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SI.com NHL fan misery rankings: No. 5 Edmonton Oilers

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Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers

Nail Yakupov was supposed to help lead the Oilers back to the playoffs, but he may be leaving instead. (Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Sometimes it’s just plain awful to be a fan.

We’re not talking about the occasional emotional bump and bruise, the kind fans get from a devastating last-second loss or a disastrous season-ending injury — or even when they watch their favorite team bow out in the conference finals, one round shy of a shot at the Stanley Cup. We mean years of suffering at the hands of a club that almost seems to delight in tormenting those who freely give to it their hearts, minds, time and money.

This is the sixth in our series on the 10 NHL franchises that take an ongoing toll on their fans, the teams that suggest that their devoted followers are either bottomless wells of hope or certified masochists — or perhaps just a touch crazy. Today we look at the Edmonton Oilers, the once proud dynasty of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey and Grant Fuhr that steadily devolved into a perennial loser whose draft-day hauls prompt visions of glory while managerial incompetence dooms it to yet another playoff DNQ.

TEAM 10: Winnipeg Jets | 9: Dallas Stars | 8: Columbus Blue Jackets | 7: Vancouver Canucks
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Florida Panthers | 4: Washington Capitals | 3. Buffalo Sabres | 2: New York Islanders
1. Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Published On Mar 14, 2014
  • Top Line: First rounders make impact; Chris Pronger’s sad days; more links

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    Valeri Nichushkin of the Dallas Stars

    Stars first-rounder Valeri Nichushkin has been impressive and may be the steal of the 2013 draft. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • There are 14 first rounders from the 2013 NHL Draft still in camps around the league. Here’s a look at seven who could be in uniform on opening night.

    • Former Windsor Star great Scott Burnside takes a look at the new normal for Chris Pronger. Love him or hate him, it’s a pretty sad story.

    • An amazing antique shop find has spawned a fundraising campaign to return one of hockey’s oldest trophies to its proper home.

    • Uffe Bodin says Florida’s signing of Tim Thomas could be the best thing to happen to No. 1 hopeful Jacob Markstrom. Unless you’re fluent in Swedish, you might want to open this in Google Chrome or employ some other instant-translate service.

    • A report in the New York Post has the Panthers on the verge of being sold.  I’m guessing that awesome crowd at the exhibition home opener sealed the deal.

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  • Published On Sep 18, 2013
  • Top Line: Ryan Kesler’s obscene rant; a team nixes Tim Thomas; more links

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    Tim Thomas is still looking for an NHL team that's interested in signing him.

    Tim Thomas is still looking for an NHL team that’s interested in signing him. (Winslow Townson/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Good thing it wasn’t Junior Reporter Day at Canucks camp. Ryan Kesler decided to work blue while answering a media question about Vancouver being a team in decline.

    • We can cross one team off the list of possible destinations for Tim Thomas.

    • Roy MacGregor offers up another cracker of a piece that illustrates the three areas of concern — danger, cost and time — that are killing the game of hockey and explains why now is the time to save it.

    • Could the elimination of bodychecking save the game at the youth level?

    • Sounds like another contract stalemate has come to an end. Bruce Garrioch is reporting that the Ottawa Senators have come to terms with RFA defender Jared Cowen on a four-year deal that will pay him $12 million. It’s an interesting deal — sort of a bridge between a bridge and a long-term — and one that will allow both sides to hold their heads up.

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  • Published On Sep 14, 2013
  • Being over the NHL salary cap isn’t so bad after all

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    Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers

    A little shell game with Brayden Schenn may be what it takes for the Flyers to get under the cap. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    With less than two weeks until the start of training camp, it’s clear that this year’s $64 million salary cap won’t be the financial sharknado that many feared.

    Despite the sharp reduction from last year’s prorated $70.2 million ceiling, most clubs appear to be in fair shape — if a bit shorter on breathing room than they’d like. There are some perfectly serviceable veterans who still find themselves on the outside looking in, of course, but that would have been the case no matter where the cap had been set.

    Not every team is set to be in compliance, though. Six are believed to be over the $64 million limit. But even with some tough decisions looming, it seems that cap-space hell isn’t as bad as it’s cracked up to be.

    Take the Flyers. According to capgeek, they’re about $2 million over the cap, but they are also two players over the 23-man roster limit. With 10 defenders on NHL deals, it’s a safe bet that Philadelphia will trade or waive two of them. Bruno Gervais ($825,000) and Marc-Andre Bourdon ($612,500) are likely targets. Waiving veteran forward Jay Rosehill ($675,000) would cover the difference, but if the Flyers don’t want to risk losing his intimidating presence, they could demote forward Brayden Schenn for a game and then call him back up for Game 2 after putting defenseman Chris Pronger and his $4,941,929 contract on long-term injured reserve.

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  • Published On Sep 03, 2013
  • Fragile Flyers lose another one

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    Kimmo Timonen

    Kimmo Timonen is done for the year after suffering a compression fracture in his foot. (Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    If you skated as a defenseman for the Philadelphia Flyers on opening night, now might be the time to invest in a high-quality protective plastic bubble.

    Only Luke Schenn and Kurtis Foster remain standing from that ill-fated group after Kimmo Timonen’s season officially came to an end today. The team announced that the veteran is done for the year after suffering a compression fracture in his foot.

    Matthew Konan, who was signed as an undrafted overager out of Medicine Hat last April, was called up Monday. Assuming he doesn’t snap an ankle hailing a cab or suffer a serious sunburn between now and tonight, he could be the 13th player to suit up on the Philly blueline this season.

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  • Published On Apr 23, 2013
  • Top Line: Bruins-Blackhawks Cup Final, Canadians support fight ban, more links

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    Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins

    Chicago and Boston, Original Six stalwarts, have never met in a the Stanley Cup Final. (Bill Smith/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Stanley Cup dream final? How does Boston vs. Chicago sound?

    • The Blackhawks could be without top-six forward Patrick Sharp for three weeks after he suffered a shoulder injury against the Avs on Wednesday night.

    • It appears the majority of Canadians now support a ban on fighting in the NHL. Why does my phone never ring for these surveys?

    • The NHL wants visors to be mandatory. The NHLPA does not. Seriously. Chris Pronger said yesterday that he supported mandatory visors, but wouldn’t agree to it because if you let the NHL make rules unilaterally, you don’t know what they’ll do next. Yep, nothing worse than having someone looking out for your health and safety.

    • Pronger spoke yesterday at a press conference in Philly where he didn’t announce his retirement but enumerated all the reasons he’ll never play hockey again.

    • Ryan Getzlaf is a different person from the one who loafed his way through much of last season. Here’s what’s behind his amazing comeback.

    • Is Niklas Kronwall the leading candidate for the Norris Trophy? Really?

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  • Published On Mar 08, 2013
  • Top Line: Chris Pronger update, Hawks’ streak hits two dozen, more links

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    Chris Pronger's NHL career is almost certainly over.

    Besides concussion symptoms, Chris Pronger is dealing with bad vision caused by a stick to the eye. (Lou Capozzola/SI)

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Love him or hate him, it’s really tough to read just how bad things are for Chris Pronger as he tries to get his life back in order after suffering a concussion back in 2011.

    • Despite another horrific injury, the NHLPA continues to fight the call for mandatory visor use. Gotta love a union that’s always looking out for the best interests of its members.

    • Marc Staal is expected to make a full recovery after being struck near the eye by a slapshot Tuesday night, but he remains out of the Rangers’ lineup indefinitely.

    • The Rangers picked up Roman Hamrlik on waivers to help fill the hole left by Staal. Interestingly, the move makes it unlikely New York will re-sign Mats Zuccarello when his Russian season ends.

    • The Avs were just the fourth team to take a lead into the third period on the Hawks, but a shorty from Captain Serious (note: stop typing Captain Sensible) and a last-minute tally from Daniel Carcillo extended Chicago’s point streak to 24 games. Some thoughts from coach Joel Quenneville on the cliffhanger, the streak, Car Bomb’s comeback and more.

    • The win moves the Hawks closer to another NHL record: 35 consecutive games with at least a point. It sounds like the members of the 1979-80 Flyers are okay with that…under one condition.

    • Maintaining their composure will be critical for the Penguins in their highly anticipated match tonight against the Flyers.

    • Carey Price was smashing sticks in frustration during practice ahead of tonight’s game against the Canes. No guarantee he gets the start, but if he does, he needs a bounceback effort in the worst way.

    • Name a potentially available player ahead of the deadline and chances are the Bruins have been mentioned in a rumor involving his acquisition. But for all the talk of big names, a smaller deal to improve their third-line depth makes the most sense. Ryane Clowe makes a lot of sense.

    • The next two or three weeks will determine whether the Red Wings will be buyers or sellers at the deadline. Pro hint: they’ll be buyers.

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  • Published On Mar 07, 2013


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