GDB 48.0: The Nelson Factor and Hall injured.

Jason Gregor
January 27 2015 12:27PM

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The Oilers are 5-4-2 since Todd Nelson took over as full-time head coach.

Does he have a magic elixir that has made the Oilers more competitive?

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World Cup, All Star Game and Mike Richards on waivers...

Jason Gregor
January 26 2015 03:27PM

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We are finishing a stretch of five days without any NHL regular season games, yet there has been no shortage of NHL talk, much of it grumbling.

Why are so many media people and some fans still complaining about the All Star game? It will never be a competitive game, and it shouldn't be. Save yourself, and, more importantly, us from having to be inundated with your repeated complaints, and simply don't watch it.

I know the game isn't competitive. It is shinny with highly skilled players, so I choose not to watch. It sounded like Columbus did a fantastic job of hosting the event, and many kids got to see their hockey heros, which is what matters.

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What is Petry's value?

Jason Gregor
January 22 2015 03:30PM

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It has been obvious to me since the beginning of the season that Jeff Petry was going to be traded. He will be a 27-year-old UFA on July 1st, and the temptation to see what teams will want to sign him and for how much money is too enticing to pass up.

The big questions are what is he worth in a trade and what type of salary will he command on July 1st?

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GDB 45.0: To Tampa and beyond...

Jason Gregor
January 15 2015 12:21PM

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Stanley Kubrick's 1968 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, is regarded as one of the great films of all-time. The premise of the movie deals with some interactions between humans and monoliths that are supposedly affecting human evolution.

It is a great flick, especially if you like Sci-Fi. The final quarter of the movie focuses on David Bowman's (astronaut) journey "beyond the infinite." While traveling, he gets caught in a vortex and suddenly sees older versions of himself in different situations, and then a black monolith appears in front of him. He reaches for it and is transformed into what I thought was a baby (fetus) and then we see him as a baby in a bubble orbiting earth. The movie focused on evolution, technology, extra terrestrial life and higher intelligence.

Buzz Lightyear's tag line in Toy Story, "To Infinity and beyond" relates to Bowman's adventure, and it got me thinking about the plight of the Oilers.

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GDB 44.0: St.Louis, start of a tough stretch

Jason Gregor
January 13 2015 12:14PM

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Over the next 35 days the Oilers play 15 games. In that time they will have a week off between January 20th and 27th for the All-star break, but 12 of those 15 games are on the road, and only two of them come against teams not in the playoffs or a playoff race: New Jersey and Ottawa.

The honeymoon is over for Todd Nelson. We'll see how his team fares against some tough road competition starting tonight against the very good, and big and heavy, St. Louis Blues.

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