October 07 2016 05:47PM
I can confirm. Yakupov traded to Blues. Unsure of return at this time. #Oilers— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) October 7, 2016
This evening, Jason Gregor broke the news that Peter Chiarelli pulled the trigger on a trade that we all seemed to know was coming. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Peter Chiarelli sent former first overall, Nail Yakupov, to the St. Louis Blues for Zach Pochiro. We can (and will) argue about the trade return for weeks to come, but today I wanted to write a letter to say goodbye to the rascally Russian that started off with so much promise.
October 07 2016 05:00PM
With each passing day, the NHL season looms ever closer, and with it the need for the league’s 30 member clubs to trim their rosters down to 23 names. Friday was, once again, a busy waiver day, with a few interesting options hitting the wire.
October 07 2016 02:00PM
In the 100 years of NHL hockey only 106 players have scored 100 points in a season, and they have done it a total of 272 times. Of those 106 players, 47 of them did it once, 21 reached it twice and only 38 players have managed 100 points three times or more.
Wayne Gretzky topped 100 points an amazing 15 times, including 13 consecutive seasons, before he missed 37 games with an injury in 1993. He still scored 65 points in 45 games that year, and scored 130 points in 1994. Mario Lemieux hit the century mark ten times, Marcel Dionne eight times and Mike Bossy and Peter Stastny tallied 100 points in seven seasons.
Expecting a player to score 100 points in today's NHL is a low percentage wager. Only Patrick Kane (106 last year), Sidney Crosby (104 in 2014) and Evgeni Malkin (109 in 2012) have managed to hit triple digits in the past five seasons, but I believe Connor McDavid will have a great chance to become the 107th player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season.
October 07 2016 10:13AM
Oilers assign Griffin Reinhart to AHL Bakersfield.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) October 7, 2016
He had a very poor camp. Still very much a debate whether he'll be an NHL player.
The latest roster move has come to fruition as D Griffin Reinhart has been assigned to the Bakersfield Condors.
October 07 2016 09:00AM
It’s the three-headed monster that no coach wants to tangle with, but for a least a few days, Bakersfield Condors bench boss Gerry Fleming is going to have to cope.
With Laurent Brossoit’s return to the nest, the Condors are now carrying three goaltenders in training camp and heading into the only two pre-season games this weekend. Brossoit is most definitely staying put as the No. 1. He should be in contention this season as the AHL’s best netminder and repeat as a participant in the All-Star Game.
So what do you do at No. 2?