Oilers playoff bound??!!: A comprehensive analysis

Oilers playoff bound??!!: a comprehensive analysis I hear quite a few of the Oilers bashers saying that the Oilers will likely be one of five worst teams in the league. This may come true if the Oilers are as unlucky and disadvantaged as they were last season. They had the most things that could go wrong going south. They had injuries, fatigue, wrong trade and weak D on their plate. Because I know the Oiler had to burden the hindering elements last season, I have a very different opinion than most of you. I am predicting that the Oilers will be a playoff team in the upcoming season. I am not saying just because they get Penner. And post your replies. I am very interested in reading articulate and reasonable arguments. 

Dustin Penner. The Edmonton Oiler.

As reported by TSN. Thoughts and opinions on this topic please.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=215290&hubname=

Time for the big market teams to step up.

Many people may have already read Scott Burnside’s article on ESPN from a couple days ago. About basically the state of the league and how all the other major sports leagues are facing major crisis with all their scandals. Yea, we know what they are so I’m not going to mention them. I’ll put the link at the end if you want to read it, but at the end of the article or in the middle I’m not quite sure he stated that this in the NHL’s third year since the lockout. This is historically the make or break year for sports leagues that come out of a lockout or a strike. This is the NHL’s chance to make a come back and get back some fans.

What MTL looks like Going into season now

Take a look at what MTL looks like going into season now. Tell me if your satisfied!

To match? Or not to match? **UPDATE**

Tomorrow is decision day……

The Anaheim Ducks have declined to match Edmonton’s offer sheet to Dustin Penner thus making Penner the new Oiler.

Stajan or Peca, Who do you go with?

We are now entering August and Mike Peca still remains without an NHL home for this upcoming season.

KEVIN GARNETT A BRUIN KILLER!

With the recent trade of Kevin Garnett, the Boston Celtics join the Red Sox and Patriots as teams pushing for championships in their respective sports. On the outside looking in: The Boston Bruins.

Parise Makes Pact with the Devils

According to TSN.ca, the New Jersey Devils have re-signed Zach Parise to a four year contract worth $12.5M.

The WHOLE Ryan Smyth and Tomas Vanek story.

Many people have crititzied The Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe on not giving F Ryan Smyth the deal he wanted, but signing F Tomas Vanek to a 7.14 million dollar offer sheet. Well many people don’t know the whole story, so that’s why I want to explain to everyone why this all happened.

One by One rating of our 2007-2008 Leaf Roster

Rather than arguing if the Leafs have a playoff capable team or not, anybody with half-a-mind knows they definitely do as long as they can steer clear of the mass amount of injuries they went through last year. However I would like to go from top to bottom and rate each “guaranteed roster player” out of 10 as for their value towards the team goes….if I slip even once there’s people on this site with nothing better to do than just point out flaws…let’s see them come to life if I slip on a player they disagree on.

ARBITRATOR AWARDS AVERY $1.9 Million

According to the Blueshirt Bulletin, the arbitrator has awarded Sean Avery a 1 year $1.9Million dollar deal.

Why Canada Shouldn't Expect Another Team Soon

Before everyone starts blaming Bettman, first people have to remember that the NHL is a business. The bottom line is what matters most. With that in mind, Bettman is doing the owners a service, and therefore the NHL a service, by not allowing another team to come to Canada until the current CBA expires.

The 5 Worst Signings This Off-season

Since the majority of free agent signings have already been completed (with the exception of a hand full – Peca, Penner, etc.), I thought it would be quite entertaining to ask everyone about their opinion on the worst free agent signings this off-season, so far. It seems like everyone has been discussing the positive assets acquired, such as Gomez, Briere, Drury, Blake, Vokoun, Toskala, etc., by their respective teams, but none have really gone in depth as to which signings have actually hurt, rather than benefited, their nhl franchise. A list has already been composed for the 5 best (5 best players, most improved/snakebitten franchises, etc.), so now it is time to construct a hall of GM shame for the 2007-2008 season. Here are my personal picks, some will agree, some disagree. I look forward to all of your criticism, as well as your personal opinions for the Top 5 Worst Signings this off-season: