January 29 2015 12:58PM
Tonight's matchup vs. the Buffalo Sabres pits the 30th (Sabres) and 29th (Oilers) place teams in the NHL. Many are calling it the McDavid Bowl, but players in both dressing rooms are not nearly as excited about that as fans in Edmonton or Buffalo.
Neither teams wants to be in this situation, and no self-respecting NHL player will try to lose on purpose just so their team has a better chance at drafting 1st overall this coming June. The way these teams are playing there is a good chance many players from both lineups won't be in the NHL next season, so they sure won't try and lose to land McDavid.
The harsh reality, however, is that these are clearly two of the worst teams in the league and one of them is guaranteed to finish 30th.
January 29 2015 10:49AM
The Edmonton Oilers may or may not decide to trade Jordan Eberle this summer in a bid to improve at another position. The question is whether it’s even worthwhile at this point; given Eberle’s contract and modest scoring totals over the last three years he’ll certainly still have some value but his stock has dropped precipitously from when the Oilers should have traded him, in the summer of 2012.
January 29 2015 08:51AM
Back in November a story broke out of Erie, Pennsylvania that the Oilers were suing Otters owner Sherry Bassin for 4.5 Million dollars. You can find that story here and I would suggest reading more of Erie Times reporter Ed Palattella's work as he's followed the situation unfold over the past few months. He is no doubt the go to person for this information. Very recently the Globe and Mail ran a piece about that same legal battle written by David Shoalts that you can see here. The slant on the most recent article was about the seedy underside of sports and it portrayed Katz as something of a slimy figure. A snake in the grass.
Is that fair? Is that accurate?
January 28 2015 03:55PM
If the Edmonton Oilers are serious about bringing in a big time, minutes crunching defender in 2015, the options are few and the risks frightening. Men with one year left before free agency, aging players with stunning contract length and number, it's enough to make you quake in your boots! No worries. There's always Dion!
January 28 2015 01:55PM
There’s a funny thing about rebuilds: Aside from the guys who are proven NHL players (stars like Taylor Hall, veterans like Andrew Ference) and the bluest of blue chip prospects (we’re talking Leon Draisaitl, not Martin Marincin) the rest of the guys on the team tend to be warm bodies who will end up spending many lovely years playing games in Germany and Switzerland.
Is that true of the current depth players in Edmonton, or are there some guys worth saving for next season?