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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The distinct and deliberate action demonstrated by Alexandre Burrows to play the puck with his hand constitutes a violation of rule 79.1 (Hand Pass). Play should have been immediately stopped once Dan Hamhuis gained puck possession following the redirect off the glove of Burrows. No goal should have resulted on this play.
continued and watch the play below... (Vancouver did win the game in a SO)
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
So the Edmonton Oilers have one loser point out of four on the table through their first two games, and they’ve given up nine goals, with the Stanley Cup ring-bearers next on the playbill.
Even with some good moments, it’s all about winning for the Oilers, and once again, they are stumbling out of the gate.
“At worst we have to be .500 in our first 10 games,” said David Perron.
That’s 10 points in October. They have one with eight games left. LA, Arizona (on the road), Vancouver, Tampa, Washington, Montreal, Carolina and Nashville at home to end October. They’ll have their usual road trip east during the annual rodeo at Rexall Place early next month — six games.
Make no mistake, there has been some light in the first two games.
The Edmonton Oilers held a reunion last night for the 1984 Stanley Cup team and the Oilers' website posted numerous videos of the celebration.
This one stood out for me...
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
Fans who gobbled up 12,000 tickets in less than an hour will Friday watch the Boys on the Bus return to Rexall Place after 30 years.
But the 1984 Oilers Stanley Cup champions might be more excited about their reunion than even the city is about hosting them, Wayne Gretzky said.
“This team had such pizzazz and flair about it, so many Hall of Famers ... it was the perfect formula for memories,” said former Oiler Dave Lumley, his fingers grazing his Stanley Cup ring....
“It kind of reminds me of Grade 10, back in high school, when everybody goes their separate ways in the summer,” Lumley said. “Now take away how everybody looks ... and it’s like it was only three months ago that we were all together.”
The ’84 Oilers are now grey-haired men whose reunion has not only brought them back for the first time since that championship, but has also rekindled memories for those who watched them go on to win a total of five championships over the heady course of the next seven years.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
The team that gave us the TV series “Oil Change” has ironically managed not to change even a bit. So we asked second year general manager Craig MacTavish on cut-down day: Why should fans think that this year is going to be any different?
“You’re underestimating the quality of our fans. The educated fan base would say there is a lot of reasons for optimism,” was how his reply began. Then he began to tick off the reasons:
“I know the goaltending is stabilized. We set out to make some changes and improve the depth on defence. We’ve done that. We’ve got development of our star players, [and additions] with Leon playing well. Teddy Purcell has played very well the last three games. Benoit Pouliot has been an extremely valuable addition.
“So there’s no question, in my mind, that we’re better. And we’re significantly better. But…” It was a big but. One that requires explanation.
The question with this team isn’t if it is better. Of course it is it, for all the reasons MacTavish just stated.
“It’s a very fickle business and, you get a much bigger appreciation for having an opportunity to play in the NHL. You come to the rink every day, you have a chance to get to do it again. You get a really strong appreciation for that after what I went through last year.”
-Devan Dubnyk, goaltender for the Arizona Coyotes reflecting on his time with the Edmonton Oilers. More from Dubnyk from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Apparently, hiring all of the hockey analytics people west of Toronto wasn’t enough to save the Oilers from signing Group II free agent Justin Schultz to the single most illogical contract of the summer and, by extension, to save every other NHL front office from Edmonton.
But what else is new from this dysfunctional operation that for year upon year has whined, whined and whined some more about the collective bargaining agreement, but apparently doesn’t have the barest insight as how to apply the NHL’s governing document?
The Oilers sign unrestricted free agents to contracts that appear cockamamie (Benoit Pouliot, five years for $20 million; Nikita Nikitin, two years for $9 million) because they have to pay players more in order to entice them to move to Edmonton. They’re not the only team in that situation, cough, cough, Charles Wang’s Islanders. Fair enough.
But for no discernible reason whatsoever, the Oilers under Kevin Lowe’s watch have doled out a flurry of questionable second contracts to players straight out of Entry Level lacking any leverage, including the twin seven-year, $42 million deals with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
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“It’s gotten to the point now, not just for myself but for every player on our team, if we’re going to get the recognition … our team has to be a better team than it’s been in the pas. When we see players vault to levels that they weren’t at before, it’s usually because of their playoff performance. Or the way they were able to get their team into the playoffs.
“The same applies to me: In order for me to get the recognition I want from Edmonton fans and outside sources … it’s going to have to be because our team is good.”
-Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers. More on Hall from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Toiling at the bottom of the league standings for years, the Edmonton Oilers have stockpiled through the draft what is considered a loaded pool of prospects.
The Oilers boast a roster with a promising crop of talented young players, including Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov. But despite that bevy of potential, the club still hasn't been able to put it together.
Will this be the season it turns the corner?
Former Oilers forward Eric Belanger isn't betting on it quite yet. The talent is there, but the experience is still lacking. And what the Oilers have done is thrust some of these bright young stars into the type of roles that have traditionally taken years to earn.
"I remember when I started in the league, guys started on the third or fourth line and were working their way up. You have good veterans, you don't have the pressure to perform every night," Belanger, 36, told ESPN.com in a recent phone conversation. "I think the game has changed dramatically in that way.
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