The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Jonathan Willis
April 20 2015 10:40AM

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Two years into his tenure as general manager, Craig MacTavish has an uninspiring record. He’s had some good moves, some bad moves, and overall failed to significantly improve the team he inherited from fired predecessor Steve Tambellini.

On Saturday he was handed a lifeline in the form of Connor McDavid, the finest amateur prospect the NHL has seen since at least Sidney Crosby a decade ago. The stagnant team and the errors along the way aren’t going to matter, as long as he can get it right from here on out.

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Mailbag Monday - April 20th

April 20 2015 08:30AM


What a weekend! Who would have ever expected that we'd start off this week with a McDavid in our pocket? All I want to do is talk about our new toy. All I want to do is climb a building and sing our new saviour's praises from the rooftop! Unfortunately, these mailbag questions came in before the lottery BUT THEY'RE STILL GOOD - YOU'LL SEE! With that said, feel free to send all your McDavid related questions to for next week's mailbag. Until then, let's learn something together. Enjoy.

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April 19 2015 10:54PM

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Andrew Miller won the Barons' scoring title, posting 60 points for the team in their final season. He was one of several Edmonton prospects who had a solid week across the hockey world.

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April 19 2015 01:54PM

I am literally happier than if I had won the actual lottery.

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Was It Worth The Pain?

Matt Henderson
April 19 2015 01:13PM


I screamed so loud that everybody on my block should have been concerned. I got up, screamed YES!, ran into my kitchen then back around into my living room where my wife was looking at me like I was having a psychotic episode, and then did it all one more time. I jumped on Twitter and gave everybody celebratory e-hugs and then tried to write my first McDavid article. It was four lines long and it felt like it took me 15 minutes to piece together because my hands wouldn't stop shaking. The celebration was real. The elation was real. It wasn't actually for another few hours before my mind could begin to process what just happened but I was struck by the first question that came to me: Did winning the McDavid lottery just make everything that happened this past season worth it?

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