October 28 2015 08:00AM
Craig MacTavish has taken a lot of heat for his transactions in recent months—most fans can list off the errors in seconds. Far beyond the Nikitin, Purcell and Ference deals, way back in the woods among the depth moves, lies a fascinating trade with an amazing story to tell.
October 27 2015 08:51PM
I really hate the Minnesota Wild and the boring garbage hockey horse they rode in on. Final Score: 4-3 Wild
October 27 2015 05:48PM
The Oilers are in Minnesota for a short one-game road trip, and they will try to avoid their second three-game losing streak of the season. The Oilers have done well, 3-0, versus other non-playoff teams, but they are 0-6 versus winning teams. The Wild enter tonight with a 5-2-1 record and they have dominated the Oilers since the start of the 2010/2011 season, winning 17 of 22 games.
The good news for Oilers fans, however, is four of the Oilers' five victories occurred in Minny. To stay in the playoff hunt, the Oilers will eventually need to defeat a playoff team.
Chris the Intern
October 27 2015 02:59PM
A couple more new injuries to add to the report this week unfortunately, as well as some updates on our old ones. We begin with Jordan Eberle, who is still out with a shoulder injury and has yet to play a regular season game. Finally, some positive news came about since his injury this week. He has been skating on his own frequently and as per Jason Gregor's most recent article, he may begin skating with the rest of the team next week. His exact return date will depend on how his shoulder reacts to the team practices. Jordan has been getting his shoulder workouts in by mixing cake batter, so I have 100% confidence that he will be able to handle himself. In case there was any confusion about Eberle's injury, I took the liberty of making a small diagram (below) to show you guys exactly what was going on and to drop some health science knowledge bombs.
October 27 2015 07:00AM
Tampa Bay is in a bit of a salary cap bind. With Steven Stamkos coming up on free agency and a number of other players (including Nikita Kucherov) entering restricted free agency the club has just $1.63 million in available cap space. We’ll probably see some sort of cap increase next year, but even so this is going to be tight.
So it’s not a surprise to hear rumours that the Lightning are trying to ship out salary. Nor is it surprising that those rumours tend to involve the team’s defence.