August 15 2012 07:49AM
"Everybody but the people who run teams base performance on how many points you get [or] how many goals. Well, we don't. If he gets goals, that helps, but you have to look at the overall contribution to the team. Martin [Lapointe]'s a character person. He comes to play every night. He came from a winning program. And we needed at his position."
- Harry Sinden
The above quote tells us a lot about how the NHL's financial situation got to be where it is today.
August 14 2012 03:57PM
It's not a question of if the Edmonton Oilers sign new deals with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle with a season remaining on their entry level contracts, but when. Indications are it'll be sooner rather than later.
August 14 2012 10:28AM
In certain debates there can be no wrong answer, only differing opinions, and I think this article is one where there is no wrong answer.
Yesterday during my radio show Ryan Rishaug and I debated who would we rather have in a game seven; Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle? Rishaug picked Eberle, while I picked Hall.
Unlike previous years when we've debated the merits of young Oilers, this is the first time in the last decade where I can honestly say there is little downside to either player. Both are incredibly talented, have a desire to win, have scored key goals and they still have room to improve.
But there is no fence sitting today. You take one or the other.
August 14 2012 06:24AM
Over the next 24 months, the Edmonton Oilers management group will sign the future. How many years should they wrap up these kids? Is Taylor Hall--injuries and all--worth the risk of a 7-year deal? What does that do to Nuge negotiations a year from now? Should Jordan Eberle receive a matching deal?
August 13 2012 09:57AM
Should labour negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA fail, and a lengthy lockout occur, the Oklahoma City Barons have the potential to be one of the most potent clubs in modern AHL history.