GDB minus-6: Putting up the Wall

Jason Gregor
September 18 2009 11:34AM

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Does anyone know what Bulk Barn is? If you’re wondering why I’m asking such a random question so early in the morning it’s because, the Oilers were supposed to be on the ice at nine, and as of this writing, I’m sitting here watching Khabibulin and goaltending coach Freddy Chabot do through the paces. Bulk Barn is one of the logos on the ice, and I have no idea what they are.

As you know I’m not a fan of goalies — more so goaltender commentators, but it was interesting watching Chabot warm-up Khabibulin. They were out for at least 20 minutes before everyone else. Chabot had 50 pucks in the slot and he would rotate firing them at Khabibulin’s left and right side. Every shot the Bulin Wall would put into the corner. He put eleven straight from the left side in the exact same spot; directly to the corner under the NHL.com logo on the boards. Pretty impressive puck control from Khabibulin.

The lineup tonight looks very similar to Tuesday’s game in Calgary.

Jacques — Horcoff — Schremp O’Sullivan — Comrie — Stone Lazo — Brule — Linglet Brennan — O’Marra — Stortini Gilbert — Chorney Staios — Arsene Strudwick — Plante Khabibulin and Dubnyk

We’ll see Brule and Khabibulin for the first time tonight, along with O’Marra, Linglet and Lazo.

Brule was scheduled to play in Calgary but sat out due to the flu, and he says he feels fine now.

Things to watch tonight

  • JF Jacques needs to be much better than he was on Tuesday. He wasn’t physical and on four separate occasions he didn’t help Horcoff on draws. Quinn pointed it out on Wednesday, and I’ll be curious to see if Jacques “gets it” tonight. Jacques better show he knows he has to play a 4th line role regardless of who he plays with.
  • Brule has a job to win if he wants it. He is much more physical than Pouliot, is just as good in the draws, and plays way more aggressively. I spoke to him yesterday and he is eagerly waiting for tonight. He wants a regular spot in the lineup.
  • Can Schremp make some plays five-on-five? We know he is good on the PP, but he won’t make this team if he can’t contribute even strength. He has been much better moving his feet so far this year. It seems he has broken the habit of getting across the blueline and then coasting into the zone. He needs to keep moving his feet.
  • I know many of you were impressed by Stone on Tuesday, and you should have been. But he was playing against predominantly AHL players. He won’t stick here, but he can make a good impression and be one of the first guys called up when the injury bug hits.
  • Will O’Sullivan and Comrie have the same chemistry or was it only one game? At some point this pre-season, either Comrie or Cogliano will have to play a game on the wing. There isn’t enough room for both of them in the middle. Neither should centre the 4th line, so I’m curious to see which guy will be the first to play the wing.
  • How long will it take for Brennan to drop his gloves? He didn’t find a dance partner on Tuesday and you know he wants to make a statement with his fists tonight. Brennan firmly believes he can take MacIntryre’s spot on this team. I don’t see how, since he only has an AHL contract, but he is confident he can.
  • Will they play Cotton-Eyed Joe again tonight? I can’t believe they still play that song, since I don’t know any fan or player who gets fired up by that song. It is AWFUL. They played it on Wednesday, and the Islanders scored a minute after to tie the game in the 3rd period. The only way that song should ever be played again is if the actual “Joe” makes a one-night only return to Rexall.You remember him don’t you? The song would come on, and he’d jump out of his seat and start to dance up and down the stairs, then halfway through the song he’d take his shirt off, and finish his dance. He looked like an idiot, but it was entertaining for a year or so. It ended when he thought he should get paid more than just getting to gold seats every game.

***An aside about “Joe”. One night at the old Cocktail Club on the southside, I was drinking after an Oiler game. Brett Lindros was in there and a buddy of mine knew him through a friend. He was retired and now hosting the “Be A Player” show that aired on TSN. We are having few pops and Lindros is telling us some classic stories about his time with the Islanders, when “Joe” comes over and interrupts. “Joe” starts in on Brett about how he should do a variety of things differently on his show. He starts telling him how to ask question better.

To Lindros’ credit he was calm throughout. He said thanks for the tips and turned around to talk to us. Well, “Joe” wouldn’t let it go and gives him the “Don’t you know who I am” line. I’m not lying. Lindros, of course, had no clue who he was, so we filled him in. Lindros starts to laugh and says, “You keep dancing man, maybe one day you’ll be on Broadway.”“Joe” starts on with “My career will last longer than yours did”, and then he must have thought his song was playing because he took his shirt off in the bar and takes a step towards Brett.

Finally Lindros has had enough. He takes one hand and puts it on the face of “Joe” and literally picks him up by the face, and shoves him away and says get lost. The bouncers come over and grab “Joe”, who is fuming now. He challenges Lindros to come outside, but the bouncer steps in and says he’ll take care of it. “Joe” stood outside the bar for an hour and a half waving at Lindros through the window. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. The guy was off his rocker, and he really thought he was an Edmonton celebrity because of his song.

Coaches' roles

I asked Pat Quinn about what roles his coaches would have this season.

  • Tom Renney will be in charge of the defence and practice.
  • Wayne Fleming will run the powerplay and be one of the observers from up above.
  • Kelly Buchberger is in charge of the PK and will be an in game observer on the bench and relay info to Quinn.
  • Quinn will oversee all three of these facets and plans to work closely with all three.

Tune into Just A Game on the TEAM 1260 today, and I will play Quinn’s response about all three of them. I will play it right off the top at 3:05 MST. Or you can listen online at Just A Game.

You asked for it

Many of you asked to have Brownlee's Irritants of the week posted, so I put them up at Just A Game. They will be there every Friday from now on.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#201 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:12PM
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@ Rusty Shackleford:

haha yeah man I think baggedmilk was at that same game. He said people around him in the cheaps were going nuts. I can't imagine that sort of magic happens too often.

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#202 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 08:14PM
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Oilers are playing tenacious, gotta say I like that.

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#203 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:17PM
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hahahaha those old men have no idea what's going on. I like that.

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#204 InsaneFrame
September 18 2009, 08:22PM
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Wow. The music really sucks. Will a new building solve that?

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#205 Gunner
September 18 2009, 08:22PM
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Really? Staois? PP?

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#206 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 08:24PM
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the good think about Comrie being on the team is our other small players look bigger:)

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#207 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:25PM
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I can't stand people who wear random hockey jersey's to games. If the team isn't playing, leave it in the closet.

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#208 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:26PM
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More scores! I can't believe Horcoff actually put a biscuit in an open basket!

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#209 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 08:26PM
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wow another point for Comrie....holy crap is this 2002?

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#210 Rusty Shackleford
September 18 2009, 08:26PM
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@ Gunner:

Our D tonight is:

Arsene, Staios, Chorney, Strudwick, Gilbert, Plante

Pretty weak options on PP

Oh, and HORCOFF CONNECTED ON A ONE-TIMER??

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#211 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 08:26PM
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Comrie is plus 5... wow, best bang for our buck by far so far! Oh yeah, pre season...

*goes back to googling megan fox images*

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#212 imissedmonton
September 18 2009, 08:26PM
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looks like MC has some chemistry just as long as they can keep it up all season

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#213 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:27PM
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I hope all those a-holes out there who were about to throw their own children into traffic in defiance of the Comrie signing enjoy all their crow.

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#214 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:28PM
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JF JAQUES JUST MADE THE TEAM!

*not really*

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#215 InsaneFrame
September 18 2009, 08:30PM
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@ jeanshorts: oilers gear at any and all events makes me laugh. Esks games, Caps games, Indy, I even saw a guy in a jersey at bud park for dirt track for craps sake

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#216 imissedmonton
September 18 2009, 08:31PM
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3 points so far for Mike ............ He is making me a believer

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#217 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:32PM
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So this is what it feels like to dominate the other team.

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#218 Jimmy
September 18 2009, 08:35PM
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A lot of people wear Oilers jerseys to Manitoba Moose games. I anticipate a lot of fans in the stands at the Tampa game on Thursday.

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#219 Gunner
September 18 2009, 08:35PM
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@ jeanshorts: Strange feeling isnt it?

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#220 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:36PM
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@ Gunner:

We probably shouldn't get too comfortable. Cause lord knows it's probably all going to come crashing down once the regular season starts. Here's to optimism!

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#221 Jimmy
September 18 2009, 08:37PM
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Seems like O'Sully and MC are really clicking out there. That's probably a combo to look for come October.

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#222 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:37PM
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InsaneFrame wrote:

@ jeanshorts: oilers gear at any and all events makes me laugh. Esks games, Caps games, Indy, I even saw a guy in a jersey at bud park for dirt track for craps sake

See that I don't mind. Flying the copper and blue outside of the hockey rink is fine, or whatever team colors for that matter. I just think it's super lame when a guy wears a Leaf's jersey to an Edmonton/Florida game. It makes no sense to me.

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#223 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:38PM
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Who's playing wing out of Comrie/O'Sullivan? I've been paying very little attention.

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#224 Gunner
September 18 2009, 08:39PM
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I agree. That absolutely floors me when people do that.

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#225 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 08:39PM
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um so like, who are these players for edmonton that are taking the body forechecking and winning battles along the boards? did our team have a Extreme Home Ice Makeover?

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#226 imissedmonton
September 18 2009, 08:40PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Who’s playing wing out of Comrie/O’Sullivan? I’ve been paying very little attention.

i believe it is Stone?? but i could be wrong

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#227 David S
September 18 2009, 08:42PM
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I'm a Scientist! wrote:

*goes back to googling megan fox images*

Ladi Smid's girlfriend...

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A new competitor for Megan in my books. Courtesy of Jeanshorts and the treasure trove that is JSBM.

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#228 Porter
September 18 2009, 08:50PM
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I love JFJ setting the tone right at the beginning of the period by hammering McCabe.

Nice hit.

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#229 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:54PM
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Man, I love MacIntyre as much as the next guy, but Brennan looks far more comfortable taking a regular shift out there.

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#230 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:55PM
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LOOK AT COMRIE!!!!!! I'm pretty sure this game alone has put him fully in the good books back in E-Town.

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#231 Rusty Shackleford
September 18 2009, 08:56PM
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Whoa... the Comrie chant already. Today is a good day.

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#232 Porter
September 18 2009, 08:57PM
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Am I in a dream world?

A Comrie chant in rexall... WOW.

Hell hath frozen over...

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#233 Jeremy
September 18 2009, 08:57PM
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Kudos to you Mr. Comrie. Kudos. You just earned one new fan.

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#234 Dallas
September 18 2009, 08:57PM
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You hear the Comrie chants Hahahahahah unf$/$$@kn real

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#235 imissedmonton
September 18 2009, 08:57PM
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Mike is doing everything he can to earn oilers fans respect back .... i think he just did way to go Mike

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#236 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 08:58PM
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eye heart Mike Comrie

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#237 Canadian Maniac
September 18 2009, 08:59PM
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Sounds like the fans at Rexall just fell madly in love with Comrie again, Hillary has some drunken, jersey-clad competition.

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#238 ronaldo
September 18 2009, 09:00PM
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@ David S Google Andy Roddick's wife. I tried to post link earlier today at JSBM but it wouldn't let me copy and paste- jeanshorts :(

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#239 Dallas
September 18 2009, 09:00PM
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What contract dispute trade request lol

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#240 Skidplate
September 18 2009, 09:01PM
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Penner's highlights. Not a bad player when he's on.

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#241 freeze
September 18 2009, 09:02PM
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I can't get the video to load. Am I doing something wrong? Anyone else having trouble?

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#242 Skidplate
September 18 2009, 09:03PM
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freeze wrote:

I can’t get the video to load. Am I doing something wrong? Anyone else having trouble?

This is working for me. http://oilers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=616&id=46752

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#243 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 09:03PM
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@ freeze:

Holy are you late for the party. Yeah for whatever reason most of us couldn't get it to work, but The Menace floated us this beauty

hxxp://www.fromsport.com/video-76627.html

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#244 Dallas
September 18 2009, 09:05PM
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That Horcoff hit was no dirtier than that pheneuf cheap shot and he didn't put buddy in the hospital, yet pheneuf did and he gets no penalty WTF

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#245 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:05PM
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You know the other new Oiler is having a solid game. The west edmonton Wall is doing well

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#246 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 09:06PM
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@ Dallas:

I'm pretty sure Phaneuf did get a penalty, AND to top it off he confirmed to everyone that he is, without a doubt, the single biggest p*ssy in the entire league by not answering the bell.

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#247 freeze
September 18 2009, 09:08PM
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I can't believe I missed COMRIE fight?! Has the world gone loco?

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#248 freeze
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ freeze: Holy are you late for the party. Yeah for whatever reason most of us couldn’t get it to work, but The Menace floated us this beauty hxxp://www.fromsport.com/video-76627.html

BEAUTY!! Thanks man!

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#249 freeze
September 18 2009, 09:09PM
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Sounds like that first line is flying!

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#250 Dallas
September 18 2009, 09:09PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

You know the other new Oiler is having a solid game. The west edmonton Wall is doing well

I agree totally and on another note I give full credit to Lowe for our depth on D. He loves his D and knows one when he sees one

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