Friday, February 03, 2012

The Ultimate Handjob On A Greyhound


The last six years (!) have been the worst era in Oilers' history. Coming on six years out of the playoffs after what looked like the start of a new era in 2006. Quality players shuttled out the door, including the peculiar Oiler tradition of moving every veteran of any quality out of town. It started in the 80s, was supposed to stop with Smyth, continued last year with Penner and is about to happen again with Hemsky.

Its hard to take. There is a nice collection of kids now but for this fan anyhow the overwhelming feeling is one of dread that management will make a mess of this. They've earned this contempt of course.

And I'm an optimist!!!

Haha.

Last year I coined the term 'handjob on a Greyhound' to describe the odd joyful experience we Oiler fans have during these brutal seasons, suffering through dull, poor hockey, our favourites traded or injured in freak accidents, all in the hope that things will get better.

The 9-2 victory over Chicago, the Ted hattrick, many of the quality games this year (they are increasing), there have been some good times this year.

But last night, well last night was historic. Literally.

And it was fun.

*Heavens open, light bathes me in warming glow, tears run down my face as angels sing, over and over again: FUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNN! FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!! FUNFUNFUNFUNFUN!*

10 comments:

shepso said...

Yeah, it was fun, wasn't it? I am in a place where there is very little of that, and I woke up to catch the 2nd and 3rd periods (I'm far away, as you may or may not know). Perfect timing. Thank the gods for game center!

Blood4Oil said...

You have an interesting take on the Oilers, Mr. Mclean. IMO you either suffer from a much too simplistic viewpoint or a short memory.

Are you advocating for the underperforming veteran laden team prior to the rebuild? Because that was the incarnation we had before the rebuild. Or how about the team prior to 2006 that may have made the playoffs, but was always outmatched or outtalented and inevitably bowed out by the 2nd round at absolute most. That Oilers team was not a contender, either. That's not a fun team to cheer for - just ask Flames fans from the 90s.

You say that the Oilers have a tradition of "shipping veterans of any quality out of town," but you seem to have a funny definition of quality. I wouldn't want Penner on the Oilers this year the way he's played for the Kings. Good riddance to him, he needed to go.

Smyth in his 1st incarnation with the team got a little too greedy in 2007 and wanted an even more overpriced contract than the overpriced contract the Oilers were offering. The return wasn't great, granted, but if you were a manager of a private company you wouldn't bring back someone who wants way more money than they deserve, either.

How about Staios, Moreau, Pisani, O'Sullivan, Nillson? They were all over the hill or just plain sucked when they were traded. It's just as bad to hang on to underperforming veterans as it is to let go of those who are producing before their time.

"Six years out of the playoffs" and "Tradition of moving every veteran of quality out of town" are overly simplistic. The 1st statement has many and various reasons for it, and management is not to blame for all of it - until recently scouting was a problem, as were the players themselves. Same with the 2nd statement - there are many and various reasons for making trades and a lot of the vets being moved from this team were moves that made sense.

I'm not saying the Oilers don't have holes, because they do. But I think you're looking at the situation with way too much doom and gloom. It's much too soon to write off the Oilers as the next Thrashers or Islanders.

PDO said...

Holy shit, LaForge found the blog!

Black Dog said...

Where are you at Stephen? And yeah it was great.

As for Blood4Oil well PDO said ut best, I presume you work for the current management team with that outlook pal. Simplistic? Here let me keep it simple for you pal.

While trying to contend the present management team finished 25th, 19th, 21st and dead fucking last. Each year they spent pretty well up to the Cap and still each year they had huge holes, sometimes on D, sometimes up front.

Garbage management that turned a team that came within a break of winning the Cup into an absolute joke. Did you catch today's news? They haven't offered the best player on the club over the last decade a contract. Not even an offer.

Of course the mindset you have, which I recognize, blames it all on the players. Hemsky, who has given his heart and soul and sacrificed his body for this club, is a bum and he has to go. Which means next year's top 6 will include who? Paajarvi? Omark? Two guys with no goals between them?

Yeah that's quality.

You know what I would like? A team that actually made the playoffs and contended year after year. A team like Detroit or Boston or how Jersey or Dallas were a while back. Or even the Canucks now. And strangely enough these teams didn't suck for six years to get there.

lol buddy, your kind have been coming around calling me a pessimist for years. I wish you were right and I was wrong - I really do. I would love for Tambo to have the chops.

But he is terrible as a GM. Absolutely brutal. And this team has more than holes. They lack NHL players of quality at every position.'

Keep telling yourself things are going to be fine though.

hetty said...

I'd just like to add that this management team not only saddled the Oilers with an aged, oft injured goalie to anchor this team for a glorious four years. They embarrassed themselves chasing Michael Nylander and Dany Fucking Heatley and let their egos/tempers rule casting off Mike Comrie, Sheldon Souray and Ryan Smyth. They've worked very hard unwittingly to gain so many good young players one hopes that even these clowns can't screw this one up, can they?

shepso said...

Pat, I'm in Israel doing my PhD research now. I thought I told you about that...oh well. Pop by my blog; I've been trying to do bi-weekly travel updates over there and throw in a touch of Oilers commentary on the side. Truthfully, I've sort of modeled my new approach to the blog on your posting style-you know, stream of conscious rant about stuff for the most part, then a foray into Olierland at the end.

@PDO-Nice! Good Burn!

Black Dog said...

hetty - well they can and pretty easily, screw it up that is, but we'll hope for the best

Stephen - I don't think you told me but then again my memory is rotten. I'll defintiely drop by and look forward to reading about it. Take care.

shepso said...

My memory isn't what it used to be either, Pat. Not to worry. It's possible I mentioned it in passing in an email about the Barons/Marlies game or something. Either way, yeah, I'll be here for a few months. Basically till the research gets finished, the money runs out or my leftist ass gets arrested/deported. It's a very different world out here. Getting to check in on the Oiler blogs and watching some (very early morning) games has been a godsend for my sanity...

Matt.N said...

"They embarrassed themselves chasing Michael Nylander and Dany Fucking Heatley and let their egos/tempers rule casting off Mike Comrie, Sheldon Souray and Ryan Smyth."

Don't forget about the Vanek offer sheet. How would the rebuild look if we lost 5 first rounders?

Blood4Oil said...

LOL, PDO!!!! I love your take on fellow commenters - "Either you're a complete emo pessimist or you're Laforge."

It is possible to be in the middle....