80

Young guns

The Chicago Blackhawks are living proof that there is upside to long-term ineptitude and utter failure that doesn’t exist with sporadic garden variety mediocrity.

29

Get shorty

I’ve got nothing against little guys, unless their eyes are shifty and set too close together, but the Edmonton Oilers are pushing diminutive to the limit when it comes to their forward lines.

87

Schremp is no fool

Players with more dangle and higher point totals than Rob Schremp have been busts in the NHL because they had skills worth a million bucks, but brains you’d be hard-pressed to get 10 cents for.

39

Deep thoughts IV

Is Erik Cole destined to fall into the dubious ranks of good players who’ve been failures with the Edmonton Oilers, names fans file under the category of “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time”?

17

He’s an assh*le

Having spent three decades in hockey rinks with a notepad in my hand, it’s not Sean Avery’s choice of words in describing actress Elisha Cuthbert as his “sloppy seconds” that offends me.

37

Schremp gets his shot

A call that was starting to look like it might never come was finally made today as the Edmonton Oilers promoted forward Rob Schremp from the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.

25

Late Again

I’ve always believed that if you can’t show up on time, then don’t bother coming at all.

47

Play it again, Sam

Dancers dance, singers sing and fiddlers fiddle, unless they’re dancing, singing and fiddling with the Edmonton Oilers, who seem to be morphing into a homogenized pile of mis-cast goo before our eyes.

61

Tick, tick, tick…

If the Edmonton Oilers can’t get it done in the next 20 games, then they likely can’t get it done at all, and owner Daryl Katz should take a look at why that’s the case and who’s responsible.

79

Deep thoughts III

“A lot of previous years, I’m trying to generate optimism and enthusiasm, but this year I’m probably more interested in quelling it a little bit.”

14

Redemption for Jesse?

Jesse Boulerice, you’d think, is one mistake from incurring an NHL version of the Three Strike Rule, and there are more than a few people who can and do make a compelling argument he should be out of the game already.