OGDB 4.0: NOW IT MATTERS

Jason Gregor
February 19 2014 01:27AM

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After three rather uneventful preliminary games, we finally get to the games that matter and Canada ends up with the easiest quarterfinal opponent in Latvia. Give the Latvians credit, they scored three goals on the stingy Swiss yesterday and were deserving of their 3-1 victory, but their Cinderella run ends today.

Had Canada lost to Finland they would be playing Russia, and the angst and excitement would be much higher, but I think we will have to wait until Friday to be excitedly nervous about a game.

While I'm giving Latvia no chance, the Canadian players won't be looking past them. Canada's forwards are horny for goals, and I expect we'll see quite a few of them break out offensively.

I believe people have made a bit too much over the offensive woes of the forwards. It is three games, and while you'd like more goals from the forwards, only the USA and Finland are averaging more goals per game than Canada.

Yes, only three forwards have scored a goal, but the D-men have picked up the slack. You can expect that trend to be reversed in the next few games. Canada's forwards are simply too good not to start scoring.

Here is a quick look at Canada's production:

Player GP G A  PTS SOG TOI/G
Drew Doughty 3 4 1 5 8 18:00
Jeff Carter 3 3 1 4 11 13:50
Shea Weber 3 2 2 4 5 21:00
Patrick Marleau 3 0 4 4 7 15:13
Ryan Getzlaf 3 1 2 3 5 13:36
Patrice Bergeron 3 0 2 2 5 13:13
Sidney Crosby 3 0 2 2 5 15:43
Jamie Benn 3 1 0 0 7 12:14
Duncan Keith 3 0 1 1 7 21:00
Alex Pietrangelo 3 0 1 1 7 18:45
Corey Perry 3 0 1 1 6 14:18
Jonathan Toews 3 0 1 1 4 16:52
Jay Bouwmeester 3 0 0 0 4 17:27
Marc-Edourd Vlasic 3 0 0 0 3 15:13
John Tavares 3 0 0 0 5 12:31
Chris Kunitz 3 0 0 0 4 12:25
Rick Nash 3 0 0 0 7 10:05
Matt Duchene 2 0 0 0 4 13:50
Patrick Sharp 2 0 0 0 0 12:04
Martin St.Louis 2 0 0 0 5 11:52
Dan Hamhuis 2 0 0 0 2 6:55
P.K Subban 1 0 0 0 0 11:41


Many are suggesting that Babcock give his top players more minutes, however, he didn't do that in 2010 and Canada still won gold. Icetime and juggling lines are pretty much the same as what we saw in Vancouver.

“We’ve changed our lines, in my opinion – same at last Olympics – too much,” Babcock said yesterday, however, that didn't stop him from switching them up again for today.

He seems to be having an internal battle with himself over line combinations, but I get the sense he wants to stick with some of the new combinations, especially those that get off to a good start today.

LINEUP

Kunitz-Crosby-Bergeron
Marleau-Toews-Carter
Benn-Getzlaf-Perry
Sharp-Tavares-Nash/St.Louis

Matt Duchene will be a healthy scratch, while Nash and St.Louis will rotate on the 4th line. There isn't enough icetime to get every player involved to the level they are used to, so the fourth line will need to find a way to contribute in 10-11 minutes.

Keith-Weber
Vlasic-Doughty
Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo
Hamhuis

Subban will sit and Hamhuis will likely spend most of the game on the bench. I'd rather have Subban as my 7th D-man, but considering how little icetime the 7th D-man will get, I'm not sure it matters. Babcock wants his D pairs to have a left and right shooting D-man, so the only way Subban could play is if he replaced Weber, Doughty or Pietrangelo. That isn't happening.

Price

Neither goalie has faced much rubber. Canada has allowed the fewest shots in the tournament so far, 58, and I doubt Price will be very busy today.

QUICK HITS

  • I like that Babcock is going back to Kunitz and Crosby. Kunitz knows how to play with him, and just because they didn't score for two games doesn't mean they won't moving forward. Kunitz was better vs. Finland and his style of play is better suited in grinding games like we will see when Canada faces the USA, most likely, in the semi finals. Kunitz hasn't been nearly as bad as people suggest, he is just the easy target.

  • Here is the TOI amongst forwards when Canada won gold in 2010:
    Crosby 16:56, Nash 15:46, Marleau 15:36, Eric Staal 14:50, Toews 14:38, Getzlaf 14:00, Heatley 13:50, Iginla 13:40, Joe Thornton 13:35, Perry 12:52, Mike Richards 12:42, Brendan Morrow 11:04 and Bergeron 6:27.
    Babcock had eight forwards with 13:40 or more of TOI/game, so far this year he only has five, and one of them, Duchene, isn't dressing. I suspect you will see him give more icetime to a few lines the rest of the way.

  • Canada got a lot of production from their blueline in 2010 as well, just not as many goals as we've seen so far. Keith, Weber and Boyle had six points in seven games, while Pronger added five.

  • Iginla had five goals in 2010 while Crosby, Heatley and Perry had four.

  • Toews led the team in scoring with 1-7-8 and Iginla 5-2-7, Crosby 4-3-7, Heatley 4-3-7 and Getzlaf 3-4-7 all averaged a point-per-game. Canada has five players at a PPG clip so far this year.

  • Latvia only has 1 active NHL player, 20 year old Zemgus Girgensons for the Buffalo Sabres. Oskars Bartulis and Kaspars Daugavins were in the NHL recently, while 41-year-old Sandis Ozolinsh last played in 2008.

  • I don't foresee any upsets in the quarterfinals, but if I had to pick one it would be the Czech Republic knocking off the USA. I think we will see CAN/USA and RUS/SWE in the semis on Friday.

  • I'm amazed at how quickly people have overreacted and often over analyzed Canada's play thus far. I'm not sure what people expect from Crosby, but I think he has played fine. Here is one example of some fans taking Crosby's struggles a bit too far...

    "Why can't Babcock give up the Crosby experiment and give his attention to guys that are producing. Let's face it, Crosby isn't a factor internationally. His point production in 2010 and now proves it. His "Golden Goal" was him hacking at a loose puck," John

    I guess nine points in 10 Olympic games thus far is brutal. John, you might want to watch the replay of his goal again. He displayed a bit more skill than just "hacking at a loose puck."

    John isn't the only one going overboard. I've read comments suggesting Babcock will use Crosby's line in a checking role moving forward because they are struggling.

  • Hopefully after today's victory people will be able to exhale and get excited about the semi finals, rather than stress about who isn't scoring. I can't wait until Friday.

THIS MORNING....

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***That is Latvian Madara Malmane***

GAME DAY PREDICTION:
Canada's forwards emerge from hibernation and trounce Latvia 6-1.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Someone will freak out that I'm not giving Latvia enough respect and that anything can happen in a one game elimination. I guess, but consider this. If you wanted to make $100 on Canada to win you would need to bet $5,500. I'd say the odds Latvia wins are essentially zero.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Crosby scores a goal and adds an assist to quiet those worried about his play. For good measure Kunitz scores as well.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 


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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#1 Rob...
February 19 2014, 10:45AM
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@Wonger

So you both would like to ignore the fact that the dude in the picture is thoroughly enjoying his superhero costume, and likely thinks he could kick arse? Grow a thicker skin and re-read the words on the image. Those words don't say 'What an idiot!', or worse, they say 'It's go time!', which likely captures what that guy is thinking and is relevant to today's game.

If you are embarrassed by Downe's Syndrome, or those who have it, perhaps you're the ones with problems you should work out.

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#2 Spydyr
February 19 2014, 03:56PM
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The cost of the Olympics for Russia 50 Billion.

Getting knocked out before the medal round.Priceless.

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#4 Mack Strong
February 19 2014, 08:50AM
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Great game by the Finns!

Even I was doubting our team after we squeaked out a win against the Finns but now that you see how they dealt with Russia…they are a legit Gold Medal threat…

Elliot Friedman pointed out something i feel is very important…after the game all the Russian players rushed through the media center except Ovi…that must have been the hardest interview to take yet he did it and faced very tough questions especially after losing on home ice in a game that you now have no chance at a medal!

Not an Ovi fan but he definitely bumps up in my books after that show of class…

Hallsie would look better on Crosby's left than Kunitz…just saying...

Go Get'em boys….!

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#5 Fish
February 19 2014, 02:24PM
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Good thing we didn't hire Ted nolan during our last five coaching experiments. His team sure lacked skill and was destroyed by... wait. That bunch of rag tag mens leaguers nearly stole the Canada game? Imagine what he could do with our rag tag team.

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#6 Ole
February 19 2014, 11:34AM
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I wonder what the Oilers would look like if they hired Nolan instead of Eakins.

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#7 tom.MTL
February 19 2014, 05:26AM
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Has everyone started laying the groundwork for not being at the office on Friday? Should be a doozy.

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#8 Dq
February 19 2014, 03:43PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

No passion or heart from the Canadians.!! Look like robots going through the motions. Yes we are all supter stars, we can kinda of coast along etc etc.

Suban would have added some passion to this game instead of the drones that were floating around

Also I think the Yserman-Babcock party should be over.

If Canada plays like this against the USA, they are in for an ass whoppin.

Did people pretend to be working while secretly streaming a different game than I was secretly streaming while pretending to be working?

Canada completely dominated every aspect of the game. In the third period when Canada was pressing Latvia had 3 shots until pulling te goalie. They couldn't take 2 strides or 1 pass without losing the puck. Nothing to be ashamed of from Canada except maybe a lack of finish.

So much negativism against a team that hasn't lost yet ... Including a win against a very good Finish team who just happens to have beaten a very good Russian team.

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#9 anon
February 19 2014, 09:55AM
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Hey Jason,

I know that you're decent human being and respectful of others so I question the use of the photo at the top of this post.

The kid in the yellow shirt looks like he has Downe's Sundrome. Is this really something you want to poke fun at?

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#10 bwar
February 19 2014, 05:25AM
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I feel bad for Duchene, plays solid yet gets trumped by "chemistry" which has yet to result in anything this tournament.

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#11 Zack
February 19 2014, 11:36AM
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Canada will lose to Latvia but it will be a moral victory for Canada since they out shot them

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#12 shanetrain
February 19 2014, 01:57PM
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Canada's best is yet to come.

You think the American's aren't a little nervous coming into this one?

This is Canada's game.

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#13 Citizen David
February 19 2014, 06:45AM
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I was losing my mind when I saw Kunitz not playing on Crosby's line against Finland.

I'll state the facts: Kunitz is a very good hockey player. Being a very good hockey player is not good enough for Canada, great players got left off the roster. The only reason Kunitz was selected was to play with Crosby. That was the reasoning behind his selection. Hockey Canada strikes again

Also I don't know if I'd call Finland beating Russia an upset. Very easily could happen.

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#14 Spydyr
February 19 2014, 03:55PM
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To the people saying the US will smoke Canada. Canada has allowed three goals the whole tournament.Three.

This is our game.

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#15 Josh cOILER aka DSF aka Spydyr.....
February 19 2014, 08:42AM
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Is that guy in the yellow superman shirt you Gregor????

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#16 v4ance
February 19 2014, 02:06AM
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Crosby may be playing fine but I can't shake the feeling that Team Canada short changed themselves by picking a less than optimal player in Kunitz. For all the talk of the "chemistry" that Kunitz supposedly has with Crosby, or the Perry/Getzlaf combo, I have seen little evidence of that so far. None of the forwards are scoring, but we should still see some 5 bell chances generated between Crosby and Kunitz?

I have this dire feeling that in a critical game, maybe not today, that we'll need a gamebreaker who could be skating beside Crosby who makes a key play to score in a tight contest.

Instead in my nightmares, I see a loss for Team Canada, going down to defeat while we are still waiting to see that mystical chemistry between Crosby and Kunitz on the international stage.

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#17 Boys on the Short Bus
February 19 2014, 09:27AM
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Horny for goals...really?

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#18 Wonger
February 19 2014, 10:36AM
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anon wrote:

Hey Jason,

I know that you're decent human being and respectful of others so I question the use of the photo at the top of this post.

The kid in the yellow shirt looks like he has Downe's Sundrome. Is this really something you want to poke fun at?

Have some class Jason! Poking fun at people with Down Syndrome is NOT COOL!

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#19 Time Travelling Sean
February 19 2014, 02:55PM
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@ubermiguel

We beat Finland, something Russia didn't do, and the States had to get a lucky call to cancel a goal and then beat them in a shootout.

We also didn't barely beat Latvia or Finland, we destroyed them. When making it to center ice is a victory....

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#20 Lofty
February 19 2014, 07:26AM
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Closest thing to playoff hockey for Oil fans... Gonna enjoy this.

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#21 Oiler Al
February 19 2014, 01:25PM
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No passion or heart from the Canadians.!! Look like robots going through the motions. Yes we are all supter stars, we can kinda of coast along etc etc.

Suban would have added some passion to this game instead of the drones that were floating around

Also I think the Yserman-Babcock party should be over.

If Canada plays like this against the USA, they are in for an ass whoppin.

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#22 Gaz
February 19 2014, 01:38PM
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Great goaltending for the Latvians. That said, this was a very troubling win. Not nearly enough from Canada. This could get ugly vs. the Americans.

1. USA 2. Sweden 3. Finland 4. Canada

I hate making that prediction, but I can't see Canada beating the States, and they'll flame out against the Finns for bronze.

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#23 ubermiguel
February 19 2014, 02:06PM
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Gaz wrote:

Great goaltending for the Latvians. That said, this was a very troubling win. Not nearly enough from Canada. This could get ugly vs. the Americans.

1. USA 2. Sweden 3. Finland 4. Canada

I hate making that prediction, but I can't see Canada beating the States, and they'll flame out against the Finns for bronze.

I don't know why you're getting so many "Trashes". This is a team that barely beat Finland and Latvia. Against the US it could get ugly, unless the scorers remember how to score.

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#24 wiseguy
February 19 2014, 02:59PM
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BringBackSlats wrote:

Should have better qualified my statement there... So being that Smid was the main return in the Pronger deal, all we have are now the Broissoit and Horak prospects. Really Kevin... For Chris Pronger? Is that how much you know about winning from a management side. Micron moulded skate wearing, coattail riding, arrogant lemon. I remember when I was a kid and got to go into the dressing room with my minor hockey team. Our goalie was a bruins fan and wore a Beantown hat into the room. I heard Mr. Lowe say "what kind of team is this" and not in a joking kind of way. He was actually mad that a 9 yr old kid had the audacity to wear an opponents colours into his dressing room. Meanwhile the class of the room, Gretz is politely signing away autographs and Mess was balancing a stick on his nose to make the kids laugh. Unreal how cool those guys were. Showed back then the kind of guy Kevin was. From the words of Seinfeld..."can't stand ya" Kevin.

I'm one of Lowe's biggest critics but you need cannot do a Pronger = Brossoit + Horak as there were multiple transactions and significant time in between. Otherwise, Holmgren's trade of Lupul + Sbisa + 1st pick of 2009 + 1st pick of 2010 = Ryan Dingle seems 1000 times worse. Ryan who? Of course the return was Ryan Dingle + Pronger, but since Pronger is no longer playing, the trade today looks like just Dingle as the return. Criticism of Lowe is more than deserved and fair, but let's not exaggerate and water down the justifiable reasons.

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#25 Dangilitis
February 19 2014, 05:28PM
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Where's DSF? Kessel vs Hemsky head to head and Hemsky scores twice as many goals as Kessel. Single game Hemsky wins so by DSF logic Hemsky is the better player. Facing elimination Hemsky had 3 goals in 2 games. 1 goal in 1 game for Kessel. Let's see how Kessel does against canada defense...

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#26 Taylor Gang
February 19 2014, 01:18PM
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DisappointedFan wrote:

Have you watched the games, he's been a ghost out there. Once in a while you hear a spurt of action but otherwise it's nothing. You don't make an impact as the best player in the game ghosting around the ice.

Actually two different relations in that sentence but I can see how you may have missed that. I called it "fact" where? It's an informed decision based on the interviews and commentary given by Hockey Canada and Sidney Crosby on the topic. I think you may need to take a step back from the ol' keyboard for a breathe of fresh air bud.

I guess I might have to take a break from the keyboard, I already have a big enough headache after the Team Canada game, never mind debating with someone so stuck on their own opinion.

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#27 MessyEH
February 19 2014, 04:30AM
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I need everyone to be like a bunch of fonzies today. And what's Fonzies?

Cool.

be cool honey bunnies, be cool.

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#28 BringBackSlats
February 19 2014, 02:01PM
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Hmm K...So much for Food Stuffers lame prediction of the Russians winning gold. He might have a great memory recall, but it goes to show how little the guy actually understands what it takes to win hockey games. He's all about the offensive awe, and never once questioned how bad their defensive core is next to the ridiculous talent on both Canadian and American bluelines. What a chump! Personally I'm in the corner of Belov as an Oiler, but if he's playing big minutes on your squad there's an issue. Hat's off to Nolan and the Latvians. Displayed the type of courage and grit Oiler fans long for. That goalie was off the hook. Anyone notice every time the camera pans over the braintrust in the rafters they're all watching intently except for one. Yeah ol' 6 rings has better things to do on his BB. Perhaps he's cooking up another deal? Realized with the Smid trade we ended up with 2 minor league prospects. That was some kind of wheeling and dealing there Kevin.

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#29 Dangilitis
February 19 2014, 05:36PM
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@anon

I work with children with Down syndrome and do you know what parents of children with trisomy 21 find the most irritating and offensive? When people call it down's syndrome. Down was credited with describing the constellation of symptoms seen in children with Down syndrome he never had the condition himself. It's Down syndrome as Jason pointed out. Not doune either. Saying a child has down's really irks some parents. And Jason while I trust that the intent was not offensive, the icon in the bottom right from "all dumb.com" could certainly be perceived as such by someone looking at that image, no?

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#30 #ThereGoesTheOilers
February 19 2014, 01:06PM
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Boys on the Short Bus wrote:

Horny for goals...really?

I'm not sure about this either. Thornton isn't even on the team...

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#31 Frank
February 19 2014, 02:22PM
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The goaltending was good but not great. What game were they watching , Canada had opportunities however they continued to shoot into his pads. I really can't recall any great saves.

If Canada continues to shoot like they did against Latvia, USA will win easily.

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#32 pkam
February 19 2014, 03:26PM
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BringBackSlats wrote:

Should have better qualified my statement there... So being that Smid was the main return in the Pronger deal, all we have are now the Broissoit and Horak prospects. Really Kevin... For Chris Pronger? Is that how much you know about winning from a management side. Micron moulded skate wearing, coattail riding, arrogant lemon. I remember when I was a kid and got to go into the dressing room with my minor hockey team. Our goalie was a bruins fan and wore a Beantown hat into the room. I heard Mr. Lowe say "what kind of team is this" and not in a joking kind of way. He was actually mad that a 9 yr old kid had the audacity to wear an opponents colours into his dressing room. Meanwhile the class of the room, Gretz is politely signing away autographs and Mess was balancing a stick on his nose to make the kids laugh. Unreal how cool those guys were. Showed back then the kind of guy Kevin was. From the words of Seinfeld..."can't stand ya" Kevin.

Isn't it Lowe traded Eric Brewer, Jeff Woywitka and Doug Lynch for Pronger?

Didn't Lowe get Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Šmíd, a 1st round pick in 2007, a 2nd round picks in 2008, and a conditional 1st round pick for one of 2008/2009/2010 for Pronger? And didn't we drafted Jordan Eberle with that conditional 1st rounder in 2008?

So at the end, we get Eberle, Broissoit and Horak for Eric Brewer, Jeff Woywitka and Doug Lynch. That is a bad trade?

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#33 Taylor Gang
February 19 2014, 10:47AM
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DisappointedFan wrote:

Jason,

The reason why so many people are "frustrated" with Crosby is because of all the hype on him. Over and above that Team Canada clearly lowered themselves to Crosby's wishes to get Kunitz on the team. So if he can't produce points with his "friend" then people would have liked to have seen someone more qualified be in that spot.

I personally don't see how anyone can begin to think that more ice-time should be given to Crosby/Kunitz, if they were lighting up then by all means toss them 20 minutes a game. If not then find people who will get it going. Getzlaf and Marleau had some chemistry with Carter, give them the start and see how they do.

You're looking at elite level athletes who are (should be) all starters on their respective teams I don't think you're going wrong putting any of those lines out there.

(Except for Rick Nash and Patrice Bergeron, keep them off the ice)

You make it sound like Crosby "asked" Hockey Canada to put Kunitz on Team Canada, and that couldn't be further from the truth. They put him on the team because of the chemistry between them; anyone who is half sensible knows that. The thing is though: Crosby is the best player in the world. Why would they just assume that Sid could only play with Kunitz when he could be playing with players much better than him?

Hockey Canada definitely dropped the ball on that one.

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#34 TonyT
February 19 2014, 11:39AM
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I actually like the way this Latvia team plays. They're winning me over. Has Canada even finished more than a handful of checks or are they going for Dallas Eakins' "perfect game" with a no-hitter?

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#35 Sevenseven
February 19 2014, 12:33PM
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anon wrote:

Hey Jason,

I know that you're decent human being and respectful of others so I question the use of the photo at the top of this post.

The kid in the yellow shirt looks like he has Downe's Sundrome. Is this really something you want to poke fun at?

That is a young Rob Ford.

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#36 RexHolez
February 19 2014, 06:44PM
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Dangilitis wrote:

@anon

I work with children with Down syndrome and do you know what parents of children with trisomy 21 find the most irritating and offensive? When people call it down's syndrome. Down was credited with describing the constellation of symptoms seen in children with Down syndrome he never had the condition himself. It's Down syndrome as Jason pointed out. Not doune either. Saying a child has down's really irks some parents. And Jason while I trust that the intent was not offensive, the icon in the bottom right from "all dumb.com" could certainly be perceived as such by someone looking at that image, no?

Well put.

The man has a point Jason, if you want to justify that you meant no harm, then edit the alldumb.com from the pic. That's why people are getting offended.

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#37 Retsinnab5
February 19 2014, 07:09AM
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Go Canada Go!

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#38 Fresh Mess
February 19 2014, 08:04AM
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Manfly wrote:

^me too, but i'm starting to miss the NHL, so the Olympics can end anytime now.

Personally I would be happy if the NHL adopted this ice size and these rules. Or if the NHL was just absorbed into a international league. This is much better hockey IMO.

I'm not shocked that Finland knocked out Russia. Too many me-first players on that team. Finland has talent and they play as a team.

Canada should scratch Crosby eh? I hadn't heard that one. My god, that's a doozy even for Oilersnation.

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#39 Johnnydapunk
February 19 2014, 11:18AM
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I don't know about anyone else, but this game is not exactly relaxing it watch.I just don't trust Price in net to make that save if needed.

31-9 shots in goal, just like watching the Oil in disguise...

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#40 Jerry
February 19 2014, 02:25PM
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On paper Canada is the better team. However if you were watching this tournament USA is a much better team. What team will show up for Canada the team that has looked pretty average or the team that we have not seen .

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#41 Oiler Al
February 19 2014, 08:46AM
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YOu all like watching 4 guys standing still across the blue line waiting for the attack, then you have 8 guys in front of the blue paint banging the puck.... great hockey on the big ice.

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#42 Wonger
February 19 2014, 11:03AM
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Rob... wrote:

So you both would like to ignore the fact that the dude in the picture is thoroughly enjoying his superhero costume, and likely thinks he could kick arse? Grow a thicker skin and re-read the words on the image. Those words don't say 'What an idiot!', or worse, they say 'It's go time!', which likely captures what that guy is thinking and is relevant to today's game.

If you are embarrassed by Downe's Syndrome, or those who have it, perhaps you're the ones with problems you should work out.

Fair enough! I guess I took it the wrong way and reacted angrily! I apologize to Jason Gregor and everybody! Now if Canada can just finish and score some goals..............!!!

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#43 meh...
February 19 2014, 12:23PM
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Anybody can win one game.I wouldn't like the Oilers chances against Latvia in a seven game series. They might sweep the Oil 4-0.

Never thought I would type those words...

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#44 dougtheslug
February 19 2014, 06:21PM
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Fish wrote:

Good thing we didn't hire Ted nolan during our last five coaching experiments. His team sure lacked skill and was destroyed by... wait. That bunch of rag tag mens leaguers nearly stole the Canada game? Imagine what he could do with our rag tag team.

I 'm not so sure - Eakins has already able to coach a few games like that. We even won one against San Jose which looked very much like today, with the Oilers playing Latvia to the Sharks Team Canada. Doesn't play too well over 82 games, though

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#45 I tried it at home
February 19 2014, 10:18AM
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"Canada's forwards are just too good not to start scoring." It seems to me I heard that about the Oilers too.

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#46 Jesse
February 19 2014, 11:15AM
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Clearly Canada does not know how to play on Olympic size ice.

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#47 Air on Egg blood
February 19 2014, 11:34AM
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Anybody else thinking that young Kristers Gudlevskis would be a great goalie prospect to acquire from Tampa Bay?

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#48 vetinari
February 19 2014, 01:06PM
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So.... Team Latvia... better or worse than the 2013-14 Oilers????

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#49 risto siltanen's slapshot
February 19 2014, 01:15PM
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vetinari wrote:

So.... Team Latvia... better or worse than the 2013-14 Oilers????

their ahl goalie's better than ours. defence might be better too.

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#50 BringBackSlats
February 19 2014, 02:27PM
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Should have better qualified my statement there... So being that Smid was the main return in the Pronger deal, all we have are now the Broissoit and Horak prospects. Really Kevin... For Chris Pronger? Is that how much you know about winning from a management side. Micron moulded skate wearing, coattail riding, arrogant lemon. I remember when I was a kid and got to go into the dressing room with my minor hockey team. Our goalie was a bruins fan and wore a Beantown hat into the room. I heard Mr. Lowe say "what kind of team is this" and not in a joking kind of way. He was actually mad that a 9 yr old kid had the audacity to wear an opponents colours into his dressing room. Meanwhile the class of the room, Gretz is politely signing away autographs and Mess was balancing a stick on his nose to make the kids laugh. Unreal how cool those guys were. Showed back then the kind of guy Kevin was. From the words of Seinfeld..."can't stand ya" Kevin.

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