Day 2 of X. Everything’s closing. It’s getting serious. Be serious and take the pandemic seriously. On this, the day of St. Patrick, stay home even if the local authorities are too shortsighted to cancel their celebrations. Don’t be foolish. Don’t be careless.
Alright, now that’s out of the way, let’s get down to brass tacks.
The Senators, also bowing to public pressure, announced early this morning that they, too, will follow the other six Canadian NHL teams’ lead and pay their affected event staff. Details of exactly how have not yet trickled out, but it’s a positive step.
So now, as per Russian Machine Never Breaks, a Washington Capitals blog, there are still two owners/NHL teams who haven’t committed to doing the right thing: Craig Leipold of the Minnesota Wild and Bill Foley of the Vegas Golden Knights. Leipold is worth approximately $3.6 BILLION dollars, while Foley clocks in at a more modest $500 million. However, the ownership group of the Golden Knights, Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, also includes the extremely rich Maloof family, who are worth a cool billion themselves. Long story less long, both of these owners have the means — and then some — to do right by their event staff. It’s long past time for both of these owners to step all the way up for their people.
The NHL is apparently looking at a 24-team playoff format as part of their ongoing contingency planning for a season that, let’s be honest, is probably not coming back this year.
Peter Chiarelli wants to be a GM again, which makes sense. Who wouldn’t want millions of dollars for being wholly shitty at something?
How much offense should we expect from Tyler Benson, NHL player?
All that and more pepper this morning’s edition of the links. Get yourselves read up and then get your goddamn hands washed and your ass back in your house. Stay safe.
And, as always, if there are particular threads you’d like us to deep dive on with an article or two, please do let us know in the comments. Cheers.
Lost Links: Monday, March 16 (Copper and Blue)
Reason To Believe (Lowetide)
The Trades That Shaped Us: How The Edmonton Oilers Traded Jason Arnott And Ended Up With Cam Talbot (Oilersnation)
Senators Announce Plan To Help Part-Time Arena Staff Amid COVID-19 Shutdown (CBC)
Oilers European Players Allowed To Return Home During COVID-19 Pause (Sun)
3 Biggest Reasons Why The Oilers Have Excelled In 2019-20 (Sportsnet) (LOL - he said the goalies.)
AHL Season Suspended Until At Least May (Oilersnation)
The NHL’s Pause Will Go For At Least Another 60 Days (Oilersnation)
Would 3-Point Wins Or No Loser Point Alter The Standings (Oilersnation)
Peter Chiarelli Wants To Be A GM Again. Has He Learned From His Oilers Mistakes? (Athletic)
Lowetide: Oilers’ Challenge Could Be Finding Relief With A Low Cap Ceiling (Athletic)