Mike Comrie: do over?

Robin Brownlee
August 19 2009 07:52AM

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Not once since Mike Comrie left this city after the Edmonton Oilers traded him to the Philadelphia Flyers in December 2003 have I thought to ask him if he'd ever consider playing for the Oilers again.

I didn't think to ask during his tenure in Philadelphia, or during his time with the Phoenix Coyotes, the Ottawa Senators or the New York Islanders in the six seasons since he played here.

I didn't think to ask in any of the off-seasons along the way. Or the other day, when I ran into Mike down the street from my place at brother Paul's house. It didn't dawn on me at the K of C Arena during an interview we did Monday. And why would it?

Given all the ill-will I remember in the months leading up to Comrie being traded -- a nasty bit of business involving Mike, agent Ritch Winter and then-GM Kevin Lowe that came to an ugly head when Lowe queered a deal with Anaheim by asking for $2.5 million to complete the trade -- you'd have to be nuts to even ask, no?

Well, apparently not. The question of whether Comrie might be a fit for the Oilers right now was discussed by Dan Tencer and Bob Stauffer on 630 CHED Tuesday night. Really.

God Almighty, Steve Tambellini, in the name of sweet mercy make a move of some kind before everybody is completely insane. I can hear Hillary Duff screaming at the top of her lungs now, "Noooooooooooooooooo."

I hear you, girl.

Second time around

I'd be the first to suggest Tambellini be fitted with a rubber mouthpiece and a jacket with extra-long arms if he even considered inking Comrie, who is a UFA and is bunking at his brother's house while awaiting a contract offer.

I'm not sure if Tencer, who I'm guessing was barely out of high school when the Comrie fiasco unfolded, was just filling air time, floating a trial balloon or fell down the stairs and hit his head before going on the air, but there's nothing about the first time around I didn't understand.

Now, there's no indication whatsoever from anybody I know the Oilers are even considering talking to Comrie. I'm taking the discussion to be nothing more than a what-if bit of radio filler.

While Comrie, now 29, is good enough to play in the Oilers top six and could be had for a discount rate, like maybe $2 million in a one-year contract, it's a profoundly bad idea on so many levels I don't even know where to start. But, hell, let's try.

Let’s get real

-- Comrie didn't enjoy the attention he got as a home town boy while playing for the Oilers his first time around, and he's not going to be spared the spotlight now on a team that's missed the playoffs three straight years.

-- While Lowe has been bumped to the background in favour of Tambellini, the fact that he's president of hockey operations means he still has a say in player personnel. He's the head of hockey ops.

Forget what made it into the papers back in 2003 when things got ugly -- the best stuff that conveyed the depth of the bad feelings between Lowe and Comrie never made it into  print, and I can tell you that because I knew most of it. I don’t see the passing of six years healing that wound.

-- Comrie and Winter never did go public with the reasons they wanted out of Edmonton, despite suggesting the "real story" would come out at the appropriate time and fans would understand their position.

While I don't see a need to sift through that pile of dirty laundry, Comrie and Winter never did deliver the dirt. All fans know, without the reasons why, is Comrie took a pile of bonus money and turned his back on his hometown. They haven't forgotten.

-- The last thing the Oilers need right now is another five-foot-something forward to join the ranks of Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Robert Nilsson and Patrick O'Sullivan. Where's the fit? Where's the cap room?

No cigar

Look, I've got no beef with Comrie. As you might recall, I was accused by some of being in Comrie's camp throughout the whole mess back in 2003. Maybe, in some ways, I was.

I never thought he owed it to fans here to stay if he was unhappy, whether he went public with his reasons or not. I was sympathetic to his position. It was criminal how some people tried to smear Comrie with the allegation he slept with Tommy Salo's wife. That was bogus.

For those who don't know, when it looked like the deal with Anaheim was done -- before Lowe asked for some bonus money back -- the Oilers had a going away party at Comrie's house. Salo was there. So was captain Jason Smith, who, according to somebody's fantasy, had roughed up Comrie for bedding Mrs. Salo. Again, bogus.

Be that as it may, any flights of fancy about Comrie returning here will crash and burn when he signs with Ottawa, Philadelphia or New Jersey, Maybe even Los Angeles, if Ms. Duff has any pull around the Staples Center. But here? No way.

I'm not even going to ask him.

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on Team 1260.

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#101 Quicksilver ballet
August 19 2009, 03:33PM
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Bloody punk.....

Now now Robin, be nice and welcome Master Tensor to your blog now.

tiz the polite thing to do.

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#102 Travis Dakin
August 19 2009, 03:33PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

@ Travis Dakin: As you approach 30? *suddenly feels old*

It's coming very fast. My balls a hanging lower by the day...

Don't feel old, You may be old in body but you're mind is clearly in the right place.

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#103 The Towel Boy
August 19 2009, 03:34PM
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@ jeanshorts:

*blink* *blink*

...*pause*.....

BWAHAHAHAHAHAH

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#104 The Towel Boy
August 19 2009, 03:36PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Don’t feel old, You may be old in body but you’re mind is clearly in the right place.

Thanks! Now quick...somebody make a poop related joke!

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#105 Quicksilver ballet
August 19 2009, 03:42PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ Travis Dakin: ~2 Christmas’ ago I played shinny with Fernando’s brother-in-law and he told me that Fernando told him, that Horcoff told him, that Laraque told him, that Salo told him that the real reason he was mad at Comrie was because he never returned a cassarole dish they lent him one time. And because he f*cked Salo’s wife.~

He made WUV is the politically correct term now sir.

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#106 Quicksilver ballet
August 19 2009, 03:43PM
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Lots of passion is this thread today.

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#107 Robert Parks
August 19 2009, 03:47PM
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If its true regarding the casserole dish then that little bigger deserves all the harsh words he's received.

...what I wouldn't give for Burkie and KLowe to have another skirmish right about now.

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#108 DaHoosman
August 19 2009, 03:53PM
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Brownlee: All rumor and innuendo aside, my question comes down to this: has Lowe as GM done significant damage to the Oilers hockey TEAM that facilitated Katz to hire a replacement? With the rehashing of bitter player movements and bad feelings, I'm wondering if this is just a common theme in NHL organizations OR, if this had something to do with the way the hockey club was run.

I don't think you could get two, more different experiences that Lowe and Tambo. Lowe was a player who retired a little (not a lot) early because of his vertigo like symptoms, did one year as an assistant, took over as head coach for another season, and then immediately moved into the GM's position. Tambo had a shorter career, ending it in Europe, but worked just about every job aside from GM in the Canucks organization. He's had a lot of time to learn, and, some could argue, some decent hockey men to learn from.

Is it conceivable or even possible that Katz, knowing the outrageous love Edmonton feels for Lowe (and it is immense) decided that he might not have the pedigree to run a multi-million dollar operation, and hired Tambo to end some of the ridiculousness that surrounded the Oilers. Lowe made some good trades, and I liked some of his moves as a GM. But, given the apprentice role other players (Yzerman, Messier, Francis) have taken with their teams, I'm wondering how qualified a newly retired player is when becoming a GM. There's more to being a GM then just knowing who can play, especially now.

Any thoughts?

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#109 jeff
August 19 2009, 03:54PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ Travis Dakin: ~2 Christmas’ ago I played shinny with Fernando’s brother-in-law and he told me that Fernando told him, that Horcoff told him, that Laraque told him, that Salo told him that the real reason he was mad at Comrie was because he never returned a cassarole dish they lent him one time. And because he f*cked Salo’s wife.~

That b3stard doesn't he know that a good cassarole dish is hard to come by?

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#110 Hemmertime
August 19 2009, 03:58PM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

Regarding Tencer not being part of the media in 2003 means he only has the info us fans do on it. That is all the important information anyway, back room information that isn't relayed to the fans and doesn't factor into our conclusions on the situation is darn near useless. You know the true story Robin, or at least more of it. So what makes your opinion better than Tencers? Either share the info or don't hold it against someone that they do not know it. So Tencer just has a fans knowledge of the situation - not a bad thing: means he is more in line with public peception of the issue. Also, youth is not a punishment.

All that being said Tencer is a douche and RB's articles aren't based around what Little Danny Tencer says on the radio.

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#111 Travis Dakin
August 19 2009, 04:00PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

You know the true story Robin, or at least more of it. So what makes your opinion better than Tencers?

Did you mean to write that sentance that way? Because that is awesome.

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#112 BUCK75
August 19 2009, 04:07PM
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DaHoosman wrote:

Is it conceivable or even possible that Katz, knowing the outrageous love Edmonton feels for Lowe (and it is immense) decided that he might not have the pedigree to run a multi-million dollar operation, and hired Tambo to end some of the ridiculousness that surrounded the Oilers.

I don't want to give Lowe a free pass here, but before the lockout it was a year to year operation running this team. 30 guys having to shell out cash every year to keep the team in town.

I have a hunch the demand for the money in the Anaheim trade came from the pissed off ownership group that just shelled out the 2.5 million to a guy who didn't want to play here...

Lowe might not have been qualified to do the job right out of the gate, but the ownership got lots of mileage out of 1 guy doing 2 jobs (EVP & GM) & probably saved some money.

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#113 jeanshorts
August 19 2009, 04:07PM
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@ DaHoosman:

Whoa you bring up some very good talking points. I wouldn't say Lowe has done significant damage but it definitly looks like he has put the team in a rough spot for the next couple seasons. He made A LOT of what seem to be, or turned out to be bonehead moves. But he also put together a pretty decent team that was one game away from a cup. So I don't think he was completely over his head. But the points you bring up about Katz hiring Tambo make sense to me. He saw a guy in Lowe that he had respect for, but was floundering a little bit in his job as GM. Kevin Lowe knows hockey, this we know, so it makes sense to me, from Katz' perspective to keep him on in some capacity but to bring in a good management mind to run the day to day.

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#114 Ogden Brother
August 19 2009, 04:10PM
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jeff wrote:

Ogden Brother wrote: jeff wrote: @ Ogden Brother: This is gettin back to the whole putting guys in spots that they should be. Not sure if Horcoff was completly unproven, but agree on Stoll. No Horc was unproven (at least as an option as the 1C… heck most still argue he’s not proven as a 1C) he was coming off a 15 goal/40 point season (career high) You put your best players in your major roles, at the time Peca was the best option for 1C. I don’t know Peca was coming off a similar season and was older starting the down turn of his career. It shouldn’t have taken long to figure out Horcoff was greater then Peca. And I don’t think it did take very long.

What? Horcoff was a 3rd/4th liner going into that summer, at that point in time his best was Peca's worst.

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#115 The Menace
August 19 2009, 04:14PM
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Josh wrote:

but when your best friend who has a cousin who plays on the oilers right now and tells you about the whole comrie

Was it your best friend Harry, who has a cousin Larry? cause in five days from now, he's gonna marry. He's hoping you can make it there if you can - cause in the ceremony you'll be the best man.

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#116 Ogden Brother
August 19 2009, 04:17PM
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BUCK75 wrote:

DaHoosman wrote: Is it conceivable or even possible that Katz, knowing the outrageous love Edmonton feels for Lowe (and it is immense) decided that he might not have the pedigree to run a multi-million dollar operation, and hired Tambo to end some of the ridiculousness that surrounded the Oilers. I don’t want to give Lowe a free pass here, but before the lockout it was a year to year operation running this team. 30 guys having to shell out cash every year to keep the team in town. I have a hunch the demand for the money in the Anaheim trade came from the pissed off ownership group that just shelled out the 2.5 million to a guy who didn’t want to play here….

*Nods head*

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#117 erixon
August 19 2009, 04:21PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ Dan Tencer: First, before you get indignant, please point out where I called your segment “ridiculous radio filler.” Start with that. It is slow. That’s why I made a reference to Steve Tambellini making a move before we all go insane rather than saying, “Please, Dan, stop talking about stupid sh*t like this before we all go insane.” Second, months ago, you took issue with me for taking something that was said at a morning skate with 10-15 people present and relaying it here. I recall you tried to put a fine point on it by writing, “Thanks for the heads-up” that what’s said in the setting is fair game. Now, you’re bringing up a private phone call between myself and Bob Stauffer? Where in this item do I refer to a conversation with Bob Stauffer? For your information, not that I owe you an explantion, I started thinking about writing this item on Monday after I talked to Mike and decided to do it based on another conversation earlier Tuesday. The discussion on your show provided a reference and an “in” to something I was already going to write. Nothing more. Third, the reference to you being in high school was made because I question your grasp of how bitter the split back in 2003 was. You weren’t working in the business then, so you’d have no way of knowing, outside of what you read or heard. Covering the story as I did, and knowing what I do, I don’t see Comrie ever playing here again no matter what the other circumstances — roster, cap space, coaching, whatever — might be.

RAWR! says the grouchy bear! This is entertaining, Robin, can you challenge Tencer to have a broadcasted duel? It will beat the Oiler (non)news, and will probably keep everyone's morale and interest level sparked for a while until training camp.

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#118 Librarian Mike
August 19 2009, 04:29PM
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erixon wrote:

RAWR! says the grouchy bear! This is entertaining, Robin, can you challenge Tencer to have a broadcasted duel? It will beat the Oiler (non)news, and will probably keep everyone’s morale and interest level sparked for a while until training camp.

I'm not a fan of Dan Tencer, but I'm not sure I'd get a lot of enjoyment from watching him laying in the fetal position, rocking back and forth, and crying after Brownlee's done with him.

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#119 new skates
August 19 2009, 04:29PM
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oh wow this is the exact reason why i dont like reading or posting on stuff like this....lets face facts here, no one will ever know the real reason why some guys leave this city. the storys about comrie and pronger and who ever else left this town could either be true or false weather they come from a reporter, the player, blogger or jo blo across the street. the fact that people still talk about this garbage is pathetic. it seems like to many people are still living in the past these days including reporters and ecspieally fans. thats the exact reason why i can't read some these articles anymore not to mention the fact where it seems like everybody calls everybody an idiot on here with the comment section. its pointless.some articles are worth reading, i agree, and the rest is pointless followed by useless posts from "fans". the only thing i look forward to is watching the games this year and not reading everybodys "theorys" during the winter time......

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#120 The Menace
August 19 2009, 04:31PM
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new skates wrote:

oh wow this is the exact reason why i dont like reading or posting on stuff like this….

That's funny - this is the reason I *love* reading and posting on stuff like this.

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#121 Anthony
August 19 2009, 04:33PM
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I would take comrie if we didn't have to pay until 2011 :)

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#122 jeanshorts
August 19 2009, 04:35PM
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new skates wrote:

oh wow this is the exact reason why i dont like reading or posting on stuff like this

Then why did you read, and then post............

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#123 new skates
August 19 2009, 04:42PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

new skates wrote: oh wow this is the exact reason why i dont like reading or posting on stuff like this Then why did you read, and then post…………

your right, i said all the stuff yet i still posted anyways, doesn't look good on me reading and posting. i was really excited for hockey till i read all this stuff,it was more out of frustration than anything. i just wanna watch some and play some hockey man and forget i even posted on here once......i mean twice now :S

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#124 jeanshorts
August 19 2009, 04:48PM
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@ new skates: Just curious.

I think we're all chomping at the bit for the season to start. Which would probably explain why there is over 100 comments on a post about a theoretical situation.

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#125 Bettman4PM
August 19 2009, 04:51PM
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@ BUCK75:

That is a very good point that people often overlook. Many people sometimes either forget or are too young to remember the 'not so good old days' prior to the lockout for this franchise. Lowe had to run the Oilers on a shoestring budget on a literally year to year basis. 2.5 million was alot of money in the eyes of the EIG, especially considering the fact that the investors were business people that were unacustomed to having people break contracts in their own worlds. One of the ironies about Lowe and the Oilers after the lockout was that all of a sudden the Oilers could be one of the big spenders in the league and they lost their budget savy ways - something that is necessary to be successful in a cap world. It's kind of like when a kid from a poor family runs into a bunch of money, they sometimes spend it recklessly at first before they learn to be responsible lol.

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#126 bingofuel
August 19 2009, 04:53PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I think we’re all chomping at the bit for the season to start. Which would probably explain why there is over 100 comments on a post about a theoretical situation.

Keep on posting! The money truck just arrived at my house, and I was handed several sacks with dollar signs on them.

Actually, Wanye just drove up in his Creep Van™ and smacked me across the face with a sock full of pennies... BUT IT'S BECAUSE OF ALL THESE GREAT COMMENTS!

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#127 Death Metal Nightmare
August 19 2009, 04:59PM
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holy crap, what have i been missing here? tencer vs. brownlee? i can see stauffer laughing his guts out from home.

a) screw Comrie for multiple reasons. b) screw Betts too. hes way overhyped as a fourth liner. sure, he fills a spot and will sit in front of slappers on the PK but his overall hitting, faceoff % and SH/FO % is mediocre at best.

screw these "1 year" vet ideas and let the kids from the system play and learn. this year is basically a wash anyhow. anyone who believes Tambo's politicking that theyre a playoff team has every right to buy the scam but we know damn well 8th would be an over-achieving year without huge steps taking by the youth in their maturation process. and yes, i understand that adding role players helps guide specific youth in this process, but they should have enough in Horc, Moreau, Lubo, Souray, Hemsky and Pisani to do this. if not, theyre terrible vets.

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#128 jeanshorts
August 19 2009, 05:02PM
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bingofuel wrote:

Actually, Wanye just drove up in his Creep Van™ and smacked me across the face with a sock full of pennies

I don't even want to know what that sock was used for before it was filled with pennies.

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#129 bingofuel
August 19 2009, 05:03PM
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@ jeanshorts:

Let's just say "pennies" was a typo. :$

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#130 Travis Dakin
August 19 2009, 05:26PM
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bingofuel wrote:

BUT IT’S BECAUSE OF ALL THESE GREAT COMMENTS!

So.... the site gets more money the more we comment? Here I've been wasting all this time clicking on the adds when all I had to do was run my mouth a lot more.

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#131 Robin Brownlee
August 19 2009, 05:57PM
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bingofuel wrote:

jeanshorts wrote: I think we’re all chomping at the bit for the season to start. Which would probably explain why there is over 100 comments on a post about a theoretical situation. Keep on posting! The money truck just arrived at my house, and I was handed several sacks with dollar signs on them. Actually, Wanye just drove up in his Creep Van™ and smacked me across the face with a sock full of pennies… BUT IT’S BECAUSE OF ALL THESE GREAT COMMENTS!

You might want to give that truck directions to my joint, boys. Just saying . . .

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#132 Librarian Mike
August 19 2009, 06:13PM
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@ bingofuel: @ Wanye:

You might want to give that truck directions to my joint, boys. Just saying . . .
You guys might want to listen to him. He might come after you like that 'friendo' guy from that movie.

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#133 Librarian Mike
August 19 2009, 06:14PM
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Uh. Sorry for the boldness...

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#134 jeanshorts
August 19 2009, 06:45PM
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@ Librarian Mike:

The only difference between Brownlee and Anton Chigurh is that Brownlee doesn't need a cattle gun to blow holes through people's heads. He just gives them "the eye".

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#135 Robin Brownlee
August 19 2009, 06:56PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ Librarian Mike: The only difference between Brownlee and Anton Chigurh is that Brownlee doesn’t need a cattle gun to blow holes through people’s heads. He just gives them “the eye”.

Anton should be hosting Oilers broadcasts on Sportsnet. Instead of "How does it feel . . .? you'd get, "Answer the question, f*cker" followed by the sound of brain splatter hitting the tele-prompter.

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#136 Quicksilver ballet
August 19 2009, 08:45PM
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Has it been almost 2 years now.....anyone know what the over/under of Ms. Duff breaking this off is?

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#137 Gerald R. Ford
August 19 2009, 09:34PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Anton should be hosting Oilers broadcasts on Sportsnet.

No need. I know he's a nice guy and everything, but, Gene Principe's painfully unfunny comedy schtick is rapidly approaching the sensation of what a captive bolt pistol to the noggin must feel like. Nothing against him, personally. I liked him fine when he just, you know, introduced the telecast. Sadly, he's now intent on rapidly morphing into Slappy McSlapNuts, like he's getting paid by the cheesy one-liner. Chigurh, at least, would employ an economy of words, and get to the damn game already.

Great post as always, Robin. And even better comments! Tencer has to learn not to mess with the Big Dog...

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#138 Cole
August 19 2009, 10:38PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ Dan Tencer: First, before you get indignant, please point out where I called your segment “ridiculous radio filler.” Start with that. It is slow. That’s why I made a reference to Steve Tambellini making a move before we all go insane rather than saying, “Please, Dan, stop talking about stupid sh*t like this before we all go insane.” Second, months ago, you took issue with me for taking something that was said at a morning skate with 10-15 people present and relaying it here. I recall you tried to put a fine point on it by writing, “Thanks for the heads-up” that what’s said in the setting is fair game. Now, you’re bringing up a private phone call between myself and Bob Stauffer? Where in this item do I refer to a conversation with Bob Stauffer? For your information, not that I owe you an explantion, I started thinking about writing this item on Monday after I talked to Mike and decided to do it based on another conversation earlier Tuesday. The discussion on your show provided a reference and an “in” to something I was already going to write. Nothing more. Third, the reference to you being in high school was made because I question your grasp of how bitter the split back in 2003 was. You weren’t working in the business then, so you’d have no way of knowing, outside of what you read or heard. Covering the story as I did, and knowing what I do, I don’t see Comrie ever playing here again no matter what the other circumstances — roster, cap space, coaching, whatever — might be.

oh wow...taking ones-self a bit too seriously me thinks

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#139 Robin Brownlee
August 19 2009, 11:35PM
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@ Cole: No, donkey, one indication of taking oneself too seriously involves using "methinks" instead of the more familiar "I think" in an effort to sound intelligent.

What I wrote was a perfectly balanced response covering any questions Tencer had. Your contribution, your reason for jumping in, is . . .?

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#140 David S
August 19 2009, 11:47PM
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I'm imagining Brownlee's comment after he dispatched Tencer...

"I'm going to drink a Coors Light. That's right a Coors, Bud Light don't pay me nothing."

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#141 Wanye Gretz
August 20 2009, 01:55AM
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This is just a fantastic post with even better commentary. I love this site.

*goes back into the underground NationLab to continue working on 'the new stuff'*

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#142 Jamie
August 20 2009, 03:07AM
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Oh, god, the communism line, I'd actually forgotten that one. Ah, good times, Mike Comrie. Good times.

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#143 Colin
August 20 2009, 08:45AM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

A sock full of money shots isn't the "new stuff", please don't share.

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#144 Cole
August 20 2009, 01:49PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ Cole: No, donkey, one indication of taking oneself too seriously involves using “methinks” instead of the more familiar “I think” in an effort to sound intelligent. What I wrote was a perfectly balanced response covering any questions Tencer had. Your contribution, your reason for jumping in, is . . .?

Clearly i wasn't contributing much, but i have been reading your articles on here for quite some time now, and my belief is that in an effort to make yourself out to be "the guy" (the most plugged in) amoung media types in edmonton, you are often critical and dismissive of others (ie Tencer). However, i do appreciate reading your articles that provide insight and knowledge into the rather slow summer it has been for the oil and am not trying to start a fight here by any means.

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#145 J-Bird
August 20 2009, 02:03PM
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All I can say is, as a guy in any field of work, watching a guy get a cush job like Tencer when he clearly hasn't paid his dues in his field of work, would rub some the wrong way. Look how hard Stauffer worked to get where he's at. Years and years before the "break" came. I'm not saying Dan does't work hard, I'm just saying that in most fields of work, you gotta put in your time and work your way up. You gotta do the traffic report in Grand Prairie type job and work your way up.

As a sports fan, it's tough for me to take Tencer seriously as a source of information. He's too young and lacks experience. Both as a broadcaster and as a human being. And that's something he won't understand until he's older. Like all of us when we were younger. A guy like Brownlee could probably phone a guy who's "plugged in" in almost every city in the NHL. It takes time and experience to create those relationships. Clearly, Tencer isn't there yet.

Just my opinion. Most of us wonder what Tencer has on somebody to have gotten that job.

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#146 Travis Dakin
August 20 2009, 02:08PM
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J-Bird wrote:

Most of us wonder what Tencer has on somebody to have gotten that job.

A rich Dad with hook-ups and an incredibly fortunate set of circumstances and timing.

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#147 Robin Brownlee
August 20 2009, 03:02PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

J-Bird wrote: Most of us wonder what Tencer has on somebody to have gotten that job. A rich Dad with hook-ups and an incredibly fortunate set of circumstances and timing.

I don't know about that, but what I do know is that when you're young, you've got a job a lot of people would like to have and things seem to be rolling along quite nicely, you can get over-confident -- not speaking about Tencer specifically, but in general.

You think you know everything. I know it happened to me. I think I was 23 when I got my first season pass to cover the Vancouver Canucks for a weekly newspaper while I was interning and finishing up J school. Not a game-by-game pass, like the skids, but a season pass, baby. Free parking. Hanging out in the media lounge with Red Fisher. I was hot sh*t. The truth is, I didn't know sh*t, at least compared to now, I just thought I did. But you couldn't have convinced me of that then. What I look at is longevity. Whether you get a lucky break to get into the business or to get a plum job right off the bat, you aren't going to be around a long time if you can't deliver and do it over a long period of time. Along the way, there'll be ups and downs. It's how you ride both out that'll determine your career. Time is the test. That's not to say there aren't a lot of talented, young people getting into the business -- there is -- or that they should be discounted because they haven't been around forever. I just realize the value of experience when it comes to context and proportion. I've got no beef with a guy like Tencer just because he's young. And I don't even mind what some people call his cockiness because I've seen it before, I've been it before. It's par for the course.

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#148 David S
August 20 2009, 06:41PM
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Slow clap for Mr Brownlee.

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#149 Batman34
August 21 2009, 01:09AM
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@ Travis Dakin: That still is not old,you are old when you are 65 and over.you are still considered young by 30 in technology speaking.

Usally in psychology a young adult is a person 18-39,a middle age is a person 40-54,old/elderly is a person 65 and up.

Anyway this article is fine.I am over the comrie situation anyways.It was a management problem.it was him and lowe.But please stop making comments on players girlfriend or wifes .You do not know Ms.duff,just because one rich Women(this still speculaton)did not like the city does not mean that everyone does.If that was the case then you will not see any good players wanting to play in Detroit or Minnesota .

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#150 OvenChicken8
August 21 2009, 07:53AM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

A rich Dad with hook-ups and an incredibly fortunate set of circumstances and timing.

I wouldn't say that is the case. You have to give the guy credit. He works his tail off, because he knows how fortunate he is to be in his situation. Hell half of the time I hear him on the air at random spots through out the day covering for "X" who is on vacation. He's clearly dedicated to his job, imo.

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