SCHEDULE IS OUT....

Jason Gregor
July 19 2013 12:40PM

The NHL finally released their 2013/2014 schedule, and at the same time they came up with the most idiotic division name in the history of pro sports, METROPOLITAN.

I would have preferred they went back to naming divisions and conferences after people who made signficant impacts to hockey, but I understand why they stayed with Pacific, Central and Atlantic, they are known and make sense geographically, but Metropolitan is just another notch on Gary Bettman's belt of head-scratching decisions.

Regardless, the Oiler schedule is out and, if you like variety, it is the best in years.

As I wrote yesterday, the Oilers will open up the season at home vs. the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, October 1st on CBC.The Oilers play 9 of their first 11 games vs. eastern opponents, and seven of their first 11 games will be on the road. In an odd scheduling twist the Oilers open up at home on October 1st, but don't play again until Saturday, October 5th in Vancouver.

OCTOBER 

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME
Tue Oct 1, 2013
Winnipeg Edmonton
8:00 PM MST
Sat Oct 5, 2013
Edmonton Vancouver
8:00 PM MST
Mon Oct 7, 2013
New Jersey Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Thu Oct 10, 2013
Montréal Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Sat Oct 12, 2013
Edmonton Toronto
5:00 PM MST
Mon Oct 14, 2013
Edmonton Washington
5:00 PM MST
Tue Oct 15, 2013
Edmonton Pittsburgh
5:00 PM MST
Thu Oct 17, 2013
Edmonton NY Islanders
5:00 PM MST
Sat Oct 19, 2013
Edmonton Ottawa
12:00 PM MST
Tue Oct 22, 2013
Edmonton Montréal
5:30 PM MST
Thu Oct 24, 2013
Washington Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Sat Oct 26, 2013
Edmonton Phoenix
7:00 PM MST
Sun Oct 27, 2013
Edmonton Los Angeles
7:00 PM MST
Tue Oct 29, 2013
Toronto Edmonton
7:30 PM MST

The Oilers start the season with 5 home games and 9 road games, but only 3 of them are against Pacific division opponents. I'm curious to see if the Saturday October 26th game will be televised, since CBC usually only allows Saturday afternoon games on Sportsnet, not evening games. They all have their longest road trip of the season, six games, this month.

NOVEMBER 

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME
Sat Nov 2, 2013
Detroit Edmonton
8:00 PM MST
Tue Nov 5, 2013
Edmonton Florida
5:30 PM MST
Thu Nov 7, 2013
Edmonton Tampa Bay
5:30 PM MST
Sat Nov 9, 2013
Edmonton Philadelphia
11:00 AM MST
Sun Nov 10, 2013
Edmonton Chicago
5:00 PM MST
Wed Nov 13, 2013
Dallas Edmonton
8:00 PM MST
Fri Nov 15, 2013
San Jose Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Sat Nov 16, 2013
Edmonton Calgary
8:00 PM MST
Tue Nov 19, 2013
Columbus Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Thu Nov 21, 2013
Florida Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Mon Nov 25, 2013
Chicago Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Thu Nov 28, 2013
Edmonton Nashville
6:00 PM MST
Fri Nov 29, 2013
Edmonton Columbus
5:00 PM MST

November has seven road games, and six home games, but only two games vs. divisional foes. The Oilers have three sets of back-to-back games this month, and six games on the weekends.

DECEMBER 

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME
Sun Dec 1, 2013
Edmonton Dallas
4:00 PM MST
Tue Dec 3, 2013
Phoenix Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Thu Dec 5, 2013
Colorado Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Sat Dec 7, 2013
Calgary Edmonton
8:00 PM MST
Tue Dec 10, 2013
Carolina Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Thu Dec 12, 2013
Boston Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Fri Dec 13, 2013
Edmonton Vancouver
8:00 PM MST
Sun Dec 15, 2013
Edmonton Anaheim
6:00 PM MST
Tue Dec 17, 2013
Edmonton Los Angeles
8:30 PM MST
Thu Dec 19, 2013
Edmonton Colorado
7:30 PM MST
Sat Dec 21, 2013
St. Louis Edmonton
8:00 PM MST
Mon Dec 23, 2013
Winnipeg Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Fri Dec 27, 2013
Edmonton Calgary
7:00 PM MST
Sat Dec 28, 2013
Philadelphia Edmonton
8:00 PM MST
Tue Dec 31, 2013
Edmonton Phoenix
7:00 PM MST

The Oilers play 15 times in December, 8 at home and 7 on the road, with 7 divisional games. They have their second-longest homestand  (5 games) of the season from Dec 3rd to 12th.

JANUARY  

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME
Thu Jan 2, 2014
Edmonton San Jose
8:30 PM MST
Fri Jan 3, 2014
Edmonton Anaheim
8:00 PM MST
Sun Jan 5, 2014
Tampa Bay Edmonton
6:00 PM MST
Tue Jan 7, 2014
St. Louis Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Fri Jan 10, 2014
Pittsburgh Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Sun Jan 12, 2014
Edmonton Chicago
5:00 PM MST
Tue Jan 14, 2014
Edmonton Dallas
6:30 PM MST
Thu Jan 16, 2014
Edmonton Minnesota
6:00 PM MST
Sat Jan 18, 2014
Edmonton Winnipeg
12:00 PM MST
Tue Jan 21, 2014
Vancouver Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Fri Jan 24, 2014
Phoenix Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Sun Jan 26, 2014
Nashville Edmonton
6:00 PM MST
Mon Jan 27, 2014
Edmonton Vancouver
8:00 PM MST
Wed Jan 29, 2014
San Jose Edmonton
7:30 PM MST

Pretty basic month of homestands and road trips with 14 games in 28 days. Seven road games and 7 home games, with 6 of them against the Pacific division.

FEBRUARY 

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME
Sat Feb 1, 2014
Edmonton Boston
11:00 AM MST
Mon Feb 3, 2014
Edmonton Buffalo
5:00 PM MST
Thu Feb 6, 2014
Edmonton NY Rangers
5:00 PM MST
Fri Feb 7, 2014
Edmonton New Jersey
5:00 PM MST
OLYMPIC BREAK      
Thu Feb 27, 2014
Minnesota Edmonton
7:30 PM MST

Due to the Olympic break the Oilers only play five games in February and four of them are on the road. Oiler fans will go almost an entire month, January 29th, to February 27th without seeing the Oilers are Rexall Place.

MARCH 

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME
Sat Mar 1, 2014
Calgary Edmonton
8:00 PM MST
Tue Mar 4, 2014
Ottawa Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Thu Mar 6, 2014
NY Islanders Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Sun Mar 9, 2014
Los Angeles Edmonton
6:00 PM MST
Tue Mar 11, 2014
Edmonton Minnesota
6:00 PM MST
Thu Mar 13, 2014
Edmonton St. Louis
6:00 PM MST
Fri Mar 14, 2014
Edmonton Detroit
5:30 PM MST
Sun Mar 16, 2014
Edmonton Carolina
1:00 PM MST
Tue Mar 18, 2014
Nashville Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Thu Mar 20, 2014
Buffalo Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Sat Mar 22, 2014
Calgary Edmonton
8:00 PM MST
Tue Mar 25, 2014
San Jose Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Fri Mar 28, 2014
Anaheim Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Sun Mar 30, 2014
NY Rangers Edmonton
6:00 PM MST

The Oilers have been a brutal second half team for basically the past eight seasons, but they play 15 of their final 22 games at home and if they are in the race at the end of February they should be able to make a strong push for the playoffs. Ten of their 14 games in March are at home, and only five games, all at home, are against the Pacific division.

APRIL 

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME
Tue Apr 1, 2014
Edmonton San Jose
8:30 PM MST
Wed Apr 2, 2014
Edmonton Anaheim
8:00 PM MST
Fri Apr 4, 2014
Edmonton Phoenix
8:00 PM MST
Sun Apr 6, 2014
Anaheim Edmonton
6:00 PM MST
Tue Apr 8, 2014
Colorado Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Thu Apr 10, 2014
Los Angeles Edmonton
7:30 PM MST
Sat Apr 12, 2014
Vancouver Edmonton
8:00 PM MST

The Oilers complete their season with six of their final seven games against the Pacific division, which could be extremely entertaining if the Oilers are in a race for the playoffs. The new playoff format should create better rivalries during the season and in the playoffs, so it makes sense that 9 of their final games are against divisional foes.

QUICK HITS

  • The Oilers will play 12 sets of back-to-back games: 2 in October, 3 in November, 2 in December and January, and 1 in Feb, March and April.
     
  • In 2010 the trade deadline was March 3rd, and it will be around the same time this season. It will most likely either be Monday March 3rd or Wednesday March 5th. There are four games on each of those days, but there are 10 games on Tuesday March 4th and the NHL doesn't want to disrupt that many games.
     
  • On Saturday, March 1st the Calgary Hitmen will play the Oil Kings at 2 p.m. at Rexall, and then the Flames and Oilers will battle at 8 p.m. at Rexall. I love this double-header. How many fans will want to go to both games? I used to love doing the Esks and Oilers double headers, so this could be a cool double-dip.
     
  •  The St. Louis Blues and Chris Stewart avoided arbitration today as they agreed to a two-year deal that will pay Stewart $4.1 million this year and $4.2 million next. They bought one year of UFA status from Stewart, who has scored 28 goals twice and added 18 (prorates to 30) this past season. Is Sam Gagner worth more than Stewart on a two-year deal?
     
  • Keep in mind that when using comparables in arbitration you can only use the actual dollars in the first year of a deal, not the AVV salary. So in Stewart's case they would use the $4.1 million as a comparable.
     
  • Tickets are going fast for the launch of NATION beer tonight at the Pint Downtown. If you want to ensure you get in and get a chance to win some great prizes, buy your tickets here. All proceeds to go charity. 

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#1 Quicksilver ballet
July 19 2013, 12:53PM
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Time for Bettman to implement a Northern Living Allowance. Since the Edmontons and the Winnipegs have to overpay for talent. Gary should consider adding 20% to their cap allowances.

Sam Gagner will be another fine example of this problem. Really disappointed nobody could offer sheet him this summer.

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#2 Westcoastoil
July 19 2013, 12:48PM
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I like the early 6 game road trip. With all the changes it gives the team and coaching staff time to bond and work on systems

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#3 ghostofberanek
July 19 2013, 01:21PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Time for Bettman to implement a Northern Living Allowance. Since the Edmontons and the Winnipegs have to overpay for talent. Gary should consider adding 20% to their cap allowances.

Sam Gagner will be another fine example of this problem. Really disappointed nobody could offer sheet him this summer.

What the hell are you talking about?

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#4 toprightcorner
July 19 2013, 02:13PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Time for Bettman to implement a Northern Living Allowance. Since the Edmontons and the Winnipegs have to overpay for talent. Gary should consider adding 20% to their cap allowances.

Sam Gagner will be another fine example of this problem. Really disappointed nobody could offer sheet him this summer.

do you even think about what your writing? How is this related to the article?

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#5 yawto
July 19 2013, 12:46PM
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Fist game against the new Jets in the fist game of the season. tick tock tick tock....is it Oct yet?

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#6 Quicksilver ballet
July 19 2013, 01:26PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

What the hell are you talking about?

The situation in the Middle East. You must have an opinion too, don't you?

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#7 DieHard
July 19 2013, 03:48PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Time for Bettman to implement a Northern Living Allowance. Since the Edmontons and the Winnipegs have to overpay for talent. Gary should consider adding 20% to their cap allowances.

Sam Gagner will be another fine example of this problem. Really disappointed nobody could offer sheet him this summer.

I've been thinking the same thing for a while now. Do "destination" teams have to overpay to get talent? Hell no, probably underpay. There could be a sliding scale based on players yearly opinion of preferred teams.

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#8 Will
July 19 2013, 01:25PM
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That Stewart contract will help in arbitration, but that's not really saying much as Gagner will then either need to be extended before the deadline, traded at it, or kept on and possibly lost for nothing after the season (I'd say I'm looking at you Whitney but since he hasn't been signed anywhere it now seems no one wanted him).

Does anyone know what the sticking point is? Price, term, a no trade clause?

Also, if they do sign him, I'm kind of hoping he gets the captaincy.

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#9 ghostofberanek
July 19 2013, 01:33PM
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While I don't mind the names of the new divisions, they'll never have the character of the Smythe, Norris, Patrick and Adams divisions. Hockey should be embracing its rich history. The geographically based names feel cold and impersonal to me.

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#10 toprightcorner
July 19 2013, 02:14PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

If the NHL ever considered playing through the Olympic break, it would be a great opportunity for AHL'ers/rookies to get half a dozen games in and be rewarded for their hard work. Be great to have a look at a kid like Nurse halfway through the coming season without affecting his ELC start date.

On the other hand, I do like the condensed schedule/playing every second day for the most part.

Apparently not.

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#11 oliveoilers
July 19 2013, 02:39PM
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Yeah, pretty feeble on the creativity front naming these divisions. Give them a year to do their market research and they'll change the names according to what will yield the most advertising dimes. Can't wait for the Cheeto's Pacific Division champions, your Edmonton Oilers, bought to you by Kool-Aid!

Jeez, what were they thinking? Anyhoo, while I don't necessarily like all those tough teams in the west sorry, Pacific, it may be a case of what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Who ever emerges from that group will have earned it!

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#12 Ducey
July 19 2013, 03:10PM
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Awesome.. Can't wait for edmonton to get spanked the very first day of season. This won't be the "good start" you were hoping for!

Sure. That early in the season, the Jets will still be weaning By-fug-lien off of his summer diet of Big Gulps and Twinkies.

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#13 SrCain
July 19 2013, 03:36PM
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Well, at least the Jets don't have to be weaning their team of #5-#6 dmen off of a summer diet of cheeseburgers. Big Buff is built like a tank. Him, Trouba, Bogosian, etc will be ready to roll over small, soft Oiler forwards. Better keep Hemsky off the ice for this one.

Damn you jetsfan lol it's good advice cause it's prob true. But at least hemsky has balls, for better or worse

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#14 Rocket
July 19 2013, 12:47PM
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That doubleheader on March 1st with The Oil Kings & Oilers is going to be murder on my liver.

Cant Wait!

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#15 Quicksilver ballet
July 19 2013, 01:03PM
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If the NHL ever considered playing through the Olympic break, it would be a great opportunity for AHL'ers/rookies to get half a dozen games in and be rewarded for their hard work. Be great to have a look at a kid like Nurse halfway through the coming season without affecting his ELC start date.

On the other hand, I do like the condensed schedule/playing every second day for the most part.

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#16 Halfwise
July 19 2013, 01:03PM
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The Metropolitan Division is named in tribute to Rick Nash.

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#17 ghostofberanek
July 19 2013, 01:22PM
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Westcoastoil wrote:

I like the early 6 game road trip. With all the changes it gives the team and coaching staff time to bond and work on systems

The early road trip coupled with the late season surge in home games really helps our chances, I'd say. What a fantastic schedule this year!

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#18 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
July 19 2013, 01:28PM
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@Jason Gregor

Hey Gregor, could you elaborate on why naming the divisions after former players/builders is superior than going with the obvious geographic choice?

I agree it's more creative to say that a team won the "Gretzky Division", but I think it is way more informative to say that they won the "Pacific Division" as you can at least have an intuition of where the team is from and which teams they beat to take that division.

I guess it's a nice tribute to Gretzky, Lemieux, Howe, etc. but isn't that why we have the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Don't get me wrong though, the "Metropolitan" division is a horrible name...

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#19 T__Bone88
July 19 2013, 01:34PM
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I see that the dreaded 'CFR' road trip in November isn't as long this year, thank goodness. In regards to the division names the names are generic except for 'metropolitan', however if they went Gretzky, Orr etc. I can just imagine the backlash and crying foul Montreal/Toronto fans would have on the Orr division for not using one of their legends.

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#20 madjam
July 19 2013, 02:00PM
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Do we only play L.A. 4 times ,and rest of division 5 times ?

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#21 SrCain
July 19 2013, 02:07PM
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Division names by region are boring. Metropolitan is absurd.

I wish they would've had a fan poll, using original 6 teams, where fans vote on one player through history for each team. Something like Det-Howe, Chi-Makita,Tor-Sittler, Bos-Orr, Mont-Richard, NYR-umm Messier? Lol. Anyways the top two with most votes get conference names, the other four would be divisions.

We could have the Howe conference with the Sittler and Richard divs, and the Orr conference with Messier and Makita divs. All voted by the fans.

On a side note, the Rangers have had very few great players in their history compared to the other original 6 teams.

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#22 DonDon
July 19 2013, 02:09PM
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Good question, "Is Sam Gagner worth more than Stewart on a two-year deal?"

What is Gagner worth to the Oilers? One would think less than $4m per on a two-year contract, otherwise he would be untradeable and screw up the salary regime that the Oilers are putting in place for the future.

Besides, Gagner really doesn't fit the new Oilers, not big and rough enough, not tough enough, and certainly not strong on the puck for a puck possession team. Sorry, I appreciate he is another of Lowetide's favourites, like Hemsky, who also doesn't fit.

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Hate all the 7:30 starts, usually means double header, which has lead to us missing part of the start of our games in the past.

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#24 Will
July 19 2013, 02:21PM
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Mo Playoffs Mo Problems wrote:

@Jason Gregor

Hey Gregor, could you elaborate on why naming the divisions after former players/builders is superior than going with the obvious geographic choice?

I agree it's more creative to say that a team won the "Gretzky Division", but I think it is way more informative to say that they won the "Pacific Division" as you can at least have an intuition of where the team is from and which teams they beat to take that division.

I guess it's a nice tribute to Gretzky, Lemieux, Howe, etc. but isn't that why we have the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Don't get me wrong though, the "Metropolitan" division is a horrible name...

If you are any kind of a hockey fan, you would understand right away which hockey great corresponded to geographical region. Unfortunately Selannee is still playing so the Pacific really couldn't have it's own great.

As for Geography, do those names really give you an accurate idea of who is in each division looking at how it's all split up? There is so much space between some teams that geography might actually be a worse way to name it.

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#25 toprightcorner
July 19 2013, 02:26PM
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Metropolitan??? Maybe Bettman should use a dictionary before choosing a name. 8 teams in a 400 km radius is not a Metropolitan.

So three geographical names and one incorrectly defined name? Apparently the Count is better with numbers than words.

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#26 Curcro
July 19 2013, 02:53PM
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@Jason Gregor

I am not sure where you find "Keep in mind that when using comparables in arbitration you can only use the actual dollars in the first year of a deal, not the AVV salary." in the current CBA.

I have scoured the CBA and it is not appearing to be there.

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#27 toprightcorner
July 19 2013, 03:00PM
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Wow, Stewart at $4.1 and $4.2, that's a bargain for a 25+ goal scoring power forward. Great news for the MacT camp and not so much for the Gagner camp.

Stewart - teams top goal and point scorer, 1st line power forward with only about 5-7 players with his attributes in the league

Gagner - 2nd line centre, 2nd team points, 4th in team goals, about 35 players with similar attributes in the league.

This may, however, cause Gagner to only sign a 1 year deal knowing he will make much more as a UFA if his play doesn't drop.

I would offer $4.6 for 3 years. Buys 2 years of FA and will see if he is a long term 2nd line centre the Oilers need and could releive the risk Gagner would take on doing only a 1 year deal and under performing. Also a tradeable contract in the future if required

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#28 jetfan
July 19 2013, 03:01PM
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Awesome.. Can't wait for edmonton to get spanked the very first day of season. This won't be the "good start" you were hoping for!

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#29 oliveoilers
July 19 2013, 03:16PM
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Awesome.. Can't wait for edmonton to get spanked the very first day of season. This won't be the "good start" you were hoping for!

lol, who plays for the Jets again? That Patrick Kane dude? Wait, sorry, it's the other Kane isn't it? Didn't the 'Peg get the cup this year.....when Toews brought it home!

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#30 oliveoilers
July 19 2013, 03:16PM
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Awesome.. Can't wait for edmonton to get spanked the very first day of season. This won't be the "good start" you were hoping for!

lol, who plays for the Jets again? That Patrick Kane dude? Wait, sorry, it's the other Kane isn't it? Didn't the 'Peg get the cup this year.....when Toews brought it home!

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#31 Jetfan
July 19 2013, 03:23PM
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Sure. That early in the season, the Jets will still be weaning By-fug-lien off of his summer diet of Big Gulps and Twinkies.

Well, at least the Jets don't have to be weaning their team of #5-#6 dmen off of a summer diet of cheeseburgers. Big Buff is built like a tank. Him, Trouba, Bogosian, etc will be ready to roll over small, soft Oiler forwards. Better keep Hemsky off the ice for this one.

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#32 tileguy
July 19 2013, 03:28PM
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C'mon you guys, you don't like the metropolitan division because it was Bettmans. I think it is a fair name and I immediately think of New York. Think television contract.

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#33 Rocket
July 19 2013, 03:36PM
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Jetfan wrote:

Well, at least the Jets don't have to be weaning their team of #5-#6 dmen off of a summer diet of cheeseburgers. Big Buff is built like a tank. Him, Trouba, Bogosian, etc will be ready to roll over small, soft Oiler forwards. Better keep Hemsky off the ice for this one.

1) Good luck with "Big Buff" trying to keep up with Hemsky

2) I'm really interested in how The Jets will do this year. They seemed so close the last couple of years; they might make it to the playoffs this year. If they don't, I wonder if they'll make big changes?

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#34 Ever the Optimist
July 19 2013, 03:48PM
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Westcoastoil wrote:

I like the early 6 game road trip. With all the changes it gives the team and coaching staff time to bond and work on systems

I always worry about long road trips early in the season ...

now they could bond as a team on the trip and do well

orrrr they could stink up the coast and be behind the 8 ball early

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#35 DieHard
July 19 2013, 03:56PM
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@jetfan

Hello Jet fan.

Wonder how long it will take us to get our hate on with the Jets. Could take until we meet in the semi finals.

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#36 Quicksilver ballet
July 19 2013, 04:03PM
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do you even think about what your writing? How is this related to the article?

It doesn't. I like to start my own path. I guess commenting on the Olympic break has absolutely nothing to do with the schedule.

Please don't let me stop you from conforming/falling in line, since my comment didn't meet your expectations, Mr. Victim of your own lack of effort 30 yrs ago.

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#37 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
July 19 2013, 04:17PM
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@Will

I agree with you to an extent -Richard/Lafleur: obviously Montreal's division -Orr: obviously Boston's division -Bossy: obviously NYI's division -Lemieux: obviously Pitt's division (naming a division after a current owner though?) -Howe/Lindsay: obviously Detroit's division

Although it can get a little cloudy too. Would the Gretzky or Messier division correspond to Edmonton or NYR's division? Remember when Mess played for Vancouver or when Gretz played for St. Louis?

Actually as I'm typing this, I'm realizing that the issue might boil down to the NHL not wanting to appear as if they are playing favorites with the established teams and their associated legends. The lockout showcased the gap between the "have" teams and the "have not" teams. What are teams like Florida, Tampa, Nashville, & Phoenix supposed to do without any legendary alumni?

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#38 madjam
July 19 2013, 04:59PM
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Fedun signed one year . Bummer - no Oilers projected to be on Canadian Olympic Team as yet .

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#39 oliveoilers
July 19 2013, 05:11PM
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madjam wrote:

Fedun signed one year . Bummer - no Oilers projected to be on Canadian Olympic Team as yet .

Hey Buddy, most of Sportsnet pundits have Hall and Eberle. But then they also have a bunch of centres playing wing.

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#40 MC Hockey
July 20 2013, 11:24AM
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Nice graphic of the new divisions!

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#41 Czar
July 20 2013, 11:31AM
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@Halfwise

I think Gene Principe will have a field day on those Metropolitan roadtrips.

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#42 MC Hockey
July 20 2013, 11:31AM
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SrCain wrote:

Division names by region are boring. Metropolitan is absurd.

I wish they would've had a fan poll, using original 6 teams, where fans vote on one player through history for each team. Something like Det-Howe, Chi-Makita,Tor-Sittler, Bos-Orr, Mont-Richard, NYR-umm Messier? Lol. Anyways the top two with most votes get conference names, the other four would be divisions.

We could have the Howe conference with the Sittler and Richard divs, and the Orr conference with Messier and Makita divs. All voted by the fans.

On a side note, the Rangers have had very few great players in their history compared to the other original 6 teams.

Yah not confusing at all! Geez you Oiler fans are silly (to put it extremely diplomatically). Oh...diplomatically means nice, sorry forgot about your average grade six education lol.

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#43 MC Hockey
July 20 2013, 11:34AM
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toprightcorner wrote:

Metropolitan??? Maybe Bettman should use a dictionary before choosing a name. 8 teams in a 400 km radius is not a Metropolitan.

So three geographical names and one incorrectly defined name? Apparently the Count is better with numbers than words.

All the cities in that division are in big Metroploitan areas, even Raleigh is very large so it makes sense! Duh!

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#44 Zipdot
July 22 2013, 09:40AM
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@Quicksilver ballet

"It doesn't. I like to start my own path. I guess commenting on the Olympic break has absolutely nothing to do with the schedule. Please don't let me stop you from conforming/falling in line, since my comment didn't meet your expectations, Mr. Victim of your own lack of effort 30 yrs ago."

In psychology, this is called "projecting". You're attributing your own perceived inadequacies to random Internet posters.

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#45 Joy S. Lee
July 22 2013, 10:47PM
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oliveoilers wrote:

Yeah, pretty feeble on the creativity front naming these divisions. Give them a year to do their market research and they'll change the names according to what will yield the most advertising dimes. Can't wait for the Cheeto's Pacific Division champions, your Edmonton Oilers, bought to you by Kool-Aid!

Jeez, what were they thinking? Anyhoo, while I don't necessarily like all those tough teams in the west sorry, Pacific, it may be a case of what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Who ever emerges from that group will have earned it!

Hilarious, but only because your statement contains more truth than fiction.

To expand on that, it's gotten so that watching the games on Sportsnet can be precisely frustrating due to this commercialization, as they cut portions of the actual game out in order for Gene to promote the sale of as many Cheetos as possible. They line portions of the screen for ads that sometimes cut out the puck or play, and every imaginable empty space is filled with something designed to generate revenue. The game we love has itself really become secondary.

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