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Wanye
January 08 2009 09:42AM

Normally we start the day by reading the OilersNation News Aggregator and seeing what people are talking about all around the league. But today we will hold back because:

a) We hate reading MSM coverage of the Oilers when they lose. b) We just can’t bring ourselves to read another MacT quote explaining how close it all really was. c) If we read anyone say, “Oh Sundin got off to a magical start, but it was fellow Graduate of Hogwarts Steve Bernier who performed the real trick scoring twice against his Canadian rivals...” Well, if we read that there would be a lone gunman tearing up Jasper Avenue at about 9:33am this morning. And really, it's too cold for vigilante justice today.

So instead we will not read anything related to the Oilers game. Well, except this post. Which isn’t really about how the Oil gassed one to the Canucks and Mats Sundin is a Golden God descended from Mount Olympus to grace us with his ice hockey skills. His tragic flaw? He will never win a Cup. Oh and he can’t feel true love.

Screw you, Sundin.

Laraque Blogs

For those of you who weren't aware Georges Laraque decided to start blogging over at Sportsnet.ca. This is great news -- except that apparently he didn't clear it with anyone besides Sportsnet.

In only his second post he says:

"Before starting this blog, I just want to let everyone know that this will be my last one. It's unfortunate but it is a team rule that Canadiens players are not allowed to do blogs simply because of the many requests our team gets and it would be unfair to all the other people asking us for similar projects. As you can imagine, when you're a French-Canadian playing in Montréal you get a lot of requests so I agree with the team's decision because this makes it fair for everyone."

He then goes on to break down the fighting code, states fighting is popular (gasp!) describes how fighting has changed and discusses how he used to be nervous before fights. Did we mention he discussed fighting?

Nothing too earth shattering but we all know Monsieur Laraques’ propensity to talk and this blog –- which is gigantic btw -– would sure to have improved.

If only the NHL had any understanding of how to build a brand. NBA players have camera crews following them around 24/7 and players in the NFL have webcams in their bedrooms linked to the team’s official sites. While the other leagues continue to grant unprecedented access to their players the NHL furiously guards its bag of magic beans and boxes everyone out.

Oh OK maybe just one hilarious MacT quote:

“As the game started to elevate, we started to elevate rather than just grabbing that game at the start.” –- Craig MacTavish after the game.

Ah that’s rich.

Photos still coming in

Awhile back we announced a contest asking readers of the Nation to take some game pics and send them in to OilersNation World HQ and Tanning Salon®. We continue to get pics from the games and will be posting them shortly.

“But Wanye you said that you would announce a winner at the end of December! What happened?”

Life happened, you son of a bitch! Ever try and build a 5000-piece Battlestar Galactica puzzle during an Unsolved Mysteries Marathon on Spike? Then check your inbox after every game and see pictures being sent in regularly and you have done nothing to reward the party people? Then people keep ordering T-shirts and you didn’t really give any thought to shipping or handling when you thought of NationGear and now you spend your mornings packaging up T-shirts and the lady at the post office thinks you're into criminal activity because of all the mailing you are doing??

Do you know what pressure feels like!?!?!

Ahem.

Please continue to send your pics of the game, your buddies, the sky or your cat that “looks just like Ales Hemsky.” There is a $75 gift certificate to Hudsons in it for you. We will be posting the pictures shortly.

Oh yeah

You did it Buck75.

Swoon.

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#51 Travis Dakin
January 08 2009, 02:21PM
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Maltby too come to think of it. F*ck role players.

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#52 Rick
January 08 2009, 02:23PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Rick : Fair enough the team is playing like mediocrity in a jar. Anyone in with eyes in their sockets can see that. But would you rather Katz have the team: a) sign the best player available right now or b) sign the best player that becomes available in the next 3 years who will lead the team for 10 Similarily would you rather Katz a) sign the best TSN/Sportsnet analyst around to be the coach right now or b) position the team to make the best coaching signing possible in the medium term for long term success I’m not saying this is what he is doing, but a guy with enough foresight to buy a car dealership downtown years ago as part of an alternate site for the arena he plans to build for a team he planned to own seems to have a long term time horizon planning strategy wouldn’t you say?

Actually I would prefer he keeps his fingers out of it unless he is changing upper management.

Management put the team in this position so I would prefer that they show some friggin passion and do something to get them out of it.

One thing is for sure though, it is never ever a good sign when owners get involved in the day to day operation of the team on the ice. Case in point, Tampa Bay.

Probably not the answer you were looking for though...

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#53 Travis Dakin
January 08 2009, 02:23PM
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Sean wrote:

No kudos for Souray tagging Ohlund?!?!

Were you at the JL meeting? Like four people took a rogue shot in eye over that one. It was a war zone.

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#54 Dennis Castro
January 08 2009, 02:31PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Let me get this straight just to be clear Dennis. You are ragging on the second highest scoring D tandem in the league for being too predictable? Good heavens man. There are lots of problems but those two aren’t among them.

I have to clearify, 2 shots like that from the point are great, I am ragging on the system not the players. I wish the oilers did more down low with the puck on the powerplay because I think they rely too heavily on the point shot on the PP especially 5-3's. If they have success down low that will open up the point shot and keep the oposition Pk on there toes. Its like having a good run game to open up the pass game in football, it keeps the defense guessing what your going to do.

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#55 Chris
January 08 2009, 03:16PM
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The PP does look predictable... to fans who watch every single game...

I don't think the PP is a big problem. Years past our PP was so brutal that it killed momentum generated by good 5 on 5 play.

Last night it would have been nice to score on one of our three opportunities in the first. That being said, Nilssons PP goal in the 2nd was textbook perfect. Quick precision passing through the neutral zone bought Souray time to load and fire the cannon. No goalie can prevent a rebound on that shot + good positioning and compete level by Nilsson = nice goal. MacT, in his post game comments, cites the PP as one of the reasons we lost the game... Does he expect those boys to score three PP goals a night to cover weak 5 on 5 play? Wierd.

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#56 Pokie Reddik
January 08 2009, 04:05PM
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Ethan Moreau is not Captain material, He and Souray have had some Tiffs and because this team is in "transission" it's time to name Souray as captain and put Moreau and his salary on waivers. When he was out of the locker room in last years push for eight(a norm under MacT) there was no Moreau harassing the players and they were playing well. Get Moreau out of the locker romm now.

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#57 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 04:14PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

@ Pokie Reddik: Stauffer works for the Oilers, thus he has to tow the company line. I have heard him critisize aspects of play, but to throw a member of the same organization under the bus would be taboo I would imagine. It has been said on 1260 in the past that “rights holders” are somewhat obligated to tow the line as well. I would rather have the hockey games on a “sports station”, but I think that much of the fun of talk radio on the station would be lost if they had the rights. It has always seemed funny how he became upon the new job. Was it to shut him up? Not that I think he isn’t qualified to do the job, but he was able to stir up the emotions of his followers while on 1260. Imagine if he was still doing Total Sports, we would have had the pitchforks & torches out in October marching down to RX1.

Memo went a maybe two years ago around CHED to all corus employees (as reported via Graham Hicks) that no negative comments were to be tolerated - Stauffer does not work for Ched - he works for the Rexall Sports and the Oiler Radio Network and company mantra is the party line - let's face it he can be honest - just not brutally honest and now Stauffer not only has to maintain more face time (on the plane, meals, hotel) with all members of the team. Rod Phillips and Glen Sather would drive together to Northlands Coliseum in the old days - tough to slag your friend, boss, on the air ...eh? Reports are that Stauffer desires to be GM eventually via Katz approval after Lowe leaves for New York head office. - not joking.

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#58 RBK
January 08 2009, 04:16PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

Reports are that Stauffer desires to be GM eventually via Katz approval after Lowe leaves for New York head office. - not joking.

Where exactly was this reported? Deep Oil Forever!!!

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#59 Pokie Reddik
January 08 2009, 04:19PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

BUCK75 wrote: @ Pokie Reddik: Stauffer works for the Oilers, thus he has to tow the company line. I have heard him critisize aspects of play, but to throw a member of the same organization under the bus would be taboo I would imagine. It has been said on 1260 in the past that “rights holders” are somewhat obligated to tow the line as well. I would rather have the hockey games on a “sports station”, but I think that much of the fun of talk radio on the station would be lost if they had the rights. It has always seemed funny how he became upon the new job. Was it to shut him up? Not that I think he isn’t qualified to do the job, but he was able to stir up the emotions of his followers while on 1260. Imagine if he was still doing Total Sports, we would have had the pitchforks & torches out in October marching down to RX1. Memo went a maybe two years ago around CHED to all corus employees (as reported via Graham Hicks) that no negative comments were to be tolerated - Stauffer does not work for Ched - he works for the Rexall Sports and the Oiler Radio Network and company mantra is the party line - let’s face it he can be honest - just not brutally honest and now Stauffer not only has to maintain more face time (on the plane, meals, hotel) with all members of the team. Rod Phillips and Glen Sather would drive together to Northlands Coliseum in the old days - tough to slag your friend, boss, on the air …eh? Reports are that Stauffer desires to be GM eventually via Katz approval after Lowe leaves for New York head office. - not joking.

Bob Flintsone specifically said he was not going to change his opinion of MacT, he was going to "call it as he sees it" he was going to be critical of MacT his descions as he always has.....Yah Right, go have a DQ Blizzard Fred like you need it.

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#60 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 04:21PM
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Pokie Reddik wrote:

Lubo71 wrote: The only people that seriously speak the truth about the Oil are Brownlee, Gregor and Willis. Oh yeah and Wayne when he graces us with his presence. When I read ones like this I wish you wrote more you lazy bugger. Your right these great men speak the truth about the Oilers and what the fans are thinking, now only if KATZ would listen and quit living in the past

Is that why DK brought back the old jerseys ?

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#61 Pokie Reddik
January 08 2009, 04:23PM
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@ Deep Oil: Because he drinks Pepesi, and has a Micheal Jackson glove and Jacket, which Fred keeps trying to put on

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#62 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 04:31PM
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@ Pokie Reddik: What does Bob's weight have to do with his credibility - then Pat Quinn, Ken Hitchcock, Biran Burke are all Fred Flintstone idiots, hardly. Even KLOWE was going to the buffet too often last year.

When you work for the Oil - you give up some rights of free speech, in return you get the privelege to be associated with the team and an above average paycheque - just ask Patrick LaForge how many past employees have sued - settled out of court or left on very negative circumstances - the front office from sales to marketing to operations were hauled into the office when EIG too over and asked one question.... are you with Sather or with us...... not a very proud moment - just remember if want to hang with the Oil corporately - they either want something that you have or you have to pay to be their friend in form of sponsorship.....

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#63 Oilersordeath
January 08 2009, 04:49PM
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I think Visnovsky and Souray are the least of our problems, love those guys!! Its tough and physical forwards that we really lack. I cant remember the last time an Oiler (other than Zac S.) actually finished a check!

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#64 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 04:50PM
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RBK wrote:

Deep Oil wrote: Reports are that Stauffer desires to be GM eventually via Katz approval after Lowe leaves for New York head office. - not joking. Where exactly was this reported? Deep Oil Forever!!!

Lowe rumor was on Hockeycentral some time ago and repeated on Prime Time Sports and Stauffer intent was other media musings within Edmonton.

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#65 Travis Dakin
January 08 2009, 04:56PM
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I'm sorry Wanye but I gotta say...

Deep Oil is the man. This is pure gold. We are blessed to have these observations bestowed upon us. I feel like I've just swallowed the Red pill. Wow.

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#66 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 05:00PM
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@ Pokie Reddik: The Sportsnet broadcast team are in the same boat as Stauffer - liable - the Oil bought /control most of Rogers Sportsnet West air time (leaving less for flames fans) and Kevin Quinn and Louie Debrusk have to tow the party line as well - their post game is nothing but fluff or goes to sportsnet connected in Toronto - the oil booted part timer Peter Loubardias for not warming to the oil when subbing for Ferraro.

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#67 Pokie Reddik
January 08 2009, 05:23PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

@ Pokie Reddik: What does Bob’s weight have to do with his credibility - then Pat Quinn, Ken Hitchcock, Biran Burke are all Fred Flintstone idiots, hardly. Even KLOWE was going to the buffet too often last year. When you work for the Oil - you give up some rights of free speech, in return you get the privelege to be associated with the team and an above average paycheque - just ask Patrick LaForge how many past employees have sued - settled out of court or left on very negative circumstances - the front office from sales to marketing to operations were hauled into the office when EIG too over and asked one question…. are you with Sather or with us…… not a very proud moment - just remember if want to hang with the Oil corporately - they either want something that you have or you have to pay to be their friend in form of sponsorship…..

Fred Stauffer lost his credibility when the season started

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#68 Pokie Reddik
January 08 2009, 05:30PM
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I am not saying that Bob is Fat, I am saying he looks like Fred Flintstone.

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#69 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 07:43PM
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Oilersordeath wrote:

I hate bad mouthing the Oil, but Jesus F__ing Christ this is rediculous. Please trade away Horcoff, Staios, Pisani, Penner if poss for some hardnose in your face type of players. How long is Katz going to put up with this joke of a team? Oh yeah and Mac-T has to go too, cant motivate the players at all.

Wow - those are my whipping boys - note to oilersordeath that Katz does not primarily interact with the team - that is why he has hired Nicholls and retained LaForge, Lowe - for them to make the hockey decisions.

It was Lowe that caved and gave these sausages long term inflated contracts that are untradeable and incredibly average.

Do you really think that Katz wonders day to day about this hockey club - not a high priority when you are taking on more debt via MBO and LBO of other pharm properties - start thinking big picture rather than from a sports perspective - with $2billion or more in corporate assests a $150 million hockey team is a blip on the balance sheet - minor line item.

An owner that buys a hockey team for a toy gets involved (Melnyk for example) - opposite of what Katz has bought this for - branding, diversification, cross revenue streams, and an aging fan base - oilers are a stock that DK can root for after the market closes - but as long as the season ticket base is full - no concern - business as usual.

Oilers Nation can rant back at me - but unfortunately we have mediocrity with no incentive or ability to improve until these whipping boys contracts expire or get traded (not likely). Again - Toronto Maple Leafs West

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#70 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 07:49PM
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Oilersordeath - I have been told by respected bloggers on this site not to use profanity - in the spirit of all the swearing that is going on at the Team 1260 - (poor Corey, Jason)- please consider holding the religous f bombs - so we can focus on the true lies of the sports community. When profanity enters your blog - your creditibility goes out the window. Would your mom, me, or Oilers Nation like you to be speaking that way in church or on this blog..... I know everyone despises my blogs - but at least free speech with DEEP is clean.

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#71 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 07:56PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

I’m sorry Wanye but I gotta say… Deep Oil is the man. This is pure gold. We are blessed to have these observations bestowed upon us. I feel like I’ve just swallowed the Red pill. Wow.

here you go.....

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#72 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 07:56PM
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@ Pokie Reddik: Fred might be ticked off at you for that comment.

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#73 Hockey Gods
January 08 2009, 08:06PM
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Is Deep Oil really Bob Stauffer?Deep Oil wrote:

@ Pokie Reddik: Fred might be ticked off at you for that comment.

Look out Pokie he's mad now.

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#74 Jason Gregor
January 08 2009, 08:59PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Maltby too come to think of it. F*ck role players.

YEs, but role players are only truly valuable when you have top end star players. I can't stand Maltby, ever since he suckered that guy outside or Barely Teens many years ago...Anyways those guys are much easier to replace than a top end scorer. Once the Oilers get one, it will be easier to assign roles. Outside or Hemsky, they have no forwards you can count on to score even on a semi-regular basis. That is the problem. The hardest guys to get our scorers, get a few of them and the pluggers are much easier to find. Because there are always lots of teams floundering that are willing to move a plugger at the deadline.

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#75 Jason Gregor
January 08 2009, 09:02PM
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Pokie Reddik wrote:

Ethan Moreau is not Captain material, He and Souray have had some Tiffs and because this team is in “transission” it’s time to name Souray as captain and put Moreau and his salary on waivers. When he was out of the locker room in last years push for eight(a norm under MacT) there was no Moreau harassing the players and they were playing well. Get Moreau out of the locker romm now.

Sober up man or get better sources. Moreau and Souray are great friends. No rift between them at all. Could he be a better leader, yes, but there is not rift between those two. This is how garbage rumours spread.

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#76 Jason Gregor
January 08 2009, 09:06PM
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- the oil booted part timer Peter Loubardias for not warming to the oil when subbing for Ferraro.

Actually that is wrong. Loubardias got offered the fulltime job in Calgary. He was booted out by the Oilers. Quinn was the choice yes, but Loubadias was never booted out. He got a new job.

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