I could never figure this damn thing out. Usually someone would offer me a beer 5 minutes in (thus distracting me and allowing a graceful retreat before too many noticed how many hours would have gone by), and the only three people I knew who could figure it out quickly were incapable of making eye contact with other humans.
The Edmonton Oilers 07-08 remind me of that damn cube. The latest look at this team is solid all down the line, using math, logic, reason and plain old common sense to draw the only conclusion imaginable: based on all available data and established level of performance, the jig is up. The fix is in. The pump don’t work ’cause the vandals took the handles. Ladies and gentlemen may we present the friggin’ in the riggin’.
There’s a hitch in our giddyup. We are children of the universe. No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Reading MC’s fine post today was pretty much the icing on the cake. I keep waiting for him, or Vic, or RQ, or speeds, or Andy, or Cosh, or someone from the blogosphere to give me something we’ve overlooked. Asia and Louise (and BDHS and Dennis too I think) are feeling positive (or more positive) about the Oilers than the rest of us and from what I can tell it comes down to intangibles like leadership and good players getting better in a quick hurry.
I don’t think it’s enough. I’ve been wrong before, and sincerely hope it’s about to happen again. But the Edmonton Oilers are out of whack, askew, a half bubble off plumb. I spent today thinking about the D pairings and it made my head hurt. It’s like singing Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti, it always brings us back to do.
The Oilers needed a puck mover and had to give something to get something. They used cash and cap for Tarnstrom, a veteran in Jason Smith to get Pitkanen and then a giant mound of coin to get Souray and now we need Jason Smith and Danny Markov’s available but we don’t have the dollars. So if we can get rid of Tarnstrom and add a stay-at-home type (RH) then this blueline looks like it might have some balance and scale.
Which brings us back to do.