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Old 04-15-2021, 10:23 AM   #5161
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The Oilers are a mirage and will come down to earth quite quickly when games matter. If things don't go 100% their way, they can't compete when teams hit that next gear in the playoffs.

The one thing Holland has done is being able kick the can down the road long enough for a bunch of the contracts to come up to open up a bunch of cap space after the expansion draft. What will be interesting to see how they manage that cap space. He has to kind of go all in to appease McDavid and Draisaitl because they don't have the luxury to wait a couple more years to hope players graduate and become impact players.
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The Oilers are a mirage and will come down to earth quite quickly when games matter. If things don't go 100% their way, they can't compete when teams hit that next gear in the playoffs.

The one thing Holland has done is being able kick the can down the road long enough for a bunch of the contracts to come up to open up a bunch of cap space after the expansion draft. What will be interesting to see how they manage that cap space. He has to kind of go all in to appease McDavid and Draisaitl because they don't have the luxury to wait a couple more years to hope players graduate and become impact players.
I keep telling my friends that are a fan of that garbage team that if they paid Seattle to get rid of Neal they would be better off using that 5.75m cap space elsewhere. They disagree and would rather buy him out. Why not pay the 1st to get rid of No Zeal Neal and use that cap space for a good forward that would be better suited at that cap hit? Makes no sense to but him out and to continuously have buy out money on the books.
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Old 04-15-2021, 02:07 PM   #5163
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Why not pay the 1st to get rid of No Zeal Neal and use that cap space for a good forward that would be better suited at that cap hit?
You assume two things:

1. The Seattle owners are willing to tie up $5.75 million in cap space during their honeymoon period with the fans, have a roster player who is obviously no good, and hurt their chance of competing early like Vegas after they paid $650 million to get that chance – all for a first-round pick? I doubt it very much.

2. The Oilers could actually find a player worth $5.75 million who is willing to sign in the Siberia of the New World.

Much more likely that Seattle signs the good forward and Edmonton is still stuck with Neal's contract. Nobody in this world owes the Oilers any favours.
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Old 04-15-2021, 03:22 PM   #5164
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Edmonton, we need you to stop being No Good for four games against the Habs. Please and thanks
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Edmonton, we need you to stop being No Good for four games against the Habs. Please and thanks
Behind closed doors I almost believe they would conspire to phone in those games to spite us.

I wholeheartedly believe some of their guys are that petty.

But they are close to Winnipeg I think.. so maybe there's incentive to not be total chumps.
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Old 04-15-2021, 03:42 PM   #5166
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With the Tenderness out and them stacking Raisatl with McAvi again, lines 2-4 are a embarrassing, even for the Oilers.

Oilers will have been off for over a week when they play Jets, then Habs twice, then Jets twice.

If Flames can keep beating Montreal, beat Ottawa and the CovidCanucks next Wed, we could see a game against Oil on April 29 where the Flames are ahead of the Oil by 1 point.
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With the Tenderness out and them stacking Raisatl with McAvi again, lines 2-4 are a embarrassing, even for the Oilers.

Oilers will have been off for over a week when they play Jets, then Habs twice, then Jets twice.

If Flames can keep beating Montreal, beat Ottawa and the CovidCanucks next Wed, we could see a game against Oil on April 29 where the Flames are ahead of the Oil by 1 point.
Best the Oil beat the Habs though.
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Old 04-15-2021, 04:11 PM   #5168
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Best the Oil beat the Habs though.
Habs likely won't lose every game to end, so they can win those games, lose against the Flames and lose the rest and the Oil and Habs can fight for 4th spot.
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If things don't go 100% their way, they can't compete when teams hit that next gear in the playoffs.
I first actually thought you were talking about the Flames.


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Habs likely won't lose every game to end, so they can win those games, lose against the Flames and lose the rest and the Oil and Habs can fight for 4th spot.
Which scenario has both the Oilers and the Habs missing the playoffs? I'd like that one.
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This is so unfair to the Oilers.

There is no more rested team in the league and the Oilers have to play them first?

Who is going to be more motivated than a team that just faced the adversity of a teamwide Covid outbreak? And the Oilers have to play them first?

This is a team that is now pretty much immune to Covid, that's basically a super power. And the Oilers have to play them first?



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Those guys all had Covid, shouldn't they have to stay 6ft away from Connor? They were actually touching him when he had the puck!!!

This is clearly the league ignoring the rules, all of those guys should be suspended, and we should be awarded the cup.
Covid distancing and the Right of Way law of sportsnet says he gets 2 meters of space and full access to pass if he decides to skate fast.

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Which scenario has both the Oilers and the Habs missing the playoffs? I'd like that one.
Go Covid?
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Which scenario has both the Oilers and the Habs missing the playoffs? I'd like that one.
Flames and Canucks run the table against other teams, and play exclusively 3 pointers against each other. That would probably do it?
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Which scenario has both the Oilers and the Habs missing the playoffs? I'd like that one.
Would be so incredibly Oilers to have a McOutbreak mid May that knocks them out of POs.

Even when they make the playoffs, they miss the playoffs.
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Would be so incredibly Oilers to have a McOutbreak mid May that knocks them out of POs.

Even when they make the playoffs, they miss the playoffs.
I’m sure that Covid wasn’t one of McAvi’s 27 life threatening illnesses that he suffered and recovered from on his way to individual awards.

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7 years and 4000 posts later, and despite the odds of being good at some point in that time, Edmonton is unequivocally no good still.
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7 years and 4000 posts later, and despite the odds of being good at some point in that time, Edmonton is unequivocally no good still.
Oh my. There has been so many more than 4,000 posts in this thread over the past seven years.

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That was my 4000th post, my bad for not being clear
I will choose to ignore context and interpret this as 4000 separate and distinct Oiler jabs thrown making you a god among men sir !
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