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NHL Entry Draft: Why Reward Failure?

April 12th, 2016 1 Comment

With the 2016 NHL Entry Draft just a few weeks away, many fans and NHL executives have been dreading the possibility of the Edmonton Oilers landing the first overall pick for the third time in six years. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly recently stated that there will be more discussions within the NHL offices with regards to making additional changes to be implemented should Edmonton land the coveted first overall pick. While many fans will applaud the Leagues efforts to review the Draft process, it would seem to me that, unless the NHL is willing to make significant changes to the Draft, we run the risk of finding ourselves in the same situation sooner rather than later. In a recent episode of Sportsnet’s Tim and Sid show, Daly went on the record about Edmonton winning the lottery. “I think there’s

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Does The Ales Hemsky Deal Signal An End To Grabovski In Toronto?

February 25th, 2012 3 Comments

The recent signing of Ales Hemsky by the Edmonton Oilers brings to mind a quote from Forest Gump. “Stupid is as stupid does”, and the Edmonton Oilers look to have made a stupid move by signing Hemsky to a 2-year, $10 million deal. Hall of Fame forward Mike Modano let his feelings be known via twitter last night when he tweeted “2 yrs/10 million for Hemsky. Scored over 20 goals twice in 9yrs.. WTF..!!?”. Mr. Modano, I think you said it best and I must concur with your sentiments…”WTF..!!?” With Monday’s trade deadline fast approaching, there has been a lot of talk about Mikhail Grabovski’s future with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Initial reports indicated that Grabovski was looking for a long term deal that would see him make upwards of $5 million per season, which seemed out of line at

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James Reimer To Start Against Edmonton Oilers

February 6th, 2012 1 Comment

James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs will hit the ice tonight to face Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers. Reimer and Gagner represent the NHL’s third and first stars of the week, respectively, as both players had huge performances with Reimer (who is expected to get the nod between the pipes for the Maple Leafs tonight) earning back-to-back shutouts against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators, while Gagner pulled off an incredible eight-point game against the Chicago Blackhawks, followed by a three-point effort against the Detroit Red Wings. The Oilers enter tonight’s contest with a 4-0-1 record in their past five games, while the Maple Leafs have also gone 4-0-1 in that same five game stretch. With the Maple Leafs recent success the Blue and White have managed to put themselves into a playoff spot, occupying eighth in the

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Game Day: Toronto Maple Leafs Vs. Dallas Stars

November 25th, 2011 No Comments

Several members of the Toronto Maple Leafs were in attendance when the Dallas Cowboys gutted out a 20-19 win over the Miami Dolphins in Dallas yesterday. Watching the game, it appeared as if a few of the players were caught taking pictures of the legendary Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and who could blame them, right? The Maple Leafs were in town awaiting Friday nights match with the Dallas Stars, who, not unlike the Leafs, have gotten off to a surprisingly great start to the 2011-12 season. Toronto enters tonight’s tilt with a record of 12-8-2 while the Stars have been equally good at 13-8-0. That said, both teams have struggled of late, with Toronto going 4-5-1 in their past ten, while Dallas owns a 5-5-0 record in their past ten games. These two teams last met November 22nd of 2010, with

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Oh Canada! How Are The Canadian Teams Doing Thus Far?

November 8th, 2011 2 Comments

Prior to the start of the 2011-12 season many “experts” had the Vancouver Canucks as Stanley Cup favorites with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators being hard-pressed to make the playoffs. While it is still very early in the season, Canada’s teams look to be holding their own in the NHL standings with Toronto currently sitting in second spot in the Eastern Conference, while the Edmonton Oilers currently occupy third spot in the Western Conference. Both Toronto and Edmonton can be referred to as early season surprises, but the bigger surprise may be the absence of the Canucks from a playoff spot as they currently sit 10th in the Western Conference. Toronto is getting it done with their potent offense which is currently ranked third overall at 3.14 goals per game, while Edmonton

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Cody Franson: Is He A Good Fit With Edmonton Oilers?

October 28th, 2011 No Comments

The Edmonton Oilers have announced that defenseman Ryan Whitney will be out of the lineup with a sprained knee. The injury is expected to keep Whitney out for three weeks. Whitney had already been out of the Edmonton lineup for four games this season with a ankle injury. A pillar on the Edmonton power play and their best puck-moving defenseman, the loss of Whitney will hit the Oilers hard, which may all but erase their impressive 5-2-2 start to the season. With the Oilers off to a great start there is every reason to believe that Edmonton may look to acquire a defenseman to fill the void of losing Whitney. According to capgeek.com, the Oilers currently have a payroll of $60,442,838, which leaves them with $3,857,162 in cap room. While Edmonton is not known for spending right up to the

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