GDB 32: Phx v Edm

Wanye
December 22 2008 12:08PM

You’ll forgive us if we aren’t exactly wetting our pants in anticipation of the game tonight. See, Friday night didn’t go exactly as planned. Santa failed us. The Oilers failed us. The taxi companies failed us. Operation Red Nose failed us. The legal system failed us. Now we are left to sit at the Remand Centre looking out over a cold cityscape and wonder what went wrong.

OK fine. We aren’t really in the prison downtown. But we are in a way worse kind of prison. A prison of the mind. And that’s way worse, trust us. We are all imprisioned by a crappy team, folks, and we aren’t getting out any time soon.

Real round table analysis

We had a long talk over a tall beer with a few of the boys after the game. We accused one dude of being a bandwagon jumper –- which he took with characteristically bad humour.

“Screw you Wanye” he yelled. “I am no bandwagon jumper. I’m here every single game griping the entire time. I wish the Oilers weren’t so crappy this year. I wish that we could sit here and say ‘Wow, the forwards sure are scoring left and right.’ I wish I could say ‘It’s Christmas and I am already fairly certain the Oilers are going to make the playoffs this year.’ But that ain’t the case is it?”

It’s an interesting distinction between fans who have a legitimate axe to grind and bandwagon jumpers.

We ran into our boy Ssseth at the game on Friday. He is the prime example of an Oiler fan that has been completely failed by the squad, in our opinion. With every failed pass, weak back check and fancy play that went awry you could see his anger starting to build. Don’t get us wrong -- when the Oil tied the game in the third, there was joy and high fives all around. But when the shoot-out ended, he left the building faster than Elvis leaves a concert. Don’t kid yourself: this guy is a superfan. But even superfans have their limits of the crap they can tolerate.

Is this bandwagon jumping? No. And we guess that's the point.

No jumping here

All the comments on sites like these, all the calls to radio shows all over town, all the water cooler talk about "Whatever is to be done about that Oiler hockey squadron?" All these folks really want is a winner. No one really wants MacT to be fired. They just want the team to win. No one really wants to see Nilsson, Roloson or (insert other Oiler in the dog house here) shipped out of town. You ask anyone on here that is vehement that MacT be fired the following question and watch their reply.

“Would you rather see MacT fired or the Oilers make the playoffs?”

We will bet it will be ridiculously lopsided. In fact we will make it the poll.

Look around RX1 during any given night of late. Look at the good people who have shelled out hundreds of their own dollars for tickets –- and then thousands of dollars for flat beers. We don’t see a bandwagon jumper in the house. We have been to games in plenty of cities too, so we've seen the lame noise that passes for applause in all too many expansion cities.

It’s different here. But there really is a limit to how much mediocrity one team's fans can take. And perhaps we haven't arrived at that point yet, but it is definitely on the horizon and getting closer with every passing minute.

You can’t help but feel for the Citizens of the OilersNation. It’s nut-freezing cold out, pitch black 23 hours a day and there really ain’t shit to do up here but have a few beers and watch a few scores. So turn out to watch we do: in droves.

In RX1, at the bars, buying the PPV broadcasts or sitting around with a bunch of fellow "bandwagon jumpers" ignoring your poker game because the Oilers are down 3-1 "but on a powerplay." Teams in 25 other cities would KILL for the level of fan dedication. Our team seems content to sit on its hands and issue a bunch of platitudes about effort and turning the corner.

So this is prison.

On a related note: we will see YOU at the JL meeting tonight.

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#51 topshelf
December 22 2008, 03:58PM
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@ Jonathan Willis If you go by goals not points Brodziak is ahead of Cole, Pouliot, Gagner, Reddox and whipping boy Nilsson and tied with Moreau. And those goals are being scored while playing consideribly less offensive minutes while playing with plugs. You can skew the numbers anyway you want. Either way, Moreau is not an offensive threat.

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#52 RLH
December 22 2008, 04:00PM
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*yawn* I think the driveway needs shoveled again...Can I drink beer and shovel snow? Damned right I can! Renaissance man.

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#53 Deep Oil
December 22 2008, 04:03PM
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Wanye - oilers are a private company - they could care less about the fans and have one person to answer to DK who pays the bills with $100mm on VISA to buy the team. So the Oilers have not failed anyone, the taxi companies could care about anyone and take their phones off the hook, operation red nose is a last resort for drinkers that fail to plan, (don't drink and drive) - note the checkstop at Calgary Trail and 53 Avenue every saturday at midnight, the legal system failed YOU, cry me a river - you don't know JACK until you have been arrested at Rexall for no apparent reason for 9 hours and released (sorry warrant was not valid), and remand is for social welfare keeping warm from October - April - ask Coach MacTavish about taking a taxi or Red Nose - I have heard he spent some time in the Boston Remand for some wobbly pops.

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#54 ramped up
December 22 2008, 04:06PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

, the legal system failed YOU, cry me a river - you don’t know JACK until you have been arrested at Rexall for no apparent reason for 9 hours and released (sorry warrant was not valid), and remand is for social welfare keeping warm from October - April - ask Coach MacTavish about taking a taxi or Red Nose - I have heard he spent some time in the Boston Remand for some wobbly pops.

What the hell...are you drunk already???

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#55 bingofuel
December 22 2008, 04:06PM
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@ Deep Oil: Holy shit, Deep Oil... Approximately how much time do you have before the men in white coats driving the crazy wagon finally track your ass down and bring you back to Alberta Hospital?

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#56 Ender the Dragon
December 22 2008, 04:08PM
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@ Deep Oil:

I know the Oil are playing tonight and that is of course cause for concern, but land sakes, man; are you drunk already? It's 4 in the afternoon!

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#57 Fiveandagame
December 22 2008, 04:14PM
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Deep oil is off the deep end it seems.

Who wants to be that Reddox gets a hat trick tonight?

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#58 ramped up
December 22 2008, 04:18PM
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This freedom of speech thing is kinda funny when Deep Oil is half blitzed @4(or fully blitzed). WE've gone from fire the coach,bench the players,to 9 hour stints at the remand for nothing and bringing back something that happened 20 years ago. I think booze fueled ramblings are funny but lets try to keep it current!?

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#59 ramped up
December 22 2008, 04:19PM
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@ Fiveandagame: If Reddox gets 3 of anything I'll bail Deep Oil out of jail(for doing nothing!!)

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#60 RobinB
December 22 2008, 04:26PM
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@ ramped up: Innocent people like Deep Oil always get dragged off to jail on bogus warrants.

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#61 shakey
December 22 2008, 04:30PM
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I'm scared of Deep Oil. :(

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#62 Gord
December 22 2008, 04:39PM
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@ Deep Oil: WTF? I need to drink about 18 beer to make what was written seem logical.

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#63 Jonathan Willis
December 22 2008, 04:40PM
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@ topshelf:

I like Brodziak, and I did say that I agreed with you. I think Moreau's offensive numbers have been good, but I can't see it lasting.

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#64 Deep Oil
December 22 2008, 04:42PM
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Don't need bail money - was let out on my recognisance - have criminal lawyer on retainer - not joking - dont drink anything but Crown and Coke (no fruit please straight not gay) - but feel that the sheep are drinking the oiler kool aid - baaaaaad - found a great site http://oilerssuck.spreadshirt.com/us/US/Shop/ for LOSER OILER Shirts - pretty sad when you cant stand to watch your favorite team - did Mac T avoid the checkstop on his way home to Southwest Edmonton - apparently Joel Quenville has the same alcohol problem that MacT had this last September.... DUI in Colorado.

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#65 Fiveandagame
December 22 2008, 04:42PM
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Any score predictions tonight?

4-3 Phoenix? Penner, Souray and *cough* Reddox with the goals:)

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#66 Deep Oil
December 22 2008, 04:43PM
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@ Fiveandagame: who wants to bet that the oilers score one goal tonight

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#67 Fiveandagame
December 22 2008, 04:46PM
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@ RobinB: Hey RB, have the Oilers contacted you about lacing up and playing some RW for them yet? You've had plenty of Jam in your recent blogs I think you're due for a MacT call up.

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#68 Fiveandagame
December 22 2008, 04:47PM
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@ Deep Oil: We're always good for a third period come back that falls short, so two or three goals is reasonable. We'll play like the dickens the last five minutes I tell ya.

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#69 Deep Oil
December 22 2008, 04:55PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

@ Deep Oil: We’re always good for a third period come back that falls short, so two or three goals is reasonable. We’ll play like the dickens the last five minutes I tell ya.

Dickens - the ghost of Christmas past will haunt the oiler fans with coal - sorry hockey is 60 minute game and playing for 5 minutes at the end is like cramming for that high school test that you didn't study for all semester - these are professionals - get it right the first time and control the game rather than sucking wind.

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#70 Jonathan Willis
December 22 2008, 05:11PM
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FEARLESS PREDICTION*: Oilers 4, Phoenix 2. Goals by Hemsky, Souray, and Pouliot (2). Goals against from Michalek and Doan.

*unless it turns out wrong, in which case I didn't write this

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#71 Adam Dyck
December 22 2008, 05:15PM
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Hemsky-Horcoff-Penner Cole-Cogliano-Schremp Moreau-Brodziak-Stortini Pouliot-Gagner-Brule

That first line is a no brainer. It's the only combo that's worked so far. Let it work.

The second line is full of scorers. The second line needs to score agains the soft parade.

The third line is for hard workers who can hold their own. The Oil doesn't have any real "checking line" forwards these days, so this is the best we have.

And the fourth line is for extras, who might somehow catch fire. Pouliot kept up with Crosby, I'll bet he can handle Gagner and Brule.

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#72 Adam Dyck
December 22 2008, 05:17PM
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Also, my own prediction:

Oilers: 5 Penner (2), Souray, Hemsky and Pouliot (or, should I say, Toby Peterson 2.0?)

Phoenix: 2 Gretzky (2)

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#73 Cam
December 22 2008, 09:39PM
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anyone else notice how Pouliot is one of the best players on the ice tonight. I am stunned!! He's... like... awesome.

>gives head a shake<

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#74 Dana @ AgileStyle
December 22 2008, 09:41PM
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What's up Nation

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#75 OilersNinja
December 22 2008, 09:45PM
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AH there we are, I was getting worried. No nation during gametime sux

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#76 Wanye Gretz
December 22 2008, 09:46PM
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Obviously we are very sorry for the outage. Now if you will excuse me I am beating the shat out of a web server.

Talk later Go Oilers

Love Wanye

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#77 David S
December 22 2008, 09:48PM
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Get the Future Shop tech club guys on it Wanye!

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#78 David S
December 22 2008, 09:50PM
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Summary:

1st SCORTINI! Poooo-leee-ottt!

2nd Head in hands

3rd Soooouray!

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#79 OilersNinja
December 22 2008, 10:00PM
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Goaliano

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#80 baggedmilk
December 22 2008, 10:03PM
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baggedmilk is in the building...

baggedmilk was knocking for the past hour...

door must have been locked...

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#81 Jonathan Willis
December 22 2008, 10:04PM
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I've got to make game predictions more often.

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#82 OilersNinja
December 22 2008, 10:08PM
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WIN no thanks to you Wanye

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#83 Wanye Gretz
December 22 2008, 10:09PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

baggedmilk is in the building… baggedmilk was knocking for the past hour… door must have been locked…

Oh shhhh quiet. Go here

http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/showbiz/xs/106764/Amy-Winehouse-topless.html

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#84 Wanye Gretz
December 22 2008, 10:10PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I’ve got to make game predictions more often.

But did you predict the site going down?? DID YOU??

(starts crying and wets pants)

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#85 topshelf
December 22 2008, 10:13PM
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God bless Ales Hemsky.

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#86 Lubo71
December 22 2008, 10:20PM
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Good game Oilers. Lets see 30 more of those

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#87 freeze
December 22 2008, 10:38PM
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Top line shat.

Above expectation effort by the 4th.

Great games from Cogs & Pou!! Who knew that Pou just needed to be deployed in an offensive role?!

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#88 Hockey Gods
December 22 2008, 10:39PM
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So lemme guess, on boxing day the first line is Pouliot between Stortini and Strudwick.

Yay they won, the two points is great and there didn't seem to be any passangers great effort boys, but I am still skeptical. Brownlie has made me a believer boys, don't believe the propaganda spouted by the organization. This team needs more tweaks and a few years before they truly challenge for the division.

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#89 David S
December 22 2008, 10:50PM
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I'm going to start a new bandwagon.

FIRE STAIOS! He's clearly lost his game.

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#90 RobinB
December 22 2008, 10:52PM
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@ Hockey Gods: Don't be starting crap by agreeing with me on anything. And Jeezus H, say what you want about me but spell my name right. Jackass.

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#91 topshelf
December 22 2008, 10:56PM
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David S wrote:

I’m going to start a new bandwagon. FIRE STAIOS! He’s clearly lost his game.

Shotgun!

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#92 Hockey Gods
December 22 2008, 10:59PM
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@ RobinB: I think I made it quite obvious earlier today that I can barely spell and can't type. Sorry BROWNLEEEEE I am becoming your biggest fan please love me back.

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#93 Stache_master
December 23 2008, 12:31AM
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I voted before reading the article... My vote is that the oil make the playoffs with or without macT.

If it takes a firing to get things going than so be it. I have felt for some time that this coach has lost this team somehow.

On the flipside... I do remember similar coach hating about 36 months ago, which causes some hope that all is not lost if Katz holds off on the dropkick.

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#94 Deep Oil
December 23 2008, 09:03AM
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Isn't Pat Quinn starting his new job here after the juniors and MacT gets the Denis Savard job of being team ambassador - re: carrying KLowes briefcase and shaking hands in the club lounge (no excitement here).

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#95 Dennis Castro
December 23 2008, 09:52AM
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The Oilers missed the bus when it came to selecting a new head coach, if they had been thinking they would have been talking to Brent Sutter before he went to the Devils. The way he worked with the Jr. when he coached them showed that he knows how to work with young players, and I think he can get through to older players. I just think Mac T has lost the room, and nothing will improve until he is gone.

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#96 ramped up
December 23 2008, 09:52AM
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Holy Deep Oil, I didn't expect to see you up so early.

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#97 ramped up
December 23 2008, 10:00AM
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@ Dennis Castro: I think things can improve if they move out one goalie. If we can put that to rest we can then look to a trade. I think Staios is not very good this year for some reason...maybe he thinks his days in the NHL are numbered and wants to win a cup?? We can move him then bring up Peckham. I agree with some of the others in that the oil will not make a move on Mac-T until they have exhausted all other avenues. Look forward to another playoff run dashed if we don't make a move quickly.

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#98 Gord
December 23 2008, 10:34AM
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freeze wrote:

Top line shat. Above expectation effort by the 4th. Great games from Cogs & Pou!! Who knew that Pou just needed to be deployed in an offensive role?!

The fact that he was an offensive star in junior (even before having Crosby on his line) should have been the first clue.

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#99 Deep Oil
December 23 2008, 11:45AM
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@ ramped up: Havent went to bed - was in remand all night

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#100 Deep Oil
December 23 2008, 11:52AM
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@ ramped up: moving a goalie wont happen until trade deadline - with luongo, brodeur (injured) and Dale Tallon on drugs with two $5 and $6mm dollar tenders the market is frozen - LA wanted reclamation project Ray Emery - but his recent interview with hockey central indicated his social life in Moscow was better than Ottawa - check out the website - www.russianlovematch.com - bottom line is JDD had no where to go and Lowe handcuffed himself - in hindsight Rollie has earned his contract - even though his birth certificate is past best before date - he may sign here for one more year if Garon is punted as a Cujo - but better save percentage and GAA. Today - contracts are traded and players are just add ons - that is why Toronto will be taking on one year salary in exchange for draft picks. If teams could trade - sell salary cap to other teams - there would be way more movement - can you name a blockbuster NHL trade this year ????? Add the goaltender equation and you are playing shoot tutor all night long.

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