September 06 2008 11:01AM
Remember when Rexall Ice was the envy of the league and ice maker Dan Craig was carried around on the shoulders of the Oilers after every game in celebration?
Remember last year how the ice looked like a Sprite Slurpee some nights and caused Rod Phillips to sigh that "the ice here at Rexall tonight is not up to par"?
We just had an interesting conversation with a refrigeration engineer who just finished up some major equipment upgrades to Rexall.
"There was some real issues with parts of the ice plant, and this had resulted in poorer ice quality in years past. Though the future of the arena is unclear, we were given the green light to replace some large pieces of equipment. This should significantly improve the quality of the ice next year and put Edmonton back near the top of the league."
If we had a nickel for every interesting conversation we have had with a refrigeration engineer this would leave us with a grand sum of $0.05. Still its good to hear that the ice will improve next year, though it reduces the chances that a Stefan-to-Hemsky will happen again soon.
One other thing
We see that Jarret Stoll signed for four years at $ 14.4 million. This is can only be described as a win-win-lose-lose scenario. Stoll signs a rich deal that will allow his step children to be to continue to live in style—win. LA, lacking every ingredient that is required to succeed in the NHL, succeed in their desperate attempt at locking down some potential leadership—win. Sadly this means Stoll will be a King for the foreseeable future—lose—and shan't play in a game of any real importance for years to come—lose. Still Kudos to Stoll for straight up tricking the Kings into a long-term deal you sneaky bugger.
Bigups to the OilersNinja for keeping us in the know.