Ah yes, the familiar mental math: "...the Oilers can still tie the game if they score every three minutes."
I feel like I've watched about 150 periods of bad, almost-always-playing-from-behind hockey this season. Tonight's matchup against the 'Nucks was a spirited game -- but at no point did I ever feel like the Oilers were ever going to win. So many emblematic moments: Toby Peterson on the 0-7 PP; Joffrey Lupul looking worse than I've ever seen him (he now simply hurts the team when he's on the ice), oh, and Marc-Andre Bergeron falling flat on his face as Naslund scored the game winner.
I'm hearing too much of names like Stortini, Petersen, Roy, Smid, Jacques and not nearly enough Sykora, Lupul, and Horcoff. Unfortunately, the sober reality is that a lot of AHL call-ups is the marker of a bad team, although I'm still willing to believe that injuries and an unbalanced attack are to blame. But time is running out. If you ask me: I'd ship Torres or Lupul in a heartbeat to get Joni Pitkanen -- and I say it, over again, like it's Dec. 1. What's the hold up, Kevin Lowe?
PS: The Bertuzzi/Luongo trade may have to be the most lopsided trade ever, with Joe Thornton for Sturm and Stuart a close second. Any other horrendous Eastern Conference deals up for grabs, jerks?
How about Sidney Crosby for Joffrey Lupul, Steve Staios and a bag of Doritos?
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Posted by mike w at 10:21 PM