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Oilers’ Chiarelli caught lying to fanbase again!

What is going on in Edmonton?!

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After a failed season in 2017-18, the Edmonton Oilers were expected to do everything they could to get back on the fanbase’s good side and make the appropriate changes to upgrade the roster and make the team a Cup contender once again. 

The Oilers fans had the right to expect so much in the offseason; after all, before the end of the regular calendar, Oilers team president Bob Nicholson made comments suggesting that things were about to change drastically in Edmonton.

“We have a plan and we are going to get it right. There will be some change, but we are not going to make those until the end of the year.” 

“I think we want to make sure that we get the right culture in the dressing room,” had said Nicholson as per Sportsnet. “Fans will buy in if they can understand the plan once we make the changes.”

Then, Oilers insider Jim Matheson had revealed in one of his columns for the Edmonton Journal, that the “odds are high” the Oilers trade their 2018 first round pick in exchange for some help on the blue line. Specifically Matheson believed the Oilers will be eyeing Justin Faulk of the Carolina Hurricanes, Colton Parayko of the St. Louis Blues, Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche, Colin Miller of the Vegas Golden Knights and Brandon Montour of the Anaheim Ducks.

Even general manager Peter Chiarelli himself had prepared the Edmonton crowd for the monster move. 

“A player at No. 9 or No. 10 isn’t going to play next year,” said Chiarelli. “We’ll certainly listen to offers, and if there is a trade, it would probably be on the draft floor.”

However, it now seems it was all a lie. David Staples cites Oilers insider Bob Stauffer saying he’d be very surprised if the club moved their first-round pick,10th overall selection, for immediate help. Staples notes Stauffer has been telling Oilers followers not to expect big moves this summer, in part because of their salary-cap situation.

“There’s a whole cluster of [defencemen] that I like. If we win the lottery or we’re in the top three, I’d have to rethink that," {said Chiarelli.} But since the Oilers didn’t win the lottery, and actually dropped one spot in the draft order from ninth to tenth, the vibe from the organization has changed. It’s been increasingly apparent the 10th overall pick isn’t in play,” writes Staples. 

There goes that plan. So what is next, Peter?