NHL Bulls & Bears 9/15

BULL: Edmonton Oilers. Locking up Ryan Smyth was a great move to keep some continuity in this team’s leadership going forward. Plus, Smyth is an underrated player outside of Alberta.

BEAR: Colorado Avalanche. The controversy surrounding the Brad May signing may get worse here, as the Avalanche may have to defend May in a lawsuit brought by Moore. When will this nonsense stop? The irony here is that it’s hurting the Avs more than any other team. What Bertuzzi did was hardly the worst event in NHL history. Anyway, this potentially fractured locker room and actual distraction is the last thing this team needs after all of its roster shakeups. If they don’t nip this one in the bud, it will start costing them games.