Oh. Eklund. You magnificient bastard. We can’t help but laugh at what you are willing to post on your website. Reading this "insider information" makes our eyes bleed tears of blood.
"Been chasing this one all day…
The Oilers have long been into the prospect of bringing Jason Spezza to Edmonton. I have talked to a few sources (although have to admit I have yet to connect with my best Oilers source) who are very excited and say there is great anticipation heading into the draft of how Spezza could be an Oiler in the next 7 to 10 days.
I talked to an Ottawa source and was told that yes, Spezza would welcome becoming an Edmonton Oiler. The asking or price would be either Cogliano or Gagner, 2 prospects, (one who will be in the NHL for sure this season) and a third or fourth."
Before we contemplate what a profoundly bad idea this is we would like to take a moment to laugh at Eklund overall.
But before that peep this ad for the new Eminem Album.
We get the idea that Hockeybuzz is a rumour site. And we also get it that if you are going to post rumours many of them aren’t going to be true. But the amount of garbage spewed out of Eklund’s keyboard should make every sentient hockey fan from coast to coast consider him about as a credible as a Lindsay Lohan alibi.
Take this gem for instance on the same article as the Spezza happening:
"On Brodeur for Semin Rumor.
Amazing how much ire one admittedly far-out rumor can bring.
Lou Lamoriello denied it today (Which is only surprising in terms of Lou even addressing it.) and Lou said he would never trade Martin.
If you read my blog carefully, you will notice I never said Lou would trade Marty. I don’t believe he would. Nor do I believe LOU would even ask.
I never mentioned Lamoriello at all. I could give you more clues… but so much of that is still off the record… I said it was interesting what I was hearing…that’s all I said."
Are we hunting for easter eggs? Why are you providing us with clues? How drole.
We might be jaded but we vastly prefer the work of Brownlee and Gregor, who simultaneously broke the news of Daum being fired and Scott Bonner being hired on the same day long before anyone else got wind of anything. If they say it, we believe it to be true and that provides some comfort in this hurly-burly work a day world.
Rumours are all fine and dandy, but sweet beard of Justin Timberlake. How many times are you wrong before people just start to say NO MAS.
BACK TO SPEZZA BEING AN OILER
This is just a terrible idea for so many reasons. Firstly, Spezza is a bit of a loser. Listen to his laugh above. If we the owner of the Sens and we heard him laugh like this we would immediately sign him up for laughing lessons. "Jason," we would begin, "in addition to being unable to deliver us a Cup, you are probably one of the nerdiest laughers around. We can’t have you laughing like this. You are a liability Sir."
Secondly his full name is Jason Anthony Rocco Spezza. Anthony Rocco Nation. Is he Madonna’s child? Who names their kids like this? How can we get behind a player with these two enormous strikes against him before he even steps on the ice?
It surely boggles the mind it does.
But back to Eklund’s solid gold trade rumour. We can see the Oilers wanting Spezza on some level. Somewhere in Daryl Katz’s diamond heart he wants to land a big name in Oilers silks. In fact it probably consumes his every waking moment we imagine. Signing the Bulin Wall probably gave him a quick fix and took away the cravings temporarily, but his subsequent fracturing of every single vertebrae in his spine, coupled with the ol ‘glug, glug, vroom, vroom" has probably left Katz wanting more.
But really? Spezza? The shadow he would cast across this team would be long and filled with nerdy laughter. This squadron would immediately become "Spezza’s team" and that would be a hard team to get behind indeed.
This shouldn’t be Spezza’s team. This should be the Gagner-Cogliano-Eberle-Hall/Seguin-Whitney Team.
Balanced responsibility across several good-to-great young players. Numerous cogs in a machine that work in unison that can be removed if necessary without the team completely seizing up (see: Oilers 2009-10 season.) Bringing in Spezza – particularly at the cost of Gagner and Cogliano – would place the weight of the team squarely on his shoulders and put all the other young stars in a subordinate role.
And these very same Spezzian shoulders have been unable to take a fraction of the weight of the Senators during his eight year career. What makes anyone think he could lead a team to anything beyond the occasional second round appearance?
This is a bad deal.
Heh. What a laugh you have Spezza.