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Bob Nicholson Named CEO In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(April 20, 2015) EDMONTON – Daryl Katz, Chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced today Bob Nicholson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Nicholson, who joined the organization as Vice-Chair in June of 2014, will take over an expanded set of responsibilities within OEG that includes authority over all aspects of business and hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. Mr. Nicholson will continue to serve as an Alternate Governor for the Edmonton Oilers on the NHL Board of Governors.

“Since joining OEG, Bob has devoted his time to assessing all aspects of the organization,” said Mr. Katz. “Going forward, he will have clear responsibility for OEG’s growing sports and entertainment business, and all the support and latitude he needs from me to lead the Oilers back to being a Stanley Cup contender. Bob is the ideal person to lead the organization forward. He is a bold thinker, a strong consensus builder and a very fine individual.”

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Time For Doug Wilson To Step Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea,

Doug Wilson now gets to do something he hasn’t had to do in more than a decade -- redefine the franchise. His stance on the benefits of incremental change has to change, as the evidence that this team has dead-ended itself is now too overwhelming to ignore or wallpaper.

He has always had owner Hasso Plattner’s ear; now he has to sing a new song. And it isn’t just Joe Thornton that’s the issue. It’s a roster-wide examination that is needed, and an organizational one as well. The old Sharks are dead or close enough to it to require a new Sharks. The question that never had to be asked -- “Do you want to be here?” -- now has to be asked of everyone in the organization, and the answers aren’t as easy to come by as they used to be.

Wilson needs to be good not only at asking the question, but in understanding the answer. If San Jose was once a destination franchise, it is not one currently. In fact, for the next several months, the operation will be defined not by who stays, but by who goes.

And Todd McLellan was the first shot. As in “fired.”

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Todd McLellan Done In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks and Todd McLellan have mutually agreed to part ways.

In related moves, Assistant Coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft, and Video Coordinator Brett Heimlich have been relieved of their duties. Associate Coach Larry Robinson moved into his full-time role of director of player development at the conclusion of the 2014-15 regular season.

“I want to thank Todd and his staff for their years of service to the San Jose Sharks organization,” said Wilson. “Sometimes a change is best for all parties involved but nothing will take away from what Todd and his staff accomplished here over the last seven seasons.”

“San Jose will always hold a special place for me and my family,” said McLellan. “I would like to thank Doug and the Sharks organization for allowing me the opportunity to coach at the National Hockey League level. While we both agree that a change is in the best interest of myself and the team, I’m proud of what we accomplished as an organization.”

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Toronto Would Have Been The Best Landing Spot For Connor McDavid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Blair of Sportsnet,

This much is clear: Gary Bettman and Bill Daley are the most honest folks in professional sports. Never doubt them again after Saturday’s draft lottery, which will result in a generational player – Connor McDavid – wasting the early stages of his career in Edmonton.

Of all the cities or franchises that didn’t deserve McDavid, it’s Edmonton. Who knew that just one season of tanking wasn’t enough? Who knew you had to tank four times? Or just hire Kevin Lowe – the General Patton of NHL tanking.

Not to be parochial, here – truth is, my fan sentiments lie more with the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks than with the Toronto Maple Leafs – but let’s be honest: McDavid would have been of maximum marketing value and would have had the most immediate positive impact in Toronto. (Sorry, Buffalo.) There is a softening in this marketplace that I’m not certain will withstand a long rebuild without a transformative figure like McDavid. You won’t have to hold a tag day for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Ltd. but you will be able to buy tickets, and as much as I like Morgan Rielly, I’m not certain he pushes product in the manner of a McDavid. Rielly’s a nice player; McDavid is a kilowatt-emitting machine whose first choice (c’mon, you know it as much as I do) was to play with the Maple Leafs.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 2, Washington 1 (OT) – NYI leads 2-1
CHICAGO 4, Nashville 2 – CHI leads 2-1
Montreal 2, OTTAWA 1 (OT) – MTL leads 3-0
CALGARY 4, Vancouver 2 – CGY leads 2-1

CANADIENS PUSH SENATORS TO BRINK IN OT
Trailing 1-0 in the third period, Dale Weise (2-0—2) notched the tying goal with 5:47 remaining in regulation and the overtime-winner at 8:47 of the extra frame to power the Canadiens to a 3-0 series lead over the Senators.

* Weise recorded his first career multi-goal playoff game and his second career overtime marker (also April 16, 2014 at TBL). Three of his five career playoff goals have stood as game-winners (25 GP).

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Practice Tweets: Weiss out, Ericsson not practicing for Wings; Garrison still out for Bolts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 13x at 12:44 PM: The Red Wings hit the ice at Joe Louis Arena just before 11 AM, hoping to rebound from Saturday's 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay via some hard work and preparation for Game 3, and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reported that the Wings will be making at least one lineup change for Tuesday:

Stephen Weiss is in Red today, meaning he's out Tuesday since he's not skating in Top 6 forwards.

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Looks like Jonathan Ericsson isn't going to practice again today due to a nagging foot or ankle injury. Cleary in Black filling in.

MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed...

Ericsson not skating today again. He's been bothered by an ankle/foot issue but has played through it.

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Early indication is that Weiss will be scratched for Abdelkader in Game 3 since Weiss is extra forward skating with top six (in red).

And meanwhile, in Tampa Bay...

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The Winnipeg Jets Need More Offense To Get Back In The Series Against The Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

Winnipeg’s best attackers - Bryan Little, Scheifele, Andrew Ladd, Wheeler, Byfuglien - haven’t made a dent in Frederik Andersen, and only one Jet, Adam Lowry, has more than one point so far. The Jets power play has been blanked.

All this could change dramatically, and it could change tonight in Game 3. The Jets need it to against an Anaheim team that was No. 1 in the West this season, but has needed to come back in both games on home ice this series.

The challenge for the Jets will at least partly be to not let the enormity of tonight, the first home game for an NHL team in Winnipeg in 19 years, to become such an overwhelming factor that they neglect to improve those parts of their game that require attention. This is a series in which Game 3 has been held aloft as the key game before hostilities even commenced because it’s the first of its kind since Detroit eliminated the original Jets from the Stanley Cup playoffs back in 1996.

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Keys To Game 3

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

1. Better defensive-zone coverage

This was their main issue in Game 2. The Lightning scored two goals on plays in which the Red Wings didn't sort out and two more by speeding through the neutral zone virtually untouched.

It wouldn't be surprising if rookie Alexey Marchenko, who was a minus-2, is replaced by Brendan Smith, a healthy scratch the past three games. That would allow for the reunion of Danny DeKeyser and Kyle Quincey, the club's steadiest defense pairing this season. They could be matched against Tyler Johnson's line while Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson play against Steven Stamkos' line, or vice versa.

2. Convert on the power play

The Red Wings, with the second-ranked power play during the season, have gone 1 for 7, registering just eight shots in 12:40 with the extra man. 

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Yesterday’s Goaltending

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Each night during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, former NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan provides his Post 2 Post rankings for every goaltender in action. Each goaltender will receive a score out of five based on their performance.

Blackhawks 4 Predators 2

Pekka Rinne - 2 - Rinne was not sharp in this game as he was beat through the body by Brent Seabrook and short side by Brandon Saad. It was a perfromance uncharacteristic of his elite capability and he needs to bounce back next game for the Predators. 

Scott Darling  - 4 - Darling was very sharp Sunday with some big saves early on against Colin Wilson, Mike Ribero and Filip Forsberg. It was the best I've seen him with his rebounds and he looked comfortable and in control. He did a very good job of holding his crease and fighting through traffic.

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Sidney Crosby Leads The Pittsburgh Penguins To A Win Over The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Add in a scarcity of scoring — and the fact that Crosby had counted just one goal in 19 post-season games prior to Saturday night — few were willing to give the Penguins a chance to advance past the opening round.

Little surprise, then, that Crosby’s two-goal effort in Saturday’s hugely significant 4-3 win at Madison Square Garden has taken a lick out of whatever self-doubt may have been eating at the team.

And with the series shifting back to the Steel City for Games 3 and 4, there is once again a glimmer of hope for the Penguins.

“Obviously we need (Crosby) to be a threat offensively and he’s been that through two games,” Pittsburgh centre Brandon Sutter said following a team meeting at the Consol Energy Center where the best-of-seven series will resume on Monday.

“He’s had the puck a lot, held on to a lot. When he has the puck down low and is spinning in the corners and making plays, that’s when he is so dominant.”

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