G81 2015-16 CANUCKS AT OILERS

I had never seen an NHL game. Most people who lived in Edmonton in 1979-80 had the same lack of experience, and the difference between the WHA and NHL was massive in my mind (although the upstart league was damned entertaining). They were so fast—faster now—and the passing and creativity was wizardry. We were all spoiled, of course, because those who saw their first NHL hockey at Northlands 1979-90 were seeing the perfect beast, the ultimate, the best of all time. Getting back there keeps us hanging on, year after year.

I have watched the Edmonton Oilers through good times and bad at Northlands/Rexall, and the good lord willing I will be able to find a way to the new arena. The Edmonton Oilers occupy a giant space in this city’s collective consciousness. It has been a very wild ride. I hope for better days, for all of us.

GOLDEN SLUMBERS, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers in October 2014: 4-5-1
  • Oilers in October 2015: 4-8-0
  • Oilers in November 2014: 2-9-3
  • Oilers in November 2015: 4-7-2
  • Oilers in December 2014: 2-8-4
  • Oilers in December 2015: 7-6-1
  • Oilers in January 2015: 5-7-1
  • Oilers in January 2016: 4-5-2
  • Oilers in February 2015: 5-6-1
  • Oilers in February 2016: 4-8-2
  • Oilers in March 2015: 5-6-3
  • Oilers in March 2016: 7-8-0
  • Oilers in April 2015: 1-3-1
  • Oilers in April 2016: 0-1-0
  • Oilers after 80 in 2014-15: 24-43-13, 61 points (-80 GD)
  • Oilers after 80 in 2015-16: 30-43-7, 67 points (-45 GD)

As we have been discussing all year, the Oilers have shown improvement. With better health, and fewer roster drags? It’s all over now, baby blue. G81 a year ago was a loss (3-1 to McLellan’s Sharks despite Brossoit standing on his head) on a night where Edmonton decided to give a rookie goalie no help at all. Le sigh.

OILERS BLUE, 2015-16

OILERS DEFENSE OVER SEASON

  • Brandon Davidson, Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera and Mark Fayne are my keepers for next season. I believe in Corsi and CorsiRel, these men shine—shine—on an addled team. Now, that does not mean they are great defensemen, or even that they are playing in the part of the order that is optimum. It does mean that replacing one—like Fayne—means the Oilers are bringing in three men with possession numbers of better than 50 percent who can move the puck well. I cannot see it happening in one summer.
  • Darnell Nurse, Griffin Reinhart, Jordan Oesterle and Adam Clendening should begin the season in Bakersfield (Clendening may not return). If Edmonton is serious about winning hockey games in 2016-17, not one more shift can be devoted to development. These kids will play when injuries strike. Balance is the key watch word this summer.
  • I believe the biggest story of this year (defense) is Oscar Klefbom. He emerged and he was terrific—and then he was gone. Brandon Davidson was a similar story. Do we need to see more of them before crowning them legit top 4D options? Sure. However, if they are healthy, then putting Klefbom on one of the top pairings and using Davidson as the strong option on third pairing is an acceptable option for this team.
  • Sekera—Fayne is my second pairing next season. If the Oilers trade Fayne plus just to get rid of him, they are missing out and making the defensive rebuild more difficult. I cannot make sense of it, while also acknowledging it may happen just this way.
  • Andrew Ference may not be bought out, but could go on LTIR opening week. That may work out best, and the Oilers could send down several players in that paper transaction that allows the contract to remain on the roster until the season begins (and stay under the cap).
  • Adam Pardy and Eric Gryba are free agents, and either man could return as 7D. I think David Musil and Jordan Oesterle may also push for that job.
  • Klefbom—Jason Demers
  • Sekera—Fayne
  • Davidson—David Savard

FORWARDS (5X5/60)

FORWARDS 5X5

  • All the guys on the left? Keep them.
  • All the guys on the right? Thanks for coming. Save Yak but he is screwed and we all know it. How many games did he play on a legit scoring line? The fix for his new coach is going to be pretty damned easy.
  • That is simplistic, but in a way it makes sense. Sunil Agnihotri wrote a terrific piece this week and one of his conclusions was this: management should be looking to improve two particular areas that are relied upon to suppress shots in key situations. The first being defence, which badly needs experience, mobility and skill on the right side. And the second being the bottom six forwards, who McLellan relies on heavily to protect leads, but often gets destroyed when it comes to shot-share and goal-share. Source

TEARING DOWN THE BOTTOM SIX F

BOTTOM 6F 5X5

  • I am using scoring chances against per 60 at 5×5, this is one narrow view and we should keep it in mind. That said, it does give us some range on these characters and who we might want to see returning. Is Iiro Pakarinen the Finn you want coming back? I think he is.
  • Could you live with Mark Letestu as 4C/4R? Assuming Edmonton adds another guy who is righthanded and can be 3C?
  • Is Matt Hendricks close to the finish line? He has a year left, don’t see him leaving over the summer.
  • Do the Oilers bring back Zack Kassian? He has been poor for a time.

POSSIBLE FORWARD ROSTER, OPENING NIGHT 2016

  • Maroon—McDavid—Eberle
  • Hall—Nuge—Draisaitl
  • Pouliot—David Backes—Lee Stempniak
  • Hendricks—Letestu—Pakarinen

This assumes the Oilers trade the first-round pick for immediate defensive help, and flush men like Yakupov and Korpikoski. Miles to go, and of course no guarantee these useful free agents sign.

We had an interesting chat during last night’s draft thread. One of the conclusions some of us are reaching is this:

  • If the Oilers win the draft, take Matthews or trade down to No. 2 for a significant piece.
  • If the Oilers draft No. 2 overall, take Patrik Laine.
  • No. 3—No. 5? Trade down or out as required.

Most of this probably comes from the fluidity of the draft after No. 3, but there is a reasonable argument to be made that the No. 7 pick might get you the best player on the board after the top two picks. For instance, who is the best defenseman in the draft? I think the 30 teams may split on the answer.

The Gretzky statue is going to get another tour of the downtown area over the summer, wonder if they add another statue in the years to come. I think we have the subject in our sights, all we have to do is enjoy the ride.

SAIL ON, NORTHLANDS

I will tell you the Stanley teams are special memories. Forced to choose, I would offer up the 1984, 1987 and 1990 clubs as my inner circle favorites. Further pushed on the matter, the 1987 team is probably the best one to my mind (Tikkanen was on the team, 99 and Coffey were still there, too). It is a ridiculous argument of course, they were all beautiful.

I loved that 2006 team, and for me, that is the team I will say goodbye to tonight. When the Oilers move over, the statue and the Stanleys and the future go, too. Memories of Stanley Cups live forever, but that 2006 team was the last great moment, the last time chills. In this beautiful game, you rarely get a chance to bond with a team as this city did in 2006, and that memory remains with me today. Thank you Chris, thank you Fernando, thank you Ryan, thank you Dwayne, thank you Jason, thank you Shawn, thank you Ales.

There was a time in this century when giants walked among us. When they turn off the lights tonight, that team may well be forgotten as time passes. Not for me. They shine like a diamond. Always.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

10 this morning, TSN1260. Memories from Bruce McCurdy, Nathan Dempsey and Steve Lansky, and we will open up the phone lines for your memories, too. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. What an incredible ride.

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  1. jake70 says:

    Unless there is a total bedshitting, they won’t(shouldn’t) embarrass themselves in front of some pretty good players in the audience. So that’s good.

  2. G Money says:

    If my numbers are correct, up til that horrible giveaway, Yak Nuge and Korpi were all at 100% CF%.

  3. --hudson-- says:

    Both the best and worst of Yakupov on display

  4. Lowetide says:

    McDavid scored.

  5. Professor Q says:

    Great job, McDavid!

  6. jake70 says:

    OH yak…man.

  7. G Money says:

    Ha ha, that was beautiful.

  8. Stelio Kontos says:

    I’m about 10 min behind, but that mcdavid break is another chance for me to rag on officials. He had the dman beat, and gets shoved to the ice from behind. Call it a rough, hold, whatever. I think that is just how the nhl wants to call a play like that, but it is bs. Dman has to play clean defence like in basketball. When you’re beat, you’re beat.

  9. Younger Oil says:

    Just started watching, just wondering, have they talked at all about how it’s Mark Lewis’ last game announcing? I sure hope they did, he’s one of the best and deserves a shout out on this night.

    Also, probably an unpopular opinion, but disappointed that Bob Cole is doing the play by play tonight. Pretty big slap in the face to Kevin Quinn, wish they would have given the game to him since he has been with them for so long.

  10. G Money says:

    Wee bit of an improvement … especially that goals for percentage!

    *** 5v5 FANCIES SUMMARY ***
    CF% = 41.7 +20 -28
    SACF% = 42.3 +20.8 -28.3
    FF% = 45.9 +17 -20
    DFF% = 47.0 +14.4 -16.2
    SF% = 47.8 +11 -12
    *** GAME FANCIES SUMMARY ***
    GF% = 100.0 +3 -0
    FOW% = 44.7 +17 -21

  11. JAG-041 says:

    I feel like Eberle has had countless grade A chances set up by McDavid like that and he just doesn’t pull the trigger fast enough… Maybe I’m expecting too much… but I think he’ll be putting it in more if he just releases right away

  12. stephen sheps says:

    say what you will about Yak’s defensive zone coverage, (and yes that give away earlier in the period was brutal) but wow. That sliding, stack the pads move was pretty incredible. Though his positioning can sometimes be questioned, his effort is never in doubt. I’m really going to miss him.

    So happy he scored one tonight, and a beauty at that.

  13. Professor Q says:

    JAG-041,

    We’ll hopefully see if Laine can improve on that.

  14. square_wheels says:

    Jeebus Ebs has got to work on his one-timer or he’s only going to score 30g’s on Connor’s wing instead of 40.

  15. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Younger Oil,

    yes…he was one of the people on the ice before the game. I was all mad someone else was announcing at the beginning, then they brought him on.

  16. Lowetide says:

    The 5×5 numbers much improved, but I feel like Vancouver (20-28 them at evens) should be closer and suspect they will push back in the third period. Jackets up 2-1 after two.

  17. Alsker says:

    Younger Oil,

    Have never been a Cole fan though he did call all the cup series for the Oil so for nostalgia sake, ho hum. The real piss off for me is CHED not begging Rod, Morley + John Short to at least call the third period. Yes John was never an employee of Ched BUT who cares!!!

  18. raventalon40 says:

    Who else is at Rexall tonight?

  19. G Money says:

    So after multiple non-calls on the Oilers – of course it’s an Oiler that goes to the bin.

  20. Suntory Hanzo says:

    I had seasons tickets for 2 years when I was at U of A in the expansiosn seats.

    11 bucks a ticket. get a pop in a visiting team cup, and it was refillable. crazy.

    One of the coolest things about the old Oilers, is that when i used to go to the Okanogan Hockey school…I think it may have been in Ardrossan or something..(I was a Sherwood Park Boy), many of the Oilers would come out to camp and we would do training sessions with them. Seems impossible now.

  21. G Money says:

    Everyone hates Cotton Eyed Joe, but the ‘real’ Cotton is a childhood friend of mine!

  22. Rondo says:

    Oilers will finish 29th(99%) in the league.

    Worst pick they could get for the 2016 draft is # 5.

  23. G Money says:

    Patrick Maroon – scoring machine!

  24. square_wheels says:

    JUST GIVE HIM THE CALDER !!!!!

  25. square_wheels says:

    FUCK VANCOUVER WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTT

  26. Pretendergast says:

    18 seconds!

  27. Pretendergast says:

    Also that Tryamkin is getting walked all night, who knew rookie D don’t help you win games?

  28. OilClog says:

    Chia won’t win a Taylor Hall trade.

    We want 10!

  29. Greg says:

    Need one for Nuge to complete the set.

  30. jake70 says:

    So earlier this year they had all 4 first overalls score in a game, wonder if they can do it again…get Nuge the disc.

  31. jake70 says:

    Greg:
    Need one for Nuge to complete the set.

    thanks Greg, steal my thunder… kidding

  32. Professor Q says:

    OilClog:
    Chia won’t win a Taylor Hall trade.

    We want 10!

    Hall for Ekblad?

  33. Todd Macallan says:

    Hahaha mic’d up Nuge with the “f**kin’ eh!” on Yak’s goal. Our little boy is growing up.

  34. Gret99zky says:

    Love the Tim Hoarder ad. #heartstrings

  35. G Money says:

    Wait, I thought slashing the stick was a penalty UNLESS it was Hall? Did they change the rules or something? Or just not realize it was Hall?

  36. kinger_OIL says:

    – Just logging in: watching the stream: what happened to Nurse?

  37. Gret99zky says:

    lol. EBERLE.

  38. G Money says:

    Drai does something Nuge never has – hits over 50 points!

  39. G Money says:

    kinger_OIL,

    Puck in the throat.

  40. Younger Oil says:

    “Last minute of play at Rexall Place”

    Brought a tear to my eye.

  41. G Money says:

    Lovely sentiment from Perron, who as I recall didn’t leave on the greatest of terms:

    This #FarewellRexallPlace celebration is awesome! #onceanoileralwaysanoiler Gonna miss playing in this building!— David Perron (@DP_57) 7 April 2016

  42. Gret99zky says:

    Calder McDavid™

  43. Younger Oil says:

    Yeah, I’d prefer to watch Nick Kypreos than the last three stars there ever.

  44. Centre of attention says:

    Draisaitl scored the last goal in Rexall history,

    “Thats Rex-All folks!” to quote a cool sign I saw in the crowd.

  45. Lowetide says:

    A good game, men. Thanks to all of the Oilers for all those years of pain and joy. I cannot imagine caring about a team like I do about this one (now that the Expos are gone).

  46. jp says:

    G Money:
    Lovely sentiment from Perron, who as I recall didn’t leave on the greatest of terms:

    That is cool.

  47. jp says:

    Centre of attention: They are dropping like flies. Every damn one.

    Looks like Musil might get a game after all.

  48. G Money says:

    Reinhart quietly went and had an outstanding game. CF% 58.3, DFF% 70.5, DFA/60 23.95 (Mendoza line is about 39).

  49. Stelio Kontos says:

    Guaranteed top 5 pick with a CBUS win. Don’t like TO’s chances to pass us now. It’ll be better to win the lotto if they think they are gonna win. I don’t think I hate a fan base the way I hate toronto.

  50. LMHF#1 says:

    raventalon40:
    Who else is at Rexall tonight?

    Here as usual.

    So glad they pasted the Canucks. This place coulda got ugly!

  51. Centre of attention says:

    G Money,

    He got beat once pretty bad but he didn’t let it rattle him. He is an underrated passer. He can get it on the tape.

    He also was about 2 seconds from dropping the gloves with a frustrated McCann. He doesn’t shrink away from the physical stuff maybe as much as he did at the start of the year.

  52. MrEd says:

    Lowetide,

    A crazy city is this one. It’s home. It’s THE place for hockey

  53. Oilspill says:

    Great effort even thought it was waa..nncoover.

  54. AsiaOil says:

    Well that’s good that the boys won tonight. In a lot of ways this is the end of the road for the BOTB era along with the building and I’m pretty sure the young guys are tired of hearing about it. Hopefully a final clean out of the old mgmt group happens over the summer and Chia fixes the roster so that CMD and whoever his posse is can write their own story.

  55. jake70 says:

    LMHF#1: Here as usual.

    So glad they pasted the Canucks. This place coulda got ugly!

    The Canucks beat the 3 California teams leading into this one….funny game.

  56. RexLibris says:

    G Money:
    kinger_OIL,

    Puck in the throat.

    The puck was taken off on a stretcher. Nurse left the game out of respect, to attend it’s funeral.

  57. G Money says:

    RexLibris,

    That makes a lot of sense.

  58. G Money says:

    This Rexall history review …

    Is it dusty in here?

    Seems really dusty in here.

  59. OilClog says:

    G Money,

    Call Eberle!

    Swiffer

  60. RexLibris says:

    I’ve been putting off watching that CGY game for my officiating review.

    With this win I think I’ll try to set aside enough time (each game takes about 1.5 hours of REALLY INTENSE FOCUS) to watch them back-to-back to try and alleviate the pain.

    In case anyone missed it, Bruce had a very nice farewell to Northlands up at Cult of Hockey: http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/cult-of-hockey/cult-of-hockey-fans-eye-view-the-old-barns-time-has-finally-come-but-what-a-time-it-was

    And of course he and Mr. Lowetide had a great on-air reminiscence today about the old barn from 74 to present. Worth a listen.

  61. G Money says:

    That goddamn Black Eyed Peas song they played at the start of the game during the 2006 run.

    For TWO GODDAMN YEARS every time I heard the opening bars of that song, I would get a chill up my spine.

  62. Professor Q says:

    G Money,

    The one that stole its opening/bass line etc. from another older popular song?

  63. G Money says:

    Bernoulli Nichols! The Pipe Line!

  64. Centre of attention says:

    Slepyshev with his 11th. From Khaira and Joey Leggs.

  65. G Money says:

    Damn, I never thought seeing all these old Oilers would be so interesting and moving. The history … my gosh. I think I have a lump in my throat!?!

  66. Soup Fascist says:

    Is Kovy looking for Boris or is Boris looking for Kovy?

  67. Jethro Tull says:

    G Money:
    Bernoulli Nichols!The Pipe Line!

    Your volocity is increasing as your pressure decreases? Well, only if your absolute temperature remains constant, my friend!

  68. Professor Q says:

    G Money:
    Lovely sentiment from Perron, who as I recall didn’t leave on the greatest of terms:

    Hmmm maybe a signing in the future?

  69. JAG-041 says:

    I live in Ontario and can’t watch this… I’m dying inside
    Goddamn this filthy province

  70. Professor Q says:

    Anyone else find the Oilers’ goal song annoying yet oddly minorly catchy?

  71. Soup Fascist says:

    Anson Carter – the original Chia-pet(e).

  72. vinotintazo says:

    Check out nhlstreams for a youtube stream of the ceremony

  73. razor says:

    Stan weir sighting. I swear.

  74. Younger Oil says:

    JAG-041:
    I live in Ontario and can’t watch this… I’m dying inside
    Goddamn this filthy province

    http://hackey69.1apps.com/jays/

    LT not sure what your policy is on posting Youtube streams, please remove this if it breaks a rule!

  75. Eastern Oil says:

    JAG-041:
    I live in Ontario and can’t watch this… I’m dying inside
    Goddamn this filthy province

    I’m able to watch it on SNW and I am just outside of London. It’s nationally televised.

  76. Picturesque says:

    For those to watch it online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_JP8mJYv4Y

  77. Stelio Kontos says:

    did I miss souray?

  78. Professor Q says:

    Coffey looks pissed off.

  79. John Chambers says:

    McDavid must’ve been ducking Messier since he left the locker room.

  80. Aitch says:

    razor:
    Stan weir sighting. I swear.

    Riding shotgun for Hallsy. I bet LT’s heart grew a size.

  81. razor says:

    Where’s Chris Pronger?

  82. Professor Q says:

    Principe just denied Eberle a handshake! ?

  83. Stelio Kontos says:

    Where is Robbie Schremp, and MA Pouliot?

  84. JAG-041 says:

    Eastern Oil,

    gah… My tv doesn’t work properly. I assumed I couldn’t find it online because of broadcast restrictions… I’ve found a stream now though so I can join in on the nostalgia.

  85. alice13 says:

    My daughter ‘the mouse’ wears #13, because ‘the rat

  86. Todd Macallan says:

    Gretz with the jersey tuck

  87. Younger Oil says:

    Say what you will about Eberle, he’s a class act.

    Hope he’s an Oiler for life.

  88. DenverOilFan says:

    Is Randy Gregg absent from most of these Oilers reunion events? Given that he works and lives in Edmonton, is there more to that story or is he a very private person?

  89. hags9k says:

    Sorry coach, it was game 3 and we were down 3-0 with 3 mins left…But yes Bucky got the OT winner.

  90. OilClog says:

    They don’t give tours to kids they’re trading!

    Halls safe

    Math is great

  91. Professor Q says:

    Pisani tearing up about Smytty talking about Game 7 vs. Carolina..

    I can barely handle this.

  92. Colieo87 says:

    Funny no pronger (44) or cujo (31)

  93. Professor Q says:

    Colieo87,

    I understand Pronger but CuJo is odd?

  94. Jon K says:

    What a fitting end for the Coliseum. It was both wonderful and a little sad to see all of the talented players of the rebuild contribute to a win. Half of them might not see the new barn opening night.

  95. Stelio Kontos says:

    This reminds me of my high school grad. Like maybe 10 people I care about, then 1 billion names marched out.

  96. DenverOilFan says:

    Gretz has a little color in the face. Either a little too much sun or he’s had a few cold ones tonight

  97. Stelio Kontos says:

    How did principe get the call?

  98. Younger Oil says:

    Stelio Kontos:
    How did principe get the call?

    With a phone, presumably.

  99. razor says:

    Did Gene call Mark, Wayne? Huge fail.

  100. Stelio Kontos says:

    “I’d like to thank the people here, and those watching at home can go (sit on a tack)”
    -Kevin Lowe

  101. Halfwise says:

    Stelio Kontos:
    How did principe get the call?

    Gene Prince-of-puns? More meaningful than Bob Cole, imo, to current Tier 2 fans. Surprised to not hear from Rod Philips.

  102. MrEd says:

    Enough with Lowe. He’s a giant. He walks amongst the greatest. 4 deserves to be in the rafters.

  103. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Watched it all, although my feed buffered a few times.

    Was MacT not there?

  104. Professor Q says:

    MrEd,

    You just want to trade Hall.

  105. Professor Q says:

    Condors really stinking it up after having a dominate lead. 5-5?

  106. frjohnk says:

    This send off has been absolutely incredible.

    Wow

  107. Stelio Kontos says:

    MacT must have aged super fast. He looks so young in that pic of him behind the bench.

  108. Woogie63 says:

    I really enjoyed that … Very well done.

  109. DenverOilFan says:

    Noteable absentees (please add to the list):

    MacT
    Comrie
    Moog
    McClelland
    Gregg
    Buchburger?
    Brant Myers

  110. G Money says:

    Why am I still a fan of this wretched franchise?

    Oh yeah.

    Now I remember.

  111. Stelio Kontos says:

    DenverOilFan:
    Noteable absentees (please add to the list):

    MacT
    Comrie
    Moog
    McClelland
    Gregg
    Buchburger?
    Brant Myers

    Maybe I missed it, but Slats.

  112. Psyche says:

    Jethro Tull:
    This just in:Swedish goalies are weak on the high glove side because they don’t play baseball. – Bob Stauffer.

    I guess Bob doesn’t know how handball works.

  113. Lowetide says:

    DenverOilFan:
    Noteable absentees (please add to the list):

    MacT
    Comrie
    Moog
    McClelland
    Gregg
    Buchburger?
    Brant Myers

    Lee Fogolin doesn’t go to these, Mark Fistric, Chris Pronger.

  114. AsiaOil says:

    Well you know it sucks to finish 29th – but McDavid gets a new home in a few months and he got to see almost all of the shoulders he stands on. That’s a rare thing. Really feels like time to close the book on the Colosseum, BOTB and move on to a new rink, new team and new story line. She was a good old barn but everything has its day.

  115. Halfwise says:

    DenverOilFan:
    Noteable absentees (please add to the list):

    MacT
    Comrie
    Moog
    McClelland
    Gregg
    Buchburger?
    Brant Myers

    Risto Siltanen?

  116. Professor Q says:

    Lowetide: Lee Fogolin doesn’t go to these, Mark Fistric, Chris Pronger.

    Curtis Joseph.

    Rem Murray? Samsonov? Peca? Smith? Roloson? Conklin? Markkanen?

  117. Woogie63 says:

    I watched the game in the Seawall bar in the WESTIN Bayshore in Vancouver tonight… Maybe 10 people in the bar, the game is background noise.

    The celebration come on now there are 50 people on the bar, everyone is glued to the TV.

  118. Stelio Kontos says:

    With the city involved, I half expect the first few games to be back at rexall. Traffic lights don’t work or something stupid.

  119. DenverOilFan says:

    DenverOilFan:
    Noteable absentees (please add to the list):

    MacT
    Comrie
    Moog
    McClelland
    Gregg
    Buchburger?
    Brant Myers

    How could I forget Tikkanen.
    Graves
    Cleary
    Rolosson
    MA Bergeron
    Omark 🙂

  120. Stelio Kontos says:

    DenverOilFan:
    Noteable absentees (please add to the list):

    MacT
    Comrie
    Moog
    McClelland
    Gregg
    Buchburger?
    Brant Myers

    Bonsignoire, Jesse Niinimaki, Kelly/Shane Doan, Omark.

  121. Woogie63 says:

    No Nurse or TD4… Bad sign?

  122. stephen sheps says:

    Professor Q: Curtis Joseph.

    Rem Murray? Samsonov? Peca? Smith? Roloson? Conklin? Markkanen?

    Jussi was there – the rest on your list were notably not present.

    Really surprised Tik wasn’t involved. Not so much MacT though – he probably wants to avoid the public eye. The wounds of his demotion are likely too fresh. Can’t say I blame him, but considering how much he cares about the team it was really disappointing to not see him involved. Bad GM, really good man.

    Isn’t Buchburger in management in Bakersfield? That might explain his absence.

    Edit: I know the once an Oiler always an Oiler thing is something the players all seem to hold dear, but I was really shocked to see Corson included.

  123. Professor Q says:

    Woogie63,

    Nurse was injured.

  124. Oilspill says:

    Well walking out on the ice was special. Did you walk out?

    Stelio Kontos:
    This reminds me of my high school grad. Like maybe 10 people I care about, then 1 billion names marched out.

  125. Soup Fascist says:

    hags9k:
    Sorry coach, it was game 3 and we were down 3-0 with 3 mins left…But yes Bucky got the OT winner.

    Ronnie has been known to have the odd wobbly pop and is misremembering ……. All is forgiven, though. He drew up the play for Bucky’s winner.

  126. Professor Q says:

    stephen sheps: Jussi was there – the rest on your list were notably not present.

    Really surprised Tik wasn’t involved. Not so much MacT though – he probably wants to avoid the public eye. The wounds of his demotion are likely too fresh.

    Isn’t Buchburger in management in Bakersfield? That might explain his absence.

    I missed a bit, so that could be so!

    Yes I think he’s Manager of Player Personnel for the Oilers.

  127. G Money says:

    Ugh, heard it’s surgery for Nurse tonight.

  128. Professor Q says:

    stephen sheps,

    I have missed A LOT of Oilers controversy, being in my 20s, so I’m not up to snuff with it all. Apparently there’s a lot.

  129. Soup Fascist says:

    stephen sheps:
    Edit: I know the once an Oiler always an Oiler thing is something the players all seem to hold dear, but I was really shocked to see Corson included.

    I really didn’t like it when he complained to the officials that he deserved an assist on presenting the new banner to Roger’s Place instead of that “goldbricking Joey Moss”.

  130. Lowetide says:

    Condors were up 5-2 and lost 6-5. Goaling and defense are going to be a focus.

  131. G Money says:

    .@EdmontonOilers D Darnell Nurse is having surgery due to the block shot tonight. Expect an update from the team tomorrow. #Oilers— Joshua Boscorelli (@Boscorelli93) 7 April 2016

  132. Clay says:

    G Money:

    Awesome.

    I hope it isn’t his eye. It looked like his throat, but hard to tell.

  133. frjohnk says:

    G Money:
    Ugh, heard it’s surgery for Nurse tonight.

    That’s terrible.

  134. Soup Fascist says:

    G Money:

    Has it been determined if it was a jaw, throat or collar bone issue? It looked like the puck hit his throat but then he seemed to be reaching up to his collarbone.

  135. Professor Q says:

    Clay: Awesome.

    I hope it isn’t his eye.It looked like his throat, but hard to tell.

    Definitely hope not. Never good to spend time in the voice box.

  136. Centre of attention says:

    http://www.generalfanager.com/players/2285

    Caleb Jones signed to an ELC today apparently?

    You have to think Bear is close, too.

  137. Centre of attention says:

    G Money:

    Not good. Not good at all.

  138. Alpine says:

    I am so bitter and it’s probably because i’m a new age fan and the Oilers have missed the playoffs for almost half my life, but I found myself unable to get too sentimental. I liked the player entrances, gretzky’s especially, then joey getting to carry out the banner made me almost tear up. Objectively, a pretty nice sendoff but some of it just felt so hollow, having to send off the old barn with a 29th place finish.

    I wanted someone to grab the mic from Shannon and publicly rip Oilers management the last ten years for robbing the fans of their money and Hall et al of playoff appearances.

  139. geowal says:

    DenverOilFan: How could I forget Tikkanen.
    Graves
    Cleary
    Rolosson
    MA Bergeron
    Omark

    Jeff Beaukeboom, Vincent Damphousse, much of the 90s.

  140. geowal says:

    …and of course it ran so long my PVR quit before it was over (even though I set it to record an extra hour, should have known). Youtube hunting here I go.

  141. G Money says:

    Haven’t heard anything about Nurse other than the one tweet about surgery.

    At the time of the injury they were saying throat, but that certainly isn’t definitive.

  142. Alpine says:

    Stelio Kontos:
    With the city involved, I half expect the first few games to be back at rexall. Traffic lights don’t work or something stupid.

    104 ave is still a functioning road despite construction, so I doubt anything the city does will mess it up. PCL are the ones putting everything together mostly.

  143. Professor Q says:

    Adam Oates! Miro Satan! Jimmy Carson! Martin Gelinas!

    Haha I actually have no idea but this is fun.

  144. Ice Sage says:

    Alpine:
    I am so bitter and it’s probably because i’m a new age fan and the Oilers have missed the playoffs for almost half my life, but I found myself unable to get too sentimental. I liked the player entrances, gretzky’s especially, then joey getting to carry out the banner made me almost tear up. Objectively, a pretty nice sendoff but some of it just felt so hollow, having to send off the old barn with a 29th place finish.

    I wanted someone to grab the mic from Shannon and publicly rip Oilers management the last ten years for robbing the fans of their money and Hall et al of playoff appearances.

    I was at the game and ceremony.

    2 thoughts:

    1. Like you, I would have liked to see someone pass the torch and look to the future (even if it’s wishful thinking), something like “we’ve done some amazing things here, a foundation for even greater things with these amazing young players, etc. etc. blah blah” Hall came close to this sentiment. IMO there is too much rearview mirror gazing with the Oilers.

    2. Ryan Smyth will never have to pay for a meal in this town.

  145. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Was happy to see Lineman (one of my faves back in the day) and Klima (my first jersey)

    Would have been cool to see Ken Nilsson or Rent a Rexi.

  146. Ice Sage says:

    Professor Q:
    Alex Mogilny! Miro Satan! Jimmy Carson! Martin Gelinas!

    Haha I actually have no idea but this is fun.

    Gelinas was present. Tikkanen, Arnott, Grier, Salo, Pouzar and Mikhnov would have made my night

  147. Suntory Hanzo says:

    Professor Q,

    Gelinas was there. 1/3 of the kid line.

  148. G Money says:

    Suntory Hanzo: Rent a Rexi

    Pretty sure I saw Reijo.

  149. Professor Q says:

    Ice Sage: Gelinas was present.Tikkanen, Arnott, Grier, Salo, Pouzar and Mikhnov would have made my night

    They could have said Salong, Rexall!

  150. Suntory Hanzo says:

    G Money,

    ah…was watching online feed and avery so often would buffer and miss someone. did so exactly when 97 was announced.

  151. Professor Q says:

    Torres, Souray, and Pronger would have had a blast.

    Any others who left like them and ‘hated’ Edmonton after?

  152. Professor Q says:

    Was Jochen Hecht there? I still remember the clomping skates.

  153. kooler says:

    Ok…we win the Austin sweeps and trade for Duclair and OEL. Write it down.

    Grant Fuhr really was the greatest goalie ever.

  154. Stelio Kontos says:

    Alpine: 104 ave is still a functioning road despite construction, so I doubt anything the city does will mess it up. PCL are the ones putting everything together mostly.

    In honesty, my biggest fear it there will be almost no parking, and the LRT stop is kinda rinky dink. Not to mention parking around the LRT is tough to find. That will likely be the cities contribution.

    It always amazes me how fast the last few months of construction go on any project.

  155. Alpine says:

    Stelio Kontos,

    Downtown is full of random parking lots, so I don’t see it being too big an issue. A lot of people park in the neighbourhood by rexall as it is and walk a few blocks so I see the same sort of thing happening downtown. Yeah it will be congested but thats something every arena in the league probably deals with on game night to different extents.

    Downtown is more walkable than the current location so I anticipate people parking and walking in all directions or getting dropped off/picked up on separate blocks.

  156. Walter Sobchak says:

    I thought the night was done in great style.

    Really strange Cujo & Arnott were not part of the festivities.

    Would have loved to have heard the crowd if Dougy Wieght came out, it’s to bad for us that NYI are playoff bound but good for Doug.

    Can’t wait for the new barn to get built, I finally might have a shot at season tickets finally, splitting tickets sucked the last 5 years., currently 900+ on the list.

  157. Hooperdan says:

    I recall reading a comment recently about a man who was aided in getting over the passing of his father by the time he spent with his mom during the 2006 cup run. Not sure if the comment was posted here or one of Bruce’s articles. Does anyone remember it? And if so can you post a link?

  158. BanffOil says:

    I was over the moon at the recognition and adoration that the Banff boys got over the last few days(Barry and Ryan- Barry went to HS with my mom and I grew up next to his family home and my best man lives in the Smyth’s ex family home, also my old boss from my bartending days is Kev’s brother in in law). I hope that one day the oilers can forge a bond with a new generation of fan in Banff!

    Most of all, thanks for your great site! It has kept me sane through the lean ages. I apologize for getting all emotional and adding little to the conversation!

  159. Skeeziks says:

    Last night one of the announcers mentioned that the Oilers won 5 Stanley Cups in their first seven years. If they win the Draft Lottery on April 30, 2016 they will have drafted first overall 5 times in the last seven years at Rexall.

    Please correct me if my calculations are wrong but I find that eerie. Sort of like bookends.

  160. GCW_69 says:

    Professor Q: Hall for Ekblad?

    Hall for Lindholm.

  161. Big Dan says:

    Why the love in for bob cole? There should have been a looong sendoff for hot rod, who is as big a part of oilers history as any player, including Gretzky.

    And why John Shannon? He’s such an asshole. They should’ve got Morley Scott or maybe someone from the current crew.

    Other than that, it was a perfect send off.

    I feel bad for Kevin Lowe. Yeah, he made mistakes and really fucked things up. But this guy is an oiler icon just like smytty. First pick, first goal, most games, most cups, coach, gm (was ok until the pronger deal and tambo hiring). 10 years ago he was a hero. Tragic how far things have come. The applause seemed cold.

    I am glad they didn’t mention katz much. Worst owner in pro sports. What a fun night. Surprised Bernie Nicholls was there. I thought, like damphousse after the last 40 goal oiler season, he asked for a trade. It was edmonton’s last final 4 finish in 14 years.

  162. Professor Q says:

    GCW_69,

    Dear Gord, man. You’re underselling Hall.

    Ekblad >> Lindholm. By far.

  163. Oddspell says:

    Skeeziks:
    Last night one of the announcers mentioned that the Oilers won 5 Stanley Cups in their first seven years. If they win the Draft Lottery on April 30, 2016 they will have drafted first overall 5 times in the last seven years at Rexall.

    Please correct me if my calculations are wrong but I find that eerie. Sort of like bookends.

    Well they entered the league in 1979 and won their 5th cup in 1990, so I’m going to say that’s not quite right.

    1984-1990 is 7 seasons though.

  164. Lloyd B. says:

    bendelson,

    Used that street for Oiler games for years as well. Odd it always remained so secret.

  165. Big Dan says:

    Professor Q:
    Torres, Souray, and Pronger would have had a blast.

    Any others who left like them and ‘hated’ Edmonton after?

    Moog held out for a year. Of course corson. Bj McDonald didn’t like the fire hydrant comment. I know there were some guys sather played hardball with and traded.

    It was fun to get nostalgic. For the last 10 years, guys were relieved to leave Edmonton. The ones who stayed – Lowe, mact- didn’t get to laugh and reminisce about old times. The glare of oiler faithful was deafening.

  166. unca miltie says:

    My pvr attempt may or may not have worked.Did they interview any of the originals? Ken Brown? Ken Baird? Bob Falkenburg?

  167. Professor Q says:

    Big Dan,

    Comrie, right?

  168. season not played says:

    Professor Q,

    Hall for Ekblad?

    Please.

  169. Professor Q says:

    unca miltie,

    B. J. MacDonald, “Rusty” Patenaude, Ron Chipperfield, and a goalie/coach from what I saw (and could have been a bit more).

    http://globalnews.ca/news/2620841/over-150-oilers-players-alumni-staff-to-say-farewell-to-rexall-place/

  170. Professor Q says:

    season not played:
    Professor Q,

    Hall for Ekblad?

    Please.

    Please? What do you mean please?

    Someone asked for a trade where one might win if they were trading Hall. There will always be Doughty, Karlsson, etc., though.

    Ekblad will be the next great D.

  171. Pajamah says:

    Is it throat surgery for Nurse?

    As if sounding like a 35 year old Dave Manson won’t make the guy any more terrifying.

    I heard he once took a punch from Stan Weir and survived to tell the tale.

  172. PunjabiOil says:

    Dreger suggesting Klefbom wouldn’t be enough for Hanonic.

    http://www.todaysslapshot.com/from-the-ice/dreger-chiarelli-must-bite-hard-land-hamonic/

    Let’s hope he is as informed as he was when gushing Talbots acquisition cost.

    No way is 7 years of team control Klefbom worth giving up for a player the Islanders have to move to one of three locations

  173. season not played says:

    Professor Q,

    I think somebody was probably talking about a trade that might happen.

    I’m guessing Florida views Ekblad much the same way Edmonton views McDavid in regard to trading them.

  174. unca miltie says:

    Professor Q,

    Thanks, the two Kens and the two Bob’s falkenburg and Wall were guys I knew back in the day

  175. Big Dan says:

    Professor Q:
    Big Dan,

    Comrie, right?

    Well he came back and made up. So I think all is well with him. Why does Torres hate Edmonton?

    And it appears thecaptainethanmoreau wasn’t there. Is he jaded?

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