This current title probably reflects the views of most people who watch hockey in the city of Edmonton.
Today, the Oilers made a few moves, two of them see Ryan Spooner and Ty Rattie being placed on waivers and the regular season wasn’t kind to either man in Oiler silks.
For Rattie, after a strong preseason, things were looking up for him but in this season but alas, it was not meant to be. In 18-19, Rattie has played in 29 games and only has eight points. I wasn’t expecting much for Ty while playing for Ken Hitchcock and we may have seen the last of him as an Oiler.
Ryan Spooner was also sent down after the Oilers previously tried to trade him in the deal that sent Drake Caggiula to Chicago all I can ask is why was he ever acquired? In 24 games, Spooner has only three points and on most nights I forgot he was even in the lineup. Having Spooner report to the Condors corrects this….kinda? Sort of? Not really. In essence, Jordan Eberle was traded for nothing. I almost need to give a slow clap for being able to pull that off.
The latest move was one that has set the Hockey Twitter world on fire…
Wait, wait?? A goalie who has made 24 starts all time as an Oiler and as has a .911 save percentage is getting locked up until summer 2022? Mikko Koskinen had a strong start to the season but he tailed off considerably in last 10 starts. Koskinen has only put up a save percentage of above .900 three times during that stretch. My eyes are not the best but from what I can see, that is not a good thing at all.
This move all but declares Koskinen the starter going forward but after Talbot is traded who becomes that number two netminder? My guess is if Cam Talbot goes at the trade deadline we’re looking at Shane Starrett or Al Montoya coming up for the rest of the season.
I’m not sure in the logic of doing this right now and not waiting until the offseason. I truly would love to be a fly on the wall at Oilers HQ right now.
With one more game to go before the All-Star break, I have so many more questions now about this team, than when the season began and I don’t think we’ll have anything solved anytime soon.