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November 20 2015 06:45AM

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5 reasons to hate the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canucks and Tyson Barrie, Travis Hamonic wants to be in Western Canada, the NHL's problem with offense, an early look at 2016 free agents, value of shot blocking, Connor McDavid's recovery, Sam Bennett an elite player in the making, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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It Seems Unlikely that the Edmonton Oilers will land Travis Hamonic

Jonathan Willis
November 19 2015 09:53PM

The last 36 hours or so have been all about Travis Hamonic. For the Edmonton Oilers, the possibility of landing Hamonic is tantalizing. He’s a perfect fit for positional need, his age, cap hit and experience level are all extremely appealing, and he even wants to come to Western Canada. Colleagues Jason Gregor and Matt Henderson have both written on the subject already, and that’s just at this website.

It’s a shame then that a trade which sees Hamonic land in Edmonton seems so unlikely.

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November 19 2015 04:01PM

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Condors Recap

Scott Zerr
November 19 2015 11:55AM


If you like your hockey with an overload of high-pitched screaming, constant hip-hop music, and a dump-and-chase attack, then Wednesday morning’s Bakersfield Condors game was right up your alley.

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Purcell hires Adam Oates

Jason Gregor
November 19 2015 09:55AM

We've discussed the idea before, and I'm happy to see that NHL forwards are hiring their own skilled coaches. A few of them have one. Jordan Eberle works exclusively with Steve Serdachny every summer and has for many years, but Serdachny was the Oilers skills and skating coach as well, up until this fall.

Many players didn't want a skills coach because they worried it would conflict with what the head coach was saying, but in reality that isn't the case. A skill coach shouldn't focus on systems. He focuses on scoring, just like strength coaches help players get stronger and goalie coaches help goalies.

I believe NHL forwards should have a personal skills coach to help them improve and change their offensive game, and one of the most creative NHL forwards the league has seen has been hired by a few players.

Teddy Purcell hired former NHL player and former head coach, Adam Oates, this past summer to help him bounce back from what he said, "was my worst NHL season."

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