What had been merely suspected has now become fact: Randy Carlyle has run out of ideas.
- Carlyle: ‘To me it seems like there is somewhat of a white-glove treatment for Mr. McDavid. The restrictions on anybody touching him seems to be a little bit higher than normal. It’s fact. Simple. We review the tape numerous times. He does draw penalties, because of his speed. But if you don’t get close to him and you’re not inside of him, you’re going to watch him or you’re going to try and impede his progress.’ Source
This would be an unusual quote from any NHL coach about an opponent. For Randy Carlyle, it’s beyond rich. Look, here’s what you need to know: Since the instigator rule, there’s no real way to protect the Connor McDavid’s of the world. The NHL wants all players, all teams, to sacrifice in order to win the Stanley Cup. That means going into tough areas and paying the price. To downplay it, or suggest special treatment, rings untrue. I suspect panic and the lack of ideas. Maybe Mr. Carlyle will think of something in the morning.
Three AHL signings for 2017-18 by the Bakersfield Condors today:
- R Chad Butcher, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Small winger (5.10, 172) was a Penticton invite one year ago. Speed main weapon, he posted more than 100 points this year.
- R Dave Gust, Ohio State (NCAA). He is 23, 5.10, 174 and had a big college season (39gp, 18-23-41).
- L Evan Polei, Red Deer Rebels. A big man (6.02, 227) who improved as his WHL career went along. Scored 30+ this past season.
We spoke just yesterday about the need to add forwards at the AHL level. These three men give us some idea about the plan. Polei is probably the most interesting prospect, Gust the least well known. None of them should be considered a strong prospect for an NHL contract, but the Oilers have signed a few (Mark Arcobello, Charles Linglet) over the years.