March 06 2014 03:03PM
Now that the playoff roster deadline has passed, the focus, unfortunately for Oilers fans, once again turns to the draft lottery.
The Oilers are virtually guaranteed to finish in the bottom five, and unless one of the teams finishing 17th-25th wins the lottery, the Oilers will have another top-five pick.
|26||NY Islanders||M||64||24||32||8||56||18||176||217||-41||9-16-8||15-16-0||6-4||3-7-0||Won 1|
Tonight's game is critical, if you believe a higher draft spot guarantees the Oilers a better player, because a win puts the Oilers within four points of the Islanders, while a loss puts them eight points back.
Let the race begin.
March 04 2014 04:07PM
Tonight will be Ales Hemsky's final game as an Edmonton Oiler. He will be traded before tomorrow's 1.p.m deadline. Hemsky played his first game as an Oilers on October 10th, 2002 against Philadelphia. He didn't score his first goal until his 26th game, January 4th, 2003 vs. Montreal, but during the past 11 hockey seasons his skill ranged from breathtaking to frustrating to dazzling and gutsy.
Hemsky made the playoffs as a rookie, but I'm sure he never dreamt that he would only play in the playoffs once during the subsequent 10 seasons. I can understand why Hemsky wants a new challenge in a new city, with new teammates and new fans. One post-season appearance in ten years would deflate anyone, and I fully expect Hemsky to play well on his new team.
March 04 2014 12:19PM
Craig MacTavish looks like he has made his decision for his goalies next season. A day after signing Ben Scrivens to a two-year deal, he traded Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota for a 4th round pick, and then he acquired Viktor Fasth from Anaheim for 5th round pick in 2014 and a 3rd round pick in 2015.
March 03 2014 10:54AM
The Oilers have signed Ben Scrivens to a two-year extension worth a total of $4.6 million.
Scrivens will be at $2.3 million cap hit, and It will be interesting to see who the Oilers sign to battle/platoon with him next season.
February 28 2014 12:54PM
Last night, the Oilers were shutout for the 5th time at home and 8th time all year. Many fans felt their play was offensive, and not in a goal scoring kind of way.
In his post-game press conference Dallas Eakins said, "We have some good offensive players but I don't look at us as a real offensive team," and that comment offended some fans more than the performance on the ice.
I tweeted that comment and many fans were livid and most blamed the coach. (Do you sense a trend in Edmonton?)
Are the Oilers regressing offensively, or have they been an offensively challenged team for years?