Patience Key to The Edmonton Oilers’ Deadline Deals

March 13th, 2010 by Antony Ta Leave a reply »

That was the key word in the Oilers' long term plans going into the trade deadline. Now that it has been a little while since the trades were completed, it may be appropriate to gauge how successful this year's deadline was.

The Oilers' season has long been over, and Edmontonians have long bought into the idea of being patient.

Another key word: vision.

Right now it's hard to appreciate what the Oilers' vision is, as they are playing many of their cards close to their chest (as they should, in terms of asset management). But the Oilers' moves during the deadline and indications given in recent interviews with Kevin Lowe and others have given us a preview of the team they plan to build.

Rumours of seeing Jaromir Jagr, Roman Cervenka, and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson put aside, it really does appear that the Oilers have committed to a full rebuild.

They are reluctant to rush Jordan Eberle into the NHL, though he is past-ripe and dominating the WHL. With the end of the season approaching, everyone is now expected to pull their weight on whatever line they play in auditions for roster spots next year. With th ...

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