It's been 1,788 days since the Edmonton Oilers appeared in a playoff game. By the time the 2012 playoffs begin, that number will stretch to 2,125 days, give or take a day. It will be the longest streak in franchise history by about 470 days.
Steve Tambellini is ardent, well as ardent as Tambellini can be, that the Oilers are going to stay the course and execute Kevin Lowe's six year plan to compete. That plan does not lend itself to a playoff appearance in 2011-12. Ben laid out the reasons why the Oilers just need to make the playoffs and worry about winning the Stanley Cup when they get there and Ryan Whitney and Shawn Horcoff are subtly begging management for more veterans to give the kids and the Oilers a fighting chance to win.
So what happens if Tambellini doesn't add the free agent center and defenseman the Oilers so desperately need? What happens if the Oilers don't make the playoffs in 2012? Will Edmonton's management team be able to keep the fans at bay with more lottery picks, even if the gap between playoff appearances stretches to a minimum of 2,490 days?