I made a bet last night with someone last night who is still mad about the Hall trade and critical of the Russell signing. I bet that Lucic would get more points than Hall this season. Do I really think that’s the best bet I have ever made? No, not at all. It was a total fanboy bet – you know why? Because I am a fan. I like to play pretend GM and when the Oilers had 374 glaring holes it was easy. No team is complete and the moves Chia has made, while widely polarizing, have provided a more complete team.
If I am GM Peter Chiarelli, I am preparing myself for a month of heavy scouting and working the phones the best I can. The hope of making the playoffs is fading fast and even with the return of Connor McDavid, the team’s chances look slim. February has some very winnable games – Columbus, the Sens, the Habs, the Leafs, the Devils, the Wild, the Jets… But, the hope is fading fast and unless something drastic is done to shore up the right side and Oscar Klefbom returns soon…well…it’s once again over.
The Edmonton Oilers limp into the All-star break leading the N.H.L. in man games lost to injury with 209 games(as of January 23rd). Yet again the team seems jinxed by the hockey gods and I wonder if and when it will ever end. There hasn’t been one game this season where GM Peter Chiarelli has been able to see the entire team play together. Not one and it certainly doesn’t appear that it will happen for the entire season now that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is out until Mid March. Chiarelli may get a few games at the end of the season if he’s lucky. It’s almost unbelievable the bad luck this team has experienced over the last few seasons.
1. Whether you want to hear it or not… the Edmonton Oilers season is over already yet again. As of this morning the team sits fifth in the Pacific division, 6 points back of the wild card and 25th in the N.H.L. Elliotte Friedman has a stat that say just 3 of 32 N.H.L. teams at least 4 points out of a playoff spot on November 1st recovered enough to make the playoff between the 05/06 and 11/12 seasons. It’s over and its still October. I hate to be so negative but it’s the truth.
Who is Anders Nilsson? I mean, I know who he is. I know what he has done, or rather, not done in Oilers camp. By not allowing a goal yet in this preseason, he is forcing the issue of who will backup Cam Talbot this season. I know that he was acquired and then signed to a 1-way contract. But, how much more do I need to know?
I really hope that Chiarelli takes a page out of Blue Jays’ Anthopoulos’ playbook and makes the essential needs to get the Oilers into contention by the trade deadline of the 2016-17 season. I mention the year after next because this season he is weighed down by contract anchors Teddy P and Nikki Nikitin. But, the time frame is secondary to the actual overall concept: making moves to make your club better, regardless of the cost and the potential of both roster players and prospects.