Thursday, December 27, 2007

Oilers at Anaheim


This is neither a post game blog nor a pre game blog. It is not even a live blog of the game. It's just something I'm dashing off while waiting for updates from EdmontonOilers.com.

Curses, CBC, why can't you carry every single Oilers game, regardless of location? WHY?????

Crap. I see the Ducks (whose jersey is modeled to the right by the ever flirtatious George Parros) have scored their second goal with minutes left in the third. Bad news. Bad news indeed.

The Falcons have called up more players, by the way. I was browsing their site for the first time ever (Note to self: Buy the Oilers to gain control of the Falcons to remake their website. It sucks. Took me five minutes to figure out how to find the site itself, after I found the right address.

As reported by Lowetide
here, The Falcons have called up two oddly named fellows, as well as O'Marra, which means they aren't expecting to get Thor back any time soon. This pleases me.

Crap again. The game came to an end, the Oilers failing to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This means we failed to break our losing streak, and we failed to sweep the Ducks this year.

'Tis a shame. A crying shame.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Everybody Has A Favourite


David Staples, of
Cult of Hockey Fame has recently said that his favourite Oiler is Laddy Smid. Soemthing tells me I've heard this before, but I may be confusing him with other bloggers, who have shown affinity for him as well.

Disregarding the fact that he is a fringe Oiler at best, Smid is not my favourite Oiler. Part of this is probably because he just isn't Pronger, like I hoped he would be. I thought that maybe, in time, he would be Pronger. But now I'm seeing the value of the old addage, a Ford will never be a Ferrari.

He doesn't seem to be living up to his potential, either. He has a decent body, and what seems to be mildly potent offensive ability. Yet he really has yet to use either.

My favourite Oiler of the current line up would probably have to be Gilbert Gilbert. He's got all the hockey smarts of a veteran, and the youthfulness of a youthful rookie. If anyone will ever replace Pronger, it's him.

There are definitely some players on our current roster that I would like to get rid of, simply because I have no real love of them as players. For instance, regardless of his abilities, Souray has to go. I was pretty high on him when I heard about the deal (even if I hated the deal itelf), but to me he seems like a player not only over the hill, but who just doesn't really care about the game like he should. It's just an impression I have of him, but it seems like he's all about the paycheque.

In reality, most players are probably like that, but still.

On the other hand, no matter how much we paid for him, no matter how overwieght he was coming in, I love Dustin Penner. I hated the deal, but as a player there's just something about him that I can't explain. But my eyes light up when I see him on the scoresheet. I want him to prove us wrong by outperforming his contract, wheras I would be perfectly happy to see Souray out on his butt at the end of the season.

Everybody has a favourite.

Hemsky Hit, Our Hero Hurt.


This topic has already been covered by Lowetide, and I'm not going to try to go into what this means for fans of the Oil. However, I think that the main point is that the fan hero of our team is out. Quite possibly for a month, or more. And that is not something I want to think about.

Lapointe, go get his by a bus. Please/thank you.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Stoll For Brule? Give me a break.


http://www.edmontonsun.com/Sports/Hockey/2007/12/09/4715558-sun.html

Near the bottom there, you'll find this: "Are the Oilers going to send C Jarrett Stoll to the Blue Jackets for C Gilbert Brule? That's the rumour ..."

If I'm Lowe, this deal is a bad one because Brule is just one more small center on a team that has two of them already. If I'm Howson, this deal is a bad one because Brule has more upside than Stoll, even if he gets back to his pre-concussion playing level.

A better deal in my mind would be sending Stoll (and probably a 2nd rounder) for Zherdev. We currently have five, maybe six or even seven decent centers (Horc, Stoll, Gagner, Cogs, Brodziak, and maybe Reasoner and Pouliot), whereas we're relatively weak on offense overall.

Zherdev has never really gotten along with Hitchcock, and he definitely has a lot of offensive upside when he's playing his best. To be honest, Stoll is seeming like Lupul all over again. He's playing bad enough this year, that even if we deal him and he goes on to score thirty five goals next year, a trade will still have been justified.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

.500 Frenzy

The Oil just beat Van City in the shootout to get up to .500 hockey, as well as 8th seat in the West.

Who in their wildest dreams would have predicted this at the beginning of the season? Not me.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Worst Comment Ever.

"perect name score-coff I love it...K-Lowe the genius has signed this guy for a few more years at a bargain price(just like Penner will be if not better by end of this and next year)...horc has proven he is one of the best and the oil r loaded with guys like this that sooner or later will bust out and dominate the league..."

This comment was found on an article about Horcoff's recent play. I am not going to pick apart this quote myself, but I hope you can find several things wrong with it (K-Lowe the genius and bargain price Penner are good places to start).

Monday, December 10, 2007

Zip a dee do dah, zip a dee day

My oh my what a wonderful day!

Souray, Sanderson, and Tarnstrom are day to day. Moreau is only a week or two away (if all goes well) from hitting the ice, and you can just not look at Greene.

Analyzing the Bottom Feeders

This is a relatively low-tech analysis of the league's worst teams, the teams that are fighting to be either the best of the worst and maybe, MAYBE, snag a playoff spot, or are fighting to be the worst of the worst and maybe snag a lottery spot in the draft.

For the intents of this list, bottom feeders are teams that are not playing .500 hockey as of now. In order of points, best to worst, they are: Calgary, Florida, Edmonton, Buffalo, Phoenix, LA and Washington.

With the curious exception of Buffalo, they have all scored less goals than have been scored against them. That's a given, of course, and helps little. Also curious is that the top team in points (CGY) has only 12 wins, less than all but two teams in the league. Only in the NHL do you get points for losing.

And for all the hubbub about Oilers getting points for losing, we only have 1 overtime loss.

Of these teams, only two have a player who I think is capable of winning year end awards at this time. Maybe Hemsky, Roy or Horton will someday, but for now, only Ovie and Iggy have a shot. And only Iggy has any amount of secondary scoring to back him up. I think Calgary's problems can mostly be chalked up to bad goaltending. Who'd have thought?

Teams like Edmonton and Buffalo have a lot of secondary scoring. They have nobody who is a real all star, however.

And that is what seperates a bottom feeder from a league leader, in my own, humble opinion. having both a strong first line and some secondary scoring.

Samwise Stays


Samwise Gagner will not be rejoining the Canadian Under-20 team for the world championships, it was announced on the 7th.


What does this mean for the Oilers? It means a worst case scenario of more scoring chances for the other team while he's on the ice, stunted development of our most promising prospect, and one more inexperienced forward on a team that's already the youngest in the league.


It also means a best case scenario of good NHL experience for our most promising prosect, more scoring chances for the other team while he's on the ice, and one more inexperienced forward on a team that's already the youngest in the league.


Not a lot of difference in those, is there?

Well...well.

I have returned. I originally left the blog to join the team at PunjabiOil, but it seems that PDO and myself have been kicked out from the team, without any explanation.

So I am returning to the oilogosphere with Talkin' Hockey.