2020 Playoffs: Pre-playoff Game 1 Oilers and Flames

I didn’t know if we’d get here, so ran with a combination of draft, 2020 offseason and playoff posts for about 100 days. Thanks for hanging in. We now return you to regular programming.

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PREDICTIONS SEPTEMBER 2019

I like predicting opening night rosters a few weeks before the coach makes his final cuts. It’s usually close but there’s always a late story plot that sends the entire process sideways. Here’s what I predicted for opening night 2019-20 on September 10, 2019:

  • Leon Draisaitl—Connor McDavid—Zack Kassian
  • James Neal—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Alex Chiasson
  • Jujhar Khaira—Riley Sheahan—Josh Archibald
  • Markus Granlund—Gaetan Haas—Sam Gagner
  • Joakim Nygard, Colby Cave
  • Darnell Nurse—Adam Larsson
  • Oscar Klefbom—Joel Persson
  • Kris Russell—Matt Benning
  • Caleb Jones
  • Mikko Koskinen (Mike Smith)

I missed on a few. Riley Sheahan was injured, he would play on October 8, seven days after the opener. Joel Persson made the team but was on IR opening night, returning October 5.

Sam Gagner started the season in the minors, recalled for the October 24 game. Caleb Jones also began in Bakersfield, making it to Edmonton on November 14.

OPENING NIGHT ROSTER, LINES AND PAIRINGS

  • James Neal—Connor McDavid—Joakim Nygard
  • Leon Draisaitl—Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—Zack Kassian
  • Jujhar Khaira—Colby Cave—Josh Archibald
  • Markus Granlund—Gaetan Haas—Alex Chiasson
  • Tomas Jurco, Patrick Russell
  • Darnell Nurse—Adam Larsson
  • Oscar Klefbom—Ethan Bear
  • Kris Russell—Matt Benning
  • Brandon Manning
  • Mike Smith (Mikko Koskinen)

Ethan Bear made the club and started game one, he was partnered with Klefbom. What a story. Mike Smith started the first game, Joakim Nygard’s first shift came with McDavid and Neal.

Bear, Yamamoto and Jones were exactly what the McDavid cluster needed. Can Ken Holland find three more useful pieces in the offseason?

JESSE PULJUJARVI

Ken Holland told Bob Stauffer “we’ll see where it goes” and the two sides have talked more than once. I see Puljujarvi as being able to slide onto the roster on right wing, behind Yamamoto and Kassian. I think he could land a No. 3 right wing job on the 2020-21 Oilers, with Josh Archibald as the other regular on the starboard side. I don’t see him on a skill line to start, but that big body and skill set are going to be useful to an NHL team for a long time. Personally, I’d love to see him as an Oilers winger in 2020-21, but the bottom line is the young man should find his place in the sun. We don’t know where that will be, or when. However, it appears closer today than yesterday.

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  1. jtblack says:

    “We now return you to regular programming.”

    MUSIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LET’S GO OILERS !

  2. Brantford Boy says:

    Let’s Go Oilers! Let’s Go Oilers! Let’s Go Oilers!

  3. N64 says:

    ~ Best to get him over here quickly to upgrade that diet ~

    “According to Lehto, flies are now Puljujarvi’s number one option”

  4. meanashell11 says:

    They have to come out flying and carry that into the series with Chicago. Five game series, no time to ease in.

  5. Brantford Boy says:

    LT, thanks for your daily posts… think I would have come out of the last 100 days with more than a spotted liver had it not been for some hockey talk… cheers!

  6. barry.moore23 says:

    Rick Jeanneret on WGR radio (oh my playoff hockey):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIENwvyozpM

  7. poolparty says:

    Is it possible for Jesse to play in the post season for Edmonton this year? If (fingers crossed) things are clicking and Edmonton is doing well, would you mess with that and put him in if that’s an option?

  8. Lowetide says:

    poolparty:
    Is it possible for Jesse to play in the post season for Edmonton this year? If (fingers crossed) things are clicking and Edmonton is doing well, would you mess with that and put him in if that’s an option?

    No. Any contract signed would be for the 2020-21 season and beyond

  9. cowboy bill says:

    Do the Oilers really need Jesse Puljujarvi ? That’s the question . He plays behind Kassian & Yamo . So there’s no top six minutes . Who does he play with in the bottom six ? They won’t split up Sheahan & Archibald that leaves Jujar Khaira & Neal or Haas & Nygard or McLeod & Benson . Maybe Haas & Nygard . Who knows ?

  10. tileguy says:

    Just the thought of that Neal, JJ, Chase line puts me in heaven. I predict they will become a very important part of the run to the SC. Expect me to explode all over this blog every time they score, or hurt somebody.

  11. Lowetide says:

    cowboy bill:
    Do the Oilers really need Jesse Puljujarvi ? That’s the question . He plays behind Kassian & Yamo . So there’s no top six minutes . Who does he play with in the bottom six ? They won’t split up Sheahan & Archibald that leaves Jujar Khaira & Neal or Haas & Nygard or McLeod & Benson . Maybe Haas & Nygard . Who knows ?

    His contract will come in around $1 million probably, meaning they could deal Chiasson and save over $1 million in cap.

  12. dustrock says:

    WHAT TIME IS IT?

    GAME TIME HOO

  13. defmn says:

    I didn’t know if we’d get here, so ran with a combination of draft, 2020 offseason and playoff posts for about 100 days. Thanks for hanging in. We now return you to regular programming.

    =================================

    I think it would be us who should be thanking you.

    Thank you.

  14. defmn says:

    cowboy bill:
    Do the Oilers really need Jesse Puljujarvi ? That’s the question . He plays behind Kassian & Yamo . So there’s no top six minutes . Who does he play with in the bottom six ? They won’t split up Sheahan & Archibald that leaves Jujar Khaira & Neal or Haas & Nygard or McLeod & Benson . Maybe Haas & Nygard . Who knows ?

    Kassian is 29. Puljujarvi is 22. As a GM I think Holland has to look down the road.

    Can Tippett move Puljujarvi’s game closer to the potential his draft year promised?

    If I was Tippett I would be excited to try. And if it doesn’t work it doesn’t work. Nothing to lose that hasn’t already been lost I don’t think.

  15. hunter1909 says:

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  16. defmn says:

    N64:
    ~ Best to get him over here quickly to upgrade that diet ~

    “According to Lehto, flies are now Puljujarvi’s number one option”

    Yeah, not sure where Google translator went to get that back.

    EDIT:

    Mari Lönnberg
    @LonnbergMari
    ·
    4h
    Replying to
    @ArchivistSports
    I think the Google translate was accurate enough. Flies are Ofcource Kärpät as Weasels (not kärpänen as fly). To me what Lehto said was that Jesse propably starts the season with Kärpät, but it could be possible he ends the season with Oilers…

  17. Eh Team says:

    cowboy bill: Do the Oilers really need Jesse Puljujarvi ? That’s the question . He plays behind Kassian & Yamo . So there’s no top six minutes . Who does he play with in the bottom six ? They won’t split up Sheahan & Archibald that leaves Jujar Khaira & Neal or Haas & Nygard or McLeod & Benson . Maybe Haas & Nygard . Who knows ?

    Kassian is a marginal top 6 player better suited to the third line. And the current Oiler 3rd and 4th lines are below average. So yeah, there’s lots of room for NHL players on the Oilers.

  18. OilClog says:

    Woooooo it’s game day! Now where’s some damn wood stats!

  19. defmn says:

    It’s a bit of a stretch to link this story to Chayko’s departure from Arizona but something to keep an eye on.

    ==============

    RedBall Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) co-chaired by baseball executive Billy Beane and former Goldman Sachs banker Gerald Cardinale, said on Tuesday it plans to raise $500 million in its initial public offering.

    ===============

    https://calgaryherald.com/pmn/business-pmn/billy-beane-of-moneyball-fame-looks-to-raise-500-mln-spac-2/wcm/13ccaf30-3db6-49ce-92ea-626e9d2b21ea?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1595947642

  20. krakman says:

    Even if Pullujarvi returns to the Oilers they should be trying to move him as quickly as possible (and get something in return not just give him away).

    This is a player that got every opportunity he could’ve asked for, didn’t show much in that time, and than quit and went home. Also there was the rumour that he could not follow what the coaches were asking of him.

    He might turn into a decent NHL player but there’s too many red flags with him I would recoup what i could.

  21. Harpers Hair says:

    defmn:
    It’s a bit of a stretch to link this story to Chayko’s departure from Arizona but something to keep an eye on.

    ==============

    RedBall Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) co-chaired by baseball executive Billy Beane and former Goldman Sachs banker Gerald Cardinale, said on Tuesday it plans to raise $500 million in its initial public offering.

    ===============

    https://calgaryherald.com/pmn/business-pmn/billy-beane-of-moneyball-fame-looks-to-raise-500-mln-spac-2/wcm/13ccaf30-3db6-49ce-92ea-626e9d2b21ea?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1595947642

    Interesting.

    I wonder if these SPACs are being formed and funded in advance of preying on struggling sports franchises.

  22. OriginalPouzar says:

    cowboy bill:
    Do the Oilers really need Jesse Puljujarvi ? That’s the question . He plays behind Kassian & Yamo . So there’s no top six minutes . Who does he play with in the bottom six ? They won’t split up Sheahan & Archibald that leaves Jujar Khaira & Neal or Haas & Nygard or McLeod & Benson . Maybe Haas & Nygard . Who knows ?

    Moving Chiasson is the move the makes sense to me.

    Jesse doesn’t need to have a top 6 spot gifted to him. He’d be coming back to earn a roster spot, presumably in the middle 6. Definite possibility to earn a top 6 spot in time and, frankly, he has a higher ceiling of all those players listed on the bottom 6 and, if he earns top 6, having Kass on the 3rd line, as opposed to the first, is Cup quality depth.

  23. Ray says:

    krakman:
    Even if Pullujarvireturns to the Oilers they should be trying to move him as quickly as possible (and get something in return not just give him away).

    This is a player that got every opportunity he could’ve asked for, didn’t show much in that time, and than quit and went home. Also there was the rumour that he could not follow what the coaches were asking of him.

    He might turn into a decent NHL player but there’s too many red flags with him I would recoup what i could.

    I get what you’re saying, but there is always two sides to every story. Jeese’s side is the coaches told him to play with pain and that resulted in him needing double hip surgery..

    I hope you have never been asked to do unsafe work by an employer, but if you had, how much respect would you have for that boss or that employer who allowed that to happen?.

  24. Ray says:

    OriginalPouzar,

    100% agreed

  25. GordieHoweHatTrick says:

    Lowetide: His contract will come in around $1 million probably, meaning they could deal Chiasson and save over $1 million in cap.

    Exactly. And he is all of 22 years of age.
    A little bit of patience and hard work could go a long way in getting this train back on track. If he can come back, contribute primarily to the 3rd line (replace Chiasson) 20-21 with a view to play in the top 6 occasionally, perhaps providing an upgrade over Kassian in a year or two…there’s still a chance.

    I am happy to hear there’s still a chance…

  26. krakman says:

    Ray: I get what you’re saying, but there is always two sides to every story. Jeese’s side is the coaches told him to play with pain and that resulted in him needing double hip surgery..

    I hope you have never been asked to do unsafe work by an employer, but if you had, how much respect would you have for that boss or that employer who allowed that to happen?.

    I don’t know enough about the injury situation and maybe the Oilers did him wrong. But i do remember an article by Gregor I think, that said the opposite that Pullujarvi wanted to play through the injury to reach his bonuses

  27. defmn says:

    Harpers Hair: Interesting.

    I wonder if these SPACs are being formed and funded in advance of preying on struggling sports franchises.

    That would be my guess and Chayko has been offered a piece of ownership.

    Just speculation on my part, of course.

  28. Harpers Hair says:

    defmn: That would be my guess and Chayko has been offered a piece of ownership.

    Would be ironic if they make a move on the Coyotes.

  29. JimmyV1965 says:

    Ray: I get what you’re saying, but there is always two sides to every story. Jeese’s side is the coaches told him to play with pain and that resulted in him needing double hip surgery..

    I hope you have never been asked to do unsafe work by an employer, but if you had, how much respect would you have for that boss or that employer who allowed that to happen?.

    The coach didn’t even want him in the roster. I find it very unlikely they asked to play through pain during season that was lost already. That narrative doesn’t ring true at all.

  30. jp says:

    krakman: Even if Pullujarvi returns to the Oilers they should be trying to move him as quickly as possible (and get something in return not just give him away).
    This is a player that got every opportunity he could’ve asked for, didn’t show much in that time, and than quit and went home. Also there was the rumour that he could not follow what the coaches were asking of him.
    He might turn into a decent NHL player but there’s too many red flags with him I would recoup what i could.

    There’s a ton we don’t know about the situation on both sides.

    But one thing I think is important to remember about Puljujarvi’s actual on ice performance is that all of it came at ages 18, 19 and 20. And he apparently had a nagging injury for his 20 year old season.

    The last time (probably) we saw a healthy Puljujarvi play in the NHL he scored 65-12-8-20 at age 19.

    It doesn’t mean he’ll be good when he gets back to the NHL but he was literally a kid when we saw him play last.

  31. defmn says:

    jp: There’s a ton we don’t know about the situation on both sides.

    But one thing I think is important to remember about Puljujarvi’s actual on ice performance is that all of it came at ages 18, 19 and 20. And he apparently had a nagging injury for his 20 year old season.

    The last time (probably) we saw a healthy Puljujarvi play in the NHL he scored 65-12-8-20 at age 19.

    It doesn’t mean he’ll be good when he gets back to the NHL but he was literally a kid when we saw him play last.

    However it plays out I think we have to be thankful that we have a management team in place now that doesn’t just make moves based upon panic or anger.

  32. defmn says:

    Harpers Hair: Would be ironic if they make a move on the Coyotes.

    Ouch.

  33. Reja says:

    Ray: I get what you’re saying, but there is always two sides to every story. Jeese’s side is the coaches told him to play with pain and that resulted in him needing double hip surgery..

    I hope you have never been asked to do unsafe work by an employer, but if you had, how much respect would you have for that boss or that employer who allowed that to happen?.

    You must be very privileged or young that you’ve never had to go to work while in some sort of pain.

  34. Reja says:

    Harpers Hair: Would be ironic if they make a move on the Coyotes.

    It would be kinda funny if it ended up backfiring in his face.

  35. Woogie63 says:

    2020-21

    Bear signs for $1.5M on a Bridge
    Puljujarvi signs for $1.1M on a Bridge

    Value contracts for impact NHLer from our system $12.3M;
    40% of your starting 20 could realistically come from developing up in our farm system.

    Klefbolm $4.1M
    Bear $1.5M
    Khaira $1.2M
    Puljarjarvi $1.1M
    Bouchard $.894M
    Yamamoto $.894M
    Jones $.850M
    Benson $.808M

    This starting to free like a long term plan.

  36. Ray says:

    JimmyV1965: The coach didn’t even want him in the roster. I find it very unlikely they asked to play through pain duringseason that was lost already.That narrative doesn’t ring true at all.

    i agree its unknown and unlikely. I’m not even saying Jesse would be correct in assuming that. Both perspectives likely have a portion or truth to them.

  37. Ray says:

    krakman: I don’t know enough about the injury situation and maybe the Oilers did him wrong. But i do remember an article by Gregor I think, that said the opposite that Pullujarvi wanted to play through the injury to reach his bonuses

    I don’t remember seeing the article, but that sounds like it makes sense. doesn’t mean that in his mind he doesn’t turn around and blame someone else after the fact, how many young kids take proper responsibility for their actions and decisions?

  38. jeetz says:

    defmn: Kassian is 29. Puljujarvi is 22. As a GM I think Holland has to look down the road.

    Can Tippett move Puljujarvi’s game closer to the potential his draft year promised?

    If I was Tippett I would be excited to try. And if it doesn’t work it doesn’t work. Nothing to lose that hasn’t already been lost I don’t think.

    Next season, I would love to see a 3rd line that was a ‘kid line’ of Puljujarvi McLeod Benson

    You have 2 lines with Mcdavid and Draisaitl each driving their line, a checking line and the Kid line mopping up the soft competition while being coached by Tippett.

  39. Ray says:

    Reja: You must be very privileged or young that you’ve never hadto go to work while in some sort of pain.

    That’s a rather sweeping assumption?

    Everyone has the given right to be wrong. I’m glad to see you are exercising that right today.

    Maybe try reading again that what I am trying to say is that there is a possibility in all of this that Jesse feels he was wronged and that he never gave up of the team. Hes a kid that was put in a position that he didn’t succeed in, with maturity and reflection he might very well still be a very good player for the team in the future. His past actions don’t necessarily mean the team has to move him as quick as possible.

  40. Munny says:

    defmn,

    While the Company may pursue an acquisition opportunity in any industry or sector, it intends to focus on businesses in the sports, media and data analytics sectors, with a focus on professional sports franchises, which complement the management team’s expertise and will benefit from its strategic and hands-on operational leadership. (Courtesy of GlobeNewswire)

    Other principal is CEO Alec Scheiner, a Partner at RedBird and a former executive for NFL teams the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns. (Courtesy of NASDAQ)

  41. oilersfan says:

    Is the game on sportsnet tonight? Or only on oilers tv ?

  42. godot10 says:

    Harpers Hair: Interesting.

    I wonder if these SPACs are being formed and funded in advance of preying on struggling sports franchises.

    The SPACs are being used for all sorts of things, to avoid the complications of doing an IPO on a real company. One raises funds for a shell corporation (through an IPO) and then goes an buys an existing company. One invests on the reputation of the sponsor.

    Bill Ackman did a massive one about a week away. A $4 billion dollar SPAC, the largest ever.

    In Canada, this is typically done via a reverse takeover of a shell company on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Americans might have stolen the idea from year.

  43. Shane says:

    Reja: You must be very privileged or young that you’ve never hadto go to work while in some sort of pain.

    What a ridiculous thing to say. You’ve obviously never worked for an employer that has asked you to do something unsafe at work, all the while you’re wincing in pain from said unsafe work already.

    You must be privileged to have never gone through that. Or too old to remember?🤷🏻‍♂️

    Anyways GOILERS and happy game day everyone !!!

  44. godot10 says:

    My two cents on Chayka:

    If the Coyotes gave him permission to speak to whomever about opportunities, how can they object to him leaving when he is offered a job. If you don’t want him to leave, don’t give him permission to talk.

    Chayka appears to be an Eakins clone in his ability to sweet talk superiors.

  45. Munny says:

    oilersfan:
    Is the game on sportsnet tonight? Or only on oilers tv ?

    On SN & SN1 at 8:30pm.

  46. Harpers Hair says:

    Just caught an interview with a sports radio guy from Phoenix.

    He says it’s likely the Coyotes are planning to slash salary by moving on from expensive veterans including OEL, Kessel etc.

    Might explain the Chayka displeasure and the low ball offer to Taylor Hall.

  47. Munny says:

    Since the talk thus far seems to indicate Pujo will play this season with Karpat, but with the possibility that he might come once their season finishes, I think we have to look at the line-up and cap-juggling as a little more complicated than just trade Chiasson and insert Pujo.

    This would be more like a trade deadline acquisition.

    Not sure how all that would get around the “on roster” deadline that used to be Dec 1. Was it waived for Covid in light of the number of minor leaguers that will be forced to play in Europe?

  48. fries n gravy says:

    Thanks LT for keeping the lights on through the storm. No Communication Breakdown here!

    Regarding JP, I’d love to see him back. From what I’ve heard there is no reason it can’t happen. The small issues from the past are laughably small compared to what everyone has experienced in 2020. I’m cautiously optimistic!

  49. defmn says:

    Munny:
    defmn,

    While the Company may pursue an acquisition opportunity in any industry or sector, it intends to focus on businesses in the sports, media and data analytics sectors, with a focus on professional sports franchises, which complement the management team’s expertise and will benefit from its strategic and hands-on operational leadership.(Courtesy of GlobeNewswire)

    Other principal is CEO Alec Scheiner, a Partner at RedBird and a former executive for NFL teams the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns.(Courtesy of NASDAQ)

    It does make for an intriguing conspiracy theory, no?

  50. defmn says:

    Munny:
    Since the talk thus far seems to indicate Pujo will play this season with Karpat, but with the possibility that he might come once their season finishes, I think we have to look at the line-up and cap-juggling as a little more complicated then just trade Chiasson and insert Pujo.

    This would be more like a trade deadline acquisition.

    Not sure how all that would get around the “on roster” deadline that used to be Dec 1.Was it waived for Covid in light of the number of minor leaguers that will be forced to play in Europe?

    I believe so.

  51. Harpers Hair says:

    Czech Prospects (@CZprospects) Tweeted:
    Three players from Czech #U20 national team tested positive for COVID-19 after the three game series in Brno. Not a good sign for upcoming international tournaments.

  52. fries n gravy says:

    Unicorns 2021?

    Ennis-x-Kassian (x=McDavid)
    AA-x-Yam (x=Drai)
    Neal-x-JP (x=Nuge)

    JP would have an excellent C, plus a wiley vet role model in Neal. Neal (old bull, big skills, big brain) could compliment JP (young bull, still needs to put it all together) well.

  53. buck yoakam says:

    does anybody know if sportsnet is going to televise all the playoffs for free or are we going to have to sign up fro some type of playoff package?

  54. Munny says:

    defmn: It does make for an intriguing conspiracy theory, no?

    No doubt. Timing seems off for these to be the guys chasing down Chayka, but I need some dates of events in front of my face to know.

    On the plus side, this sounds like exactly the type of entity to which the Yotes could be convinced to give permission for talks, as opposed to an existing NHL franchise.

  55. Munny says:

    defmn: It does make for an intriguing conspiracy theory, no?

    Someone should tweet Redball’s press release to Friedman.

  56. jp says:

    defmn: However it plays out I think we have to be thankful that we have a management team in place now that doesn’t just make moves based upon panic or anger.

    Yup. It’s a big deal.

  57. defmn says:

    Munny: Someone should tweet Redball’s press release to Friedman.

    I assume Friedman knows this is where all the good stuff gets posted. 😉

  58. hunter1909 says:

    Sad and funny how OTHitch boasted how he was going to unlock the JP enigma then proceeded to ignore him.

    But as he failed to manage to succeed regardless, he’s labelled a bust by the ever shrinking Lowe+MacT fanbase.

  59. Harpers Hair says:

    J (@Account4hockey) Tweeted:
    Gambadoro says Chayka was offered 3-4x his Coyotes GM salary. Believes Merulo will make the new GM cut salary, no way they spend to the cap, mentions Demers, Goligoski, Ekman-Larsen. Says Chayka has shopped OEL before. Sullivan not likely to be full time GM.

  60. Munny says:

    defmn: I assume Friedman knows this is where all the good stuff gets posted.😉

    Hahaa! He should by now, although not sure how much tolerance the mainstream media has for bickering… wait, what am I saying? lol

  61. Munny says:

    Florida marlins forced to quarantine in Philly, their home opener postponed. Visiting clubhouse staff in Philly has also been quarantined. Yankees bringing their own clubhouse staff for upcoming games in Philadelphia.

    Edit: sorry, *Miami* Marlins.

  62. OilClog says:

    With the 5×5 time that both 97 and 29 demand up the middle its absolutely bullocks to suggest pegging Nuge and his damn talented hands in a 3C role, he’s a 20+min top 6 munching forward. You don’t drop these guys into a 3C role just to have unicorns, you get unicorns if you have a magical cheap rookie contract or 3 to fill in a soft scoring line while your top 6 is loaded.

    It’s insulting to Nuge to suggest 3C imo.

    Apparently BroBro can play 3C according to Tippett, AA-BroBro-JP. Baam.

    Wild are about to lockdown Vancouver, it’s going to be glorious. Middling ass franchise that’s already the step child of the North pacific.

  63. Munny says:

    OilClog: Wild are about to lockdown Vancouver, it’s going to be glorious. Middling ass franchise that’s already the step child of the North pacific.

    As a redhead I resent being compared to the loseriness of the Canucks… and the insinuation that my ass would also be middling.

    😉

  64. Side says:

    godot10:
    My two cents on Chayka:

    If the Coyotes gave him permission to speak to whomever about opportunities, how can they object to him leaving when he is offered a job.If you don’t want him to leave, don’t give him permission to talk.

    Chayka appears to be an Eakins clone in his ability to sweet talk superiors.

    I believe the issue is in the type of position Chayka was interviewing for. Coyotes from what I understand were okay with him interviewing for lateral positions but not higher up positions. I think Chayka may have given them the impression it was a lateral position as well. There might even be something in Chayka’s contract about this which is partly why they want Bettman to become involved.

    But this is a topic I may have half read/heard so wtf do I know.

  65. PokeCheck says:

    Watching the Flyers/Pens game and you can’t even tell that it’s the ACC. The lower bowl’s covered in grey tarps with minimal NHL graphics (they should have gone for something more vibrant) and they seem to have a selection of hanging tarps (with various graphics, some at least with colour) to attempt to hide the empty upper bowls in various shots. Soundwise, they piped in some crowd applause following a goal and random hockey “white noise” between plays.

  66. Woogie63 says:

    If Jesse, could play left wing, that would solve a lot of the puzzle.

    I hear the one time for the off wing is a thing…

  67. Munny says:

    PokeCheck,

    Seeing the official next to the player in the penalty box with the mask on drills home the situation we’re all in too.

    The dark grey tarps do seem a strange choice.

  68. OriginalPouzar says:

    jp: There’s a ton we don’t know about the situation on both sides.

    But one thing I think is important to remember about Puljujarvi’s actual on ice performance is that all of it came at ages 18, 19 and 20. And he apparently had a nagging injury for his 20 year old season.

    The last time (probably) we saw a healthy Puljujarvi play in the NHL he scored 65-12-8-20 at age 19.

    It doesn’t mean he’ll be good when he gets back to the NHL but he was literally a kid when we saw him play last.

    Also, his 18 year old season in the AHL never got enough credit for how good it was.

    28 points in 39 AHL games as an 18 year old, the youngest player in North American pro hockey, is very very good.

    There was a player there and I’m confidant there still is.

  69. Brantford Boy says:

    PokeCheck,

    Munny,

    What the fark? What channel are you watching this game on? Just frantically scrolled through the TV guide and can’t find it anywhere? Help!

  70. dustrock says:

    PokeCheck:
    Watching the Flyers/Pens game and you can’t even tell that it’s the ACC. The lower bowl’s covered in grey tarps with minimal NHL graphics (they should have gone for something more vibrant) and they seem to have a selection of hanging tarps (with various graphics, some at least with colour) to attempt to hide the empty upper bowls in various shots. Soundwise, they piped in some crowd applause following a goal and random hockey “white noise” between plays.

    IS THERE COTTON-EYED JOE? TELL ME THEY AT LEAST HAVE COTTON-EYED JOE

  71. OriginalPouzar says:

    Woogie63:
    2020-21

    Bear signs for $1.5M on a Bridge
    Puljujarvi signs for $1.1M on a Bridge

    Value contracts for impact NHLer from our system $12.3M;
    40% of your starting 20 could realistically come from developing up in our farm system.

    Klefbolm $4.1M
    Bear $1.5M
    Khaira $1.2M
    Puljarjarvi $1.1M
    Bouchard $.894M
    Yamamoto $.894M
    Jones $.850M
    Benson $.808M

    This starting to free like a long term plan.

    I still smile every time i think about Holland getting Jones to sign for 2 X $850K like the day before he started to establish himself as a legit every day NHL d-man. That contract is going to be epic value.

    With Bouch, I anticipate he’ll vest some bonuses and be closer to the $1.6M for most of the next three year – which will still be massive value.

    Its unfortunate that there is no cap space to go longer term with Bear but I do think he’ll come in under $2M which will be great value.

  72. OriginalPouzar says:

    jeetz: Next season, I would love to see a 3rd line that was a ‘kid line’ of Puljujarvi McLeod Benson

    You have 2 lines with Mcdavid and Draisaitl each driving their line, a checking line and the Kid line mopping up the soft competition while being coached by Tippett.

    Yikes: McLeod wasn’t even a full time center in the AHL this past season. I wouldn’t think he’ll be quite ready for the NHL next season, let alone 3C. I look for him to be a top 6 C with PK1 and, hopefully, PP1 time next season – a big part of the Condors.

  73. OriginalPouzar says:

    Munny:
    Since the talk thus far seems to indicate Pujo will play this season with Karpat, but with the possibility that he might come once their season finishes, I think we have to look at the line-up and cap-juggling as a little more complicated than just trade Chiasson and insert Pujo.

    This would be more like a trade deadline acquisition.

    Not sure how all that would get around the “on roster” deadline that used to be Dec 1.Was it waived for Covid in light of the number of minor leaguers that will be forced to play in Europe?

    I would anticipate he would be with Karpat until the North American seasons start up and would come mid-season.

  74. PokeCheck says:

    Brantford Boy:
    What channel are you watching this game on?

    I’m watching an online feed [onhockey.tv].

    I haven’t noted any Cotton Face Covering Joe playing yet, but I suspect that the Edmonton-based DJ can be counted to make this happen for you, Dustrock.

  75. Munny says:

    Brantford Boy,

    PokeCheck: I’m watching an online feed [onhockey.tv].

    As am I. I’m using the first vklive feed.

  76. digger50 says:

    cowboy bill:
    Do the Oilers really need Jesse Puljujarvi ? That’s the question . He plays behind Kassian & Yamo . So there’s no top six minutes . Who does he play with in the bottom six ? They won’t split up Sheahan & Archibald that leaves Jujar Khaira & Neal or Haas & Nygard or McLeod & Benson . Maybe Haas & Nygard . Who knows ?

    I think AA (doubles) likes to be the puck carrier on his line – and also marches to his own tune, which seems out of beat with our other centers.

    I would try him again at center with Jessie P on the right hand side. Jessie also likes to carry the puck down his side of the ice but perhaps those two connect? Both are shooters.

    On the left we could go with a puck distributor (Benson) or another forechecking speedster which could be any of Archibald, Ennis or Nygaard.

    Or AA – Marody – Jessie

    That’s quite a bit of third line talent.

  77. Reja says:

    Ray: That’s a rather sweeping assumption?

    Everyone has the given right to be wrong. I’m glad to see you are exercising that right today.

    Maybe try reading again that what I am trying to say is that there is a possibility in all of this that Jesse feels he was wronged and that he never gave up of the team. Hes a kid that was put in a position that he didn’t succeed in, with maturity and reflection he might very well still be a very good player for the team in the future. His past actions don’t necessarily mean the team has to move him as quick as possible.

    Why don’t you ask the evil Todd, Hitchcock and Peter if they forced Jesse to play when the Doctors and Jesse deemed it was unsafe to play hockey.

  78. Reja says:

    Shane: What a ridiculous thing to say. You’ve obviously never worked for an employer that has asked you to do something unsafe at work, all the while you’re wincing in pain from said unsafe work already.

    You must be privileged to have never gone through that. Or too old to remember?🤷🏻‍♂️

    Anyways GOILERS and happy game day everyone !!!

    Don’t you have another protest to be at?

  79. hunter1909 says:

    Reja: Why don’t you ask the evilTodd, Hitchcock and Peter if they forced Jesse to play when the Doctors and Jesse deemed it was unsafe to play hockey.

    Todd isn’t evil but he is myopic and that’s why his teams constantly get bounced in the playoffs by superior coaching.

    Hitch was, like OTC an OTC himself and was basically half witted as the Oilers emergency filler coach.

    Chiarelli I have no idea about his day to day running of the team but his incredible array of personal image changes while running the Oilers suggests heavily that he wasn’t too involved in anything much other than partying.

  80. hunter1909 says:

    My initial take on no fans and tarps:

    Flipping great!!

    Who needs fans? Fans just get in the way of the real action.

    This seasons playoffs is going to be a like hockey labatoratory!

  81. OriginalPouzar says:

    Patrik Petrin, who does some scouting in Sweden, tweeted that Broberg is playing tonight and I reached out to him wondering where he got his info – he said Broberg told a Swedish newspaper this morning (Aftonbladet).

    I hope Jones is in the lineup and expect as much but it sure would be fun to see Phillip in a more structured game.

  82. godot10 says:

    digger50: I think AA (doubles) likes to be the puck carrier on his line – and also marches to his own tune, which seems out of beat with our other centers.

    I would try him again at center with Jessie P on the right hand side. Jessie also likes to carry the puck down his side of the ice but perhaps those two connect? Both are shooters.

    On the left we could go with a puck distributor (Benson) or another forechecking speedster which could be any of Archibald, Ennis or Nygaard.

    OrAA–Marody– Jessie

    That’s quite a bit of third line talent.

    Two fast guys with a smart slow guy might work. Marody needs wingers like this to make it.

  83. godot10 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Patrik Petrin, who does some scouting in Sweden, tweeted that Broberg is playing tonight and I reached out to him wondering where he got his info – he said Broberg told a Swedish newspaper this morning (Aftonbladet).

    I hope Jones is in the lineup and expect as much but it sure would be fun to see Phillip in a more structured game.

    This probably means Nurse isn’t playing.

  84. godot10 says:

    With Broberg be Connor’s left wing by the Stanley Cup Finals? Enabling Nugent-Hopkins to slide back in with Draisaitl and Yamamoto?

  85. Reja says:

    hunter1909: Todd isn’t evil but he is myopic and that’s why his teams constantly get bounced in the playoffs by superior coaching.

    Hitch was, like OTC an OTC himself and was basically half witted as the Oilers emergency filler coach.

    Chiarelli I have no idea about his day to day running of the team but his incredible array of personal image changes while running the Oilers suggests heavily that he wasn’t too involved in anything much other than partying.

    You have to look at the whole sequence of events Peter went all in on Jesse. He thought Jesse was NHL ready add first shot Tabolt and some bad luck, voila a lot folks lost their jobs.

  86. dessert1111 says:

    I’m not seeing the game listed on NHL live (though the play in games starting Saturday are), which I thought was kind of odd. Anyone know what’s going on there?

    If I can’t watch the game tomorrow morning on there, looks like it’s a late work night in the Eastern time zone!

  87. dustrock says:

    https://theathletic.com/1957759/2020/07/28/marcus-foligno-wild-diary-inside-the-bubble-edmonton/

    This is a fun read, Russo got Marcus Foligno to give periodic updates on life in the bubble.

    The Wild are at Sutton Place. He said it’s funny because you are going through this covered maze until you have to cross at (I’m assuming) 104 Avenue and then they have to stop traffic.

    Says the player lounge at Rogers is very cool. Weird for things like restaurants – the Wild would be able to eat at a given restaurant from say 5-8 pm and then they’d all be kicked out because the next team is in.

    The weirdest thing is just seeing the other teams around – usually in the playoffs you’re really only seeing your opponent once you hit the ice. Here they’re seeing guys they are friends or at least familiar with, and it’s just not the usual playoff atmosphere.

  88. PREDICKTER says:

    The smell of hockey is in the air, a nice tantalizing aroma.
    The way I see it, the Oilers have as good a shot at winning this tournament as anyone else.
    McDavid has his stage set up to show his generational talent, in his home rink no less.
    Oilers win the cup, McDavid also wins the Conn Smythe.
    Just before they go to take the team photo, Kassian goes to the bench and returns to center ice
    with a jackhammer. At first ice chips are flying, then the cement chips start. After a couple minutes
    of jackhammering, the lucky memento is revealed.
    Daryl Katz’s Oilers logoed, gold plated testicles.
    But seriously, I wonder if the Oilers did anything like the “Lucky Loonie” buried in the ice.
    The guy who retrieved it is was Wayne Gretzky, who seems to have a connection to the Oilers.
    I suppose the only way we would find out is if they win it all.

  89. €√¥£€^$ says:

    dessert1111:
    I’m not seeing the game listed on NHL live (though the play in games starting Saturday are), which I thought was kind of odd. Anyone know what’s going on there?

    If I can’t watch the game tomorrow morning on there, looks like it’s a late work night in the Eastern time zone!

    All the games are on! I had to figure out how to be able to watch games and decided NHL Live best serves my purposes. It works amazing on my Smart TV via the web browser.

    For those with interest, the difference between NHL Live & Sportsnet Now is being able watch games several days later, while SN Now has a 24 hr rewind feature, which won’t meet my needs.

  90. OriginalPouzar says:

    Gregor mentioned that he’s exchanged some texts and they do expect Sheahan to be ready for Saturday – that would be great.

    With that said, I hope Haas gets big PK minutes tonight (with Sheahan). From accounts he was a big PK guy in Europe and I anticipate him in that role next season (Sheahan may not be back).

  91. Todd Macallan says:

    I knew I missed hockey, but didn’t realize how much until I found myself excited to actually watch the Leafs play. Thinking I have no choice but to stay up till midnight here to catch the start of the main event tonight.

    Man do I love this game. Thank you LT for all that you do for this community.

  92. Reja says:

    Yippee-Ki-Yay- Motherfu…. Oilers win 6-3 Kassian pots 2 goals and lays out Tkachuk.

  93. deardylan says:

    Tkachuk is a winner. He scores and scars. Even in time travel redraft, I would still pass on him everytime. He will burn the Flames one day, everyday.

    Tonight, KASShields up to maximum. Avoid the Bait that makes lawyers stayup too late. Protect 97 from Tkafoot. Dont forget he plays a long game and wants to eliminate oilers before we even begin. #REDchuk Alert!!

  94. Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual says:

    Cuthbert and Debrusk are the broadcast team for the Oilers game! That’s some good news!

  95. ArmchairGM says:

    Maybe I missed it, but do we know the lineup for tonight?

  96. Tye says:

    HI EVERYBADY!

    GOILERS!

  97. Lowetide says:

    Jason Gregor
    @JasonGregor
    ·
    6m
    Sheahan not in ice for warmup.

    Broberg is 7th Dman…
    Patrick Russell 13th forward.

  98. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Lowetide:
    Jason Gregor
    @JasonGregor
    ·
    6m
    Sheahan not in ice for warmup.

    Broberg is 7th Dman…
    Patrick Russell 13th forward.

    Koskinen is the starter

  99. Lowetide says:

    This might be the lineup

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Connor McDavid – Zack Kassian
    Tyler Ennis – Leon Draisaitl – Kailer Yamamoto
    Andreas Athanasiou – Gaetan Haas – Josh Archibald
    James Neal – Jujhar Khaira – Alex Chiasson
    Patrick Russell

    Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
    Darnell Nurse – Ethan Bear
    Kris Russell – Matt Benning
    Philip Broberg

    Mikko Koskinen
    Mike Smith

  100. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Lowetide:
    This might be the lineup

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Connor McDavid – Zack Kassian
    Tyler Ennis – Leon Draisaitl – Kailer Yamamoto
    Andreas Athanasiou – Gaetan Haas – Josh Archibald
    James Neal – Jujhar Khaira – Alex Chiasson
    Patrick Russell

    Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
    Darnell Nurse – Ethan Bear
    Kris Russell – Matt Benning
    Philip Broberg

    Mikko Koskinen
    Mike Smith

    I wonder if Nurse sits out every second or third shift to rest his knee a bit

  101. ArmchairGM says:

    Lowetide:
    This might be the lineup

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Connor McDavid – Zack Kassian
    Tyler Ennis – Leon Draisaitl – Kailer Yamamoto
    Andreas Athanasiou – Gaetan Haas – Josh Archibald
    James Neal – Jujhar Khaira – Alex Chiasson
    Patrick Russell

    Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
    Darnell Nurse – Ethan Bear
    Kris Russell – Matt Benning
    Philip Broberg

    Mikko Koskinen
    Mike Smith

    Thanks. Looking forward to seeing Broberg in “real” game action.

  102. €√¥£€^$ says:

    Lowetide:
    This might be the lineup

    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Connor McDavid – Zack Kassian
    Tyler Ennis – Leon Draisaitl – Kailer Yamamoto
    Andreas Athanasiou – Gaetan Haas – Josh Archibald
    James Neal – Jujhar Khaira – Alex Chiasson
    Patrick Russell

    Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
    Darnell Nurse – Ethan Bear
    Kris Russell – Matt Benning
    Philip Broberg

    Mikko Koskinen
    Mi

    €√¥£€^$,

    I am interested to see how Haas does with faster linemates, I expect that line to be very effective.

  103. ArmchairGM says:

    €√¥£€^$: I wonder if Nurse sits out every second or third shift to rest his knee a bit

    If his knee was an issue you’d think they would hold him out and play Jones there.

  104. €√¥£€^$ says:

    ArmchairGM: If his knee was an issue you’d think they would hold him out and play Jones there.

    Just wonder how they might deploy Broberg, I am thinking they keep him with Bear. It will be interesting to see

  105. Ryan says:

    €√¥£€^$,

    I’m hoping he kicks Haas.

  106. Oil2Oilers says:

    Leafs game running late so we miss the start of the Oilers game, same as it ever was.

  107. €√¥£€^$ says:

    €√¥£€^$,

    From hearing snipers on Calgary radio, Talbot apparently has outplayed Rittich. But the fact the two best G’s in each TC probably won’t tell us who starts on Saturday.

  108. OriginalPouzar says:

    Lowetide:
    Jason Gregor
    @JasonGregor
    ·
    6m
    Sheahan not in ice for warmup.

    Broberg is 7th Dman…
    Patrick Russell 13th forward.

    Shocked its Russell and not Nygard and its Broberg and not Jones (unless one of the starting 6 isn’t playing).

  109. OriginalPouzar says:

    Unfriendly Regional Arachnid Individual:
    Cuthbert and Debrusk are the broadcast team for the Oilers game! That’s some good news!

    For every Oiler game (until the SCF).

  110. OriginalPouzar says:

    €√¥£€^$: Koskinen is the starter

    That’s a great sign (for those that want Mikko to start).

    I assume they split (or go 2 periods : 1 period) but we’ll find out.

  111. OriginalPouzar says:

    Oil2Oilers:
    Leafs game running late so we miss the start of the Oilers game, same as it ever was.

    I would think that SNW will switch over.

  112. jp says:

    Anyone know how to watch this game online?

    I was hoping to watch on NHL Network in the US but my service provider is unable to do fucking anything.

  113. Munny says:

    jp,

    bilasport or onhockey.tv

  114. jp says:

    Munny: onhockey.tv

    ty

  115. Munny says:

    #WeplayforColby

  116. Oil2Oilers says:

    Screens in the bowl look good, very video game-esque

  117. Munny says:

    Can’t hate that start…

  118. ArmchairGM says:

    That didn’t take long! Yamamoto!!

  119. OriginalPouzar says:

    What a play for the for the first goal – great plays by Drai, Klef, Ennis and, boom, Kailer buries it.

  120. jp says:

    Well that’s a nice start.

  121. OilClog says:

    It has begun!

  122. Ice Sage says:

    Good debut. Backchecking is not on the menu, fortunately for KY

  123. flyfish1168 says:

    This is just a exhibition game and I already hate the phlegms so much and would like to see them all limp off the ice.

  124. ArmchairGM says:

    Broberg looks very tentative.

  125. OriginalPouzar says:

    ArmchairGM:
    Broberg looks very tentative.

    Ya, two shifts, both spent in the defensive zone and culpable a couple of time on the 2nd shift.

  126. dessert1111 says:

    This has a much better pace than I was expecting. The Oilers look like they’re playing together quite well, all considered.

    Broberg looks completely lost out there but I like that he’s getting a game in case there’s a run of injuries down the line, and just to see him in a game based on well he’s looked in camp. I bet he’ll settle down a bit.

  127. OriginalPouzar says:

    So, PP still works.

    Leon still works.

  128. OilClog says:

    Sheeesh, Talbs has had endless night tremors about thinking about this stuff.

  129. Ice Sage says:

    Maybe it’s the stillness of the building and the video game vibe, but that goal seemed… automatic?

  130. ArmchairGM says:

    OriginalPouzar: Ya, two shifts, both spent in the defensive zone and culpable a couple of time on the 2nd shift.

    dessert1111:
    This has a much better pace than I was expecting. The Oilers look like they’re playing together quite well, all considered.

    Broberg looks completely lost out there but I like that he’s getting a game in case there’s a run of injuries down the line, and just to see him in a game based on well he’s looked in camp. I bet he’ll settle down a bit.

    Broberg’s play in the third period will tell us more than his first shift, I suppose.

  131. OriginalPouzar says:

    Huge hit by Kass!

  132. dessert1111 says:

    I’m honestly shocked by the amount of hitting in this game so far.

  133. Lucinius says:

    Winning this game would be nice.

    However, all I really want is for the Oilers to get through the exhibition games without injury.

  134. OriginalPouzar says:

    ArmchairGM:
    Broberg’s play in the third period will tell us more than his first shift, I suppose.

    Well, it was actually his second shift that was poor – 3rd shift similar.

    I have zero concern – I would expect the just turned 19-year old destined for Skelfeeta would maybe have some issues in his first game.

  135. Ryan says:

    Anyone else feeling like they’re in bizarro world?

  136. dessert1111 says:

    ArmchairGM,

    Absolutely. The first few shifts are almost always tentative, unless you’re the great Luke Gazdic.

  137. defmn says:

    Ryan:
    Anyone else feeling like they’re in bizarro world?

    Since about age 12.

  138. OriginalPouzar says:

    The no clock on screen is somewhat annoying – assuming that gets changed for Saturday.

    The Leaf/Habs game had a clock but, of course, the Eastern games are being produced by NBC and the Western games produced by SN – I assume a screen clock is a feed overlay but I don’t really know.

  139. hunter1909 says:

    Bear channelling his inner small Oilers playoff defenceman sending the opposition players crashing into the goalie move.

  140. Victoria Oil says:

    Ice Sage:
    Maybe it’s the stillness of the building and the video game vibe, but that goal seemed… automatic?

    I liked the lack of celebration by McD.

  141. jp says:

    dessert1111:
    I’m honestly shocked by the amount of hitting in this game so far.

    It’s great it seems to be a ‘real’ game, since the next one is.

  142. OriginalPouzar says:

    Good to see Haas out there on the PK with Archie like hoped.

  143. jp says:

    Ryan:
    Anyone else feeling like they’re in bizarro world?

    I barely notice it actually. Something wrong with me maybe… (what defmn said perhaps)

  144. Victoria Oil says:

    hunter1909:
    Bear channelling his inner small Oilers playoff defenceman sending the opposition players crashing into the goalie move.

    I was kind of hoping the ref would have given them a penalty shot, just for fun.

  145. ArmchairGM says:

    Haas on PK1

  146. Ice Sage says:

    hunter1909,

    LOL – Beargeron!

  147. striatic says:

    Watching the PK without a clock is stranger than watching a game without fans.

  148. OriginalPouzar says:

    Neal is so dirty – well earned slashing PIM there.

  149. digger50 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Neal is so dirty – well earned slashing PIM there.

    Tachuck did the old” punch in the face pretend check”to him. Screw him.

  150. Munny says:

    Stauffer and Michaels raving about Haas’s first period.

  151. OilClog says:

    Elliot face off’d jumbo Joe it seems

  152. deardylan says:

    Dirt of Tkachuk leaves no trace just penalty box for opposing teams

  153. Victoria Oil says:

    Elliotte Friedman looks like Joe Thornton.

  154. OilClog says:

    Something weird about the way he said “amazing peepee”

  155. striatic says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Neal is so dirty – well earned slashing PIM there.

    His look after the penalty was whistled was one of distinctly mild regret. Sort of an “Aw nuts. I mean I’d do it again, but nuts, I guess?”

  156. PokeCheck says:

    I can handle a lot 2020, but Friedman’s beard…

  157. digger50 says:

    I’m not suprises to see Broberg in.

    He is the first round oversea guest, the training camp darling, and he’s done well. A little NHL game is a nice reward. It may be more but I doubt it. I don’t think he’s moved ahead of Bouchard or Jones who had their own honeymoon period.

  158. flyfish1168 says:

    OriginalPouzar:
    Neal is so dirty – well earned slashing PIM there.

    The problem starts with the refs. Turtle already has 3 questionable plays. Refs should say now you need to fight your own battles and look the other way.

  159. Gerta Rauss says:

    I don’t mind having no fans in the stands

    I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s not a deal breaker for me

  160. Oil2Oilers says:

    Draisaitl with two wee balls of hate seems to be working out.

    Khaira and the lumbering giants look like the are built for this.

    Broberg will remember going into the corners against Lucic and trying to remove Thachuck from the front of the net.

  161. fries n gravy says:

    Prediction: the normal “refs lose their whistles in the playoffs” thing won’t happen this year.

    Why:
    – no extra-intense fan noise to change the refs’ headspace
    – several months uninterrupted study of their rulebooks

    Advantage this summer: Oilers & their all-time PP

  162. T0ML says:

    Game is looking better than I expected so far … Oil looking solid. One downside … I will be in the office late for the foreseeable future, being in Florida and a die hard fan for EDM do not mix well….

    Lets go OILERS

  163. striatic says:

    Gerta Rauss

    Has anyone seen players from other teams in the stands? They are allowed to come watch the games in person from the limited seating but I haven’t heard mention of any players doing so yet.

  164. OilClog says:

    Also having the #2 overall penalty kill is extremely beneficial when special teams will play such a large role in a once in a lifetime like event.. Hopefully once ffs.

  165. dessert1111 says:

    The no fans doesn’t bother me. I’d love to hear audio from the ice though.

  166. fries n gravy says:

    (watching on delay)

    Elliotte, WTF with the Santa beard??

  167. OriginalPouzar says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    I don’t mind having no fans in the stands

    I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s not a deal breaker for me

    Me either.

    If was never going to be a deal-breaker for me as all I really care about is what happens on the ice. My concern was (is) that the lack of fan energy could effect the play on the ice but I don’t think it will have too much of a general effect – momentum swings, etc. may be effected – will be tough to quantify that.

  168. fries n gravy says:

    I’m bummed out they didn’t add Rob Clarke to the bubble.

    Robby can sing two anthems three times a day *all summer*.

  169. Younger Oil says:

    I’d prefer the crowd noise nixed entirely, but I suspect they have it in to help drown out the players a bit.

  170. fries n gravy says:

    OilClog,

    Are you making that up or do I just not know that?

    (it could easily be me – newish Dad…)

  171. razor says:

    I logged on just to say this: man I am happy to hear Chris Cuthbert over Kevin Quinn

  172. OriginalPouzar says:

    fries n gravy:
    Prediction: the normal “refs lose their whistles in the playoffs” thing won’t happen this year.

    Why:– no extra-intense fan noise to change the refs’ headspace– several months uninterrupted study of their rulebooks

    Advantage this summer: Oilers & their all-time PP

    It seems that is a bit of a myth though as the numbers show that PPs actually go up in the first few rounds as compared to the regular season – in recent years……

    Maybe there are more overall infractions in the playoffs so more go uncalled though….

  173. OriginalPouzar says:

    Great to see Bear take that slapper on the quick PP play – he’s got a bomb and needs to find a way to use it more as part of his next development step.

  174. jp says:

    Great movement by PP1.5

  175. Victoria Oil says:

    Nice PP. Lots of chances in the 2nd minute.

  176. OilClog says:

    He can play goalie!

  177. OriginalPouzar says:

    2 beauty stops by Mikko – the first coming across, then the rebound.

    Then Broberg saves a goal playing tender with Mikko out of position.

  178. jp says:

    Shit, some good work by Koskinen there.

    Was gonna say nice work by that makeshift line (and AA at C) but then….

  179. Ice Sage says:

    Broberg stays, as 3rd G

  180. JOFA says:

    Bro knows goal!

  181. OriginalPouzar says:

    striatic:
    Gerta Rauss

    Has anyone seen players from other teams in the stands? They are allowed to come watch the games in person from the limited seating but I haven’t heard mention of any players doing so yet.

    For the first 5 days after entering the bubble, the players are restricted to their rooms and team activities (meal, practice, meetings, games) – they wouldn’t be allowed yet.

  182. OilClog says:

    fries n gravy:
    OilClog,

    Are you making that up or do I just not know that?

    (it could easily be me – newish Dad…)

    The amazing peepee part or 2nd overall penalty kill?

  183. fries n gravy says:

    godot10: Two fast guys with a smart slow guy might work.Marody needs wingers like this to make it.

    Did you say Gagner?

  184. OriginalPouzar says:

    dessert1111:
    The no fans doesn’t bother me. I’d love to hear audio from the ice though.

    From accounts, there are many new parts of the broadcast that they aren’t rolling out until Saturday.

    I think the production is going to be materially different when the real games start.

  185. Ryan says:

    Goalieberg

  186. OriginalPouzar says:

    Shoot the puck Kass….

  187. Gerta Rauss says:

    striatic:
    Has anyone seen players from other teams in the stands? They are allowed to come watch the games in person from the limited seating but I haven’t heard mention of any players doing so yet.

    Haven’t noticed/heard of any players in the stands but it’s early, I’m sure guys are just getting settled into their routines

    And I suspect an exhibition game wasn’t too high on anyone’s to do list

    *edit-never mind, I didn’t realize they aren’t allowed in the stands yet

  188. godot10 says:

    fries n gravy: Did you say Gagner?

    Lander! -).

  189. jp says:

    Great to see AA getting in there a little.

  190. Gerta Rauss says:

    dessert1111:
    The no fans doesn’t bother me. I’d love to hear audio from the ice though.

    I’ve been saying that to my hockey buddies for 20 years

    I’d pay extra on my NHL subscription to get a live mic from the ice

  191. fries n gravy says:

    Bohologo,

    F those guys.

  192. godot10 says:

    12 GM’s, 12 suites.
    12 coaches, 12 suties.

    Leaves 33 suites for the players when they want to watch. Maybe two suites per team for players.

    Leaves 9 suites for other VIPs.

  193. N64 says:

    ~ Flames comeback begins ~

  194. OilClog says:

    Everytime the camera pans to McDavid on the bench it literally looks like he’s taking something personal. The death glare, he’s about to make some defensemen famous on the highlights.

  195. jp says:

    Koskinen definitely acquitted himself well in his 30 minutes.

  196. OriginalPouzar says:

    Looks like the Oilers are splitting – Smith coming in.

    The only person I heard that didn’t think the split made sense was Hrudey.

    Mikko has done everything possible to win the Game 1 starting job – solid camp and solid tonight.

    Go Smith – match him please!

  197. OriginalPouzar says:

    I honestly wouldn’t mind a few more PKs – get the killers some more work.

  198. OilClog says:

    Whoever the wacky inflatable arm man salesmen in the ice district district has really failed at an all time opportunity, I want to believe there’s still time.

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