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GAMEDAY as the Oilers are in Montreal to take on a Habs outfit that’s had their number so far this season. PLUS: Are Ken Holland and Dave Tippett bad at their jobs?! AND: Podcast Day!!!

Calgary Flames v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

Morning, folks.

First thing’s first: it’s GAMEDAY. The Oilers are back in action tonight for the first time since Friday night, with a big game in Montreal before two more gimmies in Ottawa on Wednesday and Friday.

Nice.

The talk this weekend surrounded the Oilers and their handling of Evan Bouchard. Reporting from The Athletic suggests that Evan Bouchard won’t get another game this season barring injury, and this morning guys like LT are suggesting it’s not that big of a deal, in part because Bouchard played — and practiced — a fair bit in Sweden.

My thoughts are — show me even one other organization that would handle their top organizational prospect like this in his D+3 season. He’s 21 years old. He was drafted like 1000 days ago. Almost all of his peers from that draft are playing real NHL minutes today.

Neither the Oilers — or guys like Tyson Barrie or Kris Russell or William Lagesson for that matter — are good enough to sacrifice such an important season. The Oilers doing their goddamnedest to bring a shit team to the playoffs because anything can happen is just such pathetic thinking I cannot possibly support the long-term employment of either Ken Holland or Dave Tippett given their body of work here.

Your mileage may vary, but I’m done.

Point to their being above 0.500 for like the third time in your entire life as being cause to ignore this shit if you want. Not for me. Fire them all.


LAST CHANCE

Episode IV: A Blue Nope

In which Preston, Shona and Corey talk about the week that was(n’t), Taylor Hall, the Bakersfield Condors line of Tyler Benson, Ryan McLeod, and Cooper Marody, the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings and their hot start to the year, and the 2021 Isobel Cup Champion Boston Pride!

Have a boo before Episode V drops later this afternoon!


2021 Bargain Bin Deadline Day (Copper and Blue)

Oilers Extinguish Flames in 3-2 Win (Copper and Blue)

GAME THREAD: Game 38/56 Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames (Copper and Blue)


Monday Mailbag – What’s The Deal With Evan Bouchard? (ON)

Oilers Understand The Schedule Will Continue Shifting In COVID-19 World (TOR)

Pre-Trade Deadline Mailbag: Could The Edmonton Oilers Land Jack Eichel? (ON)

Bigger Than The Game (ON)

McDavid, Tippett Speaks On COVID Situation In Vancouver (SN)

Deja Vu All Over Again (LT)

Oil Spills: Bunch Of Oilers Defence Q+A (ES)

Edmonton Oil Kings With Another Convincing Victory Against Red Deer Rebels (ES)

The Edmonton Oilers Should Give Tyson Barrie A Night Off This Week (ON)

Edmonton Oilers Make Two Minor Moves As Joakim Nygard Waived, Theodor Lennstrom Assigned To AHL (EJ)

Grindhouse (LT)


Lowetide: Evan Bouchard’s Season Of Inactivity — What Is The Risk For The Oilers? (TA)

Lowetide: Oilers Futures Watch — How New Arrivals Are Making An Impact At AHL Bakersfield (TA)

What I’m Hearing About The Oilers Ahead Of The Trade Deadline: Taylor Hall, Evan Bouchard And More (TA)