The NHL Could Learn Something From The U.S. Elections

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November 06 2012 05:16PM

Chances of seeing the Stanley Cup

Today marks the end of the gruelling campaign for the presidency of the United States. However, unlike an NHL season (remember those?), the winner of this campaign will actually have a very good chance of seeing the Stanley Cup. Multiple times, even.

If only it was that easy for the Presidents' Trophy winner. Sigh.

But I guess winning the Presidents' Trophy is very prestigious just in and of itself. I mean, you not only get the Trophy and a guarantee of two, maybe three home games in the playoffs, but the NHL even has a separate web page to recognize the winners...oh for God's sake.

Anyway, sharing a name for the ultimate prize (oh shut up and just go with it) is not the only thing in common between the NHL and the U.S. political system...

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THE OTHER RUSSIAN

Lowetide
November 06 2012 12:27PM

Russian Daniil Zharkov made an impression on Oiler fans shortly after Stu MacGregor's scouting staff gave him the seal of approval. "It's my goal to be better than Yak" he said on draft day. Zharkov was taken 90 spots behind Yakupov and started this season slowly; howver things are looking up.

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THEO PECKHAM SIGNS IN ECHL

Jason Gregor
November 06 2012 09:50AM

Theo Peckham needs to play, and yesterday he made the decision to suit up for the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL. With the NHL and NHLPA finally meeting again there is a glimmer of hope that the NHL might be playing by December 1st, and if that's the case, Peckham needed to play some games.

With Andy Sutton out another two months with an injury, Peckham will battle Corey Potter for the #6 spot on the Oilers blueline, when/if the season resumes. Potter has been playing in Vienna for over a month already and I think Peckham realized he needs to get playing so when camp starts he's in game shape.

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It’s a good time to be Teemu Hartikainen

Jonathan Willis
November 06 2012 05:50AM

In yesterday’s AHL grades piece, I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about Teemu Hartikainen. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t optimistic about his NHL future – far from it. In fact, he’s done as much to cement a shot at an NHL job when this lockout ends as anyone on the team not named Justin Schultz.

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Ten Games In: AHL Report Cards

Jonathan Willis
November 05 2012 10:19AM

We're now 10 games into Oklahoma's season, and that seemed like a good time to grade players on their performance so far.

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