UPDATED! GDB LXXXI: The real, Final Countdown

bingofuel
April 10 2010 12:23PM

Well, Nation fans, this is it. The second-last game to cap off on another year. A year that failed to meet expectations, for sure. But hope lies on the horizon. And it's not just because Europe is performing a live version of the Final Countdown as you view this post, either.

Though the Oil came out of the gates relatively strong at the beginning of the season, we were also beset by a pile of injuries. And when I say "a pile," I'm talking a motherfrakkin' pile. Who's out? Hemsky, Rehabibulin, Souray, Smid, Peckham, Brule, Gagner, JF Jacques... And that's just right now. Throughout the season, other guys have fallen and come back,

And I'm not saying that a perfectly healthy roster would have guaranteed us a playoff spot, but I can tell you this: we'd have done a damn sight better than last place in the league. And what are we left with for our troubles? An 81st game, played at 2 in the afternoon against the Kings. It's not quite the cherry on top of the fabulous season Oilers fans were expected, is it? After this there's only one more to go...

Of green fees and drivers

I'm going to assume the boys who make up the Mighty Oil are really just looking forward to the end of the season. These last games are a formality, obviously, and then the guys can get on with their summers. And they can do so with the optimism that things couldn't possibly be worse next year. Because we're already there.

We have the Entry Draft coming up at the beginning of July... and that's going to help build excitement for fans and players alike, as all will continue to speculate as to whether it will be Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin.

But for this second-last hurrah, we need to focus on the here and now.

Right here, right now

Right here, right now, my wish as a Oilers fan who's been dragged through the season is to win this afternoon's game on a high note. No ridiculous turnovers, no absolutely shit penalties... Just a team of Oilers playing the game, having fun, and you know, winning.

Right here, right now... What are you hoping for, Nation?

Direct from Wanye: Nearly game over...

So this is it. The final weekend of insult in the longest season recorded to date. For those of you still following the Mighty Oil - we salute you.

We were having a debate with a buddy last night about whether or not the Oil have already put their darkest days behind them. Its a clouded topic of considerable debate and we aren't entirely convinced it has all been put behind us yet.

Its harder to be lower than last place certainly, but at the very least the Oil won't be last place and against the Salary Cap ceiling anymore going forward.

That's a start.

There have been a great many bad decisions and ill timed moves on the tactical chessboard to get us to where we are today, but there were also a mind shattering number of injuries too making the Oil look worse than they actually are.

These injuries will heal and that should move the needle of success.

Running out the season that Justice forgot may feel like a waste of time for many, but we will be finding a TV and a way to watch the game as we park out at Servus Centre to watch the Scotia bank Alzheimers Pro Am.

Awesome ex-Oilers are here including Paul Coffey, Marty McSorley, Glenn Anderson and the Legendary Norm Lacombe and we will take time away from SqueeFest 2010 to see the present day Oilers run out the clock.

Game day, bitches

These weary and bedraggled Oilers face the Kings today, a team that only recently also sucked too and probably caused all 11 of their hard core fans heart ache as they rebuilt.

But in this day and age of NHL parity it normally doesn't take long for things to turn around and in theory as goes for the Kings should go for the Oil too. At least this is what we tell ourselves as we cry ourselves to sleep at night.

There will be 9,358,982 articles on the OilersNation dissecting the season six ways from Sunday but in our opinion the final conclusion is this:

The best part of the 2009-10 Oilers Season is that it’s almost over.

Finish strong Oil.

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#1 shepso
April 10 2010, 12:29PM
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hate to rain on your parade, but this deathmarch actually ends tomorrow against the ducks...

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#3 shepso
April 10 2010, 12:36PM
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@bingofuel

it happens, not to take away from the sentiments you expressed in the post, which seems to be the order of the day at lots of places in oiler-blog land. it's the end of the year; all we can really do is sell hope for the future (and hope for good weather for golf season...)

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#4 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
April 10 2010, 12:37PM
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bingofuel wrote:

You're absolutely correct... I WAS MISINFORMED!

Not-so-real, not-so-final, I guess.

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#5 madjam
April 10 2010, 12:49PM
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I am hoping to see an Oiler plan out of this dilemma , and not idle talk . I want to see them walk the walk if you get the drift . Mostly , i'd like to see an on ice product worth supporting and far more entertaining ! Afterall , this is an entertainment business and i'm not one that spends my entertainment money on watching serial tradgedies like some do ,or are satisfied with . Just like most bandwagon jumpers , if i am going to put out good money to see a show i want to be satified it is worth going to , and i want value entertainment - not some "B' rate movie .

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#6 David S
April 10 2010, 01:12PM
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Congrats on your new appointment bf!

Yeah. Game day at 2:00. Its almost like they want to rub it in by making you watch the end of the debacle with a massive hangover.*

*Which I'm currently nursing

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#9 Butters
April 10 2010, 01:56PM
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Bingofuel, is someone would have told me where I could get some Oilersnation gear, you might have been able to avoid getting a straight job for a little longer. You were living my dream there for a while.... sigh.

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#10 Matt Henderson
April 10 2010, 02:00PM
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@bingofuel

Yes, congrats indeed on turning your interwebitude into a pro career.

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#12 jake
April 10 2010, 02:50PM
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In about 30 hours, the Oil will be in a 30 way tie for best record in the NHL for the 2010-2011 season. Would like to see Penner get 35 before this season ends.

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#13 Jodes
April 10 2010, 03:01PM
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1-0 Oil allready, and Dubnyk stones the guy on the PS.. Not a bad first period.

Now its time for beer and blueberry waffles (made with.. beer!) just in time for the 2nd period!

I'm hoping somewhere Homer Simpson would be proud!

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#14 jeanshorts
April 10 2010, 03:09PM
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What is that, 4 goals in 3 games for Comrie? No wonder he was a healthy scratch so often.

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#15 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 10 2010, 03:15PM
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Wow, after that horrific starts it looks like Gilbert is going to hit 30 points.

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#16 jeanshorts
April 10 2010, 03:36PM
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Sung to the tune of "Children Are The Future":

I believe that Dubnyk is our future. Teach him well and let him guide the way!

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#17 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 10 2010, 04:05PM
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Theirs 30!

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#18 David S
April 10 2010, 04:08PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

What is that, 4 goals in 3 games for Comrie? No wonder he was a healthy scratch so often.

Now you're getting it.

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#19 Poo Czar
April 10 2010, 04:10PM
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CONSPIRACY!!!

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#20 Poo Czar
April 10 2010, 04:12PM
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As horrible as this season has been, it's still crappy that this is death march is almost over. Gonna be a loooong summer.

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#21 jeanshorts
April 10 2010, 04:19PM
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Poo Czar wrote:

As horrible as this season has been, it's still crappy that this is death march is almost over. Gonna be a loooong summer.

I guess we'll just have to find ways to keep ourselves busy. Suggestions: Booze, chasing skirts, booze, house boating, camping, booze, road trips, booze, booze, fireworks, booze, getting turned down by girls, booze.

Should be a fun summer!

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#22 m3sh
April 10 2010, 04:51PM
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That performance by DD has got to help the old save percentage numbers with 52 saves for 0.945, although the GAA will remain around 3.

Who stays and who goes between Dubnyk and Deslauriers?

Potulny and Horcs SOGs were solid.

Who is this guy wearing 77 and what has he done with the real Tom Gilbert?

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#23 Senator Theo
April 10 2010, 05:35PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I guess we'll just have to find ways to keep ourselves busy. Suggestions: Booze, chasing skirts, booze, house boating, camping, booze, road trips, booze, booze, fireworks, booze, getting turned down by girls, booze.

Should be a fun summer!

I miss the days of boozing and getting turned down by chicks.

I bet I could still get turned down by at least as many chicks as you JS!

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#24 The Real Scuba Steve
April 10 2010, 05:46PM
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It would nice to see the management shown the door.

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#25 Colin
April 10 2010, 08:34PM
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a 3 game win streak to close things out is kind of nice, like to see them make it 4...

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#26 Matt Henderson
April 10 2010, 09:00PM
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True Story: I hate Glenn Healy. He just said the Toronto should offer Cogliano a 900K offer sheet and not give up any draft picks for him.

Does he honestly not think that the Oilers would match a 900K offer sheet? When you move to Toronto to comment on Hockey are you required to undergo a Lobotomy?

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#27 Pajamah
April 10 2010, 09:39PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

True Story: I hate Glenn Healy. He just said the Toronto should offer Cogliano a 900K offer sheet and not give up any draft picks for him.

Does he honestly not think that the Oilers would match a 900K offer sheet? When you move to Toronto to comment on Hockey are you required to undergo a Lobotomy?

Thats what you call in poker, a "snap call"

Easy match in my books

He can play anywhere in the lineup, 1 million is cheap enough provided you have 1 or 2 entry level contracts

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#28 Matt Henderson
April 10 2010, 09:48PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW9Sp-WndwA

Matt Cooke gets what's comin to him. Wicked Punch.

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#29 RossCreekNation
April 10 2010, 10:08PM
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So Eric Francis says Brent & Darryl don't even speak... interesting.

http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/hockey/2010/04/10/13539526.html#more

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#30 m3sh
April 10 2010, 10:12PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW9Sp-WndwA

Matt Cooke gets what's comin to him. Wicked Punch.

Solid. That was a thing of beauty.

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#31 Skidplate
April 11 2010, 06:56AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW9Sp-WndwA

Matt Cooke gets what's comin to him. Wicked Punch.

What a punch. That might slow Cooke down a bit.

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#32 Skidplate
April 11 2010, 07:02AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

So Eric Francis says Brent & Darryl don't even speak... interesting.

http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/hockey/2010/04/10/13539526.html#more

Yes in deed. I believe Darryl's time is up. Some very strange moves this year has the city of Cows very upset at the GM.

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#33 OilFan
April 11 2010, 01:13PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

So Eric Francis says Brent & Darryl don't even speak... interesting.

http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/hockey/2010/04/10/13539526.html#more

weird

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