A NEW WRITER

Jason Gregor
November 07 2011 01:05PM

After a brisk practice in Phoenix yesterday, the Oilers flew to Montreal for their third stop on this six-game road trip. Even though the Habs are currently in 12th spot, tomorrow night's tilt will be tough according to the Nation's newest contributor. 

That's right, the Nation has added a new writer. Wanye spent so much time negotiating with him that he was too tired to write an introduction piece so I have to do it.

According to Sir Wanye our readership continues to grow at a very solid rate. He never shows us the data, and I'm too lazy to look it up, but would a guy who openly admits he loves Justin Bieber and Jordan Eberle have the potential to lie?

I don't think so.

THE TEAM

Our readers seem to like the Nation's mix of writers.

Brownlee, who wore skinny jeans the first time they were in fashion has been on the beat for over 25 years so he knows what is happening with the Oilers; sometimes even before they do. Lowetide, the Godfather of bloggers with a calm demeanor, soothing words and an appreciation for beautiful women.

Willis, a human calculator of statistics with a strange ability to require only two hours of sleep which allows him to continually pump out copy. Wanye, an emotionally-charged fan who cries after a loss and celebrates every win like it's a playoff game, and he's an aspiring artist with incredible wit. And yours truly.

Our writers combined with our readers makes the nation a great place. We all have on thing in common; a passion for hockey. We like to write and appreciate all of you who read the site and those who take the time to contribute here. It makes for a  great time waster.

A NEW ADDITION

We've decided to add another writer to our stable, and it is fitting that he's our 6th regular writer. Realistically if he was our 6th and 1/2 writer it would be have been perfect. This year he will pop by with his views on life, hockey, the best pressbox food and other interesting angles.

We were going to have a sit down interview with him this week, but he didn't want to trump Sportsnet's return of Hazel Mae. We are certain our Q and A will be much more entertaining and insightful, so look for that in the coming weeks.

Our new writer is someone all of you are familiar with. For the past few years you've cheered him, yelled at him, respected him, cursed his name, and if you've played hockey you all wished for a moment that you could be in his skates. 

He was the 63rd pick in the 1994 draft. Three and a half years later, after only five days of his 4th training camp his GM, Mike Milbury, told him he would never be good enough to play and sent him to the minors. Four months later he was traded to Vancouver, and then he spent the next 13 years lighting up the NHL with excellent off-the-boards-and-out passes, perfectly placed dumpins, scored on every shootout attempt he tried and won over many fans with his rapid-fire punches.

He will slowly pop by the Nation at first, but once he gets comfortable you can expect to read him more frequently.

But first let's introduce our newest Voice of the Nation in the most fitting tribute we could find. He appears at 5:58 and for an extra treat listen to John Davidson's account of the play. Then he gets right into his take on the game tonight without a moment to spare.


Welcome to the Nation, Jason Strudwick. 

HABS AND HOTDOGS

Every veteran player who played at the old Montreal forum knew how good the Chiens Chauds, (hot dogs) were. If you, the visiting team, won the game, the healthy scratches were expected to buy enough for everyone including players, coaches, management and training staff to enjoy on the happy bus ride to the airport.

Although that tradition has fallen off somewhat since the Canadiens moved into the Bell centre; one thing that hasn't is the tough environment for a road team to get a win.

The Canadiens haven't gotten off to a great start, especially at home where they are 2-3-2. Don't let those numbers fool you, winning a game at the Bell centre is tough to do. For a team trying to re-establish itself as the Oilers are this season, this game tomorrow is a good test.

Teams that win on a consistent basis show poise whether playing at home or on the road. But playing in some buildings is harder than others. Of the 29 away buildings Montreal ranks near the top for helping the home team win. It seems like with something as simple as a good hit, penalty kill or even a blocked shot the momentum of a game can change in a heartbeat, and a game that looked like a lock to win easily gets away from you.

The fans are loud and can play a big role in the outcome of a game. At times it seems like they are right on top of you. Tomorrow night the Oilers need to play a smart road game. To do this they must continue to limit their chances against. I have never played for a coach who didn't watch this stat as closely as an old man waiting for the last number to complete his Bingo.

Coaches feel if the chances-against are low his team has stuck to the game plan he created, and likely they have made good decisions with the puck. This is very important for winning a road game.

THIS MEANS 2 THINGS

1. They must continue to stay out of the penalty box. The Oilers PK has been very solid, but the when you’re down a man those chances against can increase quickly. Although the Habs PP is only running at 14% this year, they are almost 17% at home and they have the personnel to change that quickly.

2. The Canadiens are very good at exploiting neutral and high offensive zone turnovers. Often these types of turnovers resulted in odd man rushes against. Players like Plekanec, Gionta and Pacioretty are dangerous when attacking with an odd man rush. Smyth and Horcoff must remind the team that although chipping the puck in at the blueline isn't always the most exciting play, it does contribute to big road wins.

Les Chiens Chauds are still good at the Bell Centre, and to be honest I can't even tell you what separates them from your normal run of the mill tube steak you can get anywhere, but if the Oilers win tomorrow the team can answer that question on the bus ride to the airport.

A FINAL NOTE FROM JASON G

Strudwick will share his views on the game and some behind the scenes stories that he encountered over the years. Go easy on him Nation although maybe you should go all Mike Milbury on him and tell him he'll never be a good writer and then he'll spend 13 years in the Nation proving us wrong.

You choose. I can actually hear Wanye squeeing all the way across town.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 Hat Pughes
November 07 2011, 03:10PM
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Nice Davidson quote pre Strudwick shoot out "the rangers are looking up and down the bench to see who its going to be"...

and unlike that day..here comes Jason to ON.

Welcome and look forward to your insight and entertainment value. And look forward to the ongoing bantering with Gregor...and btw who really is the better golfer (sandbagging excluded). Ixnay on the "aseballbay"

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#52 Hemmertime
November 07 2011, 03:12PM
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Holy sheet, love his personality. Great addition, can't wait to read his articles.

I want to know what Wanye found in Strudwicks garbage that allows him to blackmail the great new addition to write here!

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#53 Souby
November 07 2011, 03:15PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Thank you Souby. Your cheque is in the mail sir.

Sweet! Can I get one of those really big cheques like you see on tv? A bank will cash one of those, right?

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#54 Sloppy Joe
November 07 2011, 03:15PM
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Welcome Struds!

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#55 borisnikov
November 07 2011, 03:32PM
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That video is a classic. Bubblegum Gang. FLMAO!

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#56 Wäx Män Riley
November 07 2011, 03:42PM
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I tried it at home wrote:

Oh? this is superb? Not just good... not even great... superb. I have nothing against Strudwick, from hearing him on the radio occaionally he comes across as humourous and well meaning, but does he have any experience in writing or media? Wanye gets a free pass on all that because, well, its his damn site,thats why, but considering who the other writeres here are, experienced analysts and reporters, I find it curious that an explayer who just happens to be a buddy is a SUPERB addition. I cant wait to read his stuff.

Ya Struds.... What makes you so qualified.

Like whatever, you only "played" for 4 teams in the "best league in the world" for "13 seasons."

Not to mention all of the "experience" you have and the "tough guys" you took on.

Pfft.... what can you ever contribute here??

**Whistles loudly while looking skyward and walks away**

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#57 Wäx Män Riley
November 07 2011, 03:45PM
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Welcome Mr. Strudwick. I really look forward to reading your articles. Can you also come on the comments section so we can digitally communicate with you? That would be awesome.

Actually, what are the chances of having occasional guest commenters on here? Once in a while see if Laraque can come on to talk with us, or Eberle, or Jones etc....

THAT would be awesome.

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#58 RexLibris
November 07 2011, 03:46PM
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Can't believe I'm the first one to mention this but: Strudwick joining ON during the month of Movember = synchronicity.

Does this count as OilersNation dressing a proven D and tough guy to go against the FlamesNation lineup?

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#59 Wäx Män Riley
November 07 2011, 03:53PM
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RexLibris wrote:

Can't believe I'm the first one to mention this but: Strudwick joining ON during the month of Movember = synchronicity.

Does this count as OilersNation dressing a proven D and tough guy to go against the FlamesNation lineup?

ooooo.....

Strudwick vs Pat Steinberg.

I hear Pat is quick and quite wiry. Struds might have his hands full, but I think he will eventually "Ivanins" Steinberg

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#60 Quicksilver ballet
November 07 2011, 03:54PM
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Souby wrote:

Sweet! Can I get one of those really big cheques like you see on tv? A bank will cash one of those, right?

No, those are just for show. They have no actual cash value.

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#61 Crash
November 07 2011, 04:02PM
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Nice to hear that Jason is coming aboard...met him at Spec's deck. The guy is awesome and has some great inside stories....loved the one he told about the trading of Joey Moss.

One thing that might make him sick to his stomach though is having to read the constant bashing of players on this site

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#62 BingBong
November 07 2011, 04:07PM
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Wow, very cool news! Good luck Struds! Definately looking forward to your personal take on everything and anything Oilers.

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#63 Wäx Män Riley
November 07 2011, 04:18PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

*** marks down on calendar to buy struddles the madjampostcodecracker2000 for christmas ***

Order me one too, please. I have 96 cereal box-tops for it, so I only need 4 more. I'll have them by Christmas.

***Runs out to buy 4 family-sized boxes of Lucky Charms, and another family-sized box of Honey Combs just to eat late at night out of the box.***

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#64 Wanyes bastard child
November 07 2011, 04:23PM
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Strudwick on ON!?!?! No wonder the site has been so slow lately*...

Ba-dump, dump, dump... :P

Cool news, I like many others look forward to seeing what Jason has to offer :)

*Actually its probably slow because of all the new adds for money just to pay everyone...

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#65 Wanyes bastard child
November 07 2011, 04:26PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

So who will be the first to tell him that's not how something is done in the NHL?

I'm placing my odds on one of DSF, Nate, Captain Obvious or Arch as my dark horse :P

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#66 Robin Brownlee
November 07 2011, 04:28PM
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Struds: Once you get everybody's lips surgically removed from your ass, sit down at the laptop and give it hell.

Welcome.

Does this mean Hair Club For Men is an ON sponsor now (I want my cut)?

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#67 Archaeologuy
November 07 2011, 04:40PM
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@Robin Brownlee

Little known fact.

Robin's deal at ON is modelled after Jack Nicholson's deal with the Batman Franchise. He gets a cut, even if he wasnt involved in the article in any way.

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#68 Eulers
November 07 2011, 04:48PM
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Amber McCormick (real person?), you are totally going down!!!

Welcome to the Nation, Jason (Strudwick)!

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#69 Puritania
November 07 2011, 04:57PM
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STRUDS! STRUDS! STRUDS!

I'd like to welcome you to ON with a song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-31e8Nlujw

Congrats on the new minumum wage salary writing for ON provides!

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#70 Nail Yakupov
November 07 2011, 05:00PM
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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

I LOVE YOU JASON STRUDDYWICK!!!!!!!!!!! *SWOONS*

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#71 Quicksilver ballet
November 07 2011, 05:07PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Struds: Once you get everybody's lips surgically removed from your ass, sit down at the laptop and give it hell.

Welcome.

Does this mean Hair Club For Men is an ON sponsor now (I want my cut)?

We'll make every effort to be equal opportunity bashers here Robin. If there's one blemmish with puctuation,speling or grammer, he'll get both barrels fo sho.

With Jason getting his feet wet in radio, any talk of him becoming the Oilers new radio color guy? Be great to have a guy who actually played the game contributing to the broadcasts.

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#72 buttermilkbiscuitsAKAoilers2k10
November 07 2011, 05:40PM
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Very cool to have an Actual NHLer writing on this site, nice variety of writers contributing to this site.

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Strudwick is here now?

This is gonna be awesome.

He's been There, Done That

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#74 DSF
November 07 2011, 06:08PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

I'm placing my odds on one of DSF, Nate, Captain Obvious or Arch as my dark horse :P

Thank you...thank you very much.

How are doing in the pool?

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#75 jbabcook@shaw.ca
November 07 2011, 06:12PM
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Welcome, Jason. I've always enjoyed your sense of humor and look forward to reading you.

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#76 Wanyes bastard child
November 07 2011, 06:13PM
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DSF wrote:

Thank you...thank you very much.

How are doing in the pool?

I'll let you know when we are up enough to a few cases of beer each :)

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#77 Lowetide
November 07 2011, 06:13PM
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Welcome, Jason. Always enjoyed your sense of humor and your ability to save Gregor on the radio. :-)

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#78 Bucknuck
November 07 2011, 06:14PM
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I went to High School with Struds. Back then MAC was an academic high school. One where they don't let you in if you aren't pretty darn smart. He was always a funny guy... and smart... and he's proven himself to be hardworking. He's also a HOCKEY PLAYER. From the OILERS!

So: Hardworking, smart, knowledgable about hockey, Funny, and an OILER.

Um... Yeah. Score one for Wanye! I look forward to reading what he has to write.

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#79 Jason Strudwick
November 07 2011, 06:38PM
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Hello Nation! Looks like I am on the other side of the mic now. I am heading over to Brownlee's tonight so that he can show me how to play the part. My biggest challenge will be on finding a trench coat to wear like he does!!!

As I get going I will be looking for you all to send me questions or topics that you would like me to write about.

Don't worry I won't be using long words. I want to make sure Gregor understands it all.

Swing easy....

Strud

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#80 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 07 2011, 07:04PM
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Yes... this is just about the biggest squeeee day ever!!!!!

Dear Jason,

You are an Oiler. That is awesome. You are awesome. Please do not hold it against me that I may from time to time refer to you informally as "Strudsy" "Strude" or "The Argonaut." Also, (plug your ears) SQUEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!.

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#81 justDOit
November 07 2011, 07:06PM
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@Jason Strudwick

Welcome Jason! I hope the ON training camp goes easy on you - we don't need you juicin' for this.

So do you know what's going on with Peckham? Why has his promising development schedule seemingly off track?

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#82 Harlie
November 07 2011, 07:18PM
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Nice to hear on the new addition. It's too bad I cant hear Struddy laugh while I read his writing. Truly infectious personality!

I still miss Amber and her NWA homages, tho too! Whatever happened too..?

And Bingo! Shouts bro...pourin some malt lika 4ya2 d.o!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip5Q_BfJF8Q&feature=related

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#83 OilFan
November 07 2011, 07:28PM
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Welcome Jason.

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#84 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
November 07 2011, 07:29PM
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Jason Strudwick wrote:

Hello Nation! Looks like I am on the other side of the mic now. I am heading over to Brownlee's tonight so that he can show me how to play the part. My biggest challenge will be on finding a trench coat to wear like he does!!!

As I get going I will be looking for you all to send me questions or topics that you would like me to write about.

Don't worry I won't be using long words. I want to make sure Gregor understands it all.

Swing easy....

Strud

I'd like to know how you plan on using fenwick and corsi in your blogs.

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#85 Wanyes bastard child
November 07 2011, 07:38PM
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Fist person ever to props Strudwick!!!

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :P

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#86 Bucknuck
November 07 2011, 07:39PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

I'd like to know how you plan on using fenwick and corsi in your blogs.

This made me seriously lol, OB1. Particularly when he is learning the ropes from Brownlee.

Don't get me wrong, I think Robin totally gets the stats. He just has a different focus.

Right now Struds is probably learning the finer points of "verbal smackdown 101", followed by "public shaming 318". They will finish up the night with some lessons in punting trolls, which is best done after a few beers.

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#87 Gerald R. Ford
November 07 2011, 08:20PM
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@Jason Strudwick

No. 1 rule at the Nation:

Stay off Brownlee's lawn.

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#88 Wanyes bastard child
November 07 2011, 08:31PM
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@Jason Strudwick

No. 2 rule at the Nation:

Stay off Brownlee's lawn.

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#89 Dog Train
November 07 2011, 08:48PM
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I figured that Strudwick would resurface for the Oilers in some capacity. I would have never guessed it would be on this site though! Welcome to the Nations, Jason.

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#90 bam
November 07 2011, 09:10PM
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Wow! Great addition, the site just keeps getting better and better.

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#91 Hallberle
November 07 2011, 09:22PM
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Beauty. Looking forward to hearing about the NHL experience from the perspective of a NHL player

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@Jason Strudwick

If rule #2 is not applicable, refer to rule #1.

Welcome aboard Struds

What are your views on the whole "FIST" movement? ( I don't wanna step on any toes )*

*Or get edited ala Brownlee

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#93 Tayranchula
November 07 2011, 09:29PM
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You would think Strudy had scored 50 goals a year with a shot and leg kick like that. Absolutely beauty celly and reaction to. Glad to have a former oiler here. He was always someone I really enjoyed watching

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#94 Oilcruzer
November 07 2011, 10:13PM
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David S wrote:

Negative props button Wanye. Move it up your to-do list. Please.

The problem with neg props is you get dick heads who try to see how many neg prop votes they can get by being jerk offs.

*inside voice*! *inside voice*!

Welcome Struds.

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#95 Wäx Män Riley
November 07 2011, 11:03PM
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Sweet. My question was answered, you will be commenting. Good to have you aboard!

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#96 German Titov
November 07 2011, 11:19PM
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Eбать! Джейсон Страдвик? Почему не я? Только, потому что Brownleee не нравлюсь я?

Я могу написать лучше чем он, и у меня есть лучшая перспектива, потому что я играл со всем Яромиром Ягром, Майклом Ниландером и Райаном Смитом. Я также играл с Джимом Камминсом.

У меня есть 157 карьерных гол, особенно 28 в 1996 с Калгари. Возможно Flames Nation возьмет меня.

Я ненавижу Вас Джейсон Страдвик. Я ненавижу Вас Brownleee. Сколько гол Вы имеете?

С уважением,

герман Титов

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#97 Puritania
November 07 2011, 11:29PM
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German Titov wrote:

Eбать! Джейсон Страдвик? Почему не я? Только, потому что Brownleee не нравлюсь я?

Я могу написать лучше чем он, и у меня есть лучшая перспектива, потому что я играл со всем Яромиром Ягром, Майклом Ниландером и Райаном Смитом. Я также играл с Джимом Камминсом.

У меня есть 157 карьерных гол, особенно 28 в 1996 с Калгари. Возможно Flames Nation возьмет меня.

Я ненавижу Вас Джейсон Страдвик. Я ненавижу Вас Brownleee. Сколько гол Вы имеете?

С уважением,

герман Титов

Я не понимаю, о чем вы говорите, Я не понимаю, этот диалект.

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#98 oobespoons
November 07 2011, 11:36PM
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Welcome aboard!

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#99 Nail Yakupov
November 08 2011, 01:26AM
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SQUEEEEE STRUDDY MADE A COMMENT!!!

JASON I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!

REPLY IF YOU SEE THIS!!! *SWOON*

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#100 book¡e
November 08 2011, 06:32AM
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Puritania wrote:

Я не понимаю, о чем вы говорите, Я не понимаю, этот диалект.

Кулак Россия Кулак!

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