News and Notes – Where we firmly believe the oilers cause prostitution

Jonathan Willis
January 14 2009 03:26PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could blame your legal problems on the Oilers? For example, any kind of driving under the influence could be blamed on the team, win or lose. If the Oilers win, you were carried away in the moment. If they lose, you were in crisis mode, and like the frail human being you are, you turned to the substance of your choice.

Or, like Theresa Schneider, you could blame the fact that you offered sex to an undercover cop in exchange for money on the "festive air" caused by the Oilers run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

That’s the best of the news stories I’ve seen today, but it’s hardly the only one worth noting.

LaBarbera Plays Poorly –- Sanford Waived Anyway

It was such a nice change watching the Oilers win last night that I barely took any note of the other games going on in the NHL –- particularly the 5-3 loss the Vancouver Canucks suffered at the hands of the Devils. The Vancouver Sun, however, was paying attention and caught up with Jason Labarbera after the game. They opened the story with this:

When the latest Vancouver Canuck debacle was over Tuesday, goalie Jason LaBarbera looked like a man who had lost his dog, or even worse, maybe his job. LaBarbera lasted only 3:29 into the first period and was gone after two New Jersey goals on six shots.

Curtis Sanford made 19 saves while allowing two goals (with New Jersey adding an empty-netter), but this morning, it wasn’t Jason Labarbera who was sent to the NHL’s equivalent of limbo. Sanford was placed on waivers, and if unclaimed will be assigned to the Manitoba Moose. Sanford’s numbers are superior to those of Labarbera this season, but I think the Canucks deserve credit for making the right call here; Labarbera’s been a dominant goalie in the ECHL and was an underrated starter last season, posting a .910 SV% on a miserable Kings team. I wonder if the Oilers would have made the decision to send out the marginally inferior player with more history with the organization.

In any case, Sanford is a decent backup goaltender, and was excellent with St. Louis in 2005-06. He has a 7-8-0 record with a 2.59 GAA and .906 SV% this season, and given that his contract has a very affordable 650K cap hit (and is in its final season), I’d expect that Sanford is claimed, probably by the Islanders or Stars.

An All-Star Game Worth Watching?

The Central Hockey League All-Star game goes tonight –- and instead of the typical conference vs. conference format, a selection of the best players in the CHL will take on the league’s best team, the Colorado Eagles.

There’s an Edmonton connection here too –- the Eagles (27-6-1) are coached by ex-Oiler Kevin McClelland, who is taking part in his first ever All-Star game. Asked about it, McClelland said, “I wasn’t the kind of player who was ever going to make an All-Star team.”

Bisaillon Demoted

The Edmonton Oilers have assigned second-year pro Sebastien Bisaillon to the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL, along with forward Adam Huxley. While the demotion of Huxley was unsurprising, Bisaillon’s is. Bisaillon is currently tied for third among Springfield defencemen with a +2 rating (the team is led by Cody Wild’s +4) and his 11 points in 27 games is eclipsed only by Theo Peckham (16 points in 36 games).

Regarding the demotions, Falcons coach Jeff Truitt said, “We haven't been able to get them the playing time they need. They'll get it with Stockton.”

I don’t want to tell Jeff Truitt how to coach his hockey team, but is there any possibility that Taylor Chorney (-21 and 10 points in 37 games), Mathieu Roy (-21 and 8 points in 30 games) or Bryan Young (-7, 2 points in 23 games) could have been bumped down the line-up to find the needed minutes for Bisaillon?

You Should Be Reading Rand Simon

Rand Simon, an NHLPA-certified player agent, is a semi-regular blogger over at The Hockey News’ website. On Tuesday, he cheerfully mocked the farce that is NHL All-Star voting, and included some interesting statistics on NHL players. He’s an intelligent writer with a surprisingly open mind, and offers us a glimpse into how player agents think and evaluate players.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Deep Oil
January 14 2009, 03:36PM
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Maybe the Oiler lawyer (names and phone numbers deepoil? Really? - WG) would take on oiler fans when in trouble with the law or being evicted from Northlands for mistaken identity, incorrect warrant, and police misremembering. Dont worry about leaving Northlands drunk - the service is so slow you sober up in line - that is why some patrons smuggle in bacardi limon. Watch out for some officers working special duty at Northlands that like to use tasers for traffic stops.

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#2 Steele
January 14 2009, 03:39PM
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I wonder when the Oilers will grow some balls & put Garon out on waivers. JDD is the future & with Roloson sharing duties with him until DD matures, I think we'll be alright.

~Steele

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#3 Deep Oil
January 14 2009, 03:42PM
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This woman was 55 years old - must of been one of the boys on the bus dates from the early eighties - yikes.

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#4 Ender the Dragon
January 14 2009, 03:50PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

This woman was 55 years old - must of been one of the boys on the bus dates from the early eighties - yikes.

Ow. That's a heap more festive than I'd care to contemplate. Imagine what the dragnet would have brought in if the Oilers had won game 7; scary.

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#5 BUCK75
January 14 2009, 04:00PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

(names and phone numbers deepoil? Really? - WG)

LOL - a full time job now?

Tough to imagine anyone being able to talk to an EPS officer during the 2006 play-offs. She must not have been on Whyte Ave.

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#6 Hockey Gods
January 14 2009, 04:30PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

Maybe the Oiler lawyer (names and phone numbers deepoil? Really? - WG) would take on oiler fans when in trouble with the law or being evicted from Northlands for mistaken identity, incorrect warrant, and police misremembering. Dont worry about leaving Northlands drunk - the service is so slow you sober up in line - that is why some patrons smuggle in bacardi limon. Watch out for some officers working special duty at Northlands that like to use tasers for traffic stops.

WTF did he just say? TRANSLATION PLEASE!

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#7 Deep Oil
January 14 2009, 04:37PM
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@ Hockey Gods:

That other people other than prostitutes need the oilers help sometime - legally.

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#8 Deep Oil
January 14 2009, 05:36PM
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If she starts blogging on this site - her screen name might be Deep Throat

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#9 Deep Oil
January 14 2009, 05:41PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

Deep Oil wrote: (names and phone numbers deepoil? Really? - WG) LOL - a full time job now? Tough to imagine anyone being able to talk to an EPS officer during the 2006 play-offs. She must not have been on Whyte Ave.

No - she was a guest of a uniform officer at police headquarters lounge / bar and didn't realize the plainclothes person was a cop as well. EPS hosted strippers at the private lounge.........

http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourview/edmonton/2008/07/private_lounge_for_edmonton_po.html

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#10 Pokie Reddik
January 14 2009, 06:03PM
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Steele wrote:

I wonder when the Oilers will grow some balls & put Garon out on waivers. JDD is the future & with Roloson sharing duties with him until DD matures, I think we’ll be alright. ~Steele

It's not Garon who should be on waivers, it's the Goalie Coach who shattered his confidence and doesn't believe in butterfly goalies, he also shattered JDD in his condiotioning stint down in the minors. Time to fire this bum and get Ranford not Sanford as a goalie coach.

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#11 Pokie Reddik
January 14 2009, 06:05PM
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Rolison is not going to sign here, he wants a chance to win a cup before he is out to pasture. He will sign with Detroit next year, He needs a veteran team infront of him. there is way too much tumOIL in the dressing room.

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#12 R-DAWG
January 14 2009, 06:25PM
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Hey, Poltuny has 3 assists...better send him down. Brule has 2 goals in 2 games...not good enough. Reddox...has done sh!t in the last how many games...better give him a better look, on the first line(not that the first line has done JACK!) Congrats to Macintyre, I would have rode my stick down the ice though!

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#13 Travis Dakin
January 14 2009, 08:37PM
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What's with all the comments from the twig n' berry fuzz today?

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#14 Milli
January 15 2009, 08:05AM
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Imagine paying for a BJ from a 55 year old ho? That's Wayne desperate!!!!!

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#15 Jonathan Willis
January 15 2009, 09:45AM
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I'm shocked - 15 comments in, and nobody suggests MacTavish should be replaced with McClelland.

I wouldn't have bet on that.

Also, not one expression of surprise that Bisaillon got sent to the ECHL?

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#16 Cam
January 15 2009, 10:49AM
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I remember when the Oil were getting hurt all over the place a couple of seasons back. They had Toby Petersen on defense because they had run out of bodies. For one game they pulled up the Bisaillon character out of Junior and played him. He actually looked pretty good out there for the 10 minutes he played. I watched him pretty close because of the situation and he seemed to have some skills at moving the puck. Sad to hear he is going down.

I am not really a fan of Truitt. Say what you want about old boys club etc, but I get the feeling Bucky was an excellent coach who got the most out of his players down there. Everytime I heard a report out of Springfield it was to say how great a coach that Bucky was and how much the players learned from him. I don't hear that about Truitt and I don't see any increase in the play down there despite having another year of development and some new high end players on their roster (Potulny, Brule).

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#17 Jack Bauer
January 15 2009, 11:46AM
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MacTavish is an idiot, she should be replaced. By who you ask? None other than Kevin McClelland!

Oh and the Bisaillon deal is just another prime example of why our system sucks and should be imploded.

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#18 Jonathan Willis
January 15 2009, 12:05PM
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Jack Bauer wrote:

MacTavish is an idiot, she should be replaced. By who you ask? None other than Kevin McClelland! Oh and the Bisaillon deal is just another prime example of why our system sucks and should be imploded.

Thanks ;)

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#19 Jonathan Willis
January 15 2009, 12:07PM
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Finally, with Sanford clearing waivers today, can we just assume that Mathieu Garon's value is now non-existent?

Also, teams may have asked about Deslauriers, but I'd imagine they weren't offering much.

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#20 BUCK75
January 15 2009, 12:17PM
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@ Cam:

I think you have to remember that Truit is in his FIRST season as a coach. Assistant last year, Coach of the Kelowna Rockets & Lethbridge Hurricanes before that & my Camrose Kodiaks way before.

Give the guy some slack, it's not like we are talkinga bout a guy who has been coaching a team for like 10 years. If you don't want an "old boys club" in Edmonton sometime, you had better develop a coach sooner or later.

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#21 Cam
January 15 2009, 04:02PM
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@ BUCK75:

I don't mind an "Old Boys Club" as long as the Old Boys are held accountable when they don't meet expectations. If the Oilers fail to make the post season this year, heads better roll.

I think Bucky exceeded expectations and did very well and that is why he is an assistant coach with the big club... not because he is an ex-oiler. I hope we do not pass up on good people merely for the optics of hiring from "outside".

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