Playoffs? Who cares about the playoffs in Edmonton? Heck their season ended a month ago when they were 14th in the Western Conference. Why are they so excited? Don’t they know they’re seven points back of the eighth spot entering play on Tuesday? Don’t they know that the team is on pace to break the NHL record for man games lost due to injury? Don’t they have any brains, these Oilers players? Are they taking the crack? Why are they playing hockey right now when they should be watching Seinfeld reruns?
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On Sunday, while at work, I was frantically looking for news on where impending NHL free agents had signed and was hoping to hear something like “the Oilers have signed Chris Drury” or something resembling that.I didn’t, but I heard Oilers news of a different kind. “The Edmonton Oilers have traded Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul to the Philedalphia Flyers for defenseman Joni Pittkanen and forward Goeff Sanderson, plus a 2009 3rd round draft choice,” was what the announcer on TSN was reporting. At first I was angry about my team trading away its captain and perhaps the toughest guy in the league for an unproven defender, who was -22 last season. But after composing my thoughts, and my tears, it wasn’t that bad. Kevin Lowe and Paul Holmgren have pulled off, in my mind, one of the most even trades in modern NHL history.