30 July 2007

And the offseason gets darker still.

Once upon a time, the Edmonton Oilers had a puck-moving defenseman, a gritty workhorse captain, a heart and soul guy, and a blonde-haired, blue-eyed sweetheart of a goalie with his leetle goalie mask who bent over backward to give them a chance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs 06.

It took less than two years to tear that team apart.

Chris Pronger is a Duck.
Ryan Smyth a Colorado Avalanche.
Jason Smith is in Philadelphia.
And this afternoon, Jussi Markkanen signs with Finnish team Jokerit. (Look at him still wearing his Oilers helmet - you can tell me it's only because he obviously hasn't gotten time to get a new one made, but you can't say it's anything but depressing.)

Makes you wonder what would have happened if they'd won.

19 comments:

KMS2 said...

Seems like Pronger still would have left. Not sure about Smyth...the organization still could have decided not to match his offer. Who knows. But it is a shame how hard and quick they fell.

Steph said...

Yeah...for all we know it could have ended up exactly the same, but it's still makes me wonder. I can't imagine winning would have kept Pronger there considering how he left, but maybe the contracts would have gone through a little different.

Tracy said...

Holy hell... I've been missing in this crazy blog-o-sphere. Honestly? I hadn't even heard about this yet. Steph, you're hired to text me with these monumental updates!! Do your job... don't leave me hanging out and looking dumb. Eeek!

This is (was?) a sad, cheerless day... okay, so I stole that from the 3rd Bring It On movie... but I love that dumb girl and she's just so sad when she says it.

Steph said...

HAHA Tracy, quoting Bring It On (especially the THIRD one - wtf there are THREE?) is exactly what this blog needs right about now. And I'm sorry! I heard from Bethany! I assumed she'd texted you too or something! (And uh, after I sent thing to her, Elly, and Jordi, I kinda forgot who I had and hadn't informed.) At any rate THIS WAS DEFINITELY SAD ENOUGH TO DESERVE THAT QUOTE! Jussi :(

Jordi said...

Let's hope is kids scream that they don't want to leave E-town.

Elly said...

I think a scream of 'JUSSSSSSSI!' along the same lines of 'TAKEDAAAA!' and 'TETSUOOOOO!' is appropriate here.

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