The Rebuild Conundrum, Part I

Jonathan Willis
March 09 2010 09:37AM

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers appear to be remarkably accepting of a rebuild. The examples of franchises it works for (Pittsburgh and Chicago, to name two) are compelling, and it’s easy to look at those teams, envy their success, and decide that following their route to the top is the way to go.

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Oilers vs. Devils Postgame: Beautiful

Jonathan Willis
March 08 2010 12:01AM

The New Jersey Devils are an excellent hockey club, in just about every way. Martin Brodeur’s in the twilight of his phenomenal career, but he’s still an above average NHL starter and arguably the game’s best puck-mover. Jacques Lemaire’s methods may never be popular, but they’re undeniably effective. And the forward corps features a surprising amount of firepower: Kovalchuk, Parise, Elias, Zajac, Rolston, Langenbrunner. Like I said, they’re a good team.

And the Oilers beat them cleanly tonight.

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Eberle Slated For Springfield

Jonathan Willis
March 06 2010 06:21PM

IIHF World Junior Championship - Canada v USA - Gold Medal Game

In what must be regarded as a surprise move, the Edmonton Oilers appear to have decided against adding Jordan Eberle to their line-up for the remainder of the season. Once the WHL season concludes, Eberle will play professional hockey, but he’ll do it with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

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Oilers Vs. Wild Highlights

Jonathan Willis
March 06 2010 12:12AM

Edmonton Oilers: 2 (SO)

Minnesota Wild: 1

The gutted remains of the Edmonton Oilers roster apparently forgot they were supposed to lose, as they managed to get away with a shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild.  Jeff Deslauriers made 28 saves, Ryan Whitney led the Oilers with 26:20 of ice-time, and Aaron Johnson played 21:20 and finished plus-1 on the night.  Mike Comrie scored both the regulation goal and the shootout winner and continues to show why healthy-scratching him makes no sense.

On the negative side, new addition Ryan Jones took a knee-on-knee hit from Derek Boogaard and played less than five minutes, showing that a) he'll fit right in with this lineup and b) Boogaard's as hateable as ever.

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Assessing The Oilers Defence Corps

Jonathan Willis
March 05 2010 01:01PM

Edmonton Oilers v Ottawa Senators

With massive changes to the Oilers’ blue line personnel, it seemed like an appropriate time to reflect on the job they’ve done so far this season.

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