Friday, February 1, 2008

Tarnstrom's exile ended by trade for ... some dude? (Updated 8:15 p.m. ET)

Breaking on TSN.ca: Dick Tarnstrom has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Curtis Glencross, whoever that is. His scouting report from TSN:

Assets: Is an industrious, physical forward who usually keeps the game as simple as possible. Can score goals on occasion, and is a solid role player.
Flaws: Must fill out his 6-1 frame in order to become an NHL regular. Will always need to outwork opponents, as he's not good enough to make it on talent alone.
Career potential: Reserve winger.

Wow, that's not especially exciting. Brad Isbister, anybody?

Anyhow, he's 6-6-12 and plus-3 in 36 games for the Jackets this year. Don't have time to look at what kind of minutes he plays. If anyone knows more, please post here.

Bonus fun fact: He's a former Duck (signed in '04), so it's like Lowe got to make one last trade with Brian Burke, but did it through the equally familiar but expontentially more cordial Scott Howson instead.

Oh well. We weren't playing Tarnstrom at all, so something for nothing. I guess?

UPDATE 8:15 p.m.: Donald of UAA Hockey Fan Blog (good read, incidentally, I urge you to check it out) writes in to shed some light on this mysterious former Alaska-Anchorage Seawolf name called Curtis Glencross:

Chris,

Was reading about the Glencross trade to the Oilers and figured I'd share some thoughts ...

Curtis is the kind of player that a lot of fans latch onto as a favorite for one reason ...

He brings it every shift.

I watched a couple of his good development years (02-04) here in Anchorage with the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves in the NCAA. He put up 21 goals in 35 games as a sophomore in a league that many would argue (former WCHA players have been quoted) is as good as the AHL. I'm not saying that he is any sort of sniper but he can bury the puck. He skated most of this season on a line with Fedorov and was doing so mostly to create space for Fed's. If he can find a good situation (fit) on a line with the Oilers then he could bag 20 goals. But all that supposition aside ...

He loves the hitting game. He was known in the WCHA for it. I guess I'd liken him to a Parise (at NJ) but perhaps without the "pure knack" for the net.

When he played here in Anchorage we fell in love with his play because his heart was so huge. He could literally take the team on put it on his back with just his effort. He was inspirational. He played with an excellent playmaker so that helped his good
numbers (20+ goals in a WCHA season is real nice). He "LED" the team to it's best post season finish.

I was sad to lose him after just two years. I was glad to see him catch on with Hitchcock in Columbus (who loved his ethic) so I hope Lowe has a little patience if Curtis doesn't light it up right away. The more minutes he plays the more positives there'll be
for the Oilers. There's definitely a few sad folks in Columbus because ... like I said ... he's one of those "fan favorite" kinda players.

Good luck with him. I hope you learn to love "some dude". I'm thinking you will. The more you watch the more you'll like.

Sincerely,
Donald
Lord knows we could all use something to like about the Oilers these days.

19 comments:

MetroGnome said...

Well, at least a couple of his 6 goals came against the Flames this year (including a game winner), right?

David S said...

"Bold. Unconventional. Uncompromising."

Yeah man. Perfect.

I feel another drinking game coming up.

Kirk said...

Good luck and godspeed Bleep Tarnstrom.

the Prez said...

No injury/illness-prone Swedish defencemen? I feel so alone...

Jorge said...

This guy will definitely help the shootout lineup...

And the Oilers blueline just keeps getting stronger and stronger.

Matt said...

The Gnome is right; I wrote in early December that Glencrossed is the new Stempniaked, and actually rolls off the tongue better. Here's hoping his magic is most effective against the Canucks and Avs.

Anonymous said...

6-9 min. TOI in the last 5 games or so.

I'll miss ol' Bleep #23

Bethany said...

Glencross is a stud and is always willing to give it his all. He plays hard every single night. Best of luck to Glencross...I'll miss him.

Andy Grabia said...

Is he playing tonight? That report from Donald has me kind of excited.

Andy Grabia said...

Vic's already got us on our way to a Glossary add for Glencross:

And Glencross, along with any two other players, one named Glen and the other named Gary. They could play on the Mamet line; be miserable, swear constantly, try to steal each other's goals by claiming phantom deflections, and just generally darken our view of humanity.

Black Dog said...

Haha.

Hey, buddy has more goals then a lot of the Oilers - I'll take him!

Third prize is you're fucking fired!

mike w said...

HOW ABOUT THEM OILERS?!>!?!?!

Christ.

David S said...

Man, I should have a drink every time Stoll breaks a stick and a double shot if the other team scores in the process.

I'd be in the hospital every second Oilers game.

d said...

Is there any chance Katz can start doing some house cleaning now? Perhaps before Monday's game? It's my first Oil vs. Lames game live and I'd prefer not to boo my team.

Thanks.

Chris! said...

I've been playing Rock Band all night and haven't seen the score. I take it we did bad?

Chris! said...

Pff. 4-1? That's what we expected. The way you guys were talking, I figured 6-1 for sure.

Scarlett said...

Chris, the score is deceptive. They actually played excellent in the first, got the first goal and then Oilers hockey kicked in. ARGH!!!

Jamie said...

Not that anyone really cares (5 days after the trade), but Bleep Tärnström is still in Edmonton.

Thanks to CiO's google adwords, I followed a link to a Swedish paper www.kvp.se/sport/ishockey/1.1034616/pappersstrul-stoppar-tarnstroms-flytt that mentions visa problems. Tärnström is awaiting his US work visa and in the meantime is skating with the Oil Kings. At soonest he can play will be Friday.

Have another slurpee and enjoy the Edmonton weather Bleep!

Anonymous said...

Living in the east you definately didn't see Glencross rip up the Flames on HNIC that one night. I like the kid, and he likes Edmonton. You sure know who Glencross is now don't you?