This is Stan Weir. Stan called me the other night, and man is he pissed. Stan feels the Oilers are a laughing stock and he is displeased to say the least. The last time we spent a prolonged period with Stan it was 2006 spring and honestly he enjoyed himself. He’s secretly been hoping for a return trip to the finals (or semifinals, or quarterfinals, or frankly the playoffs. Close to the playoffs. Somewhere on the same page. In the neighbourhood. In the race. In the race through Christmas. Win 2-in-a-row. Have more than 3 defenseman on the roster at a given time) but it is not going to happen. Again. Stan feels the management needs to lay off the fugazi and cut out fubar completely.
The AHL Falcons are also on the way to ending their season (thankfully) and there are some noxious fumes coming from that part of Oil Country too. A few recent stat lines:
- Jeff Petry is -11 in his last four games. His totals by game (-4, -2, -2, -3) must be close to a record for a 4-game period and I really wonder if this organization just throws the new hires into the deep end (facing the toughest competition). Either way, Petry is 7gp, 0-2-2 -10 to start his pro career. Taylor Chorney went 7gp, 0-3-3 -5 to begin his AHL career.
- Jordan Eberle is 10gp, 4-7-11 -5 this season in Springfield. It is very similar to his stint with the Falcons a year ago, except he’s scoring more at EV (3 goals) this year.
- Chris Vande Velde got a point last night, making him 2gp, 0-1-1 +1 so far in his pro debut this weekend.
The Falcons play again this afternoon to wrap up their schedule. We’ll be looking at the Falcons in-depth during the spring, but I really wonder how many of the Oilers prospects will move from Springfield to Okla City. A guy like Slava Trukhno is three seasons into his pro career and if he’s developing the math can’t see it. Colin McDonald was -25 and Ryan O’Marra a sprightly -19, Geoff Paukovich has done little to distinguish himself and Bryan Lerg is 23 and can’t get into the lineup most nights. And that’s just the forwards!
If we can agree that this organization needs to bottom out before they can move forward, then today is a good day to reach rock bottom. Oilers are in 30th, the Falcons are calling in Mayflower movers to get the hell out of Dodge, and a bunch of those 50 contracts won’t be back next season. Send in the Clowns, don’t bother they’re here.