July 31 2013 09:18AM
While Craig MacTavish may have failed to make all the bold moves he wanted to get done, he has been very active in his first summer as the Oilers’ general manager. How does the roster he’s assembled compare with the one Steve Tambellini put together for the start of last season?
July 30 2013 09:07PM
In mid-June, we took a long look at what might happen this summer to the Oilers roster and prospect list. I made several predictions, thinking alongside Craig MacTavish after years of watching him expertly manage his NHL roster. With a keen eye and thinking along with him, I set down the summer in measured, rational terms. The result?
July 30 2013 12:18PM
After winning the 2002 Olympic gold medal, Canada kept the same coaching staff for the 2006 Olympics, but they were unable to match their gold medal run in Turin. Was the 2002 team that much better? Did they play a different style, even though the ice surface in Provo, Salt Lake was Olympic size (200 feet x 100 feet) and the same as Turin, Italy?
Will Canada play a different style in Sochi than they did in Vancouver, 2010? Will they want different style of players?
July 29 2013 08:33PM
I usually don't put a lot of stock in the polls that David Staples runs over at the Cult of Hockey at The Edmonton Journal. In fact I sometimes mock them, but the results Staples is getting today for his latest question – Who is Edmonton's top sports radio host? – confirm what I already know.
July 29 2013 11:55AM
Ken Hitchcock has been a head coach in the NHL for 15 seasons, and he's earned a reputation of being a very demanding coach. Last year, Hitchcock told me he's changed his coaching style a bit. He isn't as demanding on non-game days as he was when he coached the Stars and Flyers, but on game days players still need to play the way he wants or they likely won't play.
Hitchcock gave me some insight into David Perron, and he also shed some light on how he plans to alter Magnus Paajarvi's game.