The Oilers have checked out and left Dodge City. Sure, they appear in games, but they’re miles away enjoying green grass and the joys of wealth and youth. Meanwhile, Edmonton’s spring-disguised-as-winter rolls along freezing every night and chilling every morning. If ever a city needed a weekend in Vegas it’s this one.
The Oilers are in a position to select 6th overall in this year’s entry draft. Calgary’s orderly AHL players won last night before the Oilers laid another egg, and the reward is another notch in the lottery ladder. The Oilers are saved from another first overall pick courtesy a shortened season (they’d get there in an 82-game stretch) and the fact they let “Lucky Steve” go last week.
- Seth Jones
- Nathan MacKinnon
- Jonathan Drouin
- Valeri Nicushkin
- Sasha Barkov
- Elias Lindholm
- Sean Monahan
Monahan would appear to be in the bag. Interesting. Very interesting.
I know management always says things like “we’re going to find out which of these guys really wants to be here” but hell the players have as much right to turn on management as the other way around. I don’t think the players can possibly do any more damage to their careers than they’ve already done (although this team is special in that way) so who knows what we’ll see tonight–maybe they’ll roll out Theo Peckham, Eric Belanger and Ken Berry.
Bottom line: tune in to the game if you want, but absences will be excused from here through season’s end.
One thing management has been doing well this week is communicating. MacT’s words are wonderful, he really does seem to be aware of which way the wind blows. The only quibble I have is telling 29 other GMs you are “impatient” but that’s a minor item and certainly the new GM isn’t going to kill the future.
I would hope that Hall, Nuge, Yakupov, Eberle and Schultz the younger are home and dry. Beyond that, my list would include Gagner, Paajarvi, Hemsky, Horcoff, Smid, Petry and Dubnyk. Something tells me Dubnyk is not as secure as some others, and that Hemsky, Gagner and maybe even Paajarvi might be in the trade talk.
You have to give in order to get. I still think the Rangers, Flyers, Coyotes, Blue Jackets and Kings are good trade partners.
The Nuge thing. This is what I wrote yesterday: dumping on the Oilers for the Nuge situation is fair based on their own past in the injury/surgery department. However, there must have been a conversation between the team, player, agent and doctors that established:
- he could not make the injury more severe by playing
- that he agreed surgery was the off-season option and that rehab would no longer work
I also think we’re guessing about surgery, recovery and rehab for next season. It could be like Hall, or it could be longer or shorter. There’s enough evidence against the Oilers to bury them on this, when we get into hyperbole we (imo) lose the center of the argument.
Woodguy posted this last night (at 11:15, don’t you people sleep?):
From the Oiler’s twitter account:
- “We discussed it a little bit during the year. It’s something that doesn’t fix itself. It has to be taken care of.” – RNH
- RNH says his expected shoulder procedure is very close to, if not the same, as Taylor Hall’s surgery
- “The plan was to get (the surgery) done before the season ends so I’m recovered and good to go before next season.” – RNH
Its a torn labrum. They don’t heal themselves.
I started my career in radio June 15, 1980. From that day until 1996 summer when my daughter was born, I worked on-air for various radio stations in Red Deer, Regina and Edmonton. I entered a radio sales career in 1996 and have thoroughly enjoyed it over the last 17 years–and look forward to doing it many years into the future. About two years ago, I worked with the good people of Oilers Nation, who wanted to have a weekly radio show that would feature their writers from Oilers Nation, Flames Nation, Canucks Army etc. It was a blast, something that rekindled my old passion for the on air business and gave me an outlet every Saturday. It also kept me away from the Saturday morning grocery shopping, the biggest perk of all. I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Wanye and the band at the Nations for believing in me and for our continuing relationship. It is one of the best experiences I’ve had in business.
After the lockout, we started the Saturday show anew (this time without Oilers Nation, who are on their own brilliant journey) and have been doing it for a couple of months now, with some success.
About a week ago, the station management at Team 1260 offered me a tremendous opportunity: a daily (Mon-Fri) show from 10a-noon, between the Nielson & Fraser and Mark Spector shows. It took me less than a second to say “I’m in” and I consider it one of the best things to have happened in my now long radio career (33 years. lordy).
Starting next Monday, April 29 at 10am, The Lowedown with Lowetide will be on the air every weekday morning on Team 1260. The show will be unique in focus: we’ll talk to msm and bloggers who view the game through a lens that combines math and visual, with an eye to discovery. We’ll ask for your input, via phone, twitter, email, any form of communication up to and including telegram. I’ll talk Oilers past, present and future with some terrific hockey people, some of them well known in the Edmonton market and others legends from the past.
The first days of the show will coincide with the end of the Oilers season and the beginning of the MacT as GM era, so we’ll do the post mortem and my guests and you will figure out the solutions. I would very much like the show to be like this blog, where the contributions from posters drives the conversation and hilarity often ensues.
I don’t know where we’re going, but do know we’re starting in a very good place. I would like to personally thank Pat Cardinal, Susan Reade and Rob Vavrek for the opportunity given, and can’t wait to get started.
And, because I’m also in sales, you can join title sponsor Western GMC Buick and Kitchen Studio and Wallbeds Etc, The Beer Hunter, Trilogy Oilfield Limited and EMHL as sponsors. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be delighted to hear from you (sales or show, doesn’t matter).
I’d love to hear guest suggestions, and topic ideas. Hope you tune in, starting next Monday.