What is going on here?
Step away from the microphone for just a minute. Three victories in a row?
Add to all of that the allure of trade deadline week?
Edmonton’s 5-3 comeback victory against the Atlanta Thrashers might go down as the best game of the year for these Oilers, and surely one to remember for some guy named Taylor Hall. After being down 3-1 in the third, the Oilers embarked on an improbable four-goal period, with three of them coming courtesy of Taylor Hall via a natural hat trick. Three goals puts Taylor Hall at 20 on the season, and almost forty points overall. A first season that approaches fifty points surely isn’t something to write off for a 19 year old first overall pick.
Sheldon Souray has just cleared waivers. Again.
So much for that contract. If Souray doesn’t get moved (read: he won’t) then a buyout is a likely option at a cost of $3M over the next two seasons ($1.5M actual dollars over the next two years), with 2011-12′s cap hit at 2.4M and 2012-13′s at 1.5.
Get it over with already. It’s been too big a distraction since before the season started.
2011′s Hemsky/Penner ticket is like 2010′s Taylor/Tyler debacle in that I wish it was next Tuesday already. You’re likely to already know what boat I’m on regarding Hemsky, and for the record, I think Penner’s going to make it through the 28th also. If either guy is headed anywhere out of Edmonton, it would likely be to a playoff team that thinks they’re one big piece away from making some serious noise. Teams like this are usually less than hesitant to return the net worth of a player, and because I don’t think the Oilers are trying to get out of Hemsky or Penner’s contract as they are Sheldon Souray’s, I just don’t think the Oilers feel they ‘have’ to make a deal.
So where does that leave the Oilers? You mean, if the team doesn’t make any roster adjustments, and hold on to both Penner and Hemsky, and they can’t find anyone hungry enough to take a flyer on a 38 year old netminder with incarceration still looming in the rear-view mirror? Well…still not where the team needs to be.
I’ll take a look at what I think should be done as one of the first orders of business at the conclusion of this season coming up in the next post. And, if you thought the lashing out at the NHL Store was comical, just wait until you hear this one.
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