That Maxim Lapierre hit on Nichol was so cheap, you can check it out on Puck Daddy's site. But the best part of the video is Ferraro's reaction to it! I miss him as the Oilers color commentator, no offence to DeBrusk but he just can't break down plays and doesn't have the understanding of the game that Ferraro does. I hope he'll try coaching some day.
I voted 1-5. The defence corps that was in shambles for much of the year is even worse now. Last year and previously when the team got hot towards the end of the year we had good goaltending to steal a few. This year we're not going to win like that at all.
Also did anyone else catch the Journal's excellent fact checking? According to them we're stuck with Moreau's 2.7M contract but got out from under Staios' 2M contract.
Looking at the schedule, I'd say we have a 50/50 shot to win about 10 of our last 20 games. The others are against teams that are simply out of our league right now. So, that's about 5 games. If guys start playing better now that the pressure is off, maybe that number turns into 7 or 8.
I have a feeling that losing Smid for the year, and trading Visnovsky and Grebehskov, hurt us more than taking the pressure off helps us. Let's face it, the pressure has been off for a while now, with us all but statistically eliminated from the playoffs, and we still only managed 4 wins in the last 30 games. I think it's more likely we win 3-5 than 5-7 of the remaining games, and that's only if our team can find their pride, and play for it.