OGDB 5.0: ONE WORD

Jason Gregor
February 21 2014 01:00AM

Just win

Today, the outcome is all that matters.
It doesn't matter if only Drew Doughty and Shea Weber score, as long as Canada wins.
It won't matter if Sidney Crosby is held pointless, as long as Canada wins.
Shots totals won't matter, as long as Canada wins.
It won't matter that through the first 4 games USA has 20 goals and Canada 13, as long as Canada scores more today.

The WIN is all that matters.

All of us hockey fans love to analyze the game, especially in Edmonton where we've had to suffer through eight seasons of losing hockey. Man's natural instinct is to solve a problem, and that is why OilersNation is the busiest site of the NationNetwork family. You've been focused on finding a way to end the losing, but today is one of those rare occasions where your inner fan will block out the need to analyze.

At 10 a.m. MST we will sit down and watch "our boys" dominate the United States of America.

Today's game is all about pride for our country and enjoying every heart-pounding moment.

We could break down shots for/against, powerplays, penalty kills, goals and more, but the previous four games have zero impact on today's game. How Canada played against mainly inferior opponents means little in how they will attack the Americans.

I've thoroughly enjoyed the Sochi Olympics. I'm an extremely proud Canadian, and I've had a mixture of emotions watching the games thus far.

WINNERS...

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February 8th:

I was pumped watching Regina's Mark McMorris win our first medal, Bronze in Slopestyle.

Later that day, I almost teared up watching the Dufour-Lapointe sisters, Justine and Chloe, win Gold and Silver in moguls. It was the first time two Canadian siblings stood atop the podium, while their older sister Maxine finished 12th, but she beamed with pride when her younger sisters received their medals. Sharing that moment with your sibling must have made it incredibly special.

February 9th:

Kevin Reynolds had the skate of his life to help secure Canada a Silver in Team Figure Skating. It was great watching athletes who usually compete on their own or in pairs, get to be in a team atmosphere. You could tell they loved being part of a team and cheering for each other.

February 10th:

Charles Hamelin raced to Gold in the men's 1500m in long track speed skating. Many felt it would be the first of many medals for Hamelin, but sports can be cruel and Hamelin never reached the podium again. He fell in the 1000m and 500m and his brother slipped in the 5000m relay. You realized afterwards how special the 1500m win was for him.

Then Alex Bilodeau made history by becoming the first person to win back-to-back Gold medals in moguls. Watching him brought back fond memories of his 2010 victory in Vancouver. He was the first Canadian to stand at the top of the podium on home soil, and I remember his interview with Brian Williams where he talked so passionately about his inspiration; his older brother Frederic, who has Cerebral Palsy. Winning a Gold medal is incredible, but to defend your title four years later is truly amazing.

Bilodeau's teammate Mikael Kingsbury won Silver that night, and he will be a favourite in 2018. It was special to watch the present and future of men's moguls share the podium.

February 11th:

Our Gold medals kept coming as Dara Howell won Slopestyle skiing and her teammate Kim Lamarre won bronze. In the first four days we had multiple winners on the podium in three sports. It was awesome.

February 12th:

The great stories kept coming. Gilmore Junio made a very selfless decision by giving up his spot in the men's 1000m long track to teammate Denny Morrison. Morrison didn't let him down and won Silver. Afterwards Morrison suggested Junio should carry the flag in the closing ceremonies. I agreed then and I still do now. He was the ultimate teammate.

February 13th:

Patrick Chan won the Silver in figure skating, but he missed a great chance to win our first ever Gold in men's singles. I felt for him, but I thought he handled the post-skate pressers and subsequent interviews with class and maturity. I'm sure he was devastated inside, but it never showed, and for me that illustrated his character. Top notch.

February 15th: Morrison was back on the ice and won his second medal, this time a Bronze in the 1500m. The Dutch have dominated the long track events this year, except when Morrison was on the ice. Hopefully he inspired some young Canadians to put on a different pair of skates.

February 16th: Dominique Maltais had a great race in my favourite winter Olympics sport, Snowboard Cross, and won a Silver. It is like Nascar on ice. The crashes are spectacular and you need to be fearless to win. I love this event.

Jan Hudec ended a 20-year drought for men's Alpine skiing with a gritty Bronze medal effort in the Super-G. Hudec could barely walk a few weeks ago due to a herniated disc, but he persevered and restored the "Crazy Canuck" title.

February 17th: Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue skated beautifully and won a Silver in Ice Dance. They could have bought into the conspiracy theories of fixed judging, but instead chose to relish their medals and congratulate the winners. Classy.

February 18th: Sherwood Park's Mike Riddle won Silver in the inaugural ski halfpipe. He won his medal in snowy conditions and he scored a 90 on his 2nd run facing immense pressure. It is always inspiring to see athletes embrace the pressure rather than let it beat them.

Marie-Eve Drolet, Jessica Hewitt, Valerie Maltais and Marianne St-Gelais raced to a Silver in short track 3000m relay. St-Gelais and Maltais had crashed in their individual events, but they responded when their teammates needed them most.

February 19th: Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse defended their Gold medal in bobsled. They were 2nd heading into the final run, but they put down a great time and put the pressure on the American team. They couldn't match Canada's consistency and finished .10 behind. It turns out this wouldn't be our last repeat performance.

February 20th: Jennifer Jones and her team of Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen and alternate Kirsten Wall went 11-0 en route to their Gold medal in curling. It was Canada's first gold medal in women's curling since the late Sandra Schmirler won in 1998. It was nice to see Canada's curlers back where they belong: at the top of the podium.

Our women's hockey team completed the 4-peat with a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the USA. The best part about sports is how unpredictable they can be. USA led 2-0 with less than four minutes to play, but the women scored twice to send it to overtime, before Marie-Philip Poulin scored the OT winner. Poulin scored the tying goal and she had two goals in the Gold medal win in 2010. In hockey circles we call that "clutch."

February 21st: For the 3rd time in Sochi we won Gold and Silver in the same event. Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa led from start to finish in women's ski cross. They dominated their preliminary heats as well, and this was one of the rare times in ski or snowboard cross that you could relax and see Canada skiing to victory. Thompson and Serwa had great starts and were never in trouble. 

Hopefully it was foreshadowing to what will be a great Friday for Canada.

EXCITEMENT....

I honestly won't feel more pride when (yes I said when, not if) we win Gold in men's hockey, than I did watching our other athletes win, but I do admit it is a different feeling.

In the other events there is a massive rush of nerves and excitement for anywhere between 30 seconds and five minutes, but in hockey your angst and excitement lasts over two hours. That is what makes it so exciting and nerve wracking. I don't rate the hockey medals any higher, but due to the length of the games they have a way of penetrating our system for longer periods of time, and I think that makes the victories feel bigger.

We have already won 22 medals, and Brad Jacob's curling team should have another Gold before puck drop, and we have four Canadians in contention on the last day of short track speed skating.

I've really enjoyed these Olympics so far, but the passion, excitement, nervousness will intensify once the puck is dropped, and I can't wait.

LINEUP

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Hamhuis

Price

I don't see any reason Babcock should juggle his lines now. He will shuffle during the game, mainly to get St.Louis involved, but as Theo Fleury told me earlier this week, "This is an easy game for a coach. Don't give the players too much information, just let them do what they do best. Motivation will not be an issue."

The main reason Canada wins today is because their blueline is significantly better than the Americans. It isn't close.

TODAY...

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GAME DAY PREDICTION: Canada wins. That is all that matters.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Canada wins.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After another tough loss to Canada at the Olympics the Americans decide to change from Fahrenheit to Celsius. They realize that in order to be a true hockey Nation you have to experience minus temperatures, not 10 or 12 degrees Fahrenheit.

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 Spydyr
February 21 2014, 05:27AM
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The pub opens early for the game today. I will be there wearing my black Team Canada sweater brought with money saved not purchasing Oiler merchandise.

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#2 james_dean
February 21 2014, 12:19PM
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Props up top.

Suck it kesler suck it kessel

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#3 Spydyr
February 21 2014, 07:52AM
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Darcy wrote:

I am a hockey fan and a proud Canadian. I also understand the Olympics have always been about political showmanship. Putin is a bad man and Russia is going in a bad direction. I have had my own personal boycott of the Olympics and urge others to consider how much these Olympics have been Russia putting lipstick on a pig. The Olympic spirit does not live in Moscow, Putin is using the games for his own political purposes and the World watches the games while political protest is squashed. While you watch the game today think of the Ukraine and Syria, these Olympics are not what Russia is about.

If we could keep the politics out of the Olympics and just enjoy them for the love of sport ,that would be great.

I watch sports to escape from the harsh realities of this corrupt, unfair,greedy, uncaring world.If just for a few hours.

What does the hockey game have to do with the awful troubles in the Ukraine and Syria? Two completely different things.

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#4 Pajamah
February 21 2014, 01:18PM
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merfer wrote:

Great goal tending, great defence, and size. Thats how you build a winner. Just exactly what the Oilers don't have. Are you paying attention MacT and Klowe!!

Smarten up!!

If any GM in the NHL could just pick their team, while spending almost twice the salary cap, of course the team would be better.

If your aunt had a d*ck she'd be your uncle.

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#5 BringBackSlats
February 21 2014, 10:54AM
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Can anyone just run Kesler over... It would make my year. Doughty would be perfect.

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#6 2004Z06
February 21 2014, 01:43PM
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If anyone that watched that game still thinks any Oiler deserved to be on that team they are nuts.

That was a perfect display of playing a responsible, puck possession, wear down the opposition and exploit their mistakes game of hockey.

You don't have to win 5-1, you just have to win.

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#7 Fresh Mess
February 21 2014, 09:28AM
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Amazing job by the Canadian men's curling rink to bring home another gold. Canada is now second in medal standings with 9 gold. What an awesome showing by our athletes.

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#8 BringBackSlats
February 21 2014, 12:15PM
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Great 2 way game... Perry and Sid making sure to keep the puck deep and not give them chances going back. Great defence and Price was all that!!! Suck it Kesler

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#9 Spydyr
February 21 2014, 05:21AM
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Team Canada has the best defence ever assembled.The current Norris winner cannot crack the lineup.The only American defencman that would make the team is Suter.Price seems in the zone.The team will play the first game against a team that will not collapse to the net and play not to get scored on. This should be the game the forwards break out.

GO CANADA GO!!!

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#10 Gofucoffee
February 21 2014, 09:56AM
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Added incentive? Just heard loser has to keep Justin Bieber! Hahaha.

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#11 pkam
February 21 2014, 10:17AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...no win ...no medal

For the US hockey team?

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#12 tabs
February 21 2014, 12:10PM
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Perfectly played game Canada!!

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#13 vetinari
February 21 2014, 12:50PM
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Olympic hockey is so much better than NHL hockey... faster players... wider ice surface... no goons or fighting... great coaching... one-and-done playoff games... the intensity can't be matched.

Go Canada!!!!

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#14 Max
February 21 2014, 01:27PM
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I sincerely hope that the Oilers were watching this game, making notes, and learning how a GREAT hockey game is played. TEAM work guys.

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#15 toprightcorner
February 21 2014, 03:16PM
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Perfectly executed game by Canada, poetry on ice!

Watching that game showed everything the Oilers are not doing. Not only were there no turnovers at the blue line but they didn't even attempt a play that could potentially cause a turn over at the blueline or give up and odd man rush.

Less turnovers entering the offensive zone means way more possession time. Canada had the puck 65% of the time.

I can totally see why Hall was not on the team as he and Eberle constantly make high risk decisions entering the zone and turn it over giving up odd man rushes. Even if they have the zone they make risky choices near the blueline.

Sure, you may not like it or trash me but until Hall stops making risk plays that turn over the puck he will not be considered elite. I hope he noticed that watching the game today and realizes that difference.

He easily has what it takes, he just needs to focus on that and the next 25 games is the perfect time as the games mean nothing so forget the offence and focus on the smart plays.

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#16 Darcy
February 21 2014, 07:26AM
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I am a hockey fan and a proud Canadian. I also understand the Olympics have always been about political showmanship. Putin is a bad man and Russia is going in a bad direction. I have had my own personal boycott of the Olympics and urge others to consider how much these Olympics have been Russia putting lipstick on a pig. The Olympic spirit does not live in Moscow, Putin is using the games for his own political purposes and the World watches the games while political protest is squashed. While you watch the game today think of the Ukraine and Syria, these Olympics are not what Russia is about.

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#17 merfer
February 21 2014, 12:24PM
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Great goal tending, great defence, and size. Thats how you build a winner. Just exactly what the Oilers don't have. Are you paying attention MacT and Klowe!!

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#18 kale
February 21 2014, 03:10PM
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I was worried when I saw that picture of the baby fist pumping (great picture) that someone would complain that your making fun of babies Jason.

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#19 Zarny
February 21 2014, 04:44PM
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Great performance. Showed how critical a top pairing D that can shut down the best F in the world really is.

That is what the Oilers are missing and need. Not different "systems" or coaching or someone else running the hot dog stand.

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#20 toprightcorner
February 21 2014, 08:37PM
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I read that the Oilers watched the game together after practice. I hope Eakins used that game to teach the team how to control the game and keep possession with no giveaways. The next 3 video sessions should be dissecting that game and the decisions that were made on the ice, why they were made and positive results of that decision.

Canada played with the least amount of mistakes as ay team could ever play, it was a thing of beauty and the type of game the Oilers need to strive to play. The proof is in the pudding.

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#21 mlcselli
February 21 2014, 06:05AM
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Jason, thanks for recapping the success our athletes are having so far. The pride they are bringing our great country we call home is beyond exhilarating. I'm sure our men today will tantalize us with a mixed bag of emotions, and the roller coaster ride will result in a final game for them on Sunday. Just like the rest of the country, this proud Canadian can't wait for the puck to drop. I can already imagine our Anthem being played as our Flag waves proudly. Go Canada.

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#22 BringBackSlats
February 21 2014, 10:52AM
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KLowe again on his Crackberry... It's uncanny. By my count for the 7 times they've flashed upstairs to The Braintrust, 6 rings has had his head down and on the phone. And every time Stevie Y is right behind him staring down at the ice like the way he'd look all those times he was about to take a faceoff against Sakic in a playoff battle. That guy does "know a little something about winning". I'm sure he's less than impressed with Kevin's focus. Maybe the man in the moulded Micron's is taking offers from half the GM's in the league wanting to trade their rosters for ours?

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#23 dangilitis
February 21 2014, 05:21PM
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I just thought I would point this out to DSF, because he was stupid enough to post this Kessel-Hemsky comparison. Yes, Kessel is a great scorer. And yes, he has led the tournament in scoring.

But... When facing elimination this olympics...

Hemsky 2 GP, 3 G O A Kessel 2 GP, 1 G O A

I re-iterate, if Hemsky took a 3rd liner salary I would rather have him on the Oilers than a Kessel taking first line salary.

You aren't going to win the Stanley Cup with Kessel as your 1st line forward, but you can with Hemsky as a top 9 forward.

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#24 Spydyr
February 22 2014, 04:32AM
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After that great 1-0 game maybe the people calling for Hall on the team will understand one bad turnover at the blue line could of cost the game.

That is why he is not there.Easy as that.

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#25 Oiler Al
February 21 2014, 12:59PM
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Was an interesting game, not boring, but not exciting either. Between the two teams you have something like $180 million in talent, and all they can score is one goal, between the two of them.

What I like about these games is that they dont have the rats and goons running around trying to take out talented players.

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#26 risto siltanen's slapshot
February 21 2014, 01:21PM
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that game was like watching the 84 Stanley cup finals.great teams need to know how to backcheck!!!watching nash and kunitz play their most complete game gives the braintrust something to be proud of. I'm not a naysayer anymore...now we just need klowe to learn from this and translate team first to our oilers.

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#27 merfer
February 21 2014, 02:10PM
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Pajamah wrote:

Smarten up!!

If any GM in the NHL could just pick their team, while spending almost twice the salary cap, of course the team would be better.

If your aunt had a d*ck she'd be your uncle.

Hey Pajamah, I was suggesting the Oilers should concentrate on building a team with strength down the middle and size not small speedy forwards. Be better, please.

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#28 Shredder
February 21 2014, 12:58PM
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vetinari wrote:

Olympic hockey is so much better than NHL hockey... faster players... wider ice surface... no goons or fighting... great coaching... one-and-done playoff games... the intensity can't be matched.

Go Canada!!!!

Well it is a best on best tournament. Unlike the all star game something is on the line here too...

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#29 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
February 21 2014, 04:05PM
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Darcy wrote:

I am a hockey fan and a proud Canadian. I also understand the Olympics have always been about political showmanship. Putin is a bad man and Russia is going in a bad direction. I have had my own personal boycott of the Olympics and urge others to consider how much these Olympics have been Russia putting lipstick on a pig. The Olympic spirit does not live in Moscow, Putin is using the games for his own political purposes and the World watches the games while political protest is squashed. While you watch the game today think of the Ukraine and Syria, these Olympics are not what Russia is about.

No disrespect intended but I think you're missing the whole point of the Olympics Darcy. It's meant to be an event that brings the world together IN SPITE of all of the political and social turmoil in the four corners of the world. It's meant to prove that, at least for a short period we can put aside ALL of our differences and compete in the true spirit of sportsmanship...it's intended to give hope that the worlds problems can be solved if we come together and celebrate the things that we have in common, in a civilized and cordial manner.

Oh yeah....and fcuk the Russians....Hockey is Canada's Game Baby!!!

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#30 Stamsky Hemkos
February 21 2014, 08:07PM
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Just 3 words... Suck it Burke!

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#31 Reg Dunlop
February 21 2014, 09:52AM
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I can't wait to see doughboy Kessel and smurf Pavelski eat some plexiglas. Weber's last game before joining the mighty oil, he will lead the Canada(as opposed to the Ukraine) to a 4-2 victory.

I must take exception with the NSOGDP. Old time hockey measures it's temperature in Farenheit degrees, not those soft European centgrade degrees. If Trudeau hadn't forced metric down our throats Canada would still dominate the manly world of hockey. Go Bobby Baun. Go Canada.

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#32 Rob...
February 21 2014, 03:40PM
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kale wrote:

I was worried when I saw that picture of the baby fist pumping (great picture) that someone would complain that your making fun of babies Jason.

I thought it was a very subtle way of letting some people know they should go pound sand.

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#33 toprightcorner
February 21 2014, 08:31PM
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Smokey wrote:

Watching todays game, all I could think of was how good Hall would of looked playing. Hall and Eberle would look alot better with a rock solid defence, and we got stop thinking they are selfish. All Hall has ever done here is tried to do is make plays often outta nothing. Put him in the right system and we are not talking about his selfish play and turnovers.

You just validated my comment by saying Hall tries to make plays out of nothing and that's why he turns the puck over too much. Take what is given, keep possession and the scoring chances will increase.

That's why his Corsi sucks, he makes risky plays and when they work, he puts up points, when they don't he gives up grade A scoring chances.

If he gets points out of nothing imagine what he can do if they keep possession and can make plays when they are there.

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#34 Josh cOILER aka Spydyr
February 21 2014, 01:48PM
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Pajamah wrote:

Smarten up!!

If any GM in the NHL could just pick their team, while spending almost twice the salary cap, of course the team would be better.

If your aunt had a d*ck she'd be your uncle.

She is.

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#35 BringBackSlats
February 21 2014, 02:28PM
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vetinari wrote:

Olympic hockey is so much better than NHL hockey... faster players... wider ice surface... no goons or fighting... great coaching... one-and-done playoff games... the intensity can't be matched.

Go Canada!!!!

Are you joking man? Is the next thing you post going to include getting rid of hitting in the Men's game too? While I'll agree that these games have intensity and every guy playing wants to win, please don't start comparing it to the 4 series war that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is a completely different thing and it is the very definition of hockey intensity at it's most. If you ever get a chance to ask someone who's been through both then do so, and guaranteed you will stand corrected.

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#36 michael
February 21 2014, 05:23PM
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Zarny wrote:

Great performance. Showed how critical a top pairing D that can shut down the best F in the world really is.

That is what the Oilers are missing and need. Not different "systems" or coaching or someone else running the hot dog stand.

Couldn't agree more. Now Z name the team,the player and what you think it will take. Because here is my thought. Not a single GM with any brain will trade that guy away. Ever. And don't say Pronger. I want a dman you can name from the NHL today.

The Oilers will have to either develop one like Nashville has done by drafting a guy like Nurse/Klefbom/Marincin/Eckblad? and hoping to hell that they'll be a number 1 dman.

Number 1 dmen of Shea Weber ilk are once a generation. Its like finding a diamond in a mountain of cow poo.

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#37 Wonger
February 21 2014, 08:43PM
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Is that Steve MacIntyre as a baby?

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#38 HardBoiledOil
February 21 2014, 05:13AM
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damn skippy the men's hockey team needs to win! Crosby and the rest of the forwards need to get off the toilet and start scoring and today's game would be a great time to do it !!

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#39 tabs
February 21 2014, 10:42AM
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@pkam

Great 1st period by the boyz, I thought Rick Nash & Jeff Carter and Shea Weber were exceptional

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#40 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
February 21 2014, 04:12PM
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BringBackSlats wrote:

KLowe again on his Crackberry... It's uncanny. By my count for the 7 times they've flashed upstairs to The Braintrust, 6 rings has had his head down and on the phone. And every time Stevie Y is right behind him staring down at the ice like the way he'd look all those times he was about to take a faceoff against Sakic in a playoff battle. That guy does "know a little something about winning". I'm sure he's less than impressed with Kevin's focus. Maybe the man in the moulded Micron's is taking offers from half the GM's in the league wanting to trade their rosters for ours?

He's watching highlights of his career on a continuous loop.......but seriously, I hope every one of those occasions was MacT texting the details of a pending deal!

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#41 Quintana
February 21 2014, 10:56PM
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Oscar with a goal and +2 tonight......

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#42 GoCanadaGo
February 22 2014, 11:04AM
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Then: @JasonGregor Feb.7 via text in to his show- "Yes, our audience really wants to talk about team figure skating... I know what audience wants...it isn't team figure skating."

Now: @JasonGregor Feb.21 via Oilersnation blog (an blog focused for Oilers hockey fans mind you)February 9th: "Kevin Reynolds had the skate of his life to help secure Canada a Silver in Team Figure Skating. It was great watching athletes who usually compete on their own or in pairs, get to be in a team atmosphere. You could tell they loved being part of a team and cheering for each other."

Just wondering Jason, if your audience doesn't want to hear about Team Figure Skating, why bring it up now? I get that you're trying to show how well rounded of a sports guy you are but this is an Oilers blog. I think you have your media outlets confused. Your sports show should be more other sports and less Oilers, your Oilersnation blog should be less other sports and more Oilers. :)

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#43 Fresh Mess
February 21 2014, 07:00AM
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Would JG or anyone else happen to know for sure if the NYI or Olympic insurance policy have to pay Tavares' salary for the rest of the season?

I love this hockey. Go Canada!

However, I do agree with Garth Snow that NHL players should not be in the Olympics. Keep the Olympics for amateurs. Bring back the glorious Canada Cup for the best vs best.

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#44 pelhem grenville
February 21 2014, 05:32AM
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...no win ...no medal

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#45 Pajamah
February 21 2014, 02:47PM
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merfer wrote:

Hey Pajamah, I was suggesting the Oilers should concentrate on building a team with strength down the middle and size not small speedy forwards. Be better, please.

Your exact words were "Great goaltending, great defense, and size"

You can easily sign size, great players however do not grow on trees.

The fact you compare how Lowe/Katz/Mac-T would build a team to how the COC and Nicholson, Yzerman and co. can just cherry pick the best 25 Canadian hockey players is asinine.

If your intent was to frame it based on building down the middle, then you pooched the message terribly.

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#46 Phil 'The Thrill' Kessel
February 21 2014, 09:35PM
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Watching the Team Canada defence play is a painful reminder of how poorly the Oilers have been built. Who builds a team with wingers first? If we had just of those D-men on our team...

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#47 seanjohn667
February 22 2014, 12:03AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Team Canada has the best defence ever assembled.The current Norris winner cannot crack the lineup.The only American defencman that would make the team is Suter.Price seems in the zone.The team will play the first game against a team that will not collapse to the net and play not to get scored on. This should be the game the forwards break out.

GO CANADA GO!!!

76 Canada cup.

Robinson, Savard, Lapointe, Potvin, and this guy named Orr.

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#48 Fresh Mess
February 22 2014, 08:13AM
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After that great 1-0 game maybe the people calling for Hall on the team will understand one bad turnover at the blue line could of cost the game.

That is why he is not there.Easy as that.

Agreed. Hall is not even close to that level right now. He can be if he gets his head screwed on right.

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#49 Mark
February 23 2014, 07:56AM
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@GoCanadaGo

I noticed the date of the text from him to you was on Feb 7th, prior to the Olympics starting. You wanted him to preview team Figure skating instead of talking about Gagner trade rumours, which were huge that day? You might not know as much as you think you do about how to conduct a radio show if you think that would have been the smart decision.

Now you come on a post about the Olympics telling him not to write about the only hockey game going on. He included every medal, in very good detail I might add, and you whine about him mentioning figure skating.

Your post shows me you don't understand anything about writing or talking about things that people are interested in. Gregor is the most well-rounded sports guy in Edmonton, he doesn't need to try. I don't agree with all his takes, but is great at knowing what and when to talk about things. Unlike you.

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#50 GoCanadaGo
February 23 2014, 11:01AM
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@Mark

I didn't want him to preview team figure skating, I texted him asking why he's chasing his tail about a Gagner trade "rumour" when we could be previewing the biggest sporting even in the world that is about to take place, the Winter Olympics. Not figure skating in general. Here's how the convo started when I brought up the Olympics instead of a moot rumour: Gregor :we weren't listen closer...we talked about what he should or could get...not Clifford specifically. Me: I am listening. You're snowballing on a rumor. It comes off as you guys chasing your tails on what "could" happen. Let's talk more about more important real life situations... Like that whole Winter Olympics thing that started today Gregor::yes our audience really wants to talk about team figure skating... I know what audience wants...it isn't team figure skating.

Now I usually agree with what he talks about, but the guy can't take any criticism what so ever and immediately becomes offended. His rebuttal is to take a smart ass shot mocking figure skating (kinda comes off like he doesn't appreciate it) then two weeks later he goes on TSN.ca and basically copies and pastes the top headlines from the past two weeks.

So really what happened here is that I listened to his sports show one day hoping to hear some Winter Olympics stories from a journalist who might have done some homework, when all I got was a news about a shot in the dark bonus trade rumour. Then a couple weeks later I came on an Oilers Hockey blog and see that he's complimented a sport (figure skating)that he was in fact being a bit of a rude smart ass about earlier. If Jason Gregor did know his audience though, he would have kept his "research" on this post for his radio show that should encompass all sport and not an Oilersnation blog that should be used for Oilers info. :)

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