GDB XLIV: The return of Gregor and the DFF

Jason Gregor
January 07 2010 12:26PM

After being isolated from any live hockey for two weeks, and only one highlight, the World Junior Gold medal game, it sure will be nice to see an epic battle tonight for the chance to draft Taylor Hall.

The Blue Jackets have three wins in their last 24 games, and they have given up six or more goals eight times this season. Steve Mason has struggled mightily, with a 3.31 GAA and an ugly .890 SV%, while Jeff Deslauriers’ numbers are going in the wrong direction as well, 2.95 GAA and a .903 SV%, so he will rest tonight and Devan Dubnyk will get his second career start.

Dubynk can only improve on his first start, when he surrendered seven goals, and he is excited about getting back in. He played two games in Sprinfield this past weekend and he felt good about his game. He told me he wants to focus on not playing as deep in his net as he did in his last start. Henrik Lundquist is the only goalie who plays well deep in his net, and Dubynk knows he has to be more aggressive tonight.

The Oilers are comfortably in the bottom five, but now the fans want more than just the bottom five; they want to be the worst. It doesn’t sound like the cavalry is coming so that dream is very much alive, but it might take a hit tonight.

The Blue Jackets have been horrendous for two months and Mason is playing like he has mono again. The Oilers will really need to stink it up tonight to stay 29th.

Ken Hitchcock prides himself on coaching solid team defense, but the Jackets have given up the second most goals, 150, in the league and he isn’t happy about it. I doubt Scott Howson wants to get rid of his coach, but if the Jackets continue to struggle Hitchcock will be in trouble.

Lubomir Visnovsky skated today, but he was put through the paces after practice, so he won’t go tonight. The pairings will be Souray/Gilbert, Smid/Staios and Grebeshkov/Strudwick.

Potulny making the most of his opportunity

While many forwards have struggled this year, Ryan Potulny has made the most of his opportunity. He is playing on both special teams and lately he has been in the top four forwards in ice time. Potulny has five goals and three assists in his last seventeen games, and he has scored some “goal scorers” goals.

I was one who thought Potulny would be a regular on this team, nevermind a guy who plays 16-20 minutes a night. While the DFF or the Fall for Hall is on, a player like Potulny is playing to make a name for himself.

He is a prime example of why the DFF is so difficult to achieve because there will always be some players who are playing for a roster spot, and in some cases their career. Potulny has earned the trust of Quinn and if he continues to play well and improve, he could go into training camp next season as a guy whose name the coaches have written in pen rather than pencil or a with a question mark.

Trip tips

If any of you are planning on taking a holiday anytime soon, I highly recommend Costa Rica, and specifically Tamarindo. The weather is outstanding, the beaches are white, brown and in some cases black. Surfing is awesome and the scenery on the beach and in the countryside is breath taking.

I’d recommend you take the tour at Rincon de la Vieja. The white water tubing and zip line were top-notch. If you go around Christmas or New Years make sure you go to one of the Fiestas in the small town. Watching the bull-riding; seeing average guys stay in the ring to play bullfighter is great entertainment. I spent an hour in the ring and it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. Luckily I never came close to getting trampled, but I did see a few guys get the horns/stomped.

It is a beautiful country and the people were very proud and hospitable. Tamarindo is a  five-star holiday destination in my books.

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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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#51 dragon
January 07 2010, 04:38PM
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G wrote:

wow, this article sealed it. removed general feed from RSS reader, replaced with only Brownlee and Willis.

trip tips

no one gives a crap about your trip.

i do.

like Wanye's notes as well.

chat, fun, hockey, Oilers, rage, ice pretties...is all game...

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#52 yegCopywriter
January 07 2010, 04:47PM
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@G

I swear, some people would rather have this site populated by emotionless robots.

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#53 Senator Theo
January 07 2010, 04:49PM
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G wrote:

wow, this article sealed it. removed general feed from RSS reader, replaced with only Brownlee and Willis.

trip tips

no one gives a crap about your trip.

Dial it back - the variety is what makes this site great.

If you don't like an article, skip it; there are tons of blogs out there that offer only a single point of view.

If we're starting a list of things no one gives a crap about, comments like yours would be right at the top.

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#55 Dan the Man
January 07 2010, 04:53PM
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devoknows wrote:

Anyone hear about the possible trade rumor of Souray and a pick going to Wash for Theodore/Fehr and Can Jr player Stephen Della Rovere? They are calling it a "Cap Fix Trade", as at first glance Souray vs Theodore/Fehr contracts is a "wash" but Theodore is UFA at the end of the year, and he;s at 4.3M. I like it!!!

Stauffer mentioned it on his show, the rumour came from Eklund.

Enough said.

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#56 Dan the Man
January 07 2010, 04:58PM
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G wrote:

wow, this article sealed it. removed general feed from RSS reader, replaced with only Brownlee and Willis.

trip tips

no one gives a crap about your trip.

Actually,I think most readers are more than happy to read about Gregor's trip BUT I'm pretty sure no one gives a crap about douche bag comments.

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#57 David S
January 07 2010, 05:03PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

Stauffer mentioned it on his show, the rumour came from Eklund.

Enough said.

e1

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#58 Chris.
January 07 2010, 05:06PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

If Fowler is the BPA then take him. Drafting for position assumes that by the timme the player in question is ready to contribute the same positions will be in need. There is no guarantee.

Whaaat?

Every drafted Oiler prospect from Eberle to Omark is pretty much ready for the show within a season.... right Crash?

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#59 Archaeologuy
January 07 2010, 05:09PM
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Chris. wrote:

Whaaat?

Every drafted Oiler prospect from Eberle to Omark is pretty much ready for the show within a season.... right Crash?

A lot of people think Eberle and MPS will be ready to debut on the squad next season, but even if they do, if the best player available at draft position #2, 3, whatever, is a forward then they need to take him. IMO.

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#60 Dennis
January 07 2010, 05:11PM
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I thought Gregor had retired after Stortini scored that split decision win over his precious Rick Rypien:)

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#61 Chris.
January 07 2010, 05:20PM
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BTW... I'll take props when I'm right and my lumps when I'm wrong. I really liked what Howson was doing in Columbus... Their fall is a bigger surprise to me than anything that has gone down in Edmonton.

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#62 TigerUnderGlass
January 07 2010, 06:03PM
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@Jason Gregor

A first round pick which no one with any common sense won't give up.

Care to try again?

Sorry. I try my best not to do this but sometimes I can't help it.

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#63 TigerUnderGlass
January 07 2010, 06:07PM
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Chris. wrote:

BTW... I'll take props when I'm right and my lumps when I'm wrong. I really liked what Howson was doing in Columbus... Their fall is a bigger surprise to me than anything that has gone down in Edmonton.

I would still rather have their situation than ours. Because of all their cap space they have the very flexibility that we lack.

I would also still rather have Howson than Tambellini.

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#64 Amber McCormick
January 07 2010, 06:08PM
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G wrote:

wow, this article sealed it. removed general feed from RSS reader, replaced with only Brownlee and Willis.

trip tips

no one gives a crap about your trip.

I have cramps. Would you rather hear about that instead? Costa Rica or cramps?...your choice Sport.

Welcome back Gregor

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#65 Reggie
January 07 2010, 06:13PM
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Chris. wrote:

BTW... I'll take props when I'm right and my lumps when I'm wrong. I really liked what Howson was doing in Columbus... Their fall is a bigger surprise to me than anything that has gone down in Edmonton.

I'm not sure it is that big of a fall. Last year IMO, Mason over achieved. This year, not so much. He had 10 shutouts last year and 2 so far this year. That hurts team defense, that is a difference in wins, etc. Not the whole reason, but part of it.

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#66 Arby
January 07 2010, 06:27PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Since you won't be reading this anymore...thanks for the great insight donkey...

Seems that many people would be interested in a good place to travel. And don't worry a guy with your great insight probably wouldn't enjoy the great things Costa Rica has to offer anyways.

Don't mind him Jason Gregor, the only reason he even visits ON is to find out which soap opera stars will be apearing at River Cree this weekend.

How can one travel when Marlena just awoke from a coma with two husbands and an evil twin that has been living her life while possesed by a demon?

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#67 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 07 2010, 06:29PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

I have cramps. Would you rather hear about that instead? Costa Rica or cramps?...your choice Sport.

Welcome back Gregor

mmmmmmmm...cramps....

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#68 deepoil
January 07 2010, 06:43PM
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Rock Star Villa in Cabarete, near Puerto Plata, DOM is BAYWATCH, my favorite....

www.cabaretebaywatch.com

Casino, great restaurants, tons of beach bars, and world class kite surfing, best beaches in the world too.....

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#69 Eddie Shore
January 07 2010, 06:50PM
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Chris. wrote:

BTW... I'll take props when I'm right and my lumps when I'm wrong. I really liked what Howson was doing in Columbus... Their fall is a bigger surprise to me than anything that has gone down in Edmonton.

They started out of the gates well enough too. Something like 12-6 and some loose change.

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#70 Milli
January 07 2010, 07:07PM
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anyone got a working link?

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#71 Gunner
January 07 2010, 07:38PM
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Haha. Fernnaaaaanndddooo Pissssaaannniii. Good for you Fernie.

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#72 Reagan
January 07 2010, 07:59PM
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Jason,

Fair skin always burns. You are one of the whitest guys I know. You must be in pain... LOL

Hope you had fun to return to complete hell. The Oilers need to Tank for Taylor. Yes, Robin and others have claimed Taylor is not the answer, but the Oilers need to draft a potential Superstar! Also not my team other than to cheer for and I not being a Gm here and would love to be, The Seniors need to go...

Tiempo de unas cervezas! Hablar con usted ma's tarde...

Oh for those that don't speak Spanish

Time for a few beers! Talk to you later...

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#73 Butters
January 07 2010, 08:12PM
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Where can I get that Dive for Five Badge? Or any ON gear for that matter?

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#74 rubbertrout
January 07 2010, 08:17PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

I have cramps. Would you rather hear about that instead? Costa Rica or cramps?...your choice Sport.

Welcome back Gregor

Amber you've been gone so long we thought you had left us.

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#75 rubbertrout
January 07 2010, 08:18PM
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Butters wrote:

Where can I get that Dive for Five Badge? Or any ON gear for that matter?

I've asked Bingofuel this 3 times.

BINGO?

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#76 Gerald R. Ford
January 07 2010, 08:22PM
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@G

Why wouldn't we want to hear about Gregor's trip? We're Oilers fans. Most of us are shivering in our thermal underwear, guzzling prozac and PowerAde, painstakingly crossing off the days on our tear-soaked team calendars until the draft. The only respite gained from this nightmare of a season, is the fact that most of us have "redirected" our pay-per-view funds into more useful ventures. Like alcohol, talking Mr. T keyrings, and, what every home needs, an AK-47 made entirely of bacon (http://www.nerve.com/CS/blogs/modernmaterialist/archive/2009/04/15/most-ridiculous-bacon-product-ever.aspx). Any distraction is welcome at this point. Especially tales of sun and warmth. Carry on, J.G.

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#77 David S
January 07 2010, 08:27PM
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Gerald R. Ford wrote:

Why wouldn't we want to hear about Gregor's trip? We're Oilers fans. Most of us are shivering in our thermal underwear, guzzling prozac and PowerAde, painstakingly crossing off the days on our tear-soaked team calendars until the draft. The only respite gained from this nightmare of a season, is the fact that most of us have "redirected" our pay-per-view funds into more useful ventures. Like alcohol, talking Mr. T keyrings, and, what every home needs, an AK-47 made entirely of bacon (http://www.nerve.com/CS/blogs/modernmaterialist/archive/2009/04/15/most-ridiculous-bacon-product-ever.aspx). Any distraction is welcome at this point. Especially tales of sun and warmth. Carry on, J.G.

AND Gregor's show sucked without him the last two weeks. Robin was on yesterday and that was cool, but other than that...SUCKED.

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#78 Robin Brownlee
January 07 2010, 08:46PM
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G wrote:

wow, this article sealed it. removed general feed from RSS reader, replaced with only Brownlee and Willis.

trip tips

no one gives a crap about your trip.

Who says nobody cares, dillweed? You're speaking for everybody now? Bugger off.

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#79 SquidRx
January 07 2010, 08:52PM
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G wrote:

wow, this article sealed it. removed general feed from RSS reader, replaced with only Brownlee and Willis.

trip tips

no one gives a crap about your trip.

Jason have you been over kicking G's dog again? What other reason would he have to sport such a hate chubby for you? Someone needs to give this guy a hug and let him know the world is an okay place to be. Sheesh.

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#80 Travis Dakin
January 07 2010, 09:15PM
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This game pleases me.

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#81 Travis Dakin
January 07 2010, 09:18PM
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I wonder if there is any player on the Oilers roster that actually wants to be in Edmonton right now. Things are bleak. I honestly thought I'd never have to go through this in a season again.

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#82 Heavyd
January 07 2010, 09:30PM
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Man, Tied it 2-2 and our goalie can't even make a save.

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#83 Eddie Shore
January 07 2010, 09:33PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

This game pleases me.

And Hitchcock as well I imagine.

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#84 Skadden
January 07 2010, 09:40PM
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Ugh, even the tv networks can't spell Gagner's name right. In the scoring summary "Gagne 1 goal". Pfffff! Almost as bad as hockey night in Canada whenever they put up "Alex Hemsky" on the screen.

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#85 Poo Czar
January 07 2010, 09:42PM
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@Eddie Shore

GRAVY pleases Hitchcock

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#86 Dan the Man
January 07 2010, 09:47PM
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Biggest loss of the season!

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#87 Eddie Shore
January 07 2010, 09:50PM
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Dan the Man wrote:

Biggest loss of the season!

Terrible hockey game...absolutely terrible. Uninspired effort against a team that is playing just awful right now and were ripe for the pickings. Only thing that makes it worse is that Carolina lost as well.

I should say that I am pleased with the outcome but would've liked to have at least been entertained.

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#88 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
January 07 2010, 09:55PM
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Glad to see another loss :)

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#89 David S
January 07 2010, 10:02PM
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Holy crap. Quinn was pissed in the post game presser!

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#90 Eddie Shore
January 07 2010, 10:07PM
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@David S

Haha I just watched it on Sportsnet. He was fired up. I love how he always references how this team is "supposed to have skill".

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#91 Giggsunited
January 07 2010, 10:12PM
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No matter how much I cheer for the DFF, I still get really sick in the stomach watching these athletes wear my sacred logo while Sh**tin the F**kin bed! The Oilers jersey doesnt deserve dinks like these! *there, I feel a little better now*

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#92 Archaeologuy
January 07 2010, 10:13PM
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Word on the street is that there is no such man as Steve Tambellini, he is a myth that was started by Kevin Lowe a few summers ago.

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#93 Giggsunited
January 07 2010, 10:15PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Word on the street is that there is no such man as Steve Tambellini, he is a myth that was started by Kevin Lowe a few summers ago.

No, no, no. He's real. He's controlled by Kevin Lowe. Kevin's hand is up Tambo's a$$ and hes used as a puppet.

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#94 David S
January 07 2010, 10:15PM
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Giggsunited wrote:

No matter how much I cheer for the DFF, I still get really sick in the stomach watching these athletes wear my sacred logo while Sh**tin the F**kin bed! The Oilers jersey doesnt deserve dinks like these! *there, I feel a little better now*

Its almost like the whole team basically gave up. I dunno man. Moving Horcoff to the big line and burying Gagner with slugs seems ludicrous to me. That Penner/Nilsson/Gagner line seemed to work. As soon as Horcoff swapped for Gagner, it went into the toilet.

And I don't care what people say, DD doesn't look ready for the show.

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#95 Archaeologuy
January 07 2010, 10:20PM
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@David S

I would tend to agree about DD. His side-to-side movement looks really slow.

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#96 Giggsunited
January 07 2010, 10:21PM
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David S wrote:

Its almost like the whole team basically gave up. I dunno man. Moving Horcoff to the big line and burying Gagner with slugs seems ludicrous to me. That Penner/Nilsson/Gagner line seemed to work. As soon as Horcoff swapped for Gagner, it went into the toilet.

And I don't care what people say, DD doesn't look ready for the show.

You cant convince me that any of them are ready for the show right now. I feel no sympathy here anymore. Is Brule fiesty anymore? where the hell is Stone? our young promising d? who's Gilbert? I'd rather have salo back! Can anyone name me one good player that would get me any kind of chub down in Springfield? lol

GO NY JETS!

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#97 Quintana
January 07 2010, 10:21PM
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Reagan wrote:

Jason,

Fair skin always burns. You are one of the whitest guys I know. You must be in pain... LOL

Hope you had fun to return to complete hell. The Oilers need to Tank for Taylor. Yes, Robin and others have claimed Taylor is not the answer, but the Oilers need to draft a potential Superstar! Also not my team other than to cheer for and I not being a Gm here and would love to be, The Seniors need to go...

Tiempo de unas cervezas! Hablar con usted ma's tarde...

Oh for those that don't speak Spanish

Time for a few beers! Talk to you later...

Este equipo de hockey es una mierda grande, putos jugadores no merecen ponerse la camiseta de los Oilers (This hockey team is #$%*! they don't deserve wear the copper and blue)

Mas cervezas!!!!!

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#98 Giggsunited
January 07 2010, 10:23PM
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Recieved a brand new Oilers shirt for Christmas, wore it today for the first time and the seam pulled apart 8"? hmmmmmmm.......................weird

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#99 dunciano
January 07 2010, 10:24PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I would tend to agree about DD. His side-to-side movement looks really slow.

On the other hand his rebound control was outstanding I thought.

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#100 dunciano
January 07 2010, 10:35PM
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Now Moreau blames the "young goalies". What a bad captain man!

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