Saturday, June 16, 2012
Awaiting the first reference to the Oilers following the Kings' model.
Take me out to the back 40 if you do, as my old man would say.
After every season the talking heads, most of them dummies, point to the Cup winner and say, there, there is the model that everyone should be following.
So when Anaheim and Boston win then teams should get big and tough and try and intimidate clubs. Never mind the big tough teams that flame out in the first round or never even make the playoffs because they can't skate or play hockey or don't have future hall of famers on their blueline.
Detroit wins? Fill the executive suite and manage by committee. Like the Leafs.
Chicago or Pittsburgh? Tank. You know, like the Islanders or Atlanta. Also ignore the fact that Chicago was terrible for almost two decades before just sneaking in as their window closed.
Have key guys on entry level contracts. Right? Makes sense. If your big guns are cheap (Getzlaf/Perry, Toews/Kane, the Pens stars) then you can surround them with proven and pricey quality. Its a good strategy except Boston only had Seguin on his entry level deal and he was a bit player last year and the Kings only had Quick. So you don't NEED guys on their entry level deals although I would agree that it makes things easier.
And on and on it goes.
After the Kings won, a commenter at Lowetide's had a checklist:
Franchise goaltender - just like Carolina, Chicago, Anaheim and the Penguins.
Franchise defenceman - again like Carolina. Also the Penguins.
Depth down the middle - this, more than any other, makes sense. But all of these Cup winners had depth at every position. I would rate centre as more important then the wing but you're not winning the Cup without quality and depth on the flanks as well.
You want to know what you need to win the Cup, well, its a special little crazy obsession of mine. If you come here often then you know what that is.
You can draft them or trade for them or sign them or pick them up on waivers but that's what you need. Good players and as many of them as you can amass.
The LA Kings second line was Dustin Penner, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Their second line.
This is what makes me crazy about the Edmonton Oilers and their style of management. They discard useful players constantly. I'm not going to list all of the ones tossed aside since June 19th 2006 because I'm afraid the enormity of it would crash the internet.
And I am sure you are tired of hearing about it.
But to win the Cup you need to get into a position where you can win it. We might mock San Jose and Vancouver and Calgary but every year recently (though obviously no longer for the Flames) these clubs made the playoffs and with good teams and from there all you can hope for is some luck and some good health and then who knows ...
Good players. Nick Schultz is a good player. He is also a guy who the Oilers might have picked up (or an equivalent) without giving up another good player in Tom Gilbert. Ryan Smyth is a good player and yet he may be out the door. Ales Hemsky is a good player and yet he was almost sent away. When Dustin Penner was moved the Oilers were lauded. Yesterday Dan Tencer called that trade 'highway robbery'. A top six forward on a Cup winner for two guys who have nothing under the belt yet. I like Klefbom a lot but its this attitude that reflects why the Oilers have been a league joke forever.
Good players. Get good players. That's all that matters.
Posted by Black Dog at 1:59 PM