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from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey,
Fire the coach? Make a trade? Hmmmm. Isn’t a total organizational housecleaning in order?
This just in from TSN’s Bob McKenzie, who spoke on the radio this morning (as reported by Nichols on Hockey): “I’ve got to believe that there’ll be a significant trade for the Oilers before there would be a coaching change.”
For now, the Oilers should do neither a major trade, nor should they fire the coach.
The season is still young, let’s see how this team is doing after 30 games. If a trade is needed, useful players can be brought in to play centre, defence and goal without giving up the farm.
The NHL with the explanation...
Watch the hit below if you missed it late last night and also watch what Ference says post-game about the hit.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
“The problem with evolution and maturity is it takes time,” the Oilers coach said before Saturday night’s meeting with the Vancouver Canucks. “You’d like to flip the switch but it doesn’t work that way.
“I think a lot of people in hockey and in Canada forget how young they are and I’m as guilty of it as anyone.”
Yeah, yeah. Patience. Process. Maturity. We’ve heard it all before. Wake me up when you’ve got something new to offer. Like a winning streak.
But here’s the thing about the Oilers, maybe the most interesting team in the Western Conference. As much as the clichés grate, as much as they sound empty, they are entirely applicable in this case. This team, which represents an impossibly rich collection of young talent, will be good one day. They might even be great. That’s an inevitability.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Edmonton Oilers lost 4-1 at home to Nashville on Wednesday night, remaining winless on the season versus teams in the Western Conference but a perfect 4-0-0 against the Eastern Conference. The problem, of course, is the Oilers play more of their games in the West. They'll need to figure out Big Boy hockey if they're going to contend for a playoff spot.
Meanwhile, Pekka Rinne improved to 6-1-1 on the season for the Preds, currently sporting a 1.71 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. It's a reminder of just how much the Preds missed their anchor netminder last year when he battled a hip injury/infection for most of the season. Now that he's healthy, Nashville is a threat to make the playoffs.
read on for Burnside on the no-goal in Washington, Custance on Marian Hossa and Strang on John Moore...
Detroit/Washington, not only was the goal waived off, but Luke Glendening received 2 minutes for interference...
Then in the Nashville/Edmonton game...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
About 10 days ago or so, with the Edmonton Oilers having started the season winless in their first five games, we're told the team's front office held some intense discussions, looking at all kinds of possibilities for action should their miserable start continue. Another October from hell would not be accepted. Four wins in a row later everyone can take a step back and relax.
The Oilers shut out Montreal 3-0 on Monday night behind Ben Scrivens. The Oilers goalie was shaky early in the season, which provided people like myself a reason to ask whether Edmonton made an error in thinking he could be No. 1 goalie material. But like his team, Scrivens has bounced back well and has been terrific during the game's four-game win streak, the team's first of its kind since the lockout season two years ago.
read on for Burnside and Custance on the Oilers and Strang on the hits in last night's Wild/Rangers game.
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
The Oilers, 4-4-1, have won four games in a row for the first time since going on a five-game winning streak from March 26-April 3 in the 2012-13 lockout-shortened NHL season.
Only seven players in Monday’s lineup played for Edmonton that season.
“This taught us a lot about ourselves as a group and how we can play, but the test of a good team is repeatability and consistency. That’s where we’ve set the bar. We’ve now shown everybody in this room how we can play,” said goaltender Ben Scrivens, who made 29 saves to register his seventh career shutout.
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