The @EdmontonOilers are currently on a 93 point pace.
I stand by my pre-season prediction that the team will finish with around 47-52 wins.
Eventually EDM will get healthier up front.
Also believe EDM’s 2023 1st round pick will be in play to help upgrade the team.
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) December 14, 2022
On the NHL’s salary cap…
“If you’re rooting for the NHL’s salary cap to increase substantially next summer, then you better break out your pom-poms for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights to go on deep playoff runs this spring.Because without help from either big market, big spending fanbases or a significant change in the price of the Canadian dollar, the NHL’s salary cap may only increase $1 million next season.That’s the report commissioner Gary Bettman relayed to the league’s Board of Governors here on Day 2 of their annual December meeting.Bettman said in his media availability that the league is currently projecting approximately $70 million to be remaining on the escrow debt to be repaid by players to owners after this season.According to Bettman, that would require the NHL’s overall business to exceed expectations by $140 to $150 million over the final six-plus months of the season in order for that debt to be retired.”
2022's Most Valuable NHL Teams, per @Forbes:
1️⃣ Rangers, $2.2B
2️⃣ Maple Leafs, $2B
3️⃣ Canadiens, $1.85B
4️⃣ Blackhawks, $1.5B
5️⃣ Bruins, $1.4B
6️⃣ Kings, $1.3B
7️⃣ Oilers, $1.275B
8️⃣ Flyers, $1.25B
9️⃣ Capitals, $1.2B
🔟 Kraken, $1.05B pic.twitter.com/YkQmdZiFej
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) December 14, 2022
- Pierre LeBrun reported on Monday that the Vancouver Canucks made a contract extension offer to captain Bo Horvat and that it was declined. The following day, Horvat released a statement through the team saying “I am focused on this season and playing for the Vancouver Canucks, helping the team in any way I can. I will not have any further comments this year about my future.”
- There was more waiver wire action on Tuesday, as the Winnipeg Jets claimed Karson Kuhlman from the Seattle Kraken, who went on waivers because Seattle previously claimed Eeli Tolvanen from the Nashville Predators. Arizona Coyotes defenceman Dysin Mayo cleared through. There was some thought the Oilers might take a look at the former Oil King defender.
- Alex Ovechkin scored the 798th, 799th, and 800th goals of his NHL career on Tuesday night in the Washington Capitals 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s the third player ever along with Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky to reach 800 NHL goals.