Things to look forward to Part I

Wanye
August 14 2009 01:46PM

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Having kept strict radio silence for the past week, we have been alternating between amazement that the Oilers are this close to the ceiling of the salary cap and dismay that the expectations for the team are so low going into next season. Other than oscillating between these two frames of mind and watching every single moment of Big Brother 11, like many we have just been sitting around waiting for news to emerge from the Oilers camp that someone has addressed one of the handful of holes going into next season and waiting for something to get excited about.

Doldrums of summer

Right now at this very moment, Nikolai Khabibulin is 43 days older than when the Oilers first signed him and Dustin Penner is probably looking at the readout from bathroom scale in his solid gold house and thinking "that can't be right." Sam Gagner is probably kicking it out at some cabin in Ontario and bidding a bittersweet farewell to his 2009 summer romance. Dozens of other Oilers are probably wishing that Heatley had come to Edmonton after all so that the focus would be off their upcoming seasons and they could quietly come to camp under the radar. But we all know that will not be the case now don't we?

We are starting to believe Steve Tambellini when he says that this is the team the Oil are going to go with for next season and wish we could build some sort of time machine to either fast forward to the start of Camp, or alternatively go back in time a month and whisper "don't do it Steve, we hear he has the swine flu" into Tambo's ear as he tried to put the finishing touches on the Heatley deal.

But complete organizational standstill aside,  there are still some interesting things we are looking forward to seeing unfold next year.

And one of them is Gilbert Brule

Last year Willis and yours truly droned on and on and on and on about this here Gilbert Brule, embarking on a monumental 4 part series about the guy, which we both immediately regretted publicly committing to onsite. "Four parts on Gilbert Brule?" we lamented via email to one another, "why on earth did we commit to THAT?" We won't try anything so ambitious this season, but we will start looking for things to be moderately excited about going into Camp.

For some reason we still hold a strange soft spot in our heart for #67.

We remember when we first heard of Gilbert Brule. We were on a road trip to Vancouver with a bunch of the boys and our Dutch Friend used Gilbert Brule as his person in a game of 20 questions. Of course no one in the car but the Dutch Nemesis had ever even heard of Brule at this point (the year being 2002) and he defended his pick of a super shady personality by regaling us with tales of Brule and his dominance as a Vancouver Giant. After our road trip ended. Brule was later drafted 6th overall in 2005 by Columbus, compared repeatedly to Sidney Crosby, then injured repeatedly in his 3 seasons in Columbus.

That was then, this is now

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Now that the Oilers have signed Brule to an additional one year deal, we can't help but think that if there was ever a time for Brule to emerge as a bonafide NHL player it would be this season. Expectations are low, others on the team will be taking the heat and a hole in the lineup exists that Brule could fill.

Quick question: Is anyone harboring large expectations of this Oilers squad going into the new season? Thought so. Having said all of that, aren't these the same Oilers that seemingly turn on the jets every time we collectively underestimate them? Thought so too. For a player like Brule, who has often stuggled under the weight of his massive potential - a season like the 2009-10 campaign may be exactly what he needs to turn his career around.

Somewhere Brule has been training this offseason and getting himself ready to come to camp and produce knowing that he has no long term contract to fall back on or even any guarantee that this won't be his last shot at playing in the NHL. And we for one are looking forward to this level of effort from a guy that used to be considered a sure thing as an NHL star. Yep, we are looking forward to that and perhaps asking Willis if he wants to go halfers on a four part series about the career outlook for Colin McDonald.

Is it October yet?

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#1 Things to look forward to Part I | Swine Flu Outbreak
August 14 2009, 01:53PM
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[...] Continued here:  Things to look forward to Part I [...]

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#2 Ender the Dragon
August 14 2009, 01:54PM
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July 1, 2008: Brule arrives.

July 17, 2008: Reasoner signs with Atlanta.

I liked Brule for 16 days, but since then it's been soooooo hard.

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#3 Jonathan Willis
August 14 2009, 01:57PM
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Colin McDonald? Sign me up!

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#4 The Towel Boy
August 14 2009, 02:05PM
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"...as indicated by the arrow"

...good god...I'm still laughing.

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#5 Wanye Gretz
August 14 2009, 02:06PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

I liked Brule for 16 days, but since then it’s been soooooo hard.

Don't get me wrong I don't think he has actually done anything worth getting excited about - though he did pot a beauty goal last year that made the 4 part article well worth the 248 hours we put into it.

@ Jonathan Willis:

Somewhere Grandma McDonald sits by her computer waiting for us to make good on that offhanded promise.

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#6 yo
August 14 2009, 02:08PM
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Is that George Jetson's house on the upper right?

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#7 MattL
August 14 2009, 02:12PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

“…as indicated by the arrow” …good god…I’m still laughing.

*clap clap*

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#8 David S
August 14 2009, 02:13PM
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Gagner's been training with Schremp this summer. Whatever great attitude he had, and grit he was developing has probably been washed away with a back tatoo and a hard summer at the tavern. We're screwed I tell you. Screwed.

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#9 Andy Balfour
August 14 2009, 02:23PM
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I still think Heater will be an Oiler.

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#10 Chaz
August 14 2009, 02:23PM
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I'm pretty sure that Futuristic city is Ireland immediately before the invention of Alcohol.

hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pknMU24uDrs

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#11 Librarian Mike
August 14 2009, 02:38PM
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yo wrote:

Is that George Jetson’s house on the upper right?

A lot of people say that, but it's actually Mayor Brownlee's penthouse.

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#12 jeanshorts
August 14 2009, 03:07PM
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Oh man, How awesome was last nights Big Brother???? Jeff is like some kind of international hero! I can't wait until the Franklin Mint puts out a series of decorative plates featuring his likeness!

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#13 The Towel Boy
August 14 2009, 03:09PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Oh man, How awesome was last nights Big Brother???? Jeff is like some kind of international hero! I can’t wait until the Franklin Mint puts out a series of decorative plates featuring his likeness!

I'd buy that for 7 dollars!

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#14 OvenChicken8
August 14 2009, 03:09PM
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@ The Towel Boy: #7dollars? That's a bargain!

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#15 Ender the Dragon
August 14 2009, 03:10PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Mayor Brownlee

Ha! Love it. Mayor Brownlee and Edmonton's new 500,000 seat arena, which is full every night because the free admission is built into the city's taxation structure. Nice (future) work, RB.

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#16 typol99
August 14 2009, 03:33PM
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betcha mac t..is fesstering in the basement of that ghetto building( bottom right) curled up in the fetile position rocking back and forth.. crying conklin... u bum u lost it for us... bergeron u lost it for us...(the rolie knee thing)

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#17 Charlie
August 14 2009, 03:46PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

jeanshorts wrote: Oh man, How awesome was last nights Big Brother???? Jeff is like some kind of international hero! I can’t wait until the Franklin Mint puts out a series of decorative plates featuring his likeness! I’d buy that for 7 dollars!

We all knew it was gonna be Jessie and Natalie on the block...

...did I just write that...

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#18 Oilersordeath
August 14 2009, 03:58PM
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Gagner’s been training with Schremp this summer. Whatever great attitude he had, and grit he was developing has probably been washed away with a back tatoo and a hard summer at the tavern. We’re screwed I tell you. Screwed.

Or it has a positive reverse effect, and it goes the other eh!! Wouldnt that just be the sheeeeit. Gagner pumps in 70+ points and Shrempy pumps in 50 of his own!! I can only dream.....

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#19 jeanshorts
August 14 2009, 04:00PM
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@ Charlie:

Part of me was really nervous that Jeff would wuss out and just leave it be, in some kind of attempt to fly under the radar or something.

And, err, something about Schremp being a douche or a good guy or something....

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#20 Ender the Dragon
August 14 2009, 04:01PM
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Oilersordeath wrote:

Gagner pumps in 70+ points and Shrempy pumps in 50 of his own

Uh, yeah, about that . . . I think we'd have to actually sign Schremp first, and I'm not convinced it's a gimme that that's going to happen.

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#21 Oilersordeath
August 14 2009, 04:07PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

Oilersordeath wrote: Gagner pumps in 70+ points and Shrempy pumps in 50 of his own Uh, yeah, about that . . . I think we’d have to actually sign Schremp first, and I’m not convinced it’s a gimme that that’s going to happen.

The Hockey gods owe us big time, after 3 years of manic depression we are due!! If Shremp comes in to camp and drops some jaws they will sign him dont you think?

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#22 Librarian Mike
August 14 2009, 04:26PM
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I'm listening to Gregor's interview with Ron Duguay on 1260. He's articulate, interesting, and funny. What the hell happened to guys like this in the NHL? I'm just imagining an interview with Smytty in 20 years:

"So, how's the used car business?"

"Yeah, just sellin' lots of cars and givin' 110%."

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#23 Duke
August 14 2009, 04:34PM
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If he doesn't perform well early on, can we have a column entitled "What's eating Gilbert Brule?"

Just wondering.

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#24 jeanshorts
August 14 2009, 04:44PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

“Yeah, just sellin’ lots of cars and givin’ 110%.”

hahaha. Yes. Although it would probably sound a bit more like this;

"Yeah, uhhhh, just, you know, uhhh, sellin' lots of cars, uhhh, you know, and, uhhhh, givin' 110%, you know."

I always thoughts agents and what not taught them how to speak during interviews and stuff. I guess they never quite get to the lesson where every second word shouldn't be "uhh" or "you know".

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#25 Dominoiler
August 14 2009, 05:37PM
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GOLD JERRY!.. 'as indicated by the arrow'

BHWAaaaa...!

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#26 patty
August 14 2009, 05:44PM
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Things I'm looking forward to: 1-Schremp getting a real shot. This way he can prove that he's got it (which I don't think he does), or he'll prove that he's not good enough and people can finally shut up. 2-Gilbert Brule kicking ass on the 4th line. 3-Chima getting evicted. She's crazy. Jeff is the man. 4-Things to look forward to Part II

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#27 ScubaSteve
August 14 2009, 06:35PM
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Does anyone else see a little Dan Cleary in Brule, both high draft picks, both rushed into the NHL and both an early bust in their career.

This should be a good year for him, sheltered minutes, no pressure, I think he'll show what he can do.

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#28 Dallas
August 14 2009, 07:09PM
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Oilersordeath wrote:

Gagner’s been training with Schremp this summer. Whatever great attitude he had, and grit he was developing has probably been washed away with a back tatoo and a hard summer at the tavern. We’re screwed I tell you. Screwed. Or it has a positive reverse effect, and it goes the other eh!! Wouldnt that just be the sheeeeit. Gagner pumps in 70+ points and Shrempy pumps in 50 of his own!! I can only dream…..

Hey it actually could happen. Unlikely BUT it could happen ya never know Gagner is an incredible talent and he will eventially pop 70+points one day and why would it be outta question for Schremp to get what Cogs or even Gagner got 2 years ago. I think people just fell into the Mac T rant a lil too much

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#29 David S
August 14 2009, 08:45PM
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Dallas wrote:

why would it be outta question for Schremp to get what Cogs or even Gagner got 2 years ago.

Not sure, but I think it might be that he sucks. If he were any good at all, he would have stood out on a crappy Springfield team last year. Other than a few ~awesome~ Youtube vids, the guy's done nothing.

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#30 Dallas
August 14 2009, 10:33PM
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David S wrote:

Dallas wrote: why would it be outta question for Schremp to get what Cogs or even Gagner got 2 years ago. Not sure, but I think it might be that he sucks. If he were any good at all, he would have stood out on a crappy Springfield team last year. Other than a few ~awesome~ Youtube vids, the guy’s done nothing.

I am not near the Schremp lover I was 2years ago but I still believe he could surprise. And how would you feel if you come up had 2 outta 3 good games in the bigs and then got sent down and the coach of the bigs shyt all over you. I also might add he was standing out on a crappy falcon team until then. I just think what Mac T said really busted any confidence he had going until that point.

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#31 Dallas
August 14 2009, 10:34PM
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Up to that point

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#32 oilFan
August 14 2009, 10:54PM
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Would the put Schremp on Gagnes line? They both play center. I think a line like Penner-Gagne-Schremp Looks good for second line. PattyO-Horc-Hemsky First line Moreau-Cogs-Pisani Third Stortini-Brule-Strudwick or Jf J Fourth line

Nillson, Big Mac, Pouliot line the press box.

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#33 David S
August 14 2009, 11:12PM
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Dallas wrote:

I am not near the Schremp lover I was 2years ago but I still believe he could surprise. And how would you feel if you come up had 2 outta 3 good games in the bigs and then got sent down and the coach of the bigs shyt all over you. I also might add he was standing out on a crappy falcon team until then. I just think what Mac T said really busted any confidence he had going until that point.

He played OK for two games, and then showed nothing for the rest of the time. He's soft as butter, hesitant to go into the corners and is a (self-acknowledged) poor skater. Instead of sulking and pissing the rest of the season away, he could have played his tail off and made it so the big team would have had no choice but to bring him back up. He didn't. If he was so great, he would have blown the doors off his AHL stint.

You Schremp guys love to point to those two games. But he's played so poorly the rest of the time that those two games mean jack sh!t. I would imagine if the team thought he was half as god as alot of his fans do, he would have been re-signed by now. As things sit he doesn't even have a contract extension. Instead, Brule and some dude named Stone have fresh new paper ahead of the hockey jesus. That's gotta tell you something right there.

Like all athletes, I hope Schremp comes to camp and makes something happen. But from what we've seen so far, it doesn't look very likely.

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#34 Dallas
August 14 2009, 11:26PM
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Like I said I am far from a schremp guy. I have lived Gagner to death since he stepped on the ice for us and I used to be a Hemsky lover but as soon as I seen Gagner I knew that he WILL be the better player. Anyways my point is you can't give up on a kid just cause a coach that got booed outta town never liked him AND he was one of the better players on the ice those two games. I had my eyes all on him and the kid played his heart out and made sum great plays

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#35 baggedmilk
August 15 2009, 04:15AM
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See what happens when I leave, and run away to Asia? Deals fall through, jeanshorts returns to his heroine like addiction to Big Brother, and Wanye is talking about Brule again.

By the love of Quinn, I've been reading the hate on my beloved Oilers for the upcoming season. And I'm going to do my part. Tonight, while I sling drinks in a sleazy bar in Thailand, I will dawn my Oilers t-shirt proudly. Even beak someone, pretending they're from Calgary.

So cheer up, my little jelly beans.

Another thing? Why is this computer's default language Dutch?

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#36 Dallas
August 15 2009, 04:20AM
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LMAO@ baggedmilk

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#37 99thoilerfan
August 15 2009, 05:36AM
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Schremp...

There was a great Player, who played for the Oil, named Bernie Nichols. He also could not skate.

NHL Totals Games-1,127 Goals 475 Helpers 734 Total 1,209

Why not Schremp ? I'm just saying, is all I'm saying.

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#38 Librarian Mike
August 15 2009, 07:22AM
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99thoilerfan wrote:

Schremp… There was a great Player, who played for the Oil, named Bernie Nichols. He also could not skate. NHL Totals Games-1,127 Goals 475 Helpers 734 Total 1,209 Why not Schremp ? I’m just saying, is all I’m saying.

Nicholls had better hair. ;)

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#39 cableguy
August 15 2009, 07:29AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

Another thing? Why is this computer’s default language Dutch?

wanye's cruel addiction to dutch midget porn stikes again!

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#40 Homie
August 15 2009, 07:47AM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Oh man, How awesome was last nights Big Brother???? Jeff is like some kind of international hero! I can’t wait until the Franklin Mint puts out a series of decorative plates featuring his likeness!

Let me guess - you went to the Kings of Leon concert and loved it? "Rock" music for girls.

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#41 Homie
August 15 2009, 07:58AM
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99thoilerfan wrote:

Schremp… There was a great Player, who played for the Oil, named Bernie Nichols. He also could not skate. NHL Totals Games-1,127 Goals 475 Helpers 734 Total 1,209 Why not Schremp ? I’m just saying, is all I’m saying.

When Nicholls was Schremp's age he had already put up a 95 point season. In the NHL. I'm just sayin'.

Like Garth said, "Live in the now".

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#42 Librarian Mike
August 15 2009, 08:14AM
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@ 99thoilerfan:

Also, Nicholls only played about 1 season here (and got out first chance he had) so I'm not sure it's appropriate to take credit on behalf of the Oilers for his success.

I do hope Schremp gets a real shot this year, and that the coaches can salvage something from the AHL/MacT wreckage.

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#43 BigE57
August 15 2009, 09:15AM
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@ 99thoilerfan: Also, Nicholls played a season riding shotgun with Gretzky in LA 70 goals 80 assists and then never came close to dupicating that feat again. He was ok the rest of his career but nothing special

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#44 typol99
August 15 2009, 10:42AM
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as i said b4 schemp is a whiner..slow as hell so y does the fastest team in the nhl want him..... newsflash..WE DONT>>>trade bate if anyone wants him

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#45 jt in Oilertown
August 15 2009, 12:16PM
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I think lowered expectations are a good thing.

After getting ohsoclose in 2006, expectations were high (even after the Pronger fiasco), and they shat the bed.

During the 2007 off-season, they signed Souray and Penner (both coming off strong seasons), expectations were high, and they shat the bed.

The 2008 off-season was rife with talk of the young guns (after a strong 20 game finish), expectations were high, and well, you get the idea...

Over the last four years, this team has played four months of decent hockey: two months in the spring of 2006 (after squeaking into the playoffs), and two months in the late winter of 2008 (after a horrible first 60 games). The common thread - no pressure, no high expectations. Maybe they'll rally around the "Nobody believed in us!" flag.

And maybe Scarlett Johansson will pleasure me in the back of an '82 Chevette....hey, it could happen!

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#46 Faceoff
August 15 2009, 12:32PM
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I think how well we do this year depends on whether we got the Tampa Bay Khabibulin or the first few years in Chicago Khabibulin. If we got the Tampa one this team could do well.

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#47 jeanshorts
August 15 2009, 01:41PM
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Homie wrote:

Let me guess - you went to the Kings of Leon concert and loved it? “Rock” music for girls.

Pssshhh Eff that.

I'm going tonight.....

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#48 Librarian Mike
August 15 2009, 01:45PM
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This is completely unrelated, but I'm going back to U of A in the fall, and I found out that there's a program called Master of Arts in Communication Technology. It's abbreviation: MACT.

If only they could get him to teach a class...

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#49 Wanye Gretz
August 15 2009, 07:43PM
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@ baggedmilk:

It warms my heart to see that you haven't landed in a Thai Prison yet. Take heart Nation, there is still time.

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#50 Wanye Gretz
August 15 2009, 07:44PM
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jt in Oilertown wrote:

And maybe Scarlett Johansson will pleasure me in the back of an ‘82 Chevette….hey, it could happen!

Poor Rob Schremp. Reduced to being an equivalent chance to this occuring.

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