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03-16-2012, 10:49 AM
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Over the period of time that Schultz has played for the wild, they have owned the Oilers in the face, Gilbert has played more minutes to be sure but has something like half the NHL games played that Schultz does. Saying that look at who was playing defense in St.Paul over that stretch and look who was playing defense in Edmonton over that stretch. Gilbert played a lot more minutes because our defense frankly sucked the big one for a long time after Pronger left (and still does to some degree) whereas Minnesota had a pretty tight defensive core requiring a player like Schultz to not have to play 25-27 minutes a night.

I understand that Gilbert was playing much better this year, but how much of that can be attributed to Smid jacking his level up as well? and since the injury he received from Carcillo he was looking much as he had previous to this year. which had not been all that fantastic as our finishes in the last few years may attest.

I like Gilbert as much as the next Oilers fan, but he does not play for us anymore, no amount of breast beating and bemoaning the idiocy of management will change that. (you can still wear your Gilbert jersey) no one will mind.

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