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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#101 BarryS
September 20 2009, 07:57PM
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Now they're teaching the oilers how to bail out at CFB Edmonton. Looked like fun, but hopefully they don't apply these skills in games. then again, maybe that's what was wrong yesterday.

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#102 Gunner
September 20 2009, 07:57PM
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@ Fiveandagame: Difference is SMAC has an NHL contract and Brennan does not.

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#103 heavyd
September 20 2009, 07:59PM
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@ Jason Gregor: I meant scared that you would just hit on them all game.

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#104 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:00PM
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@ Gunner:

MacIntyre also has more goals. In less games.

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#105 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 08:00PM
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OK! 2nd period. Let's DOOOOOO this!!!

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#106 Gunner
September 20 2009, 08:00PM
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@ heavyd: Not if I do first!

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#107 Gunner
September 20 2009, 08:03PM
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Is JFJ on a 1-way contract?

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#108 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:03PM
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Gah Eberle! Get him someone to play with!!!!

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#109 Fiveandagame
September 20 2009, 08:03PM
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Eberle is my new favorite...We'll all be saying "Shremp who?"

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#110 Fiveandagame
September 20 2009, 08:04PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

OK! 2nd period. Let’s DOOOOOO this!!!

OH MAN!! Thats what this Game was missing!!!!!

Thanks Towel Boy!!!!

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#111 Fiveandagame
September 20 2009, 08:05PM
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Gunner wrote:

@ Fiveandagame: Difference is SMAC has an NHL contract and Brennan does not.

Mac's on a two way deal and you do a new deal for Brennan. Not out of the range of possibilities.

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#112 Dr. Unk
September 20 2009, 08:06PM
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Ok, can anyone give me a refresher on how the whole Eberle thing plays out. Is it he can play some regular season games before he can be sent down? I seem to remember something like that for Gagner.

What exactly are the options for Eberle?

Thx

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#113 heavyd
September 20 2009, 08:07PM
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Man Sask poeple are stupid.

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#114 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 08:09PM
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@ Fiveandagame:

It's all I'm good for. Well, that and I do a mean needle-point.

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#115 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:09PM
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@ Dr. Unk:

I'm not 100 percent sure, but I believe it's either a certain amount of games, or a certain date that he can stay up with the big team before they either have to keep him or send him back to Jrs. Where is Willis when we need him????? And at this point, I'm not sure a season in Springfield would be bad for him. He hasn't looked out of place at all this pre-season.

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#116 Fiveandagame
September 20 2009, 08:09PM
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Dr. Unk wrote:

Ok, can anyone give me a refresher on how the whole Eberle thing plays out. Is it he can play some regular season games before he can be sent down? I seem to remember something like that for Gagner. What exactly are the options for Eberle? Thx

I think it's he can play anything under ten games before being sent down without it counting against his year of elligibility.

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#117 Robin Brownlee
September 20 2009, 08:09PM
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Fiveandagame wrote:

Gunner wrote: @ Fiveandagame: Difference is SMAC has an NHL contract and Brennan does not. Mac’s on a two way deal and you do a new deal for Brennan. Not out of the range of possibilities.

And you would do this because?

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#118 Fiveandagame
September 20 2009, 08:11PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ Dr. Unk: I’m not 100 percent sure, but I believe it’s either a certain amount of games, or a certain date that he can stay up with the big team before they either have to keep him or send him back to Jrs. Where is Willis when we need him????? And at this point, I’m not sure a season in Springfield would be bad for him. He hasn’t looked out of place at all this pre-season.

He actually can't play in Springfield as he is too young. He has two options, Oilers or back to Jr.

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#119 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 08:11PM
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!@#$%^!!!

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#120 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:12PM
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@ Fiveandagame:

Ohhhhhhhhhh yeah. I remember reading something about that. Well then. Back to Regina he goes!

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#121 Gunner
September 20 2009, 08:12PM
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@ jeanshorts: He cannot go to the AHL. I believe he can play 9 NHL games and then a year of his NHL contract would be burned or something to that effect.

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#122 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:13PM
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Thank god there's a football game on too. What's that? The Cowboys are losing too? WHY?? WWWWHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

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#123 Fiveandagame
September 20 2009, 08:13PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Fiveandagame wrote: Gunner wrote: @ Fiveandagame: Difference is SMAC has an NHL contract and Brennan does not. Mac’s on a two way deal and you do a new deal for Brennan. Not out of the range of possibilities. And you would do this because?

Brennan looks more comfortable in a pair of skates.

With what Mr. Quinn is saying about fighting and hockey, do you expect MacIntyre to play on the Oilers this season?

I do think the Oilers have Better options than Brennan, but you have to admit he's played fantastic at camp and is a physical force out there.

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#124 Dr. Unk
September 20 2009, 08:14PM
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@ jeanshorts: @ Fiveandagame:

Personally, using my limited experience as an NHL GM (read *none*) I would keep him up for a game or 5, just to get a better idea of what he can do against a team that is comprised of NHL players instead of the AHL-ish pre-season teams.

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#125 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 08:17PM
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Oilers are looking a little "meh" right now.

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#126 Fiveandagame
September 20 2009, 08:17PM
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Dr. Unk wrote:

@ jeanshorts: @ Fiveandagame: Personally, using my limited experience as an NHL GM (read *none*) I would keep him up for a game or 5, just to get a better idea of what he can do against a team that is comprised of NHL players instead of the AHL-ish pre-season teams.

Only problem with that is I think we'd have to put somebody on waivers for his 5 game try out. We'd risk losing a player we would use after the 5 games for a test run. I don't think he'll get a regular season game this year because of it. Much different team than the one Gagner broke onto.

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#127 Gunner
September 20 2009, 08:18PM
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Jesus I cannot wait to not have to watch games on my laptop. My tv looks so sad being turned off while i watch this little 4x6 window.

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#128 Fiveandagame
September 20 2009, 08:18PM
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This announcer dude has perfected his 'douche' announcer voice...

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#129 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:19PM
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@ Dr. Unk:

Agreed. Throw him in the deep end and see if he sinks or swims. And pray to god he doesn't drown. And by drown I mean suffer a season ending injury setting his development back at least a year.

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#130 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 08:19PM
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@ Gunner:

My eyes are going to go "WHAT THE F*CK!" when they see actual hockey on actual tv. None of this pixelated crap.

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#131 Gunner
September 20 2009, 08:20PM
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Haha...

"some of these guys can't make a play to save their life"

Hahaha Rod is giving it to them.

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#132 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:20PM
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Hahaha wait I missed that. Who was Rod just crapping on for dumping it in the corner?

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#133 Fiveandagame
September 20 2009, 08:20PM
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I expect more cuts tomorrow.... hopefully deep ones.

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#134 Dr. Unk
September 20 2009, 08:20PM
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*voice dripping with contempt*

"You can't do better then shoot it into the corner?"

LOL

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#135 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:20PM
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Rod speaking the truth and representing the rest of us. I like it. Preach on!

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#136 Fiveandagame
September 20 2009, 08:21PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Hahaha wait I missed that. Who was Rod just crapping on for dumping it in the corner?

MInard! Dude just got trashed on... I feel bad for his folks. Rod is pissed!

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#137 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 08:21PM
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...but...pixelated or not...it sure beats listening to the radio and imagining how the game looks as Rod Phillips describes it. You don't know how many times I imagine Mothra and Godzilla skating around instead of actual players because my mind wanders as I listen.

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#138 Robin Brownlee
September 20 2009, 08:21PM
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@ Fiveandagame: Actually, I haven't noticed Brennan nearly as much as you have.

Quinn can say what he wants for public consumption, but if you're using a roster spot for a tough guy, then you dress the biggest hammer in the toolbox. It doesn't matter if one guy is a marginally better player -- does it really matter? No. It's not close. MacIntyre stays, Brennan rides shotgun in the AHL.

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#139 Dr. Unk
September 20 2009, 08:21PM
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SCOOOOOOORES!!!!!

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#140 17
September 20 2009, 08:21PM
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wooooo Sully!

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#141 heavyd
September 20 2009, 08:21PM
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Philips is just ripping into the oilers.

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#142 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 08:21PM
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Yay!

PATIO!

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#143 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:22PM
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SULLY! My season star shining bright!

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#144 Gunner
September 20 2009, 08:22PM
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Sullyyy!!!! Here we goooo...

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#145 Fiveandagame
September 20 2009, 08:22PM
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I feel bad that Rod is mad... He's probably thinking "Man I could be golfing right now".

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#146 BarryS
September 20 2009, 08:23PM
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Oh no, Rodney Roadtrip has jumped off the bandwagon .... Oh wait, O'Sullivan scored he's back on again.

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#147 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 08:23PM
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Huh...would yo look at that. Comrie with yet ANOTHER point.

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#148 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:24PM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Huh…would yo look at that. Comrie with yet ANOTHER point.

Somewhere "Tania" or whatever is shaking her fist and cursing Bill Comrie for ever producing such a magical gift.

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#149 Jason Gregor
September 20 2009, 08:24PM
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heavyd wrote:

@ Jason Gregor: I meant scared that you would just hit on them all game.

I would interview them because the fans would want to know them...if that led to an exchange of phone numbers for work purposes so be it...

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#150 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:25PM
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TAKE THAT TAVARES! Number one draft pick, shmumber shmum shmaft shmick.

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