The D-man situation

Jason Gregor
February 12 2009 11:40AM

After their biggest home win of the season, the Oilers’ players will enjoy a day of golfing with Daryl Katz and some of his friends in Palm Springs, but I’m guessing for Craig MacTavish and Steve Tambellini they will be sweating more from the Denis Grebeshkov injury than the desert heat.

Grebeshkov is out a minimum of two weeks with a high ankle sprain, and probably longer. Talk about baaaaaaaad timing for #37 and the Oilers. Two weeks ago the depth of the blueline was the best asset Tambellini had if he was seriously considering acquiring a scoring forward, but now it looks like a weakness, especially offensively.

Now the Oilers will have to go get another D-man. Smid can move into the top-four and play with Gilbert, or maybe they re-unite Staios/Smid and Gilbert/Souray, but either way the Oilers second-line PP unit won’t have a threat from the blueline.

Staios, Smid, Jason Strudwick and Theo Peckham -- who MacTavish said was the obvious call up -- are not going to quarterback the second unit. They might play Souray and Gilbert close to the entire two minutes, but that could be costly if they get lots of PP time.

The other option is having Sam Gagner play the point again, with Cogliano, Nilsson and Cole up front on a second unit, but even then you’d still have to use one of the defensive defenceman. Taylor Chorney is not ready to play, so does Tambellin look to acquire a puck mover who could also play on the PP?

The list is pretty short. I wrote last week about who might be available at the deadline, and the list of puck-moving D-men wasn’t very long. It might not be their first choice, but Mathieu Schneider looks awfully tempting now.

Who else? Filip Kuba? Jordan Leopold? The list isn’t very long. I even searched the AHL for someone of interest, but I don’t think Danny Syvret is the answer. I doubt the Sabres would want to move young Marc-Andre Gragnani from their Portland affiliate.

You wonder if the Bruins would be interested in parting with Edmonton native Johnny Boychuk out of Providence. Boychuk has 41 points in 50 games in the AHL this year. He was a former second rounder of the Flames in 2002, and has played four NHL games with Colorado and one with the Bruins this season.

Clearly these aren’t great options, and might not be better than what the Oilers have, but it doesn’t look like there is a long list of D-men who could fill the gap left by Grebeshkov and Visnovsky.

Gilbert will have to play 27-28 minutes a night now, and Souray might be close to 30 if the Oilers are going to stay competitive. Smid’s play has steadily improved all season, but he will need to be even better now. Staios plays best between 17-20 minutes a night -- anymore and he struggles. He can play a few games in the 22-24 range, but if they ask him to play that for the next three weeks he will inevitably struggle.

Cole banged up

Ales Hemsky opened the door for his teammates in the third period, while Shawn Horcoff was rested to avoid re-aggravating his charley horse, and Erik Cole sat on the bench for the first eleven minutes of the third before leaving early.

I asked MacTavish why Cole was rested, considering he has been in a slump -- pointless in seven games now -- and he said that he is banged up. Of course he wouldn’t elaborate on what the bumps and bruises are, but it’s fair to say he is less than 90 per cent healthy. This might explain why in the past three weeks he has gone back to looking like the Cole of the first twenty games this season. Cole said the rest should do him good the next few days, and feels it is nothing more than the usual wear and tear. But, rarely do guys sit out in “point night” games if they are just a bit banged up.

DAUM NOT A MIRACLE WORKER... YET

Rob Daum didn’t have much time to go over a game plan last night when he stepped behind the bench in Manchester, but he might have given a good opening speech because the Falcons scored :34 seconds into the first and led 2-0 at the 8:34 mark. Unfortunately for Daum and his team, they weren’t able to maintain their strong start and lost 5-2 to Manchester.

Daum’s job becomes even harder with Peckham coming back to Edmonton, and unless Tambellini makes a move before Sunday, he will lose another D-man when the Oilers go to Phoenix.

With the Oilers playing back-to-back in Phoenix and San Jose on the 16th and 17th, they will want an extra D-man there just in case someone gets hurt against the Coyotes. The plan was to bring in Peckham, but now he is coming early, and might be joined by Mathieu Roy or even Sebastion Bisaillon. Either way Daum will be hard pressed to turnaround a Falcons’ team that just doesn’t have that much skill.

Numbers games

With Fernando Pisani set to return, the Oilers will have to make some decisions. When they activate Pisani that gives them 14 forwards, six D-men (with Peckham, Grebeskhov will go on IR), two goalies and JF Jacques on conditioning stint.

If they bring in another D-man via trade or call one up, someone has to be sent down. Liam Reddox doesn’t have to clear waivers and would seem the likely choice. They could try to sneak MacIntyre through waivers, but that would be risky. So expect Reddox to be sent down if they bring in another D-man.

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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 Jordan
February 12 2009, 07:52AM
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Jason: Do you think Scott Niedermayer is possibility?

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#2 Mike
February 12 2009, 07:54AM
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I don't think it makes sense to bring in reinforcements this year - why burn assets just to sneak into 8th place and get killed by San Jose or Detroit?

I mean, if you can get Schneider for a 4th rounder or something, of course you do it. But if we start throwing around 1st rounders or real prospects just to buy two home playoff games, we're basically the Maple Leafs.

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#3 Colin
February 12 2009, 07:57AM
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I don't understand why we need another d-man, instead of worrying about short term problems, let's build the team long term.

Then again I'm not one of the people who thinks this team can make a playoff drive(other than on the golf course). If you are one of those and demand the playoffs at all costs than Gregor is of course correct.

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#4 Gene Principe
February 12 2009, 08:12AM
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Why was Hemmer opening the door in the 3rd? Was he just sat to make sure he stays healthy and to give the 3rd/4th liners some more ice time with no need to run up the score kinda thing? Or was he in the doghouse?

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#5 The Towel Boy
February 12 2009, 08:12AM
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@ Gene Principe:

Gene...that was my question.

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#6 Colin
February 12 2009, 08:14AM
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@ Gene Principe:

I don't think a 2 point night = doghouse. Either he has a lingering injury or MacT wanted to rest him, I don't think he's in the doghouse(He should have had 4 points!).

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#7 sittingatmydesk
February 12 2009, 08:26AM
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Jordan wrote:

Jason: Do you think Scott Niedermayer is possibility?

seriously!!!

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#8 APE - FMNF
February 12 2009, 08:30AM
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What's the deal with Cole leaving the bench last night?

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#9 BUCK75 - FMNF
February 12 2009, 08:30AM
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Losing 2 very usefull DMen in the last couple of games has put the management in a bit of a pickle. If you can manage to get into the play-offs you can maybe catch lightning in a bottle again.

What about a guy like Dan Hamhuis? You might have to give up a few more players but he is a prttey solid guy.

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#10 Mike Krushelnyski
February 12 2009, 08:42AM
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@ Jason:

I remember you mentioned Mathieu Schneider in a previous update. What's his contract situation like? Is it worth it to pick him up as a rental? What would it take to land him?

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#11 Mike Krushelnyski
February 12 2009, 08:44AM
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Oh and you mentioned him here too...

Good thing I'm not trying to do any real work this early

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#12 Rick
February 12 2009, 08:53AM
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On the defence, how healthy is Smid right now? He took a hit last night and spent a few minutes on the bench with his head down and some time with Ken Lowe. From the looks of it they were addressing either his neck or head in general, lingering effects from his concussion maybe? I know he finished the game after that but it's still left me wondering if there was a little more to it.

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As for Daum, Stauffer said last night that there was a delay at the airport and Daum missed his connector outta Chicago so he wasn't actually behind the bench last night.

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#13 Chaz
February 12 2009, 08:53AM
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Too bad for Grebs. Guess he won't make it for the golf game today. Hey Katz, I'm free if you need someone to fill in!

I got a laugh out of how Plekanec complained about getting the call too. A very dirty play and possibly very damaging to the Oilers playoff hopes, Wayne's opinion aside. Hope he's a quick healer, and so much for the Oilers barganing from a position of strength at the deadline...

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#14 speeds
February 12 2009, 09:05AM
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Why can't Peckham play on the 2nd PP unit?

The Oilers are infatuated with the "big point shot" on the PP, Peckham has one. He also leads Springfield's D with 3 PP goals, and from what I've read (can't find ice time stats for the AHL) he plays significant PP minutes in the AHL.

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#15 Bob Cob
February 12 2009, 09:05AM
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I hope that wasn't a serious question about Niedermayer, he not going any where, thats like asking "What about bringing the human rake back?".

I would not make a trade until after this 4 game trip, Our top four will be okay, as Souray, Smid, Gilbert and Staios, why wouldn't the Oilers just bump Strudwick back to d? See where the team is and than do something.

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#16 Dropping Deuces
February 12 2009, 09:06AM
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FMNF - Do we need to trade for a Dman? Can't Reddox play defence?(Where's the sarcasim button on this keyboard) If Grebs is back in 2 weeks, is that not just before the deadline?

My next question is - how does Plekanic walk out of RX1 on his own steam last night? Should someone have demolished the little prick?

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#17 Homie
February 12 2009, 09:15AM
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speeds wrote:

Why can’t Peckham play on the 2nd PP unit? The Oilers are infatuated with the “big point shot” on the PP, Peckham has one. He also leads Springfield’s D with 3 PP goals, and from what I’ve read (can’t find ice time stats for the AHL) he plays significant PP minutes in the AHL.

I think you answered your own question. He has 3 goals on the PP in the AHL. How does that qualify you to quarterback a PP in the NHL, even if it is the second unit.

Just play Souray and Gilbert as much as you can and cobble together a second unit with a forward and Staios on the point. Not a great solution, but it should work if Grabs is only out for 2-3 weeks. You live and die by your first unit, not your second.

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#18 Tim S
February 12 2009, 09:24AM
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For the 2nd PP unit what about bring up Sebastion Bisaillon and dressing 7 d, using Bisaillon mainly as on the PP. Not like we could not live with out Reddox.

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#19 Wanye Gretz
February 12 2009, 09:24AM
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Our correspondant Kent W in Calgary found some funny links to Habs fans rioting after the Habs loss. It's pretty funny:

F*ck Carbo, f*ck his system, f*ck our Defense, f*ck it all to Satan’s cockhole. F*ck Kovalev, f*ck Komisarek. And f*ck Gainey too. Yeah, I said it. F*ck Gainey and his bullshit. F*ck him and his shitty trades and this pussy of a team he’s put together. He should be at every practice telling off f*cking Carbo in front of the other players, telling them that they’re next if they play as bad as Carbo coaches…. F*CK F*CK F*CK F*CK F*CK F*CK http://fourhabsfans.blogspot.com/2009/02/flower-has-answers-oilers-game-preview.html Hahaha f*ck indeed. FMNF

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#20 rindog
February 12 2009, 09:33AM
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Okay, it's official!!!!

MacT definitely has no clue!!! Over the last few season I have noticed that a lot of times when we have a delay in the game (fixing the glass, video review, etc) MacT will put out his 4th line???

Sure enough, with over 11 minutes left in the 2nd period (and the score at 4-1 for us) there is a 5 minute delay to replace a broken piece of glass.

So, with every single player on our team rested, our coach throws out Reddox, Brodziak & Stortini (Horcoff came out for the draw and quickly changed). After a 45 second scramble in our own end (which Roli has to make a sensational save to preserve the 3 goal lead) the pucks gets out of our end and we are allowed to change.

My question is: Wouldn't most good coaches take this opportunity to throw their #1 line out and be proactive rather than reactive? Afterall, we had home ice and last change?? If MacT wants to match up 4th lines - that's fine, but when your bench is rested and the faceoff is your own end - why does the 4th line see the ice? It is not like the game was totally in hand (still 31 minutes left)?

What ever happened to playing Hemsky as long as he wasn't breathing heavy?

If this happens in the 3rd period when we are up 5 or 6 goals - that's fine!

I know some of you are going to say, "it's one shift, big deal."

My problem is the whole philosophy of the coaching staff. Do we ever have a game plan that we try to play? How many times have we ever skated a team into the ground or hit the crap out of a team and set the tone? Every single game it is a passive, don't make mistakes, don't take chances, wait and see approach.

Yes we won last night (thank you Carey Price) but I wouldn't say we were that much better than that sad sack Canadiens team.

It is been over 600 games of this same thing. I'd rather lose once in while knowing we stuck to a system and it didn't work rather than to win or lose based on how well (or poorly) the other team played.....

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#21 Dropping Deuces
February 12 2009, 09:37AM
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FMNF - By the way, where did Grebeshkov get the #26 jersey?

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#22 MarcAndre Pooalot
February 12 2009, 10:01AM
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Ummm, what about the talk of Edmonton native jay bouwmeester joining the team? Did i miss something that makes him unavailable? Last i heard he was a cherry, ripe for the picking?!? he would seem to fit the bill.

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#23 Ducey
February 12 2009, 10:03AM
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Rindog,

The score would have been 4-1 or 5-1 at the time. Its tough to take much from a coach's line selection at that point. Maybe he doesn't want Hemsky to get crushed by the Habs 4th line in an out of hand game. Maybe someone is having an equipment problem. Maybe MacT has learned a few things in his 25+ years in the NHL, and has information from standing on the freakin' bench that you don't have?

Wouldn't the 7-2 score point more to the fact MacT knows what he is doing rather than he doesn't know what he is doing?

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#24 The Towel Boy
February 12 2009, 10:09AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Our correspondant Kent W in Calgary found some funny links to Habs fans rioting after the Habs loss.

Pure gold.

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#25 Digger12
February 12 2009, 10:14AM
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Rob Daum didn’t have much time to go over a game plan last night when he stepped behind the bench in Manchester, but he might have given a good opening speech because the Falcons scored :34 seconds into the first and led 2-0 at the 8:34 mark. Unfortunately for Daum and his team, they weren’t able to maintain their strong start and lost 5-2 to Manchester.

According to Dean Millard over at the Pipeline Show blog, Daum was still en route to the team and his first game behind the bench won't be until tomorrow.

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#26 APE - FMNF
February 12 2009, 10:22AM
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APE - FMNF wrote:

What’s the deal with Cole leaving the bench last night?

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#27 rindog
February 12 2009, 10:22AM
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@ Ducey:

The score was 4-1 (hardly in the bag).

The coach has just been beat 9-2, 10-2 & 8-3 recently, so going by your analysis - if the score determines how much the coach knows.....

And, you've totally missed my point. I am pretty sure Montreal doesn't want their 4th out agaisnt our 1st line. So as soon as Montreal's 4th line comes out - as a coach with home ice advantage, you need to take advantage of the mismatch and exploit thier 4th line whenever possible (especially when everyone is fresh).

There is much more to my post than just this one little thing. There has been a disturbing trend tells alot about our staff...

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#28 MarcAndre Pooalot
February 12 2009, 10:26AM
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APE - FMNF wrote:

APE - FMNF wrote: What’s the deal with Cole leaving the bench last night? ?

Did you read the article above? Looks clear to me. He is banged up. In fact, i think your answer was in bold.

Cole banged up

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#29 Jonathan Willis
February 12 2009, 10:33AM
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@ rindog:

MacTavish has been using that strategy for most of the year. The reson for it (I imagine) is that he doesn't want to waste a half shift of his best offensive players in the defensive zone, so he uses Brodziak and Co. to get the puck out of the zone, and then he sends out his top line.

Brodziak's played way, way, way more in the defensive zone than the offensive zone (among the league leaders in his ratio of defensive to offensive zone faceoffs, btw), and MacTavish apparently trusts him with the assignment. Or at least, trusts him enough that he figures his team will score more goals by deploying offensive lines in the offensive rather than defensive zones. One of the big reasons that Penner/Cogliano have such great numbers is that MacTavish deploys them almost exclusively in the offensive zone.

I generally agree with the strategy; what I don't like is when MacTavish tosses his 4th line out in their own end against the other team's 1st line. That's the worst possible scenario, and while Brodziak may have the chops for it, I don't think Reddox or Stortini do. Certainly MacIntyre and Stortini don't, but MacTavish has used that line in that role anyway.

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#30 APE - FMNF
February 12 2009, 10:35AM
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Hahaha..FAIL

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#31 misfit
February 12 2009, 10:36AM
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MarcAndre Pooalot wrote:

Ummm, what about the talk of Edmonton native jay bouwmeester joining the team? Did i miss something that makes him unavailable?

My first guess would be the fact that the Panthers are still in a playoff spot with 2 games in hand over every team ahead of them.

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#32 sittingatmydesk
February 12 2009, 10:40AM
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speaking of florida, oilers should go after david booth , hes an RFA, in the summer, left wing and can score, he has 20 goals in freakin florida...

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#33 APE - FMNF
February 12 2009, 10:42AM
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The Panthers are rolling right now I am not too sure they would want to be selling if they have a shot at making the post season and doing some damage.

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#34 Deep Oil
February 12 2009, 10:43AM
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I am challenging any wire service or beat writer to get a photo with Darryl Katz not BARRY and a player from the oil in Palm Springs....... this owner has not been visible or heard from since August.... strong ownership maybe - but yet to be determined as Acting Owner and King KLOWE has dropped the ball on Jagr(we don't want you for two years) and Hossa (no thanks maybe next year).... if the rookie party is in Palm Springs - they must be bringing in adult talent from Fritz'(714.978.1828) in Anaheim (Katella and Ball) as the average age in Palm Springs and Dessert is 75..... not a party town you want to have your rookie dinner in - if you know what I mean... a spring chicken in that town is 45.... note many years ago, many Oil were almost naked on the streets of New York impressing women - waitresses - adult entertainment on how many pushups they could do... this hit the front page of the SUN, source PAGE 6 NY POST - and CHED had to fire their hollywood reporter over the scoop to please Allan Watt of OILER MEDIA CONTROL.

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#35 Matt
February 12 2009, 10:45AM
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bring back joni.

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#36 Mike Krushelnyski
February 12 2009, 10:48AM
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@ Deep Oil:

Your posts are so much more entertaining now that I imagine they are being shouted at me by a wild-eyed homeless man.

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#37 Deep Oil
February 12 2009, 10:49AM
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misfit wrote:

MarcAndre Pooalot wrote: Ummm, what about the talk of Edmonton native jay bouwmeester joining the team? Did i miss something that makes him unavailable? My first guess would be the fact that the Panthers are still in a playoff spot with 2 games in hand over every team ahead of them.

He is building a house here so it must be true that KLOWE can sign him for a home town discount with car service LOL - Mike Comrie gave him the thumbs up it is a nice play to play - source EKLUND hahahaha

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#38 Colin
February 12 2009, 10:51AM
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The habs link was funny, sounds familiar non?

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#39 Deep Oil
February 12 2009, 10:52AM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

@ Deep Oil: Your posts are so much more entertaining now that I imagine they are being shouted at me by a wild-eyed homeless man.

I am house sitting for JAY BO - things are cool. Kinda drafty though with just the walls up - no heat.

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#40 Deep Oil
February 12 2009, 10:58AM
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MarcAndre Pooalot wrote:

Ummm, what about the talk of Edmonton native jay bouwmeester joining the team? Did i miss something that makes him unavailable? Last i heard he was a cherry, ripe for the picking?!? he would seem to fit the bill.

Jay Bo is the Rick Nash comparison as per Doug MacLean THE YOUNGEST FREE AGENT EVER IN THE NHL.... so you might see a crazy contract for 12 years $90 million - now that Ken Holland has taught everyone how to cheat and manage - alter your cap with a buyout later in the deal.... (ZETTERBERG).... the first to do this was Garth Snow - which in fact was Khabibulin money - but just over a longer period of time - now insurance is paying for most of Wong's failure on the island.... it would be nice for all players to have that team leave and move to Gary Bettmans back room deal with AEG to Kansas City - as NASSAU COUNTY is comparible to the Edmonton Gardens - but have nicer ice girls than Northlands and the OIL can provide....

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#41 Deep Oil
February 12 2009, 11:07AM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

@ Deep Oil: Your posts are so much more entertaining now that I imagine they are being shouted at me by a wild-eyed homeless man.

Mike - you have to remember that I know where all the Krushelnyski's live in Saskatchewan..... please warn your relatives that Deep Oil sometimes goes back to the old country.....

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#42 MarcAndre Pooalot
February 12 2009, 11:09AM
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Deep Oil wrote:

MarcAndre Pooalot wrote: Ummm, what about the talk of Edmonton native jay bouwmeester joining the team? Did i miss something that makes him unavailable? Last i heard he was a cherry, ripe for the picking?!? he would seem to fit the bill. Jay Bo is the Rick Nash comparison as per Doug MacLean THE YOUNGEST FREE AGENT EVER IN THE NHL…. so you might see a crazy contract for 12 years $90 million - now that Ken Holland has taught everyone how to cheat and manage - alter your cap with a buyout later in the deal…. (ZETTERBERG)…. the first to do this was Garth Snow - which in fact was Khabibulin money - but just over a longer period of time - now insurance is paying for most of Wong’s failure on the island…. it would be nice for all players to have that team leave and move to Gary Bettmans back room deal with AEG to Kansas City - as NASSAU COUNTY is comparible to the Edmonton Gardens - but have nicer ice girls than Northlands and the OIL can provide….

Thanks...i think. I need a drink after trying to comprehend that. Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

@ Deep Oil: Your posts are so much more entertaining now that I imagine they are being shouted at me by a wild-eyed homeless man.

Oh, NOW it makes sense. yes, DeepOil I agree, just don't hurt me.

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#43 Jonathan Willis
February 12 2009, 11:13AM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

@ Deep Oil: Your posts are so much more entertaining now that I imagine they are being shouted at me by a wild-eyed homeless man.

That's the trick! Thank you for helping me realize the top entertainment value of Deep Oil's posts.

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#44 Deep Oil
February 12 2009, 11:15AM
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MarcAndre Pooalot wrote:

Deep Oil wrote: MarcAndre Pooalot wrote: Ummm, what about the talk of Edmonton native jay bouwmeester joining the team? Did i miss something that makes him unavailable? Last i heard he was a cherry, ripe for the picking?!? he would seem to fit the bill. Jay Bo is the Rick Nash comparison as per Doug MacLean THE YOUNGEST FREE AGENT EVER IN THE NHL…. so you might see a crazy contract for 12 years $90 million - now that Ken Holland has taught everyone how to cheat and manage - alter your cap with a buyout later in the deal…. (ZETTERBERG)…. the first to do this was Garth Snow - which in fact was Khabibulin money - but just over a longer period of time - now insurance is paying for most of Wong’s failure on the island…. it would be nice for all players to have that team leave and move to Gary Bettmans back room deal with AEG to Kansas City - as NASSAU COUNTY is comparible to the Edmonton Gardens - but have nicer ice girls than Northlands and the OIL can provide…. Thanks…i think. I need a drink after trying to comprehend that. Mike Krushelnyski wrote: @ Deep Oil: Your posts are so much more entertaining now that I imagine they are being shouted at me by a wild-eyed homeless man. Oh, NOW it makes sense. yes, DeepOil I agree, just don’t hurt me.

Does anyone here really (not joking) want a 101 on how to bend the cap by paying up front and buying pennies later - KLOWE is being outplayed, outsmarted by a stanley cup GM - not Brian Burke.

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#45 Deep Oil
February 12 2009, 11:19AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Mike Krushelnyski wrote: @ Deep Oil: Your posts are so much more entertaining now that I imagine they are being shouted at me by a wild-eyed homeless man. That’s the trick! Thank you for helping me realize the top entertainment value of Deep Oil’s posts.

Anybody hopping on a private jet to LAX for Staples and then to PHX for Scottsdale golf, Barcelona's and a hockey game at Glendale ???

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#46 rindog
February 12 2009, 11:20AM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

That's a fair statement, but it still doesn't change the fact that when you are on home ice - your mentality should be to dictate the game and not counter what the oppostion does...shouldn't it?

If he honestly believes that he is "wasting" is top line players by having them start in his own zone - does he not realize that Hemsky and company salivate at the idea of being to enter the opposition zone with speed? Further more, I would think it would be quit easy (or it should be in theory) for our first line to get the puck and totally outmatch thr 4th line (until the other coach has a chance to "react" or change).

Scoring opportunites do not occur every shift in the NHL, and as coach (on home ice) it should be your mandate to give yourself every bit of offensive edge possible.

I am also not a huge fan of playing our 4th on the PP (even though we were way ahead) when we NEED the practice. Especially when another one of our PP defensemen just went down with an injury. To me, that is the perfect time to try some different things out (in real game situations). If your telling me that MacT is not smart enough to think of that on such short notice - you won't get any arguments from me...

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#47 Mike Krushelnyski
February 12 2009, 11:21AM
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Deep Oil wrote:

Does anyone here really (not joking) want a 101 on how to bend the cap by paying up front and buying pennies later - KLOWE is being outplayed, outsmarted by a stanley cup GM - not Brian Burke.

Yes, but only if it includes a story about how the government is putting sattelite transmitters in our teeth.

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#48 Deep Oil
February 12 2009, 11:23AM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

Deep Oil wrote: Does anyone here really (not joking) want a 101 on how to bend the cap by paying up front and buying pennies later - KLOWE is being outplayed, outsmarted by a stanley cup GM - not Brian Burke. Yes, but only if it includes a story about how the government is putting sattelite transmitters in our teeth.

Go watch eagle eye - next question.

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#49 Deep Oil
February 12 2009, 11:25AM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

Deep Oil wrote: Does anyone here really (not joking) want a 101 on how to bend the cap by paying up front and buying pennies later - KLOWE is being outplayed, outsmarted by a stanley cup GM - not Brian Burke. Yes, but only if it includes a story about how the government is putting sattelite transmitters in our teeth.

sorry forgot the link

www.free-tv-video-online.info/internet/movies/(2008)_eagle_eye.html

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#50 Jason Gregor
February 12 2009, 11:32AM
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Rick wrote:

On the defence, how healthy is Smid right now? He took a hit last night and spent a few minutes on the bench with his head down and some time with Ken Lowe. From the looks of it they were addressing either his neck or head in general, lingering effects from his concussion maybe? I know he finished the game after that but it’s still left me wondering if there was a little more to it. … As for Daum, Stauffer said last night that there was a delay at the airport and Daum missed his connector outta Chicago so he wasn’t actually behind the bench last night.

I spoke with Smid after the game and he is fine, and is excited about the increased workload. He tweaked his shoulder a while back and said he had a burner last night, but it was gone in a few minutes and didn't bother him the rest of the game.

As for Daum, I wrote this after game and was more making light of the fact that Daum has a huge task ahead of him. If the Falcons play .500 the rest of the way that will be considered a success. I spoke to Daum today and he joked that he will ask assistant coaches David Bell and Gerry Fleming what the speech was because it worked for the start of the game. ha

People...Cole is banged up...bumps and bruises, and it seems to be a quad or hip flexor issue. Nothing that will keep him out of lineup, but clearly it is limiting him a bit.

Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

@ Jason: I remember you mentioned Mathieu Schneider in a previous update. What’s his contract situation like? Is it worth it to pick him up as a rental? What would it take to land him?

His contract is identical to Visnovsky at $5.6 million. If acquired today he would be about a $1.7 cap hit, and at the deadline he would be $1.15 cap hit. Draft picks could net you him I'd suspect, but more than just a 4th rounder. I never said that the Oiler WANT him, but now they might need him. I'm still not sold on Peckham being a regular, so we will see. He has really struggled the past two months in Springfield, but maybe playing with better players will help him here. And there is no chance they put him on the PP to start. They will want him to think a simple defensive game for at least the road trip I would suspect.

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