August 13 2016 07:00AM
If you hang around a team like the Edmonton Oilers for years and years, you come across a handful of guys who play the game with so much heart – you can call it competitiveness or desire – that it’s difficult not to admire their tenacity and sheer will to succeed.
August 12 2016 03:30PM
It was announced a few days back that the Octane Dance Team will not be riding in the back of the pickup truck with the Gretzky statue as the team moves to Rogers Place. This was met with shouts of "good riddance!" by some and continued cheerleader shaming by others. I for one liked the Octane, saw great value in what they did and will miss them now that they are gone.
August 12 2016 01:37PM
For most of this spring and summer, I thought the best match for the Oilers was Disneyland. The match between Edmonton and the Anaheim Ducks was obvious before Milan Lucic arrived, and I think it still makes sense after Hall for Larsson. Is Cam Fowler a future Oiler?
August 12 2016 09:00AM
Back in the spring, discussion among the NHLPA’s members (aka all of the NHL players) had a discussion that created some division inside the union. At the heart of it was a growing discontent with the shrinking of some players’ paychecks so that others could get larger contract offers. The cause of this was one 2012’s dirtiest words in hockey: Escrow. Escrow is a fairly confusing provision in the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) meant to ensure that hockey-related revenue (HRR) is split between the players and the franchise owners in accordance with the CBA. It is not necessarily something that fans need to know to enjoy the game or even understand the decisions that their team’s management and their favorite players make, but it is a concerning issue for the players and it may pop up once again in the next round of CBA negotiations.
My goal here is to:
- explain how escrow works in the confines of the current salary cap system,
- give an estimate of escrow for the 2015-16
- estimating the effect of the salary cap escalator on escrow in 2015-16,
- provide an explanation of how escrow can create a division in the players’ union, and
- predict potential changes to the salary cap system in the next round of CBA negotiations.
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August 12 2016 05:00AM
Good chance Mitch Marner makes the Leafs, Jim Benning speaks in Van, 4 big questions heading into the season for Calgary, how will Lucic age over 7 years in Edmonton, working backwards to find Cup winners, identifying the best passers in the NHL, a Hall of Fame debate and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.