Archive for the 'Oilers' Category

10
Nov
08

Sam Gagner and The Sophomore Jinx

Alright, I personally don’t know if the sophomore jinx exists or not, personally, I think its that the young guys kind of settle down in their second year, and maybe don’t feel as though they have as much to prove. In any case, Sam Gagner is definitely suffering through it right now.

Last season, Gagner finished with 49 points in 79 games, not a whole lot but considering he wasn’t expected to even make the team, that’s pretty good. This season however has been a different story. Through 13 games, Gagner has racked up a very unimpressive 2 points, and according to TSN, he’s on pace for 12 points. There’s no way Gagner is going to finish up with 12 points this season, he’s going to snap out of it and those numbers are going to go up. Law of Averages at the very least would indicate he will eventually score a goal, he has 28 shots, and eventually one of those is going to go in.

So what should the Oil do in order to help him snap out of it? There are a few things coaches normally do, either decrease ice time, which they’ve done to no avail. They could increase his ice time, which would increase his opportunities, and perhaps his confidence as well. They could do what Wilson has been doing in Toronto, and sit him the rafters for a game or two… who knows, it seems to have worked with Matt Stajan. The other option, which is open to debate, is sending him down to the AHL and let him play a few games with Springfield.

Now, I’ll be honest, I am unsure if Gagner would have to clear waivers, but I am pretty sure that under the CBA, if you’re in an entry-level contract you’ll be exempt from clearing waivers. So here is what I was thinking… send him down for like a week, the Oilers have plenty of depth to cover for him anyways (not like he’s doing the team any good right now either) and let him tear the AHL up for a couple games. This would probably get his confidence back up, and once it is up, then the Oilers bring him back to the bigs, give him tons of ice time and he can hopefully rip it up and be back into form.

25
Oct
08

Big Night In The NHL Tonight

Gotta love Saturday nights. 15 games, 30 teams, all ready for action. Couple things to really look forward to however, and we’ll start in the East.

The team everyone loves to hate, and hates to love gets a big addition tonight. The big off-season signing, Jeff Finger finally makes his Maple Leafs debut tonight. Finger’s signing was a shocker, as Fletcher threw a lot of money at the Free Agent even though he’s really only in his second season, and was a healthy scratch at times during the play-offs last year. Ron Wilson and Fletch still contend that Finger is worth the 3.5 million per year. The Leafs also sent Jiri Tlustly down to the Marlies, which would probably mean that the Leafs will get at least 43 shots tonight, since Blake will be in the line-up.

Philly looks for their second win of the season, but if they want to win they’ll have to allow less goals which shouldn’t be too difficult since they are playing the Devils, but then again, it’ll be tougher to score too. Meanwhile Marty looks to inch closer to Roy’s records.

Personally, I think the match-up to look for in the East has to be the New York Rangers facing the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers are off to an unbelievable start, and the Penguins… well, they’re the Pens. Anytime that you get Crosby, Malkin, J. Staal on the ice facing Gomez, Drury, Zherdev, and Naslund, there’s going to be one helleva game.

In the West, the high flying Red Wings are set to face the young Blackhawks in what should be a great Divisional Match-Up. I am torn on this one, but I gotta say, I hope the Hawks come flying out of the gates, and Toews puts up 4 goals, all of which are assisted by Keith and Campbell. That would get me up in the standings in my pool at work. Regardless, should be a good, high-paced game.

Other than that, another Divisional Match-up in the Northwest as the Kid Line and their Oilers take on the surprising Canucks tonight. Gillis’ weird made up team (honestly, what the hell?) are having a slow start to the season after ripping it up in the pre-season are looking to rebound, meanwhile the Oiler squad look are also looking to rebound after a couple losses. Oilers should take this hands down, but then again, anything can happen…

So one game is already underway, and hopefully the next 14 get off without any starting goalies tripping over rugs… Legace, idiot.

01
Apr
08

Flames’ Fans Beat Oiler Fan Unconscious

So I just had to go drive my buddy around because he managed to lock his keys in his car. And while I was cabbing him around he told me about this guy, an Oiler fan, who got “gangbeated” [his words, not mine], following the Oil’s 2-1 win ovr Calgary on the weekend.

So I figured I would come home and look it up and sure enough, it happened. 

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Apparently this guy was walking, in his Oiler jersey, back to a friends’ house late at night, when this Mercedes  full of Flames’ fans, in their Flames jerseys, pulled up staring at him.

The guy said to them, “How ’bout them Flames?”

Now, he did provoke them, but hell, how many times does someone hear words like that? As a Leaf fan… I hear it a lot! But I have never thought about beating the bloody hell out of the people that say it to me, let alone get a bunch of pals in on it…. granted I don’t have many fellow Leaf fans in Southern Alberta… but come on!

So this guy, is going to press charges… or at least attempt to, as he got the people’s license plate number and he met with the cops. Calgary in my opinion is sketchy… this coming a week after a homeless guy got beat while in his sleep.

25
Mar
08

“One Play” Commercial

So I was surfing around randomly just a little ago, and I ran into this commercial. Apparently its the NHL’s newest attempt at promoting the game. I’ll let you have a look at it before I give my two cents.

First off, I effin’ love it. There are so many details to it and it works on so many different levels. It incorporates vintage hockey footage, pond hockey, minor hockey, and today’s hockey. The beginning starts with probably two of the most recognizable faces in hockey, Gretzky and Crosby. It shows almost every team in the league, if not all, shows the stars of the game, the grace and skill needed to play the game and it is shown with great fluidity. The cuts between video clips are great. What ever company produced this commercial did an unreal job in making it seem like it was actually one play.

This commercial is leaps and bounds above the “I Pledge” and “Is This the Year?” commercials. It seems that the NHL may finally have taken a step in the right direction, and just in time for the playoffs. Finally.

DIGG ME 

24
Mar
08

Flames Refuse To Help Out Fellow Albertans

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Tonight marked the first time in a long time that Oiler fans were cheering for the Flames, and that Flame fans were cheering for the Oil. One of my buddies (an Oiler fan) sent me a text earlier today which displayed this cheering for a team that he hates.

“I never thought I would say that I want the Flamers to who tonight.”

Ok maybe not the best quote, because apparently T9 Word didn’t know he meant to say win, but I knew. The Oilers did their part in helping the Flames out, by beating the Wild giving the Flames a shot at reclaiming the Northwest division lead. The Flames however, didn’t really sound like they showed up to play tonight. (I listened to the game on the Fan 960.)

It sounded like a boring game, but that could have been because of the endless mistakes the announcers were making… I can’t even recall how many they made. They even claimed that Ottawa had beat the Wild tonight, right after they announced that Ottawa had just lost to Montreal. (First off, the Oil/Wild game was still very much in progress, and second… well you see the error.)

Anyways! So the West is packed right up again now, as 6 points are the difference between being in sixth place, and being in eleventh place. Which brings me to my next thought. I saw this wicked great site today called Sports Club Stats, which does an unbelievable job at calculated the chances that a team has at making the playoffs. Check it out, and look at your favourite team and their chances, and even where they will probably end up in the standings. A great way to look ahead to the draft if you are out of it.

22
Mar
08

Quick Hits:Lecavalier, MVP, Oil, and Injured Hab

A few quick thoughts before I head to work tonight, and just before HNIC goes on-air.

Lecavalier Out Of World Championships

Vincent Lecavalier is going to find out soon if he will require off-season surgery on an ongoing wrist injury. Although the injury has not kept him from ripping the league up again, and being one of the premiere players, it has been bothering him and he will have it checked out. Even if he does not need to get the surgery, his agent has told the media that it is doubtful that Lecavalier will play for Team Canada. Although there has been talk of if players sit out of the Worlds their chances for making the 2010 Olympic team would be diminished, I doubt that would be the case with this guy. There is no way that he would not be considered for the Olympic team just because he sits out of a tourney 1 and a half years prior.

My Picks For MVP

Yesterday I wrote that I did not think Ovechkin should win the Hart Trophy if the Capitals do not make the post-season. After thinking about overnight (read last 3.5 minutes) I have come into a short-list of candidates. These candidates however are completely dependent on whether their respective team makes the play-offs, and their teams are currently in playoff contention.

  • Joe Thornton –  Could easily earn another one after his 06 Hart.
  • Alexei Kovalev -This kills me, just because his last few seasons have been sub-par, but he is having an excellent season.
  • Roberto Luongo – Let’s face it, without him, the Canucks would be a lot like the Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Martin Brodeur – Has carried the Devils on his back throughout the season. Heck, Weekes got an ovation when he made a save in his 2 minutes of action the other night.
  • Evgeni Malkin – In the absence of some Crosby guy, he has stepped up and led the Penguins into the division lead and in a battle for the conference lead.

Edmonton Oilers Won’t Go Away

After this afternoon’s scoring festival against the Avalanche, the Edmonton Oilers have scraped themselves 3 points outside of 8th place, and if they continue their winning ways, they have a shot. I strongly believe that the Oilers will make play-offs. They are playing better than most teams right now, are actually somewhat consistent, and are only getting better. The other bonus to them winning, is that with every win, they piss of the Ducks. There is no reason for them to try an get into a better draft position, so they literally have nothing to lose.

Mike Komisarek’s Mystery Injury

The playoffs are clearly just around the corner, because Komisarek went down the all too common “Lower Body Injury.” As a fan, I hate that teams do this upper/lower body crap when it comes to injuries in the playoffs. But it does make sense, because when it comes to winning the Cup teams will take any advantage they can get, so if they know that Komisarek has a sprained knee, there is no doubt that that knee would be targeted by opposing teams.

16
Mar
08

The NHL Was Bright Today

I say bright, not because they were smart, because let’s face it, that is about as rare as a Wayne Gretzky rookie card. I say that because there was a lot of lighting up done today.

The Penguins, who are still relatively unhealthy, routed the Flyers with a 7-1 win. I don’t know if the Flyers are really intent on making the playoffs, but as of right now, if they don’t get their shiat together, they aren’t going to make it. With 2 losses in a row, things are looking dim as they hit the stretch run.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Florida Panthers are rattling off wins like there is no tomorrow. Maybe because if they don’t… there is no tomorrow. They have now won 7 in a row and sit 2 points behind the Flyers, but have played more games than all of the other teams on the cusp.

Speaking of rattling wins off, the Sharks finally lost! They went down to the Oilers tonight, in a shoot-out (go figure). Before tonight they had won 11 games in a row on their way to the Pacific Division lead, and with two games on hand on the Ducks, they are looking good to lock up 2nd in the West.

Finally, the other bright spot tonight was Joe Corvo, who lit up his former team. Corvo recorded a hat-trick in his first game against the Senators since he was traded just prior to the trade deadline. With Carolina climbing comfortably into the division lead, and playing much better hockey than the Senators, one might think that Corvo is happy with the trade that had him and Patrick Eaves sent to Raleigh for Commodore and Stillman.

Again, with every passing day, the play-off picture is starting to clear up, and I look forward to it. Look for my predictions as soon as the match-ups figure themselves out.