The post-Olympic Oilers are 0-1-1 and have scored 1-5 in their two games against Minnesota and Calgary. Viewing the two games was for the most part painful: the gifted kids haven’t been a factor, the mistakes are goals-against more often for Edmonton than for the other guy due to more than one breakdown on a single play. The Corgi’s 5×5 were 54-47 Edmonton and pretty much the entire lineup was over 50%.
Watching the game? Lordy. The Edmonton Oilers aren’t good enough to win NHL hockey games. We can parse the Corgi, shoot the moon, slip the Bishop, pop the clutch, smoke the spliff, bury the hatchet, pull out the Jim Beam, swim in the cement pond or trip the light fantastic—it doesn’t change anything.
Not. good. enough.
TRADE DEADLINE THOUGHTS
- I’ve mentioned this before, but the Oilers have to be looking at trading Ben Scrivens if they can’t sign him. He’ll have terrific value to a team like Minnesota right now.
- Ales Hemsky for a third is an insult to the thinking fan. If that’s all there is, keep him and try to sign the man. If you lose him at the end of the season—very possible—at least you have the satisfaction of knowing Ray Shero didn’t get a deadline deal for 10 cents on the dollar.
- Ryan Smyth looks good to my eye. I can see a team calling about him, he could be a very useful 4line/PK/two-way guy for a team going deep. I vote the left coast, make it Los Angeles.
- If people are talking about acquiring Sam Gagner at the deadline, I’m not sure why. Buddy hasn’t been good since the break ended, and I know he got a point last night.
- MacT is apparently kicking tires on Chris Phillips in Ottawa. I understand the idea of adding veterans, but Andrew Ference and Mark Fraser aren’t making enough of a difference to throw more of these guys on the pile.
- The Oilers are also possibly looking at Andrei Markov, which is the higher end version of the Phillips plan. I’m not a fan of any of these deals, to be honest. MacT appears to be trying to solve the Oilers blueline problems with the Sheldon Souray old guy overpay plan. It’s a bridge move, and I do get that, but the bite comes on the term side. You KNOW Edmonton is going to have to pay Markov an extra year or two, and they’re already looking at Ference as a buyout option sometime during his deal.
More updates as the day rolls….