GDB 46: Hello, Robert Nilsson!

Jason Gregor
January 20 2009 01:02PM

For the second straight game, the Oilers offence will get a boost; the fog has lifted and Robert Nilsson will play tonight with Gagner and Cole. Nilsson skated hard yesterday, and was cautious about a return tonight, but after the morning skate he was smiling and excited to play with his father in the rink tonight.

Nilsson’s return means a shuffle: Reddox is off the second line, and based on practice he might be in the pressbox tonight. Reddox and Strudwick were the last two off the ice at the morning skate, normally a sign that they won’t play tonight. The problem with that theory is that Strudwick has been the last player off on game day many times, yet still laced them up that night.

Reddox, Brule, Strudwick and MacIntyre are the options to flank Brodziak, and none of the players were saying who was playing. I would lean towards MacIntyre and Brule being in tonight.

Hall & Oates

Many of you were stunned watching the Oilers, specifically Ethan Moreau, clapping in unison to Private Eyes, after their win against Phoenix. Veteran Strudwick explains the reasoning behind this song:

Strudwick: First off, I really liked the '80s. There was lots of good music produced, synthesizers and bad hair were a good combination. As far as Hall and Oates, we're searching for a song and right now that seems to be the go-to after the game. I like the song a lot and I think we should stick with it.

Gregor: Is it because of the clapping sequence, the unison factor?

Strudwick: We had tried harder clapping sequence, but not everyone could get it, but now this song there is only three claps every two minutes so we can keep the pace.

Gregor: You’ve been around the league a long time -- are there any other songs that were this team-building-ish.

Strudwick: Most teams after a win play the same song. Last year in New York we had a song by Eminem -- Shake Your Ass -- not sure if you are familiar with it, but it is quite a good number. The other year we had Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, which was Jagr’s song. We’ve had quite the potpourri of music.

Moreau kicking out Pouliot

Many of you thought Moreau was a horrible leader for waving Pouliot out of the dot a few games ago, so I asked him why?

“I take it because then Cogs can stay on the left side, where he is more comfortable, and not go on the right. Really, Poulie and I laugh about it when we look at one another to see who will take it. It isn’t a big deal at all, but the main reason is so that Cogs can stay on the left where he is more comfortable.”

I asked Pouliot his thoughts on it, and if he felt being a centre he should take the draw.

“Cogs hates the right side, so it is easier for Chop (Moreau) to take the draw. If he loses it I bug him hard that I should take it next time, but we laugh about it. When he waved me out it was because Cogs yelled at him to take it so he could stay on the left. I don’t think it is a big deal, other than I can bug him if he loses it.”

Garon and contract

To clarify whether Garon got a contract offer from the team this summer, I made a phone call. Garon said he had never spoken to the Oilers about an extension, while I was told a few months back there was an offer.

The truth is that Garon’s camp called the Oilers about an extension in the summer, and the Oilers said they would look at it during the season. So Garon never turned down an extension, but they did have contact with the Oilers about it. This according to Kevin Prendergast.

My original source was correct that talks had occurred, but it was, in fact, the Garon camp that started them not the Oilers.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#101 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:01PM
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mother...

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#102 Cory Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:01PM
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Fudge

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#103 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 08:02PM
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I was hoping Torres scored that one - you've got to think he gets one tonight.

I'm a rational man, but Torres always killed the Canucks, and you'd think he'd do it to the Oilers too.

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#104 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:02PM
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@ Jonathan Willis: Oh it was so magical. I rememeber to. I am not going to lie, I shed a tear... or many.

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#105 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 08:04PM
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The Columbus broadcast had Jim Matheson on during the intermission; he suggested the Ducks could be looking at moving one or both of Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger.

Couldn't happen to a nicer team.

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#106 greenlightning86
January 20 2009, 08:05PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

I’m lovin’ it

Anyone else hungry when they read this.....ya I thought I was alone

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#107 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 08:06PM
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greenlightning86 wrote:

Anyone else hungry when they read this…..ya I thought I was alone

Dustin Penner? I kid, I kid.

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#108 greenlightning86
January 20 2009, 08:06PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

The Columbus broadcast had Jim Matheson on during the intermission; he suggested the Ducks could be looking at moving one or both of Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Couldn’t happen to a nicer team.

So Burke leaves and they want to implode the team?

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#109 Smokin' Ray
January 20 2009, 08:07PM
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I like to say SMID! Smid.

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#110 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:07PM
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greenlightning86 wrote:

Cory Dakin wrote: I’m lovin’ it Anyone else hungry when they read this…..ya I thought I was alone

You are not alone, I am here with you, Though you're far away, I am here to stay...

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#111 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:08PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

The Columbus broadcast had Jim Matheson on during the intermission; he suggested the Ducks could be looking at moving one or both of Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger.

I don't seem to hear as much about CFP now. Is fading away?

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#112 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:11PM
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This game blows.

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#113 Cory Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:11PM
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Friggin' coyotes....

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#114 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 08:11PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

I don’t seem to hear as much about CFP now. Is fading away?

I haven't followed him that closely; superficially it looks like he's been a lesser player since the Anaheim cup run.

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#115 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:13PM
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@ Jonathan Willis: Yeah I read somewhere that he way less aggressive now.

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#116 Cory Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:14PM
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OH MY GOD!!!!!

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#117 greenlightning86
January 20 2009, 08:14PM
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WOW

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#118 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:14PM
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OH MY GOD!!!!!

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#119 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 08:14PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

@ Jonathan Willis: Yeah I read somewhere that he way less aggressive now.

I think the last time I paid much attention to him, he was getting an 8-game suspension for stomping on Ryan Kesler.

Chris Simon should seriously consider changing his last name to Pronger.

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#120 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:15PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

OH MY GOD!!!!!

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I SAID.

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#121 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 08:15PM
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Hemmer!!! WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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#122 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 08:15PM
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Incidentally, I stand by my "I wouldn't trade Hemsky for Lecavalier" comments.

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#123 greenlightning86
January 20 2009, 08:16PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Incidentally, I stand by my “I wouldn’t trade Hemsky for Lecavalier” comments.

Sounds good the last two games

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#124 Cory Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:16PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

Exact same number of exclamation points too... That's just creepy

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#125 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 08:16PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

“I wouldn’t trade Hemsky for Lecavalier

I'd love to have both...time to con T Bay

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#126 greenlightning86
January 20 2009, 08:16PM
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Roli's glove sucks

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#127 Travis Dakin
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well dammit

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#128 Cory Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:16PM
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OUCH

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#129 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 08:16PM
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Well, that didn't last long.

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#130 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:17PM
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Cory Dakin wrote:

@ Travis Dakin: Exact same number of exclamation points too… That’s just creepy

I don't even believe it myself.

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#131 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:18PM
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greenlightning86 wrote:

Roli’s glove sucks

Remember when that used to be his best part?

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#132 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 08:18PM
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Talent wise CBJ looks weaker but that probably why the game is close.

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#133 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:19PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Incidentally, I stand by my “I wouldn’t trade Hemsky for Lecavalier” comments.

I agree. He IS this team.

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#134 greenlightning86
January 20 2009, 08:19PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Remember when that used to be his best part?

Yes but a long time ago before old age slowed it down

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#135 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 08:21PM
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Manny Malhotra, with the wicked cross-ice pass there, played most of Columbus' last game on their first line.

He'd be a great fit between Moreau and Pisani, if he were available.

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#136 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:21PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

That Ales Hemsky is some kind of awesome.

I know!

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#137 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:23PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

greenlightning86 wrote: Roli’s glove sucks Remember when that used to be his best part?

I know!

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#138 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 08:23PM
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@ greenlightning86: I hate to sound like an old goalie from way back but when you have to move from side to side it's hard to get your glove or blocker up due to balance...but I agree it used to be better...dammit Oilers!!!

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#139 freeze
January 20 2009, 08:23PM
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BAH!

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#140 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 08:24PM
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That Williams trade is paying some immediate dividends for Columbus.

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#141 Sing A Song For SingSing
January 20 2009, 08:24PM
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What is with this team, COME ON!

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#142 freeze
January 20 2009, 08:24PM
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alright, time for the oil to show some confidence and perseverance.

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#143 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 08:26PM
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Maybe a little "Private Eyes" in the background might get the Oil playing together...yeesh!

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#144 Jonathan Willis
January 20 2009, 08:26PM
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Good grief Horcoff. Don't do that.

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#145 Sing A Song For SingSing
January 20 2009, 08:27PM
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Put everything on net, this team looks for the perfect play too much. They gotta start shootin' like f*ckin crazy.

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#146 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:27PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

Maybe a little “Private Eyes” in the background might get the Oil playing together…yeesh!

Clap. Clap!

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#147 Travis Dakin
January 20 2009, 08:29PM
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good shift

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#148 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 08:30PM
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Is Penner invisable again...I haven't seen him!

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#149 Wej
January 20 2009, 08:31PM
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Roli has been brutal in the second. I hope keeping him over Garon doesn't come back to haunt this team.

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#150 R-DAWG
January 20 2009, 08:31PM
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Oh there he is the little devil!!

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