February 04 2017 12:00PM
(Photo Credit: Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports)
This morning, the Oilers announced that they have recalled defencemen Jordan Oesterle and Griffin Reinhart from the Bakersfield Condors, while also placing Juhjar Khaira and Matt Benning on the injured reserve.
February 03 2017 07:00AM
On Wednesday, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the probability that the salary cap for 2018-19 would stay at $73.0 million. Assuming that comes to pass, how are the Edmonton Oilers situated? Can they take advantage of the lack of growth in the cap?
February 03 2017 07:00AM
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The Leafs sent down Frederik Gauthier to the Toronto Marlies yesterday. Ben Smith was able to come off of the Injured Reserve and join the team to re-claim his spot at the team's fourth-line centre for last night's game. So, between Gauthier and Smith, they chose Smith. But, based on what we know, they were 100% wrong.
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February 03 2017 05:00AM
5 things to know about Patrik Laine, lots of guys on the block in Detroit, some teams don't want the Leafs to be patient, Flames prospect update is ugly, McDavid clearly breaks NHL fastest skater record, Canucks still hurting from poor drafting, a crazy junior scrap, NHL power rankings, an All-star rundown and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
February 02 2017 03:00PM
Any of you that followed me during my most recent stint on Twitter will know that a have a particularly strong affinity for Nico Hischier, one that I was particularly vocal about during the World Junior Championships, when he basically single-handedly scared the pants off the Americans in the quarter finals. Hischier, who started the year outside the top ten by many (and in 10th by my early top ten), was already a consensus top five pick at this point and was only heading up (he's now provided a reasonable challenge for first overall).
Meanwhile, the Canucks heading into the Christmas break (and thus the start of the World Junior tournament) were undoubtedly one of the league's worst teams, and their position in the standings showed it. They sat in 27th place at Christmas, and even with a couple of early wins out of the Christmas break, hope was allowed to creep in and create draw a line between the Canucks' terrible record, their eventual draft position, and this shiny young Swiss centre that was setting the WJC on fire.
As a rule, the Canucks aren't usually allowed to have nice things, with a few exceptions. In nearly 50 years, they have never captured the first overall pick - a trend that started with a spinning wheel back in 1970. So rather than hoping for number one, hoping for a top two or three selection seemed like a safer bet for a Vancouver fan, right? This could really happen!
It was then that my bubble was burst by the mention of one name: Michael Rasmussen.