Well people who know me, know that Las Vegas based Slaughter is my favorite band. Straight ahead rock n roll. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Mark Slaughter is tremendous talent. So I was thinking that if I could create the ultimate setlist for Slaughter, it would look something like this:
1. Mad About You 2. The Wildlife 3. Get Used To It 4. Trailer Park Boogie 5. Stuck On You/All Fired Up 6. Searchin' 7. Love is Forever 8. Spend My Life 9. Dance For Me Baby 10. Shout It Out 11. Rocky Mountain Way 12. Unknown Destination 13. Lick It Up (Kiss Cover) 14. American Pie 15. Times They Change 16. Hold On 17. Burning Bridges 18. Days Gone By 19. Yesterday's Gone 20. Fly to the Angels (the greatest song of all time)
Encore: 21. Revolution (Beatles cover)/ It'll Be Alright 22. Hard to Say Goodbye 23. Up All Night
With the length of tenure of the coaching staff (ie. Mc Tavish) and management (ie. Kevin Lowe), there appears to be a "Boys on the Bus" Country Club Atmosphere with the Edmonton Oilers. The team won only 2 of their last 21 games last season after trading heart and soul winger Ryan Smyth. To start this season the Oilers won their first two games following it up by four losses in which they have scored a combined total of 5 goals. In addition the goaltending of Dwayne Roloson and Mathieu Garon has been poor at best. Roloson is a terrible goaltender and at 38 will not be getting any better.
The trouble withthe Oilers is that thanks to Mrs. Pronger (and others) Edmonton is not a desired place to play. The once storied franchise is now the laughing stock of the league. The Oilers have shown some phases of excitement over the past few years, but they haven't won the Cup in almost 18 years. That is a long time. Anyone else sick of seeing the Carolina's, Tampa Bay's and Anaheim's winning the Cup?
The Oilers need some drastic changes. There is a "boys on the bus" atmosphere with the coaching staff and management. OK that was cool in the 80's, but it's been nearly twenty years since the Oilers have won the Stanley Cup. As fans we have tolerated and endured hockey that has lacked passion and winning consistency on a regulkar basis. Going to the finals two years ago was based on hard work and simply a good run in the post season. We are sick of re-building, we are sick of being a farm team to other teams in the league. Maybe the Oilers should trade for the Sedin twins???
Well another season is among us. The 90th NHL Season has started over the weekend and with that we must make our annual picks for hockey fans around the world. We faired ok with last years picks as we did pick the Ottawa Senators to go to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Here are my predictions for the 2007 2008 NHL hockey Season.
Western Conference San Jose Sharks Detroit Red Wings Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks Colorado Avalanche Minnesota Wild Vancouver Canucks Edmonton Oilers
Miss the Cut Dallas Stars Los Angeles Kings Phoenix Coyotes St. Louis Blues Chicago Blackhawks Nashville Predators Columbus Blue Jackets
Eastern Conference Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers Washington Capitals New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins New Jersey Devils Buffalo Sabres Montreal Canadiens
Miss the Cut Atlanta Thrashers Florida Panthers Tampa Bay Lightning Toronto Maple Leafs Boston Bruins Carolina Hurricanes New York Islanders
Early Play Off Picks: Potential Western Conference Finalists: Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Redwings
Potential Eastern Conference Finalists: Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge hockey fan. My team of choice since I was seven years old has been the Edmonton Oilers. As it turns out, I have had a few friends who have played for the Oilers over the years. One of them, Dean Mc Ammond now plays in Ottawa. It was with utter shock when I saw the highlights from about an hour ago of the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators. At the 2:39 mark of the second period, moments after Downie had been checked into the glass by Ottawa's Christoph Schubert in the Senators' zone, Downie skated the length of the ice and took a run at McAmmond, who had just released the puck while circling behind the Flyers' net and was met by Downie coming around the other side. Mc Ammond fell to the ice unconscious and a fight ensued right over top of Dean. This hit by Steve Downie was absolutely gross. He left his feet and at full speed flew at McAmmond like a missle. It was in all honesty one of the dirtiest hits that I have seen in years. In fact this is the second dirty hit that Mc Ammond has received in the past three months. In June, Mc Ammond was hit by a very questionable elbow from Chris Pronger of Anaheim. At the time, Dean had been one of Ottawa's best players in the playoffs and in the Finals.He never played another minute in the finals and the Sens never won another game in the series.
The hit by Downie was garbage. I played hockey, you don't do stuff like that. Downie had no respect for Dean, no respect for the rules, no respect for the game. Trying to crack the line up eh? Downie why don't you get some skill and try playing the game. Running around and leaving your feet to throw a check is total Bush League. There is no place for this garbage in the NHL. Tell me is this what the NHL is looking for in a player. A player who:
blindsides other players
leaves his feet when throwing a check
throws a hit to the head
laughs after the matter/incident
This was a cheap hit. Downie you are a joke. You belong in a bush league where there is no TV coverage, no pay cheque and no talent. You don't belong in the National Hockey League. I would expect the NHL to act appropriately and suspend Downie. Dean I hope that you have not played your last NHL game. Here's to a speedy recovery. All the best.
I can't wait for the next Philadelphia Flyers / Ottawa Senators game. If Downie plays you can bet that a few of the Sens will have a few words and possibly a few other things for Downie.