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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers’ vaunted structure was nothing more than a house of cards on Friday in a 7-5 defeat on Glen Sather Night, which seemed a throwback to the bad old days early in the millennium when Slats was behind the bench on Broadway.
The Blueshirts are crashing, their season-long deficiencies in the defensive zone, most specifically in coverage in front of their own net, the primary factor in their fourth (1-3-1) in the past five games and seventh defeat (2-6-1) in the past nine matches with the final game of this three-game trip up Saturday in Calgary.
“This has to be rectified right now,” Dan Girardi said after a nightmarish performance. “I really don’t have any explanation for this.
“We kept making mistakes, we kept coming back and then we made more mistakes. It got away from us.”
Game highlights are below...
Videos of the ceremony are below...
(Edmonton, AB) – Glen Sather’s customary spot in the Rexall Place pressbox was the start of what was to be a legendary night for a legendary figure in the history of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. Glen Sather was greeted by a lengthy standing ovation from almost 17,000 fans, as his banner was raised to the hallowed rafters at Rexall Place, where it assumed its rightful spot among the other Oilers legends’ banners that had been previously raised.
“I had bought our longtime head scout, Barry Fraser, a Cartier watch for $3,000, even though it was really a $7,000 watch. One of the [owners] called me and said, ‘We can’t be wasting money on that.’
“The next morning I called them and told them they could stick the team up their ass. “[Twenty-six, actually 37] owners, with everybody telling me what to do and how to do it.”
-Glen Sather when he decided to leave the Edmonton Oilers. More on Sather by Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
It’s just over 3,200 kilometres from Rexall Place to Madison Square Garden.
Different country and certainly a very different city.
At first blush, there appears to be little in common between the capital of Alberta and the business capital of the world.
Except there is this hockey thing. A love of puck for a hardcore group of fans. Rabid Rangers pride and loyal Oilers faithful, these fans are as passionate and vocal as any. The Oilers have won five Stanley Cups, the Rangers four.
Another real bond exists between these clubs that has left a lasting impression on both NHL franchises for over 50 years: Glen Sather.
The longtime coach, general manager and executive will be honoured by the Oilers with a banner raising at Rexall Place on Friday ahead of Edmonton's game against the Rangers.
via a press release from the Oilers,
The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have placed defenceman Mark Fayne on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
When do you know on a goalie? When does a good month become a great season, and a No. 2 morphs into a No. 1 you can count on?
They are stewing on that in Edmonton this week, where upstart Swede Anders Nilsson — whose father was both a Stockholm cop and Djurgarden goalie — has rolled into town on a one-year, $1 million deal and stapled Cam Talbot’s butt to the Oilers’ bench.
Suddenly, Nilsson has started nine of the last 10 Oilers games, and has a save percentage of .922. He hasn’t given up more than two goals in any of his last five starts, and his save percentage in those games is .951.
Big guy (6-foot-5, 225 lbs), big numbers. But does he have a big future?
“He’s kind of got that Pekka Rinne look to him,” mused his head coach, Todd McLellan.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
It was only the second time this season that Dallas has been restricted to a single goal and they have yet to be shutout, an achievement Nilsson almost achieved.
The goaltender steal the win?
“Yup. That was a hell of a performance,” said coach Todd McLellan. “If he wasn’t the first two or three stars he should have been.
“As I walked down the hall I wondered what was going to be asked in here tonight and I knew my first answer was going to be ‘What a great game played by Nilsson.
“He stole a game he gave us a chance to win. That first period was really frustrating. The lay-ups that we gave them …
“If Anders doesn’t play the way he does that game gets away from us so fast that we don’t happened. We played better games and lost them than we played tonight,” added McLellan.
Watch the game highlights below of Edmonton's 2-1 OT win over Dallas...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
There is a significant trade coming in Edmonton.
It could be tomorrow (least likely). It could be at the Feb. 29 National Hockey League Trade Deadline (less likely). Most likely it occurs in the lead up to the 2016 Entry Draft in June.
The reason: The original Oilers rebuild has failed (newsflash), and the new general manager — Peter Chiarelli — is assessing which of its parts can best be recycled into a legitimate No. 2, and perhaps also a No. 3 defenceman. Teams don’t trade No. 1 blue-liners, so that’s out of the question.
There is still much talent in Edmonton, but it’s clear to all that the original blueprint is a loser, and the new architect has to swing the wrecking ball — to some extent — in Edmonton. However, significant trades are nearly impossible to do mid-season, when everyone’s cap/budget is locked in. Also, history tells us good defencemen seldom move mid-season, and clearly Chiarelli doesn’t favour the New York Islanders’ ask for Travis Hamonic, or that deal would have been completed a month ago.
I can understand Todd McLellan saying what he did, the Oilers are still a young and at this point a very fragile team.
But you have to think Edmonton fans have had just about enough. They want a team that can compete on a nightly basis but are not getting that right now.
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