January 22 2015 03:30PM
It has been obvious to me since the beginning of the season that Jeff Petry was going to be traded. He will be a 27-year-old UFA on July 1st, and the temptation to see what teams will want to sign him and for how much money is too enticing to pass up.
The big questions are what is he worth in a trade and what type of salary will he command on July 1st?
January 15 2015 12:21PM
Stanley Kubrick's 1968 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, is regarded as one of the great films of all-time. The premise of the movie deals with some interactions between humans and monoliths that are supposedly affecting human evolution.
It is a great flick, especially if you like Sci-Fi. The final quarter of the movie focuses on David Bowman's (astronaut) journey "beyond the infinite." While traveling, he gets caught in a vortex and suddenly sees older versions of himself in different situations, and then a black monolith appears in front of him. He reaches for it and is transformed into what I thought was a baby (fetus) and then we see him as a baby in a bubble orbiting earth. The movie focused on evolution, technology, extra terrestrial life and higher intelligence.
Buzz Lightyear's tag line in Toy Story, "To Infinity and beyond" relates to Bowman's adventure, and it got me thinking about the plight of the Oilers.
January 13 2015 12:14PM
Over the next 35 days the Oilers play 15 games. In that time they will have a week off between January 20th and 27th for the All-star break, but 12 of those 15 games are on the road, and only two of them come against teams not in the playoffs or a playoff race: New Jersey and Ottawa.
The honeymoon is over for Todd Nelson. We'll see how his team fares against some tough road competition starting tonight against the very good, and big and heavy, St. Louis Blues.
January 12 2015 03:31PM
It was another rollercoaster weekend for Oilers fans. You were on a high after Friday's convincing victory over Chicago, but the winning ride didn't last long after yesterday's loss to the Florida Panthers.
We are officially past the halfway point of the NHL season, with only the Rangers, Canucks, Panthers and Blue Jackets not playing 41 games, but we've seen 627 of 1230 games played.
Here are some thoughts on the first half and some expectations for the second.
January 09 2015 01:30PM
Taylor Hall's production through the first half of the season has not been close to how he produced the previous two years. In 2013 and 2014 he had 130 points in 120 games. He produced the 6th most points in the entire NHL during that span, but so far this season he has struggled.
He has 25 points in 35 games thus far, but Hall told me that his health is not the reason his numbers have dipped.