GDB 38.0: Perron Sees His Old Team

Jonathan Willis
December 21 2013 01:36PM

The Edmonton Oilers return to Rexall tonight to face David Perron’s old squad, the St. Louis Blues, in what will be the first of three meetings between the teams.

The Trade

Craig MacTavish hasn’t had a perfect start to his tenure as general manager, but he’s done some nice things and been willing to make improvements when opportunity has come along. One of those opportunities was Perron, who became available as the Blues needed to cut salary to re-sign players like Alex Pietrangelo.

Thus far, the deal’s been awfully lopsided:

  • David Perron (Edmonton): 33GP, 14G-13A-27PTS.
  • Magnus Paajarvi (St. Louis): 15GP, 2G-0A-2PTS.
  • Second round pick in 2014 (St. Louis): Shaping up to be in the 30-35 range.

Once Paajarvi finds his legs and if that second round pick pans out this should get a little better for St. Louis, but it’s a move that made Edmonton a better team right now, and that’s important. If MacTavish can find three or four more of these the Oilers will be in great shape.

The Opposition

Edmonton hasn’t played the Blues so far this year, but the Blues are a good team and Edmonton has trouble with good teams. Many will focus on them being big and strong and tough but the fact that they’re in playoff position right now is what makes them scary. Take a look at the Oilers’ record this season against teams currently sitting in the top-eight in either conference:

  • Team inside the top eight: 2-17-2
  • Team outside the top eight: 9-6-1

Edmonton’s been pretty good against bad teams, but has been getting hammered by the good ones (an 8-2 win over Colorado notwithstanding).

The Lineup

Some interesting items there. With all of 12 healthy forwards, Dalls Eakins hasn’t got much in the way of choices, so he’s put together a power-vs.-power line, a tough minutes line and done what he can with the rest. With Luke Gazdic on the wing it’s a good bet that Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov are the “fourth” line and will be spotted against the weakest available opposition; maybe it will help. The other line is super interesting, because Lander has struggled so far and finally gets a skilled guy (and a guy a lot like his AHL sidekick Linus Omark) on his wing. Jesse Joensuu isn’t exactly a prize as the other winger, but he’s comparable to one guy Lander’s been playing with and better than the other.

On defence it’s just nice to see Philip Larsen, the team’s seventh-best defenceman, taking a seat.

Predictions

Game day prediction: A 1-0 St. Louis Blues victory 

Obvious game day prediction: Dallas Eakins gets many opportunities to work on his facial expressions. They range from incredulous (really, that's a penalty now?) to disgusted (the power play bobbles the puck at the blueline because of course it does) to resigned (well, they were going to score eventually) to a clear desire that he had stayed in the AHL.

Not-so-obvious gameday prediction: While this will be a one-sided and boring game, it won't be the most boring game of the season. That's coming in March when Edmonton next plays the Los Angeles Kings.

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#151 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 10:45PM
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I broke down and bought tickets to the Oil/Jets game a few weeks ago. I literally feel like I betrayed the rest of the fan base by supporting this team.

Katz and Klowne's Stupendous Six Ring Circus. Hey Lowe, I think I have a question or two about winning for you.

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#152 Oilcruzer
December 21 2013, 10:46PM
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Fank wrote:

Imagine paying to watch the Oilers.

Does management actually get a pay check?

Some of us don't have to imagine too hard.

I might bring paper bags on Monday.

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#153 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 10:47PM
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How much money is it gonna cost me to build them a new arena to play in again?

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#154 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
December 21 2013, 10:49PM
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@Jordan Nugent-Hallkins

Maybe I'll see you at the Jets game as I'm also going.....though my loyalties because I'm originally from Winnipeg will be with the Jets....trash me if you want LOL.....though good times for sure!

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#155 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 10:49PM
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I think Rexall is a nice enough arena for an AHL team

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#156 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 10:50PM
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@Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)

I'm tempted to cheer for the damn Jets myself...

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#157 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
December 21 2013, 10:50PM
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@He Who Knows

Almost makes you wonder if KLowe had a few beers after that comment beforehand.....

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#158 Primo
December 21 2013, 10:51PM
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As a Flames fan what really upsets me is that the Oilers are going to be in serious serious contention for the McDavid sweepstakes in 2015. All that outstanding 1st overall talent going to the Oilers year in and year out. What a shame as there are more and more shattered dreams for great young players.

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#159 Brian
December 21 2013, 10:53PM
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Lowetide will interview some pajama clad 20 year old from Newfoundland who will point out that Horsey looks good , Box Cars are full of Hobos, NHL Equivalency does not exist in Edmonton. And Bruce "Yawn" McCurdy will wake up long enough to say that a #1 D Man is needed.

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#160 tileguy
December 21 2013, 10:53PM
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Did I hear the 50/50 draw being announced with 3 minuets left in the game? I guess thats one way to keep fans in their seats a bit longer, lol. Optics were not that good with all those empty seats on the national broadcast.

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#161 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 10:53PM
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@Primo

As a lifelong Oilers fan, I agree.

Agreeing with a Flames fan - folks, I have discovered rock bottom.

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#162 Freewheeling Freddie
December 21 2013, 10:54PM
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Folks this team will be part of oiler history they will end up with the lowest point totals !992 93 we had 60 points no way in hell will this team get 60 points. The management is a complete joke. Why would any player want to play here? One positive we will be in the Connor Mcdavid sweepstakes. There is absolutely no hope now or in the future. Daryl please go to Seattle. Maybe then we could have a competent owner. We are the laughing stock of the hockey world. Cant blame the coach or the players this is all on the the useless management team .Merry Christmas

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#163 Harry
December 21 2013, 10:54PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

I broke down and bought tickets to the Oil/Jets game a few weeks ago. I literally feel like I betrayed the rest of the fan base by supporting this team.

Katz and Klowne's Stupendous Six Ring Circus. Hey Lowe, I think I have a question or two about winning for you.

BOYCOTT REXALL

BOYCOTT ALL THINGS OILERS.

And if you.dont ypur part of the problem

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#164 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
December 21 2013, 10:54PM
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@Jordan Nugent-Hallkins

Well if you see me in a Jets jersey (which I'll be wearing) say hi!

Jets will have a tough game against the Canucks tomorrow night...so we could see 2 very pissed off teams on Monday....be a great ole Smythe Division matchup!

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#165 **
December 21 2013, 10:56PM
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wait didn't a guy say he was going to put on a grocery bag on his head at after hours?

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#166 Dallylamma
December 21 2013, 11:02PM
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tileguy wrote:

Did I hear the 50/50 draw being announced with 3 minuets left in the game? I guess thats one way to keep fans in their seats a bit longer, lol. Optics were not that good with all those empty seats on the national broadcast.

Speaking of optics...a fan threw his sweater on the ice at the end of the game...I guess someone forgot this to tell him that he's supposed to be patient and have faith in old Six Ring's plans.

http://i.imgur.com/k0SFAry.jpg

edited because words

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#167 Zamboni Driver
December 21 2013, 11:02PM
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@**

Apparently a fan tossed his jersey on the ice after the game.

Wonder if Six Cups was paying attention?

Probably not.

It's a process......

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#168 Harry
December 21 2013, 11:02PM
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After the game someone threw their toilet paper I mean jersey on the ice.

WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE

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#169 Reg Dunlop
December 21 2013, 11:03PM
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Seems like Hall fails this character test. A no-show on After Hours. This is the bottom, finally. At least until we lose to Calgary next week, then THAT'S rock bottom.

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#170 FIREEAKINS
December 21 2013, 11:04PM
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Is this the third or forth 6 game loosing streak of the season? Starting to lose count...very, very sad. At this point I'm just disappointed in the team. That's all. Don't care anymore, I'll be back when Eakins is fired and 2014-2015 season rolls around. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night and new year.

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#171 Butters
December 21 2013, 11:05PM
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Which one of you threw your Oiler sweater on the ice after the game?

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#172 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 11:05PM
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Whoever threw their jersey on ice, you are my first, second and third star of the game!! I want to buy you a new stl blues jersey!

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#173 Ed in PV
December 21 2013, 11:06PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Seems like Hall fails this character test. A no-show on After Hours. This is the bottom, finally. At least until we lose to Calgary next week, then THAT'S rock bottom.

Lowe is the only Oil representative that HNIC should have on TV. It is unfair to ask any player to have to make excuses.

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#174 Butters
December 21 2013, 11:06PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Seems like Hall fails this character test. A no-show on After Hours. This is the bottom, finally. At least until we lose to Calgary next week, then THAT'S rock bottom.

The Oilers door was closed, they were wither getting reamed out be Eakens, or more likely, it was Secret Santa gift exchange night.

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#175 Rod from Viking
December 21 2013, 11:07PM
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Some fan had enough and threw his $200.00 jersey on the ice and they just showed it on HNIC, thar should get some attention across the sport hi-lights across North America. (I hope) What was K-Lowe texting? Darryl get carrot top ready for the draft probably picking top 2,by the way who does he want us to pick?

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#176 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 11:10PM
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Edited because apparently Hall has much more self control than I do...

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#177 tileguy
December 21 2013, 11:10PM
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Good for Hall, this is probably harder than playing against Backes.

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#178 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
December 21 2013, 11:12PM
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@Rod from Viking

Damn I missed that......hopefully a replay will show that.

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#179 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
December 21 2013, 11:13PM
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@Jordan Nugent-Hallkins

He did show up, though I agree with ya

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#180 FIREEAKINS
December 21 2013, 11:14PM
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"Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins showed some frustration out on the ice during morning skate today. While explaining a drill, he got flustered and end up throwing his sharpie as a result.

It was no big deal, said Eakins" -Oilers App

He threw his sharpie! Way to show them! Good on you buddy! All sarcasm. Eakins is actually a pretty funny joke.

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#181 Cameron
December 21 2013, 11:16PM
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To paraphrase Miracle Max in The Princess Bride, "This team is not all dead, just mostly dead."

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#182 Johnnydapunk
December 21 2013, 11:17PM
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I wonder how many tweets they have to go through on after hours to find ones that can be read on the air? Could be why they are only going to twitter questions not as often as usual...

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#183 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 11:17PM
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@FIREEAKINS

HA, I saw that too. Watch out guys, it might explode and get ink on you. That stuff is a pain to get off, y'know.

JW should set an ON record for shortest article ever tomorrow.

"Wow. Just, wow." And nothing more need be said.

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#184 Naky
December 21 2013, 11:26PM
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Bryz certainly made the difference tonight.

Oh wait. I've been saying that goaltending hasn't been the problem all season long. Anyone else listening yet?

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#185 The War Amp Champ
December 21 2013, 11:28PM
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Could someone ask Ferrence to knock out Petry and that Potter before the jets game please and thanks

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#186 Kevin
December 21 2013, 11:34PM
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Hey Burke, Klowe here. I need to free up some cap space to sign Yaks to a $40million dollar contract plus I need to re up Symty. I have a hard nosed D-Man, lots of character- Laddy Smid. Do we have the making of a deal here ? Katz- enough is enough already- Stop this insanity !!

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#187 Oasis
December 21 2013, 11:40PM
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Oilcruzer wrote:

Some of us don't have to imagine too hard.

I might bring paper bags on Monday.

I have been thinking about paper bags for weeks. It's TIME !

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#188 Kevin
December 21 2013, 11:41PM
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Harry wrote:

After the game someone threw their toilet paper I mean jersey on the ice.

WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE

carefull what you say on here you may give Katz some ideas and he start selling toilet paper with the Oiler Logal at the Rexal stores. Further linning his pockets.

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#189 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 21 2013, 11:47PM
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Man that was a close game. We almost had them.

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#190 Spaz
December 21 2013, 11:50PM
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I was down the aisle from the jersey tosser, very tempting to follow his example but like a true Oiler I must confess I lacked the conviction to make the 'right play'.

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#191 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 21 2013, 11:51PM
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If we keep playing like that the rest of the season, we should make playoffs easily.

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#192 Lowe Expectations
December 21 2013, 11:51PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Some fan had enough and threw his $200.00 jersey on the ice and they just showed it on HNIC, thar should get some attention across the sport hi-lights across North America. (I hope) What was K-Lowe texting? Darryl get carrot top ready for the draft probably picking top 2,by the way who does he want us to pick?

Hopefully for the fan, it was one of those knockoff jerseys you buy at the flea market for $75. Even that's too much to pay.

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#193 Rod from Viking
December 21 2013, 11:52PM
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@Serious Gord

Don't always fully agree with you but your comment's on Ched were bang on, I hope Mac T is man enough to admit he F#*! up and correct his mistakes, this team has tuned out Eakins, a good start would be the assistant's shown the door, Mac T also made the comment that Eakin's could hire his own assistant's but hoped he wouldn't, that comment had Macro-management all over it.

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#194 kale
December 21 2013, 11:56PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Don't always fully agree with you but your comment's on Ched were bang on, I hope Mac T is man enough to admit he F#*! up and correct his mistakes, this team has tuned out Eakins, a good start would be the assistant's shown the door, Mac T also made the comment that Eakin's could hire his own assistant's but hoped he wouldn't, that comment had Macro-management all over it.

I agree with what serious Gord said on CHED and with what you said. The arrogance is systemic

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#195 Bryzarro World
December 21 2013, 11:56PM
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Spaz wrote:

I was down the aisle from the jersey tosser, very tempting to follow his example but like a true Oiler I must confess I lacked the conviction to make the 'right play'.

Or also like them, lack the guts...

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#196 Serious Gord
December 22 2013, 12:02AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Don't always fully agree with you but your comment's on Ched were bang on, I hope Mac T is man enough to admit he F#*! up and correct his mistakes, this team has tuned out Eakins, a good start would be the assistant's shown the door, Mac T also made the comment that Eakin's could hire his own assistant's but hoped he wouldn't, that comment had Macro-management all over it.

Thanks.

Btw

If Hall really was a no-show on cbcs after hours that is a huge deal.

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#197 **
December 22 2013, 12:04AM
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Cameron wrote:

To paraphrase Miracle Max in The Princess Bride, "This team is not all dead, just mostly dead."

some one else posted this gem on the site a couple of months ago:

KLowe: "I think I know a little bit about winning, if there's ever a concern"

Inigo Montoya: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means"

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#198 Smokey
December 22 2013, 12:06AM
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Jersey on the ice should send a message loud and clear. Think its a sad message.

Clean house. Let's start the rebuild.

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#199 Naky
December 22 2013, 12:09AM
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Hall showed up on HNIC. No need to burn down Rexall yet.

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#200 Rod from Viking
December 22 2013, 12:12AM
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@Serious Gord

No Taylor was on and did a good job, Eakins kept the team in the dressing room for a gift exchange, Bucky good first pick because he had picked the correct final score(lol) " Merry Christmas everyone and enjoy family time and forget the Oilers until the next game.

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