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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
This just in, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman talking to Oilers uber-insider Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now and dropping a new trade rumour bombshells.
Stauffer mentioned the Oilers trying to upgrade at right defence from Justin Schultz by moving for either Sami Vatanen of Anaheim or Travis Hamonic of the Islanders, as both teams can use a scoring winger. ...
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re getting near to the end of his time with the Edmonton Oilers,” Friedman said. “I mean the writing is very much on the wall. I think it is time. I think both the organization and the player need a fresh start. It’s just not really changing there at all. I could see the Oilers not wanting to commit for whatever the salary is going to be for this year. I think there is a decent chance that a trade with him could happen.”
Friedman said he wasn’t optimistic about the New York Islanders signing winger Kyle Okposo, and Stauffer interjected that at the World Jr. tournament Islanders ace John Tavares had had success with Oilers winger Jordan Eberle.
Said Friedman: “I do believe we are getting closer to the day that Edmonton makes a move with one of its young forwards. I would say on the ranking of it probably (Jordan) Eberle one, (Ryan) Nugent-Hopkins two for a young player, for a defenceman. I think that everybody is looking at Hamonic and saying, ‘Is there going to be a match there?’ I have no doubt that that is what the Oilers are considering. I have no doubt they’re going to try to get it done.”
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
After skipping through life for a month without much of a care, it’s now time for the Panthers to start worrying.
Although flaws in their game were buried under a 12-game winning streak, Florida wasn’t able to hide its weaknesses in Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the visiting Oilers — its fourth consecutive defeat.
“When we had the streak we felt like we were scoring on every chance,” said Sasha Barkov, whose team scored two quick goals to open the third period to give itself hope.
“We weren’t playing great, but we were scoring when we needed. Now we’re not. You have confidence when you’re winning. Everything works. It’s not going that way right now. We’ll work harder and start playing 60-minute games.”
Last season, Florida lost six consecutive games after its long road trip to western Canada and won’t get a chance to end this slide until Friday, when the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks come to town.
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from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Mad Mike Milbury, if he gets the daily clips, will regard this column as more evidence of the “pansification” of hockey. Many veteran hockey writers will deplore a lack of support for the law-of-the-jungle ethos that informs their points of view.
Old Time Hockey clingers-on will advise me to go cover figure skating or ringette if I can’t see the team-building value of retribution for a hit on a star player.
But here’s the thing: how is hockey ever going to evolve past the point of being a concussion factory when coaches tacitly approve and teammates applaud a ruthless hit like the one the Edmonton Oilers’ Matt Hendricks laid on Florida Panthers’ great young defenceman Aaron Ekblad on Sunday night?
Never mind that the National Hockey League has suspended Hendricks for three games, as it should have. Never mind that Ekblad returned to the game even though the hit that drove him face first into the glass left him in a heap on the ice, then on Bambi-legs as he tried to get back to his feet — one more in the endless string of incidents that make reasonable people roll their eyes at the NHL’s “strict” concussion protocol.
via Hometown Hockey,
Saskatchewan born, Todd McLellan was just 26 when he moved to Swift Current to take over as bench boss of the Broncos. Two years later, he had steered the team to a 44-23 and 5 record and won the WHL Executive of the year. McLellan reflects on his time with the team and the community.
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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,
In the third period of the Edmonton Oilers-Florida Panthers game, Matt Hendricks caught Panthers d-man Aaron Ekblad with a hellacious hit behind the Florida net.
Should Hendricks be suspended?
My take? Dangerous hit from behind into the boards, but no direct contact with head. I see him getting 1 or 2 games.
Ekblad did sit out for about ten minutes, then returned.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
The Lightning scored three third-period goals, all of them going in off Edmonton players, to post a 3-2 decision and win their first game at Rexall Place since 2007.
Three own goals in a span of 13 minutes?
You had to see it to believe it. And even the people who saw it had trouble processing what happened.
“I’ve never seen three go in like that,” said a baffled Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “We were kind of dictating the play for most of the game, so that was tough to swallow.”
Imagine being goalie Cam Talbot. With friends like these, he didn’t need any enemies on Friday.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” sighed the losing goalie who stopped everything Tampa shot at him, just not everything Edmonton did.
“When the only goals that they score go off of our guys, there is nothing you can do in games like that. I thought we played well enough that we should have won that game, but they got the bounces and we didn’t.
“It’s extremely frustrating. Especially where we are in the standings. We need every point that we can get. When points slip away like that when you are doing the right things for most of the game, that is tough to swallow.”
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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
So the Oilers, who are rolling in skilled forwards but, in their heart of hearts, know they need not one but two additional defencemen, won’t be getting the 21-year-old Jones. Admittedly, Jones, the fourth overall pick in 2013, has been frustrated offensively this year in Nashville with just one goal in 40 games, but he is still a top four NHL defenceman today with an upside to be a No. 2, at worst.
Now what? Well, they have to make a full-court press to get Islanders’ Travis Hamonic, who as we all know has asked for a trade because he wants to play closer to his Manitoba roots. If they’re not working on a deal now for the defender who is a No. 2 or at worst No. 3 on every pro scout’s grading system, then they certainly have to be closer to the June draft. If the Isles can’t resign winger Kyle Okposo, then the Islanders will need another high-end winger to replace him, for Hamonic. You’re free to speculate on Jordan Eberle.
If the Preds were looking at Nugent-Hopkins, who may find himself on the wing with Draisaitl when McDavid returns sometime this month to centre another line, the Oilers had the depth at centre to go for Jones. Columbus now has a crater in the middle with Brandon Dubinsky now the No. 1 when he’s never had more than 54 points in an NHL season. But, they’ve been looking for a defenceman for the last few years, and Jones, who played a subordinate role to all-stars Shea Weber and Roman Josi in Nashville, will not do so in Columbus. He wouldn’t have done so here, either.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced the acquisition of goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Edmonton Oilers on Monday in return for forward Zack Kassian.
Scrivens, 29, displays a 2-6-1 record in 10 games thus far this season with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors, along with a 3.47 goals against average and a .893 save percentage.
The 6’2’’ and 181 lb goaltender shows a 42-56-17 record with seven shutouts in 129 career regular season games in the NHL. A native of Spruce Grove, Alberta, he has maintained a 2.90 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. In the NHL, Scrivens has suited up for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and Oilers.
A product of the ECAC’s Cornell Big Red, Scrivens registered a 65-37-13 record in 117 games at the collegiate level. He completed 19 shutouts and displayed a 1.93 goals against average.
The 24-year old Kassian registered one goal and 13 penalty minutes in five pre-season games with the Canadiens. The Windsor, Ontario native was acquired by the Canadiens from the Vancouver Canucks in return for Brandon Prust on July 1, 2015.
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