"I already had to go to training camp. I loved it and the club, the fans and the coaches, and the city itself - very beautiful." Yakimov is just the latest in a litany of players from Dustin Penner to Sheldon Souray who have talked glowingly about the city and the fans which flies in the face of the narrative about Edmonton.
A regular reader pointed out that Bogdan Yakimov does not lack the physique to be an NHL player, as indicated by a photo of him posted to his Twitter account @bosh1011 .
Cornet, drafted by the Oilers in the 5th round in 2008, scored 46 goals in 173 games for the Oklahoma City Barons in three seasons.
"It’s been a unique free-agency period. After initial signings on Day Oene, the secondary phase dried up very quickly. Would guess a lot of players will be waiting for find work up and including training camp."
--Paul Krepelka, Ryan Whitney's agent, on his client's inability to find work.
I wonder if Krepelka will start looking into the delusional phase when his client is passed by in the tertiary phase. Whitney will find work - 1st round picks always do.
It is being reported that Pelss jumped off a bridge in Riga. Tragic news if true.
In a surprise move, RFA Teemu Hartikainen has signed with Ufa of the KHL.
It’s a four point improvement, but in terms of wins and losses the Oilers are actually in the exact same position as they were one season ago; the difference is entirely the result of four losses taking place after regulation rather than in 60 minutes. The Oilers slumped in the last half of 2011-12, while in 2013 there is no last half of the season to slump in. Ultimately, though, they’re at a pretty comparable place to where they were a year ago.Jonathan Willis, Meaningful Games in April, OilersNation.com
If you are interested in College Free Agent signings, here is a tracker for you. TB, Detroit, Philly, Vancouver, and Ottawa have already jumped in. Top remaining accord to this site: 1. Danny DeKeyser — D — Western Michigan^* 2. Antoine Laganiere — RW — Yale* 3. Nate Schmidt — D — Minnesota^* 4. Drew LeBlanc — C — St. Cloud State* 5. Greg Carey — LW — St. Lawrence^ 6. Eric Hartzell — G — Quinnipiac* 7. Ryan Walters — LW — Nebraska Omaha^ 8. Rylan Schwartz — C — Colorado College* 9. Eriah Hayes — RW — Minnesota State* 10. Steven Whitney — RW — Boston College* * – Season still in progress ^ – Underclassman
Who should Scott Howson be looking at? Hockey's Future posts their top 10 college free agents. The vast majority of the players on the list fit the Oilers' needs. Hopefully the Oilers flush House, Plante and Vandevelde and go hard after 2-3 of these guys. The top 10: Greg Carey, LW - Junior, St. Lawrence University Dan DeKeyser, D - Junior, Western Michigan University Eric Hartzell, G - Senior, Quinnipiac University Eriah Hayes, RW - Senior, Minnesota State University-Mankato Antoine Laganiere, RW - Senior, Yale University Drew LeBlanc, C - R-Senior, St. Cloud State University Rylan Schwartz, C - Senior, Colorado College Andrej Sustr, D - Junior, University of Nebraska-Omaha Shayne Taker, D - Junior, University of Notre Dame Ryan Walters, LW - Junior, University of Nebraska-Omaha Other notables: Mike Boivin, D – Senior, Colorado College; Austin Czarnik, F – Sophomore, Miami University; Kyle Flanagan, F – Senior, St. Lawrence University; Giancarlo Iuorio, F – Senior, Niagara University; Pat Mullane, F – Senior, Boston College; Nate Schmidt, D – Junior, University of Minnesota; Trevor van Riemsdyk, D – Sophomore, University of New Hampshire