Thursday, February 27, 2014
Someone tell my why Oilers forward Matt Hendricks isn't given a penalty on this play? Hendricks clearly hits Wild defenseman Nate Prosser from behind in the numbers.
Monday, December 23, 2013
"I've had enough misery already... There has to be a change in the commitment level and accountability." - Coach EakinsApparently, an unhappy Edmonton Oilers fans threw their Oilers jersey on the ice after Saturday’s 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues. The Edmonton Oiler head coach Dallas Eakins has caused a fire storm when he said this. This will probably blow up ever more as the day progresses.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 22, 2013
"For some fan to show us all that he quit, he's done, he threw in the towel, I think that says volumes about the individual." ... — Eakins
— Derek Van Diest (@SUNdvandiest) December 23, 2013
Clarity. Today my passion for our Jersey was clearly on display. Our Jersey is sacred and the passion for it will never calm.
— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) December 24, 2013
My comments were intended to show that we will continue to try and emulate our citys hard working, blue collared approach.
— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) December 24, 2013
We will continue to fight to get better… No matter the circumstance.
— Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) December 24, 2013
- Jersey Thrower Wears the Frustration for the Oilers Woes (thehockeywriters.com)
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Check out this dirty goal by Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews as he puts on the how's it going on Edmonton Oilers goalie Devin Dubnyk. I guess, I will go cut Dubnyk from my fantasy team so he can go find his protective cup that Johnny faked him out.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Ouch! Not a good hit, actually, this is a very dangerous hit by Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera on former Wisconsin Badger and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz. I would call this a push check. Chimera only received a two-minutes penalty for his efforts. Schultz appeared to be okay.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey Coach Dave Hakstol announced today that senior defenseman Dillon Simpson has been named team captain for the 2013-14 season. Hakstol also announced that junior forwards Michael Parks and Stephane Pattyn will serve as assistant captains.
Simpson, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, has collected nine goals and 43 assists in 114 career games. Last season he was named UND’s Most Improved Player after leading the team’s defensemen with a career-high five goals and 19 assists in 42 games. In his three years as a collegian, Simpson has helped lead UND to three straight NCAA regional championship game appearances and a 2010-11 berth in the NCAA Frozen Four.
A managerial finance and corporate accounting major, Simpson was a three-time All-WCHA Academic Team selection and a two-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete. He was a fourth-round draft pick (92nd overall) of the Edmonton Oilers in 2011. Simpson’s father, Craig, won two Stanley Cups with Edmonton during a 10-year National Hockey League career that also included stops in Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
Parks, a native of St. Louis, Mo., was UND’s Rookie of the Year in 2011-12 when he collected 12 goals and 10 assists in 42 games. Last season he scored seven goals and one assist in an injury-plagued season that limited him to just 25 games. A general studies major, Parks has received UND’s Engelstad Family Foundation Endowment in each of the last two seasons. He was selected by Philadelphia in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2010 NHL draft.
Pattyn, who hails from Ste. Anne, Manitoba, has missed just one game through his first two seasons at UND, amassing six goals and five assists in 83 games. Last season, both of Pattyn’s goals came against top-12 opponents, while three of his four goals as a freshman in 2011-12 were game-winners. An entrepreneurship major, Pattyn has previous captaincy experience having served as team captain for Portage in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in 2010-11 before arriving at UND.
UND takes to the ice for the first time on Sunday, Oct. 6, when it hosts the University of Manitoba in exhibition action. The regular season begins the following weekend when non-conference foe Vermont visits Ralph Engelstad Arena Oct. 11-12.
- UND Hockey: Remembering the 'Old Ralph' Engelstad Arena (thehockeywriters.com)
Monday, August 26, 2013
Here’s what the Edmonton Journal had to say about UND senior defenseman Dillon Simpson.
Edmonton Oilers Prospects: #7 Dillon SimpsonAlso, former MTU forward Jujhar Khaira has moved up the ladder in the Edmonton Oilers system.
Jonathan Willis, Edmonton Journal – Dillon Simpson was a good enough player to contribute in college hockey’s toughest conference, the WCHA, at the age of 17. For the sake of perspective, current Oiler Jeff Petry was two years away from college at that point, still playing in the USHL. Since his draft year, Simpson has seemingly made steady progress in all areas of his game.
The statistics at the college level don’t tell us a lot about a defenceman, but we’ll start there. Once again Simpson was highly reliant on the power play for his offence – 14 of 24 points came with the man advantage. After scoring seven points at even-strength as a rookie and seven last year, he upped his production to 10 points this year – not bad, but hardly breathtaking. He’s been a reliable plus player on a good team, though his plus-5 rating this year (against the backdrop of a team that went plus-29) was less impressive than last year, perhaps reflecting more challenging assignments.
Of interest is the fact that Simpson’s penalty minutes are consistently low. On the one hand, it reflects a defender who relies more on positional play than physical game to shutdown opposition forwards; on the other, it also shows a player who isn’t trying to cover for poor positioning by clutching and grabbing. Simpson told Copper & Blue’s Alan Hull that positioning has always been something he placed great emphasis on, because with middling foot speed he wasn’t fast enough to recover if he got himself in a bad spot:
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Michigan Tech got some bad news yesterday when the school announced that sophomore forward Jujhar Khaira wouldn't be returning for his sophomore season and he would be forgoing his final three years of eligibility to sign a professional contract with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. According to the release by Michigan Tech, academics was not a factor in his decision to leave school early, he sported a 3.38 GPA. Khaira scored (6g-19a—25pts) in his only season with the Huskies.
Thank you to @mtuhky for a great year last year ! Really excited to start my new journey with @EdmontonOilers
— Jujhar Khaira (@jujhar94) August 7, 2013
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
@EdmontonOilers can u UNSWER on my message , in Private Messaging?please ! Thanks
— Nail Yakupov (@Nail10_1993) August 7, 2013
I guess there is nothing unheard of in today's world of social media. No clue, if Nail Yakupov was able to get the Edmonton Oilers attention.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
|Oklahoma City Barons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Joanne Ireland, Edmonton Journal - For days Josh Green held out hope that Kristians Pelss had not drowned, that it was just a horrible coincidence that he was missing and that someone else had jumped into the Daugava River in Riga, Latvia.
Sadly, the search came to a tragic end on Saturday when Pelss, a 20-year-old Edmonton Oilers prospect, was confirmed dead.
“When I heard the initial reports, I was absolutely floored. You just feel sick to your stomach but you keep hoping for a miracle. It’s so sad,” said Green, the captain of the Oklahoma City Barons.
“We spent most of the year with him. He didn’t play in the playoffs but he was with us every day. Just a real good kid, a real hard worker, and he had this dry wit when it came to his humor, which is what I liked about him.”
Travis Ewanyk spent two seasons with Pelss in the Oil Kings fold, a memorable stretch that included the team’s Memorial Cup run in 2012. Ewanyk then closed out this season with Pelss in Oklahoma City. He had many conversations with Oil King teammates and coaches over the course of the past few trying days.
- Edmonton Oilers confirm death of 20-year-old prospect Kristians Pelss (metronews.ca)
- Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss reported missing in Latvia (globalnews.ca)
- Oilers prospect Pelss drowns in Latvia (bnd.com)
- Oilers prospect missing: Report (lfpress.com)
Saturday, April 27, 2013
It was pretty obvious that the Edmonton Oilers were taking runs at Zach Parise during the third period of last night's game. I guess when you're a team that isn't going to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, you might as well try to hurt the other team's star players right. I guess your team can still have an effect on the outcome of the playoff field right?
Finally, after Corey Potter took yet another run at the Wild's Parise, Wild tough guy's Zenon Konopka and Mike Rupp had seen enough and went after the Oilers much traveled Corey Potter. Before Rupp could get at Potter, he was rescued by the linesman. According to Michael Russo, Mike Rupp will not face any additional supplemental discipline. This is a good decision by the NHL Department of Players Safety.
#NHL looked at that Mike Rupp incident last night where he tried to get at an #oilers player & linesman took brunt. No discipline. #mnwild
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) April 27, 2013
The Eastern teams are set, it's just a matter of who will play who. If the Minnesota Wild win their game against the Colorado Avalanche tonight, they're in playoffs. If not, their season will go down as a massive choke job, especially with who they added in the offseason. Last night's 6-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers was painful to watch.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Taylor Hall might be a super star, but if a star starts racking up questionable and dirty hits, his actions will start catching up with him. Hall is also starting to develop a history with the Wild players as he also was also the guy that broke Wild Defenseman Jonas Broden's clavicle back in November with a shoulder-to-shoulder check. I do expect that it’s time for Hall to answer the bell for that dirty hit on Clutterbuck, the hockey code demands it.
NHL.COM --- Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall faces a hearing with the National Hockey League Department of Player Safety Friday afternoon for a kneeing/clipping incident in Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Wild.It will be interesting to see how the Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan deals with this hit by Taylor Hall. It’s time to step up and make the right call. There is no excuse for this hit.
Hall was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for kneeing Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck at 17:27 of the third period. Clutterbuck was helped from the ice and did not return.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
First off, this is a text book knee-on-knee hit, it's a bush league hit, it's dirty and it deserves a suspension. I do not care that Taylor Hall is a super star.
I also, find it hilarious that Edmonton Oilers fans are defending this hit on twitter tonight. Second; would the NHL referees, please stop rescuing the players that do these hits on the ice. Whenever Matt Cooke or some other hack does something like this, the refs and linesman immediately come to their aid, don't. Screw-em they deserve what they get. They just hurt someone, they deserve what they get. Hall didn't care about Clutterbuck as he was trying to end his season with that dirty leg check.
Let the players have some say on the ice before you throw them in the box or send them to the locker room. The hockey code demands that an act this be answered to, if not this kind of stuff will fester for a very long time, until you end up with Todd Bertuzzi type incidents.
First point of contact on Hall vs. Clutterbuck after replay showed in press room. Knee on knee
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 22, 2013
Brodziak on Hall: "First thing I did was ask the refs if it was dirty. They said yes. We just hope (Clutterbuck's) all right."
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) February 22, 2013
Buffoon of the day (from a comment on Sports Net)
tbizz17 Feb 22, 2013 9:54 AM in response to: sportsnet_ca Re: Oilers' Hall delivers questionable hit
Clutterbuck's one of the dirtiest players in the league...he deserves every bit of that. If the guy didn't bail out at the last second that's a clean hit...it's when guys start jumping out of the way that knees get tangled...a guy like Clutterbuck should have his head up all the time....he would have done the same thing to Hall if it's the other way around. I'm not a fan of either team, but sometimes you reap what you sow and Cal learned that. He won't miss a game...it's his thing to role around on the ice for a while after a hit...
Friday, January 25, 2013
Check out this goal by Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Nail Yakupov. There is a school of thought that the NHL is starting to look like the European soccer leagues with some of the over the top celebrations of the players after they score a goal.
I don't know what to think... I don't like showing up an opponent. I get it the kid is excited as well.
Alexander Ovechkin took some heat after he scored a goal and then dropped it to the ice and acted like it was too hot to pick up.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Dillon Simpson from boy to polished defenseman… UND’s defensman steps up to make major impact on team.
|Edmonton Oilers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
This is what I wrote for the Hockey Writers - Combine.
University of North Dakota Junior defenseman Dillon Simpson accelerated his high school studies to come to UND at a very young age of 17 years old. His first season with UND, Simpson could have been attending high school with kids his own age instead of playing in a league full of 20 year old men.
Simpson was drafted in the fourth round, 92ndover-all in the 2011 NHL entry level draft by the hometown Edmonton Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers Hockey’s Future page
has Simpson listed as a project.
Simpson is a project in the purest sense. It’s unlikely he leaves school early, barring an incredible jump in production, so it won’t be clear where he fits for a couple years.
This season has kind of been a coming out party for the young defenseman.
This season, Simpson has shown us a peak of what we can expect from him in the weeks to come.
On the ice Simpson’s play oozes with confidence.
Head coach Dave Hakstol had this to say about Dillon Simpson’s play during the last series and more specifically last Saturday Night.
“I thought this past Saturday especially in a game where we weren’t happy with a lot of things – there were very many things that we did. I thought he was one guy that continued to play at a real efficient level. We’re happy with his play – he’s made a nice step forward from where he was as a sophomore and he has held that level of play at a pretty consistent level. So there have been a lot of positive signs for him.
Coach Hakstol on whether Dillon Simpson is physically stronger this season.
He’s stronger, he’s more mature, Hakstol said. You always have to remember that everyone’s body matures at a different age. But also, Dillon’s a junior but he just turned 19 years old, he’s a young junior. I think what we’re starting to see is some of that physical maturity starting to kick in and that combined with a lot of the hard work that he has put in over the last couple of years you’re starting to see the payoff of that added strength and improved conditioned levels and that usually leads to an improved level of consistent play.
Coach Hakstol was asked whether junior defenseman Dillon Simpson has improved dramatically from last season.
“Number one he [Simpson] is getting a little more opportunity,” Hakstol said. “But usually opportunity comes with performance. The two have a coincidently way of meeting in the middle. You perform well you tend to see more opportunity. I think it’s a combination of the two for Dillon, he has very good offensive instincts, that’s a hole that he jumped into obviously it’s part of the power playset up but it’s also a read from his stand point – he made a good read – he jumped into a hole and finished a play. That’s something that we hope to see more and more out of him, we hope to see more of his offensive talents coming through.”
I believe the sky is the limit with Dillon Simpson and as his play improves, his minutes increase and so does his points total.
In case you were wondering, Dillon is the son of former NHLer, Hockey Night in Canada television broadcaster and MSU Spartans Alumnus Craig Simpson.
- Joey Holka check on Dillon Simpson (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- Jordan Schmaltz hit on Drew Leblanc (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- UND Slips Past UAA (insidehockey.com)
- UND third in CHN's Preseason Top 10 (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- North Dakota Wednesday Press Conference notes. (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- Und 4 Uaa 1 (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- North Dakota Wednesday Press Conference notes. (thehockeywriters.com)
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The NHL owners said in their first and second CBA proposals to the NHLPA that the owners were also concerned about the length of player salaries and that the owners don’t want any contracts to extend past the five year mark.
Based on everything that we have seen lately – it would appear that the “certain” owners haven’t got that memo yet – nor are they ready to get into line.
As we have been told all summer long that there are owners who are claiming that they’re suffering financial hardships and need the NHLPA to make huge concessions to the owners. The owners led by Gary Bettman are going to lock the players out if they don't get NHLPA to agree to roll back players’ salaries.
While to some that might seem reasonable – the amount they are asking – doesn’t seem all that reasonable. I don’t know too many people that would like to have their pay checks cut 11-14 percent.
If you looking at this from the outside it would appear that owners are saying one thing; while other owners are doing another thing. To some it could appear like the NHL owners are talking out of both sides of their mouths.
Today, the number two pick of the 2010 NHL draft – Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin signed a six year contract extension for 34.5 million dollars, if you’re doing that math that’s worth $5.75 year for the life of the deal.
While the NHL owners and NHLPA have three and a half days to avert a lockout – there are still NHL owners that want the maximum length of an NHL contract to be 5 years – nothing seems to have changed on that point. Then why is it that NHL teams continue to sign players to contracts that are longer than five years long?
The Tyler Seguin contract isn’t an enigma.
Cough, cough, cough!!!
Just to name a few... The Edmonton Oilers recently signed the number one pick of the 2010 NHL Draft Taylor Hall for seven years contract extension worth $42-million that is 6 million dollars per season.
But the Edmonton Oilers weren’t done there the team also signed another one of their top young forwards Jordan Eberle to a six-year year extension worth $36M that is 6 million dollars per season.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Today, the Edmonton Oiler's re-signed one of their up and coming stars Taylor Hall to a restricted free agent deal. Hall just finished his second season of a three year deal, the Oiler's decided not to wait as they have Hall locked up for the next eight seasons. Hall signed a seven year extension worth 42 Million dollars. Taylor Hall has played in 126 games and scored 49 goals and 46 assists — 95 points. Hall was selected first over-all in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Boston Bruins drafted Tyler Seguin number two in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (thanks Phil Kessel). Unlike Hall who failed to finish either season he played in, due to injuries - Seguin was pretty durable and played a in 155 games and has scored 40 goals and 49 assists — 89 points.
Seguin was eased into the Bruins line up because of the Boston Bruins depth and Hall played more of a larger roll with the Oiler's earlier.
While he has only played two season in the NHL, Seguin already has a Stanley Cup ring to resume as he was a member on the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship team.
It will be interesting to see what kind of contract that Seguin will command when his time comes to sign a restricted free agent deal.Recently, the Carolina Hurricanes resigned Jeff Skinner to a six year deal worth 34.35 million. Skinner will receive $4.35 million in 2013-14 and then will receive $6 million for the other five seasons – if my math is correct that is roughly $5.725 million per season.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
Edmonton Oilers have won the Justin Schultz sweep stakes and have signed him to a two year entry level deal.The former Wisconsin All-WCHA defender was one of the most sought after free-agents this year.
Chris Johnston, Edmonton Journal --- Justin Schultz was able to pass the baton off to Zach Parise.
After being courted by NHL teams at the Newport Sports offices in suburban Toronto for much of the week, Schultz agreed to terms with the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon. The first big free-agent decision of the summer came several hours before the floodgates were set to officially open at noon ET Sunday and left Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini in a celebratory mood.
"What a way to start the free-agent period," Tambellini told reporters in Edmonton.
It gave Schultz plenty of time to clear out of Don Meehan's high-powered agency before Parise's expected arrival on Sunday. The former University of Wisconsin defenceman took advantage of a loophole in the collective bargaining agreement to become a free agent and garnered plenty of interest.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I think this is the reason that the Wild have sent Brad Staubitz down to Houston and probably the reason we will never see Staubitz in a Wild uniform again. The emergence of Matt Kassian has made Staubitz expendable. Maybe the Wild can trade him to a team that needs toughness.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Let's see, Daniel Carcillo has been suspended nine times by the NHL, this is the third time that Carcillo has been suspended this season. Do you see a pattern here? Either the league is picking on Carcillo or he hasn't learned his lesson.
NEW YORK – Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for seven games and will forfeit $66,158.54 in salary for boarding Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert during NHL Game #571 in Chicago on Monday, Jan. 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.Carcillo will forfeit in salary what some people don't make in one year. It's not quite clear whether Carcillo will have to be healthy before he can begin to serve is seven game suspension, because Carcillo was severely hurt on the play and was placed on the injured reserve list. In this situation, I must commend Brendan Shanahan for throwing the book at Carcillo.
Carcillo, who was suspended on Nov. 28, 2011, is classified as a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (185). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 7:23 of the second period. A major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct were assessed on the play.
Carcillo will miss games Jan. 5 at Philadelphia, Jan. 6 vs. Colorado, Jan. 8 vs. Detroit, Jan. 10 vs. Columbus, Jan. 12 vs. Minnesota, Jan. 14 at Detroit and Jan. 15 vs. San Jose. He will be eligible to return Jan. 18 vs. Buffalo.