Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Goddamnit: Pisani is out indefinitely

This is what you get when you complain about a slow news day. I've never heard of ulcerative colitis before, which is not surprising since it affects one out of every 10,000 people, but I guess it's like a more serious version of Crohn's disease, leading to an increased chance of cancer and other nasty stuff. Colorectal surgery is another possible outcome, although the disease can be treated with immunosuppressing drugs. This really sucks. Here's hoping that the disease isn't too severe and that Pisani gets well soon. Goddamnit.

30 comments:

mike w said...

It's also worth pointing out that our right wing depth is now stocked with Hemsky and a bunch of guys that have barely made the league.

Nilsson would be our second line winger.

(cough)

scotty said...

fuck.

fuck. fuck fuck.



jesus christ, just how many hockey gods did the oilers piss off last year? first last season, now this?



FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK.

Lord Bob said...

That barely audible sound you heard? That was the sound of a hockey team dropping from eighth to tenth before the season has even started.

Always fun to see one of our five best players, one of our three most important players, my personal favourite player, and a generally awesome human being stricken down in his prime by a problem with his colon. Get well soon, Pita.

Chris! said...

OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE.

No way can we head into this season without a winger to take Pisani's place. No goddamned way.

Mike Johnson's a bandaid but not good enough to stop the bleeding. Trade is an option, but who's talking trades a week before camp starts? And who the hell do we have to give?

Man, this just sucks.

mike w said...

It does suck, although I wouldn't call Mike Johnson a bandaid. He's a pretty good player and would be a decent free agent pick-up.

Already near the cap, signing Penner and Souray for almost 10 million seems even dumber now. This team needs more depth.

Chris! said...

Mike, I was about to retort that Johnson's only a third-line checker with a production ceiling around 30 points at best... until I remembered that's pretty much what Pisani is, too. So there goes my argument.

I guess we were hoping for more out of Fernie this year, and Johnson's potential to overachieve just doesn't compare. Hard to get excited about MJ, you know? Though like LT said, maybe it's just his name.

Now, though, we just need a winger — any winger — with proven NHL experience. If Johnson doesn't sign up (we did, after all, recently tell his agent thanks but no thanks regarding a camp tryout), what other options do the Oilers have?

Mirtle's running FA list has O'Neill, Amonte, Carter, Bulis, Hall and Friesen still available.

Those names make me sad.

Devin said...

Chris - actually Johnson has a much better offensive track record than Pisani... if his MTL performance was any indication of his ES effectiveness, then signing him should be a no brainer. He replaces Pisani's contribution better than any available player at this time. (man I almost feel sick having to type "replaces Pisani")
http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid%5B%5D=21941

Devin said...

sorry- that last link was meant to be Mike Johnson

Stan the Caddy said...

Coming from a guy still recovering from a ruptured appendix, I can say that colon problems really suck. When I first heard that Fernando was out indefinitely my initial reactions were selfish. When I heard what his ailment was, my tune changed.

This is more evidence of just how fragile our health can be. Here's hoping that it isn't too serious, that he comes through it with flying colours and that when he puts on an Oiler jersey again that it isn't too hideous.

Mattstro Disastro said...

Pick up O'Neill. I doubt being stuck in Edmonton for chump pay could make him perform much less consistently.

Anonymous said...

I somehow know two people who suffer or have suffered from this. It takes a lot out of you and I'd be surprised to see him back this year.

But if Mario, Saku and Kessel can come back from Cancer hopefully we'll here the drums again soon!!

Anonymous said...

I think Bulis and Friesen are both signing in Europe. Pickings even slimmer.

Anonymous said...

Couple more things... It's funny that they turned away Johnson according to the media. You'd think that K-lowe and the gang must have known about this for at least the last few weeks(already started treatment etc.)I'm guessing if they were gonna do something they already woulda pulled the trigger.

Also, someone mentioned salary cap issues, once Pisani is on the IR he doesn't count against the cap, and I'm not sure but I think for longer term injuries salary is covered by insurance. Either way there is 2.5 million in Cap space for this season(assuming he's out for the season).

Baroque said...

Even if he isn't out for the season, his salary doesn't count against the cap for as long as he is out.

I have a cousin with Crohn's disease, and it has been rough for her. I think it took her an additional year or year and a half to graduate from high school because she was sick so much. This was years ago, though, so they must have better treatment by now. Good luck to him.

mike w said...

Technically, even players on IR count against the salary cap.

There's something that doesn't count against the cap called a long-term injury exception list, which I would assume Pisani would be eligible for.

My main point was that the Oilers have plugged too much salary into Penner and Souray at the expense of signing for depth. The Dallas Drakes and Mike Johnsons on the free market are much closer to their actual value, mitigating some of the risk while adding depth for injuries like this.

Then again, it's a fine balance between bringing in young talent. All I know is that this team looks not very good on paper.

Kirsten said...

Shit-ty. I can't believe the season hasn't even started yet and Oilers are injured. Wait, actually I probably can believe that, but I was choosing not to up until now.

d said...

And so it begins.

I really do feel for Pisani. It's not pleasant to have UC. Or Crohn's. UC and Crohn's are types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). There is no cure for Crohn's but surgery may cure UC. It takes a lot out of you. Poor Pisani.

And poor Oil. We're doomed.

theDrizzler said...

Said it at BoA and I'll say it here... This is a job for a Nsaturopath.

Problem probably clears up if he stops eating mommy's pasta and tomato sauce every effin day.

Common F Sense said...

You're a total asshole, Drizzler.

theDrizzler said...

ouch... tell you what cfs... if some dude ever wants to "suppress" your immune system and then tear out half your intestines in the hopes of giving you a better future without actually fixing the problem that actually caused your colitis to begin with, try checking out all your options first.

http://www.cand.ca/index.php?L=0

how's that for cfs?

I do of course wish FP a speedy recovery with his whole intestinal tract in tact.

Earl Sleek said...

So CFP now means Colitis-stricken Fernando Pisani? Shitty news.

Andy Grabia said...

The Curse of CFP!!!!

d said...

How can we incorporate Bergeron into this, too?

Kevin Trudeau said...

Surely you're not suggesting that the evil sickness/profit/evidence based "medicine" that Western society has produced is a better option than homeopathy's time-honored, folksy, and curiously unprovable remedies?

I mean these things are time-honored for Chrissakes!!!1!

mike w said...

Heh heh.

Get outta here, Kevin, you felon.

Rock Deputy said...

you know... I didn't really think much of it when it happened but remember last January when Kevin Lowe hit that old gypsy woman with his car? Then got out and started kicking her in the ribs.. then drove off laughing? I seem to recall her laying a curse on the Oilers. I think I saw it on TSN.

Anyway... I'm sure it's nothing.

Anonymous said...

Just pray to whatever gods you believe in that no billy goat was involved. Billy goat curses are the worst. Heck, they're even retroactive!

Simon said...

Did we just trade Jonathan Tavares for Dustin Penner?

Chris! said...

Oh, come on.

No question the Oilers are going to have a rough year, but you would have the be completely insane to think that they're going to the absolute worst team in the league. A bottom-10 finish is a distinct possibility, but Tavares will not be available past the top two picks.

If he's even eligible for the draft next year. Which, right now, he's not.

Anonymous said...

I had Ulcerative Colitis and it is no fun at all. Ironically- I was being treated for it while my beloved Hurricanes were playing your Oilers in the '06 finals. Anyway- I wound up having surgery and while it is not as bad as another poster has made it sound-it's no walk in the park either. Hopefully- Pisani's UC can be brought under control medically. Either way- I wish the best for him and hope to see him back on the ice at some point.