Wednesday, December 28, 2005

"Lookin' Good," he says sarcastically

I'm at work, looking at the Yahoo stats.

Conklin has let in half of his 4 shots. Hasn't he played his way off this team yet? Does anyone else feel a Salo-esque sense of Deja Vu here?


**UPDATE**

Minnesota 4
Edmonton 2

Well we lose again to the Wild, and Conklin still sucks. With 9 GP and a Save Percentage of .860-ish, have we seen enough of him? I realize I'm going out on a limb here, since I haven't seen the game, but I'm willing to say he let a softie in. Either way, potential means nothing and sometimes a player just has to prove why he's worth keeping (Jani Rita, are you listening?)

Some things don't change: the Oilers still have something to prove against defensive teams like Minnesota or Calgary, especially since they seem tailor-made to expose our weaknesses, like our lack of elite-level scoring and bad goaltending.

Also I'd like to see some stats on our win/loss record with those third jerseys. I can't tell, but I think we tend to lose with 'em, but that might be my prejudice speaking since I never liked the third jerseys in the first place. Something about those 5 bolts in the logo, which are supposed to represent the Oilers' 5 Cups, actually say more about our hopes for getting a sixth one anytime soon. This is a team mired in its bog-like past. Shaking off the "Gretzky used to live here" feel is probably why I want another Cup win more badly in adulthood than I ever did as a child. Of course, I've lost perspective over the years, even to the point of wearing a puckhat around the house when the game's on.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I`m listening to the game from half a world away, bless the 630 CHED webcast. Curses on our terrible goalie.

I simply cannot believe that Conky is back in net. Am I missing some crucial bit of info that only current residents of Oniontown are privy to? Or maybe just the patrons of the backroom at the Overtime Bar? If they are showcasing him for a trade, it`s not going well. We`ve gone from a trade for a bag of pucks to a half pack of ZigZags. Another game like this and we`ll be lucky to get a flimsy roll of one ply U of A regulation issue ass wipe.

As for The Coilers, it was a nickname born of watching many a frustrating game left coiled up in the shitter after a few too many pops. I think all true fans have watched this team come out with countless piss poor efforts, patented last minute collapses and Xmas losing streaks with the bile rising in their guts. Usually the only way to staunch this pain was to drown it on Whyte Ave whilst complaining bitterly. Hence the birth of the alter ego-Coilers.

While I`ll admit to some caustic scepticism when it come to The Oil, I`m no Anti-fan. It`s a love hate relationship with the one I love, what can I say?

Duke

Colby Cosh said...

Conklin let in two goals on his first two shots tonight, apparently. According to the scoresheet this fella named Empty Net only went 0-for-1--maybe we should give him a shot?

Anonymous said...

I think the only explanation is that Conklin has some dirt on McTavish that McT doesn't want shared with the rest of the world. Otherwise - McT is just a moron, and come on, no 'good ol' boy' from the 80s dynasty could be a moron...

Someone really needs to comment on Bucky's future in the broadcasting industry. His best line was when he said "he's really been working hard all day today tonight at getting...". Describing him as a "functional retard" would likely be too kind.

mike w said...

A good theory might be that MacT is playing Conklin out on a string of games so he can't hide behind the Morrison-Markannen shuffle. He probably he has as much faith in Conks as the fans, but he's also not the GM of the team.

Now that's Conk's played enough games, maybe Lowe will finally cut bait - something he has a history of not doing soon enough. Conklin was always something of a Number 1 goalie long stretch to begin with, so let's throw in the towel now while we can.

Loxy said...

This blog makes me laugh. The fact that MacT keeps starting Conklin also makes me laugh.

mike w said...

We and MacT aim to please...

Mike said...

Regarding the third jersey's. If I remember correctly the first year they got them they went undefeated for a fairly lengthy period while wearing them. Since then I have no clue

mudcrutch79 said...

A good theory might be that MacT is playing Conklin out on a string of games so he can't hide behind the Morrison-Markannen shuffle.

Is Morrison any better? You can put me with those who don't understand why Jussi isn't starting. MacT has had no problem sitting guys who the front office liked before-some of you hardcore types might remember a guy that the Oilers drafted in the late 90's named Jani Rita, a Finnish kid. The front office seemed to like him but MacT had no time for him. If he really didn't like Conks, I'm sure he'd sit him.

For what it's worth, the guy excorciating "McT" as a moron up above should learn how to spell.

mike w said...

>For what it's worth, the guy excorciating "McT" as a moron up above should learn how to spell.

Now, now. We don't want to shoo away people who might be drunk or hasty in their posts, which might include the bloggers themselves.

Think of this as a Blue, Anything-Goes Post-Game show, where almost no one is hung up on, like they do to almost every third caller on 630 CHED.

And yes, Markannen should play until he gets stinky again. He looked good in relief recently and isn't quite the rebound factory that Conklin has become.

Colby Cosh said...

(Well, plus, if we're going to bat around on peeps' orthography, Muddy might want to double-check "excorciating.")

mudcrutch79 said...

(Well, plus, if we're going to bat around on peeps' orthography, Muddy might want to double-check "excorciating.")

Effing professional writers. I was hoping that would continue to sit there with no one noticing.

Oh well, another reason to hate the media.

Colby Cosh said...

OK, but remember, the defining characteristic of a "professional writer" is that he's too damned stupid to do something productive for a living instead. [NOT EVEN SLIGHTLY A JOKE]