Edmonton Oilers musings

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Apr 232015
 

After yet another abysmal season here in Edmonton, owner Daryl Katz appears to have had enough.  There has been a lot of happenings within the organization since the season ended and there seems to be Oiler news every other day since.  First they won the lottery, then Bob Nicholson was named C.E.O. and now recently fired Peter Chiarelli was brought to town to discuss some sort of job within the organization.  I wonder what will happen today!!! Continue reading »

Apr 212015
 

The hockey gods were smiling on the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night and in an instant Oiler fans cheered louder and longer than they have in a long long time.  I certainly can’t remember the last time I cheered like that for the Oilers.  The team has been awful for way too long but in that one instant fortunes have changed and the future actually looks bright.  Maybe there is a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading »

Apr 162015
 

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We all know that being an Edmonton Oilers fan is quite painful.  The team is a laughing stock and continues to kick themselves in the balls at every turn.  It seems like monthly somethings happens where I just shake my head and think to myself, “Man that’s embarrassing!”  Yesterday was one of those day with the news of the team blocking the Edmonton Rush from using the saying “Battle of Alberta”.  The Rush clearly are not competition and there is just no need for the Oilers to even care about this.  You would think a team that has been awful for so long and who’s fans are pissed off enough at the hockey they are forced to pay to watch, the yearly increases in ticket, beer, food and parking prices would do the right thing and do the complete opposite of what they did.  But as usual the Oilers come looking like a bunch of “clowns”.  It’s getting really difficult to support this organization.   Continue reading »

Apr 142015
 

48fc15010a26b03f8586826f99699143I wrote a blog the other day that suggested Oilers brass CONSIDER the idea of trading Taylor Hall. I believe the words I used were “time to look at trading”. I was not surprised to see many comments suggesting I had gone mad. But, I was also surprised at some people’s inability to get over Taylor Hall – I get it, he was the first 1st overall that we had and he is a great hockey player. But, there is no need to get attached. He is an asset. Continue reading »

Apr 142015
 

48fc15010a26b03f8586826f99699143I wrote a blog the other day that suggested Oilers brass CONSIDER the idea of trading Taylor Hall. I believe the words I used were “time to look at trading”. I was not surprised to see many comments suggesting I had gone mad. But, I was also surprised at some people’s inability to get over Taylor Hall – I get it, he was the first 1st overall that we had and he is a great hockey player. But, there is no need to get attached. He is an asset. Continue reading »

Apr 132015
 

The Edmonton Oilers thankfully have finished another season, this time setting a franchise low in wins.  The season couldn’t end quickly enough for me as I found myself not even using my last 4 games of my season tickets.  I obviously found it extremely difficult to even give away the tickets so I ended up giving them away to a charity to use.  The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple clean house and us Oiler fans are told that our mgmt believes in our core and reassures us that the team is on the right track.  Seems about right for the Oilers…  Later today Oilers general manager Craig Mactavish is going to speak and I imagine most of what is going to be said we all already know.  Here are a bunch of locks of what I believe he will say. Continue reading »

Apr 102015
 

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The Edmonton Oilers fan base is a passionate bunch with a ton of opinions and I respect any fan for their opinions.  Some I agree with and others I am strongly opposed to but to each their own.  The fact that there are so many passionate fans is great and I can’t wait for the day when the team actually plays meaningful games deep into the year.  It has to happen one day doesn’t it?  This rebuild eventually has to pan out doesn’t it?  Anywho… Continue reading »

Apr 072015
 

imagesCASIXVI6I actually can’t believe I am penning this article. I have a hard time believing that I am saying this out loud. It is time to look at trading Taylor Hall. There are 100 arguments against trading him. I understand that, I can make most of them convincingly. But, there is one very, very strong one for trading him: he would net us the greatest return. The pieces that the Oilers need are so drastic and vital, that the only way the Oilers are going to fill those needs is by making bold moves. Bold.

I am not saying he is a cancer and I am not saying that he is a dressing room problem. I am not saying that he isn’t our best player. I am saying none of those things. What I am saying is that no team that has ever won anything was built around a star winger. The last 10 Cup Champions have had:
a) Timely goaltending
b) A solid defense corps
c) Center depth

You just don’t build from the wing in. Can’t trade Hall??? Gretzky, Messier, Jagr and Ron Francis were all traded, so why not him? Jagr, one of the greatest players of our generation has played for a staggering 7 hockey teams. You know why? Because wingers just aren’t as valuable as steady goaltenders, minute-munching defensemen and big centers. They just aren’t.

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He is also the one player that could be dealt from a position of strength, because as one of the top scoring wingers in the game, he would be highly sought after. I don’t think that you trade him for just any deal, or for a large package of random stuff, but let’s spitball some random moves that would make sense for both sides and aren’t video game trades:

ARI trades Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Martin Hanzal to EDM for Taylor Hall, Justin Schultz, Martin Marincin, PITT’s 2015 1st round pick. I’m nuts, you say? How can we give up so much? OEL is one of the game’s premier young defensemen. He would cost a pretty penny – this deal might not even be enough for them to let him go. Addresses two needs (a top-pairing D man and a giant center) while giving from the parts of the cupboard which are most full: scoring wingers and young defensemen. I don’t need to wait for 5 years for the D man we draft at 14-17 to pan out.

TOR trades James Van Riemsdyk, Dion Phaneuf and TOR’s 2016 1st round pick to Edmonton for Taylor Hall. I literally just made this one up off the top of my head and again, it addresses two needs by giving up one asset. I am not saying by any stretch of the imagination that Phaneuf is a number 1. But, this gives the Oilers depth in two woefully thin positions. The 2016 first is likely far-fetched, but I thought I would make this one weighed in Edmonton’s favour.

CAR trades Jordan and Eric Staal along with Cam Ward to EDM for Taylor Hall, Ben Scrivens and 2015 EDM 2nd round pick. Solves the C problem and strengthens the G position. Still leaves work to do but buys Broissoit one more year of AHL experience.

Just spitballin’ here.

Apr 062015
 

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The Edmonton Oilers are winding down yet another awful season and the way I look at it, I don’t see any reason to believe that next year will be any better.  The team is full of holes and not just little holes.  More like giant sinkholes that will be near impossible to fill.  Not only that but the management told us fans that the team was good enough to compete at the beginning of this dreadful season. Continue reading »

Mar 262015
 

The Edmonton Oilers won again last night against the Colorado Avalanche moving 3 points up on 29th place and 8 points up on the 30th position.  It’s looking more and more like the Oilers won’t get studs Connor Mcdavid or Jack Eichel in this years upcoming N.H.L. entry draft.  Obviously Mcdavid and Eichel would be a great win for the Oilers but this years draft is excellent and the Oilers will be sure to get a high quality player who will help this team for years to come.  Or will they…??? Continue reading »

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