The youngsters arrived in waves, those young Boston Bruins of the 1960’s. In 66-67, Bobby Orr signaled a new tomorrow, along with fellow rookies Joe Watson (who would star for the Flyers), Bill Goldsworthy (who would do the same for the North Stars) and Gerry Cheevers. A year later it was Derek Sanderson and Glen Sather, followed by Wayne Cashman and Rick Smith. In 1969-70, the year Stanley saw dirty water, it was Jim Lorentz, Don Marcotte and Garnet Bailey. Every great team owns a grand pipeline of youth, and it is vital Edmonton’s general manager—no matter who is in that chair—begins laying pipe in a quick hurry.
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DIRTY WATER, YEAR OVER YEAR
- February 2016: 3-6-0, goal differential -6 (6 points)
- February 2017: 5-4-0, goal differential -1 (10 points)
- February 2018: 2-6-1, goal differential -7 (5 points)
- February 20, 2016: Colorado 3, Edmonton 2 (Source)
- February 24, 2017: Washington 2, Edmonton 1 (Source)
Edmonton has some things going now, Cam Talbot is stopping pucks and Connor McDavid is going supernova. Even the penalty kill is having moments. If they can get some secondary scoring, 80 points may not be such a distant bell. Will that make a difference for Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan? Not sure, but a long losing coda that ends the season may well seal the fate of both men.
AFTER 58, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 22-30-6, goal differential -38 (50 points)
- Oilers 16-17: 31-19-8, goal differential +18 (70 points)
- Oilers 17-18: 24-30-4, goal differential -30 (52 points)
- February 18, 2016: Minnesota 5, Edmonton 2 (Source)
- February 18, 2017: Edmonton 3, Chicago 1 (Source)
A win tonight gets Edmonton some breathing room in the race with the 2015-16 Oilers. It’s insane they are here but that’s the story of this season. I projected the team to score 257 and give up 217 (+40), a small +4 increase on the team’s 2016-17 totals (243-207). The Oilers are currently 160-190 and on pace to finish 226-264, -38. There are hits and there are misses, and then there’s this season. How many observers predicted a goals-against increase of 57? Show me that link, I don’t think anyone saw that coming.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FEBRUARY
- At home to: Colorado, Tampa Bay (Expected 0-1-1) (Actual 1-0-1)
- On the road to: Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 0-3-0)
- At home to: Florida (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
- On the road to: Vegas, Arizona, Colorado (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 1-2-0)
- At home to: Boston, Colorado (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- On the road to: Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose (Expected 0-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 5-6-3, 13 points in 14 games
- Current results: 2-6-1, five points in nine games
The trade deadline will come with the team in California, nice and close to the farm team should a recall be required. I don’t think the Oilers will make a major deal involving contracts with term at the deadline but there are interesting names being thrown out there. More in a minute.
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) February 20, 2018
Patrick Maroon is No. 4 and Mark Letestu No. 7 on the list currently, with a pile of players on the list that make sense for Edmonton. I’ll list Mike Hoffman, Max Domi, Jordan Kyrou, Nic Petan as attractive options for the Oilers, don’t have any specific trades in mind.
Hearing that several teams will be pitching Sens this week on Erik Karlsson. Taking on Ryan contract expected to be part of the ask.
— Terry MarcotteCTV (@TerryMarcotte) February 20, 2018
The Oilers could make this happen but the Senators would have to take back Milan Lucic. Lucic ($6M times five more years after this one) and the payoff would be Oscar Klefbom ($4.167M times five more years after this one). Erik Karlsson ($6.5M with one year left) and Bobby Ryan ($7.250M times four more years after this one) would be coming to Edmonton, meaning the Oilers take on $3.5 million in cap for the next three years but rid themselves of the final two seasons of Lucic. Perhaps Ottawa could retain some of the money. I don’t think it happens, makes no sense for Edmonton.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. How quickly can the Oilers recover?
- Scott Cullen, TSN. Jays, deadline, Olympics.
- Ryan Holt, Bakersfield Condors play-by-play. Ethan Bear spiking.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!