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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#101 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:20PM
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The Menace wrote:

Fiveandagame wrote: Islanders would take Nilsson back. they can have Schremp too. are the isles the ones that signed Nilsson to that ridiculous contract?

Nope that was all "glass half full" K-lowe

Contracts on potential are never a good thing.

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#102 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:21PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Contracts on potential are never a good thing.

Just ask Brian Burke in 2 years when Phil Kessel plays 45 games in 2 seasons and demands a trade.

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#103 quicksilver ballet
September 19 2009, 09:23PM
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Pet Peeve fodder...

People who decige to turn left after THE FRIGGIN LIGHT TURNS GREEN!

Trying to get the security device enclosed labels off a DVD after i've trimmed my nails.

.....maybe Comrie will kick the shit out of Kessler tonight and make me feel better.

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#104 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:23PM
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@ jeanshorts: Indeed. I hope he turns out to be a Penner. Funny how the Leafs love cancer in the dressing room. They will have to get themselves a decent passer.

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#105 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:23PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Fiveandagame wrote: Contracts on potential are never a good thing. Just ask Brian Burke in 2 years when Phil Kessel plays 45 games in 2 seasons and demands a trade.

I WAS JUST GOnNA TYPE THAT!!!!! ha ha ha ha,

would have been funny if he had to make an offer sheet to get a goal scorer

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#106 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:25PM
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freeze wrote:

Leafs love cancer

Literally AND figuratively.

Too soon? I think I'm still just bitter Blake won the Masterson over Pisani.

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#107 Shapeman
September 19 2009, 09:25PM
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Nice save by deslauriers

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#108 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:25PM
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Good shift for the Van. 'vets'.

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#109 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:26PM
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@ jeanshorts: lol, it's never too soon.

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#110 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:27PM
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This reminds me too much of the Oilers of last year. I want the Oilers of last night.

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#111 The Menace
September 19 2009, 09:28PM
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i could have sworn that announcer just called JDD "dolorian"

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#112 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:29PM
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Is it still the second period? My lord this game is boring and slow.

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#113 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:30PM
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The leafs love Cancer like Patrcik Swazye's pancrease.

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#114 RossCreek
September 19 2009, 09:30PM
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Quick question - last 3 years, who has more goals that Kessel?

@ freeze. A cancer joke? Seriously? Wow.

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#115 Shapeman
September 19 2009, 09:30PM
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wow the announcer jsut called eberle "eeberley"

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#116 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:30PM
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Quinn better light a fire under these slackers.

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#117 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:31PM
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Jeff Druin Delorian just posted a GAA of 1.21 gigawatts

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#118 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:31PM
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Shapeman wrote:

wow the announcer jsut called eberle “eeberley”

It was more like Ayberlay.

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#119 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:32PM
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@ RossCreek: totally by accident. but yeah...

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#120 The Menace
September 19 2009, 09:32PM
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we really need someone firing tshirts out of one of those bazookas. but it would be nicer if it was an ice girl doing it. whales? come on.

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#121 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:32PM
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@ RossCreek: Everything is funny or nothing is funny. Cancer effects everyone. Life is better when you laugh.

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#122 The Menace
September 19 2009, 09:33PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Jeff Druin Delorian just posted a GAA of 1.21 gigawatts

hahaha!

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#123 RossCreek
September 19 2009, 09:33PM
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@ freeze. Wow. Sorry for singling you out. Cheebus H. Kryst.

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#124 Dallas
September 19 2009, 09:33PM
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Too funny that dude looked like he recognized someone and it was himself

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#125 freeze
September 19 2009, 09:33PM
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@ The Menace: a whale named fin. surely they could have come up with a lamer name than that.

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#126 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:35PM
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Next up Jokes about abortion, the holocaust and retarded puppies.

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#127 17
September 19 2009, 09:36PM
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Who the hell is in control of the audio. Geez.

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#128 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:36PM
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Okay signing off. Go Oil, represent well my bretheren. Piece out.

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#129 Shapeman
September 19 2009, 09:36PM
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@ 17: i think they are letting a cat walk across the controls....

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#130 BarryS
September 19 2009, 09:37PM
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@ Fiveandagame: Dudes dead, a little "humour" can't hurt him now and his kin aren't likely to be reading this site. Humour makes you live longer, true story.

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#131 David S
September 19 2009, 09:37PM
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Looks like our vets are completely indifferent, which really screws their linemates. Quinn said something about it the other day. Sam's out there trying to bust something loose and Hemsky is "meh", result is 0.

I miss the old days, where they had like two weeks of camp or something, then a few warm up exhibitions and into the season. These many useless warmup games means the only guys playin' are bubble boys and rubby-dubs. It makes for some brutal hockey.

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#132 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:37PM
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17 wrote:

Who the hell is in control of the audio. Geez.

A retarded puppy fetus working in a concentration camp.

BOOM! Nailed it.

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#133 17
September 19 2009, 09:39PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

17 wrote: Who the hell is in control of the audio. Geez. A retarded puppy fetus working in a concentration camp. BOOM! Nailed it.

HAHAHAHAHAHA I was going to say something along those lines but decided against it.

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#134 The Menace
September 19 2009, 09:42PM
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it's too bad fiveandagame wasn't here to read that.

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#135 Fiveandagame
September 19 2009, 09:43PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

17 wrote: Who the hell is in control of the audio. Geez. A retarded puppy fetus working in a concentration camp. BOOM! Nailed it.

Effin NICE!!!!! okay now seriously I have to go to bed. fcukin eastern time zones suck for Oiler games.

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#136 The Menace
September 19 2009, 09:45PM
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@ Fiveandagame: I forgot to tell you - it's SATURDAY. you don't have to go to bed so early!

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#137 17
September 19 2009, 09:46PM
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and now Pirates of the Caribbean music.

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#138 The Menace
September 19 2009, 09:46PM
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My buddies and I had a talk about this - I think the MST zone is the best for sports watching. nothing goes too late, and a lot of stuff starts right after work.

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#139 BarryS
September 19 2009, 09:47PM
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If the Canucks are going to use music from the lord of the rings they should use the Orc's drum theme.

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#140 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:48PM
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The Menace wrote:

My buddies and I had a talk about this – I think the MST zone is the best for sports watching. nothing goes too late, and a lot of stuff starts right after work.

Yeah. That's the only problem I have with PST is that a lot of the time I miss the first period or so cause I'm at work/going home.

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#141 Shapeman
September 19 2009, 09:50PM
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Whats with those random weird noises? they sound like a baby hiccuping

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#142 The Menace
September 19 2009, 09:50PM
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@ jeanshorts: yeah, thats the only thing keeping PST out of the #1 spot. Ironically, the whole TV schedule is built to cater to the EST zone, but that might be the worst zone overall to watch sports.

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#143 17
September 19 2009, 09:52PM
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pleeeeeeeeeeeease take Souray off the point on the PP.

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#144 The Menace
September 19 2009, 09:54PM
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@ 17: I really liked the way that Quinn had the powerplay setup for the World Jrs last year. I know we don't have that kind of talent on this team, but I was hoping to see something similar. It might be nice to see someone in the high slot once and awhile.

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#145 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 09:55PM
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So, uhh, looks like we really need Comrie and Sully on our PP huh? Right now it looks like the same garbage they were icing last season.

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#146 Porter
September 19 2009, 09:59PM
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I think Nilsson, Pouliot, and MacIntyre are goners...

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#147 The Menace
September 19 2009, 10:00PM
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the wave?!? awesome!

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#148 17
September 19 2009, 10:05PM
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ouch.

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#149 jeanshorts
September 19 2009, 10:05PM
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Garbage.

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#150 The Menace
September 19 2009, 10:06PM
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these guys are supposed to be our good players.

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