GDB 63: Oilers vs Preds

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The only thing busier than the OilersNation as trade deadline approaches is me as I write a GDB while I do my show.  That damn Wanye, how can I do two things at once? Oh yeah, the the Oilers play the Predators tonight too.

Liam Reddox draws in on the 1st line and Penner is slotted on the 3rd line with Cogliano and Pisani. Wow this won’t upset the NATION in the least will it? I like Reddox’s energy, but unless he proves me wrong I just wonder why he is there.

It is interesting, though, that yesterday Steve Ludzik said in my show “Penner’s abilities don’t fit on the first line. He isn’t fast enough nor does he makes the quick little plays. He isn’t a fit on the first line.” But I will put it out to the Nation: is Reddox that much better? I guess we will see tonight. Remember the first time he replaced Hemsky on that line not Penner, so that line will have an entirely different look against the Preds. J.F Jacques is in tonight on the 4th line and Pouliot will stay on the second line. Nilsson sits again it looks like — trade bait or dog house? Only time will tell.

I understand putting Jacques in because of size, but Pouliot over Nilsson again is perplexing. Granted Nilsson has done nothing lately, but neither has Pouliot, and in my mind Nilsson still offers more than Pouliot, especially when neither are bringing much to the ice right now.

  • Fiveandagame

    Robin B wrote:

    No, let’s hope JFJ packs his equipment bag and Marc Pouliot down the hall at the Sommet Center and unloads both in the Nashville dressing room after the game and that Tootoo gets on the bus with the Oilers.

    Only if he brings Arnott with him and a bag of pucks too.

    If we get Arnott we could also make a pitch to NYI to bring back Weight and Guerin and then claim Miroslav Satan. We'd have the making of a good team….

  • mjsh

    Robin B wrote:

    mjsh wrote:
    I would bet on Nillson being gone. I still think the day will come when he is a top six forward, just not in E-town. Lets hope JFJ lays out Tootoo.
    Penner may not be a top line left winger but he is by the far the best the Oilers have.
    No, let’s hope JFJ packs his equipment bag and Marc Pouliot down the hall at the Sommet Center and unloads both in the Nashville dressing room after the game and that Tootoo gets on the bus with the Oilers.

    yes, that would be good, but I would bet that won't happen either. Robin, do you think JFJ can ever be a player. I remember big George speaking glowingly about him on Stauffer's show last summer. You might have even been there that day.

  • Wanye Gretz

    Robin B wrote:

    mjsh wrote:
    I would bet on Nillson being gone. I still think the day will come when he is a top six forward, just not in E-town. Lets hope JFJ lays out Tootoo.
    Penner may not be a top line left winger but he is by the far the best the Oilers have.
    No, let’s hope JFJ packs his equipment bag and Marc Pouliot down the hall at the Sommet Center and unloads both in the Nashville dressing room after the game and that Tootoo gets on the bus with the Oilers.

    I am going to pretend that this is Robin's way of slyly telling us that this trade has already gone through. EXCITEMENT!

  • Robin B

    mjsh wrote:

    I would bet on Nillson being gone. I still think the day will come when he is a top six forward, just not in E-town. Lets hope JFJ lays out Tootoo.
    Penner may not be a top line left winger but he is by the far the best the Oilers have.

    No, let's hope JFJ packs his equipment bag and Marc Pouliot down the hall at the Sommet Center and unloads both in the Nashville dressing room after the game and that Tootoo gets on the bus with the Oilers.

  • Ender the Dragon

    I'm wondering if Nilsson is sitting tonight for the same reason so many other players arounf the NHL are tonight; because them getting hurt tonight would destroy the potential trade for that guy tomorrow.

    Reddox on the top line is one of those 'won't help you, won't hurt you' deals. It's probably true that if the top line scores tonight, it will be a credit to Horcoff or Hemmer rather than Reddox, but he drives hard to the net and can be a good distraction, even if he's not Smytty. He also skates back to his own end after a turnover, unlike some LW's we could mention . . .

  • mjsh

    I would bet on Nillson being gone. I still think the day will come when he is a top six forward, just not in E-town. Lets hope JFJ lays out Tootoo.
    Penner may not be a top line left winger but he is by the far the best the Oilers have.