GDB 47: One Samwise short of a Fellowship

Jason Gregor
January 27 2009 12:00PM

Sam Gagner will not play tonight, and looks to be out 10-14 days, which means some line juggling.

With Gagner’s ankle still bothering him, Craig MacTavish could have put Liam Reddox in his place, but thankfully he moved Cogliano in the middle of Nilsson and Cole. The lines will be as follows tonight:

27 - 10 - 83

12 - 13 - 26

18 - 78 - 85

43 - 51 - 33

It does look like Stortini will be available to play Friday against the Wild. He still needs a few more practices according to MacTavish and then he should be ready to go. Local 2006 Hero Fernando Pisani is still a few weeks away until he is ready. He’s having some discomfort skating, so the pain needs to subside before he can go full out.

Gagner wrenched his ankle in their last game against Columbus and he did have some treatment on Wednesday before he left for the all-star break, but his ankle hasn't responded and he underwent an MRI yesterday.

He had been playing with the wonky ankle for some time, and according to his coach it has affected his game.

“Greatly, I think. Probably more than he would admit. You see it behind the bench that he comes off normally once or twice a game with a pain inhibition, where he tries to make a move and you get that shooting pain up your leg and it just stops you."

Gagner hurt the ankle in practice in mid-November and has been taping it up every since.

“There is nothing torn, so it is nothing long term or serious. Sometimes it gives out skating, but mostly going into battles is where I feel it, when I have to plant down on the foot,” said Gagner.

“Going into last game it was a matter of going into that game and then getting some rest over the break, but I hurt it twice in that game and now I just need to rest it.”

With Stortini eligible to play by Friday, don’t expect a call-up.

Dwayne Roloson will start tonight, and you wonder when Deslauriers will get a start.

“I thought about possibly today, but decided against it,” said MacTavish. “There was some serious consideration in playing him today. Sometimes you can over-think these things a little bit. Maybe the most important is to go with Roli while he’s playing as well as he is. I don’t want to get into a case where I out-think myself. The situation will present itself and it will be a bit more obvious than it is today.”

For me the obvious case is to play Deslauriers on Friday versus the Wild. Minnesota has owned Roloson and the Oilers the past two years, so give the kid a shot against them and also then he is sitting out to long.

And lastly, JF Jacques is skating pain-free and will be assigned to Springfield around Feb. 5. That way he would be eligible to play in eight games on the 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th. After he is recalled, the Oilers will have to make a decision on him, since he will either have to clear waivers or stay with 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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#51 R-DAWG
January 27 2009, 07:24PM
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@ David S: Hey if he didn't block that 1 shot we would be down 3-0 with the way Roli is playing!!

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#52 greenlightning86
January 27 2009, 07:25PM
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@ Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer:

http://atdhe.net/live-tv-2.php?i=710

Try this is should work

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#53 Xavier
January 27 2009, 07:27PM
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Game days have gotten really boring. Still no JSBM I see.

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#54 David S
January 27 2009, 07:28PM
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Somebody order a case of Red Bull for the guys first intermission break.

What!? Oh gawd...

Good night Roli.

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#55 Milli
January 27 2009, 07:30PM
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WTF?????

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#56 Xavier
January 27 2009, 07:30PM
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Haha JSBM have some sort of live blog going on their website.

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#57 David S
January 27 2009, 07:31PM
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Xavier wrote:

Still no JSBM I see.

Maybe he lost the room.

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#58 Jason Gregor
January 27 2009, 07:33PM
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Marchantfan wrote:

Jason: injuries don’t save cap space; they simply allow you to exceed the cap by the injured player’s cap hit while they are injured. Having a player on IR doesn’t create cap space.

I know, but the time a player is on the IR, that portion of the salary doesn't count against the cap. What happens is when a player, like Pisani comes off you can't still be over the cap. So it allows teams flexibility, and every day a player is on the IR his overall cap number is lower. Pisani won't be considered a 2.5 cap hit this season, but it doesn't matter since the Oilers aren't close to the cap.

Teams will wait until the day of a game to activate a player of the IR, to save days of pay. Just like when it is possible, they recall players after 3 p.m. so that one day doesn't count.

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#59 Adam dyck
January 27 2009, 07:34PM
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This is going well.

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#60 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 27 2009, 07:34PM
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Hey Jason, how is the mood at the arena? Are the fans booing thier own team yet?

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#61 Xavier
January 27 2009, 07:38PM
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@ David S:

He lost something, but they're posting on their own website and baggedmilk is talking about naked chicks already.

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#62 Dana @ AgileStyle
January 27 2009, 07:39PM
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@ Jason Gregor: Right. You can see where teams can get into trouble with this. Philly would have been over the cap if Briere came back from his injury last week. Luckily (?) he opted for further surgery and gives the GM an extra month to wheel and deal. He can't get back on the roster until some cap space is shed, or Philly will be over the cap.

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#63 Jason Gregor
January 27 2009, 07:41PM
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Not there yet...had business meeting...watching on TV at spectrum...but I text my buddy and he said they are cheering Deslauriers...and they cheered when ice shovelling guy fell down I guess...will walk over there for 2nd and 3rd. I'm sure it will be a great atmosphere...ha

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#64 Jason Gregor
January 27 2009, 07:43PM
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Dana @ AgileStyle wrote:

@ Jason Gregor: Right. You can see where teams can get into trouble with this. Philly would have been over the cap if Briere came back from his injury last week. Luckily (?) he opted for further surgery and gives the GM an extra month to wheel and deal. He can’t get back on the roster until some cap space is shed, or Philly will be over the cap.

Bang on...but they also save money until the moment he comes off...Insurance pays for IR after 10 missed games...It is a weird system because it makes you wonder if some teams would hide guys on the IR if necessary.

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#65 Jack "slacking off at work" Bauer
January 27 2009, 07:44PM
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oh lovely, columbus won tonight.

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#66 David S
January 27 2009, 07:47PM
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Xavier wrote:

He lost something, but they’re posting on their own website and baggedmilk is talking about naked chicks already.

That's what happens when you want ad revenue I suppose. Although I hear Wanye's making about $500 a day with his cardboard sign out by WEM, so I'm not sure why he needs the extra cashhh.

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#67 The Edmonton Oilers' gameplay in the first period
January 27 2009, 07:49PM
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...hey...sorry I'm late. What'd I miss?

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#68 Xavier
January 27 2009, 07:51PM
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@ David S:

What do you mean? Did they get kicked off for asking for money?

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#69 The Towel Boy
January 27 2009, 07:52PM
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Soooo.....Rollie's looking sharp eh?

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#70 David S
January 27 2009, 07:56PM
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Xavier wrote:

What do you mean? Did they get kicked off for asking for money?

Nooooo! "Naked chicks" ? ad revenue. But I'm speculating.

The JSBM mystery is a bigger coverup than the CFP debacle though. Maybe he forgot to lock the ON office door one too many times and he's getting a timeout.

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#71 Sing A Song For SingSing
January 27 2009, 07:59PM
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Roli costs us 2 points.

I mean, I anticipated we'd drop this game, but had no idea it would deteriorate this quickly, this pitifully.

I mean they played okay in the 1st period... bah, f*ckit I'm going to bed. Stupid game to watch.

Also, I'd like to know Edmonton's record on Tuesday - specifically when playing at home... say, hmmmm over the last 4 seasons?

They seem to play absolutely horrible after weekends early in the week.

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#72 Xavier
January 27 2009, 08:00PM
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David S wrote:

Xavier wrote: What do you mean? Did they get kicked off for asking for money? Nooooo! “Naked chicks” ? ad revenue. But I’m speculating. The JSBM mystery is a bigger coverup than the CFP debacle though. Maybe he forgot to lock the ON office door one too many times and he’s getting a timeout.

Well decide for yourself. http://www.jeanshortsandbaggedmilk.com

I am going to keep asking them what's going on until they answer me. Baggedmilk said a while ago that he would spill it if he "felt it necessary"

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#73 David S
January 27 2009, 08:12PM
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Bueller?....Bueller?

*crickets chirping*

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#74 freeze
January 27 2009, 08:19PM
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whatinthef*ck!?!?!?!

I miss half of one game and the whole Oilverse implodes?!

did I miss a meeting here?

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#75 freeze
January 27 2009, 08:23PM
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what, no penalty on the Brodz breakaway but Cole goes away?

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#76 The Towel Boy
January 27 2009, 08:25PM
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*tumble weed blows through*

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#77 freeze
January 27 2009, 08:27PM
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oh hooray...

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#78 David S
January 27 2009, 08:31PM
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http://cornerstork.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/crying_baby.jpg

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#79 The Towel Boy
January 27 2009, 08:31PM
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ok. I'm gonna go watch something else now. This game is too stupid.

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#80 freeze
January 27 2009, 08:32PM
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Gregor's phone will be ringing off the hook tomorrow.

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#81 Xavier
January 27 2009, 08:33PM
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So then come swear with us at JSBM. Those two have awful mouthes when not censorred.

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#82 The Towel Boy
January 27 2009, 08:33PM
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www.sadtrombone.com

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#83 freeze
January 27 2009, 08:35PM
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hey Gregor, nice call on Storts!

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#84 freeze
January 27 2009, 08:38PM
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wtf?!

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#85 Travis Dakin
January 27 2009, 08:38PM
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Hi guys! Did I miss anything? How are the mighty oil doing in this scrimage?

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#86 Al
January 27 2009, 08:38PM
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I for one don't miss the immature babble of BMJS...anyone can write sexual, pornographic crap...they did have some witty comments, but for every one of those, they had 10 that were stupid and uncalled for.

THis game sucks...Gregor you brought up that they play like Chicago today and then joked that fans hoped it wasn't another 9-2 whitewash...Thanks for bringing that up...Why do they save their horsecrap games for home...

Awesome...Dallas and Minny are winning too... I can't even type without them scoring...wow...

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#87 freeze
January 27 2009, 08:39PM
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I guess MacT should have skated them a bit harder yesterday. oh well, there's always tomorrow.

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#88 oilersordeath
January 27 2009, 08:39PM
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Typical! Oilers look like a ECHL team againts this Sabres team!! Oh but wait our savior Pisani is almost ready yeah!! PUKE How did we get stuck with so many pilons Jesus F__ing Christ!! We have one guy(Hemsky) that can actually handle the puck through traffic thats it.

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#89 MacT's Aneurysm
January 27 2009, 08:39PM
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Wait for it...wait for it.

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#90 Smokin' Ray
January 27 2009, 08:40PM
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Yay! Staios for Mayor.

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#91 Dropping Deuces
January 27 2009, 08:41PM
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I think we should trade for that Garon character out in Pittsburg.

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#92 Charlie
January 27 2009, 08:44PM
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Okay, I have a 9am class tommorow, but it looks like I'm gonna have to get into the ol' Vodky Redbulls... I wonder if I can finish a double for every Sabres goal in the third. No offense JDD, you're The Future, you just don't have anyone in front of you tonight. Ughhhh.

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#93 David S
January 27 2009, 08:44PM
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OK.

Well I suppose we were heading for a good wakeup call. Next game will be tight but it's painful to watch the baptism of JDD tonight.

So...Roli comes back in?

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#94 definitely not baggedmilk
January 27 2009, 08:46PM
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Al wrote:

anyone can write sexual, pornographic crap…they did have some witty comments, but for every one of those, they had 10 that were stupid and uncalled for.

Thank you... thank you so very very much.

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#95 volfman
January 27 2009, 08:53PM
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just another example of how mac should be coaching rec hockey. at least they they don't expect to be prepared.

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#96 Dennis
January 27 2009, 08:55PM
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I'm shocked that JDD looks this bloody bad. If you look at his AHL stats you'll see a guy who's primed to be an NHLer!!

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#97 David S
January 27 2009, 08:57PM
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That NHL.com chick is hawwwt!

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#98 Travis Dakin
January 27 2009, 09:00PM
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definitely not baggedmilk wrote:

Al wrote: anyone can write sexual, pornographic crap…they did have some witty comments, but for every one of those, they had 10 that were stupid and uncalled for. Thank you… thank you so very very much.

Hey I know you.... ;)

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#99 Tambo
January 27 2009, 09:02PM
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"Hi is Dany there please..."Hey Dany,buddy,how's it going. Hey I was just wondering if you'd like to join the big team. ...MMM...No thanks!, I like my GAA where it is.

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#100 David S
January 27 2009, 09:02PM
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Deuces being dropped everywhere you look.

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