After a night on the town I come home to clips of Brendan Morrison skating circles around the Oilers, Mathieu Garon getting chased from his net, Dwayne Roloson looking worse, and those ass clown Sedin twins never looking more smug and malformed as the Canucks breezed on towards their 7th-straight victory over Edmonton.
Without having seen the game (a good a night as any to have Rogers PVR frizzle out and somehow only tape 3 minutes of the match-up) the story seems to be that Roberto Luongo, Mike Keenan's special gift to the Canucks organization, was great and the Oilers' goaltending tandem was not. If anyone would care to fill in the blanks and add some colour to the rough outlines of last night's loss, be my guest.
And faster than hitting "play" on a Big Shiny Tunes CD in the team ghettoblaster, Robert Nilsson (along with JF Jacques) was sent down to the minors, presumably before he had even finished toweling off. It's a bold statement for MacT to send Nilsson down, as Number 12 certainly hasn't been the worst Oiler on the ice. But with only one point in five games, he's become less visible with almost every game since the middle of training camp, and I assume last night was not a solid two-way performance. Plus, losing is bad. Losing shouldn't be comfortable or inconsequential, and it suits this young team to have a sense of accountability, even if it's less fair to the more expendable and easily demoted ranks of the Oilers roster.
Anyway, Nilsson will be back, and Robbie Schremp is in for now (rumours of his NHL death have been greatly exaggerated), buoyed by 5 points in 4 games with the team's AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. This sounds like a short-term gambit by MacT to get some quick hands on the powerplay, which is 29th in the league as I'm sure he's well aware.
It's also nice to see Zack Stortini will also get the call-up, even if he doesn't seem like NHL material and is a painful reminder of last season's last-half futility. The lug also has 5 point in 4 games, with 21 PIM to boot. Enjoy the spiffy amenities, Zack! There's some catered snacks in the player's lounge fridge. Just don't touch Shawn Horcoff's whey powder.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Posted by mike w at 9:39 AM