Being an Edmonton Oiler fan is a tough thing. The season is barely under way and already us fans have dealt with the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. There was the horrible start and now a four game winning streak. Here are my random thoughts of late…
There are those of us that believe that the Oilers will eventually need to make a trade of some significance to finally improve and those who don’t. Either way, the Oilers have been making their rounds on almost a daily basis in the rumor mill.
So who would you want in a trade?
As I sat in row 4 on opening night, I had an overwhelming sense of dread.
Four cloth canvas banners were suspended from the score board for the opening ‘show’. Three of them dropped when it was complete. The fourth, got stuck. It took a few staff to skate over and pull it down. It really wasn’t a big deal, but as I watched this, all I could think was: “awww man, were f*&ked.”
I turned to my friend as they were pulling it down and said, “Conner McDavid here we come.” He just nodded in complete agreement.
Last night rather than watching the Oilers game I headed down to the Claire Drake to watch the U of A Golden Bears defeat the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 3-1 in a rematch of last spring’s national championship game. Unlike their home opening series against the University of Lethbridge, this game was actually close. It is a joy to be a fan of a team that is a perennial powerhouse; it helps balance me as I’m also a fan of the Oilers.
After the game the group I was with headed to a pub to catch the third period of the game between the Canucks and Oilers. From the 1/3 of the game that I viewed, Scrivens looked much better and the team appeared to be doing a better job defensively. However, the offense was nowhere to be found and they lost again. I asked this question last season and I’ll ask it again this season: when is now?
Yesterday, prior to last night’s game, I wrote over at the Oilers Rig that the season was only two games old and it was too soon to panic. I argued that there was simply not enough data to toss a jersey or start calling for the coach’s head. Watching the game last night made me wonder is I had erred in assessment. Actually, I have to admit that it would be hard to argue that I hadn’t.
While I still feel it is far too soon to write off the entire season and start the ‘dishonor for Connor’ spiral, I am troubled by some familiar themes which are emerging:
According to everyone on sportsnet and TSN, and … the media, oilers fans will be dissapointed this year… and calgary and vancouver will be good…
Why am I a believer and truly think Vancouver will be brutal and calgary finish 11th…
But lets just compare last year, we had a terrible start, then ended ok…. considering we had no important games past november, we should have been above .500 with goaltending to start. we arer considerably better on paper this year, and age should help these stars. They are no longer – “young kids”, players the same age are running franchises elsewhere, so that excuse is exhausted, old and i am tired of it.
Lets just go head to head game 1 – 2013 vs game 1 – 2014, if these players play and are healthy that is.
Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig Mactavish made the final cuts this last weekend and many Oiler fans erupted in anger at many of the decisions. Martin Marincin sent to the minors? Risking Tyler Pitlick and Anton Lander to waivers? Will Acton made the team? Steve Pinozotto got cut? I love the passionate Oiler fans! Most U.S. markets dream about having a fan base that could even name their minor leaguers, prospects and fringe players like we can but maybe just maybe we take it a touch too far. Let’s break it down…