February 21 2012 11:27PM
I don't imagine the Calgary Flames are very happy about getting waxed 6-1 by the Edmonton Oilers in Cowtown tonight, but they'd better get used to it because my guess is there's plenty more to come.
February 21 2012 10:34PM
Trade deadline deals should work for both teams. An example: Edmonton acquired Sergei Samsonov in 2006 for assets that included a 2nd rd pick later that year. Boston used it to acquire a big part of their future.
February 21 2012 06:03PM
February 21 2012 02:55PM
Seemingly, the common reaction to deals like the one inked by Andy Sutton and Cam Barker is straight forward: the Oilers need defensive help, they’re signing guys on short-term deals, and the dollars don’t matter so why worry about them?
There’s a very good reason to worry about them.
February 21 2012 01:01PM
The Oilers are 4-4-2 in their last ten. They've been good, bad, great and awful in the ten-game stretch, and with only Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Theo Peckham/Corey Potter out of the lineup this is the healthiest they've been all season. Unfortunately, their play lately hasn't shown much to make you believe that next year will be better. I know it has only been a short window of healthiness, and not having your #1 centre is a big void, but imagine this lineup with Nugent-Hopkins and without Ales Hemsky and will they be that much better?
If this team is going to improve it has to start within the NW, and especially against the despised Calgary Flames. The Flames have beaten the Oilers nine straight, and they've outscored them 37-19.
Since December 31st, 2008 the Flames are 18-2 v. the Oilers. The past 38 months of the Battle of Alberta (BOA) has been more one-sided than * The Battle of Omdurman. (pictured above)