April 16 2012 11:42AM
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse being an Oiler fan, along came a weekend of high-scoring, high-intensity, fight-filled playoff hockey, and you could only sit hopelessly by and watch with real emotional interest.
After watching the last 72 hours I wonder how far away the Oilers truly are from being a playoff contender? We'll debate that and much more today.
April 16 2012 10:09AM
Now that the draft lottery is done with, and the playoffs have begun, talk has shifted from how the draft is broken to how the Canucks and Penguins are broken. Fair enough. But the draft system is still the same. If you believe that teams should not be rewarded for poor performance - even if there was not really any tanking this year - then you think the system needs a shake up.
The solution is out there, but it's going to take a mad scientist to come up with the right combination of give and take to make this thing some to life. Come and watch!
April 15 2012 11:25AM
As Canucks fans stare into the abyss of a potential first round upset, Oilers fans are left celebrating the only thing the team seems to win these days - the draft lottery. For the third straight year, Edmonton will select first overall in June, meaning the only thing left to debate is whether the club will pick Nail Yakupov or choose to plug other holes on the roster by trading down.
To tackle this question and other matters, Allan talked with a number of notable gents yesterday, including player agent Tom Lynn, advanced stats guru Gabriel Desjardins and Oil Kings play-by-play voice Corey Graham.
This is Nation radio.
April 15 2012 09:31AM
Last spring we had a lot of questions and the summer, fall and winter delivered answers. The Nuge WAS golden, Smyth's return was wonderful and the team improved but ended up in the same old neighbourhood. What are the questions this summer? More importantly, what are the answers?
April 14 2012 12:32PM
There’s an interesting thing that happens whenever someone looks at Steve Tambellini’s literal words, writes them down, and attempts to deduce the meaning of them. Someone else will come along, agree that’s what he said, and then argue ‘of course he said that – what else is he going to say?’