RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT: WILL WE SEE SOME CHANGES?

Jason Gregor
August 17 2011 09:27AM

For the next two days, Brendan Shanahan the new Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations for the NHL will be overseeing the Research and Development camp in Toronto. Ken Hitchcock and Dave King will run 33 top-rated juniors through the different scenarios while NHL general managers and executives watch intently from the stands at the Maple Leafs practice facility.

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HOCKEY REALITIES: GOOD AND BAD

Jason Gregor
August 16 2011 10:04PM

Yesterday we saw the distinct difference between sports and real life. It was a good day for hockey, but it was also an awful one.

Let's start with the good: The Hockey News picked the Oilers to finish last in the Western Conference.

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JUNGLE B: ROAD TO THE NHL. PART TWO

Jason Gregor
August 10 2011 11:24AM

 

That's Mark Letestu directly to the right of Sidney Crosby. In part one of Jungle B: Road to the NHL, Letestu gave some insight into his incredible, and rare, ascent up the hockey chain. From a 17-year-old in Junior B in Alberta (Junior C in Ontario), to three years in the AJHL, followed by one year at Western Mighigan and then signing a two-year NHL entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins; Letestu's dream hit a snag in the AHL. 

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WHERE WERE YOU?

Jason Gregor
August 09 2011 12:31PM

Twenty three years ago today Oiler fans and the hockey world was stunned when the Edmonton Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski for $15 million in cash, Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas and first rounders in 1989, 1991 and 1993. The Oilers traded the '89 pick to the Devils, but they selected Martin Rucinsky in 1991 and Nick Stajduhar in 1993.

It was a dark day in Oilersnation.

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HUGE TRADE (not hockey)

Jason Gregor
August 09 2011 09:58AM

The Edmonton Rush have made a blockbuster deal. They've traded the best all-around player in the league, Brodie Merrill along with lefty Dean Hill,  righty Mike Mclellan a 5th rounder in 2011 and a 4th rounder in 2013 to the Philadelphia Wings for Athan Iannucci (set NLL record holder for most goals in a season, 71), young lefty Alex Turner, goalie Brodie McDonald and first round picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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