140 Or Less: December Edition

Killer Bees (courtesy NBC.com)

Just like The Killer Bees, you can’t get rid of this bit.

140 Or Less used to be a weekly series for a short time, but now it seems to only come around on holidays where cranberry sauce is served. We take Twitter’s greatest hits to the @OilOnWhyte account over the past little while, and talk about them.  A recap for recaps, you could say.

In theory, it’s a terrible idea.

Let’s begin.


Gah, what a bit that was. Taylor Hall takes a big shoulder check into the boards from Colorado’s Ryan Wilson. Hall would return minutes later, but his shoulder had seen many better days. Early timetables said he’d be out a week to ten days, but it’s looked more like 2-4 weeks when all was said and done.

To be fair here, Rob said this after Ryan Jones scored his first of three goals against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.  But now with nine goals currently on the season, is 20 too big a number for Ryan Jones?  The Oilers have played 27 games so far, and it’s not too far fetched an idea to think that Jones is capable to score one goal every five or six games.  Let’s make a quick case for Ryan Jones, who has nine goals and fourteen points through 27 games.  Ryan Jones’ cap hit is $1.5M for 2011-12.  Here are some compatibles (salary listed next to name)

  • Ryan Jones, Edmonton Oilers – 14 points (9-5-14) in 27 GP (1.5M cap)
  • Alexandre Burrows, Vancouver Canucks – 13 points (9-4-13) in 24 GP (2M cap)
  • Dainius Zubrus, New Jersey Devils – 12 points (7-5-12) in 25 GP (3.4M cap)
  • Ville Leino, Buffalo Sabres – 9 points (2-7-9) in 26 GP (4.5M cap)

There’s a legitimate chance that Ryan Jones will outscore Ville Leino this year, and Jones has a third of the cap hit (and $24M less total salary on his contract).  I don’t know if I should feel better for Ryan Jones, or worse for Ville Leino.

Former Coyote Tyson Nash made mention that the Coyotes were giving away Snuggies on Saturday to the first ten thousand folks who attended the Coyotes game versus Philadelphia.  Listed attendance was 14,913.  I refuse to believe that nearly 5000 people went home Snuggie-less.

A little piece in all of us dies when the Flames beat the Oilers, it’s true. It’s almost like not being able to find the best online sportsbook.  While Ryan Smyth took a very un-Ryan Smyth like interference penalty, I can’t get too heavy on the guy.  Guy’s got 26 points in 27 games, and he was hardly *the* reason the Oilers lost that game.  Playing your second game in two days isn’t much fun either, but when you’re home, you’ve got to put on a better face than that game.

Losing to Calgary still sucks.  Like the hangover that never leaves, it’s awful.

Good!  Now I can curse in two languages.  That is, when the Oilers play the Canadiens, or whenever the Nordiques show back up.

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