First things first, pun not intended with the post title, given that the first topic is Cogliano’s hit from behind last night. Secondly, credit to Chucker for finding a different church sign pic, which I then used to generate the pic above.
Tom Renney apparently asked Andrew Cogliano to step up his hitting game, as of late. The first hit of the game he throws is on Kyle Turris, from behind. Cogliano wasn’t even credited with the hit on the official scoresheet, but more importantly, he was ejected from the game for the hit.
“That’s how things have been going for me this season….first time in my life that’s happened, junior, college, anywhere,” Cogliano said, frustrated.
Thankfully, Cogliano did have Tom Renney battling in his corner. “It was a tough call,” said Oilers’ coach Tom Renney. “I’m not going to complain about it but it was two bodies colliding. Their guy turned into it (the Cogliano check). We’ve been on Cogs to finish his checks. I didn’t have a problem with what he did.”
It was a disappointing start to Cogliano’s game, but I don’t think he should be hanging his head these days. He’s been one of the team’s better PKers as of late, and has the second highest hits total for forwards, behind Gilbert Brule. That thought alone might be a bit scary however… you have to wonder where guys like Stortini and Jones have been when Cogliano is ahead of them. Stortini has a small excuse though, having played only 13 games, but there is a reason for that.
Read more about the hit and reaction to it in the Edmonton Journal.
2GP, 2 hits, 14:43 ES TOI/G (even strength time on ice per game), 2:01 SH TOI/G, and on the ice for only 1 GA so far (scored at even-strength). It definitely is way too early, but from what I’ve seen, this kid is doing all he needs to do to stick around. The only hesitation I would have to keeping him up here is that Oklahoma City could use him just as much. He’s a huge factor down there, and more modest factor here. The thing is, when everyone is healthy, it keeps Vandermeer and Strudwick out of the lineup… both of which have been quite poor (although to his credit, Strudwick had been one of the teams PKers, unexpectedly).
MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO
Last night, the Oklahoma City Barons went to overtime and then shootout before the Oiler did, and the outcome (although not the score) was the same… a shootout loss.
One has to ask.. why do the Oilers continue to play Nikolai Khabibulin until he gets hurt? I’m not saying there is necessarily a connection there. I don’t think Khabibulin was overworked. But why wasn’t Dubnyk getting that many games, for his sake? I can only figure that the Oilers don’t have a lot of faith in him. It’s time to stop sheltering him though and see what he can do. So far he’s shown to be almost on par with Khabibulin most nights. We could put anyone in the net and it wouldn’t seem to matter.
Now that Khabibulin has been injured, it sounds like Dubnyk will get most of the starts, even though Martin Gerber has more experience and was called up. Personally I think Gerber might be the best of the 3, so the goaltending decisions here actually baffle me a bit. On a good note though, Tencer reports that before Khabibulin got injured, the plan was to give Dubnyk 1 start for every 3 Khabibulin starts. But that basically translates to only playing around 20 games in the season. Not a lot.
WHAT DIRECTION IS THIS TEAM GOING?
The Oilers showed improvement in yesterday’s game, but I still think they’re on a collision course for the bottom of the standings again. No moves means Tambellini is OK with that. I’m OK with that too, given that this year there are a few guys that are seen as competing for #1 overall pick. So even if we were to get #3 overall, we’d still be happy. But who can tolerate watching that kind of season again? Edmonton isn’t a very patient city, so it’s going to be a tough sell if they want to lose yet again.
I believe it was
MetalOil Chucker that quoted the Bruins as saying that on average, 7 of 8 teams that are in playoff spots by December make the playoffs. So if we’re sitting in last by mid-December, you can almost bet our season will not be extended with a trip to the playoffs. And well, if we don’t see any moves by that time to address needs, you can bet that the plan this year is to draft high again… sorry.
PAT BURNS PASSES
I’m almost hesitant to report this, after the mistake many made 2 months ago, but Burns passed on from Cancer yesterday. He was 58. Many are talking about how they had hoped that Burns should have made the Hockey Hall of Fame before his death so that he could be there to see it. Can’t say I disagree, but I guess it just goes to show you how strict those guys are (with exception to Wayne Gretzky) with letting guys in. Burns one the Jack Adams 3 times. He led the Canadiens to the cup final in 1989, in which they lost it to the Calgary Flames. In 2003, he coached the Devils to a cup win. He definitely deserves to be in the HHOF, so it would have been nice for them to make the exception, but I do wonder what Burns would have had to say about the exception being made for him too.