May 25 2015 11:51AM
We all have different theories or beliefs regarding what is necessary in building a winning team. Even when you build a strong, successful organization that doesn't mean you will win, or be close to winning every season.
When we evaluate success, I think we put way too much focus on winning a championship. Only one team wins, but that doesn't mean all the other 29 franchises were failures. The Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs 24 consecutive seasons, but they've "only" won the Stanley Cup four times in that period.
Are they a failure? Far from it. They are the model franchise in the NHL and throughout their 24-year run to the post-season they've done so by incorporating the single most important aspect needed for winning.
May 25 2015 08:29AM
As per tradition around these parts, it's time for another edition of the Mailbag. It's time to find a chair, grab some coffee, learn a few things and waste as much company time as you possible can. As always, this segment depends on you, so if you have a question you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Without further delay - the Mailbag. Enjoy.
May 24 2015 06:28PM
This week the Oklahoma City Barons drew their last breath as a franchise and now pass into hockey's history with only our memories of five fascinating seasons and dozens of young hockey players trying to make their way to the NHL. Brand Hunt and Richard Bachman (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) did their best but could not get past Utica in the team's final opportunity to win an AHL championship.
May 24 2015 11:40AM
As per Elliotte Friedman the Oilers have given Todd Nelson permission to look elsewhere in pursuit of a Head Coaching opportunity.
May 24 2015 08:00AM
One of the most interesting tests of Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarellli in his first year on the job will be his handling of not-a-prospect-not-yet-a-player Martin Marincin. There are a lot of directions the team can go here, and the path forward is by no means clear.