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The Attention On Connor McDavid

from Jack Harris of the LA Times,

EDMONTON, Canada —  Cameras and tape recorders crisscrossed the Edmonton Oilers’ locker room, cycling from stall to stall to capture the stories of the day. A familiar buzz filled the circular space, questions and conversations between players and reporters floating through the air the morning before a home game.
But the moment Connor McDavid stood up, everything else stopped. The rest of the room fell silent. When the most prominent athlete in Edmonton was ready to speak, all the attention came flocking to him.

“He could run for mayor and win tomorrow,” said Tom Gazzola, an Edmonton sports radio host in his 13th season covering the team. “He’s basically a god, worshipped for what he does.”

McDavid never asked to be the Chosen One in Edmonton, to procure the prophetic pressures placed on him as the Oilers’ prodigal son. Had draft lottery luck played out differently when he entered the league as the highest-touted prospect in years back in 2015, he might have ended up in Arizona or Buffalo, Carolina or New Jersey.

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Connor McDavid Could Be Ready For Opening Night

from Paul Gazzola of EdmontonOilers.com,

On Wednesday, Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland, as well as Head Coach Dave Tippett, updated the status of Captain Connor McDavid, who suffered a torn PCL in the final game of the 2018-19 season and has been recovering since.

"First off, the doctors are making the final decision," started Holland, speaking before a crowd of reporters outside the Oilers Dressing Room.

McDavid said he would like to suit up for a pre-season match before the '19-20 regular campaign begins but is keeping that decision up to the medical staff.

"Secondly, we're going to err on the side of caution but obviously if the doctors sign off and Connor wants to play, then we'll play him in the pre-season," Holland continued.

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How’s Connor McDavid?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Connor McDavid has not had any setbacks in his recovery from a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and no one is saying that his return to the Edmonton Oilers will be in November or December.

That’s the good news.

Any major knee injury is a six-month rehabilitation project, however, and the Edmonton Oilers captain ran into that goalpost in Calgary on April 6. With the Oilers’ season opener set for Oct. 2 versus the Vancouver Canucks — inside six months from the date of the injury — there are no promises that McDavid will be taking the opening faceoff.

“He tore his PCL,” agent Jeff Jackson told Sportsnet.ca on Tuesday.

“For a guy like him, who relies so much on his skating his edgework, cutting back … You don’t want to have anything go wrong when you’re rehabbing. So it’s been very meticulous, very carefully orchestrated, the progression. But he’s doing really well.

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Is Connor McDavid Really Happy In Edmonton?

from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,

Four years into the Connor McDavid era, McDavid kept getting better and the Edmonton Oilers kept getting worse. No one seemed more confused by this turn of events than the man at the middle of it.

A general conversation began to emerge in the NHL – does McDavid need rescuing? Is there something the army can do? Doesn’t it have helicopters and experience with human extraction?

McDavid – the companiest company man in the NHL – laughed off those questions, too.

“I want to be here,” he said. “If I didn’t want to be here, I wouldn’t have signed an eight-year deal.”

It sounded believable. Almost.

Now that he’s had the summer to think about it, McDavid doesn’t sound any more sure about things.

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid

“Two veteran guys, Kenny Holland with a long time in Detroit putting together the dynasty there… that’s an impressive run. Anytime you can get a guy like that to run your team is probably a good thing. And obviously ‘Tip’ (Dave Tippett) with all his experience and kind of his structure and all that I think is going to be a really good fit for our group.”

-Connor McDavid.  More from and on McDavid at Sportsnet.

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Video- Top Plays From Connor McDavid

5 1/2 minutes to watch McDavid at his best from the last season of the NHL.

 

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Connor McDavid Injury Update

(Edmonton, AB) - Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid was injured during a game on April 6th in Calgary.
 
 The Edmonton Oilers medical staff, in collaboration with top orthopedic specialists, have determined a rehabilitation protocol for Connor which will begin immediately. 

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Video- Connor McDavid Today

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Reaction To Connor McDavid’s Injury

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers captain was going at full speed while Flames defenceman Mark Giordano tried to force him wide and he lost an edge. MacDavid was down on the ice for several minutes, holding his knee, before being helped off the ice, unable to put any weight at all on the injured leg.

He was placed in a wheelchair and moved to an X-ray room in the Saddledome, where the images came back showing no breaks. They will take a closer look with an MRI and cross their fingers.

“It makes you sick to your stomach,” said teammate Sam Gagner. “You just want everyone to get through that game healthy. Play hard and try and get a win. It was pretty scary.

“Initially, when it happened, he thought — and we all thought — of what happened to Steve Stamkos (missed 45 games with a broken leg after a similar collision in 2013). It makes you sick to your stomach to see your teammate go down like that. We’re just happy it’s not more serious.”
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“When you see him get hurt like that it stinks, it sucks,” said Draisaitl. “I know it wasn’t necessarily a dirty play, he wasn’t trying to hurt him, but sometimes if you get beat it’s better to pull back. Hopefully he’s OK and it’s not as bad as we expected.”

“(Mcdavid) is probably the best guy on his edges,” added Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “He doesn’t go down easy. He’s strong on his skates. So for him to go down it’s going to take a pretty high force.”

Giordano was quick to express his regret over what happened.

“I feel terrible,” he said. “I honestly thought I could get that puck when I dove for it. Watching the replay I missed it and my stick kind of trips him. I was trying to (talk to him) right away. He was in a lot of pain there so he wasn’t saying much.”

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Video- Connor McDavid Injury

No update at this point.

 

 

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Video- Magic From McDavid

You'll want to look at it at least twice.

 

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid

 

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Regarding The Connor McDavid Suspension

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Connor McDavid may be the best player on the planet, but good people do bad things sometimes, even when the stars aren’t staring at a full moon.

So, when the Edmonton Oilers captain was told he had a hearing with the NHL’s Player Safety, he probably guessed he was going to get more that a stern talking-to after his shoulder hit to the head of New York Islanders defenceman Nick Leddy.

McDavid, with only 88 career PIMs and never anything more than a two-minute minor through 267 games over four years, was handed a two-game suspension.

The Player Safety folks were caught in an untenable situation. McDavid may be an all-world player but they couldn’t just give him a fine, not if they’re trying to go hard on hits to the head.

They already gave the equally squeaky-clean San Jose defenceman, Erik Karlsson, two games for hitting L.A.’s Austin Wagner in the head this season, so there was precedent for punishing a star. Two other high-profile players have gotten nailed too: Calgary captain Mark Giordano got two games for a knee on Mikko Koivu and Evgeni Malkin got one game for a high-stick on Michael Raffl.

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Video- Connor McDavid Suspended 2 Games

Illegal check to the head.

 

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Video- Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid

via TSN's YouTube page,

Connor McDavid didn't shy away from the Oilers' latest struggles. He believes that Edmonton needs to renew their commitment to playing defensive hockey, and that everyone in the locker room needs to buy into turning things around. And if they don't? McDavid doesn't feel there's a place for them with the Oilers.

 

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Connor McDavid Is Great, On The Other Hand The Edmonton Oilers Are Not

from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,

It’s still early days, but you are starting to get an ominous, Marcel Dionne feel from Connor McDavid’s career. His ability is undeniable. There is no serious argument over whether he is the best hockey player on the planet.

But McDavid, 22, has tied himself for the long term to a team that can’t figure it out. Some sports franchises couldn’t organize a two-car parade. Over the past decade, no one on the Edmonton Oilers' executive has a driver’s licence.

When Edmonton drafted McDavid three years ago, it was seen as a sort of architectural miracle – a club installing the foundation stone of their rebuild last.

From a personal-performance perspective, McDavid has lived up to his almost impossible promise – that he would be Bobby Orr- or Wayne Gretzky-good nearly from the off.

In return, the Oilers did the least helpful thing possible – go from being a very bad team with good future prospects to a middling one with none. They sit just outside the playoff picture, in no man’s land. Not good enough to matter; not bad enough to start again. Ask the Toronto Maple Leafs. They allowed themselves to be trapped there for the better part of 50 years.

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Connor McDavid Misses The Edmonton Oilers Super Skills Competition

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

In my mind, it was going to be a wonderful event.

There would be a capacity crowd with young fans holding ‘Happy Birthday Connor’ signs and everybody would stand and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.

Indeed, there was a capacity crowd for the Edmonton Oilers Super Skills Competition Sunday at Rogers Place. Most of the fans were kids. And several held up signs wishing McDavid ‘Happy Birthday’ cardboard signs....

There was no big public address system announcement in the building to inform fans that McDavid wouldn’t be on the ice. In fact there was no announcement at all.

The Oilers simply flashed, and I do mean flashed because it wasn’t up there more than a few seconds, a notice informing that the following players would not be involved because of injury or sickness: Connor McDavid, Jujhar Khaira, Alexander Petrovic, Andrej Sekera and Kailer Yamamoto....

Actually, I broke the story in the morning on Twitter (apparently that counts as a scoop these days) reporting that McDavid was sick and wouldn’t be there.

The response from followers was predictable:

• “Sick of losing?”

• “Sick of Edmonton?”

• “Bad back from carrying 22 players on it?”

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Does Connor McDavid Have A Target On His Back?

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

In Los Angeles Saturday, Drew Doughty managed to get away with a Gordie Howe-calibre elbow to the jaw of McDavid. Doughty was shown laughing on the Kings bench and McDavid went back to the Oilers bench clearly suffering the effects of the elbow.

Many Oilers fans were more upset with the fact that Doughty escaped without a Milan Lucic or Zack Kassian choosing to take the law in their own hands and filling in Doughty for his transgression as would have happened in the days of Dave Semenko....

Sunday in Anaheim, the video of Anaheim Ducks’ Hampus Lindholm crosschecking McDavid in the back where ‘97’ and ‘McDavid’ are sewn on his uniform and sent head-first into the boards, went viral.

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Hacking And Whacking Connor McDavid

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

A fascinating and utterly frustrating video from an Edmonton Oilers perspective was put together by Oilers fan @guvniash on Twitter.

It details the endless hooking, hacking and holding of Connor McDavid that went on in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, fouling that NHL referees let go without penalty.

In total, the video captures 12 incidents where the Kings arguably foul McDavid with no call — with about seven of those incidents, at 6:54 and 0:15 of the first period, 14:46 of the second period, and 13:47, 11:56, 7:23 and 7:18 of the third period — all being more blatant violations of the rule book.

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Connor McDavid, Meet Ken Hitchcock

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Hitchcock is going to demand defense from McDavid, and test him like he did to past stars like Mike Modano and Tyler Seguin. But he said his new star already has the traits to get the job done -- and will thus have the puck more.

"His recovery rate, cardio-wise, is astounding,” Hitchcock told reporters in Anaheim. “He’s able to get back up to speed quickly. That’s something we’ve got to take advantage of. He can come out every second shift if it stays 5-on-5. My focus is going to be building his game from our end out. He needs to have the puck more, as do all of our centers, because that’s the strength of the team."...

McDavid is having another huge year, with 13 goals and a league-high 32 points in 22 games, but Chiarelli just didn't put enough around him. Hitchcock wants McDavid with the puck and to be more aware defensively. During the San Jose game, NBC's Jeremy Roenick spotlighted McDavid making a sweeping turn in the defensive zone, too slow to cover the slot before a goal was scored. He said Hitchcock will demand stops and starts and quick strides to make better defensive decisions.

"He’s a different style of coach and a new voice,” said McDavid. “He just wants us to play hard. That’s one thing that all of his teams have, everyone brings their effort every night. Any time you bring in a new coach it’s the last option before shipping everyone out. That’s what we’ve reached here. This is a chance for us to come together and try to make something out of this.”

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Videos- Connor McDavid And Ryan Johansen Join After Hours

via Sportsnet,

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid sits down with Scott Oake and Louie DeBrusk on After Hours.

 

 

Below, Ryan Johansen joined After Hours too.

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Sidney Crosby Considers Connor McDavid The Best Player In The NHL

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Sidney Crosby considers Connor McDavid to be the top player in the National Hockey League.

"I think McDavid has set himself apart just based on the awards and the accolades he's gotten and the consistency he's had," the Pittsburgh Penguins captain told NHL.com on Wednesday. "I think it's fair to say it's an easy pick just because of that."...

Crosby, 31, said the influx of young talent in the League has produced highlight-reel moments from young skilled players like centers Auston Matthews (21) of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nathan MacKinnon (23) of the Colorado Avalanche. But it's McDavid's resume in his first three-plus seasons in the NHL that has allowed the Oilers forward to separate himself from the pack.

"There are so many different guys," Crosby said. "Matthews has emerged this year and it really looks like he's taken even another step. I think there's a lot of guys in the conversation. But it's hard to argue (McDavid). He's been really consistent. He's won scoring titles, MVPs. So yeah, that's an easy one to pick."

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Video- Get In The Mood For Hockey

5 1/2 mnutes of Connor McDavid from the past NHL season.

 

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Connor McDavid Is In A Safe Place

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

He’s confident, possibly euphoric. It reminds me a little of Mats Sundin’s captaincy with the Maple Leafs. Sundin believed in the Leafs lineup every year, even when the results told him differently. Every time they missed the playoffs, he thought next year would be different. He was so busy being optimistic he couldn’t see what wasn’t there.

Maybe McDavid, at a higher level, with his game for the ages, is the eternal optimist. He has the power now of contract and production and status in the game to say whatever he wants. To call for change if he believes change is necessary. Few players ever reach that level. McDavid is there now and what we really don’t know is if he thinks leaving this lousy Oilers team together was prudent. All we know is what he’s said for publication.

He is still just 21 years old, still a kid in many ways, still playing the part of the robotic, say-nothing, hockey player. It’s a safe place to be. But really, wouldn’t you like to know what he thinks about his team and about anything else in hockey? He is bright and opinionated and thoughtful until the cameras come on. The lights, in this case, too often can be silencing or deceptive.

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Connor McDavid Wins The Ted Lindsay Award

LAS VEGAS/ TORONTO (June 20, 2018) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today at the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu that Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is the recipient of the 2017-18 Ted Lindsay Award (TLA) after garnering the most votes from the players for his exceptional season. The TLA is presented annually “to the most outstanding player in the NHL,” as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche both finished as first-time finalists for the TLA. Hall placed sixth in the league in points (93), which were 41 more than his next-closest teammate. MacKinnon co-led the league in game-winning goals (12) and placed second in points per game (1.31).

McDavid is the first player in the history of the TLA to receive the players’ award twice before the age of 22. This is only the 16th time that the players’ choice for most outstanding player differed from the Hart Trophy winner.

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid

On winning the Hart Trophy vs. the Ted Lindsay Award:

You don’t want to take anything away from the Hart and take anything away from the media but to have your opponents and teammates and guys that you go up against every night, for them to vote and give you that respect or think of you on that level, it’s very special. Last year when I won it, it was such a nice feeling knowing that these are the guys you go to war with and they’re sitting back and saying, ‘you’re the best player this year.’ It really does mean a lot.

-Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.  Darren Dreger of TSN has more from McDavid.

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Connor McDavid Should Be A Hart Memorial Trophy Finalist

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Put Connor McDavid’s name on the ballots.

There aren’t many card-carrying members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association who haven’t written it: “Connor McDavid can’t win his second straight Hart Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers 15-points out of the playoffs.”

The other day the PHWA elected to bring in transparency this year, revealing which writers voted for which players, effectively making it awkward to change many of their minds about that.

But six games from now if McDavid continues to do as he’s been doing in his second annual Big Finish, everybody is going to have to re-think it No. 97s eligibility for the NHL’s ultimate honour.

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Why Connor McDavid Will Not Win The Hart Trophy

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

It’s not because of something nefarious. But in the minds of potential voters, his season is tainted. Call it guilt by association.

McDavid is ranked third in the Art Ross Trophy race with 84 points in 68 games. Since the All-Star break, he is tied for first in goals (18) and second in points (30). He’s having as good an offensive year as he did in 2017-18 when he finished with 100 points and won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award.

The problem is that while McDavid is having another MVP season, his team is having a forgettable one.

The Edmonton Oilers are not a playoff team. As of Monday, they weren’t even close. For this reason — and pretty much this reason alone — McDavid won’t come close to winning an award that by definition is awarded annually to the “player judged most valuable to his team.”

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What Happens When You Are Caught Flat-Footed Against Connor McDavid

Last night.

 

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Video- Have A Night Connor McDavid

4 goals and an assist in a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

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Kings vs. Oilers Means Doughty vs. McDavid

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will go against Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the first time this season in a juicy sub-story to an important game for both teams. Doughty is having another Norris Trophy-worthy season, and McDavid is widely seen as the best, if not the most skilled, player in hockey.

“There’s a good chance I’ll be made foolish at least once,” Doughty said after the morning skate. “I enjoy it so much. When I have to play superstars like him on the other team, I get up for those games. That’s the most fun I have. I enjoy getting to know him off the ice a little bit, but when he’s on the ice, I’m going to do everything I can to play my best against him.”

Doughty remembers being embarrassed by the video game-like moves of McDavid before, and he’s keenly aware of not letting that happen again.

“I don’t forget those things, ever,” Doughty said. “I kind of owe him one. The only way I can really owe him is by hitting him, I think. It’s kind of hard to do that.”

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Morning Line- Mark Spector On Connor McDavid

...the numbers don’t lie: minus-2 against St. Louis Thursday, and minus-2 again Saturday, despite a goal and two assists. Your best player simply has to be better than that, and McDavid’s line — with Pat Maroon and Drake Caggiula — was on the ice for three even strength goals by Dallas, with McDavid also on for a fourth.

Somehow, too many turnovers have mixed into McDavid’s game, resulting in odd-man rushes the other way after high-risk zone entry attempts go bad. In his own zone, the puck is getting behind his goalie too often, even if the reasons are ever-changing.

Part of being a superstar is playing as well without the puck, and being smarter with it than McDavid has been this season. Your best player has to be just that — at both ends of the rink — to have success.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet on Connor McDavid.  Read more on the Oilers and their 6-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.

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Morning Line- Matt Kassian On Connor McDavid

 

McDavid had a hat trick last night, watch the goals below...

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Pressure On Connor McDavid

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

So you wonder, as this National Hockey League season goes into the gate, if the Edmonton Oilers can handle the pressure of being considered a Stanley Cup contender for the first time in almost three decades?

You worry about the 103-point team that played 14 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs heading into this season with a target on their backs one year after ending a record-equaling 10 straight seasons out of the playoffs?

Accept the challenge, says Connor McDavid.

Nobody in the NHL has more pressure on him going into this season than the 20-year-old captain who won the Hart, Art Ross and Ted Lindsay awards.

More pressure?

“You want to go out and do it again,” McDavid said of his approach to the Hart.

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TSN Says Connor McDavid Is The Best Player In The NHL

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year.

For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22 TSN experts.

The 20-year-old McDavid bested Sid the 30-year-old Kid, earning 59 per cent of first-place votes just one year after Crosby attracted 100 per cent of first-place votes for the first time during his seven-year run of absolute dominance.

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid On Not Being Able To Participate In The Olympics

“I’m really upset about it.

“You want to be able to represent your country on the highest stage, and the Olympics is obviously the highest stage possible. To know that you might not be able to represent your country at the Olympics for another four years for sure. … Even if you’re able to in four years, it’s disappointing.”

-Connor McDavid via Luke Fox of Sportsnet.

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Connor McDavid’s Huge Contract

The new deal begins with the 2018-19 season.

 

 

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Everything Is Good With Connor McDavid’s Proposed Deal

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

It isn’t finalized yet, but Connor McDavid’s new deal with the Edmonton Oilers is in the neighbourhood of $13.25 million for eight years. (Neither the Oilers nor McDavid’s agent, Jeff Jackson, would comment.) That’s a win for everyone.

Initially, the Oilers worried their captain might only want five years, but they get him for maximum term. It’s a win for McDavid — for obvious reasons.

The thing to remember here is this is for all of his prime years. Pittsburgh could “back-dive” Sidney Crosby’s contract. He’s making $3 million per season at ages 35, 36, and 37. The new CBA doesn’t allow that for McDavid.

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are making $13.8 million in the first four years of their mega-deals with Chicago. It goes to $12 million in Year 4 but down to $6.9 million in Year 8, when both will be 34. McDavid won’t be into his 30s by the time this ends.

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Connor McDavid Needs To Improve His Defensive Play

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This in from the NHL Network, some stern criticism from analyst Mike Johnson.of Connor McDavid’s defensive play on three Anaheim Ducks goals in Game Three.

Johnson first pointed out McDavid’s fly-by of a Hampus Lindholm point shot on Jacob Silfverberg’s first period goal. “That’s not good enough,” Johnson said. “You got to stick your nose in and block that shot.”

He then pointed out another McDavid d-zone fly-by on Shea Theodore, allowing the Ducks defender to set up Silfverberg in the slot for the Ducks fifth goal.

“He looks for a poke-and-go. He flies by,” Johnson says. “You’ve got to step into him here. And McDavid elects not to because he’s looking for the cheap offence. He doesn’t have to. He’s got to stick his nose in and play better defence.”

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Regular Season Individual Award Winners

NEW YORK (April 10, 2017) – The 2016-17 National Hockey League regular season concluded on Sunday with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid capturing his first career Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby claiming his second career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals winning his first career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals. 

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100 Points For Connor McDavid

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The draft day hype machine has grown so exponentially over the years that it has become nearly impossible for a young prospect to live up to his billing.

Then there is Connor McDavid, who exceeded his.

McDavid went into the Edmonton Oilers’ season finale Sunday with 98 points, yet among 18,347 fans at Rogers Place in Edmonton, there were likely 18,000 who would have bet their mortgage on McDavid having a two-point night.

He did it in style, waiting until late in the second period to collect an assist, then getting the second on a Leon Draisaitl goal at 1:50 of the third period, lifting the roof off the arena.

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Watch his 100th point below...

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Crosby vs. McDavid derby lived up to the hype

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shootout last night, and the game came down to a pair of shootout goals traded by Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid--and a winner potted by Phil Kessel:

According to Sportsnet's Mark Spector, the Crosby-vs-McDavid game lived up to its massive hype:

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Connor McDavid kicks a goal in his own net

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored the easiest goal of his career as Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers accidentally kicked the puck into his own net:

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Crosby vs. McDavid tonight

NHL.com's Tim Campbell reports that tonight's marquee match-up involves Sidney Crosby battling Connor McDavid:

The NHL scoring race will be a certain headline when two of the League's marquee centers, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, play against each other at Rogers Place on Friday (9 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SNW, ROOT, NHL.TV).

McDavid leads the NHL with 74 points (22 goals, 52 assists). Crosby is tied for second with 70 points (League-leading 34 goals, 36 assists).

The game also creates a focus on what's to come.

Crosby, 29, is looking to add to an impressive resume that includes 137 points in 124 Stanley Cup Playoff games and two Cup wins. The defending champion Penguins are tied for second with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division with 90 points.

The Oilers have 78 points, two behind the Anaheim Ducks for second in the Pacific Division, and are on course to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

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Is Brent Burns ‘all Hart?’

TSN's Scott Cullen issues "Three Quarter NHL Awards," and his Hart Trophy pick is...intiguging...

HART
Winner
: Brent Burns, D, San Jose
Runners-Up: Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh; Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton

This is a difficult decision. Crosby has been my pick through the first two installments, but as his goal-scoring pace has slowed, it gets more reasonable to consider Burns, a defenceman who is leading the league in shots on goal and has more than a point per game. Furthermore, Burns is on pace for 34 goals, and the last time a defenceman scored that many goals, had better than a point per game and four shots on goal per game was Doug Wilson in 1981-1982 (The only other defenceman to meet those thresholds in a season was some guy by the name of Orr, three times).

This isn’t to take away from Crosby, who is having a great season, and McDavid, who is leading the league in scoring in his second season, but Burns’ season is extraordinary, and we’re far enough down the road that I’ve shifted into Burns’ corner, though it’s admittedly a close race.

Some others to consider: Chicago right winger Patrick Kane, who is suddenly second in the league with 70 points, is probably the best candidate outside the top three. Evgeni Malkin, Nikita Kucherov and Jeff Carter have all been really good, too, but not quite at the same level.

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Videos- A Sit Down With John Tortorella, McDavid Skill And Kucherov Impresses

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

John Tortorella speaks with Christine Simpson about his past mistakes as a coach and how he has approached his opportunity in Columbus.

 

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Video- Hats, Caps And Connor McDavid

via TSN YouTube page,

Connor McDavid wears many hats as the captain of the Edmonton Oilers, (face of the franchise, engine of the offence, superstar in the NHL), so Cabbie presents him with a variety of hats, including an iconic Jofa helmet. Don't sleep on the military grade night vision goggles either. They also discuss McDavid's lightning hot production and one of their favourite MCs who lit up the stage at Rogers Place wearing Connor's jersey.

 

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Hacking Connor McDavid

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

Connor McDavid is the kind of brilliant, thrilling attacker who arrives in the National Hockey League once every 10 or 20 years.

But how long McDavid lasts in the NHL is another question, given how league officials either refuse to penalize or to properly penalize the various infractions against the phenom.

Of course, it’s not just McDavid who is getting repeatedly hammered with illegal and often dangerous stickwork. It’s all of the NHL’s best players. I’m sure fans of other teams could put together video evidence of numerous uncalled or under-penalized infractions against the top attacking players on their favourite team (and I encourage them to do so), but as I’m an Oilers fan in Edmonton, my focus is on McDavid.

Rarely a game goes by where McDavid isn’t held up with illegal interference, if not dangerous hacks and slashes. 

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Video- NHL Players On The Fastest Skater In The NHL

Connor McDavid and Dylan Larkin dominate the conversation.

 

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Connor McDavid Calls Out Brandon Manning

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

When McDavid scored on a power play in the middle frame to make it 2-0, he skated towards Manning after a fist-pump celebration and the two exchanged some more words. After the game, McDavid let fly that the words he heard from Manning inferred that he’d smacked him into the boards on purpose last season....

“I did all I could defending him last year in the media. Everyone wanted to make a big deal saying he did it on purpose, and they wanted me to to say some comments today (morning) about what went on last year,” said McDavid, who shrugged it off after the morning skate as yesterday’s news.

But it was today’s news Thursday when they came together in the first period and words were coughed up.

“I thought it was one of the (most) classless things I’ve ever seen on the ice. He said some things. I guess we can put the whole if he did it on purpose thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that. Shows what kind of guy he is the way he doesn’t step up and fight some of our guys,” said McDavid, who had the power-play goal and helped set up Andrej Sekera’ shortie with some great board work in the second.

Manning was taken aback by McDavid’s not-so-friendly fire at him after the Oilers’ loss.

He firmly said last year’s violent crash with McDavid and himself was a hard play, gone wrong.

No malice intended.

“One hundred percent not. Anyone who’s seen the clip sees him catch an edge. I would never intentionally hurt someone. Anybody who knows me, knows I play a hard game, that’s the reason I’m in the NHL. I think I play an honest game,” said Manning.

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Below, watch McDavid post-game, the Manning talk starts at the 1:00 mark...

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