GDB 57.0: WHAT NOW?

Jason Gregor
February 17 2012 12:49PM

How sweet would it be if Blade showed up and crushed Edward and Jacob ( I honestly just googled their name, because I've never watched an entire movie or read the book), who seemingly pop up everywhere. Compared to Blade, or Lost Boys, these new  vampire movies are a bore and way too sappy.

I wonder if  you'll feel the same when you walk into Rexall Place tonight. Wednesday night Rexall was jumping. Leafs fans and their kool-aid-drinking, Burke-is-the-greatest, Phaneuf-is-the-man and Kessel-was-worth-it attitude are hard to deal with, but their enthusiasm only made Oiler fans louder and the atmosphere electric.

It felt like a playoff game, and the game was very entertaining, but tonight the Avs are in town, and I don't sense we'll see the same excitement on the ice or in the stands. You can't control how the Oilers play, but as fans you can ensure you do your part and make Rexall a more vibrant, loud, and exciteable building.

Wednesday was very loud, and it will be on Sunday when the Canucks invade Rexall, so tonight it will be up to Oiler fans to make it noisy. You should have lots to cheer about since the Avs are the only NW team the Oilers have had any recent success against. Matt Duchene skated today, but he's unlikely to play. He hasn't played since December 29th, but the Avs are treading water without him at 8-8-3.

LINEUP

Hall - Gagner - Eberle
Paajarvi - Horcoff - Hemsky
Smyth - Belanger - Jones
Eager - Lander - Petrell

Smid - Petry
Whitney - Gilbert
Barker - Sutton

Dubnyk

Theo Peckham is still officially on the IR, but he's ready to play. I guess the Oilers are showcasing Cam Barker, if that is even possible, otherwise it makes no sense to have him in the lineup right now. His confidence is shot right now. His gap control against the Leafs was actually pretty good, however, when he had to handle the puck, especially in his own zone, he looked scared to make a play.

Corey Potter skated hard today and he's hoping to be ready for Sunday or Tuesday at the latest. This is his first groin injury, so they need to be cautious and not rush him back and have him re-aggravate it.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is feeling better, but there is no timeline on his return. Renney said on Monday that he is likely going to hold him back a few days even after he is cleared to play. Nugent-Hopkins is still in the running for the Calder, and if he returns in the next ten days and stays healthy the remainder of the season, I still think he'll be a finalist.

QUICK HITS

  • I asked Shawn Horcoff about the Ales Hemsky situation. "It concerns me a little bit. I'm a big believer in Hemmer. He's a type of player that it's tough to duplicate that type of skill and it (skill) is hard to get. You lose a guy like that and it is hard to replace. Obviously we have young guys that are stepping up and doing the job, but I don't know if you can ever have enough skill up front. The price has to be right and there is economics that go into it, but if I had it my way I'd have him back." Hard to disagree with him.
     
  • Maybe it is a game of cat and mouse, but if I'm the Oilers, I'd put a three-year deal on the table and see what he says. Offering him a one or two-year pact is only a slap in the face.
     
  • The optics of Renney's post-concussion symptoms show you how difficult it is to accurately guage a concussion, but it also make you wonder if some players have come back too soon. I'd like to see teams err on the side of caution more often when it comes to bringing players back from injuries, but I'm doubtful it will ever change.
     
  • Would you like to go to the game tonight? I have a pair of club seats, at centre ice, with a parking pass courtesy of The Pint Off Whyte. To be in the draw you need to LIKE The Jason Gregor Show page and comment on the question. I will announce the winner at 3 p.m. The winner will need to pick up their tickets at the Pint Off Whyte before 6 p.m. (104 street and 81 ave) Good luck.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers are 6-8-4 v. the NW and they'll pull within one game of .500 in their division with a 4-1 victory.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Jordan Eberle notches his 26th and 27th goals of the season. He'll become only the fourth Oiler in the past decade to score 30 goals. Dustin Penner, 32 in 2010, Mike Comrie, 33 in 2002 and Smyth, 31 in 2007 and 36 in 2006. Eberle has an outside shot at becoming the first Oiler to score 40 since Petr Klima  potted 40 way back in 1991.

NOT-SO-OBVIOIUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Since I will be driving to Calgary to get ready to call the Edmonton Rush game on Sportsnet West tomorrow night, I'm sure the game will be outstanding. There will either be a hat-trick, a few bonecrushing hits or a great tilt because I won't be there to watch. Always seems to happen.

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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 Douche Nietzsche
February 17 2012, 07:44PM
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B.Eager should feed fifty fists to the Avalanche.!..

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#52 Copperblueandwhite
February 17 2012, 07:49PM
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@Romulus' Apotheosis

... he only got the $5m kiss year this year, he's been making $4m average (cap hit $4.1) $4.67 per for this guy is a raise...that's my point...maybe someone gives $15 over 3 years for a guy that's scored 25 goals the last three seasons. Teemu Ruutu is a lot cheaper and has scored 40 more points over the same period....Ollie Jokinen, Hejduk, Kostytsin, Grabovski are all free agents...below Ales' salary...just sayin'...I want him to sign,it's his best option...

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#53 DieHard
February 17 2012, 07:51PM
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Eager is a keeper. Glad he's here for 3.

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#54 Wanyes bastard child
February 17 2012, 08:06PM
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What happened to Jones?

Eager has taken his spot on the 3rd line and is now out there on the 4th...

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#55 Wanyes bastard child
February 17 2012, 08:07PM
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nvm... there he is.

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#56 knobby
February 17 2012, 08:18PM
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Man, Dubnyk just can't get out of his own way. Seeing his awkward plays and soft goals night after night must have a major affect on the team's confidence. Is he the #1 goalie going forward. I think not.

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#57 Douche Nietzsche
February 17 2012, 08:35PM
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That was a poor effort getting back into their own zone by 3 out of 5 Oilers on the ice.

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#58 ani
February 17 2012, 08:38PM
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Oilers stink !! Except a few of the good players. Who was it that was supposed to cover their man on the 2nd Av's goal ??? Where the hell was he ?? Daydreaming while his missed assignment scored ???

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#59 ani
February 17 2012, 08:40PM
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What a BS powerplay. Too many moves, too fancy, and nothing to show for it. What a pathetic effort.

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#60 Douche Nietzsche
February 17 2012, 08:43PM
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Easy with the negativity ani.

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#61 Wanyes bastard child
February 17 2012, 08:47PM
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FKNF!!!

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#62 a lg dubl dubl
February 17 2012, 08:50PM
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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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#63 Douche Nietzsche
February 17 2012, 08:51PM
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I swear most of the crowd at Rexall suffers from ADHD and turrets syndrome.

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#64 Douche Nietzsche
February 17 2012, 08:55PM
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"B.Eager stays hot."

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#65 Wanyes bastard child
February 17 2012, 08:56PM
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JONESY!!!

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#66 Newj
February 17 2012, 08:57PM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

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We finally woke up.

Theee Oilers goal, scored by #28, Ryyyan Jonesss!

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#67 a lg dubl dubl
February 17 2012, 09:13PM
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@Newj

lets hope the pp does too

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#68 Douche Nietzsche
February 17 2012, 09:33PM
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Procter & Gamble just released the new slogan for their Bounty products; "Bounty, the only thing softer than a Shawn Horcoff shot."

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#69 Time Travelling Sean
February 17 2012, 09:48PM
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Well pretty disappointing game all in all.

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#70 Romulus' Apotheosis
February 17 2012, 09:57PM
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Well that was a poor effort.

~maybe it's time Hordy got a call?~

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#71 Romulus' Apotheosis
February 17 2012, 10:03PM
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Copperblueandwhite wrote:

... he only got the $5m kiss year this year, he's been making $4m average (cap hit $4.1) $4.67 per for this guy is a raise...that's my point...maybe someone gives $15 over 3 years for a guy that's scored 25 goals the last three seasons. Teemu Ruutu is a lot cheaper and has scored 40 more points over the same period....Ollie Jokinen, Hejduk, Kostytsin, Grabovski are all free agents...below Ales' salary...just sayin'...I want him to sign,it's his best option...

Players and their agents don't care about cap hit. It's an irrelevant # to them. They only care about salary. Cap hits are a GM concern. I could find you a bunch of guys getting paid well out of concert with their cap hits (up or down), it doesn't matter to the player.

If a player is coming off a UFA contract and is 35+ I think you can pretty much guarantee they are going to bite some sawdust and take a haircut. But there is no way a guy like Hemsky coming into his first UFA is going to take a decrease in $. No way.

Let me amend that. If you gave him a huge term. He'd probably dip bellow 5M. otherwise that's going to be the starting point. If ST won't pay up, someone will.

also. Hemsky's not a goal scorer and your time span includes two years punctuated by major injury. A lot of people scored more than Crosby this year... that doesn't impact his value. injury concern does. same with Hemsky (and no I don't think Hemsky = or is > Crosby).

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#72 TonyT
February 17 2012, 10:03PM
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Gagner didn't get a point today...put him on the block.

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#73 Wanyes bastard child
February 17 2012, 10:06PM
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TonyT wrote:

Gagner didn't get a point today...put him on the block.

Neither did Eberle... trade the bum.

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#74 Douche Nietzsche
February 17 2012, 10:06PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Well that was a poor effort.

~maybe it's time Hordy got a call?~

Why? What purpose would that serve? What would have he brought for 3 more goals?

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#75 Romulus' Apotheosis
February 17 2012, 10:10PM
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Why? What purpose would that serve? What would have he brought for 3 more goals?

I fixed it for you. Forgot those ~ things.

(that said. I like Hordy. He makes me laugh. but he won't win you a game. Then again, maybe Record Man's strategy could come into play)

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#76 Oilers4ever
February 17 2012, 10:42PM
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If there is any truth to rumors of the Oilers getting a trade with LA to get Bernier they better do it... I am tired of watching both Dubbie and Khabby blow games for us.. seriously.. how many times has Dubbie cost us goals by f'in up handling the puck out of his net and and it ends up in his. Brutal.. if he won't learn then don't play him.

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#77 knobby
February 17 2012, 11:12PM
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Jones post-game said he just couldn't get into the game tonight. That coming from a guy who is lucky to have an NHL contract and hasn't scored since the Ark was afloat.

The last guy stupid enough to say that into a microphone got his ass kicked out of town. I think his name was spelled A-R-N-O-T-T.

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#78 OILERSORDEATH
February 18 2012, 02:48AM
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Jesus what a gong show, what a piece of sh!t game that was to watch. Absolutely guttless effort wow. Typical Oiler hockey

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#79 Mac962
February 18 2012, 06:37AM
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Gawd- get this season over with. Glad i was pooped and fell asleep for the most part. Piss poor effort is not acceptable-especially at home.

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#80 nunyour
February 18 2012, 10:20AM
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we need a captain like Buchberger was,at least he would get ticked off and fight someone

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#81 Quicksilver ballet
February 18 2012, 10:22AM
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Oilers4ever wrote:

If there is any truth to rumors of the Oilers getting a trade with LA to get Bernier they better do it... I am tired of watching both Dubbie and Khabby blow games for us.. seriously.. how many times has Dubbie cost us goals by f'in up handling the puck out of his net and and it ends up in his. Brutal.. if he won't learn then don't play him.

Me thinks even Marty Turco could've done better than that.

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