Hard Times for Teddy Peckman

Lowetide
October 16 2011 08:20AM

Theo Peckham's always been a favorite of mine, a throwback to an era when the enforcers could also play. The young man played in the deep end of the pool a year ago and survived, suggesting his arrows were heading in a good direction. Early this season, the sun shines less bright on the career of a young man hired to do an insanely difficult job: clear the crease, battle giants and move the puck efficiently. What's up with Teddy Peckman? 

By eye or by math, there's something amiss in #24's game. Men who play Peckham's style often have assorted injuries throughout a season, and although none have been reported I think it's at least possible he's playing through some kind of malady.

Last night, Dennis King's scoring chances tracked Peckham at 3-4 EV scoring chances while he was on the ice. Peckham's poor choice on an outlet pass was turned over by Chris Higgins and seconds later the Oilers were down 4-3 in a game that was lost due to a quick decision not to make the simple play. That's not really something we can blame on injury, it's more of a brain cramp than anything. Peckham has been sending grenades up ice since the start of the season, with icing, turnovers and broken plays the predictable result.

It's never been a strength of Peckham's (moving the puck), but last night (and through the season so far) his sorties have been wreckless and now costly. Added to that is the fact that a year ago Peckham was playing against tougher competition (with Tom Gilbert mostly) but this season looks less effective against lesser opponents. I think he's the likely candidate to be included out when Ryan Whitney comes available for action.

Peckham was on the ice for three chances against late in the HNIC game--one of which resulted in the fourth Canuck goal--and all three events were against the Hodgson, Higgins, Samuelsson line (the team's 2nd line). From what I can tell, coach Renney had Smid-Gilbert or Sutton-Potter out against the Sedins at even strength for most of the night.

Peckham's time on ice last night was definitely third pairing (with Barker, who got more TOI at evens during the game). He's going to play and play a lot this season in the physical defender who can also drop the gloves role (Peckham is 21st in the NHL in PIMS) and fills it  very well, never turning down a fight and making the crease area a bothersome spot for the Burrows of the world.

However, of the scoring chances tracked last night for Vancouver and involving the Sedins and Burrows, the Oiler blue was consistently Sutton-Potter. Peckham's pairing was the de facto third unit, and his turnover late in the game led directly to a GA. Now, you can also blame Cam Barker for losing his stick (man he does that a lot) and not being able to clear the front of the net or you might also suggest that Dubnyk should have saved the shot (it looked like he was screened to me).

But that goal was on Peckham, sure as hell.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

There are certain points in a movie or book, or any dialogue or story, in which the character's fortunes change markedly and is seen in a different way. Theo Peckham is a young NHL defenseman who entered this season with a secure job and miles of highway. His spotty play and last night's costly error may not be a turning point, but the Oilers and coach Renney do have some options.

Corey Potter played well, and the new hires Sutton and Barker have played well enough to avoid the pressbox so far. Jeff Petry is likely to draw in sometime this week and Ryan Whitney is close to ready.

I've always been a fan of Theo Peckham, he brings all kinds of toughness and works hard every shift. He's a homegrown talent and keeps the other side honest, important in a season when liberties will be taken by the opposition. There was a moment last night when Dale Weise took a run at Jordan Eberle and the moment called for an immediate response.

Cue Teddy Peckman. That's what I love about the guy, by the time we're thinking "hey, what the hell was that?" Teddy's already throwing haymakers.

But you have to be able to make the plays when it matters, to make the good decisions, to calm the waters. Theo Peckham is in some turbulent waters right now, I think he'll be asked to find a seat.

 

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#1 ricky p
October 16 2011, 08:38AM
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Teddy's not alone in tough times. RNH has 4 of the teams 5 goals this season. Lots of players need to step up and score some ugly goals in tough spots to get going.

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#2 Dipstick
October 16 2011, 08:39AM
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"Cue Teddy Peckman. That's what I love about the guy, by the time we're thinking "hey, what the hell was that?" Teddy's already throwing haymakers."

He certainly did a better job of making the nucks accountable for running at our stars than Hordi did.

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#3 c_tux
October 16 2011, 08:45AM
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Agreed.

#24 used to be Steady Steve...now it's Turbulent Teddy. Go back to #49 Teddy Peckman!

Potter impressed last night imo. Petry could be on a train to OKC in the near future. Don't get me wrong, I like Petry and see huge potential there but he's the odd man out if Potter continues to play well.

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#4 OilFan
October 16 2011, 08:51AM
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I didn't really expect him to be a 2nd pairing dman in the first place.

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#5 Max Powers - Team HME Evans
October 16 2011, 09:00AM
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I don't know if it's a long trend but this years start was bad, last years good, the year before it was horrible (weight issues) and the year previous to that he looked promising. Maybe he works his way into a comfort zone and gets a little too comfy.

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#6 michael
October 16 2011, 09:14AM
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brutal giveaway leads to keystone cops leads to GA. Smid made a pass along the back boards right to where a VC forward in the 3rd period.The Hoptrick aside we looked sloppy in our defence zone coverage on the 3rd goal. The PP goals are what they are. Can't stop them all. To me Dubnyk looked more active in the net. He looked more floppy and less the oaktree I want him to be in net. He is better when he his standing tall in the net rather than in the butterfly. Teddy needs to give his head a shake and realize he isn't Nick Lidstrom. The fourth goal wouldn't have happened had he just put it off the boards or the glass. He had time and space to make that play. Brain cramp. Someone should tell Cam Barker to use some stickum on his gloves to hold his stick. Its not theat he breaks his stick he just gets it knocked out of his hand. Remember Stoll and the broken sticks he used to go through? Dosen't anymore.Learned to use a better stick.

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#7 neojanus
October 16 2011, 09:21AM
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Well, I was pretty ticked last night (I hate losing to the Canucks especially).

The truth is, it was another mindless bone-headed play from a lackluster defensive effort from a consistently unremarkable blue line.

It's a different player every game, but at some point a d-man craps the bed at an important moment.

A player with an NHL IQ does not make that play in that situation. Not ever.

The Oilers are in a situation (and have been in a situation for the last few years) where low level d-men are given assignments too large to carry-out over the long haul.

We've seen the same stuff from Gilbert in the past and we'll probably see the same stuff from others in the future.

No amount of coaching can fix a problem like this because no coach has ever said make a play like that. The bottom-line is that we need to ice a better a defense. Whitney will be a sight for sore eyes when he is back (assuming he stays in the lineup). Sutton has been the best d-man on the ice so far. Barker may have lost his stick but he's been solid. The fact that nothing exciting happens on the ice when he is on is a great sign that he is a pretty reliable player. Potter looked good.

There were some good things yesterday, but the Oilers need to address finding some smarter players for their defense. At this point, I'd be happy for someone who will never ever score a point, but who always makes the smart play.

I hate losing to the Canucks...grumble.

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#8 a lg dubl dubl
October 16 2011, 09:35AM
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Maybe its just me, but I see abit of Jason Smith in Peckham maybe not "c" material but smilar style of play. Give Teddy some time he'll come around. The d as a whole sucked the hind banana last night.

RNH is not goin anywhere :D

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#9 Clarkenstein
October 16 2011, 09:41AM
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Peckham, Chorney and Plante. Agreed that hindsight is 20/20 but I wonder who we could have had instead of drafting these three?

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#10 OutDoorRink
October 16 2011, 09:49AM
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Yes, losing to the knuckleheads really does suck. I look forward to the day that we turn the tables on them and they lose, lose and lose again.

However, we are at the beginning of year 2 of a complete rebuild. We have done a better job of drafting forwards than defensemen, but historically, defensemen take a bit longer to develop.

So we do have some good young defensemen in the system, they're just a year or two behind the forwards in development. I remember everyone preaching patience last year. There's no easy solution.

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we just have to keep sluggin away. Van went to the SCF last year, and we finished DFL. I think it's looking pretty good when our best Dman, and one of our best forwards is out and we can still outplay the SCF team.

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#11 ButtermilkBiscuitsAKAoilers2k10
October 16 2011, 09:55AM
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I hate it when people bitch about peckham, yeah he gives the puck away sometimes and isn't always in perfect position.. But seriously u could say the exact same thing about pretty much every other dman on this team..except this one cares about his teammates more than most have shown, hes the perfect 4 to 6 guy as far as I'm concerned.. Pair him with a more skilled, more experienced defencemen, he is far from a problem player on this team. The team needs more players like him.

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#12 Dutchscooter
October 16 2011, 09:58AM
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Dipstick wrote:

"Cue Teddy Peckman. That's what I love about the guy, by the time we're thinking "hey, what the hell was that?" Teddy's already throwing haymakers."

He certainly did a better job of making the nucks accountable for running at our stars than Hordi did.

Uh....it's kinda hard to make them accountable when you're icing your knee down on the trainers' table.

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#13 HardBoiledOil
October 16 2011, 10:13AM
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yup, Teddy had his problems last night for sure, as did Smid, IMO, and i didn't think the Oiler D in general had a good night. but....anyone else think that Gilbert has looked pretty good this season on the back end or is it just me?

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#14 DW
October 16 2011, 10:25AM
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@HardBoiledOil

Totally agree about Gilbert. He will never be physical but he is using his size to move guys off the puck.

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#15 Harlie
October 16 2011, 10:35AM
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and here comes the broken record...

Souray now has 1 goal and 3 assists in 5 games.

I like Peckham, no doubts, but he is looking a little off so far this year. Not saying that we should get Souray back, but man if he was still here and providing that production from the back end, our record may be 3 and 0 right now. Just sayin..

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#16 DaveManson
October 16 2011, 10:35AM
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Peckman did look out of sorts last night, but the guys who impressed where Gilbert and Corey (Harry) Potter. The guy is a force! Great shot, threw a few good hits, and made some good plays in his own end. This guy looks like a keeper, a big man with brains & skills - and a bit of an edge.

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#17 a lg dubl dubl
October 16 2011, 10:38AM
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Harlie wrote:

and here comes the broken record...

Souray now has 1 goal and 3 assists in 5 games.

I like Peckham, no doubts, but he is looking a little off so far this year. Not saying that we should get Souray back, but man if he was still here and providing that production from the back end, our record may be 3 and 0 right now. Just sayin..

Souray will break his hand soon just wait, his hand is about as fragile as Hemsky shoulders...just sayin.

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#18 speeds
October 16 2011, 10:44AM
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It'll be interesting to see what Renney does here.

He took Omark out of the lineup when he didn't perform up to Renney's standards, and while I'm not sure I'd have done that after 1 game, I can see why he did it, and see how it might help.

If he doesn't take out Peckham after playing, arguably, worse, what is the message to his players? Petry came out of the lineup, for whatever reason, but I'm not sure I'd agree if someone told me Peckham has outplayed Petry this year. What's more is Petry has the RH shot going for him, they are the same age, and if we're talking about developing players I think one could fairly argue the upside for Petry is better than it is for Peckham.

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#19 @NateInVegas
October 16 2011, 11:00AM
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@LT,

I've never seen you rip into a player like this before. Did you throw your calculator at the TV in disgust? (Teddy's play was pretty atrocious)

All 3 of the Oiler games have been against "tired teams". The Penguins were hurt, and at the end of a road trip. And Minnesota/Vancouver played 4 games in 6 days, but managed to grind the Oilers down by the 3rd period?

I'm glad the Oilers have Smyth back, but $6.25 would really help the blueline.

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#21 justDOit
October 16 2011, 11:20AM
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I sure am hoping that Mr. Ted's game comes around soon - I'm not sure how many times I rewound and watched him drive Burrows into the goal post. Again and again and again and...

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#22 YuriYUkiE
October 16 2011, 11:41AM
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3 words..

DONT HATE, APPRECIATE

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#23 ButtermilkBiscuitsAKAoilers2k10
October 16 2011, 11:44AM
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This is a very very young team, that needs to be remembered.

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#24 Jerome
October 16 2011, 12:01PM
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And now for something completely different.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wewnMj0MkuM

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#25 Racki
October 16 2011, 12:02PM
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Dipstick wrote:

"Cue Teddy Peckman. That's what I love about the guy, by the time we're thinking "hey, what the hell was that?" Teddy's already throwing haymakers."

He certainly did a better job of making the nucks accountable for running at our stars than Hordi did.

Unfair comment....

Keith Ballard hit of our players last night (can't remember who... Hall?) and Hordichuk was immediately on the ice (Ballard was throwing some big hits all night). Unfortunately on that play Hordichuk tried to throw a big hit and ended up knee-on-knee and getting the worst of the hit, including going ass-over-tea-kettle.

Don't make it sound like he sat on his hands last night. The intention was there. I'm pretty certain that Hordichuk will get his opportunity in a future match-up.

He'll get his revenge: "I don't think it's going to be that long (that he'll be injured). At least we get to play Vancouver five more times."

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#26 BingBong
October 16 2011, 12:11PM
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Peckman looked bad last night no doubt - I didn't see the prior games but from what I've read he's been struggling all year so far. I love him for his toughness, but he reminded me a little too much of Sean Brown last night. I thought Gilbert was dominant last night; moved the puck well, was very physical, used his body a lot. Nice assist too. I haven't seen it mentioned, but I thought Smyth had a brutal game. Costly penalties, turnovers, brutal last second shift cost us a goal, and he barely threatened on offense.

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#27 Milli
October 16 2011, 12:16PM
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I love how tough Theo is, and I think he'll find his way.

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#28 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
October 16 2011, 12:40PM
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Yes, Teddy played bad,

He's not the reason we lost.

'Nucks are just better.

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#29 IceDragoon
October 16 2011, 12:48PM
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Peckham has played a total of 105 NHL games. If memory serves, in all but this year's 3 games he's been on his natural side. Not surprisingly, he's looked the best when he's been paired with a capable right D. He still needs another ~100 games before we should be expecting consistency.

Obviously, Renney's options are limited. But how can he think that "Teddy Peckman" would be able to adjust to the lanes and turns on the other side of the goalie when he's still not competent on his instinctive side? To then multiply the chaos by placing Barker on his left is asking for disaster, imho.

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#30 speeds
October 16 2011, 01:04PM
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IceDragoon wrote:

Peckham has played a total of 105 NHL games. If memory serves, in all but this year's 3 games he's been on his natural side. Not surprisingly, he's looked the best when he's been paired with a capable right D. He still needs another ~100 games before we should be expecting consistency.

Obviously, Renney's options are limited. But how can he think that "Teddy Peckman" would be able to adjust to the lanes and turns on the other side of the goalie when he's still not competent on his instinctive side? To then multiply the chaos by placing Barker on his left is asking for disaster, imho.

I think one could reasonably argue that Petry is a better D than Peckham to begin with, althought they do different things and if you want to say that Peckham's better, he may well be. But that aside, I find it tough to imagine Peckham will be a better on his off side than Petry on his regular side. Yet, Petry sits.

Do you think this is just a case of playing the guy who was here last year? Or looking at the depth chart and thinking Peckham might have to prove able to play the right side if he's going to stick around at all, longer term? Simply wanting toughness in the lineup against the Canucks? Something else?

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#31 speeds
October 16 2011, 01:22PM
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@speeds

Although Peckham was on the LHS when he made that giveaway pass on the 4th goal, was he strictly on the RH side last night or was he moving around - I was watching the game but not all that carefully!

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#32 Quicksilver ballet
October 16 2011, 01:37PM
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Thought Teddy was all aces the first two games. He stuck his nose in there and was his usual aggitating self i thought. He looks as though he was able to turn it on again at the start of the reg season like he did last season. The kid sure has the good sense to not treat his teammates like he does the opposition during the games that mean something. Perhaps the quickness of the Canuck forwards gave him some problems but till he strings together 3 or 4 of these type of games i wouldn't think it's much of an issue.

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#33 Captain Obvious
October 16 2011, 02:02PM
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Peckham isn't an NHL quality defender. Once he burns out here he is going the Jacques/Stortini route. No team with Peckham fielding regular minutes will ever make the playoffs.

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#34 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
October 16 2011, 02:24PM
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I think Peckhams rough start is a product of our thin D.

I can't think of many other teams where he wouldn't be a #6 or #7.

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#35 IceDragoon
October 16 2011, 02:25PM
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@speeds

I really like Petry, but I'm good with any young player sitting in the pressbox watching systems play and adjusting the speed of the game in his head. Petry was looking overwhelmed and in need of a lifeline. Sure would be nice to have a calming, veteran, partner to provide one while he hones his craft.

I think Renney was impressed with Peckham's progress last year, and he is hoping (praying?) that 24 can take equivalent leaps this year. Or... he's merely shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.

All players make mistakes. Young players tend to make more of them, especially when exposed. I think it makes sense to put young players in position to succeed and provide veteran support so their mistakes are less likely to be back-breakers.

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#36 Slats
October 16 2011, 03:02PM
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A couple of observations on Teddy:

1. Ted was a net 0 for +/- however it seems most agree his 3rd period gaffe earned him a BIG minus. If you watch the play he had Ryan Smyth at the blue line by himself with the Van dman already peeling off. The play is inexcusable given how much time he had - I believe he had a "brain-hematoma" rather than a cramp.

2. 27 shifts for 14:26 that's 32 secs/shift. Contrast that to Potter 29 shifts and 19:44 or 42 seconds per shift. Maybe someone has a fitness issue here as one other has commented above. For a DMAN that looks awfully light. He does play a tough game though hence maybe his TOI/shift

. . . time for the Dusty Penner diet and some Gelinas training?????

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#37 Pilgor09
October 16 2011, 03:44PM
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Get rid of Smid. He is garbage.

He can't move the puck and gets beat 1 on 1 all the time.

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#38 Bill
October 16 2011, 04:35PM
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Easy on Peckham. The guy's a third pairing d-man. We've tolerated Gilbert, Smid making terrible mistakes.

Peckham's handling of Weise and his running of Burrows in the crease in my mind make up for his fault in last night's game. Peckham may or may not be sat, but he's needed in this lineup.

How about a breakdown of how craptastic Horcoff has been this year? The guy's plummeting to #4 on the depth chart at C this year.

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#39 Gerald R. Ford
October 16 2011, 04:49PM
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Horcoff's contract is like the last act of 'Return of the King'. It's like it's just NEVER going to end. :(

I still love Teddy. He cares, and he sticks up for his boys. Yes, he's made some boneheaded mistakes this year, but mistakes are only sins if you don't learn from them. I think he will.

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#40 French Toast Mafia
October 16 2011, 05:42PM
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BingBong wrote:

Peckman looked bad last night no doubt - I didn't see the prior games but from what I've read he's been struggling all year so far. I love him for his toughness, but he reminded me a little too much of Sean Brown last night. I thought Gilbert was dominant last night; moved the puck well, was very physical, used his body a lot. Nice assist too. I haven't seen it mentioned, but I thought Smyth had a brutal game. Costly penalties, turnovers, brutal last second shift cost us a goal, and he barely threatened on offense.

I don't think the words dominant and Gilbert can ever be used together.

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#41 BingBing
October 16 2011, 06:01PM
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@French Toast Mafia

Yeah, a little too much hyperbole there. But I do think he played great. He was using his body much more than I've ever seen, and was making nice plays under pressure. I just hope he doesn't regress to a 3rd pairing d-man next game like he so often does.

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#42 Peterborough
October 16 2011, 07:36PM
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Pilgor09 wrote:

Get rid of Smid. He is garbage.

He can't move the puck and gets beat 1 on 1 all the time.

Smid was our best defender and has been for while. Gilby and Smid are a good 3-4 pair.

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#43 Dog Train
October 16 2011, 08:34PM
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I actually think that Petry played pretty good in the first 2 games. With Sutton in the lineup, we can afford to sit Peckham down for a few games. He needs to get a different perspective on the game and realize that he has more time than he thinks.

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#44 OilFan
October 16 2011, 09:34PM
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@Pilgor09

from the guy that would trade Eberle ?

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#45 OutDoorRink
October 17 2011, 10:01AM
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Get rid of pilgor 09. His posts are garbage.

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#46 Cowbell_Feva
October 17 2011, 10:10AM
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Lord knows we need some grit on the backend. I like what Sutton has done, but Theo does bring that element. The turnover was brutal no doubt. If he could adopt the Steady Steve off the glass routine (seeing as he has the # now) he would be much more effective.

As bad as that was, no mention of Horcoff losing a D-zone faceoff and then getting beat to the net by Burrows @ the end of the 2nd stanza?? That was as much a momentum changer as any. Somehow the real goat of this team gets a free pass- all the while being worse than I originally thought (and thats saying something).

Package up Hemsky/Gagner and half of Daryl Katz's enterprise to Nashville for Shea Weber. He is exactly what we need. Defenseman with skill, size and grit. No many out there- if we are ever to dip into the trade route this year, with this player is what the Oil need to a Tee. We all know how long it takes to develop a Dman through the draft. We'll miss the playoffs until 2035 if thats the route management wants to take!

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#47 OutDoorRink
October 17 2011, 04:17PM
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However, Weber is a player that is coveted by every team in the league. It's gonna cost an arm, a leg and your left knacker.

So what do we give up to get him? Nashville sure isn't going to take Hemmer. Not with the injury situation. They're gonna want at least one of our young stars.

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