GDB: OMG BOA

Taylor McKee
December 27 2013 12:01PM

 pic via: PremierofAlberta

It is a great time of year to be a hockey fan. As is boxing day tradition, I am sure many of us set our cell-phones for a painfully early wake-up on boxing day to take in the most hallowed of holiday traditions, the Spengler Cup. As I am sure you all know,  Byron Ritchie helped Canada to a 5-4 win over Viktovice Steel of the Czech league which delighted the entire family I am sure.

It is important to remember that in the eye of the 'Spengler Hurricane' as it were, that is the non-stop wall-to-wall coverage of Team Canada in Davos (who will Alexandre Bolduc be playing with?! Is this Glen Metropolit's last Spengler?!) there is still NHL action to consider, and for Flames fans it doesn't get much better.

It is the 213th installment of the Battle of Alberta tonight and both teams are coming off big victories. With their respective wins in their last games, the Oilers (12-24-3) just snapped a six-game losing streak while the Flames (14-17-6) won for the first time in four games.    

THE LOCAL HEROES

Here is the exact same lineup that shocked the world by erasing a two-goal deficit and beating the Blues in a shootout. Big thanks as always to DailyFaceoff.com for the info.

  • Cammalleri - Backlund - Byron
  • Galiardi - Stajan - Stempniak
  • D. Jones - Colborne - Hudler
  • Bouma - Monahan - McGrattan
  • Giordano - Smid
  • Butler - Brodie
  • Breen - O'Brien
  • Berra

After taking a nasty knee-on-knee hit from St. Louis' David Backes, Many assumed that Matt Stajan would be missing some significant time. Those people forget that Matt Stajan is not just simply a  'player' in our little game called 'ice hockey'. Matt Stajan does not just take up a roster spot and soak up minutes. Matt Stajan is an idea, an idea that can never be defeated by knee, stick, or discouraging word. Matt Stajan makes me want to be a better man.

Because the hockey gods harvest my tears and use them as fuel for the furnace they use to toss ex-Flyer goalies into, Paul Byron might not be able to go tonight after taking a spill in practice. Byron has been playing exceptionally well of late, including a behind the back, no-look pass to Mike Cammalleri in the last game against St. Louis. It does seem as though the accident in practice wasn't too serious, leaving the ice only for precautionary reasons and will be in the lineup for tonight. 

Chris Breen draws in again tonight, so Mark Giordano should prepare to play 59 minutes.

Reto Berra is getting another crack at the Oilers after allowing a Taylor Hall goal when he was less than five seconds away from his first career shutout in his last outing against the Oil. Against St. Louis, Berra was solid, making 32 saves and winning in a shootout. The Oilers will likely try to put a lot of pucks his way tonight as they have had success from let's say interesting angles against Berra in the past:

Hopefully, Berra has a short memory because that one still stings to watch.

Sean Monahan continues to play on the fourth line while he struggles to re-adjust to game speed after the hairline fracture of his foot. You can look up his numbers over the past few games on ExtraSkater.com but I would recomend that you don't. Just know that things have not been going very well for the youngster of late. What has masked Monahan's unceremonious fall from grace has been the ascension of Backlund so it isn't all bad news down the middle for the Flames.

THAT TEAM UP NORTH

 
Here is the Oilers roster tonight thanks to Dailyfaceoff.com

  •  Hall - RNH - Perron
  • Joensuu - Gagner - Eberle 
  • Smyth - Gordon - Hemsky
  • Gadzic - Lander - Yakupov
  • Ference - J. Schultz
  • N. Schultz - Petry
  • Belov - Potter
  • Dubnyk

Both the Flames and Oilers are coming off big victories as the Oil beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-2 on Monday. A game in which Nail Yakupov finished with two points and 12 minutes in penalties. He seems to be adapting well to his new role, playing with Luke Gadzic.

The Oilers are missing Marc Arcobello to a rib injury and Philip Larsen to the flu which explains why Roman Horak was recalled yesterday. However, it does not look as though the Flames will get to show their Horak tribute video tonight as he will likely be watching from the press box. 

The Oilers start beleaguered tender Devan Dubnyk tonight whom is currently sporting a sub .900 SV% and a 3.38 GAA. Dubnyk has had a rough ride this season in Edmonton but it he is hardly the reason that the Oilers are angling for a top-five pick again. However, he has let in some groaners this season from distance, the type of which that gets the fanbase to turn on you in a hurry.

Tactics-wise, tt is the same old story with the Flames and Oilers, they are going to watch to push the pace and turn the game into a track-meet and the Flames will want to try to establish their offensive pressure below the dots. At times this season, the Oilers defense, and the defensive zone coverage from their forwards and in particular their centremen, has been frightening. The Oilers are dead-last in the NHL in goals allowed with 134 and goals allowed per game with 3.44 (though the Flames are third-last so let's not get too uppity).

SUM IT UP

This particular Battle of the QE2 doesn't have any post-season implications and it features two of the Western Conference's worst teams. But who cares? These games mean something. The last two games against the Oilers, the Flames blew leads in the third period which garnered special attention from Brian Burke during his press conference after Jay Feaster's firing.

I know that we all are realistic about the team this season and most of us have succumb to the idea that losing a lot this season is probably a good thing for the long-term health of this franchise. But you always want to beat the Oiler because, well, it just feels so damn good. So make it happen Flames.

The Puck drops tonight at 7:00 pm MT on SNET West.

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Taylor splits time between UVIC and Calgary studying history. Taylor likes the Flames, the Cannons, Buckshot, and the Oxford comma. Taylor scored on his own net on dome ice when he was 8. Twitter: @TaylorMcKee_
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#51 cubsfan
December 27 2013, 09:30PM
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MontanaMan wrote:

Edmonton is like that brother you had that always wanted to be the best but never really succeeded. The city is a hole and has always played second fiddle to Calgary. Forget about sports (although it's always good to see the Oilers and the Esks in the basement year after year). Calgary will always be the superior city and Edmontonians will always want to be more like Calgary.

what r u 5 years old.....intellectually....?

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#52 Victoria Flames Fan
December 27 2013, 09:59PM
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TJ, I don't think the turkey's out of your systems! That's the worst Flames effort I've seen. The score flatters us, thanks to Berra. Breakouts and Passing was awful. Backlund might as well give up and I don't even want to start on Butler. Oh well. Put it behind us and dig deep to face the CanSucks.

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#53 vetinari
December 27 2013, 04:21PM
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I would like say that this is a battle between two, once great Stanley Cup winning franchises... but Calgary never was a great franchise!

Happy new year everyone, and may the Flames be forever too good to get a decent draft pick, too stupid to use those picks wisely (Jankowski? Jan-Who-Ski?), and too bad to ever see the post season again.

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#54 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 04:36PM
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Keith Fredlund wrote:

And how many first overall picks has Calgary had? Edmonton? Edmonton s picks have really paid off hey?

We're on a mission to collect as many first overall picks as we have Stanley Cups......it's going to take a while.

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#55 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 04:38PM
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Keith Fredlund wrote:

Edmonton fans are real mature.

As opposed to Cowtown fans who are real manure.

I am rubber you are glue.

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#56 vetinari
December 27 2013, 06:13PM
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Primo wrote:

I suggest you go back and join the Oilernation website and align yourself with the ailing Oiler fans and talk about the over 500 losses your team has incurred during the recent years. You might want to also mention the pathetic Eskimos and enjoy the pathetic state of affairs in Edmonton! Losers!

@Primo

Uh, buddy, you do know that there is a long standing tradition for BOA blogs to be posted on BOTH the OilersNation an FlamesNation sites on game day, right? So, Oilers G IS POSTING on OilersNation AND FlamesNation simultaneously? I know, mind-blowing, right...

If you want, we can all wait here while you go get Kent Wilson or one of the other Flame dudes to explain it to you...

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#57 MontanaMan
December 27 2013, 09:39PM
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Just not a very good game by two bad hockey clubs. Oilers deserved the win but not much to be proud of by either team.

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#58 Yfc prez
December 27 2013, 10:04PM
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Monaertchi Gaudnett wrote:

Oifferees 1-0 Flames.

Boofreakidyhoo!!!

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#59 coachedpotatoe
December 27 2013, 01:20PM
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Today was the first time that I have watched that entire interview! McTavish talking about a 23 hangover since they last won; Lowe talking about his rings how many in any management capacity. maybe he should lace them backup, he might be better than some his current Dmen. Now I know why the pitch forks are out, why the Jersey toss. Yikes these guys make the Sutters look good.

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#60 Serious Gord
December 27 2013, 02:09PM
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Dubnyk in net... Nuff said.

Next game is back home against Philly - Bryz has to be net for that one.

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#61 Oilers Coffey
December 27 2013, 02:23PM
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Kinda a lame Battle Of Alberta article. Vanilla just like the PHLEGMS ! Going into that library of a saddle tonight to cheer on the Oilers victory. Flames fans don't get bitter as usual and start picking fights with the good guys wearing the Oilers jerseys. Lol Always happens. Poor losers!

Let's Go Oilers!!!

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#62 Reg Dunlop
December 27 2013, 08:57PM
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Burnward wrote:

Frustrating game. We got robbed, the Oilers got a gift...and here we are.

What could be more tedious than a host of flame supporters whining about a legit call that went down 2 periods ago. Deal with it and while you're at it, marvel at the Oiler skill on display. They are toying with the flames.

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#63 Reg Dunlop
December 27 2013, 09:08PM
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@MontanaMan

Wow, you nailed it. I guess that's why Edmonton is the capital.

Regardless, it hurts to face such a harsh chirp from one of about 10 calgarians that have the internets AND can read.

One question: what is in the Ed Whalen broadcast booth? Dan Kroffat's boots or the fire extinguisher that Bad News Allen used to break the Stomper's kid's back? Sad that pro rasslin is the only sporting claim to fame that Calgary can boast.

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#64 Too lazy to login
December 27 2013, 10:13PM
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Burnward wrote:

Can we chill on the insults Oilers fans? If there wasn't that bad call resulting in the no-goal this game goes to OT.

That's not biased by us, it's how the game played out.

You guys did a great defensive job the rest of the way...but to say we are whining is a little silly.

Nope. We can't chill on the insults. You are whinning! I would be whining too, in your shoes, but regardless of the officiating that game was brutal by both teams. You guys were just a wee bit more brutal tonight.

Eat those sour grapes flames fans !!!!!!!

( someone needs to show some emotion in boa these days , might as well be us. Players sure don't give a crap anymore. )

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#65 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 01:38PM
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just watched the presser vid for the first time. wow. And two kinds of fans? those that matter and those that don't I guess?

but there you have it - he says himself he only knows a little bit about winning.

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#66 Gkpoil
December 27 2013, 04:07PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Now I understand why the Oilers bought extra turkeys for all the Flames players........let's hope they gorged and gorged and are feeling a little sleepy out there.

SMID will be looking to run some players he did not like........should be interesting!!

Smid is a pussy, he doesn't lay out big hits...ever. He has heart and is a 3-4 D-man at best. Yea the oilers D is terrible, but stop making Smid sound like a star.

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#67 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 04:23PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I had the same reaction. God this team is a mess.

That said, on paper the oil should win easily - Glencross and Russell are out and that really robs Calgary of a lot of their toughness and determination.

And the oil needs this game far more than the flames do.

With Doobie in net I'm going with a shakey GDP of 5-2 oil.

(but if doobie lets in a laugher or two and/or the team comes out giving less than 100% it could be a rout for the flames...)

Glencross and Russell?..........and we're missing Linus Omark and Ben Eagre...so that's like a draw.

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#68 Lofty
December 27 2013, 07:40PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Pretty ridiculous no-go call against the Flames there.

Agreed and I'm an oil fan... But did you notice how pretty Hemsky's circles were?

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#69 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
December 27 2013, 09:57PM
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Doobie STONES the fLames

Although it wasn't that big

Just a pinner* there

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* weed speak for an extremely small marijuana cigarette**

** or so I've been told

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#70 vetinari
December 27 2013, 05:58PM
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Keith Fredlund wrote:

I love how Edmonton fans (and management) always bring up All the cups they've won. That was a long time ago. Maybe that's part of the problem in Edmonton, living in the past. Your team now in no way resembles the eighties teams. Lets look at the now and future. And I see an oiler meltdown again tonight. Maybe All those rings will help someday. Can't see how.

You know, those are all good points. But let's look closer at the history of the two franchises.

Let's look at who had more Cups... my friend Wikipedia tells me the Oilers have 5 to Calgary's 1...

Let's look at whose last Cup was more recent... again, it looks like Calgary's sole Cup came in 1989 while the Oiler's last Cup was in 1990...

And whose team made the most recent appearance in the Stanley Cup finals since their last Cup victory... well, Calgary was there in 2004 while the Oilers were there in 2006...

Seems to me that if the Oiler's accomplishments were a long time ago then Calgary's accomplishments were an even looooooonger time ago...

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#71 Monaertchi Gaudnett
December 27 2013, 07:22PM
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vetinari wrote:

You're rude, you babble and you seem to be slightly irrational... want to be the next GM of the Flames? You seem qualified...

All true, and all sad.

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#72 The Soup Fascist
December 27 2013, 09:06PM
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Burnward wrote:

Frustrating game. We got robbed, the Oilers got a gift...and here we are.

Somebody call a waambulance. Or at least dial 9-Wah-Wah.

This game has all the edge of a wet Kleenex. Criminal Minds marathon a more appealing choice.

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#73 The Soup Fascist
December 27 2013, 10:19PM
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Burnward wrote:

Can we chill on the insults Oilers fans? If there wasn't that bad call resulting in the no-goal this game goes to OT.

That's not biased by us, it's how the game played out.

You guys did a great defensive job the rest of the way...but to say we are whining is a little silly.

It was a bad call. But they happen literally every game. Every team thinks they get shafted more often then the next guy. In reality they typically even out.

So yeah the complaints ring hollow because there are always calls that potentially change the outcome of each game.

What we should be complaining about is that the Battle of Alberta has become the "Mild Disagreement of Alberta". This is largely due to the lack of compete on an Oilers team and a lack of talent on Calgary. That is the true tragedy. Not a couple of bad calls.

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#74 RexLibris
December 27 2013, 12:51PM
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Might want to spell-check that Oilers 2nd line, particularly at C.

Kind of a running joke amongst Oilers fans.

;)

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#75 Tikkanese
December 27 2013, 02:22PM
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sizedoesmatter wrote:

BOA is turning into a female college dorm pillow fight

I asked for that for Xmas, my wish is coming true?!?!

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#76 vetinari
December 27 2013, 06:18PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

I'm thinking more of how the Flames have dominated the oilers for 10 years, winning 27 of 29 games, or something like that (sorry I don't know the exact number)

So, if the Flames suck so bad, imagine where that leaves the oilers who are worse? Oh ya, the last in the NHL 5 years running hahahaha :-)

There is only one person who can reply to that argument and it is Kevin Lowe... here he is in his own words:

"In terms of the group that messed things up, you’re talking about the group that had a team one period away from winning the Stanley Cup, and you know the cycle of that. You know that we chased a dream for a few years, for our fanbase, like a lot of teams do. And then at some point in that timeframe we realized that’s a bad plan and we made a change. We’re finishing year three of that plan. Are you saying to me you’re getting impatient after three years? And lastly I’ll say, there’s one other guy I believe in hockey today, that is still working in the game, that has won more Stanley Cups than me, so I think I know a little bit about winning if that’s ever a concern."

So, hey, if Kevin Lowe says that everything is alright and that HE knows a little bit about winning, who am I to question him?*

*I question him... I so frickin' question his sorry a$$... but even if Calgary has been winning the 2000s BOA, it keeps me warm at night that they've won nothing since 1989.

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#77 Clyde
December 27 2013, 08:27PM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

Quick question off topic, if Toronto came knocking, would you trade Gagner for Phaneuf straight up?

Gagner! Worth a top. 2 def? Good one

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#78 BurningSensation
December 27 2013, 08:40PM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

What would you sacrifice off of the Oiler's roster to bring in Shea Weber? Very hypothetical I know lol.

Anything but Hall or the Nuge.

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#79 RKD
December 27 2013, 09:06PM
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If it weren't for Berra, this game could have gotten ugly.

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#80 ValleyviewSports
December 27 2013, 11:52PM
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G-Unit wrote:

Go fill a sandbag.

hahahah best comment ever

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#81 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 04:14PM
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Burnward wrote:

We're simulcast on both Nations again today.

There's only one Nation....all those other pretenders are more like tribes.

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#82 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 04:53PM
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vetinari wrote:

*Puts down glass of Chardonnay, turns down fire and places copy of "the Iliad" on the mantle..

Oh yeah, but do you know why the Flames have no friends and can't have anyone over for coffee?

Because the Oilers have all the Cups!

Sweet!!!! Well played sir.

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#83 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 07:29PM
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Remember the good old TSN and CBC days

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#84 Kent Wilson
December 27 2013, 07:38PM
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Pretty ridiculous no-go call against the Flames there.

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#85 Oilerz4life
December 27 2013, 08:23PM
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Quick question off topic, if Toronto came knocking, would you trade Gagner for Phaneuf straight up?

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#86 BurningSensation
December 27 2013, 08:38PM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

Quick question off topic, if Toronto came knocking, would you trade Gagner for Phaneuf straight up?

If Phaneuf is signed - hell YES. Gagner is awful (and probably isn't an NHL center and has to be converted to wing), whereas Phaneuf is a legit top pairing D-man.

If Phaneuf is NOT signed - still 'Yes', but less enhusiastically. Gagner, is really bad at being an NHL #2 C (I'd be trading him anywhere for just about anything), and I would suggest the Oilers improve with his subtraction, regardless of who comes back.

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#87 vetinari
December 27 2013, 08:45PM
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Too bad Sportsnet doesn't have a "fan vote" as to the broadcast team that works the next game... very painful listening to these guys and starting next year, we're only going to see more of them.

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#88 TRAV
December 27 2013, 08:46PM
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It's a sad day when this is what the Battle of Alberta has become. Teams coming through our province laugh at playing these two bottom dwellers. I'd chirp Edmonton but I can't get up the energy or care factor enough to do a proper job of it. 1-0 at the end of two. Not much to get excited about. I may throw on a movie....

Flames generally have been exciting to watch because of their effort but this is far from the golden days when no one would dare miss a second of action between these two..

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#89 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 09:40PM
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The oil should be embarrased that the Flames were even in this game with four major players injured and a few others playing injured, not to mention the good goal called back and the 'icing' wrong call at the end... how sad.

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#90 Yfc prez
December 27 2013, 10:06PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

The oil should be embarrased that the Flames were even in this game with four major players injured and a few others playing injured, not to mention the good goal called back and the 'icing' wrong call at the end... how sad.

Boofreakidyhoo to you 2

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#91 Burnward
December 27 2013, 10:06PM
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Can we chill on the insults Oilers fans? If there wasn't that bad call resulting in the no-goal this game goes to OT.

That's not biased by us, it's how the game played out.

You guys did a great defensive job the rest of the way...but to say we are whining is a little silly.

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#92 Burnward
December 27 2013, 02:04PM
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Love that Cammi-Backlund-Byron line.

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#93 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 04:49PM
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Keith Fredlund wrote:

Keep picking the wrong guy at one and see where it gets you. Still behind the Flames. Your mission will soon be over if you want as many first picks as cups.

Keith....hold up the fingers on your right hand and start counting...ready....one..STOP!............what are we talking about Keith?

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#94 DonDon
December 27 2013, 05:10PM
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Changing the subject, have any of you read this from the Beacher Report today on Jan Hejda?

“There was a time when Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda contemplated quitting on the National Hockey League.

“That’s according to a story in The Denver Post, which chronicled Hejda’s struggles in the Edmonton Oilers system during the 2006-07 season, when he first broke into the league. His time with the Oilers also included a stop in Hamilton in the American Hockey League.

“Not the greatest situation for a then 27-year-old with a young family in a new country.

‘It was tough. I was a 27-year-old guy who’d already won a world championship with the Czech, but they were treating me like I was 19 and just a rookie,’ Hejda told The Denver Post. ‘I’m doing bag skates in Hamilton, missing my family. I wanted to go home.’

“After his troubles in the Oilers’ organization, Hejda has moved on to find success in the NHL, with the Columbus Blue Jackets and now with the Avalanche. He also played for the Czech Republic in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

“In his third full season with the Avalanche, and at the age of 35, he’s averaging just over 22 minutes of ice time a game, which is second on the team behind his partner on the blue line Erik Johnson.”

With this kind of reputation, it's not difficult to understand why the Oilers have great difficulty in developing players or attracting UFA.

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#95 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 05:15PM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

We're not missing Omark, he plays for Buffalo now remember, lol.

Oilerz4life.....you gotta keep this between you and me....(.I was just trying to get under the shell of the Southern Eggs by comparing one of their better players to a guy we traded for a sixth rounder....shhhh.)

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#96 vetinari
December 27 2013, 05:43PM
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@ Oilersnation and FlamesNation

Thanks for the barbs everyone... good fun and next best thing to being at the game... and most of us saved hundreds of dollars by not watching these two train wrecks in person!

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#97 RexLibris
December 27 2013, 07:48PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

That is the most Ryan Smyth goal ever.

Nah. It didn't go off his face.

;)

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#98 vetinari
December 27 2013, 07:57PM
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Primo wrote:

Vetinari...if you have ever played the game you will realize it's all about winning and the Oilers are not very good at it. Despite all the first overalls the league has granted the Oilers they continuosly show ineptness. Until 6 rings can show that he is a competent leader and is able to build a competitive hard working team like the Flames you will continue to be ridiculed by people like drdoogie. Suck it up!

@Primo - ah, you're just sensitive that someone had to tell you that OilersNation and FlamesNation are linked together tonight.

You, sir (madam? other?)), seem to think that we actually LIKE our management team. We know that they are incompetent. And that they have stripped a once proud franchise down to pretty much nothing but hope, underachievers and unfulfilled promises.

And we all know the storyline of 2013-- the Flames are "hard working" while the Oilers are "talented underachievers".

But let me let you in on a little secret: hard work without talent gets you just as far as talent without hard work (check the standings if you don't believe me). But I'd rather have underachievers on my team than talentless plugs because you can't teach talent and once they get motivated, watch out...

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#99 vetinari
December 27 2013, 08:21PM
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Monaertchi Gaudnett wrote:

Top line, Monahan, Gio, Butler. Whoever they draft in the top 5 this summer.

Monahan is a keeper... will be dangerous in about 2 years when he fills out his frame.

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#100 Serious Gord
December 27 2013, 09:06PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Glencross and Russell?..........and we're missing Linus Omark and Ben Eagre...so that's like a draw.

The oil would kill for the likes of glencross and Russell. They are very much the type of players they need.

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