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from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
Next season, the Oilers are likely going to have Theo Peckham—a fierce player who appears to relish fighting—and enforcer Steve MacIntyre in the line-up. Peckham will likely play a regular shift, while MacIntyre will get three or four minutes a game. He’s no Dave Semenko, but I don’t imagine he’ll hurt the team too much in his limited on-ice role. Indeed, his lack of icetime will free up icetime for others. At the same time, if having him on the bench gives pause to the Matt Cookes, Derek Boogaards, Steve Otts and Robyn Regehrs of the NHL, he will be serving a useful, perhaps vital purpose.
Edmonton - General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Gilbert Brule on a two-year contract.
Brule, 23, had 37 points (17G, 20A) in 65 games with the Oilers. He finished fourth in team scoring, second in goals and tied for first in game-wining goals with three.
“Gilbert made a big step last year in his development,” said Tambellini. “We are excited to have him here in Edmonton and look forward to his continued contribution to the team.”
“The biggest motivation comes from what I want to accomplish here (Columbus). The problems that we had in Edmonton ... it wasn’t really my health. It was more just a situation where we had a bad team. It’s hard for anybody to look good in that situation….”
-Ethan Moreau of the Columbus Blue Jackets. More from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.
from edbreadsaid at the Sporting News,
One can only imagine the thrill of being young, rich and a handsome big league hockey player plying his trade in the Big Apple New York, New York. Many of the Rangers reveled in the lifestyle their celebrity granted them. Although not the street corner heroes they would have been had they played in Canada, they found a different type of status here in the playground of the rich and famous. Appearances on talk shows, winning tables at the best restaurants and staying out late at the trendiest discos were Big Apple perks. Over time many players have come to New York and reaped its rewards and just as many have had to leave because of them. Donny Murdoch was one of the latter.
Don Murdoch or ‘Murder’ as the Ranger fans tagged him was the son of a welder who tore up his junior league making him the toast of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The Rangers made him their first pick in the 1976 draft. Lavishing much money on Don he, with his signing bonus, bought his sister and father new cars, put money in Dads account to start a new business and promptly bought himself an $11,000.oo corvette to go with his posh apartment in Long Island. The media loved him. He was a poster boy for sport. With his long hair and dimples there were plenty of groupies and fans tripping all over him to the extent where fans brought him gifts. He even danced with Margaret Trudeau.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
No one is saying it on the record but the Ducks still want to add another defenseman of some significance and their prime target as of now would be Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa.
Let’s get this straight. Bieksa would not be the cure-all to a unit whose current top two performers are Lubomir Visnovsky and James Wisniewski, who’s still unsigned and likely won’t be before his Aug. 3 arbitration hearing given the sizable difference between the defenseman and the club.
But there are advantages to acquiring Bieksa, who’s clearly on the trade market after the Canucks added veterans Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis. He’s 29 and relatively affordable with $3.5 million owed this season on an expiring contract. He’s also productive when healthy as he has twice put up 40-point seasons….
If the Ducks are unable to land Bieksa, would they consider taking a flier on oft-injured, big-salaried Sheldon Souray if they can get Edmonton to take streaky, big-salaried Jason Blake?
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal at the Calgary Herald,
There’s not a big market these days for Souray’s skill-set — big shot, big minutes, toughness — because he has two years left on his deal. His tough style of play, which has resulted in injuries (wrist, shoulder, concussion and hand), has also scared off a few teams.
The Oilers’ best bet is to move Souray to a team that is long way from the NHL required cap floor of $44 million. The Atlanta Thrashers have $36.2 million committed to 15 players. The New York Islanders have $36.5 million for 21 players. The Colorado Avalanche have $38 million for 20 players, and the St. Louis Blues are at $40 million for 20 players.
But those teams might also want Tambellini to include a younger player in any deal.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal at the Montreal Gazette,
Steve Smith, who won three Stanley Cups on the Oilers blue-line in 1987, ’88 and ’90, was hired as one of head coach Tom Renney’s assistant coaches on Thursday and will look after the defence next season.
Renney performed that duty last season after Charlie Huddy, now with the Dallas Stars, handled the job for years under former Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.
Smith’s previous coaching experience includes a one-season stint as an assistant with the Calgary Flames 13 years ago. The former Chicago Blackhawks pro scout will join Kelly Buchberger, who is back for a third year as an Oilers assistant — first with MacTavish and last season with Pat Quinn, who’s now the team’s senior hockey adviser.
“I’m very comfortable with the fact that Steve is a former NHL defenceman. We need somebody to work with the defence through the level of transition here,” said Renney, who felt the Oilers needed somebody similar to Brad McCrimmon, another longtime NHL defender now working for the Detroit Red Wings, to keep an eye of the young Oilers blue-line.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The Oilers are getting rid of Sheldon Souray — he cleared waivers last Saturday — and, with that big booming shot and his toughness, he’d look good in a Senators jersey.
Souray is a $5.4-million cap hit for the next two seasons, however, and was limited last season to 37 games after breaking his hand and suffering a post-surgery infection. But he’s also proven to be an offensively dangerous defenceman.
Kuba, a veteran who moves the puck well and is decent defensively, is not a physical player and, with the arrival of Gonchar, is very much expendable. Or redundant, as someone put it Friday. With a cap hit of $3.7 million, the Oilers would be lightening their load in a swap for Souray. Ottawa would have to throw something else into the pot — at least $1.7 million worth of assets, in fact — and the Oilers have room for it, as they are more than $14 million under the cap.
Would you trade Kuba, Lee, and maybe a Nick Foligno or a Kuba, Campoli and Ryan Shannon for Souray? Or maybe Kuba, one other player and a draft pick?
more Sens talk…
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
Even after all these years, we’ve got Gretzky on the brain here in Edmonton. We’re expecting that old story to happen again. We’re looking for that one great, young player to come in, and with a group of other great young players, rise up and grab hold of the Stanley Cup.
Hell, we are so captivated by that particular narrative that we even convinced ourselves a few years back that the group of talented youths led by Sam Gagner was a some kind of remake of the Gretzky years, with Gagner playing the Wayne Gretzky Superstar part, and Andrew Cogliano, Robert Nilsson, Tom Gilbert, Ladi Smid, Denis Grebeshkov and others in that tarnished group filling in as the supporting cast of shiny disciples.
And now we’re doing it again, the true believers, the faithful, heading out to the Clareview Arena to watch the Oilers latest bunch of young hot shots, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi, Anton Lander, Teemu Hartikainen, Jeff Petry and others, go through repetitions of boring drills.
This is how we roll in Edmonton. Nothing too wrong with it, as far as us fans go, but I wonder if the adoration of this particular narrative doesn’t also have some impact on Oilers management, who get a bit too swept up in the youth movement themselves.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Talk all you will about the big three of Eberle, Marcus Paajarvi and Hall, but No. 1 is No. 1.
“It takes the pressure off all of us,” said Eberle, the Oilers first-round pick two years ago, 22nd overall, while Paajarvi was the first-round pick last year, 10th overall.
Lowe looks at Eberle and Hall the way it was with him and Gretzky that first year when they roomed together in a three-storey walkup on the south side.
Because the two were teammates at the World Junior, they ended up roommates at the development camp and whether they are tethered together during drills or sitting beside each other in the dressing room, you can see they have a bond.
“Jordan and Taylor are tight just like a few of us were,” said Lowe, who roomed his second season with Messier.
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