Back from vacation, saw Racki get married off (he mentioned it in the comments somewhere, figure it’s safe for talking about), indulged in Vegas for a few days and then went to San Francisco for the weekend to catch a USC and 49er game. And you think Oiler fans are intense!
None the less, it appeared the Oilers had hit the bottom, and have recently attempted to make themselves respectable. Two straight wins, granted against shite quality teams, and looking at a very beatable team tomorrow. Something made me think they were not as bad as the first games have indicated, and we all know they are not as good as yesterday shows, so I’m guessing they’ll settle in around 20th place in the league by seasons end. Let’s make that my official prediction for the rest of the year.
Lots of Oiler news:
- Larianov bitched to the media about Yak’s icetime, which created a mini-firestorm where Yak was asked if he was happy about it and he said no. Honestly the less said about this non-item the better. I mean, come on. Dude wants to play, and it isn’t him asking for his way out.
- Smid was traded, and to the Flames no less. It seems Mac-T has put the team on notice that if things don’t get better quickly, he’ll trade all remaining defense away. I don’t like the trade, and the only way I think this becomes a win is if Brossoit becomes an actual #1 goalie which I’m not sold that he can be. But he was awesome on the Oil Kings.
- And apparently with the cap room freed up by that trade, Bryzgalov was signed to a deal to shore up the goaltending. Honestly, I didn’t think that Dubnyk would continue to shit the bed like he had been but at the price I don’t see this as an issue. If he returns to his Phoenix/Anaheim years I think he’ll help this team. Certainly a better quote.
- Mac-T had a state of the union address. I agree with pretty much all of what he said. In short (as I heard it), the team sucked but he won’t trade the good bits for a quick fix. While it sucks that the team is spending another year getting railed by real NHL teams, sending out talent in an attempt to save this year isn’t what is needed. Further, he mentioned that defense is what is needed, and while this isn’t a shock to anyone who pays attention to the team, it’s a positive to finally have Oiler management echo that sentiment.
- Arcobello has been told to apartment up. Good news for the little guy. Even though his waiver eligibility makes him the target of paper moves, he has definitely earned a spot on this team.
- All that said, the team is still in a terrible spot and I’d like to see a solid 2nd quarter of the season to show us that they are trending upwards and not just becoming the Islanders/Panthers/Thrashers of the west.
- Buffalo cleaned house and turfed their GM, bringing in Pat Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalafontaine as their President of Hockey Operations (Kevin Lowe position) and Ted Nolan as their interm coach. Glad to see Nolan get another shot.
- Versteeg has been traded back to the Blackhawks, with Florida eating half of his contract (and cap hit) for the rest of his deal. I’d love it if Mac-T would start targeting cap/cash strapped teams and get players like this.
- Quick is hurt! Scrivens is playing lights out! I wonder who the Toronto goalie scout is cause seriously, with Rask, Scrivens and Reimer I’d like to see who he thinks is the next one. Or do they just draft a lot of goalies and hope for the best?
- Stamkos broke his leg. Now we can pretend we care about Tampa and what’ll happen to their season, but really, who will replace him on team Canada? I mean, that takes one hell of a triggerman away from Crosby.
- Chelios, Shanahan, Niedermayer, Shero (deceased) and Heaney were all inducted into the Hall of Fame. Still no Burns.
- East is still a joke compared to the West.
- I’m sure there’s more stuff but meh. Go Seahawks!
Anyways, on to the standings (and fight video, and Oil Kings):
Yup, good old Oilers. At least we are not dead last in the league, with Buffalo making sure we don’t completely embarrass ourselves.
Interesting to see Canucks out of a playoff spot though.
I’m still surprised to see Tampa and Toronto up as high as they are, but both are starting to come back to earth a bit. I fully expect Detroit to fall some more as well as they haven’t been all that great lately.
Fight of the Week
Lets go with some Oil Kings scraps, aka Baddock beatin some ass:
And for those of you who require NHL level beatdowns, here is Reaves who is one scary muthafucka:
Injuries are a bitch…
The Barons are not doing so hot at the moment, sitting 12th in the conference with 16 points in 17 games. That said, only 2 points out of a playoff spot, and maybe the Oilers can stop poaching talent away now. Also Brossoit showed up and should be playing soon (as should Labarbera) so things should get better.
Omark leads the team in scoring with 15 points in 17 games (28th in league scoring) and Bachman is the best OKC goalie (although currently with the big club injured). The rest of the goaltending has been by committee as all of Bryz, Bunz, Roy and Brossoit have seen games. Horak joining the team immediately becomes the 2nd leading scorer with 12 in 17.
And Omark here, doing his thing:
And finally, the team I’m most interested in (and new season ticket holder!), the Oil Kings!
The Oil Kings sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference with 29 points in 23 games, which is good considering they started so poorly. But with Reinhart and Lazar back they’ve been tearing it up.
Samuelsson leads the team in scoring with 31 points in 23 games which is also good for 14th in league scoring (fucking Winterhawks have 2 players in the top 3 again!). Jarry is 2nd for goaltenders in the league with a 0.921 sv%. Lazar is second in team scoring with 25 in 19 games followed by Moroz with 23 in 23. Both lead the team in goals with 15.
Finally, the Oil Kings have two players rated by NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s, with both Mayo and Irving considered late round picks. Both are D and I see Mayo actually moving up the list a bit.
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