Of course it Stinks: Suck it up

Robin Brownlee
September 22 2013 03:11PM

Of course it stinks that the Edmonton Oilers will start the 2013-14 season without Sam Gagner, who has a broken jaw after a stupid and dangerous play by Zack Kassian of the Vancouver Canucks Saturday. This we know.

Gagner lost several teeth and had his jaw broken in two places after Kassian missed him with an attempted hit along the boards and then whipped his stick around at head-level, catching the Oiler centre in the mouth.

Gagner could be out for a month – possibly longer if he needs surgery to have his jaw wired shut. We don’t know for sure yet because there's been no definitive word from the Oilers, who skated at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park today.

With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also expected to miss the start of the season while he recovers from shoulder surgery, first-year coach Dallas Eakins has next-to-no depth down the middle as the Oilers prepare to face the Winnipeg Jets in their season opener Oct. 1.

After Taylor Hall, making the switch to pivot with RNH out, the men in the middle as of now are Boyd Gordon and two more from the mix of Mark Arcobello, Anton Lander and Will Acton – unless GM Craig MacTavish picks up the phone and makes a deal.

WHAT NOW?

While it's understandable if fans lament the timing of the injury or bicker about the need for more toughness in the line-up – there is merit in the argument but dressing a hammer against the Canucks wouldn’t have prevented the knucklehead play by Kassian – that isn't going to heal Gagner's busted jaw. The Oilers can moan or suck it up. Hall, for one, will go with the latter.

"I feel bad for him, but we're going to have make up for it," Hall said. "It looks like I'm going to be playing a bit more centre than I had originally planned. That's just the way it goes sometimes. I mean, not everything is going to go according to plan and this is one of those things."

"Whatever you have to do to help this team win," said Gordon, who will be pressed into duty as the second-line centre. "If I've got to move up, or whatever the case, sometimes when you lose one of your better players, I think it brings everybody together and makes everybody bear down a little bit more and focus on what they have to do to help the team win."

Until we have a more definitive time frame on Gagner, there's no way of knowing if MacTavish will come into play, as in looking outside the organization for help. Most likely, the cavalry will have to ride to the rescue from within, for better or worse – more Hall, Gordon and the rest.

Yes, it stinks. Carry on.

ROSTER CUTS

The Oilers trimmed their roster to 33 today (20 forwards, 11 defensemen and two goaltenders).

Assigned to Oklahoma City of the AHL were: Richard Bachman, Brad Hunt, Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin, Ryan Martindale, Andrew Miller and Ty Rimmer. Jujhar Khaira was returned to Everett of the WHL.

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#1 extroy
September 22 2013, 03:23PM
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Fist injury of the year.... :( hopefully not a sign

Anybody going to see the Oilers against the Canucks at Rexall Place tonight? I got a sweeeeeeeeeeet pair of seats in the lower bowl from a friend. Picked 'em up for just $250 for the pair. Woooohooooo! Goilers!

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#2 nick
September 22 2013, 08:00PM
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Teams take such liberties with the Oilers because there is no worry of retribution. Time for McT to get a tough guy here. Who cares if he plays 3 minutes a game need him on the bench. On another note who the heck does Eakins think he is?? Mike Babcock?? He is a damn rookie coach should be behind the bench learning how to run an NHL bench not in the stands watching. I see why this guy wants a young team as a veteran team would tune him out real fast. Earn your stripes Eakins

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#3 WONGER
September 22 2013, 09:04PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

That over-reaction will cost Toronto's new and high-priced acquisition 10 games for leaving the bench to join the scrap. Dumb move by Clarkson.

WRONG AGAIN !!! COURAGEOUS move by Clarkson to stick up for his teammates!!! If BIG JOHN SCOTT were an OILER ( he was born in Edmonton and trains with Doug Glatt every August in Boston with his buddy Steve SMACINTYRE) KASSIAN and WOOSE would be getting their broken faces fixed like Gagner!!!

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#4 Mr common sense
September 23 2013, 12:19AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Actually that is NOT the law of thermodynamics, but one of 3 Newtons laws.....AND you made up the last half, AFTER butchering the first.

ME "why do you think a no NHL team will touch Kessel now?"

YOU: "When there is an equal and opposite reaction to any action..........the original action ceases to exist with time"

See still doesn't make sense. Why does that apply here.....maybe you should retort with Bernoulli's principle for incompressible fluids....

I told you dude, you can't understand.

2 of the following 3 things are true about you,I just know it: 1) you've never been in a fight 2) you've never led a team/group/staff 3) you've never played hockey

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#5 Katzhater
September 22 2013, 09:10PM
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It's over again. No point in kicking you hurting oilers fans while you're down. I will wait until arena deal finally shi!s the bed. Or hell freezes over.

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#6 Westcoastoil
September 22 2013, 04:09PM
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With the play of Nurse and Marincin + the volume of veteran D- is Klefbom the chip you trade for a C? Presumably he'd bring back more than most of the other prospects

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#7 DSF
September 22 2013, 08:49PM
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Harry wrote:

Of course depth at D isnt a bad thing. But ouur depth at C is so beyond bad right now it would.be suicide to not pick someone up.

I cant believe im saying this.but DSF was right. Now Mac has to prove he can deal with this. I hope he does in one way or another

Lost in the Gagner conversation is the reality that, save for an inch or two, Hall would also be out of the lineup.

Can you imagine centre depth of Gordon, Arcobello, Acton and Chuckles the Clown.

MacT refusing to deal with the issue is just as heinous as Tambellini's inaction last season.

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#8 DSF
September 22 2013, 09:25PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Yeah, that's a fun game to play. What would Vancouver's center depth be if Henrik Sedin was injured?:

Ryan Kesler (iffy, coming back from injury, has played exactly one exhibition game and looked tentative)

Jordan Schroeder (oh, wait, broken foot)

Bo Horvat

Brendan Gaunce

Kellan Lain

Alex Friesen

Zach Hamill

Mike Santorelli

Yikes! I'm starting to like Edmonton's lineup. Especially because HALL WASN"T INJURED!

Vancouver's centre depth is sketchy but it's much better than the Oilers.

Thing is...Henrik has NEVER been injured.

He's played every game, every season since 2004 while Hopkins and Gagner have both missed significant time with injuries.

Prior to the last 2 seasons, Kesler has played 4 complete 82 game seasons so it's a pretty good bet he'll be fine.

You are, of course forgetting that Vancouver is slotting Brad Richardson as their #3C and Mike Santorelli as their #4C with any of Horvat, Gaunce or Lain being a bonus if their play warrants it.

Sedin

Kesler

Richardson

Santorelli

Gaunce

Horvat

Lain

is a much better depth chart than...

Hall

Gordon

Lander

Acton

Chuckles the Clown

...no matter how you slice it.

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#9 John Chambers
September 22 2013, 04:39PM
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#10 Mr common sense
September 22 2013, 11:02PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

That over-reaction will cost Toronto's new and high-priced acquisition 10 games for leaving the bench to join the scrap. Dumb move by Clarkson.

No problem at all. Message is delivered. You do not touch Kessel. Point made around the league.

You think Semenko, McSorley, heck even Sather cared about a suspension? C'mon Brownlee, you've gone soft......this whole town has.

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#11 BillHK
September 23 2013, 04:55AM
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Not impressed with Eakins talkig in the game next to Katz, then telling the press how he liked the fact that Vancouver dressed a heavy team so that he could see how the Oilers played against bigger teams.

Stupid rookie coach mistake of dressing an almost full NHL team in a meaningless exhibition game when the other team dresses a team of minor league goons.

The Oil played guys that feature in HNIC and ESPN highlight reels, the Nucks played guys that feature in hockeyfights.com.

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#12 God
September 22 2013, 04:27PM
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If there are no suspensions, there will be retribution. Oil need a nuclear deterrent.

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#13 DSF
September 22 2013, 07:37PM
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Greg the Hammer Valentine wrote:

Do you think we jinxed the Oilers with all that talk about how little depth they have at center and how it would end in tragedy? Somehow I fell partly responsible...

There must be some resonably priced stop-gap centers out there. I'm thinking Pirri in Chicago or Goc in Florida.

Why, exactly, would Chicago or Florida move their reasonably priced centres?

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#14 Mr common sense
September 22 2013, 11:11PM
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WONGER wrote:

WRONG AGAIN !!! COURAGEOUS move by Clarkson to stick up for his teammates!!! If BIG JOHN SCOTT were an OILER ( he was born in Edmonton and trains with Doug Glatt every August in Boston with his buddy Steve SMACINTYRE) KASSIAN and WOOSE would be getting their broken faces fixed like Gagner!!!

100%. Someone that understands.

Nobody will go after Kessel now, and Hall and Ebs, just a matter of time before they get smashed, no fear for the opponent

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#15 Mr common sense
September 22 2013, 11:41PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Please tell me why a player will not go after Kessel again???? Very confused......... A player like Scott that was looking for a fight got one (which he won!)....he will never do that again???????????????

Because only in Edm do such acts go unpunished. The law of thermodynamics....check it out

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#16 Mr common sense
September 22 2013, 11:50PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

So what you are saying you want top players with large salaries to hope the boards and take 10 games suspensions?!? (And certainly the 2nd offenses would be greater as would they be if an injury were to happen))

....its going to cost him over half a million, btw.

I think you are making my point for me just fine......

Only those who disguise fear with reasons not to stand up for themselves are confused by this topic.

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#17 Mr common sense
September 22 2013, 08:08PM
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nick wrote:

Teams take such liberties with the Oilers because there is no worry of retribution. Time for McT to get a tough guy here. Who cares if he plays 3 minutes a game need him on the bench. On another note who the heck does Eakins think he is?? Mike Babcock?? He is a damn rookie coach should be behind the bench learning how to run an NHL bench not in the stands watching. I see why this guy wants a young team as a veteran team would tune him out real fast. Earn your stripes Eakins

Exactly. Or I should say......common sense

What happens when the renter doesn't pay on time and the landlord says nothing.

What happens when little Johnny doesn't listen to his parents and there is no punishment given to Johnny ever?

What happens when you don't take care of weeds in the garden when there are only a handful of them?

Answer: Watch tsn tonight and see what David clarkson does when the Sabre goes after Kessel. Then watch the Oiler 'responses' to yesterday's acts on hall and gagner. And no I'm not condoning a Putin-like response but tell me if you think anyone will freely go after Kessel again

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#18 Mr common sense
September 23 2013, 12:04AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

I have asked you several questions about your stance and you simply add quotes you googled from The Art of War rather than defend your stance.

Answer what basis you believe no team will touch Kessel again?

Otherwise I am done with this.

Go to sleep dude, you have obviously never led a team before, you can't understand.

The fact that you are focusing on Jon Scott and the money clarkson will lose shows you can't understand. It's about honour and brotherhood, fabric of winning teams. Watch the leafs this year, and watch Kessel, I'll explain it later this year when they are flying high and when you can't figure out where it all began

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#19 Mr common sense
September 22 2013, 11:15PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

You double-posted so I removed the second one -- no need to be wrong twice.

Clarkson's an honest, hard-nosed player, but that was a bonehead move on his part. Kessel had on-ice help (you can watch the replay) and Clarkson didn't need to come off the bench to get involved.

This from Toronto coach Randy Carlyle: "We're not proud or happy of what went on... David Clarkson made a mistake."

? You think Carlyle was going to say. " we are very proud of what Clarkson did, in fact I told him to do so" c'mon, give your head a shake. Only in Edm do players have to be told to stick up for one another and fight back. Sheesh

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#20 Mr common sense
September 22 2013, 11:53PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

That didn't even slightly answer my question.

ME: "why do you think no NHL team will not go after Kessel now?"

YOU: "Law of thermodynamics"

I don't see this conversation adding any value here

Did you even google it?

When there is an equal and opposite reaction to any action..........the original action ceases to exist with time. It's physics. Not just my opinion.

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#21 Mr common sense
September 22 2013, 05:33PM
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marty62 wrote:

Seen alot of doom and gloom with Sammy's injury, and its finally a sign that some of his naysayers are acknowledging that he is an important player on this team. yes, the Oilers will struggle a bit, but I liked Hall's reaction... referenced how well the Senators came together last year when they lost Karlsson and Spezza. I think Eakins will use this to motivate these kids. And we may be surprised who steps up and shows they belong in the NHL. I look forward to seeing how this group reacts to this injury.

I was waiting for someone to say this.

And no, because fans are now concerned with the C position, does not mean, we love sam gagner. Truth is, as juicy as the line sounds with Perron, gagner and yak, they are much much much too weak to face our Pacific division opponents. Perron looks relaxed out there and yak is def looking sharp but this line would get physically crushed by LA, SJ, VAn and Ana.

I wish Sam well but this will be a good and early slap in the face reminder that we need as much brawn as we have skill to compete. I laugh when I am told that the oil are following the Det and Chi model. Oh ya? Lol no problem......have you heard of 6'2 225lbs C Franzen? Or top C John Toews and monster Brian Bickell?

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#22 Larry
September 22 2013, 06:18PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

My guess is the Oilers will now move Eberle to centre.

Best time is now to see if he can do it, when games matter less.

That's the Oilers best short term solution IMO, if Eberle is not the answer come opening day then you can make a trade. IIRC Eberle was drafted as a centre by the Oilers...

Your high...

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#23 Walter Sobchak
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My guess is the Oilers will now move Eberle to centre.

Best time is now to see if he can do it, when games matter less.

That's the Oilers best short term solution IMO, if Eberle is not the answer come opening day then you can make a trade. IIRC Eberle was drafted as a centre by the Oilers...

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#24 Larry
September 22 2013, 06:11PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Here's an idea: let's rush Nuge back into action!

Sarcasm is the lowest form of humour...

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#25 Larry
September 22 2013, 06:22PM
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extroy wrote:

Fist injury of the year.... :( hopefully not a sign

Anybody going to see the Oilers against the Canucks at Rexall Place tonight? I got a sweeeeeeeeeeet pair of seats in the lower bowl from a friend. Picked 'em up for just $250 for the pair. Woooohooooo! Goilers!

Hahaha! You're not very smart...

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#27 madjam
September 22 2013, 05:02PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

As per Bob McKenzie on Twitter: NHL wants the Kassian hearing in-person, so history tells us he'll get at least five games.

Weise will have his hearing on the phone.

5 games is pittance and will do nothing to stop this sort of action in the future . Minimum 20 and that will get everyones attention .If all he gets is 5 then it's open season on all star players -worth the penalty . I'd like to see it double or more if injury is to star players - relly get the message across and spare the fans their star players . Preferrential treatment for good of al fans .

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#28 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
September 22 2013, 05:45PM
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tuck3r wrote:

Might want to double check who your 'friends' are...game was LAST night.

He was making a funny.........it was prop worthy.....

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#30 Harry
September 22 2013, 09:42PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Yeah, that's a fun game to play. What would Vancouver's center depth be if Henrik Sedin was injured?:

Ryan Kesler (iffy, coming back from injury, has played exactly one exhibition game and looked tentative)

Jordan Schroeder (oh, wait, broken foot)

Bo Horvat

Brendan Gaunce

Kellan Lain

Alex Friesen

Zach Hamill

Mike Santorelli

Yikes! I'm starting to like Edmonton's lineup. Especially because HALL WASN"T INJURED!

Has hell frozen over?

Why am i forced to defend DSF.

News flash!! If any team is the NHL lost there top two centermen to start a season for a month they would have to make a move. And what better area to pick from than that teams area of strength (Edm's defence prospects).

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#31 michael
September 22 2013, 04:14PM
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Is Fedun on your opening day roster? He is on mine. 4 points and he seems to read the play well. Larsen? Meh.

Brown. Locked and loaded for the roster. Eager. Outside looking in. Hamilton brings more offense and is better suited to Eakins system. Lander OKC bound.

Gagner out. Omark in. "Runt in,runt out".

Is Nick Shultz and Oiler on opening day? I'd bet against it. Trade bait to bolster center for sure.

Is it ever going to get easy for this team. The injury bug is already afflicting this team and the season hasn't even started.

This final week is going to fun to watch. Loved the Fedun and Hamilton interviews on HNIC.

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#33 Mr common sense
September 22 2013, 11:34PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Ok, do players that have played in the last 15 years care about suspensions? YES!!!! If you are only getting paid $500,000 a year you care about a 41 game suspension for "breaking jaws" as people have suggested. Since you have already gave up $50,000 to your agent and have a limited window to earn and save for your future.

Just because your are not stupid, does not make you soft.

1) tell me how much clarkson's contract is worth, then tell me the % this fine represents of that total

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#34 God
September 23 2013, 12:56AM
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I want blood! Let's grab their 2C. Mr. Kesler, welcome to Jesse Joensuu's elbow.

Kassian won't be suspended for 4-8 weeks, the amount of time the Oil have to be without Gags.

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#35 michael
September 22 2013, 04:18PM
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Westcoastoil wrote:

With the play of Nurse and Marincin + the volume of veteran D- is Klefbom the chip you trade for a C? Presumably he'd bring back more than most of the other prospects

Sure we trade Oscar. Only if the guy coming back is named Galchenyuk. Or Courtier

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#36 oilfaninvic
September 22 2013, 04:40PM
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This will not be the disaster we think... Hall Arcobello Gordon Lander and lots of help on the wings.

Kassian will get 6 reg season games

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#37 Spydyr
September 22 2013, 05:09PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

As per Bob McKenzie on Twitter: NHL wants the Kassian hearing in-person, so history tells us he'll get at least five games.

Weise will have his hearing on the phone.

Hey it could be worse.What if Weise had connected full on with his head shot at Hall. The season is way to early to not look for some bright spots.

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#38 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
September 22 2013, 05:44PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Hey it could be worse.What if Weise had connected full on with his head shot at Hall. The season is way to early to not look for some bright spots.

Not to worry Spyder....if Hall had been lost for the season......The League would have suspended Weise for at least 50 games....after all what matters is that things are fair..........BLUE RIBBONS FOR EVERYONE!!!

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#39 marty 62
September 22 2013, 06:09PM
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Mr Common Sense Wrote:

I was waiting for someone to say this.

And no, because fans are now concerned with the C position, does not mean, we love sam gagner. Truth is, as juicy as the line sounds with Perron, gagner and yak, they are much much much too weak to face our Pacific division opponents. Perron looks relaxed out there and yak is def looking sharp but this line would get physically crushed by LA, SJ, VAn and Ana.

I wish Sam well but this will be a good and early slap in the face reminder that we need as much brawn as we have skill to compete. I laugh when I am told that the oil are following the Det and Chi model. Oh ya? Lol no problem......have you heard of 6'2 225lbs C Franzen? Or top C John Toews and monster Brian Bickell?

Yeah, it would nice to be able to pluck 6' 3" Centers that can play top 6 mins, but they dont grow on trees. I was just pointing out that maybe this will be a chance for guys like Hamilton to get a shot to showcase their skills. He made a sweet pass to Yak on that PPG.

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#40 Big Cap
September 22 2013, 07:05PM
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@Robin Brownlee

It seems that Eakins will be playing his best players the most amount of time throughout the game. That includes PP and PK and ES. If that's the case if your not in the Top 9, just how much ice time will anyone on the 4th line see? Personally I would rather have a Heavyweight sitting on the pine rather than another skilled smallish forward.

There is also a lot more a Heavyweight brings to a game than the 3 minutes a night he does play. He adds a major boost to his team and also serves the opponent notice he'll be watching and ready.

Lastly how is it other teams "afford" to have a tough guy on their roster and yet no one is talented enough to crack ours?

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#41 Harry
September 22 2013, 08:42PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

A "minor pickup from waivers" isn't the same as trading Klefbom.

Until MacTavish knows when RNH and Gagner will be back -- I'm guessing he'll know before you and I do -- let's not get frantic about what he MUST do.

I never said trade klef. Trade Marincin. Explain to.me how a depth chart of Hall Gordon Arcobello Acton/Lander will work in any capacity. Maybe dont trade klef or marincin. There is depth at our D position any zero at C so the question I have is why not make a move?

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#42 WONGER
September 22 2013, 09:28PM
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thebiggetsmanintheworld wrote:

uhhhhh,yeah...

I thought my handle was pretty specific...

Can Stadnyk skate? Fight? Stand up on skates long enough to fight???

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#43 Puck Dynasty
September 22 2013, 03:19PM
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One glance at the headline in my RSS feed, and I just knew this was written by Brownlee. Possibly the most "Robin Brownlee" post yet!

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#44 marty62
September 22 2013, 03:21PM
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Seen alot of doom and gloom with Sammy's injury, and its finally a sign that some of his naysayers are acknowledging that he is an important player on this team. yes, the Oilers will struggle a bit, but I liked Hall's reaction... referenced how well the Senators came together last year when they lost Karlsson and Spezza. I think Eakins will use this to motivate these kids. And we may be surprised who steps up and shows they belong in the NHL. I look forward to seeing how this group reacts to this injury.

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#45 michael
September 22 2013, 04:39PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

If you can name one nose-bender who is capable of playing a regular shift and is available, I'm with you.

Guys who sit on the bench 57 minutes a night twitching and blowing snot bubbles are a luxury most teams can't afford.

Does he have to be forward? I am more in favor of a Marty McSorley type/Jeff Beukeboom kind of player. Insert into lineup as needed. When needed.

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#46 Wingin'It
September 22 2013, 05:31PM
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Wow...that should be a suspension for a LONG time. But more concerning than that is that noone on the Oilers took a stand. Gonna be a long season!

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#47 Poolanov
September 22 2013, 06:20PM
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They should suspend him for his next 2 games against the Oilers!!! Only makes sense.

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#50 Mikey
September 22 2013, 08:22PM
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Mr common sense wrote:

I was waiting for someone to say this.

And no, because fans are now concerned with the C position, does not mean, we love sam gagner. Truth is, as juicy as the line sounds with Perron, gagner and yak, they are much much much too weak to face our Pacific division opponents. Perron looks relaxed out there and yak is def looking sharp but this line would get physically crushed by LA, SJ, VAn and Ana.

I wish Sam well but this will be a good and early slap in the face reminder that we need as much brawn as we have skill to compete. I laugh when I am told that the oil are following the Det and Chi model. Oh ya? Lol no problem......have you heard of 6'2 225lbs C Franzen? Or top C John Toews and monster Brian Bickell?

You must not watch a lot of Detroit games, if you talk about Franzen like that. That's like saying have you heard of 6'4 230 Dustin Penner? John Toews? That's your example of brawn? Ha. I'll give you Bickell.

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