CFP! wrote:Anyway, they better do it quick - by next year, those dasterdly Oilers may prove to be too big of a hurdle for the Canucks.
It's true that the line of Eberle-Nugent - Hopkins - Hall is dangerous and only going to get better, however, beyond that the Oiler's have the oft-injured Hemesky and that's it. The rest of their team is 3rd and 4th line plugs. On defense Whitney and the overrated Cam Barker. In goal Khabibulin is nearing the end of his career, and even now he is either red hot or ice cold. Dubnyk is not really what I would call a top prospect that is waiting to replace their current felon.
So the Oiler's don't really scare me yet. They have had trouble attracting and retaining any serious talent for years now, and as much as their management was to blame for that, there is also the issue of Edmonton being a really shitty place to live. They have great fans, but the city itself is unattractive, the climate is nothing to write home about, and there are 27 other cities in the league that are infinitely more attractive. I just don't see the Oiler's becoming a true threat in the NHL again any time soon. They'll be exciting, fun to watch, but ultimately be a one line team.....and that's if they can hang on to their 3 big young guns. I'm betting they can't. All 3 of those guys are going to finish this year at close to a point-per-game (or better), and next year they will do the same. Hall and Eberle will be RFA's at that point and RNH a year behind them. They will all want big raises, and chances are good the Oiler's will be doing all they can to accomodate them. But if there is any stall in the negotiations, you can bet some GM is going to drop an offer sheet on the table in a hurry. If they do sign with the Oiler's it will be a term that will allow them to hit UFA as soon as possible. They have a 4 year window to win a cup IMO.
As for Calgary, well stick a fork in em, they're done. Iginla keeps saying he wants to win it in Calgary, and he thinks the Flame's have the pieces to do it. He's deluded.....and probably also just being a good teammate. Outside of Iginla and Kiprusoff, Calgary has nobody. Tanguay and Jokinen? Bouwmeester? The guy who has never been to the playoffs at ANY level of his playing career..... Tonight was a great example of what happens to a "contender" when a GM makes poor decisions and lets the right people go and keeps the wrong players (Cammallerri anyone?). This rivalry is dead too.