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

Ex-Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli meets with Oilers. What might his future role be?

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Peter Chiarelli (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

It’s clearer every day the players won’t be the most intriguing free agents this NHL off-season. Coaching and front office vacancies keep sprouting up. We’re only halfway through round 1 of the playoffs, and we’ve seen bench bosses Todd McLellan (Sharks), Peter Horacek (Leafs) and Craig Berube (Flyers) part ways with their teams, McLellan via mutual agreement and the latter two via firing. Leafs GM Dave Nonis got the axe and, in the biggest bombshell of them all, the Boston Bruins pink-slipped GM Peter Chiarelli.

Was there cause for Chiarelli’s firing? Yes, most notably his bungling of the Tyler Seguin trade, the cap mismanagement of Johnny Boychuk and missing the playoffs this season.

But that doesn’t mean Chiarelli has to wait long to find new work. Chiarelli amassed quite a resume before the wheels came off. Chiarelli’s Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, reached the final in 2013 and won the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best record last year. His nine seasons as GM were book-ended by a missed post-season his first year and the final year, in which the Bruins were eliminated on the season’s final day. Bruins drafted during Chiarelli’s tenure included key 2011 Stanley Cup cogs Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand. Chiarelli didn’t technically draft Phil Kessel but turned him into the picks that yielded Seguin and Dougie Hamilton.

It’s thus not a massive surprise to hear Chiarelli already met with another NHL team Wednesday. It was a mild surprise to learn that team was the Edmonton Oilers, since it muddies the picture as to what his future role would be. General manager makes sense, except the Oilers still have one, Craig MacTavish, as of this exact moment. We know Bob Nicholson is now CEO of all aspects of the Oilers Entertainment Group.

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Is Connor McDavid hype getting out of control?

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To hear the hockey world talk about it, not only will Connor McDavid get the Edmonton Oilers into the playoffs, he’ll win multiple Stanley Cups, find a remedy for climate change and, possibly even find life on other planets.

That is the kind of hype that is following this young man these days. Earlier this season, I was speaking with an NHL GM who was asked (off the record) about McDavid and he said: “You draft a guy hoping he’s going to be an all-star and a great player for a long time. I look at this guy and I’m thinking, ‘He’s going to be a Hall of Famer.’ “ Read more

Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse ready for OHL playoff showdown

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Darnell Nurse (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Erie Otters and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds have been on a collision course all season long in the Ontario League; they were certainly the favorites to meet in the Western Conference final and sure enough, the showdown is now upon us.

But thanks to the luck of the lottery balls, the series has one more subplot added into the mix: top Edmonton Oilers defense prospect Darnell Nurse will now be tasked with shutting down his potential teammate in the NHL next year – Connor McDavid.

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Rumor Roundup: With McDavid on the way, what trades do the Oilers make?

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Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

Once the Edmonton Oilers won the 2015 NHL Draft lottery, it didn’t take long for pundits to begin speculating over the effect this would have upon the club’s off-season plans. With the Oilers all but certain to select Erie Otters wunderkind Connor McDavid first overall, GM Craig MacTavish will have some intriguing options to work with to address his other roster needs.

TSN’s Darren Dreger believes MacTavish will go “big-game hunting” this summer via trade or free agency. The Oilers are in need of a starting goaltender and a top-three defenseman.

With the addition of McDavid, the presence of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Anton Lander’s improvement, the Oilers now have considerable depth at center. They’ll have even more if they re-sign veterans Derek Roy or Boyd Gordon. Dreger suggests promising center Leon Draisaitl could become a trade chip this summer.

NBC Sports’ Jason Brough notes that MacTavish recently said Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle wouldn’t be dealt. With the anticipated addition of McDavid, however, he wonders if that might change. Read more

Todd McLellan on the move. Next stop, Edmonton?

Todd McLellan  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

There are some coaches who, after losing or leaving an NHL job, need time to decompress and recharge their batteries before they start working again. Todd McLellan is clearly not one of those people. This Friday he’ll leave for Prague to coach Canada in the World Championship, then sit back and field offers the way Brad Richards did four years ago.

And those offers will come. From Toronto, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Edmonton and, depending on what his mentor Mike Babcock decides on his own future, perhaps Detroit. But Todd McLellan, who mutually agreed with the San Jose Sharks to part ways with one year left on his deal, will coach in the NHL next season.

“I’m a coach,” McLellan said on a conference call Monday afternoon. “I want to coach.” Read more