GDB 33.0: BATTLING THE BRUINS

Jason Gregor
December 12 2013 12:33PM

The Boston Bruins are not only good on the ice; their marketing team is pretty solid off the ice as well. The Bruins have produced some humourous commercials the past five seasons, and this is one or my favourites. The Oilers aren't a divisional rival, but many Bruins fans have told me they have a healthy disdain for the Oilers due to two Stanley Cup Finals losses in 1988 and 1990.

The Bruins and Oilers are at opposite ends of the NHL standings, and have been since 2007/2008, and the Oilers will need to play their one of their best games of the season tonight, just to keep it close.

The Oilers might catch a break with Tukka Rask battling the flu, but the Bruins are stacked and they haven't lost in Edmonton since October 17th, 2000. That night Dan Lacouture and Brian Swanson scored their first NHL goals in a 6-1 thrashing of the Bruins. Since then, the Bruins have won four straight games in Edmonton including a 3-2 victory in their last visit to Edmonton on February 27th, 2011.

It is hard not to respect the Bruins.

They have skill, size, experience, solid two-way players, great goaltending and they are the toughest team in the NHL led by their captain Zdeno Chara. They don't have any weaknesses, and once again they are sitting first in the Eastern conference with a 21-8-2 record.

The Oilers are playing their best hockey of the seasons, 7-3-1 in their last 11 games, and while they didn't beat up on the top teams in the league, they did grab 15 of a possible 22 points. That is a solid stretch of hockey, but tonight will be a much more difficult task for the Oilers.

The Oilers will need to use their speed, and be disciplined with the puck. They can't continue to turn the puck over, especially on the powerplay, or the Bruins will skate them out of the rink.

LINEUP

Perron-RNH-Eberle
Hall-Gagner-Yakupov
Joensuu-Arcobello-Hemsky
Gazdic-Lander-Jones

Boyd Gordon still isn't healthy enough to play. Ryan Smyth is also banged up, and he'll be a game time decision. Eakins will switch up the PP units. They've been really hot or really cold, similar to the overall play of the team. Since November 5th, the PP is 17 for 71 (23.9%) so it's not like it has been terrible. The production has been great, but the bad giveaways are the issue. 

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

Jeff Petry has been cleared to play. He's an upgrade on Potter, and the Oilers need their best lineup against the Bruins.

Dubnyk

QUICK HITS....

  • It was a subtle message, but Dallas Eakins didn't play Taylor Hall in the final five minutes on Tuesday after Jeff Skinner tied the game. You might say it was only five minutes, but it was the most important time of the game, and I'm sure Hall got the message. I'm curious to see how he responds, especially in the defensive end.
     
  • Eakins did put Hall out for the PP in OT, which was a smart, but not being on the ice for the final five minutes of regulation should get Hall's attention.
     
  • It was interesting to note that Hall got a short stint on the bench, but Sam Gagner, despite some equally bad defensive decisions never missed a shift. Eakins must be giving him some leeway due to the injury, or he wants to keep throwing him over the boards with the hope it builds his confidence.
  • Firing Feaster today makes sense. There is no point waiting until the end of the season to can him, if the Flames knew he wasn't their guy moving forward. You can also expect the Flames' new GM to fire Hartley before the start of next season. The Flames should look at Oilers to see that firing coaches frequently doesn't change much, if you don't give the new coach better players.
     
  • Good luck to all of you in Fantasy Football playoffs...whether you are going for a championship, or trying to avoid losing the Toilet Bowl. Good luck. I have Manning, Decker and Moreno on my team...Please don't pick tonight to have an off night.

TONIGHT....

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Because everyone expects them to lose, the Oilers stun the Bruins with a 4-3 victory. P.S... I put the team logos in front of my son, and whichever one he touches, I go with that team to win. He is 8 days old, and his record is already 2-0.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers lineup has a combined four career goals vs. the Bruins; Hemsky, Perron, RNH and Ference each have one goal. Two Oilers will score their first career goal against Boston tonight.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Now that he isn't a member of the Calgary Flames, the Oilers will give St. Albert native, Jarome Iginla a healthy cheer when he announced over the PA. Iginla will be honoured, and he'll return the favour by scoring a second period goal. After the game, Oilers fans collectively decide never to cheer for an opposing player, who never played for the Oilers, ever again.

DAY TEN...MONTH OF GIVING

Yesterday we raised another $2,800 for Santas Anonymous.

Today we have an excellent and very generous package that was donated to us by The Home Matchmaker Michelle Derk from Remax Elite.

  • Up for grabs is the seller's commission for your house. (In a regular sale half the commission goes to the seller realtor and half to the buyer. So this is $3.5% on the first $100,000 and $1.5% on the balance).

On a $500,000 house that is a value of $9,500.00 just to give you a reference point.

You can bid on this package by calling 780.444.1260 between 2-6 p.m. today.

Thanks in advance.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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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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#251 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:45PM
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Where does Boston keep coming up with these goalies? What a factory.

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#252 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:46PM
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Interesting stat they put up,Gagner was 6th in points since the 2007 draft Perron is 26th.Who would you rather have on your team.Come on stat guys explain to me why you would want Gagner on your team over Perron

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#253 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 09:47PM
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.Arcobello should merit serious consideration for the Calder.

Seriously...when was the last time you saw a Calder eligible player with such well rounded skills?

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#254 OilMan31
December 12 2013, 09:47PM
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I have to say win or lose we have played a great game past the middle of the first period where it looked like we were done.

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#255 Rod from Viking
December 12 2013, 09:47PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

Grabeshkov was another bad signing, brain fart by me, like I said jury is out on the last four, Joensuu's back could be cronic. I also really like the Nurse pick and the effort to try to get a #1 goal tender.

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#256 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:47PM
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Rocket wrote:

Jack Michaels:"Gagner with a shot on net"

Wait, what!?! Gagner is actually playing tonight? Huh, I couldn't tell.

Dubnyk noticed trust me.

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#257 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 09:47PM
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Win or loose...this one of the better games I've seen in a quite a while..

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#258 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:51PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

.Arcobello should merit serious consideration for the Calder.

Seriously...when was the last time you saw a Calder eligible player with such well rounded skills?

Landeskog last year.

edit:Couturier too

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#259 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 09:52PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Landeskog last year.

edit:Couturier too

That's true.

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#260 vetinari
December 12 2013, 09:54PM
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Spydyr wrote:

After tonight's game you have the audacity to defend Gagner?

Man i wish Gagner had balls as big as yours.

At this moment, I trust Perron more and have more faith in him to tie the game up. Gagner needs "a reset". And soon.

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#261 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 09:55PM
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vetinari wrote:

At this moment, I trust Perron more and have more faith in him to tie the game up. Gagner needs "a reset". And soon.

By "reset" you mean a fresh start on another team?

I agree.

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#262 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 10:00PM
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NHL play of the week...Perron's one handed wrap around goal!

NHL fight of the week Gadzik vs Lucic !

NHL comeback game of the week!???

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#263 vetinari
December 12 2013, 10:01PM
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Spydyr wrote:

By "reset" you mean a fresh start on another team?

I agree.

Hey, if trading Gagner can get you anything worthwhile in return that can fill a hole on the team, then do it. And that includes any of the kids.

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#264 Alsker
December 12 2013, 10:03PM
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That almost humorous seeing Arco vs. Chara but godda&n Arco came out with the puck.lol

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#265 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:10PM
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Andy7190 wrote:

Dubnyk is an Oiler killer.

Lowe is an Oiler killer.

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#266 Rotten Ron
December 12 2013, 10:11PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Iginla is an Oiler Killer.

Dubnyk is the killer, Gagner is an accessory.

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#267 cubsfan
December 12 2013, 10:12PM
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nice bed head on jack michaels

definiteley has a face for radio

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#268 **
December 12 2013, 10:14PM
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Well the end result is as expected, but they made it interesting. This stretch of games should be good to see who puts up and who shuts up. Gagner and Dubnyk have no place on this team. Arco, Ebs, and Perron had a great game. Gazdic needs to stay. Joenssu looked like everything we hoped for. Next up: The Tortoranucks.

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#269 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 10:15PM
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cubsfan wrote:

nice bed head on jack michaels

definiteley has a face for radio

Check out Brian Burkes disheveled look at the Feaster press conference.......Burke looks like he's aged 10 years in 6 months!

Really does look like the Mighty Oz!

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#270 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:17PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Check out Brian Burkes disheveled look at the Feaster press conference.......Burke looks like he's aged 10 years in 6 months!

Really does look like the Mighty Oz!

He looks like he was on a bender for a week.

Do him and Eakins have the same barber?

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#271 Andy7190
December 12 2013, 10:18PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Lowe is an Oiler killer.

Too bad you can't trade Lowe for Iginla. He could do Lowe's job and still play on the second line...

Surely Boston could use the help in the Front Office. After all, they only have one ring, not six.

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#272 Loweblows
December 12 2013, 10:19PM
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Why was gagne even on the ice at the end? He tipped it right to a Boston player on top of being on the ice for all previous goals! Why wasn't Arco out? I can't stand Eakins crap anymore!

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#273 cubsfan
December 12 2013, 10:21PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Check out Brian Burkes disheveled look at the Feaster press conference.......Burke looks like he's aged 10 years in 6 months!

Really does look like the Mighty Oz!

yeah he didnt look very 'truculent'......he looked more haggered and tired

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#274 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:21PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Why was gagne even on the ice at the end? He tipped it right to a Boston player on top of being on the ice for all previous goals! Why wasn't Arco out? I can't stand Eakins crap anymore!

But, but Gagner in number six in points from his draft year.

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#275 camdog
December 12 2013, 10:23PM
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Looks like the third group of veterns on this team is about to be shipped out. Smid and now soon to be DD, Gags and quite possibly Hemsky. If things keep going like this Ryan Smyth may be the last survivor. Who would have thought that when the orgnaisation started the rebuild and said the veterans were the problem that it would include each and every player on the entire roster.

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#276 Andy7190
December 12 2013, 10:26PM
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cubsfan wrote:

yeah he didnt look very 'truculent'......he looked more haggered and tired

It's the scotch.

I actually don't think he's been the same since the family tragedy a couple of years ago. But then, who would be.

But he and Eakins apparently use the same stylist.

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#277 PapaMike
December 12 2013, 10:26PM
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Alsker wrote:

Thanks for the recap, damn choked I missed the Gazdic battle. Just not enough of 'em anymore. Well wheres the rum and lets get ready for the third!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hockeyfights.com already has the tilt on its site

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#278 Wohin gehst du?
December 12 2013, 10:27PM
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@Spydyr

Well, if they did that while they were only up 3-2, they aren't actually that great of a team, are they?

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#279 Quicksilver ballet
December 12 2013, 10:28PM
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Things are bad....

Even DSF has quit trying to help right the Oilers woes.

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#280 camdog
December 12 2013, 10:28PM
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@Spydyr

That was a flue ridden team, with injury problems. I was hoping for more tonight. Well at least the debate of Hall for the Olympic team will take a break for awhile. I think it's clear Perron is the best LW on this team.

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#281 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:29PM
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Wohin gehst du? wrote:

Well, if they did that while they were only up 3-2, they aren't actually that great of a team, are they?

I do believe they were up 3-0 after the first.

Set the cruise control win 4-2

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#282 Alsker
December 12 2013, 10:32PM
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@PapaMike

Thx dude...

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#283 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:33PM
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Rocket wrote:

LOL Right because DSF always "helped" things around here.

Maybe DSF is Burke and he has just been busy dealing with the Feaster thing.

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#284 **
December 12 2013, 10:34PM
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Hall: 19:51 Total ice time, 1 hit, 3 shots, 0 points,plus/minus:-4

Gagner: 18:33 total ice time, 0 hits, 3 shots, 0 points,plus/minus:-4, 50% draws

Arcobello: 14:10 Total ice time, 5 hits (most on the whole team), 1 shot, 0 points,plus/minus: 0, 65% draws

No corsi and no fewick because those stats are terrible IMO.

The Oilers are never going to win when Gagner makes the stupid mistakes he does and still plays that much, same goes for Hall on this particular game.

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#285 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:36PM
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Thumby wrote:

Possibly.

But the Oil had a legit push back...you cant deny the "tilting the ice" effect your tough guy gives the team when he feeds his fist to the other teams tough guy!

I vote Gazdik for captain.

The difference in this game is the other teams tough guy can play hockey.Not just be a tough guy.

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#286 Oilcruzer
December 12 2013, 10:37PM
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Let's play a game. You are a GM. I'm MacT. I have my starting goalie and number two centre to offer in a trade. Would you even talk to me?

Probably not.

Does any other GM in the league have that problem?

It's a mess.

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#287 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:41PM
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Spydyr wrote:

The difference in this game is the other teams tough guy can play hockey.Not just be a tough guy.

I liked how our 4th line played tonight...you cant ask more from them.

Let's keep the blame focused on the obvious culprits - Dub, Gag and the crap PP.

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#288 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:42PM
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Thumby wrote:

I liked how our 4th line played tonight...you cant ask more from them.

Let's keep the blame focused on the obvious culprits - Dub, Gag and the crap PP.

This team needs team toughness not one guy on the fourth line.

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#289 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:44PM
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Spydyr wrote:

To bad he never answered the question this summer.The team might not have been out of the playoffs by Halloween.

He tried on Draft day. And at the time I thought his offer to Van was a big ugly overpay but in retrospect, maybe not...then again, we were not going to make the playoffs anyway with our current set of D so might as well have another top pick and see what happens.

Sucks to be an Oilers fan....

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#290 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 10:44PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Guess Hobbits were not invited,Gagner was here "playing " tonight.

His injury wouldn't allow him to travel.

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#291 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:45PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

And they did it with five regulars out and their best goalie apparently so sick he was barely able to sit on the bench.

Our best five players never showed up either.Outside of Perron and our best goalie is on the IR.

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#292 Thumby
December 12 2013, 10:46PM
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Spydyr wrote:

This team needs team toughness not one guy on the fourth line.

And Lucics don't grow on trees...

How's Mitch Moroz doing?

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#293 Ari Gold
December 12 2013, 10:48PM
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Gagner was garbage again. Arco is getting better every game. He's hitting more, skating faster, stronger in the dot.

In the decision of who to keep, is 'being a man' in the criteria? If so, Arco wins hands down.

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#294 Spydyr
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Thumby wrote:

And Lucics don't grow on trees...

How's Mitch Moroz doing?

That was my point exactly.

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#295 camdog
December 12 2013, 10:52PM
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Curious what our coach is going to do when Gordon returns from injury, should be a lively debate...

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#296 **
December 12 2013, 10:52PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

With Dubey, Hemsky, N.Schultz and Gagner off the books later this season, the Oilers would certainly have some space to possibly bring in a top pairing blueliner or two.

Offer Gudbranson a redonkulous 5 yr 22 million dollar leap of faith RFA offer sheet.

Yeah, I'm desperate.

Aside form Ference, the whole blue line and all the goalies are off the books this season.

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#297 Spydyr
December 12 2013, 10:52PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

With Dubey, Hemsky, N.Schultz and Gagner off the books later this season, the Oilers would certainly have some space to possibly bring in a top pairing blueliner or two.

Offer Gudbranson a redonkulous 5 yr 22 million dollar leap of faith RFA offer sheet.

Yeah, I'm desperate.

At least you never said they should trade for Weber.

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#298 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 12 2013, 10:53PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

With Dubey, Hemsky, N.Schultz and Gagner off the books later this season, the Oilers would certainly have some space to possibly bring in a top pairing blueliner or two.

Offer Gudbranson a redonkulous 5 yr 22 million dollar leap of faith RFA offer sheet.

Yeah, I'm desperate.

Actually.....not really that outrageous an idea....would fall in the category of bold...

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#299 **
December 12 2013, 10:53PM
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The Oilers are .333 winning % when outshooting the opposition.

On a different subject, no Gagner's fanboys show up when their boy lays a stinky one and it's still fresh.

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#300 Spydyr
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camdog wrote:

Curious what our coach is going to do when Gordon returns from injury, should be a lively debate...

Isn't it obvious "the braintrust" says Acro sits.

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