Despite what anyone may think, we are indeed still alive and kicking in this little corner of the internerd. Unfortunately, it is the worst part of the year for hockey so there really isn’t much to say.
That said, there have been a couple items that popped up lately, so lets give them a little looksie and banter pointlessly about them in order to occupy ourselves until something real happens.
Hall and Eberle Extensions
Apparently the Oilers are looking into extending both Hall and Eberle to extensions in the near future (Omark also hasn’t signed his QO, but that’s a footnote). There was some discussion of Kane/Toews, Skinner and Tavares as comparables. Basically anywhere from 5.5 to 6.5 per, over 5-6 years.
If I were their agents, I’d be pushing for a deal to get done before the CBA gets renewed, knowing that the owners want to get rid of the big jump on the second deal. I’d also be tempted to get a deal done if I were the Oilers, just thinking of locking them up for a longer term than may be allowed in any new CBA.
Honestly though, I’m betting both get similar deals to Skinner. How that sets us up going forward I’m not sure yet.
Speaking of the new CBA, the players just came back to the owners with what seems to be a very reasonable counter offer to the backhanded offer the owners offered.
I’m fully behind the players in these negotiations. I think the offer the owners tabled was ridiculous, and if I were a player I’d tell them to fuck off as I was leaving the table. Luckily, they are smarter than I am and countered with what sounds to be a reasonable deal.
I know people keep saying that the players are overpaid, but really…in my mind they are the best 700 in the world at their job and should be paid appropriately. Further, I think they should get more than 57% of revenue as we all go to see them. It’s not their fault the owners want more and more money. And personally, blaming Bettman makes no sense as he just does what the owners want. I’m not sure he really has any autonomous power.
Hopefully they can get a deal worked out so we don’t have a lockout.
Finally, Canada. The U-20 kids just beat the russians in the Canada/Russia challenge (although it was closer than the last one that Gagner was a part of). Makes you wonder if we are getting to a few down years in Canadian talent (goaltending certainly seems to be suffering), or if it’s just that the Russians are bringing a better team.
And the Olympics. Won’t lie, I’m a big olympics fan. And I must say I’m pretty happy with how Canada did. Pretty good for the population base + the fact that we are 95% winter. Only shitty thing is we kinda got jobbed on a few sports. Obviously Canada/USA soccer is the most well known, but that boxer dude got robbed as well. And the 4x100m. Gotta feel for those guys. Either way, felt proud of how they represented the country and you can’t ask for more than that.
And that’s all…back to your regularily scheduled programming (Eskies and Seahawks for me!)