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07-10-2013, 08:53 AM
Hunting A Cup
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Originally Posted by Moonlapse Vertigo View Post
The window for contending is very small and very short-lived in today's NHL. If the Oilers don't start making the playoffs, and soon, then this group of players will never contend for the Stanley Cup. Ever.
Yep, pretty much.
This will be Hall and Eberle's 4th season and Nuge's 3rd. Nuge, Yak, Schultz and Petry will be looking to cash in soon. In a capped NHL, there's not a large window for competing with the same core.
'12-'13 was supposed to be about competing for a playoff spot until the very end with an eye towards '13-'14 as the year to make the playoffs and have a team capable of making some noise in the playoffs and it doesn't seem like they are on the right track towards that goal.
The Pens and Blackhawks situations were completely different. They won their Cups during the ELC's of the core players and they had solid veteran support early in their careers as well.

If they don't make the playoffs next season or at the very least are within range of the 8th spot by the end of the season then they could very easily become the next Thrashers/Blue Jackets/Panthers and it will probably be time to talk about blowing up the core a bit, probably dealing Eberle or Yakupov along with Petry or Smid. They can't afford to wait for 2-3 seasons down the road just to get into the playoffs, they should be Cup contenders by that time with the core that they have in place.

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