WHEN DO YOU PLAY KHABIBULIN?

Jason Gregor
January 29 2013 11:30AM

The Oilers have placed Yann Danis on waivers, because Nikolai Khabibulin has declared he is ready to play.

The big question is when do you play Khabibulin?

The Oilers can't play Devan Dubnyk all 48 games and with a road trip that includes three games in three and a half days we are going to see Khabibulin at some point.

The Oilers play in Phoenix on Wednesday, San Jose Thursday and then a matinee Saturday in Denver.

What will Krueger do?

OPTIONS

He splits the back-to-back games between Khabibulin and Dubnyk.

He plays Dubnyk in Phoenix and Khabibulin in San Jose, or vice versa.

He plays Dubnyk Wednesday and Thursday and then gives Khabibulin his first start v. Colorado.

WHAT I SEE

San Jose is red-hot, I don't see why you'd feed Khabibulin to the Sharks (hello Gene). 

I'd start Dubnyk in Phoenix, because getting a win to start the road trip is important, and Dubnyk was great over the final 40 minutes last night.

I'd also start him in San Jose.

Dubnyk is young and playing back-to-back shouldn't be that big of an issue for him, plus it is against one of the hottest teams in the league, and the team that lit him up last week. I'd want to see how he rebounds against the Sharks, but also how he handles a back-to-back scenario.

Also, if you let Khabibulin start in Colorado that would give Dubnyk three days off, Friday-Sunday, so if he is fatigued he can rest then.

Khabibulin hasn't started a game since March 30th, 2012. He hasn't won a game since February 11th, 2012. He will either be rusty or going off adrenaline and play well. Playing against his former team, Coyotes, isn't a factor at this point considering he hasn't played for them since 1999.

You might look at his career record v. the Coyotes, 9-4-1 with a 1.91 GAA and .931 SV%, and say he has to play there, but you'd be mistaken. He's only faced Phoenix once as an Oiler and he lost. He gave up three goals on 17 shots on March 11th, 2011, so the "former team" angle doesn't work in this scenario.

THE OTHER SIDE

Some will suggest that the Oilers best chances of winning are in Phoenix and Colorado so why not play Dubnyk there and give Khabibulin the Sharks. If you end up winning that is a bonus.

I doubt any team, especially a young one like the Oilers; enter a game believing they will lose. You could play the odds and suggest the Sharks are the toughest opponent, and on paper they are, but we've all witnessed many games over the years where a team that shouldn't win ends up winning.

I'm not a believer in the loser mentality, instead I'd want to see my how my goalie of the future responds and reacts against one of the best teams in the league.

KRUEGER TACTICS

I've been impressed by some of Krueger's strategies. I like how sometimes he uses quick changes on his powerplay, and then brings out one of his PP units right after the PP. I also like how he is wary of not overplaying his veterans.

I'm curious to see what strategy he will employ with his goaltenders.

What would you do, and why?

QUICK HIT

  • Theo Peckham will travel with the team and he has been added to the 23-man roster. Ben Eager will have to be moved to IR to make room on the roster. The Oilers will carry 13 forwards, 8 D-men and 2 goalies until Ryan Jones or Ben Eager return.

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#51 Romulus' Apotheosis
January 29 2013, 01:56PM
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I can't think of a good reason not to send Peckham to OKC for conditioning.

Terrible move.

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#52 James Cole
January 29 2013, 01:56PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

I saw a few tens in the crowd. None of them Octane Cheerleaders by the way.

Agreed!!Oliveoilers somebody get that girl an octane top!!!!!!!!!! The girl behind Tippet was my fav part of the game

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#53 mlcselli
January 29 2013, 01:57PM
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I would definitely let Dubby redeem himself against the Sharks. It would be a great confidence builder for him to pull off a win. I know Habby needs some time in goal, but the fans unfortunately wouldn't have confidence in him. If I was making the call, Habby would not start any games, but could end up finishing a few. Oilers need wins and I think Dubby is their best option. Good luck to the Oil.

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#54 book¡e
January 29 2013, 01:57PM
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thefullnelson wrote:

Sadly, my friend, Tamby is anything but fast! When Bulin starts laying eggs Tambi will give a mostly non-sensical interview where he'll mumble about poise and how the club thinks Bulin can replicate his amazing start from the other year.

When it's time to make meaningful moves, we'll give the ball to MacT. Let Tambi do what he does best... nothing.

Yes, if only Tambellini had managed this team differently over the past four years. I mean, look how hopeless the Oiler's future appears. A smarter, non-dithering individual like Daryl Sutter or Jay Feaster would have made more trades and signed some veterans, even if he had to give a load of NTCs to get them, and built a competitive team.

That there are people here who think that Bishop and Danis are somehow clear upgrades on Khabibulin suggests that there are people who are not paying attention.

If Khabibulin fails then just bring Danis up from the minors and use him as a backup.

Danis cleared minors last year and is playing far worse this year - what's the concern?

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#55 Ducey
January 29 2013, 01:58PM
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Mr DeBakey wrote:

"What part of Danis' previous play justifies having him as an NHL backup."

Before this season; 49 NHL games, 2.69 GAA, .912 Save %.

Last year, including the hot streak, NicK; 40 NHL games, 2.65 GAA, .910 Save %.

Well, to be fair, Danis' NHL career stats go all the way back to '05-'06. Not that relevant.

This year he has struggled in the AHL as his save % is .905. He hasn't done anything this year to suggest he would be better than NK.

Even if he was better, the difference wouldn't be enough to justify paying NK $3.5 M in the AHL.

The best case senario is for Danis to get hot in the AHL and NK to do a good job in the NHL. The Oilers can then flip NK at the deadline and bring up Danis.

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#56 Old Retired Guy
January 29 2013, 02:10PM
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This early in the season, its not about back to back starts......its about generating confidence and positioning for a bounce back after a loss......

Start Dubnyk against Pheonix. If he wins, start him against San Jose.

If he loses against Pheonix, then start Habby against the Sharks and let Dubnyk bounce back against Colorado.

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#57 Phixieus666
January 29 2013, 02:10PM
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thefullnelson wrote:

Sadly, my friend, Tamby is anything but fast! When Bulin starts laying eggs Tambi will give a mostly non-sensical interview where he'll mumble about poise and how the club thinks Bulin can replicate his amazing start from the other year.

When it's time to make meaningful moves, we'll give the ball to MacT. Let Tambi do what he does best... nothing.

Hey man Tambi is doing what is needed. Nobody whats to play for a management team that doesn't believe in them and expresses it publicly. Management has to support their players regardless of whats happening. If you don't you get a situation like the whole Souray deal.

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#58 DieHard
January 29 2013, 02:11PM
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He's young. Hasn't played a back to back yet; it's been every other night. Play him against Phoenix and then San Jose. If he gets lit up early in SJ put Khabibulin in then he plays Colorado. If he plays full game in SJ then he and coach can discuss Colorado.

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#59 tileguy
January 29 2013, 02:21PM
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Just wondering, has there been any mentoring between yak and bulin? That may answer all.

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#60 jonny94
January 29 2013, 02:24PM
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DieHard wrote:

He's young. Hasn't played a back to back yet; it's been every other night. Play him against Phoenix and then San Jose. If he gets lit up early in SJ put Khabibulin in then he plays Colorado. If he plays full game in SJ then he and coach can discuss Colorado.

I agree with this fully. Let Dubnyk play.

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#61 The Goalie 1976
January 29 2013, 02:25PM
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thefullnelson wrote:

Sadly, my friend, Tamby is anything but fast! When Bulin starts laying eggs Tambi will give a mostly non-sensical interview where he'll mumble about poise and how the club thinks Bulin can replicate his amazing start from the other year.

When it's time to make meaningful moves, we'll give the ball to MacT. Let Tambi do what he does best... nothing.

Very True! Sad, but true.

I disagree with those here who feel Habby can be a effective backup. Willis would have to confirm, but I recall an article with his stats after last Christmas were something like 1 win in 16 games. This guys hasnt played good hockey in over 1 year.

That's why I want to start him asap, so we can waive him, or injure him, and get a proper backup for games down the stretch that really matter.

We need a backup that can play 8-12 games, and win 6 of them. Habby hasnt won 6 games since the hot start last season. That's something like 3 weeks of good hockey in 1.5 years ....

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#62 The Soup Fascist
January 29 2013, 02:34PM
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To answer your question, Gregor:

When they play hockey in Hades.

I don't see why you would WANT to play him. Obviously, Khabby will not be an Oiler next year. Presumably, neither will Olivier Roy. So you need an NHL calibre goaltender next year anyway.

Surely, there is a deal to be made with a team rich in goatending for a veteran backup with a reasonable contract or a guy who has not had an opportunity due to depth at that position. When that happens you pay Khabby to stay home - I know it is Mr. Katz's money, not mine.

Until then play Duby until he drops. If Khabby never sets foot on the ice as an Oiler, I am fine with that. I have heard he is a good teammate, good in the room - wonderful. He is no longer an NHL calibre goaltender and the season is far too short to let him confirm that.

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#63 vetinari
January 29 2013, 02:36PM
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My first preference would have been to instead waive Khabibulin, keep Danis and then play Danis in the Phoenix game with Dubnyk batting cleanup in SJ and Colorado. As it stands, I would throw Khabibulin to the Sharks because as a veteran, if he wins, it's a confidence booster and if he loses, it's not likely to affect him the same away as it would Dubnyk.

As for Peckham, instead of having a Potter/Fistric tug-of-war for playing time, we can instead have a Peckham/Potter/Fistric Mexican standoff. Something's got to give in this equation and we need to move one of Peckham or Potter for a defenseman who doesn't have to clear waivers and is too good to be buried long term in the AHL but may not be ready for day-to-day NHL duty.

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#64 Old Retired Guy
January 29 2013, 02:37PM
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It looks to me like Oilers management is still in evaluation mode. Why would you make a change/trade when you still haven't established whether Dubnyk can be a legitimate starter? I think they wait until the offseason to sort out thier Goaltending needs (or at least until the trade deadline).

This 48 game season is make it or break it evaluation time for Dubnyk. Until then, I think they'll stay status quo.

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#65 The Goalie 1976
January 29 2013, 02:51PM
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Old Retired Guy wrote:

It looks to me like Oilers management is still in evaluation mode. Why would you make a change/trade when you still haven't established whether Dubnyk can be a legitimate starter? I think they wait until the offseason to sort out thier Goaltending needs (or at least until the trade deadline).

This 48 game season is make it or break it evaluation time for Dubnyk. Until then, I think they'll stay status quo.

You are likely correct. They have to decide on trading for a starter or a backup.

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#66 thefullnelson
January 29 2013, 02:54PM
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@book¡e

Actually, it's kind of funny. When I say Tambi is best at doing nothing, I meant it, and it's almost-sort-of a compliment.

We have the roster we do because he was able to resist the urge to improve the team for an extra two years. Not many GMs could sit and watch their team blow donkeys all year then sign Eager, Belanger and Potter (oh God let's not forget Barker). Not many GMs could watch a squad struggle with obvious roster holes without making any serious attempts to address any of them.

We really are lucky we have Tambellini because no one else could have kept us so terrible for so long!

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#67 Chris
January 29 2013, 03:02PM
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thefullnelson wrote:

Actually, it's kind of funny. When I say Tambi is best at doing nothing, I meant it, and it's almost-sort-of a compliment.

We have the roster we do because he was able to resist the urge to improve the team for an extra two years. Not many GMs could sit and watch their team blow donkeys all year then sign Eager, Belanger and Potter (oh God let's not forget Barker). Not many GMs could watch a squad struggle with obvious roster holes without making any serious attempts to address any of them.

We really are lucky we have Tambellini because no one else could have kept us so terrible for so long!

Its so true, and I'm not sure if Tambo should be slapped or patted on the back. I loathed him for years due to dithering, assessing and waiting. But now I'm happy. I wonder if he was a slow dithering fool OR really smart. Hmmm.

I suppose the future will tell. Because he can't sit on his hands any more. He needs to start being a real GM and doing things now.

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#68 Rob...
January 29 2013, 03:12PM
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It'd be awesome if Oil Change had a reality segment based on Khabibulin and how he handles having a bad game... they can call it Khabi Boo Boo.

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#69 oliveoilers
January 29 2013, 03:19PM
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James Cole wrote:

Agreed!!Oliveoilers somebody get that girl an octane top!!!!!!!!!! The girl behind Tippet was my fav part of the game

If you enter boobs behind tippet on a popular search engine, you will find a whole sub-culture devoted to the mystery lady in Phoenix. Fact.

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#70 Crooked
January 29 2013, 03:27PM
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I would probably play Khabi if Dubnyk lost a game of hot potato with a live grenade. Other than that, I wouldn't.

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#71 Oiler Al
January 29 2013, 03:32PM
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My vote is : Dubby= Pheonix and San Jose Habby= Colorado

Dubnyk is young and should be able and must play back to back games... many guys do. Besides, he will have the 3 days rest after that.

You have to see what is left in Habbys tank , before you go chasing trades at this stage. Besides who will give you their prime goalie anyway.? Big Lou is not the answer for the Oilers either.. bad contract, and he would never come to Edmonton, Its about 50 deg. to cold for him.

Also lets really find out what Dubnyk is made of? He has not really proven his No. 1 status and salary at this point.

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#72 Phixieus666
January 29 2013, 03:36PM
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@The Soup Fascist

Hades is an individual not a place. He was god of the underworld.

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#73 Phixieus666
January 29 2013, 03:42PM
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vetinari wrote:

My first preference would have been to instead waive Khabibulin, keep Danis and then play Danis in the Phoenix game with Dubnyk batting cleanup in SJ and Colorado. As it stands, I would throw Khabibulin to the Sharks because as a veteran, if he wins, it's a confidence booster and if he loses, it's not likely to affect him the same away as it would Dubnyk.

As for Peckham, instead of having a Potter/Fistric tug-of-war for playing time, we can instead have a Peckham/Potter/Fistric Mexican standoff. Something's got to give in this equation and we need to move one of Peckham or Potter for a defenseman who doesn't have to clear waivers and is too good to be buried long term in the AHL but may not be ready for day-to-day NHL duty.

I don't know man, Potter actually looked decent last night. Whitney has been the guy catching my eye and not in a good play. He keeps making big mistakes and a lot of them are leading to goals. At this point I almost think trading Whitney would make sense. I'd like to see how Fistric and Potter are as a pairing though.

I don't know what it is with Whitney, foot speed doesn't seem to be the issue but the decision making and timing is just completely out of wack.

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#74 vetinari
January 29 2013, 04:11PM
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@Phixieus666

@P666 - to me, I'd rather keep Pottery and Fisty (isn't that the only way they do nicknames now?) and move Peckham. As for Whitney, I'd give him another month to see what his top end is and then decide his fate/role with the team. In a cap world, no one would take a gimpy $4M/year player off your hands anyways.

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#75 Hammers
January 29 2013, 04:16PM
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WHY wasn't Habby sent to OKC for a 2 game conditioning stint and the same goes for Peckham . Danis probably deserved a shot at 1 game . Tambellini & Co ????????

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#76 Oiltimer
January 29 2013, 04:19PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

Hades is an individual not a place. He was god of the underworld.

Hades is both: initially brother of Zeus and Poseidon and the god of the underworld, among other things. Adopted by Christianity as a place for the spirtis of the dead ... see wikipedia

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#77 James Cole
January 29 2013, 04:22PM
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@oliveoilers

I'm checking that out!! There was a girl last night in Edmonton behind the Colorado bench that was hot hope she's back next game!

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#78 Walter Sobchak
January 29 2013, 04:27PM
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@book¡e

It's not that some people are not paying attention, it's more of what do the Oilers do moving forward.

Khabibulin is done after this year and I Believe Danis is a UFA next year or the year after, not to mention Danis is a career AHL goalie only capable of short term fix for NHL.

Bishop is 26 and is a capable NHL back up right now. He will push Dubnyk were as Khabibulin and Danis won't.

If Bishop doesn't work out long term then you have both Roy and Bunz developing.

Bishop does make sense long term, I agree he's not a significant upgrade right now, however long tern he does. Besides you can't bring Danis up just cause Khabibulin falters, he would have to clear waivers again with the possibility of being taken by another team, unless Khabibulin is injured.

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#79 James Cole
January 29 2013, 04:34PM
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@Phixieus666

Did you see her right behind the bench hottie ya octane is rank dude

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#80 Phixieus666
January 29 2013, 04:36PM
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@Oiltimer

hate to break it to ya but anyone can go and edit wikipedia, also in Christianity everything was originally written in Hebrew, the word Sheol very generally translates to Dades but is used in a context of punishment.

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#81 Phixieus666
January 29 2013, 04:37PM
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@James Cole

She need to be an Oilers Trainer and travel with the team. Call it PR and Morale support.

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#82 Oiltimer
January 29 2013, 04:43PM
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@Phixieus666

The bible locations are offered there if you want to chase it further. Neither a mythic god nor a biblical reference to a place are an individual. But this is a hockey blog not mythology or religious studies.

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#83 Phixieus666
January 29 2013, 04:46PM
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Oiltimer wrote:

The bible locations are offered there if you want to chase it further. Neither a mythic god nor a biblical reference to a place are an individual. But this is a hockey blog not mythology or religious studies.

Did you seriously just say that a mythic god isn't an individual? You just used God as a noun for a person......

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#84 Rama Lama
January 29 2013, 05:06PM
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book¡e wrote:

Yes, if only Tambellini had managed this team differently over the past four years. I mean, look how hopeless the Oiler's future appears. A smarter, non-dithering individual like Daryl Sutter or Jay Feaster would have made more trades and signed some veterans, even if he had to give a load of NTCs to get them, and built a competitive team.

That there are people here who think that Bishop and Danis are somehow clear upgrades on Khabibulin suggests that there are people who are not paying attention.

If Khabibulin fails then just bring Danis up from the minors and use him as a backup.

Danis cleared minors last year and is playing far worse this year - what's the concern?

Could not agree with you more. What is very frustrating is we ( Oilers Fans) know what the shortcomings of the team is........that being we are small.

Where this will bite us is in the playofff. As far as I can recall we have been small for over three year now so it's very surprising that we have not been able to find a forward out there via trade. I look at Vancouver who knew that they needed a physical player wo could play in the top six. What did they do.....they went and found one.

What did Tamby do, he went and found Eager! Mr. Dither can only be confused with Mr. Incompetent.

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#85 Oiltimer
January 29 2013, 05:14PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

hate to break it to ya but anyone can go and edit wikipedia, also in Christianity everything was originally written in Hebrew, the word Sheol very generally translates to Dades but is used in a context of punishment.

Whatever you think ...

I made no reference to any "God" as a person nor as an individual ... that was you. Using the term "mytic god" does not necessarily convey humanity to the subject. I would argue that mythic anything is just that ... a fable. But some dictionaries sugest "fictitious person" which sugests human characteristics for that subject.

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#86 michael
January 29 2013, 05:23PM
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Play Dubby till he drops.This is his 9 th year in the organization. Its all or nothing after the contract the Oilers shelled out for him this summer. Number 1 money should be playing until he drops. DD needs to show the organization that he is the guy. Not Khabby. Not Danis. I am Kreuger I go to DD and tell him you play till you tell me you can't. This isn't about NK anymore. His show is done and tambo should be scratching the cheque to buy him out. Its bs that he still on the roster. For what. His body of work as an Oiler has been woeful. Its time for DD to do assume the number 1 role. You don't pay back ups 3.75 million.

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#87 The Soup Fascist
January 29 2013, 05:24PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

Hades is an individual not a place. He was god of the underworld.

Hades can reference the mythical god of the underworld or the domain he ruled. It is the definitive synonymn for "Hell". Feel free to break out a Thesaurus.

If still not acceptable to you, Poindexter, kindly substitute the word "H-E-Double Hockey sticks".

My point remains the same. Find a new tender and bid a fond "до свидания" to Khabby.

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#88 @Oilanderp
January 29 2013, 07:00PM
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For me it doesn't really matter that much who is between the pipes in the short term. The focus should be on getting defensive assignments straight and knowing who to cover when someone moves out of position briefly. THAT is much more important for this young team than who is left in net to save their butts when they give up yet another wide-open opportunity.

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#89 Talbot17
January 29 2013, 07:13PM
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When do you play him? never. or rarely. Dubnyk is capable and has stated he can play back to backs, wants to, and wants the chance. I see his capability turning into a Kipper type role like Calgary has going. Its a short season, let him get this time to run with the full time role for once. I would not give Khabby more than 9 games this year.

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#90 james cole
January 29 2013, 07:23PM
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@Phixieus666

Buddy!! Agreed! I think she was with some dude but smoking hot. They should have showed her more octane less just find some cuties in the crowd and forgot about those chicks lol

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#91 Harlie
January 29 2013, 07:59PM
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In Soviet Russia, you don't play the Khabibulin, the Khabibulin plays you.

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#92 Romanus
January 29 2013, 09:07PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

So gotta throw this out there. TOR apparently may be considering a rebuild more like the Oil did although slightly different given that they do have a fair few pieces already. But mention the likes of Kessel, Phaneuf, and Bozak to name a few might be up for trades being that they will be UFA's after the season and may demand too much.

I think Phaneuf and Bozak would be two guys that Edm should look at. What would you offer to get the likes of those two?

I think swapping out Whitney for Phaneuf would do amazing things to the Oilers defense. Could you imagine Phaneuf and J Schultz on a line. Big Nasty with possibly one of the best offensive D-men in the last decade.

What if Whitney, one of Marincin/Gernat, Horcoff, a first rounder in 2014 and a 2nd in 2013 could get you those two? Maybe throw in the rights to Omark or add another prospect? maybe they want Gagner instead of Horcs, if thats the case I'd take Marincin and Gernat off the table. The Oilers totally have the pieces, at least I think, to make a deal like that.

So if the Leafs are looking at changing things what would you do?????

No thanks on Phaneuf.

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#93 Romanus
January 29 2013, 09:09PM
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James Cole wrote:

Did you see her right behind the bench hottie ya octane is rank dude

They seemed to downgrade the octane this year. Not sure where they found some of them m

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#94 Romanus
January 29 2013, 09:17PM
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Chris wrote:

Its so true, and I'm not sure if Tambo should be slapped or patted on the back. I loathed him for years due to dithering, assessing and waiting. But now I'm happy. I wonder if he was a slow dithering fool OR really smart. Hmmm.

I suppose the future will tell. Because he can't sit on his hands any more. He needs to start being a real GM and doing things now.

We could have had a shoot from the hip,guy like Burke. Definitely more entertaining but not sure of his skill in building a team.

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#95 Mikey
January 29 2013, 09:17PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Could not agree with you more. What is very frustrating is we ( Oilers Fans) know what the shortcomings of the team is........that being we are small.

Where this will bite us is in the playofff. As far as I can recall we have been small for over three year now so it's very surprising that we have not been able to find a forward out there via trade. I look at Vancouver who knew that they needed a physical player wo could play in the top six. What did they do.....they went and found one.

What did Tamby do, he went and found Eager! Mr. Dither can only be confused with Mr. Incompetent.

Dude you know he was being sarcastic right??

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#96 Mikey
January 29 2013, 09:24PM
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Romanus wrote:

We could have had a shoot from the hip,guy like Burke. Definitely more entertaining but not sure of his skill in building a team.

He is 2/3 for cup winning teams...

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#97 Dog Train
January 29 2013, 10:59PM
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I would also start Khabby on Saturday against the Avs. This Coyotes games is really important to get this road trip started off right. The game in San Jose will be tough but it seems like pretty much every year we go to the Shark Tank and our goaltender steals us a game that we don't deserve to win. Dubnyk should get a chance to bounce back against a team that embarassed us. Fear can be a great motivator. The Colorado game is the closer on the road trip and by then I think that Dubnyk will need the break. Also, afternoon games always seem to be a bit sleepy and we have lots of scorers who play well against the Avs.

I'm a little surprised that Peckham wasn't sent to OKC for a conditioning stint. I don't think he deserves to be in the lineup anytime soon so he might still end up in OKC briefly when somebody like Ryan Jones gets healthy.

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#98 James Cole
January 29 2013, 11:22PM
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They need to recruit that girl sitting behind the av's bench. Every time they showed her I actually paid attention!

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#99 The Soup Fascist
January 30 2013, 12:13AM
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Mikey wrote:

He is 2/3 for cup winning teams...

He won with the Ducks and promptly ran them into the ground. Who is the second cup winner I missed ?

To my knowledge the Canschmucks and Leafs have never won the cup - under Burke's watch - at least since I have been alive.

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#100 Brendan Adams
January 30 2013, 09:27AM
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Ideally, he wouldn't play at all. I don't think it's even worth the risk in a shortened season. Alas, it's clear that management thinks there is some value on having him rather than Danis on the team. That value, I think, has more to do with OKC needing a decent goaltender than the Oilers needing Khabibulin. If never isn't an option, let him take Colorado. Phoenix was a huge problem for the Oil last year and San Jose is on a complete tear. Colorado is the safe bet.

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