Ramsay talks coaching, defence and powerplay

Jason Gregor
September 19 2014 09:00AM

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Craig Ramsay has been involved with the NHL for the past 44 years as a player, coach, director of player personal and assistant general manager. This will be his 21st season as a coach, and he brings a wealth of experience to an Oilers team that doesn't have much of it on the ice.

The Oilers opened training camp for the 35th time this morning with the veterans taking medicals. They will be on the ice tomorrow and Saturday before playing two preseason games on Sunday vs. the Flames.

What will Ramsay add to the coaching staff? He and I discussed his philosophies on defence, powerplay and most importantly, for him, the need for his players to trust him.

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Nail Yakupov: Bigger, healthier, happier

Jonathan Willis
September 19 2014 07:00AM

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The relationship between 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov and Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins is one that’s been much written about. From the outside, we don’t actually know much about the dynamic, but it’s a critical one if Edmonton is to get the most out of the talented sniper who struggled so badly in 2013-14.

Judging from what was said on the first day of training camp, it’s a relationship that has improved greatly with communication and familiarity.

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THE ROUNDUP

Nation World HQ
September 19 2014 05:30AM

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Training camps open, Taylor Hall just getting started, David Clarkson and his contract, TJ Brodie with a Norris in his future, Markus Naslund to the hall of fame and more in this week's Roundup.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITES AT PIVOT

Lowetide
September 18 2014 07:15PM


We're off and running with Oilers news out of training camp, and coach Dallas Eakins had some home truths for the microphones today. Issue one: "We have two NHL centermen!" Ahem. What does that mean? Opportunity!

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SKIP AHEAD: THE 2014-15 OILERS

Robin Brownlee
September 18 2014 02:40PM

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The first puck hasn’t yet dropped for the on-ice portion of 2014 training camp for the Edmonton Oilers, but I don’t see a lot of questions regarding what the team’s opening night roster will look like.

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