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  • Leon Draisaitl on life in Connor McDavid's shadow

    ESPN "Matching the energy of an ethereal talent isn't something every player can do. That is why playing on Connor McDavid's wing is a daunting task. "It's the time and space you have to give him, to get him the puck in full flight. I think that's maybe what some..." November 12

  • Don Cherry out as co-host of ‘Coach’s Corner’ following "You people" controversy

    Global News "Long-time hockey commentator Don Cherry is out as co-host of Coach’s Corner following televised remarks where he claimed new immigrants don’t wear poppies and implied they don’t support veterans “Following further discussions with Don Cherry after..." November 11

  • Don Cherry addresses firing: 'I speak the truth and I walk the walk'

    Yahoo! Sports "Sportsnet dismissed hockey commentator Don Cherry after anti-immigrant comments during Saturday’s broadcast. Cherry sneered at Toronto and its surrounding communities for not purchasing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, snarling at “you people” in an unprompted,..." November 11

  • Ron MacLean apologizes for allowing Don Cherry’s “discriminatory” rant

    Daily Hive "Don Cherry wasn’t the only broadcaster under fire for Saturday’s anti-immigrant comments during Hockey Night in Canada. Ron MacLean, his friend and longtime Coach’s Corner sidekick, faced heavy criticism for being complicit in Cherry’s rant. Cherry has..." November 11

  • When will enough be enough with Don Cherry and Coach's Corner?

    The Score "Don Cherry doesn't represent me. He likely doesn't represent you. The Canada he longs for, and the hockey community he longs for, have both long since passed out of date. But, in choosing a set of carefully crafted words over swift action for his most recent diatribe,..." November 11

  • Latest On Jesse Puljujarvi

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It appears as though the Jesse Puljujarvi saga is over, at least for the next few months. The Edmonton Oilers prospect told Sami Hoffren of Ilta-Sanomat that he would be staying in Finland for the rest of the season. While the Oilers could still decide to trade..." November 11

  • Mikko Koskinen should be the Edmonton Oilers no. 1 goaltender

    The Sports Daily "Mikko Koskinen of Vantaa, Finland recorded his first shutout of the 2019-20 National Hockey League regular season on Friday. Koskinen made 29 saves as the Edmonton Oilers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-0 at Rogers Place.  Koskinen made eight saves in the first period, 12..." November 09

  • Gary Bettman: Olympic participation 'incredibly disruptive' to NHL season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman remains resistant to the idea of allowing the league's players to participate in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record on the subject, but I think going to the Olympics is a challenge for us," Bettman..." November 09

  • KHL Stars Generating NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Teams around the NHL are always looking for an opportunity to add talent through means other than the draft, especially those that consistently pick in the back half of the round. In that way the KHL has always been a mysterious proving ground, where some players that find great success then..." November 08

  • Oilers' Oscar Klefbom calls loss to Cup champs 'a lesson for us'

    The Score "Despite an unexpectedly hot start to the season, the Edmonton Oilers weren't up to the task when measuring themselves against the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. St. Louis handed Edmonton a 5-2 home loss and claimed its sixth consecutive..." November 07

  • With reinforcements ready to roll, Edmonton Oilers waive Tomas Jurco

    National Post "This season was always destined to be a game of musical chairs at the forward position, though an ongoing run of injuries to depth players has provided a stay of execution an extended opportunity for certain healthy role players to make their case. But yesterday it became apparent..." November 07

  • NHL Player Survey Reveals Players Don’t Believe There Is A Cocaine Problem In The League

    BroBible "Fifty NHL players were asked a number of interesting questions in ESPN’s NHL Player Confidential survey and one of the big takeaways was that a majority of players don’t believe that there is a cocaine problem around the league. The results revealed that 58% of..." November 05

  • Do NHL Players Want To Play For Seattle In Year 1? New Poll Reveals Answer

    NESN "The NHL’s expansion into Seattle still is more than a year away as the league prepares to add a 30th team to the ranks. But here’s the big question: Do players want to play in the Emerald City in Year 1? An anonymous poll conducted by ESPN posed that very question to 50..." November 05

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 05

  • Why NHL teams should blow up the bridge deal and bet on young stars

    Sportsnet "John Chayka was pretty fresh on the job in 2016 when Clayton Keller became the first player drafted under his tenure as GM of the Arizona Coyotes. The scene was exactly what you’d expect after Keller’s name was called seventh overall; big smiles, hugs from the family, a bunch of..." November 04

  • Ref You Suck: Subpar Officiating Hurting NHL’s Image, Integrity

    Sinbin Vegas "I’m not one to blame officials for the outcome of games. I always believe that you make your own luck in sports. And I have yet to see a referee actually score a touchdown, sink a basket or put a puck in the net. But when the officiating negatively impacts the outcome of games,..." November 04

  • League Notes: Waiver Priority, Power Play, AHL Trades

    Pro Hockey Rumors "November 1st marks an important day on the NHL calendar, but one many may not be aware of. Fortunately, CapFriendly is here for the reminder. This day marks the official change over to the waiver priority by current NHL standings. In the first month of the season, as the sample size is too..." November 02

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 01

  • Mikko Koskinen, Mike Smith proving huge keys in Oilers cause

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers have two of the best players in the NHL in center Connor McDavid and forward Leon Draisaitl. The problem is depth and goaltending. Well, goaltending was supposed to be part of the problem, at least. Goalies Mikko..." October 31

  • Comparisons between Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid as rematch looms

    Sportsnet "When he was a kid growing up outside Toronto, Connor McDavid wanted to be just like Sidney Crosby. .Then, as the moment of his first NHL game against his idol approached, a broken collarbone just three days before the Penguins were to play in Edmonton robbed McDavid of..." October 31

  • Trade Bait: Leafs facing deadline with Zach Hyman nearing return

    TSN "It’s so early in the season for a TSN Trade Bait board that it’s scary. But it is Halloween - and we do like handing out little trade treats to mark the occasion. The Trade Bait board will undoubtedly take different shape as we move closer to the Feb. 24 trade..." October 31

  • USA Hockey increases penalty for on-ice slurs

    ESPN "USA Hockey announced Wednesday that it is increasing penalties for racial and derogatory slurs of any kind by way of a directive from the governing body's president. Anyone penalized under the rule that covers racial and derogatory slurs will now receive a match penalty, which..." October 31

  • 2019 NHL Heritage Classic Delivers Unique And Valuable Partner Activation Opportunities

    Forbes.com "From the ice-making to the fan experience, it takes a village to stage an event like the NHL’s Heritage Classic. “The tentpole events are most important for the fans,” commissioner Gary Bettman said last week in Regina, in the leadup to Saturday’s 2019 Heritage..." October 31

  • Oilers still waiting for depth forwards to start clicking on offence

    Sportsnet "When the coach puts his lines in the proverbial blender, it always brews up opportunity for those lower line players, guys who would normally have to be playing PlayStation to find themselves on a line with a centreman like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. "There are people looking for more..." October 30

  • NHL players are paid like other major pro athletes — and ticket sales cover those wages

    Seattle Times "A number of readers wrote in last week inquiring about my statement that NHL players make salaries comparable to other major professional sports leagues. The wording attempted to add context to why NHL ticket prices are so high, namely because hockey players earn salaries..." October 30

  • Several NHL clubs enduring scary starts

    The Guardian "The current NHL season is nearly a month old, but several teams and players are having difficulties in the early going. With Halloween just around the corner, here's a look at those that are enduring scary starts. Mediocre Maple Leafs With just six victories in their first..." October 30

  • Oilers Prospect Report: Blue-line future bright with Evan Bouchard, Philip Broberg

    Sportsnet "Before you can start talking about the Edmonton Oilers prospects, you have to decide who is in and who is out. Namely, Jesse Puljujarvi. Can you be a prospect when you’re very likely never going to wear an Oilers jersey again? Or, are you a prospect in that general..." October 29

  • Bringing NHL Feuds to Centre Stage

    The Hockey Writers "In the media, and all over Twitter, capturing the banter between these two stars seemed to be priority one. The rivalry is fun, it’s gripping, and it has been going on for several seasons with no real end in sight. Whenever the Flames and Kings play each other, Doughty and..." October 28

  • Analyzing the NHL’s luckiest, and unluckiest, teams so far

    Sportsnet "Do you believe this is the year Buffalo, under Ralph Krueger, finally gets back to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade? Are the Tampa Bay Lightning just a shell of the 62-win team that dominated the regular season in 2018-19? Will Edmonton and Vancouver claim two of the top three..." October 28

  • NHL Heritage Classic: Most memorable moments in Canadian outdoor game's history

    Sporting News "The puck drops for the 2019 Heritage Classic between the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, marking the fifth Canadian outdoor game in NHL history. Throughout its time, the Canadian outdoor game paved the road for the NHL Winter Classic, as well as the Stadium Series, two..." October 26

  • David Pastrnak, Lil' Jizzy and other reasons to be excited about the NHL

    CBS Sports "Are you a hockey enjoyer? Perhaps you're someone who is not yet a hockey enjoyer but is looking for reasons to become one? Either way, congratulations... you've come to the right place.  With a new NHL season on our hands, we're rolling out a new weekly..." October 26

  • How Leon Draisaitl compares to Alex Ovechkin as a goal scorer

    Sportsnet "With the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals facing off Thursday, last season’s only two 50-goal scorers will be going head-to-head for the first time in the 2019-20 season. Alex Ovechkin, 11 years Leon Draisaitl‘s senior, continues to show he..." October 24

  • Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl hoping to emulate the sustained success of Alex Ovechkin

    Sportsnet "The ultimate 50-goal moment in this town still belongs to Wayne Gretzky, who scored his 50th in Game 39 back in December of 1981, a lunging Bill Barber watching from his belly as the puck skipped into a vacated Philadelphia Flyers net. It was a time when 50-goal campaigns grew on..." October 24

  • Who will be the Craig MacTavish of visors?

    TSN "Ryan O’Reilly is among the last of a dying breed. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner became the face of the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup victory last season – in part because he’s one of the few players remaining in the NHL whose face isn’t protected by a..." October 24

  • Cracks starting to appear in Oilers lineup despite strong season start

    Sportsnet "Traditional hockey thinking tells us the Edmonton Oilers were due for a game like this, where all of those things that have been going so right go overtly in the other direction. Particularly against a desperate Minnesota Wild team, whose 2-6 start had them..." October 24

  • Yes, let’s get alumni involved in the NHL Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "Recently, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL was looking into making some changes to the NHL Skills Competition for the 2020 All-Star Weekend this January in St. Louis. Some events — looking at you, updated Puck Control Relay — have..." October 24

  • Oilers’ Sam Gagner committed to stick in NHL as career comes full circle

    Sportsnet "When young Sam Gagner arrived in Edmonton back in 2007, the Oilers were rebuilding. “Attention Toronto Maple Leafs,” advised this reporter, in a March 2008 piece in the National Post. “If you must rebuild, then this is the way to do..." October 23

  • Canadian NHL markets are seeing slump in early-season attendance

    Sporting News "The Hockey News' Ken Campbell recently posted a tweet indicating four of the five Canadian teams playing at home last Tuesday — Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens — failed to sell out. He also pointed out the Ottawa Senators..." October 23

  • Sticker shock aside, NHL Seattle is banking on fans paying big to watch its team in person

    Seattle Times "To say some local hockey fans gulped when initial NHL Seattle season-ticket prices were released last week would be inaccurate — it’s tough to swallow while spitting out coffee or enduring other reflexive actions after learning 44-game packages will cost from $12,540 to..." October 23

  • Craig Button: 'Auston Matthews isn't in the same tier as Leon Draisaitl'

    Trade Rumors "Is Leon Draisaitl better than Auston Matthews? Craig Button sure seems to think so. Craig Button has been around the NHL for quite a long time and has seen a lot of very talented players come through the league. He spent time as Director of Scouting and Director of..." October 22

  • NHL over/under: How many goals will David Pastrnak, James Neal finish with?

    NBC Sports "Entering play on Tuesday night David Pastrnak (Boston) and James Neal (Edmonton) sit on top of the NHL’s goal scoring leaderboard with nine goals each. They have been two of the hottest players in the league to start the season and are in action on Tuesday looking to..." October 22

  • The NHL rules players would love to unfollow

    Toronto Star "No game is ever perfect, and hockey seems to tinker with its rules more and more every year. Everyone seems to have an idea of how to make the game they love just a little bit better. Even the players, who sounded off about coaches’ challenges, offside reviews, icing..." October 22

  • Oilers prospect reaches out to opponent after fight ends with ugly knockout

    Yahoo! Sports "While the end to this fight over the weekend was quite disturbing, the sportsmanlike gesture of Colby Cave was quite the opposite. With the Stockton Heat leading the Bakersfield Condors 2-0 in the first period on Saturday night, Cave — who is currently in the Edmonton Oilers..." October 22

  • Space Needle time capsule includes NHL Seattle’s final five name choices

    Pro Hockey Talk "Seattle NHL’s expansion franchise will have an official name sometime in 2020, but as of Monday the team is down to five choices ahead of their entry to the league for the 2021-22 season. On Monday, a time capsule that was sealed and won’t be opened until the..." October 22

  • Canucks, Oilers are getting great goaltending so far

    Pro Hockey Talk "When an NHL season is young, it’s easy to get fooled into thinking that “This is the year,” or that a great season is going to come tumbling down. Sometimes those assumptions end up being correct, but it’s often far too easy to be roped in by a strong sprint and forget..." October 21

  • Oilers Should Absolutely Bring Back Taylor Hall if Devils Are Willing to Trade Him This Season

    12 Up "Physically speaking, it would not take much effort to picture Taylor Hall in an Edmonton Oilers jersey. It's possible that the idea could be more than just an Oiler fans' imagination. With the New Jersey Devils sliding to 0-4-2 entering Thursday despite..." October 19

  • Early NHL standings show coaching changes work: Sabres and Oilers leading their division

    USA Today "With coach Ralph Krueger’s Buffalo Sabres (6-1-1) leading the Atlantic Division and Dave Tippett’s Edmonton Oilers sitting atop the Pacific Division, offseason coaching changes are an important storyline in the NHL’s early going. But this is an old story, not a fresh..." October 19

  • The Buzzer: Caps’ John Carlson is on fire; James Neal keeps scoring

    NBC Sports "hree Stars 1. John Carlson, Washington Capitals When you’re trying to split hairs and choose the best of the best on a night of strong performances, sometimes you have to break the tie by looking at the larger body of work. You could make a strong..." October 19

  • Oilers Should Absolutely Bring Back Taylor Hall if Devils Are Willing to Trade Him This Season

    12 Up "Physically speaking, it would not take much effort to picture Taylor Hall in an Edmonton Oilers jersey. It's possible that the idea could be more than just an Oiler fans' imagination. With the New Jersey Devils sliding to 0-4-2 entering Thursday despite..." October 18

  • Which NHL Team Has Had The Most Surprising Start?

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The 2019-20 NHL regular season is now a little over two weeks old and already there has been talk of coach firings, long-term injuries to star players and surprising performances from some young talent. In a league that never gives you exactly what you expect, things have gotten off to an..." October 18