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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#151 BarryS
September 18 2009, 07:21PM
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Go to livewire on the oilers site. I'm watching right now.

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#152 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 07:21PM
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Oh my gawd I am going to punch somebody....

OW!

*rethinks following through with his threats when he is alone...*

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#153 Tommy
September 18 2009, 07:21PM
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This is the link I am using:

http://oilers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=616&id=46752

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#154 the Menace
September 18 2009, 07:21PM
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go through the florida site: hxxp://www.fromsport.com/video-76627.html

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#155 Tommy
September 18 2009, 07:22PM
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Wow JFJ crushed someone and then fights?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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#156 ScubaSteve
September 18 2009, 07:22PM
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The only thing that worked for me was going through NHL.com

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#157 the Menace
September 18 2009, 07:22PM
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i'm in, and it's still the oilers feed from there

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#158 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 07:22PM
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I can watch the Islanders game. So. I mean. I guess that's something......

*breaks out feather and ink and prepares to write strongly worded letter*

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#159 David S
September 18 2009, 07:23PM
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This works! - and its a great feed. I'm on it right now...

hxxp://atdhe.net/9331/watch-florida-panthers-vs-edmonton-oilers

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#160 Kyle S
September 18 2009, 07:24PM
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Tommy wrote:

This is the link I am using: http://oilers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=616&id=46752

No go on that one for me.

the Menace wrote:

go through the florida site: hxxp://www.fromsport.com/video-76627.html

This one works though. Yay! Thanks.

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#161 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 07:24PM
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the Menace wrote:

go through the florida site: hxxp://www.fromsport.com/video-76627.html

Thank you kind sir. If only the Oilers website team worked as swiftly as you.

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#162 InsaneFrame
September 18 2009, 07:24PM
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Has JF figured it out?

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#163 David S
September 18 2009, 07:27PM
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Zack on the PP. Interesting...

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#164 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 07:30PM
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Yup, could use some Angel of Death about now...

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#165 the Menace
September 18 2009, 07:32PM
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roddy seems to be struggling a bit with khabibulin's name. don't blame him - it still seems weird to me too.

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#166 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 07:33PM
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Who's little number 90 running around out there for the Oil?

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#167 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 07:33PM
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I am striking out everywhere

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#168 mooseoil
September 18 2009, 07:33PM
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Thanks Jeanshorts. You da man!

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#169 Porter
September 18 2009, 07:33PM
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@ the Menace: Thank you, Menace.... I love this site!

ATTN BC Oiler fans...

This link works....

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

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#170 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 07:35PM
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Menace i so want to make out with you now for this!!!

thank you sir

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#171 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 07:35PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Who’s little number 90 running around out there for the Oil?

O'Marra, thanks Rod!

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#172 the Menace
September 18 2009, 07:35PM
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@ Porter: sweet - i'm glad we found something that works!

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#173 ScubaSteve
September 18 2009, 07:35PM
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@ jeanshorts:

That's Lazo

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#174 InsaneFrame
September 18 2009, 07:36PM
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@ the Menace: try it in russian. Николай Иванович Хабибулин

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#175 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 07:38PM
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Staios on the powerplay huh?..............

FIRE PAT QUINN!

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#176 the Menace
September 18 2009, 07:38PM
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@ Fiveandagame: you're in luck - I just got some new lip balm!

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#177 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 07:38PM
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Rob Comrie. New nickname?

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#178 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 07:40PM
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@ jeanshorts: ha ha, i thought the same thing...

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#179 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 07:43PM
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the Menace wrote:

@ Fiveandagame: you’re in luck – I just got some new lip balm!

mmmm tasty.

Can I just say, I am sooooo happy it's hockey season!!!

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#180 Porter
September 18 2009, 07:43PM
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What a hit by Jacques... I hope he can keep that up...

Good interview with Tencer.

I'm a believer in him.

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#181 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 07:44PM
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Did everyone else see Phaneuf crush Okposo yesterday and then absolutely refuse to answer the bell? God I hate that guy so much. I hope someone usurps his spot on the Olympic team.

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#182 Jimmy
September 18 2009, 07:48PM
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Just hooked up the feed.

Is it just me, or the Oilers -and- the Panthers scrambling on just about every play?

PS It seems our defence can't hold the blue line for shiz today.

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#183 Porter
September 18 2009, 07:48PM
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@ jeanshorts: Celine ran away like a bitch... If you are going to throw open ice bombs in the pre-season, you had better be ready to answer...

Side Note: Does anyone ever want to photoshop Tencer into the Travelocity gnome?

He belongs in Santa's workshop assembling Todd MacFarlane Oiler figurines. I still like him for some reason though... Elves are neat!

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#184 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 07:49PM
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I don't know what it is But I don't like Okposo...

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#185 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 07:52PM
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Porter wrote:

@ jeanshorts: … Elves are neat!

They are fcuking rad!!!!

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#186 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 07:58PM
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ZOMG ROB SCHREMP!!!

*passes out from sheer excitement*

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#187 the Menace
September 18 2009, 07:59PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

I don’t know what it is But I don’t like Okposo…

because he's a small skilled forward?

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#188 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:00PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

I don’t know what it is But I don’t like Okposo…

It's probably because he's half black. So you're having half white quilt.

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#189 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 08:02PM
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hmmm maybe cause Okposo's american... World Jr's residual hatred

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#190 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 08:05PM
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COMRIE point again! damn, should have been my star...

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#191 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:05PM
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Chroney, Chorney, Puddin and Pie!

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#192 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 08:06PM
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Oh...what?

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#193 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 08:06PM
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I could have sworn Comrie passed it to him...

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#194 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 08:06PM
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my feed drops out and we score goal...Son of a!

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#195 imissedmonton
September 18 2009, 08:06PM
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@ Robin Brownlee: Robin Brownlee wrote:

Harlie wrote: we should have a Celebrity Boxing Match starring the “real” Cotton Eye Joe hailing from the 118 versus “Dancing Dan” the Asian flower dancer from the 178. I hope both clowns get knocked out. Dan a clown? Pull your head out of yer bum, son. If Dan doesn’t bring a smile to your face then you’ve got issues.

i agree Dancing Dan always brought a smile seeing him Dance i am in Red Deer now and miss seeing him

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#196 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:08PM
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Man, a lot of hot beotch's at the game tonight.

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#197 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 08:09PM
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WWWEEEEOOOOOOO!

So, this whole Mike Comrie signing not such a complete disaster after all, huh?

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#198 Rusty Shackleford
September 18 2009, 08:10PM
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@ jeanshorts:

I was hoping that one in the purple would flash for us. The last time I was at Rexall and that happened it was the loudest cheer of the night.

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#199 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 08:10PM
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wow Comrie getting cheered in Rexall... how weird

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#200 I'm a Scientist!
September 18 2009, 08:11PM
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Wow...SuperComputer is predicting the future now.. Comrie! What a dude! I wonder if Duff is here?

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