Since there’s no game thread + comments at LT’s until some time later tomorrow, I thought I’d throw one up here. I’ve tried to do it in his style and consider it to be an homage.
This is Marty Reasoner. He’s funny, popular with the ladies, and MacT will be casting long, wistful glances in his direction as he taps the fourth line for a crucial defensive zone faceoff or watches Cogliano blow another draw.
In 2006, Reasoner was a crucial part of the Oilers run to the Stanley Cup finals, as he was sent away with Yan Stastny and the draft pick that turned out to be Milan Lucic for Sergei Samsonov. Having come to the Oilers in the Weight trade, Reasoner missed the payoff to all of those painful years of development. Having endured the hard times and missed out on the beginning of the good times, he signed a two year contract with the Oilers in the summer of 2006. Good times did not ensue.
Reasoner makes his return to Edmonton tonight as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers. He’s having a fine year by the boxcars, scoring 10-13-23 in 64 and is an astounding +9 on a terrible Thrashers team. The Thrashers are kind of like the Seattle Mariners of the late 1980′s, a team that had lost that new expansion team smell and was now just a squalid mess.
Some good veterans and useful parts put in some time with those Mariners though, some older guys who could fill a hole like Ken Phelps. Phelps was lucky enough to get traded out Seattle in 1988 to New York, where he promptly stunk. The M’s did ok on that deal though, picking up a young RF by the name of Jay Buhner, who would go on to become an M’s icon during the halcyon days of northwest baseball in the mid 1990′s, hitting 40+ HR three years in a row between 1995 and 1997.
The Thrashers decided that the push to catch Ottawa for 12th in the East was more important than looking to the future, so Reasoner remains a Thrasher. Their future doesn’t look particularly bright. The Oilers’ immediate future would look brighter if MacT could tap Reasoner on the shoulder for those tough defensive assignments, relieving some of the pressure on Horcoff. Without a second veteran centre, MacT is stuck trying to handle defensive zone faceoffs with Horcoff, smoke and mirrors. Sometimes you get away with it, sometimes it costs you a point in Montreal.
Hat tip to Hot Oil for the picture.