Oilers Vs. Predators Postgame: Who Cares?

Jonathan Willis
January 12 2010 10:03PM

Edmonton Oilers: 3

Nashville Predators: 5

I decided to try something different tonight, jotting down game notes as I watched rather than watching and then writing up an article afterward. Let me know if you like or dislike the new format. I'm a little torn; it's certainly longer, but I come across as much more bitter about the lack of success and the hours of my life I'll never get back. If I seem preachy, don't mind me; I'm just confident that any random fan could have GM'd the Oilers to 15th in the West.

The First Period

I got into this idea midway through the first, so you'll have to forgive how disjointed my thoughts on this period are.

For starters, the Oilers only had two real chances; one off a nice shot from Dustin Penner, the other generated by an uber-aggresive play by Andrew Cogliano.  Aside from that, regardless of Louie DeBrusk's whimsical description of the Oilers' start as a "storm" that Nashville "weathered" the team was impotent offensively and the Oilers' part of the game could easily have been set to the soundtrack of any middling entry in America's Funniest Home Videos.

Shea Weber scored on a nice slapshot.  Marcel Goc scored after Tom Gilbert blocked a shot and appeared overwhelmed and alone in front of Jeff Deslauriers.  After that, J.P. Dumont scored on a wraparound that Deslauriers really should have had.

I'd like to take a moment to talk about how angry this made me.  The Predators played last night and have Marcel Goc centering their top line.  They're a bubble team to begin with.  Despite these issues, they outclassed the Oilers, who never really looked like an even match for them.

That takes me to Marcel Goc, who offensive deficiencies aside is good at things the Oilers are bad at (non-vital stuff like killing penalties, winning faceoffs, and being better than the guys he's playing against), and could have been had for a very modest price (signed in Nashville for 550K).  Of course, that's the kind of player budget-concious G.M's like Poile add, and that bloggers make too big a deal of, but who real G.M.'s ignore while they're offering Chris Neil second-line money and chasing Dany Heatley.

The First Period Sportsnet Panel

It's fairly well known around here that I have little time for the Sportsnet Panel, mostly because Doug MacLean's record would speak for itself if only it could get a word in edgewise.

The first intermission was no exception.  The panel discussed the Oilers' struggles, with MacLean opining that the team was playing with "no confidence".  Does anyone really believe that confidence is the problem with this team?  Really?  Sure, I don't doubt the team lacks confidence: because teams that aren't very good have no reason to expect success.  And forget about whatever hokum you subscribe to (confidence, leadership, laziness, etc., etc., etc.) the real problem is that this isn't a very good team.

Next, the panel moved on to Alex Burrow's comments about referee Stephane Auger.  Everyone agreed that Burrows opened a can of worms and broke the inherent confidentiality between a referee and a player.  Because clearly, that inherent confidentiality is the real issue: minor things like the integrity of the game are a lot less relevant.

Finally, we were all warned against the perils of rushing Jordan Eberle, despite the fact that he'll be 20 by the time next season rolls around and has already been in junior longer than most legitimate blue chip prospects.

On the bright side, Carolina won again.

The Second Period

A nice aggressive start for the Oilers, although it didn't result in many terribly interesting chances.  I'm exaggerating here, since I've come to believe that the Oilers' offence is doomed to failure, and Rinne had to be fairly sharp over the first five minutes.

Louie DeBrusk continued to discuss how the Oilers were "all over" the Predators early in the first.  Not buying it.

"That pass is picked off" is how Kevin Quinn described the Predators coming away with the puck after Patrick O'Sullivan randomly threw it through multiple Predators to the opposing point.  I'm not sure what I'd call it, but I wouldn't call it that.

Shortly thereafter, JDD went behind the net to play the puck, gave it away to Goc who passed it out front, Deslauriers rushed back into net and tried to pull it off it's moorings but had the goal blown by him to make it 4-0.  At that point, Pat Quinn opted to go to Devan Dubnyk.  DeBrusk opted not to blame Deslauriers for all of the goals, which was probably fair, but since I'm being fair it would be too generous to describe Deslaurier's work as even "middling".  More like "AHL calibre".  My decision not to add him to my fantasy team earlier in the day seems to have been a good one.

The sad thing at this point in the game is that Nashville didn't even look particularly good; they were turning the puck over and generally playing sloppy hockey, but they were still far better than the Oilers.

I've decided to start writing in the present tense.  I started off with past tense, since I was trying to catch up with the game, and I've been keeping it up, but it feels more accurate to go into present tense.

I love the Oilers' skill competition commercials.  Who do they think cares, at this point?  Woohoo, Dustin Penner could be the most accurate shooter on a crap team, if Ryan Potulny doesn't surprise everyone.  Serious drama.

Kevin Quinn's excitement is way out of proportion to the actual excitement of the play.

Devils beat the Rangers 1-0.  Awesomeness; not that I really care except that Martin Brodeur's on my fantasy team.

Staios got drilled, but looks okay on the bench. 

"She Ain't Pretty, She Just Looks That Way" is a song I haven't thought about in months, possibly longer, prior to tonight, but it seems to have cheered me up.  It's all about finding joy at this point.

The Second Period Sportsnet Panel 

It's great to hear the panel recognize Curtis Joseph, who was an incredible goaltender for Edmonton and whose play against Dallas was one of the highlights of the '90's.

Nice piece on Rajala and his opportunity to play in the Memorial Cup this year.

Gene Principe tossing softballs to Buchberger, who isn't buying it and sounds more bitter about the Oilers than I do.  He's equally lacking in optimism about a possible Nikolai Khabibulin return and expects that Deslauriers and Dubnyk need to get the job done for the forseeable future.  It's hard not to feel bad for the coaches of this team.

51 saves for Brodeur!  45 saves for Lundqvist! 

Not a bad intermission, actually; one of the better efforts from the panel that I've seen.

The Third Period

Doug MacLean would be proud; he complained about players not taking the puck wide and apparently Patrick O'Sullivan was listening.  Shortly thereafter he nailed Kevin Klein, and it isn't the first time O'Sullivan's done that, despite complaints about his inability to compete physically.

One of the best things about Oilers games, from a pure entertainment perspective, are the times Sheldon Souray shoots the puck.  It doesn't matter when or where, if it gets through or gets blocked; he's either a threat to score or an opposing player is in pain.

Fun bit of Sullivan/O'Sullivan confusion.  I like it, and it really makes me wish that the Oilers had a Visnhevski/Vishnovsky defence pairing.

I have a co-worker with some issues.  For starters, my unnamed colleague has no filter; meaning that everything that pops into her head pops out of her mouth.  She's also very loud and has an assortment of irritating personal habits (munching on Spitz all day, talking to herself, getting confused about which direction she's going, yelling at her kids over the phone, etc.).  It's gotten to the point that anything she does - even when she's not doing anything wrong - bothers me.  I bring her up because it's the best analogy I can come up with for how I feel about Ethan Moreau.

J-F Jacques scores a flukey goal, and DeBrusk reminds us all about the wrist issue that kept him out of the lineup.  I'd been assuming it was a "not good enough to be a top-12 forward on the 2009-10 Edmonton Oilers when Fernando Pisani is healthy" issue, but apparently I was wrong about that.  It's nice to see him score, and he deserves every flukey goal he gets because he's had plenty of bad luck the other way.  

Maybe the Oilers' commentators have always been this excited about promoting their sponsors, but it seems new to me.  My guess is that they need to be excited about something (sportscasting being a high-energy occupation) and all the excitement they can't use on the Oilers gets deflected to the items being sponsored. 

Bill McCreary correctly waves off a Nashville goal knocked down by a high stick.  Not that it matters, at this point, except to those of us pulling for Devan Dubnyk.

Speaking of Dubnyk, he's been very solid since coming in for Deslauriers.  I hope he gets some more opportunities in net, given Nikolai Khabibulin's completely unpredictable absence due to injury.

J-F Jacques is apparently the right player for today's game.  I'm almost too indifferent to mention Marcel Goc, but not quite. 

Hey, a penalty!  Apparently Hornqvist, unnerved by Jacques' goal, needed to slash at his wrist, which as we know has kept him out of the lineup the last few games.  I enjoyed DeBrusk's line about how he thought this was going to be the all-star game, but I would have killed for Quinn to reply with, "Yeah, the AHL all-star game."

Beauty power play goal for Ryan Potulny, which prompts Quinn to make a common and understandable mistake ("the lead is cut in half").  Technically, the lead is cut by one-third, since it's a three goal lead.  But I quibble, because I'm bored.  I actually quite like Quinn.

Ethan Moreau takes a penalty with five minutes left.  Stop me if you've heard that before.  Apparently it's a "huge kill" for the Oilers, although it's difficult to care if they get back into a game when the season's already a write-off.  I shouldn't say that, actually; like Steve Tambellini, I'm excited to see what this team can do when everyone's healthy, an event I continue to patiently wait for, and which I presume Tambellini will continue to wait for until it's time for his Second Annual Angry Summer Press Conference, to be scheduled immediately after he gets upset by the lack of effort at hte Oilers' spring golf tournament.

Another goal against the Oilers, this one as the team tries to kill the Moreau penalty.  I feel obliged to remind the anti-MacTavish hordes that I've been told a bad penalty kill is the sign of a bad coach.  5-2 Predators.

The losing streak seems likely to hit five games; that'll be one win in 13 games, which is nice for the draft rankings.

Great shot by Steve Staios which handcuffed Rinne but didn't go in. 

The referees have now called three penalties in the third, which means they won't have to buy new whistles to replace the ones they've lost.  Also, bless Kevin Quinn, whose excitement ("...as the Oilers try to make it respectable!") is the mark of a man doing a fine job of pretending to care.

A goal on a two-man advantage goes to Dustin Penner, and while it's irrelevant to the outcome of the game it's nice to see the power play clicking so well.

Conclusion

The Sportsnet power poll after the game asks who should take the brunt of the blame for the Oilers struggles.  The fact that Steve Tambellini wasn't one of the options is an epic fail.

I found myself nodding as Doug MacLean said this game wasn't the result of a "lack of effort", but he lost me when he said it wasn't about skill but rather style of play.  He came out and said that it "isn't about the personnel" which just goes to show that he hasn't gotten any better at evaluating talent since he was fired by the Blue Jackets, or possibly that he's stopped gunning for a G.M. job and now just hopes to be a coach somewhere.

The Western Conference standings are downright depressing.  The Kings, in eighth, are eight points up on the 14th place Blue Jackets, who are eight points up on the Oilers.  In other words, the 14th best team in the West is as close to the playoffs as the Oilers are to being the second-worst team in the West.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Ender
January 12 2010, 10:12PM
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I like the new in-depth format. It makes it so I don't have to actually watch the games. You cannot begin to know how much I appreciate you for that. :-)

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#2 Tooles
January 12 2010, 10:14PM
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I care; obviously, way too much.

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#3 Clarkenstein
January 12 2010, 10:24PM
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JDD is not now, won't be tomorrow and will never be an NHL goaltender. Wouldn't even be backup for 29 other teams. Say goodbye to him and get... anybody... in here.

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#4 David S
January 12 2010, 10:26PM
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I'm diggin' this format too Jonathan. Benjamin's game recap at the C&B should be good for a few laughs too, so the night won't be a total write-off.

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#5 Ducey
January 12 2010, 10:26PM
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Highlight of the night?

Canes win! Canes win!

It looks like it will be Lowe and Burke going down to the wire for builder of the worst team. At least Lowe hasn't ditched his first pick - yet.

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#6 SirFozz
January 12 2010, 10:29PM
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Ender wrote:

I like the new in-depth format. It makes it so I don't have to actually watch the games. You cannot begin to know how much I appreciate you for that. :-)

LOL. Agreed.

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#7 Costanza
January 12 2010, 10:30PM
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I think Hall may not be the best choice for this team as we might need a centre. either way we get a good player, but man oh man this team sucks. I got Tix to the Vancouver game and bringing a Van Fan...I am scared.

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#8 Archaeologuy
January 12 2010, 10:34PM
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JW. I have this image of your mental state being akin to Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, right when Clark is about to lose his marbles.

Nonetheless the new format is a winner.

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#9 roughneck
January 12 2010, 10:34PM
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Souray was brutal. Kind of ironic given his comment

“We’ll find out tonight if it sunk in,”

well IT sunk somewhere

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#10 OilerPunch
January 12 2010, 10:36PM
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I like the new format. That is about all I like about this team right now. About the only hockey I am looking forward to is the the Olympics which begin in a month. Go Canada Go!

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#11 David S
January 12 2010, 10:38PM
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roughneck wrote:

Souray was brutal. Kind of ironic given his comment

“We’ll find out tonight if it sunk in,”

well IT sunk somewhere

JDD was the captain of the brutal squad tonight.

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#12 Antony Ta
January 12 2010, 10:38PM
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We need to get that Toronto pick from Boston, ASAP.

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#13 Gandhi
January 12 2010, 10:40PM
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Jonathan: Thank-you for making this season bearable. Despite all that sucks so much about this team and this season, I have not tired of your articles even one bit, either here or at Hockey or Die.

Please, please, keep them coming.

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#14 SirFozz
January 12 2010, 10:46PM
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Scary thought/ question-this team is so bad, and given how hamstrung it is with bad salaries, is it realistic to expect anything different next season?

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#15 Corsby31
January 12 2010, 10:50PM
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Like the new format...but could you still do the 3 stars...(only cause I can no longer stand to watch the games but I would still like to know who was good etc)

Could you also do a bottom 3 "stars". 3 Oilers you thought sucked and should be called out for it...

Thanks guys...keep up the good work!!!

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#16 JorgeR
January 12 2010, 10:55PM
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Yeah I'm a big fan of the new format. Tried half watching the game but just couldn't do it. Olympic torch in edmonton tomorrow woo!

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#17 JB
January 12 2010, 10:58PM
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Memo to anyone referencing the Toronto pick that Boston currently owns: there is nothing the Oilers possess that would garner that pick in return. Nothing. Not an injury prone $5.5 million d-man. Not any combination of undersized forwards. Nothing.

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#18 Colin
January 12 2010, 11:03PM
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Antony Ta wrote:

We need to get that Toronto pick from Boston, ASAP.

I agree, but what do you send their way?

At this point I think you'd be looking at Penner, Vishnovsky or Hemsky as a starting point.

Also wanted to chime in and say I loved the new format.

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#19 Victoria
January 12 2010, 11:04PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

JW. I have this image of your mental state being akin to Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, right when Clark is about to lose his marbles.

Nonetheless the new format is a winner.

Funniest Christmas freakout ever!

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#20 Don
January 12 2010, 11:26PM
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Absolutely love the new format.

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#21 dragon
January 12 2010, 11:29PM
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liked the format.

for the first time I can remember (in 8 years) RX1 was half empty towards the end...how sad...

Tambelini should start the spring cleaning in the locker room or he should go. Moreau first star for Hall tonight.

PK: will probably drop from 28 to 29 in the league. What is exactly being coached here, if PK is clearly not one of them?

I blame MacT: he pushed these guys so hard for defensive zone coverage that they are now refusing to do it, no matter who's asking for it.

I miss my fighting Oilers...

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#22 Geoff
January 12 2010, 11:48PM
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Imagine a team with O'Sullivan and Sullivan, Vishnevski and Vishnovsky and Gagne and Gagner.

I wouldn't even care how it went, listening to every commentator in the league struggle would be entertainment enough!

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#23 Horcsky
January 13 2010, 12:01AM
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Well, since JW didn't post it. Bottom three stars.

1. Jeff Deslauriers - Can't recall ever seeing a goalie mess up knocking the net off, try to scramble back into position while the puck goes in the half off net. Props.

2. Thecaptainmoreau - From what I saw, he was exactly as effective as usual.

3. Offsides that result from players being way too far ahead of the play and coasting across the blueline, getting in the way of the puck carrier on their own team. Seen that play wayyyy too much this year. Nilsson skated right into Horcoff's way in a textbook example of this type of buffoonery.

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#24 Ninjafoot
January 13 2010, 12:08AM
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Add one more vote to the "like the new format" box.

I am SO happy Ethan is my pick for this year's goat. He is doing one hell of a job to make 100% certain we finish in the bottom 2 and for that I salute him.

**plays Taps and starts slow clap**

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#25 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 13 2010, 12:19AM
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I'm happy to report the "mini camp" had 0 impact.

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#26 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 13 2010, 12:30AM
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SirFozz wrote:

Scary thought/ question-this team is so bad, and given how hamstrung it is with bad salaries, is it realistic to expect anything different next season?

Yes it is. The only thing that will keep this team from competing next year will be a 2nd summer with management unable or unwilling to make even minor moves.

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#27 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 13 2010, 12:31AM
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JB wrote:

Memo to anyone referencing the Toronto pick that Boston currently owns: there is nothing the Oilers possess that would garner that pick in return. Nothing. Not an injury prone $5.5 million d-man. Not any combination of undersized forwards. Nothing.

Maybe our 1st?

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#28 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 13 2010, 12:34AM
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One of the only bright spots (and still only a dull shine) Tom Gilbert really seems to be coming around. He still had a few errors, but he played probably the most physical game I've seen from him and he was also relatively effective with the puck.

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#29 DDP
January 13 2010, 01:39AM
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New Format = Good

Oilers Hockey = Bad

The only thing I would change about the new format...Bring back the 3 stars!

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#30 Adam Draginda
January 13 2010, 03:37AM
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Since the Oiler suck and I lament the purchase of NHL centre ice for yet another year...at least this year I get to cheer for them to lose and be the absolute worst. It's kind of fun...1st overall would be sweet!

Thanks for sticking with the blog despite the games being meaningless (vis-a-vis playoffs)

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#31 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 13 2010, 06:32AM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

One of the only bright spots (and still only a dull shine) Tom Gilbert really seems to be coming around. He still had a few errors, but he played probably the most physical game I've seen from him and he was also relatively effective with the puck.

you are so sexy when you are right

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#32 The Fish
January 13 2010, 07:24AM
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Great article. The title sums it up perfectly. Who Cares? We have seasons tickets at work and it is becoming impossible to find any clients that will go to a game with me anymore. Maybe I have offensive body odour or maybe nobody wants to lose three hours of their life watching this "going nowhere" hockey team.

Go Canes.

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#35 -30-
January 13 2010, 08:02AM
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What you got to like about Mon Capitan Ethan Moreau is his consistency.

ANOTHER STUPID PENALTY IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES OF THE GAME!

See more than one of us is irritated and upset.

Kudos to you JW for even watching the game. I prefer now to read ON for comic relief.

There's a silver lining to every cloud.

-30-

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#36 Milli
January 13 2010, 08:18AM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

I'm happy to report the "mini camp" had 0 impact.

I disagree, I think this was Quinn's plan. He saw the golf trip as a potential break and team boning that may actually result in some wins.....he said NO FARGIN WAY...I'll confuse them with a mini camp, ya, that should keep the slump going!!!! JW, love the new format, and the fact I can catch up up the disaster in 10 minutes instead of having to watch myself.

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#37 SirFozz
January 13 2010, 08:28AM
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Milli wrote:

I disagree, I think this was Quinn's plan. He saw the golf trip as a potential break and team boning that may actually result in some wins.....he said NO FARGIN WAY...I'll confuse them with a mini camp, ya, that should keep the slump going!!!! JW, love the new format, and the fact I can catch up up the disaster in 10 minutes instead of having to watch myself.

True. A good "team boning" is just what this squad needs. ;)

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#38 Jay
January 13 2010, 08:40AM
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Clarkenstein wrote:

JDD is not now, won't be tomorrow and will never be an NHL goaltender. Wouldn't even be backup for 29 other teams. Say goodbye to him and get... anybody... in here.

Totally agree. I wonder if Brownlee still see's JDD as a capable starting NHL goalie. I know he's played a lot in the last 20 games, but he is getting worse every game.

Does anybody think an NHL team would pick up JDD or DD on waivers next year? Not a chance.

And why is Moreau even playing in the last 5 minutes of a game?

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#39 Trenton L
January 13 2010, 08:53AM
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Any chance the brass actually has the stones to demote Moreau to the AHL next season? We all know nobody else is dumb enough to trade for the guy, and management is loathe to admit they f'd up so won't buy him out. Maybe someone would nab him on waivers....please....

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#40 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 13 2010, 08:56AM
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Trenton L wrote:

Any chance the brass actually has the stones to demote Moreau to the AHL next season? We all know nobody else is dumb enough to trade for the guy, and management is loathe to admit they f'd up so won't buy him out. Maybe someone would nab him on waivers....please....

I still have a feeling that some young team making it into the playoffs will take Moreau.

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#41 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 13 2010, 09:00AM
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Well horcoff is taking draws but my good 10W 20L last night. Why when we are in the situation we are do we give him that many draws, especially when Cogs 5-1, Potulny 10-5, and Gagner 8-4 were doing well?

Another 50+ game for Potulny with some PK and PP time and a goal. Wonder if he is another guy that can turn into that 3rd/4th line center that we need.

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#42 Chris.
January 13 2010, 09:03AM
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I didn't want to go to the game last night. I have already paid for my tickets... but this kind of hockey isn't worth the $12.00 parking fee: and there isn't enough $8.00 beers in the world to make watching the Oilers fun... So I called 8-10 different people, and even sent an e-mail to all the parents on my kids hockey team. I offered up my tickets for free... When I had no takers, I just sucked it up and went. I had a rotten time.

I'm torn about renewing. I'm afraid if I let my tickets go, things will magically come together for the team in a year or two and I will always regret my decision. On the other hand, what if the Oilers become the Maple Leafs west? Or worse yet... what if I stick it out, watch three more years of this crap, then the team improves, and I am forced to give up my tickets anyway due to large cost increases, or seat licensing fees when the team moves downtown?

I'm not made of money... Having season tickets was the realization of a lifelong dream... a dream that is turning into a nightmare. Me, and my family make real sacrifices to hand the Oilers thousands of dollars that they seem to piss away. I've never taken my family on a winter vacation; I buy seats. I haven't taken my wife to a nice weekday meal at the Keg or wherever; I pickup a babysitter, we attend a crappy game, and go home depressed...

It's easy for non season ticketholders to high-five each other and call for the fall for Hall. It's easy for many Oiler fans to shift their focus to other pursuits; attend some movies; maybe check the box scores or highlights when they come home... It's fun to accuse people of jumping on and off the bandwagon; but I'm a lifelong fan who needs to make some serious decisions about my relationship with this franchise moving forward. The hockey is no good.

I'm soory this is so long. Many posters here are scattered around the globe. You can't know what it's like to have the burden of tickets during stretches like this. I smiled in 07... knowing a good pick would come our way. Well that was Gagner. He is good; but more than two years later the team is even worse.

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#43 Dyckster
January 13 2010, 09:04AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

I still have a feeling that some young team making it into the playoffs will take Moreau.

~Then all the coach of that young team has to do is make sure Moreau doesn't play in the first or last 10 minutes of any period. This way he (Moreau) won't squash any momentum the team may have built up over the course of the game.~

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#44 yegCopywriter
January 13 2010, 09:09AM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

I still have a feeling that some young team making it into the playoffs will take Moreau.

I agree... and knowing our luck, he'll be an impact player in the playoffs for them.

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#45 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 13 2010, 09:14AM
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Chris. wrote:

I didn't want to go to the game last night. I have already paid for my tickets... but this kind of hockey isn't worth the $12.00 parking fee: and there isn't enough $8.00 beers in the world to make watching the Oilers fun... So I called 8-10 different people, and even sent an e-mail to all the parents on my kids hockey team. I offered up my tickets for free... When I had no takers, I just sucked it up and went. I had a rotten time.

I'm torn about renewing. I'm afraid if I let my tickets go, things will magically come together for the team in a year or two and I will always regret my decision. On the other hand, what if the Oilers become the Maple Leafs west? Or worse yet... what if I stick it out, watch three more years of this crap, then the team improves, and I am forced to give up my tickets anyway due to large cost increases, or seat licensing fees when the team moves downtown?

I'm not made of money... Having season tickets was the realization of a lifelong dream... a dream that is turning into a nightmare. Me, and my family make real sacrifices to hand the Oilers thousands of dollars that they seem to piss away. I've never taken my family on a winter vacation; I buy seats. I haven't taken my wife to a nice weekday meal at the Keg or wherever; I pickup a babysitter, we attend a crappy game, and go home depressed...

It's easy for non season ticketholders to high-five each other and call for the fall for Hall. It's easy for many Oiler fans to shift their focus to other pursuits; attend some movies; maybe check the box scores or highlights when they come home... It's fun to accuse people of jumping on and off the bandwagon; but I'm a lifelong fan who needs to make some serious decisions about my relationship with this franchise moving forward. The hockey is no good.

I'm soory this is so long. Many posters here are scattered around the globe. You can't know what it's like to have the burden of tickets during stretches like this. I smiled in 07... knowing a good pick would come our way. Well that was Gagner. He is good; but more than two years later the team is even worse.

Park at Burger Baron, 5 bucks and you can get out in minutes.

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#46 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 13 2010, 09:17AM
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It's gotten to the point where the "Moreau issue" is now becoming a coaching issue. Quinn/Renney are bright guys, they seem to have recognized that he's now a 4th liner and have been playing him there.

However, alot of teams shorten their bench at the end of a close game. The Oilers typically do this with Stortini, and have done it with JFJ as well.

Why have they not done it with Moreau?

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#47 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 13 2010, 09:21AM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Park at Burger Baron, 5 bucks and you can get out in minutes.

Do you have a mushroom burger before the game?

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#48 Lofty
January 13 2010, 09:24AM
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Did anyone else notice the O'Sullivan hit... how selfish. He could have kept the puck in the zone but, instead he gives up on the puck and lines the guy up.

He also ripped a 15mph slap shot right at the center of the tenders chest from the blue line. Another good scoring chance for Sully.

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#49 Trenton L
January 13 2010, 09:33AM
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@Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach

I am hopeful but doubtful. There are much cheaper and more effective options out there that wouldn't saddle a team with next year at 2 mill either. I pray you are right and I am wrong.

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#50 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
January 13 2010, 09:35AM
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Lofty wrote:

Did anyone else notice the O'Sullivan hit... how selfish. He could have kept the puck in the zone but, instead he gives up on the puck and lines the guy up.

He also ripped a 15mph slap shot right at the center of the tenders chest from the blue line. Another good scoring chance for Sully.

Wait what? He hit a guy?

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