On June 13, 1979, the NHL Edmonton Oilers arrived. The NHL-WHA merger happened on that day—37 years ago today. It involved all kinds of negotiation—including keeping Wayne Gretzky in the city—and saying goodbye to the league that brought our city big league hockey.


Monday Musings: Buyout window, arbitration and more

The 2015/2016 season officially ended last night after the Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth Stanley Cup in the most recent 25 NHL campaigns, tying them with the Detroit Red Wings for the most. The New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks have three, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings two, while the Montreal Canadiens, New York…


The Pittsburgh Penguins & Three Scoring Lines

Watching the Pittsburgh Penguins dominate the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup final had to be interesting for the managers of the Edmonton Oilers. In a lot of ways, the Pens’ roster—though obviously better—has similarities to that of the Oilers. Like Edmonton, Pittsburgh has a relatively weak defence that needed careful management. Like Edmonton,…


Monday Mailbag – Raising the Draft Age?

My friends, it’s Mailbag time again. That means that you’ve submitted your questions and our panel of geniuses wizards wonder men writers have given a chunk of free wisdom that you’ll be able to carry with you for the rest of your lives. I need questions for next week so please send any question you may have to me through email or on Twitter….


Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #20 Alex DeBrincat

Embed from Getty Images Alex DeBrincat has 205 points in 128 games over his last two seasons. That type of production is usually synonymous with first overall talent, yet DeBrincat checks in as the 20th ranked prospect in our consensus rankings. There is definitely an element of size bias at work here. DeBrincat’s 5’7″ frame (which…


Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #21 Vitali Abramov

Embed from Getty Images Vitali Abramov of the Gatineau Olympiques in the QMJHL checks in as the 21st ranked prospect on our consensus ranking. Though the diminutive Russian winger was a relative unknown entering his draft-eligible season, his prolific rookie season has forced himself into the conversation as a first-round pick.