GDB IV: Les Canadiens fous et l'Huile de Pat Quinn

Jason Gregor
October 10 2009 02:13PM

What a week it has been for Edmonton fans! Your heart has been broken three times in the final minutes this week. Twice against your biggest rival, and to add some salt in the wound the Esks’ choked last night as well.

And to make things even more fun for those going to Rexall tonight you’ll be joined by the 9th most annoying fans in sports.

I graduated from J.H Picard, and I hated the Habs because of my classmates. Their singing in the hallways after a Canadiens’ win made me up-chuck my poutine, and when they lost they always had some lame excuse. For your sake, I hope you don’t have to endure one of their songs tonight.

Jarome Iginla, Sheldon Souray and Pat Quinn distracted most of you away from the fact the Oilers have already given up a goal in the final minute of a game; TWICE.

And another concern is why Quinn feels the need to hide his line combinations from the opposition. On Thursday morning’s skate, Quinn had juggled his lines.

He had Dustin Penner with 10 and 83. He’d moved Sam Gagner between 19 and 22, he put Gilbert Brule in the middle of 91 and 32, and he had Andrew Cogliano flanked by 18 and 46. Even during warm up, he had these lines doing rushes, until finally switching back to lines we saw on Thursday night.

What is the point of this?

Why have players practice together, but then not play together. Quinn has consistently rolled four lines so far this year, so why was he worried about trying to fool the Flames?

This morning the lines looked like this:

Jacques — Horcoff — Hemsky

Stone — Gagner — O’Sullivan

Penner — Brule — Comrie

Moreau — Cogliano — Stortini

It is refreshing to see Quinn so adamant that his players make the right play at key times. He has pointed out the mistakes of players from Hemsky to Smid, and that is great. But it’s time to show some faith in his players.

Trying to hide your line combinations from the opposition is ridiculous. Believe that whoever you put out there will succeed. I think it is great that none of the players are comfortable with their role on the team, but resorting to a Cloak and Dagger attitude with the lines makes no sense.

He wants his players to be tough and to stand up for one another; then he needs to be part of that as well.

I have no problem with the new combinations; in fact I’d take Jacques of the top line and put Penner there, because the first line hasn’t played well so far, but if you he wants his players to practice like they play, what is the point of practicing with players you won’t play with?

The Canadiens are reeling having surrendered eleven goals in their past two games. Their blueline isn’t very good with Markov out four months.

The Oilers need to stay aggressive and be physical. The Habs blueliners aren’t the greatest puck handlers, and they’ll be prone to giveaways if the Oilers stay on them.

Steve Staios will draw back in tonight. He’ll play with Ladislav Smid while the other pairings remain the same. Souray is listed as day-to-day, and I’d only be guessing on when he’ll return. Concussions, whether they are mild or serious, are tough to gauge. They hope he’ll be ready for Monday’s game in Nashville, but they won’t rush him back. He was pretty out of hit after the hit.

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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 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 09:32PM
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Rigger wrote:

*sniffle* Anyone?

I'll give you a full man hug, with 3 pats.

*pat pat pat*

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#102 OilerLoverFlameoutHater
October 10 2009, 09:32PM
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Hey Mike and Arch and Vern my handle used to be Dallas case anyone is wondering who I may be

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#103 Archaeologuy
October 10 2009, 09:32PM
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Rigger wrote:

*sniffle* Anyone?

I have a strict 1 man-hug a day policy, I cant help you.

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#104 EricOG
October 10 2009, 09:34PM
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Rigger wrote:

*sniffle* Anyone?

Come here and let me give you a hug......

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#105 OilerLoverFlameoutHater
October 10 2009, 09:34PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I have a strict 1 man-hug a day policy, I cant help you.

LMAO Arch

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#106 OilerLoverFlameoutHater
October 10 2009, 09:36PM
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Brutal!!!!!!!

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#107 Archaeologuy
October 10 2009, 09:36PM
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Gionta schooled Brule on that one.

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#108 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 09:36PM
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Les Canadians kinda remind me of the oilers last year

I thought they looked familiar. I just tuned in this period, has there been 'le blender' with the lines as well?

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#109 vern
October 10 2009, 09:37PM
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Did someone convince Bulin that this is a contract year before the game.

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#110 EricOG
October 10 2009, 09:38PM
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either the Oilers decided to head for the showers a little too early, or we just had a glimplse of what the past was like.

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#111 VicOiler
October 10 2009, 09:38PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

I thought they looked familiar. I just tuned in this period, has there been 'le blender' with the lines as well?

hey they do have a blender going

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#112 Rigger
October 10 2009, 09:39PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I have a strict 1 man-hug a day policy, I cant help you.

Ouch, that burns man. LOL

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#113 Rigger
October 10 2009, 09:39PM
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@EricOG

*falls into arms* Ahhh, much better after that goal in the dying seconds.

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#114 Rigger
October 10 2009, 09:40PM
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@Librarian Mike

*accepts full pats* Ooooh, thanks!

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#115 jeanshorts
October 10 2009, 09:41PM
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How bout that O'Sullivan!!!!

*falls over and smashes through the kitchen table filled with empties*

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#116 Rigger
October 10 2009, 09:41PM
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Turnovers, hot and fresh from the oven! Get em before they're gone.

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#117 EricOG
October 10 2009, 09:42PM
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Now, now, remember, it's a victory hug.....no funny bussiness. Especially after that pictorial from earlier today...

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#118 Rigger
October 10 2009, 09:43PM
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Now, now, remember, it's a victory hug.....no funny bussiness. Especially after that pictorial from earlier today...

No worries bra, I'm a girl. LOL

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#119 Rigger
October 10 2009, 09:56PM
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Ah third period, let's do this!

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#120 dragon
October 10 2009, 09:59PM
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Let's Goooo Oileeers!!! I hope we don't blow a 3 goal lead... My son said 'Happybulin' was awsome this game! No kiddin'

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#121 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 10:01PM
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No worries bra, I'm a girl. LOL

I keep forgetting you're a girl. And here I was imagining our magical hug:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0qVUn4797g&feature=related

Just before the 3 minute mark...

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#122 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:02PM
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Mike did you seriously change you avatar to Bea Arthur??

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#123 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 10:03PM
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@Amber McCormick

I couldn't resist. I was gonna go with one of Princess Leia in her 'slave bikini' with Bea's head attached, but you know...

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#124 Reggie
October 10 2009, 10:04PM
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Just watched the Islanders and Bruins game on Centre Ice. Wow Roloson can be a jackass, I knew that when he played for the Oil, but it just re-affirmed it.

Why ? What did Roli do or say ?

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#125 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:04PM
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I knew there was a reason I loved you so much!!!!

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#126 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:04PM
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Looks like Gags has been working on his one timers. Hemmer shoulda shot when he had his chance.

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#127 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:04PM
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I miss Bea

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#128 Archaeologuy
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@Librarian Mike

It was news to me that Rigger is a girl. 1 man hug is ok, 2 man hugs and you're on your way to recreating the ESPN Oiler photo-shoot. But this news changes everything.

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#129 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:07PM
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ROFLMAO! Well that could be good too I suppose. I could get a wifebeater and do some roids for you.

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#130 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 10:08PM
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Okay, I'm dumb but is 11 giveaways particularly bad? It sounds bad, but I don't know...

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#131 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:08PM
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It was news to me that Rigger is a girl. 1 man hug is ok, 2 man hugs and you're on your way to recreating the ESPN Oiler photo-shoot. But this news changes everything.

*opens arms to receive?*

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#132 VicOiler
October 10 2009, 10:08PM
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Did Hemsky just block a shot? More of that please.

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#133 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:10PM
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@VicOiler

I know, at first I thought it was the booze haze, but it appears to be true.

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#134 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 10:11PM
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I miss Bea

I'm convinced that the Bee Gees wrote 'More than a Woman' for her. Seriously.

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#135 Archaeologuy
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Sure, although I'm pretty sure I saw a TV special about not believing anonymous commenters in chatrooms about their gender, but...

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#136 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:11PM
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It was news to me that Rigger is a girl. 1 man hug is ok, 2 man hugs and you're on your way to recreating the ESPN Oiler photo-shoot. But this news changes everything.

I still fail to see the problem with the ESPN photo. Let's just say it will help me through a long, cold winter.

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#137 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:12PM
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Why in the sam hell can these CBC guys NOT pronounce names properly? Al-esh Hemsky? GUH! Spachak?! GAH!

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#138 VicOiler
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Ah the booze haze :-) Oh now he has a penalty. What happened to Hemsky, did he switch jerseys with Moreau ?

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#139 Travis Dakin
October 10 2009, 10:12PM
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The best part about the Oilers beating the Habs at home is that all these Habs fans wait all year for that one game to go to and have to go home oh so disappointed. To early to gloat? yes. Keep it going boys!!!!

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#140 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:13PM
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Sure, although I'm pretty sure I saw a TV special about not believing anonymous commenters in chatrooms about their gender, but...

*bats eyelashes* No way I'm totally a girl *hides adams apple* LOL just kiddin, truuuust me.

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#141 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:13PM
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I was just talking to Barry Gibb the other day and you are correct. Jive Talking was written for me after a drunk-n-dial phone call I made one night to Robin.

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#142 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:13PM
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Maybe ole grey balls finally told him he has to "earn" is icetime? Hahah!

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#143 Librarian Mike
October 10 2009, 10:14PM
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Ah the booze haze :-) Oh now he has a penalty. What happened to Hemsky, did he switch jerseys with Moreau ?

*Nimi Nimi*

(Czech for 'clap clap')

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#144 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:15PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

I still fail to see the problem with the ESPN photo. Let's just say it will help me through a long, cold winter.

I don't mind the idea, but surely there was a less homoerotic photo they could have picked? All that gazing in places is sort of squicky. Having said that, I don't mind half nekkid dudes at all.

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#145 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:16PM
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Lick balls Gionta, get away from our net dammit!

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#146 Amber McCormick
October 10 2009, 10:17PM
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"Squicky"? I have no idea what that means but I intend of using it in every sentence for the 32.6 hours.

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#147 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:19PM
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Feel free, I like to insert it into random sentences just to confuse people.

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#148 Archaeologuy
October 10 2009, 10:19PM
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I still fail to see the problem with the ESPN photo. Let's just say it will help me through a long, cold winter.

I imagine that issue of ESPN Magazine will keep many lonely women busy all winter long.

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#149 Rigger
October 10 2009, 10:21PM
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I'd like to think squicky is a combo of squirmy and icky.

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#150 Archaeologuy
October 10 2009, 10:23PM
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Moreau, you goat!

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