March 01 2012 05:11PM
There was a time when the Edmonton Oilers could find a good defenseman at midnight in a snowstorm. Last night, Cam Barker's "pinch of sin" drove home the fact that the Oilers ability to identify useful blue may well be a thing of the past.
March 01 2012 11:01AM
The Oilers have a wealth of young offensive talent in the NHL. They have a shortage of young, NHL-ready defensive talent. At some point, is the logical decision to send away one or two of the former to add one or two of the latter?
March 01 2012 09:55AM
Welp, for better or for worse we have returned from our Asian Adventure back to Edmonton to begin 2012 two months late. It has definitely one of those cases of ‘good to be gone, better to be back’ and because we have basically used the Nation as a travel diary we thought we would cap it off with an article that summarizes the trip so we can remember it when we are old and senile.
February 29 2012 01:27PM
The St. Louis Blues are the best defensive team in hockey. They've allowed 126 goals in 63 games, but in 2012 they've been ridiculously stingy. The Blues are 18-5-2 in their 25 games this calender year. In the seven losses/OT games they surrendered 20 goals, but in their 18 wins they allowed a mind-blowing 20 goals.
Seriously, 20 goals against in 18 games. They've allowed 40 goals in their last 25.
The Oilers allowed 40 in their last 12 and they went 6-5-1. The Blues aren't flashy, and they don't score many goals, 22nd in GF, but they win A LOT.
February 29 2012 12:25PM
The Oilers have now passed the trade deadline, are well out of the playoffs, and the final 20 games of the season (starting tonight) don’t really have a lot of meaning at the team level. They’re likely to get a high draft pick, but outside of that the games left are pretty much meaningless from a team perspective.
On the individual level, things are different. Aside from the guys definitely in the plans, and the guys definitely out of them, there are a range of players either hoping to return to the team or land an NHL job elsewhere. It’s a time that can be used to make decisions on a range of players. One of those players should be Linus Omark.