This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.
This week has been one of the worst the NHL has faced. The allegations – and emerging facts – are both appalling and disgusting. And revelations about psychological abuse by other veteran coaches further exposes the toxicity of the NHL – no, hockey.
Don Cherry – you were the tipping point.
I applaud everyone who has come forward. Hockey will be better once it emerges from this dark phase. It's still a great game.
I don't want to give this issue any more traction. There has to be something else interesting in our hockey world.
And there is.
I heard something Friday that really piqued my curiosity. In part because it was controversial. And part because I wished I'd thought of it first.
Intrigued? Hope so.
Ready? The Edmonton Oilers are for real. Yah, that's a little controversial, But the bigger controversies? They have the top two players in the NHL. And one of the best young bluelines in the NHL.
Did I miss something? Did you?
But the blueline? I'd assumed that was still a wasteland.
The emergence of Ethan Bear has been a revelation. Darnell Nurse plays with a snarl. Adam Larsson and Oscar Klefbom are exactly the kind of steady rudders every team wants on their back end. Caleb Jones simply hasn't looked