January 05 2012 09:02AM
Dan Aykroyd was an educated, yet somewhat snobbish Louis Winthorpe the 3rd in the 1983 comedy, Trading Places. His millionaire bosses at his commodities brokerage firm hatched a plan to switch the lives of two people at opposite ends of the social heirarchy. They frame Winthorpe and get him put in jail and then take a poor street hustler named Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) and give him Winthorpe's job and home.
It was a decent movie, and ended up being nominated for best Motion Picture - Musical or comedy at the Golden Globe awards, proving that in 1984 the Golden Globes were somewhat of a farce.
In the past two month the Oilers starred as Winthorpe while the Blues played the part of Valentine. After the Oilers downed the Blues 4-2 on October 30th, the Oilers were tied for 1st in the west with Chicago and Dallas, while the Blues sat in 13th. Since then the Oilers have looked like Aykroyd in this photo, and arguably as worse as the guy behind him, while the Blues have skyrocketed up the standings.
January 03 2012 09:44AM
Fresh off a gutsy 4-3 win in Chicago, you'd think the Oilers would have had a fun flight to Buffalo, but injuries to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Tom Gilbert most likely dampened the energy on the flight. Nugent-Hopkins lost his balance and fell awkwardly into the boards injuring his left shoulder, while Gilbert was rocked into the end boards on a dangerous/dumb hit by Daniel Carcillo.
I like players who play the game hard and tough, but Carcillo's hit was uncalled for, and he'll likely be suspended by Brendan Shanahan. The suspension won't help the Oilers, with Gilbert out for an undetermined amount of time, and they'll be in tough tonight against the underachieving Sabres.
January 02 2012 01:34PM
The Oilers recalled Teemu Hartikainen today and sent Lennart Petrell to OKC. Unless Hartikainen is going to play in the top-three lines I don't see him making much of an impact. Realistically what more should we have expected from Petrell. He was 3rd on the team in hits, 49, and he was a solid shot-blocker, especially on the PK. Some will say he was getting killed 5x5, but didn't people say the same about Ryan Jones last year? That stat has some merit, but it clearly doesn't always equate the truth.
If Hartikainen slots in on the 4th line, it will be very difficult for him to make an impact and be a difference maker, although tonight might be a good night to start him on the 4th line.
December 31 2011 02:43AM
The 2011 calendar year has not been a great one for the Oilers or their fans. The Oilers only won 28 of the 82 games they've played so far, so the best part of today's early morning tilt (MST time) is that it will end a dreadful "year" of Oilers hockey. They went 28-46-8 over the past 364 days.
They started the year with a 2-1 loss at home to the Flames and it pretty much went downhill from there. The Oilers were 13-28-5 from January to April, and from October to today they've tallied a 15-18-3 record.
The major bright spot came on June 24th when they choose Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first overall, and he hasn't disappointed with an outstanding start to his NHL career, but the organization needs to make some major moves in 2012 if they hope to avoid another disappointing calendar year.
December 24 2011 01:25PM
I just wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, and I hope you get to spend lots of time with family and friends over the next few days.
I also wanted to say an extra big thank you to all the sponsors who donated packages and especially to those who bid on them. We raised $55,250.00 for charities during my "Helping Others" shows this month.