2013/14 Season Record – 7th in Western Conference, 4th in Central Division
Life is filled with paradoxes. I could count 100s, 1000s, or even 10000s. But here is one: a good player can lose a game and fail to pass and score on the court, even drop a ball or a puck so that it will be a turnover. Doesn’t sound in the first place like fortune, right?
And another paradox is that a bad player can win games. Quite odd, isn’t it?
As with every season, there have been some big moves, some players to welcome back, and some new faces to learn. I know we’ll each be looking for different things, and there are likely a few last-minute signings still to go, but these are the people (mostly the fresh faces) I’ll be watching out for.
2013/14 Season Record – 9th in Eastern Conference, 5th in Metropolitan Division
Hello again! It’s excellent to be contributing to Ice Nation UK once more after the off-season and a bit of a break. I’ve decided to stick to my European league pieces and introduce you to yet another piece the international ice hockey puzzle; Switzerland’s National League A.
As you can probably ascertain by the name, the country has more than one tier of professional ice hockey, National League B being the second. So, let’s get going with a brief overview.
Whereas the NHL has its franchise players, those whose faces adorn the walls of their arenas, in the EIHL the turnover of players is pretty constant, one or two year contracts being the norm. As such, the start of each EIHL season becomes a guessing game of who will play on which lines. Given how little time there is between getting the team together and the start of the season, the opening few games become a trial by error of just how those players will come together.
After the long drawn out saga of Ryan O’Reilly and his contract came to an end just shy of an arbitration hearing, there is just the re-signing of RFA Tyson Barrie (plus maybe a small trade to come under the cap) to close the book on the summer roster work done by Joe Sakic and co.
Avs fans can now firmly cast an eye on the season ahead and wonder what to expect from this exciting team.