Does the Oilers potential offensive depth rank up there with the greatest in the history of the NHL, or even in Oilers’ history? It depends on what you consider to be offensive depth. If you have superstar players, then it is much harder to spread the wealth throughout your lineup.
But the suggestion that seven 40+ players is unrealistic, or would put the Oilers in a class with the greatest offensive depth ever, is simply incorrect.
One of the original bloggers and member of their self-described "Wolfpack", (Unless your name is Alan Garner you should never even mention the term Wolfpack) Tyler Dellow, seems to think that seven 40+ forwards is synonymous with greatest NHL depth ever.
"Gregor, widely known for his introspection and caution when it comes to joining the argument, doesn’t see this group as particularly historic: he sees them as having offensive depth that ranks only amongst the best in the NHL and Oilers history."
I’m amazed how a person I’ve never actually met seems to think he knows how I go about examining my own thoughts, emotions and actions to such a degree. That is pretty damn impressive to be able to deduce such insight over the Internet. I can’t believe he isn’t writing articles helping others better themselves, rather than just sports blogging. Seems like a waste of talent and ability. I’d also be curious to know what the introspective nature of a person, who writes mostly about ripping other people’s thought and theories, would be?
Fascinating stuff I bet.
But let’s get to the meat of the statement.
He was referring to my season long projection of Oiler point totals where I had seven Oilers finishing with 40+ points. When I sent in my picks, I included the following, that Wanye decided not to submit. A guy names himself Dictator for Life and this is what you get I guess…
"Who would have thought that Mr. "Anti-number" Brownlee, would spearhead a pool prediction? What’s next an article on the best car accessories to hang from your mirror or hitch?
I POLITELY DISAGREE
OR SHOULD WE?
RIGHT TIME TO FIGHT?
I have a lot of respect for Bob McKenzie, one of the most connected guys in hockey, but I didn’t agree with his article on the Ivanans/MacIntyre fight.
It was the first game of a new season, and I don’t think it matters at what point the fight happened. For the past few years the Oilers have been considered, and proven to be, an easy team to play against. They didn’t forecheck hard, they were soft in their own zone and they didn’t intimidate anyone physically.
Renney has stated he wants his team to intimidate in every aspect of the game this year. Whether it is via skill, speed, forechecking, neutral zone play, defensive coverage, hitting and, if need be, fighting. He wants the Oilers to be harder to play against this year.
Ivanans hit Brule, with a borderline hit, and then got his stick up in the face of Magnus Paajarvi late in the 3rd period. I had no problem with his hit on Brule and if he doesn’t get his stick up, accidently I thought, in Paajarvi’s face, I really doubt that the fight would have happened. But once he got Paajarvi in the lip, MacIntyre needed to square off.
And this is my beef about questioning why the fight happened. I think the outcome of the fight bothered him more than the timing of the fight.
Had the two had a similar scrap to the one in preseason, where both guys landed some big shots and both guys skated away, would McKenzie have had an issue with the fight? I doubt it, since last night in the Detroit/Anaheim game when it was 4-0 their were two fights. The difference was that no one got KO’ed in those fights. (One was between Corey Perry and Pavel Datsyuk, so it was unlikely we’d see a KO).
Last year heavy-handed Colton Orr buckled Matt Carkner not once, but twice in separate fights. Carkner didn’t stay down very long in the second one, and thankfully he was okay.
Carkner also had got the better of Orr last year.
Because those fights happened in the first period, and guys were able to skate away rather quickly makes them okay? I don’t recall an article mentioning possible serious injuries when those two were tossing the knuckles, so why now?
I find it hard to accept the line of thinking from those who like fighting, "but only as long as no one gets hurt." When you have guys throwing bombs there is a chance someone could get hurt. I don’t think I’m a neanderthal in thinking that way. If you don’t like fighting, that is fine, you will probably turn away or switch the channel when one occurs. That’s fine. I don’t like reality TV, so I don’t watch it.
Of course it made most of us– some of you loved it– uncomfortable watching Ivanans sprawled out on the ice for a minute after the fight. No player wants to see a guy seriously hurt, and most fans don’t either. But that risk is always there, and the players know it. The tough guys know their role, and when the point comes where they don’t want to do it anymore they will walk away. Georges Laraque didn’t want to do the job anymore and so he left, with a nudge from the Canadiens. I don’t recall anyone calling him a pansy for not wanting to do continually drop the gloves.
We all know the job is tough, and that’s why most fighters are fan favourites in every city. Because the majority of fans know they could never do that job, even if they were tough enough to do it.
I’m not naive enough to that MacIntyre is anything more than strictly a specialist. I feel for the guy, knowing that he is looked upon only to be the protector, and he has to do so by fighting other super-heavyweights who possess the same devastating punching power that he does.
If the coach always preaches to his players to play 60 minutes, how can you expect MacIntyre or Ivanans to only fight in the first or second period? While it might not be fair, or necessary in some people’s eyes, the reality is if one tough guy is running around late in a game that has already been decided, then the other tough guy needs to ensure he makes it known that that type of behaviour won’t be tolerated. Ivanans played that way because he wasn’t scared of MacIntyre and he probably won’t be the next time they meet.
And I do think the fight had some meaning.
These teams play twice more this month, and MacIntyre needed to make it clear that if guys want to tip toe on the borderline of fair play, they will have to answer to him. You might not like the rules of the hockey jungle, but they are there; and most players and fans enjoy them.