Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Odds, Sods And So On

Does anyone else get the sneaking suspicion that everything Tambellini touch turns to shit?

LOL don't bother - I already know the answer to that one.

But just a few games into the Nick Schultz era and a trade that didn't look great but at least looked ok is suddenly looking, erm, dicey.

Its one thing to say well ok Schultz doesn't have the skill set that Gilbert does but at least he is a top four guy, right, but so far he's been pulling down bottom pair minutes, which is sort of what he was doing in Minnesota but of course we didn't know the circumstances there.

But if we traded a guy who played the toughs and over twenty minutes a night for a guy who gets less icetime than Theo Peckham then, um, what the fuck?

Especially considering that the fourth man of a decent top four of Smid/Petry/Gilbert/Whitney is just a shadow of himself and apparently going under the knife. Again.

Or is it just Tom Renney who looks more and more like a guy who knows the jig is up and, like MacT, is going to go out his own way, even though he looks goofy doing so. Scratching Sutton instead of Potter? Playing Omark not with skill guys but with the pluggers? (And God bless pluggers - you need them - but Omark is what he is. PLAY HIM AND SEE WHAT HE CAN DO!!)

Now of course the die is already cast for the young Swede - according to the mouthpieces he will be moved at the draft for a pick - he's an NHL player and all but you know, no room for him.



Here's the thing. Its a huge business. And its a cutthroat business. And while I'd prefer a guy like Chiarelli or Gillis, a guy who has a business background rather than just being an old player, as the Oilers' GM, I would also just be happy with a guy who, you know, has some depth. A guy who seems smarter than the average fan who thinks that the team is doing just fine and that the best thing they could do is get rid of everyone over 21 and replace them with teenagers.

But I doubt that his depth of thinking goes further than that. And as a result we're fucked.


A little late on this but it appears that the two big winners in terms of inseason moves this year are once again Boston and Vancouver. We know once the playoffs come that anything can happen, hey both of these clubs were an OT goal from being eliminated in the first round last year, but really by my eye there are three contenders in each conference and then the rest. Not to say that Chicago or Nashville might make a move out West or that Philly might do the same in the East but right now it looks like St Louis, Detroit or the Canucks out west and the Rangers, Bruins or Penguins out East. These are the heavyweights and I'd like the Rangers out East, I think they get an easier road first round, they have the goaltending and, same as the last four Cup champs, they are so deep. Just quality everywhere.

Out West I'd say Canucks again as well, Gillis has added to their depth (there's that word again!) and I think they are totally quality, no matter how unlikeable they are as a team. A healthy Malholtra, Booth, Pahlsson, Kassian. I mean, seriously?

A long way to go but that's the way I see it now.


Nothing more frustrating than watching / reading/ listening to hockey commentary. The trade deadline was awful and the fallout from the Grabovski deal was just as bad. Doug MacLean's admission that he had not seen Sammy Pahlsson play since 2007 was reminiscent of Pierre Maguire wondering if Hemsky fit a need at centre at last year's deadline and MacTavish's raised eyebrow in response.

I don't watch any other sport in depth and I think in some cases, like baseball for example, evaluating players is a lot more cut and dried so even if your man is an old first baseman its pretty hard to make a mistake when it comes to a guy's value. In hockey though you have a few things going on. First of all the majority of the television media are ex-players and so you have that conservative hockey hidebound way of looking at things, the idea that a guy like Darcy Hordichuk has value or that Grabovski is a third line centre despite all evidence to the contrary or that 'Collie' is just such a good guy you know. There are a handful who are good but for the most part there is a tendency for the easy answer. And here's the thing - so many of the print media, despite being 'journalists' are part of the same culture. This you have Mark Spector calling Cam Barker a top 3 NHL defenceman or Terry Jones musing that Ales Hemsky is not much of a player or that, echoes of Pierre Maguire, any six defencemen at the WJC would constitute a better D corps than the Oilers present set.

In other words the rot is pretty deep. Add to this a peculiar laziness which is epidemic, symptoms found in those examples above, where what guys know is based on old or second or third or seventh hand knowledge. So you're a writer in Toranna and you see that Elmer Ferguson award winner and allround good guy Terry Jones (remember back at the Grey Cup in 92 when Large threw up on Angelo Mosca's shoes lol)doesn't approve of Ales Hemsky and well, there you go ... Another example would be Damien Cox saying last year that Tom Gilbert was worth a low round pick if the Oilers threw in a prospect with him to sweeten the deal.

Its just absolutely poor.


OK enough complaining lol. Life has been hectic, I guess it is always hectic nowadays really, but about to head on what will be our first major family trip. We always go east of course and north as well but this will be our first major jaunt where we're not hanging out with family, its just our little gang. We've been to Ottawa for a few days but this is hardcore, packing up the family and heading to sunny Florida for two weeks. Of course we are driving and while its mental we're pretty confident that we can pull it off, he said, reaching for another beer and trying to kill the rising sense of panic.

The beach, folks. The beach. We're just across the street from it. I'm thinking the beach. And lots of cold beer.



If you have not, check out Luck. Its fantastic. Also it took me a while to get into Shameless, the British version is wonderful and at first the version set in Chicago seemed a pale imitation. But it found its legs quickly. Plus ... Emmy Rossum. So take my advice would ya?



skinny65 said...

I've liked what I've seen of Schultz so far and i think it's absolutely on renney for using him as a third pairing guy. By my eye he's what he was sold as; a very solid defensive guy. It's still a bad trade, but the guy looks like he should have more minutes then he's getting. I dont usually turn on coaches, I think what they do is negligible for the most part, but the last couple weeks I really think Renney has lost the plot. Obviously the big concern is that I dont trust tambo to pick the next guy either.
Stupid Oilers, never thought I'd be getting this sick of being a fan.

skinny65 said...

Actually if I'm being totally fair, I think it started when I saw how well Krueger ran the bench. It really did seem quite an improvement. Shocked me how well things seemed to go when he took over.

Shawn McMann said...

Good call Pat, Luck is absolutely brilliant. Dustin Hoffman commanding the screen with nothing but a a smirk and an eyebrow raise and blowing away the room..I wasn't looking forward to it but it caught me by surprise, this and Justified are running laps around everything else right now

EasyOil said...

Must check out Luck, the horse-racing thing isn't usually something that interests me but I can't ignore the rave reviews and well, if Dustin Hoffman's in it, it can't be too shabby can it?

As Shawn says, Justified is one hell of a TV show. Just working through the second season now, me and the better half absolutely love it. Also love The Walking Dead (the lead guy, Andrew Lincoln, went to my secondary school here in Bath, UK), but I think horror is very much you either love it or hate it.

As for Oilers? Yeah, doesn't look great right now...

Black Dog said...

skinny - could be just Renney tweaking Tambo on Gilbert I guess? You'd think Schultz would be getting more minutes, under th enew coach I guess

Justified is definitely on my list. Walking Dead is not my cup of tea but I have heard its great.

Halfwise said...

Special Hockey Advisor Tambellini

The abbreviation works.

Bar Qu said...

Your kids will love Florida. Ours never wanted to get out of the pool and even when the Floridians are wearing their parkas it is a nice day for Canadians. Enjoy the beach, let it lull the memories of the drive out of your brain.

Renney's gone bananas, so there's not much more that needs to be said about him before the end of the season.

PDO said...

Cox, not once, but twice, said the Oiler's were trying to deal Gilbert and the #1 OV as a package to rid themselves of him. First when it was Hall, second when it was RNH.



I think Vancouver looks absolutely loaded and they're the big dogs in the West.

East is a crap shoot as always. Washington is the team that scares the crap out of everyone, Bryzgalov keeps playing like this and Philly could make noise, NYR, Boston and Pitt are all of course loaded for bear, and I don't think you can ever count out the Devils... Ottawa and whatever other SE team makes it are the fodder I think.

Though Buffalo is in it now too, and again, I don't think anyone would want to play them.

Black Dog said...

BarQu - yeah they're having a great time, weather has just been amazing, could not ask for better

PDO - Cox hasn't a clue but so many of these experts know of nothing west of Detroit, just witness the Hemsky reaction.

I think Canucks are team to beat in the West but if they go down you have the Blues, Hawks, Wings, Preds.

Out east I figure Rangers, Bruins, Pens, Flyers (if they get goaltending) but yeah Sabres could upset if they make it in.
And I do think they could fall, hell they almost did lat year.