Kids on the penalty kill

Jonathan Willis
September 06 2012 10:51AM

In 2011-12, for the first time in four seasons, the Edmonton Oilers had a relatively successful penalty kill. After being marooned in the league basement while down a man in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, the Oilers managed to finish above league average, killing 82.4 percent of penalties against.

Naturally, the only logical question to ask is ‘why aren’t the kids killing penalties?’

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THE LETTER: ALL IN GOOD TIME

Robin Brownlee
September 05 2012 02:15PM

If Milan Hejduk of the Colorado Avalanche can recognize the lay of the land and peel the "C" off his jersey and hand the captaincy over to a teenager like Gabriel Landeskog, why can't Shawn Horcoff do the same with Taylor Hall?

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REAL NEGOTIATIONS, PLEASE!

Jason Gregor
September 05 2012 01:55PM

I don't have anything against Donald Fehr or Gary Bettman, but I'm happy we won't have to hear from them until next week. Up until this point neither has said anything of real substance. I wouldn't expect them to. Most fans don't want to hear either side bitch and moan about how they are being wronged, especially when they are taking about money. They all make more than 95% of the fans ever will, so don't expect sympathy from "the best fans in the world."

Asking them a question is pointless because they will only give an answer that they feel might sway the fans to their side. At this point the most pressing question I have is when did Gary start wearing an earring (or what looks like an earring in the above photo from Sportsnet.ca)? That is very risque for the commissioner of a pro league to do, so maybe Gary is lightening up during his potential third lockout/strike.

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Ten Points: Horcoff, Petrell, Landeskog, and around the league

Jonathan Willis
September 05 2012 12:47PM

1. Buying out Horcoff. If there’s an amnesty clause to kick off the next CBA, and particularly if the 2012-13 season is shortened or lost, I have almost no doubt that Shawn Horcoff will be bought out by the Oilers. In actual dollars, he’ll make $6 million in 2012-13, but he’s only going to make a total of $7 million over the last two years of his deal – the Oilers could buy that out for less than $5 million at the current rate of two/thirds.

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NHL Fans: Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away

Graphic Comments
September 04 2012 05:41PM

Don't go away mad, just go away

You're an NHL fan. You spend your hard-earned money every year going to games. You buy merchandise. You subscribe to Centre Ice. You've been through one, maybe two lockouts, and even a strike if you're really old. And now they're threatening to make you go through yet another lockout.

This makes you mad.

So mad, in fact, that you're willing to take action and show the world just how angry you are. And maybe, just maybe, your action combined with the actions of thousands of other outraged fans might even have an impact and a lockout will be avoided or at least shortened.

Well, you have every right to be outraged. But make no mistake, the angrier you get and the more you show it, the more you ensure the lockout goes on.

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