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NHLPA survey – Edmonton sucks but the ice is good (really?!?)

January 31, 2011 2 comments

To help fill the void left in the NHL news cycle by the All-star weekend, the NHLPA and CBC released the results of a poll of 318 members of the NHLPA yesterday. This poll covers the same ground that every player poll like this covers. Where would you least like to play? Where would you most like to play? Who is the most underrated? Who is the toughest to play against? It’s the same old, same old. The questions never change and neither do the answers.

So it should come as no surprise that Edmonton was the answer a significant number of the player provided to the question “What team would you least like to play on?“. The Islanders lead the way with 27% of the vote, the Oilers followed with 20%. The Thrashers, Leafs, and Panthers rounded out the top five with 7%, 5%, and 2% respectively. Does this surprise anyone? Should Oiler fans care?

The short answer is and no and no. It’s well established that Edmonton isn’t a desirable place to play. It’s remote. It’s cold. There is a lot of travel. And the team isn’t very good. All things being equal (in other words money) if I had the choice to ply my trade in Edmonton or another NHL city I’d probably go somewhere else and I grew up here and I think Edmonton is a pretty great place to live. Read more…

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Look out New York we’re coming to get you

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Make no mistake, the Oilers have New York clearly in their sights. No they aren’t looking for payback with the Rangers for the Avery fueled incident that capped of Sundays 8-2 loss. No the Oilers are looking at Islanders and their hold on 30th place in the NHL.

The Oilers are 4-10-3 on the season (only the Islanders with a 4-11-3 record are worse), they’ve lost their last five games by a combined score of 30-8, there is almost no energy from the team on the ice, and now Khabibulin has been placed on the injured reserve with a groin injury. Groin injuries are a tough injury for a goalie to get back from. With Khabibulin’s injury history I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be gone for a while. This is what people mean when they say “from bad to worse”. Read more…