GDB 40: Groundhog Day at RX1

Jason Gregor
January 09 2009 12:56PM

Let me apologize for the lameness of this post. Like Jason Arnott, “I just wasn’t into it tonight.” That is how I am today. I rarely complain about the weather, but I’m sure sick of this -57 crap every morning, and going to the Oiler locker room feels like Groundhog Day.

Same story over and over, except Phil Connors was able to save the kid from falling from the tree, stopped a guy from choking, learned to play the piano and ended up with sexy Rita.

Today I got none of it. I won’t be helping Dustin Penner learn to show up even 60 per cent of the time, Ales Hemsky is still hurt, the music will still be sub par at the game tonight and I’ll be sitting by Rishaug not some hottie in the pressbox.

There was one difference today. It was an optional practice, on a game day no less, and Robert Nilsson showed up with all of his teammates except Shawn Horcoff. Horcoff will dress, and while MacTavish didn’t want to reveal who will be his right winger, I discovered it will be Liam Reddox. MacTavish likes to play Horcoff against the other team’s top line, so Reddox gets the call. YIPPIE.

MacTavish did admit that this team is still in a state of flux when it comes to their system.

“There is a bit of transitional period where you go from a team two years ago that was going to be physically reliable and had a certain amount of power to our game and we could rely on that. Now we are transitioning more to offensive puck moving team, and it has been a slower transition than what we would have anticipated based on what we saw last year. I still feel we are making good progress in that regard, and I look forward to a healthy team to see what we have.”

FYI Craig, you will be at the halfway point of the season on Sunday. Outside of Hemsky, and Horcoff’s wonky back your team has been healthy. Of course, Hemsky makes a world of difference. This team isn’t good enough to absorb his absence, and because no one else can score changing up the lines makes little sense.

But I’m kind of torn with his statement. I can go ballistic and say, “What you talking about Craig,” or I could applaud the coach for being patient with young guys and sticking to their strengths. Because it is clear the Oilers don’t have the horses to play anything resembling a power game. Well, the former is where I stand.

I said at the start of the year, 40 games is where I would evaluate this team, and here we are hours away from game 40 and this team is still as inconsistent as ever. Jekyll and Hyde have nothing on the Oilers. They didn’t take advantage of an extended stay at home and now they are in chase mode again. Win five or lose five in a row, at least do something unexpected. How about a line brawl? Or score eight goals. Do something, anything that would be outside of the same old same old routine of the past three seasons.

But just like the Groundhog Day, a win or a loss tonight won’t change a thing. The coach isn’t going anywhere, the players have yet to learn to be consistent, the music will still be sucky tonight, and I will spend a Friday night at the rink with Rishaug. How depressing. (Let’s hope the camera guy at least puts a few of Edmonton’s finest on the big screen tonight).

And yes, Dwayne Roloson will start tonight.

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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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#201 RBK
January 09 2009, 08:40PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Why can’t WE have a good hockey team?? *bursts into tears, wets pants*

LOLOLOLOL

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#202 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 08:40PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Silver lining. Marleau still has 20 minutes to get the hat trick.

*Smashes jeanshorts with a tire iron*

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#203 DrPow
January 09 2009, 08:42PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

jeanshorts wrote: Silver lining. Marleau still has 20 minutes to get the hat trick. *Smashes jeanshorts with a tire iron*

*High fives Wayne*

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#204 baggedmilk
January 09 2009, 08:42PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

jeanshorts wrote: Silver lining. Marleau still has 20 minutes to get the hat trick. *Smashes jeanshorts with a tire iron*

*Steals jeanshorts' wallet*

Dammit, filled with nothing but R&R stickers.

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#205 jeanshorts
January 09 2009, 08:43PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

*Smashes jeanshorts with a tire iron*

Wah, what happened? I blacked out before the third period. Did the Oilers win? Why are my pants off? Why are (I ALWAYS HAVE THE LAST WORD JEANSHORTS - WG) I doubt there is a connection there.

Also I love estelle getty. For her looks.

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#206 David S
January 09 2009, 08:43PM
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Oilers dressing room:

"OK guys. Let's try to pick it up, put a few in and make a game of it."

San Jose dressing room:

"OK guys. At least three sticks have to touch the puck before you put it in. And this time let's make sure we reserve enough tables at Diesel after the game."

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#207 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 08:44PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

*Steals jeanshorts’ wallet* Dammit, filled with nothing but R&R stickers.

And pokemon cards

Glove to the grill? Really? SPORTSNET??

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#208 R-DAWG
January 09 2009, 08:44PM
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David S wrote:

San Jose dressing room: “OK guys. At least three sticks have to touch the puck before you put it in

LMAO

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#209 baggedmilk
January 09 2009, 08:45PM
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My pokemon brings all the boys to the yard and they're like "you wanna trade cards?"

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#210 Amber McCormick
January 09 2009, 08:47PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

My pokemon brings all the boys to the yard and they’re like “you wanna trade cards?”

You should really stand and take a bow. That was pretty good. For you anyway.

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#211 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 08:47PM
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I would rather watch Steve Staios beat Liam Reddox within an inch of his life than watch Setoguchi play badminton.

Is this supposed to sell tickets/jerseys/oven mitts?

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#212 jeanshorts
January 09 2009, 08:47PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I ALWAYS HAVE THE LAST WORD JEANSHORTS - WG) Also I love estelle getty. For her looks.

DAMN YOU THOUGHT POLICE!!!!!!!!

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#213 Whoops
January 09 2009, 08:49PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

baggedmilk wrote: My pokemon brings all the boys to the yard and they’re like “you wanna trade cards?” You should really stand and take a bow. That was pretty good. For you anyway.

No it wasn't: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frJ5quhBeG4&feature=related

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#214 baggedmilk
January 09 2009, 08:50PM
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@ Amber McCormick:

I wish I could take credit... Unfortunately I cannot.

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#215 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 08:51PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

jeanshorts wrote: I ALWAYS HAVE THE LAST WORD JEANSHORTS - WG) Also I love estelle getty. For her looks. DAMN YOU THOUGHT POLICE!!!!!!!!

BAHAHA

*farts loudly in triumph*

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#216 Amber McCormick
January 09 2009, 08:52PM
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@ Whoops: See i'm so out of the 'cool-loop' I don't even know these things. Oh the youngin's with their crazy ways, long hair and that rock n' roll music.

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#217 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 08:53PM
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On behalf of the OilersNation Anderson:

Grow back the moustache.

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#218 Amber McCormick
January 09 2009, 08:53PM
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@ baggedmilk: Next time try and show some creativity. I know it's hard and it gives you gas but I'm sure someone else from the ON team with burp you.

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#219 jeanshorts
January 09 2009, 08:55PM
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Is it just me, or does Glen Anderson look like Patrick Swayze in Point Break?

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#220 David S
January 09 2009, 08:55PM
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On behalf of Oilers fans everywhere Anderson:

Suit up. Please.

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#221 baggedmilk
January 09 2009, 08:55PM
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@ Amber McCormick: When you insult me I can't help but

(I am going to fight you JSBM - WG)

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#222 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 08:55PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Is it just me, or does Glen Anderson look like Patrick Swayze in Point Break?

swoon

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#223 jeanshorts
January 09 2009, 08:57PM
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Oh great. Big sexy with a quite possibly broken thumb. AWESOME! Might as well just cancel Christmas next year.

*sobs and poops uncontrollably*

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#224 David S
January 09 2009, 08:58PM
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So I guess all we can look forward to now is Stauffer telling bar jokes just before the post game scrum starts on the Oilers site.

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#225 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 08:58PM
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Announcer: Sheldon Souray has left the game with a hand injury.

Lowe: You wanna make a trade or should I? Tambellini: *drool*

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#226 Smokin' Ray
January 09 2009, 08:59PM
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What's a trade? We can do that?

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#227 baggedmilk
January 09 2009, 09:00PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

I am going to fight you JSBM - WG

Come get some big boy.

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#228 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 09:01PM
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@ baggedmilk:

That's what she said.

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#229 jeanshorts
January 09 2009, 09:02PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: I am going to fight you JSBM - WG Come get some big boy.

He can't beat both of us! If we're both on PCP!

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#230 jeanshorts
January 09 2009, 09:04PM
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Come on Willis. Nilsson needs a little more of your magic tonight.

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#231 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 09:04PM
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@ jeanshorts: @ Amber McCormick:

*loads stungun, charges taser*

Kill someone Mac

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#232 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 09:05PM
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Please gods of hockey let this be the game the Oilers decide to fight everyone.

Oh great not Stortini

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#233 Smokin' Ray
January 09 2009, 09:05PM
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Why is Cole not with Gagner?

Why is the 4th line not together?

Why is Horcoff still an Oiler?

Why is MacT thinking that sitting Reddox was a bad idea? (I know you are MacT)

Why is there no effort?

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#234 jeanshorts
January 09 2009, 09:05PM
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YAY! More hugging, more injuries, less scoring, more losses! At least the status quo is back to normal.

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#235 Jonathan Willis
January 09 2009, 09:05PM
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There's no magic left on this team.

And Stortini's down. That's a bad thing, believe it or not.

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#236 jeanshorts
January 09 2009, 09:05PM
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Ew gross he broke his leg Debrusk. It's pretty clear.

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#237 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 09:05PM
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*barfs in mouth*

Poor Stortini

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#238 Smokin' Ray
January 09 2009, 09:06PM
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Broken leg...

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#239 Amber McCormick
January 09 2009, 09:06PM
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Oh sweet lord, that was brutal. Stortini smash!!

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#240 baggedmilk
January 09 2009, 09:06PM
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Please God take my eyes but not Stortini!!!!

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#241 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 09:07PM
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Yeah this team isn't jinxed at all.

*stares out window nervously for rest of season*

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#242 Jonathan Willis
January 09 2009, 09:07PM
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Smokin' Ray wrote:

Why is MacT thinking that sitting Reddox was a bad idea? (I know you are MacT)

Because Reddox can find his ass without the aid of a map and compass in the defensive zone.

He ain't a great player by any stretch, but his skillset is underrepresented in the lineup right now. Hell, I'd dress him over Moreau these days.

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#243 Gord
January 09 2009, 09:07PM
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Stort's knee was twisted like a pretzel. I have had that happen and it does not tickle!

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#244 R-DAWG
January 09 2009, 09:08PM
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What the hell did I miss!!!

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#245 David S
January 09 2009, 09:08PM
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Zack's gone for the season. I really feel bad for the guy. We just lost 50% of the heart of the team.

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#246 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 09:09PM
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This is not good. That injury speaks to the overall state of the Oilers right now.

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#247 jeanshorts
January 09 2009, 09:09PM
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@ R-DAWG:

Stortini snapped his leg pretty good, and Louie DeBrusk in his infinite wisdom kept calling it a concussion.

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#248 Wanye Gretz
January 09 2009, 09:11PM
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Louie Debrusk's past two games

Last game: Doesn't understand what a natural hat trick is. Keeps saying Bernier could get one though the Oilers had scored.

This game: Mistakes a torn everything in a knee injury for a concussion.

Everything is going so crappy. I am floored by everything

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#249 Gord
January 09 2009, 09:11PM
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Not only is Zach's leg most likely broken, I can bet there is some serious ACL and/or MCL damage as well.

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#250 David S
January 09 2009, 09:12PM
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On a side note, how many times this year have you heard the term "hopped over his stick". I'd say the ice sucks but I don't want a zamboni blocking my car tomorrow morning.

Wasn't it Wanye saying earlier this year that they were fixing the ice plant?

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