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Player grades: Defenders score, checkers assist, stars struggle as topsy-turvy Oilers eke by Sens – Edmonton Journal

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#84 William Lagesson, 6. Perhaps my favourite sequence of this entire game was the epic one-on-one battle that pitted Lagesson against Nick Paul that saw the Ottawa forward aggressively forechecking the Oilers rookie late in the first period. The battle continued for a good 15 seconds, with Lagesson shielding the puck, trying to advance it up the wall but running out of room, instantly putting up a roadblock of his own to prevent Paul from winning the race to the corner, getting (and using) support from his partner Larsson for a moment, before finally winning the day to establish possession and safely move the puck out of the zone. Oilers spent much of his 13 even-strength minutes slugging it out behind their own blueline, but Lagesson was tagged with exactly 0 mistakes on dangerous chances. The coaches reportedly are very high on this young defender and I can see why.

#93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 4. Among those beaten for the goal on the game’s first shift, and one of the defensive culprits on the Senators’ best cluster of scoring chances late in the second. Did have a couple of good looks at the other end but was unable to solve either Ottawa goalie. Had a splendid shift at the beginning of Ottawa’s long powerplay, combining with Khaira to control the puck deep in Sens’ territory for the better part of 30 seconds.

#97 Connor McDavid, 5. Didn’t seem to have the usual jump in his step, not that surprising for a man who played 73 minutes of NHL hockey between Saturday and Tuesday. Ottawa played him physically, as they did Draisaitl, and to good effect. McDavid was throwing his own weight around a little, officially credited with 1 hit though I saw plenty of robust play from the Oilers’ captain. 7 shot attempts, 3 of them on net, but a defensive culprit on the early Ottawa goal. 6/15=40% on faceoffs. Made a good clear and pass to Draisaitl with the empty net lurking, but the German hit the post square on from 80 feet, that close to extending the scoring streaks of both men. That the Oilers were able to win without either hitting the scoreboard was a first since 2017.

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Alouettes trade for QB Trevor Harris – CFL.ca

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MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes announced on Sunday that the team has acquired veteran quarterback Trevor Harris from the Edmonton Elks in exchange for American defensive end Antonio Simmons.

In six games this season, Harris completed 135 of 192 passes, collecting 1,568 yards, adding six majors.

Harris (six-foot-three, 212 pounds) is in his ninth season in the CFL after playing in Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton. In 139 career games, he completed 1990 passes for 23,750 yards, adding 126 touchdown passes. The 35-year-old quarterback has hoisted the Grey Cup twice (2012, Toronto; 2016, Ottawa). The Waldo, OH native was selected on the East Division All-Star Team in 2016. The former Edinboro University Fighting Scots suited up for the Jacksonvile Jaguars in 2010 and the Buffalo Bills in 2011.

“Trevor is a veteran who knows the league well and what it takes to win”, said Montreal Alouettes General Manager Danny Maciocia. “We are pleased to have been able to complete this transaction. We are confident that Trevor will work well with our quarterbacks. We thank Antonio for his services and wish him well.”

In 23 career games with the Alouettes, Simmons made 52 defensive tackles, five quarterback sacks and forced a fumble.

Simmons is currently in his second CFL season and joins the Elks after originally signing with Montreal in May of 2019.

The Georgia Tech product played all 18 regular season games for the Als in 2019, recording 45 defensive tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. In five games this season, Simmons has registered seven defensive tackles and two sacks.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Simmons played four years (2014-17) at Georgia Tech, collecting 83 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and seven quarterback sacks. He spent time in 2018 with both the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Flames D Andersson fined $5K for roughing Oilers F Yamamoto – TSN

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Calgary Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson has been fined $5,000 for roughing Edmonton Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto.

Andersson was fined the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the Players’ Association.

The money goes to the players’ emergency assistance fund.

Andersson was assessed minor penalties for both roughing and elbowing at 14:33 of the first period Saturday in Edmonton.

The Flames lost their season-opener 5-2 to the Oilers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 17, 2021.

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Report: Maple Leafs to ease up on dress code restrictions for game days – Sportsnet.ca

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are apparently planning to loosen up on dress code restrictions for players on game day.

Players are required to wear jackets, ties and dress pants to and from the arena, as outlined in the CBA, however, teams can ease up on the mandate if they choose.

The Arizona Coyotes were the only team that opted to do so entering the season, but the Maple Leafs now plan to follow suit, according to Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun.

The decision comes just a few days after ESPN published an article on Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews, who has shown a flair for unique fashion while away from the arena, discussing his displeasure with the NHL’s strict dress code.

“I don’t mind wearing a suit, but it gets old pretty quick,” Matthews said. “I think it’d be fun to wear different things and be able to express yourself, similar to what the NBA does or even the NFL a little bit.”

The 24-year-old Matthews, who led the NHL with 41 goals in 52 games last season, missed the first three games of the season while recovering from wrist surgery and is expected to make his 2021-22 debut Monday night against the New York Rangers on Sportsnet.

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