Even with Adam Larsson added to the mix, the Edmonton Oilers’ organization is short on right-handed defensemen. It remains to be seen how long it will take for Matthew Benning to make the NHL jump, but the Oilers took a step in the right (right-handed defenseman) direction by signing him to a two-year deal on Saturday. In case you have some jokes at the ready … yes, Benning is related to Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning. The occasionally lampooned executive is his uncle. His father Brian also enjoyed an NHL career. *Nervous laugh* The Edmonton Journal’s Bruce McCurdy views the move as the equivalent to landing a “free draft pick.” It might be a nice perk for Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli to land
Anaheim Ducks The Ducks signed winger Max Jones. Arizona Coyotes The Coyotes acquired centre Dave Bolland and winger Lawson Crouse from Florida. Boston Bruins The Bruins made no moves this week. Buffalo Sabres The Sabres made no moves this week. Calgary Flames The Flames made no moves this week. Carolina Hurricanes The Hurricanes made no moves this week. Chicago Blackhawks The Blackhawks made no moves this week. Winger Tim Jackman, who was under contract with Chicago last season, has retired from pro hockey. Colorado Avalanche The Avalanche hired Jared Bednar as head coach. They signed winger Rene Bourque to a PTO. Winger Patrick Bordeleau, who was under contract with Colorado last season, has
Few things deepen your hockey geekery quite like playing fantasy hockey. For sports haters and the sports-oblivious, it’s probably bad enough to see grown adults wearing hockey sweaters out in public. What about when someone is obsessing (and sometimes muttering profanities) about a team that only exists to about 8-15 people? Still, this is the Internet, where niche obsessions can go really deep. Just fall down a rabbit hole about Star Wars extended universe if you want to get a taste. Us fantasy hockey nerdy dorks got some understandable but still sad news today: it appears to be an end of an era for Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns being considered eligible as both right wings and defensemen.