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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.
from the CP at Sportsnet,
For years, the league wondered when the club would make a leap. This might be their year.
"I really feel like we’re going in the right direction," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a recent interview. "We made some moves this summer that I think had some shock and awe, not intentionally, but it was part of what we’ve been trying to do. I’m anxious. I’m excited to get the season going."
Chiarelli was hopeful of snapping the playoff drought, if also realistic.
On average, the minimum for a playoff spot in the west over the past three seasons was 92 points. Edmonton had 70 points a year ago, the worst mark in the conference and only one more than the league-worst Toronto Maple Leafs. Even getting to 87 points, which landed the Minnesota Wild a playoff spot last season, would require a 17-point improvement, a significant and perhaps unreasonable jump for any club to expect.
"I guess, never say never," Chiarelli said. "We improved last year, believe it or not by (eight) points. And we're going to improve again."
frm Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Former Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference has been on biking excursions over 100 km this summer so his damaged hip, which needed major repair, is holding up on the trails and the open road with low impact exercise, but the defenceman hasn’t skated or run since his March surgery.
His NHL career is basically over, although there’s no official retirement.
“What is the terminology? I have a career-ending injury,” said Ference, 37.
“That’s the way I’m looking at it.”
“I got 16 years. I don’t feel I missed out. The people close to me walk on egg-shells until I tell them it’s OK. I told my wife it’s like graduating from high school. You go to high school, have a blast, have all these great parties but by the time you get to the end of high school, you say, ‘All right, I’m ready for the next step.’ You have fond memories. If I hadn’t won a Stanley Cup (2011 in Boston), that would be tough to swallow now.”
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
In Canada, McDavid has been a part of the hockey world’s consciousness since he was 14, so most people here don’t flinch much when they see an ad featuring McDavid fishing off a dock with a talking Penguin in a television commercial for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Just 19 and with no NHL playoff games on his resume, McDavid already has partnerships with CCM, Canadian Tire and Biosteel, which have added at least $1.5 million in endorsement money to McDavid’s portfolio, according to sports marketing expert Brian Cooper.
But when it comes to universal appeal, McDavid has a long way to go before he enters the consciousness of the casual American hockey fan. It doesn’t help that neither McDavid nor the Oilers are scheduled to appear on one NBC game this season. When it comes to generating the highest viewership levels possible, the formula for NBC Sports is a combination of big markets, winning records and attractive matchups. And star power. The Oilers possess just one of those in McDavid.
That doesn’t mean the Oilers will never appear on NBC, but the network will need to see something more than a tease from McDavid and Oilers. “As with any team, the Oilers can play their way onto our schedule,” an NBC spokesperson said in an email to THN. “As they get more competitive, they’ll see more airtime.”
from CBC News,
The man who was responsible for the ice during part of Edmonton Oilers' glory days will oversee ice-making at the new Rogers Place arena.
Dan Craig, the NHL's senior facility operations director, will work with the team in Edmonton to get the ice ready for next month's opening.
The Oilers play their first preseason game at Rogers Place on Sept. 26.
Craig expects the large space may pose some challenges for the Edmonton ice-making team, which has to consider air temperature and humidity levels.
"There will be a couple of little hiccups along the way, but I think they're going to get it under control," Craig said Wednesday on CBC's Edmonton AM.
"That's always been the goal from (the initial) design of that facility, that it will be the best in the league."
“I’m looking forward to these next seven years and I plan on playing them out to the best of my ability and, hopefully, I can add another year or two once this contract is done.
“Hopefully things are going well and I can play as long as I want to play. There’s maybe one or two per cent of guys who get to do that.
“I’m going to do everything I can to be the best player I can be in these next seven years. There’s a lot to look forward to.”
-Milan Lucic of the Edmonton Oilers. Much more from Lucic by Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province.
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