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...are trades the answer right now? As another rival executive suggested, is the smartest thing at this point not just to take a knee and get in the lottery chase given this year’s draft class?
On the surface, it’s probably what makes the most sense. But eight years of hockey hell has also eroded some of the goodwill (loyalty?) of the fan base in Edmonton. Can you afford to take a knee and not risk further brand alienation? Or would fans in Edmonton, a pretty savvy hockey community, understand that it would be worth it given the draft class?
-Pierre LeBrun on the Edmonton Oilers. Read more from LeBrun on the Oilers at ESPN.
DID YOU KNOW?
Wednesday marks NHL Founders Day. On this date in 1917, the National Hockey League was formed in Montreal following the suspension of operations by the National Hockey Association of Canada Limited (NHA). The first NHL games then were played Dec. 19.
NHL FLOAT IN MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
In celebration of the 2014 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown – which pits the Rangers against the Flyers on Friday at 1:00 p.m. ET (NBC, SN) – Hockey Hall of Famer and former Ranger Pat LaFontaine, recent Flyers Hall of Fame inductee John LeClair, and musical duo The Madden Brothers will ride aboard the Discover/NHL “Frozen Fall Fun” float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday in New York.
The 36-feet long by 20-feet wide float will feature a synthetic ice rink (with kids skating), a 12-feet tall turkey that serves as a hockey goal plus an assortment of colorful fall decor.
from Jamie McLennan of TSN,
I've noticed - more than ever this season - that there's been lots of goals and scoring chances created by pucks missing the net, off the end boards and coming back in front of the net (video link here).
With the nets being more shallow and blocked shots and lanes getting to the net, teams - particularly their defencemen - are looking for set plays and ways to get the puck down low for a scoring chance.
Earlier this season, I watched Cory Schneider allow a goal where the shot went wide and the puck hit the yellow dasher. It came back so fast that by the time he reacted, he actually knocked it into his own net.
Now those plays happen, especially if the goaltender isn't sharp that night. But in today's game, it's becoming more of a normal play.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We've asked before, but is this finally the turnaround the Colorado Avalanche have been waiting for?
The Avs rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit to beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night, their fourth win in five games. For the second straight game, goalie Reto Berra was pulled in favor of Calvin Pickard, and just like Saturday night versus Carolina, Pickard backstropped the Avs to the comeback win.
Daniel Briere's overtime goal was a lucky one, his centering pass going off Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, but you figure the Avs are due a few breaks after what has been an incredibly tough opening two months. Are they on the road back? We shall see.
read on for Burnside on the Stars and Strang on Flames/Ducks...
via Sporstnet's YouTube channel,
Check out some of the most memorable, amazing, and of course hard hits from the 1995/96 – 1999/00 NHL seasons.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
The New York Islanders are the best Big Apple-area team right now. When is the last time you could say that?
Pat Quinn and Viktor Tikhonov are gone. Jean Beliveau, Gordie Howe and Bryan Murray are ailing.
On some nights, it seems like there are more media members in scrums in Montreal and Toronto than there are fans in the stands in Florida.
These are just a few of the many storylines we've seen through the first six weeks of the season, both the good and the bad.
Keeping that in mind, here is our look at the 2014-15 NHL season at the quarter point.
VIVA LAS VEGAS: The league keeps saying it is not ready for relocation and expansion. Yet this story just won't go away, especially when it seems a potential ownership group has been targeted and a possible future home that could house an NHL team is being built on the strip. It's a good bet that this situation is just a matter of "when," not "if."
continued, a good recap of what has happened through the first quarter of the season...
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
It is time for general manager Jarmo Kekalainen to do something.
We all know the patient, long-term plan set forth by Kekalainen and his boss, John Davidson, the president of hockey operations. “Brick by Brick” T-shirts appeared last year. They have a core of young players they want to see grow within the system. We all get it.
“We are the 5th line” T-shirts appeared this year, and Alexander Wennberg should be wearing one. He has not proved he is an NHL-caliber player, and he is on the ice 15 minutes a night. This does no service to him or the team. He should be building his confidence with minor-league Springfield.
Maybe Wennberg goes the way of Nikita Filatov — or maybe he goes the way of Ryan Johansen, who, you might recall, did not have an illustrious rookie season and has turned out pretty well. The point here, though, is not about the rookie. He is not the problem; he is merely a symptom.
The Jackets are stagnant, and they need a stir.
The Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets, two of the worst teams in the league, are working together to make a trade happen to improve their fortunes.
TSN Hockey analyst Aaron Ward is reporting that Oilers winger David Perron and Blue Jackets centre Artem Anisimov are the players being discussed for a potential trade, but there could be more players involved.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger first reported over the weekend that the Oilers were looking to deal Perron and said general manager Craig MacTavish is looking for a top line centre in return for the 26-year-old.
Perron has two goals and eight assists in 22 games this season with the Oilers, his second year with the team. The Sherbrooke, Quebec, native has two years left on his current contract.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
3 1/2 minutes of highlights from the seven NHL games last night.
Edmonton lost to Dallas 3-2.
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