The strong economic enticements for the Edmonton Oilers to return to the ice post-COVID-19 as soon as humanly possible: 9 Things

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It’s o.k. to not be o.k.

It’s a tough time. But thinking about it 24/7 won’t make it better. Worry is a useless emotion. It is far more productive to do something about it.

So, while we’re all busy physical distancing, here’s a chance to close the social distance between us for 5-10 minutes and just talk some hockey.

Sound O.K.? O.K.

9 Things

9. A 2ndColorado Avalanche player has tested positive for COVID-19. If it hasn’t occurred to you yet, this is yet another sign that the resumption of the NHL season is still a long way off. More on that in a minute…

8. Impressive historical numbers from Oilers broadcaster Bob Stauffer: In the Oilers Cup years of 1984 and 1985, Wayne Gretzky put up a combined regular season & playoff total of 100-140-240 in 93GP in ‘84. 90-165-255 in 98 GP in ‘85. All these years later, it’s still damn impressive just how dominant he was.

7. According to The Journal’sJim Matheson, Oilers 2019 1st Round draft pick Philip Broberg has been told they “want him to stay in Sweden for another year”. I never did lay all the blame for the Jesse Puljujarvi story at the foot of the club. But perhaps the organization did learn a hard lesson that European rookies ought not be rushed over to North America.