October 06 2015 01:16PM
Sports fans and media types alike love making predictions. If we’re right, or even remotely close, we can say,” I called it,” whether our choice of crystal ball is flipping a coin, reading tea leaves, delving into analytics or relying on the still-popular combination of gut and eyeballs.
October 06 2015 08:00AM
Undersized and undrafted, Norm MacIver was an over-achiever who played 500 games in the NHL, including 79 with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1990s, because he figured out early on in his career brains not brawn would have to be his calling card.
October 05 2015 03:46PM
Lots of teams have bad contracts. That’s normal in this day and age. The NHL has been late to adopting analytics, there have been two lockouts in the last decade, there’s no one way to build a team, and the players have guaranteed contracts. All these things in one capacity or another have created a situation where teams are going to think they’re getting one value with a player and end up with something different altogether.
October 05 2015 10:18AM
The next 24 hours will be hectic for some NHL teams. They need to be down to their 23-man roster tomorrow, so any player requiring waivers will need to be waived today.
We've already seen a few NHL veterans on waivers. Look for more to appear on the wire today.
October 05 2015 08:00AM
It's the Monday before the NHL regular season begins. In a few short days we will be taking over the Pint Downtown and celebrating Connor McDavid's first NHL game as an Oiler. (Tickets are available here BTW. Until then we will all be finding ways to kill company time and days off the calendar. The Mailbag is here to help you kill a few minutes of the wait. I need questions for next week's Mailbag so fire away by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by DMing me on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk if you have something you want to ask.