California hockey has been a part of the NHL since I was a kid. Oakland Seals and Los Angeles Kings joined in 1967, and since then San Jose and Anaheim have joined the fun. You get the feeling that about 1% of Los Angeles loves the game, but hey someone loved it enough to write SLAP SHOT! and get Paul Newman to star in it.
Bob Baun (in photo) was a tough son of a gun and the author of many “hip checks” that sent his victims ass over tea kettle.
I’d like the Oilers to hire the modern Bob Baun and then find out if Ryan Whitney can play. If not, they need to modern Carl Brewer. Or if Brewer-Baun costs too much then maybe the Oilers should shoot for 2003 Eric Brewer-Jason Smith. Anyway, I’ve convinced myself they need two defenders.
I don’t have much to say about the game except I love Lubo and young Cogliano was out there in OT so maybe he’s getting things done on the coast. The Desjardins numbers suggest he isn’t scoring a lot 5×5, his CorsiRel is mid-level and he’s not facing the toughs but I always find it really difficult to get a read on teams that don’t appear on my television a lot.
The Oilers recalled Milan Kytnar the other night and as things go there’s a chance he’ll only have that NHL game when he’s 40. I’ve always cheered for him and am happy he isn’t in the Larry Mavety family of guys clearly good enough to plan an NHL game but denied by the Hockey Gods.
This is the time it becomes difficult to really stay interested in the Oilers. We can talk about the draft and discuss the possible defenders that may come in the summer and we’ll get to that. However, there’s still a chance this team wiggles its way into the top 3 slots for the draft and that will impact the way we approach 2012. Craptastic,, we’re all draft experts!
Calgary made a trade last night with the Habs. Two things: I like the trade short term for the Flames and long term too if that goalie turns out. What I don’t know about goalies is a lot but he does seem to have some believers out there. For Montreal, they get a pick and a prospect and cut a nice hole in their cap hit. So it probably comes down to how close Bourque is to Cammalleri as a player. I have no idea, but it seems a reasonable bet the Flames win this short term and if Bourque can score 25+ then Montreal should be pleased too. I do wonder about NHL GM’s who say “size” is the major reason to make a deal but then again Montreal has been smurfy since the lockout.
Our poll yesterday shows Oiler fans are indeed divided on the fate of the coach and GM, but Tom Renney got way more “stay” votes than Mr. Tambellini.