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Were it to come to pass, who forced management to make this call? Who put guns to their heads and made them make the team worse? Who waterboarded them into potentially losing their 23 year old, third-best player to the cap literal months after they had something like $30MM in cap space?

Why isn’t this being framed as a disaster and why aren’t any of the mainstream outlets in town willing to stand up for the consumers of this god awful product? Why can’t any of them speak up for the people they actually serve? If there’s no Oilers, they don’t have a job, but that’s no less true of customers. Without Oilers fans to read these articles, nobody would find work covering them. So why is it that, without fail, you will only see “that isn’t piss, it’s rain” articles from the MSM?

Being forced to choose between either of Kailer Yamamoto or Jesse Puljujarvi because Ken Holland built one of the oldest, worst, and most expensive D groups in the cap era is an absolute tragedy in a vacuum, especially so given the Oilers’ possibilities in June. To frame it as anything other than that is dishonest and the people who’ve been packing their various rinks for arguably the worst 20 year run of any organization in North American sport deserve better.

Even if some of them also deserve the Oilers:


The Copper And Blue 2021 Top 25 Under 25: #17 Filip Berglund (Copper and Blue)

The Copper & Blue 2021 Top 25 Under 25: #18 Philip Kemp (Copper and Blue)

The Copper And Blue 2021 Top 25 Under 25: #19 Tyler Tullio (Copper and Blue)

The Copper & Blue Top 25 Under 25: #20 Olivier Rodrigue (Copper and Blue)

The Copper And Blue 2021 Top 25 Under 25: #21 Markus Niemelainen (Copper and Blue)

Oilers Extend Cooper Marody For One Year (Copper and Blue)

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Lessons From Dave Tippett’s First Two Seasons As Head Coach (ON)

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Women Of Oilersnation: Jess Jackson (ON)

I Believe In Marody (LT)

Off The Top Of My Head (ON)

Yamamoto Has No Leverage In Negotiations (ES)

The Boys Are Back In Town (ON)

The Pac-8 (LT)

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