Couldn’t choose which pic I wanted to use, so you get both!
What a wild and crazy two weeks eh? Holy crap.
First up, Oilers get screwed in a trade. Again. Who is this Montgomery fellow? I think Tambellini just likes saying Montgomery. I imagine he does it in a bad British accent. “Well Montgomery ol’ chap, how about you join me for some tea?”
In all honesty, thats a pretty lateral move, but since the Oilers used to be good at picking out D-men from other teams minor systems this might turn out. The trade I’m not happy about is Penner for Teubert, a 20th pick and what will probably be 60th pick next year. We turn a 30 goal scoring signed for 4.25 mil (and could probably be re-signed for that, if not a little more) into picks and prospects…who we hope will turn into players like Penner.
Not happy. I bet they could have traded him next deadline if he wasn’t going to re-sign for a first and a third. So basically Teubert for a year of Penner. This is just like the Smyth and Pronger trades.
In other Oiler news, Vandermeer is kicking ass and taking names. Scrapped Lucic (a Steve-O favorite) in a beauty tilt. I want him signed for another year.
Also, the Oilers have won a couple games here and there. What the hell. If all it took was Tambellini talking with them, then he should have been down there weeks ago. But I suppose he wanted to lock up last before he did anything drastic.
Souray was put on recall waivers and still wasn’t claimed. I wonder if he’s figured it out yet, or still thinks he’s the bomb.
Oh, and Petiot got called up. Due to Peckham catching a fist to the chin.
In other league news, well, the trade deadline happened. Preceded by two weeks of trades. Check the comments of this post to find out who were all traded etc.
Also the Heritage Classic happened, and wasn’t all that hot. No one showed up for the alumni game, and it was too cold for the real game. Apparently they couldn’t even give the ice a decent scrap between periods. Or so I hear…I had no interest in watching it.
Lessard and Rosehill had a pretty good tilt.
Finally, Charlie Sheen gave me the best quote ever.
”I’m sorry, man, but I’ve got magic. I’ve got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time — and this includes naps — I’m an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground.”
Thats awesome. And now onto the standings:
Well, holy crap. When did Toronto start playing well? Things are looking interesting in the East, with Philly, Tampa, Boston and Pittsburgh with a pretty comfortable lead in the standings. Even the Caps I imagine are not too worried. But after that, 6 thru 11 looks to be pretty tight.
The west is crazy tight. Outside of Vancouver, Detroit and San Jose (when did they start playing well?) it is super close. 4th thru 12th are only separated by 8 points. 2 points separate 5th and 10th!
And in the league standings (otherwise known as lets see how shitty the east/Oilers really is/are) we have Minny, Nashville, Anaheim and Columbus all above the cutoff line for the east. And Edmonton has pretty much locked up 1st or 2nd in the draft. Only a couple more games to go.
The Barons currently sit 4th in the conference with 71 points, 7 points back from 1st and 1 point up on 10th. Hopefully Teubert helps out there.
Giroux is 3rd in league scoring with 64 in 60, and Moran is 12th with 50 in 60.
Gerber was sitting 15th in goalies prior to the call-up.
The Oil Kings are sitting 6th in the conference with 65 points, 3 up on 7th. 6th has already locked up a playoff birth with 73 points so they might be close to guaranteeing a playoff spot.
Dylan Wruck is the highest Oil King (19th overall) with 72 points in 63 games, but the Oilers own Hamilton is sitting just ahead of him (18th), but Pitlick dropped to 42nd. The Nuge is sitting 4th. Bunz is also the 3rd ranked goalie.
Foiled Again Too