Friday, July 23, 2010
After the euphoria about hearing my good friend, Jeff Cummings, getting a new job wear off, we had a little talk about the NHL canceling the contract of Ilya Kovalchuk.
We both acknowledged the hypocrisy of the NHL when there are other contracts as well that make a mockery of the CBA, Marian Hossa with Chicago, Roberto Luongo with Vancouver, and who can forget "my wife hates this town" Chris ****'n Pronger with Philadelphia.
Teams front load the contracts in the productive years of their players and after the age of 35 the hit against the salary cap drops significantly.
If the player retires(after the age of 35) their salary does not count against the cap thereby freeing the team.
Why do I bring this up? While I was musing I realized maybe Lou Lamoriello, circumvented the cap for a reason. This is what he said after the contract had been nullified by the NHL:
"We should not have these" he said to the press, "but they are legal under the CBA."
When asked why they made the deal, the GM blamed his boss. "You would have to speak to ownership about that", he replied.
Lou has stated from the beginning he did not like the contracts being signed that insidiously went against the CBA even though they are legal. Did he do it on purpose to show the NHL how foolish this loophole has become?
To me this man has been one of the best general managers since the 90's. He knows the ins and outs of the CBA(anybody remember his brilliance in ridding himself of Vladimir Malakhov) and always has a plan up his sleeve so to say. Should be interesting to say the least what comes about from this mess.
Update from Lou:
"We are extremely disappointed that the NHL has decided to reject the contract of Ilya Kovalchuk. The contract complies with the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. We will have no further comment until the process outlined in the CBA is complete.”
Lou always keeps us guessing doesn't he?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Probably the worst thing to ever happen to the Ottawa Senators is, without a doubt, promoting Bryan Murray to the team’s general manager.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Someone e-mailed this to me today, so I thought I would share this on the Oil Patch.
Oilers Lose Skills Competition
The Edmonton Oilers lost their own skills competition for the first time in NHL history this week.
“I know we are having a rough season, this is getting out of hand,” said Oilers Coach Pat Quinn.
Highlights from the exhibition were Sheldon Souray getting injured when the Zamboni ran over him, Zack Stortini assaulting Gene Principe at center ice for no reason, and Robert Nilsson missing 20 for 20 in the shooting accuracy competition.
Horcoff First Player Traded to 29 Teams
After months of trying, the Edmonton Oilers were finally able to move disappointing center Shawn Horcoff.
On Wednesday, Horcoff became property of 29 other teams, after a league committee decided that cost-sharing between all teams was the only way to justify his salary.
Horcoff’s contract comes with a cap hit of $5.5 million per season.
“We look forward to having Shawn in our line-up almost as much as we look forward to seeing him suit up for rival teams,” quipped Barry Trotz, head coach of the Nashville Predators.
In return for Horcoff, the Oilers received the rights to Alexei Yashin.
Oilers Select “Some Guy” 4th at NHL Entry Draft
Even though the Oilers finished 30th in the league this season, the team drew a disappointing fourth overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft lottery.
Boston, who had first selection thanks to a brain cramp by Toronto GM Brian Burke, selected Center Taylor Hall.
Carolina used their second pick to select American standout Defenseman Cam Fowler, and Columbus, with the third overall pick, selected Canadian junior Tyler Seguin.
The Oilers drafting fourth overall, selected Some Guy, from the Pawtucket Loyalists of the Western Florida League.
“We’ve watched Some Guy all season, and we truly believe he will be a great asset to the Springfield Falcons for the next 12 seasons,” beamed Oilers Assistant GM Kevin Prendergast.
Guy, who plays left-wing, is 5’ 6”, 126 pounds, and has yet to start shaving.
Trade Deadline Filled with Heartache and Disappointment
Disappointed Oiler fans who prayed for yet another miracle at the trade deadline were crushed to learn management continued their streak of sucking under pressure.
While names like Nilsson, Grebeshkov and Souray remained on the roster by the end of deadline day, the Oilers were far from inactive, completing a number of deals.
“The moment I saw that YouTube video of Schremp scoring with a baseball swing, I knew he was just the man to turn the offense around in Edmonton,” exclaimed Oilers GM Steve Tambellini.
“He’s going to be in the Hall of Fame someday,” remarked Tambellini, with an evil grin.
Grebeshkov Signs 16 year/$160 Million Contract
Oiler fans can rest easy now: Denis Grebeshkov isn’t going anywhere.
The Oilers made Grebeshkov the richest man in the NHL, by rewarding his physically superior defensive-zone mastery with a contract that will see him in Edmonton until he is in his 40s.
Oiler fans, delirious with joy at the news, rioted on Whyte Avenue long into the night.
“I predict at least eight Stanley Cups,” cried Jason Thomas, 19. “Excuse me now as I need to barf in that mailbox!”
Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel estimates the damage to stores on Edmonton’s busiest street to reach over $23 million.
“It’s a small price to pay for the success of our beloved hockey team,” quipped Mandel.
Katz Renames Rexall Place to “The Pill”
Rexall Place is no more. Say hello to “The Pill.”
“It’s round, and from a helicopter, it looks just like a pill you could buy from one of my drug stores,” stated Daryl Katz, owner of the Edmonton Oilers.
“Personally, I love the name,” explained Kevin Lowe, President of Hockey Operations for the Oilers.
“Every time I see the Oilers play, I feel like taking a pill. Sometimes several. So now The Pill will take people. About 16,300 each home game.”
When asked if Katz has considered names for the proposed downtown arena, Lowe said considered names include The Tablet, The Capsule, and The Tube of Anti-Fungal Cream.
Friday, January 15, 2010
For those who keep logging on here wondering why I haven’t typed anything on this blog since the first game of the season, I have news for you: Who cares?
The Oilers are bottom-feeders in the NHL, their farm team (the Springfield Falcons) is in the basement, and the farm team’s farm team (the Stockton Thunder) is in second last place in its league.
These are, indeed, bad times in Edmonton.
But the sad thing is many saw this coming. As soon as training camp began, many players were on the payroll with hefty contracts.
There were talks and rumours about players needing to be shaved off the roster even before training camp, but Oilers GM Steve Tambellini opted to keep all of them while adding Mike Comrie for $1 million.
With the amount of payroll, the Oilers should be a first place team on paper or a Stanley Cup contender, but this is a team Kevin Lowe wanted to keep together since 2006 and now the results come with a record of 16-25-5.
To those that look and the glass half full, last place in the NHL is good enough for a lottery pick, but having Taylor Hall playing with bright prospects like Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson and Anton Lander won’t be a big enough fix for this team.
Once this long and horrific season is said and done, Tambellini will have to work hard in signing coveted restricted free agents like Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano. That won’t be easy since this team is so close to the cap.
And there is someone running a team in Toronto who still has a grudge about how Dustin Penner was taken from the Anaheim Ducks.
Tambellini can’t just get rid of players for cap space simply because no one wants them.
Patrick O’Sullivan, who is really struggling this season, comes with a $2.95 million cap hit. Then there’s Tom Gilbert with his $4 million cap hit, and same thing with Steve Staios at $2.7 million. No GM in the league wants these players with those kinds of contracts.
The team’s blueline alone comes with a $22 million cap hit, and I won’t bother talking about Shawn Horcoff’s contract. That’s like beating a dead horse.
The only thing that’s going to be a solid fix for this team is a major shake up in upper management. Tambellini and Lowe must resign after promising to build a team destined for the playoffs.
But as long as Daryl Katz owns this team, fans can expect to see Lowe for a long time as the team’s president of hockey operations, and the same can be said about Tambellini.
Katz and Lowe are longtime buddies. Their friendship is full of bro-mance, but fans won’t be putting up with it much longer. They will be mad as hell and they won't take it anymore.