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Bieksa Or Souray Could Help Ducks

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?


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What To Do With Souray?

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.


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Steve Smith Brings Experience In Return To Edmonton

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.

read on

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Hey Ottawa, Do You Want Souray?

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…

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Oilers Could Use Some Veteran Leadership

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.


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Less Pressure On Some Of The Young Oilers

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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Talking Edmonton And Calgary

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.


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Watching the Young Oilers

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.


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Taylor Hall Signs With Edmonton

from Oilers.com,

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.


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Don’t Trade Cogliano

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.


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