WE'RE BACK, BABY!

Lowetide
January 06 2013 05:36AM

Our long national nightmare is over. The NHL and NHLPA--with a major assist from mediator Scot Beckenbaugh--have reached a tentative agreement!

Details are just coming out, but there's talk of the NHL season beginning January 19th and a 48 or 50 game schedule. There are some interesting changes and more coming available as we roll, but the pertinent items are here courtesy tsn.

Among the major items of interest:

  • The cap in year one is $60M, floor $44M and teams can spend up to $70.2M. Don't ask, I don't know either I believe it's in order to allow transition for some of the cap teams.
  • It looks like the season will start either on January 15th (50 game season) or January 19th (48 game season).
  • Training camps to start this week, as early as Wednesday.
  • The draft lottery selection process will change with all 14 teams fully eligible for the first overall pick. The weighting system for each team may remain, but four-spot move restriction will be eliminated. I think this might end up being known as the "Oiler" rule, as it gives teams less impetus to finish at the bottom of the standings.
  • Free agency remains July 1st. 

OILERS ROSTER AND CAP HITS

  1. G Nikolai Khabibulin $3.75M
  2. G Devan Dubnyk $3.5M
  3. D Ryan Whitney $4M
  4. D Nick Schultz $3.5M
  5. D Ladislav Smid $2.25M
  6. D Andy Sutton $1.75M (likely to spend season on IR)
  7. D Jeff Petry $1.75M
  8. D Theo Peckham $1.075M
  9. D Justin Schultz $925k
  10. D Corey Potter $775k
  11. C Shawn Horcoff $5.5M
  12. R Ales Hemsky $5M
  13. C Sam Gagner $3.2M
  14. L Ryan Smyth $2.25M
  15. C Eric Belanger $1.75M
  16. R Ryan Jones $1.5M
  17. L Ben Eager $1.1M
  18. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins $925k
  19. L Nail Yakupov $925k
  20. L Taylor Hall $900k
  21. R Jordan Eberle $875k
  22. L Teemu Hartikainen $875k
  23. L Darcy Hordichuk $850k
  24. L Lennart Petrell $825k

I did not include bonuses (Hall, Nuge, Yak, Schultz, others) and have listed 24 but we'll have to assume that Andy Sutton will remain on long term IR. I also haven't included men like Magnus Paajarvi and possible recalls like Yann Danis, but NHL Numbers can help you with all  of that information.

We're back. What a great day!

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#1 Where's Your Towel
January 06 2013, 09:08AM
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Folks, I'm not saying that this lockout was too long, but the Flames players' average age is approaching Jay Feaster's belt size.

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#2 book¡e
January 06 2013, 09:35AM
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Sorry for duplicating a similar comment I made on LT's site, but my feelings on this are pretty strong. I don’t care what agreement the league and players have come to. I will never ever watch another NHL game or give one penny to these spoiled billionaires and millionaires*

*Disclaimer – Any hatrick or four point game by any of Yakupov, RNH, Hall, Eberle or Shultz voids this statement, as does any totally awesome feed by Shultz to send Eberle in on a breakaway in which he scores or at least comes close, as does any dip doodle move by any of the above. Basically, if any of them ever do anything awesome at all, ever, I am back in, but otherwise I am sticking to my guns and never, ever watching the NHL again.

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#3 Czar
January 06 2013, 10:50AM
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@a lg dubl dubl

He might have gone on a Wild bender last night.

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#4 The Soup Fascist
January 06 2013, 08:52AM
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As an NHL fan, why do I feel like Rihanna going back to Chris Brown - sorry LT - Tina Turner running back to Ike?

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#5 Archaeologuy
January 06 2013, 08:12AM
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I hate changes to the Lotto system. Bad teams could get better and find marketable player. Being restricted to the bottom 5 teams meant that if you really sucked you could land some talent to pull you out of it.

Nobody wants to see the Flames finish 9th in the West, battle for a playoff spot with 90 something points, then pick Connor McDavid 1st overall. Meanwhile legitimately bad teams miss out on having a Franchise player they can sell to the fans so people actually come to games.

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#6 Stocc
January 06 2013, 10:11AM
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@mike

oilers fans should be thankful. we have a hug advantage and we should see playoff games at rexall this spring.

Mmm... post lockout hugs.

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#7 book¡e
January 06 2013, 10:56AM
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Lowetide wrote:

bookje: DRASTIC!

I look forward to seeing all of the real "I will never ever follow the NHL again" commentators back in a few weeks talking about how great Shultz looks. Let's face it there is no way an Oiler fan could stay away from this year of hockey.

I am thrilled it is back, I started doing a 1000 piece puzzle for f'ks sake. A puzzle! I'm not even in my 50's!

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#9 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
January 06 2013, 09:05AM
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In the words the legendary Kenny Powers: FINALLY MOTHER$@#%ERS!

Also, you will be a moron of astounding proportions if you end up going to any of the first few games. I truly hope this comment offends no one.

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#10 Fresh Mess
January 06 2013, 09:12AM
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Terrible deal for the owners. They will have to lock out the players again in 8 years to try and fix this.

As usual, the players get their way.

-What is the point in calling it a ten year deal if either side can "opt out" after eight?

-35 percent variance allowed from year to year ? and 50 percent variance allowed from highest year to last? What a joke.

-Owners want 60 million cap. Players wanted 65 million cap. Logic would suggest they meet half way at 62 and a half. NHL blinks first and offers 62.5, what do they settle at? 64 and a half. The NHL completely caved in.

- Somehow we go from a sensible five year limit on contracts, to ending up with a ridiculous 8 year limit with as much as 50 percent variance. The NHL gave in again and the union wins.

- so now third line grinders can be awarded up to 3.4 million dollars, and the team can no longer walk away. Another win for the players.

- THe NHL completely caved in on moving free agency start date. A total win for the players.

Other than 50-50 split, which is still too generous towards the players, what was accomplished by this lock out?

Prepare for more demands by owners for taxpayer handouts, as they were to weak willed to fix their sick industry.

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#11 Archaeologuy
January 06 2013, 10:36AM
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John Chambers wrote:

Except for now the Flames are due up to tank. The Oilers will be the last team to truly take advantage of the draft lottery enabled scorched-earth re-build. Imitators won't be duplicators.

#FlamesWanderingTheDesert

It WOULD bring me great joy to see the flames do truly bad then have their shot at Nate MacKinnon dashed by a slumping Detroit in 9th.

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#12 Zed
January 06 2013, 05:43AM
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It's about time and all is not forgiven.

But I'm willing to let things heal.

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#13 John Chambers
January 06 2013, 06:55AM
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A 64.5M cap will bode well for the team next season considering they'll be subtracting Horcoff (5.5), Khabibulin (3.75), Whitney (4M), and Sutton (1.75M).

A total of $15M off the books but with raises due to Hall, Eberle, Smid, an unknown 3rd line centre and back-up goalie, and the elite defenseman we plan to acquire within the next week or so.

#Squeeeeeeee!!!

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#14 Sofa King Bad
January 06 2013, 07:50AM
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Wouldn't it be funny if the Oil finished 17th and won the lottery again?

Also, we finally get to see them play meaningful games in January. I knew Tambo could do it!

(corrected)

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#15 Clarkenstein
January 06 2013, 08:01AM
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Lowetide wrote:

How's the weather, Clarkenstein? :-)

I wish the Oil were gonna be this hot!

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#16 RDS
January 06 2013, 08:04AM
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So when will we hear about the blockbuster trade?

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#17 They're $hittie
January 06 2013, 08:28AM
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@Archaeologuy

Totally agree Arch, one thing we have is laughing at the flames and their drafting. But on the bright side they will finish last and not get Connor Mcdavid.

Really only NJ has won the lottery outside the top 5 and weren't they like 8th. odds are so low.

Somebody from NHL numbers should run an article on this and show us some deep analysis.

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#18 John Chambers
January 06 2013, 08:52AM
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@Archaeologuy

Except for now the Flames are due up to tank. The Oilers will be the last team to truly take advantage of the draft lottery enabled scorched-earth re-build. Imitators won't be duplicators.

#FlamesWanderingTheDesert

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#20 Archaeologuy
January 06 2013, 10:20AM
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They're $hittie wrote:

Totally agree Arch, one thing we have is laughing at the flames and their drafting. But on the bright side they will finish last and not get Connor Mcdavid.

Really only NJ has won the lottery outside the top 5 and weren't they like 8th. odds are so low.

Somebody from NHL numbers should run an article on this and show us some deep analysis.

http://archaeologuy.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/the-new-nhl-draft/

It isnt from someone smart at NHLNumbers but I talk a little more about it than I did in the comment

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#21 Spydyr
January 06 2013, 10:32AM
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Happy day indeed.

Not sure why the players would not want the look see free agent window of a week or so.

Why would the team want to resign Horcoff there are at least 10 better third line centers available I'm sure. Maybe DSF can name them. I don't have that kind of time.

It is too early to tell who the second player might be. The Belanger triangle might go away..... yeah right.

To do list Tambo:

1)Stud D-man 2)Proven goaltending. 3)A number two center with some nasty and skill.

Not so hard.....get er' done. Edit: Please ,Please no Luongo unless it is after he is brought out.

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#22 Spydyr
January 06 2013, 10:40AM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

Just my opinion, but I think DD proved what he can do in the Spengler Cup, he is and will be a very good goalie for the Oilers.

If you're talkin about a better back-up option for DD then I completly agree with you :)

I would prefer a goalie DD's age with some upside to push him.

Not some washed up back up.

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#23 They're $hittie
January 06 2013, 10:53AM
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Any rumors on how many times we get to play Chicago? Our centers will be eager to circles these dates.

Any loopholes found yet anyone. I'm Sure Lou already knows. He probably wrote the language allowing for him to circumvent.

Also why were the player so insistent on the salary structure for contract. They hate escrow. A good way to eliminate the effects of escrow is to rid the variances of salaries to the cap hit.

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#24 Czar
January 06 2013, 11:36AM
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@Archaeologuy

Thanks for the link and good stuff dude! Will be making it a regular read from here on and anytime you can take a shot at the sisters go for it! Cheers!

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#25 F$@k the NHL
January 06 2013, 06:39AM
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Half seasons don't count. No live games, pay per view or oilers clothing for this bitter, die hard Oilers fan since the 80's. I truly hope the rinks are empty (obviously I know this won't happen cause we're all wipped suckers)

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#26 mike
January 06 2013, 06:40AM
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im not mad at all. didm have to shell out for meaningless games and watching this race to the end is going to be awesome. oilers fans should be thankful. we have a hug advantage and we should see playoff games at rexall this spring.

weher is the buyout portion of the deal. that is still there right?

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#28 mike
January 06 2013, 07:04AM
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If they buy out horcoff ccan they resign him to a cheaper deal or does he have to go to another team? He is perfect third line centre at 2.5 million a year.

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#29 ed in mada
January 06 2013, 07:07AM
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It appears that the sides have come to an agreement somehwere between the last CBA and the original proposal put forward by the NHL. As one would expect a compromise was reached. But why did it take 4 months? Are the players questioning losing 1/2 their salaries for something that might have been reached months ago??

Struds what do you think?

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#30 Clarkenstein
January 06 2013, 07:23AM
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The League is Dumb, the players are Dumber. The points in this agreement look like they could have been settled before Oct.01 but they both had to show each other who is ¨boss¨!! What stooges! Speaking of stooges, do you really think this Oiler management team, given the opportunity to unload 2 salaries, wont just jump right back in the sh*tpile? This should be a great day for hockey fans. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!

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#31 Archaeologuy
January 06 2013, 08:13AM
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RDS wrote:

So when will we hear about the blockbuster trade?

When the CBA is actually ratified the sh*t-show may begin

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#32 Thinker
January 06 2013, 08:25AM
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Conditions of my return. 1. No more merchandise purchased for at least theremainder of this year. 2. No paying to attend live games. Friend gives me tickets, andi will accept them, but I personally will not support the nhl or pa. 3. Won't record games that i can't see live. Don't want them getting more viewers, and i usually find out the score, and it's an oilers loss, and i just delete it anyway. 4. Won't watch any games but oilers games for the same reason. 5. Tax fraud. Katz can pay for his arena if he's gonna be such a dick. Okay maybe not. Perhaps over time all can be forgiven, but I wish to send a message, and this is a reasonable way. I hope others will join me, as my pocket change that i invest every year is negligible to the nhl.

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#33 BleedingOil
January 06 2013, 08:50AM
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Sofa King Bad wrote:

Wouldn't it be funny if the Oil finished 17th and won the lottery again?

Also, we finally get to see them play meaningful games in January. I knew Tambo could do it!

(corrected)

they would need to finish 17th

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#34 John Chambers
January 06 2013, 09:34AM
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@Fresh Mess

You're spot on. I'm amazed the owners capitulated as much as they did. That said, they're far better off than if they retained the terms of the old CBA.

I really underestimated Don Fehr. The de-certification weapon was well-timed after Bettman's childish meltdown.

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#35 Freewheeling
January 06 2013, 09:49AM
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What did this lockout prove?As a Oiler fan since 1972, I am disgusted how the NHL and the NHL pa treats its fans.How will the league suck up to the fans?Breaking News NHL is back fans stay away in droves.The Thank You Fans logo on the ice wont cut it this time Gary.And to the players Donald Fehr is a @#$%^#$ moron.LOve hockey can't stand the treatment of fans by the NHL and the NHLPA.Go OIl and yes Horcoff still sucks.

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#36 TigerUnderGlass
January 06 2013, 09:53AM
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@Fresh Mess

-35 percent variance allowed from year to year ? and 50 percent variance allowed from highest year to last? What a joke. - Somehow we go from a sensible five year limit on contracts, to ending up with a ridiculous 8 year limit with as much as 50 percent variance. The NHL gave in again and the union wins.

These numbers are enough to accomplish what the league needs them to accomplish. What is the problem?

-Owners want 60 million cap. Players wanted 65 million cap. Logic would suggest they meet half way at 62 and a half. NHL blinks first and offers 62.5, what do they settle at? 64 and a half. The NHL completely caved in.

a) I'm not convinced the owners ever really wanted a 60M cap, b)if they did why? The cap could stay at 70M and they won't have to pay out a dime over 50% of HRR, so the owners cost doesn't change either way. 64M makes a lot more sense to me anyways.

- THe NHL completely caved in on moving free agency start date. A total win for the players

I have no idea why this matters. It was a suggestion made by the owners, but cutting it out of the deal doesn't hurt them in the least.

- so now third line grinders can be awarded up to 3.4 million dollars, and the team can no longer walk away. Another win for the players.

Or they can make their decisions on players in a timely manner so the player doesn't get screwed over.

I have been quite firmly on the owners side during this whole thing, comments like this aggravate me.

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#37 Czar
January 06 2013, 10:01AM
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I was hoping Hall would be 3rd in AHL scoring when the deal was reached but it's about friggin time! Thanks to all the fine folks at OilerNation for helping us through this whole ordeal, GAME ON!!

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#38 pelhem grenville
January 06 2013, 10:06AM
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...I still don't feel like I've won anything ...except maybe the trip down memory lane thinking on how I had such a crush on Tuesday Weld as Thalia on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis ...many thanks LT

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#40 Gkpoil
January 06 2013, 10:08AM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

Terrible deal for the owners. They will have to lock out the players again in 8 years to try and fix this.

As usual, the players get their way.

-What is the point in calling it a ten year deal if either side can "opt out" after eight?

-35 percent variance allowed from year to year ? and 50 percent variance allowed from highest year to last? What a joke.

-Owners want 60 million cap. Players wanted 65 million cap. Logic would suggest they meet half way at 62 and a half. NHL blinks first and offers 62.5, what do they settle at? 64 and a half. The NHL completely caved in.

- Somehow we go from a sensible five year limit on contracts, to ending up with a ridiculous 8 year limit with as much as 50 percent variance. The NHL gave in again and the union wins.

- so now third line grinders can be awarded up to 3.4 million dollars, and the team can no longer walk away. Another win for the players.

- THe NHL completely caved in on moving free agency start date. A total win for the players.

Other than 50-50 split, which is still too generous towards the players, what was accomplished by this lock out?

Prepare for more demands by owners for taxpayer handouts, as they were to weak willed to fix their sick industry.

Players went from 57% to 50%, a ten year cba and the lowest year has to be at least half of the highesr year will get rid of backdiving contracts. The players did not win. If you're so bitter go watch tennis and quit b*tching on a hockey forum.

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#41 a lg dubl dubl
January 06 2013, 10:15AM
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Let the trade rumors begin!!

If the teams are allowed to buyout 2 players, Im curious to see who the 2nd player could be for the Oilers. My bet is Belanger.

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#42 Fresh Mess
January 06 2013, 10:18AM
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@Gkpoil

You are a class act.

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#43 Harlie
January 06 2013, 10:20AM
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So if we miss the playoffs we still have a chance to win the draft lotto again. Lets do what Steve Tambo is good at, winking the LOTTERY baby!

Cuz we know he ain't good at much else! ;)

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#44 a lg dubl dubl
January 06 2013, 10:34AM
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Im hoping MPS makes the team over Petrell, put him on the 3rd line with Smyth, who can teach him what he needs to do in front of the net.

God Ive missed this pre-season speculation for the line up...feels good man, feels good!

Now all we need is for the arena deal to get done and actually started and all will be right in the world again.

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#45 a lg dubl dubl
January 06 2013, 10:38AM
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@Spydyr

Just my opinion, but I think DD proved what he can do in the Spengler Cup, he is and will be a very good goalie for the Oilers.

If you're talkin about a better back-up option for DD then I completly agree with you :)

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#46 TigerUnderGlass
January 06 2013, 10:39AM
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I'd like to see what the lottery rules are. If they follow the NBA lottery system then the odds are pretty small. The best non-playoff team in the NBA has a 0.5% chance of picking first, and only a 0.7% chance of being drawn in the top 3.

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#47 a lg dubl dubl
January 06 2013, 10:45AM
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Im suprised DSF hasn't put in his 2 cents yet on how bad the Oilers will be this year now that the lockout is over lol.

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#48 michael
January 06 2013, 10:50AM
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The trade deadline day will most interesting. with a max cap of 70 million for this season and 60 for next we may see a number of teams loading up for a Stanley Cup run. Because with 2 buyouts over the summer those big contracts might not be an issue. say a guy has 10 million left and a team thinks he can put them over the top. But know they can't afford him next season.They then have the option of buying him out. the machinations of the cap will be mind boggling.

It makes trading guys like Horcoff easier this year. Teams can look at the buyout after. Sure makes it easier knowing you can dump a salary after the playoffs if it doesn't work out. I think it will make for more trades and movement.

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#49 Fresh Mess
January 06 2013, 10:57AM
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I just hope that the fans back their tough talk and withhold support of the NHL and PA. That includes standing up to owner requests for public subsidies.

They need to be sent a strong message.

Besides, there should be a flurry of player moves which can be discussed online without giving them a single red cent.

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#50 Smokey
January 06 2013, 11:02AM
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When one.looks at the final deal you sit there and wonder why the heck the owners sat out for that. I don't think the deal provides much more then a few million dollar less in losses then before. So Pheonix, CBJ, Florida, TB only loose 23 million instead of 30 million a year. The only thing the lockout was good for was for teams who would have lost more if they played.'Id like someone to explain to me how this deal helps save the bottomfeeders. Also was there any details on epansion? I see it ase players won, Gary and owners blinked, they both shot themselves both in the foot and Quebec and Seattle better get ready for NHL hockey in 2 years.

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