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from Roger Millions of Sportsnet,
The Oilers brandishing their three youngsters this week, led by No. 1 overall draft pick Taylor Hall, are bludgeoning the Flames on the airwaves, on newsprint, and on the wacky world of the internet.
No question the Oilers proposed makeover is timely. These kids may become bona fide NHLers and dig a very proud hockey organization out of what seems to have been determined as a self-constructed abyss. It’s a nice story.
Counter that with the Calgary Flames. They were a disappointment last season and have added to the questions and concerns by re-signing the likes of Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay. These two had already left the Stampede City once under allegedly not so positive circumstances. Couple that with numerous attacks on GM Darryl Sutter from media and fan sources alike, and Calgary NHL hockey talk is not exactly a sunny topic.
You get the feeling that somewhere in the middle the actual facts will eventually play themselves out.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
They’d only been together a couple of hours and it was like they already needed a name.
But they’re two players from Kingston short of being the Kingston Trio and two Swedes short of qualifying as Tre Kronor.
They are, however, from this moment on, linked together as the big three, the talented triumvirate tasked with leading the team back to the promised land. And the scene yesterday was one to be remembered if they ever get there.
“These young guys are at the front end of a very special relationship with these fans, so drink it up,” said new head coach Tom Renney of Taylor Hall, Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson and Jordan Eberle.
Normally for an Edmonton Oilers prospects camp you can count the crowd on your fingers and only occasionally need to use your toes. Not this one.
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with left-winger Taylor Hall on a three-year NHL entry level contract.
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
Every few months the same rumours come up about the Oilers wanting to or needing to trade Andrew Cogliano, and every months I write the same post, that the Oilers will regret trading Cogliano, who has added enough crust and jam to his game that he’s close to being a full loaf of a hockey player.
So here we go again . . . but I suspect, unfortunately, this this will be the last thing I write about Cogliano while he’s still an Oiler….
How do I see this player contributing to the Oilers becoming a winning team? As the Oilers’ very own Dan Cleary, a valuable third liner who can step up to one of the top two lines if necessary.
Cogliano improved to win 43 per cent of this faceoffs last season, but I still see him on the wing, as a third line checker and scorer, a player who works hard, crashes the net, hits, checks, scores 15-20 goals a year.
That’s what Cleary does. That’s what I believe Cogliano can do.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
There are three defencemen in Vancouver who make $3 million-plus and have one year left on their contracts before becoming UFA’s. Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff and Sami Salo, the only one with a no-trade clause.
So why is Kevin Bieksa the only one anyone talks about when conversation moves to clearing some space on Vancouver’s crowded blue-line?
continued plus Calgary and Souray talk…
via Nick Kypreos tweet,
Told Sheldon Souray will not be bought out if he clears. He is owed 4.5M per for 2 more years. His cap hit is 5.4M
from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,
For Tambellini, Day 1 of free agency was framed more by what he didn’t do than what he did.
Which is not to diminish Edmonton’s signing of 28-year-old free-agent defenceman Kurtis Foster for $1.8 million a year for two years, a bargain no matter what TSN’s normally astute Pierre McGuire had to say on the matter.
Nor is it to underestimate signing gritty forward Colin Fraser for two years at an even more cap-friendly $875,000 a year.
More important, Tambellini didn’t go all retread on Oilers fans the way Flames GM Darryl Sutter did, foisting both Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen on the unsuspecting, increasingly cranky Flames fan base.
Nor, for obvious reasons, was Tambellini breaking up some winning chemistry, as Stan Bowman has been forced to do with the cap-jammed Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. On the contrary, Tambellini has been methodically demolishing a losing culture, and doing a better job of ridding himself of contracts than might have been thought possible.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Kurtis Foster agrees to terms with EDM. Two years, $1.8M per year
from JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
The days of big name hunting are over. When the NHL’s free agent market opens today, the Edmonton Oilers will venture in with a much different tactic than summers past.
They will be on the lookout for more role players, fewer marquee men. More Colin Fraser-type players, fewer Marian Hossas.
The Oilers have pursued the likes of Hossa and Michael Nylander and Dany Heatley, only to come up emptyhanded. Now, in the midst of a massive rebuild, the focus is on development. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson will have every chance to make the lineup at camp and will play alongside the likes of veteran Shawn Horcoff, defenceman Ryan Whitney and Fraser, who was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in a draft-day deal.
“I have my own little list that I’ll keep to myself until I’m asked,” head coach Tom Renney said recently.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun at the Toronto Sun,
Steve Tambellini tried hard to hit the home run—getting Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin—but couldn’t swing the deal.
“We had some good discussions,” said the Oilers GM. “But by the end I knew that Boston really wanted to make a selection that was really important for his organization, also. But it was worth a try—I would have loved to have them both.” When that didn’t work, he kept pressing for three through 15.
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