Quite the bluff by Darryl Katz yesterday, no?
For those of you who don't already know, the Edmonton Oilers owner and the team's upper management went on a tour of Seattle's KeyArena on Monday, fueling speculation that he may move the NHL team if he doesn't get an arena deal finalized in Edmonton.
Certainly a timely move by Katz, especially considering the city of Seattle recently approved an arena deal designed to lure a pro team.
In my humble opinion, Seattle is a perfectly desirable, geographically logical market for a franchise. Just no the profitable, histroically significant Oilers.
Besides, between a lockout and a Canadian team moving, that is a surefire way to provoke riots and utter hatred of the league.
Not a smart move for anyone.
Habs and Hockey News
- HabsWorld's always insightful prospect countdown continues with positions 25 to 21. A couple of interesting players took significant drops, including one who might surprise you considering he got a late-season NHL call-up.
- Detroit Red Wings' forward Danny Cleary claims that more than just this season could be lost due to the current lockout. In contrast, Simon Gagné thinks there will be a season this year.
- Elsewhere, Scott Burnside questions whether or not Gary Bettman has the will the lock the players out past the Winter Clasisc.
- Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart are headed for Germany. As always, if you are losing track of the amount of NHLers abroad, you should check out TSN's full list.