August 26 2012 10:29AM
They have a president, senior vice president and director of hockey operations. They have a general manager and an assistant general manager. On top of that, there is a director and senior director of player development, a head scout, and a farm team with its own general manager.
Is there a fear of too many cooks in the Oilers’ front office kitchen?
August 25 2012 05:32AM
First time I saw Shawn Horcoff was fall 2000, one dozen years ago. It was a pre-season game, he marked his man at center ice after a turnover and shadowed him down the ice, tied up his stick as a perfect pass came flying through the slot and rode the man out the scoring area. Textbook from a rookie, music!
August 24 2012 05:06PM
It is almost like stepping into another dimension.
According to the television analysts, the mainstream beat writers, and other people really plugged into what’s happening in hockey, it’s a quiet time for the NHL. There are a few long-rumored deals that are being quietly discussed: Shane Doan is still an unrestricted free agent, multiple teams are apparently interested in Jay Bouwmeester, that sort of thing. Typically, the names being discussed are the same names that were being discussed back on July 1, when free agency kicked off.
However, a crop of purported NHL insiders spins a very different tale, portraying a league where trade talks for high-calibre players are constant and unending. They number at least in the dozens, possibly even in the hundreds, and the stories they start have made them wildly popular with a subset of hockey fans.
August 24 2012 01:29PM
Former captain Rick Nash (5of7/Wikimedia Commons)
Frequent commenter and guest contributor RexLibris' series on rebuilds continues with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
- The Blue Jackets have been rebuilding since the day they joined the league and are an example of how drafting in the top ten is a crapshoot.
- They have never shown that building through the draft is a reasonable strategy.
- The Blue Jackets are the perfect counter-point to the Penguins, for every successful rebuild like the Blackhawks and Penguins I can point to the Isles and Blue Jackets.
I think these are all reasonable approximations of the many statements recently surrounding the build-turned-rebuild in Columbus. So how do they stack up against the history of the organization?
August 24 2012 09:22AM
Taylor Hall is a terrific young player and I don't have much doubt that, in the context of "market value" in today's NHL, he will be worth every penny of the $42 million big stack the Edmonton Oilers will pay him during the seven-year extension they just signed him to.