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NHL Rumors: Oilers, Canadiens, Panthers, Maple Leafs, More

NHL Rumors: Oilers, Canadiens, Panthers, Maple Leafs, More

February 18th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, the Edmonton Oilers got hit with more bad injury news as their top defenseman has gone down. Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens top defenseman is defying all odds and has returned to practice. And, are the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs set to become sellers...
Leon Draisaitl Telling His Critics They Can Stick It

Leon Draisaitl Telling His Critics They Can Stick It

February 17th, 2020 Whether an opposing player or a media insider that suggested Leon Draisaitl couldn't run his own line, Draisaitl has seven words for you: "10 points in four games without McDavid." At this moment, Draisaitl leads the NHL in scoring with 95 points in 59 games. He's got 13 more points than the...

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February 14th, 2020

The NHL Department of Player Safety has come down hard on the Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian for kicking the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Erik Cernak, suspending the forward for seven games. Ugly Incident The incident in question took place Thursday in the first period of the Lightning’s 3-1 win at Amalie Arena. After Kassian and Cernak got tangled up along the boards and fell to the ice, Kassian delivered a forceful kick with his skate blade to Cernak’s chest. He was not penalized on the play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEKVlTseQFs "He was holding my leg. It was reactionary. I was just trying to get him off me, kick him off me. I was just trying to get my foot loose," Kassian said after the game. "I was laying there for a while, a couple of seconds, so I was just trying to pull my leg out... If I kicked him hard, I think he would have flew back or the ref would have called a penalty." Cernak didn't agree. “I think he was little bit mad," he said. "I...
February 14th, 2020
Edmonton Oilers

There was a time it was easy to side with Zack Kassian. He was playing extremely well as a member of the Edmonton Oilers top line alongside Connor McDavid and he was having a career year, bouncing back from a period where he was almost out of the NHL for good. In short, he was (is) a huge part of the Oilers success. Those positive attributes got him a new four-year deal just a few weeks ago. Since the second that contract was signed, things have gone down hill for Kassian in a hurry. This is not to suggest his shiny new deal and his recent play/poor decision-making are interconnected. No, this is more a reflection of awful timing on the part of a player who often plays on the edge and crossed over it on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Cernak Skate Incident No doubt, Kassian is likely to be suspended. Five or six games seems to be the consensus around Edmonton and as I write this, fans are waiting on a ruling from the NHL Player Safety Committee — the same...
February 14th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is more news coming after Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian used his skate to try and effectively stab Erik Cernak, the Minnesota Wild have fired their coach, and we look at where things are at when it comes to negotiations between the Vancouver Canucks and Jacob Markstrom and the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jake Muzzin. Kassian Offered, But Declines In-Person Hearing After kicking Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak in the chest with his skate Thursday, media and fans debated the length of time Kassian might get suspended considering the potential severity of the issue, past similar incidences with other players and his history with the NHL. On Friday, updates were that Kassian was offered an in-person hearing by NHL Player Safety which meant he could be suspended longer than six games. It was later learned Kassian has waived his right to an in-person hearing and will accept his punishment over the...
February 13th, 2020

In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, there is buzz surrounding how much Leon Draisaitl can pick up his game and if a good stretch will put him in the Hart Trophy conversation, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is stepping up and there's news on the trade market and notes before the game as Edmonton meets Tampa Bay on Thursday. Plus, where will the Oilers place Tyler Benson now that he's back with the team? Tonight's Game vs The Lightning The Oilers are going for win number two without Connor McDavid when they match-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning for their first of an Eastern Conference swing on Thursday night. There is good news on the injury front when it comes to the Oilers having to face-off against Tampa's best. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) The Lightning will be without Nikita Kucherov (lower-body injury). Steven Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli also are out. Obviously, this isn't an excuse for the Oilers as they can't come out...

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Oilers History: The Paul Coffey Effect

Unless you were fortunate enough to be around to witness Paul Coffey play during his prime, it is unlikely you can comprehend how important he was to the success of the Edmonton Oilers. Anyone can look at his stat line and be impressed by the eye-popping totals. However, those numbers do... December 13th, 2019

History Shows Oilers Just Can't Draft Goaltenders

This article was originally posted in July, 2016. The Edmonton Oilers aren't good at drafting, shocking. One of the most commonly known things out there in hockey is how purely awful the Oilers are at the draft. It's a key reason why this franchise has been mediocre at its best and putrid at... August 15th, 2017

Facing Off: Oilers Roundtable Talking Entry Draft, Prospects

Facing Off is a weekly column debating five of hockey’s hottest topics each and every Monday. From current events like trades and hat tricks to bigger-picture stuff like scandals and expansion — you name it, we’re debating it. Albeit, not always with a serious tone. We’re keeping this... April 17th, 2017