I don't believe in God. For those of you who do, you are starting to realise that God doesn't only hate Flamers like Marchment: God hates the Oilers too.
Oilers lost the game 5-4. The Oilers led 4-2 at one point, and the Jackets 2-0. Torres lead that last rush on the Malholtra goal. I was hoping he wouldn't burn us in the end. I hoped wrong.
Evidence that God hates the Oilers
Raffi Torres leads the rush to the winning goal, capping a counter-comeback win by the Columbus BlueJackets. We didn't deserve to win this one outright, but coming back with 4 straight goals from a 2-0 deficit - wasn't exactly a game we deserved to lose either.
Injuries. Injuries. Injuries. Strudwick is playing hurt. Smid has a concussion. Grebs has a mild concussion. Roy is unavailable. And that's just the blueline. When are we going to get Jean-Francois Jacques back?
We can never have good overall special teams. We're good on the PK one season, but horrible at the PP. We're good on the PP one season, and horrible at the PK. Why can't we be good at both or at least in the middle of the pack for both. Why? WHY?
... it's gonna be a tough game in Pittsburgh tomorrow and we better come up with a gutsy effort or we will end up where we started on this roadtrip. 2-2 is not bad on a 4 game road trip. 2-2 is considerably sketchy on a 7 game road trip though, and following a 5 game losing streak the Oilers need to prove something.
Sure, we're fans and we don't get a say in how the team runs or contribute to making the team better by our criticisms. But I'm darn sure we want the team to win as much as they do and we know that even if we come out of this road trip 4-3 we'd still be only 0.500 on the year in a tough conference and division.
This is not the right direction to be heading in - considering the team started 4-0.
Brodeur's out for 4 months. Roloson is very likely heading the other way because Khabibulin and Fernandez are not necessariliy better options. I would also bet my bottom dollar that Lamoriello chooses Roloson over Theodore or Gerber, even if they were available.
Considering that the NJ Devils have a few UFA's of their own, I would imagine that Tambellini makes a push for either Madden or Holik. However, with Lowe as his overbear, he may try to make this into some sort of weird massive trade for Parise, which wouldn't realistically happen.
Anyway, Madden would fill some of our needs and make at least one major forward expendable along with Roloson. Perhaps that would help us acquire a D-man to fill in for all the injured bodies. Colin White or Paul Martin, perhaps?