At their foundation, sporting events are supposed to move, inspire and entertain. Last night, Oiler fans were moved to roll their eyes, inspired to nod off, and entertained by the Oilers “Duck Soup on ice” routine we’ve seen many times this season. The Corgi’s show David Perron, Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle all above 50% among forwards, and Jeff Petry, Martin Marincin and Anton Belov at 50% or more. Taylor Hall was at 36% (what’s going on with that guy?) and the fourth line was cruising along at 33%. Yowza.
What can we take from this game? Not much, really. I’m inclined to agree with the coach.
- Dallas Eakins: “It was quite amazing watching this game the number of players falling down with nothing going on around them and passes going behind players. It was firmly two teams coming off of a long break.”
The Oilers were showcasing players, the players spent some time running around and some more time in the ditch, and the Minnesota Wild is a better, more structured team with actual NHL players on every line and pairing. So, yeah.
OPERATION SIGN HEMSKY
I’ve guessed that Hemsky will fetch a second and a fourth at the deadline, but others have chimed in and the situation is apparently more dire than a second and a fourth.
This is a great test for Craig MacTavish. The offer is a third round pick? Pass on the opportunity and spend the next several months trying to talk Hemsky into a two year deal at $3.5M per season. Now, he may have tried it already but for me the value of that third round pick doesn’t come close to the value of keeping Pardubice’s most exciting export around another two years.
I know this runs counter to what many believe, and I know selling Edmonton’s future is a tough sell, but this guy can help a hockey team. And if the other GMs aren’t going to pay for the pleasure of his brilliance, screw ‘em. Screw every damn one of them! Why crown a king when he’s too stupid to see what’s in front of him?
The Oilers were awful last night, that’s nothing. I’ve seen awful one hundred times and awful doesn’t scare me at all. What DOES scare me? Trading actual NHL players for draft picks this far into a rebuild. Craig MacTavish has been on the job for less than a year, but Taylor Hall has been swinging a hammer in the hot sun for four long years and it’s breaking his back.
- Fact: In July of 2011, Steve Tambellini traded Andrew Cogliano to Anaheim for a 2013 second-round draft pick. That selection (Marco Roy) is in the QMJHL and years away from the NHL (although he does look like an excellent prospect). Cogliano has played in 190 regular season NHL games since being traded, and is about to score 20 goals in a season for the first time. He’s taken a step forward with the Ducks and is a useful NHL player.
Let’s assume the best, that Roy arrives in pro hockey this fall (he is eligible, I believe) and makes the Oilers as a regular in the fall of 2016. The lag in real time will be five years—FIVE YEARS—where a useful roster player was made unavailable due to one transaction. And that’s if it works out!
Sign Ales Hemsky. Today. I believe Craig MacTavish is a smart man and know it’s the right thing to do. Sign the man.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
10 this morning, TSN 1260. It’s going to be a rocking show, scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky, Big Mouth Sports. Trade deadline, run to the playoffs, and a final look at the Olympics.
- Steve Dangle, Leafs Nation. We’ll talk deadline, Jason Smith trade, and how is Clarkson doing in Toronto?
- Zsolt Munoz, Copper and Blue. Oilers last night, at the deadline and in the summer.
- FC Edmonton, getting ready for the season!
- Jungle Jim Hunter, the Olympics and Canada’s success.
10-1260 via text, @Lowetide_ on twitter. See you on the radio.