“We just didn’t find a way to do it.” —Markus Naslund
Ha ha ha ha ha!
Well, if nothing else Roberto Luongo can go see his baby now. In what was a glorious end to a season that was oh-so-close to ending in a playoff berth, the Oilers sent the Canucks packing in the final game of the season. The Oil have been sending more messages than Hotmail of late, and last night they sent another to the rest of the NHL: beware the Mighty Oil next year, for the average player age will rise to 17.4 years over the summer and they’re coming back to whomp some serious ass next year.
If you’re the rest of the Western Conference you must be glad to see the Oil finished for the year. With so many rookies that are all developing at a torrid pace, and all of the proven veterans coming back rested and healthy next year, they can’t be a team that most other teams are going to look forward to playing next year. You think that teams like Dallas aren’t wishing they were about five years younger per player right now? You think Calgary and Vancouver are looking forward to having to face the Oil eight times each next year?
The Oil finished with 88 points—a 17-point improvement over last season. This is a team that broke last year’s franchise record for injuries and still finished incredibly strong. When all of the pieces are put back together next year, one can’t help but think the West is about to get 20 CCs of Oil right in the eye.
Good on you, Oilers, for winning the game last night. Good on you for having that much pride in the jerseys you wear.
You know what all the Oilers are going to do (after they wake up with some pretty intense hangovers today)? Assemble in an underground mountain work-out facility and get trained all off-season by ex-Navy Seals. Sam Gagner will probably put on 56 pounds of muscle and Dustin Penner will take off 56 pounds of Dustin Penner. Steve Staios will do nothing but eat glass, staring into the distance and waiting for opening night.
They might as well cancel training camp for the Oil next season, cause this team is built. And it will execute its prime directive in the 2008–09 season: Whomp ass.
Was Luongo crying in his post game interview? We watched the post game interviews on TSN this morning and he either has a) a really runny nose or, b) is a crybaby ‘tender. Go check the footage out and let your ol’ pal Wanye know what you think.