GDB 16.0: OIL CHANGE NEEDED

Jason Gregor
February 21 2013 01:20PM

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." For years many attributed this quote to Albert Einstein, however, there is no proof he actually uttered those words.

"Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results," first appeared in the basic text of Narcotics Anonymous which was copyrighted in 1982. Brownlee can attest this is very true, having tried to kick the habit for years, and I wonder if Ralph Krueger is starting to wonder the same thing about his hockey team.

Tonight the OIlers play their 16th game of the season, which is 1/3 of the abbreviated 2013 season, and they haven't been able to improve their five-on-five scoring.

In the first 7 games they scored 7 ES goals, and in the last 8 they also scored 7. Through 15 games they have shown zero improvement. Sure, they have produced some quality chances, but scoring chances won't win you games; you need to score goals.

I applaud Krueger for showing patience and not firing up the McBlender every few games, but at some point he can't keep hoping guys will produce. The line of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle should be producing more goals, and eventually they will, but how long can Krueger wait?

That line has fired 57 shots on goal during the past five games, but they've only scored four times and one of those was an empty net goal. On 56 shots with a goalie in net they've combined for three goals and a woeful 5.3 SH%. Eventually they will start scoring more, but if Krueger doesn't try something to generate more scoring this team could find themselves out of the playoff hunt sooner than they'd like.

The Oilers had an optional skate this morning, but after chatting with a few people it sounds like Krueger will rotate the bottom three lines tonight.

Yakupov-Gagner-Hemsky

They've played together for most of the year, but they've had limited success at ES. It was smart to move Yakupov away from Eric Belanger, because he wasn't generating anything, but this trio hasn't produced enough to be assume that they will automatically produce.

Smyth-Belanger-Eager

I like moving Eager up the lineup and giving him some more icetime, but if the Oilers don't score early tonight, I wouldn't hesitate to move Eager into the top-six and try to get some energy and net presence.

Hartikainen-Vande Velde-Paajarvi

Hartikainen and Paajarvi are struggling to find some consistency, and I'd look at slotting them in amongst the top-six as well. Both of them need to watch film on Ryan Jones in the offensive zone and try to do what he does.

THEO DEBUTS

After a four game conditioning stint, mixed in with a subtle message to be more focused, Theo Peckham makes his season debut tonight beside Mark Fistric. He will add some much needed abrasiveness and Krueger is hoping his attitude and style will help his offensive players. "To augment our skill you need guys who are difficult to play against. That's what Theo brings to our lineup," said Krueger.

N.Schultz-J.Schultz

They have been a solid pair, but if J.Schultz is going to be considered an offensive D-man he needs to start generating some points five-on-five. Schultz is tied for 22nd in scoring by D-men with eight points, which is very good for a rookie; however he is 142nd amongst D-men in ES scoring with only one point.

Smid-Petry

I'd like to see much more from Jeff Petry. He has no points in 15 games despite playing over 21 minutes a game. At some point he needs to generate something offensively..

Dubnyk

Nikolai Khabibulin has been great in his three appearances this year, and I had no issue with playing him v. Los Angeles. The backup needs to play at some point, but Dubnyk is their starter and he needs to have a bounce back game and after an average first period v. Colorado and third period v. Dallas.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers are 14-26-5 v. the Wild since the 2005 lockout, but they are 10-10-2 at home. If this team has any hope of staying in the playoff race this is a game they need to win. They will reward their loyal fans with a 3-2 win.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Despite adding Zach Parise and Ryan Suter fans still think of the Wild as a boring team. Even though they've played some very exciting games the past few seasons, the Wild are still not a team that has Oiler fans excited to see. Rexall will not be electric tonight.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After Joey Moss gives birthday boy Ryan Smyth (37) the gears by calling him "older than dirt," he tells Smyth what he got him for his birthday. "Before the game I called my good buddy Wayne Gretzky and asked him to bless your stick. I held it in my hands as Wayne said his blessing," Joey told Smyth. 

Smyth is Gretzky's second biggest fan, behind Joey, and his face lit up after hearing Joey's story. Smyth walks back to the dressing room with a huge smile on his face staring at his stick imagining what Gretzky said, and it inspires him to play like a young Ryan Smyth. He scores tonight, gets a huge ovation from the fans and after the goal you see him high-fiving Moss behind the Oilers bench.

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#1 The Soup Fascist
February 21 2013, 01:51PM
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DSF wrote:

OGDP's

Peckham fights Konopka and is done for the season with a concussion.

One of the kids get Clutterbucked.

.... Don't be no cloud on a sunny day, Mon!

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#2 Sanaa Montana
February 21 2013, 11:10PM
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MARK SPECTOR IS AN IDIOT.!..

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#3 Wax Man Riley
February 21 2013, 04:40PM
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DSF wrote:

OGDP's

Peckham fights Konopka and is done for the season with a concussion.

One of the kids get Clutterbucked.

OGDP:

Konopka is a healthy scratch tonight.

Your Wild lose.

Your Granlund barely touches the ice being on the 4th line.

What about your Coyle? Can't make the roster and is -8 in the minors.

Wild miss the playoffs.

OilersNation laughs.

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#4 Darrell
February 21 2013, 05:41PM
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DSF wrote:

OGDP's

Peckham fights Konopka and is done for the season with a concussion.

One of the kids get Clutterbucked.

OGDP - Oilers win; your no where to be seen after the game due to single malt and return three days later repeating: Wild just turned over 40% of their line-up and they will be fine ..... If the Wild win; you anal extract a stat showing they are now Cup contenders and use "Good Grief" three times in the rest of the BLOG ..... cheers :)

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#5 OILERSORDEATH
February 21 2013, 10:04PM
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Jesus what a horrible game.

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#6 Mike Krushelnyski
February 21 2013, 10:33PM
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Sanaa Montana wrote:

The fans at Rexall were unaware that the Wild had scored their 3rd goal, they were to busy doing the #@$%ing wave.

To be fair they had to do something to entertain themselves

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#7 Dan
February 21 2013, 03:23PM
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Fistric and Peckham? Right, "mean to play against"...but super easy because neither of them has the ability to get the puck out of the zone either.

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#8 Time Travelling Sean
February 21 2013, 10:33PM
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What a boring couple of games.

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#9 Butters
February 21 2013, 10:46PM
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ELPH? We will be lucky if we get ELPH, this is BLPH. This is the first Oiler game in a long time where I turned it off before the game ended, just too painful to watch.

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#10 The Soup Fascist
February 21 2013, 11:05PM
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DSF wrote:

Late hit.

Clearly an intent to injure.

3 games.

I never thought I would be enough of a scumball to say this about an injured player..... But I will.

Could not have happened to a nicer guy, unless of course it was Lapierre or Burrows .

You make a career throwing cheap hits and playing like a knob, well Karma is a bitch.

About time we start seeing a pissed off Oiler. We need more of them.

I feel bad taking any satisfaction in another person's suffering. But if anyone "deserved" a borderline hit it was the guy carted off on a stretcher.

God (or Lowetide) forgive me.

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#11 PuckDiddy
February 21 2013, 01:16PM
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Pecker and FISTric go together like a Nail and Hemmer.

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#12 Quicksilver ballet
February 21 2013, 01:40PM
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They're still letting each other down in that dressing room. 2-zip Minnesota.

Best NSOGDP evaaaaaa.

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#13 Todd
February 21 2013, 02:17PM
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yawto wrote:

Hopefully this is the fist in a long streak of w's in our favour against a team that traditionally has owned us.

FAIL

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#14 Jasmine
February 21 2013, 02:34PM
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DSF wrote:

OGDP's

Peckham fights Konopka and is done for the season with a concussion.

One of the kids get Clutterbucked.

So now fans are wishing injuries on the Oilers players. How classless.

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#16 Wendy01
February 21 2013, 03:30PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

It didn't actually happen. Or at least not that I know of.. NSOGDP is usually a-pie-in-the-sky prediction that could happen, but hasn't officially occurred.

Pie in the sky? I'll bet it happened just like you said Gregor!

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#17 book¡e
February 21 2013, 03:48PM
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match16 wrote:

You must be new here...

As in you must be new here to call DSF a fan. He is more of a fan of annoying Oiler Fans.

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#18 Fatbob24
February 21 2013, 04:03PM
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DSF wrote:

OGDP's

Peckham fights Konopka and is done for the season with a concussion.

One of the kids get Clutterbucked.

holy man! you are one negative SOB (no real offense meant to your mother, i'm sure she was a nice lady). Is there any part of you that isn't toxic? Why don't you go back to the nuck's, wild or (insert whatever other team it is you "cheer" for) blog site & spread your stench around there? I've defended you in the past, but to come out with that statement makes me sick of you.

(congrats i guess you've done "your" job)

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#19 bigguy13
February 21 2013, 05:16PM
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Eager has the speed and the work ethic, to get into the corners and do the grunt work for Hall and Nuge. what would it hurt, we aint scoring now??

Put Hall with Nuge and Eager, Ebs, with Gagner, Yak, Belanger with Smyth and Hemmer and whoever on the fourth line

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#20 David S
February 21 2013, 05:33PM
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THEO SMASH!!!

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#21 Sanaa Montana
February 21 2013, 09:24PM
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I can't believe the fans at Rexall haven't sang Smyth a Happy Birthday song.

WTF.!..???

If anyone knows people at the game get in contact with them to get that sh!t going. If there is as much love for Smyth as is claimed, there is no time better than the present one at hand to show it.

Please and Thank You

Let's do it at the start of the 3rd period.

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#22 Reg Dunlop
February 21 2013, 09:56PM
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So, what are the odds of a 4th straght 1st overall? Getting better by the minute.

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#23 Alsker
February 21 2013, 10:05PM
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This story is getting old so fast...10 min to salvage the game

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#24 rebelsdb
February 21 2013, 10:28PM
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Is it too early for No winning for Mckinnon? Let the fans keep booing as long as we get Drouin? Let them pick the meat off the bones we need Jones?

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#25 kgo
February 21 2013, 10:39PM
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I swear to god when clutterbuck got that puck in the ribs and doubled over, I thought, "HAVE THE HOCKEY GODS / HOCKEY KARMA (one and the same) FINALLY BROUGHT THE HAMMER DOWN ON CLUTTERBUCK?" i guess that thought was a period premature.

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#26 Oilersfan4
February 21 2013, 10:49PM
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Leave it to KLowe and Tambo to kill this rebuild as they have done absolutely nothing to help this core of kids. Had high hope for this season,but it looks like another lottery pick for the Oilers. Boy oh boy I'm sick and tired of losing all the time.

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#27 Butters
February 21 2013, 10:50PM
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I write this as a hard-core, kool-aid drinking Oiler fan; picking the Wild to beat the Oilers is like picking the Harlem Globetrotters to beat the Washington Generals.

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#28 Dog Train
February 21 2013, 10:53PM
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What a boring freaking game. Ben Eager has arguable been our best forward the past two games and no offence to him, but that is not a recipe for success.

As for Hall's hit towards the end, I hope he doesn't get suspended. He leaned in with his shoulder, didn't stick his leg out and caught #22 trying to get out of dodge. The NHL likes to suspend the result and not the process so I wouldn't be surprised either way.

This game was a complete waste of time.

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#29 Butters
February 21 2013, 10:54PM
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Crap,the next game is in the afternoon.

Hello Columbus, mind if we sit next to you?

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#30 Oiler Al
February 21 2013, 11:20PM
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Keenan is right.. there is no fire in this team. Moving around like robots on the outside. How many scrambles were there around the Minny goal tonight... maybe 2. I blame the coaching for this . Ralphie boy ain't got it.

Nice hit by Hall, on the biggest rat in the league, Long overdue. It should have been Fistric, Peckham or Eager laying this guy out, who ran around untouched all night, even had several scoring touches.

I sure hope Kruger is gone after this season. This talented team is not happening.

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#31 Time Travelling Sean
February 21 2013, 11:55PM
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Who could we have drafted that would've brought us size in the top 6? Hall and Seguin are the same size, RNH is a center and is going to be a better player than Landy, Yak is 1 inch shorter than Gally?

Maybe we can trade one of them for a Clarkson/Clowe type player, but when we draft Moroz instead of Finn people get upset, and it's nearly impossible to trade for a player like that, especially a player like that who fits in our age group.

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#32 yawto
February 21 2013, 01:18PM
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Hopefully this is the fist in a long streak of w's in our favour against a team that traditionally has owned us.

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#33 Mr. Pederson
February 21 2013, 01:24PM
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Excited is probably the wrong word, but I'm interested to see how Peckham does tonight. I used to be a big fan, not so much over the past few years though. Hopefully the conditioning stint knocked some sense into him.

Him and Fistric could be a very mean pairing.

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#34 BingBong
February 21 2013, 01:26PM
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I definately agree with giving Eager an opportunity in the top-6 if the lack of ES scoring continues. He's played well so far this year, and the reality is that he's the only player in this lineup (unfortunately) who's a legitimate forechecking threat. Move Eager up, Yak down, and maybe split up the 1st line.

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#35 VK63
February 21 2013, 01:30PM
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OGDP.... after a two shot on net first period performance by the Oilers, Ryan Whitney tweets something sarcastic prompting a Millhouse (the corporate spokesman) response.

Whitney mercilessly rag dolls him and subsequently gets his A back and a contract extension.

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#36 The Soup Fascist
February 21 2013, 01:33PM
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VK63 wrote:

OGDP.... after a two shot on net first period performance by the Oilers, Ryan Whitney tweets something sarcastic prompting a Millhouse (the corporate spokesman) response.

Whitney mercilessly rag dolls him and subsequently gets his A back and a contract extension.

What the hell is your NSOGP?

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#37 Rama Lama
February 21 2013, 01:36PM
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For the love of God........please have Wayne Gretzky bless all the Oilers sticks!

JG if you know Joey Moss please have him expand this blessing to all the Oilers players.

If Tom Gilbert score the game winning goal I'm gonna lose it!

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#38 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 21 2013, 01:40PM
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Mr. Pederson wrote:

Excited is probably the wrong word, but I'm interested to see how Peckham does tonight. I used to be a big fan, not so much over the past few years though. Hopefully the conditioning stint knocked some sense into him.

Him and Fistric could be a very mean pairing.

God, I hope so. Peckham/Fistric is about as close to "tough to play against" as this team has come in the past 5 years.

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#39 oil99
February 21 2013, 01:42PM
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can olers get Chris Kreider6'3" LW and Brian Boyle 6'8" centre form Rangers for Hemsky and Whitney.

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#40 Shredder
February 21 2013, 01:44PM
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Oilers will outdo themselves tonight and set another franchise record for shots on goal. Nuge hatty.

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#41 Phixieus666
February 21 2013, 01:45PM
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oil99 wrote:

can olers get Chris Kreider6'3" LW and Brian Boyle 6'8" centre form Rangers for Hemsky and Whitney.

I'd even throw omarks rights and a 2nd rounder in there to make that happen.

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#42 DSF
February 21 2013, 01:45PM
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OGDP's

Peckham fights Konopka and is done for the season with a concussion.

One of the kids get Clutterbucked.

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#43 Wostok rocket
February 21 2013, 01:46PM
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Geez, the oilers have had incredible inspiration in there corner for many years and today is no exception. Joey moss is all class and I certainly hope the oilers at some point give him a chance to drink from the holy grail 1more time ;)

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#44 The Soup Fascist
February 21 2013, 01:49PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

For the love of God........please have Wayne Gretzky bless all the Oilers sticks!

JG if you know Joey Moss please have him expand this blessing to all the Oilers players.

If Tom Gilbert score the game winning goal I'm gonna lose it!

Have you seen the tree branch Smyth plays with? If Wayne had to play with that POS that Smytty does, Keith Gretzky may have had more points. Best thing Joey could do is hide those twigs. Tough Love.

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#45 Quicksilver ballet
February 21 2013, 01:55PM
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DSF wrote:

OGDP's

Peckham fights Konopka and is done for the season with a concussion.

One of the kids get Clutterbucked.

LOL, every conversation needs a dose of reality.

Optimism/hope appears to be high, reality is often different. Tankin for MacKinnon wheels are in motion.

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#46 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 21 2013, 01:57PM
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How crazy would Rexall go if Fistric laid a huge open ice hit on Clutterbuck?

We can only hope.

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#47 Phixieus666
February 21 2013, 01:59PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

How crazy would Rexall go if Fistric laid a huge open ice hit on Clutterbuck?

We can only hope.

I'd be in my glory, and Eager plows Gilbert oh ya

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#48 The Other Ron Burgundy
February 21 2013, 02:06PM
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Brownlee had a narcotics problem?

Anyhoo, Go Theo! Crack some Wild skulls! (not literally of course, concussions are apparently very bad for you).

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#49 Ducey
February 21 2013, 02:16PM
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Anyone who thinks that adding Eager to the top 6 (which would mean moving out Hemsky, Yak, Eberle or Hall) is going to increase 5 x 5 scoring needs to stop listening to Don Cherry.

If you need some quotations, try these: http://www.quotationspage.com/subjects/patience

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#50 40oz
February 21 2013, 02:21PM
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Hey Gregor, do you know if anyone caught Joeys gift giving on camera? Oil Change crew? That would be great to see.

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