GDB minus-4: Saskatchewan Love

Wanye
September 20 2009 01:30PM

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What could be less interesting than preseason hockey? How about preseason hockey against the Islanders? Still a bit too meaningful for your tastes? How about playing it in Saskatoon? Now you feeling the love for the game tonight? Totally.

Fresh off assigning 5 players to Springfield and releasing another altogether, the (3-1) Oilers play the (1-3) Islanders tonight in the fine city of Saskatoon. In a game that is being called “Better hockey than the Blades, but only slightly” excitement is high in Saskatchewan today. It’s great to see the NHL moving preseason games around Canada, building the brand, selling new fans on the game and giving young Canadians from coast-to-coast priceless memories like “remember the time Islanders Prospect Greg Maudlin played 4 minutes in a preseason game in Saskatoon, registering no shots, no points and no penalty minutes? Wasn’t that awesome?”

We kid of course, an NHL game is a fantastic experience regardless of teams or point in the year in which it was played. Case and point we have watched replays of the entire Oilers preseason twice so far. Twice. Though we know it doesn’t mean anything.

Sigh.

Who loves Comrie the most?

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It’s amazing to us how quickly our fellow Oilers fans have embraced the return of Comrie. Two months ago you could have made your fortune selling Mike Comrie branded punching bags around town. Now it seems like it is a contest for who can lay claim to loving all things Comrie the most:

“Oh I love Mike Comrie the most. Even when he bounced in ’03 and everyone hated him I secretly still liked him. I have kept his jersey in the back of my closet these past 6 years and sometimes when things weren’t going well I would go put that jersey on and climb into bed with a bottle of Drambuie. Then Mike and I would remember better days as I cried myself to sleep.”

“No I love Mike Comrie the best. When I heard that he was coming back to town I took all of my furniture out into the yard and lit it on fire. Then I went down to the Brick, applied for seven different Brick cards and bought all new stuff. Because at that point of the year it was the least I could do for MY MAN.”

“I love Mike Comrie so much I have invested heavily in cloning Hilary Duff and in a few short weeks I will be wearing her cloned facial skin as a mask. Then I will go find Mike and tell him that I love him, and force him to get marry me in a rushed civil ceremony. Then, when he says “I do” I will tear off my cloned Hilary Duff face, look him square in the eye and say “I love the Oilers Mike. But I have always loved you more.”

People are so full of shit

No one –we repeat no one- loved MC a few short weeks ago, but it is nice to see his bandwagon filling up fast. Hopefully this love from the fans will continue into the regular season and the newest Oiler can contribute like he has so far. As Gregor recently pointed out, “(Comrie) 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. ”

It sure is shaping up to be an extremely interesting story line, capable of putting preseason hockey on the tips of tongues all around town. We just want to get to the regular season already. And the quickest way to get there is by playing out the remaining games in short order. So lets get it going.

Oilers. Islanders. One game closer to the start of the regular season. It’s go time. (Sorta)

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#301 Sandra
September 21 2009, 09:50AM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Sandra wrote: Stone is good on the PK and can score. What does Pisani do?. What did your so called Veterans bring to the table last year? Moreau with his moron penalities? We need a new captain, one that can play hockey! Nillson is a Klima type player, plays when he wants. And Staois is …… Staois. As for Khabby bulin to you, He is an overpaid goalie, with his contract we could have had that 3rd line center who can take face offs, plus money for a descent vet for the cup run at the trade deadline. You can throw Brule out too. Sounds like you should be cheering for a different team, seeing as you want to throw half of them away. and replace them with AHL forwards. Khabibulin pitched a shutout in his first game for the Oil. WHat more do you want from them? Remember when Garon was going to be our savior in net? Yeah thats worked out well for him, What team is he starting for BTW? When have a number one starter for the first time since CuJo , give him a chance.

He carries a first aid kit in his pads. He will be hurt for a long period this year anyways.

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#302 Ogden Brother
September 21 2009, 09:57AM
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Sandra wrote:

Stone is good on the PK and can score. What does Pisani do?. What did your so called Veterans bring to the table last year? Moreau with his moron penalities? We need a new captain, one that can play hockey! Nillson is a Klima type player, plays when he wants. And Staois is …… Staois. As for Khabby bulin to you, He is an overpaid goalie, with his contract we could have had that 3rd line center who can take face offs, plus money for a descent vet for the cup run at the trade deadline. You can throw Brule out too.

Stone is good on the PK and can score... in the NHL....suurrre

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#303 Ender the Dragon
September 21 2009, 09:57AM
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Sandra wrote:

[Khabibulin]carries a first aid kit in his pads. He will be hurt for a long period this year anyways.

Fearless prognostication from Sandra, or did you find that while reading Nostradamus?

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#304 Ogden Brother
September 21 2009, 09:59AM
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Sandra wrote:

jeff wrote: @ Sandra: Your kidding. I don’t like Moreau at all, but to say he brings nothing is downright crazy. Name what he brings.

Physical play, size, tenacity, a willingness to stand up for his teamates, chips in with +/- 15 goals.

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#305 Sandra
September 21 2009, 09:59AM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

Sandra wrote: [Khabibulin]carries a first aid kit in his pads. He will be hurt for a long period this year anyways. Fearless prognostication from Sandra, or did you find that while reading Nostradamus?

He may be good for 40-50 games, his whole careeer he's been a bandaid.

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#306 Sandra
September 21 2009, 10:00AM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

Sandra wrote: jeff wrote: @ Sandra: Your kidding. I don’t like Moreau at all, but to say he brings nothing is downright crazy. Name what he brings. Physical play, size, tenacity, a willingness to stand up for his teamates, chips in with +/- 15 goals.

and what year was that?

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#307 jeff
September 21 2009, 10:01AM
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@ Sandra: Well he is the only one in our top 9 that hits(2nd for our forwards), stands up for teammates, blocks shots(3rd for our forwards, has leadership, chips in with 10-20 goals, and he plays the PK.

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#308 Ogden Brother
September 21 2009, 10:02AM
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Sandra wrote:

Ogden Brother wrote: Sandra wrote: jeff wrote: @ Sandra: Your kidding. I don’t like Moreau at all, but to say he brings nothing is downright crazy. Name what he brings. Physical play, size, tenacity, a willingness to stand up for his teamates, chips in with +/- 15 goals. and what year was that?

He hit/fought/played hard and scored 14 goals last year.

Stones AHL numbers aren't even good, they would translate to 6-8 goals 20 - 25 points in the NHL

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#309 Sandra
September 21 2009, 10:02AM
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hxxp://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Pisani+time+limited/2013150/story.html

Here is your Pisani

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#310 Sandra
September 21 2009, 10:04AM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

Sandra wrote: Ogden Brother wrote: Sandra wrote: jeff wrote: @ Sandra: Your kidding. I don’t like Moreau at all, but to say he brings nothing is downright crazy. Name what he brings. Physical play, size, tenacity, a willingness to stand up for his teamates, chips in with +/- 15 goals. and what year was that? He hit/fought/played hard and scored 14 goals last year. Stones AHL numbers aren’t even good, they would translate to 6-8 goals 20 – 25 points in the NHL

that is where JF come in.

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#311 jeff
September 21 2009, 10:05AM
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@ Ogden Brother: I'd almost like to see Stone, Eberle, Chorney, Plante, Potulny (who everyone seems to have forgot about), and Schremp make this team.

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#312 RossCreek
September 21 2009, 10:07AM
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@ Sandra: Sandra... we're worried about you. We think your drinking habits are affecting your daily life. Please Sandra... put the bottle down. This is an intervention and we are here to help you. You can do this. All this rubbish you spew... its crazy hennessy talk. Just ask Kanye... it gives you the SH*Ttalk Syndrome

- Sincerely, Worried

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#313 jeff
September 21 2009, 10:09AM
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@ Sandra: The guy with one goal in 60 games is going to be a third liner?

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#314 OvenChicken8
September 21 2009, 10:10AM
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jeff wrote:

@ Ogden Brother: I’d almost like to see Stone, Eberle, Chorney, Plante, Potulny (who everyone seems to have forgot about), and Schremp make this team.

~I too would like a chance to draft Taylor Hall.~

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#315 Ogden Brother
September 21 2009, 10:11AM
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Sandra wrote:

Ogden Brother wrote: Sandra wrote: Ogden Brother wrote: Sandra wrote: jeff wrote: @ Sandra: Your kidding. I don’t like Moreau at all, but to say he brings nothing is downright crazy. Name what he brings. Physical play, size, tenacity, a willingness to stand up for his teamates, chips in with +/- 15 goals. and what year was that? He hit/fought/played hard and scored 14 goals last year. Stones AHL numbers aren’t even good, they would translate to 6-8 goals 20 – 25 points in the NHL that is where JF come in.

I'd be happy with JFJ as our 4th line winger. At this point he doesn't hold a candle to Moreau though.

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#316 Ogden Brother
September 21 2009, 10:11AM
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jeff wrote:

@ Ogden Brother: I’d almost like to see Stone, Eberle, Chorney, Plante, Potulny (who everyone seems to have forgot about), and Schremp make this team.

So would I, then we can watch the faction of the fan base back peddle when the team is bottom 3 in the league.

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#317 RossCreek
September 21 2009, 10:16AM
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Dany Heatley has a message for all the haters. He will get you.

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Dany Heatley IS................................................................................................................................. SHARK BOY!

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#318 Fiveandagame
September 21 2009, 10:21AM
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Sandra wrote:

hxxp://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Pisani+time+limited/2013150/story.html

Thats is hardly a damnation of Pisani.

Out of all our forwards, he is one of the more consistent and one of our ONLY proven PK guys. Pisani is far from being on the bubble.

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#319 jeff
September 21 2009, 10:25AM
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Sandra wrote: hxxp://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Pisani+time+limited/2013150/story.html Thats is hardly a damnation of Pisani. Out of all our forwards, he is one of the more consistent and one of our ONLY proven PK guys. Pisani is far from being on the bubble.

I think one of the reasons his icetime is down is because the coaches want to see if there is anyone else who can step up. Wait til the later pre-season games and things will start chaning.

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#320 Fiveandagame
September 21 2009, 10:36AM
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@ jeff: Exactly, Just like how MacIntyre played a regular shift last night. You need the icetime for the unproven players to figure out where they go. Echl, AHL or as your 13th and 14th guys.

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#321 jeff
September 21 2009, 10:40AM
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@ Fiveandagame: I watched Brennan closely friday night. And I can see what the poster was saying the other day about him taking a spot from Macintyre. I haven't seen him fight in awhile though, but he seems to be a decent skater and smart in his own end. If I were big Mac I think I'd be a little scared.

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#322 Fiveandagame
September 21 2009, 10:46AM
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@ jeff: BRownlee pointed out that there are other options for the Oilers other than Brennan, but I really like the edge he plays with. If he comes screaming down the wing and he has the opposition d-men shoulder checking and backing off the puck, he could be really valuable.

MacIntyre does look lighter and faster this year though, and actually is able to skate. He does look lost when he has the puck or is on the other side of the oppositions blue line.

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#323 Reggie
September 21 2009, 10:51AM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Pisani is far from being on the bubble.

I wouldn't go that far after reading the article. It appears the prospects are getting a good hard look. This team is over the salary cap right now and Pisani's $2.5M cap hit might look good on someone else's roster right now.

He is a UFA after this season. I'm not saying he may not make this team, but look at the circumstances. Injured for most of the past two years, it is possible this coaching staff who has no favorites or history with the players, might be considering him to be a bubble player right now.

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#324 jeff
September 21 2009, 10:59AM
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@ Fiveandagame: Who is the other options outside Brennan and Macintyre. Really I think we only need a super heavyweight for Boogard, McGratton and then maybe a couple guys out east. Stortini and Jacques and deal with the other fighters.

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#325 jeff
September 21 2009, 11:01AM
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@ Reggie: Who takes him though? Guys like him are going for a heck of a lot cheaper. Heck Dubinsky went for 1.85mil and he has upside.

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#326 Reggie
September 21 2009, 11:06AM
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@ Reggie: Who takes him though? Guys like him are going for a heck of a lot cheaper. Heck Dubinsky went for 1.85mil and he has upside.

I understand what you are saying, but if my name was Pisani, I would be a little worried.

Maybe he is the salary they bury in the minors ? No idea. I think that it is interesting to see how little ice time he is getting. And only 1 pre-season game. The remaining pre-season games will prove to be interesting in shaping this roster for Oct. 03.

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#327 Ogden Brother
September 21 2009, 11:19AM
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Reggie wrote:

jeff wrote: @ Reggie: Who takes him though? Guys like him are going for a heck of a lot cheaper. Heck Dubinsky went for 1.85mil and he has upside. I understand what you are saying, but if my name was Pisani, I would be a little worried. Maybe he is the salary they bury in the minors ? No idea. I think that it is interesting to see how little ice time he is getting. And only 1 pre-season game. The remaining pre-season games will prove to be interesting in shaping this roster for Oct. 03.

Anyone know how much ice time Moreau/Horc/Hemsky/Souray/Vish/Staios/Gilbert has gotten?

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#328 jeff
September 21 2009, 11:34AM
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@ Ogden Brother: Take Lubo out as he had injury problems.

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#329 Reggie
September 21 2009, 11:38AM
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@ Ogden Brother: Take Lubo out as he had injury problems.

Souray has gotten a boat load. 23+ a game. That's the only one I know offhand. I have been surprised the number of minutes he's played. I think he even topped 25 one game.

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#330 RossCreek
September 21 2009, 11:39AM
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new blog from JG

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#331 jeff
September 21 2009, 11:41AM
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Well Souray loooks like he is getting 25 minutes. Hemmer 17:30 Horcoff 16 Staios 15 Moreau 14:30 Gilbert 24

I could only find stats for three games, but what I did find is Arsene, Chorney, Plante, Smid, Motin, Stone, Brule and a few others have had substanial time given to them. In Smid's case it's like 28 minutes.

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#332 Ogden Brother
September 21 2009, 11:47AM
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Well Souray loooks like he is getting 25 minutes. Hemmer 17:30 Horcoff 16 Staios 15 Moreau 14:30 Gilbert 24 I could only find stats for three games, but what I did find is Arsene, Chorney, Plante, Smid, Motin, Stone, Brule and a few others have had substanial time given to them. In Smid’s case it’s like 28 minutes.

Interesting, maybe their is something to the "Pisani in trouble" stuff.

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#333 jeff
September 21 2009, 11:54AM
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jeff wrote: Well Souray loooks like he is getting 25 minutes. Hemmer 17:30 Horcoff 16 Staios 15 Moreau 14:30 Gilbert 24 I could only find stats for three games, but what I did find is Arsene, Chorney, Plante, Smid, Motin, Stone, Brule and a few others have had substanial time given to them. In Smid’s case it’s like 28 minutes. Interesting, maybe their is something to the “Pisani in trouble” stuff.

I don't know Outside of Gilbert and Souray everyones numbers seem low. Moreau at 14:30 is about right.

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#334 Reggie
September 21 2009, 11:58AM
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I don’t know Outside of Gilbert and Souray everyones numbers seem low. Moreau at 14:30 is about right.

Good points, but notice that Pisani had what a little over 8 minutes according to the article ? Not even double digits and 1 pre-season game only.

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#335 jeff
September 21 2009, 12:05PM
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@ Reggie: I never read the article. Is it possible he is sick?

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#336 Reggie
September 21 2009, 12:23PM
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@ Reggie: I never read the article. Is it possible he is sick?

The thought crossed my mind, but he said nothing about it and he was quoted in the article.

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#337 jeff
September 21 2009, 12:30PM
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@ Reggie: He won't admit it though. It took til just about the end of the year for him to admit that his illness had some effects, although he said he never felt bad during games.

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#338 Reggie
September 21 2009, 12:34PM
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@ jeff: That's probably very true.

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#339 charlieangels
September 21 2009, 01:38PM
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The Oil need size and grit. Look at their top 7 or 8 forwards,all small. You need 18 and 34 to crash people. Saying that, I don't think 18 is captain material in light of his brain or lack of using it when required. he is a good soldier but not the leader of the squad to go over the hill.

34 has to prove he belongs. He got a large contract in light of his playoff year and after that, wow, a huge disappointment. Health is critical but he is part of a team. He needs to crash and bang to belong and earn his way.

I gotta think that maybe part way into the year the goaltending is going to be of most interest. If the Wall gets hurt that's money wasted. If he can return to his glory years in Tampa, what a great signing.

Hey Sandra, can you mail me whatever your drinking? Its' Monday afternoon so time for a shot.

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#340 jeff
September 21 2009, 01:56PM
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@ charlieangels: I agree that Moreau isn't captain material. I said that 3 years ago when they gave it to him. Pisani well last year before he is a UFA and if he paid attention to Free Agents like him this year, he knows that a poor season could be the end of his career.

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