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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#151 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 08:26PM
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That game felt good. Real good.

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#152 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:26PM
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Man re reading that little skirmish reminds me of Hf Boards. I feel disgusting for having taken part it it.

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#153 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 08:28PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Man re reading that little skirmish reminds me of Hf Boards. I feel disgusting for having taken part it it.

SHAME!

Just kidding.

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#154 roughneck
October 12 2009, 08:30PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

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...

and as an added bonus.... brian burkes leafs and their center of the universe fans got drilled............ AGAIN

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#155 Ninjafoot
October 12 2009, 08:32PM
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Great result for the boys tonight.

Hopefully they keep the effort up in Chicago and don't suddenly think that just because they blew Nashville away that the Hawks are gonna roll over and die.

Go Oil. Yay Zactini !!!

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#156 Oilchange64
October 12 2009, 08:36PM
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Great result - but Oilers outshot 41-20? Nice start for JDD.

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#157 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 08:37PM
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JDD's first start blew my Goat pick. Oh well, I would rather be wrong and JDD be 17 and 5 for the season.

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#158 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 08:39PM
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Man, do the Leafs ever suck this year. ~Who would have guessed that Mike Komisarek wasn't the answer.~

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#159 Hoodlum
October 12 2009, 08:40PM
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look at my pic, MAN I LOOK GOOD!!!

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#160 Travis Dakin
October 12 2009, 08:43PM
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Hoodlum wrote:

look at my pic, MAN I LOOK GOOD!!!

That is actually good.

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#161 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 08:43PM
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CHICAGO WON

Too bad Flamers

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#162 Colin
October 12 2009, 08:44PM
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@Librarian Mike

lol

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#163 Dan the Man
October 12 2009, 08:44PM
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Nice to know that we should have no worries no matter which goalie starts.

Zach = awesome, how did those fools on Sportsnet figure that fight was a draw. I give a clear decision to Stortini.

Flames and Hawks headed to OT...go Hawks!

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#164 EricOG
October 12 2009, 08:45PM
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What goes around,comes around, the Flamers lost in overtime......SOUND THE HORN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#165 roughneck
October 12 2009, 08:46PM
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biggest comeback in hawks history....... ~they been around long~?

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#166 Dan the Man
October 12 2009, 08:46PM
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DOWN GOES FLAMERS! DOWN GOES FLAMERS!

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#167 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 08:47PM
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Skidplate wrote:

CHICAGO WON

Too bad Flamers

Oh, what a night!

I guess Calgary's fans can go to sleep clutching their Phaneuf dolls tonight:

http://www.starstore.com/acatalog/Vampire-Angel-puppet-l-21-i.jpg

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#168 Skidplate
October 12 2009, 08:48PM
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@Librarian Mike

All is right in the world... at least for tonight.

What a remarkable resemblance to Celine.

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#169 Oilchange64
October 12 2009, 08:53PM
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And the Fish have come back and are in the lead. If they win, I go out and buy a lottery ticket tonight (of course if I had hit on the ones I bought for the weekend I probably would not be here).

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#170 Robin Brownlee
October 12 2009, 08:53PM
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rindog wrote:

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

Was this a sarcastic quote RB?

Sarcastic? Not in the least. The Oilers were what I feared they might be in the final 40 minutes -- sloppy and too loose around Deslauriers. Bad habits. Good teams don't allow 41 shots, even on nights they win 6-1. When it's 4-0, it's time to pay attention to detail, not play free and easy the way the Flames did in that el-foldo in Chicago.

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#171 BarryS
October 12 2009, 08:55PM
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Let me get this right. The thug won the fight and got 2 goals. The backup goalie plays like he's been a starter for years. The defence scored at least two goals on them, and none on us. The guy playing first line centre scored a beauty one timer We even won a few faceoffs at important times.

All I can say is GOOILERS!!!!!!!!!!

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#172 Garett
October 12 2009, 08:59PM
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SAHHHHHHHH-WEEEEEEEET! I dont know what is better, our thumping of the Preds or the flamers committing Hari Kari! Wow there are flamers guts laying all over that Blackhawk Ice! It makes me feel so good inside when these things happen to the douchers to the south! Can't wait to meet them in Calgary in the near future! Go OIL!

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#173 Archaeologuy
October 12 2009, 09:11PM
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Watched the game and then scanned the pages here at ON. Cant believe i missed the epic battle between zed and TD. Like the new pic Travis.

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#174 rindog
October 12 2009, 09:11PM
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@Robin Brownlee

I just figured rather than trying to play a shutdown game - it might serve them better to keep the foot on the gas and continue their tenacity with and without the puck?

I have always been a skeptic of shots on goal (while agree that 41 is too much), I do not think that more than a handful of the shots were of the dangerous variety?

Quite honestly, I don't think the Oilers lacked focus (or attention to detail) in the final 40. It looked to me like they were concerned with breaking the puck out of their zone, getting the puck deep (or to the net when available) and hustling whenever they lost the puck.

I also offer that it is next to impossible for a team that acquires a 4-0 lead (after 20 minuts on the road) to stay as focused as they should. It doesn't make it right - but I do think it is realistic.

I guess what it coems down to is - as a fan; I am sick of watching previous teams (coached by you-know-who) sit back and try to protect a lead.

Quinn seems to allow his players to keep playing their game as long as they are accountable when they lose (or are without) the puck??

Which is fine by me...

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#175 Horcsky
October 12 2009, 09:26PM
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Since we won 6-1, I wanna see some ghost ridin' of the whip tomorrow Wanye!

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#176 Oilchange64
October 12 2009, 09:30PM
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Gregor - the fins are not making it easy for us tonight - are they?

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#177 rindog
October 12 2009, 09:32PM
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Totally off-topic, but with the Leafs off to their worst start in franchise history - how safe do you think Wilson's job is?

If he does get the boot soon - I wonder how much consideration you-know-who would get for the job?

I think that would be hilarious to see old curly behind the Leafs bench??

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#178 Librarian Mike
October 12 2009, 09:38PM
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@rindog

I'm pretty sure the Toronto beat reporters would be delighted to have MacT there. He would make the daily interview a lot more enjoyable than Ron "I invented hockey" Wilson.

Robin, can I get a 'Hell yeah' on that?

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#179 Archaeologuy
October 12 2009, 09:44PM
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rindog wrote:

Totally off-topic, but with the Leafs off to their worst start in franchise history - how safe do you think Wilson's job is?

If he does get the boot soon - I wonder how much consideration you-know-who would get for the job?

I think that would be hilarious to see old curly behind the Leafs bench??

Would that mean that Wilson would end up on TSN in return? I dont want that to happen.

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#180 Oilchange64
October 12 2009, 09:49PM
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So to recap my perfect sports weekend - Esks lose - when you are a Rider fan that is almost as good as - Riders win!!! Oilers win twice!! Wife is a Patriots fan - they lose in OT - I am a Dolphins fan - they just won. And the wife was in a good mood - if you know what I mean - all weekend. Thank you. Thank you very much.

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#181 Paq Twinn
October 12 2009, 09:54PM
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Great game tonight, perhaps a few too many shots against. But a win is a win when its 6-1 for the good guys. Chorney impressed me tonight, solid game for the kid (Trade Staios Now [TSN]), and what can I say about JDD...umm...WOW what game! We did look shaky early on but JDD held the fort til the boys got their legs, then it was lights out minus a handful of sloppy plays. I like what I've seen from this team so far, and the future looks even brighter. That's how I see it any way.

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#182 Gerald R. Ford
October 12 2009, 10:36PM
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@Librarian Mike

I dunno about that. MacT is a more ARTICULATE quote, but I don't know if he's a PREFERABLE quote for the media. Douchebag soundbytes, like the kind Wilson has perfected, get more airplay than intelligent comments. Even witty ones. It really seems that there's a two-way combative relationship between the Toronto media and Wilson. As much as the two sides seem to loathe each other, I guarantee you there are a bunch of guys in that scrum who enjoy provoking Wilson as much as he loves expressing his complete and utter disdain for them. Making a job more pleasant, doesn't necessarily equate with getting results.

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#183 brentoh39
October 12 2009, 10:43PM
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dont wanna sound like a tard, but what does gdb stand for? im assuming game day something

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#184 Gerald R. Ford
October 12 2009, 10:56PM
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@brentoh39

Bitches

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#185 Victoria
October 12 2009, 11:10PM
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Woooooo!

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#186 Victoria
October 12 2009, 11:11PM
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brentoh39 wrote:

dont wanna sound like a tard, but what does gdb stand for? im assuming game day something

Blog

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#187 Sandra
October 12 2009, 11:19PM
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Way to go Desjarlais!!!!

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#190 JMo
October 13 2009, 03:57AM
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just so you know Travis, ive been jacking it to pics of your wife/fiancee from your facebook account all night out of spite.

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#191 Milli
October 13 2009, 07:40AM
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that was a great night, OIlERS lay a beating on the preds, and the flamers show what all those millions spent on elite Dmen is really worth!!!!!!

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#192 BUCK75
October 13 2009, 08:07AM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

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

Way to stand your ground Dakin! With more traffic comes more fools & trolls.

Mr Z: there's only 1 guy on here that is a master of MSPaint - and it isn't you...

Aside from that little outburst - that was a great game! Stortini was a beast last night & totally turned that game around after his marathon knuckle chucking clinic.

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#193 Ogden Brother
October 13 2009, 08:11AM
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Is it just me, or has Vishnosky been brutal so far this year?

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#194 OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM
October 13 2009, 08:25AM
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@Ogden Brother

~It's just you :p

IMO he hasn't been brutal, but he does still look a little off. I'm going to chalk that up to no preseason/shoulder recoup.

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#195 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 13 2009, 08:28AM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

Is it just me, or has Vishnosky been brutal so far this year?

He is hit and miss as he was last year. He has no defensive skills and people are finally seeing this.

Just did some looking at nhl.com and I am wondering why Comrie isn't being used at faceoffs more? 62.5% and we have Gagner and O'Sullivan taking more and they are less then 40%.

Have to say that this is the first time in awhile I can say we played 5 games in a row where we could've won each game.

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#196 Ogden Brother
October 13 2009, 08:28AM
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OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM wrote:

~It's just you :p

IMO he hasn't been brutal, but he does still look a little off. I'm going to chalk that up to no preseason/shoulder recoup.

Ya I'm hoping it's just residual from his injury.... he's looked like an unproductive Grebs to me...kind of scary if he doesn't turn it around.

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#197 rOILty
October 13 2009, 09:38AM
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I just realized, edmonton has got a point in every game except their first on of teh season, and Toronto has yet to get a point except in their first game of the season.

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#198 The Fish
October 13 2009, 09:46AM
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@Ogden Brother

It's just you.

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#199 Travis Dakin
October 13 2009, 11:46AM
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Wanye wrote:

Incorrect. Also, speaking of the GDB what the heck happened in the one tonight?? Epic smackdown TD. Also, that was some game tonight wasn't it? BOY HOWDY.

I'm sorry a made you lose a reader. Who am I kidding... He's not going to atop reading.

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#200 freeze
October 13 2009, 11:55AM
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Wanye wrote:

Wouldn't that be delicious? I can see him now, trying to Coach absolute junk players and dealing with a GM who can be *ahem* a pain to deal with from time to time.

I can't wait to see Boston using the Leafs lottery pick in the draft next year!

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