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The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Mark Fraser in exchange for forward Teemu Hartikainen and Cam Abney.
In 19 games with the Maple Leafs this season, the 27-year-old Fraser has notched one assist and a minus-8 rating with 33 penalty minutes.He is currently on a one-year deal worth $1.275 million and is eligible for unrestricted free agency at season's end.
Hartikainen, 23, is currently playing with Ufa in the Kontinental Hockey League where he has scored 13 goals and 14 assists in 43 games.
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
The goaltender, who is still wearing the mask he wore with the Los Angeles Kings, the one with two passages from Shakespeare, put on a jaw-dropping performance in the Edmonton Oilers’ 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
He turned away 59 pucks on Wednesday, surpassing the previous team record of 56 saves and he secured the NHL record for most saves in a regulation shutout in the expansion era.
“That was amazing,” said Taylor Hall, who left the game with a goal and two assists. “It wasn’t 59 from the wall, it was Grade A chances, chances that we don’t want to give up at all.”
read on and watch some of his incredible saves below...
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
This team needs a psychiatrist.
Instead of taking the glory-gang pictures off the walls of the Edmonton Oilers dressing room, first-year NHL coach Dallas Eakins needs to pad the walls. He needs a hypnotist more than a conditioning coach.
Last night was as good an example as any.
For openers against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Oilers looked very much like they had their plane tickets in their pockets to head to Las Vegas or Mexico this morning.
They looked like a team which had quit on the rest of the season, at least the part of it prior to the Olympic break.
The fans are certainly frustrated...
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
Coaching continuity has been in short supply in Edmonton but the newest recruit knows that even his days could be numbered if the team doesn’t turn the corner.
“There’s been change year after year after year in my position and I think that gets players spinning. It’s not good for the development of the organization (but) that could change again,” Oilers head man Dallas Eakins said on Wednesday.
“I firmly know that if I can’t get this group going very soon, that it could be me ... I’m fine with that but I do think it’s extremely important that we stay the course here system-wise.”
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The Predators traded forward Matt Henrdicks to Edmonton to bolster their goaltending situation on Jan. 15, but were underwhelmed by the condition of their new acquisition’s game.
“We got Devan from Edmonton, and what we realized very quickly was that Devan has a lot of… I’ll say bad habits he’s picked up this year,” Predators coach Barry Trotz told Nashville radio station 94.9 Game2 on Wednesday. “We started him at home, and you could really see he was out of sync in his game, so we wanted to spend some time with him working with [goaltending coach] Mitch Korn, just being able to get his game in order.”
from Daryl Katz, owner of the Edmonton Oilers,
To Oilers Fans Everywhere:
We all thought this was going to be the year the Oilers turned the corner. Obviously, that hasn’t happened, and it hurts. It’s frustrating – for all of us. For our fans, for our players and staff, and for everyone in our community who shares a common bond around a game, a team and a city that we love.
I know this will almost certainly be the eighth consecutive year since we made the playoffs. I hate that fact as much as anyone, but the reality is that this is only year four of the rebuild that started when we drafted Taylor Hall. The good news, if you can call it that, is that other teams that committed to fundamental rebuilds went through the same kind of droughts over the same kind of time frames, or longer. That doesn’t make it fun for anyone; it just means we have to stay the course.
Yes, we hoped and expected to be better this year – there’s no question about that. But we’ve also been more active than any team I can think of in rebuilding our organization from bottom to top by supporting player development in OKC and Bakersfield, revamping our scouting organization, naming a new GM and a new coach, signing free agents like Justin Schultz, Boyd Gordon, Andrew Ference, Anton Belov and Ilya Bryzgalov, and trading for players like David Perron, and now Ben Scrivens and Matt Hendricks. And we’re not done.
via Marc Ciampa of the Oilers' website,
Eakins noted that Yakupov is currently undergoing the concussion protocol as the team tries to assess where he’s at. He added that he didn’t feel like the hit which put him out in Minnesota was a dirty one.
“I saw it as a hard hit. I didn’t think it was a bad hit, one that would be suspendable. We used it as an example in the video today. That’s a place now where all the teams are promoting back pressure. And those guys coming back hard, they’re not just pulling back waiting for the defenceman, they’re coming back looking to steal the puck. Or if you turn up or get stalled, they’re going to take you out.
We use that more as a teaching lesson. That’s not a good place to start to stickhandle with the puck, somebody’s coming from the other side.
Watch the hit below, scroll to the :40 second mark to access it quickly...
Following his first start after being traded to the Edmonton Oilers, goaltender Ben Scrivens posted a series of tweets to his verified Twitter account (@scrivens_30) that were critical of an article Sun Media ran online on Thursday and of some of the comments it had received.
The article in question contained selective tweets from Scrivens' wife's Twitter account regarding her feelings about the weather in Los Angeles.
@scrivens_30: 1/4 Hey @AVPreports, classy move writing a slam story by cherry-picking tweets my wife sent to make it seem like she doesn't like Edmonton.
Here is the online article...
OK, that's enough for me, investigate more if you wish.
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