The Edmonton Oilers are in a class all their own.
They’re the last true dynasty the NHL has seen,
They’ve hosted generation-defining players multiple times in Wayne Gretzky and Connor McDavid.
And now, they’re truly the one franchise everyone should look to learn what not to do.
Yes. The Oilers are that franchise. Not the Coyotes, not the Senators, but the Oilers.
Well all know what they’ve done the past few seasons, but yesterday was a day like no other when it comes to moves that aren’t Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson.
TRADE 🔄 The #Oilers have acquired defenceman Alex Petrovic from the @FlaPanthers in exchange for defenceman Chris Wideman as well as a third-round selection in the 2019 #NHLDraft. pic.twitter.com/GdwyIUz8I0— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 30, 2018
A third round pick for a slight upgrade on defense. This guy has to be good right? He’s the one the Panthers gave up Jonathan Marchessault to keep an open spot on their protected list in the expansion draft.
Fine, it’s nothing, it’s meh. It’s moving deck chairs on the Titanic. Then, came move number two.
The #Oilers have acquired defencemen Brandon Manning & Robin Norell from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Drake Caggiula & Jason Garrison. pic.twitter.com/aQwcC1gplJ— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 30, 2018
Who is Brandon Manning you ask? Well, let’s look at the video tape.
Yeah, that’s the play that broke McDavid’s collarbone, and ultimately cost him the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year (and a six figure bonus). It was an accident, wasn’t it? Well....
Connor McDavid says Brandon Manning admitted intent
“I did all I could defending him last year in the media,” McDavid said after Edmonton’s 6-5 loss to Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center. “Everyone wanted to make a big deal saying he did it on purpose, and he wanted to say some comments today about what went on last year. I thought it was one of the [most] classless things I’ve ever seen on the ice. He said some things, and our guys responded accordingly. I guess we can put the whole ‘if he did it on purpose’ thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that.”
Well, it’s hockey you know? Darcy Tucker and Mike Peca played on the Leafs together and got along fine. Let’s see how the Oilers fans are taking it.
Like holy fuck gouge my fucking eyes out so I can't fucking watch this anymore. Please.— Copper & Blue (@CopperandBlue) December 30, 2018
Um...anyway here’s your news.
There’s a new episode of Back to Excited, and Fulecat is guest starring.
Back to Excited Episode 43: How Wrong Were We
The Centre of Leafs Nation takes a look ahead at the trade deadline.
Maple Leafs: Trade Deadline Blueprint
The Colour of Hockey has a piece about NHler Jim Paek, and career spanning the globe.
Jim Paek played in Pittsburgh, coached in South Korea, but calls Nottingham ‘home’
The Winnipeg Jets* are short a defender for January
Dustin Byfuglien out at least four weeks
The Sabres fans are turning on their team and it’s delicious
It’s starting to head downhill
Is the Jake Guentzel extension helping or hurting the Penguins?
The Penguins 2019-20 salary cap implications with the Jake Guentzel extension
I can’ resist, so here’s the Copper & Blue pieces for the trades:
Trade: Oilers send Drake Caggiula to Chicago Blackhawks in Exchange for Brandon Manning
Oilers Acquire Alex Petrovic From Florida
And here are some delicious tweets.
You should be ashamed. No amount of access to a bunch of canned statements should be worth your goddamn dignity folks https://t.co/GJ1nnlTyx6— Copper & Blue (@CopperandBlue) December 30, 2018
Did you get that from his 25% goal share this season or from the resulting healthy scratches for the last five straight games Robert https://t.co/9ouWKgRzqr— Copper & Blue (@CopperandBlue) December 30, 2018
Chiarelli had to trade Taylor Hall for the chemistry in the room but is just fine bringing in the guy who intentionally injured McDavid? Alright then.#FireChiarelli #FireBobNicholson— Brian King (@Kinger999) December 30, 2018
Your president. Of all associated hockey writers. https://t.co/R5WIHUhik8— Copper & Blue (@CopperandBlue) December 30, 2018
I appreciate this sentiment, for sure, but here's the thing.— Copper & Blue (@CopperandBlue) December 31, 2018
It's been like this for years.
This might be the tipping point, but a lot of people have already been tipped.
I've already pulled over. I can't pull over any farther. https://t.co/roigBdqWuz
Okay, that last one was a little sad.
It’s the last day of 2018 Maple Leafs fans, let’s be happy our long struggle is over.