Found December 21, 2011 on
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Being an Edmonton Oilers fan born after the glory years has not been easy. We suffered through years of mediocrity and terrible drafting in the ’90’s, rode a wave of momentum all the way to the Cup finals in 2006, and then came crashing down once Mr. Pronger asked for his way out of town.
After the run to the Cup, things got really bad in the City of Champions. The Oilers started losing, a lot. The first year of tanking yielded Sam Gagner, and would have got them Patrick Kane if not for a misguided victory in the last game of the season. Two other first round picks in 2007 along with Gagner never panned out, but the core of young players had begun.
Cheering against your team is a difficult task. You want them to do well individually, but you are so concerned about the future and the potential of high draft picks that you torture yourself throughout the game, and all season long. This is what it has been like to be an Oilers fan for the better part of the last five years.
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Edmonton Oilers fans simply cannot be happy with the way the NHL season has unfolded thus far. This is a hockey team that flew out of the gate in October, 9-4-2 in their first 15 games. It is unbelievable that this is the same Edmonton Oilers team now, 5-13-1 in their last 19 games. There has been virtually no improvement over last season. The Edmonton Oilers are steadily falling...
Magnus Paajarvi is being optimistic at a time when many players would be pessimistic.
Drafted two years ago by Edmonton, there was lots of hope that the left wing could be one of the young players to help lead the Oilers back to respectability.
While Paajarvi was serviceable in last year's rookie campaign, he was spending far too much time this season munching on press box...
While the Edmonton Oilers have been struggling as of late to find wins, their AHL and WHL affiliates have found themselves in the exact opposite situation. The Oilers have still played some exciting hockey, and of course the future looks bright but while the Oilers are falling towards the bottom of the NHL, the Barons are sitting on top of the AHL, and the Oil Kings’ strung together...
Oilers lose 3-2 to the Red Wings
The Edmonton Oilers continue on their annual December downward spiral. Where oh where are the Oilers of October? With this loss to the Red Wings, the Oilers have now lost all but two games for the entire month of December. Of course there are some players that don’t look as though they are on a losing team, but the players struggling are definitely...
I got into an interesting conversation today with a friend. The discussion surrounded what the Oilers might want in return for Ales Hemsky. I've operated under the assumption that Hemsky leaving would mean the Oilers getting an established defender in return. My buddy suggests the Oilers badly need a power forward, or at least a forward with size to add a physical element to...
Oilers vs. Wild. Oh, this should be fun.
Hey, since we're gonna lose anyway, we should have some fun with it. Please Tom Renney, do the following:
1. Mix Up the Forward Lines. We need to trade a few people, but it's hard to do that when they aren't getting points. So let's mix up the lines.
For tonight, how about...
L1: Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - Ales...
Every week or so, other NHL teams are extending their soon-to-be free agents and restricted free agents. Recent examples include David Krejci in Boston, Victor Hedman in Tampa, Niklas Kronwall in Detroit and Braydon Coburn in Philly. The Edmonton Oilers have all kinds of things to do in the next few months. I imagine one of them will be to evaluate their soon-to-be free agents and...
While Lennart Petrell's hit On Marek Zidlicky might not have appeared to be malicious, it's unnecessary, it's a dangerous hit and it's also a hit that has to be removed from the NHL.
It's hits like this that can cause serious injury, to include unneeded and unnecessary concussions.If a player is going to check an opposition player and he sees number, that...
The Edmonton Oilers have been hitting line drives lately, but they've been loud outs instead of doubles into the gap. The Minnesota Wild are "death to fun" and are experiencing a market correction. This isn't exactly "guaranteed win night" but Edmonton has a good chance should they play with the kind of effort we saw the last two games.Coach Renney has...
I think we have seen more of these types of hits this season than any other. I am not really sure why players can’t seem to avoid making that push from behind.
Lennart Petrell of the Oilers received 5 minutes for checking from behind and a game.
Jordan Eberle scored two goals to snap a four-game losing streak for the Oilers.
Jordan Eberle scored two goals and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a four-game losing skid by beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Thursday night.
Jordan Eberle scored a pair of goals as Edmonton tripped up Minnesota, 4-1, at Rexall Place.
Jordan Eberle scored two goals and the Edmonton Oilers snapped a four-game losing skid by beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Thursday night. Ryan Smyth and Lennart Petrell also scored for the Oilers, who have only won three of their last 12 games. Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who have now lost six games in a row since a seven-game winning streak.