May 28 2010 02:41PM
We will miss you Rod Phillips.
Ah yes, if the cold May long weekend wasn't enough of a karate kick to the thorax, this weekend looks like it is going to be terrible as well. Is summer already over? What's up with that?
HALL v SEGUIN
Could there be ANY less information becoming available on this front?
What's up with that?
It's almost as though we have conjured up the importance of this Draft in our mind. How could it be that this massive Entry Draft looms on the horizon with what could potentially be the introduction to the face of the franchise for the next 15 years, and yet all the Oilers have said to say on the matter has been:
Why is this being kept a state secret? Is there concern the Oilers will somehow lose an unseen strategic advantage by letting slip who they intend to pick? You pick first Oil. It's like a penalty shot on an empty net to win the game. You cannot lose.
We only know two people who will talk to us about anything hockey related and we haven't talked to them in a loooooong time. But we poked our nose in their business the other day and it would seem that the Oilers brass still seem divided on the matter on who to pick with the top spot a few weeks from now.
Brownlee and Gregor have discussed this several times and its clear from what we read on here it's clear that the Oil aren't exactly fanning the flames of speculation on the matter and trying to ignite local interest in the team. Yes, what should be a happy day will now be shrouded in the mystery that the Oilers choose to employ at every turn and we will be left in the dark until the big day itself.
Anyways, we have been getting an alarming number of emails - 4 - from people thinking we have some secret pipeline on who is going to get picked. We hear that the Oilers have long wanted to take Seguin feeling that Hall's play and propensity to absorb bone crushing hits to the skull - like the video above - could shorten or dramatically impact his career.
Seguin, while certianly less sexy than Hall, could also set the Edmonton tween set's hearts aflame with the stellar NHL career that he is sure to have. But the Hall faction of the front office recently got a big boost with his MVP-nity recently and this could have tipped the scale in his favour.
If we were to bet on the matter (and we often gamble on such matters with other hobos at the YMCA) we would place a Canadian Loonie on the Oilers drafting Taylor Hall.
PARTY THIS WEEKEND?
We had scheduled a weekend of golf with some of the other ruffians in our gang of toughs starting today, but thanks to the 3 feet of snow currently falling on Calgary we are going to be stuck drinking in an enclosed area with other confused tourists in Banff.
We haven't been up that way in a great many years and we once knew a guy who contracted an STD at a local nightclub there. These two facts can't sit independantly in our mind, so we must return to the scene of the crime and figure out if it is the utopian mountain villiage of our youth or if it is truly the STD transmission capital of North America.*
What are you up to Nation? Murder-for-hire schemes? Cursing Chris Pronger as he competes for yet ANOTHER Stanley Cup? Watching the snow fall down in the last weekend of May? What's up with that?
And why couldn't we find this SNL skit on YouTube? What's up with that?
*Someone told us this once.