The future of the Oilers is on display today in the KHL. Nail Yakupov took 11 games to take his team lead in goals (8 now in 11 games) and we seem to be viewing another special player in his first few months of pro hockey. I’ll never get tired of this, watching elite talent emerge.
Robert Nilsson is one of Torpedo’s well, Torpedo’s. Nilsson doesn’t appear to be on the 1line but is having a decent season (16, 5-7-12) behind names like Makarov, Varnakov, Varlamov and Semin.
This is an insane photo of Rudy Pilous (left) and Glenn Hall. I found it when looking for masks for an ON post this week, but didn’t have room so thought I’d use it here. Masks have come a long way.
Have a safe Halloween, enjoy.
I’ve felt all along that the NHL would be playing hockey this year, and am surprised by how many pundits believe the same thing. Its one thing for some wonky fan on the internet to believe, but the experts seem to think they’ll get a deal done, too.
The next step? Ownership giving up on the salary cut for signed contracts. That’s the hill the NHLPA dies on, and its certainly a reasonable stance. Last time the ‘PA gave up the salary cap, this time its 50% instead of 57%. If they also allow pay cuts on signed contracts, next time Gary will say guaranteed contracts are the devil (or some such).