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The Edmonton Oilers Have Problems

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Everyone in Edmonton wants answers. Such is life when you have the best player in the world, perhaps two of the five best players in the world, and just two wins since Dec. 1.

The problems with the Oilers are multi-faceted. There is the now decade-long issue of the team’s depth players failing the top half of the roster. The goaltending, with all due respect from the yeoman work put in by 23-year-old Stuart Skinner, has been ineffective. The blueline the team spent crucial cap space on in the off-season isn’t any better. Connor McDavid is doing deer-in-headlights post-game interviews. It’s going badly.

We knew the Oilers were top-heavy this season, and that their path to the playoffs could be boiled down to the star players going supernova while the rest of the roster managed to not get crushed in limited minutes. The team could ill afford new cracks to form.

But a new crack has formed, this one on the penalty kill.

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SauceBoss's avatar

KH needs to trade for a proven goaltender now and maybe a top 4 dman or they’re done.

Kenny should be on the phone with whatever schmuck is in charge in Chicago now and start kickin some tires and see if Fleury is willing to leave that garbage organization and come up to EDM for a playoff push

Posted by SauceBoss on 01/17/22 at 05:23 PM ET

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I believe Fleury is in the last year of a contract that pays him $7 million. (Cap geeks correct me if I am wrong). No way could Kenny afford Fleury unless Chicago picks up at least a chunk of the contract and he does a salary dump of some players at the same time.

He kinda shot himself in the foot when he signed an ancient Duncan Keith with his albatross of a contract last year.

No sympathy.

Posted by exor54 on 01/17/22 at 05:46 PM ET

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Edmonton has had way too many #1 overall picks for me to cheer for them.

Posted by pnwwing on 01/17/22 at 06:21 PM ET

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