Soon there will be plenty to talk about with regards to the Oilers, but for now I think it's fair to say that everyone is trying to squeeze the last droplets of fun from the final weeks of summer. The only pressing item comes from Jim Matheson in the Journal:
Former Oilers SportsNet colour commentator Ray Ferraro is going to work for TSN, replacing Glen Healy, who took a paying position with the NHL Players Association. Two possible candidates to replace Ferraro are former Penguin winger Rob Brown, who has done some good Oiler pay-per-view work, and Rod Phillips' longtime radio sidekick, Morley Scott.Wait. You think that Ray Ferraro can be replaced with Rob Brown? And you think Rob Brown does a good job? I realize I've written about this before, but alas: there's no greater contrast between Ferraro and Brown, and indeed Brown may be worse than no commentator at all as by the end of last season I was muting sound on PPV broadcasts. Ferraro actually did things, like talking about line combinations, set plays, and noticing who wasn't on the bench. At worst, Brown pandered to Oilers fans, rarely keeping his homerism in check to the point that it actually annoyed me, an Oilers fan. On replays, he simply re-did the play-by-play instead of offering any analysis on how the play developed and why, and overall his take on game strategy was invariably reduced to "what the Oilers need to do here is have a really big shift" no matter what the situation.
It sounds harsh, but the dude is lazy. Morley Scott may not be Ray Ferraro, but he's the obvious choice between him and Rob Brown, and is still better than the Flames regional Sportsnet guy, Charlie Simmer. But yeah, losing Ferraro sucks.
*Update* Another terrible option.
Item! Is there any drawing by BoC's Earl Sleek that isn't charming? I'd gladly Cafe Press this historical ball-point pen drawing onto a T-shirt and proudly walk the streets of Anaheim if I were a Ducks fan. A fantastic, must-have icebreaker for when waiting for the bus outside the Honda Center.