No Fast Times, But Slow, Steady Progress

Lowetide
July 28 2010 06:02PM

Steve Tambellini (and the Oilers management group) are staying the course. It might not be spectacular but it will be effective if they make good decisions on the kids and resist a quick fix. 

Let's review the major transactions of this calendar year:

  1. March 1: Oilers trade D Denis Grebeshkov to Nashville for the Predators 2nd round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft. That picked ended up being WHL forward Curtis Hamilton. This trade looks good already, with the Oilers cashing an rfa they didn't plan on signing and perhaps picking up a draft sleeper who fell due to injury.
  2. March 3: Oilers claim LW Ryan Jones from Nashville. Picked up a depth player who may help in a 4line role without giving up an asset.
  3. March 3: Oilers trade D Lubomir Visnovsky to Anaheim for D Ryan Whitney and 2010 6th round draft pick. That player ended up being WHL defenseman Brandon Davidson. Traded a more talented offensive defenseman for a younger one with a nice range of skills. The prospect is a flier, may or may not turn out.
  4. March 3: Oilers trade D Steve Staios to Calgary Flames for D Aaron Johnson and a 2011 3rd round draft pick. This is music! Dealing Staios (a good solder but a spent force) and his contract (he was not a UFA) in exchange for a reasonable pick and a depth defender was a nice move.
  5. June 23: Oilers acquire C Colin Fraser from Chicago for Oilers 6th round draft pick in 2010. That player ended up being German C Mikro Hofflin. No lose deal for a 4th line C on a deep team. He could end up being that 2-way center the Oilers have been searching for over the last few years (from the Reasoner/Brodziak tree) and at the very least brings energy and grit.
  6. June 25: Drafted Taylor Hall. Amen.
  7. June 26: Had a nice draft beyond round one. A lot of interesting pieces added.  
  8. June 26: Oilers trade C Riley Nash to Carolina for a 2010 2nd rd draft pick. That player ended up being Slovak defenseman Martin Marincin. Gave up on a young player, which is not in the rebuild handbook.
  9. June 30: Ethan Moreau is claimed off waivers by Columbus. Good times.
  10. June 30: Oilers trade forward Patrick O'Sullivan to Phoenix for D Jim Vandermeer. A depth move to be sure, although the Oilers might have picked up a better player on the free agent wire. Hard to argue with what was a "get out of Jail free" card, though.
  11. June 30: Oilers buy out contract of forward Robert Nilsson. Good luck, Row-bert. And tell your Dad he was a helluva Oiler.
  12. July 1: Oilers sign defenseman Kurtis Foster to a 2-year contract ($1.8M per season). A nice signing, better than that if he can emerge as a legit top 4 defender.
  13. July 2: Oilers sign D Jason Strudwick to a 1-year contract ($725,000 per season). The term is fine, but the number is too much.
  14. July 2: Oilers sign defenseman Richard Petioit to a 1-year contract ($550,000 per season). Good depth for the farm, and maybe he's this year's Arsene (only with quicker feet).
  15. July 2: Oilers sign L Steve MacIntyre to a 1-year contract ($500,000 per season). Serves a role the coach clearly wanted filled this summer.
  16. July 3: Oilers sign L Alexandre Giroux to a 1-year contract ($500,000 per season). Possibly the best AHL free agent available this summer.
  17. July 7: Oilers sign C Brad Moran to a 1-year contract ($500,000 per season). Under the radar, he could be an NHL player on this team.
  18. July 9: Oilers sign R Ben Ondrus to a 1-year contract ($550,000 per season). AHL toughness.
  19. July 13: Oilers sign G Devan Dubnyk to a 2-year contract ($800,000 per season). He'll get more playing time this season and we should know by the summer.
  20. July 13: Oilers sign D Shawn Belle to a 1-year contract ($600,000 per season). Good AHL signing and maybe he can push the kids. If he wins an NHL job, even better.
  21. July 16: Oilers sign L Greg Stewart to a 1-year contract ($500,000 per season). More AHL toughness.
  22. July 27: Oilers sign R Gilberrt Brule to a 2-year contract ($1.85M per season). Every chance to be a value contract.

This is a much better summer. Adding some nice items and then some depth on the blue (Whitney, Foster, Strudwick, Belle), culling the herd up front to make room for the kids and then adding draft picks for Stu (Magnificent Bastard) MacGregor.

The omissions are even more heartening. No trading Penner, Cogliano and Smid for the latest Hockey Jesus, and no Jagr rumors or stories about Nylander's wife. Yes, the Oilers have some holes (veteran center, a winger who can mentor the kids, the goaltending is askew) but there is a plan and a direction.

We're not going to like some things in the new Oilers order. They may end up trading Hemsky or Penner because they'll be UFA by the time this bunch is any good; they're going to play Horcoff in a role most Oilers fans will hate (unless Tom Renney is off his nut); they don't appear to be in any hurry to give this roster veteran balance despite useful (and well priced) free agents still being available.

Some will complain the Oilers haven't addressed the major issues, but there's no hurry. There are more contracts to burn off, there are kids to develop and their are roles to be decided on merit. This is the beginning.

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#101 Sandra Blood
July 29 2010, 11:54AM
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rubbertrout wrote:

Charels Barkley went to tent city in AZ. He may not do much time but if he's convicted of a DUI he'll do some time.

Tent city with a dehydration problem might be an issue.

Doesn't alcohol dehydrate? He shouldn't be drinking if he respected his employer.

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#102 Megahurts
July 29 2010, 11:55AM
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... you omitted the changes to staff. I just finished reading an article in the Sun ...

http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/columnists/gerry_moddejonge/2010/07/28/14860141.html

So basically, Peterson of the Esks had a major misdiagnosis of his injury. Didn't we just hire the Eskie traning staff for the Oil? Sounds like more Souray like complaints coming our way.

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#103 Matty31
July 29 2010, 11:59AM
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Where was the picture from last night? Phoebe Cates????

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#104 Megahurts
July 29 2010, 12:02PM
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Matty31 wrote:

Where was the picture from last night? Phoebe Cates????

... that was from a 'dream' sequence in Fast Times at Ridgemount High. Very funny end to the sequence, worth looking up.

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#105 TigerUnderGlass
July 29 2010, 12:20PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

We definitely do not know that. He hasnt plead guilty to a lesser crime yet and the State seems to believe it has all the evidence required to convict*. Arizona has very strict Drinking and Driving laws. To go along with that, Russians in America havent exactly had the best press of late, AND Arizona isnt exactly a welcoming state to foreigners (especially foreigners commiting crimes).

Nonetheless, if this becomes a 150 dollar fine then Khabibulin reports to camp on time and this is a non-issue.

*I heard that on Law & Order

Agreed completely.

Arizona has a reputation of aggressive prosecution of DUI cases...and AZ SB-1070 pretty strongly demonstrates their feelings on foreigners.

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#106 Wanye
July 29 2010, 01:02PM
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heh heh.

Yeah LT stop bringing down this formerly reputable site with all of your Grade A analysis and sexy pictures.

NOTE TO EVE TAMBELLINI

Just you wait till I write my next article. My singular goal is to get you fired by my choice of picture. Now bear in mind I am on Vacation so it might take me awhile to get around to it, what with beer being sold in 30 packs now.

*looks at liver with disdain*

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#107 Devon
July 29 2010, 01:28PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

The difference between the Dany Heatley case and the Khabibulin case is the possibility of going to jail. If memory serves me correct then Heatley did not serve jail time. If Khabibulin has to go to prison then he will have put the Oilers in a different position than the Thrashers were in.

This isnt about life/death/misdemeanor/felony. This is about Prison time and the possibility of having serious Visa problems. This is about an inability to play because of self-inflicted legal woes.

IF the Oilers void Nik's contract it wont be because he drove while drunk, it will be because he is unable to honour his contract.

You have exactly right Archaeologuy the real issue is not him being drinking and driving. But the fact if he gets jail time he won't get to play either here or across the border. Which makes him more then a bit of an issue.

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#108 Master Lok
July 29 2010, 03:41PM
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In regards to a comparison between Khabibulin and Mactavish, this is what wikipedia had to say. Perhaps those with better memories than me would recall things differently.

"MacTavish missed the 1984–85 season after being convicted of vehicular homicide, having struck and killed a young woman while he was driving under the influence of alcohol. MacTavish pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol in an accident the night of January 25, 1984 in Peabody, Massachusetts. Kim Radley, 26, of West Newfield, Maine, died four days later of injuries sustained in the crash.[5] MacTavish spent a year in jail as punishment for this offence. While incarcerated, he watched most of the games that were televised. After MacTavish was released from prison, the Bruins offered to let him out of his contract. MacTavish accepted."

So to be fair, I think the Oilers should support Khabibulin publically, even if he was incarcerated, but that does not mean he should be on the team when he gets out.

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#109 Milli
July 29 2010, 03:57PM
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magisterrex wrote:

I find all these highly judgmental statements about Khabby to be disgusting. No one can claim that they haven't done something stupid in their life, and no one can claim that they didn't appreciate a little grace to help them overcome it.

A long time ago the Oilers gave a little grace to MacT and that seemed to turn out pretty well. I'm sure that they will do the same for Khabby. That's what a class organization does.

All this talk about "role models" is utter bunk. Parents are too quick to release themselves from their obligation to be their own children's role model. And then they're too quick to tear down others for not being the paragon that they want them to be.

Enough is enough. Time to give Khabby the grace that we would expect if things ever went belly-up for us. /rant

You know what, you are 100% on the money. I've fu'd up enough times to know that that is when you need people behind you. If I had of been unfortunate enough to hurt someone, then I would have had to pay the piper and so would of khabby. Yes, no one should drink and drive, it's not okay. BUT, who hasn't?

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#110 Team Hall
July 29 2010, 04:50PM
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LT, I would argue that the decision to trade Nash was a smart one, the decision to draft him to a team laden with skilled smurfs however, was not. The former lands on Tambo, the latter on Lowe. Can't blame Tambo for the sins of his predecessor.

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#111 Senator Theo
July 29 2010, 05:05PM
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Sandra Blood wrote:

A lot of kids look up to NHL players, my own son loves Garon who buffed him at the Oilers game this year and my son still loves him. So not being able to be punished by an NHL team by voiding his contract tells the kids it's ok to drink and drive, you will still make millions. No one would sign Khabby if he was a UFA anyways. His first game as an Oiler showed his worth. When Khabby was pulled over he said he had a glass of wine? What did he tell the officer? "Whats seems to be the officer, problem"

What does it mean that Garon "buffed him"? Is that good or bad? #realquestion

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#112 DC
July 29 2010, 06:02PM
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Wanye wrote:

heh heh.

Yeah LT stop bringing down this formerly reputable site with all of your Grade A analysis and sexy pictures.

NOTE TO EVE TAMBELLINI

Just you wait till I write my next article. My singular goal is to get you fired by my choice of picture. Now bear in mind I am on Vacation so it might take me awhile to get around to it, what with beer being sold in 30 packs now.

*looks at liver with disdain*

Oh I can't wait for your next post Wanye!! Have a good vacation.

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#113 Librarian Mike
July 29 2010, 07:53PM
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*looks at picture*

Man, remember when Sean Penn had a sense of humour?

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#114 Jodes
July 29 2010, 08:46PM
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Senator Theo wrote:

What does it mean that Garon "buffed him"? Is that good or bad? #realquestion

Basically I think his son was a huge fan, wanted to get something signed or talk to him briefly and Garon blew him off..

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#115 Archaeologuy
July 29 2010, 09:39PM
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So, how 'bout Wheeler getting 2.2 million in arbitration. If I'm reading Capgeek correctly then the Bruins are in real trouble. Could be an opportunity there.

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#116 RossCreekNation
July 29 2010, 09:48PM
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@Archaeologuy

Marco Sturm will be on LTIR to start the season for the first couple months & I'm sure Michael Ryder's contract is on thin ice... still gotta add Seguin, though.

What was the rumor 'Big Al' relayed the other day (on Team1260)... Tomas Kaberle for Blake Wheeler, Mark Stuart & Michael Ryder ??

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#117 Sandra Blood
July 29 2010, 10:43PM
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Jodes wrote:

Basically I think his son was a huge fan, wanted to get something signed or talk to him briefly and Garon blew him off..

Yes, my son and 2 other fans were there, he blew all them off and the T.V. Crew from Ohio (Torres look alike) seen this and put my son on Ohio TV, dressed in his Garon sweater, posters and Blue Jackets hat.

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#118 book¡e
July 29 2010, 10:55PM
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Milli wrote:

You know what, you are 100% on the money. I've fu'd up enough times to know that that is when you need people behind you. If I had of been unfortunate enough to hurt someone, then I would have had to pay the piper and so would of khabby. Yes, no one should drink and drive, it's not okay. BUT, who hasn't?

Clearly you don't equate drinking and driving to something serious otherwise you would not have done it.

I consider it very serious and thus have not. In fact, it is actually a fairly small minority who have done it (less than one in five) and I would bet that only the smallest minority of people have ever been stupid enough to drink and drive when they are so clearly over the limit (Khabbi was double the limit and was speeding).

It could be that because its common in your peer group, you think it is the norm. It is not. If you drink and drive you are an idiot. It's not just 'not ok', burping at a wedding is 'not ok', drinking and driving kills people and wrecks lives. Lots of people. Seriously, I can understand how someone in 1970 was so stupid, but isn't the message today clear enough?

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#119 Bryzarro World
July 29 2010, 10:56PM
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Eve Stambellini wrote:

@The Webmaster

Some of us work in offices where there are women who take offense at the cheesy photos of women like the one at the top of this post.

Is everyone here 12 years old and still getting woodies looking at pics of cheerleaders or women in bathing suits.

I can't red this blog at work for fear of upsetting someone who might be passing by my desk.

PLEASE CUT OUT THE CHEESY ART.

STFU... Seriously... Go play in traffic

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#120 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
July 29 2010, 11:23PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

So, how 'bout Wheeler getting 2.2 million in arbitration. If I'm reading Capgeek correctly then the Bruins are in real trouble. Could be an opportunity there.

I'll give you Hemsky and the Oilers second 2011 selection for Ryder, Thomas and Seguin sir?....This may help alleviate your concerns

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#121 The Other John
July 29 2010, 11:50PM
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Sincere apology for not knowing the answer to this Q but is James Neal an RFA who has NOT sought Arbitration? Such that he is capable of receiving an RFA offer? Because if so, he is EXACTLY the type of player to add to this type of roster even if we had to overpay

Not big game hunting but rather judicious addition to our roster of the right skill set at the right age

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#122 Wanyes bastard child
July 30 2010, 12:24AM
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Eve Stambellini wrote:

@The Webmaster

Some of us work in offices where there are women who take offense at the cheesy photos of women like the one at the top of this post.

Is everyone here 12 years old and still getting woodies looking at pics of cheerleaders or women in bathing suits.

I can't red this blog at work for fear of upsetting someone who might be passing by my desk.

PLEASE CUT OUT THE CHEESY ART.

Not wanting to join in on all the bashing here but...

I'm 30 years old and still get the occasional woodie from looking at pics of cheerleaders or women in bathing suits eh.

We're men, its in our nature, you should know that by now :P

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#123 Jodes
July 30 2010, 12:25AM
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Sandra Blood wrote:

Yes, my son and 2 other fans were there, he blew all them off and the T.V. Crew from Ohio (Torres look alike) seen this and put my son on Ohio TV, dressed in his Garon sweater, posters and Blue Jackets hat.

Hopefully this will be corrected in the new season..

Maybe now that he's come back down to earth after winning the Cup he'll realize what a douche he appeared to be!

Honestly I was planning on buying a discounted Garon jersey (one place in Edm has a few of them for like 70% off) but maybe I'll wait and see now.

Are you guys in Edmonton or in Columbus?

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#124 Jodes
July 30 2010, 12:52AM
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Was reading the mynhltraderumours site and came across this dated July 28th:

•Michael Arace of the Colubus Dispatch: (written before the Blue Jackets and Anton Stralman settled before their arbitration, 1 year, $1.95 million.) The Blue Jackets will look to improve their defense, and will look via trades and not free agency. 3 options could be Tomas Kaberle, Kevin Bieksa and Sheldon Souray. Arace believes the Blue Jackets have made a pitch for Kaberle, inquired about Bieksa, and made a ‘token’ call about Souray. Nikita Filatov’s name probably would come up.

1) How reliable is this site?

2) What does Columbus have (other then Ex Captains, Goalies and D men) that we'd want? What would Howson give up for Souray?

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#125 Sandra Blood
July 30 2010, 12:59AM
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Jodes wrote:

Hopefully this will be corrected in the new season..

Maybe now that he's come back down to earth after winning the Cup he'll realize what a douche he appeared to be!

Honestly I was planning on buying a discounted Garon jersey (one place in Edm has a few of them for like 70% off) but maybe I'll wait and see now.

Are you guys in Edmonton or in Columbus?

We are north of Edmonton, about 2.5 hrs. I tried like hell to turn my son off of Garon, but no luck. Reason I would like to see Khabby's contract voided is because I work at a detox center and I see what it does. For Khabby to be twice the legal limit is and for him to just about get away with it talking to the officer with the smell of "wine", is a sign of a lot of drinking. Maybe there is something more to it. The late Probert did andgot help. Khabby can too.

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#126 SurfacetoAirMissile
July 30 2010, 06:34AM
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I love the Oilers direction this off season, as outlined by Lowetide. I am not expecting a miraculous turn around this year but I hope we can play the season like we started the season last year. The Oil were exciting to watch when they had all their soldiers in the lineup to start last season. If they can manage to score some goals and compete for the puck in the tough areas of the ice, I will be satisied even if they loose 6-4. If they are entertaining to watch like they were at the beggining of last year and they can make some strides with their young talent (Brule, Gagne and Cogs included) I will be a very happy Oiler fan even if the boys fail to make the playoffs again.

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#127 michael
July 30 2010, 06:45AM
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Perception is reality. Perception is that the team has moved in the right direction. Right now I would grade Tambo a B+ for his efforts in the past few months. I still think we should sign Mike Comrie. I see him as a guy who can and will give this team reliable 2cd or 3 rd line minutes and chip in 20-25 goals. Since I haven't seen him sign anywhere else and he was at the Oilers table at the draft I gotta believe that Tambo is going to ink him in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully.

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#128 SurfacetoAirMissile
July 30 2010, 06:57AM
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@ michael

I am torn on the Comrie situation. He is definately affordable and like you say he can certainly contribute 20-25 goals. However I am not sure you can sign him without moving someone out especially if more than two rookies crack the lineup.

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#129 SurfacetoAirMissile
July 30 2010, 06:57AM
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@ michael

I am torn on the Comrie situation. He is definately affordable and like you say he can certainly contribute 20-25 goals. However I am not sure you can sign him without moving someone out especially if more than two rookies crack the lineup.

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#130 SurfacetoAirMissile
July 30 2010, 07:12AM
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1st line: Gagne-Penner-Hemsky

2nd line: Horc-Brule-Hall

3rd line: Eberle-Cogs-Jones

4th line: Fraser-Stortini-Macintyr/Jacques

That is 13 forwards not to mention MPS and Omark could make the team....... I have trouble getting Comrie in the lineup without moving at least one guy.

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#131 Cheesenaka
July 30 2010, 07:48AM
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SurfacetoAirMissile wrote:

1st line: Gagne-Penner-Hemsky

2nd line: Horc-Brule-Hall

3rd line: Eberle-Cogs-Jones

4th line: Fraser-Stortini-Macintyr/Jacques

That is 13 forwards not to mention MPS and Omark could make the team....... I have trouble getting Comrie in the lineup without moving at least one guy.

The only way I see it possibly happening is if Jacques gets sent to Oklahoma and you'd then have Macintyre/Jones for the 12th and 13th forwards.

Also, Eberle plays right wing so you'd have to have either Cogs, Comrie, or Brule Centering the 3rd line.

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#132 Jodes
July 30 2010, 08:57AM
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Sandra Blood wrote:

We are north of Edmonton, about 2.5 hrs. I tried like hell to turn my son off of Garon, but no luck. Reason I would like to see Khabby's contract voided is because I work at a detox center and I see what it does. For Khabby to be twice the legal limit is and for him to just about get away with it talking to the officer with the smell of "wine", is a sign of a lot of drinking. Maybe there is something more to it. The late Probert did andgot help. Khabby can too.

I live about 2 hours northeast of Edmonton and see the affects of what alcohol does to people on a daily basis as well. I hope Tambellini is ready for the backlash IF Khabi's charges are dropped.

That could be the worst thing that could happen to Khabi if they are, if again he does have a drinking problem.

The reason why I asked if you were in Edmonton was that there's a chain of JERSEY stores in the CITY of Edmonton that have Garon's jersey for like 70% off. So if your son is still a fan of Garon's, you can out fit him in the copper and blue, instead of that gawd awful Blue Jackets jersey! lol

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