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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#251 Shapeman
September 20 2009, 09:15PM
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oh pat quinn talking some sense into some people

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#252 Dr. Unk
September 20 2009, 09:15PM
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fight was early on in the first, it was all SMac for the first half, then the Islander made a bout of it. And I think I did hear that he came back

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#253 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 09:19PM
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Eberle cannot buy one tonight. He's been shooting from everywhere though which is amazingly refreshing.

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#254 Shapeman
September 20 2009, 09:20PM
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pretty much oilers lose again but at least put up an effort late in the game

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#255 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 09:22PM
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Tavares got one of the stars? He was barely noticeable out there aside from his one assist.

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#256 Oil Country
September 20 2009, 09:24PM
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Eberle played well, had some good chances. Not as many as Rod Philips is saying.

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#257 Shapeman
September 20 2009, 09:24PM
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@ jeanshorts: who were the other stars I shut it off as soon as we lost

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#258 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 09:27PM
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@ Shapeman:

Jr. Tambo, who played a good game. Well first period anyway. And Biron was first star.

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#259 BarryS
September 20 2009, 09:29PM
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Off of tonights game these players are likely to be in danger of being sent down tomorrow

Potulny - Minard - Arsene - Potulny Minard - Stone - Kytnar -Arsene Dubnyk

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#260 BarryS
September 20 2009, 09:30PM
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well, not potulny twice

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#261 Oil Country
September 20 2009, 09:30PM
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you forgot plante

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#262 jeanshorts
September 20 2009, 09:31PM
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@ BarryS:

Potulny, Minard, and Arsene played that bad they are going to get sent down twice?

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#263 BarryS
September 20 2009, 09:32PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

@ BarryS: Potulny, Minard, and Arsene played that bad they are going to get sent down twice?

Serve them right, but my edit button doesn't work, nor alas does my brain it seems

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#264 Oil Country
September 20 2009, 09:32PM
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i think they will send down the d-man, its time for the coaching staff to set the lines up. only three games left.

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#265 ronaldo
September 20 2009, 09:34PM
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@jeanshorts Yep, straight to ECHL. Serious wake up call to the rest.

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#266 Dallas
September 20 2009, 09:50PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

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?

Haha Jeanshorts great minds think alike I thought the exact same thing when he went off but yeah he did come back tough kid

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#267 Sandra
September 20 2009, 09:54PM
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The Oilers can do with out Pisani, Moreau, Nilson, Schremp,Staois, Keep Eberle, Stone (who replaced Pisani) Chorney.

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#268 Dallas
September 20 2009, 09:57PM
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BarryS wrote:

Off of tonights game these players are likely to be in danger of being sent down tomorrow Potulny – Minard – Arsene – Potulny Minard – Stone – Kytnar -Arsene Dubnyk

Potulny Minard and Arsene all get sent down twice WOW name happy or what lol

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#269 BarryS
September 20 2009, 10:00PM
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@ Dallas: As Ronaldo said above, all the way to the ECHL

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#270 Chris
September 20 2009, 10:03PM
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Sandra wrote:

The Oilers can do with out Pisani, Moreau, Nilson, Schremp,Staois, Keep Eberle, Stone (who replaced Pisani) Chorney.

The Oilers can do with out consistancy, grit and experience? The lineup is thin enough without ripping on the few players who remain from the cup run. If guys like Pisani and Moreau are moved out, experienced NHL players had better flow back in.

Pisani for Stone. Moreau for Eberle and Staios for Chorney: Equals an even worse roster than last year with predictably worse results.

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#271 Sandra
September 20 2009, 10:12PM
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Chris wrote:

Sandra wrote: The Oilers can do with out Pisani, Moreau, Nilson, Schremp,Staois, Keep Eberle, Stone (who replaced Pisani) Chorney. The Oilers can do with out consistancy, grit and experience? The lineup is thin enough without ripping on the few players who remain from the cup run. If guys like Pisani and Moreau are moved out, experienced NHL players had better flow back in. Pisani for Stone. Moreau for Eberle and Staios for Chorney: Equals an even worse roster than last year with predictably worse results.

Out with the old in with the new, Lowe has moved on, so has MacT, We need a new direction, I would see how Dsjarlais looks and would get rid of Khabby too. They are stuck in the MacT rut, No consistency.

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#272 Joey Moss
September 20 2009, 10:18PM
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I'm in agreement with Sandra... as has been pointed out on this site by JW, there is a glut of players capable of playing those roles. the oilers just happen to pick bad ones and over pay them.

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#273 Sandra
September 20 2009, 10:24PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53whSptXpOo

Wow what a fight!

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#274 chmza
September 20 2009, 10:36PM
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Can someone please let me know what GDB stands for?

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#275 Joey Moss
September 20 2009, 10:44PM
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@ chmza: you must be new here :)

Game Day B*tches

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#276 CurtisS
September 20 2009, 10:44PM
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@ chmza: Game Day Blog?

Im not saying.......im just saying ;)

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#277 Ogden Brother
September 20 2009, 10:57PM
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Sandra wrote:

Chris wrote: Sandra wrote: The Oilers can do with out Pisani, Moreau, Nilson, Schremp,Staois, Keep Eberle, Stone (who replaced Pisani) Chorney. The Oilers can do with out consistancy, grit and experience? The lineup is thin enough without ripping on the few players who remain from the cup run. If guys like Pisani and Moreau are moved out, experienced NHL players had better flow back in. Pisani for Stone. Moreau for Eberle and Staios for Chorney: Equals an even worse roster than last year with predictably worse results. Out with the old in with the new, Lowe has moved on, so has MacT, We need a new direction, I would see how Dsjarlais looks and would get rid of Khabby too. They are stuck in the MacT rut, No consistency.

All I can say is: Wow.

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#278 David S
September 20 2009, 11:42PM
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Who is this "Dsjarlais"?

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#279 RossCreek
September 21 2009, 01:05AM
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David S wrote:

Who is this “Dsjarlais”?

Delorean

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#280 Reagan
September 21 2009, 06:50AM
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Deslauriers?

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#281 Bank Shot
September 21 2009, 07:28AM
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@ Sandra:

The last thing the Oilers need to do is replace vets with rookies.

Don't you remember what happened in 06-07 when all the "crappy" vets got injured and the lineup was filled with nothong but kids?

They lost something like 16 out of their last 20. Too many rookies equals death in the NHL.

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#282 BingBong
September 21 2009, 07:30AM
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Hmmm...Glencross with a goal and 3 assists tonight. I know it's only preseason, but... damn. That's one guy I would've loved to have kept.

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#283 Digger12
September 21 2009, 07:41AM
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Chris wrote:

Sandra wrote: The Oilers can do with out Pisani, Moreau, Nilson, Schremp,Staois, Keep Eberle, Stone (who replaced Pisani) Chorney. The Oilers can do with out consistancy, grit and experience? The lineup is thin enough without ripping on the few players who remain from the cup run. If guys like Pisani and Moreau are moved out, experienced NHL players had better flow back in. Pisani for Stone. Moreau for Eberle and Staios for Chorney: Equals an even worse roster than last year with predictably worse results.

You can bring up the cup run, I can bring up missing the playoffs 5 out of the last 7 seasons.

I don't disagree that this team can only be helped by consistency, grit and experience...but I also believe that the coaching staff's job is to put together the best team they possibly can for the 09/10 season, and if that means a young player making the team at the expense of one of the aforementioned veterans, then so be it.

Given the results over a greater body of work than one lightning in a bottle cup run, I'm certainly not besotted with the idea of keeping around Moreau, Staios and Pisani at all costs.

With that being said, let's see how these last 3 preseason games go before people start anointing heir apparents. We can be sure that the rosters that players like Eberle, Chorney, Stone etc. will be facing from here on in will be comprised of more real NHL players than they've yet seen.

If they falter, too bad for them. If they don't, too bad for the players they're bound to replace.

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#284 BingBong
September 21 2009, 07:52AM
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I know Eberle has looked great so far, but I think keeping him with the team would be a major mistake. It's preseason hockey, and once the season starts I think his faults would become much more apparent. He obviously needs to get bigger/stronger, and more time in the minors would do him good. Unfortunately I think the AHL would be good for him, yet he's too young. Silly rule, because he's probably too good for Regina. But I still think it's a better option than staying with the Oil.

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#285 venue
September 21 2009, 08:26AM
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BingBong wrote:

Hmmm…Glencross with a goal and 3 assists tonight. I know it’s only preseason, but… damn. That’s one guy I would’ve loved to have kept.

Please don't start this again.

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#286 jeff
September 21 2009, 08:44AM
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I guess they have no stats guy in Saskatoon. Can't find anything on the Oil site or the NHL site.

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#287 Ogden Brother
September 21 2009, 08:45AM
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Digger12 wrote:

Chris wrote: Sandra wrote: The Oilers can do with out Pisani, Moreau, Nilson, Schremp,Staois, Keep Eberle, Stone (who replaced Pisani) Chorney. The Oilers can do with out consistancy, grit and experience? The lineup is thin enough without ripping on the few players who remain from the cup run. If guys like Pisani and Moreau are moved out, experienced NHL players had better flow back in. Pisani for Stone. Moreau for Eberle and Staios for Chorney: Equals an even worse roster than last year with predictably worse results. You can bring up the cup run, I can bring up missing the playoffs 5 out of the last 7 seasons. I don’t disagree that this team can only be helped by consistency, grit and experience…but I also believe that the coaching staff’s job is to put together the best team they possibly can for the 09/10 season, and if that means a young player making the team at the expense of one of the aforementioned veterans, then so be it. Given the results over a greater body of work than one lightning in a bottle cup run, I’m certainly not besotted with the idea of keeping around Moreau, Staios and Pisani at all costs. With that being said, let’s see how these last 3 preseason games go before people start anointing heir apparents. We can be sure that the rosters that players like Eberle, Chorney, Stone etc. will be facing from here on in will be comprised of more real NHL players than they’ve yet seen. If they falter, too bad for them. If they don’t, too bad for the players they’re bound to replace.

The team "needs" to dump Pie/Morea/Staios like it needed to dump Torres/Stoll/Reasoner. For some reason Oiler fans (I guess probably all fans) have this infatuation with the new guy coming in a ripping up the league (regardless of whether the were able to dominate inferior competition or not). Their is a reason AHL guys are AHL guys, do people actually think that even if Oiler coaching/managment were so incompetent that they couldn't recoginze when one of thier AHL players was > to one of their NHL players, that some other team wouldn't recognize this?

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#288 BingBong
September 21 2009, 08:46AM
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venue wrote:

BingBong wrote: Hmmm…Glencross with a goal and 3 assists tonight. I know it’s only preseason, but… damn. That’s one guy I would’ve loved to have kept. Please don’t start this again.

Sorry, bad habits die hard. :-)

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#289 Fiveandagame
September 21 2009, 08:57AM
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Jerf Druid Delorean is freakin awesome.

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#290 Chris.
September 21 2009, 08:59AM
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Digger12 wrote:

You can bring up the cup run, I can bring up missing the playoffs 5 out of the last 7 seasons.

You're proving my point... The cup run was made by vetrans. When too many proven vetrans were replaced by inexperienced rookies: team performance suffered. If someone you loved died on an operationg table, you wouldn't care to hear about the "potential" of the rookie surgeon. Obviously, young guys need to be brought in: but not too many, all at once, or the culture suffers. The Oilers are already too young, IMO... don't be in a hurry to rush out proven commodities for more "potential"...

If the resident goat Moreau is to be dropped, or traded: he needs to be replaced by a proven NHLer with experience. On the other hand, the backend is deep enough, and experienced enough that Staios, who is nearing the end of his career, could be replaced by a guy like Peckham to save money: but don't expect a move lke that to improve the team right away.

For Sandra to say Stone can replace Pisani is just plain dumb.

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#291 BigE57
September 21 2009, 09:02AM
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@ Ogden Brother:

Wow, that's all you can say. Someone needs to pry the crack pipe loose there.

@ Sandra:

Not sure where this Dsjarlais guy comes from? It's DESLAURIERS for the millionth time. And how is Khabby part of the MACT rut? They signed him in the off season and he's never played a game under MacT.

I hate preseason hockey, we wait all summer for these guys to come back and then when they half ass it through the preseason games everbody is ready to cut 1/3 of the returning roster and replace them with guys from the ECHL.

2 weeks til real games!!!

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#292 jeff
September 21 2009, 09:30AM
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@ Ogden Brother: There is nothing wrong with dumping those players,but you need replacements. From what I seen of Stone Friday night he can maybe replace the guy that opens the penalty box.

And people Eberle doesn't replace Moreau.

Chorney doesn't replace Staios.

What are we going with 4 offensive lines and 6 offensive d-men next year? Bulin may be an upgrade, but facing 60 shots a game he won't be.

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#293 Ogden Brother
September 21 2009, 09:34AM
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jeff wrote:

@ Ogden Brother: There is nothing wrong with dumping those players,but you need replacements. From what I seen of Stone Friday night he can maybe replace the guy that opens the penalty box. And people Eberle doesn’t replace Moreau. Chorney doesn’t replace Staios. What are we going with 4 offensive lines and 6 offensive d-men next year? Bulin may be an upgrade, but facing 60 shots a game he won’t be.

Sure, if 28 year old Morea/Pie/Staios are on their way in then fine... but they aren't. their replacements wouuld be 19/20/21 (ish)

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#294 Sandra
September 21 2009, 09:40AM
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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.

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#295 Sandra
September 21 2009, 09:42AM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

jeff wrote: @ Ogden Brother: There is nothing wrong with dumping those players,but you need replacements. From what I seen of Stone Friday night he can maybe replace the guy that opens the penalty box. And people Eberle doesn’t replace Moreau. Chorney doesn’t replace Staios. What are we going with 4 offensive lines and 6 offensive d-men next year? Bulin may be an upgrade, but facing 60 shots a game he won’t be. Sure, if 28 year old Morea/Pie/Staios are on their way in then fine… but they aren’t. their replacements wouuld be 19/20/21 (ish)

Why would you want to replace a guy like moreau he brings nothing to the table.

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#296 jeff
September 21 2009, 09:43AM
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@ Ogden Brother: I've said it before and I'll say it again. We have enough young players, it is time to take a page from Detroit's book and let players gain experience in the minors before we bring them in.

Quinn and Renney are giving every player a chance to step up and play any position and right now no one is standing out that could steal a spot from a vet.

Friday at the game I think everyone(okay 7 plus Schremp had 6 seconds) had a shot on the PK. On the PP every single player had a shot, Kip Brennan had the least amoung of PP time with 38 seconds.

Chances are being given, now it is time to stand up.

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#297 jeff
September 21 2009, 09:45AM
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@ Sandra: Kip brennan is faster then Stone.

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#298 jeff
September 21 2009, 09:46AM
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@ Sandra: Your kidding. I don't like Moreau at all, but to say he brings nothing is downright crazy.

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#299 Fiveandagame
September 21 2009, 09:48AM
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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.

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.

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#300 Sandra
September 21 2009, 09:48AM
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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.

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