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Jonathan Willis

  • joined Nov 19, 2008
  • last login Jul 10, 2014
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Jonathan Willis has been covering hockey for a variety of websites since April 2008. He is the managing editor of Oilers Nation and writes regularly at the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey blog and Hockey Prospectus. He first covered hockey as the founder of the website Copper & Blue, and later as its managing editor under the SBNation banner.

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Rutherford "Very Comfortable" That Anton Babchuk Will Be Signed

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Hurricanes G.M. Jim Rutherford says he's "very comfortable" that deal will get done with Anton Babchuk sometime after July 1.

Helenius To Spend Another Year In Sweden

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According to agent Jay Grossman, Riku Helenius will spend another season in the Swedish Elite League.

Canadiens Sign Defenceman Kyle Klubertanz

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According to multiple reports, the Montreal Canadiens have signed defenceman Kyle Klubertanz, a 2004 draftee of the Anaheim Ducks who enjoyed a breakthrough 2009-10 season in Sweden.

One Million

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Copper and Blue Hits 1,000,000 Pageviews

Prospect Kempe Wants To Come To North America

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According to a report out of Sweden, Kempe (who was drafted by the Flyers in 2007) has declined to re-sign in Sweden, hoping to come over to North America instead. He's willing to play in the AHL to imporve his chances at an NHL career.

Jonas Holos Bound For North America

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Avalanche draft pick Jonas Holos is bound for North America, according to reports out of Europe. He was drafted late in 2008, and has told his SEL team he won't be back next season.

Report: Wallin Signs In Europe

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According to a report out of Europe, Niclas Wallin has signed a two year contract with Lulea of the SEL. [Ed. Note]: As noted in the piece, whether or not he will be going to Sweden next year or the year after is unclear.

Rickard Wallin Says Playing In Sweden Would Be "Damn Fun"

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In an interview with a Swedish newspaper, Wallin (currently playing at the World Championships) talks about how nice it might be to return to his SEL club.

Chorney Benched At Worlds

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Germany surprised the U.S. with a 2-1 win at the World Championships today. Taylor Chorney took two penalties in just over five minutes of ice-time, and was stapled to the bench after the second period.

An Update On Copper & Blue’s Playoff Pool

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With the first round of the NHL playoffs in the books, this seemed like a good time to look in on our hockey pool and update everyone on the leaders and point out which commenter teams are...

The Survivors

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A quick look through the hockey side of the Oilers organization shows a raft of new people, and displays Steve Tambellini's touch throughout.

The Circumstances of Prendergast's Firing

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Guy Flaming, who I'd argue has a reasonable claim to being the internet's leading expert on all things Prendergast, rips into the Oilers organization for the way the firing was handled.

Oilers Interested In Free Agent Goaltender Jussi Rynnas

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The Edmonton Oilers are pursuing unrestricted free agent goaltender Jussi Rynnas.

"No. I wouldn’t say that. All I know is that to me, this whole thing has presented such great c...

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"No. I wouldn’t say that. All I know is that to me, this whole thing has presented such great clarity. Not just to me, to everybody, of what has to take place here. Whatever happened happened. That’s the real comforting part of this, is that this entire organization is on board."

Steve Tambellini, on whether the 'buy-a-winner' approach is viewed as a mistake by Oilers management.

Draft Lottery

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Steve Tambellini is optimistic, maybe even a little too optimistic about the outcome of today's draft lottery: "Is there a chance that maybe you don’t get the first pick? Yeah, but I think it works out to something like a 48.2 per cent chance that we retain the first overall pick. It’s in our favour." Tyler will undoubtedly comment further on that sort of logic as he hosts a lottery live chat at his site at 8:00 EST. Just click the link above to get there.

Then, turns out, you like to boost your own narcissistic ego and started a Twitter account (as if...

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Then, turns out, you like to boost your own narcissistic ego and started a Twitter account (as if the "In the Loops" blog wasn’t enough). Here’s how your "tweets" panned out by theme: 85% partying and/or girls, 5% stupid comments that make you look like a moron, 5% music, 2.5% hockey, and 2.5% physical therapy. If that wasn’t enough, you weaseled your way onto the team’s road trip to Canada, only to announce that you wouldn’t be coming back that season; ergo, partying on the company dime. For those facts alone, I give you my "Douchebag of the Season" award.

Jen over at Anaheim Calling analyzes Joffrey Lupul's Twitter account.
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Taylor Chorney's Per-Game AHL numbers

A quick glance at how Taylor Chorney's done in the AHL over the last two years.

Grebeshkov Traded

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As per TSN, Denis Grebeshkov has been traded to the Nashville Predators for a second-round pick.

Edmonton’s Top 25 Under 25: #2 Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson

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Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson is #2 on our list of the Oilers Top-25 Under 25.

J.F Jacques’ back problems have flared up again and he will surgery in Los Angeles later this week. ...

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J.F Jacques’ back problems have flared up again and he will surgery in Los Angeles later this week. Jacques’s back acted up at various points this season and the Oilers were hoping the two week break might be enough rest, but his back isn’t responding so he’ll go under the knife again.

Jason Gregor, Oilersnation.com. Possibly of interest is the fact that when Nikolai Khabibulin went for surgery, Jacques was asked to comment because his (successful) surgery last year was of a similar nature.

Edmonton's Top 25 Under 25: #4 Ladislav Smid

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The Oilers Top 25 Under 25 continues this morning with Ladislav Smid.

Edmonton’s Top 25 Under 25: #6 Linus Omark

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There's more to shootout sensation Linus Omark than flashy YouTube videos. Much more.

Edmonton's Top 25 Under 25: #9 Patrick O'Sullivan

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Patrick O'Sullivan is in the middle of the most disappointing season of his career, but it's far too early to write him off.

Edmonton’s Top 25 Under 25: #10 Gilbert Brule

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Gilbert Brule is one of the Oilers' 10 best players under the age of 25, but does he have more value as a trade chip? I think so.

Ethan Moreau is a hot commodity out west. San Jose, LA and Anaheim are interested. Putting him on a...

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Ethan Moreau is a hot commodity out west. San Jose, LA and Anaheim are interested. Putting him on a solid checking line with Pisani and Horcoff is as much of a showcase as it is Pat Quinn trying to shelter his young players from the opposition’s top lines. The Sharks and Ducks seem the most interested.

Jason Gregor, Oilers Nation
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Oilers Recall Taylor Chorney

A graphical representation of the plus/minus of Springfield Falcons defencemen.

"One time [the Red Wings] had played poorly on special teams and we were practicing the penalty...

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"One time [the Red Wings] had played poorly on special teams and we were practicing the penalty kill," [Aaron] Ward says. "The puck comes to me, I stop for a second and then shoot it out of the zone. Scotty blows the whistle and starts screaming that I should get rid of the puck before I get it. There I am, wondering if that's even physically possible. Now we're doing a drill where the [defensemen] have to get the puck out of the zone off the face-off, and he's standing at the boards at the blue line. For me to get it out, I'm going to have to wing it right at him. At this point I probably haven't been in the lineup for two weeks. Off the face-off the puck comes to me way too easy in the corner—you can see [centers] Steve Yzerman and Kris Draper grinning—so I fire it around the boards and wham! it hits Scotty in the head. He's bleeding. My career's over. He blows the whistle and screams, 'That's how you get the puck out of a zone.'

Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated Article On Penner & Others

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Amazing article by Sports Illustrated's Michael Farber, which has some dynamite quotes from Dustin Penner. It's a treat to read, and it's interesting ammunition for the people who argue that the local guys aren't doing a good job getting stories on players.

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Journalism Students: Pick Your Role Model

How two writers can show their respective quality while covering the same story.

During Pat Quinn’s Maple Leaf era, I never saw him look or sound as defeated as he did following E...

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During Pat Quinn’s Maple Leaf era, I never saw him look or sound as defeated as he did following Edmonton’s 4-1 loss in San Jose Saturday night. (The clip is edited for length on the Oilers’ website, so the full effect is lost.) Quinn was almost always defiant during the tough times in Toronto; always an "I’ll show you!" response to any doubt, one of the intriguing things about covering him. It was really jarring to see him like that.

Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night In Canda
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