Monday, September 11, 2006
We found this site, via The Battle of Alberta .
It looks like a trustworthy news personality in Edmonton was on the radio and broke the story that the Oilers signed Micheal Nylander.
Within hours, another Edmonton radio station picked the story up.
Think of it as if Bob Pompeani broke a story, and everyone else started picking up on it.
"On Sunday, July 1, 2007, Kevin Lowe, Oilers general manager, and Mr. Mike Gillis, certified agent for Michael Nylander, negotiated and agreed to a multi-year NHL Standard Players Contract, starting in 2007-08. Mr. Gillis confirmed same to the Oilers in writing," the Oilers' statement read Tuesday."
As morning came ( July 2), the press conference never came.
While everyone in Oil Country was waiting for the news,
The Capitals announced the signing of Nylander to a huge deal.
Edmonton = Stunned
"The Oilers then proceeded with preparations to announce Mr. Nylander's contract agreement on July 2, and concurrently continued with the process of negotiating with other free agents based upon Mr. Nylander being an important roster ingredient for the future."
Yeah, we are confused, too.It looks like Nylander had a change of heart.
But the Oilers are pissed.
And they should be.
They wasted a whole day focusing on Nylander and missed out on some other targets.
Why did Nylander change his mind?
Who might have the Oilers gone after?
We may never know.
Reporting for Unsolved Mysteries,
This has been Robert Stack
Around the NHL
....The Rangers introduced their big signings.
...JR calls it quits
Even if you hate him.
Have to admit he was a good player.
But way better interview:
(If you watch one thing on YouYube today, make it this.
Number one and number two are unreal.)
.......Crosby Contract news..
"[The NHLPA] is a group," Crosby said. "We're in that group. So, yes, for sure, it's important. But, at the same time, I have to do what's right."
Let's just hope that for once, just once, we as fans can experience something easy for the Pens off the ice.
But if you aren't expecting a breaking story two weeks from now about contract talks breaking down, then you just haven't been around long enough.
......Some Pens are also going to face arbitration.
First up Colby Armstrong.
Petr Sykora celebrated his July 4th in style
Should be the first of many Petr Sykora photoshops
A Winter in the Sun
That's What We're Talkin About. Pens WIN.
There was definitely a fever pitch in the air tonight. Staggy and Errey alluded to it at the top of the broadcast, and for good reason. The puck was dropped, and you have to admit you were a little nervous. Nervous might not be the right word. Nervous is reserved for playoff time. But this felt like a playoff game. What all happened in the first? Nothing much except Ekman going all Mark-Eaton on us. Fleury was making some big saves, and so was J.S. Aubin. With time ticking down at the end of the first, our boy (TM) Erik Christensen snapped a shot past Aubin on the powerplay to give the Pens a 1-0 lead. The second period was the best period of hockey in a while. End-to-end action. Halfway through the second period, Malkin was robbed on a nice save by Aubin... Before you knew it, Toronto was flying back the other way on an odd-man rush. A delicious rebound landed on Sundin's stick, and his Mellon Arena goal-count is now 145. Thankfully, that would be it for the Maple Leaves (Leafs?).
Dumbest thing to grace commentorblog in 2006.
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Paul Coffey was so dominant he needed to go back up.
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