Mike Comrie signs with the Oil?

Wanye
August 27 2009 03:22PM

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Now we don't disagree with Robin Brownlee about anything - ever. It's not because we are scared of him, but more we are scared of the things he would do to us if we ever angered him. Sure we love a good drive by shooting as much the next guy, but we are far too pretty to have our face rearranged by “BC’s most dangerous man 1977.”

But a couple of hours ago we were messaged by a guy we know who said “now that you have got your head out of your (edited) and returned to writing on the Nation, you might be interested in discussing the fact that it would appear Daryl Katz has personally wired up a one year deal for 1.3 million with Mike Comrie.” Our eyes shot out of our head so fast that we put down the bag of cans we were scavanging in the river valley and ran straight home screaming at the top of our lungs, bloody eye sockets and all.

Now we aren’t here to start a database of falsehoods in our best Eklund imitation. We aren’t going to engage in idle speculation about how billionaires are rarer than foreign tourists in Edmonton and how Bill Comrie and Daryl Katz are probably friends on some level which could have led to a dialogue being opened with Dot Com's camp. We wouldn’t presume to weigh in on an unlikely rumor that could be a potential disaster this season.

We won’t pretend that we know better than Brownlee who told us back on August 19:

“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.”

However interesting re-signing Comrie would be in an attempt to exercise the “everyone hates Edmonton” demons that began when he left town back in 2003 under a cloud of rumors and cloak-and-daggery, we won’t lower ourselves onto the slippery slope of discussing this in great detail.

But you can.

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#101 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 04:54PM
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You know something, because I live in Fort McMurray, this is the first time I have ever heard Brownlee on the radio. He reminds me of the snow man on that old Rudolf the rednosed reindeer christmas special. And now that snowman scares the hell out of me.

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#102 Hemmertime
August 27 2009, 04:54PM
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grmsville wrote:

2. The Oilers could generate PPV money by televising the grudge match between Comrie and Gagner over who has the right to #89

Damn, Gagner has 1 inch and 6 pds on Comrie according to NHL.com. Gagner could and would do it :)

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#103 blu
August 27 2009, 04:55PM
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ok first off, I started bleeding when this was tweeted. Just randomly, from many parts of my body.

Secondly, I fail to see in what world Comrie is a better player than Nil. The stats I read earlier today say even / Nils slightly betterm and 1" taller.

Thirdly, f**k you humantorch, f**k you. And I mean that in the best possible way. <3

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#104 Wanye Gretz
August 27 2009, 04:56PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

Ah the dulcet tones of Burl Ives:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGyGNxHtvRk

Tell me you want these 5 mins back after you listen.

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#105 BUCK75
August 27 2009, 04:57PM
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So I guess this means I can unpack my *M Comrie* #89 jersey after he gives Samwise a pack of skittles for his number.

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#106 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 04:57PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: Seriously though!!!! he sounds EXACTLY like that.

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#107 KenL
August 27 2009, 04:58PM
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While it might be a good PR move, does this team really need a small size forward? Who goes if Comrie comes here? Nillson? And what if by some miracle, Jordon Eberele makes the team?

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#108 Ender the Dragon
August 27 2009, 05:00PM
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MattL wrote:

What’s Comrie’s FO percentage like?

I covered that earlier in the post. It's 41% Solid fit in E-town, right?

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#109 Jimbob
August 27 2009, 05:03PM
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Good signing ...Welcome home Mikey !!!!

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#110 DeepOil
August 27 2009, 05:05PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

You know something, because I live in Fort McMurray, this is the first time I have ever heard Brownlee on the radio. He reminds me of the snow man on that old Rudolf the rednosed reindeer christmas special. And now that snowman scares the hell out of me.

You can listen to justagame every day via the internet instead of being on facebook Dakin....

hxxp://www.theteam1260.com/ click to listen live

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#111 Tayranchula
August 27 2009, 05:06PM
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Comrie would be bad, he over achieves but for the price of 1.3 or 2 maybe that isnt bad, but still dont like Comrie in an Oilers jersey again. They should look at Avinaganov (no clue on the spelling and dont wanna look it up) or Satan. Both would look good on the first or second line.

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#112 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 05:06PM
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DeepOil wrote:

You can listen to justagame every day via the internet instead of being on facebook Dakin…. hxxp://www.theteam1260.com/ click to listen live

Do I gotta block my facebook? And I've been listening now on pocket tunes on my iPhone.

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#113 DonDon
August 27 2009, 05:08PM
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@ Travis Dakin: This makes sense; Horcoff as the 3rd centre which, without considering salary, is his appropriate position.

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#114 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 05:11PM
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@ DonDon: Everybody is sayin you can't have your 3rd Line center as a 5.5 cap hit. Well when your first line center is a 1.3 cap hit well then I say giv'er.

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#115 Scotty
August 27 2009, 05:17PM
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My site is reporting that now to

http://hockey-bums.com/archives/1684

How likely is it that it actually goes down?

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#116 The Menace
August 27 2009, 05:18PM
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I think Oilers fans in general would welcome him back. If pronger demanded a trade out of philly back to edmonton, I'm sure fans would welcome him back too. The big picture is what's important here.

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#117 Word
August 27 2009, 05:21PM
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I think we'd regret losing Nilsson. That is all.

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#118 Ender the Dragon
August 27 2009, 05:25PM
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Prop Jay wrote:

I would take comrie back instantly. At this point he is one of the more skilled players out there and both he and the oilers probably would like a do over on his time here.

Racki wrote:

So anyways, I think it would almost be a leap forward for the franchise if they somehow let bygones be bygones and made up with Comrie.

Travis Dakin wrote:

I think it would balance the team more. Unfortunately there arent a lot of options.

There are always options until you close the doors. People always want everything done yesterday, but I'd much rather see a big, solid checking center with a good FO% added in January than bringing in the wrong guy now, just because we're feeling like "OMG, it's 1:58AM and they're going to turn the lights on right away. Crap, she's fat but it's the best shot I got; better pull out the binaca . . .' There's a phrase for that mentality: Grasping at straws. It leads to serious remorse and depression upon more reasoned reflection. Well, for most of us. (you know who you are)

Comrie is not the answer; let's not get all desperate and pretend he is.

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#119 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 05:26PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: Ok man, so what the hell.... is this true? I'm waiting very impatiently. Why hasn't it been leaked by a credible source yet. Well, besides the most credible one of all AKA Wanye Gretz.

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#120 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 05:27PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

but I’d much rather see a big, solid checking center with a good FO%

We have one! Shawn Horcoff. We need a number one center then.... Oh we only have 1.5 mil left? Hey Mike Comrie for 1.3 would work!

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#121 Beukaboom
August 27 2009, 05:27PM
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No mention by Brownlee?

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#122 Jolene Fendelet
August 27 2009, 05:28PM
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this really happen

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#123 Mike from Hardware
August 27 2009, 05:31PM
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Sure... it might be a good signing... but WE DON'T NEED HIM.

Sign a guy we need. Jesus christ. Even if it means Nilsson would find his way out of Edmonton (to Springfield or otherwise), Nilsson isn't the problem.

Right now the top 6 is...

Penner - Horcoff - Hemsky Cogliano - Gagner - O'Sullivan or Nilsson

Comrie's arrival would send O'Sullivan to the 3rd line, and he is not a 3rd line player. He might fit the bill a bit, but it's a waste of his talent.

I won't address the hatred of Comrie, because I really don't care about that.

It's a just a stupid move. Address a god damn need for once.

Next thing we know, the Oil will ink an under-physical puck-moving defenseman.

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#124 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 05:33PM
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Mike from Hardware wrote:

Comrie’s arrival would send O’Sullivan to the 3rd line, and he is not a 3rd line player. He might fit the bill a bit, but it’s a waste of his talent.

No it sends Horcoff to the third line where he should be the most effective.

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#125 Godzilla
August 27 2009, 05:35PM
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@ Travis Dakin: Comrie couldn't even steal the number 1 center job from a 83 years old Doug Weight in Long Island. How is he a number 1 center with the Oil?

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#126 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 05:38PM
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Godzilla wrote:

@ Travis Dakin: Comrie couldn’t even steal the number 1 center job from a 83 years old Doug Weight in Long Island. How is he a number 1 center with the Oil?

Because he doesn't fit anywhere els. Fine make him the number two center and put Gagner up on top. That's the extent of your oprions. Also, Comrie has been a 30 goal scorer on this team before.

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#127 Ender the Dragon
August 27 2009, 05:42PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

If you're seriously asking me whether I would prefer a 1C/3C tandem of Comrie/Horcoff or something else like Horcoff/David Steckel, then I don't know why we're still having the conversation. Steckel is 6'5", 222lbs, and was 58% in the dot last year. He's not the only guy like that.

"but Comrie's more prolific", right? Yeah, all that smurf-power last season netted him 2 more goals and 6 more assists. Oh, and Steckel was +2 while Comrie was -15.

The point is not to compare Steckel and Comrie (though it appears that's exactly what I've done; hmmmm . . .) but simply to point out that much more attractive options are available, particularly if you can wait until later in the season where pro-rated contracts become much more affordable. Let's not pass up Mr. Right for Mr. Right-Now.

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#128 Librarian Mike
August 27 2009, 05:46PM
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So, has there been any confirmation at all about this supposed Comrie signing? He must be really hard up if he's actually considering playing for Lowe again.

Well, if nothing else it makes for an entertaining thread.

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#129 Mike from Hardware
August 27 2009, 05:46PM
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Maybe Tambo thinks the salary cap is actually a minimum, kind of like the speed limit.

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#130 jeanshorts
August 27 2009, 05:48PM
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@ Ender the Dragon:

Is Steckel available though? From what we've been told the Oilers would probably have to give up a little more than they are willing to pry Steckel out of Washington.

I think you are just trying to make a point, and I agree that the Oilers really need to stop ditching the "well this player is available right now so lets take him instead of waiting to see what happens with the far better options that are out there". But I really don't think Comrie would be THAT horrible. As long as they don't sign him to some ludicrous long term contract. I'd be fine with them signing him to a one year deal and seeing how it plays out.

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#131 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 05:48PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

If you’re seriously asking me whether I would prefer a 1C/3C tandem of Comrie/Horcoff or something else like Horcoff/David Steckel, then I don’t know why we’re still having the conversation. Steckel is 6′5″, 222lbs, and was 58% in the dot last year. He’s not the only guy like that.

Oh that option is available? Well F*ck me why haven't they done that yet? Seriously man obviously there are more desirable options. Why not go get Stall as out 3C? Do you honestly believe that Tambellini has been just sitting around on his ass all summer?

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#132 freeze
August 27 2009, 05:56PM
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The more I think about this, the more I come back to the fact that this is Katz's doing. Let the GM do his own damn job.

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#133 Oiler icon
August 27 2009, 05:57PM
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Let's face it there are no other options and Mike Comrie at 1.3 is a pretty good bang for buck, and if he's a failure, so what, it's not like he's costing us an arm and a leg

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#134 Ender the Dragon
August 27 2009, 05:57PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

Of course not. But patience is what this is all about. Let's suppose for sake of argument that we can be almost as good up to the trade deadline without Comrie as with him. (Yeah, yeah, a thousand arguments; let me finish.) At the trade deadline, you start shopping the teams that realize they are about to enter the (somewhat familiar) mode that is 'rebuilding'. We then pick up someone who is both actually good and fits the role we need. The cap hit on a $4M player at that time is about the same as Mikie's yearly salary from day one. I know which way I'd go.

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#135 jeanshorts
August 27 2009, 05:57PM
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Wanye quoted by Staples!!!! He's almost a semi-legit journalist now!

hxxp://communities.canada.com/edmontonjournal/blogs/hockey/archive/2009/08/27/comrie-to-the-oilers.aspx

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#136 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 06:01PM
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@ Ender the Dragon: In a 2006 world I love that idea. Unfortunately this team has shown that it is only capable of making the right moves at the deadline once in the last 6 years. I'm tired of holding hope all through the season that they may make a move in march. I want to see some wins in the season.

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#137 Wanye Gretz
August 27 2009, 06:08PM
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@ jeanshorts:

I saw that!! I can't decide if I detest David Staples or want to start a bed and breakfast with him in Mission, BC. He alternates between being nice and trying to backhandedly diss my whole scenario.

Who cares if I use a fake name? Perhaps I'll start referring to myself as Professor Timothy Nosewater - or lose names altogether and refer to myself by the scent of huckleberries.

Oh well, no money mo' problems I guess.

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#138 Professor Timothy Nosewater
August 27 2009, 06:08PM
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Sir, please stick to using your own name...thank you.

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#139 Dyckster
August 27 2009, 06:08PM
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Godzilla wrote:

Comrie at 1.3??? I bet we could have Robert Lang or D. Moore for the same amount.

Or, wait, I'm gonna say it, honest, it would be a better alternative, we could get BERTUZZI for the same or less $$.

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#140 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 06:15PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: I caught that bit of a dis to you too. I thought you and D-Stapes was tight?

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#141 Batman 67
August 27 2009, 06:20PM
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@ freeze: Oh shut up Katz has nothing to do with this ,mike has grown and maybe like the idea of coming back.

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#142 Eric
August 27 2009, 06:21PM
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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WRITERS OF THE OILER NATION.I JUST READ THE STAPLES REPORT AT EDMONTON JOURNAL.COM AND IT IS ALL BASED ON OILER NATION WRITINGS AND POSTURES BY JONATHAN, WANYE AND ROBIN!

YOU ARE REALLY DOING A GREAT JOB AND OBVIOUSLY HAVE EVERYONE'S EARS HERE IN OIL TOWN. NOW IF ONLY OILER MANAGEMENT ALSO PAIS ATENTION ON SOME OF YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT THE OILERS SHOULD BE LIKE, WE WOULD HAVE A DARN GOOD TEAM SOON.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OILERSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#143 Travis Dakin
August 27 2009, 06:22PM
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Eric wrote:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WRITERS OF THE OILER NATION.I JUST READ THE STAPLES REPORT AT EDMONTON JOURNAL.COM AND IT IS ALL BASED ON OILER NATION WRITINGS AND POSTURES BY JONATHAN, WANYE AND ROBIN! YOU ARE REALLY DOING A GREAT JOB AND OBVIOUSLY HAVE EVERYONE’S EARS HERE IN OIL TOWN. NOW IF ONLY OILER MANAGEMENT ALSO PAIS ATENTION ON SOME OF YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT THE OILERS SHOULD BE LIKE, WE WOULD HAVE A DARN GOOD TEAM SOON. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OILERSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FU*K YEAH!!!!

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#144 Dyckster
August 27 2009, 06:23PM
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Tencer is saying on Twitter that he hasn't signed. UGH, my loyalties to ON are to strong. I begrudgingly (I have a slight dislike for MC) will take Gretz's side on this one. hxxp://twitter.com/dantencer

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#145 jeanshorts
August 27 2009, 06:24PM
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@ Dyckster:

Get out.

*cocks a shotgun and rocks back and forth in a rocking chair*

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#146 Dyckster
August 27 2009, 06:26PM
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@ jeanshorts:

Why you gotta be like that?

Besides, Tencer would have a WAY better shot at mutually doing the horizontal cha cha with HD then you would. Maybe Comrie would let you have a go with him though?

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#147 Wanye Gretz
August 27 2009, 06:32PM
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@ Eric:

THANK YOU VERY MUCH I CAN TELL YOU ARE EXCITED AND THAT WE DON'T HAVE A MINUTE TO WASTE BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO USE PUNCTUATION OR TURN OFF OUR CAPS LOCK I'M NOT TRYING TO BE MEAN BUT I THOUGHT MAYBE YOU WERE YELLING AT ME IN YOUR POST BECAUSE YOU ARE HARD OF HEARING SO I THOUGHT I WOULD YELL BACK SO YOU COULD MAKE OUT WHAT I AM SAYING.

Thanks for commenting and reading the site dude.

Love, Wanye

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#148 Hockey Noob
August 27 2009, 06:32PM
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Eklund learned a long time ago that nothing generates web traffic like a good old fashioned rumor especially if it involves a player acquisition. What rating do you have for this one though? Is it an O(1) or O(2), lol?

Not sure how I feel about Comrie even it it's at $1.3 million...

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#149 Librarian Mike
August 27 2009, 06:33PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

Don't sweat the Staples diss, Wanye. As if 'David Staples' is his real name...peh...

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#150 viss.99
August 27 2009, 06:34PM
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Well Salo is not around anymore, so why not.

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