Having started the year 8-13-2, it’s safe to say the Edmonton Oilers are not (currently) in the position they might have hoped to be after making the playoffs for the first time in 11-years last season.
Inevitably questions are going to be asked about why the team has slumped from Conference semi-finalists to 29th overall, but the manner in which these questions are manifesting seems somewhat mind boggling.
The One Puck Short Podcast returns just in time for the new NHL season with some thoughts on Nail Yakupov’s move to St. Louis, your Cup predictions and a bunch of listener questions!
Since being selected first overall in 2012, Nail Yakupov has morphed from potential 30 goal scorer in to the boy nobody wants.
Nobody wants him – and it’s not for lack of trying on Edmonton’s part, nor because the Oilers are asking too much.
And that seems absolutely crazy.
The One Puck Short Podcast is jolted back in to life following a seismic week in the NHL during which P.K. Subban and Taylor Hall were traded while Steven Stamkos stayed in the sun.
Washington. So close yet so far.
The Presidents Trophy winners were eliminated from the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs by Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
The Penguins have now eliminated the Capitals from the post season eight times in their 41-year history, going on to win the Stanley Cup in three of those years just to pour a little extra salt on the wound.
Caps fans could be forgiven for feeling like they are cursed this morning. Ralph Russo of the Associated Press even went as far as suggesting they were the most ‘tormented’ fan base in the NHL.
Despite another heart breaking loss on Tuesday, they are not.
That ‘honour’ belongs to Columbus.
We’re on the road again this week, which I’ll claim is a tribute to the Predators game seven road win in Anaheim…
The Conference quarter finals come up for discussion, as do the impending semifinals as the quest for the Cup continues, and there’s time for a quick ‘WTF’ regarding Jonathan Quick’s nomination for the Vezina trophy.
Former Los Angeles Kings forward Patrick O’Sullivan (@realPOSULLIVAN) joins me on this weeks One Puck Short Podcast to discuss the Cup contenders and key stories heading in to the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.
We also look at Arizona’s decision to dismiss general manager Don Maloney, while I break down Nazem Kadri and Morgan Reilly’s new contracts in Toronto.