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

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#102 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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#103 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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#104 YFC Prez
December 15 2013, 06:46PM
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Even though it's tied that was a very good road period against a very good team. Oilers actually look like they belong in the NHL tonight.

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#105 Reg Dunlop
December 15 2013, 07:10PM
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Debrusk: 'Goaltenders are a lot tougher than people give them credit for'. When, in the history of televised hockey, has any commentator questioned the toughness of a tender who exposes himself to damage by 100mph pucks daily? What a moron.

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#106 Reg Dunlop
December 15 2013, 07:42PM
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Everytime I see Eakins I think of MacT dressed in a white lab coat saying one point twenty one gigawatts.

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#107 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 15 2013, 07:43PM
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Thread the needle, boys. Seeing lots of passes going off skates tonight.

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#108 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 15 2013, 08:20PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Gagner 85 % on the dot. Is this real life ?!

aaaand scores as well. niiiice

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#109 Batfink
December 15 2013, 08:53PM
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oliveoiler@telus.net wrote:

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!!!

Missed game due to kid's xmas party. That's what the Oilers have reduced me to. Rather spend time round screaming spoilt brats than watch the game...Wait, that's still the oilers, isn't it? 10-4 on the name good buddy, merry xmas to you too!

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#110 Comrade GT
December 15 2013, 09:00PM
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If we could put in great efforts like than consistently we could scratch and claw our way to .500. Its not the playoffs but at least it will be a good building block going into next year. As appose to these new mini rebuilds that happen every time a new coach is hired.

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#111 MessyEH!
December 15 2013, 10:52AM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

For every good decision MacLooselips makes, he also makes a horrendous one. I expect more of the same going forward with predictable results.

Perron trade +. Smid trade a big WTF-.

I really hope there was a future considerations secret hand shake in there somewhere.

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#112 john
December 15 2013, 01:04PM
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HardBoiledOil wrote:

good point was made by Gregor though....despite not having a true #1 d-man, the Ducks are winning! yes, it helps to have Teemu, Getzlaf, Perry...but their defense has been very steady. this is what i believe the Oilers need to focus on....instead of endlessly obsessing about getting a #1 d-man, the Oil should try to build a good, solid defense like the Ducks have. you really can win without a true #1 d-man.

If the Oilers already had several solid defensemen on the roster then I would agree with your point but being that they only have 1,(Ference & even that's debatable), it would take at least 1 if not 2 stud defensemen to restabalize one of the weakest blue lines in the NHL.

BTW, can they change the name of "Oil Change" to "Bad Oil" or is it too late?

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#113 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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#114 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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#115 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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#116 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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#117 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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#118 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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#120 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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#121 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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#122 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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#123 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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#124 ubsfan
December 15 2013, 06:55PM
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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.

dude youre so negative.......didnt your parents hug you as a kid....i havent heard or read anything positive from you on the radio or this website.....lighten up man....

mind you not much positive to talk about this years version of oilers

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#125 Serious Gord
December 15 2013, 07:05PM
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brad wrote:

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

I'm 51. Saw lots of him. That was then this is now. And now he is not what he was then.

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#126 YFC Prez
December 15 2013, 07:18PM
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Rocket wrote:

Wow this game got chippy fast. Glad to see a little push back from The Oilers.

Anyone know kassians address. I think he deserves some Christmas cards. His lack of class last game just may have been the mouse that finally sank the ship. They look like a team. Let's see them kill this one off for Potter.

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#127 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 15 2013, 07:32PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

He was a good - not great - player and every team he played on treated him as such.

The HOF is a joke and Anderson being in it is proof - much as Clark gillies is in because of his role in the NYI dynasty.

Everyone was right your not a troll. Sorry to engage here

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#128 G-Unit
December 15 2013, 07:40PM
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Rocket wrote:

I couldn't see who it was but an Aneheim defender lays a hit from behind on Hall who crashes into the boards and there is no call.

Potter does the same and he gets a game. SMH

As usual the player that hit Taylor Hall was Taylor Hall

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#129 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 15 2013, 08:35PM
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aaaaaand another loss. may have to look at demoting Arco and swarming some stuff and be accountable and things and stuff and junk....

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#130 Serious Gord
December 15 2013, 08:52PM
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Jay wrote:

So when they suck next year will Lowe and the assistant coaches finally leave?

From your fingertips to gods eyes...

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#131 Quicksilver ballet
December 15 2013, 08:56PM
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I Remember the Orange Jerseys wrote:

You asked about the orange jerseys in a previous thread. This was their original road jersey during the WHA years.

I'm aware of that. I was just wondering why we're seeing them at United Cycle now. CCM made them, wasn't sure if the Oil were introing a new third in the near future.

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#132 Dog Train
December 15 2013, 09:13PM
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We played hard but I can't help but feel like the Ducks weren't on their game tonight. We made plenty of mistakes that they didn't make us pay for. Another night, another loss. At least Bryz gives me some confidence that we might win the odd game.

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#133 dvasteroid 76
December 15 2013, 11:28AM
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Gagner Hemsky and Marincin for Subban Petry Eberle Jones for Tavares and pick

Wait for Yakimov Nurse and Chase

(Putting it out there. ..in hopes universe responds)

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#134 Serious Gord
December 15 2013, 12:45PM
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Anaheim is due to lose. Perhaps today is the day.

5-4 oil. Bryz plays very well and the regular set will begin the "MacT is a genius for getting him" refrain.

As for attracting a first line defense men via free agency - for get it. No high end player is moving to EDM while the current management is in place. Name one reason besides a ridiculous overpay why a top end player would chose to come to EDM to play the potentially best years of their career? It's catch 22 replete with Katz playing orsen Welle's brig gen deedle and Klowe playing bob newharts major major.

The only route is via a trade - probably sending low cost prospects back for an over pay.

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#135 Jerry
December 15 2013, 12:58PM
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82 games is a long season, teams pace themselves and bring their A game to some games and then there is the B game. Oilers rarely see the other teams A game. Teams try not to underestimate the Oilers because they are bad team.

Anaheim will do enough to win.

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#136 S cottV
December 15 2013, 01:14PM
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@Serious Gord

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.

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#137 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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#138 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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#139 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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#140 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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#141 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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#142 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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#143 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 15 2013, 06:52PM
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Sportsnet panel thinks continuity is important... Eakins will show em.

Sorry negativity slipped out

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#144 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 15 2013, 06:56PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

I gotta throw it out there even though it's not really all that fair with the season he's had so far. With the benefit of hindsight would you keep Gags and send Cogs packing like they did or would you still like to see cogliano with the oil and Gags elsewhere.

Props for Gags. Trash for Cogs.

Lol. I always wanted to do one of these.

I believe cogs needed a new team. gain a different perspective perhaps (or actually be in a good organization that can develop players)

Gregor has made mention on his show several times that some of the youngins will be traded and I believe this is true.

Hypothetical: What if Dubnyk ends up in Phoenix next season under Sean Burke as goalie coach. Could he be fixed?

And if so would there be ramifications here in the coaching staff?

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#145 Serious Gord
December 15 2013, 07:39PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

So, if Messier played 2nd line centre behind 99 HE doesn't belong in the HOF?

Messier was second behind the third best player in hockey history (Orr and Lemieux being one and two) so he got the great benefit of second line minutes to pad his numbers but he was a dominant player on every team he played for.

Anderson played behind kurri - big difference and he never played first line anywhere.

As for sundin mentioned above he was the second best swede to ever play for the leafs. But he was also the softest 6'5" player of his era. Got a lot of easy points when the leafs were often awful.

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#146 Serious Gord
December 15 2013, 07:57PM
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Jason: fowler might not be a dominant first line defenseman, but he's a pretty good one - he'd be a shoo-in number one on the oil.

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#147 MessyEH!
December 15 2013, 10:48AM
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We need a real top pairing defenseman. Suban would look great in Oilers silks. Habs still don't use him as a true #1 and he'll want, and get a lot more cash next year., The Yak and this year's 1st may fetch us Suban.

He's still a restricted free agent. Maybe an offer sheet of 6x7 mill. (Then let the Habs talk trade with us.)

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#148 Rama Lama
December 15 2013, 11:47AM
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dvasteroid 76 wrote:

Gagner Hemsky and Marincin for Subban Petry Eberle Jones for Tavares and pick

Wait for Yakimov Nurse and Chase

(Putting it out there. ..in hopes universe responds)

I'm totally for that trade...........it's time to make a play for PK Subban.

We know that the Canadiens would love to have Yaks join his pal Galchenyuk, but I suspect they would rather take Perron!

Just putting it out there?

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#149 S cottV
December 15 2013, 12:27PM
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@HardBoiledOil

I know this won't be popular but you showcase him too much and he takes one of several offers out of the north pole.

Blend in both Bryz and Dubnyk and continue to hope they both play well off of each other.

If they do - a better chance to sign one or both at a reasonable amount.

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#150 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
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HardBoiledOil wrote:

good point was made by Gregor though....despite not having a true #1 d-man, the Ducks are winning! yes, it helps to have Teemu, Getzlaf, Perry...but their defense has been very steady. this is what i believe the Oilers need to focus on....instead of endlessly obsessing about getting a #1 d-man, the Oil should try to build a good, solid defense like the Ducks have. you really can win without a true #1 d-man.

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

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