Oilers Big Presser: “We are rebuilding the rebuild”

By , April 9, 2012 8:21 am

The Oilers are holding a “big” press conference today, according to the media. Our prediction is it will go something like this: “the Edmonton Oilers would like to announce that we’re rebuilding the rebuild. After 3 straight years of top-3 draft picks, we feel that it would be in our best interest to start fresh. You can expect the Edmonton Oilers to be competing in the playoffs again in 5 more years, just in time for the new arena!”

What can the news really be? An extension for Tambellini and/or Renney? My guess is that it is about extending Tambellini. Either that, or they’re announcing that they found a bag of money outside Rexall and can finally start building the new arena.

NHL 2011-12 Regular season… in the books.

By , April 8, 2012 9:58 am

This can't be good..

This can't be good..

This one went out with a big fart noise for the Oilers, but Steve Stamkos netted his 60th last night, so it ended on a high note for him. He received several cheers, despite being in front of the Winnipeg home crowd (classy). That’s a pretty amazing feat, to say the least.

Your playoff matches are set, and here they are:

Eastern Conference

New York Rangers (1) vs. Ottawa Senators (8)
Boston Bruins (2) vs. Washington Capitals (7)
Florida Panthers (3) vs. New Jersey Devils (6)
Pittsburgh Penguins (4) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (5)

Western Conference

Vancouver Canucks (1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (8)
St. Louis Blues (2) vs. San Jose Sharks (7)
Phoenix Coyotes (3) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (6)
Nashville Predators (4) vs. Detroit Red Wings (5)

The draft lotto goes on Tuesday, April 10th at 6:00PM MST.

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Oilers 0, Canucks 3 – Game 82 – 2012-04-07 @ 8:00 PM MST – CBC

By , April 7, 2012 11:43 am
-={ Puttin’ On The Foil Presents… }=-
GDT - Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks
logo at logo
32-39-10 Record 50-22-9
Location: Rogers Arena
Date: April 7, 2012 @ 8:00PM MST


So it’s the last game of the season. It seems to me like it got here pretty quickly. Maybe because almost nothing happened in the last few months – another dud of a season. But there are positives to look to. Hall had another good season, although plagued by injuries. The Nuge looked incredible almost all year and is in the running for the Calder trophy. Jordan Eberle was spectacular… the best forward on our team… and is in the running for Lady Byng while also being amongst the cream of the crop in the league as far as points go.. 76 points in 77 games! Jeff Petry had a year I never expected him to have, despite him being my favorite defensive prospect. Ladislav Smid surprised just about everyone with his stellar physical defensive play. Unfortunately the excitement dies out after that.

The Oilers will have some tough decisions (as always) this off-season with what to do with some players. Gagner had a big 8 point night back in February, but his season has been OK, but not great. His defensive game has come along though, but we’re still hoping for the offense to show up (that one game aside). He’s up for contract too. Ales Hemsky had a brutal year. That might be a positive in a way, because I feel this was just an off year, and I think that with a healthy Hemsky we could be a lot better. Ryan Smyth had pieces of a good year. He will be looking to seal a deal here that takes him into retirement.. but will we want that? I’d love to see Smytty retire here, but we have to remember that Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky and Smyth are no longer the future here. They’re the past. So yah, signing them is fine, but we need to do it for fairly cheap, and we need to see the minutes dialed back a significant amount for those vets next year. They are complementary players now, not the main show.

I feel a little better about where we sit on defense, with Smid and Petry’s coming out parties. But it definitely doesn’t hurt to think about some solid depth pick up. It felt clear to me that Corey Potter was a very good defenseman for us when his minutes are managed. Colten Teubert is looking better these days… will he show up next year as our most improved d-man this time? Last year it was Peckham.. but let’s hope Smid doesn’t regress like he did. What about Taylor Fedun or any of our other defensive prospects?

The one position I still don’t feel safe in is goaltending. I really hope the Oilers do what they can to fix this problem. Devan Dubnyk has looked really good in the latter months, but I still don’t think he is our man long term. Nikolai Khabibulin looked spectacular early on in the season… but where the hell did he disappear to later in the season? I think we’ve got an improved defense across the board, and we should be able to get the most out of our goaltending. OK, maybe we could use a bit more d-help, but I think the team looks much better (in my opinion) than how we started the season, even though we got off to such a great start. I think we could use some help in our bottom six too though, although finally sending Magnus Paajarvi and Anton Lander down has helped make us a more “NHL” team. We’re still not there yet, but Petrell looks better there. I think Teemu Hartikainen is a lot more NHL ready than Paajarvi and Lander too. We need some guys there that can score too though.

Anyways, we’re facing Vancouver. They’re playing for the Conference and President’s trophy. Let’s hope for a St. Louis win tonight and an Oilers victory. The Oilers made promises of being spoilers. I’d like to see it. Sure, Vancouver still makes the playoffs, but they don’t have guaranteed home ice vs. any opponent. Every little bit helps.

BTW, Steve-O and I will be at the Oil Kings playoff round 2, game 2 tonight at Rexall. G’Oil x2…

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Oilers 2, Ducks 3 (OT) – Game 81 – 2012-04-05 @ 7:30 PM MST – SNETW

By , April 5, 2012 12:34 pm
-={ Puttin’ On The Foil Presents… }=-
GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks
logo vs. logo
32-39-9 Record 33-35-12
Location: Rexall Place
Date: April 5, 2012 @ 7:30PM MST


Here we are, at the final home game of the season. Tom Renney seems to have promised a good one, as he mentioned talking to the players about giving the home crowd something to look forward to for next season (besides yet another slam dunk draft pick). We’ll see, but I think he could be right.

Bryan Rodney has been sent back down to OKC. That should mean than that Jeff Petry is back into the mix. I have yet to see lines yet, so not sure what they’ll be. Below would be the usual guesstimation based on the last practice’s lines.

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Tom Renney fined $10k for post-game comments

By , April 3, 2012 3:42 pm

The league has fined Tom Renney $10,000 for saying that “maybe the league needs Hollywood in the playoffs” after last night’s game. The comment was a slight against the officials in the game last night. I have to say there were quite a few BAD calls. Good on Renney for having the balls to say something.

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