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Remember the days when Mark Messier or another Oilers veteran would grab a teammate by the scruff of the neck and demand more if the guy wasn’t pulling his weight, or playing hard enough?
Those days might be coming back.
Only instead of it being a great team trying to stay that way, it’ll be the worst organization in the NHL trying to crawl out of the gutter.
But it’s a start.
The Oilers have become an embarrassing mess since owner Daryl Katz took over the team seven-plus years ago, and back-to-back shutout losses at home - 4-0 to Toronto and 5-0 to Detroit - pushed a lot of people past the breaking point.
No word on how Katz feels after three wins in 15 games and missing the playoffs for an eighth straight year, but the fans (both types), are as bitter as they’ve ever been here.
And some of the veterans who spoke Saturday night, also fed up with the never-ending cycle of defeat, promise to address some of the core issues themselves.
“If somebody is going to make one mistake,...
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There have been many story-lines out of Edmonton through just over a month of NHL action. Perhaps none are more intriguing than anything to do with 2012 1st overall pick Nail Yakupov. The Russian sniper is off to a poor…Read more →The post Edmonton Oilers: Nail Yakupov trade rumours, Olympics, and Daigle comparison appeared first on The Hockey Daily.
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Richard Bachman left Saturday night’s game and did not return, as per the team’s official Twitter account. Bachman left the game in the first period and the Oilers are calling it a groin injury.
This was Bachman’s third straight start with Devan Dubnyk out with an ankle injury and not quite ready to return yet. He started the season with the AHL Oklahoma...
The losses are eating away at Sam Gagner and his busted jaw and the taste is far from being a juicy tenderloin. It’s more like a five-day old egg sandwich instead.
He’s been back two games and being a part of 4-0 and 5-0 Edmonton Oilers’ drubbings at Rexall Place at the hands of Toronto and Detroit sting a whole lot worse than his own personal numbers, which are certainly...
Buttery soft. Thatâs the most appropriate way to describe these Edmonton Oilers. They come the same way I prefer my Orange juice, with no pulp. Thereâs just nothing there. Whether itâs their shattered psyche or simply their internal makeup, the vast majority of Oiler players lack the fire and courage it takes to engage physically in the NHL.
The coach has already...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It is a grim thing how the Oilers’ season had gone off the rails, and hard to see any solutions on the horizon, even with Taylor Hall returning to the lineup from injury, possibly towards the end of the week.
The Oilers’ defence is leaky, their offence has ground to a halt and the goaltending remains largely mediocre. The confidence...
Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins is only 15 games into his NHL coaching career, yet the stress and anxiety is written all over his face. You cane hear it in his voice. He's running out of answers. On Saturday night, Eakins bared his soul to the world after watching his young team get its ass handed to it for the umpteenth time this season.
When asked to answer how...
Take this for what you will. The New York Post's Larry Brooks suggests that the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers may be pursuing a trade because the Rangers have come up short on offense minus the concussed Rick Nash:
The Oilers dispatched a scouting expedition featuring their president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, general manager Craig MacTavish and special adviser...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
MacTavish won’t trade his big guns–Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Jordan Eberle–but the door might be slightly ajar for Yakupov who is having a miserable second NHL season after a fine 17-goal rookie year. But Hemsky is almost surely being shopped by the 3-10-2 Oilers who need to get bigger and better defensively, and certainly...
Ryan Smyth stated that he's ready to play tomorrow against the Florida Panthers if called upon.
"There's a great deal of possibility," Smyth said about playing tomorrow. "We've got a doc on the road and I'm sure he'll assess me and give the okay but I felt really good and confident the last few practices. No nagging, no lingering so that's...
The Edmonton Oilers will be all over Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller this summer, when he’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, if Devan Dubnyk (also unrestricted) doesn’t pan out as their No. 1. The Ducks are loaded in goal with Viktor Fasth, Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, the AHL’s Player of the Month. Hiller, 31, will be the Swiss Olympic goalie.
The Edmonton Oilers had a contingent of team president Kevin Lowe, general manager Craig MacTavish and special advisor Mark Messier at Madison Square Garden for Monday night's Rangers game against the Anaheim Ducks, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
With the Oilers mired in last place in the Western Conference, the team could be looking to make some deals.
An utterly pathetic display devoid of even a shred of pride, professionalism or intestinal fortitude. â Robin Brownlee
That was Brownleeâs assessment of the Edmonton Oilers after Saturday nightâs 5-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, and itâs hard to argue. It was one of the most memorably ugly losses during a seven-year stretch that has been...
Frustration is growing for the Edmonton Oilers, and the same could be said of the Florida Panthers.
One of them should feel somewhat better Tuesday night as these teams attempt to end their respective five-game losing streaks.
It's still early but Edmonton (3-10-2) and Florida (3-8-3) are among the worst teams in the NHL, and those struggles appear to be wearing on them.
John Shannon, Nick Kypreos and Chris Johnston discuss a potential trade of Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov to the New York Rangers, concussion concerns for Rangers forward Rick Nash and much more.
The more includes the health of Rinne, Gaborik contract and other topics. Worth your time to watch.