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Paul Bissonnette & Ryan Whitney: Top Tweets

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Sports Illustrated announced today that Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has been named to SI.com’s inaugural Twitter 100 – a list of the 100 Most Influential Twitter Handles in sports.

Bissonnette has more than 108,000 followers on his Twitter account at @BizNasty2point0. He was one of only two NHL players, along with Ryan Whitney from the Edmonton Oilers, to make the list.

Paul Bissonnette’s Twitter is here and Ryan Whitney’s is here.  And here is SI’s complete Twitter 100 list.

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Cogliano Traded To Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Andrew Cogliano from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Cogliano, 24 (6/14/87), appeared in 82 games for the Edmonton Oilers last season, collecting 11-24=35 points with 64 penalty minutes (PIM). Cogliano has not missed a game since making his NHL debut with Edmonton in 2007-08, appearing in all 82 games in each of his four NHL seasons. The 5-10, 185-pound center ranked fifth on the club in scoring and assists, third in game-winning goals (3), and led the team in games played. He also paced all Edmonton skaters with a career-high 461 faceoff wins.

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  Tags: andrew+cogliano

Evening Line

“The bottom line for me, I would have rather invested my money with Bernie Madoff than invest in Edmonton’s word.”

-LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the Smyth/Fraser trade with Edmonton.  Fraser is injured and Lombardi is not happy with that.  More at Helene Elliott’s twitter account.

added 9:13pm, David Staples of the Edmonton Journal with his opinion,

My take is there’s plenty of room for medical specialists to disagree about an injury, and to do so in good conscience. If Lombardi has a real complaint, he can take it to the NHL. Until he does, this comes off as something of a snit fit from a GM not used to having a star player holding a gun to his head and demanding a trade to a single specified location.


added 9:15pm, Helene’s story just made it at The Fabulous Forum, where the story gets a little more in-depth.

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  Tags: dean+lombardi

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Signs Entry Level Contract With Oilers

Edmonton - General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on a three-year NHL entry level contract.

Nugent-Hopkins, who was drafted first overall by the Oilers on June 24th at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota, will put on an Oilers jersey for the first time starting Monday when he participates in the Oilers 2011 Development Camp at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park.

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  Tags: ryan+nugent-hopkins

Home Again

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

First and foremost, it’s a love story. It always was with Ryan Smyth.

“I didn’t ever want to leave in the first place,” said the repatriated Edmonton Oiler.

“I feel like Edmonton is home.”

Finally it became official Sunday. Captain Canada is coming home.

“We wanted to come back to Canada. Our kids are starting out in school. Two of our three kids were born in Edmonton.”

That’s it. No seriously ill parents or grandparents. The end of the big homesick.


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  Tags: ryan+smyth

Evening Line

In the past two years, no teams have had more opportunities to add quality and depth through the draft than Florida and Edmonton. You’d think that some day soon, all that promise is going to have to morph into something more tangible, like wins in the standings and playoff berths. Maybe adding Smyth to all that raw youth is just what the Oilers need to take that great leap forward. They can’t just both stay bad forever … can they?

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail where you read about the “trade frenzy” that hit the NHL the past few days.

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Smyth Officially An Oiler

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Colin Fraser and a seventh-round draft choice in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for left wing Ryan Smyth, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Fraser, 26, played in 67 games this past season with the Oilers.  He recorded five points (3-2=5) and 60 penalty minutes.  It was his first season in Edmonton after spending the previous four campaigns with Chicago, including the 2009-10 season when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup and Fraser recorded career-highs in goals (seven), assists (12) and points (19). 

A 6-1, 193-pound native of Sicamous, British Columbia, Fraser has played in 224 career NHL regular season games.  He has 41 points (16-25=41) and 168 penalty minutes.  He has also played in five career NHL postseason contests.  He was originally selected by Philadelphia in the third-round (69th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft

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  Tags: ryan+smyth

Evening Line

“I believe this is the first day in NHL history that two players waived their no-trade clauses to go to Edmonton & Buffalo.”

—Ian Mendes, Rogers Sportsnet (via Tweet)

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Report: Ryan Smyth to Edmonton—Updated

From Bob McKenzie (twitter):

As @DarrenDreger reported, Ryan Smith is heading back to the Edmonton Oilers.

From Darren Dreger (tweet):

Sounds like it could be player for player. Smyth for Brule?

From Pierre Le Brun (twitter):

Source close to Ryan Smyth says he’s headed to Edmonton. Kings and Oilers still working out details. Is this drama finally over?

Update 7:22pm ET: From Helene Elliott (twitter)

ryan smyth goes back to edmonton for Brule and a pick. just wish he hadn’t denied that he wanted out. no shame in doing best for family.

Update 11:41pm ET: No news from the teams, yet, but Helene Elliott provides another update

ok, it’s done. it’s Smyth to Edmonton for a fifth-round pick and Brule. but the Kings will move Brule along as soon as possible.

updated 12:08am 6/25/11, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Confusion reigns supreme on Smyth to EDM deal. Tambellini says it’s not done. Misunderstanding on terms of conditional draft pick. Hmmm.

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Ryan Smyth Rumors Continue—Updates

From TSN:

Los Angeles Kings forward Ryan Smyth could be returning to Alberta, but not with the Edmonton Oilers.

According to TSN’s Gord Miller, the Calgary Flames are closing in on a deal for Smyth, who would have to waive his no-trade. The Flames would send a late round pick back to Los Angeles.

Smyth is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $4.5 million this season, although the cap hit is $6.25 million.

Yesterday, Eric Duhatscheck at the Globe & Mail quoted Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the topic of Smyth:

Lombardi confirmed he had primarily dealt with three teams, and “particularly two right now.”

“I’m not in a great position here,” continued Lombardi. “I’m trying to adapt. I’ve talked to one team a number of times and they’ve been very forthright in terms of trying to get a deal together - and I hope to have that wrapped up here in a day or two.”

Update 2:40pm: At the same TSN link above, Miller reports this deal is already done, “pending ownership approval.”

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  Tags: ryan+smyth

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