The Roundup

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July 22 2016 05:00AM

ROUND-UP

Leafs stop making Matthews wait, Toronto offer could have given Stamkos highest cap hit, Canucks reportedly have interest in Evander Kane, can ice time make the Brouwer contract worth it, all Chiarelli and Puljujarvi in Edmonton, analytics not as clear cut as people may think, the best and worst NHL jerseys, Tyson Barrie watch, Brad Richards retires and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Oilers Part Ways With Analytics Guru, Tyler Dellow

Chris the Intern
July 21 2016 03:30PM

Mark Spector was the first to break the news this morning that the Oilers have not renewed the contract of their stats man, Tyler Dellow. If you count me retweeting his tweet, I was the second to break the news. 

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Skills coaches the new wave in NHL

Jason Gregor
July 21 2016 01:45PM

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We have watched the goalie position evolve substantially in the past two decades. The change from stand up to butterfly has made them better, but much of their improvement comes from having a goalie coach. Every NHL team has one, many have two, and the goalies are privy to a lot of one-on-one coaching. It has helped goalies immensely, yet NHL teams haven't put the same resources into skill coaches for skaters.

Every team has a skills coach, but the one-on-one teaching is a fraction of what the goalies receive, and I believe the disparity in coaching, combined with the focus on systems over skill, is why the NHL isn't as exciting as it used to be.

The good news, however, is we are finally starting to see more of a focus on skill coaches for skaters.

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NUMBER 4: YES OR NO?

Robin Brownlee
July 21 2016 11:42AM

If there’s been a more polarizing figure with the passionate fan base of the Edmonton Oilers over the past 10 years than Kevin Lowe, I can’t think of who it might be.

It follows, then, that discussion about whether the team should retire Lowe’s jersey No. 4 and hang it with the franchise’s other retired player numbers – 99, 11, 7, 9, 17, 31 and 3 -- draws either “hell no” or “hell yes” responses with little middle ground.

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Barrie Watch On High Alert

Matt Henderson
July 21 2016 07:00AM

The watch for the missing piece of Edmonton’s defense got a bit of an update via an indirect source on Wednesday. Edmonton didn’t sign a defender. Their competitors haven’t signed or traded one either. On Wednesday the Colorado Avalanche signed 22 year old center Mikhail Grigorenko to a one year $1.3 million dollar deal.

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