It will be impossible to separate Boyd Gordon from our memories of Shawn Horcoff–that’s good and bad. Good, because Horcoff is well remembered even now as a stand up guy, a quality player and person. Bring them in ten at a time, please! Bad, because even if he fulfills the role of shutdown center, we’ll still wonder what Horcoff and Gordon could have done behind the Nuge and Gagner. It was not, my friends, to be–and now we’re left to put out fire with gasoline.
RE 13-14: 78, 5-15-20
- Good lord, we’re screwed. No, we’re not–you’re getting jumpy as the playoffs get closer.
- No worries, I’ll die of old age before we get there. I hear you.
- How do you get these numbers? It’s not exactly scientific. I don’t think Gordon will get easier minutes than he did a year ago and no break on the zone starts–same old, except with worse linemates than he had in Phoenix (save Hemsky). So, last season’s 5×5/60 (1.18) times 12 minutes a night even strength times the number of games (78) equals 18.48 EV points this coming season.
- THIS is your RE? Well, I’m showing you how I get the range, then I move things around in the living room and see if the hutch looks better downstairs.
- You gave him 20. That’s for Hemsky, and a shorthanded goal. Overall though, Gordon’s not getting a nice landing spot, the Oilers bottom 6F remains a giant pack of ugly.
- Lord. Okay, what else? Well, I don’t think his offense is so far away from Horcoff’s that we should consider it a massive downgrade. Horcoff actually had a better zone start last season and was a little better 5×5/60 (1.34), so it seems about equal with Gordon being golden in the faceoff circle (57 gorgeous percentage points).
- And? I think the age difference and the cap difference suggests the Oilers have slightly upgraded at the position moving forward.
- Better than Horcoff? Whoopee! Horcoff is slow now and he’ll be 35 in the fall, but the man played center very well for a dozen years in Edmonton. He’s been a favorite of this blog since we started, and Gordon’s being his (approx) equal now speaks well for both of them.
- You’re going to miss Horcoff? Ah man yeah. One of my alltime favorite Oilers, any era. He’s kind of the perfect player for an underdog: ideal in a secondary offensive role, plays his entire career on a team that couldn’t muster better (so he’s singing an octave higher than his range suggests). So he keeps climbing that tall mountain every season, and after awhile the people at the bottom of the hill express surprise that his climbing is more labored and mock him. I hope he wins Stanley in Dallas and scores 7 at Rexall first night–if he does I’ll fist pump until my arms won’t move anymore.
- Why this song? It’s more about the team than the player, but it fits well. The Oilers bottom 6F is pain, severe pain, and the Oilers put out the fire with gasoline–their free agent fix gets them through the current hell but never out of the situation. Plus it’s a guitar song, we haven’t had many of those (but will as we head into the weekend and next week).
- Is there any way Gordon ends up on the 4line? On this club? They could double shift him, that’s the only way I can see it happening.
- What does the sledgehammer say? It gushes over Gordon, and requests the addition of Moss pdq. I think that’s the question that remains for me–even more than the center issue. Where is the Pisani? It’s more than a small deal. A Pisani type can score 12-15 goals, penalty kill and forecheck like a demon, mark the other team’s sniper, play a mentor role and serve as a safety net for the coach on a cold winter’s night. I absolutely believe Boyd Gordon will be exactly that for Dallas Eakins, but he needs a runner alongside. I do not see him on the current roster.
BOYD GORDON SLEDGEHAMMER
Man, look at that zone start. Holy hell, boys and girls, the guy can carry a load. I don’t think there’s much doubt about the wisdom of this signing, and if reports are true that Vancouver drove up the price, well we can be happy that their plans were detoured while MacT acquired a perfect fit. Boyd Gordon has an enormous job in Edmonton, perhaps chemistry will find him a running mate.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
Friday before the long weekend, this could go off the rails but our guests are worth paying attention to. Scheduled to appear at 10 this morning on Team 1260:
- Steve Lansky from Big Mouth Sports–we’ll talk about hockey at rest, cabin country, slow news and the future of hockey broadcasting in Canada.
- Jill Horbay from FC Edmonton–Eddies are back to work and we’ll talk about it, including the best place to watch the game this weekend.
- Jason Arnold, coaching Director here in Edmonton for the Edmonton Australian Rules Football Club. Big weekend, we’ll tell you more this morning.
- Scott Taylor from the Huddle dot co. Eskimos, Bombers, Oilers, Jets, and Taylor will count down the minutes to his next trip to Florida.
- Jungle Jim Hunter will help us with the baseball suspensions–is mlb finally getting it right, and should Bud Selig move along now?