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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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The Anaheim Ducks Win A Game 7

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks’ Game 7 curse is dead.

They are alive and headed for the Western Conference finals against the Nashville Predators thanks to a skillful snipe by a brawny winger with a battered nose, and to the clever adjustments made by a coach who was rehired last summer for his ability to make the kinds of crucial maneuvers he pulled off on Wednesday.

Their four-season streak of Game 7 misfortune on Honda Center ice ended Wednesday with a nail-biting, seesawing 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. “It’s just a phenomenal feeling,” said left wing Andrew Cogliano, who brought them even at 8 minutes 55 seconds of the second period and promptly let out a primal scream that vented years of frustration. “You can’t really describe it.”

The Ducks, built to win now, gave a lesson in perseverance and patience to the dazzling young Oilers, who will be back at this level — or higher — soon and often in years to come. Despite having lost the first two games of this series at home and despite having lost Game 6 by a ghastly 7-1 count, the Ducks outwitted and outlasted the Oilers and held NHL scoring champion Connor McDavid scoreless in the last two games. Equally impressive was that they held Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl scoreless on Wednesday after he had pushed them to the brink of summer with five goals and 13 points in the first six games.


Game highlights and handshakes can be watched below...

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Over In Edmonton

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Breathe, Edmonton.

The playoff run is over. It was fleeting but all consuming, disappointing on Wednesday but oh, so glorious for 30-odd nail-biting days in April and May.

The Oilers brought the city back to the future in late-game fits and dynamite starts. It was finally, suddenly 2006 again, though resplendent in orange. Those vintage Ryan Smyth mullets morphed into Zack Kassian mutton chops.

But what was hirsute today is gone tomorrow. Be it close shave or blowout, that’s the cruel, fantastic reality of playoff hockey in general and Game 7 in particular.

In a bruising series that rightfully went the limit, the Ducks beat the Oilers 2-1 at Honda Center on Wednesday, on a third-period goal by Nick Ritchie. You see, Game 7 picks its own heroes from every worthy bunch.

At peak do-or-die, the Oilers didn’t do enough on offence, goalie Cam Talbot got beat on a knuckle puck under his arm, and their Stanley Cup hopes, as incongruous as it would have sounded to mention such a thing just nine months ago, are dead.

“We’re disappointed right now, obviously,” said head coach Todd McLellan. “We didn’t come into the playoffs just to play, we came in to win. I think our team played that way and prepared that way and battled that way. So the overall feeling right now is disappointment that we couldn’t quite get it done.


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Video- The Ducks With The Bad Goal Of The Night

It was a team effort.


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Two Game 7’s Tonight, Your Picks

I will do the normal open post tonight but now is probably the time to ask, who do you have tonight.

I am picking the Penguins and Ducks with one of the games going to OT, not sure which one at this point, but hopefully it is the early game.

First question should be, will you even be watching then follow up with who wins.

In case you have been under a rock- Pittsburgh at Washington and Edmonton at Anaheim.

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Before Game 7- Anaheim/Edmonton

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Game 7. Oh, boy.

It really is simple for them and has been for four years running. Whatever the round – first, second, third – the Ducks couldn’t close out a series to advance and didn’t play for the Stanley Cup because when it was left to winning Game 7, they didn’t.

All of the losses came at home. And so this latest all-or-nothing affair is, of course, at Honda Center on Wednesday night. Edmonton is the opponent this time, full of verve and confidence after administering its 7-1 destruction in Game 6.

The Oilers are eager to join Detroit (2013), the Kings (2014), Chicago (2015) and Nashville (2016) in shaking hands with some glum Ducks. The Ducks are tired of answering for past Game 7 failures. Their fans are tired of the same story played out, waiting and hoping for something different.

A seventh game was a logical endpoint for a team not wanting its championship window to close against an upstart team that is just cracking its window open. But it’s the Ducks who have a narrative they can change only by winning.

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from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

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