From the looks of it, Hall + Potter will be back next game, can they help turn the suck off?; Sutton got 8 games, which is less than I expected. That is good I suppose.
HBO 24/7 tonight! I am way to excited about this show; Kurtis Foster was traded from Anaheim to the Devils along with Timo Pielmeier for Rod Pelley, Mark Fraser and a 7th; Terry Murray was fired from Kings, and all of the rumors are currently saying Darryl Sutter may be hired as his replacement; Concussion problems in the league? Crosby, Giroux, Pronger and possibly Skinner are all missing games currently with the concussion bug. I personally think that it’s no higher than it usually is, we just are better at diagnosing it. Oh, and Crosby is the one hurt. Once he’s healthy it won’t be a problem again; Tampa signed Miettinen, who was then claimed by Winnipeg on waivers; In case you didn’t know, the Laffs were sold to Bell/Rogers. Now expect TSN and Sportsnet to be even more Toronto oriented (much like CBC now, which might actually have to find out about the other teams in the league); Anisimov scored a goal, celebrated, and Tampa got it’s panties in a bunch again. Doesn’t anyone realize that only they can have fun.; Vancouver is continuing to be little bitches about everything (hits by Foligno, general douchebagness), and yet wonder why no one likes them.
World Junior news
Final cuts today, and Bunz did not make the team. Too bad, but I think he let in a couple weak ones in the last game, and the goaltending battle was pretty tight. Here is the final roster. Oil King Pysyk made the team so that’s good.
Don’t normally include football in this here blog, however we are Esks fans and therefore – Ricky Ray got traded for sweet fuck all…what the fuck! This is bullshit. Stupid fucking move. I don’t like it if you can’t tell.
Question of the week
With the Ricky Ray trade, Terry Jones called out the Eskimo management for making a terrible trade…why can’t anyone in the media do the same for the Oilers? It’s like the team has pictures of all of them in compromising situations.
Fight of the week
As a little bonus, here are OKC Barons and Oil Kings updates!
The Barons are currently 1st in their conference with 39 points. In fact, that puts them first in the league. Record currently sits at 19-7-0-1. Might be time to send the Oilers down to see what winning on a regular basis looks like. Interestingly enough, they have done this with team scoring as their highest scorer is Ryan Keller who sits 31st in the league scoring (21 in 27 games). Well, their goalie David LeNeveu sits 4th in goalies so I’m sure that helps. Yann Danis sits 9th. Crazy enough, but Alex Plante sits 7th in team scoring with 10 points.
And the Edmonton Oil Kings also sit first in their conference with 45 points (25-8-1-2). Michael St. Croix leads the team in scoring with 46 in 32 games, and sits 9th in league scoring. Laurent Brossoit is currently 3rd in the league in goaltending.
And on to the standings:
I suppose I should get used to seeing the Wild up this high in the standings. Everything else seems right, maybe having St. Louis so high up there is kinda odd (then again, I didn’t expect to see Anaheim at the very bottom). Oilers are only 2 points out of 8th (plus would need the tie break), but considering how well all the teams ahead of them are playing they will be in tough for the rest of the season.
Seeing Washington that low was not something I’d expect to see this year, but with that goal differential we shouldn’t be surprised. Interesting enough, look at the GDiff at the entire east, those top 4 teams just feast on the rest.