April 18 2016 12:38PM
When the NHL introduced a coach’s challenge for offside plays this season, I was all for it. No matter what the sport, I’ve long been a get-it-right guy, especially when multiple angles on replays allow officials, be they on the ice, in the press box or outside the rink altogether, to eliminate human error.
April 16 2016 07:00AM
“Hat-trick, Georges Laraque. Hat-trick, Georges Laraque. And they’re going wild!” There’s countless YouTube clips showing Georges Laraque battering opponents into submission, but when I think of his 490 games with the Edmonton Oilers, what sticks with me is Rod Phillips calling the only three-goal game of Laraque’s NHL career, Feb. 21, 2001 against the Los Angeles Kings.
April 13 2016 07:00AM
The NHL renamed its divisions and conferences for the new season, but changing names didn’t change the fact the Oilers were no longer even a shadow of the team that won the 1990 Stanley Cup and would be lousy again in missing the playoffs for the second season in a row.
April 11 2016 11:30AM
It didn’t take Connor McDavid very long into his rookie season with the Edmonton Oilers to live up to all the hype and hoopla surrounding his entry into the NHL. That’s saying a mouthful, considering the superlatives pundits were using before the kid even played his first game.
April 08 2016 09:04AM
All things being equal, which they very seldom are, when it comes to assessing players, I’ve always preferred guys with a high degree of bite and physical edge to their game over those who don’t provide the same blood-and-guts dimensions. “Softer” players, if you will, although that word tends to send some observers into a tizzy.