Friday, August 31, 2012

Jordan Eberle Signs for 6 years

The Edmonton Oilers have announced the signing of 22 year-old Jordan Eberle to a multi-million dollar contract worth $36 million for 6 years.  The signing comes days after the Oilers signed fellow forward Taylor Hall to a 7 year contract.  Eberle, whom I refer to as the,  'The slippery, human-high-light-reel" finished the 2012 season with 76 points in 78 games.

"I saw Taylor get his done and when they came after me to get mind done, there was a lot of excitement. said the Regina native. "I'm happy to be an Oiler. I want to be here for awhile.  With the direction the team is going, with a couple acquisitions this summer and everyone being a year older, we're going to be a team that's going to have a reputation for winning here in a little bit.  There's no other way to put it, we're both excited to be here."

With the two corner pieces firmly set into the foundation, the building of a Championship team however, is still in the making which will clearly need a little more time, money and resource.  And who of course but to leave that responsibility to GM Steve Tamebellini to fill the gaps.  So for so good, especially considering the acquisition of Nail Yakupov and defenseman, Justin Schultz to add to the plethora of extremely young talent, who have all the time to develop into top performers in the NHL and perhaps, earn a contract akin to Hall and Eberle.  These two signings for the Edmonton Oilers is exactly what the organization is trying to do: Send the message to the rest of the league, WE'RE GOING PLACES!

"It's sends message to our players that some our best young players are so committed to being here in Edmonton.  "It's not like they were looking for a two-year extention, they were willing to talk about committing the next 7 or 8 years here in Edmonton.  That's the type of commitment we need to get everybody on board.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Oilers Update - Omark Overseas

Unrestricted free agent Linus Omark has signed a one year deal with the EV ZUG of Switzerland's National League A.

The 25 year-old forward from Sweden, scored 3 goals in 14 games with the Oilers and then finished the 2012 season with the Oklahoma Barons with 16 points in 18 games.

Despite, his flashiness and brilliant play-making abilities, Omark became the victim of an Edmonton Oilers club who carries an over-abundance of small, skilled forwards. To make matters more difficult, Omark publicly said that he wanted out of Edmonton.  This was made evident when a few months ago, he tweeted "I really hope edm let me have a chance in another nhl team."  His tweet, forced GM Steve Tambellini to reply, "Linus is an interesting guy."  He then added that Omark isn't good enough to beat out anyone in Edmonton's top six.

Linus Omark will be most remembered for his heart-stopping, shoot-out goal versus the Tampa Bay Lightning during his first ever NHL game.

Good Luck to Linus Omark.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oilers Update -Taylor Hall Locks Up 7 year deal

The Edmonton Oilers have officially locked up foward Taylor Hall to a 7 year $42 million dollar contract. Dubbed "the hardest working player in the NHL" - and quite possibly the most fearless player in the show, Hall will receive an average of 6 million per year with the Oilers.

To this day, Taylor Hall has collected 95 points in 126 games with 49 goals and 46 assists.

Now that Hall has been signed to a long term contract, the Edmonton Oilers will proceed talks with #14 Jordan Eberle.

More to follow.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Oilers Update - Bettman... Lock Out Sept 15th?

NHL Commissionaire Gary Bettman announced today that the NHL could be locked-out, if there is no new CBA by Sept 15 2012.

"I re-confirmed something that the union has been told multiple times over the last night to 12 months.  Namely, that the time is getting short and the owners are not prepared to operate under this collective bargaining agreement for another season, so we need to get to making a deal and doing it soon.  And we believe there's ample time for the parties to get together and make a deal and that's what we're going to be working towards." said the Commissionaire to reporters in New York.

Bettman, who could potentially see his third lock out during his 19 year tenure as commissionaire also stated."We reiterated to the union that the owners will not play another year under the current agreement."

NHLPA executive director David Fehr is reported to make a counter offer by next Tuesday. 

No hockey makes Mckyla sad.