Edmonton - Apr. 16, 2014: Next season started today for the Winnipeg Jets as GM Kevin Cheveldayoff accomplished the #1 item on his to-do list, hire a coach. Of course this wasn't a lengthy search and interview process as the man he wanted was already in house. Today he got the news he wanted to hear, Paul Maurice (and more importantly his family) was on board. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Apr. 16, 2014: When NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly opened up the final envelope of the 2014 Draft Lottery and pulled out the card of the Florida Panthers, all I could do was shake my head. Through 81 games the Edmonton Oilers sat in 29th spot in the overall standings, one point ahead of the Panthers but that changed after Game 82. Back in 2007, a similar situation cost the organization a chance at drafting Patrick Kane and it looks as though it will happen yet again in 2014. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Apr. 15, 2014: No one should have been surprised with the approach Craig MacTavish decided to take to his year end press conference. After promising big changes and letting the entire hockey world know he wasn’t an overly patient man during his introduction as the Edmonton Oilers general manger, the fifty-five year old tried putting a positive spin on what was a disastrous 2013-14 campaign. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Apr. 15, 2014: It wasn’t supposed to go like this. 2013-14 was the year the Edmonton Oilers were going to play meaningful games deep into the season. While few had them slated to qualify for post-season play for the first time since 2006, almost everyone felt this team was good enough to compete for a spot. Unfortunately, that is not how things played out during Dallas Eakins rookie year behind an NHL bench. FULL STORY
Windsor - Apr. 14, 2014: Hockey fans are psyching up for what will hopefully be another action packed and entertaining post-season of NHL playoffs. Unfortunately, the subpar play of Canadian teams has resulted in a lack of Canadian representation this year, as the Montreal Canadiens are the only Canadian club competing in the playoffs. However this will not deter Canadians from tuning in to the best kind of hockey there is: playoff hockey. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Apr. 13, 2014: In the grand scheme of things, last night’s 5-2 win over the visiting Vancouver Canuck was nothing more than another meaningless season ending victory for the Edmonton Oilers but it was one hell of a special night for Ryan Smyth and his legions of fans across Oil Country and will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most touching moments in franchise history
Stoney Point - Apr. 13, 2014: It is that time of year again. It is time for the NHL Playoffs, where 16 teams compete for the Stanley Cup, poolies across the globe try to win some dough and the Toronto Maple Leafs work on their golf game. It is a tough time of year for us Leaf fans. When my Dad was alive, he enjoyed running a playoff pool each season. Since his passing in 2008, his tradition has continued and we are ready to launch the 18th Annual Hometown Hockey Playoff Pool.
Edmonton - Apr. 11, 2014: This post is a response to a piece written by Pat McLean of Black Dog Hates Skunks Blog. As usual when reading through a BDP post, I find myself shaking my head, nodding in approval, having to re-read certain sentences or phrases because they were that good, and others because they didn't make sense to me. It was quite winded, but full of information. I never really felt like it dragged on. I did want to point out some things that I really liked, and some things that I disliked regarding your comments about the roles of storytelling in the main-stream media.
Edmonton - Apr. 11, 2014: The scoreline may have read Los Angeles Kings 3 and Edmonton Oilers 0 but in the end it really meant nothing, From now until Saturday night, all that matters in the hearts of Oilers fans will be Ryan Smyth. With the 19 year vet set to play his final NHL game, emotions will be running wild throughout much of Oil Country over the next couple of days.
Edmonton - Apr. 10, 2014: Heading into this year’s NHL Trade Deadline, there were many a rumour surrounding the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov. While such a deal would have made little to no sense for either team to even consider, the Oilers interest in the veteran blueliner was quite real and will likely be revisited this summer.