Let it Bleed

Edmonton Oiler fans enjoyed an outstanding first game of the 10-11 season. Rookie Jordan Eberle scored the goal of the year and the Godless Flames fell in an epic moment of good vs. evil. This season, the team extended the feelgood through a dozen games before going back to the rebuild.

With the Oilers grabbing 13th slot in the western conference and looking like they aren’t going to do much to address injury along the blue, it’s important to keep certain dates in mind as the calendar turns over.

DATES TO REMEMBER 2012

  • January 5, 2012: Gold medal game at the World Juniors. Oiler fans should watch players like Ryan Murray closely, as they look to be a lottery team again this season. If the season ended today, the Oilers would select 7th overall. Oiler fans would do well to read up on this season’s top 10. Murray may be gone by that point, but Matt Dumba and others should still be on the board.
  • February 27 or 28, 2012: Trade deadline (still some confusion on the date on the interwebs). Oilers will be sellers again, with Ales Hemsky the big name (depending on how much and how well he plays in the next 8 weeks) but there could be interest in men like Sam Gagner, Ryan Jones, Andy Sutton and Corey Potter.
  • April 7, 2012: Oilers season ends.
  • June 2012: Coach Tom Renney’s contract expires. Unless I’ve missed a news story, Renney’s original three year deal (signed May 2009 when they brought Quinn in to coach) expires in the summer. There has been no suggestion either way and the Oilers have plenty of time to re-sign him, but it’s a date to keep in mind.
  • June 22-23, 2012: NHL entry draft. Oilers have picked in the top 10 three straight seasons, including two #1’s in a row. The chances of making it four top 10’s in a row are extremely high at this time.
  • July 1, 2012: First day of free agency. If the Oilers haven’t addressed defense (and this includes the worries over Ryan Whitney’s health) by that time then we should expect a major push to add a veteran 2-way defender. And not another Cam Barker type signing, the Oilers need someone who can play major minutes against good opponents.

 

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO 11-12

  • Jordan Eberle is on pace for 88 points.
  • RNH is a strong Calder contender.
  • Taylor Hall is on pace for 24 goals despite the injury.
  • Ryan Smyth is having a wonderful season and is moving up the Oiler career list.
  • Smid-Gilbert is a sublime pairing and they are having quality seasons. There’s something to build on.
  • Nikolai Khabibulin is a strong contender for comeback player of the year.
  • The elevator shaft road trip added to the poor performance in December should ensure a strong pick for Stu "Magnificent Bastard" MacGregor. MBS is top drawer.

 WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The office tickets will be easier to get, the Hemsky trade will happen and we’ll be able to talk about it and we can cheer for Winnipeg to beat Toronto for 8th in the east. It’s another day in a town called Hope. 

  • a lg dubl dubl

    The only dudes Id hate to see moved at the DL are Jones, Potter, and Gagner.

    As much as I think Renney is a decent coach, imo the team needs a guy like Torterella to be behind the bench.

    I’m hoping the Oilers pick Reinhart if Dumba & Murray are gone, or heck even use that pick to get a top 2dman…time to get creative ST the time to win NOW is coming quick and the patience of us crazed fans is growing thin with each lose.

    Stocc mad props dude! Raised fist to u!

    I can’t for the life of me remember that fine lady’s name…Mia something, but excellent choice for todays write up LT, double raised fist to you. Isn’t she dating Maculey Culkin?

    Great read as always good sir. Cheers.

  • That was men against boys last night. When Vancouver hits the gas we are not even in the same league. The first period certainly showed me how far away we are from being a playoff team. It is becoming more apparent with each game that Gagne is too slow and small to help our team down the road. He might be a decent third line centre, however we have a bunch of third and fourth line centres already that we are stuck with (Horcoft). Kessler is a beast for Vancouver. Tough, fast, talented and mean. Hate him, but would love to have him. Could Brule come back and be that guy for us?

  • Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate

    Aww, c’mon Brownlee. Those fists are epic, and take some thinking through. Can you at least give the man some credit for technical ability alone?

    EDIT: @ Stocc…Dude, where is the steam coming from the coffee?

    • Clyde Frog

      I would if there weren’t giant internet databases devoted to ASCII art that give you thousands of pictures in easy copy & paste formatting**

      **If he actually took the time to make it, good on him… But why?

      With our decent run this season and the kids set to mature even more next year, am I the only one not looking forward to selling too much of our team this deadline?

      Draft picks are fun and all, but take a very long time to turn into anything if they do at all. Should we basically be demanding A & B+ prospects or nothing at all, this round? If its just picks available, should we sit tight and let our team next year not worry about breaking in 7+ new faces?

      I think we may have finally crossed that event horizon that dictates you start keeping and hoarding talent over selling it for magic rainbows and unicorns!

    • If we don’t already, one day soon we will all work for Stocc. Not only having the presence of mind to be the first comment on a half dozen articles of late he also has that artwork at the ready.

      I BOW BEFORE OUR STOCCIAN OVERLORD

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