October 20 2016 07:00AM
I’ve never had much time for players who make a point of crapping all over the organization they once played for and that signed their pay cheques the moment they get their ticket out of town, be their beefs and grievances real or imagined.
Same thing for fans or those in the media who feel the need to take a heaping bowel movement on a player AFTER they’ve left town – especially when they never had the intestinal fortitude to do it when they had the chance to have their say while looking the player in the eye.
October 19 2016 07:00AM
While compiling this list of Top 100 Oilers, I’ve been trying to think of a more complex character than Anson Carter, the soft-spoken winger who was much more than a damn good hockey player during the 211 games he played over parts of three seasons with Edmonton. I can’t come up with another name. Not one. Equal parts substance and style was Carter.
October 11 2016 12:41PM
I’ve got a better feeling about the Edmonton Oilers heading into the 2016-17 NHL season than I’ve had in a long time. Optimism among fans abounds, as it always does at this time of year, and I think there’s some pretty good reasons for that.
October 11 2016 08:00AM
For those too young to remember, stand-up comic and actor Rodney Dangerfield carved out a nice career in the 1970s and 1980s with his bug-eyed, tie-tugging “I don’t get no respect” shtick. For those who don’t remember Blair MacDonald, he was pretty much hockey’s version of Dangerfield as a member of the Edmonton Oilers.
October 09 2016 12:41PM
The thing about the eyeball test when it comes to evaluating players is it depends who the eyeballs belong to. What you see and how you see it can be swayed by many factors. Bias comes into play, such as personal preference in style of play, to name just one.
Add to that, there is considerable diversity in the way different people -- fans, scouts, coaches and media types -- assess a player, or a given performance by a player. That’s no surprise. What’s important to one person might not be as important to another. We see things in different ways. We come at the same player from different angles.