The Edmonton Oilers are playing the Los Angeles Kings tonight, this is kind of a perfect storm for one bad night. The Kings stifle creativity and discourage talking, chewing gum, jocularity and rambunctious behavior of any kind. If you could just sit there and breath we would appreciate it, and for God’s sake the hockey is going to be the driest game of the calendar year. Desert hockey. I can’t breathe just thinking about it.
Ales Hemsky has been getting a lot of attention in the last 24 hours. Dallas Eakins wonderful off day media conference saw the coach come to the aid of the player, but the song remains the same. Or does it? One of the writers take a different angle. Interesting.
David Staples picked up on a story by Randy Russon yesterday, in which we find Mr. Russon encouraging Sault Ste Marie fans to stop booing Darnell Nurse. As David details, coming on the heels of the WJ snub this isn’t a good arrow:
- Staples: There’s no word on exactly why fans are booing Nurse, but having seen this kind of scenario play out in Edmonton, it’s almost always a run of defensive mistakes coupled with a perceived lack of effort that bring out the boo birds.
So, we’re off to the races. We don’t really know if there’s been a run of defensive mistakes, or a perceived lack of effort, but once these things reach the printed word it’s out there and the piling on of an 18-year old is underway. Fresh meat! Stu’s not a magnificent bastard! What was MacT thinking?
Russon’s article has a mysterious feel to it, not quite certain I can identify the overall thrust. This passage does cast an interesting light:
- Russon: Afterall, if an OHL team such as the Greyhounds can get away with charging $18 a ticket, I suppose fans feel they have the right to hiss and boo if they think they are being short-changed by the performance of a player or players.
So we have the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie needing to boo either because of these crazy ticket prices, or a short performance from the players, or both. I’m not smart enough to figure this out, but I bet if we all huddle together there’s a slight chance we do it together. The keys from the article appear to be:
- $18 tickets prices
- 18-year olds not playing well in a short time frame
- an article that gets a tremendous amount of attention because it’s tied to a very famous teenager.
I attempted to read more stories from Mr. Russon about Nurse and the Greyhounds, but found that he seems to write mostly about the NOJHL. I read a few articles, but was unable to find the price of their tickets anywhere. I suspect it is well shy of $18.
Sheldon Keefe is the head coach of the Greyhounds. His tweet seems to run counter to Mr. Russon’s article, and leaves me wondering just where we are with this story. Hopefully we’ll get to the bottom of this, and perhaps we can find out the prices of other junior hockey tickets across the nation. This $18 ticket sounds monstrous.
The WJ’s are going to be a bit of a dud for Oiler fans (no Nurse, Yakupov is in the NHL to stay, etc) but the two Russian third rounders from the most recent draft will offer some interest for me. Yakimov started like a house on fire and really does look like a prospect of interest, Slepyshev had a slow start but has started to rally recently. It’ll be fun to watch them during the WJ’s and it looks like they’ll have feature roles.
This is theft (grabbed it from a Dellow tweet) and this follows up Tyler’s article on the Winnipeg Jets yesterday. As he states, this is merely marrying F to D 5×5 Corsi for while they are on the ice. So, Taylor Hall is having an awful year no matter, while Eberle was over 50% with Larsen, Belov and Smid. Interesting. Perron is also having a reasonable season and Arcobello is also posting some numbers (with Justin Schultz and Belov no less) this year. Now this doesn’t include zone starts/toughness of opps, just Corsi for % raw, but is fascinating information when presented in this way.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
TSN 1260, 10 this morning and a lot to talk about with my guests. Scheduled to appear:
- Bruce McCurdy from the Cult of Hockey. We’ll talk about tonight’s game, and improving this team for next year.
- Brock Otten, OHL prospects. We’ll get to the bottom of this Nurse business, and talk about the OHL kids eligible for the 2014 draft.
- Harrison Mooney, Puck Daddy. Canucks are rolling now, but they’re always doing things that will eventually cost them. Zack Kassian’s antics are the most recent example.
- Corey Graham, Oil Kings play-by-play on tsn 1260. The OK’s are really kicking out the jams now, we’ll talk about this team’s winning streak and ability to cover up for player loss.
10-1260 via text, @Lowetide_ on twitter. Stay tuned!