Pack it Up

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers are enjoying the first real winning streak of the season, and like a hard rain after months of drought, excitement is evident across the interior plains. The team has clearly decided to deliver heart attacks nightly during the 2017-18 season, won last night while causing vapors, fainting spells and non-stop pacing. Lord Almighty this team makes one a nervous norvous.

THE ATHLETIC

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LONG DECEMBER, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • December 2015: 6-3-0, goal differential -3 (12 points)
  • December 2016: 4-2-3, goal differential 0 (11 points)
  • December 2017: 6-3-0, goal differential +8 (12 points)

This year matches December 2015 (again), although the goal differential is far more handsome this time around. There is finally something resembling traction and just in time. Miles to go but the team has gathered points at a solid clip leading up to Christmas. Big game on Saturday.

AFTER 35, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 15-18-2, goal differential -17 (32 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 18-12-5, goal differential +9 (41 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 16-17-2, goal differential -7 (34 points)

Entering December, Edmonton was 10-14-2 and badly needed to get back to “fake .500” and, hopefully, beyond. The Oilers can reach the first outpost on Saturday with a win over the Habs. Although 36 points after 36 games doesn’t feel like a victory, it will surely be exactly that should it come to pass. Small victories are big steps.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DECEMBER

  • On the road to: Calgary (Expected: 0-0-1) (Actual: 1-0-0)
  • At home to: Philadelphia (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual: 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Montreal, Toronto, Columbus (Expected 1-2-0) (Actual 2-1-0)
  • At home to: Nashville (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-1-0)
  • On the road to: Minnesota (Expected 1-0-0) (Actual 1-0-0)
  • At home to: San Jose, St. Louis, Montreal (Expected 1-1-1) (Actual 2-0-0)
  • On the road to: Winnipeg (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Chicago, Winnipeg (Expected 1-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 5-6-2, 12 points in 13 games 
  • Current results: 6-3-0, 12 points in nine games

The Oilers have reached my predicted point total with four games to spare. My only defense of this clear misstep is that the team didn’t look capable of winning six of nine games at the beginning of the month (when I made the predictions). Can Edmonton win three of the last four, to finish the month 9-4-0? That would be a fabulous rebound month.

DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Sekera-Benning went 13-11 in 11:42, 0-1 GF, 2-0 in HDSC’s. I really liked the pairing, mobile, getting the puck up ice and connecting on passes. Sekera took some hits and kept on ticking. Went 6-1 against Paajarvi-Sobotka-Berglund. I like this veteran-youngster duo, we’ll see if they get more playing time Saturday.
  • Davidson-Larsson were 15-14 in 16:04, 0-1 GF, and 2-2 in HDSC’s. They had dozens of resets, seemed to be disconnects between blue and forwards, that’s my take anyway. Went 10-5 with the Nuge line. Davidson-Larsson faced the top unit (Jaskin-Schenn-Tarasenko) and were 11-10 in 12:22. That means this was the de facto top pairing in McLellan’s eyes (Taresenko faced Nurse 2:49 and Benning 1:16). Davidson!
  • Nurse-Russell were 19-20 in 15:43, this was the second pairing by minutes and opposition. Went 2-0 in GF, 4-5 in HDSC’s, and were 11-11 with the McDavid unit. Faced Steen-Stastny-Thompson for nine minutes, going 15-12.
  • I think it’s reasonable to suggest McLellan was fine with the Davidson-Larsson pairing against the top line based on usage. We’ll have another look at this new wrinkle on Saturday. To my eye, Nurse-Russell had been the top pairing previously, although no real surprise Larsson has moved up the depth chart now that he’s healthy. The surprise is the trust placed (early) in Brandon Davidson. What a fantastic stroke of luck to get him back on waivers. Music!
  • Cam Talbot stopped 34 of 36, .944. He was flat out brilliant.
  • NaturalStatTrick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Cammalleri-Letestu-Kassian went 8-8 together in nine minutes, 1-0 GF and 1-2 HDSC’s. This fourth line has performed well for some time now, when Khaira was part of it and now with others. Played more than usual at 5×5 this night and scored an important goal. Kassian is a valuable player on this line, Letestu too.
  • Lucic-McDavid-Puljujarvi went 16-16 (Lucic-97) and 12-15 (Pulju-97) on the night. McDavid also played with Caggiula (4-0), Draisaitl (1-1) and Maroon (1-0) during portions of the game. Great three-way goal, Lucic with the stretch, McDavid catching, touch pass by Leon, patience by 97, goal. Beautiful. Oilers fans are lucky (again) to have a talent who can score when a goal is so badly needed. Jesse Puljujarvi is starting to lose his thoughts on sorties, needs to have some success to get the swagger back. CMD turned the puck over early, dangerous play, he’s going through a bit of a slump in that area to my eye (sent a dangerous back pass late in the Sharks game seconds before Strome’s EN goal). He’ll need to tighten that up, and I’m sure he will (great players always do).
  • Maroon-Nuge-Caggiula went 15-17, 1-0 GF and 4-1 HDSC’s. I thought they were good the entire night, each man seemingly faster than my memory of them. The goal was a little lucky, but the Oilers had drilled iron five times so let’s review.
  • Khaira-Draisaitl-Strome were 7-8, 0-2 GF and 1-1 HDSC’s. The line had some looks but the second St. Louis goal was aided by a late arrival (two forwards deep when the puck went south and they never caught up, although I thought Leon coasted when he could have made a difference; that’s my opinion). This line needs to be better.

DRAKE CAGGIULA

My friend Bruce McCurdy (Cult of Hockey, Edmonton Journal) was on the Lowdown yesterday and I asked him about Drake Caggiula.

  • McCurdy on Caggiula: “I see speed and I see fearlessness. I’m sure the coach loves that. He flies around and not afraid to get in the middle of the action. He takes the body, makes stuff happen. I see a still young professional player, he’s 23 years old, but in professional terms he’s just in his second year. What I see is a very versatile player, who has played center, left wing, right wing, penalty kill, power play. For such a young player it’s quite remarkable the breadth of his resume. I won’t pretend that he’s succeeded in all of those roles, I don’t think he’s been good at center and I don’t think he’s been good on the penalty kill, but if you’re developing a utility infielder, that’s a useful player.” Source

Caggiula was in the mix for employment this season, but there was (and is) enough competition to send him to the pressbox if necessary. Coach Todd McLellan has played him in 24 of 35 games, and the youngster has delivered 5-4-9 boxcars. He appears to be emerging as someone the Oilers find useful, as described by Bruce above. How is he doing compared to my RE?

  • Jujhar Khara RE 45, 3-2-5  (22, 5-5-10, on pace for 69, 16-16-32)
  • Drake Caggiula RE 70, 12-10-22 (24, 5-4-9, on pace for 71, 15-12-27)
  • Jesse Puljujarvi RE 14-14-28 (18, 6-2-8, on pace for 65, 22-7-29) 
  • Anton Slepyshev RE 70, 12-13-25 (15, 1-2-3, on pace for 62, 4-8-12)
  • RE Source

The big success story among the young hopefuls is Jujhar Khaira, who has emerged as a bonafide NHL regular. Jesse Puljujarvi’s goals are eye catching, but his projected point total is in the range. Anton Slepyshev is the only pure disappointment in the group, I think that injury hobbled him and allowed others opportunities they cashed. Caggiula is nicely ahead of expectations and he too may be emerging as an NHL regular. Massive goal last night didn’t hurt.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

A busy Friday, last Lowdown before Christmas! Best of the season to everyone, no matter what church your car drives to each week. In a world that has strangely soured on kindness, I know all of you reading this hold dear the idea that being kind reflects goodness, not weakness. Bless you, drive safe, be well, laugh and cry and make memories. Scheduled to appear, TSN1260 beginning at 10 this morning:

  • Steve Lansky, BigMouth Sports. Christmas at Lansky’s, Oilers big win, WJ’s.
  • Joey Alfieri, The Athletic. Habs in town tomorrow night, what’s going on?
  • Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Let’s go bowling, can the Oilers rip it up and make the playoffs?
  • Frank Seravalli, TSN. Oilers turning north, will they add? Christmas at Frank’s.
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Victoria Oil

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker),

i recently stayed at the Palazzo. If you’re a Stones fan, go there to check out the Rolling Stones Exhibit (I think it’s called ‘Exhibitionism’) there. Very cool.

OriginalPouzar,

Enjoy the chopper. Answer is no on the wifi strength

OriginalPouzar

NYC-Back-to-Tokyo Oil (Gentleman Backpacker): Depends a lot on what you are after.

A more mature scene but with major club action the Wynn/Wynn Encore.
Flashy but with tons of great restaurants MGM Grand.
Classic down-to-Earth Hard Rock
Central location on the Strip Bellagio
Wanna party in your suite and don’t care about location The Palms
Party Central The Cosmopolitan
Something Different The Venetian. Suites and quiet Palazzo.

If you gamble a lot then make sure to get a player’s card and take out a line of credit and you will likely get comped everything. That said you are going for New Years so rates won’t be too cheap anywhere. Best to shop around. As long as you are on the Strip you can find fun.

Aria is slick but I am not a fan. Less atmosphere.

I will be staying at the Grand Salon Suite at Encore on Wednesday – not Vegas though, Macau.

Not sure if the wife and I need a 2200 square foot suite to ourselves but, what the heck, may be the only night we ever spend in Macau.

In the Cathay Pacific Business Class lounge at YVR waiting for our flight to Hong Kong and trying to figure out how if the wifi will be strong enough on the plane to stream GC and the game tonight.

Lloyd B.:
Looking for a great hotel in Vegas for a week starting on Wednesday next week.

Depends a lot on what you are after.

A more mature scene but with major club action the Wynn/Wynn Encore.
Flashy but with tons of great restaurants MGM Grand.
Classic down-to-Earth Hard Rock
Central location on the Strip Bellagio
Wanna party in your suite and don’t care about location The Palms
Party Central The Cosmopolitan
Something Different The Venetian. Suites and quiet Palazzo.

If you gamble a lot then make sure to get a player’s card and take out a line of credit and you will likely get comped everything. That said you are going for New Years so rates won’t be too cheap anywhere. Best to shop around. As long as you are on the Strip you can find fun.

Aria is slick but I am not a fan. Less atmosphere.

frjohnk

Looking at the Western Conference, there are 5 teams in which we really have no realistic chance to catch and unless the wheels completely fall off one of those teams, they should make the playoffs.
Preds, Bluse, Jets, Kings and yes I Vegas. All have 46 points, except LA which has 48.

We have 34 points. So we would need 13 more points in the last 47 games to pass one of those teams. If we got scorching hot and one of those teams faceplanted then we could pass one of them but as it looks that is probably not going to happen.

If those are the 5 teams that are mostly sure bets for the playoffs, then that means there are 3 playoff spots with the Hawks, Stars, Sharks, Ducks, Wild, Flames, Avs, Canucks and the Oilers fighting for those 3 spots.

Canucks look to be faltering and I just dont see the Avs going on a run to make it. So that leaves 7 teams fighting for 3 playoff spots.

4 good teams wont make the playoffs in that list.

€√¥£€^$

stephen sheps,

I will check out your list when I can access when I am back in Canada about a week from now.

I have been obsessed lately with Daria Stavrovich’s performances on The Voice Russia 2016 (all of them but “Army of Me”). IMO opinion her voice is on another level.

I’d link them, but I can’t access YouTube in China. The other performance I can’t stop watching is from The Voice Ukraine 2016 a duet “battle” of the Scorpions “Maybe I Maybe You”.

Professor Q

LMHF#1: Still maintain they botched that one.

I’ve seen precisely one guy go through an entire preseason skate/scrimmage without missing a single pass. It was him.

All it would have taken was a visionary coach and some damn skating work.

Absolutely. Especially as being a Knights fan and seeing his special play here, and those magical runs. A real shame. If he had come up in today’s system, I do wonder if it’d be better for him.

hunter1909

Next game seems huge.

Thanks for Nuge, the only one of the golden children pre CMd to improve his game.

RNH is blossoming into the player he was as a rookie lol

Crazy Pedestrian

Lucinius:
Montreal almost blew it (largely due to Pacioretty fucking up twice).

Well let’s hope he keeps fucking up tomorrow ?

Lloyd B.

Looking for a great hotel in Vegas for a week starting on Wednesday next week.

Neumann

Munny,

I was wondering the same thing. They have so many 97 generated entrances because they take the full 2mins of the power play and constantly are retrieving the pick from their own zone. I’d love to see PP1 be less structured: pass, move, shoot… they got the pass thing down at least.

Lucinius

Montreal almost blew it (largely due to Pacioretty fucking up twice).

Lucinius

Watching Coyotes and Capitals and wow.. Coyotes are so very bad. The system looks, largely, fine, but the players just can’t execute worth shit.

Rieder got stoned on a short-handed break-away, too. Hasn’t scored in 14 games.

Got the Canadians/Flames game up on the other screen. Always nice to see the Flames losing.

Pouzar

Klima’s_Bucket:
Pouzar,

I like watching the Wild lose to the Cats too.

Great, you jinxed it!

Klima's_Bucket

Pouzar,

I like watching the Wild lose to the Cats too.

Pouzar

A certain team is beating a certain other team that a certain fan base may take joy.

Crazy Pedestrian

Ryan: Hyperbole.

Ah…
Woosh! (Does hand over head motion)

hunter1909

LMHF#1: Still maintain they botched that one.

I’ve seen precisely one guy go through an entire preseason skate/scrimmage without missing a single pass. It was him.

All it would have taken was a visionary coach and some damn skating work.

Are you suggesting that MacT wasn’t a visionary coach?

Interesting how the accepted reality as spewed by the Lowe+MacT Oilers was supposed to have MacT as “the most sought after coach” imaginable should he decide to go for the big bucks out of Edmonton.

Then, once he was out of the Oilers loop the only job he managed was 1 year coaching in the AHL. Which of course, didn’t stop him being made Oilers General Manager during the “Kevin Lowe moment of infamy” press conference.

MacT then proceeds to fire a perfectly excellent developmental coach(Ralph Kreuger), after having his wire pulled by snake oil salesman Florida-born fringe NHLer turned MacT’s Rasputin…

Said coach goes on to DESTROY the confidence and upper limit for talent unheard of which he had been handed to – preferring to institute a washed up B list player as captain who then, as any good company man does proceeds to fuck up whatever was left from the good vibe Kreuger era.

Fast forward to today and MacT, like a cockroach refuses to die. He’s utterly shameless. Him and Lowe probably still expect to be returning to day to day running of the Oilers, once Chiarelli builds them a nice team to have another kick at the cat with.

When I started watching the Lowe+MacT Oilers I’d assumed Lowe had constructed the team but no, Glen Sather built that team. All Lowe did was destroy everything. Lowe’s nothing but a hopeless, deranged mess.

Then McDavid gets drafted and here we are, practically guaranteed a couple of Stanley Cups. Amazing.

Ryan

Crazy Pedestrian: 30th in the conference eh? NHL double in size overnight? ?

Hyperbole.

Munny

Been thinking about Quinn’s comment last night that the Oil lead the League in controlled entries on the powerplay.

Now that seems like a good thing, but we really can’t tell whether it is or not.

If he had said the Oil are the most successful team when entering the zone on the powerplay, well that is a very good thing, because that’s like powerplay success. It will be expressed as a percentage.

But the original statement as I have put it above–and which is the way I heard it last night–implies a cardinal number, For eg, the Oilers have 200 controlled entries, Team Y has 190, Team X has 187, so on and so forth.

And is that a good thing?

Because it strikes me as a function of how many times the puck left the zone on the powerplay, due to lost face offs, giveaways, etc. The more times the puck leaves the zone, the more opportunities for controlled zone entries a team has.

I’d kill to know what the raw numbers are, because I’d bet money the Oilers also lead the League in entries, controlled or otherwise, on the powerplay… largely due yo weakness (97’s especially) on the dot.

And bit of a disingenuous comment from Quinn and/or his producers.

Crazy Pedestrian

Ryan: Ha. That’s a fair point.

We may be currently sitting 30th in the Western Conference, but at the very least no one’s kicking sand in our collective faces.

Lordy was that adding injury to insult in the decade of darkness, when we sucked and teams kicked sand in our face.

30th in the conference eh? NHL double in size overnight? ?

OriginalPouzar

Yamamoto with the game winner as Team USA beat SWE in an exhibition game.

LMHF#1

hunter1909:
PPS: And as for anyone daring to admit they were Rob Schremp supporters…

Still maintain they botched that one.

I’ve seen precisely one guy go through an entire preseason skate/scrimmage without missing a single pass. It was him.

All it would have taken was a visionary coach and some damn skating work.

Offside

I think it takes D longer to get acclimatized to their new team. Sekera was considerably better in year 2 with the Oil. Davidson never got a chance to really settle in with the Habs and now he is back with familiar faces. Sometimes the right fit with familiarity makes all the difference.

SwedishPoster

Filip Berglund is rumoured to have signed a new contract with his SHL team. Doesn’t really affect the Oil as there’s always an NHL clause but good thing they are happy with his play. Imo he could use one more season in Sweden after this one. Establish himself as an every situation top 4 D and maybe get some international games if everything breaks right.

Ryan

hunter1909: People rag on Chiarelli but one thing is clear: No one pushes Chiarelli’s Oilers around. St Louis thought they could the other night and discovered otherwise. The Sharks got their collective beards pulled. The Flames can’t even think about giving the Oilers a hard time.

When Davidson returned I was like “riiight” then he sticks a big hit on the ice and instantly I’m alright with the acquisition.

Ha. That’s a fair point.

We may be currently sitting 30th in the Western Conference, but at the very least no one’s kicking sand in our collective faces.

Lordy was that adding injury to insult in the decade of darkness, when we sucked and teams kicked sand in our face.

hunter1909

PPS: And as for anyone daring to admit they were Rob Schremp supporters…

hunter1909

PS: Where has the “Lets keep drafting small gifted players, because if the other team tries anything the powerplay will kill them” crowd gone?

A few years ago that mentality nearly ran this blog.

hunter1909

Bruce McCurdy: Fucking Chiarelli. If it’s not one problem, it’s another. ?

People rag on Chiarelli but one thing is clear: No one pushes Chiarelli’s Oilers around. St Louis thought they could the other night and discovered otherwise. The Sharks got their collective beards pulled. The Flames can’t even think about giving the Oilers a hard time.

When Davidson returned I was like “riiight” then he sticks a big hit on the ice and instantly I’m alright with the acquisition.

hunter1909

Surrey Oiler:
We need a bloody back up ASAP, can’t risk overplaying Talbot and getting another injury. I don’t understand why that isn’t the talk…

Nothing to worry about! Talbot looks fine!

fishman

Bruce McCurdy: I haven’t been around the board as much as I’d like lately so I guess I missed the “Davy for Norris” campaign. But the suggestion that he “regressed badly” last night is a tad harsh. Yes he made a brutal turnover early in the game & his goalie bailed him out. But after that he was fine despite a tough assignment.

Zone starts: 21%(3 O, 11 D)

EV TOI: 17:55.
vs. Schenn 12:30, vs. Tarasenko 12:10

CF%: 53%
FF%: 50%
SF%: 53%
SCF%: 50%
HDCF%: 60%
GF%: 50%

In other words, BD played hard minutes against the toughs and held his own. More, please.

We really need perspective on Davy. In Montreal he could barely crack the line up and ended up on waivers. Prior to that he was a 3 rd pairing D at best and was deemed expendable for a short term rental.

Upon his return all of a sudden he is playing top 4 D! This is pretty remarkable and a few wobbles to be expected. Hard pressed to find many fans who are disappointed with his play after rejoining the Oil. Very happy for the young man and wish him the best!

Bruce always look forward to your post game grades and we all must realize it is one man’s opinion and not get too hung up if we “SAW” it different!

Merry Xmas to all!

Surrey Oiler

We need a bloody back up ASAP, can’t risk overplaying Talbot and getting another injury. I don’t understand why that isn’t the talk…

SwedishPoster

Brandon Davidson is the kind of cheap “bottom pairing but can play good enough defense to have extended stays on the top pairing” D who can really help your cup run and eventually gets overpayed because of “battletested”, “intangibles”, “cup experience” and “savvy vet magical skills” once he hits his 30s. The trick is to get them in their high value years and not during the buyout candidate years. BD is obviously in his value years and very few NHL players deserve a nice overpay day more than him so I hope some sucker of a team really break the bank for him after he’s helped the Oilers to a couple of cups.

Bruce McCurdy

Pretendergast:
I for one love the fact that the conversation has gone from ‘lets get one actual dman’ to, ‘who are we gonna sit?’ Decent problem to have.

Fucking Chiarelli. If it’s not one problem, it’s another. 😐

Pretendergast

I for one love the fact that the conversation has gone from ‘lets get one actual dman’ to, ‘who are we gonna sit?’ Decent problem to have.

Bruce McCurdy

Clarkenstein:
The win was like Clearasil on acne.It hid some warts.After some folks thought Davidson might be in the running for the Norris he regressed badly.Hopefully just one game as he shouldn’t need motivation for the Habs. Strome’s game goes back and forth from shift to shift. No consistency.
I think Camalleri will be put on waivers at some time this season.
BUT, two points is two points.

I haven’t been around the board as much as I’d like lately so I guess I missed the “Davy for Norris” campaign. But the suggestion that he “regressed badly” last night is a tad harsh. Yes he made a brutal turnover early in the game & his goalie bailed him out. But after that he was fine despite a tough assignment.

Zone starts: 21% (3 O, 11 D)

EV TOI: 17:55.
vs. Schenn 12:30, vs. Tarasenko 12:10

CF%: 53%
FF%: 50%
SF%: 53%
SCF%: 50%
HDCF%: 60%
GF%: 50%

In other words, BD played hard minutes against the toughs and held his own. More, please.

Foege Foegele Torpe

Kinger_Oil.redux: – It would be hilarious if Strome was the save money part that gets us Hoffmam!

Stupid Senators, they could’ve just saved us a lot of screwing around

Bruce McCurdy

Pouzar: Figured as much. You have mentioned this type of grading logic before.

Yes, in fact I mentioned it explicitly in the Caggiula grade last night:

#91 Drake Caggiula, 8. Met at least one criterion for a “great game” by scoring the winning goal in the game’s 60th minute, circling into the slot to convert RNH’s splendid centring pass with a bit of a whiffleball that saw Allen wave at it twice, both up and down. He made a good play earlier in the sequence to get the puck to Nuge, and timed his subsequent burst into the slot perfectly, even as the shot was a weird one. Put some zest into the pushback with a crushing hit on Vince Dunn shortly after the Blues had re-taken the lead. Had 3 shots on goal, 3 hits, 2 blocks, and contributed to 4 Oilers chances, 0 against.”

Sometimes I need to remind myself what the numbers literally mean to give my grades a higher dynamic range than my natural tendency to cluster everything in the 3-7 (“poor”-“good”) range.

Of course they are never an exact science anyways and more of a talking point than anything. Or as I sometimes phrase it, a hook from which to hang comments. Don’t read too much into them.

Foege Foegele Torpe

Pouzar: He’s an insider?

That’s what the idiot box told me

Wonder Llama

stephen sheps:
SPAM ALERT:

I promise I won’t post this again, but I feel like putting a music post into a game-day thread like I did yesterday was silly. The game was/is the priority. And the team actually won 3 in a row! WOOOOT!!!!

Anyhoo, if you missed it yesterday or are perhaps at all interested in my take on the year in music that was 2017, please have a look. This version has been updated to include links to some of the songs mentioned.

And LT, given our shared love of Neil Young, his recent reissue of Hitchhiker (well, technically it was never actually released… classic Neil) made my favourite reissues section. Such a great story behind it.

http://bringingbacktheglory.blogspot.ca/2017/12/music-year-in-review-2017.html

END SPAM

Impressive selections. Love LCD’s new one and they are indeed fantastic live. Saw BSS (with Frightened Rabbit) recently in St. Louis – very nice. Portugal. The Man was probably the best thing I saw at Bonnaroo this year. I wish this year’s albums by The Shins, The Front Bottoms, and The Flaming Lips were a little better. Can’t think of anything important you missed, but since you’re a fan of the insanely prolific King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (and really, who can resist good Australian psychedelic garage rock?) I’d recommend White Reaper’s “The World’s Greatest American Band” if you haven’t already heard it. Nice article – thanks for sharing the link.

Kinger_Oil.redux

– “Oh my!”

– Dick Enberg passed away today. For my whole life: he was the broadcaster for virtually all the sporting events that mattered to me from as early as I can remember: every Masters, every Wimbledon, all those early Superbowls. (and the World Series)

– The Masters, Wimbledon and the Super-Bowl: my 3 must-watch, drop everything sporting event, that shape my every year, and I have so many memories with friends and families, hearing Dick talk about this young Boris Becker, Edberg, late Jonny Mac wins, or Seve, Watson or Faldo.

– He really was such a respectful fan: let it unfold, he really watched and said little, but was so thoughtful, and full of admiration for the event.

– He captured this kind reverence for the sports and participants. We were watching important sporting events, together, with Dick Enberg and his entire crew

I love this quote from Scully:

”To me, Dick Enberg was the greatest all-around sportscaster who ever lived and will never be emulated,” former Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully said in a statement. ”He had my respect, admiration and my friendship. He will be sorely missed.”

admiralmark

It was great seeing so many of the players playing with agression and confidence. There were plenty of standouts in my mind. But the player that is really improved greatly and is playing effectively to my eye is Khaira. As LT would say mana from heaven if he keeps things going. Great to see and in my opinion is now an important cog in getting the bottom 6 to be more dangerous.

leadfarmer

ashley:
The thing about a guy like Davidson is you have to take his background into account to judge his potential ceiling.It is a somewhat unusual story.Many NHL players have insanely supportive parents/grandparents with excess disposable income and regular working hours/holidays so they can take little Jordan or little Johnny to practices, games, and tournaments all year round.They pay for extra training, trainers, skating lessons, and summer camps.They start their kids with serious skating at age 2 and they are skating circles around everyone in timbits at age 4.

In a way many of these kids are gifted this opportunity, and for the most part they do their bit and put in a solid effort to make it happen.

Davidson literally comes from the other side of the tracks.Late to the game, he has had to work his tail off for every opportunity he has received.He has had setbacks galore and has overcome every one of them and then taken it to another level.Guys like this don’t sulk or pack it in when they get shuffled down the depth chart like he did in MTL.They work harder and longer just like they have since they were a boy.

Never bet against guys like this.Chia did, and somehow gets a mulligan.

Well to top things off a battle with cancer

Pouzar

texmex,

I know one thing…that “2 can dine for $99” sounds like a great deal.
Never been to RC Steakhouse but that’s an awesome deal.

Surrey Oiler

jtblack:
“. Stauffer was talking about cost to acquire Hoffman”…

What is the estimate that Oil would have to give up?

My guess…Puljujarvi

Chia needs to pick up a legit nhl back up here!

Pouzar

Pescador: Bob McKenzie?

He’s an insider?

Foege Foegele Torpe

Pouzar: Came from the insider himself.

Bob McKenzie?

Kinger_Oil.redux

jtblack:
Kinger_Oil.redux,

So maybe them getting rid of Hoffmans $5 Mil salary is more important than the return??Just spitballing

– It would be hilarious if Strome was the save money part that gets us Hoffmam!

jtblack

Kinger_Oil.redux,

“ou just need one fire-sale trade, where we give up B assets/B magic beans for bona-fide prime players to be game-changer”

Think Eberle for Strome style Salary dump … Melnyk wants to unload $$$.

So maybe them getting rid of Hoffmans $5 Mil salary is more important than the return?? Just spitballing

GMB3

Bruce McCurdy: Thanks for reading. In retrospect i was tough on Strome, his stat line sucked but he did plenty right, should have got a 5.

As for Caggiula it was one of those times that i graded not so much by number as the word it represents. Late game winner, named first star, that’s a great nigbt.

I’m a little surprised by hos little love he gets here. It’s like he’s stealing time from local favourite Slepyshev or something. But his boxcars are way bettet & judging by the scoring chance project tbat Staples, Willis & i have been working on he is way more dangerous.

Wouldn’t have anything to do with his linemates and usage.