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from Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal,
They are tired of hearing excuses. They’ve seen this organization fail year after year after year, but just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger suggested Taylor Hall might be available in a trade.
“If the untouchable label has been placed on the fortunate few (Oilers players), that’s going to change in the off-season when teams have more flexibility to make bigger and more meaningful deals.
“It’s unlikely RNH (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins) will become a target given his play and value as a top-line centre. But Hall, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz and David Perron will be high on any list of players in play at the Draft when they shift from being Oilers to assets,” Dreger wrote.
Dreger has a close relationship with many inside the Oilers organization. For him to include Hall’s name as potential trade bait after the season suggests he heard it from someone within the team.
The Oilers have made some less-than-smart moves over the years, but if they are contemplating moving their most dangerous player, that illustrates they truly have no idea how to improve their hockey club.
Derek Dorsett had some strong words about his altercation with Chris Neil on Sunday, saying that the Ottawa forward’s behaviour lacked class and is proof of just how ‘stupid’ he is.
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“Oshie O’s” is a Honey Nut Toasted Oats cereal that comes packaged in a 14oz. Limited Edition Collectors box featuring a custom illustration of T.J. Fans can order the cereal at www.oshiecereal.com. “Oshie O’s” t-shirts are also available for a limited time.
Four games yesterday, catch the important action...
You will see Beleskey's stick touch the left leg/toe of the goalie, not sure if there was enough call a two minute penalty for goalie interference or even waive off the goal.
added 9:36pm, My mistake, the call was actually on Beleskey for interference on the dman.
The BOG meetings are on Monday and Tuesday...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The salary cap: This is the annual meeting during which the league gives clubs their first projected number for next season's salary cap. It's a projection, not an exact number, but normally it gives teams enough direction in order to plan head for next season. There's been much hand-wringing among some of the bigger-market, high-spending clubs that the salary cap isn't quite going up as much as they thought it was going to, which is leaving them pressed up against the ceiling trying to juggle how to re-sign and keep their core together.
International update: There isn't expected to much talk about future Winter Olympics participation at this meeting, however, there will definitely be a formal update on how plans are going for the return of the World Cup of Hockey, a source said....
The event is scheduled to return in September 2016, hosted entirely in Toronto....
Legal updates: There will be several reports for governors to hear from the league, including the business report and a legal report. Within that legal report, the league will update owners on the ongoing concussion litigation with former players and the league's motion to dismiss those claims.
Quebec update ... but not about expansion: Pierre Dion of Quebecor, whose TVA Sports French TV network has begun a 12-year national relationship with the NHL, will also make a presentation....
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
On this day, as it will be on Monday, too, the Bell Centre is a silent, dignified place of worship, the banners of its greatest players and its 24 championship teams suspended in dim light from the rafters overhead as a kind of CH-crested stained glass.
Jean Béliveau, a legend of La Sainte-Flannelle, never took a National Hockey League shift in the Bell Centre. His 1,287 regular-season and playoff games between 1950-71 were skated a few blocks to the northwest at the Montreal Forum, and in the buildings of 13 opponents.
But now this great centreman, the figure who epitomized uncommon excellence and a gentlemanly grace and dignity on and off the ice through his more than six decades in Montreal, lies here in state.
His flower-draped casket is in the south end, between the blue line and the faceoff circles of the zone the Canadiens defend for two periods each game.
19:49 ANA Clayton Stoner served by Rene Bourque Roughing - 2 min against Evander Kane
19:49 WPG Evander Kane served by Chris Thorburn Checking from behind (maj) - 5 min against Clayton Stoner
19:49 WPG Evander Kane Game misconduct - 10 min
added 5:19pm, below is the Ducks broadcast view of the hit...
from Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet,
Last week, the St. Louis Blues signed future Hockey Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur to a bonus-laden one-year contract—he earned $20,000 for his win Saturday. The interesting point wasn’t so much that Brodeur had found a major-league job, but rather in the Blues’ handling of the signing.
The team treated the addition of Brodeur not as the quiet add of a veteran backup, but rather as the coronation of a new starter. Head coach Ken Hitchcock told the Blues’ official website that Brodeur would play if he was on the roster, that “he’s not going to back up.” That same website was reworked so that anyone going to stlouisblues.com first landed on a full-page “Welcome Marty” graphic.
It’s an interesting tack for the team to take. While Brodeur’s career obviously commands tremendous respect, it isn’t at all clear that his current level of ability deserves an NHL contract, let alone the level of fanfare the Blues lavished on him. There really isn’t much history of goalies contributing meaningful games as they get into their 40s; even Hall of Famers aren’t immune to the ravages of time.
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Travis Zajac (lower body and flu), Adam Larsson (flu), Bryce Salvador (lower body) and Ryane Clowe (concussion) all remain out.
Lamoriello explained Cammalleri's injury, which knocked him out of the Washington game.
"He pulled a muscle in his butt. It's better today, but it's not good. You just can't take a chance," Lamoriello said. "We'll leave him home and have him worked on. To get on a plane and travel there, with the soreness, it's just not worth it."
Larsson is still battling the flu and will be put on long-term IR (seven days retroactive) Monday. Lamoriello said there is no indication it is mumps, although Larsson and Zajac have had blood tests in an effort to rule out the illness. Lamoriello said it takes 5-7 days to get the results.
"I could not say to you it is no and I could not say it is," the GM said. "It's going around the league. It's now magnified. They could have it. Both of them. Travis is much better and hopefully we get him skating in the next few days.
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