It is now time for the summer critics of Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli and Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin to write a letter of apology. The letters should be handwritten, and not typed, (as they carry more clout) and signed with the closing phrase “my sincerest apologies”.
Chiarelli got hammered by many from Oilers Nation for trading Taylor Hall straight up to New Jersey for Adam Larsson, and Bergevin got hammered by Canadiens’ fans for trading P.K. Subban straight up to Nashville for Shea Weber. The criticism was extremely harsh, and on both accounts these fans seemed to be wrong to date.
It should be noted that Bergevin and Chiarelli are not concerned about the world of fantasy hockey, and how many shots on goal or power play points their stars received the past week. At the end of the day, they also are not concerned about how many million dollars their player donated to the city’s hospital or if they are trading a first overall pick. They are simply concerned about one statistic—wins.
So far this season the Oilers and Canadiens (except for the Habs’s unexpected 10-0 pounding to Columbus on Friday), have got off to great starts. Montreal is 10-1-1 and Edmonton is 9-3-1. Weber leads the NHL with a +15, and Milan Lucic (who the Oilers were able to sign because they traded Hall to the Devils) is tied for the Oilers lead in goals with five and second behind Connor McDavid with nine points. One could argue that this is the best Oilers team in a quarter of a century, and this team is clearly better with Lucic and Larsson than with Hall.
Chiarelli and Bergevin need to be positively credited for their bold moves and it is time the critics of the Oilers and Canadiens did something about it. Bergevin can be reached c/o the Bell Centre at 1909 avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 5E8. Chiarelli can be reached c/o the Rogers Arena at 10220 104th avenue. Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 4Y8.
In other fantasy news, notables that got injured this past week were Martin Hanzal and Michael Stone of the Arizona Coyotes, Zach Bogosian of the Buffalo Sabres, Kris Versteeg of the Calgary Flames, Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes, Jason Spezza of the Dallas Stars, Kris Russell of the Edmonton Oilers, Jaromir Jagr and Jussi Jokinen of the Florida Panthers, Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators, Travis Hamonic of the New York Islanders, Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Alexander Edler and Jannik Hansen of the Vancouver Canucks.
In weekly leagues, load up on the Bruins as they play five times. You simply cannot go wrong with David Pastrnak, David Backes, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Pastrnak, Bergeron and Marchand are my three stars of the week.