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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#51 Harry
September 22 2013, 08:27PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

You would consider trading Oscar Klefbom to fill a hole for an injury that will keep Gagner out 4-8 weeks?

Ganger and RNH are out for the first month of the season while we play most of our games away from Rexall.

How would.Mac be doing his.job if he sat back and did nothing?

Even if its a minor pickup from waivers or whatever something MUST be done.

If we ener the firat month of the season with Boyd Gordon as our most experienced center we are screwed.

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#52 Harry
September 22 2013, 08:45PM
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Geoff wrote:

I agree. But I would argue that we have too many young defencemen that are NHL capable. Not that it's a bad thing because having depth is awesome. Now that gagner is injured our lack of NHL center depth could and probably should be addressed if one of Lander/Acton/Arcobello can't show right now they are capable of NHL duties.

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

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#53 dougtheslug
September 22 2013, 08:59PM
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Harry wrote:

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?

Actually, depth centermen are in great demand in the NHL. And offering Marincin, arguably 12th to 15th in the Oilers depth chart for said depth centerman, is likely to be an offer that most NHL GM's will be happy to refuse. Right now, no GM is going to "help out" the Oil with the friendly offer of a useful, moderately priced centre - why would they? Oilers would have to over pay for questionable value at best. Why panic? The Oil have a lot of talent on the forward lines - maybe that can tide them over until Gags and RNHJ return.

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#55 Johe
September 22 2013, 09:38PM
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Didn't take long for most Oiler fans to lose their mind this season, did it? How about we actually start the season before we start jumping off cliffs?

For all we know Nuge could be back for game 6 and Gagner game 10. And before then, Arcobello could have a couple good games here and Lander a good game there. Before you know it we'll be back to 100 %. Relax.

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#56 Mr common sense
September 22 2013, 11:46PM
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Mr common sense wrote:

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

2 hours ago @markhmasters: Kessel on teammates standing up for him: 'Proud of them. Thanked them all. We all stuck up for each other & that's how it has to go here.'

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#57 Oiler Al
September 23 2013, 08:31AM
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All summer long [ and fall ],. fans were lamenting about two things: 1. need of centerman 2. adding toughness.

Guess what, both are a bigtime issue and the season hasn't even started.

MacT takes the team to the Cap, and comes up with Acton and a retooled Eager to fill those needs.?

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#58 Quicksilver ballet
September 23 2013, 08:48AM
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Whether we like it or not, what happened to Gagner was an accident (sort of). The Oilers are just going to have to make due with a tough situation during what we all know was going to be a difficult first month of the season anyways. Continued failure are the fruits of cutting corners and hoping for the best for Craig MacTavish. Get ready for another short term bandaid solution type move.

That being said, I'd be on the phone to Paul Holmgren looking to do something just a little bit bigger. Klefbom and Marincin/or Musil in exchange for Couturier and Mezsaros. Over 5 mill out for Paul, and zero in if both these Oiler prospects spend the season with the Phantoms. Flyers are loaded down the middle.

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#59 John Chambers
September 22 2013, 05:26PM
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Ari Gold wrote:

If there are no suspensions, there will be retribution. Oil need a nuclear deterrent.

They need someone to cross-check Kassian in the mouth next game, or spear a Sedins in the jugular.

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#60 David S
September 22 2013, 07:59PM
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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.

^ THIS.

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#61 Harry
September 22 2013, 08:21PM
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I hate to break it to you folks who think a trade is a bad idea that that is exactly what Tamby would do.

Name one team ever that can survive without its top two centers for the first month of the season.

We needed a center before. And now.we desperately need a center.

We have assets to make a good hockey trade. Hemsky, Marincin, Klefbom and what about next years first rounder?

I woild trade Marincin. His stock is very high right now and with Nurse, Klef, Shultz and Petry we have plenty of young defencemen.

Mactavish would be making a massive mistake if he sits back like tentative Tamby and attempts to survive this. If he doea and we get off to a bad start and miss the postseason because we went 5-10 to start the year it would be the same old BS from the GM of this club.

Please do your job Mac and make a trade!!!

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#62 dougtheslug
September 22 2013, 09:12PM
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DSF wrote:

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.

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!

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#63 Craig1981
September 23 2013, 12:10AM
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Mr common sense wrote:

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.

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....

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Will Mac T check

the waiver wire for a

stopgap measure C?*

*once the waiver wire heats up of course

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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!

Prepare for the wrath

of Brownlee. Nobody fists

on his articles*

*even fail 3rd post fists....dumbass

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#66 Will
September 22 2013, 03:56PM
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With all the great stories coming out of preseason (as is usually the case... Omark, I'm looking in your direction), the one I'm not hearing is that our defense has been really good and it's not yet been a complete vet line up out there.

I mean, 5 to 1, 5 to 2 v Vancouver. Again I know it's preseason so they also haven't dressed a big gun line up, but that's really encouraging.

Hall's Faceoff win percentage might end up being a team best by the time he moves back to wing.

In the short term, correct me if I'm wrong but I don't believe Malhotra has had try outs with any team as of yet. See if he'll bite on a two way contract for one year. Bring him in and if he turns out to be player then you have some help in the interm, and you have also solved your fourth line center situation when Gags and Nuge are healthy again. If he stinks, well not much risk in a two way one year contract.

Also, I know it's not ideal, but this situation might be what Hall needed to get the push to center. If he shows well this could give Eakins all kinds of line combinations through the season. And it would give Mac T a few more options to build the team going forward.

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#67 Oilcruzer
September 22 2013, 03:56PM
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Of great interest,

The upcoming suspensions.

Lest this be legal.

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#69 JJ
September 22 2013, 07:08PM
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You know, I'm not usually too accepting of violence against women.. However, if said violence is directed towards the Sedin Sisters, then, under these circumstances, I say go for it.

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#70 michael
September 22 2013, 08:57PM
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I am sorry but I am going to have to do this. The panic button has just been officially hit. I am in full blown OMG what are we going to do mode? Mact is going to be doing some serious GMing this week. Glad its him and not Tambo.

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#71 thebiggetsmanintheworld
September 22 2013, 09:22PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Leonid Stadnyk is listed as the tallest living human at 8'5'' and Manuel Uribe is the heaviest living human at 1,320 pounds.

Are you bigger than them?

uhhhhh,yeah...

I thought my handle was pretty specific...

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#72 Harry
September 22 2013, 09:38PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Ottawa was without their top forward and top dman last year for most of their season, not just 5-10 games.

Now what happens if Ference breaks a hand blocking a shot and Smid dislocates a shoulder after we trade away some Dmen?? Remember when we had to call up Sebastien Bisaillon?

Im not saying trade "some" deman. But dont you think it might be a good idea to address our weakest position with arguably our strongest position.

Our center depth is brutal. And youe hypothetical makes no sence because we have a major issue at center right now. To do nothing would be idiotic. Hall, Gordon, Arco, Acton is a recipee for.disaster

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#73 **
September 22 2013, 09:39PM
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Harry wrote:

I hate to break it to you folks who think a trade is a bad idea that that is exactly what Tamby would do.

Name one team ever that can survive without its top two centers for the first month of the season.

We needed a center before. And now.we desperately need a center.

We have assets to make a good hockey trade. Hemsky, Marincin, Klefbom and what about next years first rounder?

I woild trade Marincin. His stock is very high right now and with Nurse, Klef, Shultz and Petry we have plenty of young defencemen.

Mactavish would be making a massive mistake if he sits back like tentative Tamby and attempts to survive this. If he doea and we get off to a bad start and miss the postseason because we went 5-10 to start the year it would be the same old BS from the GM of this club.

Please do your job Mac and make a trade!!!

I agree 100% with everything you said. The caveat in this is that now Mac Tavish is in a position of weakness, and if other teams were asking for high price before, the needed acquisition will now cost much, much more. I'm not so sure the team will be able to afford it without compromising the future or making another hole in the line up. One thing is for sure, the Oilers are in the deep end right now.

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#74 Harry
September 22 2013, 11:07PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

News flash!Just because you want to trade a dman for a centerman doesn't mean NHL GM's are going to line up to accommodate you. This isn't Playstation. Oiler d depth was acquired painfully over the past few years and suddenly you want to squander it for temporary help? Which would become redundant as soon as RNH and Gagner are ready to play. Which will be in about 4 weeks or less, from what I am hearing.

Who said anything about temporary help. Im not saying trade for just anybodd. Theres no reason why edm cant make a meaningful trade for a zach smith or similar type player.

4-6 weeks is.an eternity when you'll most likely be in a dog fight to get 7th or 8th place.

If edm squanders the first month or so of the season it will be very tough to make up that much ground. And its not like a decent depth center would be out of place once those two came back.

How many rookie dmen do you think edm should break in in the next 3 years anyway? And how do you suppose we aquire center depth moving forward? A trade has to happend if not now then by the deadline im sure.

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#75 Craig1981
September 22 2013, 11:24PM
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Mr common sense wrote:

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.

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.

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#76 Craig1981
September 22 2013, 11:35PM
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Mr common sense wrote:

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

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???????????????

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#77 Christ...
September 23 2013, 12:25AM
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Mr common sense wrote:

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

My god man... you must have f#cking brain damage, seriously...

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#78 TonyT
September 23 2013, 12:38AM
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additional fallout from TOR

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/johnston-leafs-brawl-will-affect-the-bottom-line/

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#79 Reg Dunlop
September 23 2013, 12:41AM
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There seems to be a fundamental division among fans on this issue of protecting the young oiler guns. Truth is, they have to learn how to protect themselves. A designated fighter will do nothing. Hall kneeing some clown at warp speed works but the oil can't afford to lose him to suspension. Everyone in the league will have seen the highlights, especially the complete lack of response by the oilers on the ice when Weise tried the chicken-wing and Kassian did his Glenn Anderson impersonation. If these type of things go unanswered not only does it encourage other teams to play like the canucks, it shows clearly that the assemblage of talent on Rexall ice is not a team. That is a bigger problem than lack of center depth and it also shows that the offer to Clarkson in the offseason would have been worth it.

I don't have a solution particularly but I think it is time to consider changing the mix of the core guys. Tough to win with 6 Lucics and tough to win with 6 Kanes. If our top 6 are getting injured or intimidated regularly they are of limited use. The mix must change. This reminds me of Huxley's Brave New World which needed Alphas and Epsilons to work.

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#80 Quicksilver ballet
September 23 2013, 02:33PM
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If Sam hadn't pulled the chute on this play like he also did with Steve Ott, he may have faired better. Maybe go low and squeeze through leaving Kaasins head to slam into the glass. Sam bailed on both. Kassian should still get 8-10 games.

http://youtu.be/dsy_tyMjhyc

http://youtu.be/uMfCK0DIj4M

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#81 StHenriOilBomb
September 22 2013, 03:38PM
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Dangerous play leading to direct stick contact to the head. Any chance of a suspension? I know it was unintentional, but so were a handful of the suspended hits from last year.

I also know that this does little to help the Oilers, but it would go some distance to helping feel like the NHL actually cares more about safety than the optics of Shanny and his office.

Also, screw Kassian. He missed the check by 3 feet and then flailed. I do the same thing when I miss a check so that the opposing player doesn't skate away scott free... I make sure to keep my stick at waste height though. This wasn't entirely innocent, even if the head=shot part of it was.

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#83 tuck3r
September 22 2013, 05:16PM
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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!

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

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#84 Tim in Kelowna
September 22 2013, 06:14PM
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I really feel for Sam. There are few injuries more frustrating or uncomfortable than a broken jaw. Not only will he miss considerable time, but he'll likely lose a ton of weight over the next 4-6 weeks. I get the sense that there aren't many guys that work harder than Gagner in the off season and this is yet another TC/early season set back.

I remember in 2011 when he looked incredible coming into training camp, he was 20% faster and looked ready to take the next step. But he sprained his ankle and his great offseason was squandered. This time he must be really frustrated because it looked like he was ready to improve on an outstanding 2013 season.

Hopefully this forces MacT to finally make a deal for that 2nd/3rd line centre we never got this summer. I suppose 2 of Arcobello/Acton/Lander might be up for the job, but if we want to make the playoffs the Oilers will have to have a good Oct/Nov. That's a pretty serious gamble.

Plus, let's face it, the Oilers need another quality centreman anyway.

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#85 Jroc
September 22 2013, 06:55PM
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Mueller. Mueller.

Mueller. Mueller

Ferris mueller

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#86 Time Travelling Sean
September 22 2013, 07:34PM
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Arcobello has looked invisible from the games I've seen, but this seems to be an amazing opportunity to get consistent games in with highly skilled players.

I'm rooting for him.

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#87 Craig1981
September 22 2013, 09:19PM
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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!!!

Go to Hockeyfights.com and look who MacIntyer has fought (Bogard, and others for that matter) They only fight other superheaveyweights, they don't fight John Scotts.

And when they only make $500,000 they aren't going to jump the boards and lose 13% of that. Let alone more like 25%-50% if they actually were to "break jaws" like you talk about.

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#88 oilerjed
September 22 2013, 09:38PM
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DSF wrote:

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.

I had to prop you for this "Thing is...Henrik has NEVER been injured." I hope your voodoo is strong and that is a mighty jinx

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#89 Craig1981
September 22 2013, 09:39PM
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@DSF

Yes, Henrik and Kesler are the million dollar men?!?!? There is some truth to toughness and the ability to not let yourself get injured, but sticks being swung at your face, pucks breaking feet, etc are just as likely to hit those 2 as anyone.

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#90 Craig1981
September 22 2013, 09:56PM
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Harry wrote:

Im not saying trade "some" deman. But dont you think it might be a good idea to address our weakest position with arguably our strongest position.

Our center depth is brutal. And youe hypothetical makes no sence because we have a major issue at center right now. To do nothing would be idiotic. Hall, Gordon, Arco, Acton is a recipee for.disaster

Here are my thoughts. The center for our top 2 lines for the next 5+ years is pretty good. Gagner, RNH, and Hall to fill in. As long as 2/3 are not hurt long term we are set. I do not view it as our weakest position long term.

Our depth at the bottom end is brutal I give you that. I think MacT knows it too and I would presume has been trying, but if there wasn't a good trade before I don't think there is one now.

Our defensive prospects are very strong, but weak overall and long term our defense is below a contenders. I think with our current roster we need to hope at least 2 out of 3 turn out and no one but DSF knows.

PS I enjoy these civil conversations that doesn't include "good grief" or made up stats.

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#91 Oilers4ever
September 22 2013, 11:40PM
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Having all the depth at D is good.. but we have an abundance where we don't at center. Good GM's make good SMART trades that improve their team. I would be in favor of trading one of the young D prospects and package him with something if it gets us a #2 center (Hallsy has the character to carry the first line role for now). Aside from faceoff winning percentage I think the preseason has shown he has the stones to play center if need be.

So long as the trade doesn't wreck the team chemistry and such then do it. But it has to be smart, not a desperate move. If the smart trade is not there then hold your cards. Personally I think Acton could do the job. He's played well in the preseason and deserves a chance in my mind.

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#92 Craig1981
September 22 2013, 11:42PM
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Mr common sense wrote:

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

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.

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#93 OILERSORDEATH
September 22 2013, 11:44PM
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Robin, did you delete my post? Was it that bad?

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#94 Craig1981
September 22 2013, 11:47PM
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Mr common sense wrote:

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

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

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#95 Craig1981
September 22 2013, 11:58PM
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Mr common sense wrote:

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.

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.

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#96 TonyT
September 23 2013, 12:26AM
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@Mr common sense

While I can appreciate Clarkson's leadership, it was a "dumb move" in that it hurts the team in the long run. This wasn't one of those 2 minute penalty's that teams love to kill for a standup guy, instead he voluntarily crippled Toronto's top 6 for 1/8th of the season. I'm sure John Scott repeats going after Kessel 10 times out of 10 if crippling a division rival is the result.

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#97 Craig1981
September 23 2013, 12:50AM
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Mr common sense wrote:

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

Hahahaha, all false. I did play mediocre hockey (Midget A) which is why I know I would NEVER lay off a guy because I was worried someone was going to want to fight me. You would be letting your team down if you did.

I will now sign off this thread and let Christ.. humiliate you. (its really easy)

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#98 Devolution
September 23 2013, 04:09AM
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Harry wrote:

Ganger and RNH are out for the first month of the season while we play most of our games away from Rexall.

How would.Mac be doing his.job if he sat back and did nothing?

Even if its a minor pickup from waivers or whatever something MUST be done.

If we ener the firat month of the season with Boyd Gordon as our most experienced center we are screwed.

Hate to be the bearer of bad news but even with Sam and RNH in the lineup, Boyd Gordon is the most experienced center on the Oilers.

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#99 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
September 23 2013, 08:36AM
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@Mr common sense

I guess common sense really is the least common of the senses.

The Newtonian laws are totally irrelevant in this discussion due to the fact that we are not talking about physical forces acting on objects in motion. You're trying to draw parallels to an emotional reaction (hesitation or fear) to stimuli, which is a psychological concept.

You're reaching.

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#100 The_CWD_GarbageMan
September 23 2013, 01:32PM
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Samwise is gonna get some of those George Clooney Jibs, he'll be ok. Time for some of those Oklahoma rascals to step up to the mantle and win themselves a job. This is hackey sonny-by's.

Enough of this im going for a dart.

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