UPDATED: It's lonely at the bottom

Jason Gregor
January 25 2010 09:19AM

“It is possible to fail in many ways... while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

The legendary Greek philosopher, Aristotle, uttered these words well before hockey was played, but today they seem fitting in Oilerville.

A few months ago many felt the Dive for Five was the only way the Oilers could begin the long trek back to the top of the NHL standings. But not even the most optimistic Oiler fan felt the Copper and Blue could give themselves a 48.1% chance to get the first overall pick in 2010.

Well all of you doubting Thomases, this morning the Oilers sit in 30th place and they are 32 games away from having the best chance of being the first team to step up to the microphone on June 25th in Los Angeles.

Before you get too excited let’s look at the hurdles they face between before June.

They can’t keep losing every game. It just won’t happen, especially when you consider that their last two games have been two of their best in the past month. Losing streaks normally come to an end when a team loses a few games that they deserved to win.

Toronto is only six points behind the Oilers, and the Oilers have three games in hand on the centre of the universe. Only Chicago has a longer Stanley Cup drought than the Leafs’ 42-year stretch, so very few teams are better at being losers than the Leafs.

The Oilers have only gained three points on the Leafs in the past ten games, and they didn’t even win a game. How bad will the Oilers have to be if they want to fend of the hard-diving Leafs?

Carolina is playing better, but Jim Rutherford is an expert at overseeing his team fluctuate from contender to pretender season-to-season, so the Oilers can’t underestimate the Canes’ ability to lose games.

The good news for the Oilers is that 17 of the Leafs’ final 29 games are at home. They are 9-10-5 at home, compared to their horrendous 8-16-5 road record. The Oilers have 18 road games remaining and with only seven wins in 21 road games the THIRST for FIRST is realistic.

Gagner improving

Sam Gagner might derail the train to #1 if he keeps playing like he has in the past ten games. He has four goals and nine points in the last ten games and it looks like he’s found his offensive game again.

Gagner had ten points in the first ten games this season, but only had eleven in the next 30 before getting hot again. Ideally for Oiler fans Gagner will keep playing well and gain more confidence, but the Oilers will keep losing.

The Oilers will need more than the first overall pick to turn their fortunes around, so young players like Gagner, Gilbert Brule and Andrew Cogliano need to keep improving if fans expect to see the playoffs before 2015.

Who would you keep?

With Mike Comrie set to return to the lineup this week I wonder who the Oilers will bring back next season out of Robert Nilsson, Patrick O’Sullivan or Comrie.

If you could only bring one player back who would you keep?

O’Sullivan at $2.9 million, Nilsson at $2 million or Comrie at $1.5 million?

Souray gives his list

Sheldon Souray has given the Oilers a list of teams he’d be willing to go to. I will say this about the situation. I spoke with Souray about the family angle and moving closer to his kids. He said that Edmonton was great because his children get to see their grandma, aunts and cousins when they come to Edmonton and no other city can match that.

He said he understand the situation and would be happy to stay in Edmonton, but also that a move could make sense for both sides. I think this is more of a hockey decision than a family one for Souray. His kids live in Las Vegas, and yes LA and San Jose are closer, but there is no extended family there.

Souray is not a dumb guy. He sees the landscape of this team, and considering he has a no movement clause until July 2nd (remember last year we learned that July 1st isn’t the actual day) why wouldn’t he submit a list?

I still say the Kings are the front runner and I know they are on the list. San Jose and Anaheim would be some other obvious destinations. And don’t rule out an Eastern based team. When you consider that you have to be at the airport two hours earlier, then clear customs for his kids to come to Canada, would the entire trip be much longer if they had to fly out east to see him? Probably very close.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#101 Ender
January 25 2010, 03:00PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

Lowe left Tambo something to work with and Tambo drove it into the ground. The Oilers went from 9th in the west to dead last in the league.

This latest spiral wasn't Lowe, it was Tambo. Every team has a ludicrous contract or two, it's how you plug the holes that counts.

There are two possibilities here; either Tambo is calling the shots and they haven't panned out or Tambo has been carrying out KLowe's 'suggestions' and they haven't panned out. The two scenarios have very different conclusions.

Say, for example, KLowe was leaning towards resigning Roli for the 2-year deal necessary but Tambo wanted to bring in Khabbi instead. So KLowe says 'Do what you need to do' and it turns into today. Pushes Tambo further toward the exit door for sure.

On the other hand, let's reverse things. KLowe says 'Gonna make a splash. Go get me some Khabbi,' and Tambo says 'I dunno; that Roli guy looks better to me and we can work with 2 years if we need to.' Tambo gets overruled and we end up with today. Tambo would be wise to make quiet with the I-told-you-so's but it would be pretty hard for Katz or KLowe to find dirt to throw; quite the opposite, they might be more inclined to keep him around and actually listen to him. I'd kill to know just how much input KLowe still has on personnel decisions.

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#102 rubbertrout
January 25 2010, 03:09PM
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Ender wrote:

There are two possibilities here; either Tambo is calling the shots and they haven't panned out or Tambo has been carrying out KLowe's 'suggestions' and they haven't panned out. The two scenarios have very different conclusions.

Say, for example, KLowe was leaning towards resigning Roli for the 2-year deal necessary but Tambo wanted to bring in Khabbi instead. So KLowe says 'Do what you need to do' and it turns into today. Pushes Tambo further toward the exit door for sure.

On the other hand, let's reverse things. KLowe says 'Gonna make a splash. Go get me some Khabbi,' and Tambo says 'I dunno; that Roli guy looks better to me and we can work with 2 years if we need to.' Tambo gets overruled and we end up with today. Tambo would be wise to make quiet with the I-told-you-so's but it would be pretty hard for Katz or KLowe to find dirt to throw; quite the opposite, they might be more inclined to keep him around and actually listen to him. I'd kill to know just how much input KLowe still has on personnel decisions.

I think the personnel decisions right now are being made by a feces hurling monkey at a typewriter and a magic eight ball.*

Anything would be better. Anything that is, except Doug McLean.

*or some combination thereof.

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#103 BigE57
January 25 2010, 03:19PM
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Good read Jason. Just wondering if you think Souray would have more value if the Oilers waited until after his NMC expires in July?

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#104 danjo1
January 25 2010, 03:21PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

I think the personnel decisions right now are being made by a feces hurling monkey at a typewriter and a magic eight ball.*

Anything would be better. Anything that is, except Doug McLean.

*or some combination thereof.

I think you mean a magic hate ball... http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/hateball

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#105 Bucknuck
January 25 2010, 03:34PM
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rubbertrout wrote:

I think the personnel decisions right now are being made by a feces hurling monkey at a typewriter and a magic eight ball.*

Anything would be better. Anything that is, except Doug McLean.

*or some combination thereof.

Careful... it can get worse.

Just think of the offers that Tambellini is getting for his first round pick right about now.

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#106 ball buster
January 25 2010, 03:47PM
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@dragon

<<with Bruins struggling lately, do you see any Oilers assets that will be able to pry the Leafs pick out of Bruins' hands?>>

Not a chance plus I think (and I think a lot of GMs believe) that as much of an a$$ Burke is, he will figure out how to squeeze some talent out of the trade deadline and march the team up enough spots that the Leafs' pick will be far less interesting.

On the other hand, if I were to venture a convenient scenario (convenient for the Oilers anyway) where the Oilers and Bruins were to cook up a trade for that pick, I have been thinking for quite a while now that Boston's PP could use a player like Visnovsky. That is what I believe it would take, at minimum, to pry that pick out of Chiarelli's Rogaine-soaked mittens.

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#107 bleedoil11
January 25 2010, 03:49PM
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I know everyone throws out crazy trade angles but considering the souray news i thought id throw this out there what do you think

Souray + nilsson\potulny = teubert + frolov

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#108 Ball Buster
January 25 2010, 03:53PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

Careful... it can get worse.

Just think of the offers that Tambellini is getting for his first round pick right about now.

And even the slightest hint of him considering those deals and it wafting into the public domain makes me fear for Tambellini's safety in this town.

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#109 bleedoil11
January 25 2010, 03:53PM
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penner horcoff hemsky frolov gagner eberle jacques cogliano brule stone omarra stortini

smid vishnosky gilbert fowler grebeshkov plante

bulin dubnyk rebuild in progress

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#110 Robin Brownlee
January 25 2010, 04:01PM
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bleedoil11 wrote:

I know everyone throws out crazy trade angles but considering the souray news i thought id throw this out there what do you think

Souray + nilsson\potulny = teubert + frolov

I'm thinking you're throwing out Frolov's name because everybody does and that you have no idea what a tool Teubert was after the draft, acting like a big-leaguer and a big-headed jackass -- so much so that GM Dean Lombardi had to pull him aside and set him straight.

And a team can't finish lower than 30th, so you don't need to add O'Marra and Plante.

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#111 dunciano
January 25 2010, 04:04PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I'm thinking you're throwing out Frolov's name because everybody does and that you have no idea what a tool Teubert was after the draft, acting like a big-leaguer and a big-headed jackass -- so much so that GM Dean Lombardi had to pull him aside and set him straight.

And a team can't finish lower than 30th, so you don't need to add O'Marra and Plante.

Really?!

What was he saying/doing?

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#112 Nick Dynasty
January 25 2010, 04:07PM
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@Robin Brownlee

what about Thomas Hickey? any chance he could be in a deal?

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#113 Robin Brownlee
January 25 2010, 04:11PM
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dunciano wrote:

Really?!

What was he saying/doing?

Just playing the bigshot when he ended up back in Regina. Not being a team guy, acting like his sh*t didn't stink etc etc.

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#114 Wanyes bastard child
January 25 2010, 04:22PM
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Just a quick question, will you guys be doing GDB's for the olympics?

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#115 bleedoil11
January 25 2010, 04:32PM
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My bad i was not aware of teuberts character flaws. i threw out frolov because i didnt think he would be so bad to sign considering his declining #s and he can score 30. I put in omarra and plante because from what ive read and seen chorney has a horrible plus minus and there seems to be several dman with the same skill sets omarra is a world junior who can lay them out and have some offensive upside but he seems scared to screw up at the nhl level i was thinking maybe after this year with the falcons and starting out of the gate he cant be to much of a liablity then whats on the ice now i could be wrong i dont know him personal. ideally and i know rip me up brownlee i would like to see lecavalier and barker come to town and draft hall to play lecavaliers wing with hemmer. then pens gags and eberle. i know im dreaming.barker gilbert

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#116 bleedoil11
January 25 2010, 04:40PM
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hey browlee whats the chances of the blues moving pietrangelo probably not a chance but souray + for pietrangelo +

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#117 RossCreekNation
January 25 2010, 04:41PM
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LBH wrote:

All Comrie tried to do is bite Omark/Datsyuks move and although it had the same result, it didn't have the same show , was no where near as cool as the aforementioned guys version.

Didn't Omark miss his attempt at that move?

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#118 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 25 2010, 04:44PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Just playing the bigshot when he ended up back in Regina. Not being a team guy, acting like his sh*t didn't stink etc etc.

Don't mind seeing guys like that spend 7 years in the A before assuming their position at the home town used car dealership.

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#119 RossCreekNation
January 25 2010, 04:50PM
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dragon wrote:

with Bruins struggling lately, do you see any Oilers assets that will be able to pry the Leafs pick out of Bruins' hands?

From USAToday's Kevin Allen out of Boston...

Note to fans wanting their team to trade a veteran scorer to Boston: Bruins are NOT going to part with Toronto's first round pick. Sorry.

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#120 Archaeologuy
January 25 2010, 04:56PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

From USAToday's Kevin Allen out of Boston...

Note to fans wanting their team to trade a veteran scorer to Boston: Bruins are NOT going to part with Toronto's first round pick. Sorry.

Just hoping there's a little magic left from the club that traded Joe Thornton for Belly Button Lint.

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#121 RossCreekNation
January 25 2010, 04:57PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

From USAToday's Kevin Allen out of Boston...

Note to fans wanting their team to trade a veteran scorer to Boston: Bruins are NOT going to part with Toronto's first round pick. Sorry.

The Leafs could get the Bruins 1st rounder though... for Kaberle.

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#122 RossCreekNation
January 25 2010, 05:02PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Just hoping there's a little magic left from the club that traded Joe Thornton for Belly Button Lint.

LOL. Imagine being a Bruins fan and a Sharks fan at the time. I was like "WTF O'Connell!?" and "OMG thats awesome Wilson!" all at the same time. I think that was actually the last time I cheered for the Bruins. (Flames, Bruins, Sharks & Hawks have ALWAYS been fav's of mine - the 06 Shark loss to the Oil after a 2-zip series lead prit'near ended that relationship).

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#123 GSC
January 25 2010, 05:07PM
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I'd take Comrie at $1.25-1.5 MIL over O'Sullivan or Nilsson any day.

Cheaper and just as productive.

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#124 The Real Scuba Steve
January 25 2010, 05:10PM
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Ball Buster wrote:

And even the slightest hint of him considering those deals and it wafting into the public domain makes me fear for Tambellini's safety in this town.

Lowe is the one who needs to wear a disguised when he goes to work. This is going to be the worst season in Oil history, the management needs replacing.

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#125 Skidplate
January 25 2010, 05:13PM
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At this point, I think I would trade Visnovsky instead of Souray. Both guys bring special elements to the team, but in Souray we have a guy that is willing to stay in Edmonton and brings a mean streak with one heck of a shot. We drop Vis's contract and he would bring as much or maybe more than Souray would in a trade.

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#126 Archaeologuy
January 25 2010, 05:20PM
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@Skidplate

I havent heard nearly as many rumblings about Vis wanting out as I have heard about Souray. More importantly though, after 2 years I like what Ive seen from Lubo more than I like what Ive seen from Souray. I think Lubo has more to bring than Souray in terms of the complete package. If it were up to me, Vis would be the guy I build this team's Defense around. I just think that if the team follows through on the plan to go young then having a guy like Vis would be the prefect mentor for young d-men.

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#127 Tayranchula
January 25 2010, 05:24PM
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I would keep Comrie

1. He wants to be in EDM 2. Plays grittier then the other two 3. Better in the defensive zones 4. Cheaper 5. Hilary Duff is hot 6. He also is a proven 40-50 point player

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#128 Reagan
January 25 2010, 05:38PM
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Either Chorney is up due to the game tomorrow and Smid in not ready or the Souray deal gets done tomorrow or Wednesday. My guess is feeling is that Smid isn't ready but hoping he is OK, and the deal gets done tomorrow.

One month to TDD!

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#129 Reagan
January 25 2010, 05:39PM
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Ok, a little over a month...

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#130 DK0
January 25 2010, 05:39PM
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I think this sums up the Nilsson/Sully or Comrie debate:

"A boat's a boat, but the mystery box could be anything! It could even be a boat! You know how much we wanted one of those!" - Peter Griffin

and thus we will keep Nilsson and get rid of a proven scorer

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#131 papaburgundy
January 25 2010, 06:18PM
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This team is going nowhere fast and nothing will change because this organization will not change. Lowe will keep his buddies like Moreau, Pisani, Staios, Souray, and Gilbert and the team will be the same next year, minus maybe a veteran defenceman but the team will be virtually the same. Even if they do get the first pick, they may not take Hall and draft some guy from Slovakia that should be in the third round. I am now an ex-Oiler fan and am jumping on the Calgary Flames boat. They are an organization that will not tolerate losing and make the changes necessary to compete every year. The young players like Eberle and Hall (if somehow he were chosen by the Oilers) should and may come to their senses and once their rookie contracts are up, sign with a contender team like San Jose or Chicago. They will NEVER WIN A CUP HERE!!!!! so they should move on and do what's best for their careers. Good luck oiler fans, but don't waste your lives on a bunch of losers. Come to the realization that I have come to and pick another team to cheer for

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#133 jake
January 25 2010, 07:34PM
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papaburgundy wrote:

This team is going nowhere fast and nothing will change because this organization will not change. Lowe will keep his buddies like Moreau, Pisani, Staios, Souray, and Gilbert and the team will be the same next year, minus maybe a veteran defenceman but the team will be virtually the same. Even if they do get the first pick, they may not take Hall and draft some guy from Slovakia that should be in the third round. I am now an ex-Oiler fan and am jumping on the Calgary Flames boat. They are an organization that will not tolerate losing and make the changes necessary to compete every year. The young players like Eberle and Hall (if somehow he were chosen by the Oilers) should and may come to their senses and once their rookie contracts are up, sign with a contender team like San Jose or Chicago. They will NEVER WIN A CUP HERE!!!!! so they should move on and do what's best for their careers. Good luck oiler fans, but don't waste your lives on a bunch of losers. Come to the realization that I have come to and pick another team to cheer for

yawn

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#134 Crash
January 25 2010, 07:38PM
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papaburgundy wrote:

This team is going nowhere fast and nothing will change because this organization will not change. Lowe will keep his buddies like Moreau, Pisani, Staios, Souray, and Gilbert and the team will be the same next year, minus maybe a veteran defenceman but the team will be virtually the same. Even if they do get the first pick, they may not take Hall and draft some guy from Slovakia that should be in the third round. I am now an ex-Oiler fan and am jumping on the Calgary Flames boat. They are an organization that will not tolerate losing and make the changes necessary to compete every year. The young players like Eberle and Hall (if somehow he were chosen by the Oilers) should and may come to their senses and once their rookie contracts are up, sign with a contender team like San Jose or Chicago. They will NEVER WIN A CUP HERE!!!!! so they should move on and do what's best for their careers. Good luck oiler fans, but don't waste your lives on a bunch of losers. Come to the realization that I have come to and pick another team to cheer for

Good riddance....and if you wanted to pick a team with a chance of becoming a winner, you blew it...

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#135 MR P
January 25 2010, 07:38PM
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misfit wrote:

Once the sell-off begins, I could see this team winning it's fair share of games, and putting a real dent in the FFH. Because, while it's clear the playoffs are an unreachable goal, the team is still thinking win on gameday. Once a guy like Souray gets traded, it's a pretty clear message that the season is finally over. And when there's nothing to play for, then there's no pressure, and we're back to the loveable misfits (as opposed to just this one loveable misfit). And we all know that an Oiler team with nothing to lose, loses less often as we've seen in the many end of season pushes of futility over the years.

We suck, but finishing last is still far from guaranteed.

umm, do you remember when we traded Smitty?

I do agree that we will have to fight it out for last tho, maybe the oilers should start wearing Springfield jerseys, then we are guaranteed to finish last

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#136 Gunner
January 25 2010, 08:16PM
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Reagan wrote:

Either Chorney is up due to the game tomorrow and Smid in not ready or the Souray deal gets done tomorrow or Wednesday. My guess is feeling is that Smid isn't ready but hoping he is OK, and the deal gets done tomorrow.

One month to TDD!

I heard 17 days (if you take into account the Olympic break which I'm assuming has a roster freeze).

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#137 rubbertrout
January 26 2010, 07:52AM
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papaburgundy wrote:

This team is going nowhere fast and nothing will change because this organization will not change. Lowe will keep his buddies like Moreau, Pisani, Staios, Souray, and Gilbert and the team will be the same next year, minus maybe a veteran defenceman but the team will be virtually the same. Even if they do get the first pick, they may not take Hall and draft some guy from Slovakia that should be in the third round. I am now an ex-Oiler fan and am jumping on the Calgary Flames boat. They are an organization that will not tolerate losing and make the changes necessary to compete every year. The young players like Eberle and Hall (if somehow he were chosen by the Oilers) should and may come to their senses and once their rookie contracts are up, sign with a contender team like San Jose or Chicago. They will NEVER WIN A CUP HERE!!!!! so they should move on and do what's best for their careers. Good luck oiler fans, but don't waste your lives on a bunch of losers. Come to the realization that I have come to and pick another team to cheer for

Good choice to jump ship to a "an organization who will not toerate losing" who have won exactly one of their last ten games.

Well played sir.

**exaggerated slow clap

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#138 papaburgundy
January 26 2010, 09:00AM
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@rubbertrout

Ummm....last time I checked, the Flames were in a playoff spot. Where are the Oilers? I believe 11 points out of 14th in the West. Yeah, good job Oilers!

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#139 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 26 2010, 09:02AM
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papaburgundy wrote:

Ummm....last time I checked, the Flames were in a playoff spot. Where are the Oilers? I believe 11 points out of 14th in the West. Yeah, good job Oilers!

You should check again then ;)

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#140 rubbertrout
January 26 2010, 09:39AM
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papaburgundy wrote:

Ummm....last time I checked, the Flames were in a playoff spot. Where are the Oilers? I believe 11 points out of 14th in the West. Yeah, good job Oilers!

Maybe the last time you checked they were. Way to pay attention my friend.

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#141 papaburgundy
January 26 2010, 10:03AM
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rubbertrout wrote:

Maybe the last time you checked they were. Way to pay attention my friend.

Ok, so they are in 9th place, big deal. They are still in a spot to make the playoffs and they probably will. You can't say that about the Oilers so shut your pie hole. You are trying to stick up for a team that at the end of the day is not good enough to win and doesn't care about their performance or preparation. And you think that I am not paying attention!

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#142 Archaeologuy
January 26 2010, 10:26AM
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papaburgundy wrote:

Ok, so they are in 9th place, big deal. They are still in a spot to make the playoffs and they probably will. You can't say that about the Oilers so shut your pie hole. You are trying to stick up for a team that at the end of the day is not good enough to win and doesn't care about their performance or preparation. And you think that I am not paying attention!

Chill man. Cheer for your Flames. No one is stopping you. I'd still rather watch the Oilers this season than the Flames any season, but that's a matter of personal choice.

Troll elsewhere.

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#143 Milli
January 26 2010, 10:43AM
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the Flames...now that is funny!!! My Flames friends sound increasingly like canuck fans, there all talking now about battling us for the best pick!!!! A month ago, they where winning the cup, now, Iggy's gotta go!!!! GOLD, PURE GOLD!!!

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#144 TheBarsBeenSetLowe
January 26 2010, 11:18AM
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If Team Canada had any guts they would leave Iggy off the team. The last thing they need this time is to bring 'star' players who can't score to this tourney like back in 2006.

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#145 rubbertrout
January 26 2010, 11:49AM
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papaburgundy wrote:

Ok, so they are in 9th place, big deal. They are still in a spot to make the playoffs and they probably will. You can't say that about the Oilers so shut your pie hole. You are trying to stick up for a team that at the end of the day is not good enough to win and doesn't care about their performance or preparation. And you think that I am not paying attention!

I'm pretty critical of the current state of the Oil. If that means "sticking up" for the squad then I guess we are using different dictionaries.

In any event, I am what people call a "fan". This means I cheer for my team even when they stink. I am not someone who went out and bought a pink Fernando Pisani jersey in 2006 because the team made an improbable cup run. I cringed when Steve Kelly turned out to be a bust. I cheered for Bucky and Marchant when the Oil made an improbable OT comeback against the Stars. I nearly killed my eye surgeon when he told me that my long scheduled Lasik operation would prevent me from watching game 7 in 2006 (I had to listen in darkness).

People that talk about abaondoning "their" team in its darkest hour for one of its traditional rivals have no idea what it is like to be a real fan. At best you are a hockey enthusiast.

FlamesNation needs some commenters so go hang out over there. It might be a bit lonely but at least you'll give RossCreek someone to talk to.

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rubbertrout wrote:

I'm pretty critical of the current state of the Oil. If that means "sticking up" for the squad then I guess we are using different dictionaries.

In any event, I am what people call a "fan". This means I cheer for my team even when they stink. I am not someone who went out and bought a pink Fernando Pisani jersey in 2006 because the team made an improbable cup run. I cringed when Steve Kelly turned out to be a bust. I cheered for Bucky and Marchant when the Oil made an improbable OT comeback against the Stars. I nearly killed my eye surgeon when he told me that my long scheduled Lasik operation would prevent me from watching game 7 in 2006 (I had to listen in darkness).

People that talk about abaondoning "their" team in its darkest hour for one of its traditional rivals have no idea what it is like to be a real fan. At best you are a hockey enthusiast.

FlamesNation needs some commenters so go hang out over there. It might be a bit lonely but at least you'll give RossCreek someone to talk to.

I was a 'real' fan of the Oilers since I was 4 years old and lived and breathed with the Oilers. I either watched (when on TV) or listened to the games even through the really bad seasons. That was before the salary cap and now all the teams are on an equal footing and the Oilers are still overpaying players and not drafting like the smart team. Management has had the opportunity to turn things around but Lowe and his management team keep maintaining the stauts quo and have no interest in making the Oilers a powerhouse team. I have played and watched hockey since I was very young and have a father who scouted for the WHL. Now, just because I don't drink the Oiler Kool-Aid, you say I am not a hockey fan. I expect the best from an organization and Oiler fans should be too. If they don't want to give me their best, why should they get my support? In professional sports, continuted losing is unacceptable and turning a blind eye to that for many years is insulting.

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