Hockey shot-protection gear struggles to secure acceptance among NHL players

Matt Hendricks pointed to the interior of his right foot, where he had once been struck by a puck that left him with a broken bone, and declared: “two screws.” There have been other cracks caused by unyielding pucks, continued the Edmonton Oilers gritty winger during a discussion about exterior shot protection. Hendricks is one of the converted. He wears shot blockers on his...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Freiheit: Sabres continue road trip in Edmonton

It hasn’t exactly been one of the Sabres months to remember as we head into spring. Buffalo is on a seven game losing streak and is all but securing a high pick in the draft. This is the second and final time Buffalo will play Edmonton this season. The Oilers took the earlier meeting in February by a 3-2 score, with Matt Hendricks netting the game-winning goal. Nathan...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Hendricks joins Nail Yakupov in Oilers medical room

The Oilers could very well end up reeling up two forwards from the Oklahoma City Barons with both Nail Yakupov and Matt Hendricks now on the limp. Hendricks was hurt blocking a Shea Weber shot while Yakupov didn’t make it out after the pre-game warm-up because of an ankle that’s been bothering him. “He hung in there as long as he could but it just got to a point where that...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Hendricks key cog in Oilers’ resurgence

There’s nothing quiet about his game, which pretty much sums up Matt Hendricks’ presence in the Edmonton Oilers locker-room. Since arriving in January, in the trade that sent goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators, the veteran has become entrenched in the room and on the ice. Or, in the words of his head coach, he is becoming “the heartbeat.” Hendricks chipped...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers forward Matt Hendricks's value defies numbers, along with fellow grinders Gordon and Gazdic

You don’t look up Matt Hendricks’s goals and assists. If anything, you look down for them. He’s 13 names deep in the Oilers scoring race with seven points in 64 games, tied with Philip Larsen, who spent most of the year alternating between sick bay and the AHL. From that perspective, his contributions seem rather insignificant … until you have to go into a corner with...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The Edmonton Oilers Looking Better

from Craig Custance of ESPN, In the end it may not mean a thing, but there are signs of growth from the Edmonton Oilers lately under Dallas Eakins. On Sunday, the Oilers beat the Hurricanes 2-1 on the road. No great accomplishment, but it helped Edmonton earn five of a possible eight points on its four-game road trip. The midseason tweaks GM Craig MacTavish has made...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers Matt Hendricks boards Wild's Nate Prosser

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.
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Newcomer Matt Hendricks encouraged to bring his voice to the Oilers

It wasn’t just Matt Hendricks’ grit that appealed to the Edmonton Oilers, but his leadership abilities as well. Yet, even leaders sometimes need adjustment periods. Just over two weeks into his tenure with the Oilers, Hendricks is beginning to feel more himself, comfortable with expressing his thoughts with his new team. “I think the guys have been very welcoming, the organization...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Hendricks lifts Oilers to 3-2 win over Sabres

Matt Hendricks' short-handed goal 57 seconds into the third period lifted the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in a matchup of the NHL's two worst teams Monday night. Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry also scored for Edmonton, and David Perron had two assists. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 42 shots in helping Edmonton snap an 0-5-1 skid against the Sabres dating...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Freiheit: Tank you, Edmonton

Matt Hendricks’ shorthanded goal less than a minute into the 3rd period turned out to be the game-winner as the Oilers edged the Sabres 3-2 Monday night at the First Niagara Center. It was a back and forth battle between two teams at the bottom of the standings, but the Oilers were able to get to Jhonas Enroth, and then hold the lead for the rest of the night. The Sabres...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Fight: Mike Brown – Matt Hendricks Fight Featured Two Knockdowns

Way too many hockey fights are nothing but some dancing and hugging with a stray punch. That was not the case when Mike…
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Hendricks gives new voice to ailing Oilers

His is a game of persistence, which is certainly something the Edmonton Oilers can use. But Matt Hendricks has also brought a new voice to the room, something else that the team can, and has, put to use. “He’s not a guy who just talks the talk,” said Taylor Hall. “He’s going to do what he says.” Acquired from the Nashville Predators on Jan. 15, in exchange for goaltender...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Edmonton Oilers appear dedicated to losing

The Edmonton Oilers are a marvel. They possess dazzling offensive skill. They can skate and shoot and create scoring chances with slight-of-hand passing.And yet they cannot find ways to win games. Their 4-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes Friday night was their sixth in a row.The Oilers have changed coaches, changed general managers, changed goaltenders, swapped out and the supporting...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Henderson: Not Hating Hendricks

Matt Hendricks took an immediate beating when it was announced that he was coming to Edmonton in exchange for Devan Dubnyk. The stat heavy Oilogosphere pounced on his production, age, and contract length and gave MacTavish’s newest acquisition a virtual thrashing. Tyler Dellow had one such article up for Sportsnet here., and Jonathan Willis had one up for the Edmonton Journal’s...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Fake Hockey Help: The Edmonton Oilers’ Trades

The Edmonton Oilers took part in a pair of trades this week, as they changed their look in the crease and added more grit to their lineup. What this means to your fantasy team is that there are a few more goalies who might be impactful to your team and a bottom-six forward who might see more ice time due to his change of scenery. The Oilers’ first trade was shipping Devan Dubnyk...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators find themselves in all-too-familiar first period deficit in loss against Avalanche

Nashville acquired veteran goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Edmonton Oilers earlier in the week for forward Matt Hendricks in hopes to boost their goaltending efforts over the remainder of the season until starting netminder Pekka Rinne has the opportunity to return from the bacterial infection that has kept him sidelined since late October. Dubnyk’s first start in a Predators...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Edmonton Oilers acquire Ben Scrivens and Matt Hendricks in separate trades

   The Edmonton Oilers made two separate trades on January 15 in an attempt to add some depth to the NHL club. The Western Conference cellar dwellers dealt goaltender Devan Dubnyk over to the Nashville Predators in return for forward Matt Hendricks. They also sent a third-round draft choice in the 2014 NHL Draft to the Los Angeles Kings for 27-year-old goaltender Ben Scrivens.   ...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul McCann: Game Night - Make Mine Wiz Wit

Fresh off the trade sending Matt Hendricks to the Edmonton Oilers for veteran goaltender Devan Dubnyk, the Nashville Predators are in Philadelphia tonight to take on the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. There has been a decidedly mixed reaction to the trade on both sides of the fence. Some reaction on the Nashville side has reflected an opinion that Dubnyk is not much of an upgrade...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Paul McCann: Dubnyk for Hendricks - SlapShot Radio at 7 CST

UPDATE – 4pm ct – The Nashville Predators seemed to have started the dominos falling as they acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Matt Hendricks. My first reaction was being slightly stunned. While Dubnyk does have significantly more NHL experience than either of the current roster goaltenders, is he really an upgrade? The answer may...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Henderson: Edmonton Deals Terrible Goalie And Pick For Pieces They Desperately Need

The Edmonton Oilers made a great move today by moving out an unwanted and unsuccessful Goalie in Devan Dubnyk for Winger/Center Matt Hendricks then filling the gap in Net by moving out their 3rd round pick to LA in exchange for Netminder Ben Scrivens. They were forced to retain some of Dubnyk's hefty salary but those are the situations that occur when a player loses almost all...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers trade struggling G Dubnyk to Predators for F Hendricks

The Nashville Predators have traded forward Matt Hendricks to Edmonton for Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk. Each team announced the trade Wednesday on Twitter. With the move, the Predators get rid of the four-year contract they signed Hendricks to last July for $7.4 million. Hendricks, 32, played in 44 games for Nashville this season but had only four points. They also pick up an...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers trade Dubnyk to Preds for Hendricks; get Scrivens from Kings

Devan Dubnyk, seen here speaking to the Edmonton media, has been traded to the Nashville Predators (courtesy of team’s official Twitter, @EdmontonOilers) The city of Edmonton is steeped in rich hockey tradition, but for the past 6 or 7 years they’ve been steeped in losing, and this year is no exception. Looking to create a spark, the Oilers announced the trading of goaltender...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Preds unload Hendricks, receive starting goalie from Oilers

The Nashville Predators have made a trade in an effort to upgrade their situation in goal. With Pekka Rinne‘s return date uncertain, General Manager David Poile has acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for fourth line forward Matt Hendricks. Dubnyk was drafted in the first round (14th overall) by the Oilers in 2004 and could become Nashville’s...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Edmonton Oilers trade Devan Dubnyk for Matt Hendricks

BLOCKBUSTER! Well, not quite, but the Edmonton Oilers have finally made that goaltender trade everyone has been speculating they would since the season began. Except, instead of acquiring a goaltender, the Oilers unloaded one, to the struggling Nashville Predators. Here…Read more →The post Edmonton Oilers trade Devan Dubnyk for Matt Hendricks appeared first on The Hockey Daily.
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers send G Dubnyk to Predators for F Hendricks

The Nashville Predators have traded forward Matt Hendricks to Edmonton for Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk. Each team announced the trade Wednesday on Twitter. With the move, the Predators get rid of the four-year contract they signed Hendricks to last July for $7.4 million. Hendricks, 32, played in 44 games for Nashville this season but had only four points. They also pick up an...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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