Oilers Hire Ian Herbers as Assistant Coach

Ian Herbers, Edmonton Oilers, Liam Richards, Canadian Press

Herbers brings experience to the young Oilers organization. (Liam Richards/Canadian Press)

The story broke with a piece by Larry Fisher of the Daily Courier that the Edmonton Oilers filled out their coaching staff with the hiring of assistant coach Ian Herbers.

Herbers, formerly of University of Alberta Golden Bears, helped the Bears to multiple Division Championships and a National Championship during his time behind their bench. He brings a winning mentality to a young team at the perfect time in their growth.

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Part 3: Which Left Wingers Make the Cut in a 6-Team NHL?

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, Nick Wass, The Associated Press, NHL, Hockey

Alex Ovechkin still sits atop the players list in his position. (Nick Wass/The Associated Press)

A discussion inspired by Leafs Lunch, it’s an interesting topic to bring up the idea of who would make the cut in a six-team NHL. So, six writers from The Hockey Writers took it one step further and drafted these players by position.

In part one we looked at the top 24 centres. In part two we looked at the top 24 right wingers. So, naturally, in part three we’re going to talk about the top left wingers in the NHL that would make the cut if the league were to downsize to six teams.

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A How-To Guide To Creating Your Keeper Fantasy League

Gary Bettman, Chris Young, NHL, The Canadian Press

Being Bettman isn’t always easy in a fantasy league. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Ever think of starting your own fantasy league? How about taking it one step further and creating a keeper fantasy league? I mean, it seems to be all the rave nowadays – having a team and building it from year to year.

I’ve been the commissioner of a keeper league for about five years. We’ve grown, expanded and implemented a salary cap. How’s the league going? Well, we’ve lost a few owners, forced a few out and replaced them almost immediately.

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Phil Kessel: Rocket Richard Candidate in 2015-16?

Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs, Mark Blinch, Canadian Press, Hockey

Will the Phil Kessel trade give him the opportunity to win a scoring title? (Mark Blinch/Canadian Press)

The Phil Kessel changed everything. First, it showed the Maple Leafs are headed down the road of the rebuild for sure. Secondly, it put Kessel in a position to be the behind-the-scenes scorer that he wants to and can be. Finally, it powers Pittsburgh’s offence even more so than the duo they already possess.

But does it give Kessel a chance at showing his true scoring touch? After all, it will mean possibly having a true centre for the first time in his career.

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Saying Au Revoir to Martin St. Louis

Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers, Seth Wenig, The Associated Press, NHL

Former Ranger, Martin St. Louis, left his mark on the NHL and the game of hockey. (Seth Wenig/The Associated Press)

Breaking the ice for smaller players in the NHL, Martin St. Louis not only showed his ability to play the game but also demonstrated what it means to play with perseverance. Underrated and undersized, he had an unbelievable career.

With his trophy case filled, he left the game a successful NHL star with a spot within the game’s historical archives. But he also opened the doors for many other players approaching the game from his standpoint.

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Red Wings Sign Mike Green to 3-Year Deal

Mike Green, Detroit Red Wings, Marc DesRosiers, USA Today, NHL

Mike Green will help the Red Wings in 2015-16 on the back end. (Marc DesRosiers/USA TODAY Sports)

One of the bigger names available on July 1, Mike Green decided he would sign with the Detroit Red Wings on a three-year deal. Green has the experience and ability to quarterback the powerplay for the Red Wings and should be a good addition to the club.

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Canucks Sign Defenceman Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski, Vancouver Canucks, NHL, Justin K. Aller, Getty Images

Matt Bartkowski will fill a hole on the Canucks blue line. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

More from Free Agent Frenzy, the Canucks went out and signed young and promising defenceman Matt Bartkowski after the Boston Bruins failed to re-up the defender. The Canucks signed him to a one-year deal worth just under $2-million.

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