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First off, I am ok, just need to make some life adjustment and fairly quickly too.
But this is not about me so on with some news and sorry for the delay..
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Ryan Callahan to a six-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
"We are pleased to announce that we've reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension with Ryan,” Yzerman said. “He's proven to be a fierce competitor and outstanding leader who fits very well with our team."
“I couldn’t be happier to be part of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for the next six years and I am excited for this new chapter of my career,” Callahan said. “Tampa Bay has been a great place to live and play from the day I got there. As soon as the season ended I knew it was a place I wanted to be.”
more news below...
added 9:27am, Another tweet from McKenzie,
Clarification: EDM has window in which it's permissible to negotiate with CBJ pending UFA Nikita Nikitin, but no trade has yet been made.
from the Edmonton Oilers,
Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference has been named this year’s recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is presented annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
Ference will be honoured at the 2014 NHL Awards Gala, being at the world-famous Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ference's work in the community encompassed a variety of community initiatives, including several projects on behalf of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF). In addition to these endeavours, Ference was involved in many of his own charity initiatives, most notably the November Project, the Hope Mission Shelter and leading the way on a Christmas toy delivery to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonto Sun,
Between now and the July 1 beginning of free agent frenzy the second year general manager, like the rest of his brethren, can do more to determine the fate of his team than in the other 49 months of the year combined.
And with the Oilers now possessing the longest out-of-the-playoffs streak of any NHL team at eight straight after finishing 28th overall and patience having pretty much reached its expiry date, there’s some urgency involved.
“I’d like to add four or five players — one or two through trades and two or three unrestricted free agents,” said MacTavish.
Trades are the first priority.
“It would be nice to get something in place before free agency,” said the general manager.
Getting something done before the June 27-28 draft would be nicer and he’ll get a feel for that this week.
“The managers meeting at the final really gets everybody talking a little bit more. This week will be a busy week for everybody to see what the fits are out there.
June 13, 2014) EDMONTON - Katz Group announced today that Bob Nicholson will join the organization as Vice-Chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), a new sports and entertainment company that will manage the Katz Group's growing family of sports and entertainment assets, and operate Rogers Place, the new home of the Edmonton Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers have scheduled a news conference for Friday where they are expected to announce the addition of Bob Nicholson to their executive team.
TSN Hockey Insider Dreger speculated on Wednesday's Insider Trading that he would be hired by an NHL club "in a high executive capacity - above the level of president and below that of an NHL owner."
from Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,
This is welcome news on a couple of fronts. In Ramsay, the Oilers have added a respected voice, a man who has excelled as both a player and a coach. After a great career as a two-way forward with Buffalo Sabres — nearly Hall of Fame worthy, in the opinion of the writer — Ramsay has filled a variety of coaching roles with a variety of NHL teams since the mid-1980s.
Oilers coach Dallas Eakins provided this rationale on the new hire on Oilers Now this afternoon [paraphrased slightly]:
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
If Eakins fails to speak up now and bring in the necessary help, an experienced assistant or two like Cory Clouston, Craig Ramsay, Perry Pearn, Todd Nelson and/or Rob Daum, then he’s setting himself up for more of the same losing. He himself has paid his dues as a coach and was adept enough to identify what is wrong with his team: a lack of sound hockey habits.
But if Eakins doesn’t take decisive action now, this is on him as much as it’s on everyone else in the Oilers organization.
If the Oilers followed the lead of an outstanding team like St. Louis, they would axe one or two or three of these assistant coaches and the would have brought in a more able and experienced crew to help Eakins.
St. Louis axed head coach Ken Hitchcock’s long-time friend Gary Agnew and goalie coach Corey Hirsch. They brought in a former NHL head coach, Kirk Muller, to not only act as Hitchcock’s assistant, but also to be on hand as an heir apparent.
That is the tough-minded way to run an NHL team, where friendships don’t matter.
But this isn’t St. Louis, where winning has become a habit.
This is Edmonton, where losing has become the norm.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
At the press conference on Wednesday where Hextall was named the new Flyers GM, he was asked about his plan to build the team. Hextall made it clear the Flyers were a model franchise, used to winning, and he wasn’t going to be looking at tanking the team in order to get a high draft pick.
“There’s 30 teams out there and right now there’s a team out there – I won’t mention any names — there’s a team out there just collecting number one picks right now.”
Uh, sorry Ron, you’re fooling no one.
Hextall continued: “Yeah, they’re going to be a pretty good team in three or four years, but ask their fans if they’ve had a fun last seven or eight years. The culture of winning is nothing to be embarrassed about. We should all be damn proud of this organization and how successful they’ve been.”
Well what a night that was! Three Game Sevens and now we start the second round later today.
Before the second round starts let’s take a look at how we did predicting the first round.
Huge night for hockey fans out there! Kings, avs and rangers are my picks!— anthony brodeur (@abrodeur30) April 30, 2014
I will put my own predictions up to bat:
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