It was a busy weekend for the Edmonton Oilers and their fans and the activities started Friday night when the club traded defenseman Ladislav Smid to the rival Calgary Flames so Craig MacTavish could sign netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.
Heather wrote about desperate times for the Oilers and how the move still doesn’t address the team’s gapping hole on the blue line. If anything, the argument could be made that the hole just became much larger with the absence of Smid.
The Oilers then dropped a pair of contests on back-to-back days to round out the four game road trip at just 1-3 and now it’s time to ask the fans if they’re satisfied with the moves that MacTavish has made?
This month has started out much like October did and we all know how well last month ended. Has MacTavish already thrown in the towel on this season given the Oilers are now a full 14 points out of a playoff spot? Is he making moves to assemble the platform for a much larger, “bold” move down the road that lead up to the trade deadline?
Or does he still believe that this season can be salvaged and these pair of transactions will help the Oilers immediately while still allowing for some roster tinkering throughout the season? Given Mac-T believes that this club is showing progress despite the losses that continue to pile up, we are lead to think that he is an optimist and truly believes this season can be saved.
What do the readers think? Are you satisfied with the moves that MacTavish has made to try and improve this hockey team? Or are you still waiting for that big move that lands the Oilers a stud blue liner that makes an immediate impact?
Is Brygalov the man to shore up the weakness in goal? Are you raving about the stability he will bring once he finally gets his first start in an Oilers uniform? Or is he just a bridge until the free-agent market opens up next summer when the Oilers can throw gobs of money at Jonas Hiller?