Gregor's oil drops

Jason Gregor
November 17 2009 02:51PM

The Oilers had an off-ice workout today, and will be back on the ice tomorrow when they take on the Colorado Avalanche.

We won’t know until tomorrow which players will be available to Pat Quinn.

  • Sam Gagner is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Quinn said Gagner wasn’t hurt from blocking a shot, but that he hurt himself twisting off a hit.
  • Robert Nilsson didn’t play last night because he is still suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Quinn mentioned after the game last night, that if Nilsson was healthy he would have played and Dean Arsene wouldn’t have.
  • J.F Jacques will take the morning skate tomorrow and is eyeing a return Saturday v. Chicago. If his back holds up during practice this week he will be back on when the Hawks come to town.
  • Ryan Stone is still feeling soreness in his knee and is at least another week away according to Quinn. Quinn admitted this team misses both Stone and Jacques and he is hoping they return quickly.
  • No update on the status of Fernando Pisani. They are still observing his condition, but he is out indefinitely.
  • Denis Grebeshkov is out for the home stand and no possible return date was mentioned.

First game

Dean Arsene walked up for his first NHL scrum and was a bit sheepish stepping in front of all the microphones, but he was very well-spoken and it is refreshing to see a player that happy to be in the NHL.

“I felt like I was watching a movie of myself. It didn’t feel real, and it was pretty anxious times sitting in the locker room before we went out there. It was awesome, better than I thought it would be. You don’t want to leave,this is heaven to be quite honest with you. You just have to keep in your mind that this is one day at a time, and all I can do is work hard and hope to stay here another day.”

When Quinn was asked about how Arsene was a feel-good story, he didn't hold back in mentioning on numerous occasions that many young players come in with a sense of entitlement because of where they were drafted, and that maybe they aren't ready to contribute when they get here. He has mentioned this on numerous occasions, and wonder who is talking about when he says those things?

Robert Nilsson, Andrew Cogliano and Sam Gagner would possibly fit in that category.

Too much off Khabibulin

At the start of the year, Quinn mentioned there is a risk that a coach starts to play his goalie more than he should, and that he’d have to fight off that temptation and ensure that Jeff Deslauriers got his 20-25 games. Right now Deslauriers is on pace to play only 12 games, and more concerning is that Nikolai Khabibulin is on pace to play 70, which is too much.

“My plan at the start of the trip was to play Jeff in two games with Columbus being the second game, but I elected to go back with Khabby. It is a little bit at the cost of both of them right now. We do have to pay strict attention to this, because I don’t want to wear out Khabby because he is too valuable to us. At the same time, I know in the long range plan that young goalies have to play. We have to be mindful that we are getting him enough action so he is still developing,” said Quinn.

Look for JDD to play once on this home stand, and once if not twice on the six-game road trip.

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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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#1 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
November 17 2009, 03:03PM
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Haven't been to concerned yet about the games played by the goalies, but like last year what is going to happen down the stretch when we need our best goaltending are we going to play Bulin 15 games straight? I wonder if Quinn is just playing Bulin to compensate for all the injuries up front for now and then once we get healthy he gives JDD more starts?

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#2 roughneck
November 17 2009, 03:06PM
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gregor wrote

"When Quinn was asked about how Arsene was a feel-good story, he didn't hold back in mentioning on numerous occasions that many young players come in with a sense of entitlement because of where they were drafted, and that maybe they aren't ready to contribute when they get here. He has mentioned this on numerous occasions, and wonder who is talking about when he says those things?"

LOL...sadly on some nights he could be talking about quite a few of the trustworthy steeds

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#3 Bob Cob
November 17 2009, 03:08PM
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Thanks for the update Gregor, I thought the Oilers played well enough on this last roadtrip to secure 2 or 3 more points, in Ottawa, Atlanta and Columbus they played well enough to win, they just need to start scoring more 5 on 5. The PP has been good, Souray back helps that, and the PK is slowly starting to come. Jacque and Stone are the 2 guys they need back desperately, there physical play has been missed, once they're back I think you will start to see the team that started 6-2-1 on the year. Penner will keep it up, and Khabibulin will stay strong, although Deslaurier should see more action.

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#4 blu
November 17 2009, 03:17PM
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While we didn't end up with the wild production predicted here yesterday and a bit more of a goal tending clinic, that was some pretty exciting hockey last night.

There were a few times that it degenerated into turnover hockey, where nobody seemed to have the confidence to hold on to the hot potato for long enough to make a play.

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#5 I'm a Scientist!
November 17 2009, 03:34PM
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@blu

Sigh, my 7-3 prediction was a bit off the mark. But yes, very exciting hockey. The last 5 minutes of the game and the OT were awesome!

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#6 David S
November 17 2009, 05:22PM
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Great article as usual Jason. But we seem to be missing the "Ice Girl of the week" section. Please tell us this segment hasn't been dropped.

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#7 Ender
November 17 2009, 05:54PM
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Glad to hear that JFJ is close. And I can't believe I'm saying that either; in years past, JFJ was the definition of 'disposable'. I hope he doesn't become that way again.

Not so glad to hear that the decision to play Arsene was out of necessity. I thought Quinn was smart to sit Nilsson and bring in someone who would play like every shift could be his last. Now that Quinn says he had no choice, maybe I don't think Quinn is so smart anymore.

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#9 David S
November 17 2009, 09:16PM
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Ice Girls EVERY DAY???

Hmmm..Anybody have a problem with that?

Although I guess this place would turn into a sports version of the Edmonton Sun. Then we'd probably see Terry Jones posting instead of Robin Brownlee...

*rubs chin in thought*

Right then. On about your business. Nothing to see here.

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#10 quicksilver ballet
November 18 2009, 12:01PM
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Jason..have you thrown your hat into the ring or expressed interest in being the next voice of the Eskimos?

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