The times they are a changin

Ah, candid statements of truth are a joyous thing to behold aren’t they Nation?

“Some guy is just writing some (crap) on the Internet about me asking to be traded” —Ladislav Smid on Brownlee reporting that Smid rightly wants an opportunity deserving of his skill.

Well that makes it official: knowledge of the OilersNation has officially entered those big sliding doors at RX1. “Some guy” is our guy Robin Brownlee, “(crap)” — noting the brackets — is our crap and “the internet” is undoubtedly the OilersNation.

That’s some sweet sweet recognition.

By the tears of sweet Suri Cruise the times they are a changing in these parts Nation. It’s been very subtle, we didn’t even notice as it was happening until recently. But of late the momentum is definitely trending up and this morning seems to be a real milestone for our little non-pornographic website. We dragged our frozen ass into Nation HQ this morning, stoked the wood-fired stove and topped up the diesel generator that allows our compumatrix to access the interwebs. And what do we read?

1. Jason Gregor conducting the first interview with Ethan Moreau since his return from an eye injury. Amazingly we found ourselves actually reading each and every response the Captain made to Gregor. Is it because we don’t want to start the work week by doing actual work? Partly, but it’s also because of something in the interview that we haven’t seen in a long, long time:

An actual interview that provides interesting information given in response to non fluff questions.

No questions about “do you prefer pancakes or waffles?” or well researched questions regarding a player’s favourite kind of potato. Kinda suggests to us that players are prepared to make honest candid answers when they are asked honest candid questions by honest candid reporters. That’s certainly interesting to note…

2. Dan Tencer, David Staples and James Mirtle coming on here and having an old-timey pow-wow with Brownlee in a public forum where we can all read along. Now that is a definite departure from the old days when reporters would meet deep, deep underground in secret media-only bunker-type facilities and discuss secret matters amongst themselves. The rest of us were left in the dark to read speculative stories about how often Tom Gilbert cuts his hair while all the good stuff was kept behind closed doors.  Now they are out in the wide open letting the rest of us listen in. And whose comments are mixed right in there? The rest of us: the deepoils, the zamboni drivers, the socaldaves. The real fans who now get to put their two bits right in the mix with all of the big guns. Yeah, even Deep Oil is now read by thousands of people a week. Isn’t the internet great? We sure think it is.

3. Robin Brownlee breaking more news on here -– this time about Smid — and sticking to his guns as only Brownlee can. Here is a little known fact, Nation. Robin Brownlee can’t stand your ol’ pal Wanye. We are too ignorant, too young and too unconnected to be of any value or interest to him. But one thing that we will always be able to tell people is that we showed Brownlee the power of the internet. Yes, years from now when writers congregate around Brownlee holding court in the bowels of RX2 and ask him to tell the story of how he had the foresight to be the first writer to become an editor-free force of nature on the interwebs, it gives us a special thrill that Brownlee will have to start the story with “Well back in ’08 this idiot calling himself Wanye…”

We read the back and forth between the Brownlian One and the Journal. A buddy of ours did too and twittered us asking “who we believe on the whole Smid thing?” We would tend to believe the guy who predicted that if Erik Cole left town he would be rolling back Chez ‘Canes an incredible 15 days before it occurred. Everyone got on him then too and he stuck to his guns. We would tend to believe Brownlee on this one as well; he seems hell bent on breaking the news while others are asleep at the switch.

It’s a shame — we hope Smid doesn’t leave town. He is a certified beauty who has done whatever has been asked of him since he arrived in Edmonton. When he first arrived we had him pegged as a floater Euro D but he was paired with Staios and developed a remarkable nasty streak. We know for a fact he likes it here in E-town and will do whatever it takes to get a bigger role on the team if it means adding 94 pounds of straight muscle in the off-season, playing the wing in some games or reshingling MacT’s roof over a weekend. Guys with a work ethic like that who also possess Smid’s skill set should be in any plans for the future. Plus one time we attended an event he was at and we were both standing at the bar when it closed for the dinner part of the function. Smid insisted we would both be served before the bartender shut ‘er down. “I don’t care what we drink but we can’t sit through speeches without something.”

That is the kind of talk that makes a fan for life.

Oh and just in case you thought we missed it our main man Jack Bauer gets it

#97 Jack “FMNF” Bauer March 7 2009, 8:08 pm.
Hey Wanye, Cole had 4 points tonight.

Yep, the times are a changing. We can’t recall that happening when he was here.

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    @ Jason Gregor:
    I know Penner has been doing his best Jason Allison skating impersonation, but what is the other option? Nilson?

    Either way, your going to get a guy who isnt giving it everything he can. Pull up a guy from Springfield Oilers! Even if you pick up Schremp (I know Gregor, I know) for a game they'll likely get more inspired play.

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    Archaeologuy wrote:

    Either way, your going to get a guy who isnt giving it everything he can. Pull up a guy from Springfield Oilers! Even if you pick up Schremp (I know Gregor, I know) for a game they’ll likely get more inspired play.

    After the trade deadline each team submits a list of four players that can be recalled, or sent down from the OIlers. I doubt Schremp made that list.

    Peckham is on it, Dubnyk is in case of a goalie injury. I would guess Mat Roy is on it as well, in case of injury. The 4th is probably Brule. They already have three healthy forward scratches right now, they aren't calling up another one, but I doubt Schremp's name is on the list of four. I know the first three names I said are correct, but I haven't got confirmation on the 4th. But I don't see Schremp being ahead of Brule.

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    Jason Gregor wrote:

    Looks like Penner will be a healthy scratch tomorrow night in Montreal…could change but right now looks like he’ll be riding the back in the back room while the game is on…

    WELL IT'S ABOUT FRIGGIN TIME. I was never against this guy, but he has been FLOATING way more than usual. Think maybe we could sent him to toronto?

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    @Milli

    If you came in to work, did a great job, met all your quotas, showed up half the guys at the offfice and then got hauled up by the boss to be ripped a new one every day, would you be giving it your best effort? I know the perception problem of Penner, he is a skill guy in a bruiser body, but any line that has him on it does great numbers and carries the play. Sure, he dropped the ball against Toronto, but other fav's on this team do it night after night and get way more rope (for much smaller results too!). I mean, I would be looking for ways to earn some criticism too, 'cause I know I would be getting it no matter how well I did my job. Might as well be criticised for something I did, not just something pulled out of the air.

    I am only surprised that Penner has not just called in sick for the last two months or done some type of hold out. Probably 'cause he's classier than anyone gives him credit for.

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    BUCK75 – FMNF wrote:

    @ Wanye Gretz:
    Yeah it is kinda funny to see you guys actually get ‘credible’ between forgetting to pay renewal fees to GoDaddy & former dealings with a POS provider that made it difficult to manage the traffic.

    Hey it's tough to remember to do everything. Between iPods, Nintendo Wii, the economy and seven excellent Saw films to choose from we have better things to think about than renewing domain names.

    Sigh

    Tis a work in progress b75. We have never once claimed to be sharp. Well I haven't at least.

    *drools*

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    Milli wrote:

    WELL IT’S ABOUT FRIGGIN TIME. I was never against this guy, but he has been FLOATING way more than usual. Think maybe we could sent him to toronto?

    What's the point to scratching Penner now?

    It hasn't motivated him, and he's better than half the roster.

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    Jack "FMNF" Bauer wrote:

    Montreal just fired their coach.

    Teams are canning coaches left and right and we stand pat. Is this a source of pride or embarrassment for us? I can't figure out which.

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    Milli wrote:

    WELL IT’S ABOUT FRIGGIN TIME. I was never against this guy, but he has been FLOATING way more than usual. Think maybe we could sent him to toronto?

    I doubt anyone is taking that contract…No chance.

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    Jason Gregor wrote:

    Looks like Penner will be a healthy scratch tomorrow night in Montreal…could change but right now looks like he’ll be riding the back in the back room while the game is on…

    I thought he got lost at a Montreal smoked meat shop (Dunn's)and never returned back.

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    risto wrote:

    Have you considered asking MacT to join the Nation stable next year?

    MACT would have to blog for oilers.nhl.com and be the straight man for Gene P. Blogging for ON would be a contract violation for the payout of the last year…

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    Wanye Gretz wrote:

    @ Q :
    I have a secret plan for the offseason to have Willis do a “Statistics for dummies” where he will try and explain Corsi/Vic Ferrari/GFAON to all of us. I will take the lead and get all the dumb questions out of the way for us.
    @ Librarian Mike:
    Thank you for the hug Sir. I am generally inconsolable for a few days after the Oilers trade my star for the season. It has now happened twice in 3 years. (Smyth, Cole)
    @ SeanS:
    There should be an ad up on here later in the day for the “Evening with the Nation” in support of Kids with Cancer. The evite and everything will be attached I would guess.
    @ baggedmilk:
    I can almost hear Deep Oil fact checking your statement as we speak. If you think the Nation wastes your time now, wait till you see the new thing that will be coming out for next season on here. Our collective careers will go right down the shiteroo!
    (insert dramatic foreshadowing music here)

    As an internet and social media genius, I would have an option for all posts to be sent the persons email (option) to engage in real time sack beatings. And keep up to date all the important ponderings of Wanye and What you talking about Willis….. where do I send my invoice for consulting….

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    So when I said a month ago… "The Oilers should suck it up ($$$) and send Penner to the minors for the rest of the year." Does everyone still think i'm nuts? I'd still do it today.

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    risto wrote:

    Have you considered asking MacT to join the Nation stable next year?

    Jack "FMNF" Bauer wrote:

    Hey Jason/Robin. Any update on the Smid concussion?

    My hospital sources state that Smid's concussion has resulted in long term memory loss, therefore denying the trade request is now plausible.

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    Smokin' Ray wrote:

    So when I said a month ago… “The Oilers should suck it up ($$$) and send Penner to the minors for the rest of the year.” Does everyone still think i’m nuts? I’d still do it today.

    Ray! You so crazy! Go check out Willis' article about how Penner is actually bringing it. It's very controversial.

    Deep Oil wrote:

    As an internet and social media genius, I would have an option for all posts to be sent the persons email (option) to engage in real time sack beatings. And keep up to date all the important ponderings of Wanye and What you talking about Willis….. where do I send my invoice for consulting….

    Just to make sure I am following here – you want an option so articles can be emailed to people directly?

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    Wanye Gretz wrote:

    Smokin’ Ray wrote:
    So when I said a month ago… “The Oilers should suck it up ($$$) and send Penner to the minors for the rest of the year.” Does everyone still think i’m nuts? I’d still do it today.
    Ray! You so crazy! Go check out Willis’ article about how Penner is actually bringing it. It’s very controversial.
    Deep Oil wrote:
    As an internet and social media genius, I would have an option for all posts to be sent the persons email (option) to engage in real time sack beatings. And keep up to date all the important ponderings of Wanye and What you talking about Willis….. where do I send my invoice for consulting….
    Just to make sure I am following here – you want an option so articles can be emailed to people directly?

    Yes – lets say you are on the road or have to go to your inlaws for 5 hours of zero interest conversation….. and browsing is challenging…. having
    an opt in email of just the articles would be a stronger connection for ON. This is great for blackberry and itouch uses.

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    Deep Oil wrote:

    Wanye Gretz wrote:
    Smokin’ Ray wrote:
    So when I said a month ago… “The Oilers should suck it up ($$$) and send Penner to the minors for the rest of the year.” Does everyone still think i’m nuts? I’d still do it today.
    Ray! You so crazy! Go check out Willis’ article about how Penner is actually bringing it. It’s very controversial.
    Deep Oil wrote:
    As an internet and social media genius, I would have an option for all posts to be sent the persons email (option) to engage in real time sack beatings. And keep up to date all the important ponderings of Wanye and What you talking about Willis….. where do I send my invoice for consulting….
    Just to make sure I am following here – you want an option so articles can be emailed to people directly?
    Yes – lets say you are on the road or have to go to your inlaws for 5 hours of zero interest conversation….. and browsing is challenging…. having
    an opt in email of just the articles would be a stronger connection for ON. This is great for blackberry and itouch uses.

    I think that's probably your best post ever. But I agree.

    Oilersnation is probably the best source of intelligent commentary on the team, congrats Wanye & co.

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    Colin wrote:

    Oilersnation is probably the best source of intelligent commentary on the team, congrats Wanye & co.

    Mwaahaaaha…. fooled another one

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    Amber McCormick wrote:

    Colin wrote:
    Oilersnation is probably the best source of intelligent commentary on the team, congrats Wanye & co.
    Mwaahaaaha…. fooled another one

    MMMM Kool-aid.