(Editor's note: this post will be sprinkled with tweets about prospective name changes for the Condors now that the Oilers own the club outright.)
@NewWaveOil bakersfield Frackers— Bemused Indifference (@PointGiven76) January 23, 2014
The Oilers have purchased the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL. They own the Condors, free and clear. That sounds exciting, doesn't it? They now own a pool of talent one ladder rung below the Barons, and a good franchise would hopefully be able to help blossom ECHL-level talent into something that might have a chance to play in the NHL someday.
@NewWaveOil What's the word for fowl and assorted birds smothered in Oil? That word.— Romulus' Apotheosis (@RomulusNotNuma) January 23, 2014
The first thing I thought of when I heard the team was purchased was "I wonder how many 20 year old former Oil Kings can we cram onto one squad", and I genuinely began to worry that Bakersfield would be home to a bevy of twenty year-olds with fourth line aspirations.
@NewWaveOil King Condors or Rig Rockets or Rig Pigs— Big Red (@Oilersin4) January 23, 2014
My fears were utterly fatuous, for if Oiler prospects are in Bakersfield, that puts them two steps away (instead of one, and hopefully a contract) from the NHL. It's at least an extra piece of paper, and we know how the Oilers are with regards to rules and things like that.
@NewWaveOil Oil Drops maybe? I'd think they'd try and incorporate Oil in there somewhere.— Zach Laing (@Loweded) January 23, 2014
Welcome to the family, Condors. Like a second marriage, this time it's for real.