Saturday, September 15, 2012


For the 3rd time under Commissionaire Gary Bettman's tenure, the 2012-13 NHL season is officially locked out. 

The NHL and the NHLPA had until mid-night of September 15th 2012 to create a brand new collective bargaining agreement and despite having numerous meetings over the course of two months, both sides were unable to reach a suitable agreement.

At this point, there are no scheduled meetings between both sides, but it is expected that the first few pre-season games (which begin September 23rd 2012) will be cancelled barring if no agreement is found.

In the meantime, NHL players around the league are will now look to play pro-hockey either within North America or outside of the continent.

As for hockey fans and for those who work behind the scenes within all 30 NHL clubs etc., this decision is yet another blow below the belt.  Where it hurts most is in pockets of those who need that little extra INCOME just to stay afloat, during a time where jobs are becoming fewer a far between.

More to come.

*Editor's Note*

To those who will inevitably lose out this season, be prepared because this lock-out could be a long and arduous one. My hope is that this lock-out will be a blessing in disguise for you and I am sure it will be. In the meantime,  go out and play a little shiny and win your own Stanley Cup.

Antony S Scandale

Oilers Update - Young Guns to AHL

The Oklahoma Barons just got a little stronger.  With NHL lock-out expected to commence in a few hours, the Edmonton Oilers have moved some of they're young forwards to the their affiliate squad down south. In total 26 Oilers forwards have been sent to Barons including top scorer Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson.

Defenceman Justin Schultz will also make the trip to the Sooner State, however Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov will not suit up for the Barons.  Hall is not eligible to play with the Barons since he is still considered to be on the injured reserved list, and  as for #1 Draft of 2012, Yakupov has been sent back Sarnia Sting, but is rumored that he will play in the KHL in Russia.

Here is the list of players assigned to the Barons.

Cameron Abney
Mark Arcobello
Tyler Bunz
Dane Byers
Philippe Cornet
Yann Danis
Brandon Davidson
Jordan Eberle
Taylor Fedun
Curtis Hamilton
Teemu Hartikainen
Tanner House
Anton Lander
Martin Marincin
Ryan Martindale
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Magnus Paajarvi
Kristians Pelss
Tyler Pitlick
Alex Plante
Toni Rajala
Olivier Roy
Justin Schultz
Colten Teubert
Antti Tyrvainen
Chris VandeVelde