I thought that the picture below might be of interest to people. It’s taken from last night’s episode of Oil Change, from a shot of a whiteboard covered with what appeared to be a depth chart. The guys putting the documentary together were pretty careful to avoid displaying anything on screen (or spoken) that might be controversial but I thought the bottom left hand corner was interesting for those who wonder about the goaltending pecking order.
*A declaration that the 2010 Draft marked the real beginning of the Steve Tambellini era. This is, I believe, the Fourth Tambellini Dynasty
*This was immediately followed by a scene with Tambellini reporting to Daryl Katz on some discussions that Kevin Lowe was having with Scott Howson. One would have thought the general manager would lead those discussions but who knows. Tambellini discusses a move that Howson has available to him – he can acquire someone from the Philadelphia Flyers for the fourth overall pick. They don’t want to say who they’re discussing, so they just loop some audio over his name. It’s hilariously obvious. Plus, when Katz follows it up by laughing that Howson won’t take on $5.5MM, you can be pretty certain he’s talking about Simon Gagne.
*JJ Hebert refers to “Mr. Hall” and “Mr. Seguin.” I can’t tell if he was kidding, like how you might jocularly refer to a friend as “Mr. So and So” or if his job really requires that he address teenagers as “Mr.” God help him if it’s the latter.
*The voiceover guy introducing the segment on July with “While most of Canada recreates…”
*Renney talking to the kids at rookie camp: “There’s been a little bit of an entitlement impression here, at least. Entitlement means thinking that this is owed to you or that you’ve done your time, ‘Give me the prize, give me the cookie’ and it doesn’t work that way.”
As funny as that was, it became a little bit funnier when you saw a discussion that occurred after or during a game between the Oilers and Coyotes on September 29, 2010. There are some shots of a big whiteboard in what appears to be the coaches’ room with a bunch of names on it.
The observant will note that everyone with a red check mark next to their name was cut and everyone with a green check mark next to their name made the team. Probably the most interesting one there was Theo Peckham – there was a lot of discussion to the effect that guys like Richard Petiot and Shawn Belle had a shot to make it but, given this, one suspects that the decision was already made by that point. Given the complaints of Omark and Giroux, it’s perhaps noteworthy that the only forward of the thirteen who they’re currently carrying whose name you can’t see is Eberle – I doubt he hadn’t made the team at that point.
While I don’t entirely understand why a team would look a training camp as an opportunity to seriously determine who should make the team – you should know enough to know what your team is going to be well in advance – I don’t really understand why teams run training camps the way that they do. I suppose they want Omark et al. to get some exposure to how the Oilers do things and you want them to think that they’ve got a chance to make it but I question how much a chance any of those guys really had. Maybe there’s no other way to do it but to lie to them and hope that they’ll lie to themselves but it seems a bit absurd, particularly when you’re talking about the end of entitlement and things being wide open.
*Ales Hemsky is apparently coated in bubble wrap before being sent off to play hockey.
*”Quit beaking off at the referees, quit beaking off at the linesmen…” – Dennis has cracked on this being a western expression before and Renney, a good western boy, is not exactly doing much to defeat that stereotype.
*And, I’m paying for this documentary apparently – tax credits are involved. Do the Oilers pay for anything themselves? Dressing room upgrades funded with tax money, hagiography from the taxpayer…it’s always the taxpayer.