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The Changes In Edmonton

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April 24, 2015 (EDMONTON) – Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) Chief Executive Officer & Vice Chair Bob Nicholson announced today significant changes to the management structure of the organization – both in hockey and business operations.

Peter Chiarelli has been appointed President of Hockey Operations and General Manager effective immediately. Chiarelli will report to CEO Bob Nicholson, and be responsible for all aspects of hockey operations.

“We are delighted to bring a person of Peter’s considerable hockey knowledge and experience to the Edmonton Oilers. Peter has had success at all levels of the game and we look forward to his leadership,” said Nicholson.

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Live Stream- Major Press Conference For The Edmonton Oliers

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The Edmonton Oilers will have a major press conference which is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm ET.

Watch below...

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The Nashville Predators Update The Health Status Of Shea Weber

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The Nashville Predators announced Friday that Captain Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the club’s Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to a lower-body injury the defenseman suffered in Game Two of the series. However, contrary to erroneous broadcast and media reports over the last 24 hours, he did not suffer an ACL injury. Further updates will be provided as they become available.

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Short Practice Report- Glendening Will Play On Saturday

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The Wings had a short practice today in the Tampa area and beat writers report Luke Glendening will play tomorrow per Ken Holland.

He needed some stitches in on his hand last night.

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Teemu Pulkkinen Assigned To Grand Rapids

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added 12:51pm, Release is below...

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NHL Short Notes

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Home Team in Caps
Tampa Bay 3, DETROIT 2 (OT) – series tied 2-2
WASHINGTON 5, NY Islanders 1 – WSH leads 3-2
NASHVILLE 5, Chicago 2 – CHI leads 3-2
VANCOUVER 2, Calgary 1 – CGY leads 3-2
Tyler Johnson scored with 5:26 remaining in regulation, collected the primary assist on the tying goal 1:17 later and then recorded the decisive tally 2:25 into overtime to help the Lightning overcome a late 2-0 deficit and even their series with the Red Wings at two games apiece.

* Via Elias, the Lightning won a playoff game in which they trailed by two goals in the third period for the first time in franchise history.

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A Must Win Game For The Pittsburgh Penguins

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from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It’s not hopeless when you’re down, 3-1, in one of these NHL best-of-sevens, but the unfortunate thing for the Penguins is that they are not playing the Penguins, who have demonstrated a kind of ingrained readiness to give series away from that very vantage point.

The Penguins’ last best hope for the moment is, in fact, the venue tonight. At least they have a chance at beating the Rangers in Madison Square Garden, where they’ve won three of their past five playoff appointments.

“This game, going into New York, we win, the series changes completely,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Thursday. “And it heads in our favor, for sure.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

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Ralph Strangis Will Be Missed

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from Ralph Stragis at DallasStars.com,

A guy tells me one time – he was a writer this guy – I’m trying to learn about writing a screenplay and he says remember – anybody can write a good first act. He tells me this like 20 years ago and it’s been bangin’ around in my head ever since.

What he doesn’t tell me – this guy – and it’s something I only find out by working on writing books and movies and plays in my spare time over the years – he doesn’t tell me how hard it is to know when to end Act 1. And how to start Act 2. Turns out art’s like life that way. Messy. No straight lines. No right or wrong answer. Just yours.

My timeline isn’t your timeline – I know that. You wish I’d be here forever. I would if I were you. I always wanted Ray Scott to do the Vikings and Al Shaver to call the Stars games forever. See how it works – Al has the chair – then another guy has the chair – then I have the chair – then another guy has the chair. It ain’t our chair to begin with.

To be in the chair for 25 years – that’s a rare thing. Saw lots of big stuff – huge – you probably heard me tell you about those things as they happened so we’ll share that forever. Also went through the tough times with ya. Shared those with ya too. Again like life. You’re up – you’re down. They come and they go…


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Morning Line- Jack Todd On Jon Copper

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No, I don't agree.

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TV Schedule Complaints

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from Dan Caesar of the St, Louis Post-Dispatch,

It’s playoff season in the NHL, time when you’d think the league would want to treat its existing fan base like royalty while also trying to hook casual viewers into full-fledged customers. So what do the NHL and its television partners do to their customers? They treat them like peasants.

They start some contests at inconvenient hours, then to make matters worse they make fans wait even longer by telling them the wrong game time.

The Blues have played four playoff contests so far against the Minnesota Wild, and they have started an average of 14 minutes after the listed starting times. There has been a total of 55 minutes thus far of fans waiting around in the stands — and the TV and radio audience being put on hold. That total almost certainly will surpass a full hour Friday night.

And because of television, fans of several teams in the Central time zone also have been subject to games that are scheduled to start 90 minutes later than is the norm in the regular season — 8:30 p.m. instead of 7 o’clock. Three contests in the Blues-Wild series have been tabbed for that inconvenient time. The reason: The networks often show an earlier game and hope it will end before the later contest begins. But that 8:30 “start” time isn’t really when the game begins.

The opening faceoff for a weeknight game last week in St. Louis was 8:40. And Wednesday in Minnesota it was 8:45 p.m. .


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