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Barking Up The Wrong Tree

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There is a fine time for everything.

A time for dreaming, a time for wistful lust.  A time for imagination and creativity.

A time for deep thought.  We may need to spend a little bit more on that one.

A time for reaction, and a time for realization that some things don’t work out as planned.

Cam Barker has lived up to his billing, and after the next nineteen games it should be time to amicably split from this tumultuous relationship.

I don’t blame the Oilers for the one year deal.  They’re big on ‘reclamation projects’ (a term that needs to go away yesterday), and the term of 2.3M might have been a little pricey.  It would be irresponsible to hammer the team for the deal.

What would be simply inexcusable would be if Barker gets any more time than he’s under contract for.

Cam Barker had another bad night last night.  It took fifty-nine seconds for magic to happen.

I got it all out of my system last night after the game, but it’s the same old song and dance. I  get what Barker is trying to do here, and if he was able to pull it off and keep the puck in the zone, he would’ve gotten a few nods of approval. Unfortunately, he didn’t, and the play went the other way. Corey Potter is back alone, and the Blues have been pretty good this season.

This sort of thing happens to everybody on the blue at one time or another.  The only problem is, it happens more often to Cam Barker than anyone else on the Oiler blue.  Theo Peckham has looked more than one step out of place this year, but Peckham should be slotted as the 6/7 guy right now.  Barker should be 8.

There were a couple tough goals for Barker last night.  You can see them if you’d like, I’m not going to air all the poor guy’s laundry, but how he plays and Sutton sits is a complete mystery.  Rewind the tape about seven months.  Ever think I’d be sitting here demanding Sutton to play?  It’s happening.  Sutton’s here til the end of 2013, the dude should play and play often.

IT’S NOT AS IF HE DIDN’T COME AS ADVERTISED

To sum up, he is terrible positionally, he looks to have cinder blocks taped to his legs when he skates, has speed that rivals that of Andrew Brunette (no offense Andrew), has as much emotion on the ice as Johnny Five, and skated away from players that had destroyed Niklas Backstrom in the crease more times than should be allowed for an NHL defenseman.

Bryan Reynolds of Hockey Wilderness – “Why You Should Not Want Your Team To Sign Cam Barker (29 JUN 2011)

The Oilers aren’t (yet!) a playoff-calibre team.  This team is firmly wedged at 29th overall, and after all of the callups from last year, the man-games lost to injury, you’d figure that most any signing would be a good one.

It just hasn’t worked out.  When Stauffer is on OilersNow today saying  Barker could be playing in Europe if he doesn’t get his act together next season, you know something hasn’t quite worked out.

My only fear is that Barker plays just adequate enough over the next dozen and a half games to warrant an extension in management’s eyes.

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