Archive for 2017


After 10 long years, the Edmonton Oilers after heading to the playoffs! And, no matter how many buttholes try to reign on the parade by sarcastically suggesting that it's about time and after winning lottery after lottery, they can stick it... the Oilers are once again a playoff team.
But, I suppose, as Edmontonians, we understand the feeling of disappointment and bitterness. For so long, fans here were left out and sitting on the sidelines watching. In Wyshynski's case, he's a Devil's fan, which must be extra disheartening. Not only are they not in, but former Oiler Taylor Hall is once again disappointed in having to wait another year and in the process, Devil's fans hear him chat more about the Oilers than he does his own team.

Blah, blah, blah... all that is now old news.

How They Got There

Despite a decade of no postseason action, how Edmonton made it to this point is not rocket science. First, the team got lucky and was able to draft Connor McDavid. Edmonton fans should never forget that. The Oilers are a better team, but it all starts with the fact a lottery ball fell the Oilers way.

Second, once Edmonton landed what could be the best player in hockey, the team added size and grit around him. It was important that not only would McDavid feel free to do what he does and have protection around him, but management understood that to compete in a heavy Western Conference, the Oilers needed to be bigger and nastier.

Third, Edmonton took the time to land a starting goaltender. No more wasting years on aging veterans or potential backups. The Oilers did their research, chose their target and traded for Cam Talbot. It could have gone another way, but it worked out.

Finally, the moved offense to build a better defense.

Now for the Hard Part

Alright Edmonton, you're in. Now the work begins. Win the Pacific Division and earn yourself home ice advantage. Now that you're in, don't let the game and the standings come to you, take your game to the standings and try to give yourself every advantage possible.

Oilers Tied For Lead in the Pacific Division

With a win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, the Edmonton Oilers are now tied for first place in the Pacific Division. The Oilers are also that much closer to clinching a playoff position in over a decade.

Laurent Brossoit

Coach Todd McLellan chose to go with his backup after consecutive shaky starts by starter Cam Talbot. With no further games until Tuesday, this gives Talbot a good five days rest.

Brossoit was excellent making 24 stops including some key saves late in the game, allowing the Oilers to finish off Colorado and ice the victory in the third period on goals by Drake Caggiula and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Matt Benning

A slight scare caused concern for the Oilers as defenseman Matt Benning left the game, unable to put any weight on his right leg, after blocking a shot. The news after the game was better in that Benning was seen walking around with no assistance and no breaks of any kind were reported.

The Defense

Including Matt Benning, the Oilers blue line is really starting to look like they're ready for the postseason. While Edmonton has had issues in both contests against the Avs, the Oilers seem poised and steady, ready for a matchup against some of the bigger teams in the west.

Andrej Sekera finished with two assists, Oscar Klefbom made smart plays all evening and Kris Russell finished with four blocks and an assist.

Edmonton is hot right now with five-straight wins. They'll match up against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday where they can do all but put the nail in the Kings coffin.

Oilers Trade Brandon Davidson to Montreal

The Edmonton Oilers have completed a trade just prior to the March 1st NHL trade deadline sending defenseman Brandon Davidson to Montreal for David Desharnais.

Edmonton was looking to add some depth at center and while Desharnais has had a down year, he's got a track record of offensive skill and scoring and is traditionally a strong faceoff performer. Davidson is a good young defenseman, but the Oilers have some depth on their blue line and Davidson was most likely the player lost in the NHL Expansion Draft.

Desharnais is a pending UFA and it's not likely the Oilers will keep him around, but he is a motivated player and could help in the Oilers first return to the NHL playoffs in a decade.

Desharnais is an undersized forward who has four goals and six assists in 31 games this season. He is two seasons removed from a 48 and 52 point campaign.

Former Oiler Mike Comrie Being Investigated for Rape

TMZ is reporting that former Edmonton Oilers forward Mike Comrie is being investigated for rape.

This stems from an alleged incident on Saturday night when Comrie was involved with two women he met in a bar and got involved in what Comrie is describing as a consensual threesome.

The TMZ report is here.

Comrie retired from the NHL in February of 2012. 

Gustavsson Waived, Puljujarvi Sent to AHL

Some news comes after a loss to the Ottawa Senators in a game that the Oilers likely should have won. The Oilers made some roster moves to correct some mistakes that could no longer be ignored.

Jonas Gustavsson Waived

Jonas Gustavsson — who has been disappointing in his appearances for the Oilers this season — has been placed on waivers. In seven games this season, Gustavsson has a low .878 sv% and pretty poor 3.10 goals against average. In his seven starts, he has only one win.

Jesse Puljujarvi Sent Down

Puljujarvi has played in only 28 games this season and in limited minutes. That he was still in Edmonton was surprising considering how close he was/is to the 40-game marker that burns off both his entry-level contract and a year of restricted free agency.

In Bakersfield, he'll play top-line minutes and get a chance to gain his confidence by scoring regularly. It's what happened with Leon Draisaitl and it worked like a charm. Hopefully the same will happen for Puljujarvi.

Edmonton also recalled Anton Slepyshev from the AHL and will take the place of Pulujuarvi as Edmonton's 13th forward.