June 08 2012 12:28PM
As has been widely reported, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas – the two time Vezina winner, as well as the playoff MVP just one year ago – has decided to take a year off from hockey.
The problem for Boston – a contending, high-salary team – is that because Thomas’ contract is a 35+ deal, they have to absorb his cap hit whether he reports to training camp or not. Presumably, the team will attempt to trade him this summer.
June 08 2012 09:18AM
There’s a line of thought that suggests the Oilers’ primary weakness in recent years has been in signing and trading for professional players. It’s an argument I tend to agree with.
There’s an addition to that argument that’s been made with surprising frequency lately: that the problem lies in the Oilers’ professional scouting department. While I don’t know if that’s true or not, it isn’t an argument that I find especially compelling.
June 07 2012 11:33AM
So just over a year ago, Cam Charron was happily writing about hockey and other stuff on his personal blog. Then we came along with a modest proposal and an even more modest bribe and asked him if we wanted to contribute to our happy little network. Since then, he's done work for Canucks Army, NHLNumbers, The Vancouver Province and Backhand Shelf.
June 07 2012 09:16AM
We've known for months that Steve Tambellini had a contract extension, so yesterday's announcement wasn't a surprise. The fact the presser was at a Casino was fitting because in many people's eyes, extending Tambellini was a huge gamble by the Oilers.
It seemed most fans and media wanted to know how long the extension was, my sources tell me it is a three-year deal, but I don't think the term matters that much.
If the Oilers don't improve this year, Tambellini won't be at the draft podium in June of 2013.
June 07 2012 08:03AM
Nail Yakupov was in town Monday. Mikhail Grigorenko arrived last night. Ryan Murray will be here Friday. There's been no sign of Alex Galchenyuk in the City of Champions so far and there are no plans by the Edmonton Oilers to show him around Rexall Place or have him meet owner Daryl Katz.