Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Most Excruciating Week in Hockey

This is a week with eight million questions and three answers, all of them somehow involving Keith Tkachuk. Will Brad Winchester ever play in the NHL again? Would Maxime Ouellet help with our second line? Will we sign Scott Gomez? Do we even want to sign Scott Gomez? How much will the cap be? How long before the Oilers give up on good UFAs and make a two-steps-forward, one-back trade? Alexei Yashin=future Oiler?

TSN's website could post a story under the headline "Nothing Has Happened for the Last Week," and I would click on it and read it to the end, then read Bob McKenzie's take on it, then watch the Bob McKenzie video on it. Something has to happen, soon, if only for the sake of sanity.

21 comments:

mike w said...

Alexei Yashin=future Oiler?

AAAGGGGH!!!!

McLea said...

Please God deliver Ryan Smyth to Calgary.

Steve said...

TSN's website could post a story under the headline "Nothing Has Happened for the Last Week," and I would click on it and read it to the end, then read Bob McKenzie's take on it, then watch the Bob McKenzie video on it.

So very, very true. Of me, that is. I assume also of you, because otherwise you wouldn't have said it.

And McLea, if your prayers are answered, it will only show that you were wasting your time making them: if Smyth winds up as a Flame, that's proof positive that there is no God.

uni said...

And McLea, if your prayers are answered, it will only show that you were wasting your time making them: if Smyth winds up as a Flame, that's proof positive that there is no God.

Game, set, and match...well played Steve.

Mattstro Disastro said...

Part of me is sort of sad that while some people will be out river tubing, barbecuing, or otherwise having very panic/worry free Canada days, I shall be sitting at the keyboard, relentlessly refreshing websites to find out WHO and WHERE and HOW MUCH and HOW LONG.

But I'll show them! When they're out there in the cold of December trying to light briquettes, I'll be right here...hockeying.


Also, if Smyth becomes a Flame, I have it under good authority that the heavens will literally weep and Alberta will enter a post-apocalyptic ruin, complete with warring salvage gangs, gyrocopters and feral kids. Jarome Iginla will become the Humungous.

Anonymous said...

Question:

Has anyone noticed the similarities in the career arcs as GMs of K-Low and Bobby Clarke?

Just wonderin'

Duke

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed the similarities in the career arcs as GMs of K-Low and Bobby Clarke?

Yep. After the top 40 UFAs stick their collective elbow pad up at Edmonton, Lowe will make a desperate RFA bid for a checking-line winger, fail, and explode. Contract man Rick Olcyzk (sp?) takes over the interim GM post with Gretzky-era Joey Moss as his wing man.

Woo?

-NotLeeFogolin

Coluch said...

I know this is compleeetely off topic, but since nothing is going on anyway, I feel like pointing out that I JUST NOTICED TODAY that they have the Capitals new jerseys for sale.

Now, I know that noone will ever reach the perfection that was the Hartford Whalers final uniform, but I like how they are stepping back to the old colours and logo (kinda) without all the stars everywhere on the shirt. http://capitals.nhl.com/

In other news, the columbus blue jackets don't seem to have a website right now:
http://www.columbusbluejackets.com/

Andy Grabia said...

I can't wait to read how hard Kevin Lowe tried in failing to get anyone signed. It's going to be awesome. He sure sounds snarky in this article (bolds mine).

On free agency:

"There's no question there are players who interest us and we are prepared to overpay like everybody else does in the unrestricted market."

On his draft decisions:

"Quite frankly, I'm a little perturbed we're having to defend this."

"Statistically this team, since our regime took over, has had seven first round picks and we have 18 players in the NHL. The highest is 22."

"We have had a lot of good picks."

Mr DeBakey said...

Thanks for the Link

It was good to see The Joffrey on the Masthead again

I had forgotten about that, you know.

mike w said...

"we are prepared to overpay like everybody else..."

For what? A goal-scoring first liner?

Why "overpay" when you could have had Ryan Smyth at $5.5 million?

Lowe doesn't make sense anymore. BAH!

Andy Grabia said...

It's funny to see both Edmonton and Buffalo paying the price for being terrible negotiators a year ago. Smyth wanted less than $5 million last summer, and Briere asked for $5 million. Both teams rejected the offer. Now Briere will get around $7 million somewhere else, and Kevin Lowe admits he will "overpay" to replace Ryan Smyth. Makes you wonder why Lowe and Reghier aren't criticized more, until you remember that at least in Edmonton the sports media is in the team's pocket or re-living the glory days from 20 years ago.

fever4flames said...

i have it on good authority that r. smyth is a lot closer to signing as a flame than youd think

SweatyO said...

i have it on good authority that r. smyth is a lot closer to signing as a flame than youd think

And I have it on good authority that such a thing is not possible, because it would be tampering to start with, and all logic says that it wouldn't work into Calgary's salary structure.

Relax Oiler fans. Ryan Smyth is NOT going to be a Calgary Flame.

Andy Grabia said...

Relax Oiler fans. Ryan Smyth is NOT going to be a Calgary Flame.

People said Smyth wouldn't be traded last year, either. Anything is possible, and more pain seems... probable?

mike w said...

Then again, an anonymous poster named "fever4flames" writing on an obscure Oilers blog has it on "good authority" that Smyth is a Flame, so you know it's as good as gold.

Tyler said...

I agree with mike. The real insiders spell it falmes.

Baroque said...

The teams I have seen him tied to most often are Toronto and Detroit. I can't see that the Red Wings have the money for him in their budget, since they are already paying Lidstrom and Datsyuk and need to save money for an extension for Zetterberg after this year.

I don't know Toronto's financial situation, but how close are they to winning? Granted, it might be easier to advance in the playoffs in the Eastern conference, but would Smyth want to play in Toronto?

Mattstro Disastro said...

I think Smyth would be a good fit for the Leafs, if only as a more consistent goal scorer that some of the FAs Toronto's letting go. Thing is, to make up the money for him and still have enough to put in the "Emergency Injury Need a Replacement Ahhhhhhh" fund, there'll be a D-man getting dumped. Signs point to Kubina, since he could easily excel somewhere he can get top-2 ice time.

mike w said...

No offence, but Smyth signing with the Maple Leafs is a nightmare, albeit a neatly-contained-in-the-Eastern-Conference nightmare.

Mattstro Disastro said...

You know there are teams that he could play for that would break your heart more.

Watch Smyth pitch a curve and say he's going to Russia.