the LA Kings and a guy named Fraser?
But that would never happen!
The Kings say that Fraser's ankle injury is more significant than they were led to believe, while the Oilers say they shared all the medical information they had. As per league rules, both sides in the dispute will get a chance to present their case to commissioner Gary Bettman, who settles all formal grievances.
That means that Bettman could be a busy man this summer, since it turns out that the Kings aren't the only team with something to be unhappy about these days. Sources tell me that the NHL has actually received a list of grievances from various NHL teams.
Here are some the NHL teams lining up to have their complaints heard:
Florida Panthers - The league's out-of-control salary floor increases have forced the team to fill the roster with players who are overpaid and barely average, instead of players who are underpaid and terrible like our fans have become used to.
Winnipeg Jets - Players have been reluctant to appear in local promotional events during the Winnipeg summer ever since that one minor incident a few weeks ago when Dustin Byfuglien was carried away by a mosquito.
New York Islanders - While the original prank call to Alexei Yashin was hilarious, the way he keeps eagerly calling us back every day now "just to check in" is starting to make us feel sort of bad.
Toronto Maple Leafs - General manager Brian Burke has allowed himself to become so distracted with trips to Afghanistan and other public appearances that he can't even be bothered to perform basic job functions, such as giving the Nashville Predators something half decent in return for Cody Frasnon.
Detroit Red Wings - Thought it would be a nice gesture to have recently retired Chris Osgood mentor the organization's young goalies, but it turns out the only advice he ever gives them is "Always make sure you play on a team with at least 15 or 16 players who are way better than you."
Columbus Blue Jackets - Rumoured out-of-control partier Jeff Carter didn't waste any time in visiting the most exciting spot in all of Columbus, although in fairness he didn't have much choice since it's the lost luggage counter at the airport.
Vancouver Canucks - The league continues to display a blatant and unmistakable pro-Boston bias, as so far this summer every single player to get a day with the Stanley Cup has been a Bruin.
New York Rangers - We're starting to get concerned that every time we refer to Brad Richard's contract as a "nine-year" deal by using finger quotes and then nudging him playfully in the ribs while winking, he just looks at us all confused instead of nudging and winking back.
Montreal Canadiens - Our attempts to trade Scott Gomez have so far been thwarted by old-fashioned opposing general managers who still insist on relying on out-dated concepts like "scouts" and "statistics" and "common sense".
Anaheim Ducks - We've been talking to Teemu Selanne about a potential return since the season ended. No, literally. He started telling us a story about what it was like to break into the league as a rookie in the 1940s eight weeks ago and we haven't been able to get a word in since.
New Jersey Devils - Don't want to sound paranoid, but can't help but think the league is just being petty when they threaten to void Zach Parise's new contract because too much of the money is front-loaded into the first year.
Philadelphia Flyers - Everyone's making a big deal out of this whole "Dry Island" controversy, but our organization has been encouraging alcohol-free policies for years; for example, it's been over 35 years since any of us had a drop of champagne.