A picture says a thousand words

Normally we start the day by reading the OilersNation News Aggregator and seeing what people are talking about all around the league. But today we will hold back because:

a) We hate reading MSM coverage of the Oilers when they lose.
b) We just can’t bring ourselves to read another MacT quote explaining how close it all really was.
c) If we read anyone say, “Oh Sundin got off to a magical start, but it was fellow Graduate of Hogwarts Steve Bernier who performed the real trick scoring twice against his Canadian rivals…” Well, if we read that there would be a lone gunman tearing up Jasper Avenue at about 9:33am this morning. And really, it’s too cold for vigilante justice today.

So instead we will not read anything related to the Oilers game. Well, except this post. Which isn’t really about how the Oil gassed one to the Canucks and Mats Sundin is a Golden God descended from Mount Olympus to grace us with his ice hockey skills. His tragic flaw? He will never win a Cup. Oh and he can’t feel true love.

Screw you, Sundin.

Laraque Blogs

For those of you who weren’t aware Georges Laraque decided to start blogging over at Sportsnet.ca. This is great news — except that apparently he didn’t clear it with anyone besides Sportsnet.

In only his second post he says:

“Before starting this blog, I just want to let everyone know that this will be my last one. It’s unfortunate but it is a team rule that Canadiens players are not allowed to do blogs simply because of the many requests our team gets and it would be unfair to all the other people asking us for similar projects. As you can imagine, when you’re a French-Canadian playing in Montréal you get a lot of requests so I agree with the team’s decision because this makes it fair for everyone.”

He then goes on to break down the fighting code, states fighting is popular (gasp!) describes how fighting has changed and discusses how he used to be nervous before fights. Did we mention he discussed fighting?

Nothing too earth shattering but we all know Monsieur Laraques’ propensity to talk and this blog –- which is gigantic btw -– would sure to have improved.

If only the NHL had any understanding of how to build a brand. NBA players have camera crews following them around 24/7 and players in the NFL have webcams in their bedrooms linked to the team’s official sites. While the other leagues continue to grant unprecedented access to their players the NHL furiously guards its bag of magic beans and boxes everyone out.

Oh OK maybe just one hilarious MacT quote:

“As the game started to elevate, we started to elevate rather than just grabbing that game at the start.” –- Craig MacTavish after the game.

Ah that’s rich.

Photos still coming in

Awhile back we announced a contest asking readers of the Nation to take some game pics and send them in to OilersNation World HQ and Tanning Salon®. We continue to get pics from the games and will be posting them shortly.

“But Wanye you said that you would announce a winner at the end of December! What happened?”

Life happened, you son of a bitch! Ever try and build a 5000-piece Battlestar Galactica puzzle during an Unsolved Mysteries Marathon on Spike? Then check your inbox after every game and see pictures being sent in regularly and you have done nothing to reward the party people? Then people keep ordering T-shirts and you didn’t really give any thought to shipping or handling when you thought of NationGear and now you spend your mornings packaging up T-shirts and the lady at the post office thinks you’re into criminal activity because of all the mailing you are doing??

Do you know what pressure feels like!?!?!

Ahem.

Please continue to send your pics of the game, your buddies, the sky or your cat that “looks just like Ales Hemsky.” There is a $75 gift certificate to Hudsons in it for you. We will be posting the pictures shortly.

Oh yeah

You did it Buck75.

Swoon.

  • Deep Oil

    @ Pokie Reddik: What does Bob's weight have to do with his credibility – then Pat Quinn, Ken Hitchcock, Biran Burke are all Fred Flintstone idiots,
    hardly. Even KLOWE was going to the buffet too often
    last year.

    When you work for the Oil – you give up some rights of free speech, in return you get the privelege to be associated with the team and an above average paycheque – just ask Patrick LaForge how many past employees have sued – settled out of court or left on very negative circumstances – the front office from sales to marketing to operations were hauled into the office when EIG too over and asked one question…. are you with Sather or with us…… not a very proud moment – just remember if want to hang with the Oil corporately – they either want something that you have or you have to pay to be their friend in form of sponsorship…..

  • Oilersordeath

    I think Visnovsky and Souray are the least of our problems, love those guys!! Its tough and physical forwards that we really lack. I cant remember the last time an Oiler (other than Zac S.) actually finished a check!

  • Deep Oil

    RBK wrote:

    Deep Oil wrote:
    Reports are that Stauffer desires to be GM eventually via Katz approval after Lowe leaves for New York head office. – not joking.
    Where exactly was this reported? Deep Oil Forever!!!

    Lowe rumor was on Hockeycentral some time ago and repeated on Prime Time Sports and Stauffer intent was other media musings within Edmonton.

  • Travis Dakin

    I'm sorry Wanye but I gotta say…

    Deep Oil is the man. This is pure gold. We are blessed to have these observations bestowed upon us. I feel like I've just swallowed the Red pill. Wow.

  • Deep Oil

    @ Pokie Reddik: The Sportsnet broadcast team are in the same boat as Stauffer – liable – the Oil bought /control most of Rogers Sportsnet West air time (leaving less for flames fans) and Kevin Quinn and Louie Debrusk have to tow the party line as well – their post game is nothing but fluff or goes to sportsnet connected in Toronto – the oil booted part timer Peter Loubardias for not warming to the oil when subbing for Ferraro.

  • Pokie Reddik

    Deep Oil wrote:

    @ Pokie Reddik: What does Bob’s weight have to do with his credibility – then Pat Quinn, Ken Hitchcock, Biran Burke are all Fred Flintstone idiots,
    hardly. Even KLOWE was going to the buffet too often
    last year.
    When you work for the Oil – you give up some rights of free speech, in return you get the privelege to be associated with the team and an above average paycheque – just ask Patrick LaForge how many past employees have sued – settled out of court or left on very negative circumstances – the front office from sales to marketing to operations were hauled into the office when EIG too over and asked one question…. are you with Sather or with us…… not a very proud moment – just remember if want to hang with the Oil corporately – they either want something that you have or you have to pay to be their friend in form of sponsorship…..

    Fred Stauffer lost his credibility when the season started

  • Deep Oil

    Oilersordeath wrote:

    I hate bad mouthing the Oil, but Jesus F__ing Christ this is rediculous. Please trade away Horcoff, Staios, Pisani, Penner if poss for some hardnose in your face type of players. How long is Katz going to put up with this joke of a team? Oh yeah and Mac-T has to go too, cant motivate the players at all.

    Wow – those are my whipping boys – note to oilersordeath that Katz does not primarily interact with the team – that is why he has hired Nicholls and retained LaForge, Lowe – for them to make the hockey decisions.

    It was Lowe that caved and gave these sausages long term inflated contracts that are untradeable and incredibly average.

    Do you really think that Katz wonders day to day about this hockey club – not a high priority when you are taking on more debt via MBO and LBO of other pharm properties – start thinking big picture rather than from a sports perspective – with $2billion or more in corporate assests a $150 million hockey team is a blip on the balance sheet – minor line item.

    An owner that buys a hockey team for a toy gets involved (Melnyk for example) – opposite of what Katz has bought this for – branding, diversification, cross revenue streams, and an aging fan base – oilers are a stock that DK can root for after the market closes – but as long as the season ticket base is full – no concern – business as usual.

    Oilers Nation can rant back at me – but unfortunately we have mediocrity with no incentive or ability to improve until these whipping boys contracts expire or get traded (not likely). Again – Toronto Maple Leafs West

  • Deep Oil

    Oilersordeath – I have been told by respected bloggers on this site not to use profanity – in the spirit of all the swearing that is going on at the Team 1260 – (poor Corey, Jason)- please consider holding the religous f bombs – so we can focus on the true lies of the sports community. When profanity enters your blog – your creditibility goes out the window. Would your mom, me, or Oilers Nation like you to be speaking that way in church or on this blog….. I know everyone despises my blogs – but at least free speech with DEEP is clean.

  • Deep Oil

    Travis Dakin wrote:

    I’m sorry Wanye but I gotta say…
    Deep Oil is the man. This is pure gold. We are blessed to have these observations bestowed upon us. I feel like I’ve just swallowed the Red pill. Wow.

    here you go…..

    Matrix Philosophy – Blue or Red Pill?Essay on the philosophy of the matrix: When Morpheus offers Neo two pills should he take the red or blue pill? What does the matrix say about philosophy?
    http://www.arrod.co.uk/essays/matrix.php – 18k – Cached –

  • Travis Dakin wrote:

    Maltby too come to think of it. F*ck role players.

    YEs, but role players are only truly valuable when you have top end star players. I can't stand Maltby, ever since he suckered that guy outside or Barely Teens many years ago…Anyways those guys are much easier to replace than a top end scorer. Once the Oilers get one, it will be easier to assign roles. Outside or Hemsky, they have no forwards you can count on to score even on a semi-regular basis. That is the problem. The hardest guys to get our scorers, get a few of them and the pluggers are much easier to find. Because there are always lots of teams floundering that are willing to move a plugger at the deadline.

  • Pokie Reddik wrote:

    Ethan Moreau is not Captain material, He and Souray have had some Tiffs and because this team is in “transission” it’s time to name Souray as captain and put Moreau and his salary on waivers. When he was out of the locker room in last years push for eight(a norm under MacT) there was no Moreau harassing the players and they were playing well. Get Moreau out of the locker romm now.

    Sober up man or get better sources. Moreau and Souray are great friends. No rift between them at all. Could he be a better leader, yes, but there is not rift between those two. This is how garbage rumours spread.

  • Deep Oil wrote:

    – the oil booted part timer Peter Loubardias for not warming to the oil when subbing for Ferraro.

    Actually that is wrong. Loubardias got offered the fulltime job in Calgary. He was booted out by the Oilers. Quinn was the choice yes, but Loubadias was never booted out. He got a new job.