February 12 2016 09:00AM
As ridiculous as it seems, given that the 1990-91 edition of the Edmonton Oilers were fresh from winning their fifth Stanley Cup the previous summer, you didn’t have to look very hard to see the wheels slowly coming off the Boys on the Bus – the bus itself was being dismantled piece-by-piece, actually – due to rising salaries and owner Peter Pocklington’s unwillingness (and inability) to pay them.
February 12 2016 07:00AM
Another week is in the books, and that means another Nation Report Card is here to let you make your feelings known. Once again, the Oilers have had the kind of Jekyll and Hyde week that we've become accustomed to around here and I'm asking you to rank the players and the week that was. My friends, it's report card time.
Nation World HQ
February 12 2016 05:30AM
A farewell to the Leafs Captain, what impact does Byfuglien's new contract have on Hamhuis in Vancouver, Flames bench their young stars, Oilers playoff hopes, the NHL's goalie interference rule, trade deadline speculation for all teams and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
February 11 2016 10:07PM
First time Connor McDavid
played against embarrassed his childhood team. Final Score: 5-2 Oilers
February 11 2016 12:52PM
The Oilers and Leafs are tied with 47 points, the fewest in the NHL, and no organizations have been more inept over the past 11 seasons. Since the Goodenow/Bettman lockout in 2005 both team have made only one playoff appearance. The Oilers went to the Cup Finals in 2006, while the Leafs lost in the first round in 2013.
This year marks the 10th time in the last 11 seasons they will sit on the sidelines and watch 16 teams battle for the Stanley Cup. The depressing news for both fans bases is that during their previous seven non-playoff seasons they haven't been close to competitive.
The Oilers have finished 28th, 28th, 24th, 29th, 30th, 30th and 21st, while the Leafs finished 27th, 23rd, 26th, 22nd, 29th, 24th and 24th.
The Oilers averaged a 27th place finish while the Leafs were a measly two spots higher at 25. It truly has been a decade of SUCK for both franchises.