DEAR JOHN....

Jason Gregor
October 31 2013 09:47AM

Breaking up is hard to do. I remember the first time a girl broke up with me, and after the initial blow to my ego, I vividly remember that I felt relieved. There wasn't going to be any tears. I guess I wasn't that into her, but it is funny to recall the sense of relief of not having to be the breaker upper.

Tears are always the worst part when you are the one doing the breaking up. You tell them you aren't feeling it anymore, and suddenly the waterworks come, then the guilt overrides you and you find yourself staying in the relationship for a few more weeks.

We've all been there, well, at least most of guys have. I'm not sure if a guy crying convinces a girl to stick around. I'm certain Wanye could enlighten us on that scenario...but I digress.

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A CALM, YET PRECISE OBSERVATION

Jason Gregor
October 30 2013 02:25PM

Andrew Ference has played in three Stanley Cup Finals. He's never been the best player on the team, or the star, but he's been a solid contributor and he knows what it takes to win.

I don't believe the Oilers signed him to be an elite defender, although that would help, but the main reason Craig MacTavish signed him was so that Ference could give the young Oilers players some direction on how to become a winner.

Winning in the NHL isn't easy, and the Oilers are learning that the hard way again this season, but last night Ference had some very astute comments about winning.

He didn't yell. He didn't call anyone out, he didn't blame anyone, but he just stated, very calmly, his beliefs on what players need to do if they want to win.

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GDB 14.0: SAMWISE RETURNS

Jason Gregor
October 29 2013 01:08PM

Sam Gagner returns to the lineup after missing the first 13 games of the season with a broken jaw. He should give the Oilers special teams a boost.

Gagner was tied for the team lead in PP points last year with 15. He can move the puck quickly and accurately. He also was on the PK last year, and he should help a floudering PK unit, by having the experience to be in the right lane on the PK.

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TUESDAY TIDBITS...

Jason Gregor
October 29 2013 07:55AM

This past week Jaromir Jagr continued to climb the rankings amongst the all-time great players and point-producers in the history of the NHL.

Jagr is off to a solid start in New Jersey with 2-7-9 in 11 games, and last Tuesday night he became the 32nd player in NHL history to play 1,400 games.

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DO YOU NEED A BOOST?

Jason Gregor
October 28 2013 10:56AM

  

Oilers fan, do you need a reprieve from a brutal first 13 games of the season? Your team is 3-8-2 and they could officially be out of the playoff race before the Sochi Olympics. No one expected things to be this bad, but we have an event that will lift your spirits.

The 2nd Annual DJ Suitcase party has been booked.

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