Jacob Trouba: Go For It

Matt Henderson
September 25 2016 09:59AM

We’ve had the night to consider the possibility that the Oilers should pursue Jacob Trouba and like most people, when I woke up it still sounded like a good idea. Here is a collection of my thoughts on the matter.

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Puljujarvi Ready To Ruin Plans

Matt Henderson
September 22 2016 12:36PM

Sometimes a perfectly good plan gets ruined by an unexpected surprise. The weather changes and the picnic gets ruined. Grandma decides now is the perfect time to make an unannounced visit. A Philadelphia Flyers player jumps on Connor McDavid’s back. That kind of stuff.

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Expecting Connor

Matt Henderson
September 05 2016 09:00AM

It’s rather unfair to be labelled the next big thing. The weight of expectation could crush someone not mentally strong enough. Connor McDavid’s NHL career has been highly anticipated since he was 11 years old and his debut only disappointed because we were robbed of a full season by a Flyers defense whose only means of stopping the child prodigy was jumping on his back and driving his shoulder into the boards. While voters played mental gymnastics finding ways to say he wasn’t worthy of the Calder trophy, what’s clear to those who watched was that he was already well past the rookie conversation. Now we’re left wondering how many in the league McDavid isn’t already better than.

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The Shin Pad Assassin

Matt Henderson
August 27 2016 05:48PM

The Oilers went out and acquired Sekera, one of Free Agency’s biggest prizes, in the summer of 2015 for 5.5 million a year over 6 years. That’s a lot of scratch. By about a million and a half he’s the highest paid Oiler defenseman on the roster. Only somewhat ironically, “that’s the price you have to pay” is actually the phrase that applies to signing UFA defensemen with a positive track record. In his first year with the Oilers Andrej Sekera gained a nickname that I think will probably stick with him while he’s here: The Shin Pad Assassin. It’s catchy. It also carries a pretty negative connotation for a player who lived up to reasonable expectations on an unreasonably terrible team.

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Part of The Game

Matt Henderson
August 23 2016 09:00AM

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Two men stand facing each other, possibly with helmets off, adrenaline coursing through their bodies. Gloves hit the ice. Arms reach out. Hands grab onto something, anything. Fists fly for 30 seconds that feel like an eternity before linesmen step in. The crowd cheers louder. The two men skate to the penalty boxes after an obligatory pat on the back. Sticks are tapped along the boards in front of both benches. The game continues on. This is fighting in the NHL.

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