The Edmonton Oilers are now half way thru their 6 game road trip and have a whopping 1 point to show for it. Ouch! From what I`ve seen the Oilers have been in every game and awful goaltending is deflating the team at critical times, letting in muffins at the worst time, causing loss after loss after loss. The team certainly isn`t getting outplayed for the most part. They are out shooting the opponents on most nights, keeping it close, and then another muffin and the team loses. The team just can`t catch a break with their goaltending. A few times I`ve noticed, the Oilers have all the momentum and then an awful goal goes in against them and all that momentum is instantly gone. Come on goalies! Time to turn it around! If the Oilers get even average goaltending moving forward, the team will be fine and win more games than they lose. Sure, they could use a stud dman or a power forward but what team couldn`t use those pieces…??? The Oilers have a good enough team and once the goaltending turns around so will the record.
The rumor mill is in full force regarding the Oilers and names are popping up quicker than Tiger Wood`s mistresses did. Last night on TSN`s Insider Trading it was mentioned that general manager Craig Mactavish is working the phones with names like Ryan Miller and Jonas Hiller being bandied about. Darren Dregor also stated the Oiler management is discussing which core piece they may consider trading. I did laugh when I heard that because I just can`t see them moving any of the kids unless it`s a number one dman or stud goalie coming back the other way, which is incredibly difficult to believe.
The other rumor is that the Oilers and Flyers are discussing a trade. Brayden Coburn`s name has popped up again. Both teams are struggling mightily so the fact that this rumor is alive shouldn`t be a real shocker to anyone. I do find it humorous that when teams are struggling, the rumors are that the teams want to trade their best players. Makes no sense to me.
Let`s just say for fun that the Oilers were going to trade one of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle or Nail Yakupov, what would be the best core piece to move…??? I believe Mactavish could get a lot in return for all of them but if I was GM and HAD to move one it wouldn`t even be close to me. I would move Eberle, then Yakupov, then Hall, then Nuge. Based on pedigree alone, Eberle would be the guy to move. Number one picks, particularly forwards, almost always turn out to be great players so moving any of them would be the last piece I`d be moving if I was Mact.
Keep The Faith!!!