By signing Tyson Barrie, the Oilers landed one of the most prominent (and polarizing) defensemen in 2020 NHL Free Agency. The Oilers announced that they signed Barrie to a one-year, $3.75 million contract.

TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports that Barrie, 29, left money on the table to join the Oilers. (Servalli reports that one offer included a $6M AAV.)

At face value, that seem like a questionable choice by Barrie, especially since the Oilers haven’t exactly reached their potential despite employing Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. But, then you realize that Tyson Barrie’s likely to quarterback a power play with McDavid and Draisaitl, and it sounds like he might take some short-term financial pain for long-term gains.

Really, it also sounds like it would be fun for Barrie, doesn’t it?

Oilers sign free agent defenseman Tyson Barrie

Heading into 2019-20, Tyson Barrie carried quite a bit more clout. While there were warnings about Barrie’s underlying numbers, he was a key part of the Avalanche – Maple Leafs trade that also featured Nazem Kadri.

To put things mildly, Barrie’s reputation took a hit over the last year or so.

No doubt about it, Barrie struggles in the defensive end. Yet, as you likely know, just about everything hockey-related can get blown out of proportion in Toronto.

In other words, the criticisms about Barie’s defensive game aren’t totally unfair. Instead, they might be amplified to the point that some assume Barrie has no value whatsoever.

The truth is probably somewhere between the lows of 2019-20 and the mixed reactions (sometimes excessively positive) beforehand.

It’s also fair to mention that the Maple Leafs landed Barrie at a reduced rate, and the Oilers aren’t betting the house on him, either. Maybe that should dull expectations.

And maybe NHL GMs should also account

President Donald Trump has insisted he would sign a standalone bill prior the election for more stimulus checks to be sent to Americans—though time is running out for money to be able to arrive with people before Election Day on November 3.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing ceremony for H.R. 748, the CARES Act in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020. He has said he would sign a standalone bill to grant more Economic Impact Payments.


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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing ceremony for H.R. 748, the CARES Act in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020. He has said he would sign a standalone bill to grant more Economic Impact Payments.

While Trump called off talks aiming to agree a bipartisan relief package amid the COVID-19 crisis, he has indicated a willingness to enact measures in a piecemeal fashion and has declared his support for a further round of Economic Impact Payments.

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In regards to signing such a bill, he tweeted: “Move Fast, I Am Waiting To Sign!”

The CARES Act, which was signed more than six months ago, granted eligible individuals $1,200, which was paid via direct deposit, checks or on pre-paid debit cards.

A second round of such payments would likely be processed by the Internal Revenue Service faster than the first round, according to IRS managers, although there would still be a delay in them being approved for distribution.

It has previously been suggested by IRS managers that a second round of payments would be released faster than the first, because relevant systems would already be in place and more people’s details would likely be up to date.

However, though the process could be quicker, there would still be a cut off as to how late payments could be sent in order to arrive before Election Day, Chad

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices rose more than 2% on Tuesday, supported by expected supply disruptions from a hurricane approaching the Gulf of Mexico and an oil worker strike in Norway.

FILE PHOTO: Oil pump jacks work at sunset near Midland, Texas, U.S., August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jessica Lutz

The market slipped in post-settlement trading, however, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was instructing his administration not to negotiate a stimulus package until after the Nov. 3 election.

Brent crude futures settled at $42.65 a barrel, up $1.36 a barrel, or 3.29%. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude settled at $40.67 a barrel, rising $1.45, or 3.7%. In post-close trading, however, Brent fell to $42.19 while U.S. crude dropped to $40.13 a barrel.

Oil prices eased further after the close following American Petroleum Institute data that showed U.S. crude stocks climbed 951,000 barrels last week compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a build of 294,000 barrels.

Trump returned to the White House following three days in the hospital for treatment for COVID-19. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had been in negotiations for an additional $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion in economic stimulus before Trump’s tweet.

“It looked like something was going to materialize, and now it has been blown up so everything is selling off,” said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC in New York.

“The petroleum complex needed that stimulus to help stoke demand once again, and we’re obviously not getting it.”

Energy companies shut offshore oil platforms as Hurricane Delta strengthened to a Category 2 and was on track to reach the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. It would be the 10th named storm to hit the United States this year, which would break a record dating

The newly-listed Siemens Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Siemens Mobility to “jointly develop and offer hydrogen systems for trains.”

Announced on Monday, the partnership is the latest example of companies attempting to ramp up and expand the use of hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

The collaboration will look to produce “a standardized hydrogen infrastructure solution for fueling the hydrogen-powered trains of Siemens Mobility.”

In addition, the idea is that the products of the partnership will be offered to external customers in order to “promote the hydrogen economy in Germany and Europe and support decarbonization in the mobility sector.”

The broad aim is to link up Siemens Energy’s work on the production of green hydrogen – a term that refers to hydrogen produced using renewable sources such as wind and solar – with Siemens Mobility’s specialism in transportation.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), hydrogen is a “versatile energy carrier.” Generating it does have an environmental impact, however.

The IEA has said that hydrogen production is responsible for roughly 830 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. It’s within this context that the idea of green hydrogen is so attractive.

“Working together with Siemens Mobility, we want to drive sector coupling by developing, among other things, an electrolysis and fueling solution for the fast fueling of hydrogen-powered trains,” Armin Schnettler, who is executive vice president of Siemens Energy’s New Energy Business, said in a statement.

Siemens shareholders voted to spin off the industrial giant’s energy business back in July. The standalone firm, Siemens Energy, made its debut on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange last week. Its largest shareholder is Siemens. Siemens Mobility remains part of the larger Siemens organization.

Hydrogen fuel-cell plane

Elsewhere, trials of a hydrogen-powered train in the U.K. got underway at the end of September, while

This weekend, I put one of my houses up for sale. Even though I was 100 miles from my property, I was able to review, sign, and deliver five documents in about two minutes, using DocuSign.

DocuSign has gained about 195% year to date, and yet after a recent pullback, the stock is well off its highs. 

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DocuSign, which traded as high as $290 on September 2nd, closed on Friday at $218. That’s a 24% discount in just over a month, but the stock remains in its uptrend. The stock briefly slipped below its 50 day moving average, in red, but now DocuSign is trading above that key indicator. 

DocuSign also received a buy signal from its MACD (moving average convergence divergence) indicator, shaded in yellow. That buy signal occurred on September 29th. 

DocuSign is trading on slightly below average volume, shown in the rectangle. This is normal during a consolidation, as the stock regains its footing after a volatile month. 

The kind of convenience that DocuSign provides should outlive the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the stock’s $40 billion market cap is already pricing in a lot of positive news. For that reason, I’m buying DocuSign for a trade, not holding it as a long term investment. 

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