September 12 2012 01:04PM
Frequent commenter and guest contributor RexLibris' series on rebuilds continues with the Edmonton Oilers. Get comfortable because this is a long one.
Before we get into the details, let's set the stage a bit:
- Edmonton blew their team up, nuclear-style, and deliberately iced a bad team in order to get high picks.
- They have been rebuilding since 2006 and are no closer today to the playoffs than they were the year after the 2006 cup run.
- The Oilers are in the same boat as the Islanders and Blue Jackets.
- Management in Edmonton is incompetent. The Oilers have been one of the worst-run organizations in the NHL since the lockout and there is no reason to believe that they can improve simply because now they have better players.
- Just gathering together 1st overall picks isn’t going to resurrect the team and then when that talent blossoms they will leave for greener pasture, making all that effort an exercise in futility.
Those are some of the many criticisms that have been leveled against the Oilers and their rebuild. They come from both inside Edmonton and rival NHL cities, fans and critics, media and analysts. Do any of those statements actually ring true though?
September 12 2012 09:32AM
It's only three days until the collective bargaining agreement expires! Nevertheless, there are a lot of things to discuss in short-order! Waiver news, Euro seasons beginning and a (as of right now irrelevant) TV schedule!
September 11 2012 07:37PM
For all the jokes we've made over the years about your Calgary Flames playing golf, apparently it's a big deal when they actually don't.
If you hadn't heard the news, and you probably didn't because whatever, The Flames are not going to play in their annual charity golf tournament this Thursday.
September 11 2012 09:40AM
Outside of bringing in Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka to the organization, arguably the most important addition to the Calgary Flames this summer was Dennis Wideman. In fact, he may be more crucial to the success of the club than any of the new forwards.
To be blunt, the Flames got very little offense from their blueline last season. Consequently, their power-play also got very few goals from their back end. Enter Wideman, who was tenth in points among NHL blueliners and, had he been on the Flames, he would've had more points than anyone not named Iginla, Jokinen, Tanguay or Glencross.
But how will Wideman fare on the Flames?
September 10 2012 12:11PM
Ryan Lambert recently noted Mike Cammalleri's low shot volume in his Five Things feature. That mention got me curious about investigating the main guy's shot rates last year in depth and to relate it to their possession rates and overall performance.