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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Boston Bruins didn’t win the draft lottery Tuesday night, but they may still get the player they wanted when all is said and done June 25 in Los Angeles.
That’s if, and I stress if, the Edmonton Oilers draft by need.
Tyler Seguin is a center. Taylor Hall is a winger.
The Oilers, who won the No. 1 overall pick, need a lot of things, but nothing more so than a bona-fide stud down the middle, one that could play between first-line wingers Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner. Enter Seguin.
The Bruins, who have the No. 2 selection, are set at center with Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, but are seriously lacking when it comes to big-time offensive talent on the wing. Enter Hall.
Unless, of course, the Oilers’ scouting staff and GM Steve Tambellini ultimately concludes Hall is simply the better player and can’t pass him up. That could very well happen.
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
The decision whether to take Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall with the No. 1 pick in the NHL Entry Draft will be made by the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers, the last-place team in the regular-season, won the top pick in the draft at the 2010 LG NHL Draft Lottery. It’s the fourth consecutive year that the last-place team in the regular season retained the top pick in the draft lottery.
Seguin, a center with the OHL’s Plymouth Oilers, and Hall, a left wing with the Windsor Spitfires, are ranked No. 1 and 2 by Central Scouting.
continued including the results of the complete lottery…
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
Pat Quinn isn’t going to beg Sheldon Souray to stay in Edmonton….
“It’s been no secret here. He’s made it clear for a long time (that he wants a trade),” said Quinn, who spoke with the discontented defenceman on Monday.
“I’m one of those guys that if you don’t want to play here, don’t screw around, get the hell out.”
“We have a hard enough time trying to build team framework. I always believed you should be able to look around that room and look into a teammate’s eyes and say ‘I’m giving it my best and I want you to do the same. That’s how a team builds trust.
“If you have one guy sitting over there who doesn’t bloody well want to be here, how do you build trust, how do you have a team? You don’t.
“Sheldon knows how I feel about that sort of thing.”
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Another big name player wants out of Edmonton, as Sheldon Souray on Sunday uttered those four words that have come to haunt the Oilers franchise:
“I want a trade.”
“I do,” Souray repeated, sounding a little disappointed at the admission. “Yes, I do want a trade.”
If this isn’t rock bottom for the Edmonton Oilers, an organization that never recovered from Chris Pronger’s trade demand in the summer of ‘06, it’s hard to fathom things getting any worse.
This is a mess in Calgary, and suddenly both teams in Alberta, the Oilers and Flames, have hit hard times. The Sutters might think they can patch things and get back into the playoffs next spring, but as currently constructed, this is a team without a present or a future.
The Oilers, likely with the top pick in the June draft, have a bushel of bad contracts. So their return to competitiveness won’t be easy, either.
-Damien Cox of The Spin, where you can read more on Calgary.
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
After the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night, a game that saw its share of altercations and trash talking, Oilers coach Pat Quinn addressed the media and talked about the need for players to be tough.
Said the Old Time Coach: “You got to go get those things. Some small guys will do it, some guys won’t. On the other side, there’s chickenshit, there’s chicken big guys, too, you know. They got four or five guys on their team (the Ducks) that probably got some yellow and brain stains in their drawers tonight when they thought it was going to get a little tough.”
Brian Rafalski of the Detroit Red Wings scored with two/tenths of a second left on the clock which gave the Wings a point in the standings.
Edmonton won the game in a shootout in a game I am sure Detroit fans were looking for a victory.
How will that one point be looked at when the regular season is completed?
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Chris Neil woke up with a headache Wednesday….
While Neil was on the ice for the club’s 30-minute practice Wednesday at the Saddledome, he wasn’t happy the refereees only gave Whitney a two-minute minor.
Not only did Whitney drill Neil in the head, he also caught him in the shoulder.
“That was a headshot, for sure,” said Neil. “You want to get that kind of stuff out of the game. I didn’t even see him coming. I know he’s behind me, but my back is to him. I wasn’t even facing him. That’s the kind of player he is, he’s kind of a backstabber.
“I didn’t really know what happened off the get-go. I’ve seen that play before and guys have gotten a (five-minute major) and kicked out of the game. I know the referees saw the first one (to the shoulder), but they didn’t see the second, obviously.”
read on and watch a video of the play below…
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
So it happened again, just as it’s happened so many times with Derek Boogaard and an Edmonton Oiler, Boogaard—the very definition of a goon hockey player —made an illegal hit and almost crippled Edmonton winger Ryan Jones.
This wasn’t a hockey play, this was a crime on ice, the kind Boogaard is known for, and the kind he will continue to commit in NHL rinks until some player gets badly injured and decides to sue Boogaard, his coach, his franchise and the NHL.
All of them are complicit in Boogaard’s ongoing, illegal on-ice violence. Why do I say that?
added 3/6/210 at 8:17am, video of the hit can be watched below…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Just how bland was NHL trade deadline day in the Western Conference?
At the end, the most intriguing question revolved around a historical curiosity: How could the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, long-time bitter rivals in the Battle of Alberta, make a trade for the first time in history?
Is nothing sacred?
It took them until the 11th hour yesterday, but the Oilers finally began a much-needed overhaul of their roster, moving out two more defencemen (Lubomir Visnovsky to the Anaheim Ducks and Steve Staios to Calgary). Add in the transaction that sent Denis Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators last Monday, and three of the team’s former starting six defencemen are now gone. (Sheldon Souray stayed behind, mostly because he developed an infection in his broken hand that reportedly will keep him out for the rest of the season.)
In all, the Oilers received a second-round pick for Grebeshkov, a third-rounder and defenceman Aaron Johnson for Staios, and defenceman Ryan Whitney and a sixth-rounder for Visnovsky.
In the end, Visnovsky was the best player traded in the Western Conference yesterday.
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