Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/30/13 at 05:01 PM ET
Katie Strang of ESPN answered some online questions today...
Katie how can the Rangers buy out Rick Nash if he has a concussion. Are you aware compliance buyouts cannot be used on injured players? With that in mind what are the odds Richards gets bought out?
Katie Strang That's true. You cannot buy out an injured player. However, even if Nash returns after missing a significant chunk of time, I think this still needs to be a conversation. That said, so will Richards. It has less to do with actual performance -- he has played really well this season -- but the cap recapture penalties that could be exorbitant should he retire early.
I've watched a lot of Edmonton Oiler games this year, and while the goalie play hasn't been stellar, their problem is not in goal. Their play in their own end is horrendous. Might the problem be that all that offensive talent they've drafted don't know how to play a two way game? If so, are they going to be bottom feeders for a while yet?
Katie Strang I think you are on to something here. I asked John Tavares recently what he noticed about the Oilers and he said that they are loaded with talent, speed and skill, but if you can get them to play without the puck you can wear them down. I like Dallas Eakins a lot, but you can't orchestrate a complete culture change in a mere matter of weeks. Team needs more structure, hard edges.
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