Found September 21, 2013 on
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Yesterday the Oilers re-signed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a seven-year $42 million extension. As the cap hit on the deal matches those given to Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle the expectation is that Edmonton will also re-sign 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov on similar terms a year from now. But what about the fifth key member of Edmonton’s young core? Defenceman Justin Schultz is a year away from being a restricted free agent and he’s a player of great importance to the team.
One of the big differences (aside from position) between Schultz and the Oilers’ star forwards is that due to his age when he signed Schultz’s entry-level contract is just two years rather than three. Edmonton re-signed Hall and Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins after two years of NHL play and one year from free agency. If they want two years of data before making a decision on Schultz they will wait until next summer. If they want to get him re-signed well before his contract expires the time is now (and like colleag...
BEST OF MAXIM
It was to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins almost half a lifetime ago.
“My second year of Pee Wee” he said.
That was the year he didn’t play hockey because his parents couldn’t afford the costs involved.
Thursday The Nuge signed a seven-year extension to his entry-level contract which will pay him $42 million.
“Obviously things have changed a lot.”
When you were a kid who couldn’t...
Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner will miss the start of the regular season with a broken jaw.
Gagner was hurt in Edmonton's 5-2 exhibition win over the Canucks on Saturday.
Gagner collided on the side boards with Vancouver's Zack Kassian, and Kassian's stick knocked out some of Gagner's teeth.
Kassian received a four-minute penalty on the play.
The team says...
Ten Things the Oilers must do to make the playoffs Part 3
In Part 1 of this Cult of Hockey series we focused on how the Oilers have to find depth defenders and how the teams’ young stars must step up as leaders and refuse to lose. In Part 2 we looked at the need to get solid forechecking out of the fourth line and as solid goaltending from Devan Dubnyk as it got last season. Today...
Over the last week I've taken a look at who will be the Oilers fourth line centre and which players are likely to grab the last couple of spots on defence. I find it a little strange that there are so few jobs up for grabs on a team that honestly wasn't very good last season but for better or worse that's the way it is. Looking at the tweets and some of the stories coming...
The first rule of early pre-season games is just like the first rule of Fight Club: You don’t talk about early pre-season games.
After all how much can you read into exhibition scrimmages involving line-ups that are one-third wide eyed juniors one-third AHLers and one third NHLers trying not to get hurt?
Lots of guys look good in the first 10 days of an NHL training camp....
Whether it’s 20 minutes because of unexpected traffic or five days because of immigration and visa red tape showing up late for your first day at the new job is never fun.
But there’s no turning back the clock all you can do is roll up your sleeves and let the boss know you’re worth the wait.
Anton Belov gets his chance to do exactly that Saturday when he makes his long-awaited...
By his own admission he wasn’t overly enthusiastic about switching from left wing to centre but now that he’s had a couple of games in the middle Taylor Hall is developing an unexpected appreciation for the new role.
He’ll play between Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky again tonight when the Edmonton Oilers take on the Vancouver Canucks.
“I am enjoying centre a lot more than I...
During his sterling stint with the Windsor Spitfires Taylor Hall was a regular on the penalty kill so when it became apparent he was going to see some time on the Edmonton Oilers’ special teams unit this pre-season he was ready to give it a go.
Ditto for Ales Hemsky although the veteran winger’s “I played back in the day” reference was a little dustier than that of his linemate...
Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner will miss some time to start the season.
The team announced on Sunday that Gagner will be out indefinitely with a broken jaw suffered in a preseason game with the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
What's good for P.K. Subban or Logan Couture or Nazem Kadri, no sir, that's not good enough for the Mightly Oil, and maybe they're right.
Maybe their young players are that damn good. And good on 'em for believing in the drafted products of years of losing.
But let's face it, as soon as Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall signed...
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms on a seven-year $42 million contract extension with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Nugent-Hopkins 20 has one year remaining on his three-year entry-level contract with the Oilers.
The first overall pick from the 2011 NHL Draft had four goals and 20 assists in 40 games in Edmonton last season.
In 102 games over his first two seasons Nugent-Hopkins...