GDB minus-5: how to eat an orca whale

Jason Gregor
September 19 2009 12:15PM

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Last night I dreamed Dioro Baird had a thing for a shaved head, big mouthed, farm boy from New Sarepta, but when I woke up the only thing spooning me was my pillow.

I guess only Mike Comrie had a fairytale evening last night.

Comrie’s four assist and a fight performance was the biggest pre-season performance we’ve seen in Edmonton in ages, maybe ever. Last year Comrie was in the list of top three most hated former Oilers by all of you, unless someone from the Comrie family is reading this.

And today, most of you are loving him. And why not, he has spunk and clearly he still has some offensive flair.

Six points in two pre-season games so far, for #91, and don’t think he doesn’t know what Edmontonians like, because he asked Eric Himelfarb to dance, “We were facing off, and I just asked him.”

Hockey fans in every city love guys who can fight, hit or score, and if you can combine any of those attributes you become a fan favourite.

The only problem with Comrie’s performance is that it muddies the centre position.Though he has been lining up at different positions throughout camp and was playing LW last night he has definitely raised eyebrows amongst the Coaching staff and left heads scratching where to slot him in going forward. It would seem clear that Cogliano will have to move to the wing, because why move Comrie when he is producing the way he has. I know it is only pre-season, but six points in two games, regardless of the opposition is damn impressive.

Comrie will get a day to relax and soak up the fact he is back in the good books in good ole E-town. How can you not cheer for him? He wanted to come back to Edmonton, and money wasn’t the issue. He is a proud guy and he wants to prove to his hometown that he isn’t a spoiled-brat who turned his back on his hometown. He has matured, and he wants to write another chapter in what might turn out to be one of the best fairy-tales we’ve seen in Edmonton in a long time.

Lineup tonight

The Oilers will dress another veteran-laden lineup tonight.

Gilbert Brule gets a chance to show he has some offensive flair in his hometown.

Brule— Gagner — Hemsky Penner — Cogliano — Eberle Moreau — Pouliot — Nilsson McDonald — Reddox — MacIntyre

Smid — Souray Motin — Grebeshkov Taylor — Young

JDD and DD in goal.

Interesting to see Reddox in the middle again tonight. He gets treated like the red-headed step child by many Oiler fans, but the coaching staff loves his speed and tenacity on the puck. He is a serious contender for the fourth line centre slot, even though he wasn’t on anyone’s radar for that spot when camp broke. I don’t see him winning that job, but I could see him being the 13th or 14th forward due to his versatility and willingness to compete for the puck.

Nilsson plays the RW tonight. He told me before camp he is comfortable on either wing, and if O’Sullivan stays on the left side, the Oilers don’t have anyone who can play the right wing on the 2nd line. Sorry, Eberle isn’t ready just yet, and the Oilers won’t rush him. Pat Quinn has said on many occasions the Blue Jackets screwed up the development of Brule by not playing him when he was with the big club, and I don’t see Quinn doing the same to Eberle. He is very close, but he is still a year away.

The Canucks will start Robert Luongo in goal tonight, so the Oilers’ forwards will face their toughest goaltender to date. Both teams come in 3-0 in the preseason, and will the records don’t mean anything in a week, you know both teams want to keep their perfect record intact.

The Canucks won’t have as many veterans dressed as the Oilers. According to the Oilers site Bieska, Salo, Lukowich and Edler will be on the blueline while Kesler, Johnson, Wellwood, Parrish, Hordichuk and Samuelsson will play up front.

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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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#51 The Menace
September 19 2009, 08:27PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

( • )( • )

woo - high beams!

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#52 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 08:33PM
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oh man I hate Pouliot..... I know JW loves this guy for some reason, and yeah he can play hockey, but man he pisses me off on the ice...

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#53 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 08:34PM
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Thanks for noticing Menace.

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#54 The Menace
September 19 2009, 08:34PM
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what would khabibulin call his crease club?

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#55 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 08:35PM
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[ • ¥ • ] } { ( ' ) | \/ | ....oh yeah

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#56 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 08:36PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

[ • ¥ • ] } { ( ‘ ) | \/ | ….oh yeah

hmmmm it didn't come out right

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#57 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 08:40PM
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The Menace wrote:

what would khabibulin call his crease club?

The kremlin

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#58 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 08:40PM
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WWWWWWWWHHHHOOOOO!!! BIG SEXY!!!!

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#59 Porter
September 19 2009, 08:40PM
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Yowza! Souray!

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#60 The Menace
September 19 2009, 08:40PM
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woo - big sexy!

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#61 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 08:41PM
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SOOOURAY!!!

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#62 The Menace
September 19 2009, 08:41PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

The Menace wrote: what would khabibulin call his crease club? The kremlin

i like it. but would it be safe for kids in there?

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#63 ronaldo
September 19 2009, 08:41PM
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Is there anything he can't do? *swoon*

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#64 The Menace
September 19 2009, 08:42PM
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nothing better than scoring in the last minute or the first minute.

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#65 mooseoil
September 19 2009, 08:43PM
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That should take a little air outa the Canucks sails. SWEET!

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#66 The Menace
September 19 2009, 08:43PM
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what kind of ridiculous contest is that?

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#67 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 08:45PM
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The Menace wrote:

what kind of ridiculous contest is that?

Whatever it was I liked it. Although I have no idea what the hell taking off the Jersey's at the different lines did, but, you know. It's better than those cartoon cars racing for free oil changes at Rexall.

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#68 David S
September 19 2009, 08:50PM
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Well the video feed is good but wow is the audio bad. You think our radio broadcasts blow, then you hear stuff like this that makes our guys look like freakin' wonder boys.

Also, I think we needed Comrie tonight too. Pretty sloppy game all around.

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#69 David S
September 19 2009, 08:51PM
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BTW. Were hot chicks banned from tonight's game?

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#70 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 08:52PM
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@ David S:

The silver lining is both teams look pretty out of sync.

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#71 BarryS
September 19 2009, 08:52PM
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Did you mean this?

(.)(.) },{ ||v|| || ||

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#72 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 08:53PM
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David S wrote:

BTW. Were hot chicks banned from tonight’s game?

Come on guy. This is Vancouver. Hot girls have far better things to do on a Saturday night than go to a Canucks game. Unless it's the playoffs. The only time this city cares about hockey.

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#73 The Menace
September 19 2009, 08:53PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Whatever it was I liked it. Although I have no idea what the hell taking off the Jersey’s at the different lines did, but, you know. It’s better than those cartoon cars racing for free oil changes at Rexall.

The jerseys is what threw me. I like the race to the puck at the end though.

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#74 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 08:56PM
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Man two questionable stoppages in a row tonight in UFC. Geeze.

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#75 17
September 19 2009, 08:59PM
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lol BCFerries ad underneath the Canucks bench. Sounds about right heh.

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#76 David S
September 19 2009, 08:59PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Come on guy. This is Vancouver. Hot girls have far better things to do on a Saturday night than go to a Canucks game. Unless it’s the playoffs. The only time this city cares about hockey.

Speaking of which, aren't you supposed to be working on a kill story of your own right now? If all the hot girls in Vancouver aren't interested in hockey, what kind of guys are watching hockey?

Ohhh....riiight.

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#77 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 08:59PM
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I'm glad the play by play guy clarified which side of the ice the Canucks were on now. I'm sure the radio listeners really appriciate that.

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#78 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:01PM
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is it just me or is the Oilers transition game much quicker over last season. 2-3 quick passes and we're over the red line. And I mean Fast passes.

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#79 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:03PM
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Brutal PP.

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#80 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:03PM
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@ David S:

I.....uhhhh....you.....uhhhh....you see......

To my credit it IS only 8 here. The night has barely even started. And I've got a buddy coming in from Chicago for like 2 weeks on Tuesday. So I'm saving up my welfare cheques.

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#81 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:04PM
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BC Ferries...too funny.

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#82 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:04PM
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Do Canucks fans have to put up with these two hosers for every game?!

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#83 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:05PM
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@ 17: Good call! Hilarious.

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#84 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:05PM
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freeze wrote:

Do Canucks fans have to put up with these two hosers for every game?!

All 7 people that listen to games on the radio, yes.

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#85 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:08PM
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Yoga and meditation commercials during the game... BC ferries indeed

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#86 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:08PM
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haha oh man. Is anyone else "surprised" that there is yoga commercials during a Canucks broadcast? I'd like to see CHED try that. The building would be a pile of cinders by the morning.

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#87 Porter
September 19 2009, 09:09PM
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@ 17: LOLOLOLOL

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#88 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:11PM
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Wow, whistle happy tonight. It would be nice if they could do something with it.

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#89 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:12PM
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Wow. That was a BRUTAL call. Brutal. They seriously need to take a hard look at some of these garbage penalties.

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#90 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:13PM
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Nilsson is really playing himself off this team.

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#91 Shapeman
September 19 2009, 09:14PM
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ugh another brutal PP

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#92 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:14PM
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freeze wrote:

Nilsson is really playing himself off this team.

Him and Schremp can room together in Springfield.

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#93 The Menace
September 19 2009, 09:15PM
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say what you want about Reddox, but the guy finishes his checks.

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#94 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:15PM
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this is not as much fun as last night..... should have played Brennan

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#95 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:15PM
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What the hell was the penalty there? 2 minutes for getting beat by a fringe NHL'er trying to make a comeback?

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#96 Porter
September 19 2009, 09:16PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

freeze wrote: Nilsson is really playing himself off this team. Him and Schremp can room together in Springfield.

With MAP as well... Nowhere near as much grit tonight from this line up.

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#97 Shapeman
September 19 2009, 09:16PM
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god some of these crazy vancouver adds are kinda creepy what with the okanagan springs ad and the creepy guy talking....

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#98 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:16PM
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Islanders would take Nilsson back. they can have Schremp too.

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#99 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:18PM
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scary how invisible Cogs has been through the preseason

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#100 The Menace
September 19 2009, 09:18PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Islanders would take Nilsson back. they can have Schremp too.

are the isles the ones that signed Nilsson to that ridiculous contract?

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