Dustin Penner before MacTavish had him neutered
With Craig MacTavish (and his player criticisms) out the door, there are a few players on this team who are going to have a fresh, clean slate in the NHL again and another chance to make their name for themselves. The biggest (pun not intended) opportunity for improvement this year will be Dustin Penner.
Last season, Penner was publicly criticised by Craig MacTavish in the interview heard ’round the NHL: “He’s not competitive enough or fit enough to help us, so why put him back in? He’s never been fit enough to help us. We thought the contract was a starting point for him, but he views it as a finish line. I can’t watch it, certainly not for another two and a half years”. We all know the story behind that, and how well MacTavish’s motivational speech worked. So why do we want this guy back?
Well, for one, we’re stuck with him. But, for two, he actually can be a factor on this team. Continue reading 'Dispelling Myths – Dustin Penner'»
A vicious polar bear attack from downtown Edmonton
With the latest public rejection of this city, everyone seems to think that Edmonton is the asshole of the NHL.
I’m not sure that players really think it’s all that bad. Anyone think that Detroit is the best city in the states? Players want to play where they have the best chance at winning at cup. That’s not Edmonton. It’s really that simple.
Sure playing in the west means increased travel, but another 15 teams have to deal with that as well. And sure the winter sucks, but we are not the only city that gets winter. Look at Calgary. Are you really going to tell me that Calgary’s winter is that much worse than Edmonton’s. Plus our women are better looking. So that can’t be it.
It’s that Calgary (in this example) has the status of being close to winning the cup. Now we know that they won’t, but that doesn’t stop players from thinking that (or the media). And that is really the only reason that players don’t want to come here.
Show me a player that would have said no to Edmonton in the mid 80’s. I’ll show you a player who has been recently punched in the head by Semenko. Repeatedly.
Win and Edmonton becomes a nicer place to live.
Tambellini trying to explain that he can't do anything because of the dipshit to his left
Most of what I’ve been reading on the internerd this summer (and what a beauty time to start a blog…) is what the Oilers need for the upcoming season. The ideal list would include a top six shooter, a third line PKer/faceoff dude and a stay at home D-man.
I agree with that list completely (and two of the three are available from the free agent pool), however there is one little issue that is standing in Tambellini’s way of completing that…the cap. Continue reading 'Get me an avocado, an ice pick and my snorkel.'»
The twitter account is alive! Barely... might need a second opinion on that.
You can now follow Putting on the Foil on twitter at: http://twitter.com/potfblog
There might be a few issues at first while I figure out what all this fuss was about…