Reasonable Expectations: The Blue

Lowetide
August 22 2010 10:27AM

A year ago the Edmonton Oilers defense seemed to adopt the signature line from this young woman: "resistance is futile."

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The Forwards

Jonathan Willis
August 21 2010 01:44PM

TORONTO - MARCH 7:  Ales Hemsky #83 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the game at Air Canada Centre on March 7, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Over at his other place, Lowetide has been spending the last few weeks going through the Oilers’ forwards and establishing benchmarks for the performance of each of them. He does it every summer, and then reviews those projections throughout the year. Because his estimates are conservative, as a rule they get argued with when they’re made and then start looking better and better as the season goes on.

His final list of the Oilers forwards went up today, and it’s a roster that screams one thing: this is another rebuilding year.

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Trade Talk

Lowetide
August 20 2010 05:56PM

Peter Adler cut through the doldrums of summer like a hot knife through butter last night. An actual trade rumor involving the Edmonton Oilers. Music!

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More Finns the Better!

Lowetide
August 20 2010 07:47AM

It is a well known fact that the Edmonton Oilers are a better team with Finns.

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That Troublesome Third Line

Jonathan Willis
August 19 2010 06:50PM

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Fernando Pisani #34 of the Edmonton Oilers passes the puck against the Anaheim Ducks on October 15, 2008 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Oilers won 3-2.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

With the departure of Fernando Pisani to Chicago – a departure well covered by Lowetide here and Ben Massey here – the Oilers have one fewer option to plug one of their holes on the third line.

In my opinion, it’s just as well; a Pisani signing would have been more a nod to sentiment than pragmatism. As much as Pisani is a player I loved to see in an Oilers’ uniform, if Steve Tambellini is going to bolster his team’s bottom six, he really ought to be looking at players who could be useful a few years down the road.

Who, exactly?

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