NHL Expansion: No Thanks

Jason Gregor
August 28 2014 11:25AM

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News broke yesterday that the NHL could be expanding by two teams, possibly as early as 2015. Gary Bettman downplayed the news and said the NHL currently has no plans, which is classic Bettman denial and likely sadly means the reports are probably true. 

For the sake of hockey fans, specifically Canadian hockey fans, I hope the reports are wrong.

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Andrei Loktionov: Offers apparently on the table, but no decision yet

Jonathan Willis
August 28 2014 07:30AM

Andrei Loktionov

There aren’t many NHL centres of note still available in free agency. Michal Handzus is out there; Scott Gomez will apparently be going to the New Jersey Devils camp on a tryout basis.

The best of this uncertain lot is probably Andrei Loktionov, a 24-year-old veteran of 150-odd NHL games. Apparently he has offers, but hasn’t decided yet what he’s going to do.

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THE EDMONTON OILERS EXPANSION DRAFT PROTECTED LIST

Lowetide
August 27 2014 03:46PM

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There are rumors all over the hockey world about expansion, and as a certified 'draft nerd' I took this opportunity to submit Edmonton's protected list. These are always tricky, because a bunch of players aren't eligible and of course free agents don't need protection. It's fun all the same, and here's my list.

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Martin Gernat, training camp surprise?

Jonathan Willis
August 27 2014 01:46PM

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Training camp surprises are difficult to predict – “surprise” by definition requiring something unexpected.

But they tend to have some things in common, and Martin Gernat is a guy with some of the ingredients.

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NHL Expanding by four teams?!? Maybe, apparently.

Steve Dangle
August 27 2014 08:17AM

I knew something was up when we recorded a new podcast last night and there was no major NHL news to report. Usually when that happens something goes kablooey the second we upload it. Low and behold, apparently the NHL is close to expanding by four teams, including another one in Toronto, by 2017.

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