What Does the Future Hold?

Lowetide
November 16 2010 07:35AM

There seems to be more than the usual frustration surrounding the Edmonton Oilers. It probably has a lot to do with the in-season "Groundhog Day" that includes long periods of futility combined with small windows that give us a glimpse of the future.

We have a bunch of questions. Read on for the answers.  

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LOST IN THE TRANSITION: STRUDWICK AND VANDERMEER

Robin Brownlee
November 15 2010 04:45PM

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 11: Jason Strudwick  of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Detroit Red Wings during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on November 11, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Transitional players are supposed to provide young, rebuilding teams like the Edmonton Oilers with meaningful minutes on the ice and leadership in the dressing room. They're supposed to be a bridge to the future. Right now, that bridge is burning.

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IS HELP COMING?

Jason Gregor
November 15 2010 03:00PM

Fresh off a four game losing streak where they allowed 25 goals, the Oilers might get be putting out an SOS to Oklahoma City and recalling a defenceman. Ladislav Smid didn't skate today, and Tom Renney couldn't shed any light on Smid's status, because he hasn't spoken to him yet, but he hinted that the Oilers might be adding a D-man before Wednesday's game v. Chicago.

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The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Lowetide
November 14 2010 07:22PM

When you're enduring a lopsided loss by the Oilers (as OilersNation did today) it's important to remember that this team has a tremendous future. The three kids up front in Edmonton will soon be joined by a group of defensemen with varying skills and ability. In a very real way, the timing of the Oilers progress at the NHL level will depend heavily on the development of the blue in Oklahoma City. 

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TOM GILBERT: HOW'S IT WORKING FOR YOU?

Robin Brownlee
November 14 2010 06:57PM

Speaking of bogus Rolex watches and phoney Gucci luggage before the Edmonton Oilers took an 8-2 spanking from the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden today, that's exactly what Tom Gilbert was on this last road trip. Luggage, that is.

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