Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Oilers make two big moves, but more are coming

From where I sit it looks like the real changes have begun in Edmonton...


Despite the two trades on Wednesday, this is only a start of the Oilers. I have a decent amount of sympathy for Devan Dubnyk...and Ben Scrivens. It wouldn't matter if the Oilers had Jonathan Quick, Tukka Rask, or any other top goalie in his prime, the team would be in trouble. It doesn't matter if you place much emphasis in the plus-minus stat or not, but when 8 of your regular players are on the last page, it's not good. With a defense corps that either can't or won't actually play defense, any goalie would be in trouble. Oilers fans will soon be furious when Dubnyk starts playing and winning in Nashville. There will also be much gnashing of teeth when Scrivens is hung out on his own by the turnstile defenders in front of him. Yes, this is a positive step, but there are still many missing pieces. At least 2 top densemen, for example. A top centre. Apart from that the team is set for a Cup run. Sadly, until that happens we will be subjected to Oiler fans grousing about the team's lack of whatever key item is missing. And endless reminiscing about how great the Oilers of the 80's were, conveniently forgetting how many times the team blew it.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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