Credit to Steve-O for starting this MMS, fights, pics, standings and all, but I had to fill out the rest since he got busy.
Trogdor would also like to add that “in support of Cunneyworth we are opting to do an English only MMS this week.”
The Oilers are 1 point out of a chance at the top pick again (they sit in 6th currently)! What the heck happened? The Oilers only injuries right now are Taylor Fedun and Cam Barker, neither of which I would consider impact players. The Oilers are a sinking ship again, and somehow Tambellini needs to save it. There’s been some talk out there though of whether the Oilers should try and save this team and just do as well as they can or whether they should be sellers and just go for another high pick. Your thoughts?
The Phoenix Coyotes finally moved troubled-prospect Kyle Turris. He was traded to the Ottawa Senators for David Rundblad and a 2nd round pick. I personally think the Coyotes got a good deal here, but as always, time will tell.
Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier axed former coach Jacques Martin and hired Randy Cunneyworth. Apparently many french Canadiens were in an uproar over that (not the first time) because Cunneyworth is not bilingual.
24/7′s second episode airs tonight. I thought the first one was decent. Last year’s series was spectacular, and I’d say there’s a lot to work with this season when you have Sean Avery and John Tortorella involved.
The Los Angeles Kings angered probably every fan they have their by hiring Daryl Sutter as coach. I think they were happy Terry Murray was axed, however.
Former Winnipeg Jet Teemu Selanne returned to Winnipeg this past Saturday. It was an emotional return as fans chanted their former star’s name before the anthems were even sung. Selanne had a couple of assists in the game.
Colby Armstrong suffered a concussion versus the Canucks and tried to hide it from medical staff. He showed concussion symptoms on Monday, including throwing up, which likely didn’t sit well with Ron Wilson either. “He didn’t tell the trainer he had his bell rung (in the Canucks game)” Wilson said. “He kept it from us. Now he’ll be out for however long it takes.”
Claude Giroux is expected to return from his concussion in tonight’s game, barring any issues… which leads me to my next point….
Question of the week: Is the league doing enough to minimize concussions? Too much?
Say what you will about Brendan Shanahan. He’s trying to clean the game up. Many of the less skilled players don’t like him at all though. Rightfully so… he makes their jobs a LOT harder. Is that a bad thing? Perhaps.. perhaps not.
Fight of the week
Not sure which one as both are pretty good tilts, what say you all?
Oklahoma City Barons
The Barons still have a modest lead at the top of the AHL standings. They sit first overall with 44 points, however the Houston Aeros are right behind them with 41 points. Ryan Keller leads the team in points with 21 in 30 games. As you can guess by that, scoring is fairly evenly spread throughout the team.
Edmonton Oil Kings
The Oil Kings still sit in 1st place in the East Conference in the WHL, however they’ve lost their reign over the entire league. They currently sit 3rd overall. Michael St. Croix leads the team in scoring with 52 points in 35 games.
Forward Kristian Pelss (Oilers prospect), and defensemen Mark Pysyk (Sabres prospect) and Martin Gernat (Oilers prospect) will be playing in the 2012 World Junior Championships for their respective countries.
Pre-competition games have started already. Preliminary games kick off on boxing day, however. Team Canada will face Finland again (the Canadians beat Finland 3-1 in their pre-comp game). That’s a 1:30PM MST start. I believe all these games are on TSN and/or TSN2.
As luck would have it, I’ll get to watch Canada vs. Sweden live… however, I’ll have to settle for a pre-competition match up between the two hockey giants. That is on December 23rd. Anxious for that. Since I’ll be away in Mexico from December 28th on, I’ll miss pretty much this entire tournament.