Good Morning folks, I’ve got a few links for everyone.
Anton Slepyshev will start the season on injured reserve. This isn’t exactly unexpected despite the Oilers assuring us he’d be ready for the opener. When a player goes down right before camp and it’s more than a bruise, it’s pretty unlikely he’ll be ready within 2 weeks. (Copper&Blue)
Paul Kariya hasn’t played in the NHL since 2010 due to concussion issues. The strange part is that he’s been almost completely out of the spotlight since his 2011 retirement announcement. TSN actually had a sit down with him where he admits that he doesn’t recall the time period around the Scott Stevens hit. (TSN Video)
Elliotte Friedman put out his 31 thoughts. It’s always a must read for the week and this one is no exception. In it, he specifically expresses a possibility of the salary cap rising to 80M next year. That would solve just about every perceived issue the Oilers have going into 2018-2019. (Sportsnet)
Pierre LeBrun had a nice interview with Joe Thornton. Apparently there was a reasonable possibility that he was going to join Marleau when picking a team. (The Athletic)
If you’ve ever wondered how coaches get into the game when they come from remote areas, Todd McLellan’s story is pretty cool. (Edmonton Journal)
This next one isn’t recent, it’s not news and you’ve probably seen it before. I just love this clip of Chiarelli and the Bruins making the biggest mistake of their careers (hopefully). Now, I like Chia, I wrote an article expressing that he’s done a good job a while back, but this video just makes me want to shout at the computer. For old time’s sake, give it a watch. (YouTube)
The Oilers beat the Hurricanes last night, be sure to check the front page for a recap. That’s all, enjoy.