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My Take on The Trades

March 7, 2010

Oh, but the slightest ray of hope is a cruel beast.

The Edmonton Oiler’s hockey squadron played an NHL-sanctioned hockey match on Friday night against the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota often lacks the entertainment value one can retrieve from watching grass grow, but this particular sports event happened to be ripe with the dramatics that can only be created by the National Hockey League’s imposed trading deadline. Many players switched to many new teams and new cities, stoic and prepared for the challenge of competing for Lord Stanley’s holiest of steins. More players still traded to teams engulfed in bitter races toward the league’s finish line, the end of the season, that time which will decide the post-season fates of so many teams ensconced in playoff-purgatory: the bubble, the saddle of the cut-line that decides who continues their season and who barely misses.

And other players get traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Just simply the worst that hockey, nay, LIFE has to offer. A petty joke played on the organization’s fans so to even the balance of hockey, for these Edmonton Oilers once dominated the broad galaxy that was professional hockey, and the city they called home rode the wave of success and pride for many moons. The league is laughing, Bryan Trottier’s ghost is spinning his bowler hat on the tattered Oiler’s flag he keeps stored at the top of a flagpole while dancing the too-quick Charleston in black and white. Shield your eyes, right?


Ryan Whitney is a joy to watch. I believe that players ought to be placed into roles, the result of which may be they lose confidence because of accepting said role before they were ready, or perhaps they rise to the occasion. I’ve watched Ryan Whitney play precisely one (1) NHL hockey match, thus I boldly proclaim they he may have all the advantages of the latter. Best of luck to him, I honestly think he’s a great fit at this point in his career and at this point in the Edmonton Oilers rollercoaster history.

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 13, 2010 12:11 pm

    Adding this article to my favourites.

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