Our beloved Edmonton Oilers are now a pitiful 1-6-1 on the year. Sadly their playoff hopes are already fading especially considering the even longer road trip just around the corner in November. A quick look at the numbers says that the Oil need a .622 winning percentage to reach 95 points and a shot at the playoffs. The Oilers need to stop the bleeding before it is too late. Coach Dallas Eakins has implemented new systems and the players look like they haven’t grasped it as yet which is not good news for anyone.
Is GM Craig Mactavish loading up for a trade? - This morning over breakfast I was reading the Edmonton Journal’s Cult of Hockey Blog. Bruce McCurdy posted an article Sunday night referencing the Oilers latest pickups on defense. Organizationally, the Oilers have had a number of moves on defense this off season. Gone are Ryan Whitney, Theo Peckham, Colton Teubert, Alex Plante, and Kyle Bigos. Additions include: Anton Belov, Philip Larsen, Darnell Nurse, Lee Moffie, Ben Betker, and Brad Hunt. The additions and subtractions so far even out, but I was still left to wonder why the emphasis on organizational defensive depth early this off-season when there is so much need in other areas? Is it possible that Mactavish is loading up for a trade?