Oilers vs. Stars Postgame: The Sweet Taste of Victory, The Agonizing Taste of Defeat, All In 40 Seconds

Jonathan Willis
January 22 2010 11:47PM

Dallas Stars: 4

Edmonton Oilers: 3

The Oilers played a solid game that featured a comeback with just over a minute left; unfortunately the comeback lasted all of 40 seconds as the Stars put the Oilers away as the clock ticked down.

 

First Period

 

I continue to be amazed at Gene Principe’s pre-game introduction. Outstanding stuff; the man is pure gold.

Jacques plastered Sutherby with a big hit, and he, Pouliot and Stortini shove with the Star’s fourth line.

Nilsson with a surprisingly dangerous chance from the wrong side of the goal line; he flipped it into Turco’s skate and Turco just froze to keep the puck from moving.

Jason Strudwick was the guy who fell down, but Krys Barch lost the fight as Strudwick got a ton of shots in on Barch. Barch did well to step in after Strudwick probably should have got an elbowing penalty for a hit on Peters.

Trevor Daley powers a slap shot in from the point after Tom Gilbert turns the puck over. Pat Quinn shakes his head on the bench. 1-0 Dallas.

Shawn Horcoff takes a penalty for goaltender interference and Fernando Pisani takes one a moment later for hooking, giving Dallas a two minute 5-on-3. That’s pretty much a gift-wrapped goal for Dallas, but amazingly the Oilers manage to hang on and kill the penalty through a combination of good penalty-killing and strong work from Devan Dubnyk.

A moment later, Sam Gagner takes a holding penalty for reacting to a hit by hauling down the Stars forward.

Louie DeBruks: “They’ve struggled on the penalty kill as of late.” Yeah, if by “late” you mean the last two years.

With six seconds left in the Gagner penalty, Patrick O’Sullivan gets called for slashing on Jamie Benn. The Oilers kill off the last six seconds and then 30 seconds of the O’Sullivan penalty before Dubnyk freezes the puck.

Mike Modano scores with just over 50 seconds left on the Stars’ 35th power play. A team can only kill so many penalties.

The Oilers finally get a call as Krys Barch goes off for holding; the power play has barely started when Ryan Potulny bangs a goal home to make it 2-1 Dallas. Assists to Robert Nilsson and Dustin Penner.

Shots are now 17-4 in favour of the Dallas Stars.

Gagner gets a dangerous chance off a broken rush featuring him, Cogliano and Penner. After the faceoff, Denis Grebeshkov gets another shot that tests Turco, who seems shaky in net.

The Oilers with a vicious forecheck; in succession quick hits by Pouliot, Jacques and Stortini. The puck makes its way the other direction and the Stars get away with tripping Devan Dubnyk.

Pouliot really seems to have embraced his fourth line role; he’s as physically involved as I’ve ever seen him be and I wonder if he’s realized that he only has a tenuous grasp on an NHL career and needs to add every dimension he can. He was a gritty player in junior and if he can show that here it will only enhance his value.

Steve Ott takes a hooking penalty for spinning around Jason Strudwick, but the power play fails to convert before the clock runs out on the first period.

 

Second Period

 

No intermission commentary today; I’m in a hurry and I can’t remember the last time the Sportsnet panel was particularly useful.

Back and forth action to open the period but nothing especially interesting. Stortini made a brutal turnover to Brad Richards but got the puck back and moved it the other way.

 

Sam Gagner makes up for his earlier retaliation by drawing a penalty as he worked his way into the Dallas crease. Stephane Robidas hooked him after Gagner stole the puck from him.

Dallas takes another penalty after Steve Ott breaks Potulny’s stick in half after the slash, and the Oilers will now have a 5-on-3 for just over a minute. The good news is that the Stars’ penalty kill is almost as miserable as the Oilers.

Despite the Stars’ lousy penalty kill, the Oilers pass the puck around the perimeter and squander the 5-on-3, and then the 5-on-4 moments later.

Mark Fistric lowers the boom on Stortini as he skates in with the puck; great, clean hit on Stortini.

Taylor Chorney shows some lousy defensive awareness as Jamie Benn sneaks past him, and then takes the pass on the 2-on-1 and converts to make it 3-1 Dallas. Ugly play by Chorney.

Penner substituting for Stortini on the fourth line; I wonder how much that Fistric hit shook up Stortini, although the TV crew reads this as an attempt to get Penner going.

Great shift for the Horcoff line, which dominated the Stars’ first line and held the puck in the offensive zone while the Oilers changed lines.

Denis Grebeshkov for the second or third time makes a heart attack move with the puck, flubbing the pass and turning it over.

Stortini back out with the fourth line; apparently he’s fine. Pouliot takes the pass and does a great job getting the puck through to net; I’ve been very impressed by him since he has come back from injury.

Lubomir Visnovsky missed a wide open net on a play started by an epic Horcoff move; another fine shift for the third line.

Sam Gagner scores a moment later off nice passing plays by Penner and Gilbert; 3-2 Dallas.

 

Third Period

 

Taylor Chorney is not an NHL hockey player. Taylor Chorney is not an NHL hockey player. Taylor Chorney is not an NHL hockey player. I suppose I should explain; I said that once for each galring mistake Chorney made on his last shift.

Ethan Moreau offside by a little under three miles.

Speaking of 3 miles, that’s roughly how far out of net Marty Turco came to knock the puck away from Dustin Penner. Penner’s out with the fourth line again.

Ethan Moreau clears the puck, and as he’s doing it (accidentally) jams his stick up under the visor of Brad Richards. Richards is bleeding from what looks like just above his eye, and he was livid at Moreau. Somehow, Moreau avoided the four minute penalty he should have taken.

The Oilers are outhitting the Stars 2:1.

Potulny went down behind the net as Skrastins hooked Potulny in the face; somehow the referees missed that one too. Dodgy officiating tonight, but the breaks seem to be fairly even.

Ethan Moreau had a gorgeous chance after Pisani and Horcoff ragged the puck in the offensive zone, but was unable to convert.

Kevin Quinn just called Devan Dubnyk “the Big Easy.” I’m sure he’s been called that before but it feels like it’s been a while; I don’t know what it is but I’m not crazy about the nickname. I suppose it beets “Dubie.”

Great pressure with time winding down results in a goal; Sam Gagner scored this one. The roar of the crowd drowns out the announcer as he announces the goal and assists to Nilsson and Potulny.

Dallas scores with just over 20 seconds to go; Denis Grebeshkov inexplicably passes to Horcoff in traffic rather than clearing the puck; Horcoff lost it, and then Jason Strudwick fell over backwards while simultaneously flipping the puck directly on to Neal’s stick. Dubnyk falls to the ice after he realizes the shot has beat him.

Penner had a glorious chance with seconds left, but this one will go to Dallas 4-3.

 

Oilers Three Stars

 

1. Dustin Penner. Sam Gagner scored the goals, but Penner played the best game he’s played in quite a while and finished the night with two assists.

2. Sam Gagner. Like I said, two goals. Gagner didn’t play a perfect game, but he did play a good game and he made up for his mistakes.

3. Ryan Potulny. Managed two points, including the Oilers’ first goal, but finished with a minus-2 rating. He was fighting through checks all night and despite the ugly plus/minus I don’t recall him being bad defensively.

DFF Star: Jason Strudwick and Denis Grebeshkov both did their best to get on this list in the final minute of the game, but the award here goes to Taylor Chorney. Welcome to the team; poor positional play and bad giveaways will only aid the quest for a high-end pick.

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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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#51 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
January 23 2010, 01:41PM
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SirFozz wrote:

Speaking of maturing- hopefully as Gagner matures he learns to start his season as he finishes them. Seems to play great in the second half but it takes him 30-40 games to get going. If second-half Gagner, especially the Gagner we are watching right now, turns into all-season Gagner, we have ourselves a solid player.

Based on last night's play, I've got him on pace for 64 goals to finish off the season. Do you think we could lock him in at 7.5MM/yr over 4 years?

Edit: ~

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#52 SirFozz
January 23 2010, 01:52PM
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@Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things

Haha- no edit necessary.

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#53 Pajamah
January 23 2010, 01:52PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

Based on last night's play, I've got him on pace for 64 goals to finish off the season. Do you think we could lock him in at 7.5MM/yr over 4 years?

Edit: ~

Front loaded, 9 mill first two seasons

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#54 HottScarrison
January 23 2010, 02:07PM
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Gagner has no history of injuries why would we sign him long-term to any sort of contract? Don't future oilers have to be high-risk before we sign them.

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#55 Senator Theo
January 23 2010, 02:51PM
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@oil kings & pretty things:

Nice pickup - much respect to the "cents".

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#56 Dan the Man
January 23 2010, 03:04PM
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How long after we draft Taylor Hall will he require surgery?

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#57 Robin Brownlee
January 23 2010, 03:39PM
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Pajamah wrote:

Or "imaginative"

That's why you're the word writer type guy

That's how I spelled it. The person responding to my post is the one who buggered it up. You should know better.

And, it's "writer-type" guy.

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#58 RossCreekNation
January 23 2010, 04:57PM
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@Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things

You sure seem to like that "Du Maurier" nickname ;-)

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#59 Pajamah
January 23 2010, 05:03PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

That's how I spelled it. The person responding to my post is the one who buggered it up. You should know better.

And, it's "writer-type" guy.

That was me who buggered it up, was being more self-depracating, I blame last nights gin.

I didn't realize imaginate wasn't the right word until I read your post, I screwed up, wasn't calling you out for anything

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#60 RossCreekNation
January 23 2010, 05:04PM
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BTW, I'll take Doobie over Du Maurier, even if we are just talking about goalies...

He's younger and doesn't look any further behind JDD.
He's got the 1st round pick aura, while Deslauriers is a ~lowly~ 2nd rounder.
He's a western Canadian kid.

Ahh... that's enough reasons for me, I'll take Dubnyk, thanks. JDD may infact turn into a legitimate backup though, something I was skeptical of not that long ago.

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#62 Jayamania
January 23 2010, 06:13PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Let's assume that the Oilers go into next season with Khabibulin as a #1, which seems likely.

As GM, would you trust either of Deslauriers or Dubnyk as the backup goaltender, given Khabibulin's injury history and the surgery he's coming off?

Given the choice of JDD/DD at their current contracts, or Martin Biron at 1.5, whou would you take?

I agree with you Willis. Not a chance I trust one of JDD or DD as my backup next season. Pick up a veteran and send both JDD and DD to the AHL. If one of them gets claimed, oh well. Personally, I don't think either of them would get claimed.

And why oh why is Strudwick on the ice in the 3rd period, let alone the last minute of a game? These are professionals, I'm pretty sure they can double shift for the last 5 minutes.

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#63 Robin Brownlee
January 23 2010, 06:30PM
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Jayamania wrote:

I agree with you Willis. Not a chance I trust one of JDD or DD as my backup next season. Pick up a veteran and send both JDD and DD to the AHL. If one of them gets claimed, oh well. Personally, I don't think either of them would get claimed.

And why oh why is Strudwick on the ice in the 3rd period, let alone the last minute of a game? These are professionals, I'm pretty sure they can double shift for the last 5 minutes.

Really? Send both to the AHL? Bring in a veteran to play ahead of them?

There's sooo much hockey knowledge and common sense around here. I'm assuming this team needs a veteran back-up just in case because you can't trust either kid and going with them might jeopardize a run at the Stanley Cup. The rebuilding process will be complete with just one lottery pick this summer.

This team isn't winning jack next season. Deslauriers or Dubnyk as a back-up will be just fine. Good Lord . . .

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#64 Dan the Man
January 23 2010, 06:51PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Really? Send both to the AHL? Bring in a veteran to play ahead of them?

There's sooo much hockey knowledge and common sense around here. I'm assuming this team needs a veteran back-up just in case because you can't trust either kid and going with them might jeopardize a run at the Stanley Cup. The rebuilding process will be complete with just one lottery pick this summer.

This team isn't winning jack next season. Deslauriers or Dubnyk as a back-up will be just fine. Good Lord . . .

I couldn't agree more. Are people ready to give up on JDD and DD already? That's what bringing in a vet like Biron would say.

IF the Oilers face a similar situation next year with Khabibulin AND they are in position to make a run for a playoff spot then I'd consider trading for a proven vet but to do so before the start of next year doesn't make sense to me.

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#65 Jaymania
January 23 2010, 07:02PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

I couldn't agree more. Are people ready to give up on JDD and DD already? That's what bringing in a vet like Biron would say.

IF the Oilers face a similar situation next year with Khabibulin AND they are in position to make a run for a playoff spot then I'd consider trading for a proven vet but to do so before the start of next year doesn't make sense to me.

I guess we'll see what happens during the next 30+ games. Cause clearly JDD and DD are not ready yet. JDD needs to eliminate the high glove goals and DD needs to eliminate the 6 hole goals.

If JDD or DD can step up for the remainder of the season, then I'd be fine with one of them being a backup next season.

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#66 bigrroberto
January 23 2010, 07:23PM
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You guys have WAY too high expectations for these kids in net. Can we take the friggin blinders off and look at the situation here.

You've got two very green goaltenders. Both had next to nothing for NHL experiance before being thrown into this mess we call the 09/10 season. Then on top of all that you have a bad team playing really poorly. Even with Khabby in net we still lose all those games. (well most of them... you know what I mean)

I'd say the kids are doing just fine. Its not fair at all to dump on them in a situation like this. Let them get all the experiance they can get this year and hope for a better team next year.

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#67 Eddie Shore
January 23 2010, 07:48PM
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bigrroberto wrote:

You guys have WAY too high expectations for these kids in net. Can we take the friggin blinders off and look at the situation here.

You've got two very green goaltenders. Both had next to nothing for NHL experiance before being thrown into this mess we call the 09/10 season. Then on top of all that you have a bad team playing really poorly. Even with Khabby in net we still lose all those games. (well most of them... you know what I mean)

I'd say the kids are doing just fine. Its not fair at all to dump on them in a situation like this. Let them get all the experiance they can get this year and hope for a better team next year.

Exactly. This is a bad team that doesn't do it's goalies any favours. In all reality, Habby and Hemsky going down did Tambo a favour because after this season he damn well better have an idea as to what each player is and isn't capable of. No more excuses.

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#68 bigrroberto
January 23 2010, 08:05PM
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@Eddie Shore

Even the perception of what each player is capable of is skewed. I mean look at all the injuries. If Souray doesnt get the concussion does he light it up? What about Horcoffs shoulder? Does he return to the absurd 50%+ faceoff man that he was? Comrie and the flu? The list goes on.

Then from there its just a domino effect. Does Brule learn from a hot Comrie? Does Cogliano feed off a strong year from Horcoff and become a great winger/ or centre. Etc, etc, etc.

I just find it more and more frustrating how everyone jumps on the players calling them out for their shotty play when the injury/sickness factor played in so dramatically this year.

Sure the players have had a tough year, but anyone who's played sports at a competitive level knows that when you get kicked in the teeth that badly, and had your confidence ripped to shreds, its really hard to play to your potential. Confidence, I think, is the hardest thing to regain.

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#69 Robin Brownlee
January 23 2010, 09:07PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Let's assume that the Oilers go into next season with Khabibulin as a #1, which seems likely.

As GM, would you trust either of Deslauriers or Dubnyk as the backup goaltender, given Khabibulin's injury history and the surgery he's coming off?

Given the choice of JDD/DD at their current contracts, or Martin Biron at 1.5, whou would you take?

-- Martin Biron (on a team with seven more wins and 16 more points than the Oilers) is 2-11-2, 3.22 GAA and .900 for $1.5 million.

-- Deslauriers, 9-14-3, 3.18 and .900 on a team that's 29th with one win in 18 games for, say, $850,000 on a new deal ($700,000 this season).

Is there a really a question? I'm not paying twice as much for a 32-year-old on the slide to back-up Khabibulin when I've got a 25-year-old who might yet emerge from this wreckage to be a good goaltender.

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#70 Crash
January 23 2010, 09:26PM
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Reported on Hockey Night in Canada tonight....the Oilers have asked Sheldon Souray to give them a list of teams that he would be willing to accept a trade to and it was mentioned that the Oilers want that list soon.

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#71 Robin Brownlee
January 23 2010, 09:34PM
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The way Johnson and Lombardi are feuding, if Souray's list includes the Kings, and it will, then there's a chance to make a deal.

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#72 Crash
January 23 2010, 09:42PM
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Robin, given the report says the Oilers want that list soon would it be likely that the Oilers may have an agreed to deal on the table pending Souray including that team on his list?

Johnson sounds intriguing

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#73 Reagan
January 23 2010, 10:14PM
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Yeah, I was just reading the same thing. Who initiated this info about Souray? I prefer to see him as Captain, but understand the Salary Dump.

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#74 speeds
January 24 2010, 12:05AM
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Dan the Man wrote:

I couldn't agree more. Are people ready to give up on JDD and DD already? That's what bringing in a vet like Biron would say.

IF the Oilers face a similar situation next year with Khabibulin AND they are in position to make a run for a playoff spot then I'd consider trading for a proven vet but to do so before the start of next year doesn't make sense to me.

I see where you're coming from, but could the signing of Khabibulin to a 4 year deal be interpreted as suggesting the Oilers aren't all that enthused with JDD or DD either, going forward?

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#75 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 24 2010, 01:11AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

The way Johnson and Lombardi are feuding, if Souray's list includes the Kings, and it will, then there's a chance to make a deal.

Wow, a JJ for Souray deal would be amazing.

I'd be happy with Greene for Souray straight up, JJ... even better.

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#76 Lofty
January 24 2010, 06:39AM
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From the looks of the goalie market since the lockout I would never draft or develope a goalie. I think that quality bargain goalies can be found via UFA's, waivers, or small trades.

There is no need to waist big money on a position that can change from hot to cold to injured so quickly.

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#77 Lofty
January 24 2010, 06:50AM
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Has anyone seen this brawl in Russia?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqC6B9K8-40&feature=player_embedded

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#78 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 24 2010, 07:44AM
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Crash wrote:

Reported on Hockey Night in Canada tonight....the Oilers have asked Sheldon Souray to give them a list of teams that he would be willing to accept a trade to and it was mentioned that the Oilers want that list soon.

~matters little. tambellini will sit with his thumb up his ass and watch the world pass him by~

that said, colorado is my pick for the souray sweepstakes

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#79 madjam
January 24 2010, 08:39AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

The way Johnson and Lombardi are feuding, if Souray's list includes the Kings, and it will, then there's a chance to make a deal.

How about adding a few names to Souray talks with L.A. like Simmomds and J. Bernier ? Maybe even D.Brown they will make a pitch for ?

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#80 RossCreekNation
January 24 2010, 08:58AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Let's assume that the Oilers go into next season with Khabibulin as a #1, which seems likely.

As GM, would you trust either of Deslauriers or Dubnyk as the backup goaltender, given Khabibulin's injury history and the surgery he's coming off?

Given the choice of JDD/DD at their current contracts, or Martin Biron at 1.5, whou would you take?

What they need, is a solid journeymen for the farm that can be a decent call-up in a pinch. If Khabibulin goes down for 4 or 5 games, no worries - Dubnyk & journeyman can handle it. If Khabibulin goes down long-term, well then you deal with it then and find a cheap replacement like Biron (or whomever is in a similar situation next year).

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#81 RossCreekNation
January 24 2010, 09:21AM
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Oilers are shopping six notable players: Sources

Three league executives confirmed Tambellini has made it known he is willing to deal Shawn Horcoff, Robert Nilsson, Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios, Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnovsky... St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings -- interested in Souray...

http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/myoilers/2010/01/24/12592566-sun.html

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#82 madjam
January 24 2010, 09:38AM
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If Oilers are waiting for a list from Souray , then i suspect Tams has already failed on unloading him on ones they are sure he would go to .

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#83 BigE57
January 24 2010, 09:58AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Oilers are shopping six notable players: Sources

Three league executives confirmed Tambellini has made it known he is willing to deal Shawn Horcoff, Robert Nilsson, Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios, Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnovsky... St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings -- interested in Souray...

http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/myoilers/2010/01/24/12592566-sun.html

Wow, I'm surpised that any team was able to express interest. I'm almost certain that any league executive who heard the name Shawn Horcoff fell off his chair laughing and replied "let me get back to you Steve as they p!ssed themselves laughing.

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#84 dragon
January 24 2010, 10:05AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Oilers are shopping six notable players: Sources

Three league executives confirmed Tambellini has made it known he is willing to deal Shawn Horcoff, Robert Nilsson, Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios, Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnovsky... St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings -- interested in Souray...

http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/myoilers/2010/01/24/12592566-sun.html

thanks. good read while waiting for the NFL semis.

that little piece of good news aside, I also fully agree with Robert Tychkowsky's take: "The Oilers have been waiting for 20 years for the scouting, development and management arms of their organization to bring them back to the next level and it hasn't happened.

So let's hope the plan runs a little deeper than tanking it for four years and waiting for the saviours to fall in their lap."

It will be fun to watch the Draft this year, but I do hope Lowe/Katz to straighten up their organization in the mean time.

Jets/Vikings for the Bowl...

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#85 Reagan
January 24 2010, 10:41AM
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Wouldn't it be ironic for Farve, if the Jets one the Bowl... :)

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#86 OilW30
January 24 2010, 10:57AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

The way Johnson and Lombardi are feuding, if Souray's list includes the Kings, and it will, then there's a chance to make a deal.

How do they like Handzus down there? He's got a big contract that expires one year earlier that Souray's. Maybe Souray+ for Johnson and Handzus?

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#87 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 24 2010, 11:19AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Oilers are shopping six notable players: Sources

Three league executives confirmed Tambellini has made it known he is willing to deal Shawn Horcoff, Robert Nilsson, Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios, Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnovsky... St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings -- interested in Souray...

http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/myoilers/2010/01/24/12592566-sun.html

He needs to include O'sully/Comrie/Cogs/Gilbert/Grebs on that list.... not trade them all, but they should all be shopped.

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#88 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 24 2010, 11:22AM
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madjam wrote:

If Oilers are waiting for a list from Souray , then i suspect Tams has already failed on unloading him on ones they are sure he would go to .

or, after taking it in the ass with the heatley mess, tambellini wants to be sure before wasting his time

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#89 Horcsky
January 24 2010, 11:29AM
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Wow. This quote by Gilbert seems to be a bit of a shot across the bow at the vets.

"I think regardless of how old you are, you see teams now with young guys that have letters on their chest, young guys that are leaders and are the faces of these NHL teams," Gilbert said.

"That's the way it should be, it shouldn't matter how old you are, how many years or how many games you've played. It should matter how much you put into your team when you go on the ice, and how much you do when you're out there is a sign of being a good leader."

Memo to Gilbert: Stop being so weak in your own zone, and maybe you could be a captain one day, jerkass.

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#90 Archaeologuy
January 24 2010, 11:46AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Oilers are shopping six notable players: Sources

Three league executives confirmed Tambellini has made it known he is willing to deal Shawn Horcoff, Robert Nilsson, Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios, Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnovsky... St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings -- interested in Souray...

http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/myoilers/2010/01/24/12592566-sun.html

I hope they dont drop Visnovsky.

The guy is both offensively productive and a plus player on a last placed team. The Oilers need to look past his Cap hit and recognize that Vis is a cornerstone guy for our defense.

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#91 OIlW30
January 24 2010, 11:54AM
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At least put the disclaimer up that it's Garrioch. Any monkey could guess those 6 names.

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#92 Jeremy
January 24 2010, 12:08PM
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@OIlW30

Plus, he mentioned that one player who won't be traded was Alex Hemsky. Seriously? Alex?

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#93 Pajamah
January 24 2010, 12:08PM
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whew.......

was just on another website (Its nothing,baby, I swear) and saw 1-24-10 on the right hand side

Took me a minute to differentiate the date from the Oilers record in their last 35 games

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#94 Kevin
January 24 2010, 12:34PM
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It will be difficult moving salary this trade deadline. I doubt there will be much if any interest in our over priced under achievers. One bigger contract that may be of some interest is Penner. Would Boston be of interest for perhaps one or two of their three first round picks ?

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#95 brucechris
January 24 2010, 01:13PM
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madjam wrote:

If Oilers are waiting for a list from Souray , then i suspect Tams has already failed on unloading him on ones they are sure he would go to .

Nah. He has a NTC.

Would Johnson be a good acquisition? He's only been doing okay this season, and that shoulder injury is worrisome.

I don't think Dustin Brown is going anywhere. They are going to get 50+ points a year for $3ish million a season.

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#96 Cool Beans
January 24 2010, 01:47PM
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Where is the GDB for the skills competition? what the deuce. Souray blasts 104.2

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#99 Eddie Shore
January 24 2010, 01:52PM
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bigrroberto wrote:

Even the perception of what each player is capable of is skewed. I mean look at all the injuries. If Souray doesnt get the concussion does he light it up? What about Horcoffs shoulder? Does he return to the absurd 50%+ faceoff man that he was? Comrie and the flu? The list goes on.

Then from there its just a domino effect. Does Brule learn from a hot Comrie? Does Cogliano feed off a strong year from Horcoff and become a great winger/ or centre. Etc, etc, etc.

I just find it more and more frustrating how everyone jumps on the players calling them out for their shotty play when the injury/sickness factor played in so dramatically this year.

Sure the players have had a tough year, but anyone who's played sports at a competitive level knows that when you get kicked in the teeth that badly, and had your confidence ripped to shreds, its really hard to play to your potential. Confidence, I think, is the hardest thing to regain.

But, if you try to wait for a healthy roster to evaluate you will be waiting forever. If Tambo doesn't address the glaring needs - that even us "idiots" in the blogosphere can identify - this summer, he should have his ass punted out of town.

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