November 07 2009 12:07PM
"The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day; the scored stood four to two with but one inning left to play..."
You’ve all read Casey At the Bat by Ernest Thayer I would hope, and right now there seems to be a sickly silence amongst the Oiler faithful.
The Outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Oilerville 23 this day
Their record was 7-8-1 with five games on the road to play
When Jacques’ back flared up, and Hemsky’s shoulder did the same
A collective sigh arose, wondering which call up would hear his name.
Potulny was first to get a call, to the chagrin of all,
Then Reddox, the much despised, followed down the hall,
When the tickets had been printed, and the planes took off,
Quinn looked at his lineup and must have started to cough.
No Souray, No Stone, nor a Jacques or Smid
Who would slow Duchene, or even impede,
The mighty Avs led by Peter’s son
Who has them on a great early season run.
The sneer is gone from Quinn’s lip, his hands upon his head
Without Hemsky his offence might as well be dead
And now Tambellini holds the cards, and now he picks up the phone
Long distance charges sure to mount as he tries to acquire someone with a backbone
Oh, somewhere in the NHL fans are feeling bright
They look at the roster and don’t cringe with fright
And somewhere in the Nation, Khabi possesses the clout
And how to get the Oil a victory; By posting a shut out.
Today the Oilers recalled Ryan Potulny and Liam Reddox. Potulny has three goals and eight points in Springfield, while according to Rob Daum, Reddox has been average. Of course neither will replace the offence of Hemsky, or the size of Jacques, but they better come with some energy.
At least Reddox will work hard, and for a small guy go into the corners. He will probably replace MacIntyre in the lineup, while Potulny can play the wing or the middle. If Potulny shows a willingness to shoot the puck, Quinn might use him a lot.
This road trip will be a huge character test for the Oilers, to see if they can somehow manage two wins and a loss. At this point a .500 road trip would be a monumental victory for them. A disastrous trip could have them return home to Rexall near the bottom of the Western conference at the quarter pole of the season.
And that is not where Tambellini, Quinn or any of the players thought they’d be a mere two weeks ago.