GDB 57.0: JUST SHOW UP

Jason Gregor
February 15 2011 11:51AM

I wonder if the Big Guy was thinking about Oiler fans when he said this? The Oil might need some Divine Intervention if they hope to pick up their 8th home win of the season tonight. Yes, if you are season ticket holder, you have only left Rexall seven times with that winning feeling. If you aren't a regular and somehow managed to be at Rexall for a win, consider yourself lucky.

They've lost seven straight at home, and during that span they are 1-for-29 on the PP and have scored a grand total of ten goals. I understand the team isn't that talented or experienced at this point, but they need to start giving the home town crowd something to cheer about.

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GDB 55.0: HOCKEY DAY IN EDMONTON

Jason Gregor
February 12 2011 11:01AM

It's Hockey Day in Canada, as we celebrate the game many of love to play, watch and critique. Most of us have played hockey on an outdoor rink, where the sounds of the game seem so natural and simplistic. Whether it is your blades cutting into the ice, or how your stick echos when you recieve a hard pass, the thud of the puck hitting the boards on a just-missed shot or the sweet "clink" of the puck going off the post and into the net, those sounds are what make hockey great.

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GDB 54.0: LOW FLYING CHAMPS AND TRADE TALKS

Jason Gregor
February 09 2011 12:32PM

Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville hasn't been happy with his team lately, and put them through a bag skate hard practice yesterday hoping they get the point. The defending champs are currently in 11th spot in the ultra-tight western conference, and even though they are only six points out of 4th place, Quenneville hasn't been happy with their drive and competitive nature lately.

Look for the Hawks to come out with a strong effort tonight, while the Oilers will have Ralph Krueger behind the bench with Tom Renney at home with his family preparing for his father's funeral later this week.

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PETER CHIARELLI: GM GENIUS

Jason Gregor
February 08 2011 10:29PM

Bruins GM, Peter Chiarelli traded Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs on September 19th, 2009 for a first and second round pick in 2010 and a first rounder in 2011. This past June he used those picks to select Tyler Seguin and London Knight centre, Jared Knight, but it seems Chiarelli wants to trade this year's pick for someone who can help the Bruins right now.

Chiarelli was asked on WEEI radio in Boston if he'd consider trading Toronto's first round pick in 2011?

"Yeah, I'd look at it, sure. I've had discussions involving that pick. I certainly would look at it. We've got a lot of assets, so that alone allows us to be creative also … there's been one [deal] that we've thrown around here internally, I don't know that I would do it but it's something that warrants further discussion."

The last sentance is absolute brilliance on Chiarelli's behalf.

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GDB 53.0: OILERS DON'T HAVE AN ARNIE

Jason Gregor
February 07 2011 12:49PM

The 1987 sci-fi action flick, Predator, had Arnold Schwarzenegger at his bad-ass best playing Dutch, the leader of a group of commados on a mission in Central America. They were so tough, we only knew them by first name. Dutch, Blain, Mac,  Dillon, Billy, Poncho and Hawkins tried to battle the ugliest, yet toughest, extra-terrestrial warrior know as The Predator. I vividly remember Mac (Bill Duke) finally losing his mind and going after the Predator only to get blown away in the bushes. He and Billy seemed fearless to me, and Dutch, well he was played by Arnie, there was no one tougher than him.

With great tough-guy actors like Jesse Venture (Blain) and Carl Weathers (Dillon) I recall thinking this Predator is one mean SOB, if he can kill all these guys. Except Dutch of course, Dutch was invincible.

When the Oilers face the Predators tonight, I don't see anyone with Dutch-like qualities, and it looks like "Mac" isn't even going to dress. It will be a long night.

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