Re: Who's To Blame For The Mess in Edmonton?
posted at 3/25/2014 1:44 PM EDT
In response to shuperman's comment:
We have seen the oilers continue to stock pile talent and continue to have a top 3 pick. Another one is coming this year. They have bratty stars that havent taken the next step. They dont have great leadership(Ference seems lost). They have a coach that has lost the team. The fans want Kevin Lowe out. They havent had a goalie in years. They have no defense.
Who should and will feal the wrath this off season.
Just a quick sidenote. I can see the Oilers and Ottawa making monster trade. So for Chowda. Here it is.
spezza, Neil, Cowan. For Gagner, Yako, Nurse. Pick.
I think that would be a terrible deal for both teams, to be honest. Spezza is a very creative offensive player - sometimes more creative than talented in terms of his body doing what his imagination invents. He is a lost cause as both a leader and as the centrepiece of the attack because you just can't live with the consequences of the mistakes for the amount of offense he generates. Not and win. I think you're including Neil because he's physical and plays with intensity, but I don't see him having the impact you're thinking he would. They've had "energy" guys. The problem is the top of the Oiler lineup, not the the bottom - meaning top 6 fwds, top 4 D and #1 goalie.
Cowen's a big, physical defenseman who may never recover from the injury that slowed him this year. He used to be big but nimble enough to be good rather than a Hal Gill. He's now Gill minus the experience. That might change, but I'm not gambling on it if I'm Edmonton.
Ottawa's in a similar boat in that they have given up even more goals against/game than the Oilers and they have too many specialist types - with Spezza, add Hemsky, Ryan and Karlsson. They don't have an all-purpose, high end talent. And they don't have very good defensemen, so if they give up Cowen, it's because they think he'll never be what he seemed to be when he got injured.