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Okay first off, The NHL and the NHLPA both missed the PR boat by not getting the Kovalchuk thing done on TV. They could have has live streaming of who gets to be the arbitrator between Judge Joe Brown and Judge Judy, then they could have had a fan vote and a reality TV program. A show that follows Kovalchuk's wife on a shopping spree when the credit card gets declined, Kovalchuk's agent crying after the ruling, the arbitrator getting in a screaming match with Kovalchuk and Bettman giving high fives to everyone. I personally would love the screaming match,

"Listen Ilya, you ain't got no monies up in here, respec' yo'self and sign for like...not till your 90 or somethin!"
"OHHHHH no you did'int!!!!"

That would have been great T.V. They seriously lost out here and we're all poorer for it. Hopefully they will get it back on track for the Donald Trump apprentice series that hires the NHLPA leader.

So now we have to wait for another week to find out that Kovy will sign in NJ again. Also we will track Forsberg and monitor the Sundin errr... Kaberle trade.

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The Hockey News will release it's predictions here right away and it looks like they are predicting Florida to finish last in the east and (chuckle chuckle snicker snicker) Edmonton in the West...

I know I know I shouldn't go there, the Flames didn't make the playoffs either and the Oilers have every reason to be optimistic in the future but not next season future more like two or three seasons away kind of future. Ask any pool geek and they will tell you about the four year rule, that is typically a break out year for players so even if Hall, Eberle and Svensson do start this year it might be three or four years before they see the results. The best part of that is that they will still have to deal with three very good RFA salaries in a few years while contending with Gilbert's inflated Salary and Horcoff's untradeable contract...should be interesting!


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Lots of chatter about center's on the Flames, I think I've given up on the idea of a number one guy and have just accepted the four number 2's theory they are rolling with! You can't check a scoring line when there is none!

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Filed Under:   Flames   Oilers   Kovalchuck  
August 9, 2010 6:51 PM ET | Delete
Your blog is about as bad as the team you cheer for.
August 9, 2010 7:26 PM ET | Delete
Your comment is about as bad as the team you cheer for
August 9, 2010 7:42 PM ET | Delete
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August 9, 2010 8:13 PM ET | Delete
good read, August sucks for hockey, so this was fun...aaaaaand then a oiler fan ruins the fun.
August 9, 2010 8:32 PM ET | Delete
Fax- ahhh good one! But hey i'm only the messanger, take it up with the hockey news!!Miika- Thanks man, slow month!
August 9, 2010 9:33 PM ET | Delete
Well said Sane. Unbelievable Fax would spout what he did after what that goof Cloutier blogged, calling calgary goalie 14th
August 9, 2010 9:34 PM ET | Delete
August 9, 2010 9:40 PM ET | Delete
yeah mikka's right, sane youre doing a good job with the blogs this month, im really impressed :)
August 9, 2010 10:26 PM ET | Delete
agreed kevin, even the 18 for defence is a little low...
August 9, 2010 11:42 PM ET | Delete
There is two ways that he disected how he thought teams would end up and honestly neither seem that rational although they were thought out. You can't use last season as an indicator, especially for such a young team as the oil. New head coach etc. His 2nd method also allows for a lot of homer thinking...
August 9, 2010 11:42 PM ET | Delete
I think he tried to be as good as he can but as an oiler blogger can you bring yourself to say the Flames have a top 4 goalie?
August 10, 2010 12:00 AM ET | Delete
Saying defence was 18th is ajoke. Kipper should be acknowledged, look at the work load. We admit there wonder kids have a future even though none of them have played an nhl game yet.
August 10, 2010 12:25 AM ET | Delete
did someone bad mouth MIIKKA!!!??? >:(
August 10, 2010 12:37 PM ET | Delete
That idiot Cloutier ranked Calgary's goaltending 14th
August 10, 2010 12:38 PM ET | Delete
August 10, 2010 2:14 PM ET | Delete
Care to explain to me how Gilbert's contract is inflated compared to say someone like Bouwmeester, Regehr or Sarich? Also last time i checked by the time the ELC of the big 3 expire, the oilers will only have Gilbert and Horcoff under contract, so if they manage the cap effectively I don't see where the problem is? Unless their cap management prof is Darryl Sutter...
August 10, 2010 3:29 PM ET | Delete
As an Oilers fan, I'll happily take the #15 in the West prediction from the Hockey News. This is the same publication that predicted Phoenix to be #15 in the West and Colorado #14 last season. They clearly are prediction savants.
August 10, 2010 3:51 PM ET | Delete
Centacre- TOUCHE'!!Oilerfan...c'mon! Gilbert? 4 mil? Hemsky makes 4 mil! And yes those are the only two so you can have a Hall, Svensson, Eberle, Horcoff and Gilbert and a bunch of AHL'rs... since they will all want "Ryan Smyth" money..which is I want out of Edmonton money. I'll do you one better and put a post on it soon!
August 10, 2010 4:56 PM ET | Delete
In other news, who else is excited about listening to peter loubardias 58 times/yr for the next 10 yrs? oh and yes the oilers suck.
August 10, 2010 6:38 PM ET | Delete
As Brad Ratgen's blog points out today... the Vegas oddsmakers also agree that the Oilers are still going to be terrible this year. The Flames are currently being pegged to finish 7th in the West, but we're surrounded with close competition in Phoenix, Anaheim, Nashville, Colorado, St Louis, and Dallas.
August 10, 2010 6:40 PM ET | Delete
Peter Loubardias is terrible. I wish you could PVR the radio so that I could match Peter Maher's play-by-play to the video feed.
August 10, 2010 6:49 PM ET | Delete
He won't last forever, he's more disliked than millions! It's a tough gig though. I dislike the colour stuff he adds like, "Boy...is it tough slushing out there ...or what!?" Like thanks for that insight.
August 10, 2010 7:03 PM ET | Delete
Sportsnet should have pulled Brad Curl (the Hitmen play-by-play guy) away from the Fan 960. The guy's a solid game caller, and with the schedule over-lap he does most of his work for an internet-only audience. I think he's just waiting in the wings until the day that Peter needs to call it quits.
August 10, 2010 7:04 PM ET | Delete
Curle... not Curl. Sorry.
August 10, 2010 7:09 PM ET | Delete
pete lombardias would call you jtommyteeeeeeeeee
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