GDB 35.0: TRYING TO BRYZ BY THE DUCKS

Jason Gregor
December 15 2013 09:51AM

Ilya Bryzgalov has been cleared to play and should return to the lineup tonight against his first NHL team, the Anaheim Ducks. The Oilers are hoping he injects some life, enthusiasm and even some humour into a downtrodden dressing room.

The Oilers were dominated in Vancouver, and despite a solid 40 minutes against the Bruins on Thursday, the Oilers are 0-2 in their six-game stretch against elite teams. They will need to put forth a much better effort tonight, if they want to avoid being blown out by the red-hot Ducks.

The Ducks have won four straight, and are 7-1-2 in their last ten games and they've only allowed 22 goals in their past ten games. The Ducks finished 2nd in the west last season, and some suggested that their underlying statistics suggested that was a lucky 48-game stretch.

If you combine last year's 48 games with their first 34 this year you see an outstanding 82-game stretch.

The Ducks are 52-19-11 good for 115 points and they've outscored the opposition 248-205. The Ducks are a very good team and despite not having a true dominant #1 D-man, their blueline has been very steady even with Francois Beauchemin missing the last ten games. 

  GP  G  A  P  +/-  PIM  TOI/G
Cam Fowler 34 3 16 19 6 8 24:03:00
Francois Beauchemin 24 0 6 6 15 19 21:54
Ben Lovejoy 32 1 4 5 9 10 20:03
Hampus Lindholm 32 2 8 10 14 12 19:17
Bryan Allen 31 0 6 6 12 34 18:51
Luca Sbisa 9 0 1 1 -5 25 18:00
Sami Vatanen 26 3 4 7 0 12 17:54
Mark Fistric 13 1 1 2 -1 14 15:47
Nolan Yonkman 2 0 1 1 -1 0 14:53
Alex Grant 2 2 0 2 3 2 12:10

Fowler is playing in every situation. He plays 3:15/game on the PP and 2:47/game on the PK. Since Beauchemin went down, he's started playing even more and he's only 22 years old.

Hampus Lindholm played 44 games in the AHL last year as an 18-year old, and at 19 he has stepped into the NHL and performed very well. Ben Lovejoy was acquired for a 5th round pick last February, and he's turned out to be a steal for the Ducks.

They play a very solid game in their D-zone, and when they get the puck Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry take over. Getzlaf is 4th in NHL scoring with 16-22-38, while Perry is 6th with 21-15-36. Both of them are locks to make the Olympic team again, and their line, with Dustin Penner, is carrying the Ducks offensively.

Whoever matches up against that trio tonight is in for a tough game.

The Oilers are 1-5-1 over the past two seasons vs. the Ducks, and they've been outscored 21-8 in those seven games. They've struggled handling the Ducks' size, especially Getzlaf and Perry, and the Oilers will be hard pressed to avoid their 7th loss in 8 games vs. Anaheim.

LINEUP...UPDATE

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Ales Hemsky is out with a rib injury, from the Ryan Kesler hit in Vancouver.

Ryan Smyth will draw in and Eakins will have to change his lines. Gagner will need to earn his way back into the top-nine I suspect, and I won't be surprised to see Smyth back with Gordon and Perron. The Oilers need Hall, RNH and Eberle to match the intensity and determination of Perron. If they do that, this team will have a much better chance of winning more games.

***Update***

Looks like I was wrong...Gagner gets promoted to 2nd line...

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Eakins could switch his pairs and maybe try to match Petry and Ference vs. Getzlaf's line, otherwise Larsen or J.Schultz could be in for some long shifts in the D zone.

Bryzgalov

I'm assuming he starts. The Ducks are one of his former teams, and the Oilers will need a strong performance in goal to stay in this game.

QUICK HITS....

  • Jason LaBarbera must feel like he won the lottery. He struggled in Edmonton, was demoted to the AHL, got recalled due to an injury and then he was dealt to the first place Chicago Blackhawks. When Corey Crawford returns from his injury, I suspect the Hawks will send Raanta back to the AHL and LaBarbera will stay as the back up. The Hawks don't need to rush young players, and they will want Raanta to play more games in the AHL I suspect.
     
  • It was a smart trade by MacTavish. They free up a roster spot, plus it allows them to keep Laurent Brossoit in OKC and share time between the pipes with Richard Bachman. LaBarbera was the wrong choice in the summer, and the Oilers will need to do a better job next year when they go searching for a back up. They can't sign the wrong guy again.
     
  • The Ducks special teams aren't very good. Their PP is 19th and the PK is 21st, but the Ducks dominate teams at ES. They've outscored their opponents 78-55 at 5-on-5. They are 2nd in ES goals in the league.
     
  • The Oilers are almost the exact opposite to the Ducks at ES. The Oilers have given up the most goals 5-on-5, 78, and they've only scored 53. If the Oilers are going to win tonight, they likely will need at least two goals from their powerplay. 

WHAT DO WE SEE....

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers struggles against the top teams continue with a 3-1 loss.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Dustin Penner scores and the Penner supporters say, "I told you the Oilers should have re-signed him."...The fact he is playing with two Olympians won't be mentioned. Penner is a very smart player defensively, and the Oilers could desperately use someone with his size, skill and smarts, but there is no way he'd have the same success in Edmonton as he is having in Anaheim. Plus, I doubt he would want to return to Edmonton.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Nick Schultz scores his first goal of the season. Schultz loves playing the Ducks. He has six goals in 43 career games vs. Anaheim, but he only has 21 goals in 800 games against the rest of the league. Schultz scores on a seeing shot from the point.

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#51 oliveoiler@telus.net
December 15 2013, 02:27PM
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Batfink wrote:

Agree with your comments, but how did you come by your handle? I was Oliveoiler until about a month ago when my password ceased to work. Contacted Wanye with no success. I'm still Oliveoiler on Lowetide.ca, however. Now I know how Madjam felt, but at least I agree with my doppelganger!

sorry! I've been an Oliveoiler for about 10 years, since my grandson gave me the name. It's my email addy and also on the back of my Oilers' jersey. I guess we must be sisters!!! Merry Christmas, GO OILERS!!!

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#52 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 15 2013, 02:36PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

I agree, I think Smyth is a mercy signing as a 13/14th forward so he can retire an Oiler when he chooses to retire. Personally I think he'd be capable in that role, and might exceed expectations. Would like to see MacT get him down to $1 million per season though, on a 1 year deal maximum.

Makes sense.

Personally I think he should retire and get away from this stink.

I love you Smytty you will always be an Oiler great in my eyes. Too bad these last couple seasons have been losing and REEAALLY sorry you missed out on a Cup in LA to be here. You deserve a Ring.

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#53 HardBoiledOil
December 15 2013, 02:48PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Agree about the building a steady defense without a #1 but how many teams win a cup without a true #1?

If Bryz does well and is in position to get another nhl contract after this year, are we sure he will resign here?

Just wondering

valid points! i was assuming the Oilers could just start *winning* with a solid, #1-less defense first, and maybe worry about finding one when they start winning....but i do realize that the Kings, Hawks and Bruins all do have true #1 d-men and have won cups, while the Devils went to the finals without one and didn't win.

as far as Bryz goes, i wonder why everyone on every hockey board i go on thinks that if Bryz shows well here, he's a goner? i understand he said some things about Edmonton in the past, but he's here and hasn't complained at all as far as i know? i'm just not as convinced as some that if he plays well, he'll take the first good offer from someone else and run.

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#54 DanielDee
December 15 2013, 02:50PM
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Gregor, I'm sorry man but you really need to get on top of the proper use of a comma. A pause in speech does not equal comma break.

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#55 TayLordBalls
December 15 2013, 02:54PM
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DanielDee wrote:

Gregor, I'm sorry man but you really need to get on top of the proper use of a comma. A pause in speech does not equal comma break.

a comma is the difference between:

I helped my uncle Jack, off a horse / and

I helped my uncle jack off a horse.

Get it right.

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#56 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 15 2013, 02:55PM
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HardBoiledOil wrote:

valid points! i was assuming the Oilers could just start *winning* with a solid, #1-less defense first, and maybe worry about finding one when they start winning....but i do realize that the Kings, Hawks and Bruins all do have true #1 d-men and have won cups, while the Devils went to the finals without one and didn't win.

as far as Bryz goes, i wonder why everyone on every hockey board i go on thinks that if Bryz shows well here, he's a goner? i understand he said some things about Edmonton in the past, but he's here and hasn't complained at all as far as i know? i'm just not as convinced as some that if he plays well, he'll take the first good offer from someone else and run.

The only thing that makes me weary is that when Bryz was with phoenix and they were rumored to be returning to the peg he stated openly that he would not go he does not want to live in the cold. Temperature wise it is not much different here.

However as one gets older their perspective changes. he said his kids play hockey and figure skate and Edmonton is a very good place for kids who enjoy that.

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#57 Ed in Edmonton
December 15 2013, 02:56PM
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Gregor you wrote "LaBarbera was the wrong choice in the summer, and the Oilers will need to do a better job next year when they go searching for a back up. They can't sign the wrong guy again." Don't you think a higher priority will be when they go looking for a no.1 goalie?

Does anyone know if the bookies will be giving odds on the ratio of shots on goal tonight? i.e. shot by Ducks:shots by Oil. Over under of about 2 would seem about right.

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#58 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 15 2013, 02:57PM
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TayLordBalls wrote:

a comma is the difference between:

I helped my uncle Jack, off a horse / and

I helped my uncle jack off a horse.

Get it right.

I got one from George Carlin

Ranger Dan and his big dog, Dick. or; Ranger Dan and his big dog dick.

Punctuation is fun

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#59 Oliveoiler
December 15 2013, 03:03PM
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When sleeping beauty awakens, all will be well in the Oilers' world, grass will be green all year in Edmonton vehicle plug ins a thing of the past, Flames and Nuks will be bottom feeders and the Oil will slug champers from the cup. We just have to figure out who/where sleeping beauty is and how to wake him up!

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#60 Serious Gord
December 15 2013, 03:08PM
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S cottV wrote:

I agree with the free agent assessment. We are limited in appeal to mostly guys who grew up here and they are coming back for the wrong reasons.

We all know that Edmonton is not the ideal place on the mind of any free agent, from the standpoint of the city itself.

Attracting the right free agents is probably a must, if the Oilers are ever again to be Stanley Cup contenders.

But attracting free agents for the right reasons means the team has be consistently competitive and in the cup race mix for several years and have the kind of high class respected management similar to teams like Detroit.

And we can't do that or at least it will be extremely difficult if we don't sign some of the right free agents - hence my catch 22 analogy.

(Note to self: Great movie - must watch it again soon)

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#61 Oliveoiler
December 15 2013, 03:08PM
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@reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)

As much as I like Ferrance, Smytty should have the "C". If anyone personifies the definition of an Oiler, then Smytty is the real deal. HE needs his statue in front of the new arena, hell, it should even be named after him.

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#62 PeOiler
December 15 2013, 03:10PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

The only thing that makes me weary is that when Bryz was with phoenix and they were rumored to be returning to the peg he stated openly that he would not go he does not want to live in the cold. Temperature wise it is not much different here.

However as one gets older their perspective changes. he said his kids play hockey and figure skate and Edmonton is a very good place for kids who enjoy that.

BelΔnger also said he would not move to Winnepeg, but ended up in Edmonton at the end of the day.

Tow the company line baby.

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#63 bwar
December 15 2013, 03:26PM
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Still trying to decide if its even going to be worthwhile to turn the TV on tonight. The Vancouver game was just depressing.

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#64 Quicksilver ballet
December 15 2013, 03:37PM
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Another men against boys effort tonight. The same pussy Oilers get run over at every opportunity without the Ducks having to break a sweat.

Good thing this throttling won't happen in front of the home folk. Penner with the hatty, in an 8-1 gong show effort.

Keep in mind.... this is progress according to those teets in management. These kids can't bail management out soon enough.

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#65 Oliveoiler
December 15 2013, 03:39PM
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bwar wrote:

Still trying to decide if its even going to be worthwhile to turn the TV on tonight. The Vancouver game was just depressing.

Of course you will, same as I will. Masochists we may be, but we are TRUE fans first. Try reverse psychology - I did with the Avs game, rooted for them until we were up by 3, then changed tactics - it worked YAY!!!! Said 50 Hail Marys afterwards tho, as I was on a guilt trip............. need to go to confession - NAH, not till after the season ends.

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#66 Rod from Viking
December 15 2013, 03:41PM
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There seems to be an extra amount of trashes today, is it because both the Leaf's and the Canuck's won and we are all grumpy or a bunch of trolling going on? Wayne makes a lot of cash on trashes but it would be nice to be able to see who is trashing and propping like Facebook and then people might not be so quick to trash someone. (CWD is going to pay big time on this one)

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#67 Serious Gord
December 15 2013, 03:43PM
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Oliveoiler wrote:

As much as I like Ferrance, Smytty should have the "C". If anyone personifies the definition of an Oiler, then Smytty is the real deal. HE needs his statue in front of the new arena, hell, it should even be named after him.

I beg to differ. Smyth has been unimpressive since re-signing with the oils and really wasn't that great during his Odessey away from the team. He certainly takes nights off; really isn't that chippy; doesn't seem to be much of a mentor or leader.

He is far more myth than reality. But then the same can be said for a lot of players in the oilers past Glenn Anderson being #1 in that regard.

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#68 HardBoiledOil
December 15 2013, 03:46PM
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bwar wrote:

Still trying to decide if its even going to be worthwhile to turn the TV on tonight. The Vancouver game was just depressing.

and boring if you are an Oiler fan. i missed the 3rd period of that game...had things to do, but when i found out i just missed seeing more Canuck goals, and that the Oilers didn't even get ONE goal....AGAIN, i wasn't really surprised and was actually glad i spared myself from having to watch the 3rd.

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#69 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 15 2013, 03:51PM
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PeOiler wrote:

BelΔnger also said he would not move to Winnepeg, but ended up in Edmonton at the end of the day.

Tow the company line baby.

To quote the great Rocky Burnett

"Baby I'm, Tired of towin' the line. If you wanna get rid of me Baby Baby Baby you're doin' fine"

(Should have said to read that in a Morgan Freeman type voice)

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#70 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 15 2013, 03:54PM
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Breezy's gonna have to stand on his head tonight. Not looking forward to watching the boys get thrown around, but Hall and Ebs could learn a thing or two from Getzlaf and Perry, let's hope they're paying attention.

EDIT: Holy run on sentence, Batman.

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#71 I tried it at home
December 15 2013, 03:54PM
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I was just checking out 1260's webpage and their sign on is Eberle teaching cellies at hockey school. My immediate reaction was, "how the hell would he know?". Just goes to show how much these guys have fallen in public perception. 6 million a year for what, again? Oh, and for MacT signing a better choice as back up goalie this summer, as long as he makes a better choice on the number 1, Ill be happy.

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#74 Spydyr
December 15 2013, 04:15PM
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The Oilers can't even get their desktop wallpaper right.It says today's game is on at four . Maybe that is why no one has heard from Lowe.He is busy f-ing up the wallpaper too.

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#75 Spydyr
December 15 2013, 04:19PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Glenn Anderson was a myth who is in the Hall of Fame...His teammates said he was the most clutch player they had, but you say he is a myth. Good one.

Smyth has been a very good player. He isn't great, but no one ever said he was. It is ridiculous that you suggest he is a myth or not a leader. The guy led by his actions on the ice. Showed up, played hard, and never took a shift off for ten years.

The need for you to want to tear a guy down late in his career is pointless.

There is not one player on the Oilers today that even comes close to Anderson.Not a one.

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#76 Rheal1
December 15 2013, 04:26PM
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I tried it at home wrote:

I was just checking out 1260's webpage and their sign on is Eberle teaching cellies at hockey school. My immediate reaction was, "how the hell would he know?". Just goes to show how much these guys have fallen in public perception. 6 million a year for what, again? Oh, and for MacT signing a better choice as back up goalie this summer, as long as he makes a better choice on the number 1, Ill be happy.

Couldn't agree more. Kevin Lowe's job will be done after the team moves to Seattle. A few of the kids will demand trades soon. That remains my big fear. Someone has to show Smith & Bucky the door now. That may be the only bold move this year... BTW Galchenyuk playing great again in the 1st vs Florida right now on TSN-Habs...

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#77 Rama Lama
December 15 2013, 04:28PM
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When we were looking for a goaltender and MacT heard Labarbara's name..........exactly what made him think this guy would help us? For that matter what made Mac T think that signing Ference would make us better?

I know that when I heard their names, nothing about these players got me excited. It has been well documented that we need strong and large puck moving defensemen to help our little forwards out. Mac T has some sould searching to do........he ran Penner out of town, and since we have not found any forwards with size that can do what he can do.

I'm sure that he will be licking his chops as well as Cogs!

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#78 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 15 2013, 04:36PM
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@Rama Lama

Barbie played worse than he ever had when he was here. His numbers suggested a suitable backup, as Dubey's numbers suggested he was an average starter. Guess numbers aren't everything, eh.

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#79 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 15 2013, 04:51PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Glenn Anderson was a myth who is in the Hall of Fame...His teammates said he was the most clutch player they had, but you say he is a myth. Good one.

Smyth has been a very good player. He isn't great, but no one ever said he was. It is ridiculous that you suggest he is a myth or not a leader. The guy led by his actions on the ice. Showed up, played hard, and never took a shift off for ten years.

The need for you to want to tear a guy down late in his career is pointless.

THANK YOU!!!! Grew up watching Anderson play in the 80's Dude was awesome. Who at that time didn't get chills when he broke in on the wing? It was gonna be a goal or a glorious crash or both. He knew how to pay the price.

Smytty has been a fantastic Oiler and i just hate that he has to get painted with the stink that this franchise has become.

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#80 Spoils
December 15 2013, 04:58PM
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@HardBoiledOil

two of the nucks DMen were basically waiver pick ups and the nucks looked like they were playing National Hockey Premier League.

Oilers seriously NEED to be better.

Toews had a stanley at 22. Gretz had 92 goals at 21.

They have shown glimpses, they need to want it A LOT more.

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#81 brad
December 15 2013, 05:03PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I beg to differ. Smyth has been unimpressive since re-signing with the oils and really wasn't that great during his Odessey away from the team. He certainly takes nights off; really isn't that chippy; doesn't seem to be much of a mentor or leader.

He is far more myth than reality. But then the same can be said for a lot of players in the oilers past Glenn Anderson being #1 in that regard.

Sure, Captain Canada was more myth than reality... how old are you? Did you see him in his hayday? I think not my friend.

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#82 Serious Gord
December 15 2013, 05:14PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Glenn Anderson was a myth who is in the Hall of Fame...His teammates said he was the most clutch player they had, but you say he is a myth. Good one.

Smyth has been a very good player. He isn't great, but no one ever said he was. It is ridiculous that you suggest he is a myth or not a leader. The guy led by his actions on the ice. Showed up, played hard, and never took a shift off for ten years.

The need for you to want to tear a guy down late in his career is pointless.

Anderson shouldn't be in the HOF - nor should several others (Clarke Gilles comes to mind) a life-long second liner who got to play against other teams second line with mess as his center man. Only a dozen or so more points than theo fluery who played super-tough first line minutes and isn't in the HOF.

As for his teammates pumping his (and by connection, their) tires is hardly surprising and surely you don't take their word for it.

As for Smyth - he was an effective player back in the day - never said he wasn't. But please point to evidence that he was ever a team leader other than by example and while he may have never taken a shift off in his first ten years he certainly has since so what message/leadership does that give his current teammates? And even though he has faded skills wise there remains nil evidence that he has assumed the role of mentor/leader. Thus the commenters claims above are based on myth not fact.

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#83 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 15 2013, 05:17PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Anderson shouldn't be in the HOF - nor should several others (Clarke Gilles comes to mind) a life-long second liner who got to play against other teams second line with mess as his center man. Only a dozen or so more points than theo fluery who played super-tough first line minutes and isn't in the HOF.

As for his teammates pumping his (and by connection, their) tires is hardly surprising and surely you don't take their word for it.

As for Smyth - he was an effective player back in the day - never said he wasn't. But please point to evidence that he was ever a team leader other than by example and while he may have never taken a shift off in his first ten years he certainly has since so what message/leadership does that give his current teammates? And even though he has faded skills wise there remains nil evidence that he has assumed the role of mentor/leader. Thus the commenters claims above are based on myth not fact.

This is a troll right? cause if not then WOW...Just WOW

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#84 vetinari
December 15 2013, 05:37PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Anderson shouldn't be in the HOF - nor should several others (Clarke Gilles comes to mind) a life-long second liner who got to play against other teams second line with mess as his center man. Only a dozen or so more points than theo fluery who played super-tough first line minutes and isn't in the HOF.

As for his teammates pumping his (and by connection, their) tires is hardly surprising and surely you don't take their word for it.

As for Smyth - he was an effective player back in the day - never said he wasn't. But please point to evidence that he was ever a team leader other than by example and while he may have never taken a shift off in his first ten years he certainly has since so what message/leadership does that give his current teammates? And even though he has faded skills wise there remains nil evidence that he has assumed the role of mentor/leader. Thus the commenters claims above are based on myth not fact.

Let's take a quick look at 'ol Glenn...

Glenn Anderson,

Regular season stats- 1129 games, 498 goals, 601 assists for 1,099 pts.

Playoffs- 225 games, 93 goals, 121 assists for 214 points.

4 time NHL All-Star

6 Stanley Cups

@Serious Gord, buy some eyeglasses my friend because THAT is what a HHOF career looks like...

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#85 **
December 15 2013, 05:52PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

This is a troll right? cause if not then WOW...Just WOW

Sadly, no, he just thinks he is right.

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December 15 2013, 05:53PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Glenn Anderson was a myth who is in the Hall of Fame...His teammates said he was the most clutch player they had, but you say he is a myth. Good one.

Smyth has been a very good player. He isn't great, but no one ever said he was. It is ridiculous that you suggest he is a myth or not a leader. The guy led by his actions on the ice. Showed up, played hard, and never took a shift off for ten years.

The need for you to want to tear a guy down late in his career is pointless.

Serious Gord is just having a senior moment today.

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December 15 2013, 05:56PM
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8-0 Ducks, I'm calling it.

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So Arcobello has one bad game, where everyone else had one bad game, and he gets demoted right away. And then you sit your biggest dman for a game against one of the biggest teams. Eakins is a fu$%#ng joke

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#89 Spydyr
December 15 2013, 06:02PM
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vetinari wrote:

Let's take a quick look at 'ol Glenn...

Glenn Anderson,

Regular season stats- 1129 games, 498 goals, 601 assists for 1,099 pts.

Playoffs- 225 games, 93 goals, 121 assists for 214 points.

4 time NHL All-Star

6 Stanley Cups

@Serious Gord, buy some eyeglasses my friend because THAT is what a HHOF career looks like...

What those stats fail to show is he was the most fearless forward going to the net I have ever seen.In the time when nets were held in the ice with pipes.

He took absolutely no crap from anyone.More then a few times oppositions players got hit by a "errant" high stick trying to run him.

Finally..."weebles wobble but they don't fall down ."He was the hardest guy in the NHL to knock down.

Oh the memories.

Edit : talk about serendipity post 89 a player who is almost a mirror opposite when it comes to playing hard and being hard to play against.

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#90 Hockey fan 1976
December 15 2013, 06:09PM
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Two things

A) Gene Principe is a tool and can't stand him and b) wtf is Gags doing on the second line yet again?

Well, here we go, practice time for the Ducks!!!

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#91 YFC Prez
December 15 2013, 06:14PM
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Hey congrats Ducks faithful. You're booing the right Schultz this time around.

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#92 YFC Prez
December 15 2013, 06:18PM
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Nice. I love seeing those three together.

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#93 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 15 2013, 06:18PM
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What an absolutely filthy redirect from Nuge.

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#94 Reg Dunlop
December 15 2013, 06:19PM
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How about that! Shoot the puck and sometimes it goes in. It is so odd to see a tender in the oiler net that moves, follows the play and isn't on his knees when the opposition crosses the blueline.

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#95 Rocket
December 15 2013, 06:20PM
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Wait. The Oilers are winning? Huh, allrighty then.

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#96 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 15 2013, 06:25PM
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So why hasn't Bryz painted the mask yet, I wonder?

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#97 YFC Prez
December 15 2013, 06:26PM
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What's going on. They're shooting. Getting to the net. Finishing checks. And hustling back after. Aggressive forcheck and backcheck.

This team confuses me nightly. Edit : let's see if it keeps up now that it's tied

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#99 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 15 2013, 06:41PM
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Doth mine eyes deceive me, the Oil look like a real team so far.

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#100 vetinari
December 15 2013, 06:45PM
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Did Petry just plow Cogs in front of our net? Maybe it's all a conspiracy and the defence only plays for goalies they like?

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