Oiler news: Johan Motin took off for the SEL, leaving the OKC Barons, will Omark be heading there next?; As per Oilers twitter, Barker will be out 4 weeks and Whitney is looking to be around 10 days; Nothing else really happened, well except for the humbling that Boston, Detroit and Chicago heaped upon the team and its fans. Still have a ways to go before being an elite team.
Question of the week: What’s up with Hall? It was aggravating watching him turn the puck over constantly trying to do it all himself. (Or is he still the golden child who we are not allowed to discuss in a negative manner?) Do you just think he’s squeezing the stick a little tight and once he pots a couple he will start using his line mates again, or will this be a whole season type deal like Cole was?
League news: Four new players were inducted into the hockey hall of fame, Mark Howe, Eddie Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk and Doug Gilmour. Is it just me or does it seem like it’s easier to make it to the hall now. All very good players, but hall of fame? I suppose when you let in every leaf pre 1967 though, you set the precedent. And no Burns. Bullshit. Also Terry Jones got added to the reporter wing. I wasn’t a big fan of his until he got onto twitter, but dude is pretty funny; Lucic went and ran Miller (my keeper pool goalie…fuck) and while Miller is out now with a concussion, Lucic has not been suspended. Personally, I’m all about goalies being free game outside of the crease, except when it’s the goalie in my keeper pool; Ducks claim Hagman on re-entry from the Flames, 1.5 mil to each team’s cap; Can’t remember if I mentioned this last week, but the Flyer’s and Tampa game was awesomely hilarious…love it, although on all my teams the front 1 always had to pressure the D to make a play, I’ve never seen it that passive before (that said, my team usually ran the 2-1-2); Columbus trades Kris Russell for St. Louis D-man Nikita Nikitin; Not hockey, but that Penn State dude is pretty fucking disgusting
Fight of the Week
Two of them this week, as I was going to go with the Brown fight (who seems to be showing up a lot so far) but once I saw the handiwork of former Oiler MacIntyre I had to include it.
And finally, before the standings, this series at Puck Daddy just kills me. Love it. Anyways, onto the standings:
Nothing too surprising here…Toronto has fallen back to the pack, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them out of the playoffs by the end of the month. As expected, Boston has fought their way back up to 9, and I imagine they’ll move past Ottawa and Toronto soon.
Detroit has moved back into a playoff spot, which isn’t really surprising. More surprising was their terrible start. Actually, more surprising is Anaheim’s terrible season so far. Looking at the standings though, and 3 points separate 3rd from 11th, so this year looks to be another crazy one in the west.