December 01 2015 06:11PM
One of my all-time favourite sports quotes was actually coined by a current Edmonton Oilers employee, and it went something to the effect of "people realize that once you trade Evgeni Malkin you no longer have Evgeni Malkin on your team, right?" It's obviously an overly simplified point, but that's by design. It's one that's worth remembering in moments such as these.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is no Malkin, but he is the type of asset that a team should worry about parting ways with willingly. Should the Oilers pull the trigger on a trade involving him, he'll no longer be on their team. That's a problem.
December 01 2015 03:14PM
In a decade of bad losses, last night's 3-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs with a goalie playing his first NHL game ranks near the top.
The Oilers are not a good team, again, and while it is nice to assume they will eventually climb up the NHL standings, until it actually happens this group of players need to take a long look in the mirror.
Every player can do more.
December 01 2015 01:50PM
Having already paraded the Stanley Cup up and down Jasper Ave. the two previous seasons, fans of the Edmonton Oilers had every reason to be thinking three-peat when the 1985-86 season began. The Oilers were young, ridiculously talented and getting better. They beat opponents for fun.
Chris the Intern
December 01 2015 11:55AM
At the beginning of the season I was worried on not having enough to talk about on a weekly Oilers injury report. Turns out I was very wrong. In fact, it's rather challenging to keep up with all the new injuries every week. You would be crazy to say that our 30th place is completely unrelated to our busy IR. As bad as the Oilers are currently playing, I still believe that we have a solid group of forwards. Twenty-five games into the season and we have not yet seen all of them play together even once as a team. Very frustrating.
December 01 2015 08:00AM
Griffin Reinhart is at something of a crossroads in his NHL career. Recent history suggests that he’ll either establish himself as an NHL player this season, or he won’t do it at all.