GDB LXXXII: GAME OVER

We had to laugh yesterday when bingofuel accidentally declared Game 81 to be Game 82 in the GDB. Commenters were quick to point out the error and The Fuellian One was quick to text us "is there REALLY another game this weekend? Next year we are SO NOT writing the GDB titles in Roman Numerals. I don’t care what else changes with the team next year Wanye, but no more Roman numerals will mark the start of the Hall/Sequin Era as far as I am concerned."

But here it really is Nation. Game 82 of what we consider to be the worst season the Oilers have had since they joined the NHL from the new defunct WHA waaaaaay back in 1979.

THIS IS THE END

Not even the dulcet sounds of Jim Morrison can soothe our tattered nerves this year. For those of you keeping score, this marks the third season that the OilersNation has existed. By our rough estimates we have collectively hammered out about 246 regular season GDBs – or just a shade under three seasons – of this brutal playoff free hockey.

We would give anything for a playoff game Nation.

Anything.

Does someone need to be traded? We will personally run them out of town by camping naked on their lawn for weeks on end and having multiple paparazzi follow him about town documenting each and every facet of his life until he tells Oilers brass he needs to be moved.

Is it a player that needs to come to town in order to fix things? We will personally kidnap their favourite Uncle with the sole demand that player XYZ be immediately traded to Edmonton. The Uncle won’t be harmed (at first) but unless trade talks are opened within 48 hours between the as yet unnamed player and Oilers Brass things could get really real, really fast.

Whatever it takes Nation. Crimes of passion are always given more lenient sentences by the Canadian Courts.

We can’t have another season of this non-playoffian hockey. Brownlee is already making noises that the team won’t contend for a playoff spot next year. What then Nation?

What then?!

What have we done to deserve this oh Wise Gods of Hockey? How have we offended you? We buy NHL brand merchandise every year to placate your bloodlust for revenue. We purchase the PPVs, we feverishly read every printed word written about the team AND we find ourselves listening to sports radio an inordinate amount of time.

What else can we do?

LET’S SEE YOUR BALLS

On Tuesday the NHL will draw out the balls for the 2010 Entry Draft. We just know that if the Oilers don’t get the first pick overall the commentary on here will positively ESPLODE with statements like:

"This is just another example of the Oilers inability to win."

"The number one pick draft ball must have had a wife that refused to report to Edmonton."

"This is somehow Kevin Lowe’s fault."

With Hall and Sequin recently flip flopping the number one and number two spots in the Central Scouting Rankings, it is really a coin toss between the two players Nation. And with first or second pick on lock, the Oilers can’t possibly lose come draft day in June. 

Let’s all try and keep this in mind this week shall we? 

THE GAME TODAY

Are we wrong? Really?

Sigh.

See you at 6 Oilers.

 

  • Jodes

    It will be interesting to see how Steve Tambellini "spins" this to try and wash his hands of the entire situation.. More PR BS from K Lowe's puppet.

    Honestly, are we really surprised? This guy wanted out last year, and now when the team is in the midst of a rebuild and he has a chance to really prove his salt, he bails. That just shows that his selfish "its all about me" attitude.

    So one has to wonder when Hemsky and Penner will be asking to be traded..

  • Jodes

    He the tell Sheldon that we want him gone as well. He can thank markov for his $. Overrated bum. Cry some more about how the team never asked you if your ok when hurt. May be where ever he ends up they will hold his hand

  • Dan the Man

    I hate to beat a dead horse but is this maybe Gregor's ethics thing? Maybe he had heard this months ago and was waiting for it to come out? That would make sense.

    • Jamie B.

      I can't see an ethical debate in that though. If Gregor had heard that Souray felt this way, why not report it then? It's not like we were in the middle of a Cup run like when Dregor or whoever it was started sniffing around about Pronger.

      God, this season sucks. /obvious statement

  • Rob...

    I want Tambelowe to come out and say: Sorry Souray. You will need to play 20-30 games for us next year, proving that you can play without getting hurt, play for the city, play for your team-mates and the fans. You've stated that they were not the problem and that it was management. Too bad. You had no problems signing a fat contract management handed to you and we expect you to honor it until you've turned yourself into a valuable trade commodity. At that time we will gladly work with you to trade you to an interested team. Proper conduct over those 20-30 games will also go a long way towards us favouring the teams that will keep you closer to family.

  • Can I blame Souray for wanting out? He's confirming everything we've speculated about regarding the ineptitude of the management group.

    It bothers me that he's going public with this BEFORE he's been traded, but it's too late now. Edmonton and the Oilers take another public beating by a high profile player.

    That said, asking players who are injured to risk further injury by playing when they arent supposed to is bush league crap reserved for the old Hick highschool football coach in movies starring James Van Der Beek.

      • Ender

        The NHL can't keep using the CBA to regulate stupidity. Rather than wrapping the agreements in styrofoam so the owners can't hurt themselves when they play with it, the real lesson that needs to be learned here is that the owners should be a lot more careful when handing out NMC's in the first place.

        "Hmmmmm . . . he'll take $1M per season less if I let him have a no-trade. Sounds good; what downside could there be to saving money?"

        Duh-duh-duh . . .

        • Yeah, I hear you, I still dont like that a NTC is a one way street. It shouldnt be a licence to dictate where you will be traded should the opportunity come up. The ultimate abuse of the NTC came from Heatley this past summer (it saved us big time from making a huge mistake), but I still dont like it.

    • Petr's Jofa

      Nope,

      Everyone thought the players lost the last round and they seem to be doing alright. With Donald Fehr as an NHLPA advisor I can't see him giving in to the owners. If he has the balls to strike and lose a world series, he won't worry about a marginal sport like hockey.

      The only losers during the next CBA negotiations will be the fans.

  • Ender

    HOFFFF wrote:

    He just lowered his own value. Why would he say something so stupid before even being traded?

    Petr's Jofa wrote:

    Why would he want to increase his value? The less the team he goes to has to give up, the better for his new team's success.

    True that. The only people who are interested in keeping his value high are people who are interested in the welfare of the Oilers. Since that clearly doesn't include Souray, there's little incentive for him to do anything other than what he did. There's no doubt it's a nutpunch to the Oilers, but the only effect it has on Souray himself is ensuring that his odds of suiting up in Blue & Orange next fall are greatly dimininshed.

    • Petr's Jofa

      I think what Souray did is great. He needed to speakout for himself and the other players.

      This may be a foot in the right direction for Edmonton to restore it's reputation. Now rather than trying to change the city's image, the climate, or the team's on ice record, all we need to improve Edmonton's image is fire a GM and President team who ice a dead last team.

      Perception is huge. The Oilers need to spin it so that managment was the the reason no FAs want to sign there. Then when they fire managment, the perceptio problems are solved. Especially if teh prospects and young talent start to improve… Right?

  • Agreed. But I think Dubnyk looks more like a guy who has overcome the horrible development woes of the Oilers where as JDD looks more like a victim of crappy management, and is still trying to battle through it.

  • Bombstradamus

    The Oilers should try a 2-2-2. Pull a forward and throw DD out there with JDD, then they could morph into JDDDD and be the 13', two headed, goalie monster.