The Canucks adjusted plus/minus, T.J. Brodie signs on the cheap, Oilers are streaking, Yakupov, Draisaitl, Richard Peddie, the Twitter crowd and more in this weeks Roundup.

In the Roundup we go around the Nation Network and give you some of the best articles of the last couple weeks. Every once in a while it’s good to know what other teams are doing, or maybe you find an interesting article you wouldn’t have found otherwise.


Adjusted plus minus: Measuring defensive effectivness 


Scrap of the week

  • The Last Big Bear

    I’d just like to re-post my observations from last night’s Calgary-Carolina game:

    Flames now sit one point out of 1st place in the league.

    Oilers now sit one point out of last place in the West.

    Yes, the teams ahead of Calgary have games in hand. But teams behind Edmonton also have games in hand.

    • IM80

      After 9 games last year the Flames had 10 pts and we know where they finished, this year they have 11 pts.

      by comparison, NYR had 6 pts in their first 9 gms last year and ended up in the finals….

      Very short-sighted response. But, i guess if it makes you feel better to write it down….

        • and @TheLastBigBear

          The Oilers started poorly and finished poorly last year and have been sadly mismanaged for the past 8 years, aside from drafting Hall and RNH, plus Marincin who will all be serviceable nhlers. I am not delusional about the Oilers current state, but you spouting off about the Flames being 1 point out of first IN OCTOBER is hilarious and delusional…….so, i am not sure what your point is? Your posts prove how idiodic some flames fans are…..boy, the kool-aid must be great in flames nation….

      • SavardianSpinorama

        I suppose you actually think the Rangers had a tough slog on their way to the Final?

        The Flyers were a joke, the Penguins pretty much the same, and the Habs were exhausted after beating their nemesis.

        One of the easiest cakewalks into a Cup Final in recent memory.

        And the Rangers still SUCKED when all was said and done.

  • The Last Big Bear

    I love how the Oiler response now is “yes, we know we’re horrible. Give it a rest” instead of “oh ya? well soon we’ll be so good, you’ll see!” It’s a beautiful thing.

    • Serious Gord

      There is little question that the Flames are “the little engine that could” when it comes to work, discipline and playing a fundamental game consistently.

      When it comes to coaching probably the biggest what if in the league this season is “what if the oilers had the flames management and coaching – could they contend for the playoffs?”

      • piscera.infada

        When it comes to coaching probably the biggest what if in the league this season is “what if the oilers had the flames management and coaching – could they contend for the playoffs?”

        Some of that has to be buy-in from the players though, no?

        • Serious Gord

          I think that coaching comes first – demanding they buy-in to an incompetent coach/management won’t work.

          Carolina has a real buy-in issue with Alex Semin which we will see first-hand tonight. Is some of that problem Semin? likely so, but then one looks at how ovechkin is playing for trots and one has to wonder if the carolina coach is failing too…

          • piscera.infada

            I won’t argue that, but the Oilers have essentially had a clown-car of coaches over the last half-decade. You can’t expect me to believe they were all incompetent. We’ll use your Semin example. The guy has never bought-in one iota. You can go back as far in his NHL career as you want. He wasn’t re-upped by the Capitals as a UFA because he didn’t buy-in. You could see it last night. He didn’t care about anything that was happening in the game, he was just skating around. That’s not what you need out of the one skilled veteran who’s not injured. The fact that they signed him to that contract is horrible.

            I’m not saying there isn’t buy-in with the Oilers, but there’s seemingly been one constant through many of the coaches: the “young stars”.

          • The Last Big Bear

            The real leadership of the Oilers for the past number of years has been Gagner and Hall.

            And the team HAS been buying in to that leadership group.

            Which is why it’s been no-defence All-Star Game river hockey, for year after year after year.

            Hall is indisputably the leader of the Oilers and based on what we’ve seen from his leadership so far, as a Flames fan I can’t WAIT for them to give him the “C” and make it official.

  • CMpuck

    Is it just me or do the Oilers look like a bunch of awkward pencil mustached twinks that play dungeons & dragons and then wait for their moms to pick them up in mini vans?

  • SavardianSpinorama

    Man I’d like to see Hamonic in a Flames uniform. The Oil would be smart to go out and get him as well. Not flashy but a solid d-man and good leader.