December 03 2014 11:51AM
In the past week, Taylor Hall, David Perron and Andrew Ference have all publicly stated Dallas Eakins isn't the problem. Hall took it a step further and went to general manager Craig MacTavish to defend his coach.
After Monday's 5-2 uninspired loss to Arizona, Ference said what we've been saying for weeks. The Oilers play "is a joke."
Is this just more talk from a team mired in a 10-game losing streak, or we will the players display the emotion, passion, determination and smarts necessary to win an NHL game tonight vs. the Jets?
December 02 2014 06:00PM
Every week I answer five questions from all of you. The good, bad and dumb questions are all answered. It is now your turn to answer mine. I only have three questions. I couldn't compete with your ability to produce five.
Here you go!
December 02 2014 03:54PM
There is no proven model for what type of owner most successfully runs a professional sports team in the long run. There are teams owned by corporations and investor groups. Some are family owned, sometimes on their second or third generation running the team. Then there are owners as individuals who own the team and call all the shots themselves. Sometimes running the team is their primary profession, sometimes it isn’t.
It’s all over the map. There are no clear best practices to follow.
December 02 2014 01:56PM
It is December 2nd, and once again the Oilers' hope of a playoff spot is officially over. The Oilers have accumulated a paltry 16 points in their first 25 games. They would need 76 points over their final 57 games to reach 92 points, the current pace for 8th place in the west.
It isn't happening, but what should the Oilers do now?
December 02 2014 12:00PM
Of all the problems the Edmonton Oilers have had this season – and yes, they have been myriad – the struggles of goaltenders Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth should sit at the top of the list. Craig MacTavish compared this year’s team to the 2005-06 edition of the Oilers over the summer; what nobody realized was that he meant Conkkanen was going to rear its ugly head once again.
That’s why it’s interesting that there are two quality NHL goaltenders still sitting on the market as unrestricted free agents.