True Confessions

Robin Brownlee
March 20 2009 09:52AM

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Faster than oil companies have gouged us again with a four-cent increase at the gas pumps to mark the first day of spring, optimism over the Edmonton Oilers playoff chances has grown in leaps and bounds after Thursday's 8-1 laugher over the feeble Colorado Avalanche.

And why not? Just as sure as Shell, Petro-Can and their big oil bully brethren slap on a dry latex glove, ignore the lube and probe our wallets, the cakewalk in Denver has hopes high.

Like I said last week, I suspect the Oilers are destined to snag one of the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference and put the brakes on a two-year stretch out of the post-season in spite of themselves (please send Brownlee is an idiot e-mails to JoeFan@blindfaith.com if you must).

But, even if they don't, these first 70 games have reinforced some notions I had when this season began, dispelled others and provided a revelation or two along the way.

Upon further review...

Dwayne Roloson has more fight in him than any goaltender I've seen in a long time and he's hands-down the Oilers MVP.

I had Roloson pegged as a grossly over-priced back-up to Mathieu Garon in October, but he's blown that out of the water with 26 straight starts and a stretch drive that defies his birth certificate.

"We know what we've got in here," Roloson told me before the team hit the road. "We know what we can do. I try not to read the papers or get caught up in what other people think. My job is to play."

Roloson isn't the best technical goaltender. He isn't blessed with ridiculous reflexes or remarkable physical tools. But he competes like hell and has as much brass as anybody on this team. One more year, please.

Craig MacTavish won't be fired between now and the start of training camp next September, but I don't see him behind the bench next season.

I can see MacTavish stepping away and taking another position, or leaving the team altogether. He's a competitive, dedicated coach, but he's aging, and fast, before our eyes.

And...

  • I'm not convinced Tom Gilbert is as good as his numbers, 4-36-40, because he's fattening up on second assists, but I've got no doubt he could help GM Steve Tambellini land a proven top-six forward via trade this off-season. Who could Tambellini get for Gilbert and Robert Nilsson?
  • Sam Gagner is better suited as a centre than on the wing, preferably on the second line, so for crying out loud, (memo to whoever is coaching this outfit) leave him there. With his first NHL hat-trick in Colorado, Second-Half Sam has 13 points in his last eight games. Come to think of it, the way he's playing, Sam reminds of me of Henri Richard of the 1957 Montreal Canadiens.
  • Tambellini needs to get out from under Dustin Penner's contract, either by trade or buy out. Penner's gone from 29 goals with Anaheim in 2006-07 to 23 last season. He has 14 this season. PDP is going to settle in as a 17-20-goal scorer long-term. He's not worth $4.25 million a season.
  • Roloson's dogged determination aside, there's a pretty good chance the Oilers have knackered Jeff Deslauriers with the way they've mishandled him. Even with Garon gone, Deslauriers hasn't started since Nov. 30.

Grumpy old men

Did anybody out there hear Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean of Sportsnet whining about what they considered an over-the-top goal celebration by Alex Ovechkin, who scored his 50th in a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay?

"I would have given him a shot," sniffed Kypreos, perhaps best-remembered by NHL fans for lying face down unconscious in a puddle of his own blood after he got KTFO by Ryan Vandenbussche.

Kypreos and MacLean, who made his mark by making the Columbus Blue Jackets the laughingstock of the league during his tenure as GM before getting sacked, didn't like it that Ovechkin dropped his stick on the ice, then treated it as if it was too hot to pick up. "I'd have just given him a shove," added MacLean.

Who, exactly, appointed Don Cherry, he of the double-breasted jackets made of Christmas wrap, Kypreos and MacLean the No Fun Police?

One more thing...

I'm guessing Ales Kotalik doesn't read OilersNation and I haven't introduced myself to him in the dressing room yet, but he's pretty much shoved my own words up my backside, hasn't he?

Tuesday I wrote: "When I look a Kotalik, I see a big version of German Titov, a pretty good player who did nothing in Oilers silks when they acquired him from Pittsburgh at the deadline in 2000. Titov chipped in four assists in the seven games he played with Edmonton and then, thankfully, moved on."

Since then, Kotalik scored the winning goal in a shootout against St. Louis at Rexall Place and scored a goal and added three assists in the romp over the pitiful Avalanche.

I've written stupid things before. I'll write them again.

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6pm on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on TEAM 1260.

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A sports writer since 1983, including stints at The Edmonton Journal and The Sun 1989-2007, I happily co-host the Jason Gregor Show on TSN 1260 twice a week and write when so inclined. Have the best damn lawn on the internet. Most important, I am Sam's dad. Follow me on Twitter at Robin_Brownlee. Or don't.
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#51 Archaeologuy
March 20 2009, 12:53PM
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junglehawk wrote:

while the term 7 million often comes up, referring to the cap hit of 5.5 makes more sense because at the end of the contract 2 and 3 million doesnt look so bad either

Sorry, but my emotions dont do math, until the year Horc makes 3 mill but his cap hit is much higher and is choking the team out.

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#52 Mike
March 20 2009, 01:07PM
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"Penner’s gone from 29 goals with Anaheim in 2006-07 to 23 last season. He has 14 this season. PDP is going to settle in as a 17-20-goal scorer long-term"

Well, that'll depend on how they use him. If he keeps making the rounds between 1st line - 3rd line - 4th line - Pressbox, then it's going to be tough to put up numbers.

If they put him on the 1st unit PP and top 2 lines, I'm sure he'd hit 20-25 consistently. Whether that's good enough for your 1st line LW is the question.

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#53 Deep Oil
March 20 2009, 01:15PM
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shakey wrote:

@ Deep Oil: The Horcoff debacle of a contract will get plenty of ‘air-time’ next year here on the ‘Nation. 7 million for face-offs and 15 - 20 goals is a lot of coin. He’s valuable but not that valuable.

Marty Reasoner looks like a steal for faceoffs, Stoll replacement - if the new coach wishes to implement a puck posession strategy.

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#54 shakey
March 20 2009, 01:20PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

if the new coach wishes to implement a puck posession strategy.

Isn't that what the Oil are supposed to be now? A puck posession team?

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#55 me
March 20 2009, 01:23PM
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Question for Mr. Brownlee.

Is information about Mactavish based more on a gut feeling or do you have an inside scoop.

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#56 Deep Oil
March 20 2009, 01:26PM
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Chaz wrote:

Just remember; it’s not really fair to blame a player (IE: Horcs, Penner) for signing an inflated contract. Lowe is the only one who should answer to that.

Mainstream media is afraid to question Lowe on this debacle, share the blame - 1/3 lowe, 1/3mact, 1/3 players - when is there going to be a takedown, how can you call someone a MORON and not be questioned yourself, and still retain employment - move Lowe to Nicholls job as governor - keep on ice decisions away from him - just because you were a player in the nhl and won some cups (no #4 sweater hanging)on one of the best teams ever - gives you a lifetime contract with the establishment.

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#57 Deep Oil
March 20 2009, 01:27PM
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shakey wrote:

Deep Oil wrote: if the new coach wishes to implement a puck posession strategy. Isn’t that what the Oil are supposed to be now? A puck posession team?

You'd think so.... but most nights they are failing on the dot, as the other team wins the draw and it's chase, chase, chase...

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#58 DK0
March 20 2009, 01:27PM
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Please tell me I'm not the only one praying our next coach takes a run and gun strategy? I'm sick of losing games 2-1 in overtime. I want to lose them 6-5 in overtime. at least its more exciting. All offense all the time, and then let the colossal fossil steal a few games 4-2 for us. We have so many young players that are so dependent upon confidence. I don't care what anyone says, prevent 99 goals and you'll remember the one that got in. Allow 2 goals and then score one of your own and your going to be riding that high.

in summary: confidence boost of scoring >>> confidence boost of defending greater confidence -> more scoring more scoring -> greater confidence

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#59 Reggie
March 20 2009, 01:28PM
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Chaz wrote:

Thanks Travis. It works! I just doubled my Oilers Nation skill set. Time to clebrate with an early lunch.

No, with an early martini lunch .... hiccup ... cool feature ! love it ! Hiccup ... barkeep, another round !

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#60 Deep Oil
March 20 2009, 01:37PM
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Even the homeless are pissed....... Here is an article from Graham Hicks - March 20.

Oilers president Pat LaForge finds humour in all corners.

Some light notes from his keynote address to the annual Inner City Mac & Cheese Lunch yesterday:

"Edmonton. It's an old native word for 'collaboration.' "

"I was at the (inner-city) Bissell Centre. A fella with his life's belongs in a garbage bag called me over. He was down and out, but he still had a sense of humour. 'Ya gotta stop paying those players so much,' he said, 'or I'm going to cancel my season tickets.' "

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#61 Deep Oil
March 20 2009, 01:43PM
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Just wondering (Robin) if Sean Avery is the leading candidate for the Masterton.... given to the player who shows perseveance to hockey......

Here you have a player with an illness, goes into the NHL substance and abuse program, gets counselling is resurrected by his old team - then shines on broadway becoming a leader then wins the stanley cup and is awarded the Conn Smythe...... Bettman might interfere with this truly honorable award.

Not that Avery has received medical attention and counselling for his condition - this looks like a feel good story for a player we all love to hate - but want him on our team.....

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#62 Robin Brownlee
March 20 2009, 02:12PM
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me wrote:

Question for Mr. Brownlee. Is information about Mactavish based more on a gut feeling or do you have an inside scoop.

No inside scoop in terms of hard info or I'd be playing it a lot bigger than a mention, but it's a feeling I get -- one that's growing the longer I look at the situation and the more chats I have around the rink. As you probably recall, MacTavish thought about walking once before, and it wasn't a bluff. At some point, when you have plenty of money, you do what you want to do on your own terms.

MacTavish could take a year off to recharge and consider his options. If he wanted to come back, he'd get a job as quickly as he wanted one.

Deep Oil wrote:

Just wondering (Robin) if Sean Avery is the leading candidate for the Masterton…. given to the player who shows perseveance to hockey……

You're kidding, right? A feel good story? All Avery has done -- for a very short period of time -- is reel himself in, resist his natural tendency to be an A-hole and act like a decent human being, at least as far as we know. You get an award for that now?

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#63 Mike
March 20 2009, 02:16PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

resist his natural tendency to be an A-hole and act like a decent human being, at least as far as we know. You get an award for that now?

Christ, Jason Blake doesn't even resist his natural tendancy, and he won!

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#64 Deans
March 20 2009, 02:16PM
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The next person who uses the phrase 110% in an interview deserves a shove, not one of the few marketable players in the leauge.

Kotalik has got a great shot. I'm not sold on him either but I like what he brings to the PP. He does strike me as a guy who disapears from time to time. Maybe thats an unfair, Don Cherry induced stereotype.

@ Deep Oil: How great would it be for Avery to win the Masterton?!? I would love to see him call a press conference and systematically bash all of his detractors. It's too bad that Avery had to drop the "sloppy seconds" bomb. He could be one of the true heels/bad guys that the NHL desperatly needs.

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#65 Dennis
March 20 2009, 02:17PM
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I think Avery is a piece of trash. He clearly doesn't make a difference to a club winning and he's the only guy who's come through junior hockey to disrespect women.

What Avery said is way worse than all the players who trade around the "dirties" in the CHL. Furthermore, all the people who damned him were right to look past hockey's attitude towards women in general and instead concentrate on a guy with whom they had an axe to grind in the first place.

RB: I was wrong on Roli and Garon as well. I still think Garon was mishandled and was dealt away for something that doesn't come close to being as valuable as the depth he provided us but there's no doubt I thought he was gonna step up and start for us this year.

The first thing I thought regarding the OV celebration was that it was weak. Not unnecessary, mind you, but just a very weak idea.

27's being punished for his salary and isn't being played compared to his actual ability compared to all other wingers. MacT should suck it up and play him and then ask him to be moved in the summer but his '09 salary's a sunk cost and whipping him in the press doesn't save the Oilers one bloody dollar.

And, yes, Speeds, buying him out makes you eligible for a cap hit and you've also got to replace him.

It's hard for me to take anything Robin says seriously regarding 77 because he's on the record as saying the guy won't be able to cover his contract. That might be the case but it seems like Robin had his mind made up and all the second assists in the world won't change it. And it's not like all of us don't possess the same bias, mind you. Souray's got 20 goals but I'd still move him over 77 because I don't like his injury history.

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#66 Deep Oil
March 20 2009, 02:21PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

me wrote: Question for Mr. Brownlee. Is information about Mactavish based more on a gut feeling or do you have an inside scoop. No inside scoop in terms of hard info or I’d be playing it a lot bigger than a mention, but it’s a feeling I get — one that’s growing the longer I look at the situation and the more chats I have around the rink. As you probably recall, MacTavish thought about walking once before, and it wasn’t a bluff. At some point, when you have plenty of money, you do what you want to do on your own terms. MacTavish could take a year off to recharge and consider his options. If he wanted to come back, he’d get a job as quickly as he wanted one. Deep Oil wrote: Just wondering (Robin) if Sean Avery is the leading candidate for the Masterton…. given to the player who shows perseveance to hockey…… You’re kidding, right? A feel good story? All Avery has done — for a very short period of time — is reel himself in, resist his natural tendency to be an A-hole and act like a decent human being, at least as far as we know. You get an award for that now?

According to the NHL - he had to get "treatment" for his loose lips and has persevered back to the NHL from not playing, to the AHL, to being recalled to now being a team leader..... this qualifies for consideration.

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#67 Deep Oil
March 20 2009, 02:24PM
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Deans wrote:

The next person who uses the phrase 110% in an interview deserves a shove, not one of the few marketable players in the leauge. Kotalik has got a great shot. I’m not sold on him either but I like what he brings to the PP. He does strike me as a guy who disapears from time to time. Maybe thats an unfair, Don Cherry induced stereotype. @ Deep Oil: How great would it be for Avery to win the Masterton?!? I would love to see him call a press conference and systematically bash all of his detractors. It’s too bad that Avery had to drop the “sloppy seconds” bomb. He could be one of the true heels/bad guys that the NHL desperatly needs.

He is the best heel in the league - just wondering if he can face the goalie and distract him (MB) without raising his stick and be void of an unsportsmanlike conduct..... the game last Saturday against the flyers on TSN2 was gold......

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#68 David S
March 20 2009, 02:24PM
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Nice post Robin.

Although I would suggest that whenever you invoke the 1957 Canadiens you might want to put up a metaphor warning first ("Metaphor ahead!"). It seems there's a few people out there who while going to great lengths to assert their intelligence seem to miss the most obvious things. They'd probably appreciate the friendly reminder.

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#69 Robin Brownlee
March 20 2009, 02:32PM
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Deep Oil wrote:

According to the NHL - he had to get “treatment” for his loose lips and has persevered back to the NHL from not playing, to the AHL, to being recalled to now being a team leader….. this qualifies for consideration.

So what, Jimmy? Grab a shred of common sense. There are better candidates on virtually every team, including right here in Edmonton.

Steve MacIntyre has shown a helluva lot more perseverence -- and that's what the award is supposed to be for -- by spending eight pro seasons getting his faced kicked in for $500 a week and finally making it to the NHL than Avery has in his few months of managing not to make an ass of himself, at least publicly.

MacIntyre won't win it, and might not even end up as Edmonton's nominee, but he's a lot more deserving of consideration than Avery. Let the punk keep his nose clean and his mouth shut for eight months, let alone eight years, before you start his Masterton campaign.

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#70 Deep Oil
March 20 2009, 02:45PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Deep Oil wrote: According to the NHL - he had to get “treatment” for his loose lips and has persevered back to the NHL from not playing, to the AHL, to being recalled to now being a team leader….. this qualifies for consideration. So what, Jimmy? Grab a shred of common sense. There are better candidates on virtually every team, including right here in Edmonton. Steve MacIntyre has shown a helluva lot more perseverence — and that’s what the award is supposed to be for — by spending eight pro seasons getting his faced kicked in for $500 a week and finally making it to the NHL than Avery has in his few months of managing not to make an ass of himself, at least publicly. MacIntyre won’t win it, and might not even end up as Edmonton’s nominee, but he’s a lot more deserving of consideration than Avery. Let the punk keep his nose clean and his mouth shut for eight months, let alone eight years, before you start his Masterton campaign.

Thanks RB, I don't know which is more fun.... lighting the fuse or watching the fireworks.....

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#71 MikeP
March 20 2009, 02:47PM
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Robin, amen. Maybe Avery's only the tip of the iceberg, but (if I may mix metaphors here, and I may because I will) if you stick it out, don't be afraid to get it chopped off. Avery stuck it out and got it lopped off at the root. Fair? Who gives a flying? Life isn't fair, and just because he's not the only ass doesn't mean he doesn't deserve to be called on it.

Edmonton's nominee this year should be MacIntyre, as Robin suggests, maybe Pisani again or perhaps Moreau. Doesn't matter who Edmonton nominates anyway since they aren't going to win.

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#72 Robin Brownlee
March 20 2009, 03:02PM
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MikeP wrote:

Edmonton’s nominee this year should be MacIntyre

MacIntyre is a gem of a guy who thanks his lucky stars every time he walks into the dressing room. For all us working stiffs who sometimes get put off by the sense of entitlement some players have, he's a breath of fresh air.

As a bonus, MacIntyre does the best Bubbles impression I've ever seen. Has the voice and the facial expressions down pat.

"Mmm. Mmm. For f*ck sakes, Ricky, did you say Avery for the Masterton Trophy? Mmm. Mmm. That pepperoni is turning your brain to sh*t!"

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#73 Peter Pan
March 20 2009, 03:21PM
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Oilers Masterton Nominee should be Pisani. No question. His dedication and commitment to a potential terminal condition in several cases, is, in my opinion, nothing less of inspiring. Big Mac is also a good selection, but when it comes to perserverance, he defines it perfectly.

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#74 Deans
March 20 2009, 03:22PM
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The Oilers are who we thought they were. THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!!!!! This team doesnt deserve to be in the playoffs but who cares. Overtime points = first round exit.

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#75 Robin Brownlee
March 20 2009, 03:30PM
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Peter Pan wrote:

Oilers Masterton Nominee should be Pisani. No question. His dedication and commitment to a potential terminal condition in several cases, is, in my opinion, nothing less of inspiring. Big Mac is also a good selection, but when it comes to perserverance, he defines it perfectly.

Fernando was the PHWA nominee for the Masterton last season and, as you might recall, he ended up being a finalist.

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#76 swany
March 20 2009, 03:39PM
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Deans wrote:

The Oilers are who we thought they were. THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!!!!! This team doesnt deserve to be in the playoffs but who cares. Overtime points = first round exit.

RB is going to nuts for this but, why do we think the top 4 are so great the Sharks have won 4in there last 10 the wings (while very good) there goaltending sucks I think what we have seen this year is that any team can win. The Hawks look like a ordinary team now (will see after tonight). To me the only teams that seem to be getting ready for a run are Van city and Calgary. I think if Edmonton get it going the last 10 games they could upset the Wings or the Sharks. The Wings we win the goaltending hands down and the Sharks are the Sharks they will crap themselves.

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#77 Robin Brownlee
March 20 2009, 03:56PM
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swany wrote:

Deans wrote: The Oilers are who we thought they were. THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!!!!! This team doesnt deserve to be in the playoffs but who cares. Overtime points = first round exit. RB is going to nuts for this but, why do we think the top 4 are so great the Sharks have won 4in there last 10 the wings (while very good) there goaltending sucks I think what we have seen this year is that any team can win. The Hawks look like a ordinary team now (will see after tonight). To me the only teams that seem to be getting ready for a run are Van city and Calgary. I think if Edmonton get it going the last 10 games they could upset the Wings or the Sharks. The Wings we win the goaltending hands down and the Sharks are the Sharks they will crap themselves.

More fearless predictions? The Oilers have no chance, none, of beating the Red Wings or the Sharks in a playoff series. By the way, how's that PK percentage coming along?

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#78 Jay
March 20 2009, 04:00PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

It’s ridiculous that some people want to take the fun out of game and mute the pure joy displayed by somebody like Ovechkin. Hell, it was a milestone goal, not a meaningless empty-netter in Game 23 of the season.

That's the idea of hockey right? goal scoring is the main objective, so it should be fun to score goals shouldn't it? i am often surprised by the oilers lack of celebration after goals. is it really not that even much fun scoring when you play on this team? i like gagne's enthusiasm when he scores. it would be nice to see a little emotion from guys like moreau or souray when they score

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#79 shakey
March 20 2009, 04:03PM
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@ swany: I agree with you on the Wings goaltending. It is easily their weak spot and could cost them. I'm not sure on the Sharks other than their little slide recently, they look good. The Canucks need to prove to everyone that they are the real deal so time will tell there. As for the Flames, they've been riding Kipper like a grocery store pony all year and he looks like it's wearing on him. They say all the right things but I'm looking forward to a Flaming C flame out again this year.

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#80 swany
March 20 2009, 04:07PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

More fearless predictions? The Oilers have no chance, none, of beating the Red Wings or the Sharks in a playoff series. By the way, how’s that PK percentage coming along?

Ah come on RB they say that every year and someone gets upset (while I do think it's a long shot) don't count them out yet, as for the PK % it was about 82% after the ASB until they shit the bed in the last 2 weeks I'm guessing it sits at around 79% since the ASB, do you want cheese on that ham sandwich? Oil vs Wings Oil in 6 baby (HAHAHAHAHAHA) really wings in 6 thanks for busting my Oil bubble. I want an Oil vs Flames first round while I still think the Oil lose it would be a drag out 7 gamer

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#81 swany
March 20 2009, 04:10PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

More fearless predictions? The Oilers have no chance, none, of beating the Red Wings or the Sharks in a playoff series. By the way, how’s that PK percentage coming along?

I do believe you also said this in 06 it was only Stauffer that gave them a flying chance in hell to beat either the Sharks and Wings.

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#82 I'm a Scientist!
March 20 2009, 04:36PM
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So if the oilers DO make the playoffs, and they DO pull a rabbit out of their ass and go deep... do we have to put up with MacT again? This may change who i cheer for in the coming weeks.

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#83 Peter Pan
March 20 2009, 04:36PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Peter Pan wrote: Oilers Masterton Nominee should be Pisani. No question. His dedication and commitment to a potential terminal condition in several cases, is, in my opinion, nothing less of inspiring. Big Mac is also a good selection, but when it comes to perserverance, he defines it perfectly. Fernando was the PHWA nominee for the Masterton last season and, as you might recall, he ended up being a finalist.

You're right. I guess 2 years in a row in uncommon. Correct?

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#84 Peter Pan
March 20 2009, 04:37PM
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What's the scoop? JDD or Rollie?

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#85 swany
March 20 2009, 04:42PM
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Peter Pan wrote:

What’s the scoop? JDD or Rollie?

JDD on Edmontonoilers.com, looks like it's a go hope he steels us one.

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#86 Deep Oil
March 20 2009, 04:43PM
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Peter Pan wrote:

What’s the scoop? JDD or Rollie?

MacT should of pulled Rolli last night, with the season on the line and Roloson's aptitude to play as much as he can - this seems to be 80/20 Rolli tonight....

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#87 Robin Brownlee
March 20 2009, 04:44PM
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@ swany:

Stauffer and I both picked the Oilers over Detroit, and we were the only two in town as far as I recall. It's a matchup the Oilers wanted, and said so off the record, because they matched up well. For me, goaltending was more of an issue then with Manny Legace.

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#88 swany
March 20 2009, 04:55PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ swany: Stauffer and I both picked the Oilers over Detroit, and we were the only two in town as far as I recall. It’s a matchup the Oilers wanted, and said so off the record, because they matched up well. For me, goaltending was more of an issue then with Manny Legace.

I guess I missed you with Stauf, but do you really think that there goaltending is any better this year they got spanked just as many times as the Oilers did. 8-0 and 8-2 comes to mind, Lindstrom is getting older and In my view is no where near as dominate as he once was, it's there forwards that scare me, they keep the puck so much that it's hard to generate any offence, but if you do they could be in trouble, Roli out plays any tender the Wings have, the question is can the Oiler forwards take away the puck and NOT turn it over, while I don't see a seiers win I just write them off either. RB is there a seiers you see them winning?

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#89 Phil
March 20 2009, 04:55PM
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Oil will get crushed in 4 by any of the top 4 seeds unless Calgary holds onto 3rd, in which case I could see Edmonton steal maybe 1 game.

Vancouver they'd have no chance, and Chicago has their number in the worst way.

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#90 Phil
March 20 2009, 04:57PM
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And with my last comment I'm insinuating that yes, the Oil will finish 6th for a 1st round match up with CGY, barring they don't choke and permit Vancouver to lock the NW division crown down.

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#91 swany
March 20 2009, 05:10PM
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Phil wrote:

Oil will get crushed in 4 by any of the top 4 seeds unless Calgary holds onto 3rd, in which case I could see Edmonton steal maybe 1 game. Vancouver they’d have no chance, and Chicago has their number in the worst way.

From what we have seen this year from our Oil I would have to agree, but on the other hand the playoffs are a new season, and since the lockout there have been alot of upsets. All i'm saying is everyone has a shot. Lets see how they play the next 10 games, if they still can't play consistant I agree if they win 7 of 10 I will give them a chance.

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#92 Mr P - FMNF
March 20 2009, 05:19PM
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Where's the GDB!

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#93 fjislander
March 20 2009, 05:24PM
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anybody have the link for the internet of the game tonight ?

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#94 swany
March 20 2009, 09:48PM
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I think this team is finaly comming around all the line are going (except Hemmers) but it will come around. 6 points back of Calgary now for all the moning and complaining that is pretty good.

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#95 Mr P
March 20 2009, 10:10PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

By the way, how’s that PK percentage coming along?

Somewhat improving.

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#96 Antony Ta
March 21 2009, 10:06AM
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AMEN BROWNLEE, AMEN!

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#97 the Menace (mobile)
March 21 2009, 01:33PM
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As long as we are reviewing old predictions RB, how abou how you have predicted 9th for the oil all year. I presume you are backing off that now? ;) ,

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#98 Robin B
March 21 2009, 05:01PM
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the Menace (mobile) wrote:

As long as we are reviewing old predictions RB, how abou how you have predicted 9th for the oil all year. I presume you are backing off that now? ,

I've already conceded the Oilers might get one of the final two spots seeing as Minnesota and Dallas seem to be in hopeless freefalls. But back off? I had the right read on this team right out of the gate, so why? The Oilers will be a helluva lot closer to ninth in terms of points than to third, where the hopeless optimists picked them to finish on yet another roll to the SCF -- you know, the clairvoyants who saw the O'Sullivan and Kotalik trades coming months ahead of time -- when the season is done.

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#99 The Menace
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@ Robin B: I'm still optimistic about 3rd. You're tight - you were a lot closer than the folks that had them winning the division.

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