GDB 31.0: THE BOA

Wanye
December 07 2013 01:11PM

 

Proud new parents Traci and Jason welcomed their son Beckett William Douglas Gregor into the world on December 4th, 2013. This Battle of Alberta article is dedicated to him.

We met a nice little fellow at an Oilers game a few weeks back. Standing in line for pizza we saw that we were both sporting the Eberle 14 and got to talking business. "I am 8 years old and I haven't seen the Oilers in the playoffs once" we were informed in no uncertain terms by our fellow Oilers fan.

Doing some quick mental math we calculated he was indeed alive for the glorious run of '06. "What about the Cup run? You were alive for that" we replied. The kid rolled his eyes as only kids can towards moron adults and said matter of factly "yeah but I was just a baby so that doesn't count."

"Well what is your best Oilers memory then" we asked. "I dunno," came the reply after some time. "Maybe Yak sliding across the ice after that goal?"

Yikes. By the time we were 8 years old the Oilers had already won the Stanley Cup 4 times. 

Your average 8 year old Oilers fan been alive for the playoffs exactly once and we have it on good authority that the one year apparently doesn't count. And before you start laughing Flames fans things aren't much better down there having missed the playoffs four years in a row.

Look at little Cameron here, taken to his first Oilers game by my main man @clayballs22 the other night.  See the intent gaze in Cameron's eyes? There is no mistaking that look. He is there to see Oilers wins. Fellas like Cameron deserve great memories of their team as a tyke which will cement his status as a superfan later on in life.

We pity these kids of today. No wins, no playoffs, nothing to get excited about re-enacting whilst playing mini stick hockey at recess until you break your little wooden stick on another kid in overtime and get a half day suspension in the library and a lifetime ban from recess hockey.*

That's what being a lil fan of the Oilers or Flames is all about. Not rebuilds, labour disruptions and cheering for Entry Draft lottery wins.

We want better hockey in the next 8 years than we have seen in the past 8. If not for the sake of our shattered heart and expectations but for kids like Paul, dressed in his Oilers finery by proud dad @dahoosman in the expectation he too will become a big fan if he isn't already. 

Heck we even want better hockey for you Calgary, for all the poor misguided kids wearing Flames jerseys for whom the Igninla years will only be a story from before their time. Here's hoping to the emergence of the next generation of Iginlas in the North and South of Alberta that the Becketts, Camerons and Pauls will tell teach their kids about one day.

And here's to the Battle of Albertas of tomorrow. Games where there are playoff implications, with both sides dreading having to face each other down the stretch. Epic pitched battles on minus 30 nights that will cause kids like Beckett William Douglas Gregor to replay the game over and over again in his mind as he tries in vain to sleep after the final whistle.

Magic games that will ignite a whole new generation of fans of our respective teams.

*The Life of Wanye Gretz circa 1987

LINES - EDM - 14th place (10-18-2)

Hall - Gagner - Yakupov

Perron - The Nuge - Eberle

Smyth - Arcobello - Hemsky

Gazdic - Lander - Jones

Ference - Larsen

N. Schultz - J. Schultz

Marincin - Petry 

Dubnyk

LINES - CGY - 13th place - (10-14-2)

The Flames hadn't tweeted their lines as of press time here so this lineup is the latest from our friends over at DailyFaceOff.com: 

Cammalleri - Stajan - Stempniak 

Hudler - Backlund - D. Jones 

Baertschi - Byron - B. Jones 

MacDermid - Bouma - Smith

Butler - Giordano

Russell- Brodie

Smid - O'Brien

Berra

Expect last minute changes to both lineups as game time nears.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Since I'm going to the game, the Oilers will win. Sir Eberle pots a pair as the Oilers win 5-1.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Considering I forgot to include this with the original article, the Oilers will get off to a slow start, but like just my beer consumption at the game, they will pick up speed in the final few periods and cruise to victory.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: I've decided to ditch my Eberle jersey for this game and go with my new Gazdic. I don't expect Lucky Luke to score very often, but after fighting that behemoth McGratton, I felt the urge to support Gazdic. My new jersey is also popular with the ladies, and Wanye Manor will be rocking later tonight after the Gaz Man picks up unexpected second-period assist and makes me look good to some unlucky lady who had three Rexall Beers.

UPDATE: THESE PREDICTIONS ARE COUNTERFEIT HAVING BEEN ADDED BY PAPA GREGOR IN MY NAME - WG

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#1 Kent Wilson
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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HAHAHAHAHA

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#2 Lowetide
December 07 2013, 01:17PM
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Hope he's a center! Congrats, the Gregors!

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#3 Johe
December 07 2013, 01:25PM
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Dear Wanye:

This GDB is surprisingly classy and well written.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU????!!!!!!!

OILERS WIN 5-1! YEAH BABY!!!!!!!

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#4 whoaaaaa
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Great news !!!! Bob Stauffer says the Oilers will learn a lesson from this game !!! It seems they were unaware you have to work hard for the whole game... different results are sure to follow now that this lesson has been learned.

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#5 madjam
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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Lucky we even got a point . How can Oilers let Flames outwork us like that , especially at home ?

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#6 Primo
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Can you imagine The Oilers and The Eskimos! The 2 worst franchises in pro sports history and they belong to Edmonton......Sweet!

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#7 OilFan
December 07 2013, 10:55PM
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Eberle was terrible in this game. How many times do you turn the puck over with a weak toe drag. SHOOT IT.

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#8 Hockey fan 2013
December 07 2013, 10:57PM
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Oilers you blow!!! 3 drafts picks later and you lose to the worst team in hockey. Can't wait to hear Eakins excuse tonight. " we just didn't play the whole 60". Really genius. Loser!!!

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#9 Mullen Mania
December 07 2013, 11:09PM
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Flames now clearly the 13th best team in the West, but don't fret Oiler fans one day your team may claim 13th place...they seem to have that kind of potential ;)

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#10 Spydyr
December 07 2013, 01:57PM
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OGDP: J Shultz switches to a thong from his frilly panties . It gives him enough gumption to ask a Flame politely not to run over his goalie.Smid still groggy from a head shot earlier in the shift from Gazdic forgets he now plays for the Flames and tunes his new teammate who ran Dubnyk.J Shultz skates to the corner curls up in the fetal position and starts sobbing uncontrollably.

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#11 Rod from Viking
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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"Accountability", Schultz made two horrible plays on that goal, he needs a press box night.

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#12 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

"Accountability", Schultz made two horrible plays on that goal, he needs a press box night.

Jr. Has needed a press box night since the start of the season.

Accountability indeed

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#13 Captain Ron
December 07 2013, 11:07PM
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Well that's that. Another gutsy performance by the Flames on a Saturday night.

Eat Poop Oilers.

Click.

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#14 kittensandcookies
December 07 2013, 01:19PM
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edited by Wanye due to commenter embarassing himself

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#15 bookofloob
December 07 2013, 02:03PM
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Beautifully put together GDB, Wanye. Who wrote it for you?

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#16 bwar
December 07 2013, 11:01PM
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I love it when the Oilers just stand around and watch the other team. Really gets me excited for the future.

Also any chance we can trade all of our forwards to get another Perron or two? Seems like he is the only player who wants to win out there.

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#17 Arius Mumin
December 07 2013, 10:49PM
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vetinari wrote:

I would love to play poker with Eakins... when they pan the camera over to his direction... you always know what he is thinking... it's usually along the lines of "for f#$^'s sakes"...

During the game, when the camera is recording the Calgary bench you see their coach walking up and down and talking to his players, but when you see Egins he looks like he is trying to remember if he polished all his wife's toys before he left the house.

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#18 jl
December 07 2013, 10:56PM
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Good work coilers you got into OT valuable piont for your playoff push ..... oh wait

Well anyway eat it oiler douche

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#19 Walter White
December 07 2013, 10:59PM
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Perfect game for the flames; beat those douchbag Oilers, yet gave them a point which might come in handy in the draft lottery...... Great game by the Flames after playing the night before.. step got his revenge on as well by scoring on Ference, would have been better if someone would have punched Ferences teeth in as well. WW

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The Battle of All-brutal on HNIC!

FIST!

#GOILERS

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#21 Eulers
December 07 2013, 10:58PM
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Strange to see the Oilers dominate in the dot and have the wingers chip in to win the draws. Is this the Oilers?

Time for J. Schultz & Gagner to spend a night in the pressbox. Can't believe Hudler was left open in front of the net for the OT goal.

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#22 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 11:18PM
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As completely epicly stupid it would be, right now if the oilers traded Ebbs , Gagner , Yak and Schultz to the flames for Stempniak and Giordano they would be a much improved team. That's how bad their work ethic and systems play is.

Remember those early 2000's teams where all we wanted was one player like a Eberle or Hall.

Now we have those and we want a team like those early 2000's to play with them.

Critical mistake was dumping all the character vets the oilers had at the start of the rebuild. Looks like the flames were paying attention.

I still have faith it will happen with these kids. We're behind though. And I don't want to see any one of the kids traded unless we get the d man we need back. Oil are way too far invested now.

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#23 Captain Ron
December 08 2013, 12:42AM
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Nick24 wrote:

You think that Oilers are worse than the Flames? Our work ethic may be better but if you look at skill in every position, the Oilers are better. On paper it should not be competitive.

I'd take Dubnik over Ramo or Berra almost every day. Maybe even Bryzgalov. Eberle, Hall, and NRH are clearly better offensive players than any one on the Flames. I'd say that we have a better Defence than the Oil but on paper they are a better team and they should be able to beat the Flames pretty consistently.

I think the key word here is "TEAM".

The game is not played on paper.

I don't care how good there offensive players are. Their defensive play is usually pretty offensive.

It is not difficult to play against the Oilers. That awesome offence of theirs has scored a whole six more goals than the Flames have this year....in two more games played. They have allowed seven more goals as well.

Hudler would would be the leading scorer on the Oilers. I think that makes him as good as any of them. Cammy's pretty good too. Ditto Glencross when he's on.

In a seven game series right now with both rosters fully healthy I think the Flames win the series. To me that makes them the better "team ". Their defense is definitely better.

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#24 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 04:35PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Why are all the oiler trolls on FLAMES NATION???

What's the over/under on how many times this comment appears during the game tonight. I'm going with 12

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#25 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 10:56PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Buttler is a turn over machine and proves the coach is trying his best to get high draft pick by playing him

We have about 7 or 8 or those machines that you speak of on the oilers.

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#26 Flamers
December 07 2013, 11:04PM
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Wow brutal BOA game.... You can tell were bottom of the NHL

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#27 Captain Ron
December 07 2013, 11:11PM
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Hockey fan 2013 wrote:

Oilers you blow!!! 3 drafts picks later and you lose to the worst team in hockey. Can't wait to hear Eakins excuse tonight. " we just didn't play the whole 60". Really genius. Loser!!!

The Oilers are below the Flames in the standings. I think that makes them worse. Talent without work ethic does not = wins.

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#28 Lober
December 07 2013, 11:11PM
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HAHAHAHAHA SUCK IT OILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#29 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
December 07 2013, 11:57PM
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Nick24 wrote:

You think that Oilers are worse than the Flames? Our work ethic may be better but if you look at skill in every position, the Oilers are better. On paper it should not be competitive.

I'd take Dubnik over Ramo or Berra almost every day. Maybe even Bryzgalov. Eberle, Hall, and NRH are clearly better offensive players than any one on the Flames. I'd say that we have a better Defence than the Oil but on paper they are a better team and they should be able to beat the Flames pretty consistently.

If they`re so frickin great, why do they blow year after year and finish dead last more often than not. Jeez, pass the crystal meth around; maybe we will all become delusional that way.

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#30 FlamesRule
December 07 2013, 01:24PM
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The Score has Berra in net tonight - get ready for another white knuckler!

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#31 Baresnake
December 07 2013, 01:27PM
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You forget to mention one thing, Wanye. Dine on excrement, Flames!

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#32 dawgtoy
December 07 2013, 02:01PM
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In going to the game tonight. I go to an average of four each season. I haven't seen the Oilers win a game since game 6 of the SCF's 2006. I really hope my luck will change tonight. Calgary will play they're third in four nights. They're tired after a tough loss to Colorado. They're fighting the flu bug, but I tend to be the kiss of death to all that is Oilers. I'm still going. I'm drinking Rexall beers and I'm going. Go Oilers Go. Eat Sh!t Flamers.

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#33 T&A4Flames
December 07 2013, 02:06PM
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Congrats Gregor and family!!

Wow, a couple wins and you Oiler fans are all over that bandwagon again. Looking forward to squashing your hopes and dreams again tonight.

GFG!!!

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#34 Sam Reinhart
December 07 2013, 10:05PM
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I do feel sorry for the young players that play for the Oilers they stunt their growth. They ruin players.

Perron and Gordon come from other organizations and know how to play. Give them a couple more years Oilers will brainwash them.

Please Please don't draft me.

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#35 orangepylon
December 07 2013, 10:48PM
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Perron is a frickin stud

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#36 TDM
December 07 2013, 11:00PM
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Suck it oil...even better that you got the late goal to give you hope...let's face it, we're not going to the playoffs for a while, but you guys are never going to get there...that was awesome.!

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#37 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 07 2013, 04:03PM
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"...Calgary has taken five of seven and eight of the last 11 encounters at Rexall Place.

Edmonton is currently last in the Pacific Division with 22 points, but is only two points behind the Flames for sixth place."

I was really hoping that the Flames could pick at least top three this draft in their one to two year rebuild, but the Oiler's just cannot get out of their own way!

No matter how many of flames top forwards or defenseman are out injured, no matter how many face-punchers the coach insists on playing each game, and no matter that the Flames play the worst goalie in the league on purpose (Bera)to "see if he develops" while really trying to secure a high draft... the Oiler's still find a way to lose more games.

Even when the Flames are trying to get the draft picks... oiler's still suck worse.

it isn't even fun to make fun of the Oiler's or Oiler fans anymore!

PLEASE edmonton for the love of hockey, string together some wins!

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#38 KetchupKid
December 07 2013, 04:05PM
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Flames win 1-0. Smid gets the game's only goal.

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#39 madjam
December 07 2013, 11:00PM
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Lucky we even got a point . How can Oilers let Flames outwork us like that , especially at home ?

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#40 Captain Ron
December 07 2013, 11:26PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

As completely epicly stupid it would be, right now if the oilers traded Ebbs , Gagner , Yak and Schultz to the flames for Stempniak and Giordano they would be a much improved team. That's how bad their work ethic and systems play is.

Remember those early 2000's teams where all we wanted was one player like a Eberle or Hall.

Now we have those and we want a team like those early 2000's to play with them.

Critical mistake was dumping all the character vets the oilers had at the start of the rebuild. Looks like the flames were paying attention.

I still have faith it will happen with these kids. We're behind though. And I don't want to see any one of the kids traded unless we get the d man we need back. Oil are way too far invested now.

Stempniak and Gio are awesome.

Stemp for Langkow was one of our best trades ever.

The Oilers NEED guys like this.

Honorable mention to Matt Stajan. He's a much improved player for the Flames.

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#41 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 01:52PM
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I also look forward to the day the BOA matters again. But until that day comes we will make do with trouncings of the godless flames without implications to playoff hopes for either team. In this meaningless game oilers win by blowout. 7-1.

# flames suck b@lls !!!!!!

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#42 Clayballs22
December 07 2013, 02:41PM
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Nice article Wanye. Thanks for including Cameron & I. And congratulations to the Gregor family. Love the little guys name!

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#43 vetinari
December 07 2013, 02:56PM
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Congrats on the new addition to OilersNation! Remember... sometimes when they get to be teenagers they like to rebel a little and try out weird things... like being a goth or emo or a Flames fan... just give it time and it will pass...

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#44 Jeff In Lethbridge
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it's hard to bet against the Flames tonight. I mean, afterall, how often does Calgary get to play someone below them in the Standings during the first moments of their rebuild?

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#45 Loyal Oil
December 08 2013, 12:11AM
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Until oiler fans are willing to put real pressure on the Oilers' owner to do something about the failed Oilers' management, I think that we are going to have a whole lot more nights like tonight where the Oilers' fans just are just going to end up extremely frustrated.

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#46 Oilers Coffey
December 07 2013, 01:30PM
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Lets Go Oilers!!! Eat sh!t Flames!!! Tonight's a guaranteed win night for the good guys! Oilers win 5-1

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#47 Todd
December 07 2013, 05:00PM
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Todd wrote:

Boooo hoooo... If Stempniak doesn't like losing his teeth he shouldn't throw cheap hits he can't back up.

Watch the video, Fernuckle gave him plenty of time to drop his mitts. He asked to fight several times. He just didn't take no for an answer. Big difference.

Suck it up princess.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQVh69CTDqg

Plenty of 'time to drop his gloves' if he wasn't cowering trying to get away.

This was actually Ferrence's finest moment as an Oiler IMO.

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#48 YFC Prez
December 07 2013, 05:01PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

Will this be the night that the Oiler cheap shot artist Andrew Ferret has to pay for punching someone who didn't want to fight, before he got his gloves off, knocking out some teeth?

wouldn't it be awesome if the flames new face puncher, Mc-Whatever-his-name-is, nails an oiler star for a few teeth before he even gets his gloves off? that would be good ol fashioned hockey that all the alberta fans could appreciate, north and south!

Nope

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#49 Todd
December 07 2013, 05:15PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

his finest moment???

hahahaha

no doubt, taking all his hockey play etc into account, this would be.. lol

It was a truly beautiful moment. Stood up for himself. Knocked teeth out. Embarrassed Stempniak. No player on the Shames did ANYTHING. We won the game. That game was the start of a nice 6-3 run. So really that bit of Flames face punching was the turning point of the season really.

It was poetry.

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#50 vetinari
December 07 2013, 10:06PM
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Ricky wrote:

Oilers are losing to the worst team on paper in the NHL and they are missing players and some are sick tonight and playing.

Ha Ha Ha

Your point??? How did you think we earned the worst record in the West? By having NHL quality goaltending? Defencemen who can play defence? A centre and maybe a couple of big wingers on the roster? Sir, we earned it by having the worst management team in professional sports. And if there is a decision to be made that could affect the outcome of a hockey game, rest assured, we will make the wrong one. Now please give us our top 5 draft pick and tell us when the 2014 training camp is here...

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