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Oilers facing great expectations

Bar raised coming off first playoff appearance in 10 seasons

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Edmonton Oilers are not going to catch anyone by surprise this season. As a matter of fact, expectations are high heading into 2017-18.

"We have a little bit of (experience)," coach Todd McLellan said. "But what we don't have is experience coming back from a good year. This is the first time in 10 or 11 years that we've actually had a good season, now we come back and are we complacent, are we prepared to do the things we need to do early in the year?" 
 

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Landeskog determined to turn Avalanche around

Captain took last-place finish hard, plans to 'find solution to this problem'

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The burden was heavy and the soul-searching extensive for captain Gabriel Landeskog last season, when the Colorado Avalanche finished with the worst record in the NHL.

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Training Camp

Laine: Only reaching playoffs will make me happy

Jets forward, entering second NHL season, says individual success 'doesn't matter'

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- Patrik Laine will only be happy this season if the Winnipeg Jets qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Green eager for first Canucks training camp

Coach's familiarity with organization, personnel should help transition to NHL

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PENTICTON, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green is in uncharted territory with his first NHL job but isn't going in cold.

The 46-year-old former center, who played 970 NHL games for the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, has been coach of Vancouver's American Hockey League affiliate in Utica the past four seasons.

Green has a strong feel for and familiarity with the organization and its personnel.

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Jets feeling pressure to step up this season

Captain Wheeler, GM Cheveldayoff reiterate time is now to make playoffs

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PENTICTON, British Columbia -- With one appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since arriving in Winnipeg in 2011, the Jets not only understand the need to step up and return to the postseason, but they appear to be embracing the assignment.

"It's got to be this year, it just has to be," Jets captain Blake Wheeler said recently. "We have enough talent."

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Flames hoping for 'chemistry' following offseason moves

After acquiring Smith, Hamonic, GM Treliving ready to 'let the crop grow'

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PENTICTON, British Columbia -- Having made substantial moves after reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in eight seasons, the Calgary Flames are hoping their old and new players mesh.

"We've tried to upgrade positions," general manager Brad Treliving said Saturday at the 2017 YoungStars Classic. "And we've got people coming. Once you have a little bit of a base set, you've got to let the crop grow a little bit. I think we're at that [point]."

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Expectations one of 'biggest challenges' for Oilers, GM says

Chiarelli hopes Edmonton makes 'natural progression' after reaching second round of playoffs

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PENTICTON, British Columbia -- The Edmonton Oilers will try to stay in their comfort zone heading into a season of increased expectations.

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Horvat signs six-year, $33 million contract with Canucks

Restricted free agent center led Vancouver in goals, points last season

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PENTICTON, B.C. -- Center Bo Horvat signed a six-year, $33 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. It has an average annual value of $5.5 million.

"I'm really excited about this," Horvat said. "I've loved Vancouver for the first three years and I want to thank Jim (Benning, Canucks general manager) and Trevor (Linden, Canucks president) and the Acquilini family (owners) for believing in me and trusting me. I'm happy to spend the next six years here and help this team win."

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Maurice, Cheveldayoff each agrees to multiyear extension with Jets

Coach led Winnipeg to playoffs in 2015; GM has been with team since it relocated from Atlanta in 2011

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- Coach Paul Maurice and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff each agreed to terms on a multiyear contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Each was going into the final season of his contract.

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31 in 31

Three questions facing Winnipeg Jets

Improvement of Laine, stability of goaltending areas of focus

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three questions facing the Winnipeg Jets.

The Winnipeg Jets have made one appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since relocating from Atlanta in 2011. Their fans in a passionate Canadian market want more.

The Jets' struggles since making the playoffs in 2015 have placed increased scrutiny on goaltending, defense and discipline, all issues that have received attention in the offseason.

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