As a lifelong Oilers fan(I'm old enough to more or less remember and I did see them when they were a genuine dynasty), I remember how they used to be able to procure washed up players or prospects(Joe Murphy comes to mind), or even ex cons(Craig Mactavish), and rehabilitate them quickly by sticking them in the lineup.
It really was a thing to behold, watching players who were struggling on other teams(remember everyone was crap compared to the Oilers, and I mean every word of this statement), quickly blossom into first rate quality NHL players.
Unfortunately, ever since 1992 when they finally buried the good times in the most appalling trade ever(Mark Messier for Bernie Nicholls), the ration of super cool moves by the team has gone south. Yes, they stole Pronger. And there were other good moves, but in retrospect i believe the OIlers are simply cursed.
Today they traded Dustin Penner, one of my favourite Oiler forwards for more hope, more future, and less present. I don't give a rat's ass about prospects. Most of them bust. Penner is a good to very good player, and will probably blossom in L.A.
The Oilers meanwhile, will be run at by every other team in the NHL, bullied, and the kids will get concussed. They're still too young to handle themselves, and needed some guidance from veterans, even I know that.
But no, the OIlers are run like a ponzi scheme, always selling the future, and robbing from the present.
Next year Hemsky will go, and the same fans who argue that Penner needed to go because he's possibly gone in 1.3 years, will be happy. They will have more picks, more prospects, and more hope.
The lucky stiffs.
Beam me up, Scotty.
Sorry Lowetide(the father of this blog btw), I just had to steal your Gilbert Perrault pic.
Oilers right now are on the verge of trading Hemsky and or Penner for another rat-assed collection of prospects. Despite the fact Oilers currently have some of the best rookies in the NHL, and I mean THE BEST ROOKIES.
I'm talking potential HOF players here.
Why hand our rivals our most polished performers then?
Oh yeah, Oilers are fools. Always were(trading Coffey away started the trend), always will be(the Smyth "trade", for you youngsters).
Whatever happened to 'Exciting Last Place Hockey'?
The team flat out blows. 30th on the powerplay, 30 in the penalty kill, and fuck knows what on faceoffs.
Teams chuckle when Oilers come up in their schedule. Why not? All anyone needs to do is throw a few hits around, whether playing home or away, and Oilers fold like a cheap tent.
I'm now officially terrified that Lowe and his gongshow are so addicted to the lottery that they will keep this thing going until fuck knows when.
4-6 years Mr Lowe? Okay! Call me up when it's all complete. It's no fun watching your team splattered against the boards.