My Dad was born in 1912, was 18 when the dirty 30’s hit and enlisted for World War Two age 27. He grew up poor (always said it took six years to get word of the depression to Radisson, and even then no one noticed) and he worked pretty much every day of his life. He would always say he didn’t see a banana until he was 14, couldn’t remember how old when he actually got to eat one. Based on how much he loved bananas, I expect at least part of that story is true. Dad made up so much crap (he said we changed our name because our Dutch name was Van Dumb!) we could never believe/not believe.
He hunted for bargains, even when we had a little money. I remember when I was maybe 10 years old, we went to see a man named Alex Simchuk at the hospital (he was dying of cancer). My Dad brought him grapes, and Alex was so happy (he’d been craving them). Dad enjoyed that, then proceeded to tell Alex he’d paid more for the grapes than he paid for the hat he was wearing. Dad thought the hat was a better deal. My Mom told my Dad (something like) no one cared and why couldn’t he for once say something normal (she always said that to him). I played with my Hot Wheels and my brother (he was four years older) tried to get the attention of the pretty nurses. Funny what you remember.
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Here are the translation factors in the format that you know and love.
Just multiply by the translation factor.
It's based on data back to 2005-06, but it is tuned to 2017-18 league scoring levels. pic.twitter.com/RPeYrNjs9G
— Hockey Abstract (@HockeyAbstract) April 11, 2018
New translations from Vollman mean new Oilers numbers. I’ll wait until next week to run the complete totals, but here are the top 10 forwards by NHLE. It gives us a nice stepping off point for the idea of bargains.
- Yamamoto and Maksimov lead the teenage brigade, with Marody and Hebig posting the best amateur numbers from the 20+ group.
- Ty Rattie is hurtling toward free agency but could be a bargain deal next season. Even if he played 30 games on the McDavid line and the rest as a depth player, it’s possible he could post 10+ goals. That would be real value for $800,000.
- Benson, Safin and McPhee are players worth watching, you’d like to see more offense next season.
— Bakersfield Condors (@Condors) April 13, 2018
Marody looks good so far (2gp, 1-1-2) and the club is playing him at center. It’s too soon to know, but perhaps Marody can push for an NHL job at some point next season. If he can be productive, that trade (2019 third-round pick) would represent great bargain hunting and solid value. Oilers need to make this kind of move several more times over the summer.
This is a must read. Spector lays out what looks like an attempted (or ongoing attempt at) coup d’état in the halls of the Edmonton Oilers. The avail by Bob Nicholson yesterday suggests to me that there is something going on, if things were right the coach then general manager speak, followed by silencio. Yesterday’s muddle is a tell. I think Spector does a great job breaking things down and if you want my guess as to who the king maker is, well, I’ll bet Kevin Lowe. Lowe would have had to be onboard with replacing MacTavish with PC in 2015 spring and I expect his influence still trumps the late comers, ne’er-do-wells, storm door salesmen and the red wine mafia. If I’m right, this will be at least twice Lowe put what may be perceived as the ‘greater good’ in front of his boys on the bus brethren. I’m not getting into that argument today, beyond stating if you’re going to replace the general manager or the coach a real search must be conducted and winning the 1984 Stanley has jack diddly to do with being an NHL general manager in 2018.
It’s going to be the theme of summer, along with trading that first-round selection. Oilers need to be looking to the AHL for help (the best minor league wingers at 20, in terms of shots, were Daniel Sprong of the Penguins and Mathieu Joseph of the Lightning) and possibly Europe too. The procurement this summer has limitations:
- $1 million or less.
- no assets out.
It needs to be a Steve Staios summer in Edmonton. The team needs value contracts applied to 20-goal scorers and backup goalies who could play 30 games capably. It can be done. The 1987 Montreal Expos are such a team. Half of their pitching staff came from the pile of broken arms, they had two third basemen and two first basemen as infield regulars, and their Hall of Fame outfielder didn’t play until May. Young, old, recently retired, playing in Russia or Switzerland. Somewhere out there are solutions and the Oilers need to find them in a quick damned hurry.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A fun Friday show, maybe we’ll pour some red wine to celebrate the coming warmth of the sun. At 10, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Steve Lansky, BigMouthSports. Oilers front office, playoffs.
- Eric Fawcett, Press Basketball. Is this the year of the Raptors?
- Matt Iwanyk, TSN1260. Is keeping Chiarelli the correct call?
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!