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 Serious Gord
December 21 2013, 10:23PM
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It's like a Christmas party for the blues tonight...

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#152 Ludvick
December 21 2013, 10:28PM
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Oilers should play in the WHL. At least they would make the playoffs.

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#153 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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#154 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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#155 Rheal1
December 22 2013, 06:45AM
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In my humble opinion this is more or less a "moral victory". 6-0 not bad for the Oilers. Since we have 4 high 1st round picks on Hall, Yaks, the Nuge and Eberle, not bad at all for the kids, right? I was ridiculed whenever I stated that the problem was with the assistant coaches all the time. Since many fans here can't see that I will bury my head in the sand along with you all. Once again, this game was a marginal moral victory. Great all around effort, very indicative of our Oilers. Eakins hiring was a mistake, clearly. The poor guy is way, way above his head. The players dont buy into his system. The assistant coaches all suck. This organization is a friggin' mess. From the coaching staff to the upper management. "There’s one other guy I believe in hockey today who’s still working in the game that has won more Stanley Cups than me, so I think I know a little bit about winning, if there’s ever a concern.” Darryl Katz you are a loser.

Time to boycott merchandising, tix and ship all your jerseys, t-shirts, ball caps, etc to: Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club - Administration 11230 - 110 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5G 3H7

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#156 Dave "Killer" Carlson
December 22 2013, 09:22AM
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First off, props to the jersey being thrown. I didn't see it, stopped watching after the 2nd. Wish I would've saw that.

Playing shinny with my family this morning. I'm going without a jersey. I can't bring myself to sport my #5 Ladi Smid jersey, mostly because of the logo on the front. Maybe mailing my old one to the Oilers with a pic of me in a new red #3 jersey would send a message too...

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#157 Walter Sobchak
December 21 2013, 02:11PM
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From the Edmonton journal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DIFeOkD_dc

Boy, that say's a lot.

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#158 bazmagoo
December 21 2013, 07:14PM
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Glad to see so many of you are now on the fire Eakins train, it was painfully obvious to me he was over his head about 10-15 games in. Didn't think Krueger was a great coach, but he was better than Dallas.

Anyone who argues with that fact can offer up an explanation as to how a team with an improved roster and facing weaker opposition (east teams) has regressed from 24th overall to 29th.

Time to fire Eakins MacT, get behind the bench yourself for the rest of the season and try to give us at least the appearance of an NHL team. Or tank the rest of the season and pick this Ekblad kid with the #2 pick (hopefully). Then hire a proven NHL coach in the summer time!

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#159 Reg Dunlop
December 21 2013, 09:15PM
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Holy smokes, I hate to harp on this but Backes keeps running around and the oil refuse to answer the bell. Standing up for your teammates is part of the game. Someone PLEASE give him a token facewash.

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#160 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 09:58PM
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OMG!the effort by the Oilers 1st line on that last goal was a #@$%ing joke!

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#161 Rod from Viking
December 21 2013, 10:34PM
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I just love our coaching, why in the hell is Gadzic not out there every shift Backes is out when your down 6-0, what a joke of building a team for this conference.What is the record for being shut out at home and giving up short handed goals.

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#162 Reg Dunlop
December 21 2013, 10:42PM
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A true test of character; will Hall show up and face the music after yet another oil no-show? It will mean nothing left at the Rack but slump busters.

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#163 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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#164 **
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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#165 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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#166 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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#167 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 22 2013, 02:33AM
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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.

We all love hockey so you can't be blamed for wanting to see it. just don't buy anything while your there. Sneak in water. Give those Pri*&s as little of you money as possible. Unfair that they can hold us hostage because we love the game

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#168 JSR
December 22 2013, 08:30AM
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What a sad state of affairs this has become. My family has season seats and I have not been to a game since the two back-to-back shutout losses to the Leafs and Wings. MacT has to do something soon, and as far as I'm concerned, there are no untouchables, Hall included. This team is too soft. I would like to see more emotion out of Eakins, but it's time to stop pointing fingers at the coaches, this team just doesn't have the personnel to get it done. As for old Six Rings, he should have been fired after allowing Pronger to force a trade. He should step down now!

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#169 Wintoon
December 22 2013, 08:38AM
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After last nights loss by the Oilers, criticism is flooding in from every source. The Coach, the players, the HNIC Panel, the MSM, the bloggers and the fans are unanimously critical.

The quintessential statement made by qa fan was throwing their Oiler Jersey on the ice after the game. Given the sport's culture and the pride with which a team jersey is expected to be worn, there can be no more damning statement made by a fan to an organization.

We all have teased MacT about his wanting to make "bold" moves but that is exactly what is required now to transform this franchise.

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#170 DonDon
December 21 2013, 07:42PM
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Czar wrote:

After the Perron trade no one in the Blues organization is taking calls from MacT.

Don't count on it.

That 2nd round draft pick from the Oil may be very valuable to St. Louis and an important loss for the Oil.

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#171 **
December 21 2013, 08:33PM
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hanging your goalie out to dry 101

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#172 **
December 21 2013, 08:35PM
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RexHolez wrote:

When CBC has to air an Oilers game do they change the name from "Hockey Night in Canada" to "Waste of a Night in Canada"?

I guess it depends which team you are cheering for. For opposing teams it is CWIC (certain win in Canada).

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#173 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 09:16PM
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Eberle couldn't hit a soccer net with one of his PP shots.

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#174 Hockey fan 1976
December 21 2013, 09:22PM
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It sure is a treat watching a real hockey team move the puck ad defend properly. Santa, can we have a Hitchcock for Christmas? :(

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#175 Zamboni Driver
December 21 2013, 10:12PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

You could clearly hear a Blue there saying 'What are you gonna do huh? What are you gonna do?' Out hit, out played, just straight up out gamed.

Was the answer in a about a 11 year old voice, "Nothing, Sir"?

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#176 Jefferson
December 21 2013, 10:26PM
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Ha Ha Ha

What did you expect.

More words from management tomorrow.

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#177 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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#178 oh yeah
December 22 2013, 01:09AM
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6 ring circus wrote:

I think it would be a great gesture on Katz to refund season ticket holders money back , if the Oilers don't make the playoffs next year!!! At least he would know how the season ticket holders have been feeling these past 8 years ,supporting this team and having nothing to show for it, except for financial losses.

yup...hold your breath for that one...

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#179 Spydyr
December 22 2013, 07:12AM
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I have one thing to say after reading all of these comments......GO TEAM CANADA!!!

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#180 Serious Gord
December 22 2013, 08:21AM
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Sir Lurks Alot wrote:

Huge props goes out to the fan that threw his jersey onto the ice. We should have a facebook group, and encourage one person to throw on a jersey every game for the rest of the year.

I'm 100% convinced until Kevin Lowe is fired, nothing will change. If I was Lowe, i'd step down. It's embarassing for everyone involved.

People on here keep saying we need a big d man and a few 3rd and 4th liners. Our top 2 lines aren't even close to good enough. If it was just our d and 3rd and 4th line guys that were the problem we wouldn't get shutout this many times.

I love Eberle, but i'd trade him first. Calls out players on his team and is soft with the puck and refuses to shoot. HIs first year he started to believe he was better than he is. Hall, Nuge and Perron would be the only people I wouldn't trade right now.

Gagner, stop chewing on your mouthguard, you're not Patrick Kane, you may as well be his cab driver.

Am I the only one who finds it typically Canadian that the fan threw his jersey on the ice AFTER the game was over? Heaven forbid he would throw it on the ice during the game - that would have interrupted the drubbing the team was getting and been very impolite.

Also kind of a drag that it didn't spur a flurry of other oilers merchandise onto the ice. Maybe next game...

As for Lowe resigning.

IF ONLY.

Under other circumstances the head coach is the logical one to remove, but in this case Lowe is the one who needs to go - first for the message it sends fans and the players both here and on other teams that the old boys club era has ended (unless messier or some other old boy stiff takes his place) and second for the mid to long term changes that this will mean to the rest of management.

If Lowe had:

1. Some humility 2. Some objectivity 3. Some self-respect 4. Some repect for the fans 5. The ability to see how unpopular he is with fans 6. A clue

He would resign forthwith. (Were you in his shoes wouldn't you resign?)

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#181 Gk1980
December 22 2013, 09:39AM
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This team had died and given up. Do Eakins a favour and let him go. Mercy firing. He has a ton of potential and is getting dragged through the krap here. Of the 7 years this is as low as it has ever gotten. How did it get so bad? What the heck happened?

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#182 Loweblows
December 22 2013, 10:03AM
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Everyone here urges a boycott of oiler games-don't forget to boycott rexall drugs-get your painkillers( oiler fans need them) at Safeway, IDA, Superstore- anywhere but Rexall-,hurt Katz where it hurts since fan outrage means squat to him as long as he keeps selling his drugs! F off Lowe!

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#183 bwar
December 21 2013, 05:23PM
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Little known fact: Low scoring does not mean boring.

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#184 K_Mart
December 21 2013, 06:28PM
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Ride bryz

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#185 Brian
December 21 2013, 07:51PM
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Blues kick some serious Oiler ass. This will be a free clinic like the one the Fab Four should go to tomorrow after they have their pants dropped at Rexall, then again at some skanks place. 6-2 Blues.

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#186 He Who Knows
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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Everytime the oilers suck the life out of me, I watch this press conference for a good laugh. Kevin Lowe cracks me up.

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#187 Larry
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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Leave him in. He doesn't look rattled at all...

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#188 Robert
December 21 2013, 10:24PM
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At this rate the Blues could win by a converted TD

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#189 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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#190 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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#191 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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#192 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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#193 Fresh Mess
December 22 2013, 08:59AM
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Hey guys. How did the Edmonton Oilers do in their hockey game last night?

I remember several of you explaining to me that the Hemsky contract wasn't bad because it was only two years. Should KLowe sign Hemmer to a one year extension for say, seven million dollars?

Also, who do you think is the better hockey player: Sydney Crosby or Yaksy?

Thanks guys !!

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#194 camdog
December 22 2013, 09:47AM
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Gk1980 wrote:

This team had died and given up. Do Eakins a favour and let him go. Mercy firing. He has a ton of potential and is getting dragged through the krap here. Of the 7 years this is as low as it has ever gotten. How did it get so bad? What the heck happened?

One thing they did was get rid of all of their tough, hard nosed players that had bad advanced stats, Brown, Smid, and Fistric.

Gadzic has been a welcome addition, but he can't do it on his own and his a rookie himself.

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#195 sizedoesmatter
December 21 2013, 05:05PM
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Hope you all don't break your ankle jumping off the bandwagon

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#196 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
December 21 2013, 07:55PM
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DonDon wrote:

Don't count on it.

That 2nd round draft pick from the Oil may be very valuable to St. Louis and an important loss for the Oil.

Should be able to make up atleast one of those second rounders with Hemsky and Schultz leaving town soon.

Paajarvi, he was a MacGregor selection, right? Starting to look like that 2nd (32nd overall) is the gem in that deal. Paajarvi ends up just being filler/throw in.

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#197 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 08:59PM
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@@Oilanderp

I don't give a rats ass how long he played in any league, a douche is a douche. He needs to get a job with Canucks and quit pretending to be impartial, he sounds bored out of his tree whenever he isn't doing color during a Van game.

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#198 Naky
December 21 2013, 09:14PM
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Oh cripes. A powerplay. Run for the hills!

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#199 Reg Dunlop
December 21 2013, 09:56PM
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It's getting tiring grinding the oil so...

Can't wait for this edition of the Winter Classic!! Tor vs Det! Center of the universe vs Hockeytown. Maybe this high profile event will get the Wings into the sports pages. Typical Detroit paper: page 1 U of M football. Page 2 Michigan State football. Page 3 Pistons. Page 4 college hoops. Page 5 Lions and Tigers. Page 6 NASCAR, pro bowling... NHL summary on final page following Jai alai results. Hockeytown my a$$. As for T.O., have you ever been to Toronto? After explaining to locals that you live in Edmonton they say,'Edmonton? My friend Gord lives there, do you know him?'. What a blissfully ignorant group.

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#200 Reg Dunlop
December 21 2013, 10:34PM
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RexHolez wrote:

I think I'll start following the Blues. Good coaching, speed, size, goaltending and defence. Plus Maggie and lots of cap space! Completely outclassed us without even trying. What a well run organization!! Katz can move this crap to Seattle for all I care!

Now that would be a BOLD move, threatening now to relocate in order to squeeze a slightly better arena deal out of city council. Might not be successful this time.

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