get the job done.

Both McDavid and Draisaitl are coming off terrific seasons. They might be Edmonton’s answer to Pittsburgh’s dynamic duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeny Malkin. But the wealth they now have may change many things for them. Moreover, we live in an age when can’t just assess hockey players on their talent. You have to assess their impact on their team’s cap situation, among other factors.

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The Future Is Now The Present In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Draisaitl, in his round of phone interviews that began at noon with rights holder 630 CHED, was adamant about his long-term desire to be an Oiler. The only question to most was whether Draisaitl might have to do a bridge deal if general manager Peter Charelli was going to balk at a number more than the $7 million or so suggested by contracts of comparable players.

“For me there was never even a thought to go anywhere else or to think about going anywhere else,” Draisaitl made it clear.

“You look at options, but for me personally, I just want to be with this group as long as possible. We have such a good group and I really do believe we have something special coming up in Edmonton,” added the NHL’s eighth top scorer with 77 points during the regular season and Oilers top producer in the playoffs with 17.

The ecstasy is that the modern day dynamic duo equivalent of Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are both signed far enough into the future to take them through their prime time years of most careers.

McDavid’s eight-year extension, keeps him here for the next nine years. The captain has one year remaining on his entry-level deal. Draisaitl’s new deal kicks in this season. And there’s something to be said with both deals not ending at the same time.

Bottom line?

The future is now!

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An Eight-Year Extension For Leon Draisaitl In Edmonton

via an email from the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract extension, through the 2024-25 season, with an average annual value (AAV) of $8.5 million. 

The 21-year old native of Cologne, Germany completed his third National Hockey League (NHL) season in 2016-17, setting career highs with 77 points (29G, 48A), also finishing with a +7 plus-minus rating and 20 penalty minutes in 82 games.  He finished second in team scoring behind only Connor McDavid and ranked eighth among all NHL scorers.  He also set a new record for points by a German player in an NHL season, surpassing the record of 59 points, set by Marco Sturm in 2006. 

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Andrew Ference Makes His Retirement Official

via an Edmonton Oilers press release,

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference has announced his retirement from professional hockey after 16 seasons in the National Hockey League.

Ference, 38, spent the past four seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, where he served as captain from 2013-2015.  He appeared in 147 games and recorded 32 points (6G, 26A) and 108 penalty minutes with the orange and blue.

The 5’11”, 184-pound blueliner spent time with four NHL teams (Pittsburgh, Calgary, Boston and Edmonton) over his 16 year career, after being selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 8th round, 208th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

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Jussi Jokinen Signs A One-Year Contract With The Edmonton Oilers

via the Edmonto Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Jussi Jokinen to a one-year contract.

Jokinen, 34, played with the Florida Panthers in 2016-17, serving as an alternate captain and posting 28 points (11G, 17A) and 39 penalty minutes in 69 games.

The native of Kalijoki, Finland also represented Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. In 2015-16, he amassed 60 points (18G, 42A) and 42 penalty minutes in 81 games for the Panthers, ranking second in team scoring.

The 6'0", 198-pound forward has appeared in 891 career NHL games with Dallas, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Pittsburgh and Florida, accumulating 546 points (186G, 360A) and 365 penalty minutes. In addition, Jokinen has played in 56 playoff games, posting 32 points (17G, 15A) and 20 penalty minutes. 

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