I’ll have a post on free agency later tonight, but did want to give my thoughts on a funny little thing the Edmonton Oilers did today.
They didn’t release their list of qualifying offers. No biggie, they can do whatever the hell they want and if they decide their fans don’t deserve to know who was qualified and who wasn’t well it’s a free world.
However, it is silly and is one more little tiny thing that makes this organization less than what it could be. There can be no benefit to holding back the list, as the other 29 teams surely would know who was qualified and who wasn’t qualified.
So it’s about the fans. The fans who follow the team and give value to the logo and the brand. How important are they? Not very.
For the record, here’s what one fan (who doesn’t matter) feels the Oilers have done:
- Jonas Almtorp- Not qualified
- Troy Bodie- Qualified
- Jeff Deslauriers- Qualified
- Glenn Fisher- Not qualified
- JF Jacques- Qualified
- Fredrik Johansson- Not qualified
- Kemp, TJ- Not qualified
- Ryan Potulny- Qualified (signed June 14)
- Marc Pouliot- Qualified
- Zack Stortini- Qualified
- Joni Pitkanen- Qualified
- Jarret Stoll- Qualified