March 22 2016 07:00AM
The Montreal Canadiens employed Mark Napier during his most prolific offensive years as an NHL player, but the Edmonton Oilers got plenty of mileage out of the former Toronto Marlboros forward in the 175 games he spent here, a stint that included the 1985 Stanley Cup.
March 21 2016 01:00PM
Next year officially arrived Sunday when the Edmonton Oilers were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention with a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Rexall Place. That’s not exactly stop-the-presses stuff, given the Oilers have been out of it for months, but Sunday made it official on Fan Appreciation Night – 10 straight years out of the playoffs.
March 17 2016 10:37AM
While there’s no doubt whatsoever these last 10 years out of the playoffs represent the longest stretch of futility in the history of the Edmonton Oilers, the consolation is there is hope of better days ahead with the likes of Connor McDavid, Taylor Hall, Leon Draisaitl and Cam Talbot in the fold and an owner in Daryl Katz who is willing to spend to the salary cap limit.
March 15 2016 11:14AM
There’s an idiom dating all the way back to the 1500s that goes, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” I’ve thought of it more than once during this decade of ineptitude and frustration that today has the Edmonton Oilers on the way to missing the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season.
March 11 2016 12:08PM
Andrei Kovalenko was a very good player at times in the 176 games he spent with the Edmonton Oilers, but he’ll always be remembered, at least by this writer, as the co-star in the caper that saw him and Russian running buddy Boris Mironov go AWOL while bar-hopping in Los Angeles.