The Edmonton Oilers arrive at the deadline with a team that has a real chance at the post-season. They have endured injury, bizarre coaching decisions, insane calls by the zebra’s and a management team that seems hellbent on supplying the head coach with options that he finds unusable.
I honestly don’t think there’s been a year like this one. A team that began with three goalies and now has only one, a team that relies heavily on offense from the blue, a team that lacks kings and aces up front but can still find a way to bury its most effective players.
The holes (as I see it) are scoring forward, checking center, 4-5D and a goalie the coach will actually play.
That’s a long list and that’s for sure. However, the important item is that the Oilers are buyers and that fact means today should be a very important one.
I know Craig MacTavish hopes Steve Tambellini can pull the trigger on some trades. We’ll know today.