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Getting It Off My Chest

I love this team.

I get up every morning, put on my Oilers hat (my tuque when it’s really cold) and I tell myself how much I love this team.  Playing tonight?  Sure are.  Get shellacked by four goals last night?  Yep.

Doesn’t matter.  Every day, I get up and I love this team.  Oh, they’re no Red Wings, or Sharks, or Vancouver Canucks in the standings, I understand.  I don’t want to be a part of those teams.

I want to be a part of this team.  When they win, when they lose (I’ve gotten quite good at that part), and through everything in between.  It’s in my blood.

I’ve got to tell you, yesterday I almost lost it when Dustin Penner got traded for a prospect and two picks, I was really hot under the collar.  I was close to bursting.

Yes, I’m glad that the Oilers got a prospect, and yes, I’m glad there’s a first round pick, put a ribbon on it already.  And you know what?  I guess I can take solace in the fact that the Oilers didn’t deal Ales Hemsky yesterday, which reminds me that I must hit up Curtis Stock for my loonie.

The fly in the salve about the whole thing is that not a single immediate need was addressed when the Oilers sent one of their best players to Los Angeles.  Why for?

A guy who most people have a yard’s worth of respect on the Oilogosphere is Lowetide.  Lowetide has been around since before Keith Richards, I’m sure of it.  I’ve learned more about the game from Lowetide than any other site on the Internet, with Gabriel Desjardins and Copper and Blue being close seconds.

At some level, I have faith in the organization to get it right. I know that’s a lonely place to be, but that’s how I see it.

-Lowetide, 28 FEB 2011

I think I still do, it’s just the level of frustration that’s hit my temple on this trade was higher than anything else I’ve seen over the past five years.  More bullets, man.  A first round Kings draft pick is going to fall into the early 20s, which would lead me to believe it would be a clear two years before the first would likely show up in Edmonton. At least when the organisation traded Lubomir Visnovsky last deadline, Ryan Whitney was acquired.  While Whitney wasn’t Lubo, I think we can all agree that up until this year’s season ending injury, it looked like a semisolid investment.  If Whitney stays healthy, I don’t think we’re talking about the toilet until at least February or March of 2012.

And wouldn’t that be fun?  Relevant hockey after Christmas?

On a brighter note, I hope Richard Petiot gets the most out of his minutes tonight versus Nashville.

It’ll be better tomorrow.


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