September 15 2012 09:03AM
Earlier this week the never-ending arena negotiations hit a speed bump when the Katz group supposedly asked for numerous concessions. As Edmonton fans prepare for another idiotic, greedy lockout, the timing of the Katz Group's new proposal couldn't have been worse. Even the staunchest supporter of the downtown arena rolled their eyes when news of these demands became public.
Most Edmontonians, for or against the arena, want to see this come to a conclusion one way or the other. Considering it is inevitable that Edmonton will build a new facility some time in the next ten years, why not just negotiate a fair deal and move on. Of course that is logical, and the negotiations for the arena as well as a new CBA seem to lack any logical component.
I spoke with up with Mayor Stephen Mandel after the recent hearing of the new concessions and the frustration was evident in his voice.
September 12 2012 12:08PM
Unless there is a massive change in the next four days, and we avoid another lockout, expect the Oilers to assign Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Justin Schultz, Magnus Paajarvi, Taylor Fedun, Teemu Hartikainen, Colten Teubert and Anton Lander to OKC before Saturday. Taylor Hall will not be on that list because he is injured, and you can't assign an injured player to the minors.
September 11 2012 11:40AM
Yesterday the NHL and NHLPA agreed to alter the start date for waiver period, thus opening the door for teams to assign their young players to their AHL affiliates. The Nation Network was able to obtain a copy of the new rules, and I will shed some light on what it means for the Oilers.
September 10 2012 12:04PM
Could a lockout actually help the Oilers?
September 07 2012 12:22PM
It's Positive Friday, so let's drift off into a fantasy world that doesn't involve another potential lockout involving two sides who can't find a way to split $3.3 billion in gross revenues. I had to get off twitter because I couldn't stomach seeing another, "Bettman, Daly and the two Fehr's have been meeting for an hour," or "Two hours and they are stillllllllllll meeting."
They are meeting, and the meeting lasted two hours, maybe longer. OMG. What's next we will find out Shania Twain lip-synched at the Grey Cup in Edmonton?
Okay, I digress, there will be no more mention of the lockout in the next few paragraphs, and instead I will write with the assumption that in 14 days the Oilers, and every other NHL team, will report to training camp on September 21st. That's a much more positive option for hockey fans.