First Star, Worst Star: February 22, 2015

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Like sands through the hourglass, so is First Star, Worst Star. 

FIRST STAR

dubyyoung

Who could have predicted that this 8 year old wood shop teacher would grow up to haunt the dreams of Oiler fans for years to come? 

After an absolutely atrocious season last year that saw him post career low numbers, be traded twice and bounce around between the NHL and the minors, Devan Dubnyk is back with a vengeance! 

Since being traded to the Wild on January 15th, Dubnyk has put up a sparkling 12-2-1 record including FIVE(!!!) shutouts, bringing his totals on the year to 21-7-3 with a 2.20 GAA (5th best in the league) and a .925 SV% (4th best). At this point if the Wild make the playoffs he will be one of the biggest contributing factors, if not THE biggest.  

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a guy go from “He’ll never play in the NHL again”** to “he could get some serious consideration for the Vezina” in less than a calendar year. Goalies: making less sense to me than women since forever and always!

And for Oiler fans, we get to sit back and enjoy the fruits of the “drafted and developed a player and then sent him on his way for another team to reap the benefits of his prime playing years and ability” system the Oilers have perfected over the last decade.  

**Which, for the record, I always thought was insane. HE HAD ONE BAD SEASON ON THE WORST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE! Jeeze! 

WORST STAR

Morgan Riley said a dumb thing on Friday. This caused Twitter’s outrage machine to hit peak capacity, which caused seemingly well adjusted people to react as if Morgan Riley had committed a crime against humanity. THAT, in turn, caused the “WE’RE NERFING THE WORLD CAN’T EVEN SAY A MISOGYNISTIC THING ANYMORE WITHOUT THE PC POLICE KICKING YOUR DOOR DOWN TO TAKE ERR GUNS AND ERR JAYBS” people to come out of their caves to argue with the righteously offended, and the whole thing just caused me to have a mediocre Friday afternoon. So THANKS everyone! 

Everything about it was dumb from top to bottom, and mostly I just wish we’d stop holding up 20 year old kids as the supposed bastion of our morals. We’ve all said stuff in our lives that we look back on embarrassingly, and just because a kid is really good at hockey and has a microphone shoved in his face doesn’t mean we should take anything he says any more or less seriously than we would your average, shitty 20 year old dude. 

TL;DR: Hockey players, knock off the misogyny. People in general, stop overreacting to everything all the time. THAAAAAANKS! 

  • BlazingSaitls

    I think Reilly meant to say play like little ‘female dogs’, if you know what I mean, but censored himself and said girls instead.

    Not defending, just saying…

    imo MacT is the worst star for crediting his personnel moves for the Oilers marked improvement all the while still protecting his Eakins decision.

  • Dirtski

    I found this article incredibly interesting regarding double d’s turn to success…oiler enough it comes down to what opportunity new management on new teams provided him with..and he’s supposedly at the vanguard of something that will change goalieing forever…

    Revolutionary technique helped Dubnyk rebound
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/m_news.htm?id=754075

    Btw writing this from my cellphone in a house in da hood of south Africa, don’t ask why I’m thinking about oilers out here…it’s the nightmares they follow you everywhere. I’ve been safe so far despite being in some risky areas, yet my mind tells me somehow on my last day on my way back a gang of zebras, lions, and cobras will chase down the cabb otw to the airport and bite me slowly to death and leave my dead carcass to the laughing hyenas that will sell my organs on ebay then use the profits to buy animal crackers…also on ebay and from themselves. Sounds stupid and doesn’t make any sense? Then it’s bound to happen.#becauseoilers.