Looking back at the recent off season, Edmonton Oilers fans endured both an embarrassing refusal by one Dany Heatley to waive his no-trade clause as well as what felt like some stagnation in terms of our roster of players. Dwayne Roloson was let go due to age and concerns over the duration of a contract that he was seeking. Kyle Brodziak was traded at the draft for a bucket of pucks. We also let go of Ales Kotalik which raised concerns over the loss of the scoring that he brought to the Oilers.
If you add it all up, we lost an aged but competitive goalie who battled on a nightly basis, a center who could win draws and kill penalties, and a big if not physical winger who could score goals. Following these changes, not surprisingly several Oilers bloggers lamented the refusal of Oilers’ management to find a center who can kill penalties and win face-offs, a shut-down defensemen, and a big winger who could score goals. Oh, and did I mention that we transitioned from the Oilers old boys club to the Nucks old boys club (sort of). Continue reading 'Pat Quinn`s Edmonton Oilers – by Hockey Noob'»