My apologies for making the South Park reference but my boy, Timmy Thomas, almost single handedly won the Stanley Cup for the mother-fucking Boston Bruins. Screw the Great Wall of China… there ain’t NOTHIN’ getting past Tim Thomas!
Oh yeah… Vancouver? Fuck you. Assholes.
PS: I hope the golfing is good. BWAHAHAHA!! Viva Le Oilers!!
Tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Kings marks the end of an era for the Edmonton Oilers and their fan base as play-by-play great, Rod Phillips, calls the game for the last time ever tonight on 630 CHED.
Rod’s career has spanned 3,542 games, 37 years and 5 Stanley Cup championships. Oilers writer, Robin Brownlee, details the monumental occasion on OilersNation.com in a far better way than I could.
I’ve been lucky to catch a few of “Rod’s Classics” this year, where Rod has returned behind the mic for ten games to do the play-by-play. Hearing Rod’s excitement and passion for the game takes me back to when the Oilers were in their hay day, chewing bubble gum and winning Stanley Cups (and they were all out of bubble gum in those days). I also wouldn’t discount his influence over my own ‘no holds barred’ vocal insanity while watching the Oilers play, even to this day.
Enjoy this game, Rod. Hats off to you.
If you’re a fan of the Edmonton Oilers, then this season could mark the light at the end of a very long and very dark tunnel you’ve been traveling through for about a decade. That being said, the tunnel isn’t as long as the tunnel the Toronto Maple Leafs have been driving through but… well, they’re the Leafs and they’re destined to suck for all of eternity.
There have been bright spots here and there; none of them burning brighter than the 2006 run for Lord Stanley’s Mug. With the Oilers coming out of nowhere all the way to game seven of the Stanley Cup final which, ironically, would spell the beginning of the end for the ‘old guard’ Edmonton Oilers. The team continued their tailspin for the next four seasons with the fourth season (2009-2010) marking the team hitting absolute rock-bottom; they finished dead last in the league, a first for the Edmonton Oilers.
However, with every death there is an inevitable rebirth. And at the NHL Entry Draft, the Oilers would use their 1st overall pick to select Taylor Hall to be their phoenix rising from the ashes of their burned-out team.
Previous draft years had yielded picks Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner and the YouTube scoring wonder, Linus Omark. Going even further back, we can note players who have made it into the line-up on a consistent basis like Theo Peckham, Andrew Cogliano, Taylor Chorney (although not currently in the line up) and current backup goaltender, Devan Dubnyk.
Mixing a few wily veterans in with this much young talent, you get the feeling that it’s only a matter of time before the team can be considered to be a contender again.
I must admit that, in the past four seasons, I’ve been one of those fans who has been publicly chiding Kevin Lowe for offering up a multi-million dollar, multi-year deal to Shawn Horcoff after the 2006 Cup run. Prior to this season, number 10 had done little and offered up very little in the way of… well… anything of note since the spring of ’06.
This season, however, marks a pivotal time in Horcoff’s career. He would be named the 13th captain of the team and would centre two of the hottest young stars to enter the league, Jordan Eberle and the newly drafted Taylor Hall. With the roster being chock full of young players, the team needs a veteran player to step into a leadership role… a role that Tom Renney and the rest of the coaching staff feels belongs to Shawn Horcoff.
And not only has Horcoff been given the nod for the ‘C’, he’s also been centering two of the golden boys of the Oilers’ new era, Hall and Eberle. That’s no small responsibility; grooming these two young men into the future of the franchise. Let’s just hope that Horc is the guy that can do that… and with him out of the line-up due to knee injury, we hope that he can make his way back to continue working with not only these two rookies but leading the entire team. I’m not expecting great things to happen this year however, eventually, I think the Oilers can build themselves into a Stanley Cup contender… if they play their cards right.
And speaking of golden boys, let’s check out Linus Omark’s “cheeky” shootout goal from the other night against Tampa Bay… because I can never get tired of seeing this:
After a incredibly brutal season that dropped them to the basement of the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers secured the #1 draft pick in yesterday’s NHL Entry Draft. And with it, they picked two-time Memorial Cup MVP Taylor Hall. I can’t wait to see this guy in an Oilers uniform… let’s just hope they don’t absolutely crush this dude’s talent with management idiocy.