Craig MacTavish has a press conference at 11 a.m. today. Will he make a major announcement?

I’m very curious to see what he says. I wrote this on what I think he needs to do.


I’m bagged from an awesome weekend playing in the  ProAm for Alzheimers. The Journeymen (named in honour of our good buddy Jason Strudwick) had a great time.

We lucked out and finished 2nd in fundraising, $50,900, so we got the 2nd pick in the draft, but we also got treated like NHL players and had our own dressing room the entire weekend. We drafted Jeremy Roenick 2nd overall, Marty McSorley went 1st, and we couldn’t have drafted a better guy.

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JR was great. After drafting him at 7:15 p.m. Friday night, he spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with our team. He bought a round of tequila shots for the boys minutes after we got to our table and that set the tone for a fun night. He interacted with all the guys on the team and told some great stories.

Trent Yawney crushing Mike Keenan off his chair while he sat at centre ice overseeing a "bagskate" was one of the best.

We left the draft around a 11 p.m., jumped in a Blue Sky Limo and proceeded to take JR on a mini pub crawl. On the limo JR told more stories and you could tell why he was liked by his NHL teammates. He made sure he talked to all the guys.

At the Druid he took pics with anyone who asked and he always looked them in the eye and asked them their name. It is a small gesture, but one that wasn’t overlooked. We bounced around a few places, had a final drink at On The Rocks and then when we were leaving he wanted some late-night grub.

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We took a cab to All Happy and proceeded to order way too much food. Roenick told me about the Olympics in Vancouver being the best time he’d ever had, how pissed he was at Derian Hatcher for breaking his jaw, and how he’d treat the fans if he owned a team. He has a group of guys that are negotiating with a team, but couldn’t say which one.

We witnessed a mini-brawl during our late-night meal, but the people involved actually policed themselves and broke it up. Very odd, and just another twist to a great night.

Thank God we didn’t have to play until 2:45 Saturday afternoon, because most of the Journeymen were hurting. Even better was that our opposition was Oilersnation. Wanye didn’t even show up. Supposedly he’s allergic to skating nowadays.

We beat the Nation 7-6, although three goals in the final 4 minutes made it appear closer than it was. Buck75 was as effective as Eric Belanger, while Nation owner, JD, struggled mightily going -5.

We had a team dinner Saturday night at Vons, and that kickstarted another great evening out. Oilersnation drafted Brad May and he was also a beauty. He overheard JR and I talking about our late-night eats so he proceeded to take a few of the Journeymen with him for food on Saturday night. Classic.

Roenick’s skill on the ice was apparent. Sick hands. He chirped a guy every time they’d miss the net on one of his tape-to-tape passes. It was a thrill for the guys to play with him and Struds. Struds might have lost 10 pounds over the weekend. He played for us and he also got drafted. He ended up playing 6 games on Sunday. Beauty.

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It was a great weekend, and a big thanks to all the guys who played on the Journeymen this weekend. It was great meeting some listeners and I hope you had a blast.

Roenick signed two new sticks for me that we will auction off in the future. He’ll also be making a few more appearances on my show and here on the Nation. He definitely knows how to have fun.

Congratulations to all the guys who played in the Pro Am this weekend, and great job in fundraising. The tournament raised over 900,000 for Alzheimer research.

It was also a thrill for me to meet Gordie Howe and have the pleasure of  emceeing the Gordie Howe Luncheon on Friday afternoon. Sitting at the table speaking with Gordie and his son Marty was awesome. Having the chance to host the round table with Bryan Trottier, Marty McSorley and Tom Webster was a blast as well. They had some great stories, and I encourage any of you who are hockey fans to consider playing in this event next year. I guarantee you’ll have a great time.

I’m off to MacTavish’s press conference… I wonder if he’ll make an announcement….


  • yak’s not a hotdogger … Shremp was one. Yak is
    enthusiastic only and will stop once he gets a few behind him … or them as the case may be.
    Young and enthusiastic … gotta love it !!!
    Let the rest of the league worry about it.

  • ARM CHAIR GM ROLE PLAY : We buy out Horcoff’s #7M @2/3 (I believe), leaving $4.67 M for buyout . Does the cap hit then reduce from $5.5 each year to $2.33 for two years or is it added on in some form ? That looks like a $3.2M savings/season . Can we do better @ $3.2M than Horcoff on marketplace over next two seasons ?

    • Eddie Shore

      From Capgeek:

      Teams are entitled to buy out player contracts for a portion of the remaining value of the contract — paid over a period of twice the remaining length of the contract. Following are the buyout amounts:
      Younger than age 26 at the time of buyout, 1/3 the remaining value
      Age 26 or older at the time of the buyout, 2/3 the remaining value
      When a player is bought out, the team still takes a cap hit for the player over a period of twice the remaining length of the contract. The amount of the cap hit (by year) is determined as follows:

      1.Take the actual salary due for each remaining year

      2.Take the Averaged Player Salary (cap hit) for the current contract

      3.Calculate the buyout amount (as described above)

      4.Spread the buy-out amount evenly over twice the remaining years of the contract

      5.Take the number in No. 1 and subtract the number in No. 4. This is the “buyout savings.”

      6.Take the cap hit from No. 2 and subtract the buyout savings from No. 5.

      This calculation is done for each year, meaning the buyout cap hit is not necessarily the same for all years. It can even be negative, meaning a team can receive a credit.

      I have no idea what this means

  • Wax Man Riley

    With the 6th overall pick, Calgary screws over the Oilers and takes Mohnahan, leaving us with the smaller Lindholm centre.

    However, before Mac T gets to the podium, Betman announces a trade. “The Edmonton Oilers have traded their pick at seventh and Sam Gagner, to the Philadelphia Flyers for their pick at eleven and Sean Coutier.”

    With the seventh pick, the Flyers select the Power forward Russian winger Valeri Nichushkin (As they are one of the few teams who can guarantee he plays in the NHL, and only the NHL. In their division they need the next coming of Malkin, and Valeri Nichushkin will be willing to play for such a talent laden team.

    At eleven, The Edmonton Oilers feel comfortable reaching a little down the rankings, and draft the coke machine of all coke machines, Gauthier. Thus grabbing two young, big mean centres in a single draft. They are now big and deep down the middle for years to come.

      • Eddie Shore

        That is interesting as I’m having a hard time selling this deal on the NHL message boards to Flyers Fans. Weird how different fans view their players. Personally, I think this helps both teams as Coutier gets to play with a little more skilled wingers, and Gags gets to play with wingers that will stick up for him, I bet both teams benefit in this scenario. But that could just be me.

        • The Soup Fascist

          They have watched small center Danny Briere waste away in front of their eyes. Gagner much younger than when Briere showed up, but the wounds might be a little fresh.

          Certainly one of the more reasonable trade proposals on this site though. At least it is plausible.

        • Eddie Shore

          Couturier hasn’t eclipsed 30 points in his NHL career. Sam Gagner may have flaws in his game, but he’s 24 yr old, proven 2C coming off a career year. I like this idea, just need more return in my opinion.

  • Eddie Shore

    Oilers obviously felt Horcoff and Smyth to be diminishing talents by their contacts . Can we expect either to play as well as this year ?Unlikely sorry to say , as it will be a full season . Can’t see us going forward with too many diminishing veteran talents much longer.