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Upon completion of tonight’s four games the NHL will reach the 60% mark of the season (740 of 1230 games) as they head into the All-Star break. It is interesting to see which teams have improved as the season has progressed, and which ones have fallen back after a decent start.

The Oilers have been near the bottom of the standings all season, although since November 26th they have improved averaging a .500 point percentage. I choose this date because Montreal Canadiens fans woke up that morning knowing they would be without the reigning MVP, Carey Price, and I’m sure none of them expected their team would drop from first place to 20th place in a span of two months.

The Habs picked up five points in the first three games without Price, but they’ve only managed eleven in their last 23 games. That is last place hockey and the Canadiens are on their way to one of the most epic collapses in NHL history.

The Habs were in first place with a record of 17-4-2 on November 25th. Price was 10-2 and the Habs were 7-4-2 in games he didn’t dress, but since he re-injured himself on the 25th, the Habs have fallen apart.

They’ve amassed only 16 points since his injury and now sit 20th in the NHL, three points out of a playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

Start of season to Nov 26

GP

Points

GP

Points

Nov 26th to now

 Montreal Canadiens

23

36

1st

 Washington Capitals

46

73

42 pts in 25 games

 Dallas Stars

22

34

 Chicago Blackhawks

53

70

44 in 31 games

 New York Rangers

22

34

 Dallas Stars

50

67

33 in 28 games

 Washington Capitals

21

31

 St. Louis Blues

52

64

33 in 29 games

 St. Louis Blues

23

31

 Los Angeles Kings

48

63

36 in 26 games

 Ottawa Senators

22

29

 Florida Panthers

49

63

43 in 28 games

 Los Angeles Kings

22

27

 New York Rangers

49

59

25 in 27 games

 Nashville Predators

21

27

 Detroit Red Wings

49

58

33 in27 games

Pittsburgh Penguins

21

26

 Boston Bruins

49

57

32 in 28 games

Chicago Blackhawks

22

26

10th

 New York Islanders

47

56

31 in 25 games

 San Jose Sharks

22

26

 San Jose Sharks

48

56

30 in 26 games

 Minnesota Wild

20

25

 Tampa Bay Lightning

48

56

31 in 25 games

 Boston Bruins

21

25

 Pittsburgh Penguins

48

55

29 in 27 games

 Detroit Red Wings

22

25

 Minnesota Wild

49

55

30 in 29 games

 New York Islanders

22

25

 New Jersey Devils

50

55

32 in 29 games

 Tampa Bay Lightning

23

25

 Colorado Avalanche

51

55

38 in 28 games

 Vancouver Canucks

23

24

 Nashville Predators

49

54

27 in 28 games

 Arizona Coyotes

21

23

 Carolina Hurricanes

51

54

34 in 29 games

 New Jersey Devils

21

23

 Arizona Coyotes

49

53

30 in 28 games

 Winnipeg Jets

23

22

20th

 Montreal Canadiens

49

52

16 in 26 games

 Florida Panthers

21

20

 Ottawa Senators

50

52

23 in 28 games

 Carolina Hurricanes

22

20

 Anaheim Ducks

47

51

31 in 24 games

 Anaheim Ducks

23

20

 Vancouver Canucks

50

51

27 in 27 games

 Philadelphia Flyers

22

19

 Philadelphia Flyers

46

48

29 in 24 games

 Toronto Maple Leafs

22

19

 Winnipeg Jets

49

47

25 in 26 games

 Buffalo Sabres

22

18

 Calgary Flames

47

45

28 in 25 games

 Columbus Blue Jackets

23

18

 Buffalo Sabres

50

44

26 in 28 games

 Calgary Flames

22

17

 Toronto Maple Leafs

47

43

24 in 25 games

 Colorado Avalanche

22

17

 Edmonton Oilers

50

43

28 in 28 games

 Edmonton Oilers

22

15

30th

 Columbus Blue Jackets

51

43

25 in 28 games

  • On November 26th we’d watched 26.7% of the season, and some teams have made a significant improvement or drop over the next 33.3% of the campaign.
  • The Habs have struggled the most, while the Ottawa Senators aren’t much better, amassing only 23 points in 28 games after picking up 29 points in the first quarter of the season.
  • The Washington Capitals are dominating the NHL. They are on pace for 130 points and if they win tonight they’ll be on pace for 131. The NHL record is 132, set by the 1976/1977 Montreal Canadiens (60-8-12), and while the Capitals have the luxury of two SO wins their record of 35-8-3 is outstanding. They are the best team in the NHL.
  • The Florida Panthers have been the second best team (points %) behind the Capitals during the past two months picking up 43 points in 28 games. They are 15-3-1 in their last 19 and all four loses came with Aaron Ekblad injured.
  • The Blackhawks played 31 games in the past 62 days and still managed to go 21-8-2. The defending champs have played the most games in the NHL, in some cases six or seven more than other teams, and they will play 29 games over the final 75 games of the season. Fatigue won’t be an issue for them heading into the postseason.
  • The Colorado Avalanche salvaged their season going a stellar 17-9-2 since November 26th, the fourth best record over that span. Semyon Varlamov allowed one or fewer goals in 13 of those games. The Avs were in 29th place on November 26th and eight points out of the playoffs. They are currently tied with Minnesota for the two wild card spots, but they are only one point ahead of Nashville and the Preds have two games in hand. The Avs are far from a lock for the playoffs, but an outstanding one-third of the season has them back in the hunt.
  • Winnipeg, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Columbus have been in the bottom third of the league all season. The Jets were three points out of a playoff spot after the first quarter, but they are now eight back and look more likely to keep sinking than rebound.
  • The Anaheim Ducks are still in the bottom third as well, but 31 points in 24 games has them two back of Arizona for third in the Pacific and they are only four back of Colorado and Minnesota for the wildcard. The Ducks have will have five games in hand on Colorado, three on Nashville and two on Arizona when they return from the All-Star break. The Ducks are trending up and look like they will recover from a ghastly first ten games.
  • After scoring nine points in his first 18 games Sidney Crosby has rebounded nicely with 32 points in his last 29 games and he is now tied for 20th in NHL scoring.
  • Most of the top scorers have remained in the top-15, although as expected their points-per-game are dropping, except for Patrick Kane. Only seven players are averaging one PPG now: Kane  (1.38), Jamie Benn (1.16), Tyler Seguin (1.06), Erik Karlsson (1.04), Evgeny Kuznetzov (1.04), Nicklas Backstrom (1.02) and Joe Pavelski (1.02). Sadly, I expect we might only see five or six players with 82+ points while Kane is the only one on pace to surpass 100 points.
  • The Oilers claimed D-man Adam Clendening on waivers from the Ducks earlier today. JW had a good write up on his career. I view him as a better puck moving option than any of the prospects the Oilers have in the system. Today, the best case scenario is that he can be a solid third pairing defender, who can move the puck accurately and efficiently and maybe in the future he can mature and morph into a #4. The Oilers have no young right shot defenders, so taking a risk on Clendening makes sense, but this is a small piece of a bigger puzzle. Clendening will join me at 2:20 MST on TSN 1260 today, if you want to hear him describe his game.
  • Does this mean Chiarelli has another trade in the works? Regardless of the waiver claim, I believe Chiarelli was going to make some moves before the deadline. Clendening is not a top-four D-man, so he does not solve the major issue of the Oilers, but I see him as someone who might (key word) be able to provide the same skillset as Justin Schultz at a much lower cap hit.
  • Chiarelli did not create the struggles of the Oilers, but he was hired to fix it. I didn’t expect it to be a quick fix, but the time has come for Chiarelli to make major changes.

Recently by Jason Gregor:

    • Jason Gregor

      Don’t think so. They have Fowler, Lindholm, Theodore, Dupres, Bieksa, Stoner and Manson. Many young guys.

      They are in a good position to trade a D-man to get a scoring winger.

    • WhoreableGuy

      They have picked up 28 points in 28 games since November 26th. That is an improvement over the first half when they only had 15 points in 22 games. Has no connection to Price. Comprehension is key when reading.

      • Cain

        cool story, bro!

        It has nothing to do with anything, there was no point to it. The date was picked because it could support the theory that the Oilers improved, when in reality they didn’t. They are the same old Oilers with same old effort and results.

        Why didn’t he do the last 22 games? Or last 15? The bosses probably won’t let him write negative stuff or focus on it, so he has to reach and grasp to make a positive. Please believe it.

        • Cain

          Gregor has told you why he chose this particular point.

          “I choose this date because Montreal Canadiens fans woke up that morning knowing they would be without the reigning MVP, Carey Price”

          Gregor doesn’t claim that the time period says much about the Oil. Indeed only sentence in the entire article mentions the Oil and the sentence is simply stating a fact of 28 points in 28 games with no conclusions based on that fact.

  • WhoreableGuy

    Question about Clendening… Is it fair to say that Pittsburgh could possibley be one of the very few teams who’s defence is as bad if not worst than the oilers?

    Didn’t Clendening spend a lot of time as a healthy scratch in Pittsburgh?

    That makes me wonder why…

    Just noticed Rundblad has 6 points and is a plus 6 in 5 games in Zurich… Just saying

  • WhoreableGuy

    The 28 game mark is a totally arbitrary bench mark, but it shows o few things.

    The Habs without Price are on a pace equivalent to 50 points over 82 games!! Habs wo Price worse than last year’s Oil.

    Oil’s 1 ppg during this period put them tied with the Nucks for 21st. Baby steps but at least 21 is better than 28th.

    So what would be considered a good last 32 games for the Oil. It usually takes about 92 points to make the playoffs or 1.12 ppg. If the Oil can achieve this in the last 32 games that would give 37 points or 79 for the total year. If they can do something like this the arrow is pointing up.

    • Cain

      Every year after the Oilers have been out of the playoff hunt they usually play better.

      I would fully expect them to play better than .500 hockey, because the pressure is off.

      Hopefully this year management trades some of the core or high draft picks for defense help.

      If not and they believe that the current group have turned the corner……………. well we know how that plays out

  • Morgo_82

    Followed the link to your Journal piece.

    The Oiler’s are truly an embarrassment. Hopefully PC is the right guy to turn things around. It’s like watching a rottweiler try to make a u-turn when running full out. He hasn’t turned north yet but maybe, just maybe.

  • Cain

    The only untouchable on this (Last Place Again) team is McDavid. There are many others who I would rather not see traded (Dre), but the reality is that we are a last place team. I want the Oilers to become a dynasty like everyone else, and I believed that so many #1 overalls would get us there, but to become a dynasty the first step is to win some regular season games. We have the wrong mix, and the core has been the only thing has hasn’t changed for a few years now. I expect some unloading (Jultz, Ted, ect) at the deadline, then drastic changes in the summer.

    • Oil City Roller

      The Oilers have already achieved their dynasty. It is staring everyone right in the face.

      The worst team in NA pro sports over the last 10 years. The have been losing at epic proportions.

      Bringing McDavid into this mess is now rebuild 3.0.

  • Jiff

    Gregor; can you resolve the following question;

    Last season, they stated that the 9th year out of the playoffs was tying the record for most consecutive seasons without making the playoffs. This year, we are now talking about tying the most consecutive years without making the playoffs. You pointed out one of the years Florida missed the playoffs was a lock-out year and no one played.

    Doesn’t that mean that the Oilers will set the record this year for most consecutive seasons without making the playoffs?

    • Jason Gregor

      Florida missed playoffs ten NHL seasons (but over span of 11 years) in a row. They missed four seasons prior to lockout, and then missed six after the lockout. Does that help.

      Someone might say nine was longest consecutive, but that is a technicality in my eyes. The Panthers missed the playoffs in ten consecutive seasons where games were played.

    • Jiff

      Everything is cheaper in the most US cities.

      Housing, gas, food, beer, groceries, property taxes, income taxes, entertainment, etc

      When the CDN dollar was on par with the US dollar I would live at 1/2 price in the US compared to the time I spend in Canada.

      Now it is about the same when I add in the conversion rate, but the Americans using their US dollars live a bit cheaper than a few years ago as the US dollar has more buying power.

      I suspect Canadian teams are out of the playoffs as most free agents want to live in the US due to cheaper taxes, etc. and less pressure from the public.

      They can disappear in most US Hockey cities, Nashville, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, San Jose, LA, Anaheim, Columbus, etc.

  • Jiff

    Jason Gregor said:

    “Without injuries, I’d argue they would have five or six more points.”

    I’d argue all day that if we had a healthy lineup with McDavid in that mix that we’d have a lot more than 5 or 6 more points.

    • Jiff

      I wouldn’t. If McDavid didn’t get injured Draisaitl would’ve probably stayed in the minors. But Draisaitl came up and basically filled in for McDavid, so I doubt that’s true. McDavid doesn’t help the blue line

      • .

        Draisaitl may not have come up as early as he did (as a result of the McDavid injury) but if he was playing as well with the Condors as he’s played with the Oilers, I think T-Mac would look for a way to bring him up–particularly given the lack of scoring on the bottom six and with the D.

        So instead of missing 10 games he may have missed 20. That’s still a lot of time with Drai, Nuge, and McDavid down the middle to pick up 5-6 more points.

        The other thing to consider is how many times the Oilers lost by one goal (16 games to-date). I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that a team with McDavid wouldn’t get 5-6 points out of those 16 games one goal games, and perhaps have come back in one or two others–such as the TB game where all of TB’s goals were scored by Oilers.

        And I would say McDavid does help the blueline. He’s great at coming back, stealing pucks, tape-to-tape passing, and that perfect combination of speed and patience. Not to mention, the puck seems to follow him around just like another guy that used to play here.

        • Jiff

          That’s a lot of ifs, wishes and maybes…

          They are what they are. If it makes you feel better by saying they would have 5-6 more points with a healthy McDavid that’s fine. But that’s simply conjecture and wishful thinking.

          Reality is the oilers are last in the league yet again.

          • .

            Actually there’s only one if in my entire post–just as many as in your earlier post.

            It’s not a matter of my feeling better, it’s a matter of opinion: all things been equal, it’s my opinion that the Oilers would have more points with McDavid in the line up than not in the line up.

            Is that 2-3 points? Maybe. I think it may be 5-6 or even a few more.

            If you don’t think they’d score more points with McDavid and if you don’t think he helps the D, that’s fine. Stick with that.

            As far as reality goes, the Oilers aren’t last. CBJ is last. But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story if it helps you deal with the self-loathing that drives your trolling behaviour. Best of luck with that.

          • Oil City Roller

            Ah the Kool-Aid laced dreams of the Oilers faithful. If only this player wasn’t injured, and other teams would trade us good players for free, and the refs didn’t screw us over, and we scored more goals, and the other teams scored less. Why we’d win the cup every year. It’s just bad luck keeping this team down!

            You are right about last place. The Oilers have the same number of points and wins as the last place team but have played one less game so they are technically in 29th. Good thing you clarified. I was getting concerned this season was a bust.

          • Oil City Roller

            ~slowly shaking his head~
            Lowe has been removed from the day to day operation of the team. Believe what you want but this IS the case…
            Katz? you’re chucking sh!t at a guy that could buy and sell you, and everyone you know.
            Please, just give this broken rant up.

          • .

            “the day to day operation of the team”?…lol…so is he simply moonlighting now then?Does Dellow still work for the Oilers to?…LMAO.

            Katz may be able to buy a lot of nice things but he will have to make the right friends to buy what he needs to win a Stanley Cup or even make the Playoffs.

            The mess made by K-Lowe is evidence of the requirement for a philosophical change,the failure of Katz to find the NHL tools he needs and to spend the money needed to bring the right Philosophy concepts and tactics into play for his team to become sucessfull is evidence of a lack of due dilligence.If Dellow is still around we upgrade Katzes role to DERELICTION for his Audit had only one true target and he missed it or pulled up on it.

            K-Lowe/Dellow/=Poison.K-Lowe we can keep ,you do the math….lol.

            The new GM and new Head Coach are fine assets however they do not bring the full package the Oilers require,as evidence has shown.

            No one is telling Katz what to do , heck he doesnt know what to do, he brings his money,he hires his Buddies,and all is well………and in comes Eakins and Dellow and out goes HOPE.

            Eakins is gone…Dellow should have been…if hes still here then K-Lowe AND Dellow should be gone , the Audit was flaming joke….and it missed the primary cause of the most recent Oilers failures which co-incidentally supports 100% the oilers historical causality of FAILURE which has been an intentionally overloded statistical influence which creates disconnects by proxy and which offers revolving door excustory impacts,the proxy disconnects and constantly provided “statistical band-aids” are how these influences have remained in the Oilers Organisational bloodstream for so very long and why so much terminal damage has and is still being done to their processes,both past and present and without immediate remediations also the future ones….think Trojan Horse impacts.

            .

          • .

            I think you are giving Dellow far too much credit (for lack of a better term).

            He makes suggestions based on statistical analysis. It’s up to the management group and coaching staff to decide what to do with those suggestions. He isn’t always going to be right, heck most GMs aren’t even right 50% of the time, but that doesn’t make him the reason the Oilers have played poorly the last year and a half he’s been employed there.

            Give your head a shake

          • ChillyPepper

            Actually, to clarify, he wasn’t teally blaming Lowe and Katz for the problems. He is saying the problem was already here, they just didn’t help it any.

            Also, what does Katz’s ability to “buy and sell you and everyone you know” have to do with anything. Is your point that we should all just bow down to him because he’s rich? You know, that kind of elitist thinking was supposed to abandoned long ago. Why don’t you join the 21st century.

          • .

            Oh please. This is one of the problems with some elements of this delusional fan base. It takes many parts to make up the epic losers that the Oilers have become.

            Whether Lowe has influence on current operations – we don’t know for sure. What we do know is that he had a very key and crucial role into creating the absolute mess this club finds itself in today. From all of his hiring and player decisions that have equated into one of the worst pro teams in NA over the last 10 years. Not just the NHL. Let that sink into your thick skull. A guy like this would not hold any position with the club, period. Any competently run organization would have fired his butt.

          • Dwayne Roloson 35

            The oilers have been in something like 16 1 goal games. McDavid was creating high-quality scoring chances every game and making veteran d-men look foolish. Its fair to say in those 16 games that he may have put up a point or 2 that would get us a win or a loser point.

            It is what it is. We’d probably be better if everyone had been healthy. There’s still more games to be played though and we will probably jump up a few spots with some of our best players returning from injury.

            I wouldn’t be surprised if we pass Winnipeg in the standings by the end of the year.

          • .

            “if only this player wasn’t injured, and other teams would trade us good players for free, and the refs didn’t screw us over, and we scored more goals, and the other teams scored less. Why we’d win the cup every year. It’s just bad luck keeping this team down!”

            Wow, I guess it’s hard to be a troll and to the facts, huh?

            I suggested that having McDavid in the line up might make a 5-6 point difference over the last 40 games, given that the Oilers have had 16 losses that were one goal games. That’s it.

            I said nothing about getting players for free, refs affecting outcomes, or winning the Stanley Cup. But don’t let a few facts get in the way of a good troll effort.

          • .

            Lets face it, this season has been another disaster in that, they are currently tied for last place in the whole NHL. Yes there have been injuries, but the fact is thats still not a reason to justify another failed year.

          • .

            Wasn’t McDavid in the top 15 in NHL scoring when he left? Or was it top 10?

            It’s ridiculous to think that the Stars would have the same sort of success if Benn was injured. Or that the Hawks would have the same sort of success if Kane was injured.

            We’re speaking about a generational player that was having an incredible impact in each and every game.

            We’re speaking about a player that was accelerating in his production, having 12 points in his last 8 games if I remember correctly (feel free to correct me in that).

            So while it’s impossible to say definitively the Hawks would have 6 less points without Kane, or the Stars would have 5 less points without Seguin…It is unreasonable to claim that their absence would not impact their respective teams.

            It would almost be irrational to make such a claim. History has demonstrated lulls in team performance after the removal of a superstar player. To claim that this magically doesn’t apply to the Oilers when it does apply to every other team out there, is laughably ridiculous.

          • .

            Youre talking about lulls in team performance with the removal of a star player?

            Sure, no need to look further than the Canadians to prove that a team will have lulls in performance with the absence of a star player. However, in the case of the oilers, we’re not talking about a lull in performance. We’re talking about the continuation of being amongst the worst teams in the league.

            You may give them the benefit of doubt for having an 18 year old rookie out with injury, but I’m not. This team has been mismanaged and is without question the worst team of the decade. Sorry if Im not waving my Pom poms

          • Seanaconda

            We are most certainly taking about a lull in team performance, you yourself were speaking to it. Your first many posts here were on that topic exclusively, heh.

            Let’s not attempt to rewrite history after its shown that your viewpoint bordered on the illogical.

            Oh hey, now the topic is about past mismanagement? Something entirely different than what you’ve been repeatedly saying about the idea that the team is doing worse without its superstar player?

            But hey, change the topic to something every Oiler fan would agree with, but it isn’t relevant at all with this team now. This past mismanagement still has lingering effects, but in 2-3 years time that’ll be sorted permanently. So it isn’t very relevant beyond this season, really.

            To go from “McDavid won’t make a difference” to “B-b-b-but previous GM mismanagement!” so quickly is sorta funny actually.

        • Seanaconda

          I don’t understand how people don’t remember draisaitl was called up games before mcdavid was injured to play right-wing on the hall nuge line. He was putting up a ton of points so I doubt he would of been sent down if mcdavid wasn’t injured.

        • ChillyPepper

          I do not understand the logic behind the one goal game losses reasoning. 1 goal would have simply tied the game, not won it for them. Down by 1 requires 2 to win while keeping the other team off the scoreboard. The Oilers, depending on their give a crap level that day, normally don’t have it in them.

          • .

            Did you write this before your morning cup of coffee? Down by one +1 goal at least gives a loser point.

            I don’t think anyone is assuming that all 16 of the 1 goal losses would have been transformed into wins. But with a healthier lineup not unreasonable to expect a few more points would have been picked up along the way.

          • ChillyPepper

            The premise that has been put forward is that it is not unreasonable to assume that with a healthier line up the Oil would have scored 1 more goal or allowed 1 less goal in regulation time in some games. If this had occurred in games in which the Oil have lost by 1 goal in regulation, then they would have at least gotten a loser point.

          • .

            Not hard to follow the logic. If the game goes to OT/SO they are guaranteed a point. Say he made a 1 goal difference in about a 3rd of those 1 goal games. That is 5-6 points right there. Anything can happen in OT/SO so that’s probably another few points. Not hard to follow at all.

            5-6 more points for the Oilers could also potentially mean fewer points for several of the teams they are chasing, further closing the gap.

            It’s not an excuse, but leading the league again in man-games lost does impede their ability to play better over a long stretch of games.

          • ChillyPepper

            You’re basing this on the assumption that they would keep the other team off the scoreboard. A regulation loss is a loss, regardless of the score. 10-1 or 3-2 is still the same result… Zero points. The other team put the puck in the net more times… It does not matter how many more times… The whole point of sports is to have the most points. Falling short is never acceptable. Making up reasons and some how thinking losing is okay because it’s only by 1 goal and McDavid is going to save the day, is only setting yourself up for disappointment.

            I personally think the loser points need to go away, If a team needs to go to OT for a win, they should only get 1 point. But that is neither here nor there.

          • .

            Anyone who does not acknowledge the number and quality of injuries has impacted the Oil’s performance are Oil haters or are fans who are frustrated with the continued ineptitude and can’t think rationally.

            This is not to give an excuse to the players who have played that what they have done is good enough. It isn’t. In particular the MacT “core players”. Other than Hall all of Mact’s core have been part of the problem. Eberle might be having his worst year as a pro, Schultz is what he is. RNH fans will be annoyed but this was his chance to show that he is capable of being more than a solid 2-way center and he didn’t do it. Indeed didn’t he have a terrible stretch of games in December when he had 2 assists I about a 10 game stretch.

            The MacT “core” can be written of as a failure.

          • .

            Call it the Canucks effect (they have 11 overtime losses but points for each of those games): If a team were losing a game in regulation and scored to go to OT, then they get a point, even if they then went on to lose in OT.

            However, If they score again in OT or win in a shoot-out (the Oilers have a good record in OT and shoot-outs) then they get another point, or 2 pts for the game.

            Having McDavid on the ice on the pp in the 3rd period or when the goalie’s pulled in the last minute or so, may have resulted in a goal or two being scored for the Oilers and resulted in a few more points–including one or two OT wins–based on past performances this season even without McDavid in the line up. That’s my best guess, anyway.

        • Jiff

          I still wouldn’t argue the oilers would be any better with a healthy lineup and I would win that argument since it would be impossible for you to prove.

          sorry, but I won’t let an injury to a 22year old Dman and the newest 18 year old be an excuse as to why a team sucks after 6 years of rebuilding

  • Oil City Roller

    Time for a mid season assessment of the Oilers:

    – Last in the division, check

    – Last in the conference, check

    – Last in the league, check

    – Wild claims the Oilers are better than their record and more patience is needed, check

    Nice to see we’re on pace for more draft lottery shame and another season of “rebuilding”.

    • Jiff

      I would think that Chai as a experienced GM should have known last summer that the core needed to be adjusted for the team to succeed.

      Most of us fans knew that the status quo needed to be changed.

      He had to wait a year. I am tying to stay positive and have faith in his judgement but …………….

  • The bottom line is that the Oil have new excuses every season. They are the worst team in pro sports over the last ten years – maybe the jock sniffing Katz’s and his entourage of losers can build a statue of a big tird to put next to the Gretzky one they are going to move.

  • Speed Junky

    It is possible NONE of the 7 CANADIAN NHL Clubs will make the Playoffs this season. Maybe the drop in the value of the Loonie has been the Culprit?
    For CANADIAN Fans the NHL can assist. When the Real American Playoffs begin — The CANADIAN Teams can have a 7 Team “Double Double” Round Robin to Eliminate 3 teams.This could be followed with Best of Sevens to win a New Trophy called The PARTICIPATION CUP! It would allow the Owners and Management to get the extra coin and keep the Arenas busy.For the CANADIAN Clubs — being a Participant can get a bit of a Reward.

  • Speed Junky

    I’m glad Gregor brought up Carey Price. Price won the Hart last year. He played well early on this season and his team was in first place. Then he got hurt and his team is now out of the playoffs.

    To hell with the Calder. McDavid should be a sleeper for the Hart. With him, they would have won all of those 16 1-goal games. They should be one point up on the Capitals with 75 points.

  • .

    The fans here need to be patient. We have a new GM, new coach, and Mcdavid has been hurt most of the season. The core is fine, and once the salaries of certain players are off the table next season, the team will be able to acuqire the assests required to succeed. Moving a Taylor Hall, or Ryan Nugent Hopkins would not be a viable option until the team is healthy.