EDMONTON – At a cost of $1.71 million a victory, the Edmonton Oilers top the list of least cost-effective NHL teams that didn’t make the post-season.
Additionally, Forbes.comcontributor Dr. Patrick Rishe lists the Oilers as the worst-managed NHL team over the last five years.
By Pierre LeBrun
The Lidstrom decision
Nicklas Lidstrom will deliver his decision on his playing future to Detroit GM Ken Holland in the upcoming week. The Red Wings have their fingers crossed that he’ll return, but the reality is, no one has a clue what he’s going to decide. If he decides to return for another season, the next step will be to sign a contract since he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He earned $7.4 million this season, and despite the fact that he remains a great defenseman at age 40, the Wings will hope to get him back for less money.
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson nearly two months into a coaching search that has dominated the first part of a crucial off-season expects his exhaustive search to be finished in seven to 10 days.
With the Combine finishing and the order for the draft now all but determined here is what I think will happen on June 25th. I will include trades in this as well. There will undoubtedly be more trades than the ones I list, but I’m just going to put in ones that seem logical.
TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs do not have a first- or second-round pick at next month’s NHL draft, but that has not stopped the team from trying to land top-ranked prospects Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin .