The Coaching Carousel Blog

Follow me at @IanEsplen for fun and Flames   Tonight I thought I'd take a bit of a break from the draft rankings to have a little fun. And by fun I mean I thought I'd take a look at what coaches might be a good fit with that openings that are vacant now, or will likely be vacant shortly. Enjoy   Edmonton Out- Dallas Eakins In- Willie Desjardins Thoughts...
Via Puckrant.com
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers kick assistant GM out of clown car

The horrifying Edmonton Oilers just get worse and worse. For fans of the team, this has got to be so frustrating. For a blogger who is a self-proclaimed anarchist and lives for sarcasm, I can't imagine blogging for any other team. This just keeps getting worse than worse. A few days ago I ran a story about three Oilers players - Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan...
Via Puckrant.com
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Smyth isn't the only Ryan not returning

A certain fellow named Ryan may have played his last game as an Oiler on Saturday, April 12, but he wasn't the only Ryan that won't be back come fall. In an article by The Edmonton Journal's Joanne Ireland, Ryan Jones indicated that on no uncertain terms, his tenure with the Oilers was over. Jones has been a member of the Oilers club since the 2009-10 season. He was...
Via Puckrant.com
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers centre Boyd Gordon shut down for season with shoulder issue

The Edmonton Oilers added Boyd Gordon to their ever-growing pile of players who are done for the season. Gordon, who has a minor shoulder issue, joins Jesse Joensuu (ankle), Ryan Jones (knee), Nail Yakupov (ankle), Andrew Ference (chest) and Luke Gazdic (shoulder) in the premature summer club. Gordon hurt his shoulder early in Tuesday’s loss to Colorado, but never left the game...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers forward Ryan Jones familiar with pain of shot that brought him down

Ryan Jones went down as though a sniper had taken him out. The Edmonton Oilers winger was hurt blocking a shot in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Jones was dropped hard and needed help getting off the ice. He was, however, able to return to the game. “It was off the outside of my knee,” Jones said. “It’s just one of those spots, whenever you bend there is...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers Rumors: Clearance sale on veterans

To say the Oilers have been disappointing this season, given where they have picked in the entry draft for the last decade, would be understating things. As the trade deadline approaches, the plan is obvious, sell, sell, sell.The Oilers have a group if veteran players, the majority of whom are pending unrestricted free agents. The more prominent of the group are Ryan Smith, Ryan...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Game Day: Oilers @ Bruins

Derek Leung/Getty Images North America Shaun Maddex Edmonton Oilers Writer Ah yes, the afternoon game. Historically bad news for Oilers, made tougher by the fact that it is against Boston. The Oilers are coming off the most memorable performance of their season, for all the good and bad that was the Sharks game. There was nothing about the Sharks game that made me believe this team...
Via TopSportsReport
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers parlay tougher play into pair of wins

If they’re going to get better, the Edmonton Oilers know they’re going to have to play bigger. On Monday the Oilers stood up for themselves for the first time this season in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. The win was the first against a divisional opponent not based in Calgary. “We played with purpose,” said Oilers centre Sam Gagner. “When you go back for the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers’ Jones: ‘The players lose yet coaches, management take the blame’

Ryan Jones had an assist for the Edmonton Oilers in a losing cause Friday, then went to bat for the coaches and management team in what has been a disastrous season. The Oilers lost to the visiting Phoenix Coyotes by a final score of 4-3. They surrendered four goals through the first 23 minutes of the evening, then tried to pull off a third-period comeback that ultimately fell short...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers’ Ryan Jones gaining confidence as season goes on

Ryan Jones has been in a feisty mood of late. The Edmonton Oilers winger was involved in his third fight in a week when he took on Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa Tuesday in a 2-1 loss. Jones has averaged about two fights per year. “Offence isn’t exactly coming in the way I hoped it would this year and I’m just trying to do something that will kick-start it I guess...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Another Home Loss For The Oilers

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, The Edmonton Oilers may be moving to Rogers Place in 2016, but for now, they still call Rexall Place home — and there is no over-the-counter medicine available for what ails drugstore billionaire Daryl Katz’s sad-sack defensive team. The worst home team in the National Hockey League was crushed 6-2 by the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday...
Via Kukla's Korner
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers

The best and worst from Nashville’s 3-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. Plus: Even though he was saddled with this loss, Marek Mazanec stood tall in net yet again. Mazanec allowed just two goals on 25 shots in 58 minutes and change. However, his offense handed him exactly zero run support. It was the seventh consecutive game in which Mazanec allowed two or fewer...
Via The Predatorial
November 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Arocbello, Ryan Jones having hard time getting back into lineup

Mark Arcobello and Ryan Jones have played some pretty good hockey for the Oilers of late, but don’t expect either player to draw back into the lineup Thursday against Florida. With the Oilers on a two-game win streak, head coach Dallas Eakins isn’t all that eager to shake things up. “I don’t like fooling around with them,” he said of winning lineups. “When you’ve...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Oilers’ Jones aims to take advantage of roster opportunity

Ryan Jones had an epiphany of sorts earlier this week when the Edmonton Oilers were hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs. As he was hopping over the boards for a shift on the wing, he told himself he had to make something happen. And he did it again on his next shift and the one after that. What happened was that he played the kind of game that got noticed. The kind of game he’ll...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Jones looking to stick with Oilers

Ryan Jones has never taken his days in the NHL for granted. The Edmonton Oilers winger put in plenty of time and effort making it to the league and having lost his job at the beginning of the season, is determined to make the most of his second opportunity. Jones, 29, is back in the Oilers lineup after a stint with the Oklahoma City Barons and played his first home game of the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Late goals lift Oilers over Habs

Jeff Petry and Ryan Jones scored in the third period to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Ales Hemsky and Ladislav Smid also scored for Edmonton, while Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves. Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher, and Brian Gionta scored for Montreal. Carey Price stopped 28 shots. After Plekanec and Gallagher gave Montreal...
Via AP on Fox
October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Oilers come back from two-goal deficit to beat the Canadiens 4-3

Just when the road trip was starting to get good... it’s over. After spending the first four games of their marathon road trip on their knees the Edmonton Oilers finished on their feet overcoming a 2-0 deficit with four straight goals to beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. Edmonton finishes the six-game swing with a 2-4-1 record and improves to 3-6-1 on the year thanks to the season...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Keeping up with the Joneses

Love him or hate him, Ryan Jones is a fan favourite in Edmonton. His community involvement, his passion for the game, and of course his hockey hair have all helped to carve him a place in the hearts of many Edmonton Oiler fans, but the Edmonton Oilers are finally in a position where the team has competition for each and every roster spot. Well, most every roster spot; they will still...
Via Kukla's Korner
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Marincin lifts Oilers past Flames

Martin Marincin beat Joni Ortio with a wrist shot with 4:02 left to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night in a split-squad exhibition game. Ryan Jones opened the scoring for Edmonton in the first period, and David Perron made it 2-0 in the second. Emile Poirier and Mike Cammalleri scored for Calgary early in the third. Jason LaBarbera...
Via AP on Fox
September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Oilers Lineup A Work In Progress

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal, When he looks at his roster, as it sits today, there are still deficiencies as far as Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish is concerned. But with the current state of the NHL trade market, and little in the way of answers on the free-agent market, he said on Tuesday that he may just to have to accept the fact that he...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Oilers re-sign gritty forward Jones

The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed gritty forward Ryan Jones to a one-year contract. The 29-year-old Jones has 52 goals, 42 assists and 141 penalty minutes in 282 regular-season games with Edmonton and the Nashville Predators. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 draft by Minnesota, Jones' best season came in 2011-12 with Edmonton, when he had 17 goals and 16 assists in...
Via AP on Fox
July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Oilers re-sign gritty forward Jones to 1-year deal

The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed gritty forward Ryan Jones to a one-year contract. The 29-year-old Jones has 52 goals, 42 assists and 141 penalty minutes in 282 regular-season games with Edmonton and the Nashville Predators. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 draft by Minnesota, Jones' best season came in 2011-12 with Edmonton, when he had 17 goals and 16 assists in...
Via AP on Fox
July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryan Jones must stay with Oilers

Ryan Jones must stay with Oilers It looks like unrestricted free agent-to-be Ryan Jones is playing for his future with the Edmonton Oilers. The Edmonton Sun reports Jones has the final six games of the regular season to prove he's worth re-signing.  "It's very important for us to take a really good look at Ryan Jones," said Oilers coach Ralph Krueger. "Give...
Via Hockey Fan Land
April 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Oilers 4, Flames 1

Justin Schultz had a goal and two assists and the Edmonton Oilers continued their drive for a playoff spot by winning their fourth in a row, 4-1 over the Calgary Flames on Monday. Taylor Hall, Ryan Jones and Nail Yakupov also scored for the Oilers, who have gone 7-2-2 in their past 11 games. With the win, the Oilers kept pace in the tight Western Conference playoff race, sitting...
Via AP on Fox
April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Oilers-Blues Preview

The St. Louis Blues are returning home from a disappointing road trip. Their only victory on that journey was against their next opponent, a club that has lost six straight visits to Scottrade Center. The Blues will be in search of a fifth consecutive home win Tuesday night when they try to defeat the Edmonton Oilers for the sixth straight time. St. Louis (17-12-2) is back home...
Via AP on Fox
March 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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