Thursday, March 27, 2008

Last night's game makes me feel sad

The death trap known as Rexall Place...

"On Tuesday, when members of the feasibility committee met with the Edmonton Journal's editorial board, there were already dark hints that without a new arena, the Oilers could leave town when their current lease expires."

Paula Simons, The Edmonton Journal

That makes it the second time in four years that the Edmonton Oilers and their minions have threatened to leave town if they didn't get what they want. The first time was during the "cost certainty" PR campaign during the lockout, and now it's in regards to a new arena within six years. Who could have guessed it.

As well, last night's game against Minnesota hurt. It hurt real bad.

27 comments:

Dare said...

The ominous dark hints! HEEELP!

wuzzles said...

I take it the push to screw Brian Burke isn't enough any more? At least Kevin Lowe's excited...

http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=402271

garnet said...

Nothing's assured on the Burke front. We could still finish as low as 14th in the west if this team has suddenly realized it's got little to play for.

Jon G said...

With Katz stepping up to buy the team I highly doubt that with his 30 million dollar mansion he will want to see his newest toy leave town. The arena will likely get done and if not let's look forward to the next 6 years minimum.

garnet said...

Hold it! Morrison and, gulp, Luongo are out for a bit for the Canucks, the latter to attend to his pregnant wife:

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=232955&hubname=

Here's what I want for Luongo: a totally perfect and beautiful child, and a safe and healthy delivery that somehow manages to take a week longer than normal.

marriedtotheoil said...

@garnet: Seconded!

(My word verification was "vixvglk" which is exactly the sound I made when that third goal went in last night.)

doritogrande said...

"a totally perfect and beautiful child"

You realize this is Luongo, right?

The kid's going to come out with a greasy mullet.

Anonymous said...

"On Tuesday, when members of the feasibility committee met with the Edmonton Journal's editorial board, there were already dark hints that without a new arena, the Oilers could leave town when their current lease expires."

This why Katz would not sign a no-movement clause in his purchase of the team. He is first and foremost a business man, and its only the cold and calculating business men who ever build businesses which flourish. I'm sure Katz wants to stay in Edmonton as his #1 goal. But i'm also sure, he can cut his emotional ties quickly if theres a buck or two to be made elsewhere.
As for the 30 mil house, big deal. I know of at least 100 of them in Vancouver and TO :)
Anyways, build a new arena. You guys need one, Northlands is full of memories, but you Oil fans need new ones, otherwise you start to sound like LEAF fans...

Eyeris said...

I really don't like Paula Simons. Because every time I read her column, I feel like she's pushing an agenda down my throat, no matter how much I'm not buying it. I'm not sure whether she just has strong opinions (in that case, I can justify it since the whole point of having a column is a forum to sprout your opinions), or she's just really really gullible. I mean, just because you find a press release or a "rumour" in your inbox, it doesn't mean it's going to happen! I'd like to know where these "dark hints" are coming from. Pat Laforge? Katz? The coaching staff? The crazy drunken dude that stumbled pass me when I walked along Jasper Ave tonight? Because that drunken dude is not to be trusted!!!

Also, I don't understand this (constant) treat of moving away. The Oilers, by comparison, is in a very healthy NHL market, receiving very healthy revenues from a very healthy fanbase. This is a fanbase that'd do pretty much anything to keep the team in town. It's as stable of a money generating machine as it can be. For Katz and for the League. I just don't see any catastrophic events, whether it involves the downtown arena or lack thereof, that's major enough to anger or destroy the franchise to the point that it needs to move away.

This is a golden goose. And I'd like to think that, as stupid as Bettman can be at times, he wouldn't sacrifice all that to chase the Kansas City market. What will become of the Battle of Alberta storyline if one team moves away. I mean, looking at all the angles, there's far more obvious harm done to the franchise, and the League, in moving away.

mike w said...

The Oilers, by comparison, is in a very healthy NHL market, receiving very healthy revenues from a very healthy fanbase.

The Oilers are one of the few teams that are actually making the salary cap go up.

The team isn't going anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Threats to move would only be effective if there was a rational other option.

Where could the Oilers possibly move to that would provide them more than they have now? A bright shiny new arena is useless in terms of generating revenue if it stands empty.

A new arena in Edmonton is one thing - but threats to pick up their pucks and move don't hold any (frozen) water.

Jeff said...

The Red Deer Oilers?

alan said...

This is a fanbase that'd do pretty much anything to keep the team in town.

Which includes supporting a taxpayer funded arena for their billionaire owner if said owner threatens, even vaguely, that without the new arena he may have to move the team.

For Katz and for the League. I just don't see any catastrophic events, whether it involves the downtown arena or lack thereof, that's major enough to anger or destroy the franchise to the point that it needs to move away.

I agree completely. However, the threat to leave will remain as long as there is additional profit for the owner to realize if he can gain public opinion. It has happened before for tax breaks, sweetheart lease agreements, parking and concession deals, lottery funds for the team, and it will happen again for the new arena. As long as there is a fanbase that will do anything to keep the team in town, an owner will test those limits to see how far the public is willing to go by hinting that the team may need to leave.

If Joe public thinks that Rexall is a fine place to watch an NHL hockey game for the next 30 years, then he may not be willing to shell out for a new arena. If same Joe public is told that the NHL will not be here for the next 30 years unless he supports public funds for a downtown arena, well then you've probably won some more support for your cause.

Eyeris said...

I just wish Joe Public realizes that NHL has nowhere to go but stay and stop giving in to empty threats. I wish somebody can slap him awake. Sigh.

The Oilers is that greedy wife that keeps threatening to divorce you unless you buy her more expensive trinkets. Except she really can't do any better if she actually leaves. The Oilers is like the Heather Mills of this city ... wow, this analogy is totally busted.

Chris! said...

Does it really matter if Heather Mills can't do any better than McCartney? She's rich as fuck now.

The Oilers, on the other hand... I can't imagine a single available location in North American that would prove to be a better hockey market than Edmonton.

Paul said...

Hamilton or Kitchener-Waterloo perhaps

Chris! said...

Hamilton and K-W are perhaps comparable, but by no means better.

mike w said...

Goddamn Oilers.

Anonymous said...

Where are the updated articles? The oil's playoff chances are hanging by a string and the pessimistic authors of this blog are not to be found? I'm craving my weekly reminder of why this team is not good enough to make the playoffs!

And I quote:
"Holding out hope that the Oil could somehow make the playoffs is folly of the most misguided, soul-crushing variety."

Check out this site to see the odds of keeping the dream alive vs having your heart broken again.

http://www.sportsclubstats.com/
NHL/Western/Northwest/Oilers.html

mike w said...

I'm craving my weekly reminder of why this team is not good enough to make the playoffs!

It's the weekend, we're drunk.

...but also: happy?

garnet said...

Heartbreak update: chance of making the postseason party now reckoned to be 11%, which sounds about right, but if go 2-0 in our final games it's up to all of 38%. I know, but we'll take it.

JohnSmith said...

Dear Mr. Covered in Oil.

So now that you have published this quote, do you still feel that a new arena should not be built? Do you want to lose the oilers for a few thousand bucks out of your pocket?
I certainly do not. The oilers are almost everything to me. I truly love this team almost more than I love my wife. Now this might seem sad to other, but to me the oil do not fight, bitch, nag or upset me while I play poker. Watching the Oilers at times are the only thing that My wife and I enjoy (even though she only likes to watch them lose as she is a calgary fan) Now stating this I want everyone to know that the city cannot lose this team. It is what we live an breathe and has even encouraged you to write on it on almost a weekly basis

mike w said...

Do you want to lose the oilers for a few thousand bucks out of your pocket?

Mr. Smith,

The Oilers are revenue leaders in the NHL, so the idea that they'd actually follow through on their threats to leave town is hardly believable. Indeed, the Oilers subsidize true small-market teams like Nashville.

They also have free reign over Rexall, which isn't going to collapse anytime within the next 30 years. In the meantime, Katz can basically build an arena out his own pocket anytime he wants.

Temujin said...

In the meantime...

All of your 8th place are belong to us!

LittleFury said...

So not only will the new arena revitalize downtown, it will also help unhappy married couples continue to live a lie.

Is there anything a new arena can't do?

JohnSmith said...

lol, i by no means am an unhappy married couplet (?) living a lie but i am poker player who does not like to be disturbed during big hands - which always seems to be the case.

Doogie said...

Is there anything a new arena can't do?

It can't keep your girlfriend satisfied while you're watching the game. I'm not sure if this is an argument for vibrators in the seats or a new girlfriend, but there you go.