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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#251 Dallas
September 18 2009, 09:10PM
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Gout lmmfao

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#252 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 09:11PM
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hahaha is Rod busting Stauffer's balls about being fat?? That's awesome!

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#253 Porter
September 18 2009, 09:11PM
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I hope to see Stone and Jacques on the team...

Schremp needs a chance somewhere else, and same with Pouliot.

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#254 ronaldo
September 18 2009, 09:12PM
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I can't believe I'm missing all this. The highlights better be up when I get home. How many points do Comrie and POS have?

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#255 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 09:14PM
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@ ronaldo:

Sully has a goal and an assist and Comrie has 4 assists.

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#256 freeze
September 18 2009, 09:14PM
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Solid hit by Brennan!

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#257 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:15PM
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HA...scott effert... way to go buddy.

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#258 Rusty Shackleford
September 18 2009, 09:15PM
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Wow... Brennan is a beast.

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#259 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 09:15PM
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That's two people from Wetaskawin winning the 50/50 in a row. Unreal.

Brennan is giving Mac a run for his money BIG TIME. He's only on an AHL contract though like Gregor said, so I wonder if there's anyway to call him to the big team.

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#260 Porter
September 18 2009, 09:16PM
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Brennan hammered Skoula.. beauty hit!

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#261 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:16PM
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@ Dallas: Thats a hell yes, we got good depth at D for years to come.

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#262 Dallas
September 18 2009, 09:18PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ 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.

Then why has 50% of the ppl been saying it was clean. I mean he never scrapped after he ran away. So if it was clean why did he get a penalty. The guy is a total buffoon. And the crap about if it was Souray, Souray would not pull that crap in preseason I dunno SMFH. The guy has serious issues

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#263 The Menace
September 18 2009, 09:19PM
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4 points for Comrie, and he's only making just over a mil/year. This will turn out to be the best value on this team.

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#264 The Menace
September 18 2009, 09:20PM
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every time i start to get too excited about this start, I remember that we went 4-0 to start the regular season last year.

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#265 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 09:21PM
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@ Dallas:

Yeah there was no need for him to lay Okposo out like that, considering he's guaranteed a spot on the team. As far as I saw it was a clean hit, but the league is doing that lame crap where they are trying to get rid of hits to the head. So I guess now it's up to the ref's discretion about what is and what isn't a penalty in that regard. And I have no idea what they call it. But I'm 90% sure Phaneuf got a penalty for it.

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#266 The Menace
September 18 2009, 09:22PM
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woah - is that the new win music?

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#267 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:22PM
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~this music is awesome...~

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#268 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 09:22PM
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BBBRRRRIIINNNNGGGG OOOONNNNN TTTTTHHHHEEEEE CCCCCUUUUPPPPPPPP!!!!

*not really*

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#269 imissedmonton
September 18 2009, 09:22PM
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the more they win the better i feel........ i love the oilers

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#270 Porter
September 18 2009, 09:22PM
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I feel this strange sensation... I haven't felt it since the summer of 2005....

Is it....possibly.... hope?

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#271 Skidplate
September 18 2009, 09:23PM
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The announcer sounds loaded!!

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#272 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:24PM
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is the announcer dude drunk? Sounds like it...

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#273 The Menace
September 18 2009, 09:24PM
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i hope this is the fire that comrie plays with every night. even if it's just the home nights, that will be awesome.

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#274 ScubaSteve
September 18 2009, 09:24PM
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@ Skidplate: Skidplate wrote:

The announcer sounds loaded!!

I though the same thing... a little slurry there

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#275 Porter
September 18 2009, 09:24PM
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@ Skidplate: I was just thinking that... he sounds like he's had a few pops for sure....

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#276 freeze
September 18 2009, 09:25PM
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Nice! Glad to see the great effort by some of these guys. Who the hell is Lazo again?

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#277 The Menace
September 18 2009, 09:25PM
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I wonder how FLA fans watching the game on their own website like the "this is oil country" banner across the feed. heheh.

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#278 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 09:25PM
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@ Fiveandagame: @ Skidplate:

haha. I think that almost every game. He sounds a lot like Harry Carey.

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#279 Skidplate
September 18 2009, 09:25PM
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Maybe he's having a stroke :(

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#280 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:25PM
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JFJ hitting everything that moves, Bulin a shutout and Comrie with the Gordie Howe hat trick and first star...

It was like bizzarro world hockey...

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#281 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:26PM
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@ The Menace: There are fans in florida?

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#282 Shapeman
September 18 2009, 09:27PM
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@ Fiveandagame: apparrently so

YAY KHABIBULIN GO OILERS GO!!!!!!

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#283 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:27PM
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@ Skidplate: Or maybe they just lost the spit protector on his microphone in the off season.

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#284 Shapeman
September 18 2009, 09:27PM
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I am so picking Mike Comrie in my hockey pool now

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#285 The Menace
September 18 2009, 09:27PM
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@ Fiveandagame: there must be someone they were airing that game for. maybe just oiler fams displaced by the oilersfeed?

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#286 Skidplate
September 18 2009, 09:28PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

JFJ hitting everything that moves, Bulin a shutout and Comrie with the Gordie Howe hat trick and first star… It was like bizzarro world hockey…

Not quite the Howe hat trick(4 assists), but one hell of a showing.

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#287 Skidplate
September 18 2009, 09:29PM
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@ Fiveandagame: hahaha, or they are saving on costs.........

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#288 David S
September 18 2009, 09:29PM
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I have to admit. Really proud of Mike and the way he brought some humility and grit back to this team. If he plays like this all season we'll have made out like bandits.

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#289 The Menace
September 18 2009, 09:30PM
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on the recap, jen sharpe says, "at 6:32, JF jacques was convicted of slashing..."

CONVICTED? we may be taking this preseason too seriously!

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#290 Shapeman
September 18 2009, 09:30PM
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@ David S: very very small bandits....

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#291 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:31PM
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How much is Patty O' loving mini Mike right now?

Anybody know how big Brennan is? Is he a heavy weight?

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#292 BarryS
September 18 2009, 09:32PM
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But this yearThe Menace wrote:

every time i start to get too excited about this start, I remember that we went 4-0 to start the regular season last year.

But this year, for what's it worth, both Oiler Team's are playing far better than last year. It's preseason and hope reigns supreme as it should, much better than even last year's preseason because everybody but Schremp was flying. Might Ryan Stone make this team?

Take the joy where you find it.

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#293 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 09:32PM
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The Menace wrote:

on the recap, jen sharpe says, “at 6:32, JF jacques was convicted of slashing…” CONVICTED? we may be taking this preseason too seriously!

Oh man I saw that while I was getting more and more angry that the feed wasn't working. And that crap didn't help matters AT ALL. If I've learned anything it's that the worse of a writer you are, the more likely you are to land a cushy job doing something sweet like working for the Oilers.

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#294 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 09:33PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Anybody know how big Brennan is? Is he a heavy weight?

6'4, 220. I'd venture to say he's a little more than 220, but he looked real good out there tonight. Imagine a regular line with him and Stortini bashing heads out there??

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#295 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:34PM
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David S wrote:

I have to admit. Really proud of Mike and the way he brought some humility and grit back to this team. If he plays like this all season we’ll have made out like bandits.

I second that. He's showed a lot of class and humility. He'll be great for the team tonight...

You got to love that he dropped the gloves, he just won the PR battle.

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#296 Shapeman
September 18 2009, 09:34PM
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@ jeanshorts: your making me drool jsut thinking about it

*goes back to refreshing page every 2 secods to check for more comments*

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#297 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:35PM
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@ jeanshorts:Brennan Brule and Stortini? The other team would be on their ass the whole shift... I like it.

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#298 Fiveandagame
September 18 2009, 09:37PM
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Oh man we have sooo many forwards and not enough room on the bench...

what about JFJ? he played fantastic tonight, where do you slate him in?

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#299 jeanshorts
September 18 2009, 09:43PM
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@ Fiveandagame:

Well if he keeps playing like that, I'd say rotate him between the third and forth line with Moreau. Or just keep him on the forth line. Jacques-Brule-Stortini works for me.

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#300 David S
September 18 2009, 09:43PM
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The Menace wrote:

on the recap, jen sharpe says, “at 6:32, JF jacques was convicted of slashing…”

Wow. How do these people get jobs?

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