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Oilers And Sabres Skate And Skate

via Chris Wescott of the Oilers' website,

The Oilers worked on their conditioning today at practice, skating sets of lines.

“It’s on the calendar,” Head Coach Dallas Eakins explained. “When we sit down at the start of the year, I sit down with our strength staff and our exercise physiologist and we break the season down into places where we’re going to do some hard work. Then there are parts of the season where we pull right off. We haven’t had a stretch so far where we’ve been able to get some extra work in. The conditioning day was on the calendar, and it ended up being a little tougher because of our numbers out there. Usually you have eight D or an extra forward or a couple of extra forwards out there. With the bare minimum of four lines and six D, it taxes them fairly quickly.”

In addition to their conditioning, the Oilers ran battle drills all practice.

“Our practice showed today that we’re upping our compete level, upping our intensity and upping our work ethic,” Jordan Eberle said. “Like we’ve spoken about before, it’s not on the coach, not on the GM, it’s on us in here and we know that. We’ve addressed that in the locker room, guy to guy and we’ll be better.”

from Chris Ryndak of the Sabres' website,

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Video- You Make The Call

Tough no-call and I probably agree with it.  Bo Horvat did have the puck so no interference for me.


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Jaroslav Halak A Nice Fit With The New York Islanders

from the CP at Sportsnet,

Maybe Jaroslav Halak just needed to feel wanted.

First the goaltender was second fiddle to Carey Price in Montreal then got pushed out in St. Louis for Ryan Miller. Nothing more than a rental in Washington, Halak last June heard from a team that wanted to turn the reins over to him and invest in him for the long term.

Now the New York Islanders are atop the Metropolitan Division, riding the wave of Halak’s all-star-calibre play during his franchise record 11-game winning streak.

"This team showed interest in me and interest in signing me," Halak said. "Interest was on both sides, and I’m glad it worked out well."

It has worked out for the first-place Islanders because general manager Garth Snow was willing to trade a fourth-round pick for Halak’s rights two weeks after the regular season ended and even more willing to give him a long-term contract. Halak did his homework on the Islanders, talking to current and former players, and ultimately signed a US$18-million, four-year deal.


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Arizona/Pittsburgh Trade

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Philip Samuelsson from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Rob Klinkhammer and a conditional fifth round draft choice in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The 23-year-old Samuelsson has registered 0-4-4 and 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 22 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) this season. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound native of Leksand, Sweden has appeared in five career NHL games with the Penguins. Samuelsson was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round (61st overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft.

In 19 games with the Coyotes this season, Klinkhammer collected 3-0-3 and four PIM.

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That Darn Salary Cap

from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,

Recent reports forecasting the possible stagnation of the NHL salary cap for 2015-16 serves as a potentially stark lesson of how it could handcuff teams with limited cap space. 

Here’s a look at some painful truths we’ve learned over the years about the NHL salary cap.

It will eventually hurt free-spending big market teams. Sure, they can afford to keep pace with a rising cap ceiling every year, and as the always-invaluable CapGeek.com indicates, many of them willingly do so. Abetted by clever “capologists”, some teams manage to ice competitive rosters with limited cap space each year. They have a talent for bringing in  the right players at the right price, provided the salary cap consistently rises at a healthy rate each season.

But if the cap fails to increases significantly, it can have serious consequences. The Philadelphia Flyers are learning that lesson the hard way this season, as they lack sufficient cap space to improve their struggling roster. It’s also why the Chicago Blackhawks were forced to shed salary during the summer of 2010 and why they’ll have to do it again in the summer of 2015.


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Afternoon Line- Phil Kessel


In cased you missed the hit.


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Recap Of Craig MacTavish’s Meeting With The Media

from the CP via TSN,

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish says everything in the organization is under evaluation as the last-place team continues to underperform despite an influx of high draft picks and young talent in recent years.

MacTavish told a news conference today the coaching staff, led by second-year head coach Dallas Eakins, and the players are "under scrutiny."

Eakins' future has been called into question several times already this season as the Oilers have managed just six wins and are currently mired in an 11-game losing streak.

MacTavish, who has also been on the hotseat in Edmonton, says the players need to take more responsibility.

He blamed "execution on the ice" for the team's struggles.


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George Parros Announces His Retirement

TORONTO (December 5, 2014) – George Parros announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL) after playing nine NHL seasons.

Parros played for five NHL teams, Los Angeles, Colorado, Anaheim, Florida and Montreal, during his career. He played in 474 regular season games, scoring 18 goals and adding 18 assists for 36 points, along with 1,092 penalty minutes.

"It’s been an honor to play in the greatest league in the world. Thanks to the organizations I've had the good fortune to play for, especially to the Samueli and Molson families,” said George Parros. “I've had the most amazing support from all of the fans who have supported my many endeavors throughout my career, for that I am eternally grateful. A final thank you to my parents Jim and Lynne, my wife Tiffany and my children who have made this dream of mine a reality.”

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NHL Short Notes

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Thursday inducted its 2014 class: Karyn Bye Dietz, Brian Rafalski, Jeff Sauer and Lou Vairo.
As part of the ceremony, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and former player/coach and current Flyers executive Paul Holmgren received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
Click here for a recap of the events.

Thursday marked the returns of two familiar faces: forward Daniel Alfredsson and goaltender Martin Brodeur.

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Live Stream- Craig MacTavish Meets With The Media

via a press release from the Edmonton Oilers,

Craig MacTavish will address the Oilers performance through 26 games and take questions from the media. 

Watch below, it is scheduled to begin at 11:00am ET.

added 11:32am, Conference is over.

added 11:46am, Video of the press conference can be viewed below...

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