Oil tankers continue to adjust amid uncertain schedules

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Oil tankers continue to adjust amid uncertain schedules


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EDMONTON – “Strange times,” said Connor McDavid. “I can’t say that enough.”

In a season that has been anything but predictable, the Edmonton Oilers left their bags at the door for another day on Thursday, canceling the flight to Vancouver for a postponed game on Friday night. Instead, they’ll fly to Winnipeg on Friday – assuming nothing happens by then.

As a COVD-19 survivor, McDavid knows that no one wants to hear a professional hockey player complain about an awkward schedule, when families – including those of Vancouver Canucks players – grapple with the viruses and its variants.

“It’s hard to feel bad for ourselves when there are people who don’t even have the right to go to work, to go to school and all the things they would normally do” McDavid said. “We are fortunate to be able to enter the workforce and live a fairly normal life.”

And then there’s this: “There are a lot of people sitting at home watching the games and relying on us to keep them entertained a bit. It’s something we feel responsible for and love to do. It’s hard to complain about a few scheduling issues. ”

McDavid spoke up when the NHL gave Edmonton an extra game at the end of a long road trip that fell on the same night as the celebration of life at Colby Cave. His rare dissatisfaction was recorded, he was absolutely right, and now he’s moved on.

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With five games to go against the Canucks, McDavid is just hoping Vancouver is ready to compete at the NHL level anytime soon.

“Almost everyone had it, so it’s a very dangerous situation. We hope everyone can be healthy and fit to play at some point, ”said the Oilers captain, who learned of the postponement approximately 90 minutes after leaving the training rink in Edmonton.

No one wants to be the team that comes into Vancouver and battles an unfit, ill-prepared and understaffed club. Playing them on Friday after just one team practice didn’t feel right, frankly.

“Whether they train once or three… it’s going to be tough anyway,” McDavid said. “This situation put them in a difficult situation. They will eventually have to play games. ”

While several Canucks players and staff are reportedly struggling with symptoms, the fact that two of the league’s top players – McDavid and Auston Matthews – have both fully recovered from their battles with the coronavirus is a small bright spot. for the Canucks.

“I was one of the lucky ones who wasn’t too affected,” McDavid said. “It was at a time when I wasn’t asked for a ton. I took my free time and came back after my quarantine. Not everyone is as lucky as I am. ”

Some Oilers players followed their friends to the Canucks. We’re not in a position to hold a vote, but we’re betting that several Oilers players would side with JT Miller and the Canucks players who objected to playing so soon after their illness.

“You develop a relationship, and I have a guy over there that I’ve been training with for 10 years,” said defenseman Kris Russell. “When you see him appear on the (COVID protocol) list, you wish him the best. You try to mind your own business, but you worry about him and his family.

“You know the NHL is a very tight knit group. When you see how fast he went through this team, it’s definitely something you don’t want to see. ”

So we asked head coach Dave Tippett: Can a schedule that didn’t kill the Oilers make them stronger? Is there some resilience to be gained from being asked to roll with the punches, like his team has been this season?

“Probably a little more resilient,” he says. “As you go through things, you find out how you handled them.”

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They planned this, even though the Oilers hoped those plans would be in vain.

“We talked about this at the start of the year, that there could be a lot of ups and downs, and schedule changes. There is so much uncertainty, ”Tippett said. “Now it’s easy to talk about it, and if you don’t have to go through it, don’t worry.

“But when you talk about it – and you actually face it – now you have to put what you said into play. This is what we are trying to do.

Five of the Oilers’ 14 remaining games are scheduled to be played against Vancouver. When they happen, where they happen, if they happen …?

“Just tell us where we should be,” Tippett said, “and we’ll show up and play. ”

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