Finland Hockey is played well into the spring and the ice hockey world championships seem to come every spring too late, but here the situation is quite ridiculous.Aapo Mentula argues that the NHL season goes on far too long. The man has a point.
Continuing our affiliation with the Edmonton Oilers has been a high priority for our organization this off-season and we’re very much looking forward to working with them during the 2012-13 season.That's Stockton Thunder president, Dan Chapman, talking about the renewal of Stockton's affiliation with the Edmonton Oilers. Not all teams in the NHL have an ECHL affiliation, but the Oilers have seen a few players go through Stockton and arrive in the NHL over the last six years. They have used the league as a purposeful developmental step for most of their young goaltending prospects with some success. Both Devan Dubnyk and Olivier Roy began their pro careers there, and Tyler Bunz will likely start there in 2012-13.
Next year I really want to focus on training this summer, then the season and after that I don't think I'd really want to go any where else. I haven't really given it much thought. I was drafted by the Oilers, they saw something in me, they really like me, we have a personal and formal relationship that I really like and hopefully I can land here.The quote come from Kyle Bigos in an interview that he did with Guy Flaming from The Pipeline Show. It doesn't necessarily mean that Bigos will end up signing a contract with the Oilers, but it is nice to know that his relationship with the organization is a good one.
They say they like me but there is no place for me. Now they got the first choice again [Nail Yakupov] so there is not exactly more space.That's Linus Omark speaking to Expressen after receiving a qualifying offer from the Oilers on Monday. In the story Omark also talks about the possibility of playing in the KHL next season. This is just the start of what I think could be one of the more interesting story lines during training camp and into the start of the season.
According to Veikkaaja Oilers forward Lennart Petrell is planning to return to Europe. Shame... I thought he was capable to stay in the NHLJanne Virtanen on Lennart Petrell
He’s the top player.Kevin Lowe on Ryan Murray
"...we built him into something we could move"Great insight into what the Canucks did with Cody Hodgson, Courtesy of Thomas Drance of Canucks Army
...you never address immediate needs at the draft table. In fact, with the crapshoot the draft is, you’re lucky if you can even hope to address the long-term voids in your roster.Why the Oilers should keep the No. 1 pick and take Nail Yakupov This was an interesting article I read today. It really points out what should be happening in the Oilers organization and what they should do with the 1st overall draft pick.
My guess is this will be the longest suspension of Torres's career, one that's really been a year in the making and that will be roundly criticized no matter how long it goes. But the NHL had a few golden opportunities here to send a clearer message several months ago, and they blew it. Marian Hossa is paying for that. And, in a way, Torres is, too, as he'll be the scapegoat of the week for a much larger problem at the league level.That's James Mirtle talking about the hit Raffi Torres delivered to Marian Hossa yesterday. That last sentence is right on point. The Torres hit was bad, but the amount of violence we've seen in these playoffs is on the league for their unwillingness to stick with the plan to reform league discipline. If I was James Wisniewski, I'd want my $500,000 back.