February 21 2012 06:03PM
February 21 2012 02:55PM
Seemingly, the common reaction to deals like the one inked by Andy Sutton and Cam Barker is straight forward: the Oilers need defensive help, they’re signing guys on short-term deals, and the dollars don’t matter so why worry about them?
There’s a very good reason to worry about them.
February 21 2012 01:01PM
The Oilers are 4-4-2 in their last ten. They've been good, bad, great and awful in the ten-game stretch, and with only Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Theo Peckham/Corey Potter out of the lineup this is the healthiest they've been all season. Unfortunately, their play lately hasn't shown much to make you believe that next year will be better. I know it has only been a short window of healthiness, and not having your #1 centre is a big void, but imagine this lineup with Nugent-Hopkins and without Ales Hemsky and will they be that much better?
If this team is going to improve it has to start within the NW, and especially against the despised Calgary Flames. The Flames have beaten the Oilers nine straight, and they've outscored them 37-19.
Since December 31st, 2008 the Flames are 18-2 v. the Oilers. The past 38 months of the Battle of Alberta (BOA) has been more one-sided than * The Battle of Omdurman. (pictured above)
February 20 2012 11:42PM
Last time, we had just crossed the Laos border and had boarded a boat to float down the Mekong River. We had been told that this part of the trip would be the serene calm before the storm and to rest up as much as we could on the two-day journey.
Then it would get crazy.
February 20 2012 11:52AM
Granted, the market was at best minute and any return wasn't going to be much more than a box of tape or a bucket of pucks, but Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has one less bargaining chip to play between now and the NHL trade deadline, thanks to Nikolai Khabibulin's tender groin.