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#Oilers drop tough decision to Winnipeg thanks to a four-minute meltdown at the start of the second period. PLUS: When will Dave Tippett play his best players all at once? And MORE!

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NHL: FEB 15 Jets at Oilers Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Morning, folks.

I don’t know about you, but I’m about done with watching Mike Smith play for the Edmonton Oilers. Look, I know. He won those two games. He even had a shutout. But let’s just stop considering their games against Ottawa as actual games and stop extrapolating success in those games to other, non-Ottawa games. Let’s stop suggesting that Mike Smith even bears a passing resemblance to a guy in a The Savior costume, let alone that he might, in fact, be a Savior himself.

Let’s once again wonder why Ken Holland couldn’t be bothered to find someone better than a guy who is about 33%+ to get pulled any given night. Let’s wonder what the hell is actually going on with Ethan Bear now that he’s been out for two weeks, even though he seems to be practicing in full. Let’s wonder who Caleb Jones has to dry hump to get a martini around here. Let’s blue sky about what sort of return makes sense in a Tyson Barrie trade. Dude grifted another two secondary assists on plays that did not require much from him, and now the team’s official mouthpiece is talking about him like he’s a critical part of the team (he isn’t):

That’s gonna be a yikes from me. I don’t know about anyone else but it’s tweets like the above, that give a glimpse into the organization’s thinking, that keep me up at night. This team cannot have Tyson Barrie on it after the trade deadline. It cannot. Therefore, it almost certainly will.

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