Kind of a slow week in NHL news, unless you're really interested in Evgeni Malkin's contract negotiations, which I'm not. Thing is, there's still a few drops of summer waiting to be sucked dry, so I can't feel too guilty for letting the odd blog post collect dust. However, I must admit that the tingling sensation marking the onset of "Hockey Fever" is beginning again, and I've been craving a good game of street hockey more than I should (in my teenage life, street hockey was one of the four pillars of my existence: the other three being, in no particular order, 1) staying up late to catch nudity on CBC Late Night; 2) blowing wads of cash on O'Ryan chips and Gatorade and 3) sneering as much as possible at my dad).
So yeah, I'm getting pretty hyped about hockey again, although for the Oilers this is the traditional "Cinderella Stanley Cup Finals team tanks the next season" season. Mindful of this, coupled with the Chris Pronger defection, The Hockey News has pegged the Oilers finishing 12th in the Western Conference, of course. I'm not reading much into this since Columbus, somewhat inexplicably, is predicted to be a playoff team in the eigth spot (led by Ty Conklin in net, I presume). In a way, it's almost a relief that the Oil aren't likely to be considered contenders; watching the Oilers scrape by and maybe fall ass-backwards into the playoffs is a perennial habit that I've actually grown used to and feel most comfortable with.
The one thing I regret about living in Toronto is that I won't be able to go and catch the Oilers training camp-related games, including the U of A rookie game, along with the three weeks of untelevised preseason matchups. So much stuff to look for! Will Mikhnov sign and be a top six forward? Will pronouncing the names "Daniel Tjarnqvist" and "Dan Hejda" make Rod Phillips into a quivering grand mal retard? How about Robbie Schremp? How many more puck bunnies can he add to his myspace profile as an Edmonton Oiler?
We'll find out in less than a month...
PS: The other night I was watching an old ESPN Classic game featuring the Oilers against the Kings, and I forgot all about those trendy loser Kings fans that suddenly started coming to Northlands in black jerseys. I know you turncoats loved Gretzky more than your own city, but exactly what was the connection between Bonnie Doon and LA, again? Nothing? Oh nevermind, YOU ANNOYING PEOPLE FROM THE 1980s!
Monday, August 21, 2006
Posted by mike w at 3:07 AM