The Best of the Nation - 9.24.12

Jonathan Willis
September 24 2012 10:34AM

Nathan MacKinnon is the consensus pick as the best player eligible for the 2013 Draft. Who else is available? What NHL list that nobody wants to be on did Ryan Kesler just make? What kind of livestock did an NHL executive compare NHL players to? Why is Toronto slamming the “best goalie coach on the planet”? When will the NHL lockout end?

All that and more, after the jump.

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IIHF denies delays in transferring Nail Yakupov, slams “entirely incorrect, false and fabricated” reports

Jonathan Willis
September 19 2012 11:10AM

Photo: Resolute/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

Like most of the readers here at OilersNation, I read Dmitry Chesnokov’s piece on Puck Daddy yesterday with interest. After quoting Rafik Yakubov, the director with Nail Yakupov’s KHL club (Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik) as saying “The IIHF is not allowing Yakupov to play,” Chesnokov went on to speculate that the IIHF might be waiting for official NHL permission before issuing transfer cards.

According to IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg, that speculation is “entirely incorrect, false and fabricated.”

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The NHL Lockout: It's all about interest

Graphic Comments
September 19 2012 09:29AM

Losing interest in the NHL

The 3.3 billion dollar question is: will the interest that NHL teams are paying their season ticket holders to keep their money on account, be sufficient to offset the inevitable drop in fan interest in the NHL as a product the longer the lockout continues? I'm pretty sure the answer is no. Except maybe in Minnesota, where the Wild are offering an astonishing 10% APR for fans that leave their money with the team.

Hmmm, that gives me an idea...

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The KHL: Who were they trying to ban?

Andrey Osadchenko
September 18 2012 01:07PM

Zack Stortini (5of7/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0)

When the possibility of a lockout was still uncertain, KHL was looked at as the haven players would go to if all goes to hell. NHL’s nemesis took its time before announcing special criteria for foreign players willing to cross the Atlantic for a lockout shelter. You would assume KHL put us all on hold to come up with criteria that would really unsure that only top players could come.

They sure fooled us big time, didn’t they?

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Kane re-signs

Robert Cleave
September 15 2012 10:57PM

               

 

Throughout the summer, even as the business of hockey appeared to be headed towards a stoppage of some sort, one constant has been teams attempting to extend their best young players before the current CBA ran out. Players like Jeff Skinner, Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and others signed long term deals that would take them well into their UFA years, apparently operating under the belief that the deals teams were willing to make now might not be on offer come the resumption of business, whenever that might occur.

Here in Winnipeg, the Jets had just such a player in need of a deal, and tonight, after a summer where the fan base was wondering at least a little bit about that player's committment to the team and the city, Kevin Cheveldayoff seems to have gotten his man. Evander Kane has signed a six year deal that will pay him 31.5M over that span, for an AAV of 5.25M

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