Oilers Future On Display?

Lowetide
August 06 2010 07:44AM

As the reality of another summer spent without addressing center ice adequately sinks in, I thought it might be a good time to introduce you to a possible future.

Sean Couturier is 17-years old, born in Phoenix and the next Hockey Jesus. LAST SEASON--16 years old at the beginnng of the year--the young man (man?) ripped up the QMJHL to the tune of 68gp, 41-55-96. At that age, it is a stunning total. Other impressive numbers? He's 6.03! 193! Won the Beliveau trophy (leading scorer!). Plus he was doing it while playing the other team's best! Already! Has his own tsn player page!

Couturier told tsn: "I had a great offseason last year. I got a lot of experience and I matured from that. And going to the Under 18s (last year) gave me a huge boost of confidence and I carried that for the rest of the season."

Couturier is currently turning heads at the Canadian World Junior summer camp (which goes through Saturday night so watch tsn for updates) and there's a very strong chance we'll see him at the Christmas tournament.

He's the closest thing we've seen to Sidd Finch since, well, Sidd Finch. So the next time some other NHL team addresses need and gives their roster balance, remember Sean Couturier. He'd be a nice fit to the current Oilers department of youth.

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#1 anon
August 06 2010, 08:02AM
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Fistival!!

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#2 VMR
August 06 2010, 08:06AM
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On the player page they have him listed as a center but in the article they call him a left winger anyone know exactly what position he does play? Or is it a situation like Hall where he's played both?

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#3 Manfly
August 06 2010, 08:18AM
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i thought he was a center as well. maybe they are trying him at wing? at any rate, i would pick him over Adam Larsson if i were picking 1st overall. what a physical specimen and talent!

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#4 Petr's Jofa
August 06 2010, 08:20AM
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He's definately on my list of who to watch tonight along with Hamilton and Roy.

Wooo! August Hockey in St John's!

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#5 Dave Z
August 06 2010, 08:30AM
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The only way the Oilers get a shot at this kid is if we deal Penner and Hemsky to contenders this season for some top, young prospects and draft picks.

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#6 Jono
August 06 2010, 08:34AM
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TSN just called him a center and his coach in the Q praised his well rounded game... he would look good in copper and blue.

*wipes drool from mouth and then realizes next year may be another long season

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#8 VK63
August 06 2010, 09:02AM
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so what..... the "suck for sean" campaign? Oiler brass is too dumb to draft guys who have names that are difficult to pronounce, or spell, so this Roy guy seems a shoo in, thus leaving sean (who may be a center with more upside and fills an obvious vacancy up the middle) to be passed over in favor of the safe choice whose name they can spell. or not.

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#9 madjam
August 06 2010, 09:05AM
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Is it a coincident the player on the right hand side of him looks like a Hemsky clone ?

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#10 ubermiguel
August 06 2010, 09:07AM
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Looks promising. It will be interesting to watch his prgress.

But do you think Oilers will be bottom 5 again and have a draft shot at a #1 pick again?

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#11 Petr's Jofa
August 06 2010, 09:40AM
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ubermiguel wrote:

Looks promising. It will be interesting to watch his prgress.

But do you think Oilers will be bottom 5 again and have a draft shot at a #1 pick again?

Dare to dream ubermigel, dare to dream.

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#12 David S
August 06 2010, 09:51AM
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Petr's Jofa wrote:

Dare to dream ubermigel, dare to dream.

I have two words to make your dream come true:

"Danny Maccioca"

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#13 Boreal
August 06 2010, 10:01AM
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Sidd Finch? Now there's a name from the past. I remember reading that April 1 issue of SI when it appeared. I was great, and worth a read for all you young guys. How fast was his fastball? Lowetide, thanks for conjuring up this memory.

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#14 Wanye
August 06 2010, 10:03AM
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Sidd Finch. I just read all about him. That is classic LT

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#15 boreal
August 06 2010, 10:05AM
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@Boreal

'It was great', not "I was great". Sorry for the typo.

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#16 Manfly
August 06 2010, 10:20AM
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i'd be happy to just get a top 5 pick. with Center Couturier, d-man Larsson, F Nugent-Hopkins, d-man David Musil and F Seth Ambroz in the early top 5, things look promising, even if we don't get #1 again. keep an eye on Michael St. Croix of the Oil Kings. could be a top 10 pick by years end.

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#17 Boomer
August 06 2010, 10:24AM
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Sidd finch, greatest April's fool joke of all time!

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#18 Westcoastoil
August 06 2010, 10:25AM
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What do you think the top 6 projected lottery teams for next year will be? FLA and the NYI will be horrible, but who else: T.O., Minn, Edm, CBJ - or will we have a surprise tankapalooza?

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#19 Manfly
August 06 2010, 10:38AM
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actually, Westcoastoil, you probably nailed the potential teams. and isn't Toronto's 1st rounder Boston's again this coming draft?

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#20 Westcoastoil
August 06 2010, 10:59AM
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You are right about Bos owning that pick - Phil Kessel for Tyler Seguin and a likely 2011 lottery pick - helluva deal Burkie.

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#21 tkfisher
August 06 2010, 11:06AM
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I say scorch the earth like a forest fire, it's the best way to open the cones up. Teams always hold on top draft picks for dear life leading up to the draft. I say we pick our dog and trade Hemmer by Christmas to Boston for TO's pick. That way the team we are helping out in the trade isn't impacted to the point our draft pick raises. That way we have 2 top 5 picks next year, two shots at the winning ball being taken and who the hell knows. Larsson and newest Hockey Jesus. Or Hopkins and Larsson. HJ himself and Musil. Plus our crop. F me is all i have to say. That and if your planing on that route, do it prior to Xmas and NOT the week of the draft. Our RW looks strong in the future MP, Eberle, LW Hall, Penner Center Gagner. Trade Hemmer.

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#22 jfry
August 06 2010, 11:10AM
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so, we trade one of penner/hemsky at the deadline for a 1st rounder + ...and then we convert that first rounder, with ours + gags, for courtier?

i just don't think the likelihood of us getting 1st pick is that good, something like 1/30 :)

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#23 doritogrande
August 06 2010, 11:36AM
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If you're looking for the center in the '11 draft, it's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Averaged almost a point per game in his first WHL season (Red Deer Rebels), 6'0, reports I've read say good speed. He's also four months younger than Couturier.

For the record, hockeyDB lists Couturier as LW.

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#24 ubermiguel
August 06 2010, 11:53AM
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Westcoastoil wrote:

What do you think the top 6 projected lottery teams for next year will be? FLA and the NYI will be horrible, but who else: T.O., Minn, Edm, CBJ - or will we have a surprise tankapalooza?

Calgary's in there somewhere. They burn out Kiprosoff every year, this year I think his body gives out early.

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#25 Westcoastoil
August 06 2010, 12:03PM
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@ubermiguel

I was thinking about them too. On a quick look I think Kipper has seen more rubber than any other goalie over the last 5 years. He's 33 and sooner or later he's going to wear out - maybe this year. I think Iggy can keep them out of the bottom, but if he or Kipper get hurt... I don't see them making the playoffs no matter what, but a couple key injuries and they might be looking at at 62 point season. I just hope they stay healthy enough to suffer through a horrible season without getting a good draft pick.

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#26 Ducey
August 06 2010, 12:05PM
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Westcoastoil wrote:

What do you think the top 6 projected lottery teams for next year will be? FLA and the NYI will be horrible, but who else: T.O., Minn, Edm, CBJ - or will we have a surprise tankapalooza?

I think it will be Edmonton, NYI, FLA, CBJ, and Atlanta in the lottery. CBJ and FLA are the main challengers to Edmonton for number 1.

Toronto will improve. Burke will look like more of an ass for giving up two lottery picks. He will do anything to avoid that.

Dallas, Minni and the Ducks have good chances to suck too.

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#27 Ducey
August 06 2010, 12:07PM
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Calgary will do fine. They have a great goalie, very good D and should score just enough. They are a playoff team. They just won't do anything once they get there - again.

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#28 Cheesenaka
August 06 2010, 12:25PM
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Am I the only one who thinks that our center position isn't as bleak as everyone makes it out to be? Maybe management HAS addressed our center position, albeit with a new young center.

I see our centers being:

Gagner Hall Horcoff Fraser

Subs/Options for Center in case of injuries, etc:

Brule Cogliano

From the Oil Change video, I got the impression that Oilers management was comfortable with the idea of Hall playing center. Hall says that he is comfortable playing center. I realize this is his first year and we probably don't want to put him against the other team's top opposition, but going up against another team's 2nd, or 3rd line seems a bit more reasonable.

At the very least I think its something that we should consider/try.

Hall and Gagner could be the #1 and #2 centers that we've been looking for.

Could this be why management has not brought in the so called 3rd line center that "we need"?

Have I maybe missed an announcement that Hall WILL be playing wing for sure come training camp?

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#29 ubermiguel
August 06 2010, 12:33PM
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Ducey wrote:

Calgary will do fine. They have a great goalie, very good D and should score just enough. They are a playoff team. They just won't do anything once they get there - again.

You gotta love the annual Calgary playoff melt-down.

If they stay healthy you might be right. But Sutter's decimated their depth so badly they're a couple of injuries away from total failure. Waitaminute, did I just describe the Oilers in recent years?

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#30 Reggie
August 06 2010, 12:50PM
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@Manfly

Not sure St. Croix is a top ten guy. They had someone on Gregor's show this week reviewing the results of the under-18 camp and St. Croix did not show well.

Didn't score much and they said he was undersized and needs to put on some weight. He did not make the under-18 team. 4 players from the WHL made the team - including defenceman Myles Bell (REG), Ryan Murray (EVT) and Duncan Siemens (SAS), along with the 2009-10 WHL Rookie of the Year and Red Deer Rebels' sniper Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

He may have the skills, but right now he's not even on the under-18 team for Canada. Maybe a first round pick target, but I think top ten draft pick is a stretch right now.

That said, it is a long way from next June, so he has the motivation and time to improve his standing.

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#31 Cheesenaka
August 06 2010, 01:03PM
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Not sure if this was reported on this site yet but as per the Oilers Twitter:

Oilers appoint Bill Scott GM of the OKC Barons.

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#32 Shane
August 06 2010, 01:12PM
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Look for another center being signed before camp(Belanger?Madden?) if that's the case we won't have to worry about center(both I think were around 55% last season) and they both kill penaltys(needed). Also I dont see us in the lottery next June if we stay healthy.. P.S KEEP Hemmer!! 22 points in 22 games last season on a horrible team(even before he and others went down with injury)

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#33 Cheesenaka
August 06 2010, 01:21PM
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Shane wrote:

Look for another center being signed before camp(Belanger?Madden?) if that's the case we won't have to worry about center(both I think were around 55% last season) and they both kill penaltys(needed). Also I dont see us in the lottery next June if we stay healthy.. P.S KEEP Hemmer!! 22 points in 22 games last season on a horrible team(even before he and others went down with injury)

Madden just got signed to a 1 year contract by the Minnesota Wild as per Ryan Rishaug's Twitter.

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#34 Lofty
August 06 2010, 01:40PM
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Ducey wrote:

Calgary will do fine. They have a great goalie, very good D and should score just enough. They are a playoff team. They just won't do anything once they get there - again.

I have to disagree. They sure didn’t score many goals last season. They do have a good back end but they just don’t get enough support up front. I don’t think O.J is worth a damn unless he's playing in the South east division.

If 'fine' is around 7th in the west then you may be right, but I think a fair projection would be 7th-10th in the west. As an Oiler fan its not a comfortable position.

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#35 Shane
August 06 2010, 01:48PM
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Oh well, Belanger then maybe?.. Do you know how much the deal was for Madden?

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#36 Kracka
August 06 2010, 01:51PM
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The way it stands now no way we draft top 5. So why waste our time getting are hopes up.

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#37 Downright Fierce
August 06 2010, 02:01PM
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The Sean/Adam Debate doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but I've heard terms like "generational talent" thrown about the Swede ad nauseum. If the denver boot fits, we could be clamoring over the two Hockey Jesuses (Jesi?) sooner than we think.

Re: Madden Sad to see him signed by a Nor'Wester, but kinda glad to see more names disappear off the list of effective, vet, FA pivots. Here's hoping Steve grabs Belanger in a panic. I know I would be supremely pleased with that outcome.

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#38 Downright Fierce
August 06 2010, 02:03PM
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Madden deal: 1-mil plus .25 in bonuses

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#39 Cheesenaka
August 06 2010, 02:12PM
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Downright Fierce wrote:

Madden deal: 1-mil plus .25 in bonuses

I wish we had him for that price.

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#40 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
August 06 2010, 02:20PM
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Kracka wrote:

The way it stands now no way we draft top 5. So why waste our time getting are hopes up.

"Getting our hopes up" by thinking the Oilers might draft top 5?

Kracka,

Your priorities are not prioritized properly. Winning is the goal in competitive sport. It took 6 months for the bulk of the die-hards here to fully embrace mediocrity last season. I don't think that's going to be any different this season, as I am going into GDB I with a Game Day Prediction of '2-1 Oilers'.

Lovingly Yours,

OKnPT - Team Comrie

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#41 freeze
August 06 2010, 02:26PM
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Kracka wrote:

The way it stands now no way we draft top 5. So why waste our time getting are hopes up.

Oh, yee of so much faith... One early injury and the team will be #30 again. They will not be a good team in general.

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#42 Ender
August 06 2010, 02:48PM
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freeze wrote:

Oh, yee of so much faith... One early injury and the team will be #30 again. They will not be a good team in general.

Oh yea of little faith. Wanye would be so disappointed.

Stan-ley Cup . . .
Stan-ley Cup . . .
Stan-ley Cup . . .
Stan-ley Cup . . .

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#43 Cowbell_Feva
August 06 2010, 02:49PM
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I doubt the Oilers will finish in the bottom 5. It would take a boat load of injuries and a bunch of under-achieving for that to happe... Oh, sh#% I wonder what number this Couturier kid wants??

All sarcasm aside, the Oilers will get a good pick again next year, but all of the players that you folk are wishing for will be long gone before they do select.

Also, how in H.E. double hockey sticks does Brian Burke still have a job in the NHL? Seriously? In the time in Vancouver all he did was draft the Sisters, who took 26 years to meet-up with their #2 and #3 overall worth. Then inherit a Stanley Cup team in Anaheim, then turn them to what they are now, but before that sh$% hit the fan, he moved off to T.O. where he has traded this years 1st and 2nd round pick, plus next years 1st rounder!?! This could very well be Couturier given Toronto's team. The idiot said he would do the trade all over again if given the chance! This shows you his ego is much bigger than his brain! Which is BIG seeing as his head is bigger than a Wildebeast's (honestly that guys mug looks like a mascot's)

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#44 Jerk Store
August 06 2010, 03:06PM
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@Ducey

Sutter's Checklist for a Successful Season

1) Totally muck up Higgins / Kotalik acquisition. Check

2) Make team's 1st selection in 3rd round. (Note to self: check out how Chris Chucko is making out). Check

3) Bring back Finnish Center who did for locker room morale in 1st tour of duty what Michael Jackson did for babysitting. (see #s 1 and 2) Checkerooni

4) Make players wear worst jersey since Roger Nielsen first waved a white towel. Wait a minute that white looked pretty sharp, better see if hockey pants come in that color. Check

5) Bring in Mike Keenan as head coach. Oops how did this one get back in here. Damn cut and paste!

6) Make Oilers fans feel infinitely better about cheering for a 30th place team. Done and done

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#45 BigE91
August 06 2010, 03:10PM
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Oilers sign Marty Gerber?

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#46 Hemmercules
August 06 2010, 03:15PM
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BigE91 wrote:

Oilers sign Marty Gerber?

I seen that too....wtf?? 4 goalies now. Pick up for Oklahoma or insurance in case Bulin is in prison??

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#47 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
August 06 2010, 03:20PM
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@Hemmercules

if our insurance is a 35 year old who has been out of the nhl for a few years, it is going to be another long, long year in oil country

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#48 Hemmercules
August 06 2010, 03:32PM
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@ cableguy. Probably got him on the cheap and I'm sure management wasn't looking at signing a big ticket goaltender for a rebuild year. He probably plays AHL until Bulin has his token injury for the year and needs surgery again. Does this mean they have cut DD or JDD loose?

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#49 Hemmertime
August 06 2010, 03:35PM
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I think the Gerber signing is hoping Khabbi goes to jail and we get out of his contract.

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#50 RossCreekNation
August 06 2010, 03:36PM
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Gerber... 1 yr, 2-way 500k/200k (as per Kypreos)

When did Ralph Krueger get the GM job ;-)

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