With the schadenfreude of the other night wearing off — because, really, who cares that much about the Leafs? — we’re knee-deep in the doldrums now.
One nice thing about tuning into the odd playoff game — especially, say, watching the Colorado Avalanche or Tampa Bay Lightning (or Carolina Hurricanes) — it becomes quite apparent that the Oilers, as built, have a long way to go.
Obviously we’re approaching an important summer, but, there is a lot to do just to maintain last year’s level, let alone take the two-step jump to the upper echelons of the league.
We wait, I guess.
I won’t hold my breath this year, though. I’ve done HOPE before. They all got traded. Two of them are still playing playoff games, but not for Edmonton. Obviously.
McGuire on TSN690: "The two teams that have been built through analytics and they are both on the outside looking in: the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers."— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 2, 2021
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
It wasn’t the playoff run that Oilers fans expected but it’s the one they got.
Edmonton’s season came to an end last Monday after the Winnipeg Jets swept them 4-0 in their opening-round series. Corey and Preston analyze how this happened and ponder what the offseason could hold for Ken Holland.
It isn’t all bad, however, as the duo discusses a wonderful season by the AHL Pacific Division Champion Bakersfield Condors!
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The SuperFan Podcast – Episode 26 – Dennis King (@dkingbh) (Copper and Blue)
Assessing Edmonton’s Defencemen, The Young Talent In The Pipeline, And The Veterans In Need Of New Contracts (ON)
Maple Leafs Vs. Oilers Offseason: Similar, But Totally Different Situations (THW)
Glass Houses (ON)
State Of The Nation — So Uh… How About Them Leafs? (ON)
(Until You’re Standing Before) The Human Being Lawnmower (LT)
Lowetide: Oilers Enter Free Agency As A Major Buyer. Is Third Time The Charm? (TA)