GDB 34: Unlikely Predators

Wanye
December 28 2008 04:59PM

Let's start this GDB off by saying we have a special level of hatred for the Nashville Predators. They have no business owning the Oil the way they do. They are brutal. They have terrible ownership, a sparse fan base, a funny logo, a coach with no neck whatsoever and are completely unusable as a team in 2k9.

Yet they stroll in to E-Town with nine consecutive wins against the Oil. Pardon? Four straight at Rexall? Zuh? Former Oiler Jason Arnott team Captain and still a legitimate member of the league's upper class?

Shoot.

Arnott falls into that category of "ones that got away." These are former Oilers that - for one reason or another - left town and yet inexplicably their careers continued after they left. We like our ex-Oilers ruined and depressed thank you very much. David Oliver? Check. Still happy you left after a single good year? Dan McGillis? Right. Smooth move on that one friend. But when an Oiler leaves and continues producing, well that just grinds our gears. "The ones that got away" aren't the Curtis Josephs or the Doug Weights of the world. Those players left for the dollars and cents of the matter and there was little that could be done.

The ones that got away include players who left for reasons other than the dough. We would include Jason Arnott in this category along with a few players of the same era - players like Miro Satan, Kirk Maltby or hell even Boyd Devereaux. Years after these chaps left town we still look down the roster and see a spot for them.

Once upon a time these players were dealt and the good citizens of the OilersNation exclaimed "huzzah! What wonderous news! How happy we will be now that these poorly performing players aren't members of our local hockey squadron." We pitied the teams who had the misfortune of picking up these castaways. We laughed heartily as the other GM issued positive statements about the contribution these players will make to their new teams.

And now, years later, we sit back years later in muted horror and hope that fallen stars like one time whipping boy Jason Arnott doesn't lead his Predators to a tenth straight win over his former teammates.

Damn you Jason Arnott for your continued career. Damn you Nashville Predators for your continued dominance of the Oilers. Damn you Chris Cornell for leaving Soundgarden and Audioslave. Seriously, why would he leave both of those bands?

I guess thats being a God of Rock for you.

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#101 Lubo71
December 28 2008, 07:13PM
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I wonder what Santa brought Gagner? Confidence?

His mental game circa last year?

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#102 Ed
December 28 2008, 07:14PM
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r59 wrote:

R-DAWG wrote: He doesn’t ever seem to make plays happen. He is always an also ran with second assists

Cogliano is doing a great job of making his own luck this year

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#103 R-DAWG
December 28 2008, 07:15PM
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I was hoping S-MAC was going to be ready for this game so he can kick the s$%t out of TOOTOO!!

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#104 OilersNinja
December 28 2008, 07:15PM
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This ATB ad drives me nuts too. They have been showing it for years and it isn't improving with time.

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#105 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:16PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

I was hoping S-MAC was going to be ready for this game so he can kick the s$%t out of TOOTOO!!

I hear that. Tootoo would have been dumb enough to try and go him too.

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#106 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:16PM
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Holy Cow Principe. REALLY????

THATS YOUR BIT?????

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#107 RBK
December 28 2008, 07:17PM
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Roli is kicking out some major rebounds

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#108 2k9
December 28 2008, 07:17PM
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Take that stripes!

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#109 RBK
December 28 2008, 07:18PM
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Good defensive play lubo

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#110 Lubo71
December 28 2008, 07:18PM
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That's my guy!

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#111 R-DAWG
December 28 2008, 07:19PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: Advantage...MacIntyre!!

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#112 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:19PM
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Come on Cole. Pot one for your ol' Pal Wanye

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#113 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:20PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

@ Wanye Gretz: Advantage…MacIntyre!!

MacIntyre would absolutely embarass Tootoo and and his life

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#114 RBK
December 28 2008, 07:21PM
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Attaboy Donair man

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#115 R-DAWG
December 28 2008, 07:21PM
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Crap, Hemsky looks scared now!

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#116 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:22PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Come on Cole. Pot one for your ol’ Pal Wanye

And there it is!!!!!!

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#117 Fish
December 28 2008, 07:23PM
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Wanye@ Wanye Gretz:This is now a little bit creepy.....

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#118 RBK
December 28 2008, 07:23PM
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Wow he damn near flubbed it!

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#119 R-DAWG
December 28 2008, 07:23PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: OK now wish one for Gagner now and maybe while your at it one for Smid!!

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#120 Lubo71
December 28 2008, 07:23PM
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Cole from Gagner

Wow.

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#121 R-DAWG
December 28 2008, 07:24PM
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

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#122 Lubo71
December 28 2008, 07:24PM
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YES!!!!!!!!!!!

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#123 RBK
December 28 2008, 07:24PM
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We will take THAT

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#124 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:25PM
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Peace out Ellis you plug

Peckerino is now tending the nets

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#125 Ed
December 28 2008, 07:25PM
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That is a nice pair of goals. Well done Oilers.

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#126 r59
December 28 2008, 07:26PM
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Suddenly this game has gotten very different

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#127 RBK
December 28 2008, 07:29PM
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Holy CRAP

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#128 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:29PM
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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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#129 r59
December 28 2008, 07:30PM
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SWEEEEEET

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#130 Lubo71
December 28 2008, 07:30PM
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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#131 2k9
December 28 2008, 07:31PM
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Shoot! I changed the channel and missed it!

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#132 Erik Cole's Game
December 28 2008, 07:32PM
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Anyone miss me?

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#133 Sam Gagner's Career
December 28 2008, 07:32PM
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I'm happy to see you

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#134 Gord
December 28 2008, 07:33PM
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Hi JL members! Damn, the Oil are HOT tonight!

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#135 RBK
December 28 2008, 07:34PM
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Suddenly things don't seem so bad LOL

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#136 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:34PM
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What up Gord. It's an azz whomping tonight

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#137 RBK
December 28 2008, 07:37PM
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A real whomping indeed!

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#138 r59
December 28 2008, 07:37PM
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I predict a goal

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#139 RBK
December 28 2008, 07:38PM
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r59 wrote:

I predict a goal

Ha ha the bandwagon is filling up again slowly

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#140 Gord
December 28 2008, 07:38PM
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Glad to see my boy Cole putting on a show. It's hard to believe it took Coach this long to put Cole on the RW with some other offensive players.

And how about the effort so far? Almost 40 minutes which is unheard of for the Oilers this season!

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#141 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:39PM
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That was a big save on Hemsky

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#142 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:39PM
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Note to Quinn: Sam Gagner is NOT playing with a lot of confidence. Take a quick peek at ye old season statistics for proof

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#143 r59
December 28 2008, 07:40PM
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Gord wrote:

And how about the effort so far? Almost 40 minutes which is unheard of for the Oilers this season!

I'd say this is top three games i have seen this season.

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#144 Lubo71
December 28 2008, 07:41PM
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My boy Lubo is bringing the drama tonight

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#145 Gord
December 28 2008, 07:41PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Note to Quinn: Sam Gagner is NOT playing with a lot of confidence. Take a quick peek at ye old season statistics for proof

It think he was talking about the current shift, not the season ;)

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#146 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:42PM
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Wow Souray almost Mironoved Penner

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#147 r59
December 28 2008, 07:43PM
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That was one of the best Oilers periods of the season

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#148 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 07:44PM
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Gord wrote:

It think he was talking about the current shift, not the season

Same answer. The relief on his face after that goal doesn't indicate confidence of any sort

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#149 RBK
December 28 2008, 07:44PM
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Good work Oilers!!!!

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#150 2k9
December 28 2008, 07:45PM
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r59 wrote:

That was one of the best Oilers periods of the season

I agree

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