June 21 2015 08:35PM
The NHL draft is this week and the Edmonton Oilers list is (close to) set. As you know, the Oilers have reportedly fired four scouts (via various sources) and clearly will have a different look next season. What area did the forensics identify? Why were these moves made now?
June 21 2015 12:11PM
Father's Day is a bittersweet day for me, and I'm sure for all of you who have lost your father. I'm blessed to have a healthy, happy son like Beckett, but as many of you know my father passed away 15 years and today is one of those days I miss his presence. I don't look at is a negative, just a sad reality, but when I walked into Beckett's room this morning at 6:40 to get him up,his smile and laugh filled much of the void in my heart.
We ate breakfast, went for a walk and played trucks in the backyard. Pretty much the perfect morning. On our walk I told Beckett some stories about his grandfather, and while he is too young to understand all the words, it was nice to share a laugh with my son while being reminded of my father.
June 20 2015 09:54PM
EDM fired head amateur scout Stu MacGregor tonight as well as two other amateur scouts and one pro scout.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 21, 2015
The final final lists are no doubt complete and with that changes for next season can begin. New GM Peter Chiarelli was expected to make changes to the scouting department and that began today.
June 19 2015 12:46PM
I had many great conversations with Todd Nelson during his five seasons in the Oilers organization. He was always accommodating with his time, and came on my radio show once a week during those years to discuss the OKC Barons. He loved talking hockey and I found he always gave honest assessments of his players, both on and off the record.
Nelson was name the head coach for the Grand Rapid Griffins, Detroit's AHL affiliate, earlier today. I just got off the phone with him and as usual he answered all the questions and explained why going back to the AHL as a head coach was the right decision for him.
June 19 2015 11:53AM
Whether you know him from his current show 'The Knick' or as young Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall, Eric Johnson is an iconic pillar of entertainment. Not only is he a great actor, he's also a massive Nation fan. Fortunately for all of us, Eric cleared some time in his schedule to sit down and chat with me about what it means to an Oilers fan and a Nation citizen.