Saturday, February 17, 2007
Going to the game tonight.
Never have been to Rexall and have actually only caught the Oilers live once, in Detroit back in the early 90s, so I'm pretty excited.
Going with my best buddy, have a pint or two before the game, a good dinner - annual tradition we have. Should be a good evening in what's looking to be a great few weeks coming up. With one exception of course.
Wish it were better circumstances for the Oil but it should be a good game in any case. The Chiefs have been playing well and are in their own playoff struggle. Friends of ours over for dinner last night - they were in Buffalo for the game and said the Oilers, especially Smyth and Horcoff, played pretty well. Raycroft and his squad tend to be a little off when they are at home - here's hoping.
Fact is that you look at the Oilers' lineup and its lacking. With Stoll, Pisani and Moreau out you've got some big skates to fill. Sad to say the Leafs are missing some pretty good players as well but unlike the Oilers who have seen guys like Sykora, Lupul and Torres disappear, the Leafs have had their secondary guys step to the forefront.
Earlier this year I opined that if the Oilers were actually looking towards 2009 and 2010 as their seasons to win then I wasn't sure if dealing guys like Schremp, Pouliot, Gilbert etc made sense. Why trade guys who you expect (rightly or not) to be a big part of a bright future in order to shore up a mediocre present. Now this does not excuse the mismanagement of the D situation or the fact that this club could have spent another 2 or 3M or so to shore up that weakness but I don't have a problem with the Oilers not sacrificing kids for a team that honestly looks to be going nowhere.
Of course if they had taken care of that D situation this club is likely first in the division and then what?
Anyhow watch for me tonight. I'll be the guy in the cordoruy coat making out with Horcoff on the bench.
And after the game when they announce Smyth's new deal I'll make sure to give him the Oilogosphere's love.
Whatever you want, Smytty. Sign on the dotted line and I'm all yours.
Addendum - who was the first player to wear Dave Keon's #14 after Ballard drove him from Toronto? Might be a good sign for tonight.
Posted by Black Dog at 8:11 AM