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Simpson's Sioux #5

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Dillon Simpson's Fighting Sioux are ranked #5 in the College Hockey News pre-season rankings. Simpson was ranked #13 in our Top 25 Under 25, and talked about his time at North Dakota with Alan Hull.

Ryan Whitney on PTO at Blues camp

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The irascible Whitney has signed a PTO with the Blues and will attempt to make the roster as a longshot after the Oilers made no attempts to re-sign him. The Blues are looking for an insurance policy as long as Alex Pietrangelo remains unsigned.

Hemsky & Smid On Olympic Candidate List

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Both are likely to make the team and Smid could play a prominent role, give the lack of defensive depth on the list.

25 Year Old Shot Machine C/RW Peter Mueller No Longer An Option

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The Oilers have missed out on a cheap, versatile and underrated player to start at Center and move to RW once Nugent-Hopkins returns. Peter Mueller has signed a 1 year deal with a club in Switzerland. Last season on a dreadful team, Mueller had 131 shots, which ranks with the best in the league. 131 in 699 minutes of ice team translates to 3.75 shots per 20 minutes. Over 82 games that would equal 307 shots. That's 6 more shots than Hall's prorated total from last year. At a average shooting percentage of about 10% for wingers, he could have 31 goals in an 82 game season, or 28 goals at a Center's average of 9%. I think the entire NHL has missed out on a solid player. And the Oilers have missed out on a player that suits their immediate and long term needs better than most anyone else available. If he's willing to go to Switzerland you can be sure he would have signed in Edmonton for relatively cheap (under $2million for sure). Shitty news all around for Edmonton, the NHL and Mueller.

Nelson compliments grit

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"I think the organization is making a push to be harder to play against" - Todd Nelson Let's all hope that version 4 of this experiment turns out better than the last 3.

Bogdan Yakimov Discusses Four Nations Tournament

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Bogdan Yakimov, Anton Slepyshev, and Daniil Zharkov all recently played for Russia's entry in a U20 tournament held in Rovaniemi, Finland. The tournament did not generally include the top talent from each nation, but Yakimov helped lead the Russians to a tournament victory.

Expansion to Seattle?

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While the owners will undoubtedly grab the $275 million expansion fee for a new franchise in Seattle, would the league move to better footing by relocating a struggling team for the same $60 million relocation fee paid by the Winnipeg Jets?

Rem Pitlick, Tyler Pitlick's Cousin, Commits To Minnesota

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"Rem Pitlick is an incoming junior at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, one of the great hockey incubators. He has verbally committed to the Gophers and could skate at Mariucci in 2015. It’s more likely to be a season or two later." Rem was listed on Shattuck’s roster at 5’3", 130 pounds, last season,

Lee Moffie Signs AHL Deal With Avalanche - PDF WARNING

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According to the Avs' official 2013 Training Camp Roster Lee Moffie has been signed to an AHL contract and will attend camp. Moffie was not signed by the Oilers after being traded from the Sharks in exchange for Kyle Bigos.

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