Saturday, August 28, 2010
And so it has come to this. Khabibulin will be going away. Maybe for a month. Maybe for longer. As the father of three young children my tolerance for folks who have a bunch of drinks and then get behind the wheel is pretty well zero. People talk about deterrence not working in terms of stopping folks from not thinking but I'm pretty sure that if the first drunk driver stopped tonight was executed at the roadside by the cops that would probably get a lot of people's attention.
Our millionaire goaltender friend was lucky in one respect, that being that he didn't run into anyone that day.
And so he is going to go away and then he may be suspended and if anyone thinks that an aging goaltender coming off of back surgery who is going to miss camp and then probably a portion of the season is going to be able to provide even adequate goaltending for the Oilers this year, well raise your hand. We could probably fit the lot of you into a Honda Fit. More likely on a moped.
The biggest losers in all of this are the Oilers of course. This signing is the one that just keeps getting worse and worse. It makes the Souray deal look like the gold standard in comparison. Four years for an aging injury prone keeper was bad enough and inevitably he went down last year. Now its probable that another year is going to be wasted with DD and ADD between the pipes. The best part about the Khabibulin deal, other than the Oilers are stuck with it, is the fact that the market has been flooded with younger cheaper alternatives each of the last two summers and will probably be again next year. They could likely have this year's Cup winning goalie for half of Khabibulin's ticket and just a single year if they so desired.
This team hasn't missed the playoffs four years (soon to be five) because they need a new arena or because of Edmonton or the fans or bad luck. Its been bad management through and through and here is just another example of it. Oiler fans get ready because we're heading for the lottery. Again. And then get ready to wave goodbye to Hemsky and Penner because I would guess that playing through their primes with these losers probably isn't what they have in mind when it comes to their futures.
Posted by Black Dog at 8:00 AM