May 10, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) and Anaheim Ducks center David Steckel (20) face off in game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers Odds And Ends 4

This season needs to start yesterday.
Seriously, are you not all jonesing for some hockey or what?
Odds and Ends, friends:

—Okay, this is slightly off topic, but, what in fresh hell is happening to the East Division in the CFL? I am a die hard Roughriders fan, and so when the NHL goes to sleep for the summer, I like to turn my eyes towards my favorite brand of football. This year, however, is maybe among the worst football I have seen from this league in my lifetime. After 7 weeks, the east have a COMBINED 6 WINS. I often have the CFL vs. NFL debate with sporting types, and I always say that our football is more entertaining, fast and exciting. Not so this year. It has become EXPECTED that an eastern team will lose. It’s made for an incredibly tight West Division, but perhaps they all look so good ’cause the east looks so bad. Here’s hoping that the east can become a beast, or you will see one league wide group. The east can’t suck too much longer or the Argos are goners. Hello Buffalo Bills!

—NBC Sports had a nice piece the other day on the possibilities surrounding Leon Draisaitl’s eventual place of rest come October. He may just end up back in Prince Albert, but, hey, would YOU wanna go back to Prince Albert after rooming with Nail Yakupov in Edmonton? He may get sent to Europe to refine his game.

I don’t like that for the simple fact it is a different game there. The ice surface is bigger, the play is slower and the talent pool isn’t as good. In Saskatchewan, he will continue to learn the nuances of the western game, and will be in close proximity to Edmonton. Listen, no matter what, he will get the nine games. He will get a taste of the NHL, and I’m betting he is ready. The Oilers may have other plans. They don’t want Gagner 2.0

—Here’s one for you: Boyd Gordon gets hurt 15 games into the season. Who fills the void? I’m placing my friendly bet that David Steckel or Michael Handzus are Oilers by December. I have a feeling we won’t be filing the 2C role this year. Expect one of these fellows to fill in as they seek another 800,000 dollars for their retirement.

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