Daryl Reaugh Gives The Oilers Some Love
I suspect that most people who read hockey blogs have Dallas TV colour man Daryl Reaugh's blog on their bookmark list. If you don't, you should check it out, dude is hilarious.
Anyhoo, Reaugh has a hate on for Detroit so that probably colours his view of the Oilers a bit in this circumstance. Still, kind words backed up with some numbers on his entry today, which I've excerpted below.
Why are these other paper upsets not real upsets? Well let's examine them on a case by case basis starting with the grand daddy, Oilers-Red Wings.
The Oilers weren't really an 8 seed and the Wings weren't Gods gift to the NHL.
Give the Oil Dwayne Roloson in goal and Sergei Samsonov on the wing for the entire season and Edmonton would have been neck and neck with the Wings and Stars atop the Western Conference.
And here's another thing, if you take the records of the eight Western Conference teams that made the playoffs against those other seven teams the pecking order is as follows:
San Jose 16-13-7
And from a post a few days ago discussing Turco's struggles, a Salo comment that should resonate with some Oiler fans.
For reasons that are beyond any ones comprehension, in the regular season Marty Turco is fully deserving of being included in an elite class of goalies that boasts Martin Brodeur, Dominik Hasek and Miikka Kiprusoff in the four-some, but come playoff time it's becoming harder and harder not to group him with the Tommy "Just Good Enough To Lose" Salos, the Chris "It's All Your Fault" Osgoods, and the Dan "Can't Get It Done" Cloutiers of the world.
Mudcrutch has an excellent post today in his blog, Edmonton-Detroit Aftermath: The Night Of
I suspect that he'll struggle to find people that agree with him on this though.
I'm sure that everyone who reads here is well aware of Oiler blogs: Lowetide, Covered In Oil and The Battle Of Alberta ... all of which are excellent and linked on the occasionally disappearing IOF sidebar. Black Dogs Hates Skunks is also linked there now. Always a good read, chronic optimist Pat won't let you lose your faith. An important first blog stop after an Oiler loss. :)