GDB 39: Canucks have Sundin, we have Brule

Jason Gregor
January 07 2009 12:20PM

While everyone is focusing on the debut of Mats Sundin tonight, Oilers fans will see Gilbert Brule on the first line for the first time. Brule and Reddox took turns on the RW at the morning skate today, but Brule tipped me off that he will be on the wing tonight.

For Brule this is the first opportunity to play in a true offensive role in the NHL and he is excited.

“It’s a great chance to think offence. I know that I just have to play a simple game and focus more on getting into spaces where I can score,” said Brule.

The other aspect about Brule’s game that should come in handy tonight against the pesky Canucks is his willingness to play gritty. With disturbers and pests like Kesler and Burrows, if Brule can bring that element tonight that could go a long way for him staying in the line-up, at least until Hemsky returns.

Jacques skates

JF Jacques skated with his teammates for the first time this season, but he is still a long ways away from playing. Jacques’ back is still sore from the surgery and he is looking at getting in a game sometime in February. But that will be in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons and it is very doubtful that he will play with the Oilers this season.

Steve MacIntyre saw the doctor yesterday and it looks like he will be cleared to play in ten days, but the way the fourth line is playing right now it will be hard for him to get in the line-up. Expect him to get a two-week conditioning stint in Springfield to try and get in game shape.

Dwayne Roloson will start in goal tonight for the Oilers. Shawn Horcoff said his back is feeling much better today, and it shouldn’t give him any trouble tonight.

Mats Sundin will skate with Kyle Wellwood and former Camrose Kodiak Mason Raymond tonight, while Pavol Demitra will skate with the Sedin sisters.

The Canucks long term plan is to use Demitra and Sundin as a pair, with the Sisters on the other line, and the other winger will be on a rotation basis, based on who is playing well and which guy has chemistry with the specific pair.

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#151 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 09:35PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

Travis Dakin wrote: So I just went pee and it was tied. What the fark? I suggest if you got any “paper work” to do, you better hold it!

No I'm good. Seems some has made a mess in the bed though...

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#152 David S
January 07 2009, 09:35PM
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I would have thought this was a "must win" because the next game is against San Jose and we all know how that's gonna go down.

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#153 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 09:35PM
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:(

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#154 Deep Oil imitator
January 07 2009, 09:36PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

@ jeanshorts: The net would have come off of it’s moorings before that puck crossed the line, if only MacTavish hadn’t lost the room.

Katz has control of the San Andreas fault line... At will he can shake the plates under Edmonton ... think that happens for no reason? He could have prevented that goal but he was asleep at the switch - the emperor fiddles while Rome burns.

*drool*

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#155 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 09:37PM
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David S wrote:

I would have thought this was a “must win” because the next game is against San Jose and we all know how that’s gonna go down.

We come and play like our life depends on it...for one game!!?

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#156 Smokin' Ray
January 07 2009, 09:37PM
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Put some bubble wrap on Hemmer and get him back in.

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#157 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:37PM
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@ Deep Oil imitator:

Thank you for that. Priceless.

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#158 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 09:38PM
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@ Deep Oil imitator: LMAO

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#159 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:38PM
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Sing A Song For SingSing wrote:

JW I admire your optimism but I truly don’t see what you do in this game from the Oilers. They just don’t play a good team game, it’s so sloppy.

It hasn't been a bad game; I've got the Oilers just a hair behind the Canucks in carrying the play right now.

Still, they have to win every game because of the hole they've put themselves in, and just playing well (or not, I know we disagree) isn't good enough.

One period left.

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#160 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:39PM
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Deep Oil imitator wrote:

the emperor fiddles while Rome burns.

If I was drinking a rum right now, I would have whitewashed my monitor in it.

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#161 Deep Oil imitator
January 07 2009, 09:41PM
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Damn it all it's me Wanye. I want my kudos! Had I known it was going to go over so well

*drool*

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#162 David S
January 07 2009, 09:41PM
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If it's not plainly obvious by now, we simply don't have the horsepower. Horcoff and Penner don't work without Hemsky and the rest of the guys just aren't that good (yet).

I'm dreading Friday night and at the same time looking forward to it like a sadistic accident chaser.

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#163 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:41PM
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*innocently*

Oh hey everyone. I was gone for a bit. Anything happen while I was gone?

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#164 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 09:42PM
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Garrett is pissing me off.

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#165 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:43PM
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Look at Louie grin when he's allowed to go for popcorn. I just saw Dustin Penner in 20 years.

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#166 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:43PM
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I'm so glad I don't have to listen to John Garrett praddle on and on about how awesome Mats Sundin is for 2 hours. I always thought Harry Neal was a terrible homer until I started watching Sportsnet Pacific. Unreal.

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#167 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:44PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

That's because Garrett's an idiot. I refill my drink when he talks; the alcohol counteracts the negative power of his words.

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#168 David S
January 07 2009, 09:44PM
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Wanye - we all drew straws for the beer run while you were out and you got the short one. 2 cases of Becks should do it. Thanks bud.

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#169 RBK
January 07 2009, 09:45PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Look at Louie grin when he’s allowed to go for popcorn. I just saw Dustin Penner in 20 years.

I'm going to nominate Willis as first star. He is on fire tonight.

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#170 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:46PM
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I bet they have to use the CHED chopper to fly in Stauffer to RX1. All the while they spray him with a hose so he doesn't go dry during transport. Just like an Orca whale.

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#171 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 09:47PM
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It's ok everybody... I am feeling a win for the Oilers tonight. Something really cool is going to happen.

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#172 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:47PM
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* as an aside that last comment was via the "OilersNinja" who just posted on the laptop in front of the TV and forgot to change his name in the box.

It's name forgery a go-go in here

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#173 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:48PM
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So, what's the over/under on how long it is until people stop making terrible Sundin jokes/references? Ever?

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#174 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:48PM
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RBK wrote:

Jonathan Willis wrote: Look at Louie grin when he’s allowed to go for popcorn. I just saw Dustin Penner in 20 years. I’m going to nominate Willis as first star. He is on fire tonight.

No - I'm flattered, but no. Wanye's Deep Oil impression is hands down tonight's first star.

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#175 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 09:48PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

I bet they have to use the CHED chopper to fly in Stauffer to RX1. All the while they spray him with a hose so he doesn’t go dry during transport. Just like an Orca whale.

That is a magical mental picture.

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#176 RBK
January 07 2009, 09:48PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

It’s name forgery a go-go in here

LOL are you watching the game at the same place?

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#177 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:49PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

So, what’s the over/under on how long it is until people stop making terrible Sundin jokes/references? Ever?

What number is higher than "forever?"

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#178 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:49PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

So, what’s the over/under on how long it is until people stop making terrible Sundin jokes/references? Ever?

Waht's the over/under on how long it will take Sundin to decide if he wants to play next season? I'm guessing the two are comparable lengths.

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#179 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 09:50PM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

Yeah that was gold.

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#180 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:50PM
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RBK wrote:

LOL are you watching the game at the same place?

Sadly yes. I don't know how he found his way in here.

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#181 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:51PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Waht’s the over/under on how long it will take Sundin to decide if he wants to play next season? I’m guessing the two are comparable lengths.

I'm saying game 7 of the Cup Finals next year.

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#182 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:51PM
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Or game 6, so he could get one morning skate in with the team before game 7.

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#183 RBK
January 07 2009, 09:52PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

@ Jonathan Willis: Yeah that was gold.

When you imitated him in the post Wayne that was ROFL material too. I went and showed my brother who reads the site all the time.

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#184 RBK
January 07 2009, 09:53PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Or game 6, so he could get one morning skate in with the team before game 7.

LMAO

Best JL Ever

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#185 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:54PM
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RBK wrote:

Best JL Ever

Thanks dude. I had an email from someone during the Xmas break who was like "Why do you sometimes call the game post the JL? It's driving me nuts cause I can't figure out what it is."

And I'm all "No way dude. That's a secret we JL'ers take to our grave."

And Souray's all "Hoot hoot hoot"

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#186 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 09:56PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

I bet they have to use the CHED chopper to fly in Stauffer to RX1. All the while they spray him with a hose so he doesn’t go dry during transport. Just like an Orca whale.

OUCH!!!

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#187 BUCK75
January 07 2009, 09:56PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

And I’m all “No way dude. That’s a secret we JL’ers take to our grave.”

LOL - at least it shows new people are attending these game forums...

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#188 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 09:57PM
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Number of times Stortini's been called for boarding: 2 Number of times Mitchell's been called for boarding: 0

Something's wrong there.

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#189 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 09:57PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

LOL - at least it shows new people are attending these game forums…

Yeah but they are like the creepy dudes at junior high dances who hang out in the shadows and get chubby's watching other kids slow dance.

SHOW YOURSELVES!!!!!!

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#190 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:58PM
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@ R-DAWG: Wanye Gretz wrote:

* as an aside that last comment was via the “OilersNinja” who just posted on the laptop in front of the TV and forgot to change his name in the box. It’s name forgery a go-go in here

That's not my gem. I ain't taking the heat for it.

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#191 BUCK75
January 07 2009, 09:59PM
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I have noticed thus far that Vancouver doesn't want Mat$ to pull his groin or some other freak injury. The guy has been playing poker all year - he should be in great shape for NHL hockey.

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#192 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 09:59PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

LOL - at least it shows new people are attending these game forums…

When I look at the analytics there are actually tons of people who read this thing and refresh it a lot and don't say anything.

SHOW YOURSELVES!!!!!!

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#193 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 10:02PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

@ R-DAWG: Wanye Gretz wrote: * as an aside that last comment was via the “OilersNinja” who just posted on the laptop in front of the TV and forgot to change his name in the box. It’s name forgery a go-go in here That’s not my gem. I ain’t taking the heat for it.

Did I miss something??

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#194 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 10:03PM
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51-78-18 against the Sedins now. It's nice that MacTavish moved away from the 4th line vs. the Sedins matchup, after it was a direct factor in the Canucks' 2nd goal.

Great stuff, MacTavish.

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#195 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 10:03PM
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@ R-DAWG:

I'm watching the game with a buddy who posts as the "OilersNinja" he posted that witty comment about the chopper and forgot to put his own name in the box before he hit submit

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#196 BUCK75
January 07 2009, 10:04PM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

Maybe Tambo sent him a crackberry messenger - shape up or ship out!

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#197 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 10:05PM
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Yeah Gene -

We get the sign.

*bursts into frustrated tears*

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#198 BUCK75
January 07 2009, 10:05PM
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CLEVER SIGN!!!

Wellfed with the golden arches!

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#199 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 10:05PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

BUCK75 wrote: LOL - at least it shows new people are attending these game forums… When I look at the analytics there are actually tons of people who read this thing and refresh it a lot and don’t say anything. SHOW YOURSELVES!!!!!!

How is the traffic doing? Getting busier every day? I'm doing my part to spread the word.

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#200 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 10:05PM
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OK thats it Principe is a douchebag!!

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