I find myself in a much better frame of mind this lockout. Part of it is that I didn’t handle the first one well, and the Swedish Elite League games broadcast on my television were terrible (SEL is a good league, we know this; but the games I saw were dull as dishwater).
I learned something from my Dad about being miserable (wait–that didn’t come out right!). He always told me that if you have a job, or a hobby, or a girl, that drives you crazy–and you hang around–then it’s on you. So, my feeling about the NHL this lockout is this: I’m cool with it, hell take the whole season or two if you want. I won’t bitch and moan, honest. However, I reserve the right to nerd out on the Oil Kings or Barons or Hitchcock movies for as long as I want.
Take your time, NHL. Come back when you like. I’ll be along awhile later, and this time on my own timetable. You deserve a lot worse, but I’ll be thankful that your stupid labor problems don’t have me miserable for another fall.
I like these young Oil Kings. Looks to me as though there are going to be some great stories this season. Mitch Moroz is apparently going to be on a skill line and that’ll be fun to follow. Martin Gernat’s injury sounds serious–at least the guys talking about it sound worried its serious–but then again we know about defensemen and injuries. Remember when we discussed Marincin, Gernat and Klefbom as a pack, similar to Petry, Wild and Chorney? I think that’s a good way to look at it. If one of them turns into Petry, well hell that’s fine.
The OKC Barons get rolling soon, too. I don’t like the AHL package online, so don’t know how many games I’ll watch this season. However, it’ll be a few and the early word from coach Nelson is we’re going to have some interesting stories this winter. Jason Gregor has a terrific interview with Nelson at Oilers Nation.The Tyler Pitlick item is very interesting.
Corey Pronman has his top 100 prospects up here. Oilers have some gems following Hall, Eberle and the Nuge. Hell it’s going to be fun when they do come home.
I think the NHL and NHLPA should take a little time and catch a few moments on film from this guy. Maybe they’ll come to an understanding about what’s important in life, and the difference between acting like an idiot and being one. I miss you John Candy.