By the start of the 1991-92 season, virtually the entire core of the Boys on The Bus who formed the Oilers dynasty in the 1980s was gone.
Over the weekend, the NHLPA voted heavily in favour of accepting a 24-team playoff format in the event the NHL resumes the 2019-20 season later this summer. This is just a very small step forward to getting the league going and there are some large, complicated hurdles left to overcome.
Thanks to playing in a large television market the NHL wanting to have an even 24 teams competing in the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks, who had no realistic aspirations of contending at the time of the pause, have been thrown into the dance.
At the beginning of March 2006, the Oilers were a bubble team. They were sitting tied for eighth in the Western Conference with multiple other teams on their tail. Despite their position in the standings, if you squinted hard enough, you could see a legitimate contender.
On Friday, the NHLPA Executive Board voted to move ahead with talks regarding a 24-team playoff in the NHL’s return-to-play efforts. While this vote means that the players have accepted to move forward with the proposed plan of having 24 teams returning to play, the specific format of how the playoffs will go down has…
Worst Oilers Trades Countdown – No. 4: Giving away a first- and a second-round pick for Griffin Reinhart
It didn’t take Peter Chiarelli long to start digging the hole he would eventually end up burying himself in when he arrived in Edmonton.
I kicked off the countdown of worst five trades in Oilers history yesterday with the team shipping Vincent Damphousse off to Montreal in exchange for Shayne Corson and two others.
An unfortunate theme for the Oilers that led to their struggles in the early-1990s was poor returns on trades involving their Hall of Fame core from the Glory Days. One instance in which there was a buck in this trend was when Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr were shipped to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman reported over at Sportsnet that the NHL and the NHLPA were working on a new playoff format that would see 24 teams split into two conferences.
In the mid-1990s with the Glory Days officially in the rearview mirror, the Oilers looked to rebuild their team through the draft.
Pistol Pete might be back in the saddle sooner rather than later.
While it seems inevitable that Jesse Puljujarvi won’t continue his career with the Edmonton Oilers, general manager Ken Holland has remained strong on his desire to not give away the former fourth-overall draft pick away for nothing.