Lennart Petrell signs in Europe; Ladislav Smid rumoured to be on his way too

Jonathan Willis
September 20 2012 02:53PM

The exodus to Europe is well underway, and a pair of Edmonton Oilers joined the discussion today. Lennart Petrell has signed with Helsinki, his old team in the top Finnish league, while Ladislav Smid is rumoured to be en route to the Czech Republic.

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10 Points: Mandel, Jones, Burke's hilarity and Ovechkin

Jonathan Willis
September 19 2012 04:36PM

1. David Ling. There’s been lots of actual news the last few days, but as I wrote this I found my mind was on David Ling, currently a member of the Nottingham Panthers of the U.K.’s Elite Ice Hockey League. Why?

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IIHF denies delays in transferring Nail Yakupov, slams “entirely incorrect, false and fabricated” reports

Jonathan Willis
September 19 2012 11:10AM

Photo: Resolute/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

Like most of the readers here at OilersNation, I read Dmitry Chesnokov’s piece on Puck Daddy yesterday with interest. After quoting Rafik Yakubov, the director with Nail Yakupov’s KHL club (Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik) as saying “The IIHF is not allowing Yakupov to play,” Chesnokov went on to speculate that the IIHF might be waiting for official NHL permission before issuing transfer cards.

According to IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg, that speculation is “entirely incorrect, false and fabricated.”

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Anton Lander proves the value of a good first impression

Jonathan Willis
September 18 2012 07:00AM

Lost in the stories about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins last fall was another great training camp tale. Anton Lander should not have started 2011-12 with the Oilers; given his age, draft pedigree, experience and the makeup of the roster, he should probably have spent the entire season in the minors.

Yet, he made the team anyway. How did he do it?

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A Promise to the NHL and NHLPA

Jonathan Willis
September 15 2012 01:38PM

Today is September 15, the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA. Tonight, barring an 11th-hour miracle, the league will lock out its players and begin yet another in a seemingly endless cycle of work stoppages.

If that happens, I have a promise to both sides.

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