GDB minus-4: Saskatchewan Love

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What could be less interesting than preseason hockey? How about preseason hockey against the Islanders? Still a bit too meaningful for your tastes? How about playing it in Saskatoon? Now you feeling the love for the game tonight? Totally.

Fresh off assigning 5 players to Springfield and releasing another altogether, the (3-1) Oilers play the (1-3) Islanders tonight in the fine city of Saskatoon. In a game that is being called “Better hockey than the Blades, but only slightly” excitement is high in Saskatchewan today. It’s great to see the NHL moving preseason games around Canada, building the brand, selling new fans on the game and giving young Canadians from coast-to-coast priceless memories like “remember the time Islanders Prospect Greg Maudlin played 4 minutes in a preseason game in Saskatoon, registering no shots, no points and no penalty minutes? Wasn’t that awesome?”

We kid of course, an NHL game is a fantastic experience regardless of teams or point in the year in which it was played. Case and point we have watched replays of the entire Oilers preseason twice so far. Twice. Though we know it doesn’t mean anything.

Sigh.

Who loves Comrie the most?

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It’s amazing to us how quickly our fellow Oilers fans have embraced the return of Comrie. Two months ago you could have made your fortune selling Mike Comrie branded punching bags around town. Now it seems like it is a contest for who can lay claim to loving all things Comrie the most:

“Oh I love Mike Comrie the most. Even when he bounced in ’03 and everyone hated him I secretly still liked him. I have kept his jersey in the back of my closet these past 6 years and sometimes when things weren’t going well I would go put that jersey on and climb into bed with a bottle of Drambuie. Then Mike and I would remember better days as I cried myself to sleep.”

“No I love Mike Comrie the best. When I heard that he was coming back to town I took all of my furniture out into the yard and lit it on fire. Then I went down to the Brick, applied for seven different Brick cards and bought all new stuff. Because at that point of the year it was the least I could do for MY MAN.”

“I love Mike Comrie so much I have invested heavily in cloning Hilary Duff and in a few short weeks I will be wearing her cloned facial skin as a mask. Then I will go find Mike and tell him that I love him, and force him to get marry me in a rushed civil ceremony. Then, when he says “I do” I will tear off my cloned Hilary Duff face, look him square in the eye and say “I love the Oilers Mike. But I have always loved you more.”

People are so full of shit

No one –we repeat no one- loved MC a few short weeks ago, but it is nice to see his bandwagon filling up fast. Hopefully this love from the fans will continue into the regular season and the newest Oiler can contribute like he has so far. As Gregor recently pointed out, “(Comrie) has matured, and he wants to write another chapter in what might turn out to be one of the best fairy-tales we’ve seen in Edmonton in a long time. ”

It sure is shaping up to be an extremely interesting story line, capable of putting preseason hockey on the tips of tongues all around town. We just want to get to the regular season already. And the quickest way to get there is by playing out the remaining games in short order. So lets get it going.

Oilers.
Islanders.
One game closer to the start of the regular season.
It’s go time.
(Sorta)

  • I'm a Scientist!

    InsaneFrame wrote:

    EDM
    8 Dean Arsene D
    10 Shawn Horcoff C
    14 Jordan Eberle RW
    19 Patrick O’Sullivan RW
    22 Jacques Jean-Francois LW
    24 Steve Staios D
    32 Ryan Stone LW
    33 Steve MacIntyre LW
    34 Fernando Pisani RW
    38 Jeff Deslauriers G
    39 Chris Minard LW
    40 Devan Dubnyk G
    41 Taylor Chorney D
    43 Jason Strudwick D
    46 Zack Stortini RW
    48 Alex Plante D
    64 Milan Kytnar C
    71 Lubomir Visnovsky D
    78 Marc Pouliot C
    91 Mike Comrie C

    Six legitimate NHLers in tonight's lineup. Can't count Staois, McIntyre, Strudwick and Pouliot. This lineup would be very effective in the AHL, but the Oilers aren't playing in the AHL, or are they?

  • I'm a Scientist!

    @ TonyT:
    Game will be streamed live on oilers website at 7
    NYI
    2 Mark Streit D
    3 Calvin de Haan D
    10 Richard Park F
    12 Josh Bailey F
    15 Jeff Tambellini F
    24 Radek Martinek D
    26 Matt Moulson F
    32 Brendan Witt D
    33 Scott Munroe G
    41 Robin Figren F
    42 Brett Westgarth D
    43 Martin Biron G
    49 Jyri Niemi D
    50 Tomas Marcinko F
    57 Blake Comeau F
    67 Sean Bentivoglio F
    77 Trevor Smith F
    81 Justin DiBenedetto F
    91 John Tavares F

    EDM
    8 Dean Arsene D
    10 Shawn Horcoff C
    14 Jordan Eberle RW
    19 Patrick O'Sullivan RW
    22 Jacques Jean-Francois LW
    24 Steve Staios D
    32 Ryan Stone LW
    33 Steve MacIntyre LW
    34 Fernando Pisani RW
    38 Jeff Deslauriers G
    39 Chris Minard LW
    40 Devan Dubnyk G
    41 Taylor Chorney D
    43 Jason Strudwick D
    46 Zack Stortini RW
    48 Alex Plante D
    64 Milan Kytnar C
    71 Lubomir Visnovsky D
    78 Marc Pouliot C
    91 Mike Comrie C

  • I'm a Scientist!

    The latest storyline is what Pat Quinn thinks about his new team. The Vancouver game offered him what may be a realistic insight of where the Oil is headed with its present personnel. Can't be very encouraging, particularly with all the changes Tambellini didn't make in the off-season to add size and grit to a small and soft group of forwards. To make matters worse, they are starting the season with a first line that comprises one legitimate first line player, Hemsky.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    I want to see PQ shake things up again before the season starts and declare a new Captain before October 3rd. Lets get this season started with a bang! 13 more day until I dont have to watch reruns of Lizzy McGuire to feel close to the Oilers.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    #13 The Rat wrote:

    “…and who knows, if Lil’ Mike can come out and play with a little attitude and edge – maybe get in a fight in the first few games or something like that, and score a handful of goals right away, he may win his way back into E-Town fan’s hearts.
    Stranger things have happened.”
    I posted this 10 days ago, before the bandwagon started to fill…maybe Comrie reads ON ??

    Yes, he reads. Not not the vague (a fight or something like that) comment you're giving yourself an "I-called-it" yank for, but he reads.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    "…and who knows, if Lil’ Mike can come out and play with a little attitude and edge – maybe get in a fight in the first few games or something like that, and score a handful of goals right away, he may win his way back into E-Town fan’s hearts.

    Stranger things have happened."

    I posted this 10 days ago, before the bandwagon started to fill…maybe Comrie reads ON ??