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Hot Links: Wednesday, December 2

#T25U25 Top 10 begins today. PLUS: Farce majeure: diving into the potential of a lockout, Puljujarvi update, Holloway on having had COVID-19, overseas updates, projecting McDavid’s season, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

First thing’s first, check in with Ira’s latest Top 25 Under 25 Entry on Tyler Benson, the last player outside of our top 10 for 2020.

Secondly, I’m not sure if anyone noticed this doozy of a thread from player agent — and Marc-Andre Fleury photoshopper — Allan Walsh:

Ruh roh. But Walsh continues:

So Walsh is clearly of the opinion that the NHL can’t bin the season within the parameters of the CBA. Of course, he’s clearly on one side of this issue, so while maybe it feels good to hear someone so connected be so confident that the NHL can’t do that, it’s probably still a situation worth paying attention to.

While paying attention to it, I came across another thread from a (non-labor, non-CBA) lawyer, who had a couple of thoughts on the matter:

Now we get into the nuts and bolts:

All this, leading to to this conclusion:

Ooo, baby. I’m no lawyer, but that seems reasonable enough to me. The NHL cannot claim ignorance — they signed the new deal in the summer.

Anyway, TL;DR, I came across a lawyer’s take on the cancellation rumors that beginning to make the rounds yesterday. It seems to me like the NHL might not have a legal case to do so. So, we wait.

The 2020 Copper And Blue Top 25 Under 25: #11 Tyler Benson (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Tuesday, December 1 (Copper and Blue)

The 2020 Copper And Blue Top 25 Under 25: #12 Ryan McLeod (Copper and Blue)

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Oilers Need To Move On From Jujhar Khaira (THW)

NHL’s Return To Play Can’t Happen Soon Enough For Jesse Puljujarvi (Journal)

Edmonton Oilers Draft Pick Says COVID-19 Was “A Little Rough” (Sun)

Oilers Notebook: What’s New With Edmonton’s Players Overseas? (Oilersnation)

What Will Connor McDavid Produce In 2021? (Oilersnation)

NHL Future Power Rankings: Projecting the 2023-24 standings (Athletic)