IT OFFICIALLY BEGINS

It is official. The NHL announced they’ve cancelled 82 games up until Oct 24th. Six Oiler games are officially done, and we likely are looking at more in the coming weeks.

This sucks.

The Oilers were supposed to start their season Saturday October 13th, on Hockey Night in Canada, in Vancouver.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings were supposed to invade Rexall Place October 16th and face Nail Yakupov, RyanNugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and maybe Taylor Hall, but that won’t happen because the NHL and NHLPA can’t find a way to split up $3.3 billion in revenue.

Awesome.

The other games cancelled are:

October 18th in San Jose.
October 19th in Anaheim.
October 21st in Los Angeles.
October 24th at home v. the Flames.

How many more games will be cancelled? Who knows, but I’m guessing at least  another 100 before the league and PA grow up and come to a solution.

The only saving grace for Oiler fans is that Justin Schultz will be able to learn the pro game in the AHL instead of having to jump directly to the NHL, and Hall will not have to try and speed up the recovery of his surgically repaired shoulder and try to be ready for the start of the season.

Of course you could argue that the later the season starts the better chance the Oilers have of playing  meaningful games in March and April. At this point you need to grasp on to anything to save you from frothing at the mouth, and burning your jersey in disgust.

Stay strong Oilersnation, the good news is there is lots of other exciting hockey you can watch to fill your fix. Bantam and Midget AAA is great hockey. Check out an AJHL game, the WHL or ACAC or CIS. It isn’t the NHL, but the games are incredibly exciting.

Plus you get to sit much closer to the action without having to drop $200 bucks.

If you really need to see some hockey involving Oiler prospects you can still get in our road trip to OKC.

If you want to see Eberle, RNH and Schultz play you can catch two OKC games, and sandwiched in between you will enjoy an electric college football atmosphere as the Oklahoma Sooners host Notre Dame.

Friday Oct 26th… OKC v. Houston.
Saturday Oct 27th…Sooners host Notre Dame.|
Sunday Oct 28th…OKC v. Texas.

There are two different flight options. With OPTION ONE you will also get access to the OKC Barons morning skate and a tour of the rink.

OPTION ONE… $1,589.00 CAD per person based on double occupancy…

Oct 25th… Depart Edmonton 11:50pm through Houston arrive in OKC at 8:35 am.
Oct 29th… Depart Oklahoma City 12:18pm throught Houston arrive in EDM at 7:19 pm  

  • Courtyard Downtown Marriott – 3 nights including taxes – official hotel of the OKC Barons –
  • Barons game ticket on the 26th, Sooners ticket on the 27th and Barons game ticket on the 28th.
  • Shuttle service from airport to hotel and back to airport plus transportation to/from the Sooners football game.

OPTION TWO:… $1,759.00 CAD per person based on double occupancy….

Oct 26th.. Depart Edmonton 6:09 am though Denver arrive in OKC at 12:46 p.m.
Oct 29th…Depart OKC at 6:15 am through Denver arrive in EDM at 11:05 a.m. 

  • Courtyard Downtown Marriott – 3 nights including taxes – official hotel of the OKC Barons –
  • Barons game ticket on the 26th, Sooners ticket on the 27th and Barons game ticket on the 28th.
  • Shuttle service from airport to hotel and back to airport plus transportation to/from the Sooners football game.

There are only 10 seats left. Call Ross to book your trip.

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  • B S

    for what it’s worth my #smallstand is to, and i have, deleted and unfollowed all nhl and nhlpa related apps and accounts.

    the PR battle they have and are forging is very cetainly not helping their collective cause. it’s hurting them. badly.

  • Reg Dunlop

    The NHL/NHLPA doesn’t seem to mind being publically critisized but they do seem to ignore the more dangerous tell of complete apathy amongst the fans this time around in comparison to the last lockout.

    It’s mind numbing to think that the mensa candidates running these two gong shows could be so irresponsible with an industry that should be a cash cow for all involved.

    Out of curiosity how does traffic/comments at Oilersnation this year compare to past years?

  • Reg Dunlop

    Lets start an NHL FANS UNION,
    What can it do you ask?

    In Union we can boycott from buying any
    products that sponsor the NHL.
    You Like beer? don’t buy Molson, support a local micro brewery.
    Need a new car or truck? Avoid Ford and buy something
    like a Nissan truck or car.
    These are just two examples.

    In Union lets throw down the guantlet
    and for every nhl home game (of your team) that gets cancelled, boycott from buying ANYTHING
    when the NHL comes back for the same amount of,
    no beer, no merchandise, no 50/50 nothing nada,
    just paying for a ticket to see the game we love.
    And just for record a ticket in section 217 row 34
    costs $95 buck on ticket master, as a season ticket holder I’m paying just over $50 bucks (a 47% discount for my loilty.
    Unfortunatly, most NHL fans and Pundits don’t think these tactics will work, so they enivitably don’t, its a self full filling prophecy.
    oh ya, almost forgot the name of this NHL FANS UNION,
    the NHLFU. Kinda poetic EH?

  • I just feel terrible for those that this really effects, the people that need the the
    employment that the NHL generates. that second check to make ends meet, the ushers, the waitresses, the bars owners, etc,etc, all the fans this is screwing right now.

    Keep your chin up folks these idiots are bound to screw this up further.#nofaith.

    Just sucks is right!

  • B S

    When they get their sh!t in order and start the season (this or the next) I won’t be buying tickets, merchandise, or watching it on TV. I’ll get my fix watching pirated streams of games online. I won’t pretend I’m not going to watch NHL when it comes back (though the longer this goes on, the sicker the thought of watching it at all makes me), but I’ll be damned if they’re going to benefit from my viewership.

    People say a fan-ban won’t happen and it won’t work, but it did in baseball, took them years to recover, and they haven’t had a strike or lockout since. Ask the your friends who are casual fans to cut back (less merchandise, fewer tickets) for a year. Most fans won’t abandon the sport, but they can arrive at a compromise, and maybe it’ll teach Bettman and Fehr the meaning of the word when their splitting half the revenue they were before.

  • vetinari

    Eh. I just really don’t care anymore. Slap me in the face and I come back once, shame on you. Slap me in the face again and I still come back, shame on me.

    Just cancel the whole season. And any future seasons you have planned while you are at it. This is the last straw. I usually spend a couple thousand on hockey related things every year. Never again. I don’t need that jersey, or to go to the game. It will be nice to have some extra cash in the pocket. As far as I’m concerned I have already found more than enough ways to keep myself busy. Screw em. Turns out I even like the NFL. Who knew.

    This will go down as the year the players and the owners took their golden goose and cut it in half thinking they could get more eggs, only to realize they killed it.

    Anyone who does crawl back, you are a spineless wimp, and you will deserve the price increases and another lockout in 5 years.

    • So then this is farewell to you on Oilers Nation, I guess. Future posts shall be seen as “crawling back”.

      My anger stems from the fact that they have me. I love the game more than I hate the crap it’s putting me through. I’m furious at both sides, and I wish them financial hardship for the next few seasons so they learn not to jerk us around. I may not go to the games and skip my yearly jersey purchase (eight gathering dust right now) but I’ll still watch.

      Call me what you want, but there is also something inherently wrong with the “I’ll show them – I’ll deny myself the thing I love to teach them a lesson they can’t possibly learn” scenario too.

      Good luck to you. In 5 years you will have avoided watching the Oilers win a cup and NHL will be out of your life, while owners and players still debate over billions. I like your spirit, but you’re punishing yourself, not them.

    • Truth

      Props to you

      I wish the mainstream media would do a similar thing and completely pull NHL news from the rotation. No following of the lockout, no Fehr/Bettman comments. Just leave it alone and once they are playing and providing entertainment again maybe we will start to follow it again.

      NHL hockey is sustainable as a business because it provides entertainment value. Without the fans it would get as much following as professional handball. I’m a fan of the Oilers and probably always will be, but if they can’t divide their $3.3 billion that we, as fans, provide, then I don’t care about anything to do with the NHL until it catches my interest again.

      Bring on the KHL Western Conference.

    • Crazydave

      Owners and players don’t care about what’s right for the fan. They’re going to act in their own best interests, and that’s the way it is. Push back if you’re not happy with it. It is the only language that the owners and players will respond to. Say what you want about the powers that be, but the ability to push for what they want is a big reason why they’re so successful.

      And please, don’t tell me ‘it’s not realistic’ or ‘it doesn’t do any good’ for the fans to push back. When you vote in an election, how realistic is it to expect that your one vote is going to change the outcome? It’s not. But it doesn’t matter…you vote because it’s your opportunity to take ownership of something that’s affecting you. And if you don’t vote, who are you to complain about what the government does, regardless of who’s in power?

      What bothers me the most is when members of the media, people who write articles for a living, start taking this ‘I’m mad but I’m not going to do anything’ attitude. Because the media has influence on other people…that’s why they get paid to write. You talk about how frustrated you are with the whole thing, but what I want to know is, what are you going to do about it? Because when you talk about ‘filling your fix’, it doesn’t make me believe you’re going to do anything except run back to the NHL with open arms, same as before, when it’s all over. I hope I’m wrong, but that’s what it sounds like. And the fact is, all that does is tell the owners/players that it’s ok to have another work stoppage down the road.

      If you really hate lockouts so much, why don’t you and other people in the media use whatever influence you have, and spend more time talking about how to discourage the next one? No matter how unrealistic you think it is for anything to come out of it. At least it’s a vote.

      • book¡e

        Bah, its like saying you are going to boycott pizza. It’s not going to happen, so why not put some effort into something worthwhile like donating time to a charity or something.

        The Players and the Owners are experiencing costs right now by not getting our money for games and hot dogs (Although maybe some franchises are doing better by not playing the games financially). That is how it works. Once they come back, the majority of the fans will return and some new ones will jump on board.

        The whole ‘lets boycott the NHL’ reminds me of the fans who started the Fire MacT rally going on Facebook that got like 10,000 facebook members and then when they had their protest, 5 of them with about 20 media people showed up.

        Hockey is a game, not a cause. People won’t boycott or rally for it (at least not relating to hockey operations). It’s a game, nothing too serious.

        • B S

          He never said boycott. The NHL relies on a number of revenue streams. Just put less money into those streams. It’s like recycling, no one person makes the difference, but when everyone does it they get 5 cents back per can, or rather keeps the environment from becoming an even bigger hell-hole.

          With regards to pizza, you can do both, its actually really easy. You just take the time and money you’d spend on pizza and put it towards charity. See, win-win. (and you can claim the pizza money as tax credits). or maybe you compromise and only eat homemade pizza instead of going out for pizza, or buying pizza t-shirts or hats. If everyone does this to varying degrees, then suddenly Pizza isn’t slicing up $3.3 billion, maybe its only $2 billion, and suddenly pizza will realize that bickering isn’t worth losing $500 million in annual revenue over.

          I don’t see why it can’t work with the NHL. I for one am sickened by the thought of giving anymore money to those pricks and will make an effort to avoid it for at least a year or two after they start up again. One person doesn’t make a big difference, but in a gate and merchandise driven league, a few million can cripple an industry. If every guy took his girlfriend/wife/boyfriend(lets not be presumptuous) to the ballet instead of a hockey game each month the league would see a drop in revenue, the divorce rate would probably drop, and the birthrate would probably rise, hell we should make this a national policy.

          • book¡e

            It doesn’t work because people don’t have any incentive to do their part. It is more like not emitting CO2 – sure, you can give up your car and walk everywhere, but you make no meaningful difference on your own. Unless you force others to do the same, you will find yourself walking in the cold in a polluted world. Note that I said force – leaving it up to some moral notion of everyone acting in harmony for the good of the whole is doomed to failure. Its the Tragedy of the Commons.

          • B S

            Thanks Hobbes.

            The difference between this and reducing CO2 emmissions is that there isn’t necessarily a negative impact on your life (no expensive fuel-efficient car, or furnace to buy). I’m also not as fatalistic as you I guess, I figure it’s just a matter of leading by example, and apathy is very easy to imitate. People are like sheep, if they see other people doing it they decide its a good idea and follow. So next time I’m chatting with friends about Hall and Eberle I’ll just say I’m not going to bother with a jersey this season, or see if they want to go watch it at the bar instead of buying tickets to the game: plenty of fans, cheaper drinks, cute waitresses, that $80 each could go a long way.

            If you make it a matter of saving money, or doing something more important, rather than depriving yourself, it’s a lot less antagonistic. You can still watch your hockey, blog about it, but maybe you donate to CBCF instead of buying a jersey, or save up for new car, instead of buying the extras.

          • book¡e

            No problem, its always great to see people who are idealistic. However, with that said, if you don’t understand how to actually change behaviour, then you will fail in your efforts. Ineffective idealism is no better than apathy.

          • book¡e

            All I’m really suggesting is that people cut back on their support of the league for 1 or 2 months, half a season, whatever. In whatever way they choose to do it, with no expectations of anyone else doing it. It doesn’t have to be anything dramatic, and as you say, maybe they could spend that time and money contributing to something worthwhile and benefit from it. That way, it’s not an exercise in martyrdom or futility. I realize that rallies and Facebook pages don’t do any good, and I wasn’t suggesting that.

            Having said that, my comment was directed more at the media, because of the influence they can have on the fan base. What if the sportswriters out there got together, and each write one article on what they’re going to do to cut back their support for even a month or two? At least the ones that aren’t paid by the teams, anyways. No further obligation on their part, no organized protests or anything else. We’re not talking about a permanent boycott or anything unrealistic, but enough to send a message and get the fans talking about it. What if even 50 to 100 sportswriters agreed to do this? It would definitely get some attention out there. And it really wouldn’t be any great sacrifice on anyone’s part. If it doesn’t end up doing any good, fine, but let me ask you this. How much good does it do to write another article with another rant in it every time there’s another lockout update? Is my suggestion any worse?

          • book¡e

            Employing the media is more effective because of their greater reach and influence. In any case, I suspect that regardless of what us little people do the NHL and NHLPA won’t notice and we will all return like lemmings once they start banging the little rubber disk around.

  • Reg Dunlop

    There are a couple of oiler-centric advantages to the lockout you forgot:

    The flames might lose Kipper and Ignla for zip if the season is cancelled, hastening their inevitable slide to the bottom of the standings.

    The canucks core gets a year older leaving a smaller crack in their old window of opportunity.

    One comment about my first exposure to KHL hockey: better quality of play and MUCH better quality of media coverage than I expected. My new favorite team has to be Nzxytkwxzcgkhmik! How about a road trip there? There must be a hostel to stay at, probably cheaper than OKC as long as you don’t mind stained sheets and thick, acrid cigarette smoke everywhere.

    • Big Cap

      Great Points Reg!!

      Seeing Iggy and Kipper walk away for nothing would be mighty beautiful. And the window is getting tighter and tighter for the back to back President trophy winners!!

      Let’s face it, having #4 a chance to properly rehab his shoulder at the proper pace is huge. There is no way he would of voluntarily sat out to rest it.

      Schultz getting some much needed AHL time playing with men will do him wonders. And having #93 and #14 down there working on the PP and there chemistry will benefit us greatly when/if we get going again. MPS will also benefit.

      All in all, let’s make the best of a VERY crappy situation.

      • I dont know why you guys keep talking about iggy and kipper would walk away for nothing. If the entire season is locked out it doesnt get rid of a contract year if i am not mistaken. It just makes them a year older when their contract is done.

        Unless of course they are playing in the AHL (Eberle, RNH, J Schultz) which to me is a negative for the oilers.

        • Big Cap

          I believe that NHL contracts expire on a certain calender date. IE: July 1st 2013.

          Im pretty sure that the players dont sign a contract for a certain amount of actual seasons. For instance we have Taylor Hall signed thru 2019-2020.

          So, I hope Iggy and Kipper say see ya to Feaster and they recieve nothing!

          However with all that said, Im not a contract expert by any means.

        • Shows how ridiculous this can be….you have a “union” with all these employees who negotiate individual contracts. Can you say have your cake and eat it too? It’s this aspect of professional sports that irritates me the most.

          • book¡e

            Actually, as someone who doesn’t like Unions, I can see why they have an association (union). The owners act as an oligopoly and as such, the players need to act collectively as well.

  • I hope the season is between 50 – 60 games. What a sprint to the finish right from the start that would be. Throw in a few wild card games for playoff spots (9 & 10 in each conf) as a “test” and they can make up for their lockout quite quickly with an entertaining regular season, which would be a BIG change from the past drug out regular season of 82 games. Also, fresh players due to a short season and what a playoff they could have.

  • Reg Dunlop

    I watched the Mount Royal Cougars play the U of S Huskies a few days ago, and it was the best game I’ve seen in three years. Plus, I didn’t have to mortgage my firstborn child in exchange for tickets.

    Screw you NHL. I’m a hockey fan, and I can get hockey somewhere else.