Personally I was surprised to hear Smith named as an assistant. But Mark Lamb apparently was a name overheard as being in the running too (although he denied that). And well, given that the Oilers smoothed everything over with Mike Comrie last year, why not smooth things over with the one guy that was considered one of the most hated players in Oilers history (not by me though). Good to have you back, and hopefully this time around, the memories are a bit better for you.
Today the Oilers re-signed Jean-Francois Jacques to a 1-year, one-way, $615k deal.
As mentioned before, I know I’m in the minority here, but I’m happy about this re-signing. I think Jacques was easily our best energy guy last year. The unfortunate part was Quinn used him pretty heavily in a power forward role. I didn’t even mind that so much, but it didn’t work out.
Really, I’d like to see Continue reading 'Jacques Is Bacques…'»
There have been reports this off-season of the Oilers looking for a bit more grit in the lineup, as well as some defensive help. The Oilers are currently showing interest in unrestricted free agent Arron Asham. I’ve compiled a list of UFAs out there that could help the team. Feel free to add some suggestions as well…
As everyone in Edmonton now knows, Taylor Hall signed with the Oilers yesterday. The contract is patterned after that of John Tavares. It is a 3-year (standard) deal worth $900,000 base salary, with a $90,000 signing bonus (maximum allowable) as well as $2.85M in potential performance bonuses for a cap-hit of $3.75M. This is the highest rookie contract in Oilers history.
Hall isn’t letting it go to his head at all though. “I haven’t done anything yet. I’m not even on the team yet,” said Hall. “It’s tough for the first pick overall. You don’t know anyone on the team yet you’re coming in as such a high-touted player. I’m just going to try and fit in. Be humble, and be ready.”
Hall told reporters “This is a big step. It just shows I have this part out of the way and that I can get focused on hockey. I want to make a big impact at training camp. To be honest, it’s been pretty hectic. Eventually, I’m going to have to get back to Continue reading 'Taylor Hall Humble After Earning Highest Rookie Contract In Oilers History'»
Bob Probert. His name was synonymous with enforcer and he’s one of the few NHL tough guys to make an appearance in an all-star game. The same season he attained the Red Wings franchise record for penalty minutes in a season. That there is a feat that may never be matched.
Reports came in today (July 5th) that Probert collapsed on a boat and was worked on at the scene and rushed to hospital with no vital signs. His death has been confirmed. Probert was 45. He punished his body on the ice, and off the ice as well getting caught up in a number of altercations off the ice and being indicted for possession of cocaine in 1989.
Detroit picked up Probert in the third round (46th overall) in 1983. He played 9 seasons with the Wings before finishing out his career in Chicago for 7 more years. Many classic battles with the likes of Coxe, Grimson, Domi, and ex team mate Kocur entertained fans over the years. I know Stevie Y appreciated having him on his side.
Post hockey, Probert continued to contribute, briefly working radio broadcasts for the Hawks along with playing charity events, conventions and youth camps. Most recently he participated in Battle of the Blades, a dancing with the stars version on ice combining ex goons with diminutive figure skaters.
• Detroit Red Wings franchise record for career penalty minutes (2,090)
• Detroit Red Wings franchise record for penalty minutes in a season (398 in 1987–88)
• 5th all time in penalty minutes (3,300)