I'm a life long fan of hockey, especially the Oilers. The primary purpose of my day job is to get money to support my addiction to the Oil. Between season seats, beer, and merchandise I shudder to think about how much money I feed into Oiler coffers every year. My addiction to the Oil knows no bounds, when I got married in Mexico the whole trip had to be shifted after everything was booked so that I'd be back for the Mark Messier jersey retirement. My wife is very understanding and I'm in a good place with my addiction right now so I see no reason to change anything. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow my random thoughts at http://twitter.com/ryan_batty.
I may not like the ABBA song of the same name song but I like Pisani. For $500k the Blackhawks get a solid defensive player who kills penalties and has a bit more offensive flair than you might expect at first.
Today’s signing of Ilya Kovalchuk by the New Jersey Devils to a rumored 17 year deal worth more that $100 million is the latest example of an NHL team utilizing a nice little loophole in the CBA to their advantage.
After watching the Devan Dubnyk-Jeff Deslauriers show last season I can’t imagine anyone in the organization would be too excited to see that combination take the reigns again for an extended period of time should Khabibulin not be available, so I think the Oilers need to be in the market for a cheap veteran backup.
When GMs all lose their minds tomorrow and offer UFAs too much money for far to many years I expect the Oilers to be very quite. But even though tomorrow will likely be a rather boring day for Oiler fans, as it turns out today was a very busy day.
Pocklington and Gretzky on August 9, 1988Peter Pocklington – the owner of the Oilers from back in the days of the WHA until 1998 – pled guilty today to perjury during his bankruptcy proceedings. Originally charged with two counts of bankruptcy fraud, the charges were reduced to perjury after Pocklington agreed to plead guilty; sentencing is scheduled for August 9.
Since well before the draft lottery fans in Edmonton have debated Hall and Seguin. But based on what I saw from Mr. Hall over the last week at the Memorial Cup I’m not so sure that the Oilers decision is all that difficult after all.
In a few short minutes from now the Oilers will find out if they win the draft lottery and get to pick first overall. If they’re unsuccessful they will have to wait until 2nd to make their first selection. If the scouts are to be believed the 2010 draft will see Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin drafted in the first two spots. So what the Oilers are hoping for tonight is the right to choose between the two, nothing more.
With a 7-2 loss last night to Ducks the Oilers finally wrapped up their 2009/10 season; a season that was easily one of the worst in franchise history. When a team finishes 30th out of 30 teams it’s hard to imagine a season much worse. But just how bad was it?
After 61 games and with the Oilers firmly entrenched in last place overall, Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini has finally decided to do something; he has moved Denis Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators for a second round pick in this years draft. Not a big move by any means but for Oiler fans who were starting to feel as if Tambellini’s reign as GM would be nothing more than one loss after another with no signs from the man in charge that anything would ever change, at least this proves that Tambellini is still alive.
Last night Chicago doubled up on the Oilers 4-2 and as a result now have double the points of the Oilers in the standings too. The game was in no way as close as the final score would indicate. The description used over at The Copper & Blue of men versus boys is about as an accurate a description as any I can think of.
No matter how bad a team is sooner or later they’re going to win a game. Maybe they’ll get a lucky bounce, or maybe the refs will make a debatable call that leads to a powerplay, or maybe the game will be stolen by a hot goaltender. Even though any of those things could happen there is really no way that the Oilers win tonight against the Hawks.
Well the Oilers have finally made it all the way to the basement of the NHL. With a 5-1 win on Sunday over the Bruins, the Hurricanes blew past the Oilers and into 29th place overall. It’s been tough work for the Oilers to make it to the cellar – they needed to put up a 1-15-2 record over the past 45 days – but the team kept at it and was eventually rewarded. Don’t ever say that hard work doesn’t pay off.
Just like Wednesday night Oiler fans at Rexall Place last night thought that the home team might just pull out a win and end their losing streak, but it just wasn’t meant to be and the streak continues – the Oilers have now lost 10 straight games.
When the NHL introduced the shootout after the lockout it marked the beginning of a new era in the NHL, an era where there would always be a winner. That means that either the Oilers or Stars will put the brakes on their losing streak tonight. For the other, the futility will continue.
If the Oilers could have just killed a penalty last night they probably would have won the game. They played a solid game but the Canucks converted three times on four powerplays to win the game 3-2. The Oilers can at least take some solace in the fact that they were able to register a point.
Coming of their worst loss of the season on Monday night – a 6-0 loss to the Avalanche – the Oilers will return to the friendly confines of Rexall Place tonight when the host the Canucks. Having managed just a single win (to go along with a couple of overtime losses) in their last 12 games maybe Rexall Place isn’t so friendly after all. In fact I expect the fans tonight to be anything but friendly.
Oh how time flies when you’re having fun. Just a little over a month ago the Oilers were coming off one of the best road trips in franchise history; the team put together a five game winning streak on that road trip. In the 15 games since that streak though the Oilers have just a single win, a win that is book ended by seven losses.
The Oilers dropped their sixth straight game last night, a 3-2 decision to the Penguins. It was a game that the Oilers could have won, they had a two goal lead going into the third period, but they just couldn’t hold off the Penguins. The played a good game and still managed to lose. In the drive for a high draft pick last nights outcome was the best case scenario.
At this point things in Edmonton are about as ugly as they can get. The season is done, the team has three points in their last 13 games, Khabibulin needs back surgery, Hemsky is lost for the year, and by the end of the night it’s very possible that the Oilers will be tied for last place. So it’s a good thing that the Penguins are coming to town tonight, at least this way there is something for Oiler fans something to be excited about.
It had been speculated for weeks and now its official, Khabibulin needs season ending back surgery. With the Oilers in wait-till-next-season mode (for the fourth year in a row) the loss of their number one goalie isn’t something that will jeopardize the season. It does though open the door for a lot of questions about Khabibulin’s contract and the Oilers goaltending situation.