Monday, November 17, 2008

The Big Dog House


"When we signed Dustin we thought he'd be a top-two-line player," said MacTavish as the team prepares to face the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

"We thought the contract ($4.25 million average for five years) was a starting point for him, but he views it as a finish line. I can't watch it, certainly not for another 2 1/2 years," he said.

Actually, it's 3 1/2 years. Edmonton Journal, Nov. 16, 2008.

Sixteen games into this young season, and Craig MacTavish has had it up to here with Dustin Penner sleeping on his furniture and pissing on his rug. In a must-read post and thread from yesterday, Lowetide suggests that in calling out Penner, MacT has chosen his hill to die on (can we call it Hamburger Hill?). No doubt it's a bad spot for the coach — what happens next is completely up to Penner. If he manages to crawl out of the dog house with a little more offensive consistency and a lot more dedication to becoming the player the Oilers hoped he would be, than MacT has shown he still has one hand on the whip and will live another day. If Penner quits on him, though, than MacTavish's days are officially numbered. Not just speculatively. For realsies.

Frankly, I'm not optimistic that Penner can pull it out. An argument has emerged as to whether Penner's terrible counting numbers this year are a result of MacT's not using him in the right situations (not enough time on the PP, too much time on defensive assignments). Like Tyler, I'm not sure this is the issue. Bottom line is for $4.25M a year, you've got to be one of the players who is driving the bus. If Penner wants out of the dog house, he has to make things happen. To be honest, I've yet to be convinced he is capable of that.

Going to be a long, cold stay outside, boy. But hey — there are worse dog houses to be stuck in, I suppose. (WARNING: Do not watch these videos until you are ready to have your mind COMPLETELY FUCKING BLOWN.)

Part 1


Part 2

21 comments:

Black Dog said...

Ok, who slipped me that peyote?

Art Vandelay said...

I got bored waiting for Spanky and Alfalfa to show up.

loudog said...

LOL.. thats some funny shit

Chris! said...

You'll rue this day, Art Vandelay.

BenJammin said...

Dog-gone good fun.

boopronger said...

Pissing on his rug? No, Woo peed on his rug. The chinaman is not the issue.

raventalon40 said...

Penner beat his career numbers last year and yet he's getting reduced ice time this year. How is he supposed to perform?

Answer: ask the guy who acquired Erik Cole with the expectation that he would be a top 2 line player.

Expected Penner to be a 1st line player? Hardly possible when everyone wanted to keep the Kid Line together.

Darien said...

Arrrrooooooooooooo!

Garnet said...

Ah, but could the dogs beat ... the bears?

http://withleather.uproxx.com/?p=11863

gary b said...

Hamburger HELPER Hill?

Rock Deputy said...

jesus... if MacT can't scare Penner into scoring, those videos sure will.

Kirk said...

Looks like Penner got the message (for one game, anyway.)

Boopronger: I don't think chinaman is the correct nomenclature for our times.

doritogrande said...

My morning tea... clearly it's been laced.

Anyone else getting the pinnochio effect when watching these? I keep hearing the line "I....got no strings, to hold me up!" running through my head.

Barry Mantelope said...

apparently flames fans are claiming they won the cup in 04;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiOGBwu6mEM

jon k said...

The hockey jesus returns and nothing on CinO?

hunter1909 said...

You guys seriously need to restart this blog.

Just because the Oilers are run like a bush league club doesn't mean any one of you need to feel bad in any way.

To the Edmonton Oilers "organisation": You're just a bunch of hicktown conmen. You're the descendents of those medicine show shills who no doubt used to live out of covered wagons 150 years ago, or 1000 years ago(see Bergman's 7th seal movie for reference), ripping off innocent people under the guise of "entertainment".

You lie and lie and lie on top of past lies. You live off of the fact that some of you got lucky and were able to play with some very great players. None of who(Dave Semenko aside LOL), who have anything to do with this rotten club today.

You all basically make me want to puke.

PS: You can take that pathetic 7th game finals loss and shove it where the sun don't shine, because that's the high water mark of your post dynasty careers.

uni said...

Not going to be as verbose as '1909 above, but I do greatly miss the odd posts on this blog.

If it's the end for now then so be it (everyone has their own lives to attend to); I just want to say thank you for the many posts over the many months that have been so entertaining.

Best of luck to you gentlemen (in a non-backhanded way) in the future =D.

A normal best of luck to the Anaheim 'Mighty' Ducks this season.

Scarlett said...

Come back! Don't be like the Lames (bandwagoners) and get posting again.

T.C. Shaw said...

What strange brain fever has Lowetide in its grip, for him to trade Garon for a clearly inferior goalie? Is this a salary dump, or what? I thought Garon was basically solid between the pipes... What gives?

Rock Deputy said...

Penner's got a nice dirt-stache going...

Doogie2K said...

What's old is new again. Penner one of three bag-skated, per TSN.