Saturday, July 26, 2008

Slow news days

Mike York in a better time. Also: bring back the old uniforms!


Anybody catch that riveting exhange about blogging between HF Boarders and Oilers Bloggers lately? It's interesting because when you throw in what it means to have a blog in today's modern society, what with MSM also having blogs, and the blogging line between blogging amateur and blogging professional becoming ever more blurried and more bloggy, creating a web-blogger tectonic shift, if you will... that I ...uh...

SWEET LORD when does actual hockey start?

In a month I'll be reduced to watching Craig Simpson offer power skating tips on the NHL Network's Hockey Academy, or worse yet, a "classic" Leafs game on LeafsTV (almost always guaranted to be in black and white). Actually, I would never go that far. The natural biorhythm of a CinO blogger allows for other healthy activities other than hockey during the summer, including cucumber sandwiches and tawdry romance novels at the beach, wearing ladies' underwear because it "feels better," and of course, bonzai tree pruning. And yet, I've noticed a slight tingling phantom pain in my oversized foam finger, so that must mean I'm almost ready to get excited about the Oilers just missing the playoffs again.

For now, one must subsist on little morsels like ex-Oiler Mike York signing with Columbus (his agent now claims he never signed with a KHL club). I went out of my way to denounce the Mike Peca-Mike York deal in 2005, as Peca was making almost double York's $2 million salary, had a bad knee, and was just another overrated big name in the league. I wasn't really wrong as Peca only tallied 23 points that year (compared to York's 52), but it came out about even anyway, with Peca playing well in the Stanley Cup run while York pretty much went off the rails after that season (bottoming out at 14 points with Phoenix last season). It's a shame because York was one of the best players for the Oilers just before the lockout, and he was a decent two-way forward.

What happened? You hear little whispers about conditioning, and I guess some Philly fans took to calling him "York Peppermint Fatty," which is probably more than enough to kill a man's career in a league where Shawn Horcoff's idea of a guilty snack is cottage cheese sprinkled with whey powder.

In the meantime, York's contract is super cheap ($750,000) and a two-wayer, so Columbus GM Scott Howson doesn't have much to lose. Then again, York's best season was almost half a decade ago. And it seems like a long shot in an increasingly Islanders-esque roster that includes Mike Peca and Raffi Torres, along with typical odds and sods Mike Commodore, RJ Umberger, Kristian Huselius and ... I kid you not, Steve Kelly (yes, that Steve Kelly). Eight seasons in and it looks like Columbus still doesn't have a playoff team.

PS: Glen Murray? No thanks.

8 comments:

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Doogie2K said...

Forget the Islanders, they've got a starting lineup stolen from yesteryear's Battle of Alberta.

Nuckels said...

Odds and sods? I would take Commodore, Umberger and Huselius over any combination of 3 current Oilers. Me thinks Columbus has a better shot at the playoffs than the Oilers this year. Leclaire is by far a superior goalie to Rollie and Garon...

mike w said...

Commodore, Umberger and Huselius over any combination of 3 current Oilers.

Personally I'd rather keep Tom Gilbert, Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky.

No doubt Columbus has a good goalie in Leclaire, and I actually liked the off-season pickups mentioned, but who's their number one defenceman? Christian Backman? Fedor Tyutin? I see three middle pairings at best.

And I don't see how they can improve a whole lot on last year's 194 GF. Anytime Manny Malhotra, Mike Peca (and RJ Umberger for that matter) are possible number one or two centres, that's a bad thing. No wonder they signed York. It was desperation.

Jonathan said...

What happened? You hear little whispers about conditioning, and I guess some Philly fans took to calling him "York Peppermint Fatty," which is probably more than enough to kill a man's career in a league where Shawn Horcoff's idea of a guilty snack is cottage cheese sprinkled with whey powder.

Priceless. Poor Mike York.

mike w said...

Poor Mike York.

He really was a good Oiler, like Tommy Salo for a couple years there before his game went all poopers.