Journey to the Fin Du Monde

bingofuel
June 22 2009 03:09PM

Jason Gregor is going to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft

As loyal Nationeers are aware, something excellent happened last week – something that could only happen when a bunch of ridiculous Oilers fans band together to ensure that they're getting best coverage a young website can provide them with.

Like a pack of maddened, hockey-obsessed jackals, you goons got together and decided to fundraise to send a Nation writer to Montreal so you could get all the Entry Draft coverage you'd ever want. It started with a snide remark Brownlee made about Wanye being a "cheap screw".

And fair enough. Wanye's so cheap he steals empty cans of Lucky Lager and then comes to my place to fill them up with my über-expensive vitamin P. And I have to spend the next week sober. SOBER while trying to maintain order here.

But when long-time OilersNation commenter humantorch (currently livin' large in Holland) suggested he'd pitch in a few bucks to send Brownlee to cover the Draft, well... For those of you just joining us, this should get you up to speed.

Show me the money

I bet a lot of you are wondering how things are going so far. I'm pleased to say that there's no question anymore: we WILL be sending herr Gregor to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft this coming weekend. Will Fraser and Brownlee are even going to cover his show while he's gone!

Here's the breakdown for you:

TEAM 1260 donation: $1,000 Wanye's donation: $500

For a total of $1,500. Not bad, right? What's really astonishing, though, is you guys.

You have raised a whopping $1,815 at last count.

That makes for a grand total of $3,315!

Sweet shit, Nation! You've done it. Gregor, Club Supersex, schooners of Fin Du Monde beer... You'll have your Draft coverage!

Don't stop now

I'm only joking, of course. As stated before, any money raised exceeding what's required for Gregor to cover the Main Event over the weekend will be donated to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. So don't stop now! Let's try and get together an obscene amount of money for the kiddies, and I'll make sure Brownlee, Gregor and myself get a photo of us handing over a novelty-sized cheque to the fine men and women at the Stollery.

And who will that cheque be from?

Why, the fine Citizens of the OilersNation.com, of course.

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Bingofuel is the handsome cyborg who pulls all the levers behind the curtains of the OilersNation. When he isn't running the site, he's plugged into a wall socket, recharging. Or Brownlee and Wanye are playing "keep away" with him. He gets little to no respect.
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#51 Ogden Brother
June 22 2009, 09:02PM
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Chris wrote:

@ Gregor: I’m listening to your show… You asked the question Hossa or Heatley? Despite having a poor final; I think Hossa is a better overall player than Heatley. Hossa may also be available at a 7.5 cap hit without giving up other assets leaving Oilers management free to move players/salary to address other needs… That said, if the Oilers want to win NOW, it may be worth considering that Hossa has played around 225 games in the last two years and is heading into another extremely short offseason. How big an effect will a double Stanley Cup hangover have on his game?

I agree but I'd be afraid we'd have to give Hossa that 7.5 over 10ish years. I'd far rather have Heatly's 5 year.

That said...

@ Brownlee/Gregor, does Hossa's SCF performance make Det think twice about spending the last of their cap space on Hossa?

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#52 Ogden Brother
June 22 2009, 09:05PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

@ Chris: I’d say Hossa is the more complete player too. But I honestly believe that Hemsky is a reasonable comparison, or rather will be one to to Hossa. They bring the same elements. Hemsky just needs a Heatley to play with. @ The Menace: I said almost that exact thing over a BDHS. Cogs is good but will never be Heatley AND he will require a HUGE cap hit in the near future. No way we keep him and Gagner and get a superstar. Heatley is two superstars in one because he will make Hemsky one. @ B-Rad: Just like I said… friggin farmers and their Pill. God that is some crap beer. haha I think it is the only beer I can’t drink. I’d take a “Beer” beer (remeber the one in the peach coloured box with red writing?) or a BIG BEAR over that crap.

Hemsky has never been, nor likely never will be the goal scorer that Hossa is.

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#53 Hemmertime
June 22 2009, 09:12PM
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Mountain Crest hurts you in the morning, better have good bathroom reading material. Black Label was decent cheap, but now middle of the road price, maybe people saying "This aint complete shit" got to their heads. Lately, sadly, TNT has been my beer of ~choice~. First 2-3 meh, but after that I dont taste em anyway (whoever said low alcohol tolerance is a bad thing either has too much money, or is trying to stay more sober than his date).

Heatley v Hossa, its a coin flip as to who is better player. But I'd take Heatley in Oiler silks over the two. Sure we wouldnt move assets for Hossa, but we'd need to anyway to afford Heatley, maybe we get a good young guy or a third line player for those assets instead with Hossa sure. But my choice would be move whatever we need to to land Heatley on draft day, and have the guaranteed star in our pocket come July 1st and try to land our Third liner there, rather than take a chance at Hossa (even with lowering cap, <- debatable as to how much, I believe Hossa still likely to eclipse Heatleys 7.5 mil cap hit, unless takes a cut for a Stanley Cup contender again - but he wants long term) and be left trying to dump salary and trading from a position of weakness.

ON rocks, definitely need to hit up the next ON gathering and party with the most generous, fanatical, and just plain Bat-shit crazy hockey fans in the world. (Get the dude from Amsterdam here and we need to buy him a beer or twenty)

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#54 Travis Dakin
June 22 2009, 09:12PM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

Hemsky has never been, nor likely never will be the goal scorer that Hossa is.

He's only just begun to become a shooter. He's never had a good set-up man. He's been a one man show for the last three years. Someone at his skill level to play with would be the piece of the puzzle missing to bring him in to the upper echelon. I don't see him being a 40+ goal scorer but a 30+ guy.... yeah.

My point was that they are both right wingers and that's not what they need.

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#55 MaximusBaggus
June 22 2009, 09:14PM
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Me and my roommate used to spilt a 6-pack of Kokanee and a case of AGD. We'd pound 3 Kokanees each just to get a little slobbery and then polish of the AGD when our taste buds were a little numbed.

@Gregor

My best memory of drinking Black Label was when I was on a pub crawl and we stopped at The Standard and me and a couple of my buddies decided to buy a flat of Black Label from the Barley Teens Liquor Store and proceed to shotgun them Wanye-style. Good times.

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#56 White Ninja
June 22 2009, 09:29PM
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I have an idea. Can we get Gregor an ON t-shirt, 2 sizes too small, to wear to the draft. We know Gregor likes tight shirts specially when he is dancing. Seriously, we should get him an ON t so he can get a pic of him giving the goat horns next to Burke!

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#57 Amber
June 22 2009, 09:57PM
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I'm always so proud to be affiliated with this site when it comes time for good ol' fundraising. Yes, it's great that Gregor is heading to Montreal but it's even better that the Stollery will benefit.

Well done everyone. Gregor have a great time. I'll pick up a tube of herpes ointment for when you return!

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#58 Hoodlum
June 22 2009, 10:04PM
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@ Amber: save your money Amber, I still got half a bottle left that I picked up last time I was in Montreal, I'll send it to him......express courier

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#59 David S
June 22 2009, 10:11PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

And I wouldn’t call me a baller by any stretch…You must have me mistaken with someone else….

Nope. Not a chance.

You're a classy guy Gregor. Cheers.

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#60 roughneck
June 22 2009, 11:15PM
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Hey you saskatchewan boys... how about the old sicks brewery in Prince Albert and the infamous brew Bohemian? People used to drunk drive for miles on those so called roads to find a bar with a case of offsale... that stuff was IT for a while. They ran that brewery 24/7 to keep up, LOL.

Its has resurfaced as an intestinal cleansing product c/w a voucher for spare stanfields.

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#61 Cam
June 23 2009, 12:48AM
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@ roughneck: I remember good ol' "Boh" from my days at the U of S. Yick... that stuff was never much fun the next day.

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#62 BUCK75
June 23 2009, 05:48AM
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roughneck wrote:

how about the old sicks brewery in Prince Albert and the infamous brew Bohemian?

LOL - I learned in the Pilsner movie on the website that "Sicks Brewing" started brewing Pil as well. You can still get the stuff - just brewed by Molson.

One of the other beers brewed by them was 'Lethbridge Beer'.

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#63 Lofty
June 23 2009, 06:47AM
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Has anyone read Scott Pattisons article on HB?

I want whatever he is smokin!

Talk that the Oil are going to get either Vinny L or the Sedin sisters?

Forget the cap problems either one of those options would produce... If the Sedins become oilers I am going to buy Thrashers season tickets for $100 and become their biggest fan.

HB is rediculous no rhyme or reason to the stuff they post just retarded and impossible propositions.

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#64 The Menace
June 23 2009, 07:37AM
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@ Travis Dakin: BDHS?

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#65 Travis Dakin
June 23 2009, 08:26AM
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@ The Menace: blackdoghatesskunks.com

One of the good Oiler blogs.

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#66 Shanye Gretz
June 23 2009, 10:42AM
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Who is YouTubing bingofuel on Global tonight for me?

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#67 Austin Ayala
June 23 2009, 10:45AM
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Gary Bettman @ Podium: "I would like to announce a trade. (Bells chime & crowd cheers) The Atlanta Thrashers trade the 4th overall pick to Edmonton in exchange for Riley Nash & 10th overall selection in this years draft. (crowd goes wild)"

Predergast @ podium: "With the overall pick the Oilers would like to choose from the Brandon Wheat Kings Sco...GOTCHA. Ha! The Oiler's really choose Evander Kane from the Vancouver Giants. (chuckling) You should have seen the look on all your faces... Scott, sit down son!"

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#68 Fiveandagame
June 23 2009, 11:08AM
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hxxp://oilers.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=426230

Daum is the coach in Springfield.

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#69 bingofuel
June 23 2009, 11:14AM
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@ Shanye Gretz: It's not tonight, my friend, but tomorrow. I'll let everyone know if Global posts a link to the broadcast.

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#70 roughneck
June 23 2009, 11:16AM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Daum is the coach in Springfield.

I bet he drank Boh in Pa and Nipawan.

Daums a good guy, I hope he can turn that train wreck around, a few good hands on deck c/o this draft would be a start.

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#71 David S
June 23 2009, 11:20AM
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bingofuel wrote:

@ Shanye Gretz: It’s not tonight, my friend, but tomorrow. I’ll let everyone know if Global posts a link to the broadcast.

Definitely let us know about the link. They often post the segments on their site. Then I'll pull it off and convert it to a Youtube video for rabid ON fan base. Or if you guys wanted to drop any hope of anonymity, you could load it on here.

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#72 Shanye Gretz
June 23 2009, 11:20AM
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@ bingofuel:

I will set the PVR then! I don't expect a shout out to me, but...

And tip, don't lick the camera...

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#73 bingofuel
June 23 2009, 11:27AM
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@ David S:

Wanye's the only one who cares about anonymity. That's why Gregor and I are doing the interview.

I care not. If someone likes recording/ripping things, we can certainly upload it to the ON YouTube account and post it here.

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#74 Jack Bauer
June 23 2009, 11:54AM
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Why does Wanye wish to remain so secretive?

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#75 Shanye Gretz
June 23 2009, 11:58AM
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@ bingofuel:

I want to see Gregor get a text from Wanye on-air saying Brownlee isn't going anywhere.

Clever I know.

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#76 Mowzie
June 23 2009, 11:59AM
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What's this Global stuff about? Someone wanna fill me in?

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#77 bingofuel
June 23 2009, 12:10PM
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@ Jack Bauer:

I've known Wanye since we were 8 years old. And for all his bluster and bravado online, he's pretty shy when it comes to being in the public eye. It's just the way he is.

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#78 bingofuel
June 23 2009, 12:11PM
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@ Mowzie:

I pitched the idea of a story to Lynda Steele at Global, talking about how awesome it is that a community of online hockey geeks raised money so they could send a reporter to cover the draft for them. She liked the story, so she's going to interview Gregor and I tomorrow for the Global 5pm show.

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#79 West Coast Oil
June 23 2009, 12:21PM
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I know this is off topic but the Team 1040 is reporting that Edmonton isnt on Heatleys list of cities and that Vancouver is the only Canadian city on the list. They are also saying Gaborik has bought a house here in Vancouver

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#80 5cups
June 23 2009, 12:23PM
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Okay, well done on the fundraising nation! Now quit resting on past performance like a 37 year old free agent and write a new post. Draft day is about 75 hours away and we are dying for more. Anything, please. Anything. Even Gregors itinary would be a draft subject read

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#81 B-rad
June 23 2009, 12:29PM
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White Ninja wrote:

B-Rad wrote: Everytime I drink it, it’s like an angel pissing down my throat! B-Rad. You sir have a way with words. That is how I feel but am not able to put it into words so eloquently or with half as much class. “Fill it up again! Fill it up again! Once it hits your lips, it’s so good! ” Old School.

Yes, well on highway 3, Pilsner inspires most poetry...even if spoken with a banjo in the background!

Travis Dakin wrote:

B-Rad wrote: Everytime I drink it, it’s like an angel pissing down my throat! I can’t believe I missed that quote the first time! I am putting that on a shirt. HOLY CRAP THAT IS AWESOME

Thank you Travis... I have even pitched that idea to Pilsner!!!!!

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#82 RossCreek
June 23 2009, 12:37PM
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West Coast Oil wrote:

I know this is off topic but the Team 1040 is reporting that Edmonton isnt on Heatleys list of cities and that Vancouver is the only Canadian city on the list. They are also saying Gaborik has bought a house here in Vancouver

Ya I've read 7 of the supposed 10 teams on his list: Boston Chicago Detroit NY Rangers San Jose LA Vancouver

Also, Edmonton, Colorado, Minnesota & St. Louis have supposedly inquired and may have interest from what I've read. And I believe Rishaugh and/or Dreger said the Oilers aren't high on Heatley's list, but that he would still consider Edmonton.

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#83 Prop Jay
June 23 2009, 12:44PM
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Wanye,

At 12:41 MST I am dying for a post about the oilers. Anything will do, even an estimate of the weight behind Tom Gilbert's early morning dump could get me excited right now. It would only need to be rough, and most likely completely arbitrary.

Also as a hip hop fan did you cop B.o.B latest tape?

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#84 West Coast Oil
June 23 2009, 12:46PM
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@ Ross Creek

Interesting list. I would question now if Heatley would be happy playing in Edmonton. I would say Gaborik is signing with Vancouver and would be shocked if he didnt

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#85 Mowzie
June 23 2009, 12:49PM
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@ Prop Jay:

I'm just checking out the B.o.B tape right now lol. Good stuff so far.

For some reason, I woke up this morning and expected big hockey news, opened my laptop and was bitterly disappointed. Maybe tomorrow.

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#86 Ogden Brother
June 23 2009, 12:55PM
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RossCreek wrote:

West Coast Oil wrote: I know this is off topic but the Team 1040 is reporting that Edmonton isnt on Heatleys list of cities and that Vancouver is the only Canadian city on the list. They are also saying Gaborik has bought a house here in Vancouver Ya I’ve read 7 of the supposed 10 teams on his list: Boston Chicago Detroit NY Rangers San Jose LA Vancouver Also, Edmonton, Colorado, Minnesota & St. Louis have supposedly inquired and may have interest from what I’ve read. And I believe Rishaugh and/or Dreger said the Oilers aren’t high on Heatley’s list, but that he would still consider Edmonton.

Other then LA/Van, none of those teams really look like a fit for Heater.

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#87 Mowzie
June 23 2009, 01:06PM
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RossCreek wrote:

West Coast Oil wrote: I know this is off topic but the Team 1040 is reporting that Edmonton isnt on Heatleys list of cities and that Vancouver is the only Canadian city on the list. They are also saying Gaborik has bought a house here in Vancouver Ya I’ve read 7 of the supposed 10 teams on his list: Boston Chicago Detroit NY Rangers San Jose LA Vancouver Also, Edmonton, Colorado, Minnesota & St. Louis have supposedly inquired and may have interest from what I’ve read. And I believe Rishaugh and/or Dreger said the Oilers aren’t high on Heatley’s list, but that he would still consider Edmonton.

Looking at those 7 teams, I'd assume Anaheim would be on there as well. Maybe Dallas and CBJ as well, Jersey maybe?

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#88 West Coast Oil
June 23 2009, 01:09PM
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For some reason I have a feeling San Jose may make a big trade and grab Heatley. They are in a need to win now mode

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#89 Prop Jay
June 23 2009, 01:09PM
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@ Mowzie:

Mowzie did you get it from my name link?

There is also the wale tape there, and J.cole. - self promotion.

3 tapes that each could be an album and so far are the three albums of the year.

Nice to see some hip hop fans here.

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#90 Cam
June 23 2009, 01:10PM
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@ Ogden Brother: And if Van picks up Heater and Gaborik... you can bet the sisters will be looking for a new love pad.

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#91 Prop Jay
June 23 2009, 01:10PM
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I want some big news so badly!!!

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#92 Curious
June 23 2009, 01:12PM
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Really though Heatley does not have much of a leg to stand on with this NMC. I mean if the teams he has on his "list" do not show interest or dont have an offer Murray likes if I am Murray I tell him listen its here or you are a Senator. After all this publicity, do you think Heatley would want to waltz into the Sens dressing room in the fall and say "hey guys how was the summer?" Not a chance. He would be an outcast immediately. He will go were Murray gets the best deal. He may not like it, but he will go. That being said if he doesnt really want to go, does he pull the same stunt again in a year? Thats the risk.

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#93 Chris.
June 23 2009, 01:17PM
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Prop Jay wrote:

Wanye, At 12:41 MST I am dying for a post about the oilers.

I agree! I'd even read an article by Amber rating the prospects according to thier do-ability...

Well maybe not.

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#94 Mowzie
June 23 2009, 01:23PM
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Prop Jay wrote:

@ Mowzie: Mowzie did you get it from my name link? There is also the wale tape there, and J.cole. - self promotion. 3 tapes that each could be an album and so far are the three albums of the year. Nice to see some hip hop fans here.

No, I'm on HHDX ALL the time. So if there's a decent mixtape, chances are I'm listening to it. Wale's is solid too, that's one I've been anticipating for a long time. It's not as good as the Seinfield mixtape, but it's still excellent.

Have you checked out any of the Drake tapes? alot of them have the same stuff, but that guy is a blast to listen to.

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#95 Prop Jay
June 23 2009, 01:34PM
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@ Mowzie:

Nice, HHDX is a good site. I contribute for www.smokingsection.net (TSS) so they are kind of the other guys, but great for all the new.

Yeah Im always up on the new stuff cause I got to be for TSS. Drake is gonna be big. I'm going to see him in van in sept. Hopefully try to get a vip pass from TSS. probaly not though, Im a nobody.lol

I gotta say i think J.Cole's is the best out of all them

to keep this on topic, Go Oilers Go.

We need something to happen soon.

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#96 442Junkie
June 23 2009, 01:37PM
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Curious wrote:

Really though Heatley does not have much of a leg to stand on with this NMC. I mean if the teams he has on his “list” do not show interest or dont have an offer Murray likes if I am Murray I tell him listen its here or you are a Senator. After all this publicity, do you think Heatley would want to waltz into the Sens dressing room in the fall and say “hey guys how was the summer?” Not a chance. He would be an outcast immediately. He will go were Murray gets the best deal. He may not like it, but he will go. That being said if he doesnt really want to go, does he pull the same stunt again in a year? Thats the risk.

I think the NMC is the teams option to pick up when they trade for him. If that's the case you don't pick it up. Then if he pulls the same stunt next year you can trade him to Florida and he can rot...

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#97 Mowzie
June 23 2009, 01:54PM
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@ Prop Jay:

Ya, Go Oilers, I'm going to Drake/Wayne in Edmonton, but am more excited about RTB in Calgary, Slum Village is one of the groups I've been wanting to see live for EVER, and once and for all I will get to prove to myself that Elzhi isn't just a robot programmed to rap. Drake is gonna be huge, he already has an incredible following and a veteran's cache, maybe more so in the States than in Canada.

A Exclaim writer approached me to review for them, but I don't think I'm qualified enough, I don't think I could break down music enough to review it objectively. I'll check out TSS for sure, sorry for hitting the competition, but I've just been there for so long that it's the first place I go.

Heatley, JBO, Oiler, Moreau, Eberle. There, now it's hockey related.

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#98 Oilersordeath
June 23 2009, 02:15PM
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Cam wrote:

@ Ogden Brother: And if Van picks up Heater and Gaborik… you can bet the sisters will be looking for a new love pad.

If Van picks up Heater and Gaborik, I will cry and break things and hurt people. Goddamm that better not happen.

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#99 Chris.
June 23 2009, 03:07PM
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Oilersordeath wrote:

If Van picks up Heater and Gaborik, I will cry and break things and hurt people. Goddamm that better not happen.

Unless, of course, it works out as well for them as when they picked up Messier, or more recently, Sundin... Vancouver may be better off sticking with the Sisters being that they came up through the Vancouver system.

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#100 West Coast Oil
June 23 2009, 03:49PM
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So who gets the Sedins now? With Gaborik and either Hossa, Havlat or Heatley going there we maybe we are better off with the Sedins as our second line.

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