Oilers Vs. Wild Highlights

Jonathan Willis
March 06 2010 12:12AM

Edmonton Oilers: 2 (SO)

Minnesota Wild: 1

The gutted remains of the Edmonton Oilers roster apparently forgot they were supposed to lose, as they managed to get away with a shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild.  Jeff Deslauriers made 28 saves, Ryan Whitney led the Oilers with 26:20 of ice-time, and Aaron Johnson played 21:20 and finished plus-1 on the night.  Mike Comrie scored both the regulation goal and the shootout winner and continues to show why healthy-scratching him makes no sense.

On the negative side, new addition Ryan Jones took a knee-on-knee hit from Derek Boogaard and played less than five minutes, showing that a) he'll fit right in with this lineup and b) Boogaard's as hateable as ever.

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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 Librarian Mike
March 06 2010, 12:16AM
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It's kind of funny how there's really not much to say when the Oilers win.

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#3 Cervantes X
March 06 2010, 12:26AM
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You know, there was a time when people watched games because they enjoyed the game, the competition, the skill and the sportsmanship, instead of sitting around sulking because they aren't going to the playoffs.

I enjoy Oilers hockey because (a) it's the Oilers, and (b) it's hockey. I suggest you look upon this dry spell as a way to cleanse your palette of the "it's wins or nothing" mentality, and just enjoy a good game of hockey by some good kids. Appreciate it for what it is, and you'll really appreciate it more in the end.

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#4 Librarian Mike
March 06 2010, 12:28AM
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@Jonathan Willis

I didn't even watch that much. I may work in a library, but I'll bet the Oilers' room is the quietest place in the continent these days.

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#5 OilrHead
March 06 2010, 12:36AM
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I thought it was a fun game to watch with Deslaurier and Backstrom one upping each other who could make the better save.

As for the points, I don't see the Oilers making a habit of earning them with regularity. It's just nice to keep some confidence and esteem intact before ending the season in bottom of the standings.

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#6 Rip Torn
March 06 2010, 12:43AM
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We have a great city and are lucky enough to have an NHL team (sorry Winnipeg).

Everything worth doing well will take time.

U want fast = High Price U want quality = High Price U want both? = No Can Do

/Cheer for your friggin' Hometown //Word ///Believe

Go OILERS!!!!!!!

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#7 Arby
March 06 2010, 01:15AM
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Sometimes those kneeonknee hits are caused when a guy: Has Zero respect for the game itself Is the worst skater of the modern era Is a douchebag All of the above

DB is a DB

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#8 Aleslav Smidsky
March 06 2010, 02:58AM
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Peckham looked pretty good tonight. I like the kid, I think once he gets a year or two under his belt him and Smid will be an ill tandem.

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#9 Lofty
March 06 2010, 07:53AM
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How about the move by Potulny in the shootout?

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#10 wes turner
March 06 2010, 08:00AM
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In regards To boogaaard,how about making a rule that if a player has less than ten points or less than three mins a game ice time gets automatically ejected after a penalty

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#11 Next Year Country
March 06 2010, 08:18AM
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Great effort by the guys. I liked how calm Whitney looked. Took his time and didn't get flustered or rushed into a bad play. Johnson looks like he wants a contract to play here next year. I liked his work ethic. JDD was great.

To change the tone, I just re-upped my tickets for next year. After dirt-booogaard took out another of our guys I feel I should walk around with a big red S on my forehead, for committing my money for another year of watching our guys being pushed around and injured by cheap shots. How many is it this year? I've lost count. How many Oilers has dirt-boogaard injured? Four or five or more? Hey Steve! Hey Pat! We aren't team tough ... our guys are walking (or skating) targets. We had the nuclear deterrent in McIntyre, but of course we couldn't "waste" a roster spot on him. Instead we create a lot of roster spots to fill in for injured players. As I have said before on this sight, if guys come in here and cheap shot our guys, there should be push back immediately against them or their team mates, even if penalties cost us a few games early in the season. The message has to be sent and it has to be clear!

Maybe one reason skilled guys don't want to sign here is that they don't think they'll be protected. I doubt Hemsky will re-sign here. Extremely frustrating to see a guy come in here and want to prove himself, and be taken out in such a cheap, dirty way! Campbell and the league are a joke. Even a suspension, unless it is for five or more games won't mean anything to dirt-boogaard. He'll do it again next season. I wonder which one of our guys will be taken out then!

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#12 Lofty
March 06 2010, 08:41AM
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Next Year Country wrote:

Great effort by the guys. I liked how calm Whitney looked. Took his time and didn't get flustered or rushed into a bad play. Johnson looks like he wants a contract to play here next year. I liked his work ethic. JDD was great.

To change the tone, I just re-upped my tickets for next year. After dirt-booogaard took out another of our guys I feel I should walk around with a big red S on my forehead, for committing my money for another year of watching our guys being pushed around and injured by cheap shots. How many is it this year? I've lost count. How many Oilers has dirt-boogaard injured? Four or five or more? Hey Steve! Hey Pat! We aren't team tough ... our guys are walking (or skating) targets. We had the nuclear deterrent in McIntyre, but of course we couldn't "waste" a roster spot on him. Instead we create a lot of roster spots to fill in for injured players. As I have said before on this sight, if guys come in here and cheap shot our guys, there should be push back immediately against them or their team mates, even if penalties cost us a few games early in the season. The message has to be sent and it has to be clear!

Maybe one reason skilled guys don't want to sign here is that they don't think they'll be protected. I doubt Hemsky will re-sign here. Extremely frustrating to see a guy come in here and want to prove himself, and be taken out in such a cheap, dirty way! Campbell and the league are a joke. Even a suspension, unless it is for five or more games won't mean anything to dirt-boogaard. He'll do it again next season. I wonder which one of our guys will be taken out then!

I can understand nobody challenging Boogard since it would be suicide but what happened to goalie bowling? In the 80's and 90's someone would have taken a good 30 foot run at the tender... Minni has something to play for, Edmonton doesnt, someone should have done something.

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#13 Next Year Country
March 06 2010, 08:57AM
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Lofty wrote:

I can understand nobody challenging Boogard since it would be suicide but what happened to goalie bowling? In the 80's and 90's someone would have taken a good 30 foot run at the tender... Minni has something to play for, Edmonton doesnt, someone should have done something.

I didn't expect anyone on the current roster to challenge dirt-boogaard directly. The problem is that we had the guy and we let him go, and that nobody sent a message via another player.

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#14 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
March 06 2010, 09:05AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I only watched part of the game. It's impossible to care if they win or lose at this point.

is it?

Many of the fans and media have been crying for years that a rebuild is the way to go. That if the team is going to stink, they may as well finish last instead of the usual 9th or 10th.

now, here we are, 60 games into a season that is clearly going to give the oilers their best chance at getting their first true superstar player in YEARS, and it is "impossible to care"?

I realize the team stinks as much as the next guy, and the games are brutally painful to watch. But, that said, the team can still be supported. Maybe you or others dont recall how close this team was to moving only about 15 years ago. $hitty NHL hockey is still better than NO NHL hockey.

It might be harder to find them, but there are some positives to take out of the year.

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#15 sofapimp
March 06 2010, 09:20AM
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it hurts to be a oiler fan right now but im still a fan this website has gone down hill the writers not carring hard to watch you say harder to read i thought this site was for fans but if people didnt complain they wouldnt talk(or type )

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#16 Scuba Steve
March 06 2010, 09:32AM
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Rip Torn wrote:

We have a great city and are lucky enough to have an NHL team (sorry Winnipeg).

Everything worth doing well will take time.

U want fast = High Price U want quality = High Price U want both? = No Can Do

/Cheer for your friggin' Hometown //Word ///Believe

Go OILERS!!!!!!!

Give it 110%

Rome wasn't built in a day

~Insert random cliche here~

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#17 Tha Legion
March 06 2010, 09:33AM
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sofapimp wrote:

it hurts to be a oiler fan right now but im still a fan this website has gone down hill the writers not carring hard to watch you say harder to read i thought this site was for fans but if people didnt complain they wouldnt talk(or type )

Chief I'm pretty sure the writers on this site still care for the Oilers, otherwise it wouldn't be difficult to watch. Except for Gregor who isn't an Oiler Fan. These guys bleed copper and blue and spent the entire damn deadline day assessing and will do the same at the draft in hopes of having something to be excited about. Also you spelled caring wrong.

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#18 BUCK75
March 06 2010, 09:37AM
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Mac is a free agent this summer. Unless he can play every other game he probably won't be coming here though. The coaches wanted a player who could play, as well as be the fighter guy. Maybe George comes back, but he would have to FIGHT. That's why he isn't playing in Montreal right now.

It would be nice to have a big slugger, especially if we aren't going to be in the hunt for the play-offs next year. I guess it depends on what sort of a rebuild the MGMT is going for. The Colorado style or the Chicago/Pittsburgh style.

There appears to be a bunch of tough 3rd/4th liners available in Free Agency this summer. Aaron Asham, Shawn Thornton, Tim Jackman, McGratten, even Boogaard.

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#19 HOPE
March 06 2010, 09:49AM
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Who will we pick?

Given that we do get the #1 pick

Hall or Seguin

I see that Sequin has moved to number #1

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#20 douggy
March 06 2010, 10:06AM
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it looks like seguin is a better player. plus, i heard that hall has a history of easily getting concussions. the last thing we need is another eric lindros in the nhl!

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#21 Archaeologuy
March 06 2010, 10:47AM
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@HOPE

If I were picking, it would be Seguin. Hopefully if the Oil somehow lose out to Boston (toronto) in the lottery, they value a scoring winger over a scoring centre.

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#22 Mike Modano's Dog
March 06 2010, 11:30AM
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HOPE wrote:

Who will we pick?

Given that we do get the #1 pick

Hall or Seguin

I see that Sequin has moved to number #1

I've been trying to read about the battle between Hall and Seguin for #1 ranking. Where did you see Seguin has moved to #1 now, because I want to check it out. :)

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#23 Crash
March 06 2010, 11:51AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

If I were picking, it would be Seguin. Hopefully if the Oil somehow lose out to Boston (toronto) in the lottery, they value a scoring winger over a scoring centre.

For me it's Taylor Hall....made juniors quicker than Seguin...made the world jr team this year...was picked as one of the 3 best players on that team by the coach...I believe he was the memorial cup mvp in 2009....has been described as a much more dynamic offensive player than Seguin meaning his chances of becoming a star are better IMO..

I'll take Hall

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#24 RossCreekNation
March 06 2010, 12:06PM
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Without seeing much of either... basing only on things I've read... I'm thinking I'd take Seguin. Hall may be the better fit for the Oil, though.

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#25 RossCreekNation
March 06 2010, 12:10PM
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@Crash

Hall has about 9 or 10 months on Seguin. As they get older, that won't matter, but coming up through Jr., that could (and likely did) have a major impact on how quick a kid can make the jump. Same goes for WJC's.

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#26 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
March 06 2010, 12:21PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

If I were picking, it would be Seguin. Hopefully if the Oil somehow lose out to Boston (toronto) in the lottery, they value a scoring winger over a scoring centre.

I wouldn't mind going with Seguin and then looking at swaping Gagner for a young blue chip Dman....say Bogosian for example.

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#27 Crash
March 06 2010, 12:59PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Hall has about 9 or 10 months on Seguin. As they get older, that won't matter, but coming up through Jr., that could (and likely did) have a major impact on how quick a kid can make the jump. Same goes for WJC's.

Not sure how you are doing your math..

Hall born Nov 14, 1991

Seguin born Jan 31, 1992

To me this looks more like 2 1/2 months, not 9 or 10

I'll take Hall, he has proven much more. Both Seguin and Hall are having great seasons this year but everyone around here always seem to get caught up in what happens during one season than what a player has shown over time. And Hall has been much more travelled and been bounced around this season...He might be a little more worn out than Seguin this year.

Side note: I do not trade Gagner for Bogosian

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#28 Crash
March 06 2010, 01:08PM
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@RossCreekNation

Oh and speaking of focusing on one season...Seguin has also missed games this year due to injury so it may even be possible that Hall is more resilient than Seguin...

If Seguin is injury prone then I suspect that is who the Oilers may end up with.

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#29 TigerUnderGlass
March 06 2010, 01:09PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Hall has about 9 or 10 months on Seguin. As they get older, that won't matter, but coming up through Jr., that could (and likely did) have a major impact on how quick a kid can make the jump. Same goes for WJC's.

Hall is about 2 months older than Seguin I think. He's late 91 and Seguin is early 92.

Edit: Nevermind, crash posted it with dates and everything. He even included the smarmy comment my post clearly lacked. :)

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#30 Crash
March 06 2010, 01:16PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

Hall is about 2 months older than Seguin I think. He's late 91 and Seguin is early 92.

Edit: Nevermind, crash posted it with dates and everything. He even included the smarmy comment my post clearly lacked. :)

Hockey DB is a wonderful website...likely RC's math came from the fact that one of them was born in Jan and one in Nov which would equate to the 9 or 10 month reference..

an honest mistake, no malice intended

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#31 TigerUnderGlass
March 06 2010, 01:30PM
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Crash wrote:

Hockey DB is a wonderful website...likely RC's math came from the fact that one of them was born in Jan and one in Nov which would equate to the 9 or 10 month reference..

an honest mistake, no malice intended

Yeah I know, I didn't mention the comment in disapproval, I thought it was funny.

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#32 RossCreekNation
March 06 2010, 01:35PM
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@Crash

@ TigerUnderGlass

My mistake. Quick glance and I must've had the year's backwards. My apologies.

Side note: Atlanta doesn't trade Bogosian for Gagner either.

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#33 Crash
March 06 2010, 01:38PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

@ TigerUnderGlass

My mistake. Quick glance and I must've had the year's backwards. My apologies.

Side note: Atlanta doesn't trade Bogosian for Gagner either.

Glad to hear Atlanta doesn't

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#34 Oilitsinyoutogive
March 06 2010, 02:39PM
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boooooogard got 2 games for that hit.....that's like being suspended on a Friday when i was back in school...thanks for the long weekend

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#35 Chris.
March 06 2010, 02:40PM
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Re Boogard. It's not like he injured Jones in a fair fight... Why should he get free reign to dish out injuries just because he is bigger?

It's like Quinn said, (earlier this season) "If you are delt dirt you respond with dirt." IMO, someone should have two handed Boogard over the F*ing Head... end of story.

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#36 jeanshorts
March 06 2010, 03:42PM
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I wish JDD would just make up his damn mind already. Either be awesome or be crappy. Stop trying to be both! If he had these kind of games as much as he has 4 goals on 6 shot type games I think we'd all be a lot more comfortable having him around next year.

Either way, solid game last night. Nice to see for the first time in a while.

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#37 Jaime
March 06 2010, 04:07PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

If I were picking, it would be Seguin. Hopefully if the Oil somehow lose out to Boston (toronto) in the lottery, they value a scoring winger over a scoring centre.

Taylor Hall is a natural centre! I'm getting so sick of saying it.

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#38 Jaime
March 06 2010, 04:10PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Hall has about 9 or 10 months on Seguin. As they get older, that won't matter, but coming up through Jr., that could (and likely did) have a major impact on how quick a kid can make the jump. Same goes for WJC's.

Isn't it only about 3 or 4 months?

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#39 Jaime
March 06 2010, 04:14PM
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Jaime wrote:

Isn't it only about 3 or 4 months?

Nm. I see we already cleared that up.

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#40 hope
March 06 2010, 04:42PM
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@Mike Modano's Dog

I read it somewhere but can find it now and all the midterm reports have Hall at #1.

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#41 wes turner
March 06 2010, 04:55PM
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A player like Steve Ott is someone you,d cheer for if he was on your team.

A player like Boogard is someone you boo if he was on your team.

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#42 BarryS
March 06 2010, 05:06PM
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Jaime wrote:

Nm. I see we already cleared that up.

The matter hinges on the cut off date to join a higher league. Being January 1 st, it effectively makes Hall a year older since Seguin could not join until a year later no matter how good he was.

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#43 Sportsnut
March 06 2010, 05:07PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I wish JDD would just make up his damn mind already. Either be awesome or be crappy. Stop trying to be both! If he had these kind of games as much as he has 4 goals on 6 shot type games I think we'd all be a lot more comfortable having him around next year.

Either way, solid game last night. Nice to see for the first time in a while.

A lack of consistency is to be expected of a young goaltender. I'd be more concerned if it was just all poor performances. At least he's demonstrating he has the ability.

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#44 BarryS
March 06 2010, 05:10PM
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I see Boogaard got 2 games for the knee because he was a repeat offender. Some justice.

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#45 JackBauer
March 06 2010, 05:26PM
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Why even post this up is this is all it will be.

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#48 Archaeologuy
March 06 2010, 07:01PM
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Jaime wrote:

Taylor Hall is a natural centre! I'm getting so sick of saying it.

Except he doesnt even play centre on his juniour team, so what makes you think he's going to be able to jump into the C role in the NHL?

Playing C in the NHL is a complex job that takes many talented players who have been playing the position non-stop from the time they were 6 a long time to figure out. Why should I believe that Hall can play the position in the NHL when his own coaches dont think he can do it in the CHL?

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#49 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
March 06 2010, 07:32PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I see my comments were misinterpreted above.

At this point it's impossible to care who wins or loses, because wins don't matter any more. That doesn't mean that there's no value in the game, or that you can't find joy in individual players (I know I do; that's what I've been doing for months now).

As for why I didn't watch the game, frankly I had other stuff to do. If it's a playoff drive, I'll make sacrifices and find the time for each and every game.

When wins don't matter I'm much more relaxed about it. Before, if I were doing stuff I'd tape the game and watch it later. Now, if I have stuff to do I'm not going to stay up until midnight catching it on my PVR; I'll get the highlights and catch the next game.

If someone has an issue with that, I really don't care. Enjoy the moral superiority of making personal sacrifices to catch each and every minute of this lousy excuse for a season. I'll probably catch 90% of it, and I'm fine with that.

"moral superiority"? really?

maybe say what you mean rather than hope people get what you mean out of a sentence worth of text?

yes, the team stinks. the games stink, the players stink, the media stinks, and the fans stink.

and right now, wins DO matter, just not in the way they usually do

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#50 Crash
March 06 2010, 07:49PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Except he doesnt even play centre on his juniour team, so what makes you think he's going to be able to jump into the C role in the NHL?

Playing C in the NHL is a complex job that takes many talented players who have been playing the position non-stop from the time they were 6 a long time to figure out. Why should I believe that Hall can play the position in the NHL when his own coaches dont think he can do it in the CHL?

For the most part from what I've seen you've always come across as quite knowledgeable and quite intelligent in what you know about hockey but that statement above has me shaking my head.

But the bottom line is and that has been stated a zillion times in hockey circles...you draft the best player...you don't draft an 18 yr old based on your present needs because by the time that 18 yr old is an impact player for your team your needs may have changed.

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