The Edmonton Oilers may be “too lovable for their own good”, while the Winnipeg Jets’ new coaches are ready to get to work.


EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples noted the Edmonton Oilers only received six votes in a recent poll on a new Winnipeg Jets blog asking readers to vote for the most hated team in the NHL, leading him to conclude nobody hates the Oilers anymore, that they’re “too lovable for their own good”. Staples offers up a top ten list of ways the Oilers can rectify the problem, which includes signing the next available Toronto Maple Leafs restricted free agent to an offer sheet, have 5, 000 Oilers fans turn up for an Oilers-Montreal Canadiens game at the Bell Centre, then have them act like “a bunch of ridiculous baboons” if the Oilers get so much as a shot on goal, and trade an actual cadaver to the Los Angeles Kings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I got a good laugh out of the “cadaver to the Kings” suggestion. I won’t spoil the rest of the list by posting it here, as you need to read Staples entire post to fully appreciate where he’s coming from, as well as enjoy the humor of the piece. I think his number one suggestion, however, would anger Oilers fans as much as it would help make the team the most hated in the league.


WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait reports new Jets coaches Charlie Huddy and Wade Flaherty are looking forward to getting to work with their new team. Huddy will be in charge of the Jets defense corps, while Flaherty will be working with their goalies.