Report: Family of NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard sues league for son’s death

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Steve MacIntyre fights with Derek Boogaard

Rangers’ Boogaard died of alcohol, oxycodone mix The Times reports the suit was filed late Friday by the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Steve MacIntyre (33) of the Edmonton Oilers fights with the New York Rangers’ enforcer Derek Boogaard (94) at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 14, 2010 in New York. / Getty Images/Paul Bereswill “To distill this to one sentence,” William Gibbs, attorney for the Boogaards, told The Times, “you take a young man, you subject him to trauma, you give him pills for that trauma, he becomes addicted to those pills, you promise to treat him for that addiction, and you fail.” Boogaard was under contract with the New York Rangers at the time of his death. He played his first five NHL seasons with the Minnesota Wild and one season with the Rangers after signing a four-year, $6.5 million contract with New York in July 2010. Boogaard sustained a concussion during his last game on Dec. 9, 2010. Known as one of the league’s toughest fighters, the 6-foot-7, 255-pound Boogaard played 277 NHL games, scored three goals and racked up 589 penalty minutes. Boogaard’s family filed a lawsuit against the NHL Players Association last September, seeking $9.8 million, but it was dismissed this spring. The family said the union, after expressing interest in helping pursue a case against the league, missed a deadline for filing a grievance. source:

Former Edmonton Oilers’ draft KO’s Canada at world championship

How’s that for irony? Fredrik Pettersson, the Oilers seventh pick in the 2005 draft who actually played an exhibition or two for the NHL club, rips one past Mike Smith in a shootout in the quarter-finals. A cheeky slapper from 15 feet out, no deke. Just one of those “stop this buddy” shots by Pettersson, who played this past season in the KHL, not in Sweden. He scores and Oilers’ winger Jordan Eberle, who had schooled Swedish goalie Jhonas Enroth, Ryan Miller’s backup in Buffalo, with a bunch of stickhandles and a nifty shot on his first shootout attempt, does the same on his second try and clangs it off the iron to end the game. In international hockey once you get past the first three shooters, you can pick them again. Pettersson wasn’t one of the first three Swedes–the Sedins, Hank and Danny, and Loui Eriksson–went with the Sedins predictably stoned (they almost never shoot for the Canucks) and the Dallas winger Eriksson tucking one through the Phoenix Coyotes’ goalie Smith’s feet. Pettersson was drafted 157th overall in 2005 after the Oilers took Andrew Cogliano, Taylor Chorney, Danny Syvret, Robby Dee, Chris VandeVelde and  Slava Trukhno. He was playing for Frolunda in Sweden at the time, but came over and played two junior seasons with the WHL Hitmen. He attended at least one Oilers training camp–maybe two–then went back to Sweden, with a stop in Chicago with the AHL Wolves in 2010-2011. He played for Donbass HC in Donetsk, in Ukraine, this past season. source:

Are the Edmonton Oilers in a sticky salary cap situation?

Oilers depth chart 2

May 16, 2013. 4:00 am • Section: Cult of Hockey , Oilers With Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle graduating to big new contracts, do the Edmonton Oilers need to worry about the salary cap? Does size win in the NHL playoffs? Below is what the roster currently signed for next season looks like. All restricted and unrestricted free agents are omitted from this list, as are signed veterans likely to be buried in the minors (Ben Eager) or bought out (Eric Belanger) in the off-season. Both Ryan Smyth (general manager Craig MacTavish has indicated he will return) and Shawn Horcoff (if the Oilers buy him out, they’re more likely to do it next summer) are included on this chart, as is Oscar Klefbom (the organization has not said he will get an NHL roster spot next year, but they have seriously hinted at it). The total cap hit of that group (plus $100,000 for Eager’s cap hit) comes to a total of just under $47.7 million, leaving roughly $16.5 million to construct the rest of the roster. Now let’s add in restricted free agents and the low-level unrestricted free agents – this is back-of-envelope stuff, obviously; the falling salary cap is going to have a somewhat unpredictable effect on salaries and this is just an attempt to find the range for the group as a whole rather than to identify individual cost. Assuming the cost for those players is roughly accurate, this leaves the Oilers with a little under $6.5 million to spend on two roster spots – one for a top-six left wing, one for a top-four defenceman. That’s tight, but the Oilers do have options to reduce the cost, including some of the following: – Buying out Horcoff or Smyth – Trading Hemsky (though this likely involves retaining salary) – Trading Gagner – Trading Paajarvi or signing him to a short-term deal; he isn’t likely to have a $2 million cap hit unless the Oilers lock him up for a reasonably long time – Trading Nick Schultz Craig MacTavish has significant options here. The falling salary cap could put the Oilers in some financial trouble if the budget isn’t well-managed, but as long as the team is careful and keeps one eye on their cap situation they should be fine. source:

Oilers complete funding for new downtown arena

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Funding for Edmonton arena approved

The city of Edmonton and the Oilers have agreed on funding for a new arena. (Oilers)

(Oilers) More NHL Playoffs: Scores | TV Schedule | Expert Picks | Odds | Mock Draft | Rumors The city of Edmonton and the Oilers have agreed on the final piece of funding that was needed for a new arena that is scheduled to open for the start of the 2016-17 season. Edmonton’s city council and the team agreed to split the remaining money that was standing in the way of finalizing the project. The city council passed the agreement with a vote of 10-3 on Wednesday. Groundbreaking on the new building is scheduled to take place in 2014. “This is a great day for Edmonton,” Oilers owner Daryl Katz said in a statement released by the team. “It’s been a long road for everyone involved, but the result is a landmark agreement that will drive investment in our city, help revitalize the downtown core and put the Oilers right in the heart of our community where they belong. I want to thank Mayor Mandel, City Administration and Members of Council for the extraordinary time and effort they have given to get this project over the goal line, and the Capital Region Board and the people of Edmonton for their support.” The entire project will have an estimated cost of nearly $600 million million and be split up as follows, via the Oilers: — $279 million from Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) and other incremental revenues (increased parking revenue, reallocation of existing subsidy paid to Northlands and new taxes from business in the arena) — $125 million from ticket surcharge on all events in the new arena — $137.81 million from lease revenue for the Arena — $23.68 million in cash from EAC — $25 million from other government sources “This is an outstanding day for Edmonton’s downtown and our city. This project is without a doubt the most significant investment that we have made in our downtown in the last decade,” Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel said. “This building will become a beacon in our downtown and will foster a new sense of energy that will spark further development and investment in the heart of our city.” The Oilers play in Rexall Place, which is the third-oldest building in the league, behind only Madison Square Garden (New York Rangers) and Nassau Coliseum (New York Islanders). The Islanders will soon be moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. source:


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