• Leaks from the tailings pond

    by Tyler Dellow • January 17, 2011 • Uncategorized • 13 Comments

    *I present the complete list of players to play at least as many games as JF Jacques (131) with 14 or fewer points. The number in brackets is the number of fights they had and, where applicable, games played for 1992-94 Ottawa Senators:

    Richard Zemlak, (59)
    Ryan Hollweg, (29)
    Brian McGrattan, (53)
    Kevin Kaminski, (36)
    Jay Caufield, (49)
    Dan Kordic, (55)
    Darcy Loewen (9) (123)
    Jesse Boulerice (41)
    Brantt Myhres, (55)
    Shawn Antoski (52)
    Andrew Peters (75)
    Riley Cote (51)
    Cam Janssen (74)

    Jacques has fought 14 times in his career.

    I am by no means a Zack Stortini fan – he seems like a likable fellow, if a lousy hockey player but a) he seems to be a better scorer than JF Jacques and b) he fights more. Stortini won’t say a word about sitting out but he’s probably got a legitimate gripe here. Jacques’ numbers would probably be much worse if he hadn’t enjoyed a nice little run of first line time during the inexplicable Pat Quinn reign – while I don’t precisely remember when that experiment ended, he had 5 points in his first 13 games, which leaves him with 9 points in the other 118 games he’s played in his career. Stortini’s certainly never had that and he’s managed to put up 40 points in 251 games while fighting 78 times.

    It’s been said many times, many ways but JF Jacques is a criminal waste of a roster spot. Toughness has to be able to play if it’s not a brawler (leaving aside the debate of whether brawlers are useless) and he simply can’t. There will come a time, if everyone gets healthy, that some players get sent to the minors. If Linus Omark goes down because JF Jacques is on a one way contract, someone should get fired.

    *Steve MacIntyre is taking 5.5 penalties (coincidentals excluded) per sixty minutes of playing time. This puts him second in the NHL amongst players who’ve played at least ten games and is the sixth highest number in the last four years. He is only rarely permitted to roam the ice but he has put the Oilers a man short one more time than he’s taken a fighting major. If Linus Omark goes down because Steve MacIntyre is on a one way contract, someone should get fired.

    *The Oilers PP is currently in an 0/37 slump that was brilliantly displayed during the conclusion to last night’s game with Anaheim when they had a 6 on 3, on which Koivu broke his stick and still got nowhere. The record is surprisingly difficult to track down. According to Dan Tencer, who contacted Elias Sports Bureau, the record for consecutive games without a PP goal since the Oilers joined the NHL is 14 – the Oilers are currently at 11. I checked and the Leafs went somewhere between 0/51 and 0/59 in that time. I make the odds of getting to 60 in a row at about 4.4% and the probability of getting to 100 unsuccessful PP’s in a row at about .02%.

    *According to www.sportsclubstats.com, the probability of the Oilers making the playoffs is 0.021%. If the astronomically unlikely does not come to pass, it will be the first time in club history that they’ve failed to make the playoffs five years in a row.

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    13 Responses to Leaks from the tailings pond

    1. kish
      January 17, 2011 at

      Re: JFJ; as jarring as that stat pack is, I would guess that most casual to semi-serious Oiler fans would not find it surprising at all. Its not as if you need these stats to wonder “Why is he here?” or “Why has he been here so long?” Or more importantly, “Why the F did he get a one-way contract in the first place?”

      To fend off the depressing effects of this post, I’m entertaining myself by imagining the reaction of Lowe and Tambellini upon being presented with this info and being asked, “so, what’s your plan here?”

      There is no audio in my daydream; only the silent, stunned, slack jawed expressions of grown men paid 6 or 7 figure salaries in compensation as senior management in a multi million dollar for profit business. (/insert assessing joke here)

    2. freeze
      January 17, 2011 at


    3. January 17, 2011 at

      Of COURSE useful, effective guys like Reddox and Omark will get sent down because Steady Steve is completely incapable of recognizing what everyone else in the universe can see: he’s handed out way too many one way contracts to useless flesh lumps.

      I’ll always love the Oilers, but they sure seem hell-bent on making it difficult to like them.

    4. Tyler Dellow
      January 17, 2011 at

      @The Human Torch

      What’s really frustrating about this is that it’s possible that Reddox is a useful hockey player who can fill a fourth line role going forward. The seventh year of assessment of JFJ isn’t helping us find that out.

    5. January 17, 2011 at

      I haven’t read the dailies today but I’d say that the Oilers may just think of holding out 10-14 until the end of this homestand or maybe even for the five games left until the break.

      So then the bills come due and decisions are made. I expect 46 will be dealt as soon as 10-14 are healthy and 22′s waived. I don’t think 33′s going anywhere though.

    6. Greg Saint
      January 17, 2011 at

      Keeping JFJ makes sense if you’re trying to lose games, which, as has been pointed out, is what management has the incentive to do at the moment.

    7. Mike W
      January 17, 2011 at

      I saw that list of Senators and actually burst out into a chortle.

      Even for a team that is getting a free pass to suck, there is still to behold in the day-to-day incompetency of Tambellini as a GM.

      And because I wasn’t aware of J.F. Jacques’ one-way status, that’s just the icing on the cake.

    8. Triumph
      January 17, 2011 at

      Interesting to note that Hollweg, the player with the 2nd least fighting majors, mostly played on Renney’s Rangers – he has always loved this type of player.

    9. Tyler Dellow
      January 17, 2011 at

      Greg -

      I see your point, to an extent.

      Here’s the thing though: I’m reasonably sure that this isn’t part of a master plan. Jacques isn’t playing that much – 7 or 9 minutes a night or something. We’re reasonably certain that he’s completely useless – I’d argue we’ve known this for a while as I was writing utterly cynical posts about him last year.

      If the plan was to run up losses, fine. As it stands though, he’s basically just playing a bit role and taking up time that could be given to players who might have an NHL career at some point. I’ve got a suspicion that, at the end of the year, we still won’t know what we have with guys like Omark. It’s because we’re pissing away time on guys like Jacques. That’s frustrating.

    10. Chris
      January 18, 2011 at

      Cool read, how did you compile the players list?

    11. January 18, 2011 at

      @ Chris

      Try this.

    12. January 18, 2011 at

      I can’t seem to get the link to work; in any case it’s probably from hockey-reference.com/pp

    13. Chris
      January 19, 2011 at

      Thanks! So who is the toughest on that list? Haha

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