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(Feb. 27, 2016) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired goaltender Anders Nilsson from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Niklas Lundstrom and a 2016 5th round draft pick. Nilsson will be assigned to the Blues' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
Nilsson, 25, has appeared in 26 games for the Oilers this season, posting a 10-12-2 record along with a 3.14 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. The 6'5, 229-pound goaltender was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The Lulea, Sweden, native has dressed in 49 career regular season games between the Islanders and Oilers, accumulating a 19-21-4 record, a 3.10 goals against average, a .900 save percentage and one shutout.
Lundstrom, 23, was originally drafted by the Blues in the fifth round (132nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The 6'1, 194-pound goaltender has split this season between the East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) Elmira Jackals and the Chicago Wolves. The Varmdo, Sweden, native has posted an 8-3-0 record in 13 appearances with the Jackals and a 1-1-0 record in four games with the Wolves.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
The dream has always been the three of them — Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — hoisting a Stanley Cup at centre ice, sharing in hockey’s ultimate joy and reflecting on all the hard miles it took to get there.
That’s not going to happen.
Whether the Edmonton Oilers will ever win another Stanley Cup remains a continuing debate between the optimists and pessimists (with the pessimists riding a 10-year winning streak), but if the latest rebuild ever culminates in a championship, it won’t include all three former cornerstones.
The end of an era is upon them.
“For sure, (winning a Cup with them) was the dream, they’re great guys and great friends,” said Hall, adding they are all well aware that the core of this team is on the verge of being dismantled.
“I could be gone, it could be Jordan, it could be Nuge. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but the fact of the matter is that nobody, aside from Connor (McDavid), has played well enough to solidify a spot on this team, and everyone realizes that.”
fom Leah Hextall of Sportsnet,
Imagine where Detroit would be with four first overall picks in six years.
No one is suggesting the Oilers want to be in this predicament. New management was brought in to elevate the Oilers out of the basement and return the team to its glory days.
While working in Boston for NESN, I watched then-Bruins and current Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli craft a Stanley Cup contender and pull the trigger on several major trades. Along with Bob Nicholson, one would expect to eventually see change for the better within the Edmonton organization.
Until then, if this year’s draft lottery again falls in the Oilers’ favour, I assure you NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s inbox will be filled with emails from 29 GMs, stating in more colourful terms than I used:
“You can’t suck that long because it’s not fair to everyone else.”
First up, Connor McDavid.
Below, Joe Blandisi.
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from Chris Westcott of EdmontonOilers.com,
While Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli told the media on Tuesday the team would look to move out certain assets, there is still some evaluation left to be done. Also, larger contracts or “core players” are not likely to be moved until the off-season, if at all, according to the GM.
“Anything is possible. But, for me, major deals are less likely at this time,” said Chiarelli. “I think what happens is that there’s more global planning that takes place post-season, prior to the draft. Then, of course, you have those proximity of the draft picks that are alluring to teams. There’s just more activity that way, but anything is possible. I can tell you I’m not really looking at that type of deal now but doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be looking at that for the spring and summer.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Slap some lipstick and put some earrings on a pig, and it’s still a porker.
Even if the Edmonton Oilers do look better on a lot of nights under new coach Todd McLellan, and they’ve lost 16 games by a goal, and they’ve seldom been steam-rolled but for the odd butt-kicking by the Canadiens and Islanders, the standings say they look the same.
And, that’s the only thing that counts.
God almighty, No. 30, again.
“It’s almost like a terminal illness,” said TSN commentator Craig Button, former Calgary GM.
As some sarcastic fan said Saturday night, “Welcome home.”
Sad but true.
from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,
Andrew Ference was healthy when he arrived for training camp with the Edmonton Oilers last summer. He set a team record for lung capacity during fitness tests.
“I felt great,” said Ference, a defenceman who will turn 37 next month. “It was like, ‘Let’s go.’”
Then something happened that hadn’t before. Not in Pittsburgh or Calgary or Boston or Edmonton, where he landed two years ago. At first he played only occasionally. Then he was scratched from the lineup night after night.
“It totally has everything to do with getting older,” Ference said over coffee at an organic café near his house. The parking lot is icy, but it is comfy inside. High school students on their lunch break crowd around a table and pick at veggie quiches beside a fireplace. “When you are an athlete, age is always the enemy.
“Along with having pure foot speed, I think when you are younger you think quicker on the ice. As much as your body plays a role, your mind does as well. I don’t know how you measure it, but there were points early in the season where I felt my reaction time was a little slower than it used to be.”
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