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Oilers officially miss playoffs for seventh straight season

Apr 22, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will participate in the postseason in 2013, which means that the Edmonton Oilers now have the longest active playoff drought.

The Oilers have lost seven of their last eight contests, including Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Anaheim, and have been officially eliminated from playoff contention.

“We made it really tough on ourselves losing three straight games on that road trip, and to have another season where we’re out of the playoffs, where we’re playing meaningless games at the end of the year, is very frustrating,” Taylor Hall told the Edmonton Journal. “It’s something we’re not proud of.”

The Oilers have been stockpiling young skilled forwards for a while and they were hoping to move their rebuilding process to the next phase this season. Instead Oilers fans will once again be looking towards the lottery to see who else can be added to their talented core.

Frustrated with their continued struggles, Oilers president Kevin Lowe recently fired general manager Steve Tambellini and replaced him with Craig MacTavish.

MacTavish is expected to do “bold things” in order to “move the team forward in a rapid fashion,” so this could be an eventful summer for the Oilers.

  1. malvaren18 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Finally the Oilers put some bo…. On management.

  2. 19to77 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Watch your legs everyone. Little Taylor is angry, and we all know how he handles that.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Say what you want about Hall but this kid will be a star in this league and will prove that he was the right pick over Seguin.

      • you4real - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        This kid has not EARNED anything yet, and he is throwing tantrums for being a targeted player. The true stars bring their teams SOME form of success by year three in the NHL. Crosby and Teows were in cup finals by then, stamkos to game 7 of coference finals. Oilers have moved up two in standings with a fairly weak division (and more #1 picks)…So Hall can save the diva outbursts until his play can support the whining.

      • 19to77 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Valois, I won’t deny that he’s talented. He’s over a point per game this year, finally living up to his draft position.

        I just think he’s an unsportsmanlike jackass. Because he is.

      • valoisvipers - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

        19to77 He may be behaving poorly but when you consider his young age and the fact there is no real leadership and the team is losing is understandable. He will mature and be the team leader one day and that day is not to far off. He is a power forward with great speed and most of all he wants to win. Life’s easier when you are winning.

  3. richc111 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Kevin Lowe should be fired. He is the reason they are so bad. He must have some dirt on the owner

    • elvispocomo - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      No, he just keeps blinding him by flashing all the Stanley Cup rings.

  4. rsl22 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    We may have missed the playoffs seven straight seasons, but remember when we made it to the Cup finals back in 2006 as an 8 seed? That was all me.

    -Kevin Lowe

  5. ravenscaps48 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I really don’t know where to start with this team. On one hand, there young bucks need to start playing like veterans. They need more veterans. They need better defense. They need better goaltending. They have a lot of kinks that need to be worked out, and I think ditching Krueger for Boucher would be a decent start.

  6. thailer35 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Immature talent will never be more successful than wisdom and experience.

  7. profsudz - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Maybe Taylor Hall should worry less about being a gangsta thug on the ice and more about winning?

  8. tfaltin - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    The Flyers of the West. Only worry about the other side of the ice, and then wonder why you keep pulling the puck out of your own net. Except it’s even worse than the Flyers, at least Philly drafted Couturier, a two-way guy. It looks like RNH will continue to be injury prone while Brodin and Hamilton from that draft turn into defensive centerpieces who log heavy minutes. I haven’t liked the philosophy in Edmonton and I’m not surprised they’re missing again.

  9. biasedhomer - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    This is more embarrassing than that stretch of futility that the Pens had.

    • somekat - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Not it isn’t. The Oilers aren’t to the point of having to move because so few people show up

  10. ajsjr40 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Given Mactavish’s comments maybe we can start talking about a Lucic for Hall deal. Put Hall and Seguin together.

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