PLAY COACH: GAGNER IN, WHO SITS?

Jason Gregor
October 22 2011 09:18AM

Sam Gagner will play his first game of the year tonight, so Tom Renney has to sit someone down.

Who would you sit out and why?

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GDB 6.0: SEARCHING FOR OFFENSE

Jason Gregor
October 20 2011 12:01PM

 

If you haven't seen the movie you probably assumed it was about the great chess player Bobby Fischer. It wasn't, it was based on the life of chess prodigy, Josh Waitzkins. Basically his teacher wanted him to be like Fischer. Waitzkins didn't have Fishcer's meanstreak and wins with more diplomacy. I had no clue there was sportsmanship in chess. I guess hitting the timer button to hard is unsportsmanlike. 

At times hockey is like a chess match, especially when you are a playing defence. You try to read and anticipate what the offensive players will do, and this year the Oilers have been very good in their own zone, however, they've only scored once in three of their five games. Usually they are attacking like pawns, with limited moves, but they will need to start incorporating some strategy similar to a Bishop, Rook or Queen if they plan on scoring.

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PETRY AND PAAJARVI: REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Jason Gregor
October 19 2011 07:49PM

The Oilers re-assigned Jeff Petry to OKC today, not because he was playing bad, but because it is better for his development. For those stating Theo Peckham has been worse, you're looking at a very small sample size. Last year Peckham was solid, while Petry struggled, and now you want to run Peckham out of town because of a bad start, lose him to waivers, to keep Petry?

If you are that guy, I'd love to be in a fantasy hockey league with you.

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GDB 5.0: BATTLE OF ALBERTA

Jason Gregor
October 18 2011 12:48PM

 

Through four games it looks like the Oilers might not need a life preserver to avoid 30th place. They are a fwe pieces away from being a contender, but with the youthful exuberance of the H2E line, the veteran savvy of a Smyth/Horcoff/Jones (until Hemsky retuns) and the potential of Paajarvi and Omark this team will, at the very least, be exciting.

Tonight we'll find out if they are ready to take the next step towards respectability: Beating the #%&*@# crap out of Calgary.

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GDB 4.0: CAN ANYONE ELSE SCORE?

Jason Gregor
October 17 2011 12:14PM

 

Lost in all of the love and praise for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is that the raw rookie is the only player who has scored on home ice; well he's the only one who has been credited with a goal. This replay one this one shows Hall definitely touched the puck, (final five seconds), but was puck completely over the line. It's debateable, but the point is the Oilers need more guys scoring.

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