Yesterday news broke of Connor McDavid sporting a limp and a brace on his recently wrecked left leg at a Canadian Tire JumpStart event. The Captain was as noticeably tight-lipped as we has limping, sending an already nervous fanbase into frenzy. Speculation and panic set in immediately and takes ranged from ‘this is how human beings heal after rupturing knee ligaments, even partially’ to ‘WHY IS MCDAVID DEAD SOMEONE GET ME A BROWN PAPER BAG?!’
McDavid was also asked about his patience for the Oilers to turn it around and he opted not to answer. I don’t know about you but it certainly didn’t lead me to believe that patience was anywhere close to infinite. Kenny Netherlands better figure it out, and fast. Typically I’d never mean ‘sign Mike Smith’ when I say that, so the next little while will be interesting.
Anyway. Let’s hope it’s nothing, right?! Please, please be nothing. The Mike Smith thing I mean, mostly. McDavid will be fine. He’s 22, his ligaments are still made mostly from hopes and dreams.
News and Notes (NHL)
Let’s #$@#$@# go. (RaptorsHQ)
Yesterday’s hot links. Hey, it was a slow day. (Copper and Blue)
A bit of insight into Tippett, specifically around his decision to keep Gulutzan. (OilersNation)
Shane Doan on Dave Tippett. (OilersNation)
Lowetide on the #Oilers current 50-man situation. (Lowetide)
The Oilers Rig looks at Mike Smith and Brian Elliott as part of their summer series. It’s unfortunate that they have to, to be honest. (The Oilers Rig)
This article is old but good, from a small blog run by Keith talking about a post-Chiarelli landscape. It’s from March but it’s good and there are other good articles on there, so it felt good and right to direct people to it, even if the latest article is a few months old. It’s summer. I’d recommend the AHL stuff, myself. (Petro Praxis)
Lowetide again, this time looking at possible targets at C who can kill penalties. (The Athletic)