Well, the big story this morning isn’t to do with the Oilers at all, but involves one of the worst hits I’ve ever seen. Entirely extracurricular and fueled by an obvious intent to injure, Mark Scheifele skated 190 feet to try and kill Jake Evans on an empty-net wraparound.
Fucking trash hit from Mark Scheifele pic.twitter.com/1w5UdzLrdd— Mike Pfeil (@mikeFAIL) June 3, 2021
He’s gotta be out for the rest of the playoffs, right?! Any league that doesn’t come down on a play like that is a complete joke. (Evans left on a stretcher. He’s apparently alert and at the team hotel now, but the ultimate result shouldn’t be the barometer here. That was a pathetic play by a petulant player.)
Well, think again:
Scheifele hearing is not an in-person hearing. Maximum suspension is 5 games— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 3, 2021
I mean, what else is there to say? The league is a complete joke. Scheifele will probably be back this series. If I had my way, he wouldn’t play again ‘til December. There needs to be a clear message that making this hit is going to cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars and some serious downtime. I’m incensed they’re basically letting him get away with it.
In Oilers news, everyone’s talking about what’s coming: trades, UFAs, etc. Seth Jones’ name is popping up and I just can’t, for the life of me, understand why people want him.
yeah uhh I wouldn’t really be that interested in Seth Jones in UFA, and I wouldn’t trade much for him tbh pic.twitter.com/D3FiagirHM— Rhys Jessop (@Thats_Offside) May 30, 2021
Absolutely no thank you. That’s a below break-even player set to make Nurse’s-next-contract money. Not with a 50’ pole. Caleb Jones is the best Jones.
Oh, and Connor McDavid was nominated for another Ted Lindsay award (along with Auston Matthews and Sidney Crosby). First of all, credit to Sid for the nomination in his twilight years. Second, credit to McDavid for (almost certainly) winning his third Lindsay. Already. He’ll have more Lindsays than playoff appearances.
And congrats to the Buffalo Sabres. Sure, it’s a year in which the top prospect is decidedly not generational, but good for you. You finally did it.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
It wasn’t the playoff run that Oilers fans expected but it’s the one they got.
Edmonton’s season came to an end last Monday after the Winnipeg Jets swept them 4-0 in their opening-round series. Corey and Preston analyze how this happened and ponder what the offseason could hold for Ken Holland.
It isn’t all bad, however, as the duo discusses a wonderful season by the AHL Pacific Division Champion Bakersfield Condors!
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