Peter Chiarelli shouldn’t worry much about improving the Oilers for this season

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This is not the time for the Edmonton Oilers to be looking for a big, season-saving trade. Instead, it’s almost certainly time for Peter Chiarelli to grit the teeth and once more look to next year, as his predecessors in the big general manager’s chair have done before him.

Edmonton currently sits at 8-15-2 on the season. To match the pace of last year’s Calgary Flames—the final qualifier for a playoff spot in the West in 2014-15—the Oilers would need to go 37-15-5 the rest of the way. Even with McDavid, goaltending and a Justin Schultz-for-Travis Hamonic trade, that doesn’t seem a particular plausible.

That’s not to say that Chiarelli should turn his nose up at a good deal if one comes his way, but the short-term ramifications should be secondary. The real goal here is to make Edmonton a better team for next season, and the window for big moves which accomplish that is more likely to come in the summer than at the trade deadline.

For now, it’s all about preparation, clearing away salary and securing whatever assets are available.

Forwards

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Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are all on pricey multi-year contracts. We can debate the wisdom of dealing any of that trio, but if one or more is dealt it will be in the summer. There isn’t a trade out there that’s going to make sense for Connor McDavid, and Leon Draisaitl is also close to a non-starter.

Benoit Pouliot doesn’t quite make his way into that quintet because his $4.0 million cap hit might be digestible at the deadline, but given his five-on-five scoring ability (like Eberle he’s scored 1.94 points/hour at evens over the least three-plus seasons) and the way his size and aggressive play fit with the team it’s my view that the Oilers would be nuts to deal him.

Players on shorter deals fall into a few different categories. Nail Yakupov would likely have some value, but if dealt again probably makes more sense in the summer rather than as a sell-for-futures move. Matt Hendricks might have value, too, though the Oilers might rather keep him around given what he brings to the table. Mark Letestu isn’t exactly having a banner season and Lauri Korpikoski has been an unmitigated disaster.

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Of the rest, the only player who really stands out is Teddy Purcell. He’s on an expiring deal and he’s playing well, but he’s also likely replaceable via free agency. I’ve argued that the team should cash-in on him and feel the same now. Unless fellow UFA Rob Klinkhammer comes back soon and makes some noise, that might be the only deal up front that makes sense for Edmonton at the deadline.

The Back End

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I’d be very surprised if the Oilers had any interest in moving Darnell Nurse or Oscar Klefbom at all, and certainly not at the trade deadline. Andrej Sekera is another pricey multi-year contract and certainly won’t be in play until the summer and probably should not and will not be then either. It makes little sense to trade Brandon Davidson given the likely return, and Griffin Reinhart isn’t the kind of guy buyers are looking for at the deadline (if it even makes sense to trade him).

Of the veterans, most lack real value. Andrew Ference isn’t going anywhere, and if Nikita Nikitin does there won’t be much of a return. I’m skeptical that Mark Fayne’s moveable in-season; he has two years left on his deal after this one at a pretty decent price-point and I’d wager his value as part of the team is considerably higher than his value in trade.

That leaves two names on defence. Eric Gryba is a tough-as-nails veteran depth piece; that always has value at the deadline and given the number of entry-level defencemen currently in the system it makes no sense for Edmonton to keep him.

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Justin Schultz is the most interesting name on the list to me. He’s going to cost almost $4.0 million to qualify. He’s an offensive defenceman and a potential No. 4 in the here-and-now, and he’s on an expiring deal, all of which means he’ll have value at the trade deadline. A trade is an opportunity for the Oilers to both rid themselves of a summer salary cap headache, add to their assets in the here-and-now and open up a roster spot for a much-needed legitimate top-four right-shooting defenceman.

In net, we’ll just have to see what happens. Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson are both on expiring deals, with the former unrestricted and the latter restricted; we’ll need to see more games from both to have a good idea of what an optimal Oilers summer strategy looks like.

Trades involving Purcell, Schultz, Gryba and possibly one or two others should stock up the Oilers’ cupboard of picks, allowing them the flexibility to move multiple selections at the summer draft. The loss of those salaries and others will open up cap space for Edmonton to be aggressive in pursuit of both trade targets and free agents, and potentially to take on salary in a bigger deal involving one of the team’s biggest names.

The remainder of this season from a management perspective is all about preparation. The real work of improving the team will be done in the summer.

RECENTLY BY JONATHAN WILLIS



    • Zarny

      As a fan of the team currently tied for 29th with the worst goal differential in the league, you must be disappointed that Treliving is waiting and preaching patience lol.

      • smith

        There is a big difference. Treliving showed this summer that he will make big moves, and that he saw what the problems where with the flames (i.e aweful possession). The Oiler GM’s showed this summer and every other summer that they are bad at trades, do not recognize what the problems are, and are not able to find acceptable free agents. How many years have the Oiler management done nothing (successful) to fix the defence?

        After three years of living here I am really starting to feel invested in the oilers (shudder). One day my kids may even ask for an Oiler jersey! I do not know how all you lovely fans handle this. It is soooooooooooooo frustrating.

        • Hemmercules

          I’m not so sure Trelivings moves were any bigger than Chiarellis? They both signed a free agent for big dollars in an area of need, they both offered the same package on a player and lost out because Boston didn’t want to hand Hamilton to the Oilers. Chia also added a couple goalies, an area of need (Not great goalies but an upgrade for sure if that says anything). Chia also took a chance on Reinhart, gamble fore sure but the book is still out on him. I would almost say Chiarelli made and tried to do bigger moves than Treliving but they are blowing up in his face somewhat.

          Did I miss something that the Flames did other than get some guys return off injuries?

          • smith

            You might be right. I do feel Hamilton is a future top pairing defence man and that Frolik is a very good possession forward. The Oilers did do more for goaltending (but who knew the flames needed it)

            I at the time felt the Oilers did nothing to fix d, since I am not a big fan of Reinhart and do not feel that Sekara is an upgrade on Petry.

            I do think you are selling Nelson short in goaltending. I think he could be something.

            How many years have the Oilers made little tinkering moves and never successfully done a larger move. They did not get Bogosian, Hamilton, Myers, Suter, Burns, Yandle, Johnson, Shattenkirk etc. Defence have moved teams in the last 5 years (not a lot of true top pairing guys ) and the Oilers who are in desperate need for defence got none of them.

            Do Something!

          • Hemmercules

            Most of those Dmen you mention were before Chiarellis time with the Oilers, some of them have been with their current team for years.

            I do wish he would have did something more in the summer with regards to the defence but I dont think it was for lack of trying. Probably a tough position when teams are asking for Nurse or Drai or Ebs in a trade and you still aren’t sure if you should be keeping them or not.

            Hopefully Chia has seen all he needs to make some adjustments later during the season and into the summer but I dont think the time is right in regards to available players, cap space and fair dealings.

            Hamonic would be a great step in the right direction but giving up Klef or Nurse for him doesn’t really fill a void. The Oil just dont have what NY probably wants in that trade and thats an established Dman, most teams obviously dont have what they want or he would have been dealt 2 weeks ago.

  • The Soup Fascist

    This piece is so utterly defeatist that it is almost unbearable to read.
    No doing nothing in the short term is an insult to the Oiler fan base, one that has been abused by incompetence for a decade.
    Your position, Eillis, is an endless rebuild.
    All this while Eberle and RNH willfully under-perform.
    At this point, if the Oilers can’t get OEL, at least try for Stempniak, more consistent and honest than those two have ever been.
    Do something Chiarelli.
    Deconstruct is the bedt.
    Watch the debacle tonight.

    • Harry2

      I agree. It makes me sick. Its bad enough that the wroters are preaching this garbage but when I read that fans agree with it I just want to jump of a bridge.

      My favourite quote from the article is “there isnt a trade out there thats going to make sense for Connor McDavid”. Unfreakin believable!! Is that even worth writing?

      First the Reinhart gem yeaterday now this. Your on a roll JW

      • bradleypi

        I agree with it only because I knew at the end of preseason when Chiarelli assembled at best an ahl defense, that he wasn’t serious about competing this year. And the trade of gordon for korpikoski was a clear sign that he felt no urgency. Not sure why everyone is surprised they are where they are especially after McDavid went down. Did you actually think McLellan was gonna raise this team out the ashes like a phoenix? This was easy to see coming right off the bat.

      • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

        You’re saying you’d trade McDavid? THE Connor McDavid? You saw how he singlehandedly dismantled entire teams before he was injured, yes? After 13 NHL games?

        JW is correct here. There is no player out there I’d trade McDavid for. Hall, Nuge, Ebs, sure. I’d trade Nurse and Leon before trading McDavid. Crosby, Weber, Price, Malkin, Keith, Toews. I wouldn’t trade McDavid for any of them.

        All that being said – in my eyes, the core now consists of McDavid, Draisaitl, Nurse and Klefbom. Hall is right there as well. I’m a huge Hall fan, but if Hall+ gets you a #1 D man, I’d pull the trigger.

        McDavid? Never.

      • At the point when a general manager actually has a competent summer.

        Peter Chiarelli’s hands were tied somewhat this past summer, but look at the newcomers and tell me which is moving the needle right now:

        • Sekera
        • Talbot
        • Gryba
        • Reinhart
        • Letestu
        • Korpikoski

        Of that list, I count one guy – Sekera, who was necessary just to replace Petry. Maybe Talbot turns it around. Maybe Reinhart pays off down the road. But this team didn’t really get better last summer. That was the window to make a move.

        My guess at the time was that Chiarelli was looking at the bad deals that would be coming off the books and viewing this season as a reset year. That’s still my suspicion.

  • Spiel

    Why should PC get a free ride for a year? That type of thinking has helped to get us into this ten year sh!t show in the first place. His job 1 is to improve this hockey team and should be judged on the results on an annual basis.

    While I am at it, why on earth are Kim Jong and MacT still in Oil management? They are largely responsible for this decade long gong show. No one in their right mind would retain these losers let alone pay them big bucks. They need to held accountable once and for all.

    If Nicholson has any balls he will make an attempt to be transparent and explain to loyal fans the master plan for this organization. The status quo is not acceptable by any standard.

  • Cain

    TRUE STORY:

    My boss just gave me tickets to tonight’s game…….I truly cannot determine if it is a reward for hard work or punishment and I may be getting fired soon.

  • ubermiguel

    Wow, look how fragile the fan base is: two bad games and we’re back on the ledge ready to jump. To be fair it’s not due to 2 bad games, but 9 horrible years.

    I talk myself off the ledge by thinking most of Chiarelli’s work is in the summer, McLellan’s is during the season and McLellan has only had the team for 25 games. That’s not a long time to break multiple years of bad habits. We’ve already seen improvement, but he needs more time.

    I wonder how much pull Katz, Lowe and MacT have on personnel decisions, but that thought only lasts a second; there’s no way respected pros like Chiarelli, McLellan and Nicholson come on-board without full autonomy.

    Sadly, I’ve come to terms with the fact that the Oilers will own the record for missing the playoffs in the NHL and be objectively the worst NHL team ever assembled.

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    I’ve been saying all year that this upcoming offseason will be when Chia shakes it up a bit. I just didn’t expect the Oil to be in the sewer again. Damn that sucks.

  • smith

    Too many player personal changes but not enough. What a conundrum. The Oilers cannot expect to change over 30% of their roster every year and expect miracles, they also cannot stand pat with what they have now.

    Why can’t the coaching staff make this team work this year?

    Arizona and Buffalo seem to be doing alright. I just don’t get it, the only thing consistent the past five years is the “core”. Maybe these guys don’t have what it takes to really lead a team into the promise land. Having skill is one thing but they just don’t seem to have that quality of true leadership. AKA, Jason Smith.

  • Zarny

    Good article for what it’s worth; but really it’s common sense. You can’t force a trade. Most teams are not looking to make major moves 20 something games into the season. And most won’t be interested in sacrificing a top D at the deadline.

    Last week Brad Treliving commented you need to be patient, which in no way means being content. Like it or lump it, there are no quick fixes.

    In general, many need to get a grip. The criticism for listless performances is spot on but overall the Oilers performance is better this year. They’ve shown themselves capable of competing against most teams. The chicken little attitude is as pathetic as the Oiler’s effort in Toronto.

  • Axiv

    Oilers were 5-7 with McDavid. You can make the argument that they went 4-4 after he got comfortable.

    Either way, that’s what people who actually know stuff about hockey were projecting for the season. The Oilers are doing worse now because… Connor McDavid is not playing hockey.

    Not because Chiarelli is an idiot. Not because MacTavish and Lowe are using the force to control hockey ops. Not because McLellan is actually a bad coach.

    If Leon plays a great season, absolutely move some combination of RNH, Ebs, ’16/’17 first, spare dman to land a quality top pairing guy.

    Hall, Drai, McD, Nurse are a great core. Pou is a great complimentary player, Yak is cheap and great with McD.

    We need a top line Pou type right winger, and a top pairing defenseman. We have the pieces to make that happen. Relax.

    • Spiel

      So without the generational talent that the Oilers were gifted in a lottery, the team is as bad as ever.
      The moves that the GM actually had to make decisions on have been neutral to negative for the health of the franchise.

    • Spiel

      Right. A few more first overalls and this will all be fixed for the Oilers. Oilers are building through the first round, but not the rest of the draft. That’s the problem.

      FYI, The last team to have 3 first overall picks in consecutive drafts was the Quebec Nordiques:
      1989 – Mats Sundin
      1990 – Owen Nolan
      1991 – Eric Lindros

      The team won a cup in 1996 as the Colorado Avalanche. NONE of those first overall picks were on the cup winning team. All of them were traded for key pieces (or for pieces that were moved for key pieces) of the cup winning roster.

    • bradleypi

      Ya…. cause ference sitting in the press box is the problem that ails the oilers. Yeesh! Give it a rest already. Chiarelli had his chance to buy him out in the summer so complaining about him being here is no one’s fault but the gms.

  • Mike Krushelnyski

    When will this cycle stop? Every Summer the team makes some small moves and everyone raises expectations that “they will be better”.

    December comes and the team still blows but articles such as these come out suggesting “focus on next year”. Over and over and over again its been the same thing.

    It’s time to focus on this year, not next. Stop thinking of Auston Matthews, make a trade to improve this season so the team has something to build on for next year.

  • camdog

    There are 2 main types of Oiler fans, those that have a loyalty to the logo on the front of the jersey and those that have a loyalty to the names on the back of the jersey.

    JW has admitted on radio he’s not an Oiler fan, but from his articles it’s obvious he is a fan of certain players. As a fan of the Oilers logo I don’t believe in closing any doors without exploring all options.

    Peter Chiarelli is the first GM the Oilers have had since Glen Sather that will manage the team based on what he believes is best for the Edmonton Oilers. Lowe and Mact often would get blinded by the names on the back of the jersey and this negatively influenced their decisions.

    Change is coming, and I have no idea who will be moved and nobody does, because nobody writing about the Oilers knows what’s going on in that dressing room. PC and Mclellan are just in the process of figuring it out, it may take until summer to get the deal done, or it could happen before Christmas.

    • bradleypi

      If they are still in process of figuring it out they should be fired! Same players are the problems every game and yet the continue playing them instead of shipping them out of town…

    • Mike Krushelnyski

      Not to mention next season being a lost season too, or at best a “development” season, because we’ve seen time and time again that you can’t take a last place roster and turn them into a playoff team in one summer.

      Does Katz really want to open up the new rink with a team that maybe has an outside chance of cracking the top-20 in the league? This fan base has proved pretty patient, but there has to be a breaking point.

  • Big red ginger snap

    Eberle or RNH salaries make them untradeable unless the Oilers take part of the salary back or accept a bad contract in return.

    They each make 6M per season.

    Other players make: Tavares- 5.5, Sequin – 5.75, Benn – 5.275, Kesler – 5.0, Neal – 5.0, Wheeler – 5.6, Duchene – 6.0, Bergeron – 6.5 and the list goes on and on as to good players making 6.0m or less.

  • TKB2677

    It blows me away how big the “untouchables” list is on a 30th place team that’s been near the bottom of the league for as long as the Oilers have been.
    In my opinion, there should be 5 guys on the “untouchables” list. 2 centers, 1 winger and 2 dmen. When making that list, you should be asking yourself “can I replace what he does.” My list is:

    McDavid – you can’t replace the future best player in the world.
    Draisaitl – The Oilers have been dying for a big, skilled top 6 center since they traded Arnott. They traded Arnott in 1997.
    Nurse – The Oilers have been searching for a big, strong, mean, puck moving, good skating top pairing guy since Pronger. He’s young but he looks like he might be that. They have nothing else like him and have been trying to get top Dmen for almost 10 years.
    Klefbomb – The Oilers have lacked good, top 4 dmen since 2006. He’s big, strong, moves the puck well and can skate. They have nothing else like him and have been trying to get top Dmen for almost 10 years.

    Hall. He’s been their best player since they got him. He’s one of the best Left Wingers in the game. He’s a driver and has been their best player by a lot this season.

    Those are my 5.

  • For Pete's Sake!

    The unfortunate part of all this trade talk is that most of the players on the Oiler’s roster right now are playing so damn lousy that their trade value is virtually nil.

    If Chia starts talking trade with other GMs, there are only four names on the Oilers roster that will make their eyes light up. They are McDavid, Hall, Draisaitl and Nurse.

    So, if you really want to make a trade where you have a smidgeon of a chance of getting fair value back, it’s going to have to be one of those guys.

    The only one there that Chiarelli can even think of trading is Hall. He’d have to be very careful making that deal.

    It could work if we could get back a player or players who would make this team harder to play against.

    Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Hall hater. Far from it, I love the guy and think he’s one of the few bright spots on the team. But he’s the only one with any current trade value that I think Chia could trade without weakening the team and losing on the deal.

  • smith

    We win against Toronto and the headlines had already been written, .500 on a tough road trip. We would all be happy as pigs right now. But instead we got a stinker game and now we are trading two of our best forwards and have written off this season. Boy do they even need a win tonight…

    Come-on Chia, use a third team to get Hamonic. Our 1st rounder next year is at an all time high value. USE IT! There must be a bottom dwelling team like Phoenix who would love that pick. To Pho. our 1st, to Edm. Hamonic, to NYI: Gormley, + more from Phoenix plus Schultz and Ethan Bear or something like that. Don’t trade an asset when its at a low point, I trust Chia knows this…

  • forsoothed

    I don’t disagree with anything you’ve said here. Problem is, the same thing has been said each year and the ‘big trade that can only happen in the off-season’ never comes.

    My cynicism is showing, but I don’t see how the Oil break out of their endless cycle of draft-high-then-cant-trade-young-players-with-such-huge-potential. Like, at SOME point the scales have to tip? Right???

  • TKB2677

    I wasn’t foolish enough to think the Oilers were going to make the playoffs this year. What I hoped for the team was for them to climb the ladder and be “in the hunt”. Being in the hunt means having enough points where there is a chance, even if it’s a small chance to make it so games after Christmas mean something. Not the situation they have been in for years and seemingly falling into that that same situation this year where it will literally take an act of God for them to even get in the race.

    So it boggles my mind when seemingly smart hockey people that cover the team continuously put out articles that say “They shouldn’t do anything this year to improve the team”. How the hell can they say that and have ANY credibility? I am not calling for the Oilers to try and “go for it” but they should be looking to improve the team. WHY? If they continue how they are going and end up 20 or 30 points out of the playoffs, there is no way they can make up that many points in one season. They should be taking steps towards it. So this year they improve by 10-15 points so when next season comes around it’s actually realistic for them to maybe make the jump. Plus after every season, the Oilers go into an offseason having 5 or 6 holes to fill before they get competitive. It’s physically impossible for any GM to fill that many holes in one offseason. So does it not make sense if you can do it to try and strike a couple of those needs if you can do it off the list?

    I just don’t get how media people can sit there and pick apart the roster, pick apart the GM’s moves, point out the glaring holes, complain about the teams performance in one breath, then in the next breath say “well now’s not the time to improve the team, you can’t trade this player or that player, you can’t trade this player because he’s value is too low, the Oilers can’t make a trade because they are in a position of weakness” etc.

    Here is a question that I would love answered. The Oilers shouldn’t trade players when their value is low or when the team is at a position of weakness. Valid points. BUT how does a team increase their players value and get out of trading from a position of weakness if they lack enough good players to get better? Is it not an endless circle? Either you have to bite the bullet and make a trade for better players and probably “pay too much” to improve your team or you continue to wait and hope that miraculously the bad players on your team suddenly get better. If the decision is to wait, the you can’t really complain about anything can you?

  • Hemmercules

    I’m thinking this team maybe makes the playoffs in 2018-2019, maybe. If they are last place now, the likelihood of them making it next season is very slim.

    Another big summer ahead with way too many holes to fill. They will need new goaltenders and probably 4 defensemen and a couple forwards with grit, not an easy list to fill. I’m guessing they ditch a couple vets at the deadline and in the summer, replace them with similar mediocre vets no other team really wants. Sign a couple cast off 5-6 defensemen and make them play in the top four. Keep one of Nilsson or Talbot. Finish bottom 5, draft another smallish forward with skill. Rinse, repeat in 2017-2018.

  • Danglishish

    So what you are saying is that the first re-build that was replaced with the second re-build should now be replaced with another re-build?

    What are we playing lego here? Just move out the soft players, the non-drivers and get some players that will compliment the core………the core being MacDavid, Hall, RNH, LD, Nurse, Klefblom.

  • The Future Never Comes

    All I wanna know is why the FU(k is Lowe, MacT and Howson still cashing oiler cheques??? There is simply no logical explanation to explain the fact that the people who steered us into this mess are still employed by this franchise!! It’s nepotism at its finest. Wanna know why we have such a losing culture? Start there!

    It’s down right inexcusable! The fans pay the bills. The fans don’t wanna pay for those losers anymore. Havn’t wanted to for years. This franchise is a pathetic joke! Makes me sad that people support them

    • bradleypi

      Let it go man. It’s Chiarellis team. Yeesh. Do you honestly think that Mact and klowe are sitting in the Dr. Evil pose and saying “boy are we screwing over those oilersnation commenters!” Look at how much hair klowe has lost since he took this job. I bet it’s eating them up inside trying to figure this mess out. I’m sure it’s not easy running an nhl franchise or wouldn’t you be doing it?

      • BobbyCanuck

        I don’t care if it’s eating them up inside! I don’t care if they have any influence in the team anymore or not.

        All I care about is the fact that they failed miserably at running this franchise, and somehow got promoted! It’s not reality! It’s not how the world works! When you suck at your job, you get fired and replaced. This is just nepotism, and we’re paying for it all

    • Spiel

      Agreed. It brings to question what role do MacT, Howson and Lowe still serve on this last place team? Especially after the previous tire fire seasons. What is the culture and structure of the management?

      And there are those that will say, yes, but they don’t play the games. Ah yes, but who is in charge of putting those players on the ice to play the games? How does the culture and structure of the management trickle down to all other arms of the organization and the players? Where do those guys fit into the decision making? How much influence do they still have?

  • Big Cap

    Do something and do it now. Its possible that we lose the next ten games. The players need to know that this is unacceptable and if the management team doesnt want to hold them accountable the fans in the building must. Im not a fan of jersey throwing but removing namebars and throwing those?? Maybe…

  • Chet.

    I have a slightly different take on this. My expectation was that they would miss the playoffs, so in that regard everything is going as expected. This road trip did look a lot like Oiler teams from years past, but through the first 20 games I was reasonably happy with how the team was progressing. The effort level was much higher, they cut way down on defensive blunders, and the special teams was looking respectable.

    If we end up with another lottery pick I would be pissed off, but I personally don’t see that happening. Obviously, the Oilers desperately need a top pairing dman, but as JW pointed out, it’s not likely to happen during the season. Fortunately, I’m not sure there is a team more equipt to make a deal like that than the Oilers are. I don’t like the idea of trading RNH, but if that’s what it takes to make this a winning team then it’ll get done.

    For the first time in a decade we have a quality NHL GM and a quality NHL coach. I trust that TM can keep the team motivated, and I trust that PC will do what it takes to make the team better. For those reasons I don’t see the next 57 games looking like the past 5.

  • Soiled Trousers

    Willis, WTF!! How can you accept this year after year thinking next year is going to come. There is no next year. That’s what I want to hear. You saying that there is not a decent trade for one of our albeit soft, but skilled talented forwards during the season? We are not talking about freshly picked #1 overalls here where you don’t dare trade them because the sample size is so small odds are great you can make a big mistake. This is insanity. Here we have a #1 dman, who is young, who is playing top minutes on a good team, can tutor a couple young up & coming kids we have. Do a deal. You telling me Snow wouldn’t look at a Nuge for Hamonic scenario? Yes we will need something added to the deal but it’s time to kill the groundhog already!

  • hagar

    Time is running out for this guy. Last year I said if things don’t turn around for the oilers this year, I am done with them.

    Might as well cut my losses at some point. If this team decides it is sitting pat with what it has this year, and that there is no point trying to improve until the next, then screw it all.

    Katz has run this team into the ground, and I don’t see a lot of spare money floating around these days. Going to be interesting to see how ticket sales are in the new building in the middle of an economic recession, and with absolutely ZERO indication of an oilers team that will ever compete again.

  • oilerjed

    I couldn’t disagree with you more Jonathan, it is way past time that this team starts to learn how to win. If we wait until next year to get the ball rolling which will cost us yet another year!
    It is time to do the number two or get off the pot!