Idiot with a Soapbox - Playoff Thoughts

baggedmilk
April 30 2014 12:17PM

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Anyone else feel like having the playoffs on is like a daily slap to the face? While a lot of us are still watching games, (3 game 7s tonight!) it's not nearly as exciting or awesome as having a team to cheer for.  Actually, it's even worse than having no one to cheer for...  

I'd say watching the playoffs shows just how far off the Oilers are from actually competing even if they tricked someone to get in there!  Perfect example is the Sharks/Kings series. Even if the Oilers had managed to sneak in, winding up in a series like that could easily end in a sweep. Times are tough in Oil Country.

Lottery Teams Past

Since there's nothing else to do, I've been wondering how many of the lottery teams have made the playoffs since the Oilers picked 1st overall for 3 straight years. Unfortunately, the answer will bum you out but let's have a look anyway...

2010

  • 1st overall - Taylor Hall - Oilers haven't made the playoffs since sliced bread
  • 2nd overall - Tyler Seguin - Boston via Toronto... Bruins won the Cup 2010-11 season
  • 3rd overall - Erik Gudbranson - Florida made the playoffs 2011-12 season
  • 4th overall - Ryan Johanson - Columbus made the playoffs 2013-14 season
  • 5th overall - Nino Niederreiter (since traded) - NY Islanders made the playoffs 2013 lockout season

2011

  • 1st overall - NUUUUUUUGE - Edmonton sucks
  • 2nd overall - Gabriel Landeskog - Colorado made the playoffs 2013-14 season
  • 3rd overall - Jonathan Huberdeau - Florida made the playoffs 2011-12
  • 4th overall - Adam Larsson - New Jersey lost in the 2012 Cup Final
  • 5th overall - Ryan Strome - NY Islanders made it in 2013

2012

  • 1st overall - Nail Yakupov - Edmonton still sucks
  • 2nd overall - Ryan Murray - Columbus made the playoffs this year
  • 3rd overall - Alex Galchenyuk - Montreal made the playoffs in 2013 and 2013-14 season
  • 4th overall - Griffin Reinhart - Islanders made the playoffs in the lockout season
  • 5th overall - Morgan Rielly - Toronto made the playoffs in the lockout season

Now, before you start breaking my balls I know there are a lot of factors that make for a playoff hockey team. Some of these players were traded, others only played a minor role or not at all, but I still find it interesting that only the Oilers haven't made the playoffs since the Taylor Hall draft. Even the repeat offenders like the Islanders and Blue Jackets made the dance at least once.  This year, the Islanders finished as a lottery team again so it's debatable whether or not they're making any progress, but Columbus gave Pittsburgh all they can handle.

I guess the worst part of it all is that the progress we're all expecting hasn't happened yet.  The only progress I see is that we're all getting better at tracking junior players! Now, some people might argue that the Islanders got lucky in their playoff run, but at least they made it.  The Oilers haven't even come close.  Yeah they were in a playoff spot, last year, with a month to go but so what? They finished in 24th place and came crashing down to ground level again this year. Does that count as progress? You tell me.

ImNotProud

The Record

As of right now, the Florida Panthers hold the record for most consecutive playoff misses with 10 straight. They missed the show from the 1999-00 season all the way until 2011-12. Pretty wild to think that the Oilers are only 2 shitacular seasons away from matching that record. Sad to think about setting the record for sucking as being a very real possibility, no?  We've already seen the Oilers miss the playoffs for 8 straight years, is it that much of a stretch to see them missing out for 2 more unless there are major changes?

*sigh*

Pro Connection Hockey Development Camp

On a positive note, I want to give a shout out to Brian Sutherby's hockey school that's coming up this summer.  If you want your kids surrounded by guys that have played in the NHL, this is where they need to be. I remember going to hockey school when I was a kid and I hated it, mostly because the instructors were dicks and I could skate better than a few of them. Maybe if I had gone to a camp run by NHL players I would have been more into it and not wasted so much of my parents money. And who knows, maybe I could have been on a losing team in Edmonton right now!  All the details are here, so check it out. It's a cool experience your kids definitely won't forget.

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#1 Kr55
April 30 2014, 01:01PM
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We will easily break Florida's 10 year drought record. Plus we will probably have spent tens of millions more on players over the 10+ years we go without playoffs. Teams like Florida have droughts because they don't want to spend money. Teams like the Oilers have droughts because they are horribly managed.

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#2 bwar
April 30 2014, 12:28PM
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If we all believe I think we can set the longest streak of all time. 11 years, #HereComeTheOilers.

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#3 RexHolez
April 30 2014, 12:25PM
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What's this "playoff" thing you speak of?

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#4 vetinari
April 30 2014, 01:07PM
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But... but... Kevin Lowe says he knows a little something about winning, if that is ever a concern-- doesn't that count for something?

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#5 MGD
April 30 2014, 12:54PM
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Love the new PROPS ads!

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#7 PrimeBane
April 30 2014, 12:44PM
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THIS IS THE WORST KOOL AID EVER!

*sobs*

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#8 Ambassador humantorch
April 30 2014, 01:28PM
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The Oilers are why daddy drinks.

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#10 Al Low
April 30 2014, 02:02PM
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RNH would be stretchered out if the playoffs if the Oilers has the team to actually make it. Eberle would be shying away from contact like there's no tomorrow. I can only imagine how scared guys like Petry and Schultz would be. Having soft guys like these guys epitomizes why The current group as it stands will not make the playoffs, let alone win the Cup.

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The Clippers changed their webpage to say "we are one". Can someone hack the Oilers site and change it to "We are suck"

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#13 Oiler Al
April 30 2014, 01:07PM
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You know you got a crappy team when Columbus is in the playoffs and your team [Oilers] are on the outs, yet again.

As the Oiler team exists today, they would get crushed physically ,judging by some the stuff that went on in the first round.

How's the rebuild so far?

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#14 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
April 30 2014, 01:46PM
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With the development timeline of young defensemen, I think we're going to be hard-pressed to make the playoffs before Hall goes UFA.

And that's a scary thought.

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#15 DAFODILS, SOFTIES, MIDGETS etc...
April 30 2014, 02:14PM
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Al Low wrote:

RNH would be stretchered out if the playoffs if the Oilers has the team to actually make it. Eberle would be shying away from contact like there's no tomorrow. I can only imagine how scared guys like Petry and Schultz would be. Having soft guys like these guys epitomizes why The current group as it stands will not make the playoffs, let alone win the Cup.

I thought I was the only guy who noticed this! I have never seen a team with so many softies and shorties at any level ever! F*CK I see 13 year old hockey players that could beat up Lander, Arcobello, RNH, Gagner, Eberle, etc.!!! This team has been getting smaller and softer every year since 2006. Did the organization think they were going to remove hitting and fighting from the game? When I see some of these "tiny punks" off the ice I laugh to myself!!! Watching LA-SJ makes me realize how far away the Oil are. How poorly we have drafted - for example - Landeskog would have been a great Oiler!

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#16 Kr55
April 30 2014, 01:16PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

We're the best at spending money on stuff!

Saw this posted on another forum:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-04-24/smartest-spenders-in-sports-2014

Oilers are 121/122 at getting value for their money among NHL/NBA/MLB/NFL franchises. Even if you place no value in playoffs/championships, we are still by far the worst NHL franchise.

Brilliant POHO that had to OK every move and signing to put us there? Still going strong!

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#17 ubermiguel
April 30 2014, 01:43PM
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backup bob wrote:

The 1st round of the playoffs has been nothing short of spectacular. Tonight will showcase more of this.

The Oil has a long way to go.

Watching nearly every lousy Oilers game this season really makes me appreciate the quality of hockey in this playoffs that much more.

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#18 james_dean
April 30 2014, 12:24PM
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Katz and mandel gonna fill their pockets either way. Developers always win

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#19 RexHolez
April 30 2014, 02:03PM
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Yardbird wrote:

Has anyone noticed that Scott Howson was responsible for the Columbus rebuild and subsequent success .? Maybe ,just maybe he actually knows something about winning and should be the Oilers POHO ?

I noticed that once he left they became successful. Hint hint Lowe

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#21 WONGER
April 30 2014, 01:24PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

YOU SIR ARE A MORON! BOOO BAGGEDMILK!

I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY GUY ALLOWED TO USE CAPS LOCK!!!!! WHY IS EVERYBODY TRYING TO STEAL MY SCHTICK!!!!

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#22 Quicksilver ballet
April 30 2014, 02:55PM
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A 24th place finish last season, and a 28th place finish this season. There is no plan in place here. Can't say these kids didn't give Edmonton a shot.

Have to think MacTavish has atleast 2 trade requests he's hoping won't make it to the public domaine.

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#23 backup bob
April 30 2014, 01:40PM
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The 1st round of the playoffs has been nothing short of spectacular. Tonight will showcase more of this.

The Oil has a long way to go.

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#24 Quicksilver ballet
April 30 2014, 02:19PM
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Sell the farm.

Do whatever it takes to get two of these top 5 picks/kids. See if there's a new dynamic with the addition of a couple more kids. Lets face it, can it get any worse?

Hopefully McDavid will have that MacKinnon type impact on this team. This is what it's going to take to overcome the unique issues present with this franchise.

Even more Oiler humiliation to follow. Stay the only course available to this market/management group.

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#25 Kr55
April 30 2014, 03:16PM
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Vinotintazo wrote:

He was good at acquiring players for them, lets hope it translates here.

Brownlee's article about "Groupthink" yesterday probably gives a good indication of how effective Howson will be now that he's back with the Oilers. My bet would be he's another yes man that won't challenge the brilliant minds of Lowe and MacT.

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#27 RexHolez
April 30 2014, 06:18PM
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Only 3 more years til we get the record for longest streak of incompetence? Sweet, Lowe IS gonna win somthing!!

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#28 Mike
April 30 2014, 12:52PM
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Maybe you should write the article a day after your bad mood. Downer of a read. In other positive news, Chicago beats St. Louis with a team similar to ours. We ain't that far off. Here's to a new season and positive thinking.

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#30 Yardbird
April 30 2014, 01:41PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

You know you got a crappy team when Columbus is in the playoffs and your team [Oilers] are on the outs, yet again.

As the Oiler team exists today, they would get crushed physically ,judging by some the stuff that went on in the first round.

How's the rebuild so far?

Has anyone noticed that Scott Howson was responsible for the Columbus rebuild and subsequent success .? Maybe ,just maybe he actually knows something about winning and should be the Oilers POHO ?

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#31 Kr55
April 30 2014, 02:37PM
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Yardbird wrote:

Has anyone noticed that Scott Howson was responsible for the Columbus rebuild and subsequent success .? Maybe ,just maybe he actually knows something about winning and should be the Oilers POHO ?

Probably more qualified than Lowe at this point. Unfortunately, Howson had to trade a precious #1 pick player that was valued around the league to kick start his rebuild. Katz would never allow it here.

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#32 Danger Pay
April 30 2014, 05:17PM
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The worst part is going to be the "Kids" talking about how hard they trained in the off-season and that knowing the system going into the season will really help them make a push for the playoffs. Not falling for that drivel again, show me on the ice.

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#33 God
April 30 2014, 04:24PM
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I keep watching playoff teams and thinking, "Ah, so that's how you build a winner!"

The Oilers are so far away from being a contender from 8th place. No question they'd be swept in the first round. Hall, Perron, Scribbles and Hendricks are the only playoff players on this team.

#herecometheoilers

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#34 vetinari
April 30 2014, 02:40PM
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Yardbird wrote:

Has anyone noticed that Scott Howson was responsible for the Columbus rebuild and subsequent success .? Maybe ,just maybe he actually knows something about winning and should be the Oilers POHO ?

Think you are giving a bit too much credit to Howson... he was dismissed as GM of Columbus in February 2013 and was quickly replaced with Jarmo Kekalainen... Kelalainen had some building blocks in place from Howson but only needed one draft, free agency and trade deadline cycle to get his team back into the playoffs... of course, his goaltending and defence was better than what Tambellini left MacT but Howson certainly didn't leave Kelalainen with a stacked team... if anything, Howson's tenure was marked by his missteps in publicly disclosing Nash's trade request, thereby driving down his trade value and his credibility with his team mates and with fans... not good asset management although he ended up with a decent return from the Rangers... and this happened a few years into the job and not like MacT's blunder/promise of "bold moves" on the first week on the job.

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#35 He Who Knows
April 30 2014, 04:49PM
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Katz and Lowe have royally screwed this franchise. If they ever make the playoffs again, it would be like the Oilers taking the wrong turn and ending up in Compton.

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#36 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
April 30 2014, 03:17PM
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BM, you should ask the colonel for a raise. I frequent your articles the most these days. Nothing against the other writers, but there's only so many times you can read the same bleak analyses over and over again.

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#37 Gk1980
April 30 2014, 06:09PM
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@Danger Pay

I'm obstaining from any optimism this year. I will consider them a crap team until proven otherwise instead of the other way around. No more falling for the hype if a new season for this guy. They need to prove to me and to edmonton that they can actually play this game. St.louis is out so my playoff pool is screwed now. Can't win anywhere these days.

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#38 Rama Lama
April 30 2014, 01:57PM
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Bagged milk............can you even get milk in a bag anymore?

If you could puree some donuts into milk, perhaps we could get some weight on our boys??

If all we have to talk about is the draft how about we talk about what we should do? I for one believe trading this away for some established defenceman is not going to change our fortune much........unless we get someone like Subban, which Montreal would be crazy contemplating?

Lowetide had some interesting choices but no one really stood out.........hearing any names out there BM?

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#39 borisnikov
April 30 2014, 12:38PM
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I'm hoping that they miss for the next two years as then my youngest childs will both be 3 and I should finally be free to watch hockey with all parties willing and psuedo-interested.

So here's to 2 more seasons of sh*tanusly bad hockey!

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#40 David S
April 30 2014, 03:25PM
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WONGER wrote:

I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY GUY ALLOWED TO USE CAPS LOCK!!!!! WHY IS EVERYBODY TRYING TO STEAL MY SCHTICK!!!!

Yah but you stole the capslock schtick from Wanye Gretz!

EVERYBODY KNOWS WANYE GRETZ INVENTED CAPSLOCK MORON!

#Capslock

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#41 backup bob
April 30 2014, 02:38PM
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DAFODILS, SOFTIES, MIDGETS etc... wrote:

I thought I was the only guy who noticed this! I have never seen a team with so many softies and shorties at any level ever! F*CK I see 13 year old hockey players that could beat up Lander, Arcobello, RNH, Gagner, Eberle, etc.!!! This team has been getting smaller and softer every year since 2006. Did the organization think they were going to remove hitting and fighting from the game? When I see some of these "tiny punks" off the ice I laugh to myself!!! Watching LA-SJ makes me realize how far away the Oil are. How poorly we have drafted - for example - Landeskog would have been a great Oiler!

Some earlier posters suggested Arcobello as a good fit. At 5'9 and 165 lbs. Must have been his Mom.

PS. bagged milk is still being sold in stores.

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#42 Wax Man Riley
April 30 2014, 04:13PM
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bwar wrote:

If we all believe I think we can set the longest streak of all time. 11 years, #HereComeTheOilers.

YOU HAVE TO BELIEEEEEEEVVVEEEEE!

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#43 madjam
April 30 2014, 04:41PM
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Either the coaching and management here is awful bad , or the young so called junior superstars are bad/lower grade NHL'ers . Maybe it's more the latter why we still are so far away from being a contender ? Not much superstar about any one of them at NHL level .

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#44 ThatButthurtOilersFan
April 30 2014, 04:45PM
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RexHolez wrote:

What's this "playoff" thing you speak of?

I don't know, but I refuse to watch TSN until they take it off!

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#45 Vinotintazo
April 30 2014, 03:03PM
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vetinari wrote:

Think you are giving a bit too much credit to Howson... he was dismissed as GM of Columbus in February 2013 and was quickly replaced with Jarmo Kekalainen... Kelalainen had some building blocks in place from Howson but only needed one draft, free agency and trade deadline cycle to get his team back into the playoffs... of course, his goaltending and defence was better than what Tambellini left MacT but Howson certainly didn't leave Kelalainen with a stacked team... if anything, Howson's tenure was marked by his missteps in publicly disclosing Nash's trade request, thereby driving down his trade value and his credibility with his team mates and with fans... not good asset management although he ended up with a decent return from the Rangers... and this happened a few years into the job and not like MacT's blunder/promise of "bold moves" on the first week on the job.

He was good at acquiring players for them, lets hope it translates here.

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#46 bardfromedson
May 01 2014, 02:00PM
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With any luck we go whale hunting and land a stud or 2 like Heatly, nylander, or clarkson to turn things around..... That will get us pointed in the right direction

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#47 blue31
May 01 2014, 09:02AM
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I think the Oil should wrangle some sort of trade with the Sabres that involves flipping next years draft selections.

Buffalo might lick their chops at the thought of capitalizing on the Oilers suckitude, and the Oilers could start making a serious attempt at improving the team, while still having a shot at McDavid.

Seriously.

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#48 trueoilfan
May 01 2014, 03:24PM
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Lets trade the oil for the sharks we would all be happy being bounced the first round all the time.then I wont have to hear all this crying from you people

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#49 goonarsk
May 02 2014, 03:40PM
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trueoilfan wrote:

Lets trade the oil for the sharks we would all be happy being bounced the first round all the time.then I wont have to hear all this crying from you people

DONE! At least we could be talking about the playoffs vs. what 'high end' junior aged talent will play best with our other junior aged talent.

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#50 HockeyYodaDotcom
May 03 2014, 09:01AM
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vetinari wrote:

But... but... Kevin Lowe says he knows a little something about winning, if that is ever a concern-- doesn't that count for something?

This is what Lowe knows about winning. Find a team with Gretzky, Messier and Coffey on it....and then play for them.

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