Edmonton Oilers fan throws jersey on ice

Edmonton Oilers Fan Throws Jersey Onto Ice After Oilers Third Period Loss to Chicago

You have read that correctly. The Oilers fan base is basically done, they have thrown in the towel and speaking in more literal terms. Have literally thrown their jersey on the ice.

As NHL Discussion Instagram shows here:

The comments do not show many backing this fan up nor the Oilers organization. It is clear as day this fan base is frustrated and they have every right to be. The Oilers are three points out of a wild card spot, 23-25-5 with 51 points, 6th in the Pacific division and 3-5-2 in their last ten games.

They have been a disaster for the last two seasons and their only highlight comes in 2015-16 when they made that playoff run. Along with having Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, the Oilers really have nothing else going for them.

A lot of this clubs frustration can be credited to recent General Manager Peter Chiarelli, and his poor management. Trading away Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, trading for Griffin Reinhart (using a pick to get him that would have resulted in Mat Barzal), signing bad players to bad deals. The list can go on and on. No one, players, fans, reporters nor even executives in the Oilers organization have answer right now.

The Oilers current situation is they have six picks this season, a ton of contracts expiring in the off-season and a relatively young offense with a less experienced bleu line than most teams but still not an old blue line. They have one of the best players in the world right now with Leon Draisaitl along side him.

The Oilers realistically need three things (1) consistent number one goaltending. There 2015-16 playoff run was backed by Cam Talbot’s consistent and solid goaltending. In the last two seasons goaltending has been absent for them.

(2) Two to three more top six forwards and 1-2 more role players. In 2016-17 the Oilers had Milan Lucic producing granted that has not happened but they also had, Oscar Klefbom playing well, Patrick Maroon with 42 points, Mark Letestu, Zach Kassian playing well as well, along with Andrej Sekera not injured, and their role guys, bottom six guys doing their job. The Oilers literally need Lucic to wake up, and 2-3 more 35-45 point guys.

(3) Klefbom, Sekera, Nurse to back this blue line and pick it up. Granted Sekera and Klefbom have been battling injuries on and off, Adam Larsson and the other pieces on the blue line being regulars do not help their case but if the Oilers can get a top four to produce and play consistent they would be fine.

To me it all comes down to the Oilers finding the right pieces, playing consistent all year not just for two to three weeks. Maybe I am wrong and this team is way off but, what is the solution to the Oilers issues?


Peter Chiarelli General Manager

Peter Chiarelli Is The Worst General Manager In The NHL

Peter Chiarelli has to be one of the worst general managers out there. It is still baffling to me that the Oilers signed Mikko Koskinen to a three-year extension worth 4.5 million a year. Koskinen is now paid more than Carter Hutton, Jimmy Howard, Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Greiss, Matt Murray, Devan Dubnyk, Jake Allen, Mike Smith, Jacob Markstrom. Not to mention Koskinen is 30-years-old this is his first season in the NHL and he has played just 27 games in the NHL and received this contract.

Oh to make matters a little worse Koskinen’s contract is comparable to Roberto Luongo. Fredrick Anderson is paid $500,000 more a year, Semyon Varlamov is paid 1.5 million more, Ben Bishop is paid $416,000 more a year, Jonathan Quick only gets paid 1.3 million more than Koskinen and finally Martin Jones only makes 1.25 million more a year.

Looking at the break down of his contract he is earning 5.2 million in 2019-2020 (Fredrick Anderson money), 3.8 million in 2020-2021 and 4.5 million in 2021-2022.

(FYI the reply tweets to this post are great)

The bigger question to this contract is, what are the Oilers doing? They go out and sign a 30-year-old goalie they basically have a 27 game report on and give him a top-ten goalie contract. As well, with all the issues the Oilers have they go out and address their goaltending?!! What about their offense, their defense, etc? The last thing they needed to do was have this conversation.

Looking at the Oilers numbers, they rank 21st in goals for (139) just five more than one of the leagues worst New York Rangers. They rank 8th in goals against (160) just two less than the Rangers and the Devils. Their penalty kill is ranked 27th at 76.8 the league best is 87.2. They rank 9th in power play at 21.5 their only good marker. They allow 31.2 shots against per game and allow 3.27 goals against while only scoring 2.84 goals for. Yet the Oilers address signing Mikko Koskinen. Instead of going out and getting a rental player or even long term player, they use 13.5 million dollars in cap space on a goaltender.

To makes matters worse the Oilers waive Ty Rattie and Ryan Spooner the other day. Ryan Spooner was the player they traded for in the Ryan Strome deal. Which Ryan Strome is the player they trader for in the Jordan Eberle deal. So basically they allowed Jordan Eberle to walk for free. Do we have to get into the Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson deal?

The Oilers owner Daryl Katz has to fire Peter Chiarelli or this organization is not going anywhere with the generational talent of Connor McDavid it will be a waste of McDavid’s youth years if Chiarelli stays in Edmonton.