The apologists are out in force. MacT could not have possibly landed another veteran centre because:
- None of them would have agreed to come to Edmonton
- None of them would have been better than Leon, Marcobello or (heaven forbid) Baby Nuge
- The Oilers would have had to give up assets to acquire one
- Derek Roy was the only option
So let’s just call bullshit right here and right now.
But first, let’s take a look at what centre depth actually looks like.
When Carlos Santana picks up a guitar, a blind man in an underground bunker would immediately know who is playing. A sublime talent. The Patrick Kane of the music world.
And then there is Eric Clapton. I’d like to think of an NHL comparable but there really isn’t one. For those of us old enough to remember, Clapton is like Johnny Unitas, the best QB ever to play the game.
He’s a musical surgeon with the “calmest feet” in the game…a man who can play with anyone anytime and come out a winner.
Of course, 2 elite centres will only take you so far so, the wise GM will also look at his bottom 6.
A couple of minutes into the ZZ Top piece, Eric Clapton reveals why he chose the Texas rockers to close the Crossroads Guitar Festival…worth a listen.
Before moving on, I would like to take a moment for a special FUCK YOU to Lowetide poster DELOOPER who not only has maligned my taste in music but has identified himself as just another apologist:
Ahem, hockey, yes… Did MacTavish have much options in the way of acquiring centres over the summer? It sounds like he was pretty heavily constrained. It’s hard to say if there were any suitable centres out there that would have negotiated well with him. I don’t recall everything that happened this summer (had too many other things going on) but it seemed like there was no clear homerun trades to be made at centre.
This one is for you Sparky.
So, we’ve learned you can’t sing with a clarinet in your mouth.
But what have we learned about acquiring centres to play on an NHL team?
A couple of days ago, we heard from Jim Nill.
“If you want to be one of the elite teams, you have to have it,” Nill said of elite center depth. “I came from Detroit, we always had it. It was Yzerman-Fedorov, Zetterberg-Datsyuk. You look at the other teams that are winning on our side now, you need to have two elite centermen. We knew that was a little bit of a weakness on our team
SEGUIN, SPEZZA, HORCOFF, PEVERLEY (IN 12 MONTHS!)
What part of this doesn’t MacT understand?
Hopkins has some potential but, on a good team, he is nowhere near a #1C and on some, like BOS, LAK, ANA, SJS, he’s not even a top 6 C. Not even close.
And yet MacT is willing to go into another season with the weakest C depth in the league.
What the Oilers do have is a surplus of 4-7 D men…about 2 dozen by my count and yet the apologists don’t want to give anything up to acquire the most critical team need.
Jeff Petry and whatever else it takes to Dallas for Cody Eakin.