HISTORY FAVOURS FORWARDS

Jason Gregor
April 15 2011 05:03PM

Last year the hot topic was Taylor or Tyler, and in the end it didn't become much of a debate amongst the Oiler brass, and after one NHL season it seems clear the Oilers made the right selection calling Hall instead of Seguin. Seguin will still likely turn out to be a very good player, I just don't see him being as dynamic as Hall. This year the debate isn't as much about individual players, but more about their position. Do you take a centre/forward like, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Sean Couturier or Jonathon Huberdeau or do you opt for a defenceman like Adam Larsson.

From where I sit, it seems clear they should take a forward.

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THOUGHTS FROM GARBAGE BAD DAY

Jason Gregor
April 12 2011 11:03AM

Kesha made this garbage bag dress herself, supposedly, and wore it to the 2010 VMAs. As garbage bag dresses go, it isn't that bad, and yesterday when the Oilers cleaned out their lockers, had their season ending meeting with the coaches and spoke to the media the feeling wasn't as bad as previous years.

Last season, outside of Sheldon Souray's classic rant, the rest of the interviews were about as exciting and uplifting as listening to your buddy ramble on about his/her past relationships.

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GDB 82.0: LOOKING TO IMPROVE

Jason Gregor
April 10 2011 11:40AM

We have heard about "the process" since last May, and if the Oilers can muster a victory in Denver this afternoon then they can safely say they did improve this season. A win would give the Oilers 63 points, a measly one point better than last year's 30th place team, but improvement is a progress right? Right?

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GDB 81.0: PLAYING FOR PRIDE & ICE WOMEN

Jason Gregor
April 08 2011 04:14PM

The Minnesota Wild are 5-0 against the Oil this year and have outscored them 20-8 this season. Against the rest of the league the Wild average 2.3 GPG, but they've been an offensive juggernaut v. the Oil averaging four goals a game. Don't you miss the early days of the Wild; I bet the Oilers do. 

In their first 12 games against the Wild the Oilers went 10-0-2, but since then they are 15-28-2-5. The Wild limp into Rexall tonight fresh off a 5-0 drubbing by the Canucks last night and without Martin Havlat, Mikko Koivu, Guillaume Latendresse, Cam Barker, Marek Zidlicky and possibly Chuck Kobasew and Cal Clutterbuck. Kobasew didn't play last night due to a personal matter, while Clutterbuck was a late scratch due to food poisoning and he'll be a game time decision.

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GDB 80.0: JUST $%^#^*%$ WIN

Jason Gregor
April 06 2011 12:37PM

Beating the President trophy winners twice in four days was great, but tonight is the game the Oilers and their fans should really want to win. Tonight the Oilers have a chance to officially eliminate the Flames from playoff contention. There hasn't been a meaningful game played between these two teams since April 16th, 1991 when Esa Tikkanen scored at the 6:58 mark of overtime in game seven of the Smythe division semi-final.

Since then, the Oilers and Flames have only made the playoffs in the same year once; in 2006. Only one freaking time in 19 NHL seasons have Alberta fans even had a chance at a true Battle of Alberta, so that is why tonight you should take it all in; because it might be another 10 years before these two franchises make the playoffs simultaneously.

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