Oilers: This Is Not An Effort Issue

Source: Oil Drop
Date: 2015-03-04

While last night’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings was a fairly predictable outcome, it was yet another example of just how far away the Edmonton Oilers are from being anything other than a speed bump for the top teams in the Western Conference. So please spare me the lack of effort idiocy and accept this for what it is.

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The Oilers Want a Better Goalie, But Who?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-03-04

It’s becoming abundantly clear that any of Ben Scrivens, Viktor Fasth and Richard Bachman aren’t cutting the mustard in Edmonton. Goaltending has long been in an issue in this market. The Oilers just can’t seem to find a viable netminder, one of the most crucial and important positions in the game. Granted, the defence that the Oilers trot out on a game to game basis could probably make Patrick Roy or Dominik Hasek look ordinary, but none-the-less, there’s still a problem. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) “We Gave Away Devan Dubnyk!” I am thrilled to see the success that Devan Dubnyk is having in Minnesota. A guy whos’ career looked dead just a fe

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GILLES MELOCHE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-03-04

One thing I’ve seen in my time: Bad hockey teams. As a kid, it was easy to have a real team (Boston Bruins) and an underdog (Oakland Seals) because the expansion division wasn’t really competitive with the actual teams. In those days, the Seals had a goalie named Gilles Meloche and I cheered like hell for him. Meloche had no support, absolutely none. Oakland didn’t have any skill, didn’t have any toughness and they traded any emerging playing within a few months of arrival. Honestly, the only way for anyone to cheer a team like that is to pick a favorite and hang on for dear life. PICKING YOUR PLAYER When cheering for a losing team, and trying to find your player, it&

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I Thought You Guys All LOVED Eakins?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-03-04

View image | gettyimages.com There’s a small but extremely vocal minority of people who hold a strong influence over the way the Oilers are covered who are even still defending Dallas Eakins. No matter what changes with the team, it wasn’t Dallas Eakins’ fault and Todd Nelson just isn’t going to get the appropriate praise. The way they compete doesn’t matter, the mood in the room doesn’t matter, the working environment just doesn’t matter to this minority. They are just Eakins disciples and that’s all there is to it. Naturally I’m talking about Bloggers the General Manager.

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3 Moves the Montreal Canadiens Should Have Made at the Trade Deadline

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-03-04

The Montreal Canadiens were certainly winners at the NHL trade deadline on March 2, making three moves that will help the team as it heads into the playoffs as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.  General manager Marc Bergevin was able to acquire one of the top defensemen available, Jeff Petry, and two physical forwards in Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn. And he gave up a grand total of zero roster players in doing so.  The message sent to the team was clear: Bergevin believes in the core of his squad, and he thinks just a couple of small tweaks could put it over the top.  As a team sitting comfortably in a playoff spot, Bergevin was in a position of power. There w

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Summer Good Summer Bad

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-03-04

Good Lord, where to start! That trade deadline was a farce for the Oilers! Well I guess we should start by trying to figure out if the hamster wheel in Craig MacTavish’s head is actually turning. The only thing that comes to mind is that he has some divine plan to flip these picks for actual NHL players. I mean if he’s still trying to stockpile draft picks I think he may have lost the plot a little. I truly want to believe that he has this grand plan to make major moves at the draft. I want to believe that he’s going to go to Sunrise and come home with a no.1 goaltender and a top pairing defenceman or no.2 centre. Now, these don’t have to be superstars, they just need

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MacKinnon: Evaluating players at least gives Oilers fans something to do

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-03-04

Here are some suggested things to do at Edmonton Oilers home games as the NHL season slowly expires. For starters, forget fussing over wins and losses. It’s not that the Oilers won’t win many of the nine remaining home games (they also have nine remaining on the road). They might well, having played some quality teams (Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues) tough in recent times.

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Kings lord it over lowly Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-03-04

Either that Jeff Petry trade hit the Edmonton Oilers much harder than anyone expected or the Los Angeles Kings just played like the NHL Kings they are. Maybe the Kings simply took a look at the out-of-town scoreboard before Tuesday’s game and saw that the Calgary Flames, who’ve lost captain Mark Giordano for the season with a torn bicep tendon, won in overtime at Philadelphia.

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Edmonton Oilers player grades — Same old same old as Oil drilled early and often by Kings

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-03-04

Kings 5, Oilers 2 Well, that was one ugly hockey game. The Los Angeles Kings dropped in to Rexall Place, and in 20 painful minutes left little doubt as to why they are Stanley Cup champs and why the Edmonton Oilers are perennial also-rans. The Kings outshot the Oilers 14-4 and outchanced them 7-1 in a dominant opening frame that staked the visitors to a 2-0 lead. The Oilers made a little better game of it after that in terms of flow of play, though the outcome was never remotely in doubt as the Kings held a two-, three-, or even four-goal lead the rest of the way. They soaked up a little bit of pressure at times but smoked the Oil on the counter attack whenever the chance arose. Which was fr

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Oilers callup Jordan Oesterle takes over stall of former teammate Jeff Petry

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2015-03-04

Jordan Oesterle had difficulty finding his stall in the Edmonton Oilers locker room following practice Monday.

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Dawn of a Post-Petry Era

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-03-04

The LA Kings did not seem too troubled as the Oilers languished their way to a 5-2 loss. To run a proper autopsy on this pale carcass of a hockey game, it’s only fair to determine which of the Kings’ goals were Ben Scrivens’ fault and which of the goals were the defence’s fault. Scrivens certainly let in a couple bad ones. It was ‘skittish Scrivens’ this night. But with this being the first game after trading Jeff Petry away for nothing, it’s hard to not look at the young bucks left behind to see what we’re really working with. It looked like this: First Kings goal: Scrivens is completely screened by Jordan Oesterle who is standing around wondering what he should be doi

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Kings lord it over lowly Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2015-03-04

Either that Jeff Petry trade hit the Edmonton Oilers much harder than anyone expected or the Los Angeles Kings just played like the NHL Kings they are. Maybe the Kings simply took a look at the out-of-town scoreboard before Tuesday’s game and saw that the Calgary Flames, who’ve lost captain Mark Giordano for the season with a torn bicep tendon, won in overtime at Philadelphia.

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