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Oilers Can’t Go Wrong With Either Pick

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The suspense will finally come to an end early Friday evening when the Edmonton Oilers reveal if it’s Taylor or Tyler. This is the short-term drama, choosing between the more NHL ready winger (Taylor Hall of the Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires) or the player with the potentially higher upside and the harder-to-find skill set (Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers) at the 2010 entry draft.

In the big picture, it may not even matter who ends up going to the Oilers, given how many of these high-end, can’t-miss youngsters flourish early in their NHL careers and actually do live up to the hype. Thanks to a system that grooms top prospects from their early teens for this precise moment, they all seem to arrive with talent, poise, fitness and an understanding of what it takes to become a professional.


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Edmonton trades 6th round pick to Chicago for RFA C Colin Fraser

From various sources, the Edmonton Oilers have dealt a 6th round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for soon-to-be RFA center Colin Fraser.

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Report: Tom Renney named Edmonton Head Coach, Quinn now senior advisor

Per CNIC’s Eliotte Friedman’s tweet, former Rangers coach Tom Renney is now the Edmonton Oilers’ head coach, with former coach Pat Quinn being named as a senior advisor.

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Oilers Have Shown No Interest In Keeping Pisani

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Fernando Pisani wouldn’t mind an offer he can even refuse, but so far none has come across his agent’s desk, so the 2006 NHL playoff scoring hero is in limbo with the unrestricted free-agent market doors swinging open in 15 days.

If the Edmonton Oilers wanted the right-winger back, certainly at a major pay cut from his current $2.5-million salary, they likely would have sent agent Mark Witken a proposal by now, or at least talked, but there hasn’t been any of that.

“If you know anything, let me know,” said Witken.


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Edmonton Veterans May Face Buy-Out

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Ethan Moreau is on the clock, starting Tuesday. It may be the same story with Patrick O’Sullivan and Robert Nilsson.

National Hockey League teams have a two-week window from June 15-30 to buy out players, but the Edmonton Oilers aren’t going to rush into anything.

They will try to trade their captain first, just as they tried at the deadline in early March. A contending team may be interested in Moreau for a draft pick.

continued plus more Edmonton topics…

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Guessing Game Continues For Oilers #1 Pick

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal at the Montreal Gazette,

Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini swears he’s not going to tell Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin ahead of time which one will be the first overall pick in the 2010 NHL entry draft.

He’s going to make them sweat, like everybody else on draft day.

“We’re not making our decision until the final end. Both players know that. I don’t think there’s any wrong answer here. There’s lots of reasons to go either way,” said Tambellini, who just finished scouting meetings in Kelowna, B.C., where the scouts said their piece.

“They were passionate. If they wanted 10 minutes or two hours, they had the floor.”

Tambellini ultimately will make the final call on Hall or Seguin, but won’t put his foot down unless chief scout Stu MacGregor and he are diametrically opposed.


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Would Edmonton Try To Make Another Trade With Ottawa?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

With the Ottawa Senators’ Jason Spezza seemingly disgruntled with his lot in life in the nation’s capital, here’s how the Oilers might solve the Taylor vs. Tyler debate.

Draft winger Taylor Hall on June 25 with their No. 1 pick at the NHL entry draft, pass on centre Tyler Seguin and trade for Spezza later.

The Senators would almost assuredly take the same three players that were on the table for winger Dany Heatley last summer — Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid — in exchange for Spezza, who would become the Oilers’ much-needed first-line centre.

Spezza, who turns 27 on June 13, has a cap hit of $7 million for the next five seasons, while Penner ($4.25 million), Smid ($1.3 million) and Cogliano (a restricted free agent who made $1.13 million last year) add up to $6.9-million cap hit. So salary would be a virtual wash.


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Oilers Long Time Scout Won’t Return

from JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

When the purge of long-serving Edmonton Oilers employees began, amateur scout Chris McCarthy figured his days might be numbered. But it didn’t make the departure any easier.

McCarthy got a call last Thursday informing him that his tenure with the club was over. He had been on the scouting staff since 1992. Working from his home base in Boston, he covered the United States, with most of his focus on the east, the provinces of Quebec and Ontario and Europe. In short, there weren’t a lot of regions and rinks he hadn’t scouted….

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said on Monday that the intent was not to shrink the size of the scouting staff, but to restructure the group.

“We’re continuing to change the way we scout — from an amateur perspective and a professional perspective,” said Tambellini.

He would not indicate if there would be more personnel changes. The contracts of scouts Brad Davis and Mike Peluso are up at the end of June.


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After Four Decades, Rod Phillips Career Coming To An End

from an Edmonton Oilers press release,

Edmonton Oilers radio play-by-play hall of famer Rod Phillips will highlight the 2010-2011 Edmonton Oilers season by calling radio play by play for 10 ‘Rod’s Classics’ games. The ‘Rod’s Classics’ Series will mark the end of Rod’s illustrious career as ‘Voice’ of the Oilers, a career that spanned 37 years.

The ‘Rod’s Classics’ games will be carefully selected to highlight the biggest games, the biggest playoff series, Stanley Cup victories, and the storied connection the Oilers radio games have established between listeners and the team. The ‘Rod’s Classics’ series will be announced when the NHL Schedule is officially published.


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Bad Numbers

from Patrick Rishe of Forbes,

I undertook a simplified statistical analysis of data from the 2005-06 through the 2009-2010 season in an effort to answer this question quantitatively.

I presumed that managerial inefficiency was akin to spending the most money for the least amount of victories and postseason appearances.  Thus, the metric used to assess managerial inefficiency was to identify teams with the highest average payroll cost per win AND with no more than 1 post-season appearance in the last 5 years.

Using this metric coupled with the postseason filter, the 3 most inefficient franchises of each league from the last 5 years are:


1) Edmonton Oilers, 2) L.A. Kings, 3) Toronto Maple Leafs…Oh no, Canada.  To hockey lovers north of the border, it is probably disturbing that 2 of the 3 least efficient NHL franchises reside in traditionally strong hockey markets.  These 3 teams were each between $1.1 - $1.2 million in player costs per win over this stretch.


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