September 01 2015 07:47AM
I always go on holidays for the final two weeks of August, because the weather is usually great, which it was, and it allows me to relax and recharge before the sporting world explodes in September and October. It is a great time to be a sports fan.
The NFL gets going --The Dolphins will win the AFC East -- MLB is in the stretch run and the Jays are ripping it up, the CFL season heats up after Labour Day and NHL camps, for the rookies, start in less than two weeks.
There is no shortage of story lines heading into the NHL season, and no team has had more major changes over the past five months than the Edmonton Oilers.
August 11 2015 07:40AM
The Oilers' 2006 playoff run began on Friday April 21st at 5:12 MST. The Oilers were in Detroit to face the President Trophy winning Red Wings. The Wings dominated the regular season. They finished with 124 points, the fifth highest total in NHL history (Habs had 132 in 1977, 129 in 1978, 127 in 1976 and the Wings had 131 in 1996), and they were +95 in goals for/against.
The Oilers finished with 95 points and +7 in GF/GA. The Wings were heavily favoured and the Oilers had won only 9 of 20 games since Dwayne Roloson was acquired on March 8th.
Things did not start well for the Oilers.
August 07 2015 08:30AM
While Wanye and Baggedmilk (and other fans I'm sure) are crossing off the days on their Octane calender eagerly awaiting the start of the NHL season, we are in the down cycle of the NHL off-season. With arbitration finished, the remaining free agents holding out hope they can sign a deal and most teams' rosters set, it is a good time to look at expectations for the coming season.
What should Oilers fans expect from Connor McDavid?
July 30 2015 07:00AM
Ben Scrivens struggled for much of last season. He set a career high in games played, 57, but he set career lows with an .890sv% and 3.16 GAA. His most consistent stretch occurred very early in the season when he posted a .900+sv% in five straight games between October 17th and 27th.
He struggled with consistency after those five games, and he only had two stretches of three games with a .900+sv% the rest of the season. His struggles led the Oilers to acquiring Cam Talbot at the draft and signing free agent Anders Nilsson, and now Scrivens enters training camp needing to re-establish himself.
July 23 2015 03:19PM
Las Vegas and Quebec City sent expansion applications to the NHL earlier this week, and now the NHL will decide when the league will expand. It isn't a question of if, but when and how many teams.
Expansion will be great for the owners. They will split the expansion fee, reportedly $500 million per team, and not have to share the money with the players. Expansion will create 45-50 more pro contracts per organization, and create 23 more NHL jobs (per team) for players, meaning the players will see some benefit.
The owners and players will like it, but from my seat it will lower the entertainment value of the NHL.