Every morning between 6:30 and 7:30 I sit down at the Smith-Corona (why doesn’t someone come out with a laptop with that name? I’d buy two!) and write something for this blog. It’s therapeutic, sort of sets things right in my brain.
Uusally there’s one or two things in my mind at the same time, but since yesterday morning there are about one dozen of them. I don’t think any are terribly original but if that were the criteria you’d see fewer posts here weekly.
- Gary Bettman and the NHL owners are filthy, just filthy. They work the players into a lather, insult them with their first offer, wait until the players miss a cheque snd then make an offer that gives traction but has an enormous deadline placed on it. You can respect it as a negotiating ploy, and maybe this is the only way, but I’d guess the reason that the NFL players hug their commissioner and Chris Chelios goes off every lockout is ploys like this one. I do believe there’s an opportunity for a deal, but am miles from being an expert. We wait.
- I’m surprised people are surprised that Daryl Katz isn’t going to sit in front of council and explain himself to them. That’s not his style. A back room meeting, far from the crowds and with Gary Bettman lurking with a hammer appears to be the better bet. It’s a sticky wicket for the Mayor, I don’t think he has a lot of wiggle room. I also believe the public at large has very little patience left for Katz. I suspect Edmonton’s empire builder will have to either compromise or choose another town for his team. Eventually, those will be the options.
- In a post below, we got into a discussion about the wisdom of taking Nail Yakupov. Seriously? Is there anyone who truly believes that was a bad pick? I can buy into it being too early to make the final call, but the Oilers made the right decision at the time. Sometimes we as fans confuse things as time rolls along, and I think it is important to remember Yakupov was the clear #1.
- The injuries to the blue are a concern, but that’s why the Oilers have so many of them bubbling under. The injuries to Gernat, Klefbom and Marincin will have an impact–we don’t know about long term but development time is being lost for Gernat as a teenager–but the club still has Musil, Simpson, Davidson, Bigos and others on the job. Plus this Schultz fellow.