So today is both the Trade Deadline and the most important game Edmonton has played since they dealt Smyth away in 2007. No pressure.
I dont want to alarm anybody (!!!), but the Oilers could find themselves occupying 8th place in the West by Midnight. This is of course a shock to the system and something that flies in the face of everything I know to be true. If the Oilers land the 8th spot tonight then somebody should call the Coast Guard because the streets will be running out of control.
The NHL trade deadline has been the biggest snorefest in years. All the good trades happened earlier than the April 3rd date. No doubt the compacted schedule has a lot to do with this. Waiting an extra couple days means not having that acquisition for a couple of games in a short season. There simply was no time to waste. Iginla, Bouwmeester, Morrow, Jagr, Roy, all the biggest names are gone. I feel bad for the TSN panel who has to be live for 60 hours or whatever it is. The fact is guys like Ryan Jones are the most prominent names on the list of available players, and the Eastern based pundits probably couldnt tell you anything about the guy because he’s spent his career in the bottom 6 of Western clubs.
The biggest revelation was that Kipprusoff would not accept a trade anywhere and would instead remain in cowtown until he retired at season’s end. This is another hilarious deflation of Flames Fan’s Quick Rebuild™. This plan of course depended on good returns for Iginla, Bouwmeester, and Kipper. But fear not, Calgary, at least you still have
Dion Phaneuf Curtis Glencross.
The Oilers at the Deadline have been deathly quiet so far. Though as I wrote that news broke that the Oilers acquired Faceoff Man Jerred Smithson for a 4th rounder. Picks after the 3rd round are inconsequential to me so this deal brings in a big body. The question that remains now is whether or not that means Belanger or Jones is destined to be on the way out.
I was hoping for Whitney to be dealt in any deal. That would truly be an addition by subtraction, but it doesnt look right now like that will come to fruition.
I will update this as more news breaks.
Oilers Keys to the Game
He isnt there in Calgary anymore. This guy WAS the Calgary Flames. Have fun watching your soulless club march to golf season, Calgarians. In the end your beloved Captain didnt even have the courtesy to allow his old club to get the best deal possible for him. Class Act
This player made the home grown talent of Dion Phaneuf expendable. Now you dont have Dion AND you dont have JayBo. Well played, Feaster. Well played. This guy at up huge minutes for the Flames and was playing the best he’s played in the Red but his Ginormous contract meant little was coming back to the Flames. If everything goes right for the Oilers, though, he can keep his career No Post Season streak alive!
This guy is a Flame through and through. Played so well that he kept their shitty team above water every year. Teams that should have been lottery bound played up to 9th in the West. He was a gat goaltender. Great enough to make sure they never drafted in a good position. Now he has denied attempts to trade him and will likely retire at the end of the year. Lets just hope that when he does there will be a Cap Circumvention Inquiry related to the “understanding” the two parties had when they negotiated the extra year at barely more than 1 million dollars.
Puck drops at 8:08PM Mountain Time on Sportsnet. Game On!