RUMOR: Edmonton Oilers Looking to Bring Back Three Time Cup Champion

Published November 24, 2023 at 10:16

Edmonton Oilers' Continuing Struggles

The Edmonton Oilers, facing persistent challenges, find themselves at a low point in the NHL standings. With a record of 5-12-1, they rank 30th overall.

Their recent 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes further highlights their struggles, particularly in goaltending where Stuart Skinner allowed five goals on just 17 shots.

Goaltending Woes and Management's Response

The Oilers' ongoing issues with goalkeeping have been a critical weakness for several seasons. General Manager Ken Holland's efforts, including signing Jack Campbell and relying on an aging Mike Smith, have not substantially improved the situation.

Insider Mark Spector reports that while Holland is actively seeking a new goalie, no viable solution has emerged yet.

Despite literally every Oilers fan and media member worrying for months that the Campbell/Skinner pairing wouldn't suffice, Holland did nothing to change his team's outlook in goal this past offseason.

Trade Rumors and Potential Solutions

Speculation is rising about a potential trade involving goaltender Jake Allen from the Montreal Canadiens.

TSN Oilers reporter Ryan Rishaug suggests this could be a strategy to address the team's issues, but doubts persist if such a move is enough.

Rishaug also notes that Holland is exploring all options, excluding trading the team's 1st round pick, McDavid, or Draisaitl. Intriguingly, former Oiler Pat Maroon is mentioned as a possible trade target.

Edmonton Media's Perspective

The local sports media in Edmonton has faced criticism for its approach to the team's struggles.

Some analysts suggest that acquiring players like Pat Maroon, typically a 4th liner, may not be the solution the Oilers need.


Urgent Need for Change

The Oilers are in dire need of a major overhaul, especially in their goaltending department. The recent coaching change, replacing Jay Woodcroft with Kris Knoblauch, is seen as insufficient.

The growing frustration of star players Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, evident in recent clips showing their reactions to losses, underscores the urgency for meaningful changes to the roster.

Rebuilding the Team

The current roster construction is heavily reliant on McDavid and Draisaitl. Without them, the team lacks depth and is unlikely to contend for the Stanley Cup.

The Oilers must consider building a more balanced team that does not overly depend on just two players.

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