GDB 70: Against the Avs, Roloson's 26th straight start

Jason Gregor
March 19 2009 04:20PM

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson starts his 26th straight game tonight against the Colorado Avalanche

Lucky number 26? If 13 is widely considered unlucky by many, I wonder if double the amount is twice as bad or if there’s no significance what so ever.

Either way, Dwayne Roloson will start his 26th straight game tonight against the Avs. An Oiler win tonight should get JDD his first start since November 30, tomorrow in Chicago.

Starting Roloson tonight makes the most sense. The Oilers need this game and technically speaking their odds of a win tonight are greater than tomorrow in Chicago. Every game is huge down the stretch, but Roloson can’t start every one, so put in your best goalie tonight, get the win and then hope that Deslauriers will be so pumped to play tomorrow in Chicago that he might steal you a game.

Roloson is 9th in GP amongst goalies, he has faced the 8th most shots, and only Lundqvist has a better save % out of the top nine work horses. Roloson has had a stellar season, when you consider no one thought he would be the bona fide number one this year.

The Avs on the other hand are in the basement of the Western conference and when you look at their goalie’s numbers it’s no surprise. Budaj has a 2.87 GAA and a .899%, while Raycroft is struggling with a 3.15 GAA and .892%. The injuries to Joe Sakic and Paul Stastny have definitely hurt them, but they don’t have good enough goaltending to compete.

On Saturday, the Oilers allowed the Avs to stay in the game when Hemsky was stoned on a breakaway, and then they didn’t muster a shot on two separate two-on-ones early in the first. The Avs are playing out the string. So much for the adage “playing loose” down the stretch, because the Avs have ONE regulation win in their last 12 games.

This has to be a win tonight for the Oilers.

Joe Sakic skated this morning for the first time since suffering a back injury on Nov 28th, and then getting outsmarted by his snow blower in December. It doesn’t sound like he’ll play tonight.

Mike Vernace and Derek Peltier made their NHL debuts on the backend for the Avs earlier this week, so the Avs blueline could be ripe for the picking if both suit up again tonight.

Penner took some shifts with Moreau and Cogliano while Pisani skated with Reddox/Stortini and Brodziak. Moreau and Cogliano worked well together earlier this season, so putting them back together makes sense and Penner seems more energized when skating alongside the Captain.

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#1 I'm a Scientist!
March 19 2009, 01:39PM
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Is Patty O on the first line again? I like his mojo up there.

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#2 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 01:45PM
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Random #26-related notes:

- 26 is the only number between a square (25) and a cube (27).

- It's also the symbol for iron; I suspect that was chosen because any goaltender who can start 26-straight games is automatically a sort of "iron-man".

- Of course, it's also the number worn by Erik Cole, picked by Wanye in the preseason as this team's hero, only to fall bitterly short and leave the team.

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#3 baggedmilk
March 19 2009, 01:50PM
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@ Gregor

One regulation win yes, but they did beat the Oilers a week ago or so.

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#4 Deep Oil
March 19 2009, 01:58PM
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Does anyone think that Rolli deserves one of the following:

1) 2.5mm per year plus $10K bonus per game played one year contract

2) 2.5 mm per year - 2 years - mutual club option and player option for year

Rolli was a bit of sourpuss when he got here and learned to be a team player with the ups and downs, shows we can all change..... right Dakin and 24...

Is it true that if the Oilers make the playoffs, all season ticket holders get two complimentary Capital Ex.... I mean Edmonton Capital tickets....

Wonder which Rexall family brand is going to replace Telus Field..... god bless the ATM bank machine McKesson.

Rexall Yard PharmaPlus Park Guardian Stadium IDA Field

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#5 Deep Oil
March 19 2009, 02:01PM
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I'm a Scientist! wrote:

Is Patty O on the first line again? I like his mojo up there.

No - he was placed on this line as a St. Patty's tribute, MacT puts all the players in a hat and then creates the lines after morning practise.

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#6 442Junkie
March 19 2009, 02:02PM
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baggedmilk wrote:

One regulation win yes, but they did beat the Oilers a week ago or so.

Shut up!

*runs away from computer crying*

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#7 442Junkie
March 19 2009, 02:03PM
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*the Shakes fist at a cloud*

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#8 I'm a Scientist!
March 19 2009, 02:07PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

I’m a Scientist! wrote: Is Patty O on the first line again? I like his mojo up there. No - he was placed on this line as a St. Patty’s tribute, MacT puts all the players in a hat and then creates the lines after morning practise.

I sure hope those "little people" are in the hat... They would make a good line with Gagner. It would be like that McDonalds commercial...

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#9 Travis Dakin
March 19 2009, 02:08PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

Rolli was a bit of sourpuss when he got here and learned to be a team player with the ups and downs, shows we can all change….. right Dakin and 24…

What?

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#10 Wanye Gretz
March 19 2009, 02:10PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

- Of course, it’s also the number worn by Erik Cole, picked by Wanye in the preseason as this team’s hero, only to fall bitterly short and leave the team.

When did that happen? One would think I would remember doing that.

*touches lobotomy scar on forehead, wonders where he parked this morning*

Deep Oil wrote:

Is it true that if the Oilers make the playoffs, all season ticket holders get two complimentary Capital Ex…. I mean Edmonton Capital tickets….

Estimated resale value: -$4.23

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#11 smytty777
March 19 2009, 02:13PM
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@ Gregor

Don't you think JDD needs to start in Chicago win or lose tonight? At some point the Oilers need to figure out if JDD can play, if the plan was never to play him then they should have either traded him or put him on waivers and kept Garon.

The number of consecutive starts is beginning to border on ridiculous, if Roli has nothing left for the playoffs then really what is the point of even making it?

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#12 The Towel Boy
March 19 2009, 02:17PM
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26th straight start...

Who saw this coming?!?

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#13 Ssseth
March 19 2009, 02:27PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

26th straight start… Who saw this coming?!?

No one, that's who. Another thing no one saw coming? Barring major injury, *knocks on wood* Roli is going to set and NHL record this year. Way to go old man.

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#14 Deep Oil
March 19 2009, 02:28PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Deep Oil wrote: Rolli was a bit of sourpuss when he got here and learned to be a team player with the ups and downs, shows we can all change….. right Dakin and 24… What?

Just jabbin my friendly foes..... LOL

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#15 Ssseth
March 19 2009, 02:28PM
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Hmmmm, the html link was setup properly... I thought. Anyway, here is the link I was referencing:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Roli+indefatigable+goalie/1401448/story.html

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#16 Jack "FMNF" Bauer
March 19 2009, 02:39PM
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@ Deep Oil:

Shut the f*ck up you useless waste of skin.

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#17 Deep Oil
March 19 2009, 03:08PM
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Jack "FMNF" Bauer wrote:

@ Deep Oil: Shut the f*ck up you useless waste of skin.

24.... go to your room and wash your mouth out with soap.

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#18 Harlie Chuddy
March 19 2009, 03:21PM
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the number 26 numerology wise is broken down to 2+6 which equals 8. 8 is regarded as the number for TOTAL CONTROL. Hence the cataclysmic events which transformed the year 2008 from a major BULL MARKET to a major BEAR MARKET and other huge worldwide (mostly negative) events.

Believe it or not http://illuminatimatrix.wordpress.com/2-origin-of-numbers-2/

So what's this got to do with hockey? And more specifically for Roli's performance tonight? Who the hell knows but it is some interesting sh*t!

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#19 Jason Gregor
March 19 2009, 03:28PM
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smytty777 wrote:

Don’t you think JDD needs to start in Chicago win or lose tonight? At some point the Oilers need to figure out if JDD can play, if the plan was never to play him then they should have either traded him or put him on waivers and kept Garon. The number of consecutive starts is beginning to border on ridiculous, if Roli has nothing left for the playoffs then really what is the point of even making it?

I agree JDD needs to play, and I know their plan was to play him sooner. Roloson isn't tired. He rarely practices now, and it isn't hurting his play, so would sitting one or two games on the bench really give him that much rest.

Roloson is mentally tough, and that will help him avoid fatigue.

What the Oilers need to do is win a three or four in a row, to gain some separation from the pack, get Roloson some rest, and you would think as a team a winning streak would give them enough confidence to overcome a rusty, or possibly skaky JDD.

The way Roloson has played, and how Garon had played here, I doubt he would be playing much more anyway.

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#20 Milli
March 19 2009, 03:35PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

Rolli was a bit of sourpuss when he got here and learned to be a team player with the ups and downs, shows we can all change…..24

Roli was nothing other than a true professional. Thats it, thats all. After losing the starting job last year, he was on the bench, giving advice to players during the shootout on where to shoot. Did he ask to be traded, YES, because he wanted to play. Did he whine to the media when he wasn't traded, NO. What ho did do was stay focused, stay positive, train hard, and, when he got his shot, he ran with it (and for us, THANK FORKING GOD). The guy didn't whine or be sour.

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#21 Dennis
March 19 2009, 04:11PM
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Let's say you Did believe in energy over outscoring - and this admittedly without checking 46 vs 21 in real plus/minus - wouldn't it make more sense to play 46 than 85?

Finally, 34 on the 4th line is a little bit jarrring. I'm not saying it isn't deserved - if you're playing 27 on the RW, then it's 21 and 34 for the 3rd/4th RWers - but looking at him down there, I wonder what it might say about the future.

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#22 Chris
March 19 2009, 04:12PM
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I think it's funny that Deep Oil is accusing some ELSE of being a sourpuss.

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#23 Chris
March 19 2009, 04:12PM
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someBODY. Damn it. Why can't I Type?

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#24 Jay
March 19 2009, 04:13PM
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That's some hurtin' goaltending numbers for the avs. I guess when Willis said there wasn't a big dropoff from 5th-15th in goalies, he should have mentioned that there is a big dropoff from 15th-25th... or possibly worse than that if you're the avs. That said, we've managed to make some average nhl goalies look pretty unbeatable so far this year...

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#25 JerkyBeef
March 19 2009, 04:19PM
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Hmm, still 3 hours until game time. Please post photos of the women of OilersNation to occupy me before the game, pl0x!

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#26 Nickler
March 19 2009, 04:21PM
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JDD vs. Roli, lets see....put our best goalie against the worst of the next two teams and our second best goalie against the best team. Sounds like a solid plan to me, signed MacT

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#27 Jack "FMNF" Bauer
March 19 2009, 04:28PM
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@ Deep Oil:

*Clap Clap* Pretty lame.

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#28 Oilersordeath
March 19 2009, 04:55PM
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Colorado's work ethic and intesity will topple the Oil's lazy asses, they just have our stinking number.

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#29 charlie
March 19 2009, 05:05PM
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26 hey?

Every time I have a two-six it's a pretty good time. GO OILERS!!!

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#30 David S
March 19 2009, 05:23PM
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Nickler wrote:

JDD vs. Roli, lets see….put our best goalie against the worst of the next two teams and our second best goalie against the best team. Sounds like a solid plan to me, signed MacT

You stack the deck when you have the best chance to win. 2 points is more important than looking good. Chicago is almost a sure-lose, thus a perfect opportunity to throw in JDD. No point in wasting Roli in a game that you probably won't win anyway. How is it that people don't understand this?

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#31 Chris
March 19 2009, 05:24PM
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Harlie Chuddy wrote:

the number 26 numerology wise is broken down to 2+6 which equals 8. 8 is regarded as the number for TOTAL CONTROL. Hence the cataclysmic events which transformed the year 2008 from a major BULL MARKET to a major BEAR MARKET and other huge worldwide (mostly negative) events.

How about this:

Roli wears #35. 3+5 also equals 8. If 8 is the number for total control then Roli will CONTROL the opposition and lead the mighty OIL to victory. 3-1 Oilers.

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#32 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 05:29PM
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Jay wrote:

That’s some hurtin’ goaltending numbers for the avs. I guess when Willis said there wasn’t a big dropoff from 5th-15th in goalies, he should have mentioned that there is a big dropoff from 15th-25th… or possibly worse than that if you’re the avs. That said, we’ve managed to make some average nhl goalies look pretty unbeatable so far this year…

I never liked that tandem. Budaj's never shown anything better than backup ability at the NHL level (seriously - I'd consider Dany Sabourin as a fair comparable), and the last time Raycroft looked like an NHL goaltender was 2003-04.

I honestly don't think there's much difference between those two guys and the AHL callups the Islanders have been using all year - actually, I take that back. Those AHL callups have been better than the Avs pair of goalies.

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#33 Deep Oil
March 19 2009, 05:36PM
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Milli wrote:

Deep Oil wrote: Rolli was a bit of sourpuss when he got here and learned to be a team player with the ups and downs, shows we can all change…..24 Roli was nothing other than a true professional. Thats it, thats all. After losing the starting job last year, he was on the bench, giving advice to players during the shootout on where to shoot. Did he ask to be traded, YES, because he wanted to play. Did he whine to the media when he wasn’t traded, NO. What ho did do was stay focused, stay positive, train hard, and, when he got his shot, he ran with it (and for us, THANK FORKING GOD). The guy didn’t whine or be sour.

Sorry he was put out and making a sad face when Garon took his job at the start.....then the goalie gods gave him another shot.... trust me - ask any scribe if Rollie was easy to deal when the chips were down - he main beef was that the media was not paying any attention to him when he was number 2..... and he learned that it was part of the deal - when your not playing, not many people want quotes from you.....

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#34 Deep Oil
March 19 2009, 05:37PM
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Oilersordeath wrote:

Colorado’s work ethic and intesity will topple the Oil’s lazy asses, they just have our stinking number.

Just like Minny

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#35 Deep Oil
March 19 2009, 05:39PM
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Chris wrote:

I think it’s funny that Deep Oil is accusing some ELSE of being a sourpuss.

I think you are missing the point, that Rolli actually grew as a player into a more developed role by losing his job and winning it back.....

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#36 Deep Oil
March 19 2009, 05:40PM
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Jack "FMNF" Bauer wrote:

@ Deep Oil: *Clap Clap* Pretty lame.

Sorry to hear you got the clap, Dakin make sure that Allison goes to the clinic.... just to be safe.

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#37 Smokin' Ray - NNC
March 19 2009, 05:40PM
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GAME DAY!!!

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#38 Word
March 19 2009, 05:57PM
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@ Smokin' Ray - NNC:

Ladispaz Smid - 1st goal in... wow that many?

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#39 Jay
March 19 2009, 06:09PM
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@ Jonathan Willis: Yup. all those who knew the avs would go nowhere with that goalie duo this year get a cookie. mmmmm.... coooookiieee

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#40 Wanye Gretz
March 19 2009, 06:15PM
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Everyone is going bananas in here today. Personally I love the scrapping and I say bring the heat. If the Oilers had half the jam of the OilersNation we would be sitting around wondering how to best enjoy home ice advantage in the playoffs.

Instead we sit around lipping each other off waiting for the game to start. At least I am waiting for the game to start.

Pantsless.

As per usual.

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#41 Harlie Chuddy
March 19 2009, 06:52PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Pantsless. As per usual.

You and Gene's Pubes should watch the game together.

;)

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#42 socaldave
March 19 2009, 07:13PM
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now THAT'S how it's done!!!

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#43 Hockey Gods
March 19 2009, 07:14PM
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@ Jason Gregor: This is way off topic boys, but an easy venue. Gregor I was listening to your show today, but my commute didn't last long enough to hear something I am very interested in.

Ryan Ford left the MFC? Where is he going? Any details (That can be public) on why?

Sorry to the guys who aren't into MMA, I was just surprised becasue I believe Ford is very capable of being very successful.

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#44 socaldave
March 19 2009, 07:19PM
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ffs roli... you best be standing on your head after that weak-azz goal

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#45 deepoil
March 19 2009, 07:24PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

Jack “FMNF” Bauer wrote: @ Deep Oil: *Clap Clap* Pretty lame. At least i’m not lazy and over wieght like you and Brownlee

At a buck 85 obesity is not an issue, lazy...... nope spent the last 10 years working, now it it time to enjoy life...... right 24

Why would you think I am fat????? wrong neighborhood

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#46 Poo Czar
March 19 2009, 07:30PM
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Deep Oil is having one of his Stop Sign Yelling days. I prefer the Bond Villain days myself.

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#47 deepoil
March 19 2009, 07:31PM
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Hockey Gods wrote:

@ Jason Gregor: This is way off topic boys, but an easy venue. Gregor I was listening to your show today, but my commute didn’t last long enough to hear something I am very interested in. Ryan Ford left the MFC? Where is he going? Any details (That can be public) on why? Sorry to the guys who aren’t into MMA, I was just surprised becasue I believe Ford is very capable of being very successful.

Ford and Pavlich could not agree on price per fight. Pavlich gets the River Cree for free in exchange for liquor revenue - has very little costs except for tier 2 or tier 3 fighters. Has improved somewhat since HDNET.

Pavlich ironically retains Ford as property until July - so he is in limbo..... can't fight without a lawsuit.

Do you want fries with that.......

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#48 Rosaire
March 19 2009, 07:32PM
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Whats wrong with being fat? we need loving too

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#49 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 07:32PM
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Deep Oil, JB, I don't know what you guys hate about each other, but the Oilers have had 2 successful PK's, scored a powerplay goal (from Horcoff no less) and enjoy a 2-1 lead.

I'm feeling plenty forgiving right now ;)

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#50 Jonathan Willis
March 19 2009, 07:34PM
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Lots of rookie D on that Colorado blueline.

This club reminds me a lot of the 06-07 Oilers, except of course that they didn't trade Smyth.

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