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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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Peter Pocklington Reaches Plea Agreement

from the CP at TSN,

Federal prosecutors in the U.S. say former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has agreed to plead guilty to perjury in a bid to avoid jail time.

According to the plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Riverside, Calif., Pocklington acknowledged that he concealed two bank accounts from a bankruptcy trustee and failed to disclose two storage units in Southern California.

The plea bargain calls for probation, including six months of home detention that could force him to wear an electronic monitor. The criminal conviction also means he could be deported back to Canada.


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Mind Games

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

“It’s a very big project,” said Tambellini. “We are working on all components of our player development system. One of those components is the psychological aspect.

“Call it whatever you want, a consultant or a sport psychologist, but I want that position to be part of our player development model. I think it’s very important. Some (players) already have their own. We need to do that as an organization.”

He was talking about one-on-one, face-to-face, player-to-psychologist sessions, not team psychology. The Oilers did not employ either last season.

The need is obvious and not just because they finished dead last in the National Hockey League. Tambellini said at the end of the season he was determined to find players who wanted to be Oilers, who were proud to put on the jersey; the assumption being that some of the current crop weren’t all that thrilled to be here.


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Oilers Continue To Clean House

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

In the continuing purge, the three longest-serving Edmonton Oilers’ employees — trainer Ken Lowe and equipment men Barrie Stafford and Lyle Kulchisky — apparently no longer have their positions.

The heart-and-soul Oilers may be reassigned within the organization, although there is some thought that Lowe, brother of team president Kevin Lowe, might not hang around.

The Oilers haven’t commented yet.

Kulchisky, the assistant equipment manager who also looks after the visiting team, trucking their gear to and from the airport, just finished his 34th season with the club.


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Is Jagr A Fit In Edmonton?

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers some questions from readers and this one is about the Oliers signing Jagr…

I would say the organization is torn right now because they are in a rebuild. Do they really want to spend $4 million on a 38-year-old player who certainly isn’t the offensive threat he used to be?

That said, Jagr looked fine in the Olympics, but for getting clobbered in the open ice and knocked for a loop by Alexander Ovechkin. I did notice his cycling along the boards is a little shorter than it used to be. He runs out of gas a little quicker now, but what player his age doesn’t?

I do believe Jagr would be very good for Hemsky, who says he used to be a left-winger, so could move over if Jagr came on board. What Jagr reportedly wants however, is a package deal. He also wants the Oilers to sign Czech Olympian forward Roman Cervenka, who is an emerging star in the Czech League but on the smallish side and looked like he was over his head at the Olympics.

more plus other questions and answers…

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