Friday, April 06, 2007
With every game since the beginning of March a 3-0 loss (or so it seems), I cannot remember a drearier stretch of hockey. Ever. On win in nineteen games, and that one a Bettman Special on top of everything. Unbelieveable. The only good thing from all this is that the Oilers have sunk to fourth last, finally getting passed by the Caps and Hawks. So they have an outside shot at the #1 pick or could put a package together to move up. Picks are no guarantee of course but I'd rather be in the top five then somewhere down around eleven or twelve.
Interesting to note this week in the papers - Lupul downplaying his horrendous plus/minus (means nothing don't you know?). Then Mac T calling Lupul and Torres out by name for their "absence" and the fact that thet have contibuted nothing at either end of the rink for quite a while now. The fact that he basically exonerated Horcoff and Hemsky in his next points due to the fact that both are apparently in rough shape leads one to believe that there are at least two players who may have played themselves out of next year's plans (you may throw Sykora into that mix too). Mac T has three more years on his contract - who do you think is going to win this tug of war. Lupul's possible exile may be the best news to come out of this miserable month.
Watched the Isles set up a Leaks/Habs matchup on Saturday Night for that last playoff spot (although the Islanders themselves still have a shot at it). Wait for the hype Saturday night. Can they both lose? Of course as we know you never can tell but I can't see any of these guys having a shot against Les Sabres - famous last words, huh? Smytty scored a Smytty goal and was Smytty and well, goddamn it ...
And the Sens and Penguins had a nice little war going on. Sens are already in postseason form apparently. After the highlights the announcer intoning that they just couldn't cash in their opportunities.
Highlights of the Flames and Sharks and maybe its only me but Phaneuf reminds me of Ulf Samuelsson more and more. Borderline hits. Turtling. Trashtalking. I was a big fan of Phaneuf coming up but they showed a half dozen highlights of him last night and it was all the same garbage.
Big news today in the Journal - seven pages on line as Cal Nichols reveals the real reason Pronger left Edmonton. Naw, it was his wife after all. Just confirming what we knew all along.
Anyhow Easter is here which means the Exclaim Cup, three days of hockey, some great music and, hopefully, a title for Capsule Music. Mudcrutch has asked me to run a musician or two so I'll do my best - I once had Dave Bidini chasing me around his own zone, screaming obscentities at me. True story. Should be great though. Hockey. Music. All with a homerotic subtext that has become so apparent that, as one of our players remarked last week, it is no longer subtext but rather the overwhelming theme of the proceedings.
Oh well. When in Greece ...
Happy Easter everyone!
Posted by Black Dog at 6:56 AM