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October 14th, 2020
Oilers History

Oct. 14 is a very important date in National Hockey League history as its greatest player lit the lamp for the very first time. Also, three expansion teams found the win column for the first time and plenty of personal milestones were reached by both players and coaches. A Great Day for Gretzky Oct. 14 is a very important day for “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky. On this date in 1978, he played in his very first professional game with the Indianapolis Racers in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Racers and the 17-year-old Gretzky lost to the Winnipeg Jets 6-3. Exactly one year later, Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers were in the NHL. This was the night Vancouver Canucks’ goaltender Glen Hanlon became the answer to a trivia question as he allowed the first goal of Gretzky’s NHL career. The milestone came on a first-period power play. He also had an assist in the game, which finished in a 4-4 tie. The Great One scored the first goal of his career on this date....
October 13th, 2020
Vegas Golden Knights

In today's NHL rumor rundown there is news that Ottawa Senators prospect Tim Stutzle is going to be undergoing surgery. How long will he be out? The Montreal Canadiens made a couple very different signings, one via trade and one via free agency. What are insiders saying about the team and the two deals? Taylor Hall signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres, but is that where he'll stay? Finally, is the Vegas Golden Knights business model broken? Tim Stutzle to Undergo Surgery Unfortunately for the Ottawa Senators, the development of third-overall pick Tim Stutzle will have to hit pause as the prospect is set to undergo surgery. He suffered an arm injury while training with his German club, the Mannheim Eagles. Stutzle was hurt Monday and will have the procedure Wednesday. The 18-year-old is expected to be out six-to-eight weeks which is good news in that he won't be out long-term, but I'm sure a bit disappointing for the Senators. Canadiens Decisions During Free...
October 11th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumors rundown, there is news that the Chicago Blackhawks core leadership group is unhappy with some of the recent changes. In Edmonton, newly acquired defenseman Tyson Barrie said he got a call from a special someone convincing him to sign, and the Maple Leafs made moves on Saturday, but probably aren't done. Finally, what's the status on some of the bigger ticket free agent forwards and what's the latest on Alex Pietrangelo to Vegas? Blackhawks Veterans Unhappy With Management According to The Athletic's Mark Lazerus, the leadership core of the Chicago Blackhawks are less-than thrilled with recent player and personnel decisions. In fact, one source notes they are "pissed" and GM Stan Bowman could have an issue on his hands. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Lazerus quotes Jonathan Toews who said: “The expectation for the other leaders on this team and myself is to come ready to training camp every year to be a playoff...
October 11th, 2020
Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers had already landed a significant free agent before last Friday. Jesse Puljujärvi, the former fourth-overall pick and World Junior Championships MVP, is returning to the fold. The relationship between him and the organization, once thought irretrievably damaged, is on the mend, and the Finnish winger will arrive at the Oilers' training camp looking to nail down a roster spot and restart his NHL career. Edmonton Never Expected to Draft Puljujärvi In 2016, when the general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Finland's Jarmo Kekalainen passed on Jesse Puljujärvi, Peter Chiarelli couldn't believe his luck. Rushing to the stage, he jumped at the chance to select a player with such potential. He'd been so certain Puljujärvi would be gone, Chiarelli hadn't even bothered to learn the correct pronunciation of his name. It was downhill from there....

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