This won’t be an ordinary day, and that’s as it should be. This northern city had its heart broken in two late yesterday afternoon when news of Joey Moss passing became official, and it’s going to take some time for this community to gather itself.
When I heard the news, it took me back to Dave Semenko, and the shock of his passing. I can’t imagine this city without Joey Moss, and things still don’t feel right with Semenko gone. I have found in my life there are some things you never get over, you just learn to live with them. This is one of those times. We will never forget you, Joey Moss. Rest in peace.
THE JOEY MOSS (Sept 21, 2010)
This is Joey Moss. His place in the history of the Edmonton Oilers is without question, but his “game” wasn’t on last season’s schedule. Not surprisingly, the team had their worst season. Moss has given 25 years of his life to the Oilers, and for many fans (my children included) is the most popular member of the entire organization. In a city crushed by disappointment on the sports pages in the last few years, Joey Moss remains the same today as he was 25 year ago: a winner.
Last year didn’t feel right from the moment I found out this game wasn’t going to happen. Sing the crap out of the anthem, Joey. And thank you for 25 years of serving the Oilers and the community. It is great to have your wonderful game back where it belongs. All the best.
The Lowdown will focus on the passing of Joey Moss this morning, beginning at 10, TSN1260. We are lining up several guests who knew Joey over the years and can pay tribute to one of Edmonton’s greatest citizens. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter if you would like to share your thoughts.
I’m proud to be writing for The Athletic, and pleased to be part of a great team with Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis. Here is our recent work.
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- Lowetide: Oilers bring back Mike Smith for another year.
- Lowetide: Oilers sign Tyson Barrie to a team-friendly deal.
- Lowetide: Oilers sign Kyle Turris, Tyler Ennis in early hours of free agency.
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PUCK IQ LEON LINE
I keep trying to move this line around because it’s for your own good (Tippett knows best) but holy lord these Puck IQ numbers rhyme.
Draisaitl’s numbers (like McDavid) against elite and gritensity bins are excellent and solid, respectfully. Middle opposition? There’s struggle there but he was 48 percent against the middle opp, certainly not a mortal wound.
Yamamoto’s sample size in all three bins is too small to make any sweeping statements about the future. It’s probably fair to see these numbers are unlikely to repeat, but you could let a lot of air out of these tires and still have a fantastic player.
Nuge is pretty evenly deployed in the three bins, Dave Tippett rolled him over consistently among the three levels of competition. Nuge and his line outscored all three levels, but dominated only the gritensity group in possession. A full year with Leon and Yamamoto should improve that number. We’ll look at Connor McDavid’s line tomorrow.