Armchair GM II: A Smokin’ Deal

Robin Brownlee
March 03 2009 06:19PM

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I wish I could say the smoking deal I discovered Monday night came by way of a phone tip from Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, but that wouldn't be true, so I'm going to digress before getting back to what's happening, or isn't, with your favourite hockey team.

I've been trying to quit smoking for at least 10 years now, but I don't have the willpower to stick with it. Still, I thought I'd give it another try this week, even if it's bad timing with the NHL trade deadline looming.

Saw an ad about a hypnotist being in town, a dude named Romane, so I coughed up my money and attended his seminar Monday night -- stressed that I might miss the BIG deal we all know Tambellini and Kevin Lowe are working on, which was not a great start.

Smoked about 18 cigars in the hour leading up to the event, then filed into a room with 200 other people like me -- stinking of tobacco and determined to stop spending the equivalent of a mortgage payment each month to turn my lungs into garbage.

Anyway, to make a long story short, the best thing about the seminar was the intermission -- we'd all been HYPNOTIZED by then -- because that gave everybody a chance to go outside and SMOKE.

Then, about an hour later, after we'd been HYPNOTIZED again and separated from more money for CDs and DVDs that would allow us to HYPNOTIZE ourselves at home, it was over. Everybody headed for the parking lot, and not a moment to soon. Time for a SMOKE.

OK, I just wrote 300 words on something that has nothing to do with hockey, but the good news is I didn't miss a damn thing in terms of Oilers trade news by spending an evening getting HYPNOTIZED.

What I know

  • Like I said last week, Tambellini can move pending UFA Erik Cole if he wants to, and Carolina would be at the front of the line of teams interested. That's not "new" news, but it's the most solid item I've got and it hasn't gone away since I first heard it. I'm still convinced the Oilers would want to pry Tuomo Ruutu out of Carolina to consider the deal worthwhile.
  • According to one source, the Oilers aren't interested in Olli Jokinen, who is being shopped by Phoenix. That runs contrary to what I thought just a week ago. I don't have a reason why the brain trust of the Copper and Blue isn't taking a look at Jokinen, only that, as of yesterday, he's drawing a shoulder shrug from them.
  • As suggested by Jim Matheson in The Journal today, the Oilers are interested in Mark Recchi as a rental. It's not the big move Tambellini would like to make, but Recchi would come cheap and he'd help in the stretch.
  • The Flyers are as keen about ridding themselves of Daniel Briere's salary as the Coyotes are about trimming Jokinen from the payroll. Lowe made a pitch for Briere before, so... That's a big chunk of salary to take on, but the Oilers see Briere as a better option than Jokinen. Still, a long shot.
  • I knew I wasn't HYPNOTIZED when Romane told me my eyelids were so heavy I wouldn't be able to open them and all I could think was that if I didn't have a rocket soon, like in the next 10 minutes, somebody was going to get kicked in the groin.

What I think

  • Robert Nilsson won't need a return ticket home from this road trip.
  • I said last week Tom Gilbert would be available this summer and I wonder if you can add Ladislav Smid's name to that list. Despite increased ice time in the absence of Lubomir Visnovsky and Denis Grebeshkov, I wonder if Smid sees himself here long term. He's got Sheldon Souray, Visnovsky and Gilbert ahead of him on the depth chart and Theo Peckham, Taylor Chorney and Jeff Petry on the way.
  • I think Tambellini and Lowe will stand pat rather than make any deal that jeopardizes a playoff spot in the name of future gains. There's no way Craig MacTavish survives a third straight year out of the post-season and there's no way Lowe will have a hand in a deal that gets him bumped.
  • Best bet for Wednesday: Oilers dump a contract (Nilsson, Marc Pouliot or JF Jacques) for a rental.
  • Even HYPNOTIZED, there's no way MacTavish. Romane or anybody else is going to convince me Liam Reddox is a first-line player. If he is, you've got a bad, bad hockey team.

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#51 RossCreek
March 03 2009, 10:34PM
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@ Drago: Like your Philly trade. Upshall would be a welcomed addition. You Montreal trade is off the mark tho.

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#52 esa tikkanen
March 03 2009, 10:34PM
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does anybody here agree with me that if the oilers get recchi or guerin or someone like that, while useful, the oilers have a similar need for a pk center who can win faceoffs and be a good shutdown guy on the third line?? i would be thrilled to get reasoner back, never thought i would say that. equally important in my opinion is the need for another defenceman. i am ok with strudwick as the depth guy but he was on the ice for the tyeing goal and took an unneccesarry penalty that cost them the OT goal. would like to see Malik here. that guy was plus 40 on the rangers two years in a row!

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#53 Robin B
March 03 2009, 10:35PM
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@ RossCreek: I don't Staal being a good value because he's getting $3.5/$3.5/$4.5/$4.5 over the next four years. Call me crazy, but I want more for that kind of dough than a 40-point player.

He's bigger than Cogliano and Gagner, but at this point do you get anything from him that justifies triple the money, and then some, that Gagner and Cogliano will make in the final year of their entry level deals?

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#54 Bruno
March 03 2009, 10:36PM
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W.T. wrote:

W.T. just finished watching Flames hockey, 1/2hr show on Sportsnet. As an NHL fan I enjoy listening to other teams and what they are doing. W.T. missed what channel Oiler hockey 1/2hr show is on. Please advise?

Usually before the games on S.N.... and if your not "warrior" are the the "sherminator" from American Pie?

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#55 Lomez
March 03 2009, 10:38PM
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Robin B wrote:

Dennis wrote: RB: 5 seems like a happy-go-lucky guy so I’d never guess he wouldn’t want to stay. Then again, maybe some early benchings and wing-duty have soured him on the skipper. Seem plausible? You got my drift.

Robin, I would say that isn't exactly true, and that's coming first hand. He loves the city, and loves the team. He isn't the coach's best friend, but few players have a relationship with him like Smyth had. The thing he just really wants is more of an opportunity. More minutes, and more responsibility. I can't blame him, can you? He's looked very dangerous on the rush the last month, and is finally getting second powerplay minutes ahead of Staios. Before your comments get spread around and people think he's unhappy and wants out, I just think it's important to make it clear that he is happy with the city and the team, he would just like to have a larger role.

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#56 Chris
March 03 2009, 10:41PM
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@ Drago: Big post- but a waste of time. Simplicity is key. For example say somthing like, "I like Upshall", or "Do you think Jokinen would work well with Hemsky?"

Even real GM's don't pitch all thirteen sides of a deal.

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#57 RossCreek
March 03 2009, 10:41PM
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How bad do the optics of keeping Erik Cole and losing him for nothing look? Seriously! If you look back at the lineage of trades that brought Cole to Edmonton, you'll see that he was brought in for Joni Pitkanen, who cost Captain Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul, who came over in the Pronger trade. So forgive me for thinking that they cannot hold on to him for the stretch and lose him in the summer. Pronger-Lupul-Pitkanen-Cole-NOTHING?! They have to move him. Rwhat

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#58 Robin B
March 03 2009, 10:45PM
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@ Lomez: Yes, it's fair to point that out. That's why I wrote the original item like I did:

"I said last week Tom Gilbert would be available this summer and I wonder if you can add Ladislav Smid’s name to that list. Despite increased ice time in the absence of Lubomir Visnovsky and Denis Grebeshkov, I wonder if Smid sees himself here long term. He’s got Sheldon Souray, Visnovsky and Gilbert ahead of him on the depth chart and Theo Peckham, Taylor Chorney and Jeff Petry on the way.

Move Gilbert and give Smid a chance to be more than a third-pairing player and maybe the issue of opportunity goes away. But if Souray, Visnovsky, Gilbert and Grebeshkov are here, Smid is stuck as a 5-6, even if the Oilers move Staios, and the kids are coming. Again, though, it's fair to be specific that this isn't a case of Smid not "liking" Edmonton. What he wants is a chance to play.

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#59 Lomez
March 03 2009, 10:47PM
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Robin B wrote:

@ Lomez: Yes, it’s fair to point that out. That’s why I wrote the original item like I did: “I said last week Tom Gilbert would be available this summer and I wonder if you can add Ladislav Smid’s name to that list. Despite increased ice time in the absence of Lubomir Visnovsky and Denis Grebeshkov, I wonder if Smid sees himself here long term. He’s got Sheldon Souray, Visnovsky and Gilbert ahead of him on the depth chart and Theo Peckham, Taylor Chorney and Jeff Petry on the way. Move Gilbert and give Smid a chance to be more than a third-pairing player and maybe the issue of opportunity goes away. But if Souray, Visnovsky, Gilbert and Grebeshkov are here, Smid is stuck as a 5-6, even if the Oilers move Staios, and the kids are coming. Again, though, it’s fair to be specific that this isn’t a case of Smid not “liking” Edmonton. What he wants is a chance to play.

Very fair statements, and I agree completely. Thanks.

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#60 Bruno
March 03 2009, 10:49PM
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@ Drago: So who do we get back for Horcoff? And with that line up ..looks like they will never win a faceoff again. Too much movement for a team thats still in the thick of things.

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#61 RossCreek
March 03 2009, 10:51PM
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@ RossCreek: I don’t Staal being a good value because he’s getting $3.5/$3.5/$4.5/$4.5 over the next four years. Call me crazy, but I want more for that kind of dough than a 40-point player. He’s bigger than Cogliano and Gagner, but at this point do you get anything from him that justifies triple the money, and then some, that Gagner and Cogliano will make in the final year of their entry level deals?

Shorties! I think he's ready for a bigger role. I may be wrong on that. Plus, the Penguins would appreciate the cap relief and may be willing to throw in a pick. Then again, the Pens probably don't have to move Staal at the reduced rate that guys like Briere & Gomez would. I'd say that Jordan would definately intrigue me.

I'm not saying that I would move Gagner for him for sure, but I'd entertain the thought. Just cause you trade a young guy doesn't mean you give up on him... especially if you're getting a young guy back. What is Gagner gonna cost after next season. He's in a contract year and out of the "sophomore jinx"... he'll have a good season. Tough call I guess. Or not. They need a big center instead of all these smurfs.

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#62 alphah.
March 03 2009, 10:51PM
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there is no way Smid is unhappy here. That mofo is going to stay put for a long time. If I'm wrong, I'll be sad.. and I will eat my hat with a tear in my eye.

the Oilers are more likely to trade a bigger badder mofo and hold onto Smid for dear life... He is just right for this squadron. He is always smiles and laughs. He brings the right kind of energy and has everything in his game except for a big point shot. I see Souray, Visnovsky, Grebeshkov, Gilbert, Petry, Strudwick, Chorney, Plante, etc etc etc all as being more likely to exit the organization before Smid is considered.

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#63 Robin B
March 03 2009, 10:51PM
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@ Lomez: And, with no reason not be believe you've heard it first-hand, thanks for adding clarity in that there is an issue involving Smid's future here -- one of wanting opportunity.

I think now would be the wrong time for him to get frustrated and ask to be traded because I can see the Oilers moving more expensive assets to make room for him. Patience.

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#64 esa tikkanen
March 03 2009, 10:55PM
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robin have you heard anything about the Oilers trying to re-acquire Reasoner? they lost tonight by one goal and allowed two shorties. against Minnesota they allowed 2 shorties. Surely there is room on this roster for a PK expert. same goes for Malik. shouldn't have to give up much more than some failed prospect on the farm for them. Colin MCDonald or Geoff Paukovich or Ryan OMarra. how many games have they allowed a tyeing goal in the last minute (LA, Calgary,) i also think HOrcoff would be better offensively if he wasn't exhausted from playing almost half the game. he is missing empty nets and passing to the other team in his own zone late in the game because he is cramping up! Reasoner would help in all the above scenarios.

how come nobody mentions Steve Reinprecht for a rental? little known fact he played for the St. Albert Saints with Pisani and he would make a nice third two way line with Moreau and Pisani. Can he win faceoffs???

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#65 RossCreek
March 03 2009, 10:59PM
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@ esa tikkanen: He also played with the beloved Mike Comrie and Jamie Lundmark. Pretty dynamic in the A-J... not quite in the Big Show. I'd take Reinprecht rather than stand pat.

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#66 esa tikkanen
March 03 2009, 11:00PM
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Here is an article for you Robin. I have used this machine to help with my son's asthma. if you want to try it i can give you the phone number of the practicioner in Edmonton

Press Releases Telegraph Article By Nina Goswami: Telegraph 10/07/2005

As the electrodes were attached to my forehead, I began to think that of all my attempts to quit smoking, this had to be the most ludicrous. This "bioresonance" therapy, however, claims to have an 85 per cent success rate (please contact quitsmokingclinic.co.nz for prices) - on the surface it compares well with the much-praised Allen Carr course, which claims 53 per cent success and costs $455.

It was launched in Britain in 2005 and uses a device called Bicom, developed in Germany 25 years ago to combat allergies such as hayfever and conditions such as eczema.

In the past three years 10,000 people in Poland and Ireland have undergone the therapy, and, according to the Monadith centre, it has been 85 per cent effective after just one session. A further four per cent needed a second session, given free of charge.

Mandy Kriester, in charge of my treatment, asked me to smoke two-thirds of a cigarette and put the ash in a beaker. I then had to stub the remaining third out in the beaker and also spit into it. The beaker, in theory, contained all the information needed for the Bicom to work out the "energy pattern" of my nicotine addiction.

Then copper plates were rested on my legs and wired to the Bicom. I rested a hand on each plate, and Miss Kriester flicked a switch. I started to feel a tingling sensation.

"That's the energy pathways opening themselves up," Miss Kriester said. Then she changed the frequency - "stepping it up a gear" to prepare me for the detox. By this time I felt tired, which I was assured was quite normal. "You should expect to feel fatigue in the first 24 hours," Miss Kriester said. "Also you might have a slight headache and dizziness. Just make sure you keep drinking water."

Then the beaker was connected to the machine. Miss Bhandari said: "The computer works out the electromagnetic pattern of the nicotine. It will invert the energy pattern of your addiction and that pattern will be sent through your body via the electrodes to cancel out the nicotine energy. The resonance of your body then becomes that of a non-smoker."

For this session I had a headband containing electrodes in addition to plates for my hands. Miss Kriester said that although the treatment should take me physically back to being a non-smoker, mentally it would have no effect: "It is still down to you to make sure you don't pick up a cigarette."

Like a microwave timer, the machine marked the end of the session with a ping. I took my hands off of the plates. Where they had been were soot-black marks. "That's the by-products of your smoking coming through your skin," Miss Kriester said.

Apart from that, I felt the same as I had beforehand.

As I was just about to leave Miss Kriester stopped me. "Nina, one last thing. Could I have your box of cigarettes? For the first couple of hours you need to keep away from temptation."

I grudgingly gave up my packet, which had seven cigarettes left in it.

Hours passed. I was very restless, continually needing water. Walking home, at the point when I would normally light up a cigarette, I was happy to go without. Kicking off my sandals when I got home I looked down at my feet and they were black. My curiosity led me to sniff my shoes: they smelt of tobacco. Unbelievably, the nicotine seemed to be coming out of every pore in my body. I had a bath, but after a good hour of soaking, the water had turned grey and murky.

The following evening I had drinks with two friends who are heavy smokers, but still I was not tempted.

Then came two of the most demanding weeks of my journalistic life to date: covering Live 8, and then the London bombings. I've been stressed, tired, and often in the company of chain-smoking journalists, but not once have I felt the urge to light up.

Call us today on 0800-Quit-Now to make an appointment!

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#67 Bob Sacamano
March 03 2009, 11:02PM
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@ esa tikkanen: I think a link would have sufficed...

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#68 RossCreek
March 03 2009, 11:03PM
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I say Atlanta is a good trade partner:

Colby Armstrong Marty Reasoner Slava Kozlov Garnet Exelby - he could help make up for the bad move of getting rid of Greene... especially if Peckham isn't ready to stick around.

Also, Ottawa: Antoine Vermette Chris Neil

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#69 RossCreek
March 03 2009, 11:11PM
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Who do you keep?

Grebeshkov @ 3mil OR Gilbert @ 4mil

Is 3mil in the "ballpark" for Grebeshkov? Who's worth more in a trade given current contract status?

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#70 esa tikkanen
March 03 2009, 11:15PM
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Bob,

I am too stupid to know how to do it, i can barely cut and paste.

i hope the Oil get a pk center and a defensive defenceman as much or more than a goal scorer. in 2006 they did not win by scoring a ton of goals they won by winnning faceoffs, having puck possession, and winning by 1 goal. their current group of players even with a better goal scorer would lose by 3 goals each game against the good teams. faceoffs and pk are important as scoring goals in the playoffs as most games are decided by 1 goal and are low scoring for the successful teams.

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#71 Pokie Reddik
March 03 2009, 11:19PM
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Something big is going on, Chatter around has Smid, Horcoff,Penner, Nilson ,JfJ(who was finally given a chance)MAP,Gilbert, Greby, (who was nervous),Staios, Moreau are all available. Anybody know what scouts were at SpringField?

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#72 RossCreek
March 03 2009, 11:21PM
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@ Robin B: Could I cut it in your world? (http://hockeytraderumors.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=11159)

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#73 docweb
March 03 2009, 11:23PM
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RB....Never,never think that smoking is a habit.It is an addiction. Period. If it was a habit you, and almost all other smokers, would have quit years ago.

Nicotine replacement doubles your chance of quitting (not for you I guess but overall) and a new drug Champix triples your chance. Talk to your Doc when you get back to Edmonton. You obviously want to quit which is the most important step.

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#74 yo
March 03 2009, 11:28PM
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My guess is one player who will be an Oiler very soon is Reasoner. That Nashville game was not very intense given what was on the line. There was a lot of undisciplined play out there.

If MacT is such a great coach why is his team such a disorganized gong show every night for the better part of 8 seasons?

All of the speculation is great to read but what I hear you suggesting is trade everybody/anybody. You bloggers have mentioned trading almost everyone on the team. I think the so-called brain trust has badly flawed judgement/motives. That tells me that maybe we should keep what we have and get rid of the a-hole coach and GM who created this mess in the first place. I think they should be stopped in their tracks and fired and then let Tambo start re-building in the off-season. The whole fiscal situation with these players with bloated contracts league-wide and a lowering cap is in flux and who knows where it will all shake out. I'm afraid of what Lowe is capable of to protect himself and MacT as opposed to secxuring the long term health of the franchise.

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#75 Pokie Reddik
March 03 2009, 11:38PM
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@ RB, try Lazer worked for me.

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#76 442Junkie
March 04 2009, 12:47AM
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RossCreek wrote:

Pronger-Lupul-Pitkanen-Cole-NOTHING?! They have to move him. Rwhat

Well if you really want to go down that road: Woywitka/Brewer-Pronger-Lupul-Pitkanen-Cole-NOTHING I know I'm gonna get ripped but, "Nothing from nothing gets nothing" I don't know if they have to move him...

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#77 Pokie Reddik
March 04 2009, 12:51AM
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442Junkie wrote:

RossCreek wrote: Pronger-Lupul-Pitkanen-Cole-NOTHING?! They have to move him. Rwhat Well if you really want to go down that road: Woywitka/Brewer-Pronger-Lupul-Pitkanen-Cole-NOTHING I know I’m gonna get ripped but, “Nothing from nothing gets nothing” I don’t know if they have to move him…

The cycle must end.

watch as florida and also sens talking BB with oil

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#78 RossCreek
March 04 2009, 01:07AM
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442Junkie wrote:

RossCreek wrote: Pronger-Lupul-Pitkanen-Cole-NOTHING?! They have to move him. Rwhat Well if you really want to go down that road: Woywitka/Brewer-Pronger-Lupul-Pitkanen-Cole-NOTHING I know I’m gonna get ripped but, “Nothing from nothing gets nothing” I don’t know if they have to move him…

Touche! I knew that one but for the "purpose" of my argument, failed to include it. Still, if someone gave you a million dollars and you bet it all on red and lost, do you walk away saying "oh well, i wasn't a millionaire before that, all is good". I doubt it, but nice response (seriously).

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#79 PUFF
March 04 2009, 05:46AM
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docweb wrote:

RB….Never,never think that smoking is a habit.It is an addiction. Period. If it was a habit you, and almost all other smokers, would have quit years ago. Nicotine replacement doubles your chance of quitting (not for you I guess but overall) and a new drug Champix triples your chance. Talk to your Doc when you get back to Edmonton. You obviously want to quit which is the most important step.

I am with the doc, here. I when I quit I use patches, to "take edge off"

I still chew gum, stir sticks, my lip etc... But I find the patches give me a shot at also quiting the other habits of smoking, like WHEN you smoke.Like on the drive to work, home from work, when like before or after a meal. When drinking.

If a person takes 10 drags, off of the 25 in a Pack, 250 times a day the " Hand / Mouth " habit get developed. This is also why,a smoker tends to "Plump up" when quitting ( more hand / mouth )

I have been smoking, off and on 20 years. I have quit during those years, I am off the weed now. But I have realized that I am just one puff away, from starting again. A weak moment.. and I am paying $10 a pack again.

GO OIL !

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#80 Robin B
March 04 2009, 07:02AM
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yo wrote:

All of the speculation is great to read but what I hear you suggesting is trade everybody/anybody. You bloggers have mentioned trading almost everyone on the team.

When did I say anything like that? Example, please.

Pokie Reddik wrote:

Something big is going on, Chatter around has Smid, Horcoff,Penner, Nilson ,JfJ(who was finally given a chance)MAP,Gilbert, Greby, (who was nervous),Staios, Moreau are all available. Anybody know what scouts were at SpringField?

Why do you post here? Seriously.

@ docweb: Thanks to you and everybody else for your suggestions. I'll find something that works -- sooner or later.

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#81 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 04 2009, 07:56AM
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FYI for twitter guys...

Live updates from The Score as nobody els appears to be on Twitter.

www.twitter.com/the_score

#The_Score

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#82 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 04 2009, 08:00AM
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Vermette gone to BJ's for Pascal Leclaire!!!

Not coming here I guess - NEXT

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#83 Q
March 04 2009, 08:21AM
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Please, please, please find a way to get Dominic Moore here. This is the upgraded Reasoner the Oil could use.

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#84 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 04 2009, 08:22AM
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@ Robin B:

You could alway try Champix - although you might start acting like deep oil ;)

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#85 SquidRx
March 04 2009, 08:50AM
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docweb wrote:

Nicotine replacement doubles your chance of quitting (not for you I guess but overall) and a new drug Champix triples your chance. Talk to your Doc when you get back to Edmonton. You obviously want to quit which is the most important step.

Champix has been plagued with warnings and health advisories from both FDA and Health Canada. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/advisories-avis/public/_2008/champix_pc-cp-eng.php @ Robin B: Zyban was successful for you in the past and there is no reason why it can't be just as, or more successful with another trial. The risk versus benefit of either option could/should be discussed with your health care provider. Evidence suggests that with each attempt to quite (regardless of method) the liklihood of permanent success increases. Most individuals require more than one attempt. The success of each attempt is directly related to one's desire to quit. It sounds like you have the desire, RB. Don't give up.

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#86 yo
March 04 2009, 08:52AM
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Robin B wrote:

yo wrote: When did I say anything like that? Example, please. Robin, I was referring not to your article but to all the panicky speculaton on possible trades. The fans are ready to cut almost anyone loose. Before we cut loose any more talent I think a change in regime might be wiser and then let Tambo work on the lineup. Trades of talent guys haven't made us any better of late.
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#87 yo
March 04 2009, 09:14AM
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Is New Jersey's back up goalie Clemmenson a possible fit for the Oilers given Rollie's age and currently unproven back-up.

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#88 Cheezyclips
March 04 2009, 09:29AM
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Bottom line is everyone that oilers wanna trade other teams don't want(eg.1.penner,2.shremp,3.nilson,4.cole...with cole having some value having playoff experience 6 Goals in 25 playoff games)

So what do we do trade horcoff ?- nobody wants him why he is not worth 7 mil next season

The other teams are only interested in: gagner,gilbert,Cogliano - if we trade one of these guys they are stupid!!!! even if it is guy like kovalchuk.

We need a center and jokinen is available...why not trade for him?He got 21 goals on a crapy team. if we wont calgary will.

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#89 Thorn
March 04 2009, 09:33AM
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Kman wrote:

This talk about keeping Cole is non sense and Rolli as well for that matter... Trade Roli, play our back up and see really what this team is all about. It makes no sense to limp into the payoffs with roli standing on his head. The last time we limped into the playoffs we made it to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. If we've got any chance at making a run we'll need Cole or someone of his caliber (ignore 1st part of his season). Cole is going to play where he wants next year, probably Carolina, so we might as well look at him as a rental. We've still got an extra 4 mil to play with in the off season. If we trade Roli now, I would expect a repeat of the "post-Smyth trade" finish to the season.
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#90 Jack "FMNF" Bauer
March 04 2009, 11:39AM
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@ SquidRx:

Robin I would listen to him, he is a professional.

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