Blue On Blue

Lowetide
October 01 2011 06:27AM

A young man's playing career is in jeopardy, the injuries keep piling up and the Edmonton Oilers aren't even at the starting gate. Is the story of the season being written before launch?

With Whitney, Smid and Chorney suffering various troubles and Fedun's future in doubt, the Edmonton Oilers are in a world of hurt along the blue. Chorney is a bubble player, but Smid's minutes along with Whitney's are a massive blow to this team. I say this every fall, but the Edmonton Oilers as they currently stand have an alarming lack of quality and quantity on the back end. Every Oiler fan finding out about the disaster in Minny will want the Oilers to make a move.

Tom Gilbert, Cam Barker, Andy Sutton, Jeff Petry, Theo Peckham, Corey Potter, and a recall of Colten Teubert. That's what things might look like opening night.

 BLUE ON BLUE

Can the Oilers address the defense before opening night? Well, it depends on what the club is willing to give up. At this point, Edmonton does enjoy nice depth along the wing and improving depth at C; the club could procure a gem on D in exchange for any of Linus Omark, Anton Lander or Teemu Hartikainen.

The problem is that Steve Tambellini can't afford to be wrong in dealing one of the blue chippers. Should they send along Teemu Hartikainen to a team like Dallas for a young defender? What if Hartikainen becomes the big winger with skill we think he'll become? And what if the defender that the pro scouts like falters or is injured? 

It's very dangerous--Frank Booth dangerous--to make a panic move. As painful as it might be to suffer another mind numbing season, perhaps Steve Tambellini (or his successor, the clock is ticking) can properly address the extreme weakness that has been the blue for many years now next summer. The price now will be extreme. 

Perhaps a free agent signing or a waiver pickup is the better plan.

IN DREAMS

 

Someday the Oilers will ice a defense made mostly of homegrown talents. Complete skill sets, big men with speed and skill. Until then, staying the course is the better plan. Linus Omark is a player of interest around the league for a good reason, and adding an average NHL defender for such a talent is a loser's bet.

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Nation Radio hits the airwaves today at noon on the Team 1260. Among the scheduled guests:

  • Ian Walker from the Vancouver Sun will join us to talk about the health of Vancouver's NHL team, naked Canucks and how the NW will look this season. Predicting what Ian Walker will say is not possible, so tune in for the fun.
  • Kent Wilson from the Nations Network. I'll ask Kent about the NW, about the Doughty signing and we'll discuss the new Flames whipping boy (Matt Stajan).
  • Terry Jones from the Edmonton Sun. Jones has seen a lot of training camps and a lot of phenoms, so should be able to give the best available estimate about this year's team. I'll also try to find out why he's so damn interesting on twitter, although I think it might have something to do with short attention span.
  • Helene Elliott from the Los Angeles Times. We'll talk about the Doughty signing, the Fraser-Smyth ongoing saga and discuss the Brendan Shanahan's suspensions and their impact.

I have a couple of other lines in the water but can't confirm. Please tune in at noon and your calls and emails are always welcome at nationradio@theteam1260.com

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#51 OutDoorRink
October 01 2011, 04:21PM
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This was not 'bad luck'. Bad luck is what happened to Whitney. He caught his skate in a rut. Feduns injury was the direct result of the actions of Nystrom.

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#52 pelhem grenville
October 01 2011, 04:59PM
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...these actions...describe them

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#53 pelhem grenville
October 01 2011, 05:05PM
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for the record and imo...Whitney came back too soon by his own admission and that's not bad luck that's bad injury management or some such newfangled term...

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#54 OutDoorRink
October 01 2011, 05:12PM
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As his own coach described it, as Nystrom described it and as the video clearly shows, Nystrom decided to 'reach in' as they approached the boards. Shall we pretend that Fedun just lost his balance for some unknown reason. We've all seen this before, that's why there's been a call for non- touch icing for years now. What Nystrom did is dangerous.

This is just the latest example of what happens when a player takes another players skates out from under him as they're racing towards the boards. Brutal. We saw the same thing happen to Souray a couple years ago.

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#55 pelhem grenville
October 01 2011, 05:30PM
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ok so we agree to disagree on the action itself... i saw it differently, from one angle only and partly obstructed by the ref...i'm not soft on anything that's untoward going that fast into the end boards and yes we've seen similar plays...the reach in for me was at Feduns' hands, i saw no stick between his legs... the Players Association itself hasn't got this rule change in yet... the new head shot rule took precedent i'm guessing...no touch icing would have worked well here...if you are Shanny how many games do you give Nystrom?

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#56 FDG
October 01 2011, 07:45PM
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Fans want a high draft pick, since the Oilers are not a playoff team.

The Team has pride and does not like to lose.

Management wants to keep their jobs, so they will be more inclined to speed up the rebuild if their Job is dependent on that.

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#57 Dog Train
October 02 2011, 12:24AM
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I would agree that we can't force or panic our way into a trade. Hopefully somebody with some good defensive depth tries to slide a solid defender through waivers.

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