KATZ GROUP: BLUFFING WITH 2/7 OFFSUIT

Jason Gregor
September 25 2012 11:40AM

Eight years ago, during the first NHL lockout (how pathetic is it that there is a 1st and 2nd lockout, ugh) poker was on every sports channel. At first fans complained about it, but within month many started watching and playing online. Poker was the new "sport" of choice, but even the most uneducated poker fan realized quickly that you folded 2-7 offsuit, unless you were the big blind and could check to see the flop.

Right now the Katz Group and the City are playing heads up, and the Katz Group lost a big hand yesterday. Their appearance in Seattle followed by a head-scratching press release was akin to going all in with a 2-7 offsuit.

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WEEKEND WRAP: CHAMPS

Jason Gregor
September 24 2012 01:37PM

What a weekend: Coaches grabbing referees, executives comparing players to cattle, ill-advised tweets and Strudwick's first medal since 1995.

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LINE COMBOS...

Jason Gregor
September 19 2012 09:43AM

What will Todd Nelson do?

The OKC Baron's training camp starts next Friday, followed by two exhibitions games on October 5th and 6th before their regular season starts October 12th. Nelson has a wonderful dilemma; will he play Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle on the same line, or will he split them up so four Oiler prospects can benefit from playing with them?

What would you do? I know what I would do, but first let's hear from the head coach.

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DARYL KATZ SPEAKS ABOUT ARENA

Jason Gregor
September 18 2012 12:04AM

Daryl Katz finally broke his silence, and while he didn't talk to all the media, instead having an arranged chat with Journal writers, John MacKinnon and David Staples, he did give us an insight into what he thinks about the ongoing arena debate.

It is clear he was annoyed at how he was portrayed by some members of city council and media last week and decided to finally speak. I've said all along that he needed to speak to the public. Not every week, not even every month, but a few times a year so Edmontonians might get a better sense of what his goals and aspirations are for the city.

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LOCKOUT LOSERS

Jason Gregor
September 17 2012 11:31AM

I don't think it is productive to talk daily about this asinine lockout, but this photo made me chuckle. Gary Bettman doesn't scare anyone, or command respect, like Marlon Brando did in the Godfather, but Bettman likely thinks he does. Either way this lockout is an embarrassment to the game, for both sides, and sadly it will likely last for two months.

Maybe I'm being too rational to assume it will only last two months, but if it lasts longer there are a few teams that could lose much more than just one year of hockey.

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