Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Chris Vande Velde (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Jonathan Willis
April 11 2009 10:56AM


Edmonton Oilers prospect Chris Vande Velde seems likely to return to college rather than sign a professional contract for this upcoming season. The prospect was quoted as saying that there was a “75 percent” chance he would return to NCAA play.

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A Brief Point On NHLNumbers.com

Jonathan Willis
April 10 2009 05:45PM


With the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated between the NHL and the NHLPA to to end the 2004-05 lockout in effect, the NHL world turned upside down. Suddenly, the high-spending teams couldn’t just throw money at their problems; they were constrained by a salary cap. Every team needed to adapt; salary quickly became the chief consideration in any trade.

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Jonathan Willis
April 10 2009 10:01AM


I read Don Cherry’s Hockey Stories and Stuff last night. I’ve been meaning to pick it up for a read for quite some time – as often as I disagree with Cherry he’s an entertaining guy, and a guy who worked for everything he has now; when I read about him as a minor league player I see a life much tougher than my own, and for that matter much tougher than the lives of almost all the players these days.

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Rumours That Make No Sense: Ambuhl to Edmonton

Jonathan Willis
April 09 2009 01:06PM


On the same day that reports out of Europe indicated that Linus Omark had spurned the Oilers contract offer to sign on with Moscow Dynamo, Swiss hockey magazine Slapshot reported that the Oilers (along with Chicago and Toronto) were pursuing undrafted Swiss forward Andres Ambuhl (h/t HFBoards).

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Dan Barnes’ Must-Read Column

Jonathan Willis
April 09 2009 09:38AM


As happens with astonishing regularity, Dan Barnes has once again written a must-read piece on the future of the Edmonton Oilers. It’s both wide-ranging and incriminating of much of the roster, although I’m only going to focus on a couple of excerpts.

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