Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ice Cold Brilliant

If you do nothing else today, you should read MC79's take on the Smyth affair. Just golden.

My favourite parts:

"This may be the day that’s most emblematic of the Oilers as a franchise in history. They celebrate the past, point the fans to the future and screw the present."

"I’m not at all surprised that Robert Nilsson is part of the return: when you consider what the Oilers look for in a player, it’s like hitting the trifecta. He’s the son of a guy who used to play for the team (and his godfather is Wayne Gretzky), so you’ve got nepotism, the cornerstone of the foundation on which the Oilers perpetual chase for the eighth playoff spot is built. He was selected two spots before the pick that the Oilers dealt to the Devils that the Devils used to draft Zach Parise, so Jim Matheson will have his story about how this was a guy that the Oilers really wanted and were eager to get back in the 2003 draft. Finally, he’s already been signed to a contract, so there’s not going to be an awkward moment where he looks to Kevin Lowe for a signing bonus and Kevin Lowe says “You have to really want to be a part of this team.”