Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mt. Goatmore - The Edmonton Oilers Edition

By Dan Moser
(Editors note: I've been sitting on this gem of a post for a long time now. I was planning on waiting until after our annual (this blog could last a couple years right?) season preview posts but unfortunately, the guest blogger is taking his sweet ass time, come on bud, I know you're not busy, I can see you playing NHL09 from my "desk"!

Welcome to Mt. Goatmore! If you only read the terrible blogs (that was nice, I didn't link anyone!) and avoid the good ones, you probably missed Mt. Puckmore features posted during the summer by Yahoo! Sports Blog, Puck Daddy and Editor, Greg Wyshynski.This post has been designed as a spoof of the successful and fun Mt. Puckmore pieces in which the four faces of each NHL franchise were discussed and displayed in a Photoshoped picture.

Praising four players really doesn't seem like the appropriate style for Oiler Spill though, so we have created Mt. Goatmore, which features the four players or coaches, or management, that are no longer with the NHL team, but have helped improve the team, by no longer being team members. That was a confusing sentence. Simply put, the Edmonton Oilers are a better team than they were last year because these four individuals are no longer present. Anyway, enjoy Mt. Goatmore, and if you reader(s) enjoy it, this may not be the last installment.

Also credit needs to be given where credit is due, the stunning image above was created by Photoshop wizard Josh Moser. If you can, check out his Photoshop album.

Patrick O'Sullivan
There are no photos on Google of Patrick O'Sullivan celebrating goals as an Oiler
According to this blog, hating on O'Sullivan seems to be my new favorite thing. I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but Patrick O'Sullivan's play really bothered me last season. His 34 points last season helped him on his way to his worst statistical season since his rookie campaign in 2006/07 when he split time in the AHL. Furthermore, his 11 goals just made me sad. 

Now, I understand Edmonton was not the easiest place to play last season, but when things aren't going well for you offensively you have to get out there, work on other parts of your game and work hard in practice. If you think Patrick O'Sullivan did anything to even try to better his game last season please present your source material, and if you spoke to him one night at a bar or something like that it doesn't count.  

So how are the Oilers better without POS this season? I understand that not every player has to play 2-way hockey, and it is okay for some to be purely offensive players, but there is a catch. If you don't play 2-way hockey, and you just float around the neutral zone watching your team get scored against on a nightly basis and not providing any offence to speak of, it is not okay. Removing a player of this ilk from your roster will give you a better team.  

Pat Quinn
Despite what is written below, if Quinn brings back that duster I'd hire him in a second
Now this is just my opinion (Ed note: no kidding idiot, this is your blog!) but I think some of Quinn's coaching tactics were a little outdated. Obviously I am not an NHL coach or anything but some of his on-ice decisions seems a little odd to me, goalie selection on some nights, what lines certain players were on, the ridiculous amount of time Shawn Horcoff spent on the ice. Maybe it was his association with breaking Bobby Orr, and coaching the Leafs but I was no fan of Quinn's during the hiring process. I thought coaching had passed him by, and I was hoping Tom Renney would get the job (okay, this is where a link would be to a previous post from last season when I said I was in favour of Renney being Head Coach. This blog is too new though so just take my word on it please. Plus, I would never want to be known as the blogger that does douchey things like that.).

Like many of you, I did however enjoy Quinn's press conferences. They were often full of hilarious quotes and soundbites. They weren't funny in a Jim Mora, John Tortorella way though, it was more like when a grandparent yells at a cloud, or misplaces his slippers while they are on his feet. You know, a senior moment.

Yeah I know a lot of people were not happy about the way Pat Quinn was let go, but I disagree with them and let's be honest folks, he's making some Extra money anyway. TRIDENT!

Ethan Moreau
Former Captain Ethan Moreau in his regular game-time attire
I don't remember the last time the Oilers had a Captain that was a healthy scratch. I could probably leave it at that but I may as well elaborate. There was a time when I loved Ethan Moreau's game. The guy was pure energy and he had a knack for scoring short-handed goals, then he got the C and everything changed. Maybe it was the added pressure, maybe it was the long list of injuries, maybe it was just the fact that he got older, whatever it was his play and attitude started hurting the team.

When he played he seemed to spend most of the game in the penalty box, and not in a good way. Then he took a dreaded puck to the face

During post game interviews he always seemed to be blaming someone else, which as Roberto Luongo will tell you, is very unbecoming of a team captain. Rumours started swirling that he created a riff in the dressing room between the young and the old players, that's never good for a rebuilding team. Regardless of what really happened in the room, for the Oilers to change their image going forward they needed to shed their captain. Moreau was put on waivers, and for some reason Scott Howson was nice enough to pick him up. Once in Columbus he continued to complain about the Oilers. Classy Captain.  

Robert Nilsson
Former Oilers Cole (L) and Nilsson (R) backchecking two seasons ago
Another former Oiler who came with so much promise and left with so much disgrace. When Nilsson joined the team it looked like he would be the best part of the return for Ryan Smyth, those feelings would eventually pass. To summarize his stay in Edmonton, see my thoughts on Patrick O'Sullivan, but add a little bit more success, and a little bit more offensive talent. By the time he left the team, my favourite part of Robert Nilsson's game was that people were calling him Bobby and his part in this classic video.

Nilsson reminds me a lot of a less talented version of his father and former Edmonton Oiler Scout Kenta "The Magic Man" Nilsson. He had the same fundamental flaw that helped his father earn that nickname. Guy could be a magician with the puck, but was also guilty of having a great disappearing act. Now you see him, now you don't.

To prove what I really know about hockey, I thought an NHL team would sign Robert Nilsson for sure. Oh well, on the plus side that classic video was correct, you're gonna go far kid, all the way to Russia.

Honourable mention to Sheldon Souray. Honestly though the team would probably be better with him IN the lineup, and technically speaking he is still part of the team, or at least on the payroll.


  1. profile is off limits, but the album is open for all to view

  2. I hope you meant POS for sully as 'promise of skill'.

    ..and not 'parent over shoulder', because that is brutal.

  3. I was thinking more "Piece Of Shit," but whatever floats your boat really. All three of the POS meanings work well.

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