But, after watching the Oilers lose their 10th straight my thoughts have been fully gathered.
Taylor Hall, almost single handedly, cost his team a game that it desperately needed to win.
His turnovers and lack of discipline were the deciding factors in the game and HE DIDN”T MISS A SHIFT.
I almost always watch the away broadcasts of Oilers games since I feel like upchucking listening to the simpering play by play and “analysis” provided by the Oilers broadcast team so I can tell you the Phoenix broadcast crew was thunderstruck that Hall’s selfish performance didn’t result in an immediate and extended benching.
However, Hall’s performance caught his captain’s eye:
“Floating around expecting another team to lie down because you’re so great? It doesn’t happen.” – Ference.
“We start a period with a power play, you’re looking for some jump. You allow two (SHG) on the same power play? It’s a joke.” – Ference
Andrew Ference with some strong criticism of the dressing room. Didn’t name names but called it “a joke” some of what’s happening in there. Ference was referring to certain players having to be convinced to be happy to be in NHL and not moping around feeling sorry for themselves.Says its been addressed countless times in room. Eakins admitted it’s an issue but wouldn’t elaborate at all. Says it’s an internal issue
Anyone who’s been around my opinions long enough would know that I’ve always thought Hall was far less than he seems. He has ALWAYS given up more than he creates and nothing has changed in his 5th season in the league.
Some of you may remember in his draft year that there were reports his head was too big to fit inside a dressing room and it appears those reports may have had some foundation and, unless the team finds some effective way to address the issue. Hall will continue to be a highly skilled liability.
There are those in the Oilers blogging community who still regard Hall as a golden boy…it’ll be interesting to see how they react as this plays out.
Sometimes you have to call a spade a big fucking shovel.
Now, please pass the Seguin….
****A Tuesday Morning Edit****
Ray Ferraro, to mind my, is along with Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun, one of the brightest minds in the hockey analysis biz..
Ferraro was on a Toronto radio station this morning and ripped Kevin Lowe, Stu McGregor (and his draft record). Worth a listen.