November 13 2013 12:43PM
For the past five seasons, when things went wrong for the Oilers you could always fall back to one thing, "Blame Horcoff." It didn't matter what was ailing the Oilers it seemed it was always Horcoff's fault, mainly due to his $5.5 million cap it. If the Oilers top line wasn't scoring, and Horcoff wasn't on it, it was still his fault.
On my radio show it became somewhat of a cult mantra. People would end their texts or emails with Blame Horcoff. Mainly it was a parody of South Park's "Blame Canada," but the odd person believed it to be true.
If Horcoff was still here, he likely would have been blamed for not stopping Nail Yakupov from going public with his frustrations. It was a simpler time for some Oilers fans, because no matter what went wrong you could always blame one guy.
Horcoff is gone, but surprisingly (not at all) the struggles of the Oilers remain.
November 13 2013 08:49AM
At this point, it seems all but certain that the 2013-14 season is done for the Oilers. The team is in a hole so deep in a conference so good that clawing back into a playoff spot is going to be an extremely difficult proposition. Given that, does it make sense to start the tank job and go for the best available pick?
Not on your life.
November 12 2013 01:56PM
Nail Yakupov wants more icetime. He wants to help his teammates win. He also feels his head coach doesn't trust him. Yakupov spoke with the media after practice today, and it was clear he was frustrated. As he should be. Losing stinks, and I'd hope every Oiler is frustrated.
Yakupov is usually very quiet and reserved with the media, but today he spoke with conviction and passion.
November 12 2013 11:15AM
The Oilers are 4-13-2 (10 points) in their first 19 games, and they are on pace for 43 points. The Oilers will not finish with 43 points. They will improve, but can they improve enough to give you hope that next season will be different?
November 12 2013 09:52AM
Let's all simmer down for a moment. Let's put down our shotguns and forget for an instant that Yakupov's agent is showing everyone why he is entitled to hundreds of thousands of 64's dollars every year "having his back" or whatever it is that agents do.
It's time for some fun, some laughs and hours crouched in front of the warm glow of a computer monitor as we touch up photographs in a photoshop contest.