Friedman on Oilers’ playoffs and trade mindset

The angst level of Oilers fans was dialed up a little further Monday in anticipation of the next trades that might be made by Peter Chiarelli.

Elliotte Friedman had a Monday afternoon radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960.

At one point of the conversation, show co-host Pat Steinberg transitioned to the Oilers by remarking that “there’s been a little bit of buzz over the last 24 hours.”

“I saw that today,” indicated Friedman. “I bet you Ryan was gleefully pressing the ‘send’ button because he knew the firestorm that thing was going to cause.”

Friedman was playfully alluding to Ryan Rishaug’s tweet from earlier in the day, which was then summarized by Steinberg.

“I don’t think he’s wrong, I mean put it that way,” noted Friedman. “I think the biggest question is going to be does there ever get to a point where ownership says, ‘We’re not chasing anymore this year.’ And to me, right now, the answer is no.

“There’s a lot on the line there. Their season ticket renewals go out soon. At the arena there, some of those suites are up three years because they were three-year leases when they first bought in, and it’s going to be tough to re-sell them.

“Look, from a hockey point of view it makes no sense for the Oilers to do this. But from a business point of view, you see why this kind of stuff happens. I think the Oilers should just play it out and see where it goes. I think this is a risk of being a really, really poor outcome for them. But from a business point of view, it looks to me like the owner is saying, ‘I want to get into the playoffs.’ And if that’s the case, this move is going to get made.

“Now, I mean we’ll see. I don’t think this is the best course of action for the Oilers, but I’m not paying for everything there. And this just says to me that they feel they’ve got to make the playoffs from a business point of view, and that’s the way these decisions get made.”

The 21-21-3 Oilers sit sixth in the Pacific Division, and are two points out of a Wild Card spot in the West.