“And lastly I’ll say that there’s one other guy in hockey today that is still working in the game that has won more Stanley Cups than me. So I think I know a little bit about winning, if there’s ever a concern.” — Kevin Lowe.
How much longer until the team changes their tune and starts saying this team is still rebuilding? They've done it before, I believe in 2007-08 Lowe said they were competing for the playoffs and then when the team started out bad, changed to "we're rebuilding."
Stauffer's apologies are getting so silly. Injuries are not an excuse.
I am starting to think about the Oilers as a comparable franchise to the early 1990s Nordiques. It may be necessary to deal our Sundin, Nolan and Lindros equivalents (RNH, Hall and Yakupov) in order to BUILD a true TEAM. We are simply lacking too many pieces and talent along doesn't get you very far in this league. I would personally try to identify two guys to keep from our "big 4" if you can call them that, and deal the other two (in my world you keep RNH and Hall).
Drafting and pro scouting have been NOWHERE near the caliber of the Hawks, Kings and other elite franchises. The worst fears are being realized and the Oilers are just like the Thrashers, Panthers and other recent laughingstock franchises.
It's just a crap situation with no end in sight.
I was thinking about this the other day. There is a bit of a similarity to the present day Oilers and the Thrashers of 5-10 years ago.
We had something like 43 shots. What a misleading stat. Most of those were easy saves Reimer could make all day, and rebounds were promptly swallowed up by him our taken by the leafs. What a pathetic franchise we are.
Every time I think this team has hit rock bottom, they keep digging.
Well this may sound like the hopeless optmistic, but we played good. The big thing is when is this team going to get a break. There was the one play we hit the post, then should have clearly been a penalty, no call and TO comes back and scores. We hit how many posts...... Bachman played good, They should start him again.
Any way, I am not saying this team has played well this year, but man, some times we can't catch a break either.