Robin Brownlee
September 12 2012 11:34PM

I haven't heard one word from Daryl Katz or anybody associated with Rexall Sports suggesting the Edmonton Oilers will leave town if the team doesn't get a new arena. That's not a card that needs to be played in negotiations with the city. That doesn't mean it’s not in the deck as a possibility.

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September 12 2012 07:48PM

Jordan Eberle may play in the AHL this season, and as Jason Gregor told us this week Ebs is unlikely to be going alone.

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Winners and Losers under the current CBA (Part 1)

Graphic Comments
September 12 2012 03:07PM

 Winners and Losers

(This was originally published at NHLNumbers, but I felt it warranted wider distribution. The rest of the series will be published at NHLNumbers.)

So, just why are we on the brink of yet another NHL lockout? This graph provides a pretty good explanation.

But not many are really digging into the financial ins and outs of the NHL's internal economy. Instead, there's plenty of finger pointing going on between the two sides, by the media, and among the fans. Especially the rabble on Twitter, whose "uninformed ramblings" are inconsequential to the outcome, according to NHL deputy commissioner, Bill Daly. And in truth, he's quite right. He just doesn't have to be so rude about it.

But that's for another post on another day with altogether more amateurly hand-drawn charts. Today we're sticking with good old Excel as we go inside the NHL's finances; or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof, as compiled by our good friends at Forbes in their annual list of NHL team valuations. What do the financial performance metrics tell us about what differentiates the winners from the losers in today's NHL?

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On Rebuilding, Part Nine: The Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
September 12 2012 01:04PM

Frequent commenter and guest contributor RexLibris' series on rebuilds continues with the Edmonton Oilers. Get comfortable because this is a long one.

Before we get into the details, let's set the stage a bit:

  • Edmonton blew their team up, nuclear-style, and deliberately iced a bad team in order to get high picks.
  • They have been rebuilding since 2006 and are no closer today to the playoffs than they were the year after the 2006 cup run.
  • The Oilers are in the same boat as the Islanders and Blue Jackets.
  • Management in Edmonton is incompetent. The Oilers have been one of the worst-run organizations in the NHL since the lockout and there is no reason to believe that they can improve simply because now they have better players.
  • Just gathering together 1st overall picks isn’t going to resurrect the team and then when that talent blossoms they will leave for greener pasture, making all that effort an exercise in futility.

Those are some of the many criticisms that have been leveled against the Oilers and their rebuild. They come from both inside Edmonton and rival NHL cities, fans and critics, media and analysts. Do any of those statements actually ring true though?

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Jason Gregor
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.

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