Friday, July 20, 2007

Yashin signing!

Say what you will about Kevin Lowe, at the very least he'll never be able to add "Signed Alexei Yashin" to his list of dubious accomplishments.

The title and first part of that sentence were meant to introduce the idea that Alexei Yashin might have actually signed with the Oilers into your head; did it work at all? What were your initial reactions? "It better not be for more than $2 million"? "SWEET FUCKING CHRIST WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO THE TEAM I HAVE LOVED SINCE BEFORE I COULD WALK YOU LEGACY-DESTROYING SON OF A BITCH!!!!!!"? "Go Sens"? "HAha COILERS etc"?

Well, anyway, rest your vacant-eyed justifications or blind outrage for the trade that sends Shawn Horcoff out of town: Yashin is going to Russia, according to TSN. He'll be playing for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, notable for being the team of former and possibly current Oilers Alexei Mihknov, Denis Grebeshkov and the sexiest man to ever put on an Oilers jersey.

For our purposes, this does give us at least one step up on the sad-sack mid-90s team we seem so desperate to emulate: no floater, play-for-pay Russians. Rest in Peace Andrei Kovalenko, Alexander Selivanov, German Titov and Sergei Zholtok (quite literally on that last one, I guess): your legacy is safe, for now.

UPDATE: As Mike W mentions in the comments, the Oilers signed Joni Pitkanen for one year. Obviously the money ($2.4 mil) is right, but as Mike pointed out, the length could come back to bite us if he "recovers" this year (I still think saying that a 22-year-old defenceman who scored 43 points and played on a team in the bottom 5 of save percentage "slumped" is a bit much, especially compared to the slumping youngster who went the other way). Anyway: on to picking up another winger?

VERY TANGENTIALLY RELATED UPDATE: While searching around for takes from Senators fans on the Yashin thing, I came across this post at universalcynic.blogspot.com. It's got some pretty interesting scenarios, and to me, the fact it's all in code either means that it's either from Brian Murray or Calvin & Hobbes. Either way, it's a post well worth reading. And when you're done, people who actually follow the Sens have something of an answer key here.

And to the writer, Erin Nicks, who put it up: fine, fine work.

21 comments:

mike w said...

Jesus Christ, Dave, you dink.

At a glance, you fooled me into thinking that Alexei Yashin had SIGNED with the Oilers, and I nearly vomited out of my ass in disgust.

Thanks for the big scare.

mike w said...

Also:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=214138&hubname=

Good price, but only for one year. If he has a breakout season, we're screwed.

McLea said...

Want to get a sense of how bad things are in Oil country? Oilers fans actually celebrate when a potentially awful move isn't made. That's right, their expecations are so incredibly low that when a potentially bad move is disqualified from happening (in this case Yashin signing in Russia, thereby preventing him sigining with the Oilers), the fans are in jubilation because the opportunties available for Oilers management to destroy their team have been diminished.

I would laugh if it wasn't so pathetic.

Doogie said...

I nearly vomited out of my ass in disgust.

I know what you mean, but damn. Heh.

Andy Grabia said...

I would laugh if it wasn't so pathetic.

Hmm, and we laugh at you because you are so pathetic. Now that's what I call poetry.

Loved your new post by the way, Mclea. Your blog remains one of my favorites.

Paul said...

Zholtok was a /Latvian/ play-for-pay player, thank you very much.

unanymous said...

1 year for Grebeshkov?

Why the hell'd we trade Smith for, then?

unanymous said...

waitaminnit, I just realized what a moron I am.

Pleasure Motors said...

Zholtok was a /Latvian/ play-for-pay player, thank you very much.

Oh, they all look alike.

Want to get a sense of how bad things are in Oil country? Oilers fans actually celebrate when a potentially awful move isn't made.

This was indeed the point of this post, mclea. Gold star on your reading comprehension skills. Now precisely how long is it going to take you to figure out that, as far as Oilers fans go, you'll never find a more wretched hive of second-guessing and conflicted emotion than our corner of the bipoilogosphere?

Chris! said...

One year for Pitkanen? That's disappointing.

So, any guesses as to how much money the Sabres are going to throw at him when he becomes an RFA next year?

Also, glad to have you back, McLea. Got any more truth bombs for us, or was reiterating the point of our post your A material?

Anonymous said...

Mos Ed-Mauntaun

Anonymous said...

Good God, McLea's blog needs some sort of internet award for comedy. I mean, it's like if a professor of English literature at Oxford decided to script a porn film. Just classic.

Steve said...

So, any guesses as to how much money the Sabres are going to throw at him when he becomes an RFA next year?

They won't get a chance, because Kevin Lowe has learned from the Smyth fiasco, the Vanek situation, and Sutter's tragically astute management of his contracts, and will either lock Pitkanen up for a longer term well in advance of free agency or will trade him for value before his negotiating position collapses.

Right? Right?

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uni said...

Mclea has a blog?

Lord Bob said...

On the other hand, what possible motivation could Joni have for any desire for a one-year deal: he's virtually certain to earn himself a pay rise on $2.4 million this year and he's about to play in a new city whose two best defensemen of all time have left under a cloud.

I don't blame Lowe for this one, since Joni probably made the one-year deal look goo good to pass up.

mc79hockey said...

Mclea has a blog?

Yeah, you haven't read it? It's Shakespearean prose dripping with Pollockian insight. That's why he's able to look down on all the other blogs he comments on.

uni said...

Yeah, you haven't read it? It's Shakespearean prose dripping with Pollockian insight. That's why he's able to look down on all the other blogs he comments on.

And here I thought he was just a blog troll.

Although it all fits together now, the avatar image, the pretentious comments he makes...he's obviously a tortured literary genius, whose intellect and sheer brilliance cannot be grasped by the simpletons who surround him; must be tough being mclea.

Zodiac said...

Can you guys go back to the bigger text? I am slowly going blind trying to read your posts...

MetroGnome said...

That's one of the best Yashin pictures I've ever seen.

Kudos for digging it up.

O'Seven said...

Agree. The most accurate depiction of the guy I've ever seen. Well done.