A lot of venom last night and today from Oiler fans and I wanted to post something on it this morning. First, Zack Kassian. He’s clearly a meathead but I can’t get too worked up about him because he’s just not that good a hockey player. To be a genuine villain, he would need to be useful. Maybe that’s what we’re seeing here, Kassian becoming a bigger part of the team, but he has miles to go before becoming a Bertuzzi player. Until then, I suggest we wait a week and see if he’s eating popcorn from the gondola.
Second, this is us. The Edmonton Oilers aren’t a good team this year, they are going to get smoked by all the west coast hockey clubs and we all know this is true. We talked about this before the Bruin game, after the Bruin game and before last night. The Edmonton Oilers currently are outmanned and outmatched and the beatings will continue in the shadow of Buzz and Woody tomorrow. That doesn’t mean they are not progressing, but when you begin the march from the gates of Hell finding daylight is a long journey.
Remember those days when the Oilers would roll into Vancouver, depress Tom Watt by killing the Canucks and then head over to Glenn Anderson’s parents house for fresh salmon and fun? Well, guess what: the current Oilers are those old Canucks teams (without a young Cam Neely) and the only cure for that is time. Craig MacTavish has been on the job for a few short months, and his fix (Perron, Gordon, Ference, Belov) needs some additional time to add the next group (in summer, most likely).
Dallas Eakins is going about the work of getting this thing turned around, and until Chris Pronger 2005 arrives there are going to be long days and nights.
The current Canucks are NOT the 1983 Oilers, and we know this to be true. Zack Kassian is NOT the villain like Messier or Linseman and last night’s event would have been considered mild on any other night. The Oilers are the 98-pound weakling and everyone is kicking sand in their faces and stealing the girl. That isn’t news, it’s been going on for a long time.
Keep your powder dry, wait for the right moment. When help is offered, pull the trigger and improve the team. Rinse, repeat. Get good players, keep good players. It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it.
We are here.