GDB V: The come up

Wanye
October 12 2009 03:50PM

Oh snap Puffy! The 47 coaches, 23 management types and two psychics involved in every single decision for the mighty Oil have elected to start JDD tonight against the Preds. Nevermind that the Oilers have won only one of their last 10 games in Nashville. It’s time to roll out le JDD and cue the come up.

For the unititiated, the come up is technically defined as “on the way to mastering a skill or trade.” In reality the come up is the point in a plot line where a heretofore bit player gets his or her chance to shine in the big time. Remember that scene where Rudy finally takes the field at the end of a long career on the practice roster? That right there is the come up, even if it is a little late:

 

We are hardly suggesting that JDD is Dan Ruettiger. First of all they look nothing alike, and we totally think that JDD would have made the Fighting Irish in the mid 1970s if he had just put his mind to it. No, instead we are referring to one of the many instances in the life of an athlete bordering on the big time, where he has the ability to take the reins in his career.

See our friend JDD is at a bit of a crossroads. Drafted 31st overall by the Oilers in 2002, he has seen a whopping 10 games in the NHL since then. During that time he has played for eight different teams (thank you once again for that multi year complete lack of dedicated AHL squad Oilers) and though certainly not washed up at the age of 25, he isn’t exactly on the fast track to become a starter in the NHL.

But things look better than they used to

With an aging Khabibulin recently signed to a 12 year contract and knowing that he is one of the most oft-injured goalies in the NHL, our man JDD must be cautiously optimistic about his slim chances to be an NHL starter slightly improving of late. Had the Oilers gone out and signed a work horse of a starting goalie for the next 6 seasons, one would have to assume that the chances of JDD ever getting the job with the Oilers would have fallen to nearly zero.

But with the introduction of a 36 year old goalie that optimistically hopes to see 60 games per season, the door has opened for JDD to walk in and put his stamp on 20-24 games per year. With an NHL career record of (4-3-0), a GAA of 3.33 and save % of .901, there is little to suggest that JDD isn’t capable of handling these duties. But you can best believe that if he is unable to deliver the goods – and quick – Pat Quinn and Tom Renney will be looking for someone else to bring the thunder in a backup role to Monsieur Booleen.

Which brings us to tonight’s game against the Preds

You know that there is a lot of hockey left in the season for a fragile starting goalie when the coaching staff are willing to potentially burn a road game against Nashville by starting the backup goaltender against a good Predators team. The Oilers have only won once in the past ten games at the Sommet Center and will be looking to do so without the help of Super Stud defenseman Sheldon Souray on the back end.

Opinion on the Oilers is starting to point North of  “this team is garbage” as evidenced by positive articles popping up in the MSM, such as the Dan Barnes article in the Edmonton Journal this morning. Dan Barnes talks about how “there is more promise in (the Oilers’) play than there are points in the standings, but the essence of these Oilers is in other, better, more surprising numbers.” Articles such as these by a rarely fooled guy like Barnes point to the start of some momentum to the Oilers, a welcome sight in a season that could have been over by the 20 game mark if they stumbled out of the gate. But as any Oilers fan who watched the Titanician season last year can attest, early promise can be snuffed out all too quickly.

Which brings us back to JDD getting the start tonight

Yep, you are the man tonight Jeff. Play well and you too can lay claim to some early season momentum. Come out and play a whale of a game, suddenly the Oilers have a lot more confidence in a Plan B if the Bulin wall is not ready to go. But have things start poorly and you can bet that a great many Oilers fans will be wringing their hands and yelling about the need for “a real backup goaltender. ” Nashville isnt exactly rolling four lines at the moment, relying on the top line of Arnott, Hornqvist and Steve Sullivan to score 5 of the 6 goals the team has potted to date. So it would seem that shutting down the first line could get our man JDD a win in his first game of the season and set the table for the first half of the year.

Good luck to you Sir.

All the very best.

Update: The game is at 6 PM not 8 PM. No matter what our scoreboard tells you. If we knew how to change it we would, but there you go.

Love, Wanye

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#101 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 07:30PM
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I think she wants it on her pillow, just so she can drool over it on her sleep too

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#102 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 07:32PM
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@Hoodlum

Ya...no.

SCORE!!!!!!

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#103 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 07:33PM
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@Robin Brownlee

Sorry Brownstreak, I guess I get used to reading your remarks with a cetain level of distain. I will try to reading them in the future like you are full of butterflys and pussycat tails......

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#104 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 07:33PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

Ya...no.

SCORE!!!!!!

So what you mean is that you wish Wanye and Bingofuel had those bodies? what?

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#105 VicOiler
October 12 2009, 07:34PM
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K, they need to keep it together. Prove these ain't the Oilers of old.

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#106 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 07:34PM
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I hate Jason Arnott

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#107 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 07:36PM
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@Travis Dakin

I'm not dignify that with any response

**winks at Wanye and Bingofuel, curled up in her bed**

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#108 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 07:36PM
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This is a crazy exciting game. I hope they maintain this energy throughout the season. Fingers crossed.

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#109 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 07:38PM
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@Amber McCormick

That has been the biggest difference with the new coaches. The players are playing with more energy and grit.

As long as the goaltending keeps up, then we should be in most games.

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#110 Heatly
October 12 2009, 07:43PM
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Let's keep going to 10! When was the last time that happend JW!

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#111 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 07:48PM
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@Skidplate

It's been like night and day compared to last season. It feels like a whole new team. I have to admit I was skeptical that new coaching would or could make such a difference.

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#112 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 07:51PM
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I think it is coaching and the players taking responsibility and accepting the fact they sucked for most of last year. Back to the basics, play hard, finish checks, be responsible defensively and puck the puck in the "opposition" net.

They need to work on that last part....

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#113 EricOG
October 12 2009, 07:51PM
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On another note, aren't the Flamers supposed to have a top notch Defense???? They are on the verge of blowing a 5-1 lead.....

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#114 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 07:51PM
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should read "put the puck in the net".

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#115 Oilchange64
October 12 2009, 07:52PM
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@Amber McCormick

Agreed. It is still early, I was a MacT defender until halfway thru last yr, but this is remarkable. My concern is whether they can play with that kind of intensity consitently, but I am not going to complain at this point.

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#116 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 07:52PM
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Ya, I noticed that too. Only 2 more goals, conme on Chicago. Win big tonight and be primed for us to beat you like a rented mule next game.

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#117 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 07:54PM
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@Skidplate

Also, I think the players (the young ones anyway) aren't scared to death of making a mistake on pain of sitting in the pressbox for 5 games. It seems that Quinn is giving them the message of "show me what you've got". So far, it seems to be working.

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#118 z
October 12 2009, 07:57PM
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NEXT GAME - OCT 12 - 8PM SNET

wtf is this?

i come to this site to see what time the game starts and i go to turn on the TV at 8PM and guess what?

the game started at 6.

great job idiots.

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#119 rindog
October 12 2009, 07:58PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Let's see the Oilers lock it down now. No need whatsoever to entertain the people at Sommet or start thinking "points night." Get Deslauriers the shutout and get outta town with two points.

I just did quick scan of the other posts and couldn't see anything...

Was this a sarcastic quote RB?

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#120 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 08:00PM
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@Librarian Mike

Good point. And another year older, wiser and more confident, probably because of the coaches message.

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#121 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:01PM
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z wrote:

NEXT GAME - OCT 12 - 8PM SNET

wtf is this?

i come to this site to see what time the game starts and i go to turn on the TV at 8PM and guess what?

the game started at 6.

great job idiots.

If you rely on this site for game time info then you sir are the idiot.

Wanye already talked about that in the article today.

Damn man, you should know when the games start.

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#122 bingofuel
October 12 2009, 08:01PM
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z wrote:

NEXT GAME - OCT 12 - 8PM SNET

wtf is this?

i come to this site to see what time the game starts and i go to turn on the TV at 8PM and guess what?

the game started at 6.

great job idiots.

Yeah, sorry dude, totally my fault.

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#123 z
October 12 2009, 08:04PM
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"If you rely on this site for game time info then you sir are the idiot."

up yours buddy.

i hate the oilers site so i do rely on this site.

i rely on this site for a lot actually, i get 99% of my oilers news here and this was a big let down.

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#124 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 08:05PM
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God, doesn't Patrick Kane just have a face that you want to smack? Punk...

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#125 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:05PM
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z wrote:

"If you rely on this site for game time info then you sir are the idiot."

up yours buddy.

i hate the oilers site so i do rely on this site.

i rely on this site for a lot actually, i get 99% of my oilers news here and this was a big let down.

up mine? no up yours you friggin loser. Stop blaming others for your ineptitude.

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#126 roughneck
October 12 2009, 08:06PM
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what kind of dough do geno and quinner make?

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#127 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:07PM
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Great name by the way.... Joey Moss.

*if that's by some awesome coincidence your real name, well then I am sorry*

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#128 z
October 12 2009, 08:07PM
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@Travis Dakin

how foolish of me to expect factual information on a site dedicated to news.

your attitude sucks and you are a prick.

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#129 Tommy
October 12 2009, 08:11PM
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@z

They have this thing in Google Calendar... you can add in all the Oilers games into the calendar automatically and if you have a bberry you can get little messages sent 15 mins before the game starts, to ensure you are NEVER counting on this website for game time information :P

Or check the Oilers website, whatever.

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#130 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:11PM
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z wrote:

how foolish of me to expect factual information on a site dedicated to news.

your attitude sucks and you are a prick.

So lets take into account basic time zone differences here. Nashville is an hour ahead of us.... So if the game starts and 8 here, that would mean it starts at 9 there? On a Monday? what sense does that make? That should have raised some alarms in your head to maybe double check that game time there pal.

It's a damn shame you missed the first two periods.... haha

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#131 z
October 12 2009, 08:12PM
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http://i37.tinypic.com/dvop4i.jpg

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#132 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 08:12PM
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Travis, DO NOT VERBALLY SPAR WITH A DOWN, sire you feel good for a moment, but then you realize you just outwitted a handicap. I would commend you, because I love ya and it's something I would do. So let Joey blame the world for all his mistakes, ok? And you my friend arfe not a prick!!

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#133 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 08:14PM
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apparently when I start to talk about idiots, I start to type like them too

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#134 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 08:14PM
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Boys boys. C'mon now. Name calling is not necessary. Bingofuel has apologized for the error. Let it be.

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#135 z
October 12 2009, 08:14PM
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i come here daily, i read most of the stories and i post comments on occasion

i get shat on by some Original Bro idiot from fort mac.

this site just lost a reader.

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#136 EricOG
October 12 2009, 08:15PM
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News Flash!!! The Flamers just blew the lead. It's tied at 5..

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#137 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:16PM
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z wrote:

http://i37.tinypic.com/dvop4i.jpg

haha see now that's funny. Everybody check out the picture of me with some white stuff on my face! Seems like Mr. Moss here was missing the game because he was busy fantasizing about me and squrting on my picture.

p.s. That really is a picture of me. Hello world, My name is Travis Dakin

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#138 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 08:17PM
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@Travis Dakin

Classy. Very classy.

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#139 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:17PM
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z wrote:

i come here daily, i read most of the stories and i post comments on occasion

i get shat on by some Original Bro idiot from fort mac.

this site just lost a reader.

You got SHAT on because you came in here calling the guys that run this site "idoits" because of a small mistake. Grow up man.

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#140 Oilchange64
October 12 2009, 08:17PM
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Wow. Can you imagine how upset everybody would be if the Oilers were not up by 5???

Fish now down by 3.

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#141 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:18PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

Classy. Very classy.

It really is me though. I didn't make the picture!!!!

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#142 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 08:19PM
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People, let's focus on what's important: Edmonton's way out in front and Calgary just pissed away a 5-1 lead. Happy Thanksgiving.

Now let's just see Heatley get a puck in the nuts...

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#143 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 08:19PM
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@Travis Dakin

It should be your new avatar.

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#144 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 08:20PM
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@Librarian Mike

You have an amazing way of keeping us grounded. *sniff sniff*, I'm sorry. I just get a little emotional around holiday seasons.

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#145 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:20PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

It should be your new avatar.

I'm working on it right now!

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#146 OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM
October 12 2009, 08:22PM
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Stortini = best star pick ever! :)

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#147 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 08:22PM
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Can I take credit for the white stuff Travis??

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#148 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:22PM
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@Amber McCormick

Dammit!!! haha Gravatar won't let me use it because it goes to "r rated"

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#149 Amber McCormick
October 12 2009, 08:22PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

Can I take credit for the white stuff Travis??

Nasty

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#150 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:23PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

Can I take credit for the white stuff Travis??

I'm going to have to give that to Stortini tonight.....

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