Deja Vu

by Lowetide

The Edmonton Oilers lost the possession battle in a landslide, Cam Talbot performed many miracles and Connor McDavid called on the Gods of thunder and lightning for the Oilers 4-1 win last night. Special teams shined and the team outpaced the mistakes. In other words, it was throwback Saturday, an oldie but goodie from 2016-17.

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 MACHINE HEAD, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • March 2016: 3-2-0, goal differential 0 (6 points)
  • March 2017: 3-1-1, goal differential +7 (7 points)
  • March 2018: 3-2-0, goal differential +1 (6 points)

A nice run over the last few games is giving March a better feel, almost like one year ago. The club hasn’t put together a real winning streak all year and in a way it would be maddening to see it happen now. Still, this was a fun week.

AFTER 68, YEAR OVER YEAR

  • Oilers 15-16: 26-35-7, goal differential -42 (59 points)
  • Oilers 16-17: 36-23-9, goal differential +18 (81 points)
  • Oilers 17-18: 30-34-4, goal differential -31 (64 points)

Some traction now and the ghastly goal differential is correcting slightly. That’s an ugly number and this team, even with the extreme lack of depth, should be able to post a positive goal differential.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH

  • At home to: Nashville, NY Rangers, Arizona, NY Islanders, Minnesota (Expected 2-3-0) (Actual 3-2-0)
  • On the road to: Calgary (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: San Jose (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Ottawa (Expected 1-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • At home to: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Columbus (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • On the road to: Vancouver, Calgary (Expected 1-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
  • Overall expected result: 6-7-3, 15 points in 16 games
  • Current results: 3-2-0, 6 points in five games

 DEFENSE, LAST NIGHT

  • Sekera-Benning were 13-11 in 11:40, 5-5 shots. Were 8-5 against Cullen-Coyle-Ennis. I’d bet on both men for next season.
  • Russell-Bear went 15-17 in 13:34, 1-1 GF and 6-11 SF. The veteran made the biggest mistake for the pairing on the night, once again leaving his feet and becoming a stationary figure who could be avoided. Bear made some fine plays, including a nice breakup of a play that led directly to the Leon Draisaitl goal. Also drew a penalty. Needs work defensively and needs to get stronger, but he is an encouraging player for Oilers fans. Pairing went 4-10 against Zucker-Staal-Granlund, 7-5 (and 1-1 GF) against Cullen-Coyle-Ennis.
  • Nurse-Larsson went 8-18 in 17:28, the pairing played monster minutes and got caved several times. Were 0-0 GF, 0-5 HDSC, and as is always the trend the time with and without McDavid is jarring. Pairing was 6-6 with 97, 2-12 without. Were 0-10 against Parise-Koivu-Niederreiter, who did not score but were dangerous. It was a bend not break evening from the pairing, would like to see sharper passing but Nurse once again showed his impressive transporting ability.
  • Cam Talbot stopped 32 of 33, .970. The biggest difference between a win and a loss in the last two seasons is Talbot’s brilliance. I’d bet on him again next year but would also give him a strong backup. Strong backup.
  • Natural Stat Trick and NHL.com.

FORWARDS, LAST NIGHT

  • Puljujarvi-Strome-Slepyshev were 10-12 in 10:30, 3-4 in HDSC. Each man had a strong chance and I like the JP-Strome combination quite a lot, to the point where it’s an interesting idea for next season. Were 6-8 against the Coyle line (0-0) and had their share of good opportunities.
  • RNH-McDavid-Aberg were 16-23 (Nuge) and 16-17 (Aberg). Nuge-McDavid were 1-11 in HDSC (!!!) which is basically impossible but that’s what NST is telling me. Were 10-19 and 1-9 HDSC against the Staal line and we’ll have to see this pairing again (Aberg had a couple of chances but there was no magic). On the other hand, Nuge scored and 97 chimed twice so yeah. I’d run them together again (97-93) and would run Jesse Puljujarvi as the other winger post haste.
  • Lucic-Draisaitl-Cammalleri went 9-12 in 12:21, honestly the Draisaitl goal was a beauty and important. Edmonton badly needs its two best players to buy in to playing on separate lines, and the goal gave us a glimpse of what might be someday.
  • Caggiula-Khaira-Kassian were 5-8, 0-1, the goal against coming on a quick turnover at the blue line. Bear rapped the puck but it didn’t get out, there was some chaos and none of the forwards were able to impact the play. So much bad happens at the Edmonton blue line. I continue to see Khaira good.

If you’re picking fights with RCN on twitter and an Oilers fan, I’m thinking you have some bias. It’s good to follow and pay attention to intelligent people online who also offer credible opinions. He is correct on both points, although Andrew Mangiapane may end up being a terrific NHL player who rivals Yamamoto. A good line in the sand assessment of all involved.

Joey Laleggia will be unrestricted at the end of the season. It’s possible he re-signs with Edmonton but the young winger may want to check out other opportunities. I wonder if the Oilers bring him up before the end of the season for a look. Maybe he could help the team offensively and offer them some recall depth for next season. Or maybe player and team have already made the call.

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Kinger_Oil.redux

maudite:
times).

I’ve been trying to read robertson davies lately.There are just perfect sentences in his stuff.Like murderously succinct little gifts littered throughout his stuff I’ve found.

– Such a good thread: you learn so much I think about people by what they read/like. Love tht Melvis is a Esquire/New Yorker type: makes a lot of sense

– Robertson Dvies: I went through a time when I read bunch of his books. I love this quote form 5th Business (which I looked up after you made such a great point about his perfect senteces):

“If you don’t hurry up and let life know what you want, life will damned soon show you what you’ll get”

Munny

Melvis, VOR et alii

Some wonderful reading choices submitted by everyone above.

I too was formed by the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys/Tom Swift/Chip Hilton type series.

I’d throw some Russkies in the ring great mentioned above… Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Solzhenitsyn.

Nabokov’s Lolita and Pale Fire.

Kafka & Philip K. Dick

Douglas Adams goes without saying under Humour, so I’m saying him, and I’d crush a little Tom Robbins into that there bowl too.

Wilde

JimmyV1965: If we draft 1 or 2 I keep the pick. Otherwise, I would trade down. If we end up drafting 10th though, it might not have a lot of value.

If it’s 10, I’m tempted to sell the whole thing.

ARI got Stepan and Raanta for 7OV+DeAngelo.

Could 10OV+ get a top 6 winger and a 4D?

JimmyV1965

Wilde:
I wouldn’t be in favour of drafting Tkachuk. If you’re in the range that he’s gonna go, the defensemen or Wahlstrom would be a better selection.

If we draft 1 or 2 I keep the pick. Otherwise, I would trade down. If we end up drafting 10th though, it might not have a lot of value.

Wilde

Oops, forgot to do a tank update.

We’re now 3 points clear on the MTL-DET tier on season-end projection of Dom Luscyczyczyczcczcyzcyczyzcyczycyzcn’s model, at 79.0 points.

Three shy of LT’s job saving number, but with slightly better air condition than the true depths of the cellar.

Wilde

I wouldn’t be in favour of drafting Tkachuk. If you’re in the range that he’s gonna go, the defensemen or Wahlstrom would be a better selection.

JimmyV1965

BornInAGretzkyJersey:
rope-a-dope,

What’s the over/under on his brother being as good or better?

We could use one of those players to get under the skin of the opposition and start drawing some penalties.

His brother is bigger, faster, stronger and more skilled than him, but IMO Matt has been so successful because of his hockey IQ. I’m not sure if that translates with his brother. Huge upside though, but huge gamble.

hunter1909

BornInAGretzkyJersey:
rope-a-dope,

What’s the over/under on his brother being as good or better?

We could use one of those players to get under the skin of the opposition and start drawing some penalties.

He could be our Lucic!

*runs*

flyfish1168

Wilde:
I don’t know if there’s any player that can draw calls for this team, if McDavid isn’t.

Only counts if the refs decide to call it. We all have witnessed Connor being mugged too many times with the ref having their hands in their pockets.

Wilde

I don’t know if there’s any player that can draw calls for this team, if McDavid isn’t.

rope-a-dope

BornInAGretzkyJersey:
rope-a-dope,

What’s the over/under on his brother being as good or better?

We could use one of those players to get under the skin of the opposition and start drawing some penalties.

Definitely need all the help we can get in drawing penalties.
Not sure about over/under however the scouting I have read states that Brady is a bit bigger and a bit more skilled and less of a dink.

I am in the camp of drafting one of the right D in June but if Brady ends up being the pick I won’t have an issue.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

rope-a-dope,

What’s the over/under on his brother being as good or better?

We could use one of those players to get under the skin of the opposition and start drawing some penalties.

rope-a-dope

Wilde:
I thought I would just update you all that in the Flames vs Islanders game, Mat Barzal was knocked down and as Matt Tkachuk came in to accidentally hit him in the face while he was down,Tkachuk fell overtop of of Barzal and flung himself into the boards, and has now headed to the room.

Sounds like his dinkness is catching up with him.

Wilde

hunter1909:
Re Corsi:

Am I the only one who’s noticing the trend of poor teams shooting endless perimeter shots to please their head coaches who bend their knee to the false god of corsi?

Ditto good teams, now allowing the bad ones to outshoot them, so long as the shots are in the perimeter and therefore low chance?

This isn’t rocket science, folks. It’s like fake science.

I don’t think there’s a single current HC that’s on record praising the importance of raw corsi totals.

Plenty of the opposite, however.

hunter1909

Re Corsi:

Am I the only one who’s noticing the trend of poor teams shooting endless perimeter shots to please their head coaches who bend their knee to the false god of corsi?

Ditto good teams, now allowing the bad ones to outshoot them, so long as the shots are in the perimeter and therefore low chance?

This isn’t rocket science, folks. It’s like fake science.

maudite

On the subject of books:

Personal favourite: Player Piano – Vonnegut.

I think it’s the perfect interpretation of how soulless a world would become if it was truly managed by engineers (I have a degree in engineering and I begrudgingly sometimes admit that I am one, oft times). I think it’s perfect.

I’ve been trying to read robertson davies lately. There are just perfect sentences in his stuff. Like murderously succinct little gifts littered throughout his stuff I’ve found.

Wilde

Professor Q: This seems like the weirdest paragraph and set of occurrences.

Heartbreaker for the Flames. The rulebook went out the window, and a third string G stoned them.

Sound familiar?

And yeah, I wrote it to give an impression of the absurd, that’s what watching it gave me.

I hope a clip surfaces. It’s fine comedy.

flyfish1168

Yahoo another nail in the phlegm coffin

Professor Q

Wilde:
I thought I would just update you all that in the Flames vs Islanders game, Mat Barzal was knocked down and as Matt Tkachuk came in to accidentally hit him in the face while he was down,Tkachukfell overtop of of Barzal and flung himself into the boards, and has now headed to the room.

This seems like the weirdest paragraph and set of occurrences.

Wilde

I thought I would just update you all that in the Flames vs Islanders game, Mat Barzal was knocked down and as Matt Tkachuk came in to accidentally hit him in the face while he was down, Tkachuk fell overtop of of Barzal and flung himself into the boards, and has now headed to the room.

Professor Q

hunter1909: I’m ashamed to say I have no idea what you’re talking about. Much of my education came from the “Travis Bickle” school of education – a bit here, and there.

If anyone is looking for an incredible yet relatively obscure book which gives an on the ground account of life in the 17th century I’d recommend Daniel Defoe’s “A Journal of the Plague Year”… Defoe lived in the next generation after the Great Plague of London and was able to incorporate survivors testimony into one of the first if not the very first novels ever written.

Swift was famous for his satires (despite having other professions such as a scientist who predicted moons/satellites belonging to Mars, priesthood, and politics).

I must admit I don’t know much, so I’m no expert, but I do know Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal, the latter of which satirised the disparities between the rich and poor and the solution of the poor selling their babies to the rich, for them to eat. Perhaps satirising economic issues, along with schemes and solution proposals to economic problems.

Wilde

hunter1909,

That’s funny, I’ve watched that performance a good number of times.

I wasn’t close to being alive for it, though.

Observation:

People were less fat then.

—————–

I feel like playing Khaira where he’s playing right now is like training weights.

That Strome-Puljujarvi pairing would be complemented well by the addition of JJ.

Strome with JJK / / without – 225 mins / / 558 mins

53.4% / / 49.8% CF

56.0% / / 48.6% FF

55.4% / / 50.1% SCF

48.4% / / 44.6% HDCF

Much has been said about Khaira’s production and his iSH% regression, but his possession numbers are strong. If this line had some finish, well.

… I don’t know if Jesse is going to start hitting the net before the end of the season, but on this unit he’d have more chances than the opponent to do so.

But I also don’t know who you play as 4C in this scenario. It’s just a joke wiith this winger group. Put someone with Caggiula and Pakarinen, have them get caved for 8 minutes, and forget about it. Khaira’s not saving that line, and he’s not developing better cause he’s there, either. Malone?

VOR

hunter1909: I’m ashamed to say I have no idea what you’re talking about. Much of my education came from the “Travis Bickle” school of education – a bit here, and there.

If anyone is looking for an incredible yet relatively obscure book which gives an on the ground account of life in the 17th century I’d recommend Daniel Defoe’s “A Journal of the Plague Year”… Defoe lived in the next generation after the Great Plague of London and was able to incorporate survivors testimony into one of the first if not the very first novels ever written.

Hunter,

DeFoe wrote one of the seminal works of journalism. It may well be the first work of journalism. It is certainly the first work of science journalism.

It is called The Storm. It was published in 1704 but is based on events that occurred between November 24th and November 30th 1703.

This is the so called Great Storm. Modern meteorologists believe the most likely explanation is that a Category 5 hurricane came ashore in Great Britain. Much of what is known about the storm comes from DeFoe’s book. He actually had stories solicited from people all over England. After making sure each story was accurate he used them in their entirety in the book. But there is also an overarching narrative and what may be fictional characters.

But you can see how it sets the stage for Robinson Crusoe and a Journal of the Plague Year. Real events DeFoe lived through, sometimes as a child are blended with historic fact to become epic tales. It seems at least Moll Flanders and maybe Roxanne are based on stories he heard while living in The Mint. That was the only part of London where a Debtor couldn’t be arrested by a Creditor and imprisoned. It is while hiding out in The Mint that he started his early work on the plague.

hunter1909

3-1 NYI over the lames, 1st period.

Looks like NYI is treating this like game 7 in the finals.

Calgary don’t want to lose this one. They’re starting to run out of games, lol

hunter1909

Melvis:
VOR,

Oh yeah, one more thing. I did escape home and provincialism. It was the music.

For shits and giggles, you’ll find me upstage center in the red t-shirt at the 2:12 mark. With the exception of the Marlboro, the postureand demeanour all too eerily reminiscent of that ass – Eakins.

And I haven’t changed a bit;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q97QecyanZw

Another thing.

In my opinion Lynyrd Skynyrd’s performing “Freebird” at Oakland in July 1977 represents the high water mark of western youth civilization. You sir, were a part of the greatest era in rock music history.

Yeti

SwedishPoster,

Wonderful – thanks so much!

digger50

Lowetide: My Grandpa loved Louis L’Amour’s books. He used to listen to Harry James on the Hi-Fi, read L’Amour books and tell me about his childhood. Whatever touches us has value, and that’s a fact.

Well I’m not a grandpa yet LT but I’m glad to know I’m in good company!

On the inside cover of L’Amour’s books he always has a short biography. Just a few notes about his life and if I read that once I have read it a thousand times. Each time I’d say to myself “Dam I hope I can live an interesting life”

so far, so good

hunter1909

Professor Q: Reference to Jonathan Swift?

I’m ashamed to say I have no idea what you’re talking about. Much of my education came from the “Travis Bickle” school of education – a bit here, and there.

If anyone is looking for an incredible yet relatively obscure book which gives an on the ground account of life in the 17th century I’d recommend Daniel Defoe’s “A Journal of the Plague Year”… Defoe lived in the next generation after the Great Plague of London and was able to incorporate survivors testimony into one of the first if not the very first novels ever written.

BornInAGretzkyJersey

SwedishPoster,

Great post, always love reading your updates. Thanks.

Those are two guys I’m definitely rooting for to succeed.

Professor Q

hunter1909:
Re “book reading”:

Bram Stoker’s Dracula reads like an Irish comedy; particularly when the Count is forced to constantly make excuses for not eating.

Reference to Jonathan Swift?

SwedishPoster

The SHL regular season is over and both Oilers prospects respective teams made the playoffs. Lagessons Djurgården team finished second in the league while Berglund and his Skellefteå team finished 5th.
They’ve both had strong seasons, they are better players today than they were when the season started, they have both established themselves as top 4 D on their SHL teams which are all good signs. Neither has had such a strong development that you’d name them all but certain nhlers, lots of work to do, but they are both on a positive trajectory and absolutely still in the race to make it all the way.

Lagesson ended up with 13 points, one goal in 49 games. Offense ain’t his game so that’s a solid total tbh, though I was pretty blown away when I saw him last week by how much better his skating and puckhandling looked compared to earlier in the season, far more agile and comfortable with the puck. His forte is still his defense though. His physicality and positioning is great, he defends rickis box like life depended on it. If you talk to guys who watch Djurgården week after week he’s seen as the teams unsung hero, a consistent, mistake free D who is easy to like. A player who quickly earns the trust of his coach. He’s the archetype of a player that fans, once the new car smell wears off, might feel the coach gives a bit TOO much ice time over more skilled players because the coach knows he makes the safe play.
He’ll be interesting to follow in the playoffs as the intensity and physicality ramps up, it should suit his no nonsense style well, but it will also be interesting to see how his hands and feet keep up once the pace is higher. His big obstacle going forward will be if his hands and puckmoving can handle the NHL pace, and if his lateral movement is good enough to face nhl level forwards. Which is why it’s great that those are the exact areas where he’s improved the most during the season. The playoffs might give us a hint on how far he still has to go.

Berglund ended up with 13 points as well, but in fewer games, 44 and three of them goals. You would be wrong to assume that Lagesson and Berglund matching each other in points says they have similar offensive ability. While the totals are the same Berglund has gotten more of his points from plays where he himself played a crucial part while Lagesson has gotten more 2nd assist and simple plays to the net, still counts the same but if we’re to make projections one is not like the other.
Having said that, Berglunds role this season has not been an offensive one, instead he’s been cast as the defensive conscience of Skellefteås second pairing, he’s played with offensive D Emil Djuse all year who is more of a roaming type which meant Berglund had to play the part of Adam Larsson. And he did it really well, for a guy who came up from juniors as a offense first guy with question marks around his defense it’s quite remarkable. He’s been a main feature on the PK, whenever I watch Skellefteå his pairing is getting the majority of the defensive zone starts, he’s barely played any PP, that’s usually his bread and butter, of his points all but one came 5×5. They gave him a completely different role and he ran with it. He has still shown his offensive ability at times, he’s had some beauty plays lately and he’s gotten off a lot of shots the last few weeks. A few games ago he had 10 shot attempts. It still hasn’t translated into production but with a little more poise, accuracy and PP time there’s a good chance we see an offensive breakout next season. He’s got good enough vision and a powerful shot that he gets off quickly.
If you talk to people who watch Skellefteå every week he’s now seen as the teams 3rd-4th best D, at the start of the season it was more 6th-8th depending on who you asked. He’s surpassed AHL/NHL tweener Mike Kostka in most peoples eyes and made AHL all star Morgan Ellis expandable(he was shipped off to Färjestad where he’s been a success).
He’s not as consistent as Lagesson and he still could be more physical but just like Lagesson he’s greatly improved in an area of weakness, in Berglunds case defensive play. To make the NHL he needs to get more explosive, his straight line skating looks better but he needs an extra gear and quicker first few steps.
Playoffs will be a good measuring stick for him as well, with a bit of a twist, his D partner through 95% of the season Djuse was seriously injured the second to last game of the regular season and will probably be out for the whole playoffs. His new partner is 37 yo vet Fredrik Lindgren who started the year in the second tier and only played 7 games with Skellefteå. He’s a defensive D so a very different player to the guy he’s replacing and also far worse, though very experienced and a warrior. Will be interesting to see how Berglund handles it, he will have to take on a bigger role, especially in the offensive zone.

VOR

digger50: I think I represent a segment of lowtidians that found something else to do when a trip to the library was planned. I can’t hang with the serious booksters.

Does Lonesome Dove count? Man I love that book.

Especially after growing up with 50 versions of Louis L’amores west, which were basically all the same story and character – over and over! Then along comes McMurrty’s characters. Fantastic.

I’m probably kicked out of the book club now.

Of course Lonesome Dove counts. It is a master work of a hugely talented writer and it captures the vigour and the beauty of the old west like no other novel ever has. I think many of McMurtry’s other novels are brilliant as well. The journalist, sociologist, historian and storyteller all blend seamlessly in an amazing body of work. But Lonesome Dove rises above his other work in my opinion.

Georges

–hudson–,

(Thank you for these, hudson!)

Q: (question about Aberg)
A: Yeah and you know coming in the scouting report on him, when we acquired him, is he likes to shoot and he has a fairly good shot. We saw him try to use it tonight a few more times than we did the prior game. But still that I think there’s a little bit more there we’ve got to get it out of him.

The scouting report when the Oilers acquired Aberg was:

1. “he likes to shoot”

– according to NST, Aberg is shooting 6.12 per 60 at 5v5 this season
– that puts him 342 out of 470 forwards who’ve played at least 100 5v5 minutes

– last season, Aberg shot at a 4.06 per 60 rate at 5v5
– 450 out of 472

2. “and he has a fairly good shot”

– this season, his shooting percentage is 4.17%
– 422 out of 470

– last season 8.33%
– 255 out of 472

Was that really the scouting report or did Todd not read the scouting report?

slopitch

Maybe the play is to send Nurse+ for OEL, draft Boquist and go for an all Swedish top 4 🙂

hunter1909

Re “book reading”:

Bram Stoker’s Dracula reads like an Irish comedy; particularly when the Count is forced to constantly make excuses for not eating.

VOR

Melvis:
VOR,

Oh yeah, one more thing. I did escape home and provincialism. It was the music.

For shits and giggles, you’ll find me upstage center in the red t-shirt at the 2:12 mark. With the exception of the Marlboro, the postureand demeanour all too eerily reminiscent of that ass – Eakins.

And I haven’t changed a bit;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q97QecyanZw

I am in the midst of realizing my view of the world is far too shaped by “western “philosophers. I am on a kick of reading Asian and African philosophers because I am still trying to escape that small town mindset. Though I just bought a house in a small town to retire to when we move off the farm. My life has taken me far from the small town farm community where I was born and brought me right back again to the same sort of town and the same world view. But I refuse to stop trying to be a citizen of the world.

Books have always been my escape. I loved the Hardy Boys and I will admit I also loved Nancy Drew. In fact I still spend most of my reading time on mystery novels. I can devour the latest Lee Child or the newest “That Fucking Virgil Flowers” in hours.

But the books that gutted me are few in number but stuck forever in my head. The short list is Cannery Row, The Human Comedy, A Farewell to Arms, To Kill a Mockingbird, Red Harvest, and oddly Ulysses.
Though I once worshipped at the alter of Hunter and the other founders of narrative non-fiction.

The one I return to again and again is The Human Comedy. I think it is because in a few deceptively simple words it teaches a great truth. In our darkest hours, at the height of crushing despair there is still hope. Though that hope may show up at the most surprising times, in the most surprising places, and among the most surprising people. It is a message as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.

Thanks for the link.

hunter1909

Melvis:
VOR,

Oh yeah, one more thing. I did escape home and provincialism. It was the music.

For shits and giggles, you’ll find me upstage center in the red t-shirt at the 2:12 mark. With the exception of the Marlboro, the postureand demeanour all too eerily reminiscent of that ass – Eakins.

And I haven’t changed a bit;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q97QecyanZw

I think the roadies in those old timey music films are as/more interesting than 90% of the musicians.

digger50

VOR: I will have to find a copy of Double Hook and check it out. I know I read it in Canadian Literature at the UofA but can’t remember a single word. I remember details of her bio as if it were yesterday.

The works I remember from that class are The Studhorse Man, Fifth Business, the short stories of Alice Munro, and the poems of Leonard Cohen. It is funny what sticks in memory and what fades away.

I am taking part in this challenge, a group of local people decided to challenge themselves to read the 10 most important novels in English literature based on a list from the New Yorker. Right now I am wading through Moby Dick. I was forced to read it in school. I hated it and remembered not a word. I am enjoying it immensely. It is often intentionally laugh out loud funny, the dialogue amazing and the descriptive passages evocative but 20 times too long. They bog down a great yarn.

As a pallet cleanser I just reread Harry Kellermans brilliantly quirky Friday the Rabbi Slept Late. Couldn’t remember it either. Red Harvest I can recite entire passages even though I haven’t read it in 40 years.

So which books still reside in your brain? Which books helped make you who you are?

I think I represent a segment of lowtidians that found something else to do when a trip to the library was planned. I can’t hang with the serious booksters.

Does Lonesome Dove count? Man I love that book.

Especially after growing up with 50 versions of Louis L’amores west, which were basically all the same story and character – over and over! Then along comes McMurrty’s characters. Fantastic.

I’m probably kicked out of the book club now.

Bling

A quick note on shoulder injuries:

They are no joke.

I have chronic shoulder instability from repeated dislocations with a labral tear and cartilage injury. When it gets injured, it takes a long time to feel normal again. I did not have surgery, and even doing physio, it can take a solid 6-8 months to feel completely 100% on the ice.

When I played competitively and dislocated it the first time, after coming back, I did not have full range of motion. Your passing and shooting is waaayyyy off. The strength is not there. Not only that, but there is the psychological component of your shoulder feeling “loose”.

Not sure what Klef has, exactly, but if he has instability or a labral/cartilage injury, that is a hell of a thing to play through.

Nix

Bling:
Todd is bang-on in saying that Bear’s passing ability is impressive.

Hard, accurate passes, and he isn’t afraid to break-out the puck to the middle of the ice. He might already be the best on our d-corps in that department.

Amen.

Methinks a wide open, neutral zone swooping German got looked off a few too many times lately in favor of a ‘reset’.

Just getting my daggers in when I can.

Bling

Todd is bang-on in saying that Bear’s passing ability is impressive.

Hard, accurate passes, and he isn’t afraid to break-out the puck to the middle of the ice. He might already be the best on our d-corps in that department.

Nix

–hudson–:

Q: Sometimes when you call a young player up, he’ll get maybe a bit of a jump for a few games just on adrenalin, but I think after 5 games with Ethan Bear now I mean your assessment of his play now heading in the right direction?
A: It is, you know the poise and patience he has with the puck, HE MAKES SOME REALLY NICE TAPE TO TAPE PASSES. I KNOW THAT A LOT OF THE FORWARDS WANT TO PLAY WHEN HE’S ON THE ICE so that’s a real good sign.

He he 🙂 Eat shit Russell.

who

Bobcaygeon: The reason for Sekera isn’t about the actual player as much as its about player and cap space. ARZ needs money back on any trade or they fall bellow the lower cap limit.
The first OR JP is the actual trade….

If that’s the case I would offer the 2019 first plus Kassian and Klefbom. I am reluctant to trade JP.
There is less than 1.5 million difference between Klefbom and Sekera. Pretty sure the Coyotes would prefer the younger player with the bigger upside. I know I would.

Pouzar

speeds:
Pouzar,

What are your thoughts re: Quinn Hughes?

I’m no draft guru….I like to bug Simon on twitter about his Patrick rating.

Melvis

VOR,

Oh yeah, one more thing. I did escape home and provincialism. It was the music.

For shits and giggles, you’ll find me upstage center in the red t-shirt at the 2:12 mark. With the exception of the Marlboro, the postureand demeanour all too eerily reminiscent of that ass – Eakins.

And I haven’t changed a bit;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q97QecyanZw

Gayfish

Woogie63:
We all agree the NHL has got faster.

But has the NHL referees got faster as the players got faster?

NHL referees by age;

12/34 are in their 30’s
14/34 are in their 40’s
8/34 are in their 50’s

Freaks of nature reffing this fast league?

I don’t think it’s that important. Linesmen basically cover 1/3 of the ice. Refs cover 1/2-2/3, so as long as they are moving at half speed, then can manage. Plus we have video review to catch anything they miss :).

Melvis

VOR,

All of The Hardy Boys – grins.

“It’s Like This Cat” at the age of 12 had me thinking about living in a larger, urban, sophisticated world.

As did “The Catcher in the Rye.”

These were concomitant with the exchange of the children’s library card at 13 for the adult version, after which I was cleaning out the stacks for anything and everything I could get my hands on related to art and architecture. After which the world became my oyster.

“Catch 22” plays a role in my teens.

Leonard Cohen, “Beautiful Losers” and the rest of the well known Canadians. Mordecai Richler especially.

My dad had a sub to Esquire – so all of those short stories. As well as everything New Yorker. And most of those authors and their books.

I had the first edition of Rolling Stone and many following , so Hunter S. Thompson and all that pin headed rebellion of the 60’s.

“Macys, Gimbels and Me”. Bernice Fitzgibbon. In my youth, the close study everything “advertising copywriting and media” as a practical means of getting to NYC or some larger world. Mcluhan influences my thinking in that regard.

In hindsight, anything and everything that might serve in escaping home and small town provincialism.

The list goes on and on. Various years brought various interests into play. All the classic Americans like Fitzgerald, Capote, Kerouac, Bukowski. etc.

In this vein, I had an English prof given to beating the shit out of overused inactive verbs. We didn’t get along untilI I mentioned John Updike and Rabbit Angstrom over a beer spent pleading out that 42% in some long forgotten essay. As it turns out, that was her grad thesis. Far less circling around each other after that.

Deep dives into the Brits, the Europeans, and the Asians, Japanese and Indian at various times. “Death in Venice” – Thomas Mann, still has me thinking about spending a winter in Venice. “A Fine Balance” and ” Such a Long Journey” – Rohinton Mistry – really moved me.

Travel? Theroux, Bryson, Laurie Lee. Bruce Chatwin “In Patagonia” especially – had me and a couple of Nikons wandering around Central and South America pursuing some foolishness in the 80’s.

I’ve thrown darts at Joyce for choice imagery and read Seamus Heany quite frequently for similar reasons.

It’s a cast of hundreds or thousands actually – inhabiting a fair number of cells.

As for right here, today – McCurdy is a pretty good writer. He’s fully capable of wringing out something prettay good in the sports category, imho.

BONE207

Pouzar: He had Nolan Patrick at 7.
We all have our “Button” moments I guess. #Drai

Ok, now I think that you write #Drai as a form of self restraint, keeping yourself “dry”.

It’s ok, I just think sometimes you are a little obsessive. Sleppy, Darnell & now Drai.