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Lowetide
January 15 2014 03:54PM

 

He arrived as a teenage giant, all arms and legs and neurons firing. Devan Dubnyk was a most unusual item: an Oiler goaltender selected in the first round of the NHL Entry draft. Only Grant Fuhr (8th overall, 1981) was taken higher among Oiler draft picks who played goal, with Dubnyk's 2004 selection (14th overall) surprising the fanbase and kickstarting one of the longest prospect watches in the organization's history. 

When he arrived, Oiler fans looked about for a scouting report and didn't find much. It's an overlooked truth about our collective fandom: very few of us know one damn thing about goalies beyond they piss us off when they don't stop the puck.

  • Guy Flaming: Above all, Dubnyk possesses the one great talent no coach can teach: size. At 6'5, Dubnyk gives very little of the net up to opposition shooters, and often looks like NHL goaltenders Olaf Kolzig and Sean Burke between the pipes with his hulking size. Very strong positioning and great rebound control are two other strong characteristics of Dubnyk's play in the net.Consistency is an issue and Dubnyk, despite taking up as much of the net as he does, still has a tendency to let in a soft goal and can get visually shaken by it. Mental maturity will help overcome that flaw.

Credit to Flaming, his words ring true today, as consistency is one of the major reasons that will be quoted for the transaction. Dubnyk started the season at the beginning of October as the starting goaltending, and 10 days later he was dead in the water as an Oiler

By Sunday mornng, October 13th in Toronto, Dubnyk's fate was sealed. A season that had been framed as a "show me" by the General Manager had turned to dust before anyone could cash a paycheck. 

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If there was a sense of forgiveness for the dreadful start within the organization, that goodwill was put to rest by the next several months and Dubnyk's performance:

By Christmas time, the grumbling had turned to something else again and the ugly in Edmonton just kept on rolling for Devan Dubnyk. I think this day is good for Dubnyk, and for the Oilers, as there was no way they could have continued their relationship into next season. 

I fully believe Dubnyk is as good a goalie as Ben Scrivens, the man acquired in the three-way trade today between Edmonton, Los Angeles and Nashville. I don't for a moment believe Dubnyk's redemption could have taken place in Edmonton and with these Oilers. 

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

As we get older, experience tells us that sometimes things don't work out, even when we want them to in life. From all we know—his teammates, his coaches, his ridiculous commercials, his story—Devan Dubnyk is a good man and deserved better from the Hockey Gods this season. A new coach, a new baby, new equipment restrictions and the same chaos outside his crease brought today more swiftly than I could have imagined, but we are here. 

I'm not one for long goodbyes, but wish the big man well. I've cheered like hell for him, and believed in him, and sincerely hope he can gain control again in his new city. Nashville is a magical town for goaltenders, and there's a lot of useful clay on the way to the Predators in the person of Devan Dubnyk. 

Best of luck big man. We won't forget you. 

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#1 Jay
January 15 2014, 04:02PM
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Good luck dubey!!! You tried

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#2 druds
January 15 2014, 04:04PM
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I have to admit Lowtide you have a wealth of goodness to come out and give Dub a nice send off column when the rest of the city is standing outside the airport with pitchforks and flaming torchs watching him leave....

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#3 Carlos Danger
January 15 2014, 04:04PM
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Nice one Lowetide. I find old guys are the best at doing eulogies, probably because they are so close to dying that they want to build up good will for when someone is doing it for them. Anyways Good Luck Dubnyk.

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#4 bsmart
January 15 2014, 04:07PM
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Dubnyk was a guy I was always hoping for but never really arrived. It was time to move on.

Best of luck Scrivens, you are the last line of denfense on a very poor D.

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#5 27Ginge
January 15 2014, 04:07PM
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Duby was not the absolute stud tender everyone wanted him to become. But really how many of those guys exist? He was a very average tender on a very bad team and was a class act the entire time and deserves to be remembered as such.

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#6 Oilfan101
January 15 2014, 04:08PM
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Good luck DD, this is a Eakins bromance with old Marlies.

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#7 Jadyn
January 15 2014, 04:10PM
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Scrivens is going for the best goals against to the worst. He will lose his confidence and not sign with the Oilers. Matt Hendricks will retire within 2years.

Oilers do as they always do. Making trades for 4th line centers . Can't wait to see Scrivens face when he finds out Oilers don't play defence.

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#8 nick
January 15 2014, 04:12PM
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Best of luck to Devan, what a class individual he was. Now MacIdiot goes and trades for Scrivens, not anywhere near a number 1 goalie. Keep up the amazing work MacTavish your legend keeps growing in your own mind

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#9 Jackson
January 15 2014, 04:14PM
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Welcome to the Oilers this is where players come to lose their confidence and end their careers.

Can't wait see Nurse lose his confidence. Give him a year or 2.

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#10 Alan
January 15 2014, 04:17PM
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Oilers are still 3-4 years from making the playoffs. Trades Meh

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#11 RexHolez
January 15 2014, 04:20PM
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Where's the eulogy for Hendricks and Scrivens?? Poor guys were on hockey teams yesterday,

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#12 Kevin
January 15 2014, 04:22PM
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Lowetide, Love that reference to that wonderful song by Emmylou and Rodney. May it be DD's new theme song.

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#15 Mac962
January 15 2014, 04:34PM
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Good Luck Devan - you did deserve better, Goaltending is tough brother.

And as far as the comments regarding Scrivens and Hendricks, Welcome boys, it will get better here, it has to and you will be part of it. Nobody loves our Hockey like we do. Play hard is all we ask. It will get better. There is too much here for it not too, some may be here some may not, but with a few right moves we will be back.

Welcome to Edmonton - Hang on for the ride of your life.

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#16 druds
January 15 2014, 04:36PM
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Jadyn wrote:

Scrivens is going for the best goals against to the worst. He will lose his confidence and not sign with the Oilers. Matt Hendricks will retire within 2years.

Oilers do as they always do. Making trades for 4th line centers . Can't wait to see Scrivens face when he finds out Oilers don't play defence.

blah, blah... whine, whine... cry....go hang out at the Canucks website they will love you there

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#17 Crooked
January 15 2014, 04:36PM
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I like this move for both player, and team. Nashville's defensive group in front of him, I think Dubnyk will see his numbers rebound nicely for the remainder of the year. At least until Rinne is fit to return. Best of luck to him!

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#18 Druds
January 15 2014, 04:39PM
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Lets face the truth here, He was handed the number one spot on a silver platter and proceeded to crap all over the bed... He had his chance and threw it away. He has no one to blame but himself.

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#19 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
January 15 2014, 04:40PM
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Mac962 wrote:

Good Luck Devan - you did deserve better, Goaltending is tough brother.

And as far as the comments regarding Scrivens and Hendricks, Welcome boys, it will get better here, it has to and you will be part of it. Nobody loves our Hockey like we do. Play hard is all we ask. It will get better. There is too much here for it not too, some may be here some may not, but with a few right moves we will be back.

Welcome to Edmonton - Hang on for the ride of your life.

Ride of your life??? What are you smoking and will you share? Staying on the bottom with the losers is not really a ride dude.

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#20 Spydyr
January 15 2014, 04:40PM
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He was gone this summer anyhow.To bad they took a bad contract with three years to go for a old fourth liner back.

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#21 Naky
January 15 2014, 04:45PM
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Dubnyk's the winner here, he's going to a team and an organization capable of playing team defense. Once he gets his head on straight again from this quagmire of losing and not ever doing enough to please "fans", he's going to do well enough for them that those same "fans" will be scratching their heads wondering if they were wrong after all.

Naaaaah. That's probably too optimistic a view for those kinds of people.

Heard Scrivens interview with Gregor and golly, we sure got a goaltender who's enthusiastic about coming here. He was guarded, for sure, but the disappointment was surely there as well. I almost feel sorry for the kid - the inevitable decline in his overall numbers may hurt the amount of dollars he could have fetched on the open market.

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#22 Freewheelin Freddie
January 15 2014, 04:47PM
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This is why you have an AHL team so your goalies can develop. Both Doobie and Deslaurier were never in a position to succeed. That was some of the worst goaltending in Oiler history when they were a tandem. Doobie heres a tip be a stand up goalie, not a flopper. You may get some real goaltending coaching in Nashville.

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#23 DevoKnows
January 15 2014, 04:55PM
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This might turn Dubs career around in time. I've noticed he always found a way to lose focus to let in that one or two weak goal quite regularly In a league so close top to bottom, that can be the difference between a win/loss In his defense, it must be very hard to play on such a talented lost group here in Edm. The confidence and drive on this team have to be at an all time Lowe. I also cannot imagine the amount of "outside" distractions Edm players face daily, regarding the weakest management group fiasco in pro hockey. Due to the atmosphere currently in Edm, "most" players underachieve (Hall is the only exception i see) He now gets a fresh start, on a team competing for something, with far less outside distractions. I just seen Dubbie on TSN, looks like he just pissed his pants with excitement!!! Good Luck Dubbie!!!

I didn't get my "two bits" in on the last article. I think it was a lateral player move, Scrivens is unproven, couldn't play consistent hockey before LA, but put up decent numbers backing up, on a top team. I would be very very surprised if Scrivens puts up any better numbers then Bryz/Dub have. Hendricks brings a gritty characteristic to Edm, that will surely in time be lost playing on the softest team in NHL playing for nothing. A 4th line winger (5-7 mins) that can kill penalties, just what Oil have plenty of, isnt gonna change a bottom 5 team The only winner in this trade, is the management group, it gives theperception that theyre trying so so hard to build this winning team, but in reality they're just buying time until they figure out how to win (hopefully)

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#24 Taylor Gang
January 15 2014, 04:57PM
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I'm sure Dubnyk was a great guy, but this is a hockey team, and Dubnyk never took us to the promised land. Sorry man it was long overdue. We'll miss you anyways!

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#25 PimKing
January 15 2014, 05:11PM
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Dear Mr.Scrivens,

Please stand on your head, and yell at these Dmen, if you want to call them that, to play some defence once and awhile.

Yours Truly,

Every single fan that has endured this seasons futile attempt at passing a puck, on the tape, to a winger or centreman. i mean they could come down lower, but really if youre just gonna chip pucks at em, why bother right?..

P.S. Make some blocker saves, this city will come shovel your driveway

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#26 gm_armchair
January 15 2014, 05:13PM
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Excited to see how Scrivens does in Edmonton, cheering for Dubnyk in Nashville.

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#27 Dog Train
January 15 2014, 05:14PM
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It's the best for both sides. He had lost his confidence in Edmonton and it was beyond repair. The Oilers need to figure out their goaltending going forward. It's not the only problem, but it hasn't been good enough either and we have no NHL level goaltenders under contract for next season.

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#28 S cottV
January 15 2014, 05:18PM
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We are surely the worst team in the NHL for supporting our goaltenders.

The swarm didnt help Dubies cause but he still should have found a way to stop a few more pucks.

Lets see how Scrivens makes out going from Kings hockey to Oilers hockey.

It wont be pretty and I hope it helps to finally get the Oilers to change the culture and make goalie support a priority.

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#29 camdog
January 15 2014, 05:43PM
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Scrivens was set to get a nice contract next season playing behind that D in LA. Now he's got to work his arse off to get that same contract.

On a side Knew DD was gone the minute he started taking those penalties. If Scrivens numbers mimic DD and Bryzgalof's who's the next out the door?

Looks like Smid's "Proclamation" before he got traded has become reality.

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#30 China town many
January 15 2014, 05:43PM
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When I heard Nashville I assumed shea webber was on his way to Edmonton!!! That is who we need and he is the type of player we should be targeting.

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#31 Andy7190
January 15 2014, 05:46PM
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Seriously, another column full of misleading Dubnyk Save % stats?

Hope that is the last one.

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#32 MessyEH
January 15 2014, 05:46PM
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RexHolez wrote:

Where's the eulogy for Hendricks and Scrivens?? Poor guys were on hockey teams yesterday,

You Sir have won my Internet.

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#33 Andy7190
January 15 2014, 05:49PM
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Alan wrote:

Oilers are still 3-4 years from making the playoffs. Trades Meh

They aren't that far off. They need some size up front. Maybe a good # 3 D.

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#34 Andy7190
January 15 2014, 05:49PM
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China town many wrote:

When I heard Nashville I assumed shea webber was on his way to Edmonton!!! That is who we need and he is the type of player we should be targeting.

And you assumed this why?

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#35 MessyEH
January 15 2014, 05:54PM
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And you assumed this why?

Cocaine is a hell of a drug!;)

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#36 Andy7190
January 15 2014, 05:55PM
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Dubnyk isn't as good as Scrivens. I suspect Scrivens is mentally tougher and will fight for more pucks.

And those days of whoofing on those 40 - 50 foot shots, those days are gone in Edmonton now.

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#37 Alan
January 15 2014, 05:56PM
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Andy7190 wrote:

They aren't that far off. They need some size up front. Maybe a good # 3 D.

Don't discount that management does not have a clue of what they are doing.

They have worked on this for 8 years and the results say Oilers are the worst team in the NHL for the last 8 years.

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#38 Alan
January 15 2014, 05:59PM
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Dubnyk isn't as good as Scrivens. I suspect Scrivens is mentally tougher and will fight for more pucks.

And those days of whoofing on those 40 - 50 foot shots, those days are gone in Edmonton now.

Why?

Scrivens has not played yet with the worst defense in the NHL by far.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/standings/_/sort/pointsAgainst/group/1/order/false

Oilers 174 goals against

LA 96 goals against

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#39 Andy7190
January 15 2014, 06:01PM
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Alan wrote:

Don't discount that management does not have a clue of what they are doing.

They have worked on this for 8 years and the results say Oilers are the worst team in the NHL for the last 8 years.

I forgot to include old 6 rings in my calculations.

But it looks to me like MacT might have what appears to be a plan shaping up.

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#40 Andy7190
January 15 2014, 06:03PM
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Why?

Scrivens has not played yet with the worst defense in the NHL by far.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/standings/_/sort/pointsAgainst/group/1/order/false

Oilers 174 goals against

LA 96 goals against

The team will work harder, and be more focused if they think they will get a save.

And you never know, a little goaltending, and the Oilers might just get a lead or two. It is a different game when shots from the blue line suddenly stop in front of the net, rather than in it.

Harder to play from behind than level or leading.

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#41 Alan
January 15 2014, 06:03PM
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I forgot to include old 6 rings in my calculations.

But it looks to me like MacT might have what appears to be a plan shaping up.

I forgot about the 6 rings

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#42 Andy7190
January 15 2014, 06:08PM
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Alan wrote:

I forgot about the 6 rings

Well who hasn't. The were from another time, in a galaxy far far away...

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#43 Alan
January 15 2014, 06:10PM
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Oilers got to the point that they had no faith in Dubnyk . They thought they could not win with him in the net. Whether is Dubnyk fault or the team or both, the fact was they thought they would lose. I don't have much faith in Scrivens but he is worth the chance that he might change the mindset of the team.

Also Mact and management think this 2014 draft is weak after the top picks so giving away 2nd and 3rd round picks don't mean much.

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#44 John Chambers
January 15 2014, 06:22PM
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Wonderful prose, LT.

But I couldn't get over the fact that Doob sounded too much like Louuuu, and I didn't want that to be a crowd favorite when we started the dominance.

This is a good trade for MacT.

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#45 Czar
January 15 2014, 06:26PM
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I watched Dubnyk a lot in junior and he reminded me more of Roman Turek than any of Guy's comparisons. That's an insult to Sean!

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#46 TDSM31
January 15 2014, 06:26PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

I'm sure Dubnyk was a great guy, but this is a hockey team, and Dubnyk never took us to the promised land. Sorry man it was long overdue. We'll miss you anyways!

True dat. And while you're in Nashville Dubey, can you please return the favor and let one in from the redline next time we play you. Thanks a bunch.

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#47 Harlie
January 15 2014, 06:58PM
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Guy 'the new magnificent bastard' Flaming

Or Gary Gnu with the News if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

Guy called it, nice work.

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#48 China town man
January 15 2014, 07:02PM
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@Andy7190

The reason being is, if you are going to make a trade make a trade that meet our team needs, the player we traded for we can pick up via free agency, this trade to me seem to give the fans something else to talk about rather than to bitch about

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#49 Lawndemon
January 15 2014, 07:05PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Ride of your life??? What are you smoking and will you share? Staying on the bottom with the losers is not really a ride dude.

The "Oilers Ride" is basically an unfinished roller coaster... Good times.

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#50 Neal
January 15 2014, 07:05PM
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Druds wrote:

Lets face the truth here, He was handed the number one spot on a silver platter and proceeded to crap all over the bed... He had his chance and threw it away. He has no one to blame but himself.

Lotta Props for a pretty harsh comment. I agree that Dubbie was given all the chances he should have needed, and that he got all the support he should have had. (except for that clusterf*ck of a year with no farm team/3 goalies).

I just can't help but wonder... what if you took any of Bishop, Harding, or Price say, and put them behind THESE forward and defence - just how good they'd be?

Just sayin...

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