First things first. The uniform color is nice and I do like the Oiler patch on the shoulder.
The crest is brutal. Just awful. I’m surprised they didn’t add “1978 LTD” since everything else is in there. Very poor uniform, especially considering the terrific WBS editions a year ago.
Now, Patrick Thoresen. He was named AHL Player of the Week on the strength of 3gp, 2-3-5 +5 numbers. Quoting the AHL website: A native of Oslo, Norway, Thoresen is one point off the AHL scoring lead with seven points (3g, 4a) in five games this season. The 23-year-old pivot played three seasons in Sweden before spending most of last year with the Edmonton Oilers, where he recorded four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 68 NHL games. He also had six points in five AHL contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2006-07.
I believe Patrick Thoresen should still be on the big club, but it appears he’s a victim of that wonky re-entry waiver rule and is likely to spend the season in the minors. It’s a ridiculous rule that impedes both player and team and is a reflection of the general idiocy the NHL flounders in each year.
Any reasonable professional sport would give each team every opportunity to field the best team available (within cap confines). If I were Patrick Thoresen I’d be pretty pissed about this and with good reason. In a career that may last less than 10 seasons, one of them is going to be spent in the minors because of a dumb rule designed to save money instead of increase competition or ensure teams cannot hoard qualified players.
Don’t you love farce?