August 10 2015 08:01AM
The weekend is over, practice retirement has ended, and you're all looking for ways to kill company time. Thank Gord for the mailbag. Why? These here 3000 words are not only going to teach you something, they should kill at least 15 minutes of whatever it is that you are supposed to be doing. If you have a question for the mailbag you can email me at email@example.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. With that out of the way I present to you another mailbag and a very happy birthday to Papa Milk who will likely never see this. Thank you.
August 09 2015 01:40PM
If my math is correct, there's no way the Oilers will start the season with Darnell Nurse and Griffin Reinhart in the opening night lineup. Ahead of the dynamic duo are veterans (Andrej Sekera, Mark Fayne, Nikita Nikitin, Andrew Ference, Eric Gryba) and some youth (Oscar Klefbom, Justin Schultz). In the conversation with them will be Brandon Davidson, but when it comes to the two emerging defensemen it's only a matter of time. Who gets here first?
August 08 2015 10:00AM
Is it the start of the NHL season yet? No, it still isn't. It's only August. We still have two months to go until hockey starts again. Until then, all we can do is sit here and speculate what's going to happen, which teams are going to break out, which signings were worth it, which weren't, etc. You know, all the fun stuff. We can also take a look at what each team has done so far this summer, whether it was good or bad and whether they can still do anything else before the season finally begins. I'm noticing a trend this summer. I'm not quite sure if its an anomaly because of the cap ceiling being lower than expected, but the NHL is truly becoming a draft a develop league, as star players simply don't make it to free agency. The Metro Division is a perfect example of this phenomenon.
I've taken a look at the good and bad of the Pacific and Central Divisions so far, so after the jump, I'll break down what's happened in the Metropolitan Division this summer.
August 08 2015 08:00AM
Anton Lander surprised a lot of people with an exceptional performance in the NHL in the second half of 2014-15, a performance which earned him a two-year contract extension and likely saved his major-league career.
It may not be enough to keep him with the Oilers, though, because he faces two significant obstacles. First, he needs to show that last year wasn’t a fluke, and second he needs to carve out a niche on a team that has three young skaters with impeccable draft pedigree vying for minutes at centre.
August 07 2015 04:30PM
Last week I told you that we would be doing weekly video countdowns based on your votes. This week we continue our new tradition with the Top 5 most hated players in the NHL.