Friday, June 24, 2011

The Cock Of Nothing


The silly season started in earnest yesterday with Los Angeles and Columbus both getting a lot better and Philadelphia remaking their club dramatically while rumours flew about Ales Hemsky's nemesis shuffling off and Oiler icon Ryan Smyth maybe coming home or maybe becoming ... a Flame?

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are both very very good hockey players and the teams that acquired them have to be considered a true contender (the Kings) and a playoff contender (the BJs) with these acquisitions. Rumours about how the boys enjoy the nightlife are pretty rampant but they are going to make a big difference in their new homes.

As for the Flyers ... well it was an insane day. The bounty of kids they brought in was fantastic - Schenn, Simmonds, Voracek, a high first round pick. The problem of course is that they just sent out two guys in their prime from club with a bunch of key players - Pronger, Timmonen, Briere - getting older.

But its the Flyers. So the other shoe was (and is) yet to drop. They paid huge money for a goalie, ridiculous money in fact. Its probably not going to work out well but if there is one club you can't blame for spending on a goalie it would be the Flyers after all. And they will be after Brad Richards and if they fail there then they will use some of their newfound youth to acquire someone else I would bet. The Flyers are always in there and while some people laugh and say well it does them no good they are usually in the mix and if you aren't the mix then you ain't going to ever win.

Right?

So we will see what goes on tonight and over the rest of the weekend and week leading up to July 1st. This has become THE time when things happen. They don't happen during the season and not much of note happens at the deadline anymore. Its all now and as yesterday proved anything can happen.

As for the Oilers well they will pick Nugent Hopkins first overall. He's the consensus guy, just as Hall emerged as the consensus guy and my guess is he will probably be a very good player. Rumours of Weiss and the third coming our way are interesting and I'd be pretty interested if Weiss were signed for longer than two more years. But he's not.

And of course the rumours will fly about the Oilers trying to move up, as they always do (the rumours flying I mean) and those who think the Oilers have a shot at another lottery pick must note that they really have nothing to get them that pick, right? Its kids the other clubs will want, most likely, with the couple of chips who could get us something decent (Hemsky, Whitney) coming off injury and frankly, too valuable to deal off. And no, Gagner or Cogliano aren't going to get it done. As to rumours that next year's first round pick might be in play, considering that this club has finished dead last two years running, that there is nobody coming over the hills to the rescue and that Nugent Hopkins is not Crosby and may be back in junior, well, do you think that's a good idea?

Tambellini gets a lot of flack in these parts, much of it deserved, some of it not but frankly when it comes to fairness and judging Oilers' management I don't really care too much for those who complain that management gets a rough ride.

The Smyth stories from this week have opened fresh wounds for many and they should. It was six years ago that Chris Pronger was traded and the dismantling of a pretty good hockey club began. A guy who should have been an Oiler for life was next out the door and its been downhill ever since. Five years out of the playoffs and two consecutive last place finishes. The man who blew the team up (and did so inadvertently, this is the funny thing about it, all of those shitty years he was spending tons of money and trying to compete!), Kevin Lowe, still has a job and is still involved. Smyth's money spent on Souray and now Souray is in Hershey. The money offered to Nylander whose wife rejected the idea. The offer sheet to Vanek. The offer sheet and money and picks for Penner who came and is now gone himself.

Its so awful in its awfulness its hard to believe.

Tambellini's plan is to accumulate kids and right now the plan is chugging along on schedule although once the train arrives in the station I have little faith that Tambo will know what to do. I'm skeptical but its a skepticism well earned.

Tonight and the next week will tell us what next year is going to bring for us. More losses as we send the kids out to the wolves night after night? That's most likely. I see Tambellini making no moves or further steps backwards (the idea of dealing Gilbert makes my stomach turn) with the idea of garnering another lottery pick.

Or will he step it up and begin acquiring players who can help the kids start to win now, ending this slide into the abyss and starting the long climb back?

Doubtful but one can dream.

9 comments:

Psyche said...

Bravo BDHS. I agree with your assessment. If the majority of us would have performed in our jobs the way Oilers' management has performed we would be collecting EI by now. I am very anxious about the types of moves the organization will make when they decide they are done collecting shiny new prospects. Leadership is a major question mark for me in the Oilers front office.

The other John said...

I am as hard on Oiler management as anyone. I see ZERO reason to be otherwise. Case in point, 3C, a dire need for 3-4 years and the Oilers are going to fill it with Zenon Konopka someone who IS good in the face off dot but is bad everywhere else.

They make such consistently medioce decisions that the only thing that might save them is 3-4 lottery picks. Even then if you asked me who could screw it up: the Oilers

Anonymous said...

I think the saying is 'the inmates are in charged of the asylum.'

- Matt Watt -

RiversQ said...

The Oilers followed their SOP this weekend. They didn't move up or down despite numerous boastful claims.

(BTW, the latest one is "We liked this guy so much we were thinking of trading up to get him." I shit you not. The new twist courtesy of Gregor talking about Klefbom. Just unfuckingreal.)

No Smyth either. The Oilers are arguing over the NHL equivalent of bus change right now. It's hard to fathom.

RiversQ said...

Hmm, I meant to say bus fare, but bus change works too. That's the change you find stuck to the floor of the bus with dried slurpee.

Black Dog said...

Well they got Smyth. Now, can they add another piece or three that will make this team better, without giving up much of value?

Or are they even interested in doing that?

RiversQ said...

Yeah they closed the deal. Props to them. Seriously.

It will be interesting to see what happens. It seems to me that this is a perfect situation for an RFA sheet. They don't need to worry about the 2012 picks, especially if they can add 2-3 decent players to pull themselves clear of the lottery.

Swabbubba said...

Hmmm I thought when this originally happened I thought this was perfect plan. but the plan was flawed and Ryan went on extended excursion. I don't think his agent is fan of the Oilers.
I hope he performs well and stays healthy. I hope he gets along with the youth. I will be happy to have someone in front of the net.

Bruce said...

@Swabbubba: If there is anyone in this scenario whose feelings I care less about than Smyth's agent, I can't imagine who it would be. AFAIC he (Don Meehan) was the douchebag that caused the rift in the first place.