So.. where to start? Last night Sam Gagner went 4G, 4A for 8P tying Oiler records from the past set by Gretzky and Coffey. I for one believe this accomplishment is in fact greater than doing it twice during the 80’s (as Gretzky did). The game is so different, and to compare the rosters from then and now would be foolish, that didn’t stop Gagner and that’s what makes this one of the most amazing records ever set by an individual player wearing an Oilers-jersey.
This also made Gagner trending. The official Twitter-account Edmonton Oilers tweeted that Gagner was now trending in Canada, I replied Sam Gagner was in fact #1 worldwide which made them retweet me. Obviously that led to a bunch of people retweeting me and all of a sudden I found myself (or well, my Twitter-handle, dohfOs) trending in both Canada and Edmonton.
The funny part, except a Swede making it to the Canada-trending list (last couple of times I’ve seen that happening was perhaps when Zibanejad scored the gold-winning goal in WJC, Alfredsson being ASG-captain and Landeskog getting drafted with the number two pick - I like the company) was that I had a typo in my tweet, my one 15 minutes of fame and I can’t even spell correctly. Tending? Oh ffs.. Good job me. And why did I trend and not this awesome guy (see below)?
Just heard Jason Gregor interview Ales Hemsky. Hemsky explained he could stay in Oil Country, but it’s not in his hands at the moment as he has yet to hear from the Oilers management and he wants to see the terms before saying anything else. Fine, I could see why the management might see the future of this team being on a path without Hemsky in the picture. But seriously, they haven’t even spoken to him yet?! SAY WHAT! That just doesn’t compute, that’s not OK, Hemsky is a top-6 guy, whether you like him or not. He’s a fine player still in his prime. How can you not talk to him about a possible extension? Even if they reckon they might not meet his demands they still NEED to talk to the guy. Hemsky likes it in Edmonton for all I know with his Alberta girlfriend and all. YOU TALK TO HIM! It doesn’t matter whether or not he’s in your plans going forward, you still talk to him! ..and with Hemsky now putting this out there, I just can’t see how Hemsky will be an Oiler coming into the next season, I just can’t.
Which could lead us to the next topic of today. Omark just tweeted he’s back playing again and will return from his injury this Thursday when the OKC Barons head to YYC. I reckon Omark might struggle a bit for the first couple of games, he almost always does when it comes to “the first couple of games”, but I hope he’s back playing for the Oil post trade deadline.
Im ready to play but wont play tonight. Next week on thursday for sure !! #comback— Linus Omark(@Limpanomark) February 3, 2012
Oh, and Lander loves playing in Edmonton he just recently said in a interview. I wonder how long he will remain with the big club though..
Oilers Linus Omark who’s currently in Oklahoma City will be removing his cast today according to Barons coach Todd Nelson. Omark have also made a brief interview with the the Swedish local paper NSD where he made clear he won’t be returning to Luleå or Sweden this season.
Freely translated by my Swedish Oil brothers in arms, Juan (I suggest you give him a follow, there are two of us dumb Swedes).
“When you’re out this long, you realize how much you love hockey. It’s tough watching the others play. (I’ve done) upper body workout almost every day, and I’ve done a lot of [off-ice] shooting. We’ll see how much that will helped once I hit the ice. (The upper body workout) has made me stronger, but I’m not sure that’ll make me a better hockey player.
My goal has always been to play in the NHL - and it still is”.
And finally.. Omark on the possibility of him returning to Sweden this season:
“Well… to be honest, there is no chance at all.”
If you haven’t already I also suggest you read my previous take on the matter, Omark haven’t even thought about heading back to Europe.
Olivier Roy ECHL Goaltender of the Week Comments
As mentioned on Twitter a day or three ago Oilers prospect Oilivier Roy have done it again. Won the ECHL Goaltender of the Week award. Good for him, and good for the Oilers who really seem to have two goalie prospects behind Khabby and Dubey in Roy and Bunz. Obviously an ECHL Goaltender of the Week award might not say _that_ much but it looks to me as if Roy is constantly improving and if nothing else, that’s a good sign.
There have been so much news this week so I don’t know where to start and what to feel. Oilers are now without RNH, Gilbert, Eberle and Whitney.. add to that, the loss of Brule on re-entry waivers (best of luck in Phoenix!) - a guy that I’ve always felt for and now Kytnar is getting a emergency recall to the Oilers with O’Marra feeling ill. Glad Kytnar might get the chance of his life, but I would’ve like to see Martindale instead. Way more potential in that kid but I suppose they went with the defensive aspect and experience.
MPS is back with the Oil. I’m glad. Omark will remove his cast any day now and he was joking he should be ready to play this weekend, that won’t happen of course but god damnit I miss him.
Latest on Klefbom.. his own words:
“The more ice-time I see with Färjestad during the remainder of the year, the bigger the chances are that I’m trying my luck on the other side of the pond as soon as next season”
To be honest, if Fowler was ready to make the jump in 2010 and Larsson in 2011 - I see no reason why Klefbom wouldn’t be ready for 2012.
600k Swedish viewers saw Sweden win the WJC-gold medal live on TV. The game started at 2AM and ended around 5AM. To put in in others numbers.. that would (since I have mainly Canadian followers here) mean that if Canada want to reach these numbers during the WJC 2014 (when it’s hosted in Sweden) ~2100000 Canadians have to stay up in the middle of the night to watch Canada play.
But seriously.. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canadians will beat the crap out of that number.
It’s fucking unbelievable. I can’t describe it, just listen (to the crowd)! I was so fucking nervous but now we’ve won this fucking gold!
Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom directly after winning the WJC gold-medal.
Klefbom was also named in the WJC all-star team and basically none of the “highly regarded” Swedish journalists and “experts” did not see Klefbom as the best Swedish player along with Friberg of the entire tournament.
After the Oilers drafted Klefbom I wrote:
I’m thrilled we ended up with Klefbom, not only is Stu a magnificent bastard, the pick itself is equally magnificent.
I still stand by those words.. Some have raised concerns as Klefbom haven’t been able to produce in points either in of the SEL nor the WJC but as Steve Schulte told me tonight on Twitter; Klefbom proves stat sheets aren’t everything.
Grattis till guldet Klefa!
Merry Christmas everyone and/or as some of you say, happy holidays!
And yeah, us Swedes celebrate Christmas today (on the 24th) with tomorrow being just any other red day in the calender, well.. apart from the fact we’re going to church for once, pretty much the only time during the year (not counting weddings or funerals).
Either way - Have a good one!
Props to Jasmine for putting together the video..
Latest update on buddies Linus Omark and Teemu Hartikainen below..
Omark had his cast removed last Wednesday (14th. same day he returned from Sweden) as scheduled, had it recast and is now scheduled to have his new cast on for another 4 weeks. Doctors happy with progress and happy with how it’s healing. OKC Barons want to take it easy with Omark though and make sure it heals completely so that when he comes back, “he comes back running” - as Barons coach Todd Nelson chose to put it. Omark is expected to be back 2nd week February.
Hartikainen is pretty much healthy as is and would suit up and play if they were playing playoff-games. They are not however and things are running just fine (as in, they’re winning!) down in OKC so no need to rush things. Christmas break will give Teemu Hartikainen a couple of extra days off and rest. Expect Hartikainen to return shortly thereafter.
Oilers MPS audio interview, on being sent down and playing in the AHL with OKC Barons.
As aired on the Jason Gregor show, Team 1260, earlier today. Good interview and, unlike some certain Linus Omark, Magnus Pääjärvi basically say all the right things. Here’s too hoping MPS find his game and Oil bring him back sooner rather than later.
Kirill Tulupov Video Interview
Dunno what it is, but I’m really starting to get a thing for the Tulip. As I bet you’re all aware of by now, I mentioned it here on the Swedish Oil, Patricia Teter had a very long chat with him the other week in a rather impressive interview. I just happen to bump into this video interview (shown above) and as I hadn’t seen it before, I’m guessing some of you guys have missed it as well so I thought I ‘ought to share it.
Really hard not to like him. And I’m really starting to hope he signs with the Oilers sooner rather than later. He feels, looks and talk like a real athlete and the Oilers could use both his nasty side, heart and likability.
MPS fantastic goal in the shootout and his equally fantastic comment on it!
While I’ve been somewhat questioning why Renney haven’t been using Magnus Pääjärvi in the shootout with the Edmonton Oilers, he sure didn’t wait to make a mark down with Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL.
His own explanation of how and why he did it is just picture perfect, both that and the shootout are featured in the video above.
MPS > Peter “Foppa” Forsberg
I didn’t see the game, but listened to it on the radio, OKC Barons play by play commentators sounded impressed with MPS throughout the game. OKC Barons now top the league! I can’t help to wonder how a game between the Oilers and the Barons would turn out, especially if you add a healthy Omark, a no longer suspended Green and the heart of Tulupov (who finally got himself a standard player contract with OKC) to the mix..
Cheers to Chris for the report.
So, listening to the Jason Gregor show where he and Robin Brownlee were talking about the latest move the Oilers made, or didn’t.. depending how you look at it.
The Oilers roster is “full” so they had to send one down (or make another move). Gregor had MPS pinpointed on a plane leaving for Oklahoma City (Barons) and I don’t blame him. MPS haven’t produced so far and he’s not been used as much as most people thought he would be going into this season. It didn’t happen, MPS remains with the team and Teubert sent to the minors. Gregor asked for people to call in and discuss the topic, but living in Sweden.. well, that would cost me a shitload of money (sorry, but you’re allowed to curse pretty much wherever in Sweden) so I obviously didn’t. I decided to post some thought here instead.
Apart from MPS being able to help the team down in Oklahoma the main thing people talk about is that this is hurting the development of the Swedish player, he’s not playing enough - he NEEDS to play more for crying out loud! Well.. yeah sure, I see your point. And to an extent, that is true. But, at the same point remember the fact that he is a Swede. We do things differently and we always have compared to the NHL. Each team in the Swedish Elite League (SEL) play 55 games per season, so talking regular season, if you’re healthy the most games you can play is 55. MPS is currently on pace for 77 games this season, and that’s in the NHL. That total will most likely be less even if MPS would stay in the NHL all season long but even if it does and even with less ice-time than he “perhaps” would have wanted, he will see way more ice then he would’ve, had he still been playing in Sweden. Does sitting in the pressbox hurt his development? Nah.. I wouldn’t say that it does. He’s stabilizing himself in the town, getting to know people, earning a healthy sum (keeping him happy), not being spit at by the Swedish media core for getting sent down (I’ve touched on this before, Swedish media think little of the AHL) and he gets to practice - and play with some of the best players in the whole wide world and he’s got everything he need develop well (trainers, coaches, material.. well you name it - the life of a NHL pro). The same thing can be applied on Anton Lander and his development. Even when them Swedes don’t see as much ice with the Oilers - they still see a whole lot more than they would’ve in Sweden (there are reason why many Swedes look at the NHL and laugh due to the amount of games, 82, that’s played).
So does it hurt his development? No. Would he develop better by playing with the OKC Barons? Perhaps - we can’t possibly know. It could do wonders, but a worst case scenario it could lower his confidence even more. I’ve never looked at MPS as a neutral scorer, he’s more of a 2-WAY player in my eyes and what happens if he doesn’t produce big number in the AHL and he’s “stuck” there all year? ..as someone said - the AHL ain’t a easy league to play in whatever most people tend to think - no guarantees. Add to that, Lander and MPS are best buddies, they feed from each other off the ice. Send one down, you’d do best by sending them together. Some look at a demotion as a motivation factor. But trust me, sitting in the pressbox is motivation enough to get hungry and wanting to improve.
With all of this said, I’m all for sending MPS down, wouldn’t mind and to have just 6 D-men active doesn’t make sense, especially with the freaky Sutton injury close in mind. I personally don’t believe MPS won’t be able to cope with being sent down. He’s a big guy so that doesn’t bother me. All in all, it might be a tricky question but one thing remain easy - Oklahoma City Barons could sure use both of Magnus Pääjävi and Anton Lander.
There’s more too it, wrote the above spontaneously and on the rush.. so let’s take that another time.
Oh, don’t forget: #freeTulupov
#OKCBarons Brule and Hartikainen back skating at practice in non contact sweaters. Omark back in OKC in the locker room.— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) December 15, 2011
Oh.. and #IWishBunzWasThere. While at it - #freeTulupov
Oilers should sign Tulupov. There’s more hearth and character (and hockey) in this Russian than there is in several other Oilers currently under contract.. + we need our own funny Russian-guy who’s more similar to Bryzgalov. Khabby doesn’t cut it - even with him being a goalie.
If you haven’t already. You really should check out the Kirill Tulupov interview put together by Patricia Teter of The Artfulpuck. Rumor has it Mr Tulupov is quickly becoming something of a fan favorite down in Oklahoma and I can see why.
We Built This Smitty. Almost too good to be true. A song dedicated to Ryan Smyth (who else) by TEAM 1260 and Nielson. Speaking of “hits”, this could actually be one for real. Or is there anything stopping this song/cover from becoming a major one in E-Town? Question is, when do we get to hear it after Smitty scores in Rexall Place? Sort it out Gazzola, Dittrick and Victoria!
Also, as my fellow Swede and Oiler (yeah, there are more of us!) Snoeflekz put it after listening to a radio interview with Linus Omark discussing his injury and the Oilers..
It’s nice to hear Omark speak well about the Oilers organization. Seems to be no bad blood, even if he was frustrated being scratched.
Oh, and I’m now passed 400 followers on Twitter (how did that happen?).
Last but not least, Bruce McCurdy said it:
Is it too soon to point out that Oilers have won more Stanleys than the other 7 teams in their new conference combined?