Hall Inductees to be Announced Today

By , June 22, 2010 8:58 am
The one good thing the city of Toronto gave the Hockey world.

The one good thing the city of Toronto gave the Hockey world.

Today the Hall of Fame voters decide on the 2010 crop of Hall of Fame inductees. Eligible players include Dave Andreychuk, Dino Ciccarelli, Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Adam Oates, and the controversial nominee, Eric Lindros.

Eric Lindros is a bit of an interesting nominee that follows the same story as a guy like Cam Neely who had his superb career cut short by injury. Cam Neely was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 with his share of question marks as well. There’s been much debate as to whether Eric Lindros should be inducted on various forums and blogs… what do you folks think?

UPDATE @ 10:00AM: The Oilers have announced their schedule for the 2010-11 season. The first game will be at home on October 7th, vs. the Douches to our south, the Calgary Flames. Game 2 is at home on October 10th vs. the Florida Panthers. The Oilers see their first road trip start on the 14th of October (vs. Calgary).

UPDATE @ 1:45 PM: Per TSN: “Dino Ciccarelli, Cammi Granato and Angela James have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, Jimmy Devellano and the late Daryl ‘Doc’ Seaman was elected.”

DUI Charges Stick in Re-Khabibulin Case

By , June 21, 2010 5:57 pm
Re-Khabi seen here, taking a swing of the ol' Jesus Juice

Re-Khabi seen here, taking a swing of the ol' Jesus Juice

From iNews 880:

Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will face a jury trial after all.

The lawyer for the 37-year-old was in an Arizona courtroom today attempting to have his client’s impaired driving charges dropped. Mark DuBiel argued that Khabibulin shouldn’t have had to undergo a field sobriety test because he had recently undergone back surgery.

DuBiel says his client’s constitutional rights were violated and it would have been hard for him to pass the tests even if he was sober. The motion to suppress was denied though.

Khabibulin was pulled over for going 70 mph in a 45 zone in February. He’s charged with DUI, DUI with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or more and exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 mph.

The trial is slated to begin on July 7th.

I can honestly say I’m happy that this is the case. Not because I’m pissed off about Khabibulin’s contract. If Hemsky did the same, or someone else that I’d like, I’d want the case done properly. I don’t like seeing anyone get away with something like this.

That said, anyone know the law on travel to the US if Khabibulin is found guilty? I know Arizona is pretty strict on their DUIs, so he may face a misdemeanor charge. But I’m not sure if that is big enough to keep him from leaving Canada… any of you junior, wannabe lawyers know?

McKenzie’s Final Draft Rankings

By , June 21, 2010 10:50 am

I wouldn't be upset if we grab Pysyk as well...good d-man.

Just a heads up, but Bob McKenzie’s final draft rankings are up, and there is fantastic stuff up there. As lowetide says, this guy knows his stuff.

Let’s Make A Deal! … with the Phoenix Coyotes

By , June 18, 2010 7:15 pm
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, NHL players do not accept food stamps as salary payments

Unfortunately for the Coyotes, NHL players do not accept food stamps as salary payments

The Phoenix Coyotes signed Adrian Aucoin to a 2-year deal yesterday. That leaves Zbynek Michalek and Derek Morris left on their blue line to sign. Either of these guys would be nice additions to the Oilers.

Derek Morris is an Edmonton born player who brings a pretty all around game, including physical play. He could stand to be a bit better in his own zone, but he is skilled in the offensive zone. His $3.3M contract last year puts him in a spot that may make him a bit pricey for a team such as ours in a rebuild, but he would be a decent replacement for Souray. He also plays that oft-sought right side. Continue reading 'Let’s Make A Deal! … with the Phoenix Coyotes'»

Let’s Make A Deal! … with the Florida Panthers

By , June 17, 2010 12:11 am
Let's make a deal with the Florida Panthers..

Let's make a deal with the Florida Panthers..

Let’s Make A Deal With The Panthers

The Florida Panthers currently hold the #3 overall pick in the 2010 Entry Draft. I think they could be a likely trade partner, but it’s more than just for that pick. * – The Sun Sentinel speculates that Nathan Horton will be gone from Florida at the draft. This speculation is spurred by Horton’s agent, Paul Krepelka. Darren Dreger has also confirmed Horton’s availability. Continue reading 'Let’s Make A Deal! … with the Florida Panthers'»

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