Friday, February 09, 2007

Whether you're walking a metre or a mile...

...You've got to do it one step at a time.

The young man in the Hawks jersey is (Winnipeg product) Cam Barker. If you trust quotes from HFB, Barker is the "best defenceman not playing in the NHL right now" and he represents one of many blue chip defensive prospects stabled in the windy city these days.

Edmonton hosts Chicago tonight amid all kinds of trade speculation (apparently we landed Pitkanen today - it was an exciting fifteen minutes of BS to say the least). A Chicago paper claims that the Oilers have sent scouts to recent Blackhawks games to ogle Duncan Keith among others, but tonight I couldn't care less.

If you were to look at Edmonton's place in the standings and the games they have ahead of them and follow that look by deciding that the Oilers *will* make the playoffs, you would be in effect taking tonight's win for granted. If Edmonton is to claw back into the playoff race, they are going to have to win an awful lot of hockey games from here on in.

And if that's the case, they absolutely cannot afford to leave 2 pts on the table tonight.


Blogger Showerhead said...

My apologies if I preempted you Dennis - I'm just getting antsy as game time approaches.

2/09/2007 6:20 pm  
Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Hadn't heard the Pitkanen deal? Where did that rumour appear? Or do I even have to ask?

2/09/2007 7:00 pm  
Blogger PDO said...

Pitkanen, Hatcher and Nodl for Lupul, Gilbert, 2nd and 4th.

2/09/2007 7:03 pm  
Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Where did you see/hear it?

2/09/2007 8:03 pm  
Blogger dawgbone said...

It was posted by touchstone at Oilfans first, and someone read it there then posted it on HF.

2/09/2007 9:48 pm  
Blogger RiversQ said...

dawgbone said...
It was posted by touchstone at Oilfans first, and someone read it there then posted it on HF.

Touchstone posted it as a work in progress though and I think the HF guy re-posted it as a done deal.

2/10/2007 11:02 am  
Blogger joninabox said...

I'm fairly certain the touchstone guy doesn't have any contacts and is just pulling everyone's leg for a few laughs. He posted some email last week with a few tidbits apparently directly cut from his source's email, who supposedly works for some media outlet. The funny thing was, pretty much every player mentioned had their name spelled incorrectly, and he mentioned some info that no one outside of the Oilers organization would possibly know. To me, it just seems like this recent rumour was a way for him to gain some more cred in the eyes of the Oilfan membership. Post a plausible seeming rumour as a nearly done deal, then report that it's been pulled of the table. Who's going to say he's wrong? Seems pretty dumb if you ask me. Especially when if you actually look into it a bit, Nodl is a prospect that Philly won't move. He's putting up numbers that would be quite pleasing for an early first-rounder, and the Flyers lucked out on him in the second.

2/10/2007 1:48 pm  
Blogger RiversQ said...

joninabox said...
The funny thing was, pretty much every player mentioned had their name spelled incorrectly, and he mentioned some info that no one outside of the Oilers organization would possibly know.

Well, if you call two letters translated a spelling error. "Tuytin" and "Roszival" are just as easily explained by lazy typos as they could be explained by ignorance. In short, that inference is proof of nothing IMHO.

Personally, I've seen nothing but reasonable stuff out of the guy. Sure there's the occasional funny business, but I chalk that up to the upstream nature of most of the stuff he posts - he's normally posting offers, not agreed upon deals. ie. The Oilers might ask for Nodl, but it certainly doesn't seem likely that they'd get him.

2/10/2007 2:44 pm  
Blogger joninabox said...

Hey, the argument is tenuous at best, I'm aware of that. The thing is, if you check out even his most recent post, where he is presumably typing, he mispelled "Pitkannen." I just think it's funny his source and him make the same silly typographic errors.

Even then though, there was some pretty damning replies regarding connected media members saying there was absolutely nothing to this.

Don't get me wrong, I like reading rumours as much as the next guy, but I just don't think anyone should take anything this guy says to be based on any actual occurrences in the real world.

2/10/2007 7:22 pm  
Blogger Bank Shot said...

In one of his earliest posts Touchstone talked about phoning into radio sports shows in various cities and talking to the call screeners about possible trades and rumors. We're talking about 3rd or 4th hand information here.

He claims his Oilers source is legit and important, but he never explains how it comes about that he gains said source so I have my doubts. Going from calling into radio shows to aquiring a high level source with access to sensitive information a couple of weeks/months later seems like a stretch. The fact that he his track record is Eklundesque in nature doesn't help either.

2/10/2007 7:23 pm  
Blogger RiversQ said...

Hey, I agree the guy could just be nutters, but he's nailed more than a few and generally his stuff makes sense. Heck, his most recent post over at Oilfans was pretty damned conservative.

2/10/2007 8:48 pm  
Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

I took a look at that thread. MJ taking shots at HF is getting a bit tired - the HF pendulum has swung a bit, I think. I haven't really participated at either site of late but there've been more threads at HF that I found interesting.

All these cats with rumours are tools. I'm kind of half kicking around the idea of Eklund sting with someone. I'm genuinely curious about him and his operation - I don't see how the money is there to support it. I'm doing some digging on him to try and find out some more about his organization. Odd stuff.

2/10/2007 10:02 pm  
Blogger Dennis-IOF said...

No sweat SH. I had a post ready to but Blogger's being an idiot when it comes to me signing in;)

2/10/2007 10:44 pm  

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