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11-17-2003, 10:18 AM
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Conklin named Defensive Player of the Week

Good for him. He played very well this week.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=60880

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How long is Salo out? Can Conklin win the starting job?

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Good for him. He played very well this week.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=60880
The dirty little secret about the AHL is there are lots of players who toil there because of contract SNAFUs with under-performing high draft picks. Probably if your in the top 15% of the AHL you are better then the bottom 20% of the NHL but DUNDER-HEADED GMs not wanting to look bad and lose their cushy paycheques must eke out every concieveable nickle of money poorly spent on already signed players with 2 way contracts. (I'm not taking a shot at K-lo here - but the DeadWing Walking is a pathetic situation)

Ty was a standout in the AHL playoffs last year and could no longer be ignored. He is ready for prime time and that bodes well for E-Town especially when and if Tommy gets healthy and regains his form. Imagine solid #1 quality tending split between Ty & Tommy for the next 65 games. Like the old sage says, 'Optimism certainly has its up-side.'

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Congrats Ty. This kid is playing with a ton of confidence right now and is winning games for us. I like Salo, but it's tough to ignore the situation. If Salo can come back and play like he can then we have 2 great goaltenders, but if what we've seen so far in 2003 is how he's gonna play all year, then we are gonna have to make some changes, simple as that.

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Probably if your in the top 15% of the AHL you are better then the bottom 20% of the NHL

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I don't think that's necessairly true. I remember one year swanson and chimera were in the top three in ahl scoring for most of the year (until swanson got called up), and neither one of them has proven to be very good at the nhl level. Chimera might become a good player, but swanson looks like he'll never be more than a career fourth liner, if even that. The ahl is a good league, but success there does not mean success at the nhl level.

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Congradulations Ty! And thanks for the article! This is where I check up on all the latest Oiler news!

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Congrats to the Conkster!

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I don't think that's necessairly true. I remember one year swanson and chimera were in the top three in ahl scoring for most of the year (until swanson got called up), and neither one of them has proven to be very good at the nhl level. Chimera might become a good player, but swanson looks like he'll never be more than a career fourth liner, if even that. The ahl is a good league, but success there does not mean success at the nhl level.
It is a hard theory for me to prove because even when AHL guys come up their is a whole initiation process they must endure. The minor leaguers without Pedrigree (high draft picks earning good AHL $ or who have one way contract) only get limited ice time, play with the lower end talent who might be slowing them down.

Plus they are all on the steep learning curve to learn new systems and are highly stressed because of having to move. Life skills are tested and they all must earn respect from the veterans, coaches, referees, fans, etc.

The trend lately is to keep players longer in the minors if possible so they mature and toughen. Plus when they finally get their chance they don't blow it for silly reasons like say Danny Heatly did. But the new OLD GUARD that through nutition and year run training combined with the extremely defensive systems play has a stranglehold of today's NHL are slowly giving way to the young offensive talents. The pendulum has begun to swing back towards winning with excitement again. Even New Jersey is scoring more goals.

Soon now a large scale turnover of player personnel can and will happen. With the lockout looming and no hockey next year, aging players with long term big contracts might be forced to retire earlier than they would. Personally, the sooner we get the Jagrs', Jashins', etc. and their obscenely large contracts out of the league the better. The Swansons can't get a decent shot when too many older, too highly paid, players keep hanging around. Coaches and GMs tend to go with the devil they know more than the "?" they don't. That's my 64 questionable Cdn $$ worth of ramble.

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If he can work on and improve his rebound control hes going to be a solid
goaltender for us. Then maybe Tommy can play less games, not totally exhaust himself, and perform like he did in 2000-2001.

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If he can work on and improve his rebound control hes going to be a solid goaltender for us. Then maybe Tommy can play less games, not totally exhaust himself, and perform like he did in 2000-2001.
Exactly, Conklin does need to control his rebounds a little better as do most goalies Tommy included. Tommy plays better when rested and challenged. Lately, the Oilers have been playing much better in front of Conklin then they were in front of Tommy. But when a goalie makes the big save it revitalizes team committment.

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