Edmonton - Aug. 29, 2014: It was the news Edmonton Oilers fans were waiting to hear and yet many seem to be almost disappointed in the money the organization had to cough up in order to ink defenceman Justin Schultz to a one year deal. While the masses were hoping for some sort of team friendly bridge contract, that was never going to part of the equation when it was all said and done. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Aug. 29, 2014: In my mind, the deal had to get done in order for the Oilers to enter into camps and the pre-season with full knowledge of their arsenal, but a large part of me does wonder why such a long hold-up. FULL STORY
Winnipeg - Aug. 28, 2014: It seems like every year it happens with nearly every NHL team. The team is 90 per cent pencilled in, and has a projected blue chip prospect set to step forward. But then it happens. A rookie whose time is right, comes out of nowhere, makes a good impression in camp, produces in pre-season games, and low and behold, grabs himself a roster spot. FULL STORY
Stoney Point - Aug. 28, 2014: In this week's installment of 30 Second Timeout we asked the following question:
Crystal Ball time - who wins the Stanley Cup in 2014-15? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Chicago Blackhawks will win the Stanley Cup in 2014-15. I like their depth, experience, and skill. Most of all, they're goaltending isn't a question mark unlike San Jose, Anaheim, and St.Louis. Adding Brad Richards for a paltry $2M and letting Michal Handzus, Brandon Bollig, and PM Bouchard go were astute moves on GM Stan Bowman's part. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Aug. 27, 2014: Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish was a busy man in trying to improve his blueine this summer and while he did manage to add the trio of Keith Aulie, Mark Fayne and Nikita Nikitin, one has to wonder where Oscar Klefbom fits into the mix for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.
Boston - Aug. 27, 2014: While it may have been a quiet summer for Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, it appears as though he could become rather busy prior to the start of the 2015-16 National Hockey League campaign.