Bygones: Comrie comes home

Robin Brownlee
September 09 2009 08:34PM

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To say I never saw a return to the Edmonton Oilers by Mike Comrie coming is to understate in the extreme -- one need only read what I wrote Aug. 19 to see how out to lunch I was on the possibility.

Remember? It was such a ridiculous notion, and for so many reasons, that I wasn't even going to ask MC about it. It made no sense. Too many bad feelings his first time around, when he could have and should have been the hometown hero but turned his back on the Oilers.

And then there was the fit, or lack of same, given the make-up of the roster as it sits going into training camp. And blah, blah, blah . . . At least one of the local dailies agreed, quoting a team source giving a Comrie encore the thumbs down.

Well, as it stands right now, after a 15-minute, face-to-face conversation I had with Comrie this afternoon, I've got to tell you we'd all better get used to the idea of seeing MC in Oilers silks again.

While I'm told there's no deal done as of now and that there's at least one other option for Comrie -- I believe it's the Atlanta Thrashers -- I'd be willing to wager MC will be an Oiler by noon Friday.

In what stands as a classic case of letting bygones be bygones, Comrie and the Oilers have settled their differences to the point where I believe the ink is a formality and the unlikeliest of do-overs will begin when Comrie reports for training camp physicals Saturday.

I think I've got it right this time.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

If you remember the split between Comrie and the Oilers in 2003, a nasty bit of business that included searing ill-will between Comrie, agent Ritch Winter and then-GM Kevin Lowe, then your reaction to the possibility was likely much the same as mine was Aug. 19.

Like, WTF? How is this even possible? What part of the first time didn't everybody understand? What's changed since then? Why would Comrie even entertain returning to a city that's a hockey fishbowl, a city full of avid fans still pissed that he took a stack of bonus money and blew town by forcing a trade to Philadelphia?

In light of the conversation I had with Comrie, plus others in the last week with various people, I'd like to think I've got some insight as to what's at play here and what's changed since I was so wrong three weeks ago. So, let's take a swing at figuring out how and why things have turned 180 degrees since MC waved goodbye six years ago.

BURYING THE HATCHET

First and foremost, the two prime players, Comrie and Lowe, have done some maturing in the six years that have passed.

My sense is that having stepped back from things by moving from GM to president of hockey operations, and with the passage of time, Lowe has grown enough to let go of the bitterness that was obvious in 2003.

Lowe's as passionate a man as you'll ever meet, and he took it as a slight to himself and the organization when Comrie started making noise about being unhappy in Edmonton. The reasons why didn't matter. Lowe played hard-ass, hard-ball back then -- a no-holds barred game that included the request Comrie buy his way out of Edmonton with $2.5 million that would get him a ticket to Anaheim. That game is over now. It's taken six years, but the grudge, and it was a dandy, is gone.

I think it's safe to say Comrie, who was 22 when the split took place, sees things much differently now as well.

Paint Comrie as a spoiled athlete with a sense of entitlement if you will, but I believe his inability to cope with the pressure of playing in his hometown had as much to do with the simple fact he needed time and space to grow up as anything else. Who doesn't? The difference is most of us don’t have to do it in the spotlight he was so uncomfortable in.

As is the case with Lowe, the past six years have provided Comrie some perspective. He's days away from his 29th birthday now. That's not a free pass. At least I think not.

While Comrie angered fans by never stating specific reasons why he wanted out in 2003, he's been quite forthright recently as the days have ticked by and camp has approached. He could've and should've handled some things differently. He's plead guilty to that.

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT

-- As unpopular as Comrie is with some fans, he was well-liked in the dressing room. Everybody remaining from when he last played here -- Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky, Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios and Fernando Pisani -- has voiced support privately, and to team management, about a possible return. If Hemsky and Horcoff et al, say they want Comrie back, it's probably prudent that management listen.

-- Owner Daryl Katz wants this to happen.

And, before you trot out the "meddling owner" routine, it's not altogether unusual for owners to make their wishes known. Many around the NHL do, it's simply matter of degree -- from subtle to all-out arm-twisting.

-- Katz and Mike's dad, Bill, are good friends and I suspect that's at play here, as well. I think it's a shame -- not to be confused with a hockey decision -- Bill Comrie, who has given millions of dollars to charitable causes in this city and been a model citizen, felt compelled to leave town over the level of hostility he felt during the split in 2003.

This is a better city with Bill Comrie in it.

SECOND CHANCES

I don't know if Comrie's best years are ahead of him or behind him, but I do know the Oilers aren't exactly burdened with players who have scored 30 goals in the NHL.

Small players? Yes. Thirty-goal guys? No. I'm still having trouble getting my head around how Pat Quinn is going to fit all these little guys into a line-up that was supposed to get grittier and tougher.

Maybe Comrie on left wing with Horcoff and Hemsky is a start. Maybe Robert Nilsson gets moved. The fit, as I wrote Aug. 19, is something I still don't necessarily see even if Comrie can bounce back from a bad hip.

My guess, even knowing what we know, is that all Comrie has to do to make good on a second chance is, well, be the Mike Comrie on the ice fans here used to cheer for. It'll be a rough ride at first, and that's to be expected, but if he performs, if he delivers the goods, maybe there's a chance for him to have this town by the tail again.

If Comrie and Lowe can set aside their differences, get around what was and focus on what might be, maybe fans should do likewise and give it a chance.

Pulling it off would be one helluva story, no?

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on Team 1260.

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#101 Ogden Brother
September 09 2009, 11:49PM
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MrOiler wrote:

Move a couple of players and it can be balanced out.

Problem is, for whatever reason that appears to be next to impossible.

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#102 Greg
September 09 2009, 11:52PM
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Unrelated to your post, sorry, I love the wacky polls on this blog. For some unknown reason, I find myself always drawn to the ridiculous answer like "seven dollars."

Back to Comrie... On the one hand he's not really what we need obviously in that he's not a menace on the faceoff nor does he add any size to roster. Yet, on the other hand, if he does get signed, I hope that we get him on a good value contract as he would still add a legit NHLer presence to the team.

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#103 Travis Dakin
September 09 2009, 11:53PM
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Petr Klima wrote:

Also, the comments ridiculing season ticket holders for voting with their season seats is immature and laughable. How else should Oiler fans have their voices heard? I don’t think the Oilers brass are crawling through our comments here. Anyone lining up to buy season seats at this time, for this team, must have moved from Toronto, or had too much frostbite as a kid.

Like I said before, if they are willing to let them go, I will gladly take them. I was born into of pool of Copper(orange) and Blue in Oil country in 1980 and I have stuck with this team through everything.

How else should the fans have their voices heard? We don't need to. Do you really believe that Katz is ok with a mediocre team? There is a parity among the league. 30 teams fighting for 16 playoff spots. That means a lot of good teams don't make it in. Have faith that the organization you cheer for has some pride and wants to be a winner. If you feel the need to be heard, give me your tickets and I will pass the message along for you.

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#104 Travis Dakin
September 09 2009, 11:56PM
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Greg wrote:

I find myself always drawn to the ridiculous answer like “seven dollars.”

7dollars is not ridiculous answer. It is a way of life. Get with the movement. #7dollars

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#105 Petr Klima
September 10 2009, 12:03AM
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@ Travis Dakin:

I've been an Oiler fan since 78, born well before then. It has been alot harder for the last 19 than it was for the 12 - and who says you have to be an optimist?

Wanting to be a winner has little to do with actually becoming a winner.

Katz may not be ok with a mediocre team, but what indication is there that mediocre isn't a stretch goal for the Oilers this year?

Faith is overrated. These blogs are all about reason, analysis, statistics and probably. If you're interested in faith do a search on "the invisible pink unicorn" in Wikipedia.

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#106 AlbertaRanger
September 10 2009, 12:11AM
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Robin, how about you explain this in dollars and cents? The Oil are way too close to the cap. If a deal was reached, as you said, before noon Friday, would Comire make next to nothing this season?

Comire is not the type of player that would sign his name to a cheap contract.

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#107 J.L.
September 10 2009, 12:15AM
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Actually, I think the one thing the Oilers and their fanbase have been missing is a little faith.

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#108 Travis Dakin
September 10 2009, 12:18AM
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@ Petr Klima: Do you believe you have something to tell these guys about running a team that they don't already know? I haven't been happy with this team either. If I believed that they didn't really care about winning then I wouldn't cheer for them. Building a winner isn't like going to your yearly draft and just picking whoever you want and going from there. It takes years and asset management to build a winner. 1 winner a year and only 16 playoff contenders. There are going to be a lot more losing years than winning years. Things happen that derail teams (CFP) and sometimes players don't pan out. But that doesn't stop them from trying to win. If you think any organization wants to be anything but the best then you are just plain crazy.

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#109 PunjabiOil
September 10 2009, 12:22AM
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Nilsson is one of those players, if nothing changes, that will be living in different area codes every 2-3 years throughout his NHL career.

That said, I don't want to move him just yet because his value is at an all time low. It was only 1 summer ago where everyone was arguing the $6M/3 year deal had potential for over-performance. Apparently he's been working real hard this off-season and I would theoretically like to give him a good 20-25 games under a new coach to assess whether to retain him or trade/waive him.

Which brings us to Mike Comrie. There's room for him without having to make an immediate decision on Nilsson.

Penner-Horcoff-Hemsky O'Sullivan-Gagner-Comrie Moreau-Pouliot-Pisani Nilsson-Brule-Cogliano Ext: Jacques, Stortini

Will Nilsson probably be here next year? I doubt it. Guys like Omark, Eberle, MPS, and Nash should be challenging for a roster spot. But the key is to trade guys who may carry value at optimal times.

Right now isn't that time.

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#110 AlbertaRanger
September 10 2009, 12:36AM
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Penner-Horcoff-Hemsky O’Sullivan-Gagner-Comrie Moreau-Pouliot-Pisani Nilsson-Brule-Cogliano Ext: Jacques, Stortini

You'd put Cogs on the fourth line? Screw this. This team is an abortion for any coach who is trying to establish four solid lines. The Oilers lack size and grit for a solid checking line and we have too many 30-goal players, as Robin said.

I need a beer.

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#111 HOFFFF
September 10 2009, 12:42AM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Reggie wrote: Robin, in the past two seasons Comrie had 10-17 for 27 pts in 63 games last year and then 21-28 for 49 points in 76 games the season before. Do you even read the replies to you? Comrie was injured last year and played on crap teams. You really do believe that Nilsson is a better option? He makes more than what Comrie is going to make also.

I agree, and would take Comrie over Nilsson anyday. But in his defence, Nilsson hasn't actually played with champions either....

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#112 HOFFFF
September 10 2009, 12:48AM
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quicksilver ballet wrote:

Wouldn’t mind sending Nilsson to the Preds for TooToo

Another four footer.....

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#113 oilersinsider
September 10 2009, 12:50AM
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I posted a few line combination ideas on my site and the one I think works best:

Penner/Horcoff/Hemsky O'Sullivan/Gagner/Nilsson Comrie/Cogliano/Pisani Moreau/Pouliot/Stortini

The first line has chemistry when given time to stay together more than 3 or 4 games. We've seen it and it can work again.

The second line I like mainly because it puts Nilsson (the best passer on the Oilers) with O'Sullivan (the most frequent shooter). Gagner would do well I think with O'Sully.

3rd line solves no real size holes, but I still expect the Oilers to trade for additional size. If they don't Cogs and Comrie could do well together and Pisani with two offensive weapons might see a big jump.

The 4th line was self explanatory on almost any combo I could come up with.

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#114 jake
September 10 2009, 04:42AM
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esa tikkanen wrote:

i think on the list of reasons Katz wants this to happen is that it will help wipe the blemish that Comrie leaving Edmonton in the first place put in the mind of free agents and others who have not wanted to come here. Hopefully this is the first step towards being able to land other free agents, them knowing that this is a good place to play hockey and with the Comrie saga behind us it is only CFP’s wife who really hurt the city’s image amongst the players. freaking beach.

My take as well. And if it is only a 1 year deal and you move 1 or 2 younger guys who you think may have peaked, then it's a win win. I mean for a player to return to the Oilers who went thru a not so amicable departure with the other key player (Lowe) still in the organization, it would certainly help in the PR department.

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#115 Petr's Jofa
September 10 2009, 06:32AM
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Say no to Comerie.

He does not improve this team enough to make it a contender this year. If he has a good year, he'll be looking for big $$ next year on the other hand he may be out preformed by Nilson.

My opinon is that we should ride Nilson & Penner and the rest of the under performers this year. It's time to gamble by sticking with the underperformers. Enough of this selling low and buying high. Ditching Nilson while he has returned to camp in great shape and has absolutly no trade value is not great assest managment. 2 years ago he showed us what he could do. I say we ride him and see what he's got. On the other hand, I would consider ditching Souray or Visnosky, Gilbert or Grebeshkov, and Cogliano while their values are high.

2 years ago this was a team picked to challenge for the NW divison title. From reading the blogosphere last year I thought it was MacT's fault. Shouldn't our new super duo of Quinn & Renny get this more experienced team to perform up to expectations?

Unless Comrie is the key cog in aquiring a top end talent (dare I say Heatley), I don't see the reason for this move at all.

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#116 Petr's Jofa
September 10 2009, 06:33AM
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Edit: I meant to write 1 year ago this was a team picked to challenge for the NW Divison title.

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#117 patty
September 10 2009, 06:37AM
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@ Robin Brownlee: Even Global news is reporting this little tidbit this morning, based on this piece. Great to hear.

I agree with misfit, Hilary Duff is in fact not attractive at all.

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#118 danjo1
September 10 2009, 06:56AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I’m still having trouble getting my head around how Pat Quinn is going to fit all these little guys into a line-up that was supposed to get grittier and tougher.

Can he stack them one on top of the other? So we can have like a megaperson?

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#119 Son of Adil
September 10 2009, 07:04AM
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I seldom call in to radio shows anymore although there is a great demand for my wisdom.

Shouldn't the photo at the top be Comrie kissing Kevin Lowe?

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#120 thebusdriver
September 10 2009, 07:13AM
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Must have been a hell of a 15 minute conversation. I read your article and dont really see why you have come to this conclusion, nothing new from what I read. Only real strong point is Katz wants it to happen, and that was known from the start. What exactly did Comrie say that you believe this is really happening?

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#121 BUCK75
September 10 2009, 07:43AM
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I am going out on a limb & picking Mike Comrie as my hero this season.

- He will give us some goals - He will finally put an end to the myth that free agents are allergic to Edmonton & Oilers MGMT.

~Maybe this way we can have another gigantic wedding in Edmonton from a Hollywood star too~

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#122 Gerald R. Ford
September 10 2009, 07:56AM
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Plus, it's still a better idea than a fat chick trying to climb one of the Muttart Conservatory pyramids. Please, please let there be surveillance video somewhere that miraculously ends up on YouTube. Michael Kelso would be proud...

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#123 Joey Moss
September 10 2009, 08:11AM
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This can mean only one thing:

more Hillary Duff will be played at Rexall

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#124 Joey Moss
September 10 2009, 08:13AM
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Maybe someone that knows can answer:

Does Bill and the Comrie fan still live in Edmonton?

I remember reading that they left town shortly after Mike did.

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#125 jeff
September 10 2009, 08:14AM
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After all this time I still can't see where Comrie fits into the current roster. Now if someone was moved it would be easier, but I just can't see having Cogliano and another offesnsive player on our third line.

Maybe the coaches have decided to go with three offensive lines?

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#126 Bob Cob
September 10 2009, 08:15AM
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patty wrote:

I agree with misfit, Hilary Duff is in fact not attractive at all.

I am not in favor of the signing but from purely hockey stand point, but to make the above statement is just stupid. Hilary is hot, good on MC, I for one wouldn't turn her down and if you would you need your man card revoked.

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#127 jeff
September 10 2009, 08:20AM
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@ Joey Moss: Wasn't Gregor already complaining about the teeny pop music? This would make it worse.

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#128 Ssseth
September 10 2009, 08:28AM
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I thought it was a bit chilly when I woke up this morning. I didn't realize hell froze over while I was sleeping.

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#129 rubbertrout
September 10 2009, 08:33AM
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Calling Comrie a "30 goal guy" is like when the Flames traded Doug Gilmour for Gary Leeman (a "50 goal guy"). Yes he did it but it was so long ago does it really ring true anymore? This reeks of a move done for PR reasons only.

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#130 Jeff
September 10 2009, 08:34AM
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Ssseth wrote:

I thought it was a bit chilly when I woke up this morning. I didn’t realize hell froze over while I was sleeping.

Why are you sleeping in Hell??

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#131 Joey Moss
September 10 2009, 08:42AM
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@ jeff: the only acceptable music at a hockey game is 70s/80s rock and organ music. i think we can all agree on that.

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#132 Bob Cob
September 10 2009, 08:44AM
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Jeff wrote:

Why are you sleeping in Hell??

Its not hell its now formally known as Calgary.

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#133 cableguy
September 10 2009, 08:48AM
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Petr's Jofa wrote:

He does not improve this team enough to make it a contender this year.

~adding crosby onto the oilers roster barely makes them a contender.~

the extra 20ish goals and 40ish points comrie brings might be enough to get the oilers into the playoffs this year.

the oilers are still a long, long, long ways from being a contender.

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#134 swany
September 10 2009, 08:49AM
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I didn't get to read all the posts, but this only makes sense if a couple other guys get moved for one. With all the rumblings about Heatley's "options" being none is this a jump at getting a guy that's cheaper than one leaving. This makes sense if Penner, Nilsson and a D get sent out for Heatley then this makes a ton of sense. 1st line of Heatley, Comrie, Hemmer 2nd line of Pattyo Horc, Gags 3rd line of Moreau, Cogs, Pies. 4th line of JFJ, Brule, Storts.

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#135 BUCK75
September 10 2009, 08:50AM
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Joey Moss wrote:

more Hillary Duff will be played at Rexall

I seem to remember Comrie not wanting any Duff played @ Rexall lol.

Rememember we HAVE to put some things behind us if/when he signs here...

http://www.oilersnation.com/2009/01/winners-and-losers/

Searching the nation I think bingofuel needs to bring back the "Puckbunny Showdown :)

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#136 offside
September 10 2009, 08:55AM
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Joey Moss wrote:

Maybe someone that knows can answer: Does Bill and the Comrie fan still live in Edmonton? I remember reading that they left town shortly after Mike did.

Last I heard he was in California, Palm Springs I think(?). I think he left after he took the Brick public.

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#137 OvenChicken8
September 10 2009, 08:56AM
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rubbertrout wrote:

This reeks of a move done for PR reasons only.

Is that really an issue? Think of the positives that can come out of this. 1) Comrie > Nilsson 2) If Comrie signs for 1.5 or less and we waive Nilsson we will save money (cap wise). 3) This PR move may be able to attract others who used the Comrie incident as an excuse not to come here before.

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#138 jeff
September 10 2009, 08:56AM
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Joey Moss wrote:

@ jeff: the only acceptable music at a hockey game is 70s/80s rock and organ music. i think we can all agree on that.

I tend to agree, but at the sametime I wonder what the players listen to before games.

But there is nothing like a kickstart my heart or Thunderstruck to get things going.

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#139 jeff
September 10 2009, 09:05AM
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OvenChicken8 wrote:

rubbertrout wrote: This reeks of a move done for PR reasons only. Is that really an issue? Think of the positives that can come out of this. 1) Comrie > Nilsson 2) If Comrie signs for 1.5 or less and we waive Nilsson we will save money (cap wise). 3) This PR move may be able to attract others who used the Comrie incident as an excuse not to come here before.

I agree on 1 and 3, 2 I'm torn on. With all the talk of a new arena does Katz waste money on Nilsson sitting in the minors? Although I think someone would probably pick Nilsson up of waivers.

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#140 Joey Moss
September 10 2009, 09:08AM
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@ jeff: if it is anything like after the games... probably 80s boy band pop-rock. *CLAP CLAP*

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#141 Milli
September 10 2009, 09:11AM
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It's funny how the new CBA has affected middle type players. The stars still get there cash, lots of young players making close to the minimum, but the players in the middle, they are getting squeezed hard. Anyone think that he'd be coming back here, if, in the words of that little prick, he had OPTIONS? I like it. He has more grit than most of our current top 6, he can score, vetran player. Maybe, just maybe it helps tambo make a move down the road.

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#142 Joey Moss
September 10 2009, 09:16AM
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@ Milli: those are exactly the kinds of players that shouldnt be making the dough. i like this aspect of the CBA - nothing pleases me more than seeing 30-somethings being forced out of the league instead of sticking around and getting paid for something they did 10 years before.

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#143 jeff
September 10 2009, 09:17AM
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I'm curious to why those 5 players that played with Comrie when he was an Oiler have shown their support?

They must really think he has the ability to help this team.

Does this also mean there were no locker room problems when he was here?

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#144 #13 The Rat
September 10 2009, 09:26AM
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While I am not sold on Comrie being more than a replacement piece in a really messy puzzle, I am willing to give him a chance since the group we have currently can use any help in the scoring department they can get.

...and who knows, if Lil' Mike can come out and play with a little attitude and edge - maybe get in a fight in the first few games or something like that, and score a handful of goals right away, he may win his way back into E-Town fan's hearts.

Stranger things have happened.

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#145 Harlie
September 10 2009, 09:28AM
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So we're gonna move Sausage Boy from the 1st line and put in that brick Comrie? I hope his shoulder's have gotten bigger and his skin has gotten thicker cuz that is a perfect situation for a new whippin boy.

**Free set of Goat horn's with every purchase of a 4 piece Sofa set from the Brick!**

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#146 Dave
September 10 2009, 09:28AM
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I've always felt that Katz is motivated by his vision for the city and how the Oilers can compliment that. Factor in how Bill Comrie has been great for the city and I can start to see why this might happen. Perhaps the Comries might be intereseted in investing in a downtown revitalization.

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#147 Petr's Jofa
September 10 2009, 09:30AM
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cableguy wrote:

Petr’s Jofa wrote: He does not improve this team enough to make it a contender this year. ~adding crosby onto the oilers roster barely makes them a contender.~ the extra 20ish goals and 40ish points comrie brings might be enough to get the oilers into the playoffs this year. the oilers are still a long, long, long ways from being a contender.

But adding comrie doesn't add an EXTRA 20 g and 40 points. Unless you are predicting Nilsson to put up 0g-0a-0p this year.

Yes, adding Comrie might be enough for a desperate run to the 8th playoff seed, but at the same time Nilsson's new attitude might be enough.

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#148 Dave
September 10 2009, 09:33AM
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@ Petr's Jofa: Great Handle! i'm still laughing.

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#149 Travis Dakin
September 10 2009, 09:34AM
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Joey Moss wrote:

Maybe someone that knows can answer: Does Bill and the Comrie fan still live in Edmonton? I remember reading that they left town shortly after Mike did.

jeff wrote:

I’m curious to why those 5 players that played with Comrie when he was an Oiler have shown their support? They must really think he has the ability to help this team. Does this also mean there were no locker room problems when he was here?

Why don't you guys read some of the comments? Your questions were answered long before you asked them.

Brownlee said that Bill Comrie left town and one of the reasons was that there was so much tension as a result of the fiasco. Brownlee also said that Mike Comrie was very popular in the dressing room when he was here. He has also pointed out that any of the rumours that you heard about him and another players wife were false.

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@ Dave:

Keep laughing, I still have a #85 Klima Jersey hanging in my closet and trust me it got magical powers. I wore it when they won the cup in 1990 and the night he scored against Boston in the SCF OT Game. 19 years later, I wore it to the Sens/Oilers game when I was in town over Christmas and was super pumped when #85 Liam Reddox scored for the oil in what was an otherwise brutal hockey game. Coincidence? I think not!

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