Blue Velvet

by Lowetide

I have completed my projections for the RE series (will publish before the season opens) and there are some interesting items. I’m projecting 51 power-play goals (up from 31), six on the penalty kill (down from 11) and a healthy increase (but nothing crazy) in even-strength goals. Surprisingly, with the increase in year over year goals, and several career highs among forwards, only one of the major players on defense—Matt Benning—projects to reach a career high in points. The big man among the blue, offensively and in time on ice, will be Oscar Klefbom (photo by Rob Ferguson).

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PROJECTED RE TOI, OILERS BLUE 2018-19

  • I have Andrej Sekera’s season wiped out with the injury. It’s a projection based on two severe injuries in such a short time and that cryptic comment from Peter Chiarelli a couple of weeks ago.
  • Projection has all of Edmonton’s six primary defensemen missing some time during the campaign, ranging from nine games (Benning) to 82 games (Sekera).
  • My projections for the blue as a group have them coming in very close to last season’s numbers (32 goals, 97 assists). Last year’s power-play goal total by defensemen (2) climbs to eight, but the rest of the story is less impressive. I didn’t plan it that way, perhaps the loss of Sekera curtails the offense enough to make the downturn logical.
  • Klefbom and Larsson improve over last year’s boxcars, but neither man approaches his career best.
  • I have Klefbom, Larsson and Nurse playing a lot, a ton at 5-on-5. It’s reasonable to expect one of two developments: Someone on the roster emerges to replace Sekera, or a trade is made.

PROJECTED RE TOI, OILERS FORWARDS 2018-19

  • I have several forwards having career seasons, including McDavid, Nuge, Puljujarvi.
  • I am also projecting another top-heavy offensive season from the forwards.
  • A year ago, McDavid (41), Leon (25) and Nuge (24) delivered 39 percent of Edmonton’s offense. The trio was followed by several players who couldn’t manage 15 goals: Patrick Maroon (14), Strome and Caggiula (13), Puljujarvi (12), Khaira (11) and Lucic (10).
  • My projections this season have McDavid, Draisaitl and Nuge once again scoring 40 percent of the goals in 2018-19, and five forwards scoring between 10 and 19 goals. A fourth scoring forward has to emerge, but the projections I use have the group shy again. The good news is that the forwards who aren’t hitting 20 goals are young and improving.

TYLER BENSON

Some great quotes in this article by Min Dhariwal of the CBC from Benson and Perry Pearn. A quality article.

FANDOM

I’ve been meaning to get to this but haven’t had the chance until today. I wanted to pass along a quick message about fandom and why it is wise to disregard anyone telling you “how” to be a fan. The world is made up of several different types of people, one of which spends day and night telling other people what to think. This, combined with something nearing acidic aggression, means you are likely to encounter someone online who will try to bully you today.

Fan as you wish. Here are some wrinkles in my fandom across all kinds of interests:

  • Although I have been a fan of the Oilers since 1972, there were several periods where I didn’t follow the team closely. In the period after I bought my first car and had walking around money, in the period after the team traded Mark Messier, when my kids were born, even the Pat Quinn season, I stepped away a little. No one, not one human taking in a breath of air today, can tell me I’m wrong unless allowed to by me. You have that choice. Screw ’em. If someone is trying to make you feel bad about being an Oilers fan, imagine how awful their life must be, and then move along to something more pleasant like demon liquor or the fairer sex.
  • I am a fan of the Stones from Beggar’s Banquet through Exile on Main Street, but always stopped at Goats Head Soup. Recently, I have re-listened to that album and it has grown on me. A cool 45 years after it was released, it’s beginning to find its way into my good books.
  • I try every summer to get back into baseball as an interest, partly because it is a connection to my Dad. I didn’t really make an attempt this summer, might try if the Expos ever return. I’ve come to the conclusion that what made baseball special (Dad, Expos) is no longer here, so it’s fine and true to let those things remain in the past. Baseball is no longer my game, it’s for someone else and that’s fine. Sail on, baseball, you do you.
  • I’m a Neil Young fan. His politics don’t rhyme with many, so saying that out loud can get you in trouble with some people. I’m a fan of Young because of the guitar sound he found on Zuma, because he wrote so beautifully about Canada, because his voice speaks to me, and because Powderfinger is filthy good.
  • I’m noticing more people talk about politics in general now, that isn’t bad in and of itself. I will say that there’s a difference between speaking your mind and getting familiar with me about my opinions. I have not, at any time, expressed publicly my political leanings, although they probably match many of you. I will say this: If you support a party that in any way allows race, color, orientation or creed to divide, then you lost me in that instant.
  • My Dad taught me, when I was a child, that the number to remember is one. When one person has his or her rights compromised, then every single one of us is in danger. There is no middle ground here. None.
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innercitysmytty

Thanks for the glimpse behind the curtain!

innercitysmytty

WG enjoyed your predictions yesterday. I don’t have time to run through all teams, so won’t, but as always the logic you provide aligns very closely with my thoughts. Maybe I sold wood in a previous life!

Woodguy v2.0

innercitysmytty:
WG enjoyed your predictions yesterday. I don’t have time to run through all teams, so won’t, but as always the logic you provide aligns very closely with my thoughts. Maybe I sold wood in a previous life!

Thanks!

We all come from People of The Wood somewhere down the ancestral chain

Rondo
jm363561

I read the article on Tyler Benson. I always rooted for Brandon Davidson as he fought his way into the NHL after overcoming serious health issues. Similarly, Tyler has shown incredible resilience to get where he is now. Should be an interesting season for him and I really wish him well. I had not realised quite how serious / numerous his problems were. What a high risk pick that was by the Oil.

Ryan

“Surprisingly, with the increase in year over year goals, and several career highs among forwards, only one of the major players on defense—Matt Benning—projects to reach a career high in points.”

Yes, Benning’s a lock for the second power play unit and a corresponding bump in pp toi.

What’s the fallback plan if Benning or Klefbom get injured? I guess you can call up bear.

Wilde

“My projections this season have McDavid, Draisaitl and Nuge once again scoring 40 percent of the goals in 2018-19, and five forwards scoring between 10 and 19 goals. A fourth scoring forward has to emerge, but the projections I use have the group shy again. .”

Wonder what this means, in terms of relating to playoff teams?

I’ll use last years numbers.

St. Louis

Tarasenko – 33
Schenn – 28
O’Reilly – 24
Schwartz – 24
Maroon – 17
Perron – 16
Steen – 15
Pietrangelo – 15

New hopefuls – Thomas, Kyrou, Bozak (18 goals in 2016-17)

Winnipeg

Laine – 44
Connor – 31
Ehlers – 29
Wheeler – 23
Scheifele – 23
Perrault – 17
Little – 16

New hopefuls – Roslovic, Vesalainen, Petan

Vegas

Karlsson – 43
Haula – 29
Marshessault – 27
Smith – 22
Stastny – 16
Tuch – 15

New hopefuls – Glass, Suzuki

Colorado

MacKinnon – 39
Rantanen – 29
Landeskog – 25
Kerfoot – 19
Soderberg – 16
Nieto – 15

Newcoming hopefuls – Kamanev

Philadelphia

Van Riemsdyk – 36
Giroux – 34
Couturier – 31
Simmonds – 24
Konecny – 24
Voracek – 20
Provorov – 17

Newcoming hopefuls – Frost, Lindblom

Florida

Trochek – 31
Dadanov – 28
Huberdeau – 27
Barkov – 27
Hoffman – 22
Bjugstad – 19
Ekblad – 16

Newcoming hopefuls – Borgstrom, Tippett

Edmonton

McDavid – 41
Draisaitl – 25
Nugent-Hopkins – 24

Newcoming hopefuls – Yamamoto

It’s a long way up for this forward corps. I think this gets lost in the debates over the defence. There’s nothing concrete here past three players, to round out a top six you need two ~20 year olds to hit and Lucic to bounce back.

Wilde

By the way, I added to my Yamamoto series, doing a post addressing one of the things I read and hear about Yamamoto – That he’ll need to build up more strength to be able to make the NHL and drive the middle lane.

https://petropraxis.blogspot.com/2018/09/arrival-time-of-kailer-yamamoto-driving.html

anonymous

Couldn’t agree more. I’ve never faltered as far as paying full attention to the oilers. That being said I’m no longer in the die hard category, even with McDavid a cup win won’t be as sweet as winning it in 06’ or the party that would have been had the Weight led oilers pulled it out. The Katz era has left me a little dead inside.

Wilde

I’d run Benning on the top unit with Him, McDavid, Nuge, Yamamoto and Puljujarvi.

Benning at the point, Yamamoto at the bumper, Puljujarvi left circle and Nuge/McDavid rotating netside and halfwall.

Woodguy v2.0

Wilde,

It’s a long way up for this forward corps. I think this gets lost in the debates over the defence. There’s nothing concrete here past two players, to round out a top six you need two ~20 year olds to hit and Lucic to bounce back.

Let’s not forget that EDM only scored 14 less goals last year than in 16/17

They were 20th last year in all situation goals with 229
They were 8th in 16/17 in all situation goals with 243

243 was good for 15th place (NJD) in 17/18

LT has them increasing a bit 5v5 and +15 on special teams. (20 more on PP, 5 less on PK)

Of course you want to be in the group in the top 10 and in 17/18 that meant getting to 255 (COL) so 26 more than last year.

That’s a tougher row to hoe, but I think the current roster can do it, especially with a new PP coach.

Ryan

Lowetide: I think it goes Klefbom, Benning, Nurse, Gravel among the regulars, with Evan Bouchard as an early option and Bear as a later one. In reality, a trade is more likely than anything.

If that’s the plan, it might be good to preempt the situation with a trade. The price always goes up when teams know you’re desperate. Cough, I won’t ruin this thread by restarting the trade for 27 discussion.

Bear was a high event guy on the PP last year.

Positive: 9.12 GF on/60.
Negative: 1.82 GA on /60

Small sample sizes and all. Nurse had 40 minutes on the PP last year. His 1.49 GG/60 couldn’t outscore Bear’s GA/60.

Ryan

Wilde:
I’d run Benning on the top unit with Him, McDavid, Nuge, Yamamoto and Puljujarvi.

Benning at the point, Yamamoto at the bumper, Puljujarvi left circle and Nuge/McDavid rotating netside and halfwall.

You’re miles ahead of me in your understanding of hockey systems, but…

Mclellan likes Klefbom on the PP based on toi/60.

Yamamoto might be a little small for the bumper? I liked Leon in this role two years ago because of his size, backhand passing ability.

JP needs to trim his sideburns. Might have to shave his entire head to get on the first unit.

Wilde

Lowetide: I’m no expert when it comes to the power play but like PP’s that move. 97 and 93 are both witches, I’d try to make it work with both of them before moving 93 to No. 2 power play (where he will no doubt land).

Yes, it’s interesting that the thought has been that since 97 & 93 play the same spot on the ice in the power play and are both good at it that they should man separate units, but often 29 & 97 would swap spots during the play anyways, just as they could with Nuge.

The way I see it is that you can’t focus on having two units going good by spreading out your magicians if the first one’s not going yet.

I think you can get so, so much out of Nuge and McDavid if you cut their PK TOI and run them both on the PP1. I honestly believe we’re talking about a ten point swing (for both players) there, on the season, if it plays out just right.

Amusingly enough, how much input McLellan has on the powerplay personnel may play a role here in whether or not you see 93 on that top unit to start. He generally plays the players that are together 5v5, together on the powerplay, doing so with Nuge and McDavid at the end of the year:

http://naturalstattrick.com/linestats.php?season=20172018&stype=2&sit=5v4&score=all&rate=n&team=EDM&view=log&loc=B&gpfilt=none&fd=2017-10-04&td=2018-04-08&tgp=82&strict=incl&p1=8476454&p2=8478402&p3=0&p4=0&p5=0

Basically when they got put together 5v5, they got put together 5v4.

So, if this practice continues and they open the season with 5v5 informing 5v4, we may see them on the same unit.

But, Gulutzan also talked about trying a five leftie powerplay, which can pre-emptively go to hell.

(please prove me wrong)

Wilde

Ryan: You’re miles ahead of me in your understanding of hockey systems, but…

Mclellan likes Klefbom on the PP based on toi/60.

Yamamoto might be a little small for the bumper? I liked Leon in this role two years ago because of his size, backhand passing ability.

JP needs to trim his sideburns. Might have to shave his entire head to get on the first unit.

McLellan played Yamamoto at bumper during his 9 NHL games

(There’s video of this on my newest post on my blog)

Kailer played a different role on a good (looking, don’t know their numbers) powerplay unit in Spokane, it was similar to EDM’s 2017-18 PP where they kept closing in and trying to hit guys in the middle.

Basically Spokane was Yamamoto left side, Anderson-Dolan right side, and they just seam passed to each other at will.

I’d see where Yamamoto’s shot is at before trying him there, especially since Puljujarvi was legendary in Finland in that role when he was growing up.

Pescador

Woodguy v2.0: Thanks!

We all come from People of The Wood somewhere down the ancestral chain

It’s great to be alive!
We all have wood to thank, one way or another

Ryan

Wilde,

Yes. My biggest annoyance with Mclellan is his use of the big guys on the PK.

McDavid should not be playing a minute per game on the PK. That’s indefensible.

Crosby who has a better two-way rep than 97 played under 10 seconds a game iirc last season.

A minute for each of Draisatl and McDavid and a 1:40 per game of Nuge.

That’s a lot of wasted opportunity in my opinion too.

Wilde

Woodguy v2.0:
Let’s not forget that EDM only scored 14 less goals last year than in 16/17

They were 20th last year in all situation goals with 229

They were 8th in 16/17 in all situation goals with 243

243 was good for 15th place (NJD) in 17/18

LT has them increasing a bit 5v5 and +15 on special teams. (20 more on PP, 5 less on PK)

Of course you want to be in the group in the top 10 and in 17/18 that meant getting to 255 (COL) so 26 more than last year.

That’s a tougher row to hoe, but I think the current roster can do it, especially with a new PP coach.

The other ace-in-the-hole is that they’re going to have a new architect of 5v5 offense as well, with Woodcroft in Bakersfield.

There’s a lot of forwards on this team who either haven’t played for any other coaching staff in their career, or they came here and saw a dip in production under the last guys.

That’s why Gulutzan kinda scares me. He had the same type of corgi-defying offensive team in Calgary last year. Year before was different, but in the way that they didn’t even have shot volume /on top/ of being a bottom ten 5v5 GF/60 team.

godot10

Wilde:
I’d run Benning on the top unit with Him, McDavid, Nuge, Yamamoto and Puljujarvi.

Benning at the point, Yamamoto at the bumper, Puljujarvi left circle and Nuge/McDavid rotating netside and halfwall.

Yamamoto as the bumper…the ball in a pinball machine.

Oilman99

Lowetide: I’m no expert when it comes to the power play but like PP’s that move. 97 and 93 are both witches, I’d try to make it work with both of them before moving 93 to No. 2 power play (where he will no doubt land).

After that, I agree two RH shooters are required (WG has been on this forever), with JP, KY and Strome all candidates. I have been trained by years of awful to expect insane decisions and poor results on the 5-on-4.

97&93 move the puck much quicker, seems when Drai is with 97 the play gets too slow because they are trying to look for each other and things get out of sync. Here’s hoping Benson rocks it this year, still remember his bantam stats, there is too much talent there not to make an impact at the NHL level if he can stay healthy.

Woodguy v2.0

Wilde,

That’s why Gulutzan kinda scares me. He had the same type of corgi-defying offensive team in Calgary last year. Year before was different, but in the way that they didn’t even have shot volume /on top/ of being a bottom ten 5v5 GF/60 team.

I think you can chalk a lot of that up to scoring talent.

Getting the corgi and getting the goal can be two different skill sets.

Also,

I don’t know if you saw my post yesterday, but team level CF% was not correlated with team GF% at any time last year.

Woodguy v2.0

godot10: Yamamoto as the bumper…the ball in a pinball machine.

Sam Gagner was the bumper when CBJ was killing 5v4 two years ago.

The bumper doesn’t get near the beating a “net front” guy gets.

Woodguy v2.0


Frank Seravalli
‏Verified account @frank_seravalli

Vegas @GoldenKnights defenceman Nate Schmidt has been suspended 20 games by the #NHL for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Glad I bet the under already.

Losing the Dman who carried the 1st pair is gonna hurt bad.

Wilde

godot10: Yamamoto as the bumper…the ball in a pinball machine.

Smaller players play bumper quite often, actually

Gallagher, Point, Guentzel, Atkinson etc

Wilde

Woodguy v2.0: Sam Gagner was the bumper when CBJ was killing 5v4 two years ago.

The bumper doesn’t get near the beating a “net front” guy gets.

Also, if one of your guys is stretching out/messing up the diamond to like… hit the bumper guy… you’re pretty screwed. That’s a benching for most coaches.

Clarkenstein

I’m actually a bit more optimistic about the Oil this year even with that mind boggling schedule to start the season. Why? I like the new veterans. I think the room needs them for their maturity and experience. I also like the coaching changes. Having said that I would give Todd Mac 30 games to prove that last year was an anomaly. That happens to be Dec. 09. I’m going to mark it on my calendar.

Oilman99

Woodguy v2.0:

Frank Seravalli
‏Verified account @frank_seravalli


Vegas @GoldenKnights defenceman Nate Schmidt has been suspended 20 games by the #NHL for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Glad I bet the under already.

Losing the Dman who carried the 1st pair is gonna hurt bad.

The guy finally arrives, then blows it up, not smart.

jtblack

” I will say this: If you support a party that in any way allows race, color, orientation or creed to divide, then you lost me in that instant.”

+1

godot10

//My Dad taught me, when I was a child, that the number to remember is one. When one person has his or her rights compromised, then every single one of us is in danger. There is no middle ground here. None.//

Post-modern cultural marxists and gender fluidists have thoroughly muddied all the waters.

Example: Consider a real case. A self-identified pre-op trans woman (i.e. full male genitalia) shows up at a women’s shelter and is put in room with a cis woman who has been raped and beaten by her former husband. What should happen? Self-identified pre-op trans women do show up at women’s shelters these day.

This is sort of a case where one is going to have to pick a side. It is actually causing a civil war in feminism.

Wilde

Woodguy v2.0: I think you can chalk a lot of that up to scoring talent.

Getting the corgi and getting the goal can be two different skill sets.

Also,

I don’t know if you saw my post yesterday, but team level CF% was not correlated with team GF% at any time last year.

You can, but the same problem exists on this team

And yeah, I did see that. About mid-way through last year I was at the point where it’s like, I don’t think I want to use CF% for team performance anymore. There’s teams that are doing the old meme ‘shot quality’ thing, except, they’re legit. Like Minnesota.

I still like CF% for players and duos even if it’s just scouting usage and little things like that.

Oilman99

Wilde: Smaller players play bumper quite often, actually

Gallagher, Point, Guentzel, Atkinson etc

Those guys are much more stalky and solid on their skates, Yammer not so much.

Wilde

I wish it was McNabb instead.

Can we suspend McNabb instead? Just because?

jtblack

Woodguy v2.0:

Frank Seravalli
‏Verified account @frank_seravalli


Vegas @GoldenKnights defenceman Nate Schmidt has been suspended 20 games by the #NHL for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Glad I bet the under already.

Losing the Dman who carried the 1st pair is gonna hurt bad.

Massive loss.

I love Gallant and his “style”. But everytbing is aligning for Vegas to take a big step back. This hurts them.

Ryan

Woodguy v2.0:
Wilde,

It’s a long way up for this forward corps. I think this gets lost in the debates over the defence. There’s nothing concrete here past two players, to round out a top six you need two ~20 year olds to hit and Lucic to bounce back.

Let’s not forget that EDM only scored 14 less goals last year than in 16/17

They were 20th last year in all situation goals with 229
They were 8th in 16/17 in all situation goals with 243

243 was good for 15th place (NJD) in 17/18

LT has them increasing a bit 5v5 and +15 on special teams. (20 more on PP, 5 less on PK)

Of course you want to be in the group in the top 10 and in 17/18 that meant getting to 255 (COL) so 26 more than last year.

That’s a tougher row to hoe, but I think the current roster can do it, especially with a new PP coach.

Let’s hope those five less PK goals has something to do with McDavid taken off the PK.

Think about it.

McDavid plays a minute per game on the PK where he gets out scoreD,

That’s one more minute a game he could be playing even strength and out scoring the opposition.

Boggles the mind.

godot10

godot10:
//My Dad taught me, when I was a child, that the number to remember is one. When one person has his or her rights compromised, then every single one of us is in danger. There is no middle ground here. None.//

Post-modern cultural marxists and gender fluidists have thoroughly muddied all the waters.

Example:Consider a real case.A self-identified pre-op trans woman (i.e. full male genitalia)shows up at a women’s shelter and is put in room with a cis woman who has been raped and beaten by her former husband.What should happen?Self-identified pre-op trans women do show up at women’s shelters these day.

This is sort of a case where one is going to have to pick a side.It is actually causing a civil war in feminism.

And then there is the who issue of trans women in women’s sports.

And the whole thing about who is eligible for women’s scholarships or set asides becomes murky.

Melvis

Politically speaking, the foreign minister isn’t very stylin’. She needs a dresser and a lesson in black works when white doesn’t. Jeez.

Wilde

Oilman99: Those guys are much more stalky and solid on their skates, Yammer not so much.

Any particular reason why you feel this way? Was there any game in particular of Yamamoto’s nine that you felt this was displayed?

defmn

//I’m a Neil Young fan. His politics don’t rhyme with many, so saying that out loud can get you in trouble with some people.//

Young’s voice gives me chills in certain songs. In an industry that values uniqueness he still stands out as one of a kind. I have a lot of respect for that.

As to his politics?

Artists, in general, know as much about politics as politicians know about art.

What a voice.

dustrock

Thanks for the words of wisdom, LT. The Oilers may never find balance but you provide it in every one of your posts.

jtblack

Schmidt just volleyed back. Basically saying he has 1/7th of a billion in his system. Says its BS

Woodguy v2.0

Wilde: You can, but the same problem exists on this team

And yeah, I did see that. About mid-way through last year I was at the point where it’s like, I don’t think I want to use CF% for team performance anymore. There’s teams that are doing the old meme ‘shot quality’ thing, except, they’re legit. Like Minnesota.

I still like CF% for players and duos even if it’s just scouting usage and little things like that.

I haven’t seen anyone check player level CF%–>GF% yet, but I’d be surprised if the correlation collapsed there too.

I still like it to quantify what happened for players in small samples too.

Will be interesting to see what comes this year at the team level.

I think the main driver is the coaches adapting.

SH% is up, rush goals are up, some teams are focusing on creating the high SH% situations, etc.

This year the goalies all get the smaller chest protectors and upper body gear and that will move the SH% needle a little too.

Also,

The CF% spread from best to worst among teams has shrunk so the differences don’t mean as much as they used to.

Standard deviation on team level CF% in 11/12 was 2.70, last year it was 2.04

CF% superiority was exploited and now has been countered so its on to other things.

pts2pndr

Wilde: Smaller players play bumper quite often, actually

Gallagher, Point, Guentzel, Atkinson etc

Did they do it as raw rookies? Worth a try in preseason but is not something to expect great success from early!

Pescador

jtblack:
Schmidt just volleyed back.Basically saying he has 1/7th of a billion in his system.Says its BS

Not trying to be judge & jury but if its in your system, doesn’t that mean you were using it?
Is he saying it doesn’t count because i didn’t inhale?

Bag of Pucks

I’m right there with you on baseball LT. The Jays are fun on occasion, but it’s simply not the same since the Expos. That said, a warm summer night in one of America’s great ballparks is still time extremely well spent.

RE: The Stones. Curious to your thoughts on Tattoo You and Voodoo Lounge? Those are the two albums regarded as their best returns to form after Some Girls.

Tattoo You came at a time when the Mick and Keef frictions were starting and Richards was embroiled in a lot of legal and addiction issues. As a result, much of that record was Mick combing back through the Mick Taylor era for leftover riff gems. Always loved the format of that record (A side rockin’, B side mellow/trippy). For younger posters, if you like the Foo Fighters ‘In Your Honour,’ go back and check out this Stones classic. For a couple years, side B of that record was my Sunday morning hangover recovery go to.

Voodoo Lounge is a good not great record imo but the two tracks with Richards on lead vocals are money. Keef channels his inner Tom Waits and gives us some true reinvention of the blues.

And yes, personal fan loyalty will ebb and flow but don’t presume to tell me how to support my team. This organization has approached Steinbrenneresque dysfunction at times, and I’ve stuck with them through it all. If there’s time when I’ve stepped back, that’s because it’s the sane thing to do. For a couple weeks after they sided with Eakins over Perron, I did briefly flirt with firing them into the sun. Fortunately my lovely and prescient wife considered all of the Oil memorabilia in our pad and said no effing way! Lol. And then….McDavid. Music.

jtblack

Pescador: Not trying to be judge & jury but if its in your system, doesn’t that mean you were using it?
Is he saying it doesn’t count because i didn’t inhale?

Not sure the whole story and not sure what the substance was.

Sometimes they can take nyquil or something like that and it will have a banned substance in it. or he’s guilty. We Wait!

teddyturnbuckle

Excited about Benson, hope he can stay healthy throughout this season. Seems like a bit of a leader too.

Bag of Pucks

Like Neil Young’s music a lot, but if you want to convince me of the validity of your environmentalism, then you have to walk the talk. That means zero carbon footprint and alternative power wherever possible. Neil drives around in vintage gas guzzlers whilst insisting that oil is evil. That’s hypocritical at best, narcissistic at worst.

One thing I’ll never understand is how so many environmentalists ignore the connection between petroleum products and plastic resins. We can theoretically ween ourselves off fossil fuels as energy sources but we are addicted to plastic with our consumer products. Bioresins has to be a dominant talking point for anyone who’s serious about a true paradigm shift on this behaviour imo.

And the oil sands are a drop in the bucket in regards to the impact on climate change compared to carbon emissions in China and India. That doesn’t give us any moral high ground on this issue, but that context is important in the face of the misinformation fed us by dilettante celebrity environmentalists like Neil Young, Jane Fonda and James Cameron.