HITCHCOCK: "WE'LL GET PAAJARVI TO PLAY THROUGH PEOPLE"

Jason Gregor
July 29 2013 11:55AM

Ken Hitchcock has been a head coach in the NHL for 15 seasons, and he's earned a reputation of being a very demanding coach. Last year, Hitchcock told me he's changed his coaching style a bit. He isn't as demanding on non-game days as he was when he coached the Stars and Flyers, but on game days players still need to play the way he wants or they likely won't play.

Hitchcock gave me some insight into David Perron, and he also shed some light on how he plans to alter Magnus Paajarvi's game.

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GAGNER PLANS ON TAKING THE NEXT STEP

Jason Gregor
July 25 2013 12:48PM

Sam Gagner could have gone to arbitration, signed a one-year deal and next summer he could have been the youngest unrestricted free agent in NHL history.

"I’m not a guy who likes to run from his problems, I like to be a part of the solution," Gagner told me after signing a three-year extension with the Oilers less than an hour before the start of his arbitration hearing.

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A TRADE PROPOSERS DREAM...

Jason Gregor
July 24 2013 11:03AM

The day is finally here. Shea Weber can officially be traded. OMG.

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MACT TALKS GAGNER, DEFENCE AND CENTRES

Jason Gregor
July 23 2013 10:10PM

Craig MacTavish wasn't able to make all the moves he wanted this summer, but he's pretty confident he has improved the team enough that they will be competitive.

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DEPTH DOWN THE MIDDLE

Jason Gregor
July 23 2013 12:42PM

Will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins be ready to start the season?

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