July 23 2015 03:19PM
Las Vegas and Quebec City sent expansion applications to the NHL earlier this week, and now the NHL will decide when the league will expand. It isn't a question of if, but when and how many teams.
Expansion will be great for the owners. They will split the expansion fee, reportedly $500 million per team, and not have to share the money with the players. Expansion will create 45-50 more pro contracts per organization, and create 23 more NHL jobs (per team) for players, meaning the players will see some benefit.
The owners and players will like it, but from my seat it will lower the entertainment value of the NHL.
July 23 2015 08:00AM
Connor McDavid is special in a way that’s difficult to fathom, especially for Oiler fans who have had three other first overall picks in recent years. We have been treated to some very bright young players. We know what kind of struggles they still have but also what kind of ups to expect as well. Maybe it's because we're embarrassed by our riches, but I’ve found in many ways Oiler fans are a bit shy with regards to discussing the talents of Connor McDavid.
July 22 2015 12:00PM
It feels like we ask this question every summer, but still I wonder who the next captain of the Edmonton Oilers is going to be. It’s exceedingly unfair to ask that question when the current captain still has two years left on his deal, is extremely devoted to the community, and doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere. Still, we feel compelled to ask.
July 22 2015 07:30AM
Justin Schultz has inherited the new "whipping boy" handle. When Schultz choose Edmonton over 29 other NHL teams fans were excited about his potential. He dominated the AHL in the fall of 2012, scoring 48 points in 34 games, before the lockout ended and he scored 27 points in 48 games for the Oilers.
Expectations were high for Schultz, some of it warranted, but much of it unrealistic, especially after Craig MacTavish's ill-fated "Norris trophy potential" comment.
Schultz struggled mightily last season, and as he enters his fourth pro season many have already written him off.
July 21 2015 07:55PM
The Edmonton Oilers rounded out their minor-league affiliate coaching staffs without any big surprises.