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!

    Well Souray loooks like he is getting 25 minutes.
    Hemmer 17:30
    Horcoff 16
    Staios 15
    Moreau 14:30
    Gilbert 24

    I could only find stats for three games, but what I did find is Arsene, Chorney, Plante, Smid, Motin, Stone, Brule and a few others have had substanial time given to them. In Smid's case it's like 28 minutes.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    jeff wrote:

    Well Souray loooks like he is getting 25 minutes.
    Hemmer 17:30
    Horcoff 16
    Staios 15
    Moreau 14:30
    Gilbert 24
    I could only find stats for three games, but what I did find is Arsene, Chorney, Plante, Smid, Motin, Stone, Brule and a few others have had substanial time given to them. In Smid’s case it’s like 28 minutes.

    Interesting, maybe their is something to the "Pisani in trouble" stuff.

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    Ogden Brother wrote:

    jeff wrote:
    Well Souray loooks like he is getting 25 minutes.
    Hemmer 17:30
    Horcoff 16
    Staios 15
    Moreau 14:30
    Gilbert 24
    I could only find stats for three games, but what I did find is Arsene, Chorney, Plante, Smid, Motin, Stone, Brule and a few others have had substanial time given to them. In Smid’s case it’s like 28 minutes.
    Interesting, maybe their is something to the “Pisani in trouble” stuff.

    I don't know Outside of Gilbert and Souray everyones numbers seem low. Moreau at 14:30 is about right.

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    jeff wrote:

    I don’t know Outside of Gilbert and Souray everyones numbers seem low. Moreau at 14:30 is about right.

    Good points, but notice that Pisani had what a little over 8 minutes according to the article ? Not even double digits and 1 pre-season game only.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    jeff wrote:

    @ Reggie:
    I never read the article. Is it possible he is sick?

    The thought crossed my mind, but he said nothing about it and he was quoted in the article.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    @ Reggie:
    He won't admit it though. It took til just about the end of the year for him to admit that his illness had some effects, although he said he never felt bad during games.

  • I'm a Scientist!

    The Oil need size and grit. Look at their top 7 or 8 forwards,all small. You need 18 and 34 to crash people. Saying that, I don't think 18 is captain material in light of his brain or lack of using it when required. he is a good soldier but not the leader of the squad to go over the hill.

    34 has to prove he belongs. He got a large contract in light of his playoff year and after that, wow, a huge disappointment. Health is critical but he is part of a team. He needs to crash and bang to belong and earn his way.

    I gotta think that maybe part way into the year the goaltending is going to be of most interest. If the Wall gets hurt that's money wasted. If he can return to his glory years in Tampa, what a great signing.

    Hey Sandra, can you mail me whatever your drinking? Its' Monday afternoon so time for a shot.

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    @ charlieangels:
    I agree that Moreau isn't captain material. I said that 3 years ago when they gave it to him. Pisani well last year before he is a UFA and if he paid attention to Free Agents like him this year, he knows that a poor season could be the end of his career.