FGD: One Tin Soldier - The Legend of City Yak

Vintage Flame
April 01 2013 04:10PM

 

After Shelbyville showed us all that even a broken clock is right twice a day, the Battle of Alberta gamethread is back where it belongs. Oh and if you don’t get the reference in the title? Google is your friend.

Tonight, two teams on completely different roads will cross paths once again, where scoreboard watching will be put aside in favour of compulsory disdain and a sheer desire to lay the boots to one of your oldest rivals. Since 2009, it has been the Flames doing the majority of kicking, leading the head-to-head series 19-4.

Much has changed since the Flames and the Oilers last met on January 27th (when the good guys won 4-3), as Calgary seems to have taken a page out of the Oilers operational book and are on a slide towards the bottom of the league. The Oilers, meanwhile, are on the cusp of making a push towards unfamiliar territory of their own… the playoffs.

Somehow it seems fitting that these two squads would meet up today, April 1st. What has in recent history been dubbed the “Battle of Albrutal”, where either team is in the standings has been irrelevant because neither ever wants to lose this match-up, neither want to be the fool.

The Line-Up

We all know who the obvious loss to the lineup is, but we shouldn't forget who still is. Curtis Glencross loves himself a piece of the Oilers whenever the chance presents itself.

The Flames lineup is probably written in pencil, due to wide speculation around who might be staying and who might be leaving. Fronting the list is Jay Bouwmeester, with destinations including both Detroit and St. Louis. Others that are also coming up to be on the move are the likes of Tanguay, Sarich, Cammallerri and of course Glencross.

Very few are safe these days and there is going to be a lot of speculation leading right up to April 3rd. For now, here’s how SNET’s Pat Steinberg has the lines shaping up.

  • Glencross-Stajan-Stempniak
  • Tanguay-Cammallerri-Comeau
  • Hudler-Backlund-Cervenka
  • McGrattan-Begin-Jackman

  • Brodie-Bouwmeester
  • Giordano-Wideman
  • Butler-Sarich

  • Kiprusoff

The Oilers have to be licking their chops at the thought of facing Miikka Kiprusoff tonight with his less than stellar performance between the pipes this year. However he is also 15-2 in his last 17 starts against Edmonton with a 2.43 GAA. He will have to be “that guy” tonight in order to give his team a legit chance at putting a dent in the Oilers’ playoff hopes.

It will also be very interesting to see how long Hartley leaves the Czech’s with Backlund. Cervenka has been playing with a lot more confidence and certainty in the month of March, and Backlund’s creative and bold play is an interesting match that has the potential to pay dividends.

The Village Idiots

The Oil have won three straight for the first time this season. That is part of a 6-2-2 record in their last ten that has them sitting 11th in the conference, just two points out of the top eight.

It’s no secret that the Oilers’ Achilles heel (other than playing in the NHL) has been from the blueline. This morning they penned Ladislav Smid to a four year extension with an AAV of $3.5 Million. That’s sure to be enough to put them over the hump right? Relax Shelbyville dwellers, we know, we know… “Laddy” is a great shot-blocker and he has all the intangibles right? RIGHT?

It’s a good thing the defence is all sorted out, now Ralph Kreuger can figure what the hell is wrong with his highly touted offensive talent. “Yak City” is more of a ghost town these days, registering just one assist in his last five games and hasn’t been part of the Oilers late push. In fact he hasn’t found the back of the net since February 25th, and only has 5 assists during the entire month of March.

Things aren’t that rosy for RNH this season either. The young center has a meagre three goals on sixty-six shots, giving him a whopping personal shooting percentage of 3.0%. That’s a far cry from last season’s 13.4% pace. Then again, I suppose it’s okay to fall off a cliff when you know you will safely land on the coat-tails of Taylor Hall. Well done Nuuuuuuge.

  • Hall-Nugent-Hopkins-Eberle
  • Paajarvi-Gagner-Hemsky
  • Jones-Horcoff-Yakupov
  • Petrell-Smyth-Brown

  • Smid-Petry
  • N. Schultz-J. Schultz
  • Whitney-Potter

  • Dubnyk

Sum it Up

Game Day Prediction: The Flames scrape the barrel for what remaining ounce of dignity they have left and continue the Alberta trend by winning this one 5-3; snapping their road loss streak at nine.

Obvious Game Day Prediction: Curtis Glencross sticks it once again to the team that let him go, showing two versions of his infamous “Scoreface”

Not-so-Obvious Game Day Prediction: Hot on the heels of scoring his fastest hat-trick in Oilers history, Taylor Hall is about due for some mis-hap that has always seem to keep him out of games against Calgary. Tonight will be no different as he and his buck-toothed face will be mistaken for the Easter Bunny, so all the other barely pubescent children on the team will bug him about not getting enough candy this weekend.

What makes this whole situation really funny is that the average Oil fan is like some giddy, pimpled-faced nerd who finally landed that date with his lab partner’s sister. They say they have been waiting for this day, this day of retribution. When all the stars are aligned and the Oil can take back the pride that the Flames have, for the last decade or so, used to clean their skate blades after the game.

Newsflash… We know, we’ve seen this coming for a long time too guys. What makes it funny though is that despite everything, the losses, the bad trades, the injuries… whatever you want to jeer Calgary about this time, they just keep beating the Oilers.

These days, for Flames fans.. that’s not quitte enough for now. However, for added entertainment, Flames fans appreciate the fans up North, the ones that are convinced that this is finally it. The time for the Oilers to take that step forward out of the mire and take their rightful place at the fornt of the class. That’s just awesome and I sincerely hope the Oilers do make the playoffs this year. It will make it that much better when they are bounced decisively and the Oilers management is left shaking their heads as to what went wrong.

One last thing…

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Vintage Flame is a Calgary based sports junkie that prefers to call hockey a "religion" rather than an addiction. He believes there are two types of hockey fans. Those who cheer for the Flames, and those who don't understand the sport yet. Follow Vintage_Flame on Twitter
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#1 The Soup Fascist
April 01 2013, 04:47PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

Also, the Oiler fans in here are probably the least intellegent and thin skinned turds I have ever seen.

Definition of "IRONY" - spelling "intelligent" wrong while informing people how dumb you think THEY are.

Thanks Calgary, you never let us down!

PS Dont even think of correcting it now, Jethro.

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#2 Soft Hands McSteeley - FIST Movement
April 01 2013, 04:12PM
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Flamers suck a big FIST

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#3 Robin Brownlee
April 01 2013, 10:45PM
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So, we've got to do the GDBs for the next, what, 23 straight games?

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#4 gongshow
April 01 2013, 11:19PM
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Will there be enough Quebec high school kids available for all of these Flames draft picks?

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#5 Eddie Shore
April 01 2013, 04:42PM
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Oilers 100 Flames 0.

/thread

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#6 Baresnake
April 01 2013, 04:22PM
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Hope you enjoyed writing your last GDB/FGD Vintage Flame. Oilers win 18-0 Obvious game day prediction!

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#7 Mike Krushelnyski
April 01 2013, 11:18PM
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Todd wrote:

I'll bet you $2,500 the Flames don't surpass the oilers next year. Let me know if you are interested. Straight bet, based on standings at year end 2014.

Hope you don't mind getting paid in Warcraft gold.

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#8 The Soup Fascist
April 01 2013, 11:45PM
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DSF wrote:

I'm guessing its because you're an idiot.

Witty comeback. You are really off your game the last few days. Everything OK, Skippy?

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#9 dougtheslug
April 01 2013, 11:52PM
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DSF wrote:

I'm guessing its because you're an idiot.

Wow, what a turnaround - look at what DSF has been reduced to - he is now officially less witty and entertaining than NewAgeSystem.

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#10 ghostofberanek
April 01 2013, 04:32PM
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Wow, just....wow. Does this guy watch hockey at all? This is a prime example of your typical Calgarian, no class and delusional. Is Glencross your big star then?

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#11 The Soup Fascist
April 01 2013, 04:36PM
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Nice lineup. These guys aren't household names in their own houses.

If this group was playing hockey in my backyard, I would pull down the blinds.

My car got broken into the other day and I had two tickets to the Flames game at the Saddledome on my dash, when I got back to the car, you guessed it .....FOUR tickets.

Vintage Flame, when you were born you were so ugly, the doctor slapped your Mother!

I got hundreds of 'em ....I'm here all week, Folks - try the veal.

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#12 michael
April 01 2013, 04:50PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

Also, the Oiler fans in here are probably the least intellegent and thin skinned turds I have ever seen.

Intellegent? Ok OilersNation can you see the irony in this post.Will leave it at that.

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#13 ghostofberanek
April 01 2013, 04:53PM
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@jeremywilhelm

Hahaha not sure if they can top that Jankowski kid. Maybe they'll draft some high schooler from Stettler with their top 5 pick this year hmm?

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#14 RexLibris
April 01 2013, 10:44PM
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@DSF

How? With what assets could the Flames address all of their organizational needs to surpass the Oilers (granted, historically not the highest bar to leap)?

They have very few prospects, one high draft pick, one mid-range (conditions depending), and one likely lower range pick in the first round this year. No 2nd round pick and no 5th round pick (thus far).

In their prospect pool they have one single NHL-ready prospect to attract the attention of other NHL GMs.

They could leverage virtually every one of those assets for NHL-ready talent, then spend a king's ransom in a shallow free-agent pool this summer and come out as...?

I haven't even mentioned the questionable team management skills that Jay Feaster has displayed thus far in his NHL career.

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#15 Dog Train
April 01 2013, 04:33PM
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Oilers win 10-0. Hall breaks his own record for fastest hat trick to start a game with 3 goals in the first five minutes.

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#16 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
April 01 2013, 04:57PM
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How do our farts smell, Calgary?

Must really suck to be a Calgary Lames (never more fitting to have that name) fan now, knowing they won't even hit rock bottom for another 2 yrs yet. You're all welcome to tune into Oiler games for your hockey fix these next half dozen yrs.

Who's your daddy again Calgary!

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#17 Will
April 01 2013, 08:12PM
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DSF wrote:

Wouldn't it be something if the Flames without Jaybo and Iginla beat the Oilers?

Wouldn't it be something if DSF wasn't completely delusional for once?

Edit Edmonton up one nothing. Goal from one of our many, many future superstars.

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#18 Citizen David
April 01 2013, 08:24PM
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DSF wrote:

SOG

8-1 Calgary.

That will work.

Goals 2-0 Edmonton

that will work.

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#19 Dennis
April 01 2013, 08:28PM
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Aww, Ryan Jones is such a good guy giving Kipper that softy to stop so he feels more competent.

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#20 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 01 2013, 10:36PM
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eat it flames!

let your frustration be endless.

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#21 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
April 01 2013, 04:49PM
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A lot of "why did I write that" content in this one, considering the next GDB/FGD will be written in less than 48 hours.

Brave, you are, Vintage! But no surprise here - big balls don't always equate to a big brain. ;)

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#22 vetinari
April 01 2013, 04:58PM
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Poor Flamers-- I'd like to talk to you about our incompetent management but you've got Uncle Fester or something at the helm who doesn't seem to know NHL waiver rules when it comes to mid-season offer sheets; I'd also like to talk to you about the pain of losing franchise guys like Smyth at trade deadlines but you lost Squiggly Joe or whatever his name was recently and that might be hurtful; so instead I'll talk to you about no matter how incompetent our management team is or the number of franchise players we trade away, we still rather would be us than a sorry bunch of yahoos like you.

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#23 J-Dogg
April 01 2013, 05:04PM
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So, to sum up:

Flames suck more now, but it's all good cause you saw it coming and have made peace with it.

Our 1st and 2nd year rookies aren't putting up 70 points per season yet and are therefore busts.

And the rapidly fading silver lining on the $#!tcloud that is the flames present and foreseeable future is that you still hold a better reg season record against us.

That about it?

If I had to swallow a pill like that all those sour grapes would make a relatively sweet chaser to me too.

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#24 Senator Theo
April 01 2013, 05:40PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

Also, the Oiler fans in here are probably the least intellegent and thin skinned turds I have ever seen.

lulz - "intellegent"? You must be a "genious". ;-)

Go Oilers!

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#25 vetinari
April 01 2013, 07:40PM
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Wow... what a return for J.Bo.... a mid to late first round pick, a prospect goalie and a 5'9" defenceman... I am so glad you guys have Feaster leading your "retooling" efforts... I'm sure that everything will work out for you guys in 4 to 6 years.

I'm sorry, but I should say it again in Calgarian: "Howdy pardners, but y'all are screwed tighter than a preacher's daughter".

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#26 Jay
April 01 2013, 08:42PM
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Watching this game is alot like seeing a rat get run over by a car and watching him twitch until he dies.... You kinda feel sorry for the poor little guy until you remember that you hate rats!

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#27 Oilfan69
April 01 2013, 09:59PM
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I wonder how many second round picks Feaster will be able to flip those 1st round picks into?

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#28 Eddie Shore
April 01 2013, 10:40PM
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Why in the hell would any UFA's sign in Calgary?

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#29 FootballJimmy
April 01 2013, 04:25PM
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Wanye's gonna blow a gasket when he sees that Eberle pic.

This post is a good reminder that the passion behind the BoA hasn't died.

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#30 jeremywilhelm
April 01 2013, 04:41PM
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This game can't go wrong for Flames fans really. Either they beat the Oilers and help keep them out of playoffs, or they lose and get one step closer to an excellent prospect.

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#31 Time Travelling Sean
April 01 2013, 05:32PM
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You suck at this. I can appreciate chiding, it can be fun, but you suck at it.

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#32 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 06:12PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Nice lineup. These guys aren't household names in their own houses.

If this group was playing hockey in my backyard, I would pull down the blinds.

My car got broken into the other day and I had two tickets to the Flames game at the Saddledome on my dash, when I got back to the car, you guessed it .....FOUR tickets.

Vintage Flame, when you were born you were so ugly, the doctor slapped your Mother!

I got hundreds of 'em ....I'm here all week, Folks - try the veal.

Just needed this to make an appearance on the 2nd page.

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#33 Wax Man Riley
April 01 2013, 07:29PM
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DSF wrote:

Nonsense.

Call it what you will but, if the Flames end up with 4 first round picks, they can become dangerous very quickly.

Rex Libris should be weeping but he won't admit it.

Only if they trade those picks for real players. As we have all seen, a team of 18-22 year old players does not a competitive team make.

If they keep the picks, they are 3-4 years from the playoffs.

No Goalie.

No Forward depth.

No Defense depth.

Draft picks will not fix that anytime soon.

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#34 Mac962
April 01 2013, 07:30PM
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Lets play Slap a Flame in the face and spit on their Jersey.

I have a t-shirt of the Flames i am going to degrade shortly.

I hate everything Calgary. Except the MILFS i do biweekly

when i pass through.

How's that COWTOWNERS !!

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#35 Butters
April 01 2013, 07:35PM
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Wahoo, Jaybo never makes the playoffs. St Loo out, just Columbus and Dallas to worry about now.

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#36 Eddie Shore
April 01 2013, 07:52PM
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DSF wrote:

You haven't accounted for the Kiprusoff and Cammalleri $12 million.

Oilers are years away from a cup run.

I'd wager the Flames get there first.

April Fools? Good grief.

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#37 Butters
April 01 2013, 08:11PM
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The Flames have Junior Schultz figured out.

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#38 Jay
April 01 2013, 08:26PM
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How many more times do we get to play these lamers? I like these free 2 points

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#39 dotfras
April 01 2013, 08:34PM
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Flames fan here. I acknowledge we suck. Also am highly entertained by all of the banter. The only entertaining & redeeming factor to the Flames tonight is the Hudler-Backlund-Cervenka line. They are playing well.

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#40 NewAgeSys
April 01 2013, 08:50PM
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Jay wrote:

Watching this game is alot like seeing a rat get run over by a car and watching him twitch until he dies.... You kinda feel sorry for the poor little guy until you remember that you hate rats!

Just make sure in your world that the rat is wearing a red jersey and a wee little Plough-boy hat and you wont feel so bad watching that playaction,ha ha ha.

I love it, we need to cut our teeth on teams like Calgary, this is history repeating itself, next year Cowpietown will be arming up with beasts to survive in our division.

We need to keep a hate on for any team with the cojones to think they can take our two points, no one has a right to touch those points, if we lose them its because we didnt protect them. Calgary needs to be pounded to dirt until we adjust the overall Franchise win/loss numbers to reflect the reality of today,we need to pound them for at least 5 years hard to even things up. It has begun.

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#41 Terran
April 01 2013, 09:47PM
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@DSF

Wow, getting really tired of your nonsense...

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#42 Clyde Frog
April 01 2013, 09:54PM
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Terran wrote:

Wow, getting really tired of your nonsense...

It's okay he just cranky when he runs out of Dr. Pepper and stats don't add up...

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#43 RexLibris
April 01 2013, 10:22PM
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@DSF

They had a huge opportunity last year as well with a number of expiring UFAs.

Having a tremendous amount of cap space may also be their undoing if they try to spend their way out of this hole.

I'm sorry, why will I be weeping? This sounds vaguely threatening and I'm not certain what I've ever done to incur your attention in this regard. I've never trolled Flames fans, I'm not especially enamoured with the Oilers management during this rebuild, and I have been very vocal about fans of both teams carrying themselves with dignity in this rivalry.

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#44 MrBacon
April 01 2013, 10:23PM
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DSF wrote:

You will be weeping.

With those draft picks and that much cap space, they have a huge opportunity.

You sound just as delusional as we did 5 or so years ago.

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#45 jonny94
April 01 2013, 10:36PM
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DSF wrote:

Won't happen.

Blues are in their way.

Will happen you pessimistic troll. Shut up and go cheer for a team u like and quit commenting on an Oilers website. Where's clydefrog with a new DSF segment when u need him.

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#46 nofool6110
April 01 2013, 10:38PM
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Hey, Vintage Flames

Yak City thinks your tears are delicious.

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#47 They're $hittie
April 01 2013, 11:51PM
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@DSF

JUST STOP TALKING FOR THE NEXT MONTH.

You flap your gums so much you think one intelligent thing would eventual come out, but nothing does.

When it comes time to admit you are wrong on something that you have quoted before you are never around to say anything. This happens a lot.

...Kiprusoff is not fetching you a first round pick. You are stuck with him now.

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#48 Jay
April 02 2013, 12:14AM
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Besides the easy points the flamers are gonna give us to end the season, lets all thank that joke team for trading bouwmeester to st.louis!!! With him on the team it's guaranteed they won't make the playoffs! it's almost like they're cheering us on!

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#49 Bucknuck
April 02 2013, 12:27AM
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Nice to see the Oilers win another one. Still 13 games left to play, (over 25% of the season), so there is still a lot of room to move in either direction.

I just hope they keep their foot on the gas. It would be gratifying to see the team make it to the playoffs, if only to silence to trolls for a while.

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#50 Crack Smacker
April 01 2013, 04:23PM
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Streak better end tonight!

That Flames forward lineup is just pitiful.

I call a 5-1 win Oilers

Ebs with a pair.

And Brown steps up to a big boy and ktfo's him

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