GDB 23.0: GOING STREAKING

Jason Gregor
November 19 2013 01:24PM

Old School is one my favourite movies. Mitch, Frank "The Tank" and Beanie were an excellent combination of sarcasm, smarts, idiocy and yearning to re-live youth.

Frank ended up going streaking by himself, and ends up getting picked up by his embarrassed wife and her fan full of friends. Classic.

If the Oilers plan to start their own winning streak, they will need more than one guy leading the charge. The Oilers haven't won two straight since winning on the road in Ottawa (Oct 19th) and in Montreal (Oct 22nd). That is the only positive streak the Oilers have been on all season, and considering they haven't won at home since October 7th, it would a refreshing change for the home fans to see a solid effort.

The Oilers have lost six straight at home and they've been outscored 23-3. That is embarrassingly bad. You can't sugarcoat it.  They are 1-7 at home, they've been outscored 32-11and their only win came in a shootout. It is time the Oilers start rewarding their loyal fans with a good effort, and hopefully some offence.

The Oilers have scored one ES goal at home in the last 360 minutes. One, and it was scored by a defenceman, Justin Schultz, late in the game vs. Washington. How is that even possible? What makes it even more concerning is that you are supposed to get favourable matchups at home, yet lately Sutherby and Strudwick are more likely to score than the Oilers forwards.

The fans pay big bucks and despite the awful start, they are still coming to the games. No more excuses, no more talk of moral victories, who cares about shots for or against or scoring chances. Just work harder and score. Go to the damn net, pay the price and shoot the puck.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Gordon-Perron
Jonesuu-Acton-Gazdic

Belov-J.Schultz
Ference-Petry
N. Schultz-Potter

Dubnyk

Justin Schultz returns to the lineup after missing eight games due to a groin injury. Schultz will help moving the puck out of the zone, but he needs to shoot the puck in the offensive zone. Philip Larsen had 19 shots in 8 games, and he helped make the PP better. Schultz has 20 shots in 14 games, and I'd like to see him shoot more often rather than look to pass.

PARTING SHOTS...

  • Look for the Oilers weakside D-man to start pinching again. In Florida they stopped pinching, because the forwards weren't making the right decision, which led to too many odd man rushes. When the D-man pinches it is vital that the high forward make the right read and not be too low in the zone. The 3F (high guy usually) has to anticipate when the weak side D is going to pinch, and he needs to swing high in the zone and shade over to that side.
     
  • Have Oilers fans become adverse to hard plays. I can't believe Andrew Ference is taking grief for his fight with Lee Stempniak. Stempniak crushed Ference with a hard hit; Ference was annoyed by it and elected to go after Stempniak. The Oilers rarely push back, and when one finally does, some fans actually complained about it. Go back and watch tapes of the Oilers in the 80s, do you think they were choir boys all the time? They were incredibly skilled, but they also were tough and didn't let teams take advantage of them.

    If anything, Oiler fans should be excited that they have a player who is wiling to stand up for himself. He took matters into his own hands. This team needs more guys to play with an edge or emotion.
     
  • David Perron is the only forward who has an ES point in the last six home games. We've focused a lot on the lack of a top-pairing D-man, which is true, but until this group of forwards can sustain a cycle in the offensive zone they will struggle scoring. It is time the forwards started carrying their weight on home ice.
     
  • READ THIS....We would like to sell out DJ Suitcase today. So as a bonus, we will do a draw today at 5:45 from everyone who bought a ticket. The winner will get a pair of seats to tonight's Oiler game and Thursday's. The party will be fun, and now you will have a chance to go to two Oiler games. Buy your DJ Suitcase tickets here. All proceeds go to The Inner City Children's Program. Good luck and thank you.

LOOKING AHEAD....

 

GAME DAY PREDICTION: At some point they have to win at home don't they? The Oilers record for consecutive home losses is 9, between October 16th, 1993 to November 24th, 1993. That was a span of 39 days. The Oilers last home win this year was October 7th, a span of 43 days. The season ticket holders, mini pack holders or single game buyers deserve a win. Oilers shock all of us with a 6-2 win.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Hall gets two points. He has 11 points in 8 career games vs. the Blue Jackets.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After hearing all the talk about whether the Oilers should have drafted Ryan Murray instead of him, Nail Yakupov scores a pair of goals, and crushes Murray with a heavy hit. After the game Yakupov says it was nothing personal, but also points out that if the Oilers had drafted Murray that J. Schultz likely wouldn't have signed in Edmonton. That ends the "what if" debate about who they should have drafted. 

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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#101 Johnnydapunk
November 19 2013, 08:12PM
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Is this the Bryz effect ??

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#102 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 09:18PM
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@camdog

I used to really enjoy stuaffer. He was one of my favorites. It's really amazing and sad how he has changed. He is a very intelligent man, he has to know the fans can see through his tripe.

Edit: I figured that wasn't for me. But had to chime in

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#103 druds
November 19 2013, 09:25PM
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*THUMP*

sound of drunken broken body hitting the inside of the oiler victory train! ...

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#104 vetinari
November 19 2013, 10:03PM
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Hopefully there are some scouts in the stands this evening so that MacT can finally find a trade partner and make some 'bold' moves...

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#105 Devolution
November 19 2013, 11:44PM
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DSF wrote:

Nice win...means absolutely nothing.

Actually, it might not mean nothing. A win against Florida Thursday might finally convince some of the stragglers that playing the system can be a good thing.

You may be right that the win on it's own is meaningless but it could be the start of a slow buildup to respectability. Chicago will be the litmus test.

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#106 Oier Al
November 19 2013, 02:32PM
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@Primo

Let me remind you spaghetti bender that fighting is also allowed in hockey. Stepniak got his clock dentures reset in grande style. He should run and stay away from fighting...in fact stay away from the NHL... no turtles allowed.

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#107 VK63
November 19 2013, 05:08PM
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so nick shultz gets to pull the sled tonight eh. Poor guy.

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#108 WTF
November 19 2013, 05:52PM
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Cmon Gregor, Ference freaking attacked Stempniak. Yea he's so tough, he gets flattened by a clean hit, sees it was a small guy who hit him, so he throws his gloves off and begins throwing punches.

Yea real tough.

This is the problem with some Oilers fans these days, they are too desperate for any kind of pushback/physicality.

Ference fighting wasn't impressive.

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#109 albertaboy19
November 19 2013, 06:21PM
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Primo wrote:

Someone should remind the timid Ference that this is the NHL and body checking is allowed. That was the reason he was let go by the Flames, other than being a small man who couldn't take a hit he simply was not good enough skill wise.

Speaking of Ference funny how he plays for the 'Oil'. In the off season he is a crusader for tree hugging and anti-oil protests. He is opposed to Oilsands development and plays for a team in the centre of Oil development. Glad he plays for an inept teamm that last week set a new modern day record for consecutive shut-out losses on home ice!

Happy losing Oiler fans....your inept team deserves the timid Ference!! hahaha!

Can't tell if your serious or an idiot. I'll go with an idiot. Stop trolling and being a giant baby. Bout time someone stands up for this team, or himself. Who cares if the hit was legal or not, it's about sending a message. You don't like it, go hide under a bridge....TROLL

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#110 Harlie
November 19 2013, 07:14PM
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? wrote:

So today in the NHL, if you hit a guy, 100% clean, and he gets angry and wants to fight, you have to oblige? Wow, that sounds like Don Cherry's code.

When it comes to guys like Lapierre/Burrows who will bite fingers,etc, yea they should have to back it up. But Stempniak made a clean hit.

If you allow guys like Ference to attack smaller guys who hit them, then good luck ever seeing guys like Eberle or RNH try to make a big hit. If they did, *insert name here* would destroy them, just like Ference did to Stempniak.

Thats not fair.

NHL.com is your friend Todd.

Lee "chiclets" Stempniak is 1 inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than Ference.

Poor little chiclets wasn't any smaller. Dazed and confused at the time I'll give you that, but there was no size advantage or anything like that.

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#111 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:44PM
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Justin Azevedo. This squeeeees for you

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

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#112 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 07:45PM
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bearsfan wrote:

I gave my seats away today....if the oil dont show up for games, why should I?

Signed tier 1 fan, soon to be tier none fan

Can I have your seats next game?! I will gladly go watch a free oilers game.

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#113 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:05PM
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Good pp. good pk. 2 first period goals out shooting the jackets 137 to 1....oilers are playing one heck of a good period so far. I'm baffled.

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#114 Alsker
November 19 2013, 08:11PM
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WTF!!!! Maybe I should go back outside, 3-0, un f*ckin real...lol....Love Bryz touque on the bench.

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So, who are these guys in the blue? For all the teams that have owned the oilers for years (Det, Col, Dal, Min, recently Van) at least there's one team we can beat regularly. Thank you Columbus

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#116 vetinari
November 19 2013, 08:51PM
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If Ebs earns a "ssssquuuueeeeeee" when he scores, does Perron earn a "Ppppeeeeeeeeeeeeron?"

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#117 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 09:46PM
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omfg sammy. shot it right at him lol

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#118 Dog Train
November 19 2013, 10:10PM
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Best game the Oilers have played in years. Regardless of what happened yesterday or what tomorrow will bring, I have learned not to take wins, especially well earned wins, for granted. I am going to enjoy this victory.

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#119 LoweBlow
November 19 2013, 10:12PM
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Dog Train wrote:

Best game the Oilers have played in years. Regardless of what happened yesterday or what tomorrow will bring, I have learned not to take wins, especially well earned wins, for granted. I am going to enjoy this victory.

I don't think I'd agree that it's the best game they've played in years. Certainly the best result. Though they had unbelievable puck luck tonight. All the bounces they've spotted the other team went in tonight.

I'll take it.

A win like this was long over due.

Where was this a month ago, hockey gods??

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#120 camdog
November 19 2013, 10:13PM
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michael wrote:

When have Gaborik and Horton ever been healthy enough that you can rely on them to play 82 games? Columbus should be spending their cap dollars on guys will actually play.

As an Oiler fan I don`t have in it me to criticize other organisations for relying on players that spend a good portion of their careers on the injured list.

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#121 BigE91
November 19 2013, 02:39PM
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The most disturbing thing about this GDB is that I'm certain Gregor has used the Stress Reduction graphic before.

God help all Oiler fans.

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#122 oilers2k10
November 19 2013, 02:55PM
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I cannot believe it! Jason Gregor predicted something positive about Yakupov!

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#123 forsoothed
November 19 2013, 03:56PM
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Overpaying season seat holder here :(

The tickets are sold, but folks must be skipping the games these days. On Friday vs SJ, our row was only 1/2 full with loads of open seats around us... night and day with last year. I expect there will be even fewer actually in attendance tonight.

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#124 Mac962
November 19 2013, 04:02PM
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S cottV wrote:

No question Maurice over Eakins. Probably could have even brought Maurice in with Eakins as an Associate - if - MacT liked Eakins that much. Maurice has NHL experience and coaches a structured two way game. Exactly what this group needs, to start winning consistently. Just because you have some potential top end NHL calibre offensive players, doesnt mean you run and gun and swarm all over the place. Patience and pick your spots to run and gun on the foundation of solid 2 way system play - is what a guy like Maurice could have brought to the table.

Yup- Totally agree, Maurice brings more to the table, not that Eakins never will, just not yet.

This team just needs proper pieces - better pieces in those critical and so hard to find bottom 6 - and top 4 D. We just are not good enough or rather well rounded enough.

60 meaningless games just kills me, especially when nothing is being done to fix it. Other teams make trades, they always find a way. But not the Oilers. Wouldnt Versteeg been a nice pick up ?

Now i am babbling waiting for puck drop.

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#125 Mac962
November 19 2013, 04:24PM
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Smokey wrote:

Not just Versteeg. How about Raymond, CLutterbuck, Cooke, Bolland, Beniot Pouliot...Heck throw in Jagr too, I said we should pay him 5 million. Glad I wrong on a guy producing .80 per game.

I would like to know if whale hunting for Clarkson got in the way of signing value contracts, or if they even chased any of them. MACT never missed the boat, he never saw it in the first place...

Him and Eakins have there heads in the same place...and its stinky.

True that. but you know what. From what i have seen, i am sooo glad we did not sign Clarkson to that contract. He is ok , but just not worth that coin. Kind of like Horc was here.

Raymond - what a steal. Matt Cooke- he would fit in nice for a year or 3.

Shoulda - Woulda - coulda - but the Oilers new seem to be able to make that type of trade.

60 games of going nowhere and we won't make moves or give up a kid and lets draft another superstar left. Wow.

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#126 Dave
November 19 2013, 04:31PM
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Yes should be ARCO in and Gagner out. Like to hear Mr.Gregor's opinion on this subject.

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#127 Shredder
November 19 2013, 04:49PM
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Hey, I'll start caring about games about 15 games or so after the Oilers start caring.

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#128 bwar
November 19 2013, 04:52PM
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TRADE EVERYONE. ABANDON SHIP.

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#129 ?
November 19 2013, 06:02PM
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Todd wrote:

Who is complaining about Ference's fight with Stempniak? I can't fathom any Oiler fan having an issue with what he did. Its stunning. WTF?!?

Our captain sent a message. If you watch the tape he gave Stempniak plenty of time to defend himself. But he wasn't asking him to fight. There was no option. You hit me like that, you fight. Kudos. We need more of this.

I for real can't even play devils advocate and try to find any reason any Oiler fan wouldn't love what he did. I get Flamers didn't like it. Much like we didn't like Regher smashing Hemsky's face through the end boards for 5 years.

People complaining about this play are probably the ones yelling SHOOOOOOOOOOOT at the game.

So today in the NHL, if you hit a guy, 100% clean, and he gets angry and wants to fight, you have to oblige? Wow, that sounds like Don Cherry's code.

When it comes to guys like Lapierre/Burrows who will bite fingers,etc, yea they should have to back it up. But Stempniak made a clean hit.

If you allow guys like Ference to attack smaller guys who hit them, then good luck ever seeing guys like Eberle or RNH try to make a big hit. If they did, *insert name here* would destroy them, just like Ference did to Stempniak.

Thats not fair.

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#130 **
November 19 2013, 06:28PM
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I loved how Eakins backpedaled when he said that it would be hard for Arcobello to knock out of the lineup other guys who are established nhlers. I n the pre season he was all about earning ice time. This guy is terribly inconsistent with his message to the players.

Dubnyk elevated his play when he felt steps on the roof form Bryzgalov. Now Eakins has pretty much assured the underachievers on the team that they are safe and won't be held to the same standard as other newcomers, even if one of them is third in scoring.

Dallas Eakins and Craig Mac Tavish disappoint me more and more as the season progresses.

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#131 bearsfan
November 19 2013, 07:39PM
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forsoothed wrote:

Overpaying season seat holder here :(

The tickets are sold, but folks must be skipping the games these days. On Friday vs SJ, our row was only 1/2 full with loads of open seats around us... night and day with last year. I expect there will be even fewer actually in attendance tonight.

I gave my seats away today....if the oil dont show up for games, why should I?

Signed tier 1 fan, soon to be tier none fan

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#132 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:57PM
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Joel wrote:

does anyone have a link to watch the game?

http://firstrownow.eu/watch/222409/1/watch-edmonton-oilers-vs-columbus-blue-jackets.html

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#133 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 08:31PM
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Shut up Gene, lets watch some hockey

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#134 YFC Prez
November 19 2013, 08:37PM
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Hauk15 wrote:

Yakupov looks like the Yak from last year tonight, excitement in his stride!

Agreed. Eberle looks like eberle of two years ago also

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#135 LoweBlow
November 19 2013, 09:14PM
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I'm not sure if I should be pleased. I'm jaded....

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#136 Randy
November 19 2013, 09:50PM
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Nice to see they are beating an AHL team tonight Gaborik and Horton not playing

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#137 Hauk15
November 19 2013, 10:37PM
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Hopefully they play this good vs CHI on monday, a win over a great team would be big for these guys.

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#138 pkam
November 19 2013, 03:01PM
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Mac962 wrote:

We all thought signing Eakins was awesome. Based on what we have all seen to date and some of the decisions he has made would you have rather had Paul Maurice or Dallas Eakins.

Trash me if you think it should have been Eakins.

Prop me if you think Maurice would have been a wiser choice.

Yeah, lets dress Acton and sit Arco - good call Eakins.

Did you watch Paul Maurice answer in TSN when asked about Dallas? I seem to remember that he had only good things to say about Dallas.

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#139 Mac962
November 19 2013, 03:06PM
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pkam wrote:

Did you watch Paul Maurice answer in TSN when asked about Dallas? I seem to remember that he had only good things to say about Dallas.

I did, they are good friends. Maurice though should have been the guy with this group. IMO - Easy to sit here and say that , i understand. Just some of his decisions make me scratch more than my head.

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#140 pkam
November 19 2013, 03:17PM
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Mac962 wrote:

I did, they are good friends. Maurice though should have been the guy with this group. IMO - Easy to sit here and say that , i understand. Just some of his decisions make me scratch more than my head.

It seems to me not just Dallas made those head scratching decision, MacT, Renney and Kureger all did the same sometimes. And you can find Canucks and Flames fans said the same about Vigneault and Sutter.

Probably why they are NHL head coaches and we are not.

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#141 Cynic
November 19 2013, 04:46PM
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You're right. Why would Oiler myopians have an issue with that assault.

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#142 Serious Gord
November 19 2013, 05:18PM
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Randaman wrote:

You talk like we never get cheap spotted. Open your eyes. You want figure skating, change the channel.

I oppose the practice regardless of who commits it.

Apparently you Favour it.

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#143 Zarny
November 19 2013, 06:42PM
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Smokey wrote:

Not just Versteeg. How about Raymond, CLutterbuck, Cooke, Bolland, Beniot Pouliot...Heck throw in Jagr too, I said we should pay him 5 million. Glad I wrong on a guy producing .80 per game.

I would like to know if whale hunting for Clarkson got in the way of signing value contracts, or if they even chased any of them. MACT never missed the boat, he never saw it in the first place...

Him and Eakins have there heads in the same place...and its stinky.

You apparently missed the memo that Edm is the 29th most popular FA destination in the NHL.

I like all of the players on your list but none of them has ever expressed any interest in Edm.

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#144 DSF
November 19 2013, 07:31PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Best trade made by the oilers in a very very long time.

Yes, but it speaks very poorly about their drafting.

That they have to throw in a high second round pick to trade a top 10 pick for a 26th overall pick is kinda sad.

Given how well STL drafts, that could be the deciding factor.

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Hauk15 wrote:

Yakupov looks like the Yak from last year tonight, excitement in his stride!

His best period that I've seen all year. By far.

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Hauk15 wrote:

Yakupov looks like the Yak from last year tonight, excitement in his stride!

Triple post. I feel shame. Two minutes.

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#147 LoweBlow
November 19 2013, 08:32PM
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Well. This wasn't expected.

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#148 Floyd Jiveson
November 19 2013, 08:55PM
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This is soooooo prime!!!!!!!!! Best game SO FAR. If we just keep up the pressure in the 3rd it will be a good lead in to next game.

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#149 DSF
November 19 2013, 09:49PM
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steelymac wrote:

Great game!!!! But DSF should be here soon to tell us we are beating a sub par team.We will all agree they are not the Sharksbut dam they look good.

You nailed it.

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#150 michael
November 19 2013, 10:02PM
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whoop whoop!!!Squeeeeeeeeeee. Hall baby!

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