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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#1 Joe
December 28 2008, 05:05PM
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You guys want to hear an awesome joke??

Chris Cornell

Gets em every time. Here's hoping for an end to that depressing streak. Go oil!

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#2 freeze
December 28 2008, 05:48PM
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lets mark it down now. an Oiler win.

I am confident.

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#3 RBK
December 28 2008, 05:57PM
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LETS PLAY THIS GAME!!

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#4 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 05:58PM
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Let's hope the Juniors didn't use up all of the goals today. That was the closest 15-0 game I have ever seen.

I'll go Oilers 3 Nashville 2 just to be "that guy."

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#5 RBK
December 28 2008, 05:59PM
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Wow Wanye is actually here tonight!

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#6 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 06:00PM
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RBK wrote:

Wow Wanye is actually here tonight!

This is correct. Let's hope the Oil show up too.

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#7 r59
December 28 2008, 06:02PM
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Shea Weber is heavily underrated

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#8 2k9
December 28 2008, 06:02PM
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WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

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#9 RBK
December 28 2008, 06:03PM
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Let's hope there are no third jerseys tonight or all bets are off.

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#10 r59
December 28 2008, 06:07PM
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Wanye -

I wouldn't include Devereaux in your list. He was barely a role player when he left and found his skill in Detroit.

I'd include Ray Whitney. TPTB gave up on him too soon. Ditto Sykora and Spacek.

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#11 2k9
December 28 2008, 06:08PM
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Go Roli!!!!!

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#12 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 06:09PM
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r59 wrote:

Ditto Sykora and Spacek.

For the interests of preserving my sanity I didn't make mention of the mass exodus after SCF06 but you are correct.

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#13 RBK
December 28 2008, 06:10PM
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I'm glad Moreau isn't out. What a warrior

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#14 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 06:10PM
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How about Pouliot having 5 goals in December?

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#15 OilersNinja
December 28 2008, 06:11PM
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Damn it Penner do something about that!!! Don't let Tootoo run over Hemsky

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#16 r59
December 28 2008, 06:12PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

How about Pouliot having 5 goals in December?

How about Cogliano having 9 goals? So much for Gagner being the chosen one

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#17 RBK
December 28 2008, 06:13PM
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Way to schedule an Oilers game during the superbowl LOL

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#18 OilersNinja
December 28 2008, 06:14PM
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LookOilersNinja wrote:

Damn it Penner do something about that!!! Don’t let Tootoo run over Hemsky

See Penner? That's what a leader looks like. Broken hand and all.

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#19 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 06:15PM
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Look at those puck bunnies right behind the Oilers bench

OOOOWHEEEEEEEE

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#20 Lubo71
December 28 2008, 06:15PM
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GO OILERS!!!

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#21 2k9
December 28 2008, 06:16PM
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I liked the reference to 2k9 in the article Wanye. It made me go back to my old name on here LOL. Nashville is a great team to play with btw, Weber is a rock star.

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#22 RBK
December 28 2008, 06:17PM
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There's your buddy Arnott Wanye

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#23 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 06:18PM
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I'm getting mad love in here tonight. WORD TO BIG BIRD.

PS Arnott is hardly my friend. Living together in a van for 3 offseasons hardly makes him my friend.

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#24 RBK
December 28 2008, 06:18PM
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booooo

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#25 r59
December 28 2008, 06:18PM
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damn

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#26 lubo71
December 28 2008, 06:19PM
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ARGH

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#27 Stortini's Skates
December 28 2008, 06:19PM
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I am not used properly

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#28 RBK
December 28 2008, 06:20PM
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Did anyone see if Hemsky was bleeding when he went off?

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#29 r59
December 28 2008, 06:21PM
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That was a nice pass by Cogliano

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#30 OilersNinja
December 28 2008, 06:22PM
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I'm used to seeing goals every 24 seconds after watching the Juniors today

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#31 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 06:23PM
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RBK wrote:

Did anyone see if Hemsky was bleeding when he went off?

I didn't notice that.

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#32 RBK
December 28 2008, 06:23PM
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Great stat on Souray there. Where you at Souray haters?

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#33 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 06:25PM
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RBK wrote:

Great stat on Souray there. Where you at Souray haters?

Fires handgun in the air in celebration

PP

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#34 Lubo71
December 28 2008, 06:25PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Fires handgun in the air in celebration PP

LOL

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#35 r59
December 28 2008, 06:26PM
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YEAH

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#36 RBK
December 28 2008, 06:26PM
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YES!!!!!!!!!!

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#37 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 06:27PM
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*Sighs dreamily*

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#38 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 06:28PM
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Does Souray have a better shot then pronger?

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#39 OilersNinja
December 28 2008, 06:29PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

Yes, Yes he does

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#40 OilersNinja
December 28 2008, 06:30PM
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I love that bell had, reminds me of band camp

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#41 jack bauer
December 28 2008, 06:30PM
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I love Souray. I loved Moreau telling Ruttu he had to drop to em, then laughing it off. Funny stuff.

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#42 RBK
December 28 2008, 06:31PM
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@ OilersNinja:

Your a pu$$y

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#43 r59
December 28 2008, 06:32PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Does Souray have a better shot then pronger?

Shorter backswing that's for sure. Can unload much quicker.

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#44 Lubo71
December 28 2008, 06:33PM
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A point for cole!!

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#45 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 06:34PM
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The tootoo train. BAH

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#46 RBK
December 28 2008, 06:34PM
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Nice double snot rocket Tootoo LOL

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#47 2k9
December 28 2008, 06:35PM
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haha Grebs

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#48 jack bauer
December 28 2008, 06:35PM
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whose sitting out since moreau is in?

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#49 Wanye Gretz
December 28 2008, 06:36PM
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You don't hear that much about that Dennis Grebeshov. He gets BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD media coverage

SCORES!!!!!!

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#50 RBK
December 28 2008, 06:36PM
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How does THAT go in?

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