And there’s a Cactus Club. Always a Cactus Club. My dream is to win the Cup, and then take it to the Cactus Club, where I shall drink out of it. Alone.
The seven-year deal made financial sense. But, this year, my teammate left. Well, Evander Kane didn’t leave — he got a serious injury. So, I had to step up. After 27 goals last year, I’ve got 14 in 30 games so far this campaign. I’ve got four in the last two games. Have to stay on top of it, because the NHL never sleeps.
People always say that NHLers don’t want to play in Edmonton. But, eventually, I realized all the Oilers and their fans really want are some skilled players and a few hard-working labourers. If you want to be on the cover of NHL 23, then the jobs are available, but they are back East. But, hopefully, we’ll be a little more consistent, take advantage of an easier strength-of-schedule over the next couple of months, and emerge from the middle of the pack in the West. We can’t throw away a game like we did on Thursday against the Blues. Giving up a game-tying goal, with 19 seconds left to go in the game, that’s tough. And while we were on the power play, too.
“We were pretty careless with the puck in the last 30 seconds, and we put ourselves in a position to not win the game in overtime,” said our coach, Jay Woodcroft. But coach refused to blame any single player for the defeat. He kept going back to the idea that you win or lose as a team. Sure, it’s a cliche, but it’s nice to know the coach isn’t going to blow you up in the media for having a bad game.