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Tired Of Losing In Edmonton

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

There’s been a certain charm around the Edmonton Oilers tanking these past three seasons, the thought that better times were on the way, the notion that the Oilers were being smart with the tanking, finding the best and quickest route to bringing in premier talent to this NHL wasteland.

Today, much of that charm is lost. Tanking feels like  another word for losing big, losing bad, losing forever. 

This franchise doesn’t have that Chicago in 2009 or Pittsburgh in 2006 feel to it, does it? It’s got more of that Kim Campbell in 1993 feel to it.

Right now with the Oilers ranked 25th overall in the NHL and dropping fast, my head still says, “Might as well tank again.” My heart says it can’t take it any more.

Just win Oilers. Enough with the losing.


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Red Winger's avatar

Something is wrong in Edmonton. No one is expecting them to win the Cup in the next year or two, but they are far too talented to still be spinning their wheels.

Are they the Maple Leafs of the west? Have constant sellouts and a passionate fan base loyal to a fault created a sense of complacency among management?

I applaud the Canadian franchises and their superb ticket sales and TV ratings; but sometimes too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

I bet nothing gets management of their asses quite like slow ticket sales and declining TV ratings.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/23/13 at 06:08 PM ET


Are they the Maple Leafs of the west?

Nah, the Leafs are in the playoffs.

Posted by Garth on 04/24/13 at 08:39 AM ET

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