I have made peace with this season.
— Neal (@tweetneal) March 26, 2013
The Edmonton Oilers were defeated by the Nashville Predators last night by a score of 3-2. While I was holding on to some chance of a turnaround that would save the season in dramatic fashion, last night’s game was a friendly pat on the head that reaffirmed in me in a sing-song voice that “no no, you dummy, this is where it really ends”. And, I guess I’m not really surprised.
What’s that? There’s still time? Well, technically, yes, you’re right. I mean, the Oilers could go into St. Louis and defeat the Blues. Please recall this past Saturday where the Blues did quite the number on Edmonton at Rexall Place. Anything can happen, it’s just that it’s not looking like it’ll trend that way. The Oilers had a nice five game point streak, and they never got closer than a couple of whiffs at eighth. It was more like tenth, but I’m usually an optimist.
With that in mind, step right up.
Sell. But, don’t do it the right way, do it your way. You know, the way we’re used to seeing it? Find expiring contracts and turn them into the usual pebbles in the lake that we’re used to seeing. Ryan Whitney to the Penguins for a late pick. Offer Ladislav Smid a contract, but make it for about 2.5M a year. When he’s dealt on the deadline, say that his number just didn’t fit with the future of the team. That’s where Tom Renney would’ve come in handy, he was always able to be counted on for saying something like ‘wherewithal’ and be able to get away with it. Smid to the Wings for a prospect. Or, trade a player away for the same position that puts us in a worse spot than we were before the deal. Ales Hemsky for Aaron Asham and future considerations. I didn’t know about that wrinkle until last year, but somehow it got pulled off with Tom Gilbert.
Step right up.
One tenth of dollar.
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