Deep thoughts XI: Making due

Robin Brownlee
August 05 2009 11:45PM

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Making the best of a bad situation is usually easier said than done, but when it's the only option, you can either play the cards you're dealt and suck it up or fold your hand, pee your pants and curl up in a corner sobbing at the injustice of it all.

That's pretty much where Steve Tambellini sits today after failing to get Dany Heatley to stop sucking his thumb long enough to agree to a trade that would make him an Edmonton Oiler during a summer in which he's managed exactly one notable player personnel move -- the overpayment that is the four-year contract inked by Nikolai Khabibulin.

Tambellini still hasn't addressed the need for a first-line left-winger, hasn't added a checking centre who can kill penalties and win face-offs and he hasn't done anything to replace the production lost when Ales Kotalik was allowed to walk as an unrestricted free agent.

That said, and with the challenges obvious to anybody with a functioning brain stem, I don't see any need for fans make like Mr. Leahy and assume a prone position with a big pee stain on the front of their pants.

Call me naïve, or a rights holder even, but there's got to be a way to turn a fistful of jokers into a decent hand, or at least something to bluff with. What could possibly go wrong?

THE PDP SOLUTION

The way I see it, Dustin Penner remains the best option from the personnel under contract now as this team's first-line left-winger.

I don't think being included in the Ottawa package for Heatley with Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid is going to bother Penner a bit -- at least not as much as the subtraction of Craig MacTavish behind the bench is going to help him.

If I'm Pat Quinn and Tom Renney, I've already made a call to Penner that he better arrive for training camp in the best shape of his life because I'm going to play his ass off in the first 20 games of the season and see what happens. First-line time. First-unit power play time. The works.

Will Penner score 40-50 goals even under optimum circumstances? Not a chance. Could he manage 35? If PDP has any spine and even one shred of pride under that spare tire, I think so. How better to shove it to MacT than succeed in his absence?

If Penner can't succeed here this year after cashing cheques he hasn't earned for two seasons, he can't succeed here at all.

What's the option? Sit him out? Bury him on the fourth line? Bury him in the minors? That's cutting off your nose to spite your face.

OUTSIDE THE BOX

-- I never got caught up in the YouTube ga-ga over the offensive wizardry of Rob Schremp, but if I'm Quinn and Renney I'm giving the kid a real look this pre-season in a position where he can succeed.

Schremp was never going to get a sniff here under MacTavish. If he isn't too far gone, if he isn't sulking at how he's been treated and if he wasn't wrecked by the horrid season he just had in Springfield, maybe there's a chance he can show something.

While I'm not betting the house on it, Schremp might surprise his critics if he's encouraged for being what he is, a creator of offence, instead of being criticized for what he's not. Nothing to lose. It's time.

-- Gilbert Brule has a job to lose at training camp. He's faster, more skilled and grittier than Kyle Brodziak. Is there any reason he shouldn't be able to fill his spot and role on this roster?

-- If J.F. Jacques and a draft pick or prospect won't get it done, offer the Washington Capitals Cogliano for David Steckel.

-- Let teams know Ethan Moreau and Steve Staios are available, cheap. Let a handful of teams know that Tom Gilbert or Denis Grebeshkov are available, not cheap.

AND...

-- So Michael Nylander, on the outs in Washington, thinks Edmonton might be a good place to play? Really? Is that so? Is that right? Nothing personal about the way you flipped off the Oilers the first time and pulled a fast one on Kevin Lowe, eh? No chance.

-- Charlie Huddy should still be employed here.

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on Team 1260.

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#101 Chris
August 06 2009, 11:27AM
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@ Archaeologuy:

I wish you were the GM of the Calagary Flames. You lament the loss of Brodziak and Kotalik but would be happy to usher Moreau and Pisani out of town. You love everything about Hemsky's game but call Horcoff inept...

Do you actually watch games or just the two minute highlight reels on Sportsnet? Quality players are required to win games: and just because a guy doesn't make the TSN top ten regularly, doesn't mean he isn't a player of quality. Horcoff at a PPG or even 0.5 PPG is by far the Oilers finest center. He's bigger, steadier, and more intelligent than anyone else the Oilers have down the middle. Despite Hemsky's inconsistancy, and the gong show at left wing, Horcoff's line has more often than not outscored the opposition. The main problem up front with the Oilers right now, is that they need another Horcoff; or two.

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#102 Harlie
August 06 2009, 11:29AM
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Has Chad Moreau been canned by the Oilers or is he still doing work with some of them players? We had some disastrous injury numbers the last few years after he signed on as our strength guy. Is Bennett the guy now?

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#103 Ogden Brother
August 06 2009, 11:29AM
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Racki wrote:

Now if only Tambellini would be on board with signing a guy like Malhotra. Honestly… I like Nilsson, but he’s duplicated here. I would trade/waive/demote him and scoop up Malhotra.

Bingo, I can't for the life of me figure out why this hasn't been done. Dump Nilsson, get Cogs in the top 6 where he belongs and get a proper third line center.

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#104 Travis Dakin
August 06 2009, 11:30AM
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Chris wrote:

The main problem up front with the Oilers right now, is that they need another Horcoff; or two.

like a guy who can share Horcoff's defensive responsibilities.... Like STOLL. Trade Cogs for Him and someone and this team is transformed. I miss that hockey player.

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#105 Ogden Brother
August 06 2009, 11:33AM
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Chris wrote:

@ Archaeologuy: I wish you were the GM of the Calagary Flames. You lament the loss of Brodziak and Kotalik but would be happy to usher Moreau and Pisani out of town. You love everything about Hemsky’s game but call Horcoff inept… Do you actually watch games or just the two minute highlight reels on Sportsnet? Quality players are required to win games: and just because a guy doesn’t make the TSN top ten regularly, doesn’t mean he isn’t a player of quality. Horcoff at a PPG or even 0.5 PPG is by far the Oilers finest center. He’s bigger, steadier, and more intelligent than anyone else the Oilers have down the middle. Despite Hemsky’s inconsistancy, and the gong show at left wing, Horcoff’s line has more often than not outscored the opposition. The main problem up front with the Oilers right now, is that they need another Horcoff; or two.

Some interesting #'s to put behind that:

You should check out teams GF/GA for Hemsky when he is with Horc and when is without Horc. From that alone it's hard to argue that Hemsky isn't VERY reliant on Horc.

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#106 Chris
August 06 2009, 11:34AM
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This goes out to all the guys who are freaking out that Tambellini hasn't signed any UFA role players; while simultaneously being critical of him for signing Khabibulin too quickly:

SHUT UP!

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#107 Travis Dakin
August 06 2009, 11:35AM
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Chris wrote:

This goes out to all the guys who are freaking out that Tambellini hasn’t signed any UFA role players; while simultaneously being critical of him for signing Khabibulin too quickly: SHUT UP!

And on the seventh day he was very tired and took a nap....

The lord has spoken everyone.

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#108 Ogden Brother
August 06 2009, 11:37AM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Chris wrote: The main problem up front with the Oilers right now, is that they need another Horcoff; or two. like a guy who can share Horcoff’s defensive responsibilities…. Like STOLL. Trade Cogs for Him and someone and this team is transformed. I miss that hockey player.

I'd think about the Cogs for Stoll, but same story with Steckel. We could get a comparable guy without giving up such a valuable asset.

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#109 Ender the Dragon
August 06 2009, 11:38AM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Trade Cogs for [Stoll] and someone and this team is transformed. I miss that hockey player.

I miss Stoll too, but let's not get carried away. You might miss Stoll a bit now, but you'd miss Cogs a lot more in a couple years when he's centering someone else's top line.

Cogs for Heater was a necessary evil, and was probably there at Ottawa's insistance. Cogs as trade-bait for anything else right now as he's rising is a very risky proposition.

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#110 I'm a Scientist!
August 06 2009, 11:39AM
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Chris wrote:

SHUT UP!

Wow, sure would be quiet around here with nothing to complain about... I, for one, appreciate the banter and discussions! it keeps me from working.

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#111 Librarian Mike
August 06 2009, 11:43AM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Trade Cogs for Him and someone and this team is transformed. I miss that hockey player.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Stoll and thought the Oilers were crazy for letting him go. Trading Cogliano for him however? I'd feel better about dumping...I mean trading Staios and/or Moreau. I'd rather overpay for potential than for what a player used to be.

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#112 I'm a Scientist!
August 06 2009, 11:44AM
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Wait a minute...I recognize you... repeat after me: "Leave Britney alone."

Chris wrote:

LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!!

Ah HA! i knew it... you ARE the "guy" from that video...

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#113 Cam
August 06 2009, 11:47AM
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@ I'm a Scientist!: I think what Chris is trying to relay is that those two viewpoints are contradicting each other.

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#114 Travis Dakin
August 06 2009, 11:48AM
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@ Librarian Mike: @ Ender the Dragon: Obviously a straight up trade wouldn't be enough but I'd take back Stoll and Greene and never blink an eye. That would address all the issues and Cogs doesn't fit here anyway. I love the player but It's Gagner or him and that's an easy decsision. As long as Horcoff and Gagner are here, there is no place for him and he is miscast as a checking center. Todd Marchant he is not.

Stol is deadly on the dot, kills penalties like a mad man, blocks shots, has a cannon shot and can score. 60 point player on the third line that does all the heavy lifting. I think it should be obvious by now that he is not easily replaceable.

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#115 Chris
August 06 2009, 11:49AM
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Cogs for Steckel looks like an overpay... but if such a move improves the team overall; Is it still preferable to do nothing? I'd rather watch Cogs go for a player that can help us, then watch him bleed chances against for another year as the third line C. Also, I'm not sure one way or another if Cogs can be effective as a winger in a top six role. However, I am sure that the Oilers top six is small enough as it is... I suspect that Cogliano, having already been on the table once, will be the centerpiece of many future trade discussions. When looking at the depth chart, I have to admit, it kind of makes sence. I just hope the return is sufficient.

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#116 Quicksilver ballet
August 06 2009, 11:53AM
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What about Moreau for Steckel, thats something the Caps could use.

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#117 ChiliChunk
August 06 2009, 11:53AM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

Dump Nilsson, get Cogs in the top 6 where he belongs and get a proper third line center.

Exactly - but how do you 'dump' Nilsson. Presumably nobody wants to take that contract so you either waive him to send him to Springfield (and hope he gets picked up) or buy him out.

ROBERT NILSSON BUYOUT FROM CAPGEEK.COM 2009-2010: $375,000 2010-2011: $-125,000 2011-2012: $375,000 2012-2013: $375,000

The buyout numbers aren't too bad really if it frees up the $1.6M+ for a 3C to come in.

Travis Dakin wrote:

haha dinamite

I believe it is DY-NO-MITE!

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#118 Wanye Gretz
August 06 2009, 11:54AM
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Chris wrote:

This goes out to all the guys who are freaking out that Tambellini hasn’t signed any UFA role players; while simultaneously being critical of him for signing Khabibulin too quickly: SHUT UP!

It sounds like you are dedicating a song or something here.

I want to dedicate a jam too:

This next one goes out to all the guys out there who clung to the Heatley dream for the past month:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI

Suck on that.

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#119 OvenChicken8
August 06 2009, 11:54AM
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@ Quicksilver ballet: I don't think the Caps would want to trade someone who kills penalties for a guy who takes way too many.

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#120 Ogden Brother
August 06 2009, 11:54AM
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Chris wrote:

Cogs for Steckel looks like an overpay… but if such a move improves the team overall; Is it still preferable to do nothing? I’d rather watch Cogs go for a player that can help us, then watch him bleed chances against for another year as the third line C. Also, I’m not sure one way or another if Cogs can be effective as a winger in a top six role. However, I am sure that the Oilers top six is small enough as it is… I suspect that Cogliano, having already been on the table once, will be the centerpiece of many future trade discussions. When looking at the depth chart, I have to admit, it kind of makes sence. I just hope the return is sufficient.

Wouldn't it make alot more sense to use Cogs to get a more valuable piece from a team needing to move $$. ie a big top 6 winger that can score.

Sharp Michalek Hartnell

Would all be excellent pick-ups, they are all on teams that are over, or very close to the cap. I guy like Cogs would have to be of interest to Chi/SJ/Phi.

25 goal scoring wingers are so much more valuable then solid 3rd line centers. Lets use assets to aquire the valuable asset and then grab the role players for free.

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#121 Librarian Mike
August 06 2009, 11:56AM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Stol is deadly on the dot, kills penalties like a mad man, blocks shots, has a cannon shot and can score. 60 point player on the third line that does all the heavy lifting. I think it should be obvious by now that he is not easily replaceable.

Yeah, too true. Stoll is awesome when he's healthy. The other thing that you didn't mention is that he can reel in the hotties. You heard it here first, he'll be the next hockey player that Elisha Cuthbert hooks up with.

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#122 Ogden Brother
August 06 2009, 11:56AM
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ChiliChunk wrote:

Ogden Brother wrote: Dump Nilsson, get Cogs in the top 6 where he belongs and get a proper third line center. Exactly - but how do you ‘dump’ Nilsson. Presumably nobody wants to take that contract so you either waive him to send him to Springfield (and hope he gets picked up) or buy him out. ROBERT NILSSON BUYOUT FROM CAPGEEK.COM 2009-2010: $375,000 2010-2011: $-125,000 2011-2012: $375,000 2012-2013: $375,000 The buyout numbers aren’t too bad really if it frees up the $1.6M+ for a 3C to come in. Travis Dakin wrote: haha dinamite I believe it is DY-NO-MITE!

I'd wouldn't be suprised if a team like ATL would take a flyer on him for a late DP.

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#123 David S
August 06 2009, 11:57AM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

60 point player on the third line that does all the heavy lifting.

Travis - you know the last time Stoll got 60 points was on the pretty decent 05/06 team, in the pre-concussion days. He didn't exactly light 'em up the last couple of years.

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#124 Steve Thomas
August 06 2009, 11:57AM
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Chris wrote:

@ Archaeologuy: I wish you were the GM of the Calagary Flames. You lament the loss of Brodziak and Kotalik but would be happy to usher Moreau and Pisani out of town. You love everything about Hemsky’s game but call Horcoff inept… Do you actually watch games or just the two minute highlight reels on Sportsnet? Quality players are required to win games: and just because a guy doesn’t make the TSN top ten regularly, doesn’t mean he isn’t a player of quality. Horcoff at a PPG or even 0.5 PPG is by far the Oilers finest center. He’s bigger, steadier, and more intelligent than anyone else the Oilers have down the middle. Despite Hemsky’s inconsistancy, and the gong show at left wing, Horcoff’s line has more often than not outscored the opposition. The main problem up front with the Oilers right now, is that they need another Horcoff; or two.

What game are you watching????? I'd trade NoScoreoff for a bag of practice pucks and a couple of warm Rexall beers, but I'd never get that deal done! Ever!

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#125 Chris
August 06 2009, 12:00PM
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@ Steve Thomas:

Lowetide has a nice statistical breakdown of Horcoff`s importance to the team. While it never hurts to have an opinion; it`s a bonus if it`s an INFORMED opinion.

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#126 Ogden Brother
August 06 2009, 12:02PM
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Steve Thomas wrote:

Chris wrote: @ Archaeologuy: I wish you were the GM of the Calagary Flames. You lament the loss of Brodziak and Kotalik but would be happy to usher Moreau and Pisani out of town. You love everything about Hemsky’s game but call Horcoff inept… Do you actually watch games or just the two minute highlight reels on Sportsnet? Quality players are required to win games: and just because a guy doesn’t make the TSN top ten regularly, doesn’t mean he isn’t a player of quality. Horcoff at a PPG or even 0.5 PPG is by far the Oilers finest center. He’s bigger, steadier, and more intelligent than anyone else the Oilers have down the middle. Despite Hemsky’s inconsistancy, and the gong show at left wing, Horcoff’s line has more often than not outscored the opposition. The main problem up front with the Oilers right now, is that they need another Horcoff; or two. What game are you watching????? I’d trade NoScoreoff for a bag of practice pucks and a couple of warm Rexall beers, but I’d never get that deal done! Ever!

What would Hemsky do?

Without Horc the team scores less then .5 G/20 and lets in 1.13 G/20 with Hemsky on the ice.

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#127 Steve Thomas
August 06 2009, 12:03PM
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Dallas wrote:

Hi my name is Dallas and I’m an oilerholic

Hello Dallas....and welcome...LOL

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#128 Chris
August 06 2009, 12:05PM
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Cam wrote:

@ I’m a Scientist!: I think what Chris is trying to relay is that those two viewpoints are contradicting each other.

Bingo. The two viewpoints are clearly contradictory. Having said that, if Tambellini IS using the calender to play chicken with unsigned players: I`d rather it was with role players and not the starting goaltender; Particularly when you consider that JDD and DD have a combined ten games of NHL experience.

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#129 Travis Dakin
August 06 2009, 12:07PM
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David S wrote:

Travis - you know the last time Stoll got 60 points was on the pretty decent 05/06 team, in the pre-concussion days. He didn’t exactly light ‘em up the last couple of years.

concussions take time and he did well on a sh*t team last year. He'd sure look good with Nando and someone else ... ugh... Moreau. Plus that cannon on the point would be a nice 2PP option when Big Sexy needs a break.

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#130 ronaldo
August 06 2009, 12:07PM
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@ Chris What? Our opinions should be informed??? Great, I'm out. Wayne, please put up some pictures for me to comment on. Damn.

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#131 Chris
August 06 2009, 12:10PM
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@ ronaldo:

Relax. It`s only a BONUS if they are informed.

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#132 oilFan
August 06 2009, 12:14PM
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The loss of Kotiliak he never did anything in the 20 games he played. I think we lost more with him then without. Brodz was a 4th line guy very easy to replace. You guy think that just maybe Cogs as been working on his faceoffs say with Gagne and Pouliot. The oilers just missed the playoffs last year. We start healthy and better scoring ( patty-o) possibly better coaching and tender. We will make the playoffs cause no other team in the division did much. Sure Calgary got J-bo but lost there top scorer and bert a solid 2nd line guy. Van did nothing about losing Ohlund (best d-man) go through the division you will find we look good. Vish is back and if Hemmer and click with Horcoff and Patty-O on the first line I think we look good. Don't forget Quinn and Renny coached together and won with a younge junior team. Down with the haters. Be ashamed. Your Oil fans come on. Good article Robin.

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#133 ronaldo
August 06 2009, 12:14PM
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@ Chris Wewwwww.

Go Oilers!! Stanley cup baby!! Garanteed.

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#134 ChiliChunk
August 06 2009, 12:25PM
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oilFan wrote:

Don’t forget Quinn and Renny coached together and won with a younge junior team.

exactly what team are you referring to?

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#135 The Fish
August 06 2009, 12:43PM
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ChiliChunk wrote:

exactly what team are you referring to?

They teamed up to manage a fantasy pool together.

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#136 Librarian Mike
August 06 2009, 12:51PM
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ChiliChunk wrote:

oilFan wrote: Don’t forget Quinn and Renny coached together and won with a younge junior team. exactly what team are you referring to?

Let's just say it involved a weekend in Vegas, a bottle of Absinthe, and 2 of the 4 Golden Girls.

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#137 James
August 06 2009, 12:57PM
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Great article, Robin.

I agree 100% on Penner, Brule, and Schremp. They are the 3 biggest wild-cards in this organization (except maybe Eberle if he has a great TC).

Didn't Nylander's wife balk at the signing? From what I had understood, he wanted to sign, gave the Oilers a verbal then asked her and she put the Kibosh on the deal.

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#138 Jonathan Willis
August 06 2009, 12:58PM
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Chris wrote:

This goes out to all the guys who are freaking out that Tambellini hasn’t signed any UFA role players; while simultaneously being critical of him for signing Khabibulin too quickly: SHUT UP!

Because those two things are totally the same...

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#139 ChiliChunk
August 06 2009, 12:58PM
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The Fish wrote:

They teamed up to manage a fantasy pool together.

ah - thanks Fish.

So were they 'DkrebaTeam' in the nation playoff draft? Well no wonder I ended up in 343rd place! The top 342 teams were probably all picked by former NHL coaches. Well that makes more sense now. I wondered how I could lose to anyone else...

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#140 gdawg
August 06 2009, 12:59PM
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Good read Brownlee. Moreau and Staios should be sent packing. Oilers need to change things up. Those two have definitely been good soldiers, but dont hold onto them for the sake of having them around.

I sure hope to that Penner comes into this season with a better lease on life.

For all the nonactivity this summer I still have to admit I am looking forward to the camp and season to see who is going to make this roster. Maybe this team is in store for some surprises in regards to who gets jobs and who is on the outside. Thanks to the coaching change maybe this year that is possible.

Sidenote: Does anybody know what happened to the Edmonton Sports Scene Monthly?

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#141 Ogden Brother
August 06 2009, 01:13PM
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oilFan wrote:

The loss of Kotiliak he never did anything in the 20 games he played. I think we lost more with him then without. Brodz was a 4th line guy very easy to replace. You guy think that just maybe Cogs as been working on his faceoffs say with Gagne and Pouliot. The oilers just missed the playoffs last year. We start healthy and better scoring ( patty-o) possibly better coaching and tender. We will make the playoffs cause no other team in the division did much. Sure Calgary got J-bo but lost there top scorer and bert a solid 2nd line guy. Van did nothing about losing Ohlund (best d-man) go through the division you will find we look good. Vish is back and if Hemmer and click with Horcoff and Patty-O on the first line I think we look good. Don’t forget Quinn and Renny coached together and won with a younge junior team. Down with the haters. Be ashamed. Your Oil fans come on. Good article Robin.

Not only did the division fail to improve, so did most of our main competitors for 6/7/8 slot.

St Louis - No major additions BJ's - No major additions Preds - No major additions Ducks - Major subtraction

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#142 Robin Brownlee
August 06 2009, 01:14PM
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gdawg wrote:

Sidenote: Does anybody know what happened to the Edmonton Sports Scene Monthly?

People realized it was horsecrap -- dated horsecrap at that -- and stopped reading it, maybe?

All I remember about Sportscene is that back around 1995 they sent a fan boy disguised as a "reporter" to cover a Trappers game at Telus Field. After watching this buffoon stand and cheer in the press box whenever something went the Trappers way, I told him to sit down and STFU and explained there's no cheering in the press box. He got his shorts twisted and took a run at me in Sportscene in his next "column." It was laugh-out-loud stuff, a badly written sulk about how the problem with the media and big, nasty oafs like me is that we don't know how to have fun. We know how to have fun, we just don't cheer in the press box. I'm guessing he's selling cars or flipping burgers now.

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#143 Robin Brownlee
August 06 2009, 01:16PM
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@ Ogden Brother:

No major additions for STL and CBJ? Not unless you count several key players both teams played without for most of last season because of injuries.

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#144 gdawg
August 06 2009, 01:16PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: Didnt Gregor and Huntington write for them?

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#145 Westcoastoil
August 06 2009, 01:18PM
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instead of overpaying for Steckel, trying to pry Hanzel out of Phoenix seems like a better move. Not as good on the dot, but close to 50% with more offensive upside.

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#146 Robin Brownlee
August 06 2009, 01:22PM
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gdawg wrote:

@ Robin Brownlee: Didnt Gregor and Huntington write for them?

Don't remember. That sheet was still asswipe.Westcoastoil wrote:

instead of overpaying for Steckel, trying to pry Hanzel out of Phoenix seems like a better move. Not as good on the dot, but close to 50% with more offensive upside.

Don't need a guy "near" 50 per cent on the dot. They have those guys already. Don't need guys with "offensive upside." They have those. They need a dominant centre who can play in defensive situations and PK. Steckel is that guy.

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#147 Ogden Brother
August 06 2009, 01:29PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ Ogden Brother: No major additions for STL and CBJ? Not unless you count several key players both teams played without for most of last season because of injuries.

I'll give you St Lou, but unless you are counting Brassard, I'm not seeing any major injuries from the BJ's.

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#148 Ogden Brother
August 06 2009, 01:30PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

gdawg wrote: @ Robin Brownlee: Didnt Gregor and Huntington write for them? Don’t remember. That sheet was still asswipe.Westcoastoil wrote: instead of overpaying for Steckel, trying to pry Hanzel out of Phoenix seems like a better move. Not as good on the dot, but close to 50% with more offensive upside. Don’t need a guy “near” 50 per cent on the dot. They have those guys already. Don’t need guys with “offensive upside.” They have those. They need a dominant centre who can play in defensive situations and PK. Steckel is that guy.

Robin, how would your rate Malhotra vs Steckel?

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#149 Travis Dakin
August 06 2009, 01:31PM
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We know how to have fun, we just don’t cheer in the press box.

Hypothetical question. The Oilers win game 7.... still no cheering?

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#150 The Fish
August 06 2009, 01:35PM
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I would hate to get into a battle of wits with you, Robin. You can write some very clever/funny sh!t.

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