MASH

Lowetide
March 10 2011 07:34PM

Sam Gagner's season is over. He joins Taylor Hall and Ales Hemsky on the sidelines in what has been a nightmare two weeks for the Oilers' skilled men.

  • March 3, 2011: Ales Hemsky is expected to be out for several weeks with a shoulder injury. It is believed to be a rotator cuff, but not a torn rotator. Expected injury time: 3 weeks.
  • March 4, 2011: Taylor Hall will miss the rest of the season after a high ankle sprain injury.
  • March 10, 2011: Sam Gagner gone for the season after tendon surgery.

Add that to the Dustin Penner trade, and the Oilers couldn't do a better job in the race to last place if they tried. At this point, I'm reminded of that old Hee Haw song "Blue, Despair and Agony on Me" as the Oilers and their fans are miles and miles past hopeless for this season.

Spring is on the way, and a new day will dawn with another lottery pick. Hall, Gagner and Hemsky will declare themselves fit and will join Eberle and the others next fall in the annual trek towards the Stanley. This has been a good year for 'Oilers future' with Hall, Paarjavi, Eberle and Omark all impressing up front, and Petry, Dubnyk and others showing well as rookies too.

As the snow begins to melt and we find the lineups at the car wash match those at the Tim Horton's, all of these injuries and losses will fade away. At least I hope so.

CALLUPS

The Oilers may send a call for C Ryan O'Marra after tonight's OKC Barons game, or maybe they give young Finn Teemu Hartikainen the thrill of a lifetime with his first NHL game. Colin McDonald, Brad Moran and old friend Zack Stortini are also available for recall and the team could just ride out the injuries (especially if Gilbert Brule can go).

This year is "nothing" compared to past seasons in terms of actual man games lost. The Oilers site tells us the current total is 174 for 10-11 (and counting). Ryan Whitney and Ales Hemsky have been the biggest losses for the Oildrop.

Last year, the club lost an enormous number of games (530) and the names included Ales Hemsky, Sheldon Souray, Mike Comrie, Lubomir Visnovsky, Ryan Stone, Nikolai Khabibulin and Ladislav Smid.

The Hockey Gods may want to smile on the Edmonton Oilers sometime soon.

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#51 fuck off
March 11 2011, 12:30PM
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ALL ABOARD THE TANK-IT TRAIN!!

The Tank-It Train currently has a host of NHL celebrities joining us for the tumultuous ride through "Rooky Pass" onto the sunny town of "Sayvus Draft". Amoung those celebrities are:

Taylor Hall
Ales Hemsky
Sam Gagner
Ryan Whitney
Theo Peckham
Your conductor: Steve Tambelini
and in the caboose, for your proding pleasure, Kevin Lowe!

And perhaps, ladies and gentlemen, this season's Tank-It Train may also feature guest text messages from the rich and elite aberration, Daryl Katz!!

Tickets for the Tank-It Train are a rock-bottom-blow-out at the cost of just TWO eye surgeries that you will have to splurge for after gouging them out from watching the final 14 games of the season.

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#52 B.D.G.
March 11 2011, 12:39PM
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Plante looked horrible! Huge bust ( BUM )

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#53 book¡e
March 11 2011, 12:46PM
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fuck off wrote:

Has anyone else noticed that Gagner is french for "Win"?!

Every time I get a free donut or coffee!

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#54 David S
March 11 2011, 12:59PM
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book¡e wrote:

Every time I get a free donut or coffee!

Gagnering!

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#55 fuck off
March 11 2011, 03:45PM
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book¡e wrote:

Every time I get a free donut or coffee!

Hells yeah! I've Gagner'd twice so far

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