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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#201 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:53PM
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And it's back. And Stauffer is also crapping on the lackluster effort.

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#202 Shapeman
September 20 2009, 08:53PM
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ITS BACK!!!

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#203 grmsville
September 20 2009, 08:53PM
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If Eberle isn't ready for the big club yet, he's too young for Springfield, and if Regina won't help his development, why not send him to Europe for a year? Is there any precedent for that?

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#204 Jimmy
September 20 2009, 08:53PM
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My feed stopped. I had to refresh a few times, but it's back now.

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#205 Gunner
September 20 2009, 08:53PM
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Somebody better lose their job over that.

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#206 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 08:54PM
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Nice to hear the Oilers radio crew lambasting the Oilers' "meh" play tonight. Ripping the "bubble guys" for not making an impact.

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#207 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:54PM
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@ grmsville:

Put him and MPS on a line! Imagine! Although I think Regina would be the best for him. Let him go put on a couple pounds of muscle, while not losing any confidence. And won't it be sweet when him and Taylor Hall are lighting it up at the world juniors?

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#208 Gunner
September 20 2009, 08:55PM
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It's also quite hillarious listening to Rod trying to figure how to pronounce some the names.

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#209 David S
September 20 2009, 08:55PM
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"Trying to watch show here!"

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#210 EddieEdmonton
September 20 2009, 08:56PM
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so, who centres jacques and moreau on the forth?

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#211 Woody
September 20 2009, 08:56PM
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Stauffer was spot on about Pouliot.

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#212 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 08:57PM
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EddieEdmonton wrote:

so, who centres jacques and moreau on the forth?

Brule.

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#213 Porter
September 20 2009, 08:57PM
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Pouliot and Schremp will not be on this team!

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#214 Shapeman
September 20 2009, 08:58PM
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ugh no sustained pressure

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#215 Gunner
September 20 2009, 08:59PM
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Although it pains me to say it, the Red Ox could end up on that 4th line.

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#216 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 09:00PM
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HEY LOOK!!!! EMOTION!!! IN THE GAME!!!

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#217 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 09:01PM
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@ Gunner:

As mediocre as he is, he does go out there and giver ever single shift, he's solid defensively for the most part, and as he showed last year he can pot a few every now and then. So as much as I'm not a Reddox fan there are far worse guys we could have out there on the fourth line.

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#218 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 09:01PM
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...the emotion has subsided.

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#219 EddieEdmonton
September 20 2009, 09:02PM
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i agree woody

id hate to see reddox back on/in the team/line-up i think it will either be brule or omarra

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#220 Shapeman
September 20 2009, 09:02PM
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any of the goals dubnyk's fault?

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#221 Gunner
September 20 2009, 09:02PM
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@ jeanshorts: That's pretty much the way I see it as well.

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#222 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 09:03PM
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The "Let's go Oilers" chant is in effect in Saskatoon. Most excellent.

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#223 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 09:03PM
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Shapeman wrote:

any of the goals dubnyk’s fault?

I think it was the second goal that was definitely a softy. But for the most part it's been defensive break downs more than anything.

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#224 EddieEdmonton
September 20 2009, 09:03PM
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reddox is too small and akward

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#225 Shapeman
September 20 2009, 09:04PM
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well the oilers are definitely not TNT right now.......

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#226 Eric
September 20 2009, 09:04PM
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Cool, the crowd's cheering for the Oilers

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#227 heavyd
September 20 2009, 09:04PM
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Does anyone know the seating capacity in the building?

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#228 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 09:05PM
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@ heavyd:

I think the pre game slide show thing said 12,000.

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#229 Dr. Unk
September 20 2009, 09:06PM
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11,310 seats.

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#230 The Towel Boy
September 20 2009, 09:06PM
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heavyd wrote:

Does anyone know the seating capacity in the building?

11,330 is capacity...according ot Wikipedia.

But, if I'm not mistaken they are adding seats or have added seats cuz of the upcoming World Junior games this winter.

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#231 Woody
September 20 2009, 09:06PM
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Nothing says "Thank you" quite like the Saskatoonites chanting "let's go Oilers" in spite of the Islanders moving their entire training cap operation to Saskatoon, pumping a ton of cash into the thriving Saskatchewan economy and otherwise doing something pretty darn cool for a community that does not often see NHL hockey.

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#232 Shapeman
September 20 2009, 09:06PM
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I hope Sully plays like he is now in the regular season

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#233 EddieEdmonton
September 20 2009, 09:07PM
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eberle will score on this powerplay

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#234 ronaldo
September 20 2009, 09:07PM
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Since I just got here and haven't seen any of the game, anyone kind enough to sum up things in say....28 words or so? Much appreciated.

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#235 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 09:08PM
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ronaldo wrote:

Since I just got here and haven’t seen any of the game, anyone kind enough to sum up things in say….28 words or so? Much appreciated.

Oilers terrible. Eberle amazing. Sully goal. Rod hates the effort. Nice to have Vish back. Saskatchewan?

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#236 EddieEdmonton
September 20 2009, 09:09PM
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well i was wrong but the powerplay looked good

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#237 Gunner
September 20 2009, 09:09PM
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Best shift Pouliot has played in 2 years.

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#238 Eric
September 20 2009, 09:09PM
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Very good powerplay, too bad they couldn't score

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#239 Shapeman
September 20 2009, 09:09PM
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at least we had a fairly good PP

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#240 Dr. Unk
September 20 2009, 09:09PM
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nice effort, poor result on that PP

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#241 EddieEdmonton
September 20 2009, 09:10PM
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@ jeanshorts: well done

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#242 heavyd
September 20 2009, 09:10PM
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ronaldo wrote:

Since I just got here and haven’t seen any of the game, anyone kind enough to sum up things in say….28 words or so? Much appreciated.

Oilers not playing good.

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#243 heavyd
September 20 2009, 09:11PM
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BULHER

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#244 Dr. Unk
September 20 2009, 09:12PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Oilers terrible. Eberle amazing. Sully goal. Rod hates the effort. Nice to have Vish back. Saskatchewan?

Forgot SMac's fight. But otherwise, props.

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#245 Archaeologuy
September 20 2009, 09:12PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Oilers terrible. Eberle amazing. Sully goal. Rod hates the effort. Nice to have Vish back. Saskatchewan?

Me thinks this kind of wrap-up needs to be done after every man.

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#246 Shapeman
September 20 2009, 09:12PM
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Dr. Unk wrote:

j Forgot SMac’s fight. But otherwise, props.

Did he beat up the guy?

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#247 Archaeologuy
September 20 2009, 09:13PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

after every game, man.

fixed.

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#248 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 09:13PM
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Dr. Unk wrote:

Forgot SMac’s fight. But otherwise, props.

Oh yeah. The Cowboys scored a touchdown while that was going on so I was trying to watch both at the same time. Did that guy from the Islanders ever come back? Or did Smac break an orbital bone in retribution for last year?

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#249 Eric
September 20 2009, 09:13PM
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Was there a fight this game because I missed parts of the game including most of period 1.

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#250 ronaldo
September 20 2009, 09:15PM
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So what I'm hearing is my star got a goal wooooooohoooooooo!!!!!

And... ummmm...too bad about the team sucking a$$.

Nice to hear Eberle is still looking good,

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