Finally some hockey

Wanye
December 02 2009 09:30AM

It took us almost two full weeks but we finally got to watch some hockey. Now granted it wasn't the NHL, instead we witnessed the German Elite league as Addler Mannheim played Eisbaren Berlin on the ol' German sports bar TV.

Saints be praised if that isn't old time Oiler Fred "Freddy B" Brathwaite was suiting up in net for Mannheim! And doth our eyes deceive us — is that you Richie Regehr? Weren't you a Flame last year? You must have gotten a sweet deal to cross the pond in pursuit of the puck but you weren't really much of an impact player in this game either.

We couldn't help but enjoy the trip down memory lane watching Brathwaite in between the pipes. And for a player that we calculate to be somewhere in his mid '70s, he put on a decent performance. As we recall he was a decent tender in his time with the Oil and it's cool to see he has found a second life in Germany.

Ads gone wild

The shocking thing about the German Elite league is the saturation of on ice marketing. They have logos everywhere on their jerseys, pants, helmets and have even tagged the referees. Not to be left out of the efforts to wring every possible marketing dollar out of the on-ice experience, the coaches of both teams rocked sponsor logos on their dress shirt collars. Is nothing sacred in this day and age?

The players also sport different colored helmets with different advertising logos. This has a very confusing effect for the close up shots of players in scrums and must be confusing for the players too.

Money vs. Quality

Short of tattooing logos on players' heads or forcing Richie Reghyr to change his legal name to "Pepsi", the Germans are clearly focused on shifting league revenue away from being so reliant on on ticket sales.

We are of the mind that every revenue stream should be examined in this environment of a soft economy and incredibly high player salaries. We have also read about the ideas put forth to place ads on NHL jerseys and hadn't really thought it would impact the game all to much, but having seen the extreme end result we can now safely count ourselves amongst the quasi-purists who think that advertising on jerseys is a slippery slope and needs to be approached with caution in the NHL.

Noisy fans

The German fans are a spirited bunch, making far more noise than your average NHL game. It seems as though teams of every sport in Europe push some variety of noise maker on their fans to pump up the volume during the game. In Spain it was these awesome little horns that could be heard throughout the game. In Germany its some sort of noisemaker/drum that rocks the house.

One has wonder how much louder the average game would be at RX1 if everyone was strapped with a noise maker. Perhaps the Coyotes could issue a nuclear foghorn to each of the 168 fans in attendance in order to pump up their squad. In either case it dramatically ramps up the atmosphere in the game and should be pushed in ye olde NHL.

Final tally

Mannheim potted a goal with less than a minute to play to win 4-3, after a flurry of impeccably clutch saves by Brathwaite in the final minutes of play. Though it lacked some of the high end skill plays and physical smashery of the NHL we have to say that this was a pretty good game. In fact we have made up our mind to go watch another match, this time live if the German beer doesn't kill us first.

After all, if the Oilers are going to continue to slide we may have to make our own fun, like the pioneers did before fun was invented in 1878 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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#51 RossCreekNation
December 02 2009, 03:18PM
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How long til MacT or Laviolette are in Philli?

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#52 Bar Qu
December 02 2009, 03:43PM
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Ross, it would be much harder to overpay for Gagner. A 3-4 million deal for him lasting somewhere around 5 or more years (ave cap hit) would be easily justifiable. I don't see Brule having the same upside.

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#53 RossCreekNation
December 02 2009, 03:58PM
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@Bar Qu

Whether it really means anything now or not, in his draft year Brule was looked at as the possible 2nd/3rd pick behind Crosby. He slid to 6th (the same spot as Gagner), but he HAS upside. 3-4 mil for Gagner next season? He'll be ran outta town by years end.

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#54 BarryS
December 02 2009, 05:12PM
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~Can't believe that money grubbing NHL hasn't sold advertizing on the players jerseys. Just think, not only would the players have to wear them but they would be on all the replica jerseys as well. Could be a lot of dough in it.~

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#55 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 02 2009, 05:15PM
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BarryS wrote:

~Can't believe that money grubbing NHL hasn't sold advertizing on the players jerseys. Just think, not only would the players have to wear them but they would be on all the replica jerseys as well. Could be a lot of dough in it.~

They're not far off. How much do you think Quinn pockets for chewing with his mouth open?

Edit: "Chew Extra sugar-free. It's the only thing in Rexall that won't leave a sour taste in your mouth after 60 minutes."

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#56 Bar Qu
December 02 2009, 05:18PM
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@RossCreekNation

I guess we will have to disagree. But I really don't think the numbers support your equation of Brule and Gagner based on pedigree. In some ways its like saying MA Pouliout is an equivalent player to Parise. Draft pedigree is just a starting point, actual, sustained NHL accomplishment is something else entirely.

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#57 freeze
December 02 2009, 05:20PM
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Eisbaren Berlin, eh? How did Friesen play?

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#58 freeze
December 02 2009, 05:21PM
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@BarryS

It shocks me too. Even the CFL has the sponsor's logos on the jerseys.

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#59 BarryS
December 02 2009, 06:11PM
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~And think, all that useless white ice the players skate on. Surely they could sell it as well. And the nets you could paint a logo on them. I mean they make those see through window ads, net ads can't be to far behind.~

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#60 David S
December 02 2009, 06:24PM
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BarryS wrote:

~And think, all that useless white ice the players skate on. Surely they could sell it as well. And the nets you could paint a logo on them. I mean they make those see through window ads, net ads can't be to far behind.~

It getting there. Have you seen the ice shovels the scraper team uses at RX1?

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#61 BarryS
December 02 2009, 06:32PM
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David S wrote:

It getting there. Have you seen the ice shovels the scraper team uses at RX1?

No, can't afford to go and not interested in shovelling, unless some of Jason's beauties start doing it.

Did you notice my restraint by not suggesting the see through signs for the glass. Even my sense of the rediculous has limits, not many but some.

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#62 BarryS
December 02 2009, 06:34PM
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~ Then again, wonder if you could get those heads up displays the fighter pilots wear to work on the ice without the helmets. Then the players could skate through the commercials as well. ~

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#63 Ogden Brother
December 02 2009, 06:49PM
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"How long til MacT or Laviolette are in Philli?"

I'd love to see MacT in Philly, I could see him doing alot of damage with that roster.

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#64 BarryS
December 02 2009, 06:54PM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

"How long til MacT or Laviolette are in Philli?"

I'd love to see MacT in Philly, I could see him doing alot of damage with that roster.

Actually, they might just win the cup. They're going nowhere with the guy they got. They've got better players than we do.

I trust you noticed new coaches haven't been able to turn most of the problem children on the oilers around. Only Gagner and Brule seem to have made strides for the better under the new coaches. Penner seems to have done the job himself, and gets more work because of it.

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#65 RossCreekNation
December 02 2009, 07:13PM
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@Ogden Brother

Ya, I wonder if they wouldn't lean toward Laviolette though. Not sure. MacT is a former Flyer, but I don't know that'd count for much. Laviolette is an American Stanley Cup winning coach. Pretty easy sell.

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#66 RossCreekNation
December 02 2009, 07:18PM
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Anyone else think Molson has come out with that Molson67 beer just to make fun of the Leafs?

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#67 BarryS
December 02 2009, 07:31PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Ya, I wonder if they wouldn't lean toward Laviolette though. Not sure. MacT is a former Flyer, but I don't know that'd count for much. Laviolette is an American Stanley Cup winning coach. Pretty easy sell.

Didn't he get run off in a player revolt midseason, or was that someone else?

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#68 BarryS
December 02 2009, 07:32PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Anyone else think Molson has come out with that Molson67 beer just to make fun of the Leafs?

Long as it don't come out in Copper and Blue, it is funny even if not true.

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#69 Smokin' Ray
December 02 2009, 08:12PM
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@Wanye:

Here's an idea. Why not go to the two main entrances and hand out official OilersNation.com Noise Makers? Seriously. The crowd gets noise makers and they also read the OilersNation.com advertising that's plastered all over it a few hundred times. Maybe you could sell a spot on it to the Pint or other fine establishments to offset the costs. It's a win win situation. I'd suggest that you could do it for the 1st playoff game but who am I kidding? We may be waiting a while. Just do a regular game.

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#70 SirFozz
December 02 2009, 09:25PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Anyone else think Molson has come out with that Molson67 beer just to make fun of the Leafs?

HA! Now I have.

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#71 esa tikkanen
December 02 2009, 09:39PM
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Gregor today on your show you quickly explained that the Oilers are only allowed to replace 400,000 I think you said of the 2.8 million Hemsky is going to miss for this season. Could you take some time to explain that in an article here? I totally do not get what you said, and I have a business degree. I basically thought if they miss 10 games you can add 15%ish of their cap hit to the cap. No? How does it work?

Thanks in advance

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#72 Heavy G
December 02 2009, 10:05PM
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I hope you rented a fast car Wayne. Enjoy the autobahn, man!

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#73 GSC
December 03 2009, 07:19AM
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As an Ohio native, Wanye, you just made my day.

Beauty.

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#74 doogie
December 03 2009, 09:10AM
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What about Sven..... How can you forget him.

http://www.adler-mannheim.de/spielerportrait.php?d[nr]=96#33

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#75 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 03 2009, 10:04AM
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So get this. I'm driving home from work last night, and who do I hear on the ol' radio?

None other than Dustin Penner, promoting a spa in Winnipeg. He's suggesting manicures, pedicures, facials, and so on...

Not only that, you should ask for the sports package - he guarantees it!

I had a good chuckle. I'm pretty sure it's a family business.

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#76 David S
December 03 2009, 10:41AM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

So get this. I'm driving home from work last night, and who do I hear on the ol' radio?

None other than Dustin Penner, promoting a spa in Winnipeg. He's suggesting manicures, pedicures, facials, and so on...

Not only that, you should ask for the sports package - he guarantees it!

I had a good chuckle. I'm pretty sure it's a family business.

Hmmm...interesting concept! A spa with a donair shop. Have a relaxing hot rocks massage and top off the day with a super-size extra cheese and sweet sauce. Enjoy your meal in our luxurious donair bar overlooking the bus station.

That's GOLD Jerry!

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#77 Dan the Man
December 03 2009, 10:44AM
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Heard a radio spot on the Team this morning for OilersNation, nice work!

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