Updates on young Oilers stars in Oklahoma City, plus recent news on Jiri Hudler, Evander Kane, Josh Gorges and Mason Raymond.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek on how young Oilers Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz have been developing their chemistry playing for the Oilers farm club in Oklahoma City during the NHL lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Duhatschek noted, the biggest beneficiary is Schultz, who was signed by the Oilers as a free agent this past summer. He’s meshed well so far with Eberle, Hall and Nugent-Hopkins, which bodes well for his eventual NHL debut.
CALGARY SUN: Flames forward Jiri Hudler was taken to hospital Wednesday for stitches “after being hit in the neck by a skate during a Czech league game”. The injury was reportedly a minor one, requiring only a couple of stitches.
CBC.CA: Hockey Night in Canada personality Don Cherry recently defended Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane for criticism Kane received after posting a picture via Twitter showing him holding bricks of cash.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The brouhaha over the Kane picture was really overblown. As Cherry noted, it was meant as a joke between he and boxer Floyd Mayweather, but some fans and pundits scolded Kane for being disrespectful to fans, especially those suffering financially from this lockout. Well, I’m an NHL fan who is directly suffering financially from this lockout, but I don’t believe Kane deserved that criticism. I don’t begrudge him his money, and he wasn’t taunting me or anyone else who’s been adversely affected financially by the lockout.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges recently took to Twitter to organize an outdoor game on Boxing Day involving NHL fans in Montreal.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks winger Mason Raymond has signed a one-month contract “with Swedish club Orebro, a team playing one level below the Elite League.”