GDB 39: Canucks have Sundin, we have Brule

Jason Gregor
January 07 2009 12:20PM

While everyone is focusing on the debut of Mats Sundin tonight, Oilers fans will see Gilbert Brule on the first line for the first time. Brule and Reddox took turns on the RW at the morning skate today, but Brule tipped me off that he will be on the wing tonight.

For Brule this is the first opportunity to play in a true offensive role in the NHL and he is excited.

“It’s a great chance to think offence. I know that I just have to play a simple game and focus more on getting into spaces where I can score,” said Brule.

The other aspect about Brule’s game that should come in handy tonight against the pesky Canucks is his willingness to play gritty. With disturbers and pests like Kesler and Burrows, if Brule can bring that element tonight that could go a long way for him staying in the line-up, at least until Hemsky returns.

Jacques skates

JF Jacques skated with his teammates for the first time this season, but he is still a long ways away from playing. Jacques’ back is still sore from the surgery and he is looking at getting in a game sometime in February. But that will be in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons and it is very doubtful that he will play with the Oilers this season.

Steve MacIntyre saw the doctor yesterday and it looks like he will be cleared to play in ten days, but the way the fourth line is playing right now it will be hard for him to get in the line-up. Expect him to get a two-week conditioning stint in Springfield to try and get in game shape.

Dwayne Roloson will start in goal tonight for the Oilers. Shawn Horcoff said his back is feeling much better today, and it shouldn’t give him any trouble tonight.

Mats Sundin will skate with Kyle Wellwood and former Camrose Kodiak Mason Raymond tonight, while Pavol Demitra will skate with the Sedin sisters.

The Canucks long term plan is to use Demitra and Sundin as a pair, with the Sisters on the other line, and the other winger will be on a rotation basis, based on who is playing well and which guy has chemistry with the specific pair.

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#251 BUCK75
January 07 2009, 10:27PM
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FRAC!!!

Well it was nice to see someone other than Reddox, Brodziak or Strudwick score.

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#252 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 10:27PM
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"I sure hate everything"

- Every Oilers fan right now

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#253 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 10:27PM
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:(

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#254 Sing A Song For SingSing
January 07 2009, 10:27PM
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Relatively easy win for Vancouver.

I'm sad.

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#255 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 10:28PM
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R-DAWG wrote:

It’s gotta suck to look at your bench and find no one you want to send over the boards to try and tie it. After Cole who else is trying his ass off…Maybe Souray???

Nilsson. He's had an excellent game, IMO. Plenty of hustle, has won most of his battles, and a goal to boot.

Of course, he isn't Hemsky. Horcoff's had a rough game (I'm fairly sure he's playing hurt, but still) and Penner's back to being invisible.

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#256 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 10:28PM
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Master Willis - any post game comments?

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#257 Travis Dakin
January 07 2009, 10:28PM
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It's really hard to be an Oiler fan.

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#258 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 10:28PM
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LOUIE DEBRUSK DOESN'T KNOW WHAT A NATURAL HATTRICK IS

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#259 BUCK75
January 07 2009, 10:29PM
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@ Travis Dakin:

I agree...but every other game it is easy.

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#260 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 10:30PM
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Principe asks Bernier (two goal man) "What do you think of how Sundin plays"

Smart one that Principe

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#261 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 10:30PM
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Good work Gene. More Sundin questions. He did absolutely nothing in the game, but that should definitely be your lead off question.

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#262 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 10:30PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

Yeah; I'm not happy with how MacT ran that game, and outside of Nilsson and Souray there isn't much to be happy about.

They needed to win it, and they needed to win it because of the hole they put themselves in early.

They also needed to win it because I'm going to hear it from the receptionist at work tomorrow. She isn't cruel, but she isn't not cruel either.

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#263 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 10:31PM
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Principe is a very special kind of genius.

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#264 OilersNinja
January 07 2009, 10:32PM
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@ jeanshorts: will he put together an Adam Oates (circa Edmonton Oiler)like season?

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#265 Jonathan Willis
January 07 2009, 10:32PM
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I'm going to have another drink, I think.

So long, Justice League.

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#266 BUCK75
January 07 2009, 10:32PM
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Was there much animosity after the "one punch"?

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#267 David S
January 07 2009, 10:33PM
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"Of course, he isn’t Hemsky. Horcoff’s had a rough game (I’m fairly sure he’s playing hurt, but still) and Penner’s back to being invisible."

On a night when it would have been nice to have a first line.

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#268 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 10:33PM
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I think Roli had a weak game tonite and if I had to guess we might see Garon next game...

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#269 OilersNinja
January 07 2009, 10:34PM
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@ Jonathan Willis: A genious that you award with a cookie for a nice finger painting of that is supppose to look like a Family Portrait.

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#270 BUCK75
January 07 2009, 10:35PM
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Quality Mat$ highlight package, missing net every shot.

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#271 jeanshorts
January 07 2009, 10:36PM
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OilersNinja wrote:

@ jeanshorts: will he put together an Adam Oates (circa Edmonton Oiler)like season?

Unfortunately for everyone outside of the Canuck fan base, I doubt it. I wouldn't be surprised to see him put up 30 points plus.

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#272 BUCK75
January 07 2009, 10:37PM
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NEXT 4 games don't look like gimmes either...it will be a tough week.

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#273 R-DAWG
January 07 2009, 10:39PM
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Maybe I'm the only one that didn't know this but we play the Wild on the 15th and S-Mac is supposed to be ready on the 15th...(sinister laugh)...I hate Boogaard

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#274 OilersNinja
January 07 2009, 10:42PM
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@ R-DAWG: I as well at the boogtaard

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#275 Smokin' Ray
January 07 2009, 10:54PM
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Did you guys hear the talk before Mact came out? Stauffer was talking like a dip poop. There was swearing going on and bad tasteless jokes getting tossed around. Pretty lame boys.

http://oilers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=616&id=30143

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#276 David S
January 07 2009, 11:01PM
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Someone might want to mention to Gregor that they turn on the webcast after home games a few minutes before MacT comes on to test the feed.

Stauffer - eff this, eff'in eh, eff yeah

Oh the children!

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#277 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 11:09PM
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@ Jonathan Willis :

They also needed to win it because I’m going to hear it from the receptionist at work tomorrow. She isn’t cruel, but she isn’t not cruel either.

Willis is first star tonight hands down

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#278 Wanye Gretz
January 07 2009, 11:11PM
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Smokin' Ray wrote:

Did you guys hear the talk before Mact came out? Stauffer was talking like a dip poop. There was swearing going on and bad tasteless jokes getting tossed around. Pretty lame boys. http://oilers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=616&id=30143

It doesn't do anything when I go there.... what did they say?

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#279 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 12:37AM
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Deep Oil imitator wrote:

Jonathan Willis wrote: @ jeanshorts: The net would have come off of it’s moorings before that puck crossed the line, if only MacTavish hadn’t lost the room. Katz has control of the San Andreas fault line… At will he can shake the plates under Edmonton … think that happens for no reason? He could have prevented that goal but he was asleep at the switch - the emperor fiddles while Rome burns. *drool*

Katz is moving to Vancouver - earthquake liability is not a major concern - but falling rocks on the Sea to Sky highway is definitely a factor - sorry guys I haven't been around - wnet to the River Cree and turned $1500 in $5600 - knew when to walk away - it will be good for the trip to PHX for the Oil in Feb....

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#280 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 12:38AM
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@ Wanye Gretz: isnt that taking home three waitresses in one night

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#281 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 12:44AM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Deep Oil imitator wrote: the emperor fiddles while Rome burns. If I was drinking a rum right now, I would have whitewashed my monitor in it.

Rome is burning - on ESPN for Americans - not Canadians

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#282 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 12:49AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: A talking accountant baby in an ad? Oh Boston Pizza *bursts into frustrated tears* But is it worse than Howie Mandel? Is it really?

How can a family eat at the same BP every Friday for 20 years - shark club has "ANGELS" (paid eye candy) to room the room and hostess - pretend to be interested in the clientelle...

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#283 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 12:51AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Smokin’ Ray wrote: Did you guys hear the talk before Mact came out? Stauffer was talking like a dip poop. There was swearing going on and bad tasteless jokes getting tossed around. Pretty lame boys. http://oilers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=616&id=30143 It doesn’t do anything when I go there…. what did they say?

Oilers have blocked the .mpg so they will not have more issues - too bad that the tourette people are calling into the post game on the team - lame - poor Corey - not needed - not wanted.

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#284 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 01:14AM
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Deep Oil imitator wrote:

Katz plate shifting machine strikes again - miss the playoffs and resign all players at 55% of market value. The entire banking crisis was engineered by Katz and the Generals at NORAD to ensure they resign Roloson cheaper…

With NHL teams dropping in value to around $120 - $140 excluding NYR and MLSE - TOR, the American dollar increase compensates for the drop in the paper value of the team - Katz is not affected as the mortgage is paud for the fans - full hous with all the advertising sold. Trouble occurs when season ticket base stops renewing and the desire for a new building requires real cash - not a CIT group loan. I am putting my money $200K - into Agrium when it dips below $40 - as an aside - time to get into the market - people have to eat and fertilizer is something that Oiler Nation throws around each night.....

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#285 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 01:17AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Wanye Gretz wrote: A talking accountant baby in an ad? Oh Boston Pizza *bursts into frustrated tears* But is it worse than Howie Mandel? Is it really?

Howie has it tough - hanging out with 50 models that would do anything on the casting couch to move up the ladder - I think we all wish we had the ACCESS that Howie has with his gig.... when you see the models on TMZ - they refer to themselves as their NUMBER - how pleasantly shallow..... lucky Canadian.

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#286 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 01:23AM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

It’s really hard to be an Oiler fan.

What is wrong with mediocrity at $180 ticket in the golds - you must of missed the section on your ticket that you are not allowed an opinion - pay and remain silent - this Tambo's team - I mean Bat Man's - I mean CIT Group and McKesson. What can Tambo achieve that LOWE has not done while idling in this no trade cap handcuffed league - being able to sell or trade cap space would get the ball rolling.....

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#287 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 01:28AM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

We need Eberle right now

Sorry Eb is destined for the minors for the next two years until he grows into his body - perfomance against other WJ peers is remarkable - but with MACT in charge - he does not like scorers and likes his fourth line to produce..... the amount of people calling for Schremp on DANT show is LOL - finally fans are pissed.... turn up the heat instead of this very slow boil...

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#288 BUCK75
January 08 2009, 07:34AM
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@ Deep Oil: Holy $hit man - 1 hour, 9 posts! Same old - same old....

Congrats on the River Cree winnings & I think AGU is a buy right now...

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#289 David S
January 08 2009, 08:16AM
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Man. I used to feel like a loser with B2B posts.

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#290 Wanye Gretz
January 08 2009, 08:56AM
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Is Deep Oil giving us stock tips??

HAHAHAHAH

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#291 Jeremy
January 08 2009, 09:31AM
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Can anyone give me a heads up on the censored comments after the game? Was it just media types dropping F-bombs, or were they actually crapping on the team? Enquiring minds want to know.

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#292 Deep Oil
January 08 2009, 09:58AM
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Jeremy wrote:

Can anyone give me a heads up on the censored comments after the game? Was it just media types dropping F-bombs, or were they actually crapping on the team? Enquiring minds want to know.

Never happened according to OILERMINDCONTROL - Oiler Video VP Metz has insured that this embarrassment is over - this must of been an internet IP mixup with another feed not related to Rexall sports (of course), Gregor will have the goods - as his show is archived internally via engineering - he has to guard his credentials and have respect for the other media - so this means that this is an urban myth that never occurred - area 51.

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#293 David S
January 08 2009, 12:19PM
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Not really any "goods" per se. Just a bunch of sportscasters bs'ing before a scrum like they were in a bar. Funny thing, they almost appeared human. I'm sure they'll be more mindful in the future.

Deep Oil - man you're a goof.

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