Sail On, St. Albert Saint

Lowetide
August 18 2010 05:34PM

Chicago's Blackhawks caught a break today, acquiring a good man and loyal soldier at a very reasonable price. Our loss is their gain.

I would argue that Fernando Pisani would have been an exceptional mentor to the new Oilers, just as he was to the last bunch who came through town. Pisani is in a different era of his career than the day after G7 SCF, but surely NHL teams could (and did) see a worthwhile player.

I can also understand the Oilers point of view: a team that has endured countless injuries--and has plenty of the injury prone signed long term--can hardly be blamed for passing on Pisani when his contract is up. It is all water under the bridge today, as Chicago has signed Fernando to a terrific contract (1-way, $500,000). He will no doubt help on the PK, make the transition easier for kids with names like Skille, Bickell and Beach.

During the time that Fernando Pisani laced them up for the Edmonton Oilers, he was never the team's best player. Never their best forward, never their best right-winger. Why then, do we miss him already?

Because of the character of the man and the splendid way he played the game. I believe the reason we loved Fernando Pisani as an Oiler can be summed up in that one stunning goal he scored in Raleigh those years ago: first forward back as the play left the opposition zone, uses that big brain and moves laterally along their blue and cheats a little hoping for a turnover, and then pure skill with a quick and deadly stick to intercept the pass before it went offside.

And from there, the Hockey Gods turned him into Guy Lafleur just one time and 34 went shelf. It rings as true today as it did those years ago.

Beauty.

After that, health became an issue. He was dealt a bad hand but overcame great odds to return to the game he loved and play it again at the highest level. The NHL passed up a chance to give an award to the right man the season he didn't win the Masterton, but I'll always believe he earned it by coming all the way back and playing well. 

If the hockey Gods choose to shine a light on Fernando again and see fit for a second straight Stanley in the Windy City that would be alright with me. Sail on, Fernando Pisani. We'll remember you.

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#1 HardBoiledOil
August 18 2010, 05:39PM
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FIST....i really didn't want him back, so now he won't be for sure! 4th liner in Chicago i'm sure.

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#2 OILER86
August 18 2010, 05:43PM
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Good to hear, all the best in Chicago I wish good health and good luck Fernando! No matter what happens we`ve always got the memories of the `06 Pisani!

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#3 OILERSORDEATH
August 18 2010, 05:55PM
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I say their gain our gain, win win for both. Loved him in '06 but he couldnt quite find the groove after that, he went through a alot of tough $hit and I comend him for that. Classy guy

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#4 SirFozz
August 18 2010, 05:56PM
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My favorite moment of Fernando was seeing him get into his truck once at the airport. Well that or his game 5 overtime goal in '06. It's close.

Good luck Fernando.

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#5 Stone Hands McOsta
August 18 2010, 05:58PM
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All hail the saint from Edmonton's greatest suburb. I'll never forget watching that goal in Rosie's bar on the trail in the S-T-A. Memories for a life time. Wish Fernando all the best in Chi-town.

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#6 Clyde Frog
August 18 2010, 06:06PM
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Good luck Fernando, I hope you shine :)

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#7 Jonathan Willis
August 18 2010, 06:20PM
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All the best, Fernando. Thanks for everything.

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#8 Quicksilver ballet
August 18 2010, 06:26PM
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Can't say any of us are surprised, could work out very nicely for the Pisani's if he can stay healthy. He'll definately be someone we can all enjoy watching next May and June.

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#9 jake
August 18 2010, 06:53PM
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So correct me if I am wrong, but that makes Hemsky and Horcoff the only remnants of the 2006 cup run team. Wow, that is some kind of turnover in a short time.

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#10 6 ring circus
August 18 2010, 06:54PM
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All the best to Fern,hopefully he has good health and his game comes back,could be a great signing for Chicago and Fern.

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#11 Bucknuck
August 18 2010, 06:54PM
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Very sad to see Pisani go. See you later and good luck. You were a true gentleman and a good oiler.

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#12 Chaz
August 18 2010, 07:07PM
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Great article. Thanks for that Lowetide.

Worked in the service industry for years in the Chuck up to and including the lockout year and the run in '06. We saw a lot of the Road Runners and Oilers around the place I worked at. Fernando was always kind, polite and humble in any of the minor dealings I had with him. He really is a good guy, and more importantly a great tipper. All the best Fernie!

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#13 esa tikkanen
August 18 2010, 07:15PM
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would like to re-iterate i think the losers posting fist are serious losers.

now on to Fernando, just who exactly do the Oilers expect to kill penalties this year?

I know Taylor Hall was a seriously good penalty killer in junior. Does anyone know, did Eberle kill penalties? I think he did.

They still need one veteran center and winger. I really hope they sign Halpern or someone like that.

Does anyone know if Owen Nolan kills penalties? Would be cool for the Oilers to sign Old Man Power to work with Hall, two first overall picks, just 20 years apart...

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#14 Eric Johnson
August 18 2010, 07:28PM
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" first forward back as the play left the opposition zone, uses that big brain and moves laterally along their blue and cheats a little hoping for a turnover, and then pure skill with a quick and deadly stick to intercept the pass before it went offside. And from there, the Hockey Gods turned him into Guy Lafleur just one time and 34 went shelf. It rings as true today as it did those years ago. Beauty."

That is and was Pisani (reading that brought such a flood of emotions back) He was always a gentleman. always a good soldier, so glad he's got his feet in with a classy organization.

Best of luck Fernando.

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#15 MattL
August 18 2010, 07:59PM
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He's always turned it on as the season progresses, even before 2006. This is a great signing from the Blackhawks. If he can be healthy for the last 20 games and into the playoffs, don't be surprised if he's a huge part of their next run.

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#16 FS
August 18 2010, 08:10PM
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Lost my voice that 06 run, screaming Fernandooooo!!! Thanks for the memories.

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#17 Adam D
August 18 2010, 08:20PM
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Good luck San Fernando. Win a cup or two, you deserve it.

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#18 @NateInVegas
August 18 2010, 08:34PM
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Has Joey Moss's role changed with the Oilers?

Fernando spent a good amount of time with him away from the arena.

How will he (moss) do with all the changes within the organization?

All the best Fernando!

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#19 Reggie
August 18 2010, 08:36PM
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"If the hockey Gods choose to shine a light on Fernando again and see fit for a second striaght Stanley in the Windy City that would be alright with me. Sail on, Fernando Pisani. We'll remember you."

That's gold. Thanks for the memories. Wishing you nothing but the best Pisani.

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#20 master of my domain
August 18 2010, 08:38PM
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glad to see him go somewhere where he could get another chance at stanley, he deserves it. "there was something in the air that night, the stars were bright, FERNANDO!!"

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#21 spOILer
August 18 2010, 08:46PM
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At the risk of melodrama:

Can you hear the bums, Fernando? They don't remember long ago a younger star he sniped like this In the highlights, Fernando You were humming pucks top shelf and deftly strumming us new lore But then hear the Rexall throngs Hushed by sounds of doctors' calls coming for Thirty Four.

Now we're old and grey Fernando And since many years I haven't seen a rifle in your hand Can you hear the drums Fernando? Do you still recall the fateful night we lost the Stanley, man? I can see it in your eyes How proud you were to skate for the Oilers of Edmonton

There was something in the air that night The stars were bright, Fernando They were shining there for you and me For Coupe Stanley, Fernando Though we never thought that we could lose There's no regret If I had to do the same again I would, my friend, Fernando

This one hurts. It was obviously coming--the Matty article being the final nail in the coffin--but it still hurts.

Like Smitty, this guy had an Oiler crest embroidered on his heart and another tattooed on his soul.

We're going to miss you, Fernie; all the best. I had hoped we could do the same again together, but it is not to be. Thank you for the one we did have.

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#22 @NateInVegas
August 18 2010, 08:46PM
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Steve Kouleas leaving the score after 13 years as per twitter...

Oilers new hire?

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#23 Milli
August 18 2010, 08:49PM
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I understand the decsion, and don't mind it. I am glad to see him get another NHL contract, and hey, the defending champs ain't a bad place to go! All the best.

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#24 nye
August 18 2010, 09:29PM
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Great article, LT.

Once an Oiler...

Good luck, Fernando.

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#25 Matt Henderson
August 18 2010, 09:36PM
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Good luck Fernando.

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#26 Senator Theo
August 18 2010, 10:00PM
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Even if he plays against the Oilers, I'll always root for Fernando.

Thanks for everything you did as an Oiler, and I hope you can be an Oiler again someday - you'd make a great coach.

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#27 RossCreekNation
August 18 2010, 10:03PM
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jake wrote:

So correct me if I am wrong, but that makes Hemsky and Horcoff the only remnants of the 2006 cup run team. Wow, that is some kind of turnover in a short time.

Food for thought (I know only 2 players left from 06 team is lower, BUT...):

Anaheim made it to the finals in 2003 against New Jersey and lost... in 2007, they were back in the finals... with just 4 players from '03 team - Andy McDonald, Samuel Pahlsson, Rob Niedermayer, JS Giguere.

Carolina made it to the finals on 2002 against Detroit and lost... in 2006, they were back in the finals... with 7 players from '02 team - Rod Brind'amour, Erik Cole, Josef Vasicek, Kevyn Adams, Bret Hedican, Glen Wesley, Niclas Wallin.

Turnover happens, I guess.

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#28 Dan the Man
August 18 2010, 10:30PM
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Standing O next time the Hawks play here.

Best of luck Fernando.

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#29 Librarian Mike
August 18 2010, 10:34PM
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I hope Chicago repeats so Fernando can lift the cup. I can't think of anyone not named Ryan Smyth who deserves it more.

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#30 Quicksilver ballet
August 18 2010, 10:42PM
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@NateInVegas wrote:

Has Joey Moss's role changed with the Oilers?

Fernando spent a good amount of time with him away from the arena.

How will he (moss) do with all the changes within the organization?

All the best Fernando!

Joey was going to step down as of a month ago but Lyle talked him into hanging on and see how things go, he'll be at his old post as usual for atleast this season.

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#31 joey hishon
August 18 2010, 11:06PM
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It was time for both the Oilers and Pisani to move on. What a classy guy though. All the best Fernie.

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#32 Cowbell_Feva
August 19 2010, 12:10AM
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Kinda bitter sweet to see him go. I'm glad on one hand because the injury cloud is hanging directly over his head. That and he is on the downside of his career.

However the guy had a huge heart and was probably the Oilers most well-rounded forward on both sides of the puck.

Adios to a true professional. Oh, and Fernie, please "accidentally" cross-check Pat Kane into the end boards during practice.

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#33 PerryK
August 19 2010, 12:43AM
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Great guy! Special person. Fantastic player!

Good luck Fernando. We will miss you a lot.

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#34 pelhem grenville
August 19 2010, 04:41AM
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Bryn & mostly Jake made Fernando everyones' cousin in 'o6 Etown ... it was such a pleasure to watch him those years ago, skating around with that big horseshoe hangin' out his pants...wish i could find my "PASANI 4 MAYOR" t-shirt i'd surely wear it today...he put us sooo close to Stan,virtually all by himself,him,forty-four & Roli.

thanks for all the memories 34 stay healthy,be happy

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#35 DonovanMD
August 19 2010, 07:09AM
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I remember when he scored in 05 G5, I was sick as a dog in bed, could barely speak and when he scored I called my buddy who had been at all the home games just so we could yell FEEEERRRRNNNNANNDDOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Even with the outcome that was a magical spring and I'll always have a soft spot for the guy who made signing ABBA cool again.

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#36 Reggie
August 19 2010, 07:23AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Food for thought (I know only 2 players left from 06 team is lower, BUT...):

Anaheim made it to the finals in 2003 against New Jersey and lost... in 2007, they were back in the finals... with just 4 players from '03 team - Andy McDonald, Samuel Pahlsson, Rob Niedermayer, JS Giguere.

Carolina made it to the finals on 2002 against Detroit and lost... in 2006, they were back in the finals... with 7 players from '02 team - Rod Brind'amour, Erik Cole, Josef Vasicek, Kevyn Adams, Bret Hedican, Glen Wesley, Niclas Wallin.

Turnover happens, I guess.

Hey Rosscreek, what about your Flames ? How many left from the '04 run ?

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#37 hamtundra
August 19 2010, 07:53AM
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Still think having Pisani on the 2010-2011 Oilers would have been beneficial in the long run.

Interesting to me that the worst team in the league, with minimal penalty kill ability or veteran presence, doesn't want him, but the Stanley Cup Champs (despite the turnover) can find a spot for him.

Good luck Fernando!

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#38 Woodguy
August 19 2010, 08:24AM
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hamtundra wrote:

Still think having Pisani on the 2010-2011 Oilers would have been beneficial in the long run.

Interesting to me that the worst team in the league, with minimal penalty kill ability or veteran presence, doesn't want him, but the Stanley Cup Champs (despite the turnover) can find a spot for him.

Good luck Fernando!

Well, Pisani is going to Chicago, that team has lots of good young offensive players, but is a little short on vetern 3/4 liners who can kill penalties and play some tougher minutes.

The Oilers on the other hand have some good, very young offensive players, but is a little short on vetern 3/4 liners who can kill penalties and play some tougher minutes.

Wait a minute....

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#39 Rick
August 19 2010, 08:43AM
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It's a good deal for Pisani, a good deal for Chicago and a good deal for the Oilers.

Here's hoping he stays healthy and rebuilds his career the way he deserves.

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#40 Scott in Grande Prairie
August 19 2010, 08:43AM
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I still find it a little hard to believe that the Oilers couldn't find room on their very-young roster for a positive-influence-type like Pisani, but I have to accept the fact it was a hockey decision.

I'm proud to say I was a Pisani fan before he did his John Druce impression in 2006 - you could tell there was a quiet class and a lot of subtle skills there.

There's been a lot of griping about the Oilers' draft record through the 1990s and, for the most part, it's richly deserved, but they did very well with Pisani. Here's hoping that they can find someone just like him again.

He was an excellent player and, yes, one of those ex-Oilers who should be given a standing-ovation first time the Hawks are in town.

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#41 The Fish
August 19 2010, 08:51AM
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Dan the Man wrote:

Standing O next time the Hawks play here.

Best of luck Fernando.

Couldn't agree more.

Good Luck Fernando. You will always be remembered fondly here in Edmonton.

I believe ABBA said it best: "There was something in the air that night...."

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#42 ubermiguel
August 19 2010, 08:51AM
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What a great deal for Chicago! I hope they repeat just so Fernando can get his ring.

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#43 Buckle
August 19 2010, 09:09AM
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Love Pisani, just not sure there was room for him anymore and injuries are a concern. Good luck in Chicago

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#44 Crash
August 19 2010, 09:26AM
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esa tikkanen wrote:

would like to re-iterate i think the losers posting fist are serious losers.

now on to Fernando, just who exactly do the Oilers expect to kill penalties this year?

I know Taylor Hall was a seriously good penalty killer in junior. Does anyone know, did Eberle kill penalties? I think he did.

They still need one veteran center and winger. I really hope they sign Halpern or someone like that.

Does anyone know if Owen Nolan kills penalties? Would be cool for the Oilers to sign Old Man Power to work with Hall, two first overall picks, just 20 years apart...

You are correct, Eberle did kill penalties for Regina.

I'd rather see them sign Asham.

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#45 Crackenbury
August 19 2010, 09:27AM
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I wish him luck. A healthy Pisani can help out any team. I hope there is someone in Chicago to look out for him. Last time he got sick here he either didn't tell anyone or he refused to admit it to himself so he could continue playing. Regardless, it was his teammates that forced him to get help. He's the kind of guy that will stay quiet and try to work through it. Not good for someone with his condition. I can't blame the Oilers for letting him go, we've had more than enough injury time over the past few seasons.

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#46 Librarian Mike
August 19 2010, 09:27AM
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And just to be Captain Obvious, it needs to be said once again that Pisani got screwed out of the Masterton Trophy in '08.

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#47 D
August 19 2010, 09:30AM
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Pisani 2006, Marchant 1997, Gretzky 1988. Memorable goals from each decade. Not bad company.

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#48 Ender
August 19 2010, 09:35AM
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@NateInVegas wrote:

Steve Kouleas leaving the score after 13 years as per twitter...

Oilers new hire?

Well, reports indicate that he was a victim of layoffs along with several other Score employees, but I admit the timing does seem a little coincidental.

If Steve does get the gig, it could be just an extremely lucky save for him though.

esa tikkanen wrote:

would like to re-iterate i think the losers posting fist are serious losers.

I wonder how many of them even know what they're writing. For the newer Citizens, people used to write 'First' in days of yore but our clever and witty moderator used to change that to 'Fist me' as a gentle discouragement. I think eventually his mom (who was reading over his shoulder) let him know that perhaps that was a bit over the top, so 'Fist' remained as a subtle reminder of what was. To those without the background, however, (or to anyone like Wanye who is completely shameless, you dog you) the point has been lost and we are left with the present situation.

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#49 I'm a Scientist!
August 19 2010, 09:37AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Joey was going to step down as of a month ago but Lyle talked him into hanging on and see how things go, he'll be at his old post as usual for atleast this season.

Wait...REALLY? Wow, when Joey does leave the organization better do SOMETHING special for him... retire his...er... number? Something.

Also, i am happy for Fernado! If he stays healthy, he is going to be an awesome addition to the Hawks. They did very well with that contract!

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#50 David S
August 19 2010, 11:47AM
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Ender wrote:

Well, reports indicate that he was a victim of layoffs along with several other Score employees, but I admit the timing does seem a little coincidental.

If Steve does get the gig, it could be just an extremely lucky save for him though.

esa tikkanen wrote:

would like to re-iterate i think the losers posting fist are serious losers.

I wonder how many of them even know what they're writing. For the newer Citizens, people used to write 'First' in days of yore but our clever and witty moderator used to change that to 'Fist me' as a gentle discouragement. I think eventually his mom (who was reading over his shoulder) let him know that perhaps that was a bit over the top, so 'Fist' remained as a subtle reminder of what was. To those without the background, however, (or to anyone like Wanye who is completely shameless, you dog you) the point has been lost and we are left with the present situation.

It might be as simple as the mods editing every "fist" post to read "I'm a loser".

However I must say that guy calling himself "Fist" and posting "fist" was stroke of evil genius.

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