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Oilers swept by arguably the worst team in the postseason, Tippett moves to 1-7 in the playoffs in Edmonton, and the stage is set for Ken Holland to really blow it this summer.

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Morning, folks.

Today marks the first day of our offseason. Thanks for patronizing us all year. 300+ comments in the year’s last GAME THREAD is something remarkable, and we appreciate all of you.

Otherwise, fire Bob Nicholson, Ken Holland, and Dave Tippett, and all of the staff they brought in with them. There will be better, and more thorough, autopsies of this team in the coming days and weeks, but it basically comes down to: the Edmonton Oilers weren’t deep enough to overcome a poor Jets team. The coach’s adjustments boiled down to icing a lineup built to score LESS goals. Predictably, they lost. Three OT games, so there was some luck involved, but a sweep is a sweep, and people should lose their jobs.

Get some coffee in you, last night was a late one. And it was for nothing.

Have a good summer.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The Copper and Blue Podcast: Episode 11 — “Cool, you’re Jets.”

It’s playoff time baby!

Preston, Shona, and Corey break down what to expect from the Oilers in their first round series against the Winnipeg Jets. We go line-by-line and pairing-by-pairing as we give our thoughts on Edmonton’s roster and how it stacks up against Winnipeg’s.

Stick around for the second half of the episode as the crew looks at the other playoff matchups, complete with predictions and all!


I Bet You’ll Go All In Next Time (Copper and Blue)

GAME 4 RECAP: Winnipeg 4, Edmonton 3 (3OT) (Copper and Blue)

2021 NORTH DIVISION PLAYOFF GAME THREAD: Game 4 Edmonton Oilers @ Winnipeg Jets (Copper and Blue)

Joakim Nygård Returning to Sweden for 2021/22 Season (Copper and Blue)

In Goal With Gherson - Game 3 Oilers / Jets Goaltending Review (Copper and Blue)

Josh Archibald Suspended For One Game (Copper and Blue)


Cast Of 1st-Round Heroes Propel Winnipeg To Stunning Sweep Of Connor McDavid’s Oilers (CBC)

Oilers Ousted In Triple OT Thriller, Leafs Spoil Caufield’s Playoff Debut (CBC)

Winnipeg Jets 4 – Edmonton Oilers 3 — The Day After: Oilers Take It To Third Overtime In Crushing Game Four Loss (ON)

How Connor McDavid’s Situation In Edmonton Could Mimic Jack Eichel’s In Buffalo (B/R)

Oilers Out, Jets Rolling: 4 Lessons From A Winnipeg Sweep (TS)

Shock And Disbelief As Edmonton Oilers Suffer Early Playoff Exit (ES)

Jets Win In 3OT; Oust McDavid, Oilers From Playoffs (ESPN)

Despite Gallant Efforts, Oilers Continue To Find Ways To Lose In Playoffs (SN)

Gallant, you say?


“It’s A Weird Sweep”: Trying To Explain How Connor McDavid And The Oilers Were Dismantled By The Jets (TA)

Lowetide: What Now For Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? How His Slump And The Oilers’ Early Exit Impact His Next Contract (TA)

NHL Gifted The Oilers’ Connor McDavid; Six Years Later, They Have Yet To Adequately Support Him (TA)