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Welcome to Mt. Goatmore! If you only read the terrible blogs (that was nice, I didn't link anyone!) and avoid the good ones, you probably missed Mt. Puckmore features posted during the summer by Yahoo! Sports Blog, Puck Daddy and Editor, Greg Wyshynski.This post has been designed as a spoof of the successful and fun Mt. Puckmore pieces in which the four faces of each NHL franchise were discussed and displayed in a Photoshoped picture.
Praising four players really doesn't seem like the appropriate style for Oiler Spill though, so we have created Mt. Goatmore, which features the four players or coaches, or management, that are no longer with the NHL team, but have helped improve the team, by no longer being team members. That was a confusing sentence. Simply put, the Edmonton Oilers are a better team than they were last year because these four individuals are no longer present. Anyway, enjoy Mt. Goatmore, and if you reader(s) enjoy it, this may not be the last installment.
Also credit needs to be given where credit is due, the stunning image above was created by Photoshop wizard Josh Moser. If you can, check out his Photoshop album.
|There are no photos on Google of Patrick O'Sullivan celebrating goals as an Oiler|
Now, I understand Edmonton was not the easiest place to play last season, but when things aren't going well for you offensively you have to get out there, work on other parts of your game and work hard in practice. If you think Patrick O'Sullivan did anything to even try to better his game last season please present your source material, and if you spoke to him one night at a bar or something like that it doesn't count.
So how are the Oilers better without POS this season? I understand that not every player has to play 2-way hockey, and it is okay for some to be purely offensive players, but there is a catch. If you don't play 2-way hockey, and you just float around the neutral zone watching your team get scored against on a nightly basis and not providing any offence to speak of, it is not okay. Removing a player of this ilk from your roster will give you a better team.
|Despite what is written below, if Quinn brings back that duster I'd hire him in a second|
Like many of you, I did however enjoy Quinn's press conferences. They were often full of hilarious quotes and soundbites. They weren't funny in a Jim Mora, John Tortorella way though, it was more like when a grandparent yells at a cloud, or misplaces his slippers while they are on his feet. You know, a senior moment.
Yeah I know a lot of people were not happy about the way Pat Quinn was let go, but I disagree with them and let's be honest folks, he's making some Extra money anyway. TRIDENT!
|Former Captain Ethan Moreau in his regular game-time attire|
When he played he seemed to spend most of the game in the penalty box, and not in a good way. Then he took a dreaded puck to the face
During post game interviews he always seemed to be blaming someone else, which as Roberto Luongo will tell you, is very unbecoming of a team captain. Rumours started swirling that he created a riff in the dressing room between the young and the old players, that's never good for a rebuilding team. Regardless of what really happened in the room, for the Oilers to change their image going forward they needed to shed their captain. Moreau was put on waivers, and for some reason Scott Howson was nice enough to pick him up. Once in Columbus he continued to complain about the Oilers. Classy Captain.
|Former Oilers Cole (L) and Nilsson (R) backchecking two seasons ago|
Nilsson reminds me a lot of a less talented version of his father and former Edmonton Oiler Scout Kenta "The Magic Man" Nilsson. He had the same fundamental flaw that helped his father earn that nickname. Guy could be a magician with the puck, but was also guilty of having a great disappearing act. Now you see him, now you don't.
To prove what I really know about hockey, I thought an NHL team would sign Robert Nilsson for sure. Oh well, on the plus side that classic video was correct, you're gonna go far kid, all the way to Russia.
Honourable mention to Sheldon Souray. Honestly though the team would probably be better with him IN the lineup, and technically speaking he is still part of the team, or at least on the payroll.