GDB: BATTLE OF ALBERTA

Lowetide
March 01 2014 09:50AM


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It's an ill will she blows this morning, ladies and men. We are stone cold frozen, indoors, outdoors and in the western conference. The blues aren't blue enough, the country tear-jerkers can't find the lines, the poets can't stop the clocks in rhyme. 

The Battle of Alberta is desolation row. 

BUT WE'LL GET THERE BEFORE THEM!

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Really? REALLY? The tortoise and the hare had a point to their story, I'm not sure 'one frozen bubble against another one' will galvanize our collective spirits in Alberta province. 

Is there ANY good news? And don't tell me the draft! 

CALGARY FLAMES PROJECTED LINEUP

  • TJ Galiardi-Mikael Backlund-Jiri Hudler
  • Mike Cammalleri-Sean Monahan-Joe Colborne
  • Lance Bouma-Matt Stajan-David Jones
  • Paul Byron-Markus Granlund-Kevin Westgarth
  • TJ Brodie-Mark Giordano
  • Kris Russell-Derek Smith
  • Ladislav Smid-Dennis Wideman
  • Reto Berra

The Flames have some good hockey players heading out tonight, and some of them will be playing their last game with the fiery C. Mike Cammalleri should get significant interest, young Backlund has once again overcome major obstacles and the all-Canadian Monahan looks sharp in every photo. The Flames Corsi for % 5x5 is 45.2%, fourth worst in the league but there are some champions in the group:

  • Galiardi 50.8%
  • Giordano 50.5%
  • Backlund 49.4%
  • Brodie 49.3%
  • Cammalleri 49.2%

The complete list is here   and it is worth noting Calgary has only three position players who have been on the ice for more than 300 minutes while posting a sub 43% Corsi for 5x5 %. 

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EDMONTON OILERS PROJECTED LINEUP

  • Hall-Nuge-Hemsky
  • Perron-Gagner-Eberle
  • Hendricks-Gordon-Joensuu
  • Jones-Smyth-Gazdic
  • Marincin-Petry
  • N Schultz-J Schultz
  • Ference-Belov
  • Bryzgalov

Nail Yakupov's injury isn't considered serious, but it's also likely they hold him back for tonight's game. Do the Oilers have some good news, something similar to the Flames' men who are close to 50% or better Corsi for 5x5?

The Oilers Corsi for 5x5% is 43.3%, they are one below Calgary in the race (don't you laugh, Toronto  only Buffalo saves you!)

  • Martin Marincin 50.2%

The numbers are here.  Edmonton has five players who have been on the ice for more than 300 minutes while also posting a sub 43% Corsi for 5x5 %.


SOME SWEET DAY

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History tells us this will not last. Calgary will have a fine trade deadline, add some picks and prospects and live to fight another day. Edmonton appears to have invested heavily in hiring a new coach each season, so the only impressive thing is the number of first overall selections on their roster. 

Calgary and Edmonton are driving toward that goal this summer, first overall. In that race, Edmonton is judge, jury and executioner. For Oiler fans, the promise of a first overall pick is like a kick in the junk, a stomach turner, a false spring. 

The Flames should learn the lesson presented to them by Edmonton—it's pretty damn hard to come back quickly from scorched earth, even when good soil lies all about you. 

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Flames and Oilers play to a 1-1 tie and no one can score in the shootout. Finally, Ladislav Smid drives in over the blueline and goes shelf on a very surprised Ilya Bryzgalov.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Flames win 5-1, on 5 shorthanded goals. All by Smid. 

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: CBC's After Hours becomes trade central as both Mike Cammalleri and Ales Hemsky are sent to Pittsburgh right after the game. 

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#251 Derzie
March 01 2014, 03:17PM
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I love these mixed blogs. Us Flames posters are generally as dry as they come. I'm splitting a gut with the Oiler posters. Have sarcasm down to a science. Cracking me up. *Big Ern pats Gazdic on the head. Brothers in Arms.

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#252 Oiltown3000
March 01 2014, 04:07PM
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Hockey Problems wrote:

The hapless Oilers can't even tank the season the right way !!!

2008- Miss out on Tavares

2009- Miss out on Stamkos

2010 Hall

2011- Nuge

2012- Yakupov

2013- Miss out on Mackinnon

2014- Lose the season, Again. Win the lotto (bold prediction)

2015- And if history serves us correctly, they will lose out on McDavid

The Oilers can't even suck right !!!

I bet if Oilers didn't get The Nuge or Hall you would be saying the same thing

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#253 Fresh Mess
March 01 2014, 04:44PM
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Lafontaine quits as Sabres POHO. Who cares. Useless position anyway.

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#254 Hockey Problems
March 01 2014, 05:06PM
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@M22

The Oilers have been accused of tanking on purpose in order to secure the #1 overall pick. IF that is true (and all we can really do is speculate considering no one here is privy to the closed door meetings of Lowe and his cronies) Tavares and Stamkos would have been better players to aim for. Mackinnon and McDavid also project to be better than all three #1's the Oilers have. That is what I meant about "tanking right".

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#255 michael
March 01 2014, 05:07PM
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Healys comments tonight regarding Edmonton's interest in doing the same thing to New Rexall as they did to the arena in Socchi with the outside lighting on the building. Klowe/six rings/poho is looking into the technology.I for one loved it. What a great way to advertise and promote. I for one think it would look great in Edmonton.

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#256 Loweblows
March 01 2014, 06:49PM
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Total Points wrote:

He did and Katz in his "wisdom" kept him

I thought he offered to take a sabbatical? Meaning he'd go on a long vacation and let the heat die down. He should resign! meaning quit, walk away and never come back! Katz would have no say in that

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#257 Rod from Viking
March 01 2014, 07:40PM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

What's so hard to understand? You all need to listen to gregor because apparently the public are idiots and only he knows what the real deal is.....

Dallas is great, macT is great and i heard him say kBlowe tastes like cotton candy....

Press pass pandering

I propped and agreed with most of your points on your posts on Jason's last article but your comment about the candy is quite over the line in my book, we all post things we sometimes regret and I think you are way better than that and didn't mean it.

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#258 Grumpy
March 01 2014, 08:02PM
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Pretty sad, I used to mock the leafs. Now I only wish the oilers were half as good. The leafs/habs game is a highly entertaining game! these guys are playing with passion and urgency. I bet I fall asleep halfway thru the first period of the battle of losers

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#259 Oilerz4life
March 01 2014, 08:32PM
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Gazdic, what a beauty.

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#260 **
March 01 2014, 09:03PM
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vetinari wrote:

Anyone else think that Team Latvia would destroy both these teams in a heartbeat?

Team Slovenia would tear them a new one.

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#261 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 10:00PM
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admiralmark wrote:

Funny as that is. Its not technically possible. Finish Last= at worst 2nd overall pick.

This just makes me even more mad!! This team should've been kicked to the AHL years ago

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#262 Alsker
March 01 2014, 10:20PM
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Hey we scored, bout time, 1st goal at home since Jan 29. Man that sounds as bad as it actually is.

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#263 The Soup Fascist
March 01 2014, 10:25PM
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I know Hall and Nuge are not exactly lighting it up tonight ...... But does Glenn Healey's daughter or niece happen to work at Cactus Club?

Dude sounds a little bitter.

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#264 john
March 01 2014, 10:28PM
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I m watching the game on CBC in Ontario, can't believe it's a packed house in Edmonton. Time to fire that AHL coach from Toronto, bring in a real coach. I moved here 20 years ago from Edmonton, still a fan but so painful to watch now.

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#265 Alsker
March 01 2014, 10:40PM
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60 minutes wasnt painful enough....overtime...guess I should be happy.

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#266 Riptide
March 01 2014, 11:23PM
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clyde wrote:

Flames fans are happy for that.

It was the Flames reward for tanking last season while Edmonton won meaningless games at the end.

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#267 Dan
March 02 2014, 12:17AM
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Laraque, McIntyre, Gazdic. Atleast management can find tough guys

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#268 Jeff In Lethbridge
March 02 2014, 04:52PM
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all in all that was an average game for the Flames who are still struggling with injuries.

Ferrence is looking really frustrated playing in ed. poor guy. what did he do in his previous life to deserve this? i guess this way he got a couple more years in a career that was all but over.

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#269 Jeffff
March 01 2014, 10:28AM
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Spydyr wrote:

If playing sound defensive hockey bores you it is a good thing you are an Oilers fan.

From the very first game on I was impressed with Team Canada every player made the right play at the right time it was almost surreal. Throughout the entire tournament Canada"s players were always on the right side of the puck and man defensively.The entire team made no more than a handful of errors the entire tournament.

It was amazing to watch.That team was the best coached ,best defensive hockey team I have ever witnessed.

Perhaps the best hockey team in history.

Sounds like you were mimicking some sportswriter . I find the big ice mostly boring.

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#270 Spydyr
March 01 2014, 10:31AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

This is by far the nicest cross-posted gameday thread in the history of the Nations. Someone needs to get the trash talk flowing. Where's Wanye?

Bring out DSF he will stir things up.

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#271 chambers
March 01 2014, 02:28PM
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M22 wrote:

Whew!!

-said Tavares/Stamkos/Mackinnon

This post is an excellent example of what's happened to the Oiler fans after 7 years of continuous losing...they have lost there perspective of pro sports. To the Oiler fans it's not about winning it's about draft position.

What a pathetic situation they are in. And I really don't see anything changing in the next several years as they need another major rebuild! Not only is the chronic mind set of the players on losing but the fans as well.

Sad.

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#272 Chambers
March 01 2014, 04:59PM
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tabs wrote:

Don't care any more, hope they lose again tonight.

I want Eakins gone by seasons end along with Gagner, Smyth, Hemsky and half the defense.

GDP Oilers win 4-2 and end the season with one point more than the Flames.

Read my lips....if you want to obtain quality players you need to trade your core young guys like Eberle, RNH, TH and Yak. You are dreaming just like Lowe and MacT if you think other teams want the GARBAGE you suggest! In fact the core young guys I named are over rated. Get over it! You can't have your cake and eat it too!!!!

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#273 Rod from Viking
March 01 2014, 05:17PM
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Chambers wrote:

Read my lips....if you want to obtain quality players you need to trade your core young guys like Eberle, RNH, TH and Yak. You are dreaming just like Lowe and MacT if you think other teams want the GARBAGE you suggest! In fact the core young guys I named are over rated. Get over it! You can't have your cake and eat it too!!!!

Just wondering, do you have a female relative named Marlyn who would now be in her early 60's?

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#274 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 06:37PM
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I'm debating wether I want to watch the oilers game tonight or rip a piece of paper towel into hundreds of pieces and sew it back together. Both seem equally pointless

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#275 BingBong
March 01 2014, 08:30PM
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Ah good thing I'm drunk. 2 BAD teams, 1 BAD colour commentator, and 1-0 Flames.

Woah,nice fight. Hope that dude's ok...

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#276 negrilcowboy
March 01 2014, 08:43PM
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ouch westgarth took a few wallops.

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#278 Rod from Viking
March 01 2014, 09:24PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

That 1-3-1 is impossible to defend, or did he mean impossible to score.

The effectiveness is also impossible to defend. Mind you Eakins loves 1-0 games and I guess it doesn't matter who wins.

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#279 vetinari
March 01 2014, 09:37PM
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Oilers lead the league in SO's... against... sigh...

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#280 MontanaMan
March 01 2014, 09:43PM
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Flames have outworked the Oilers all night and as shown on the only goal, they have owned the boards. Having said that, the 5 on 3 demonstrated the lack of finesse in the Flames lineup. Any 5 on 3 should result in good scoring chances low, not feeding the defence and teeing up shots from the point. Painful.

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#281 john
March 01 2014, 10:06PM
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It's end of second period, 1-0 for Flames, that's 5 periods of shut out for Oilers. The players tanked to get Eakins fired, what's Mac T is waiting for? Fire that clown Eakins, he can't coach in NHL, time to move on. 62 games in, 20 left, time to get a real coach in to run this team.

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#282 vetinari
March 01 2014, 10:26PM
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Words I do not want to hear:

"Gagner's the only fore checker..."

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#283 Time Travelling Sean
March 01 2014, 10:50PM
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You'd think seeing your team lose so much it wouldn't sting, but it still does :(

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#284 The War Amp Champ
March 01 2014, 11:12PM
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I was at the game on Thursday and really honestly think the Tim bit hockey teams could use a d man like petry think Mac T could swing a trade Im sure a 5 year old could play smarter than Petry what a complete joke

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#285 Rod from Viking
March 02 2014, 12:23AM
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bazmagoo wrote:

I've said it since about game 10, but I really think the Oilers players gave up early on playing for Eakins. I think it's possible the breaking point was likely the treatment of Yakupov early in the season, imo.

The players were all gifted long term 42 million dollar contracts, can't really blame them for thinking they are in charge.

Unfortunately for Eakins his value is far less than the young guns, bit of a mismatch really.

Unfortunately for Eakins his value is far less than the young guns, bit of a mismatch really.

That is not what Mac T, his mother and the mirror on the wall is telling him.

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#286 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
March 02 2014, 09:20AM
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If the Flames get Ekblad, I'm gonna be miffed. I don't want to watch Monahan and Ekblad lock down BoAs for the next ten years.

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#287 Rama Lama
March 02 2014, 11:48AM
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Harry wrote:

Simple question everyone. Would you trade Eberle straight up for Wayne Simmonds.

Trash for no. Prop for yes

Harry you need to go to the light!

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#288 Harry
March 02 2014, 12:06PM
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Butters wrote:

MacT has dialed down the bold moves talk. I suspect he is learning on the job. The cap will go up, and there isn't much out there. Let the other teams massively overpay for garbage. We will likely be in the running for McDavid next year That's both good and bad I suppose.

This mess is not going to be fixed through free agency or the draft. MacT has to pull his balls out from his wifes purse and make a big trade this offseason.

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#289 Dan
March 02 2014, 12:14PM
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I'd like to see eberle and gagner plus, packaged up for either a Myers or a Cotourier or somthing similar

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#290 Freewheeling Freddie
March 02 2014, 01:28PM
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How about a class action law suit? All the pain misery night tremors sweat alcoholism nightmares ridicule being a complete laughing stock of the nhl. The fans deserve compensation even tier 2 and 3 fans. Oh they're starting construction on the new palace yippee to house a 29th place team. There isn't even a flicker of light at the end of this tunnel any lawyers out there?

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#291 book¡e
March 01 2014, 10:21AM
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LT does not understand the GDP, OGDP, NOGDP. How can you predict a 1-1 tie with Smid getting 5 goals.

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#292 Clarko
March 01 2014, 10:56AM
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Spydyr wrote:

If playing sound defensive hockey bores you it is a good thing you are an Oilers fan.

From the very first game on I was impressed with Team Canada every player made the right play at the right time it was almost surreal. Throughout the entire tournament Canada"s players were always on the right side of the puck and man defensively.The entire team made no more than a handful of errors the entire tournament.

It was amazing to watch.That team was the best coached ,best defensive hockey team I have ever witnessed.

Perhaps the best hockey team in history.

I would agree with you that they could be in conversation for the best defensive team ever put together, but completely disagree on the best team in hockey history,

Their struggle to score goals doesn't allow me to put them in that category. They were one unlucky bounce away from losing to Latvia in the quarter-finals. The forwards were bailed out by the defense both offensively and defensively. If it wasn't for the great defense and solid goaltending, we would all be talking about Canada's complete lack of goal-scoring ability.

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#293 Sevenseven
March 01 2014, 02:13PM
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Retsinnab5 wrote:

Actual the season was over in November

Actually the season was over before it started. Pretty much all the nation article writers predicted that the early season schedule would put this team into a hole there was no coming back from. Next season is over too if they cant fix the holes in the line up before training camp. We know what kind of team we have.

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#294 Total Points
March 01 2014, 06:42PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Lets hope KLowe follows pat lafontaine's example and resigns

He did and Katz in his "wisdom" kept him

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#295 Rick Stroppel
March 01 2014, 08:22PM
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MontanaMan wrote:

A few thoughts:

1. Eberle, Hall, Yak and Nuge are disinterested and don't appear to want to stay with the Oil.

2. Eakins is a brutal coach and has no idea how to run a bench or motivate a team.

3. With Tambellini gone and MacT floundering, one has to wonder if they are both incompetent GM's or if the interference from above (Lowe, Katz) hamstrings the GM.

4. Oiler fans have given up, just like their team.

5. Flames resigned Stajan - enough said.

6. Westgarth gets a regular shift with the Flames. He wouldn't get a regular shift in a beer league that plays at 11:30 PM on Sunday nights.

7. Brian Burke looks like a drunk that just came off a three day bender.

8. Neither team appears heading in the right direction. Frightening times in Alberta.

Players most interested in over achieving include Cammalleri, Gagner, Hemsky and Wideman. All should busting their butts to increase their chances of leaving this misery.

Re Point 2: Eakins is a brutal coach but you have to admit, his hair is fanTASTIC!

Point 3: MacTavish, Lowe and Katz are all incompetent. That is why they get along so well.

Point 5: Stajan has the same agent as Hemsky. They negotiated these special deals where they get half a million per goal. Eight goals equals four million, ten goals equals five million, etc. If one of them were to score twenty goals, we would be really screwed!

Point 7: I agree! Burke looks like a hot mess. Looks can be deceiving. Can we trade MacTavish for Burke? Please? PUHLEEEZE?

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#296 MichaelD
March 01 2014, 08:38PM
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@BingBong

You know it's bad when Jones walks around anyone

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#297 RKD
March 01 2014, 08:40PM
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Three more goals and Monahan will have 20 in his rookie year.

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#298 RexHolez
March 01 2014, 09:40PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Flames how about catching Colorado by Olympic break.

Haha ya I remember that!! Isn't it cute how far from reality some people are?

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#299 Alsker
March 01 2014, 09:41PM
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merfer wrote:

Where is our second line? Has Gagner even touched the puck tonight. Good effort from Perron but it really looks like Gagner has checked out and is ready to report to another team.

We can only hope.

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#300 vetinari
March 01 2014, 09:44PM
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Let's just get out of this turd of a game without a major injury and to the trade deadline.

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