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 Re: Winds of Change [message #706809 is a reply to message #706799 ]
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The problem with the Oilers is in all seriousness I don't think personnel wise they are as bad as their record. If you look at their defense, is a top tier defense? NO but is it bad when everyone plays well and to their capabilities? NO I think it is a middle tier defense. They could use a little more offense but if Klefbom is playing up even close like he was last year, if Benning doesn't fall back as much as he did, it's good enough to make it in the playoffs. Forward wise, it's good enough to make it to the playoffs. Goaltending wise, they have what should be a top 10 goalie.

So rightly or wrongly, I think the plan was to stand pat and use the cap space to add at the deadline. I think most teams would like to add more at the deadline but most don't have the cap space to do it. I think the thinking was they would be good enough to either be in 8th or damn close. Then Sekera comes back to bolster the defense and they would also use all that cap space to add on more help. When I look at the roster, while not a championship team now, they have no business being there they are even before Sekera came back. IF Talbot gave the Oilers even average NHL goaltending early on, they are right on the cusp then you add on if the defense and more specifically Klefbom and Benning even gave them average NHL defense, they should be right on the cusp.




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