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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Is it possible the NHL and NHL Players' Association will cross swords over the Edmonton Oilers postponing a mandated off day, one day after embarrassing themselves on home ice against the Buffalo Sabres? In a word, yes. According to a source close to the NHLPA, the union is looking into the matter and has 60 days to file a formal grievance. According to a source close to the league, the Oilers have done absolutely nothing wrong and that nothing precludes an organization from changing its mind on when the mandatory days are provided, so long as there are four of them in the month.
Todd McLellan post-game after a 6-2 home loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
Watch the game highlights below including the bad goal of the night against Cam Talbot...
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Edmonton is now a destination in the NHL again, cemented visually by Wednesday’s opening of the palatial Rogers Place and the surrounding $2.5 billion ICE District, equipped with casinos, hotels and bars.
The Oil City is no longer just another waypoint in the league. No one has been able to say that since Wayne Gretzky’s glory days in the 80s.
The saying from Field of Dreams is “If you build it, they will come.” In Edmonton, it was more like “If you draft him, they will come.”
Watching Connor McDavid for 45 games was all Milan Lucic needed to convince him to become Edmonton’s first high-profile free agent signing in a decade. The gaudy new building only aided as eye candy in the decision-making process to sign a $42-million deal.
In the process, Lucic turned down equally lucrative opportunities in other cultural hotspots, like Montreal and Los Angeles.
“It’s funny,” Lucic said. “I was talking with former teammates and players around the league and they all see how scary of a player Connor is. They said, ‘If you get a chance to play with a player like that, it could make your career.’”
from Tim Campbell of NHL.com,
Rexall Place, at 485,000 square feet, was the League's second-smallest and second-oldest arena. MTS Centre, home to the Winnipeg Jets, is 440,000 square feet. Madison Square Garden, home to the New York Rangers, opened in 1968.
Rogers Place, which seats 18,641 for hockey, has more than 9,300 lower-bowl seats, compared to 5,800 at Rexall.
It has 57 suites, five different premium-seat areas, can hold 20,734 for concerts and the largest high-definition center-hung scoreboard in the NHL. It has four restaurants, the two-level Sportsnet Club, the Molson Canadian Fan Deck, the Sky Lounge premium lounge/nightclub and the reservation-only Curve Restaurant. There is Wi-Fi throughout the building, phone-charging stations and more than 1,200 TV monitors.
The seven-level building rises 141 feet above street level, contains 9,000 tons of structural steel and 24,000 cubic meters of structural concrete.
Edmonton Oilers press release...
The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year contract. Russell will join the team immediately.
Russell, 29, is a veteran of nine NHL seasons with Columbus, St. Louis, Calgary and Dallas. He has accumulated 177 points (38G, 139A) in 573 games.
The 5’10”, 170-pound defenceman ranked second in the NHL in 2015-16 with 210 blocked shots, and led the league in the same category in 2014-15, blocking 283 shots. On March 6, 2015, he set an NHL record with 15 blocked shots in one game, against Boston.
He has averaged over 23 minutes of ice time per game in each of his past three seasons, setting a career high in 2014-15, ranking 21st in the NHL, averaging 23:56 of ice time per game.
Regarding Yakupov to CHI trade rumors, my understanding as follows: CHI has had talks with EDM on Yak, could still have interest in him...
...but there is no imminent deal. CHI, at this moment, still looking at their kids to fill holes, but maybe that changes at some point.
Both gentlemen have more on this topic at their Twitter page....
via a release from the Edmonton Oilers,
The Edmonton Oilers have named Connor McDavid as the 15th captain in team history. The native of Newmarket, Ontario also becomes the youngest team captain in Oilers and NHL history, at 19 years and 266 days.
The organization also named Jordan Eberle, Milan Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as alternate captains.
McDavid is in his second season with the Oilers, after being selected 1st overall by Edmonton in the 2015 NHL Draft. He registered 48 points (19G, 32A) in 45 games in his rookie season and was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top rookie.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Davidson’s loss will be far more critical if he’s out any length of time, though. He was hit in the open ice in the second period when Pearson, who has no rep as a head-hunter, caught him with his shoulder. “Davy is still being assessed … we’ll call it day to day until we get home,” said McLellan.
“I thought it was dirty and it was the right call and it’s unfortunate,” said McLellan, who only had five defencemen — Darnell Nurse, Eric Gryba, Matt Benning, Mark Fraser and Jordan Oesterle — for the last half of the game, with the Kings getting 17 third-period shots on Laurent Brossoit.
more injury news for the Oilers plus the game recap...
via Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,
The outcome can immediately be forgotten — Vancouver and Edmonton remain tied with 0 points — with the major concern being the health or otherwise of Patrick Maroon. The burly left winger, one of the better Oilers in this sloppy affair, left the game with a leg injury midway through the third period after an awkward hit by Vancouver’s James Sheppard. Maroon’s status was unknown after the game, but it didn’t look good at all.
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