The Edmonton Oilers have been among the worst NHL teams for years, and now it seems the players are not sticking around to see the rebuild. There have been reports that a third Oilers player has decided to leave the team and join the KHL.
Defensemen Philip Larsen has reportedly agreed to a one-year agreement with Yugra of the KHL; he joins former Oilers Anton Belov and Roman Horak in the Russian league. For the Oilers this is just another slap in the face. It seems like this team may be worse off than some think. It is almost unheard of to have three players jump ship and head for a completely different league.
Larsen had plenty of speed, a good shoot and the ability to fire a pass, but his puck sense seemed weak. He often made the pass at the wrong moment, which created turnovers. [Edmonton Journal]
I’m not saying the Oilers are solely to blame for this, but it needs to be asked. What are they doing in Edmonton? Larsen has played in 125 NHL games and only has 31 points, maybe he feels he could do better in the KHL, but let’s faces it; this move just feels weird. I guess considering Larsen was without a contract he had a feeling the Oilers may not bother with him, and a one year deal is better than no deal.
For the Oilers this is a slippery road to travel. Hopefully they find a way to keep their players.