Was Ruff too hard on Hall?
So there’s some uproar that Lindy Ruff unfairly benched an offensive weapon in Taylor Hall against a team that has a stifling defense. The thought was that Canada needed a guy like Hall who such a penchant for generating scoring chances. Hall’s line seemingly saw some decreased ice time in the 2nd. In the 3rd, it was clear that Hall played his last shift of the game with 14:54 remaining in the 3rd period.
So.. was he unfairly benched?
I would like to break down the first half of the game more.. I didn’t start really paying attention until the 2nd, so I’ll probably come back to this. But here’s a quick breakdown of the mid 2nd and early 3rd: Continue reading 'Did Ruff unfairly bench Taylor Hall in game 2 of the WHC?'»
As per twitter Hall signed a new 7 year 6 million per deal. We are currently at lunch and doing this on a phone so more details when we return to work.
Sinclair making Solo her bitch
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.
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Taylor Hall will undergo shoulder surgery
Rather than swipe the quick news that Bruce McCurdy provided on this, I’ll just direct you to the Cult of Hockey article
Hall should return to the line up soon
Looks like Taylor Hall should be back in the line up maybe even as soon as this Thursday.
Today he practiced on a line with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. The “kid” line stayed the same (Gagner-RNH-Eberle), while Ryan Smyth was playing with Eric Belanger and Ryan Jones. Magnus Paajarvi is still the odd man out, although he practiced some with Lennart Petrell and Anton Lander.
Also good news was that Corey Potter was skating alongside Ryan Whitney. Hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup soon too. I think he could help provide a bit of a boost for Ryan Whitney’s lost game.
The Oilers next game is this Thursday vs the Phoenix Coyotes, in Phoenix, at 7:30 PM (TV: Sportsnet Oilers). Per @NHL_Oilers on Twitter: “Taylor Hall will take Coach Renney’s fitness test at practice Wednesday morning, which will determine his status for Thursday’s game.”
What are your thoughts on the “new” lines?