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Your daily links to all things Oilers and stories from around the hockey world: McDavid Impresses Messier, Derek Roy probably won't be back, playoff beards are apparently bad, and more.

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Ottawa, Edmonton and Goaltending - Jonathan Willis - OilersNation
The Ottawa Senators are looking to trade a goalie, as has been widely reported and would have been plainly obvious in any case to anyone paying even the tiniest bit of attention to the team. The Edmonton Oilers are looking to add a goalie, as has also been widely reported and would also be plainly obvious to anyone paying even the slightest attention.

Report: Derek Roy unlikely to be back with Oilers - The Hockey News
No matter how well Derek Roy and Nail Yakupov were clicking, it appears it wasn’t enough to land the veteran center another season in Edmonton.

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is on the block. Does he fit with the Edmonton Oilers? - David Staples - Cult of Hockey
This in from the Edmonton Journal’s hockey writer Jim Matheson, who is as connected as they come in the NHL: "One more name to consider if the Oilers are looking for another goalie for next year. Sources say the Stars are shopping Lehtonen, who has three years left with a $5.9 million cap hit." But a better bet might be a goalie like Karri Ramo, who had a higher save percentage while facing more dangerous shots

McDavid impresses Messier during Chicago meeting - Edmonton Oilers
Mark Messier, who started his Hall of Fame career with the Edmonton Oilers, spent five minutes chatting with top prospect Connor McDavid on Monday at United Center. Messier said he came away thoroughly impressed with the potential future star of the Oilers, who are expected to select McDavid with the No. 1 pick at the NHL Draft on June 26.

The numbers tell a tale for Oilers d-man Martin Marincin, but "the narrative" tells a different one - Bruce McCurdy - Cult of Hockey
For some time now the reviews on Martin Marincin have been something of a mixed bag. The 23-year-old defender  has been pretty underwhelming by eye, but continues to post some solid underlying statistics that if taken at face value suggest that he is among the least of Edmonton Oilers’ concerns. What to believe?

Around the NHL

NBC Sports boss: Shave the hockey playoff beards - Chicago Tribune
NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus is thrilled about the growth of hockey on NBC, but he has one request to its players: Please shave during the postseason.

NHL notes: Nothing easy about doing Dougie deal | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com
It’s both pivotal and incredibly difficult in Sweeney’s first time out of the chute, and there’s little margin for error thanks to some of the roster gaffes made over the last couple of years. The most important item on Sweeney’s mega-important summer agenda: restricted free agent Dougie Hamilton.

RFA Profiles: Josh Jooris, Micheal Ferland, and Drew Shore - FlamesNation
Mikael Backlund, Lance Bouma, and Paul Byron are the highest profile restricted free agents for the Calgary Flames this summer. Those aren't the only RFA contracts the Flames have to concern themselves with, however. In Josh Jooris, Micheal Ferland and Drew Shore, Calgary has three players who were new on the scene this past season. Are we talking about slam dunk deals for this trio? And if so, how similar will their deals look?

A long and winding road: The story of why the Los Angeles Kings spectacularly flamed out - ESPN
Only five teams have played more than 60 postseason games in a three-year span since the playoff format changed in 1987, and no team has played more postseason games (64) in a three-season span than the Kings did from 2012 to 2014, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Kings hoisted Lord Stanley's Cup twice during that run, but their postseason prowess took a heavy toll. It was physically, emotionally and mentally exhausting work -- gratifying for sure, but exacting nonetheless.

Kimmo Timonen talks about being scratched in the Stanley Cup Final, breaks your heart - Broad Street Hockey
Damn it.

And lastly something transportation related

Why 12-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Disastrous for Safety and Must Be Replaced Now - CityLab
A friend of mine heads an office in the White House. I never see him anymore, except at the occasional black tie design dinner, where he is always good for a couple of gin and tonics as the crowd disperses. At the last such event, he asked me a question. Or maybe he didn't. But I answered it.