In a season where the Edmonton Oilers house is filled rooms on fire, the Kevin Lowe must go story is more about blood than logic. I doubt it will end after Saturday night’s news, but am hopeful we can go back to talking about Craig MacTavish and how he’s going to put out the fires.
I posted this as a funny follow-up to my opening statement, but it is interesting that MacT/Lowe are in Philly and looking for solutions. I wrote about this over at ON yesterday, but there might be a trade here between the two teams. The Flyers are looking for mobile defensemen, the Oilers are looking for a veteran lefty to anchor their top pairing. Braydon Coburn struggled a year ago but is having a good season in 2013-14 while facing the toughest competition. Coburn and Timonen have formed a solid pairing all year long.
The Flyers may be looking for mobile defensemen and the Oilers have a ton of them. I wonder if the Oilers are interested in Coburn as part of a lefty set that might include Coburn-Marincin-Ference next season? Who knows, but it’s possible. That would effectively block Klefbom and Nurse for next season, I don’t think that’s such an evil thing.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, 99
There’s touched by God, and then there’s Gretzky. There was a time when it seemed 99 turned Edmonton into the universe’s center, and that he would be an Oiler forever, but it was not to be and it all worked out fine. As someone who was gifted with the opportunity to see him at Northlands many times, I can say that as entertainment Gretzky was perfect. Hockey and magic have never looked so good together. There was a time when a giant walked among us.
Happy birthday, Wayne Gretzky.
Brock Otten has the OHL’s Top free agents this season, and the #2 prospect (Tyler Gaudet) looks interesting. I’d love to see the Oilers sign Barclay Goodrow just for the name, and he does look like an interesting player. I assume this is Bob Green’s job now, and as we head into the spring this will become more prominent on the blog. Those free agent signings, college, junior or Euro, are very important to the Oilers future.
- “As a player you see the things that are said and written and it’s a Pass The Blame Game. The coaches and management don’t play the game. We play the same system as basically every other team in the NHL, it’s the players that lose. Yet they (coaches and managers) take the blame. It’s about time the guys in this locker room took a little bit of accountability on themselves and stopped letting other people take the blame.”
Hmmm. I think the goaltending and powerplay, plus whatever is being done to Taylor Hall on his shifts (don’t ask me what’s happening, even the smart people don’t know) have impacted the team. These Oilers look beaten, but I don’t know if that’s quitting on the coach or having the brains to know you’re screwed for yet another season. Either way, Jones called out his teammates and we’ll see where it goes. Article is here.
Bruce McCurdy took in last night’s Oil Kings-Hitmen game and paid close attention to the two Oiler draft picks. The article is here. Both prospects are tracking very well, and along with Jackson Houck could have three WHL forwards over 35 goals this year.
DARKNESS WITH HARKNESS
As difficult as this season has been, there are many NHL seasons that were more trying. My choice for ‘most difficult season to be a fan’ would be Detroit Red Wings, Ned Harkness era. It is covered well and incredibly here.