Sports A suspicious delay, in the Edmonton Oilers bid to host the Stanley Cup Playoffs: 9 Things

13:11  31 may  2020
13:11  31 may  2020 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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Today is Day 81 of “the pause”.

Significant progress in the last week, however. The playoff plan is in place. It is now a waiting game as the league measures its progression against the march of COVID-19. One wonders what the socio-political events that we see unfolding in the United States also has on this decision.

And, of course, what does all of this mean for the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton HUB bid.

All that and more in this week’s edition of…

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It has been exactly 11 years since I sat in a Starbucks, on a sunny, late March afternoon and thought about the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup playoffs . But it was in exactly those circumstances that I found myself, earlier today.

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9. Even though he reportedly has a contract for the KHL next season, I fully expect Markus Granlund to be on the Oilers “Black Aces” taxi squad this Summer. His veteran presence and versatility are too valuable to ignore. And he would fill a hole left by the sadly departed Colby Cave .

8. Oilers D-man Ethan Bear has always been socially conscious. His most recent effort is in support of the #ProtectOurElders campaign, encouraging people to stay home & maintain a safe social distance. First Nations communities are tragically at risk during this pandemic. His message is timely and vital.

7. With the NHL regular season official complete, Leon Draisaitl has been confirmed as the 2019-20 Art Ross winner. Connor McDavid finished 2 nd . Draisaitl’s 110 points in just 71 games is sufficiently impressive on its own. But this is also the first time that teammates have finished 1-2 in the NHL scoring race since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in 1995-96.

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  Are the Edmonton Oilers getting an unfair shake in this newly proposed playoff structure?: 9 Things Today is Day 74 of “the pause”. And while there are miles to go, it is fair to say that we have not been this close to a plan to resume the season since play stopped in March. But Are the Oilers being treated fairly in all of this? All that and more in this week’s edition of… 9 Things 9. Rene Fasel will continue to head the International Ice Hockey Federation through September of 2021. There has been talk in some circles that the Oilers Bob Nicholson could be on the list of possible IIHF replacements. But Fasel’s extension was announced on Friday. 8. A new PuckPedia poll asked NHL player agents which GM they most enjoy dealing with.

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6. Leon Draisaitl also needs just 66 more points to become the highest scoring German-born NHL player of all time ( Christian Ehrhoff is currently #1). Barring unforeseen circumstances, Leon will eclipse that mark next season. Draisaitl’s ascension to super-stardom is made all that much more remarkable by this fact: He started his career in a nation where hockey was not the #1 sport and where the same minor hockey and instructional infrastructure that we take for granted in Canada has never existed.

5. After all that we’ve been through, collectively, it sure is fun and a relief to start to think about a Stanley Cup Playoff series. Like all of you, no doubt, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Edmonton-Chicago matchup. We should be wary of the Jonathan Toews / Patrick Kane combo. They are dangerous and know how to win. But’s its hard to argue that the McDavid-Draisaitl team isn’t even more dangerous. But I believe the Oilers are better defensively. The Hawks allow over 35 shots/game. And Edmonton’s PK was 2 nd in the NHL, Chicago 9 th . Looks like a narrow edge. So…

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4. It may come down to goaltending: Corey Crawford for the Black Hawks or the Mike Smith / Mikko Koskinen combination for Edmonton. How did that go in 3 regular season match-ups? Chicago won 3-1 on October 14 th with Crawford beating Smith. Crawford stopped 27/28 in that one while Smith blocked 32-34 (one EN goal). The Oilers beat Chicago February 11 th , 5-3 with Robin Lehner the Loser, the 38-41 Mike Smith the winner. Finally, a March 5 th loss to Chicago with the 21-24 Crawford the winner, Smith replaced 33 minutes in after allowing 4 goals on 21 shots. I re-watched this game last night. The Oilers were bad defensively. Smith was largely left to fend for himself.

3. Bigger picture? So long as it can be done safely for all I wholly support the effort to get hockey going again. But as hard as the NHL may try, there is one aspect that they will not be able to fully replicate: The absence of the “7 th Man”. In Edmonton, we will miss out on the exhilarating sound of a fan base shouting their exaltations as one, as our favorite team once again reaches the post-season. Remember how it felt and sounded in 2017? Remember how the rink rumbled? The pent-up chorus of passion and joy from this fan base will not have its traditional stage…the home arena. It will be fascinating to watch how or if this factor translates in any new and unforeseen way.

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But every sports fan knows there is nothing more exciting than the playoffs . And without a doubt, the NHL is the best postseason tournament of them all. and don't forget to leave your video ideas down in the comments below, we’re looking and we’ll give u a shout out in the video if we use it.

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2. Various contacts of mine believe that the NHL very much wants to have Vegas as one of it’s two hubs. The Vegas bid is said to include a pairing up of the T-Mobile Arena and the nearby MGM Grand. In a made-for-TV situation that the NHL is absolutely in, it isn’t hard to imagine Vegas not doing a terrific job of bringing the games to life in a virtual way. I’m admittedly a bit of a homer when it comes to Edmonton. But if we care about the game then surely we can agree that it’s important for the NHL to be able to make this fly. And I expect Vegas can. But with so few good options in the East (Pittsburgh the only quality candidate) the NHL could adopt 2 Western Hubs. There are more, better, safer options. However…

1.Does anyone else think the NHL’s explanation for the weeks of delay in naming the 2 NHL HUB cities is a little too vague and easy? I have no doubt at all that the league is putting a big emphasis on player safety. For that I give the NHL full credit. But in Canada if the choice is between Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver? The gap between East and West is wide. In the last day, Toronto has seen 123 new cases, Edmonton (Alberta now at a 2-month low) 5 and Vancouver 0. And to be clear, we’re not keeping score here. We’re talking people’s lives. We’d all prefer there to be no more cases anywhere. But the NHL’s Executive V.P. Colin Campbell has said that “friendly” statistics will be a factor in this decision and so we respectfully report them.

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I am made to understand that organizers in both Edmonton and Vancouver are nervous over this delay. From a pure health perspective, they should be the only 2 Canadian markets under consideration. As I recounted above, COVID containment in both Edmonton and Vancouver have been exemplary. In Toronto, it has been a gong show. The caseload, death toll and all-over-the-place testing strategy are life-and-death problems.

Then why is Toronto still in the picture? Could it possibly have anything to do with the fact that the big TV networks and rightsholders that would orchestrate and carry the games in Canada are headquartered there? From a logistical standpoint would it be easier for them to broadcast from there? Central Canadian sponsorship dollars?

So, we need to ask: Border considerations aside, is the 3-4 week delay an effort to buy the Toronto option some time to get it’s COVID ducks in a row, as opposed to properly reward now one of the 2 other markets that did so early and effectively?

If you ask me, Edmonton and Vancouver are right to be nervous. Lest you think that safety is the only factor in all of this.

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