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IT IS TIME
It's been a hell of an offseason. What'd we miss?
For better or worse, General Manager Peter Chiarelli has made a handful of moves to try to shake up this team. Gone is 2015-16 team leading scorer Taylor Hall. In return, the Oilers received defenceman Adam Larsson from New Jersey. Larsson has impressed so far with Oscar Klefbom, they'll be depended on to play the big minutes night in and night out.
Chiarelli then signed Milan Lucic to a seven year deal. He'll start the season on the top line with Connor McDavid and Jordan Eberle. Edmonton is gonna need a tonne of action from that line. Just last week, the Oilers traded Nail Yakupov to the St. Louis Blues. They got this cool draft pick that could become a second rounder if Yakupov scores 15 or more goals with St. Louis this year.
The Oilers took a dip into the free agent pool a couple times. After Lucic, they signed Jonas Gustavsson to backup Cam Talbot. Late last week, Chiarelli signed Kris Russell shortly after dealing Yakupov. No doubt the Oilers need help on the right side of the blue, will playing the left handed Russell on the right side help shore up the defence?
The Oilers have made several moves in order to help bring the team closer to a playoff berth. After eight preseason games, they all count for real tonight. Is this the year Edmonton breaks its ten year playoff drought?
The Oilers are saying
"We want to be the best team in Alberta and we want to be the best team in the League...It takes steps and I think over the past few years we've been working on those steps and I think Calgary has, too. This is a game to really assert yourself and take pride in the Battle of Alberta."
That's Oilers defenceman Brandon Davidson on how important winning tonight's game would be for Edmonton.
It's been 3,768 days since the Oilers were in the playoffs. Winning tonight would be a great start for a team that could use a little push to start the season.
The opponents are saying
"It's a huge part for me, being close to home with my family. Being on a team that's on the verge of winning, too...They're a young team with a lot of great young talent. There's a lot of factors." SoSource