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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 afford to play Pee Wee now a 20-year-old who could still play as an over-aged junior “it’s extremely surreal for my family” said the Burnaby B.C. product.
“As a kid it was pretty tough” he said of missing his second year of Pee Wee.
“I still skated a bit but it was tough not playing organized hockey. But I think it worked out for the best.”
He was asked if he’d thought of anything he wants to spend some of his big bucks on.
“Nothing has really jumped out at me yet.”
He says he can’t see Hall Eberle or himself letting their careers get derailed because they’re suddenly very rich.
“I don’t think
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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...
The Edmonton Oilers have now locked down three of their best young players as it was announced that the team has signed centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a seven-year contract worth $42-million. After two seasons in the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels, where he scored 65 points (24-41) in 67 games and then a whopping 106 (31-75) in 69 [...]
After all the speculation about term and time and torn labrums, pen found paper this afternoon as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins agreed to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers. In the end, any lingering concerns about Nugent-Hopkinsâ left shoulder were put to rest by the team, which made a major long-term commitment to the 20-year-old center. His deal follows...
#Oilers GM Craig MacTavish announces the team has agreed to terms with @RNH_93 on a seven-year contract extension.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 19, 2013
Nugent-Hopkins extension is 7 years, $42M.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 19, 2013
Many figured Ben Eager’s days with the Edmonton Oilers were over after being put on waivers by the club last season.
However when Eager went unclaimed he began the road to redemption working his way from Oklahoma City back into the Oilers’ good graces.
The road continued Wednesday when the Oilers took on the Vancouver Canucks in their third game of the preseason. Eager skated...
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...
When Tyler Pitlick was tapped on the shoulder again one night after playing for the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL exhibition game against the Winnipeg Jets he purposefully obliged.
The Oilers needed forwards to double up with injuries sidelining Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) Jujhar Khaira (undisclosed) and Andrew Miller (ribs).
For Pitlick it was another chance to leave a good impression...
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...
Audition time for Ty Rimmer has not come in the form of pre-season games not with the Edmonton Oilers squeezing in essential tune-up appearances for Devan Dubnyk and Richard Bachman.
So the Edmonton-raised Grant Fuhr influenced goaltender has instead zeroed in on the shots he’s faced at team practice.
“I’m here to get a job” said Rimmer who backed up Dubnyk in Vancouver...
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...
Jordan Eberle scored a goal and added two assists and the Edmonton Oilers downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Wednesday in a preseason game.
Eberle got his points in the first 7:38 of the game as all of the scoring was completed in the opening period.
Martin Marincin, David Perron and Jesse Joensuu also scored for the Oilers. Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 of 26 shots...
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...
If it turns out that Wednesday’s outing against the Vancouver Canucks was the last for Darnell Nurse this pre-season the 18-year-old certainly left his mark.
Nurse played almost 23 minutes second only to Justin Schultz and once again showed why the Edmonton Oilers snapped him up with the seventh pick overall in the June draft.
He blocked shots in the 4-1 victory broke up two...
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The Vancouver Canucks will take on the Edmonton Oilers for the second consecutive game when the two teams square off tonight at Rexall Place. The Oilers won the first of the two meetings decisively so the Canucks will be looking for a better effort this evening.
Puck drop is at 7PT/10ET and can be seen on CBC and NHL Network (US...