There are a lot of negatives for players coming to Edmonton where the current brass publicly chastised York, Comrie, Penner, Carter, Souray, etc, etc. Not a lot of players with their choice of teams are going to come here. Leave the rest of Canada out of that argument, it's not the same across the board.
You see players from other franchises talking about how classy their org is and how well the players and their families are treated in every way and how happy they are to be playing there, Edm is like a gulag. Lowe put Souray in the ahl for "accusing" the Oilers of forcing injured players to return to the ice but I know for a fact it's true. I remember vividly when Lowe and MacT went on tv to complain that York should be playing hockey with a cast on, and that his doctor had said that it was ok. If they went to the extent to publicly embarass York into going back on the ice what do you think they did to him and to other players behind closed doors? What we expect to be true from paying attention, other nhl'ers hear first hand from Oilers and ex-Oilers all the time. Not just York and Souray, but from their teammates who still like them and actually gave a **** about how they were treated.
The Oilers mgmt would fit right in on a tv show airing their dirty laundry in public and having chairs thrown at them from the audience. Most other teams are "different". That is THE main reason why players choose not to be here.
Players are happy to go to Vcr where the fans are a riot. Probably 10% of the players in the nhl would have Toronto as their first choice (Bolland recently) and another 10% would pick Montreal.
As far as the fans in Edm are concerned Edm is the #1 place for team canada's soccer players. NHL'ers love playing for the Edm fans in the playoffs, the building is crazier than anywhere else, even your beloved Minnesota.
Here's the very first link I found re: the Parise signing. Parise chose Minny because it was his hometown, and it wasn't because of a "gross overpayment". Other teams offered at least as much. Suter went to Minn because he wanted to be on the same team with Parise. All of that is common knowledge.
And FYI, peoples' kids do go downtown. If you live in NYC you will never keep your kids away from the central park area, or times square. Of course they will be in the areas where the stadiums are (and the stabbing victims). Most Americans are extremely nice people but there are a lot more people there living under the poverty line than in Canada, there is a lot more violent crime and there is simmering racial tension there that you have to see 1st hand to believe. I bet you that if you were an rcmp officer and you searched every semi that crossed the border from the States 95% of those guys still have their pistols in them. Not because Americans are gun crazy, because if you take the wrong off-ramp there you are ****ed.
If I didn't live in Canada the States would not be my next choice.
Oilers with the current rot from owner down will never have a successful team as long as they are there.
yeah, that was an IEG move, to save money. set the team back 5 years.
im not sure that's what happened though. Iirc, they had the Toronto RoadRunners for a couple of seasons after they parted ways with the Bulldogs. The Canadiens kept Julien in the divorce and the Oilers went to Toronto without him. I don't remember exactly how the Oilers lost their affiliation with Hamilton but they did have their own farm team for at least three more seasons after that. The two or three seasons in Toronto (however many there were) and the one season the Roadrunners were in Edmonton. It wasn't until after the 2005 lockout that they didn't have a farm team.
Im actually pretty high on Moroz, and have confidence that the other two will become strong role players over the coming years
I don't share your confidence in the other two. Pitlick gets hurt when he plays the way that makes him good, and Musil, well, at best he is another Nick Schultz. Which, I suppose isn't bad, but when you consider you can easily acquire that kind of D, then why waste a 31 overall pick on him, especially when Boone Jenner is still on the board. Ouch. Unless Musil can become a Robin Regher quality D, he will always be seen as a nepotism pick that was taken too early and instead of better prospects. Unfair? maybe, but they brought it on themselves.
Moroz tho, who knows. He could be a good one. Developed right, and he could be a top 9, maybe even top 6 forward.
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