Jan 26, 2014; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers right wing Nail Yakupov (64) and Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones (3) chase a flying puck at Rexall Place. The Oilers won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: June 20th Edition

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NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up links to other interesting stories from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs.  So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts! 

Apr 8, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; The Dallas Stars ice girls perform during the game between the Stars and the Nashville Predators at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Predators 3-2 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

  • Edmonton Oilers: The Yakupov Question: As is the case with most things surrounding the Edmonton Oilers, Nail Yakupov has been abjectly terrible since being selected first overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. Instead of performing with the likes of Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos, Yakupov has experienced poor numbers with some of the worst Edmonton Oilers teams to take the ice in decades. Some are ready to give up on the young Russian, but Dave Mallett of Oil On Whyte states his case as to why the Oilers should take a wait and see approach with Yakupov. He has shown potential and could soon prove he is not the second coming of Nikita Filatov. [ Oil On Whyte ]
  • Pens To Name Head Coach Soon: Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford‘s list of eight head coaching candidates has been narrowed down to one. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rutherford is checking on some final details and should make an announcement within the next few days. The identities of the seven other candidates are as follows: John Hynes (Wilkes-Barre / Scranton coach), Bill Peters (hired by Carolina), Ulf Samuelsson, Tom Renney, Marc Crawford, Ron Wilson, and Doug MacLean. [ Pens Labyrinth ]
  • Brian Burke On Hockey Media In Canada: Do we really need to say anything more? Puck Daddy has a great compilation of Brian Burke quotes from a recent fundraiser where he expresses his feelings about the hockey media in a way only Brian Burke can. [ Puck Daddy ]
  • Rich Peverley Working Toward Return: Rich Peverley is attempting to make a come back from one of the scariest scenes of the 2013-14 season. Peverley was revived after collapsing on the bench due to an irregular heart beat on March 10th in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Peverley underwent surgery in Cleveland nine days later to correct his condition. Only time can tell whether the surgery was successful. Peverley is still hopeful that he can return to the NHL, but right now he is taking things slowly to see what his body can handle. He will be awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at the 2014 NHL Awards next week. [ Fox Sports Southwest ]
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