GDB 74.0: END OF THE SEASON BLUES

Jason Gregor
March 24 2011 01:57PM

The Oilers and the Blues will miss the playoffs for the 5th time in the last six years, and both squads are filled with young players that management feels can lead them to the playoffs in the near future. Since the lockout the Blues have finished 30th, 22nd, 27th, 15th, 15th (missed playoffs, but had more points than MONT and PHI who ended up in east final) and are currently 23rd, while the Oilers have finished 14th, 25th, 19th, 21st, 30th and are a lock to finish 30th again. Each team had three first-round picks in 2007, and both of them are hoping that eventually their "rebuilds" will turn into consistent playoff apperarances.

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TURNING IT DOWN A NOTCH

Robin Brownlee
March 23 2011 02:26PM

Listening to Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini today, I'm wondering if the NHL is about to reassess and employ more stringent interpretations of existing rules with an eye to player safety.

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Serenity Now

Lowetide
March 23 2011 02:10PM

Sean Couturier has proven to be a poor front runner. The "reverse Secretariat" started at the front of the pack (with Adam Larsson) and appeared to be holding his own through the World Junior roster cuts. Since then, he's been passed like a house on the side of the road.   

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POST GAME ANALYSIS

Wanye
March 22 2011 09:28PM

Question: What is worse than a 30th place NHL Team?

Answer: A 30th place NHL team with 8 regulars out of the lineup.

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GDB 73.0: TEN GAMES AND TEN THOUGHTS

Jason Gregor
March 22 2011 01:40PM

The countdown to the end of the regular season is on for the Oilers, their fans, Wanye --- who can barely manage a smile these days, even when he wears his Eberle jersey, and for many of the those who cover the team. No one likes watching a overwhelmed team, but our curiosity and love of hockey keeps us coming back for more.

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