September 18 2014 07:15PM
We're off and running with Oilers news out of training camp, and coach Dallas Eakins had some home truths for the microphones today. Issue one: "We have two NHL centermen!" Ahem. What does that mean? Opportunity!
September 18 2014 02:40PM
The first puck hasn’t yet dropped for the on-ice portion of 2014 training camp for the Edmonton Oilers, but I don’t see a lot of questions regarding what the team’s opening night roster will look like.
September 18 2014 11:43AM
Training camp officially began today. The players went through a wide range of medical testing to gauge their endurance, strength, mobility, agility, eyes, teeth and overall health. They will be on the ice tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., the practices are open to the public, and they have been divided into three teams: Team Gretzky, Team Messier and Team Kurri.
September 18 2014 10:07AM
Negotiations between Columbus and star centre Ryan Johansen seem to have imploded rather badly. Blue Jackets’ management is publicly very frustrated, and on Wednesday went so far as to release publicly the three offers they had made to the RFA centre.
It’s an interesting negotiation to watch from an Oilers perspective, because Edmonton has gone a different direction with its young players – and has to make decisions on others in the future.
September 17 2014 03:03PM
This is John Ferguson. 50 years ago he was an enforcer in the NHL. During Ferguson's career, being an enforcer involved playing alongside Jean Beliveau, or Henri Richard—skilled men who delivered a pass and expected it back on the tape and on the fly. The role of enforcers has changed over the decades, but may be returning to the Ferguson-era definition in the future.