Save your boos
Well, on my plane ride home from Vegas, I learned that the snot-nosed kid who snubbed Edmonton is back in town. I’m sure many of you are planning on booing/heckling the crap out of him, but I say “save your boos.”
Comrie did screw up. He’s admitted to it though: “I’ve come out and said I didn’t handle it properly. I was young. I made mistakes and I’ve learned a lot.” Even Lowe admitted to making a mistake in how he handled it. I don’t have the exact quote, but he did apologize for trying to extort the $2.5M in bonus money out of Comrie. These two sides have obviously put things behind them, and now it’s time for the fans too. Comrie has also matured quite a bit in the 6 years since he’s been here. He also has never said one bad thing about the fans here (unlike that venomous snake, Chris Pronger) while he was here and even after he was chased out of town.
He also CHOSE Edmonton. Of all the teams out there, he picked Edmonton. According to Rich Winter, there were 3 other teams interested, with 2 of the teams being all but guaranteed playoff contenders. Why would he step into the lion’s den like that? He’s a proud player. He has something to prove. Right now that really works well for both sides involved. For us to get the most mileage out of Comrie while he’s here, we’re going to have to get off his back for a bit… we’re actually going to have to support the little “snot nosed brat!”
The problem is, we fans can be pretty proud. We always feel “it’s our right to boo – I pay good money for my ticket, I can do what I want!”. Well, that is definitely true, but to me it does nothing but tarnish your teams reputation and most likely affect a players performance negatively when you boo them. And guess what – that hinders the team.
This organization has gone through it’s ups and downs. It was a glorious dynasty in the 80s. In the late 90s and early 2000s it went through some tough struggles, both financially and statistically, but players wanted to play for us. Now, we’re got the finances in order… but we’re still struggling statistically and it seems like Edmonton is the Siberia of the NHL. Well, Tambellini and Katz are making great strides to do what they can to repair this organization – the reputation and the glory. If we fans want this team to do a 180, we have to do a 180 ourselves and start becoming better fans again.
You can still boo Chris Pronger, because he’s not an Oiler. But I ask that you don’t boo Comrie. I’d much rather be know as fans that are proud, loud and support their team than fans that strike fear in to their team if they screw up and eat their own.
Other Updates – MacTavish
Jason Gregor is reporting… *gasp* that Craig MacTavish has accepted a job as analyst on TSN! Is this the coolest news ever? Honestly, I’ve been wanting to see this for a while. I wasn’t much of a fan of MacT behind the bench, but he had some of the most memorable quotes ever. I do consider him to be a very smart man as well too. So don’t get me wrong with my dislike of him as coach here. It was more that I didn’t like his coaching style with THIS team. I would have loved to have heard him doing color for Sportsnet Oilers games though. But at the same time, I think DeBrusk does a wonderful job there.
So that will tide him over until he finds a job in the NHL again. He’s also going to coach the Canadian team at the Spengler Cup team over Christmas as well, to keep his coaching skills sharp.
So the young Oilers beat the young Canucks 6-3 last night. The best news of that was that Jordan Eberle potted two. Tonight the Oilers rookies take on the Golden Bears at Clare Drake Arena at 7PM. This will be a good chance to get a preview of Olivier Roy, as he will be sharing the net with Andrew Perugini. You’ll be able to catch the game tonight on www.edmontonoilers.com with Rod Phillips and Bob Stauffer calling the play.
New Arena Update
David Staples has a nice article up today in which he updates us on the arena. Not too much new there, but it does confirm that the Oilers have been wanting to build on the current Baccarat location, and also has an awesome map (at the bottom) complete with key locations marked out on it. Definitely worth a quick look.
Another One You Shouldn’t Boo
There’s an interview in the Journal today with Dustin Penner in which he talks about his reaction to the trade and how he feels about himself heading into this year. I’ve always tried to support the guy, although even I was buying into what MacTavish was selling about him at a few points. But I think this year will be a big year for him. I think we fans should forget about the Penner we knew and disliked (the one that we thought of as lazy) and be prepared to watch a rejuvinated Dustin Penner. I predict he’ll get 2nd line ice time this year, giving him a bit easier opponents, but also give his line (hopefully a pairing with Cogliano and Gagner) a much needed size boost.