January 29 2015 12:58PM
Tonight's matchup vs. the Buffalo Sabres pits the 30th (Sabres) and 29th (Oilers) place teams in the NHL. Many are calling it the McDavid Bowl, but players in both dressing rooms are not nearly as excited about that as fans in Edmonton or Buffalo.
Neither teams wants to be in this situation, and no self-respecting NHL player will try to lose on purpose just so their team has a better chance at drafting 1st overall this coming June. The way these teams are playing there is a good chance many players from both lineups won't be in the NHL next season, so they sure won't try and lose to land McDavid.
The harsh reality, however, is that these are clearly two of the worst teams in the league and one of them is guaranteed to finish 30th.
January 27 2015 12:27PM
The Oilers are 5-4-2 since Todd Nelson took over as full-time head coach.
Does he have a magic elixir that has made the Oilers more competitive?
January 26 2015 03:27PM
We are finishing a stretch of five days without any NHL regular season games, yet there has been no shortage of NHL talk, much of it grumbling.
Why are so many media people and some fans still complaining about the All Star game? It will never be a competitive game, and it shouldn't be. Save yourself, and, more importantly, us from having to be inundated with your repeated complaints, and simply don't watch it.
I know the game isn't competitive. It is shinny with highly skilled players, so I choose not to watch. It sounded like Columbus did a fantastic job of hosting the event, and many kids got to see their hockey heros, which is what matters.
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.