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Connor McDavid’s Huge Contract

The new deal begins with the 2018-19 season.



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Dave Semenko Dies At Age 59

(Edmonton, AB) - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Oilers legend Dave Semenko after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. Dave will be remembered as a fierce competitor, loyal teammate, fan favourite and dear friend to so many. His legendary toughness on the ice is surpassed only by his kindness and caring for others, and his equally legendary wit and sense of humour.

Our hearts go out to Dave's family and many friends.

Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler


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Don’t Overpay Leon Draisaitl

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This in from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, talking to Jason Gregor of TSN1260 about Leon Draisaitl’s contract negotiations: “It doesn’t surprise me that Draisaitl’s camp is going to play some hardball here. How hard a ball, I’m not sure. I suggested the ask was going to be north of $9 million. (TSN’s Darren) Dreger speculated it could potentially be  double digits ,up round $10 million. A $10 million or $9.5 million ask for Leon Draisaitl on an eight year extension is big, big, big money. And in my opinion it’s a bit of a reach by his camp. But that’s what you do when you play hard ball. You play hard ball.”

1. Leon Draisaitl is a strong player, valuable to the Edmonton Oilers and he should be well-paid. But he must not be over-paid. I don’t see Draisaitl’s ask for $9 or $10 million per as bit of a reach. I see it as a massive reach. Draisaitl is (reportedly) asking for an unprecedented amount of money for an NHL player at his level on a second contract.

2. For the Oilers to compete, every player on the team can be well paid, but no one can be massively overpaid.


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Everything Is Good With Connor McDavid’s Proposed Deal

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

It isn’t finalized yet, but Connor McDavid’s new deal with the Edmonton Oilers is in the neighbourhood of $13.25 million for eight years. (Neither the Oilers nor McDavid’s agent, Jeff Jackson, would comment.) That’s a win for everyone.

Initially, the Oilers worried their captain might only want five years, but they get him for maximum term. It’s a win for McDavid — for obvious reasons.

The thing to remember here is this is for all of his prime years. Pittsburgh could “back-dive” Sidney Crosby’s contract. He’s making $3 million per season at ages 35, 36, and 37. The new CBA doesn’t allow that for McDavid.

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are making $13.8 million in the first four years of their mega-deals with Chicago. It goes to $12 million in Year 4 but down to $6.9 million in Year 8, when both will be 34. McDavid won’t be into his 30s by the time this ends.


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A Three-Year Deal For Zack Kassian In Edmonton


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Looks Like Jordan Eberle Headed To The New York Islanders

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Visiting Peter Pocklington

from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,

Peter Pocklington’s house lies in a gated community in the California desert. The Spanish-style bungalow he shares with his wife of 43 years is on a street lined with tall, impeccably spaced date palms. There are cactuses with sharp quills in the roundabouts, and golf carts parked outside nearly each million-dollar residence. In the distance, jagged mountain peaks fade from view like a Lawren Harris canvas.

Hockey’s original rock-star owner has a deck that overlooks an emerald fairway along one of Palm Desert’s private golf courses.

Hummingbirds flit around the pool and hover over a hot tub fed by a cascading waterfall. The home is elegant, but more understated than his previous address at the nearby Vintage Club. There, Pocklington had a helipad and a house with a retractable roof. Bill Gates, Charles Koch and Philip Anschutz were among his neighbours.

The eccentric swashbuckler who once owned the Edmonton Oilers lives behind a black wrought-iron gate and a trellis wrapped lovingly with magenta bougainvillea. ...

Revered and reviled, Pocklington once presided over one of the greatest dynasties in sport. It has been 20 years since he sold Edmonton’s NHL team and fell from grace as one of Canada’s most infamous businessmen. At one point, his empire exceeded more than $2-billion in sales, and included massive real-estate holdings, one of Canada’s largest trust companies, chicken-processing plants, food-processing firms, and a beef– and pork-packing house. None of that brought as much satisfaction and fame to him as the Oilers....

He muses about returning to hockey.

“I say to myself, ‘Goddamn it, Peter, grow up! You really want to get back into that cesspool?’ “I love the players, I love the contact, I love to win. The problem is the damn players’ agreement. Minimums and maximums … it just doesn’t work. Because of that, there is probably less than a 50-per-cent chance that I will do it, but I sure would love to. I miss being with the guys. We had a hell of a run.”

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Does The ‘Window To Win’ Really Close?

from Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal,

Every year, there seems to be a new catchphrase that circulates around the hockey world, and often, many of them become overused.

Some I loath include ‘200-foot player’, ‘puck luck’ and ‘compete level’ (mainly because it is often grammatically incorrect when used).

People criticize players for using clichés, yet the aforementioned words and phrases are said or written just as regularly by fans, media and bloggers. Hockey clichés are a like a powerful virus which infects many, and a new strain has popped up in Edmonton recently: “Window to win.”

The basis of this preposterous saying suggests a team has only a certain time frame to claim a championship. Some go as far as suggesting you need to win when one of your star players is on their entry-level contract, because their production-per-dollar ratio is excellent. It is a good theory, but it hasn’t been a factor recently.

The previous six Stanley Cup winners had no such player. The last team to hoist the Cup with major producers on their entry-level deals was the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, when Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were in the final year of theirs.


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It’s All Positive For The Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

If the Edmonton Oilers accomplished one thing this season… Well, let Patrick Maroon summarize:

“Everyone knows the Edmonton Oilers are no joke anymore,” said the straight-forward winger.

Truly, Oilers fans — and everyone inside the organization — would have settled for just that. Not being the butt of the joke anymore, or walking press boxes and sports bars from coast to coast and being met with that lingering, 10-year question that we all could never quite put our finger on:

“What the heck is going on in Edmonton?!?”

We can officially file the Decade of Darkness into the history books — its chapter entitled: “The Old Boys Club — A Cautionary Tale” — and we’ll open a new book in Edmonton, one where simply having a good November is no longer the barometer.


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The Edmonton Oilers Received A Lesson On Learning How To Win

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Sometimes, you just can’t put it any better than they do.

“I don’t think anyone thought we’d be here, one period away from the conference finals,” said Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, after he’d rolled yet another heroic performance in a 2-1 Game 7 loss. “I’m proud as hell to be a part of this group right now and I’m looking forward to the future with this team.”

In a nutshell, right?

In their first Game 7 of their maiden playoff voyage after the Decade of Darkness in Edmonton, the Oilers simply weren’t ready to beat the Anaheim Ducks. There’s no shame in that — Anaheim is very good, mega-experienced, and has beaten this Edmonton team for fun for longer than most of these Oilers have been National Hockey League players.

When it was all on the line, and Team Canada veterans like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry stared down the barrel of a fifth consecutive home-ice Game 7 loss, they simply refused to allow the narrative to continue. We should respect them for that — they’re too good to carry that yoke any further.

Anaheim was better Wednesday night, winning by a score that flattered Edmonton on the whole.


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