Thursday, July 6, 2006

"Oh, no... OH, NO..."

TSN reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Ty Conklin to a two-way contract, worth some amount of money over some period of time. Huh. Actually, I guess they're not really reporting that much at all.

Obviously, I'm not heartbroken, though I am a little surprised that anyone thought he was worth taking a chance on, when a guy like, say, Patrick Lalime, who was at least a decent number one at some point in his career languishes in limbo. Then again, the Jackets have the luxury of not really being able to get much worse, so they're one of the rare teams for which this signing might make sense.

Anyhow, so long, Conks. Thanks for the memories.

And as a sidenote, I'm getting mighty sick of posting about Oilers leaving town, even if they're Oilers who I would have driven to the airport and strapped to the landing gear of a 767 myself. When was the last time I clicked on a hockey site and read some good news? Come on, Lowe, sign someone already. This can't be going as badly as it seems. Can it?

12 comments:

Pleasure Motors said...

Actually, the Blackhawks signed Lalime a little while ago. Still doesn't explain why Columbus would take a chance on Ty, but yeah, one ship in the "formerly mediocre, currently horrendous" fleet had sailed.

allan said...

They signed Daniel Tjarnqvist.

Just for you, Chris!

Chris! said...

Shit, right, I knew Lalime went to the Hawks. Thanks, Dave.

And Daniel Tjarnqvist, huh? He's got a good typin' name, but that's all I can claim to know about the guy. Still, nice to have something drift through the In door.

Alana said...

Good riddance, Conks. You were good for a laugh, but that's about it.

mike w said...

As an Oilers fan, this is the part where I can be nothing but gracious and wish all the best to Ty.

Clearly, the dude was likable and a consummate professional (unlike a certain unnamed player whose name rhymes with "Priss Bronger") and watching his gamely interviews at the height of his suckiness was painful to watch, indeed.

It's great to see the guy get a second chance, and if there's any mercy Game 1 of the 06 Finals won't be his last NHL appearance.

Michael Turner said...

What the Hell!?

Okay, nothing against Ty, even factoring in that game one debacle and miscommunication. But even with that ignored, the Jackets are already brimming over with goalies. Leclaire as the 99% starter, Norrena as the backup, and then we have around 3-4 backup-backup goalies littered across the Syracuse Crunch and even lower in the juniors.

What in the world was MacLean thinking? That money could have been put to better use shoring up some tail-end defense, or to replace a guy or two who left via free agency up front.

Alana said...

Well now you've made me feel bad, Mike. Replace "riddance" with "luck" in my above post.

I thought that Conks would never work in the NHL again, so it will be interesting to see if he does anything for Columbus next year. At worst, there will be more awesome Knob Hockey skits made about him.

Dave said...

"Come on, Lowe, sign someone already. This can't be going as badly as it seems. Can it?"

I have it on good authority that Lowe is on the verge of signing one of those Russian skating bears. Although it'll want slightly more than Laraque was willing to work for.

Anonymous said...

Dave, remember that poster we had in the Gateway office for the Russian Circus when it visited Edmonton? I felt so sorry for those bears, their little skates collapsing under their misaligned weight, all having to pose with Andrei Kovalenko and Boris Mironov and shit...

Anyhow, I wonder what those bears are up to now? Thinking about honey, I bet.

And I hear ya, Mr. Turner, though I don't know if Norrena really counts, as he's 31 and has historically shown zero interest in playing in the NHL (thus the hilarity of his rights being included in the trade in the first place).

goilers said...

I hope you get you groove back one day soon, Ty. All the best!

James Mirtle said...

OK, where the hell's the Tjarnqvist coverage?

Scrubs & Shines said...

It was great having Ty in Edmonton, I wish him success with his new team, he's got lots of talent. I won't ponder that mistake giveaway in Carolina but remember all Ty's success as an Oiler... He was great to watch when he was hot!