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Oilers In Spoilers Mode

from the Edmonton Sun,

If, after going 1-17-1 in their previous 19 games, scoreless in their previous eight periods and hopeless for as long as anyone cares to remember, the Edmonton Oilers concluded their six-week March of the Damned with a win in Calgary.
If the hated Flames miss the playoffs because the blind squirrels to the north find an acorn tonight in the Saddledome.
This is too good.
Who could have guessed that the last game of Edmonton’s worst year ever would be this compelling, this important?

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Oilers Still Talking Pronger

from the Edmonton Journal,

As great a hockey blessing as Pronger’s stay in Edmonton was, his departure has been a curse. Any post-mortem of what has gone wrong with the Oilers begins with the questions still surrounding the Pronger affair: Why, in fact, did Pronger leave? And what has his departure meant for the franchise?
Nichols believes that Pronger himself has failed to be forthcoming enough about his departure, falling back on the excuse that he wanted out for private family reasons.
“I think Pronger was too vague. He owed it to our organization and to the fan base to be just a bit more specific about it, because that is what is annoying everybody.”

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Lowe Looking For Balance

from the Edmonton Sun,

“We treated our fans to some of the best hockey they’ve seen in well over a decade last year, and this year we’ve rebounded with probably the worst hockey they’ve had in over a decade. We just have to find a little balance.”
The search begins right now and, judging from what he’s seen over the last 18 games, Lowe will need a bigger shopping basket than he originally anticipated. Management said they’d learn a lot about their players during this stretch, and they have. But much of it isn’t very good.
“We have, in our minds, a clearer picture of how we see our team coming together next season, what holes we need to fill, besides the obvious ones.”

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One Win

from the Edmonton Journal,

That would be one win in a quarter of an NHL season. ONE win. And the Oilers aren’t an expansion team. And they almost won the Cup last year.
OK, they had a nasty run of injuries. So has Buffalo. The Oilers traded heart-and-soul guy Ryan Smyth five weeks ago, but it’s not like Wayne Gretzky left. They’ve needed binder twine, spit and glue to keep the defence intact, so much so Jason Smith should have been asking for a raise for babysitting.
But c’mon. One win in a quarter of an NHL season. When was the last time that happened? That’s the only storyline that’s really worth talking about.

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What’s The Difference

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

The real issue on the table but seemingly never discussed is as simple as this: why do players flock to Nashville to play for the Preds but treat Edmonton as hockey’s version of a gulag?
The simple answer: Nashville wins. They do it regularly since they emerged from their expansion pains, they do it in a style that players love to play. Bur there’s more to it than that. They do it in the environs of a small but enthusiastic fan base in a city with a mild climate, countless entertainment options, relatively easy travel, a friendly family environment, surprisingly low-cost housing, no state income tax and, and this is no small consideration, a forward thinking management that believes in stability and a long-term view. Throw in the cream of country-western music talent, much of it tapped to sing the national anthem every night and still more of it playing the bars, clubs, honky-tonks and even the Nashville Arena on non-game nights and well…

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Edmonton- Where Did It Go Wrong

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

In exchange for a Cinderella playoff run and a shot at their first Stanley Cup in 16 years, the Edmonton Oilers would surrender their fate to the Prince of Darkness for all eternity.
Only somebody messed up the wording on the contract and they ended up with an eternity’s worth of hardship in one season.
“It’s been weird, frustrating, tough, every bad word you can think of applies to our team this year,” sighed winger Fernando Pisani, shaking his head at the Oilers’ stunning nosedive. “A season to forget, that’s for sure.”

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From First To…

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

The Hurricanes, you may have noticed, have not yet secured a position in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In fact, Carolina is in a traffic jam of a fight for one of three available Eastern Conference playoff berths. There’s a tightly packed, heavily congested group of six teams, each desperately trying to avoid the stigma that goes with missing the NHL playoffs.
This probably shouldn’t be seen as quite the embarrassment that it used to be. After all, once upon a time, 16 of 21 NHL clubs made the postseason. And if there has been an upside to Gary Bettman’s absurdly reckless addition of nine teams over nine years, it’s that the playoffs haven’t been expanded as the league has developed its unsightly beer belly.

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The Dead Season

from the Edmonton Sun,

One by one, the Edmonton Oilers filed out of the dressing room after practice yesterday and left for the airport, nearly all of them dressed head-to-toe in black.
Basic black has long been the durable, versatile staple of any extended road trip in the NHL - goes with anything, doesn’t show every little stain - but this time it’s especially fitting.
What else are you going to wear to a funeral march?
With nothing to play for, and six road games left to play, that’s exactly what this is: a badly injured and fatally flawed hockey team wandering off to die.

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Oilers Need Some Sizzle

from the Edmonton Journal,

“Clearly we have room in terms of our (owners) commitment (to spend more money).”
Lowe needs some sizzle. He needs a puck-moving defenceman in the worst way. On the last road trip, captain Jason Smith had the most points of all the blue-liners in the lineup, with nine. That’s right, NINE. The injured Steve Staios leads the way with 17.
Lowe needs a scorer on the wing, even if he can’t re-sign Smyth, maybe a big body with an edge to his game, too. He might want a playmaking centre, as well. If Joffrey Lupul, who’s had a miserable year, can’t work with Shawn Horcoff or Jarret Stoll or any other centres, maybe he has to get somebody else, although Horcoff is certainly more of a passer than a shooter.
There are 190 unrestricted free agents at last look. With an increased salary cap in the neighborhood of $48 million US, Lowe has to spend some of the owners’ money.

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The Losing Continues

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

For the modern-day Oilers it’s now 10*. The asterisk is because it was a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues last night and the Oilers managed to get a point in the standings. So it is no longer “pure”, this losing streak.
But back in the fall of 1993 when Ted Green lost 11 in a row with the Oilers, there were two overtime losses in there. That losing streak absolutely gobbled Green up.
So far, MacTavish says he’s not worried about that happening to him.

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