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August 9th, 2020
Oilers History

This date in National Hockey League history has had a little bit of everything over the years. The greatest player to ever lace up a pair of skates was traded. There was an Entry Draft loaded with Hall of Fame talent and one of the top goal scorers of all-time was born. Gretzky Goes Hollywood The biggest trade in NHL history occurred on Aug. 9, 1988. The greatest goal scorer in the history of the game, Wayne Gretzky, was traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. Gretzky was sent to Los Angeles, with Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas and three first-round draft picks. The Kings also sent $15 million to the Oilers to complete the deal. Gretzky became a King on this date in 1988. (Photo By Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images) Gretzky had been with the Oilers since they entered the NHL in 1979. In his nine seasons in Edmonton, he scored 583 goals and 1,669 points in 696 regular-season games. He played in 120 postseason games,...
August 8th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is speculation already surrounding teams that have made an early exit from the 2020 NHL play-in rounds. Who played themselves into a trade? Who won't get re-signed? How will teams improve? And, in a strange story, two former Vancouver Canucks players have a different opinion about what was included in a particular goaltender's contract. Luongo Shocked By Bieksa's Claim Former NHL defenseman Kevin Bieksa is now an analyst during the Sportsnet broadcasts of these NHL playoffs and he made an interesting comment during a recent broadcast that has another former teammate of his confused. Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (AP Photo/Jose Juarez) Bieksa claimed that Robert Luongo had language written into his contract that would allow him to veto the Canucks decision to put him in goal during back to back games on the road. He said, "Luongo had a clause in his contract where he didn’t have to play back-to-back games on the road if...
August 8th, 2020
Edmonton Oilers

The Chicago Blackhawks proved the old adage once again that anything can and often does happen during the National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs. They eliminated the high-octane better-ranked Edmonton Oilers in four games. The Blackhawks also proved that the veteran presence of recent Stanley Cup champions Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Corey Crawford is a key ingredient to success. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Goaltender Corey Crawford, a late addition to camp, needed a few games to find his feet, but once he did, during Game 4, he stoned the Oilers and stopped 43 of 45 shots. Related: Oilers' Doug Weight Trade Revisited The consensus is that the Oilers did not play strong enough on the puck and did not play the 200-foot game as required to achieve success during the intense post-season series. Veteran Experience Was the Difference Maker "You know we were lucky with that first win. You get one win in the first...
August 7th, 2020
Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers will play for their playoff lives on Friday afternoon as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks in an elimination game four. The Oilers blew a late lead and fell 4-3 on Wednesday night and should they lose Friday, their only consolation prize will be entering Monday's lottery for the Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes. It's clearly not what the club would like to see happen. So, what are the key stories heading into Game 4? There's news on Tyler Ennis, Mikko Koskinen, the officiating and more. Koskinen vs. Smith in Goal Mikko Koskinen gets the start for the Oilers, while Corey Crawford gets the nod for the Blackhawks. Koskinen has played in both Games 2 and 3 and that seems to be the direction head coach Dave Tippett will take moving forward. Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen celebrates with Connor McDavid (AP Photo/Ben Margot) If the Oilers lose, who plays next won't matter. If Edmonton wins, it's logical to assume Tippett will go with the hot hand....

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