GDB 36.0: AS 2011 WINDS DOWN

Wanye
December 29 2011 01:22PM

With the exception of an inexplicably timed New Years Eve matinee game against the Islanders, tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild will bring 2011 to a close for the Edmonton Oilers and us legions of fans all around the world.

Some will tell you that the year can't end soon enough. Early season expectations have evaporated quicker than a Texas Mickey of Rye at Wanye Manor during the holiday season* Ryan Whitney and the Oilers defensive corps have all sorts of issues and one of last year's super rookies is now playing in the AHL.

Despite betting Jason Gregor that the Oilers are going to make the playoffs and lipping off Brownlee at every turn for his nay-sayery we have a harder time every day believing all that playoff kool aid we've been drinking.

It's a good time to be a hater if that's your inclination.

NOT SO

 

Regardless of how the Oilers try and spin another season of losing - which may or may not occur we shall see - it's clear that the blistering incompetence and blinding arrogance that cripples this organization will actually end up building a tremendous hockey team for years to come.

Moving out the remaining non-trying cheque-collecting veterans will eventually occur and all of the free agents that wouldn't have touched Edmonton with a 10 foot pole a few years back will be lining up to play with Captain Jordan Eberle, the Transcendant Nuge and the studly Taylor Hall.

All of a sudden the weather won't make a lick of difference and hockey wives complaints about the shopping here will be ignored by players who are looking to win.

Count on it.

SO THAT HAPPENS WHEN?

It ain't gonna be today Nation. But it is coming. The big pieces are in place with 4, 14 and 93. And for the first time in the history of the franchise the Oilers will be able to afford to keep their superstars in the long term. Say what you want about his arena building skills - Oilers fans will be praising Daryl Katz's wallet in the years to come.

But for tonight the Oilers are going to face Minnesota. The Wild are currently in 6th place in the conference, boring as all hell and would probably trade rosters with the Oilers in a heartbeat. Despite this fictional trade and a bright future, the Oilers are in 13th place in the Conference and are running a stellar 3-7-0 record in their past 10 games.

Ugh.

The Oilers have yet to tweet the lines or the starting goalie for the game as of press time but they did note that Ryan Whitney had an extended skate after practice with Andy Sutton, Darcy Hordichuk and Devan Dubnyk.

That's something right?

AND FINALLY

We depart in the morning to go backpacking in Asia until March. This was a rash decision made in a series of double dares with some buddies and it is designed to start 2012 with a bang. Cause to be totally honest 2011 was a bit of a bitch.

The loss of a parent, breaking up with a long term gf and the other assortment of the usual malaises of someone our age have piled up and it is time to go blow off some steam until the money runs out.**

As was the case a couple years ago when we tried out backpacking in Europe, we will be filing reports from all over hells half acre here on the Nation. And we have an unlocked Blackberry and will be tweeting like the Dickens from the different scenarios we find ourselves involved in.

So if you want to see pictures of a romantic misunderstanding with a Ladyboy or the inside of a Thai Fight Club at 4 AM - all in the middle of the day thanks to the magic of time zones - give your pal Wanye a follow on twitter @wanyegretz.

It's gonna get really real, really fast.

"Enjoy the best days in your life, cause you ain't gonna get to live it twice." - Mac Miller in the video above.

Good call Mac. Pray for Wanye.

*2 house parties actually killed a Christmas Texas Mickey this year. Impressive.

**It is estimated that will take 12.5 hours

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#1 Woogie
December 29 2011, 01:24PM
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THE BLOCKER!

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#3 Mr Brodziak
December 29 2011, 01:33PM
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Minnesota ain't a boring team anymore, get your facts straight. Btw I have more trade value then hemsky right now. Thanks for trading me.

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#4 Oilers Coffey
December 29 2011, 01:49PM
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Here we go Oilers here we go! The Nation needs more hard core believers like me and Wanye...forever holding our faith in our beloved Oilers. Oilers finish 2011 blowing the cursed excel out of the lake, 6-2 Oilers win!

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#5 freeze
December 29 2011, 01:55PM
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Have fun Wanye! It will be far more entertaining than the sh¡tanusly bad Oilers hockey we'll see in the next few months.

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#6 ItsTheBGB
December 29 2011, 02:03PM
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Who needs a lady when you have Jordan Eberle.

167-1 Oilers.

Hall with 100 goals, Nuge with 30 and Eberle with 37.

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#7 Dog Train
December 29 2011, 02:04PM
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@Mr Brodziak

Nope, still boring. They're just not trying to be boring anymore.

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#8 Robin Brownlee
December 29 2011, 02:51PM
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Wanye backpacking in Asia. What could go wrong?

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#9 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
December 29 2011, 02:54PM
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i can see the tweets already:

woke up in a bathtub thats filled with ice,looks like a kidney might be missing. #eberlecanfixitsqueee

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#10 Quicksilver ballet
December 29 2011, 02:58PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

i can see the tweets already:

woke up in a bathtub thats filled with ice,looks like a kidney might be missing. #eberlecanfixitsqueee

Don't ya just hate when that happens....

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#11 vetinari
December 29 2011, 03:15PM
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For cryin' out loud, aren't there any other teams in the division to play against? I'm sick of seeing Minney six times BEFORE New Year's.

I find it harder and harder to watch a full Oiler's game... if only they would just cut out the parts that don't involve somebody named Eberle, Hall, Nuge or Smyth being on the ice, I could get by...

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#12 Spaghetti - Team Facalto
December 29 2011, 03:33PM
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At least this is the last time this year the Oil play Minney.

And it's ok to be hater because haters are just confused fans.

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#13 Chris.
December 29 2011, 04:13PM
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Game Day Prediction: The Mighty Oil continue their dominance at the Excel Energy center extending their winning streak on Excel ice to two. 5-3 Oilers.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: The Oilers will spend large portions of the evening in their own zone but Khabibulin will helped out by a young group of D who are willing/able to block a large number of shots.

Not-So-Obvious Game Day Prediction: Justin Falk, cognizant of the fact this is the last time these two teams meet this season, and that they will play in different conferences next season, lays a cheap hit on Eberle very late in the game. (Probably because Eberle burned him badly on at least two occasions on his way to a Hat-Trick) Falk's douchey plan backfires on him a bit when he is traded to Edmonton late February just before the trade deadline in a sensational multi player deal that eventually costs Tambellini his job. Wanye spends the late portions of his Asian adventure tweeting dirty limericks usng Falk's name.

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#14 VK63
December 29 2011, 04:15PM
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Have fun Wanye!!!!!

may your wild seed find fertile ground!!!!!

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#15 sizedoesmatter
December 29 2011, 04:47PM
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It will only be a dull game if they don't dress Darcy Hordichuck.

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#16 Rip van Winkle
December 29 2011, 06:27PM
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Does it look to anyone else like Renney tries to kill off a 4 on 4 rather than try to capitalize on the extra ice with his skill players?

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#17 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 29 2011, 06:32PM
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@Wanye

If you're in kao San road in Thailand make sure u check out the ping pong show. It's not advertised anywhere but they'll find you.

If you make it to the Philippines, Boracay islands is a must.

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#18 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 29 2011, 06:32PM
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Anyone got a feed?

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#19 Maggie the Monkey
December 29 2011, 06:35PM
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@The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33

I can't find one yet. Both of my "go to" sites are showing NBA games on the Oilers' link.

If anyone can help it would be appreciated...

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#20 Rip van Winkle
December 29 2011, 06:36PM
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So much for killing off 4 on 4's

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#22 I tried it at home
December 29 2011, 07:30PM
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Wanye you go have all the fun your eberle-lovin' heart can take (see what I did there) and know you take the second hand dreams and fantasies of ON'ers with you. Now, for the ugly... I can take the 2 goals Minny got, they were stand up legitamite tallys but gods above and below Hordy, cmon buddy, give us something to hang our nonplayoff bound hats unto :(

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#23 a lg dubl dubl
December 29 2011, 07:48PM
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Can somebody tell boozin he's done...Renney sure as hell can't.

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#24 Mr. Brodziak
December 29 2011, 08:40PM
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@Dog Train

Such boring games eh bud. You lose.

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#25 Wanyes bastard child
December 29 2011, 08:59PM
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Rip van Winkle wrote:

Does it look to anyone else like Renney tries to kill off a 4 on 4 rather than try to capitalize on the extra ice with his skill players?

I've noticed that to and it frustrates me to no end, tonight was a prime example given how shoddy the reffing was for both sides. The only real PP we got was the Horcoff high stick because I think that was a bogus call on Hall to end the game. The reffing was just brutal tonight!

All in all though I think we played a decent game for all 60 minutes, a few lucky bounces in the third and it could have been a different game.

But yeah, someone please tell Renney that a 4 on 4 isn't a PK and its ok to throw RNH and Eberle out there and not Lander and Belanger...

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#26 David S
December 29 2011, 09:21PM
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Sooo...how about our D?

*Runs for cover*

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#27 Wanyes bastard child
December 29 2011, 09:31PM
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David S wrote:

Sooo...how about our D?

*Runs for cover*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifmRgQX82O4

;)

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#28 TonyT
December 29 2011, 11:59PM
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Is there any chance that Renney doesn't come back next year? That guy does not coach to win... Also when is Tambo's contract up? I'm 28 and haven't missed more than a handful broadcasts a season since I was 14, but I honestly have not seen a management team so content as the current Oilers brass.

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#29 justwondering
December 30 2011, 10:38AM
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Rip van Winkle wrote:

Does it look to anyone else like Renney tries to kill off a 4 on 4 rather than try to capitalize on the extra ice with his skill players?

At least I am not the only one who notices this! And when was the last time Horcoff won an important face off... I keep saying he is no better than a third liner, and he is proving me right every time he steps on the ice. I love this team but how long till they shake some things up all ready. Getting the #1 pick every year will still not win the cup. I know it has only been 21 years (not 40) but lets get serious here all ready. Hall, Ebs, and RNH deserve some support, or they won't be here long.

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#30 Quinn the Eskimo
December 30 2011, 10:54AM
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Good job my mom wasn't reading over my shoulder when I fired up the Donald Trump video. Oy.

Following you on the twitz, Wanye. Make it count.

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#31 Shaun Doe
December 30 2011, 11:18AM
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justwondering wrote:

At least I am not the only one who notices this! And when was the last time Horcoff won an important face off... I keep saying he is no better than a third liner, and he is proving me right every time he steps on the ice. I love this team but how long till they shake some things up all ready. Getting the #1 pick every year will still not win the cup. I know it has only been 21 years (not 40) but lets get serious here all ready. Hall, Ebs, and RNH deserve some support, or they won't be here long.

Not defending Renny's position but I am pretty sure I heard on a recent broadcast that he is trying to avoid putting two kids on the 4-on-4 as Hopkins and Eberle got torched for two goals against in a game or in back to back games in those situations.

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