The Edmonton Oilers continue a long standing tradition of enforcers on the roster with Darcy Hordichuk. Hordichuk is a good fit for the roster.
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- Why on earth would you think this is a good signing? Oilers are going to have an enforcer on the roster, it is in their DNA. So, better to have a 4 minute a night player than someone who thinks he’s a player.
- Do the Oilers really believe this is key? If you go back in history Edmonton has always had this kind of player. Semenko, McSorley, right through Laraque and now today.
- Laraque was a better fighter and player. Sure he was, no argument there. All of those guys listed above were better players. If last year’s Oilers would have had BG cycling down low on the 4line last season those Corsi numbers would have been better even with Lander.
- So they need a better enforcer? No. Because when the Oilers are any good the enforcer role is reduced, just like on other good teams. Laraque played only 5 minutes a night during the playoffs spring 2006.
- I don’t understand. The Oilers can’t let go of this idea. It’s in them. Remember the Hartnell hit on Paajarvi? That night Hordichuk took an instigator early on and that was all she wrote. He got his ass stapled to the bench. Meanwhile, Potter makes a clean check on Hartnell and he goes all Slap Shot! on Paajarvi’s knee.
- And what was the result? Renney’s no longer here and Hordichuk is talking smack.
- Do you think Krueger will let Hordichuk loose? Based on the verbal we discussed in the Eager RE and the recent Jason Gregor talk with Theo Peckham I’d say yes, at least to an extent.
- What extent? Well, you take a few stupid penalties and the other team scores, and pretty soon things change. You lose three of four on a homestand because your enforcer is running around and that gets changed in a quick hurry.
- Do you approve? At some level I think the Oilers have been too passive, but it’s my opinion that you need ‘actual NHL players’ who can be effective in real time. I don’t mean skating over to some guy after he drills Hall (ala Cory Sarich last year), but engaging the other side as a matter of game plan. Hitting is part of the game, separating player from the puck is an effective play. Don’t need to kill a guy, just end the sortie.
- Oilers don’t have any hitters. Sure they do. Sutton, Potter, Peckham, Nick Schultz on the back end and up front Eager, Hordichuk, Hartikainen, Smyth will all engage.
- So you’re fine with a 4-minute enforcer? Better than a 9-minute one.
- Don’t you get frustrated with having a roster spot tied up like this? I think Krueger might take advantage of having a bit player on the 4line and roll Hall (or another hot sniper) double on many nights.
- But do you like it? I deal with the fact the team I cheer for believes it is important, and am hopeful that one day the club will come to the conclusion they are better off with another penalty killer. But that’s in the distance.
- Doesn’t it get you riled up? No. I’ve been cheering for teams that do strange things since I was a kid. Gene Mauch used to bunt in the first inning, or have 5 guys who could play the middle infield–none of whom could hit a lick–so he could pull them out as needed. You won’t remember Larry Lintz or Pepe Frias or Jim Cox, but they used to draw in and out of the lineup all the time. Sometimes because Tim Foli got into a brawl but man Mauch had weird teams. His bench–Morales, Stinson–was often better than his starting lineup.
- So Hordichuk 4 minutes a night and for half a season. You bet.
- This is ridiculous. Why are you happy with this signing? The Oilers didn’t sign Brandon Prust or George Parros.