Now that trade deadline day has come and gone with the usual pomp and circumstance, we can stop and take stock of what has gone on for the Mighty Oil. It was a big day yesterday – in fact it was the busiest day in the history of OilersNation.com.
Say what you want about the Dustin Penner trade, it has people talking.
We cannot recall a poll in this history of the Nation that divided us all so cleanly. Everyone seems to be split on whether or not Colten Teubert, a late first round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012 is sufficient return for Dustin Penner.
Even more divisive is what this trade means to the Oilers in the next few years. Does this mean the Oil are already resigning themselves to be a basement dweller in 2012? Is Hemsky the next player out the door?
Will the playoff version of the OilersNation design ever see the light of day during our lifetimes?
THOSE IN FAVOUR
Some folks – notably Oilers brass – have convinced themselves that the team is on the path to victory. Much like ol’ Batman here riding a unicorn atop a purple sea and jumping dolphins, they fearlessly look to next season with a can do attitude.
For them, trading Dustin Penner is no more than a continuation of the rebuild which looks like it will net a first pick overall for the second year in a row. When the Oil are ready to contend – they contend – Penner would have been too old, too expensive or otherwise unsuitable when the time comes.
"Better to get rid of him now," they say "and get a D man who will be around when Eberle scores 35 goals and another 15 in the playoffs.* "
A secondary third of the OilersNattion believes that this trade was a bust. This could be for several reasons – either they believe Penner should not have been traded at all, or that the return was paltry in comparison to what a 32 goal man could fetch in the trade market of their mind.
Some folks are calling for GM Steve Tambellini’s head as a result of the trade that saw the Oilers leading scorer dealt to a Western Conference rival that is starting to look like "where Oilers go to be awesome when they are run out of Edmonton."
Say what you will about Mr. Dithers, at least we don’t have to read quotes like this one from Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon with regards to his approach to the trade deadline: "This team hasn’t done anything in 10 years," Tallon told NHL.com on Feb. 4. "It’s not like we’re a championship team."
That’s the man in charge of the team folks. Yikes.
The wonderous Black Dog Hates Skunks has a great summation of this faction on the site here. Big ups to David S for pointing us in this direction.
THOSE WHO CONSIDER IT A DRAW
The remaining third of Oilers fans will undoubtedly roar with laughter at the witty graphic above. To them, the Dustin Penner trade is a draw. This could be because of the fact that ol’ Teuberto hasn’t suited up before their very eyes as of yet and as such they cannot get a grip on who exactly is coming back the other way in this trade.
Or they may believe that Penner wasn’t suited to Edmonton in the long run and getting anything back in return should be considered a tie. Or they may be so beat down by the 5 consecutive years of shitanusly bad hockey that their care-o-meter is starting to point towards "meh" each and every day.
WHAT IS CLEAR
Is that the big man is headed back to where the Oilers found him – the sunny beaches of California. He was treated badly by the bulk of Oilers fans for the first while he was here, but held up under the freezing spotlight.
He shovelled in 93 goals during his time in Copper and Blue and left many a hilarious quote on the dictophones of the Edmonton Media. Not too many can say that.
Farewell Dustin Penner. Your departure has been as divisive as your time as an Oiler and we for one will miss the debate now that you are gone.
And you Colten Teubert? Well, we don’t really know what to make of you.
*Actual dream had by Baron Wanye von Gretz IV during the holiday season.