Rumor Roundup: Would Lucic for Hall or Eberle help both teams?

Milan Lucic (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Edmonton Oilers winning the 2015 draft lottery continues to resonate in the trade rumor mill. Their recent hiring of former Hockey Canada honcho Bob Nicholson as CEO and former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli as GM and president of hockey operations provides further speculation of major off-season moves for the Oilers.

Joe Haggerty of CSNNE noted these factors while suggesting there’s a good chance Oilers top-line wingers Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle could be available. He feels the Bruins should consider offering up power forward Milan Lucic for Hall or Eberle.

Haggerty believes Lucic’s style of play is something the Oilers need. He also notes the 26-year-old left winger’s friendship with Oilers captain Andrew Ference, which dates back to the Ference’s days with the Bruins. With Lucic eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer, Haggerty feels Edmonton could be just the place where he could land a big payday. Read more

Peter Chiarelli hiring means Oilers finally break with legends, set a new course

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Peter Chiarelli (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

With today’s hiring of Peter Chiarelli as president of hockey operations and GM of the Edmonton Oilers, it’s clear that new boss Bob Nicholson is quickly setting about to make his mark on the franchise. It’s also clear that after a year on the job, Nicholson has prevailed in setting his agenda for the Oilers, one year after being hired to do just that.

With the addition of Chiarelli to the group, the Oilers still have four men who are either current or former GMs – Chiarelli, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish and Scott Howson – which is about three too many. But the voices of the other three have been muffled, thereby diffusing what had become an untenable, dysfunctional situation. Read more

After 16 seasons, defenseman Hal Gill officially announces retirement

Hal Gill (Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

After 16 seasons in the NHL and stints with the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers, defenseman Hal Gill has officially announced his retirement from the NHL.

Gill was drafted in the eighth round of the 1993 draft by the Bruins, and went on to play 1,108 regular season games, scoring 36 goals and 184 points. Gill also suited up for an additional 111 post-season games, tallying six helpers. His best playoff year came in 2008-09, when he picked up two assists and played nearly 19:30 per game en route to a Stanley Cup victory with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Read more

Steven Stamkos must go head-to-head with Pavel Datsyuk – and win

Steven Stamkos (left) and Pavel Datsyuk (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

We’ve all seen this before, so suffice to say Steven Stamkos would not be the first star to be collared and rendered ineffective by Pavel Datsyuk. And even though the injury-prone Datsyuk is 36 and clearly entering the twilight of his career, Stamkos probably won’t be the last.

Datsyuk has gone mano-a-mano, superstar against superstar with Stamkos in this series and has pretty much rendered Stamkos ineffective, going into Game 4 of the Detroit Red Wings series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos has 11 shots and just two assists in the series so far, with eight of those shots coming in the Lightning’s Game 1 loss to the Red Wings. Read more

This year’s Selke Trophy finalists identical to last year’s: Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron and Anze Kopitar

Patrice Bergeron (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For the second consecutive season, the finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward are the same three NHL star centers: Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and L.A.’s Anze Kopitar. And the latter is looking to win his first this time around. Read more

Hi, my name is Ken…and I’m addicted to the draft lottery simulator

Connor McDavid (Photo by Ken Andersen/Getty Images)

Spoiler alert: The Buffalo Sabres will win tonight’s NHL draft lottery with the numbers 11, 5, 6 and 7. Your trusty correspondent knows this because he went to this really cool website that simulates the NHL draft lottery and it told him so.

Then he did it 99 more times because, like a certain potato chip, you can’t do it only once. The website, http://nhllotterysimulator.com/#/official, took on a new life on Friday when the NHL made public the lottery number combinations for each of the 14 teams in the event. Suddenly, fans everywhere could, with the click of a keyboard, determine where Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel will end up next season. Read more