BBG&CS: Krueger On Nelson, Mini Tanner House, Eb’s Girl

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“Watch the OKC Barons win a Calder Cup Championship.” – via Artful Puck

“I wouldn’t say we’re eagerly anticipating a work stoppage,” Andrews said this week. “The best interests of the sport are served by the NHL playing. But if it comes to that, we will enjoy significantly greater media coverage in North America and Europe and more television exposure in Canada and the United States. It creates revenue opportunities we don’t normally experience.” – via Vancouver Sun

“As far as what he’ll do during a lockout, Eberle told The Edmonton Journal this: “I really am taking this day-by-day … I can pretty much pick up and go anywhere. I have no girlfriend, no family.” – via SportsNet

“If there is another lockout, he will hang on to star defenceman David Musil, who has been signed by the Edmonton Oilers and was going to their camp. Toigo doesn’t expect attendance to swell until November or December, “when people really start to miss their hockey.” But long term, he says, labour strife “doesn’t help hockey in general. “It turns people off the game.” – via The Province

“It’s expected that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, because he played in the NHL at 18, would be going to the AHL if there’s a lockout. Defenceman Justin Schultz, signed as a free agent this summer, will definitely be going to the Barons.” – via National Post

“I didn’t miss it because I’m really not a pro hockey fan,” said Gary Weiss, a vacationer who lived in Boston for 30 years before moving to Oklahoma two years ago. “I’m a college hockey fan. I just feel loyalty to BU because I want them to beat BC, but I don’t have loyalty to the Bruins. For some reason pro hockey never sunk into my brain.” – via Portland Press Herald

“They’re kind of caught in no-man’s land,” Lombardi said to The Times.” – via LA Times

“And then this. Another lockout. Another example of a sport that can’t break free from its cycle of labour strife.” – via Hockey News

“Would he lug his own equipment bag, sometimes playing three games in three nights for a chance to play with the Oklahoma City Barons, the Oilers’ AHL affiliate? Maybe, even if he has already played two NHL seasons and is one of the league’s rising stars. The Oilers would want him playing in Oklahoma City in a perfect world, but it’s Eberle’s call.” – via Edmonton Journal

“It’s 100% Todd Nelson’s responsibility. Maybe [GM] Steve Tambellini and I would like to be flies on the walls, but the relationship with Todd will be the same regardless of whether we’re playing [NHL] or not. It’s Todd’s team. He needs to find his way to be a winning team down there. We’re in agreement with how we want our players to grow. I’ll only be there in a support role,” said Krueger.” – via National Post

“One of the more intriguing “prospects” is Cochranite Taylor House, who’s older brother, Tanner, plays for the Oklahoma City Barons in the American Hockey League. Taylor spent last season in the B.C. Hockey League with the Trail Smoke Eaters” – via Cochrane Eagle

[box type=”note”]You know that place in The Daily Oklahoman? The one between Big Game & Club Soccer? That’s where you may find some Barons coverage. For the rest of the news, check out BBG&CS every weekend. [/box]