2011 NHL Draft Combine is going on right now..
Wow, I have been asleep at the switch. I missed that this was even going on right now. It started on May 30, 2011 and ends tomorrow, June 3rd.
There are some interviews up on the oilers website, including interviews with players Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Adam Larsson, Sean Couturier, Jonathan Huberdeau and Dougie Hamilton, as well as Oilers staff Steve Tambellini and Stu MacGregor.
First quick observation. Holy eff… what is with Landeskog?? This guy speaks better english than most North Americans. No accent at all on him (kind of like Nick Lidstrom). He’s a very modest and well spoken player too. Adam Larsson spoke briefly on his familiarity with Paajarvi and Lander, mentioning that he’s played in world competition with them for about four years now. I wouldn’t say there was anything else particularly stand out in the player interviews though. I’d say the best interview to listen to (as expected) is Stu MacGregor’s interview. He provides some good insight in the whole process.
Tomorrow is the big day of the combine, which TSN will actually be airing… that’s the day that the players go through their physical testing. This might help give a good look at what growth RNH might be capable of, or perhaps how far ahead of the curve some of the other bigger guys are. Should be interesting.
Edit: June 4th, 9:00AM:
Here are the combine results: Continue reading '2011 NHL Combine'»
Julianna Guill - IMDB tells me she started in a Friday the 13th movie
Happy Friday 13th, everyone. Steve-O is away on vacation right now (in Mexico… there is a good chance he is currently being finger-banged by a Federale right now). So today, I present you with the MMS. Now, MMS once stood for Monday Morning Standings, but tradition has shown that these things never appear on Mondays… and who am I to break up tradition? Plus, with it being the playoffs, we decided we’d only release one MMS per round. So here it is… enjoy. Continue reading 'MMS – Post Round 2 edition'»
Will the franchise be returned to Winnipeg as early as this month?
So, many have been talking about the Coyotes potentially moving to Winnipeg. TSNs “The Reporters” addressed that topic today on the show. Here is what they had to say: Continue reading 'Panelists of TSN’s “The Reporters” confident Phoenix is Winnipeg bound..'»
Trade deadline approaches.. FUCK YEAH!
So, the Christmas day of the NHL approaches… the trade deadline. It’s Monday, February 28th @ 1:00PM MST. The days leading up to the deadline were actually quite excitement filled. TSN has a trade tracker page up here. I count 25 trades this month alone (26 now, as I type this.. as news just came in that Brad Boyes was dealt to Buffalo). Who even thought Erik Johnson, James Neal or Craig Anderson would be available? It’ll be interesting to see if this deadline finishes with a bang or fizzles out.
As for the Oilers, I don’t expect much at all. Foil contributor Zackman35 had a good comment today about the moves he could see the Oilers making, which inspired my list below… Continue reading 'Trade Deadline Awesomeness'»
The NHL CBA was actually prophesied in the 16th century by this old dude
NOTE: There is now a permanent link to this Waiver FAQ in the menu, under “Resources” (2005 NHL CBA Waiver FAQ).
One thing that confuses the heck out of people is a player’s waiver status. It is so confusing that even CBA guru’s for NHL team’s get it wrong from time to time. Case in point of this is a situation that happened before the start of last year in which Rick Olczyk was asked about Gilbert Brule’s waiver status. In fairness, Olczyk had not yet researched the question when asked. But he responded by saying that Brule did not need to clear waivers to be sent down. Several bloggers (including yours truly) and CBA-expert-wannabe’s pointed out that Brule did in fact have to clear waivers. Several panicked at the thought that the Oilers might actually send him down at the start of the year and foolishly place him on waivers (which I think was a bit of a stretch, but still was an interesting case proving how cryptic the CBA is).
Before I sound like a know it all when it comes to the CBA for calling the Brule status right, I can say that I’ve made my share of mistakes too and have had to re-read over many different sections dozens of times to get a slight grasp of a particular section. It’s confusing probably to even the fellows that wrote it, no doubt. At any rate, I’ve done some digging around, and thanks to some guys who have done a bit of ground work such as NHLSCAP, cross-referenced with the CBA and various smart forumers, I figured I’d clear up a few questions/misunderstandings in regards to waiver status. This eventually will be a bit of a waivers resource for you junior GMs out there, and as such I’ll try and update this as required and if anyone has anything to add to it. Soooo.. *breathes deeply*, here goes. Continue reading 'Decrypting the 2005 NHL CBA: NHL Waivers – The Ultimate Waiver Bible'»