February 16 2012 03:33PM
Dallas Eakins played pro hockey for 15 years. He was an elite journeyman defenceman. He played for 18 different organizations in the AHL, IHL and NHL. He played 273 in the IHL, 609 in the AHL and 120 in the Show. He also spent another 220 watching from NHL pressboxes.
He understood his role and knew his limitations as a player, but he was lucky enough to play for and watch some of the best coaches: Roger Neilson, Mike Keenan, Lindy Ruff, Randy Carlyle, Perry Pearn, Pat Quinn and others, and Eakins was smart enough to monitored what worked for them as coaches.
February 16 2012 03:10PM
The Oilers pulled the trigger on a minor trade today, sending minor-league forward Ryan O’Marra to Anaheim in exchange for minor-league defenseman Bryan Rodney.
February 16 2012 10:04AM
Not so long ago, players around the NHL used to keep one eye on the phone as the trade deadline approached. They still do, but players in for a change of address are just as likely to find out about it by way of social media as they are in a phone call from the boss.
February 15 2012 12:06PM
Usually opposing fans loathe successful franchises. Many outside of Edmonton couldn't stand the Oilers after they won a few Cups. They were considered cocky, arrogant and influenced the league to invoke the mythical "can't hit Gretzky" rule. The Habs were/are dispised because they've won more Cups than any other franchise, of course they've only won two since the league expanded to 21+teams, but most still can't stand them.
The Leafs haven't won, or even been in a final, in 44 years and they look like a good bet to extend that to 45 years this spring. The Leafs have lost four straight and even though they are 6-8-1 in their last 15 games, they've allowed the New York Islanders to make up 7 points in that stretch and suddenly the Islanders are within 6 points of the 8th place Leafs with a game in hand.
The Oilers are out of the playoff hunt way too early again, but a win tonight would allow their fans the enjoyment of watching the Leafs choke their way out of a playoff spot.
February 14 2012 07:47PM
I'm not going to enjoy waving goodbye to the Pardubice Prince, but as a member of the Oiler fanbase since 1972 it's a movie that has played Edmonton before. The question then becomes: who's next?