ACT NATURALLY

The Edmonton Oilers have one more move to make in order to make the 23-man limit by opening night. They could be more active—watch that waiver wire tomorrow, it’s going to be an interesting day. If Edmonton doesn’t make another move (I’ve put Eberle on the injured list but one more is needed), we could see an late IR announcement to make things right with the league.

OILERS CURRENT ROSTER (24)

NHL ROSTER OCT 4

If this roster holds true, Peter Chiarelli will have added 8 men (McDavid, Slepyshev, Korpikoski, Letestu, Sekera, Reinhart, Talbot, Nilsson) or 35% of the roster in one fell swoop. I’m assuming the IR addition (Eberle and another) is Hendricks or Klefbom—someone from last year’s team. Trading Ference would be a dream, but it’s also a distant bell.

CONDORS CURRENT ROSTER

AHL ROSTER OCT 4

I have Scrivens on the Condors roster, that may not happen but we’ll proceed for the purpose of our conversation as though he passes through waivers. I’ve arranged the Condors roster loosely around their home exhibition game last night, while also adding in Nikitin and Scrivens.

If Gerry Fleming runs the roster as above, I’m pretty damned happy. The most important prospect among the forwards (Yakimov) gets a skill winger (Winquist) and a veteran (Ford), while the other youngsters are also playing prominent roles. Things will change when Pakarinen and Moroz are ready, but nice to see so few AHL veterans (Hamilton, McRae, Ford and I guess Miller now although he’s also a prospect).

The defense featured Nurse and Laleggia again, Oilers appear to like that pairing (I wonder if they stap Laleggia to Nurse in an effort to denver boot the walkabout?). Goalies look solid from here, well qualified for this level.

Nikitin? No idea. As of now, he’s in the top-four D in Bakersfield and able to afford the best Mexican food within 100 miles (Scott Zerr tells me the mexican food in the area is fabulous. When are we going? Woodguy must have a Westfalia we can all climb into)

I don’t care where we go really, but insist we stop in at Buck Owens Crystal Palace. I’ll sing Act Naturally and Together Again and we’ll probably get arrested!

A WORRIED BUCKAROO

I’m still not sure about the RH blue (currently Fayne, Schultz and Gryba) and would prefer trading out of the two defensive defenders in favor of a two-way type. Justin Schultz and his impressive training camp make this less of a concern but it’s there.

Also, the penalty kill. Boyd Gordon is slow, slower slowest but lordy I’m not sure who handles this role and if you’re using Nuge that’s going to put a hole in the offense when things get back to 5×5. Letestu and Lander, Hendricks and Korpikoski are sound options. After that? Gazdic? Yak? Maybe Leon, he seems to do everything else this fall.

Finally, the goaler. I like the Talbot bet plenty and Nilsson had a strong small sample size TC and we’ll see. I don’t want Cam Ward and I don’t want Jonas Hiller, but will feel better when Benjamin clears tomorrow. You may feel this is five easy pieces overnight but not for me. Goalies are voodoo and we’ve had two straight year’s of ‘the call is coming from inside the house’ so no thanks, friend. And that defense isn’t fooling anyone.

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  1. Unwashed Oilfan says:

    5 o’clock….. on the dot!!

  2. Магия 10 says:

    LT. Ference cannot be forced to move anywhere. But can he be taken off the 23 man roster?

  3. John Chambers says:

    Best team the Oilers have iced since 2009, even with Eberle injured. McLellan really separated the wheat from the chaff.

    Here come the new boys on the bus. Rejoice.

  4. Stud Muffin says:

    Zharkov toar his ACL again

  5. Dr. Taboggan says:

    What do you think it would cost to acquire Big Buff? And what are folks general thoughts on him? He is a free agent at the end of the year so if the season blows up before the deadline you could likely trade him away and recoup some of the cost. He seems like the only big time D that would really be available as the Jets have Trouba and Myers on the right side. Would Fayne + a lottery protected 1st be worth it?

  6. John Chambers says:

    Dr. Taboggan,

    No the Jets management group probably thinks they have a shot at a division title this year based on Chicago’s forced roster moves.

    If Winnipeg disappoints and are below .500 after the first 30 games or so I could see them getting a 1st and prospect for Buff.

  7. oliveoilers says:

    “Justin Schultz and his impressive training camp make this less of a concern but it’s there….”

    Well, we have it on good authority that established players don’t play that well in training camp, so this can lead to only one logical conclusion: IT’S NORRIS YEAR, BABY!

  8. Oil2Oilers says:

    The timing of Eberle’s injury may prove a blessing. If Slepyshev and Draisaitl can hold down 2nd a 3d line wing positions, Chia has options when he comes back;

    Trade Purcell or demote one of the two youngsters. RNH and Pouliot will ensure Purcell is tradeable.

    If we assume the top 4 defenders 18 months from now are Sekera, Klefbom, Reinhart, Nurse does that make all the rest expendable?

    I would still like to see;

    Klefbom-Sekara
    Reinhart-Schultz
    xxx-Fayne
    Gryba

    The xxx being replaced by Nurse for Xmas. I see Fayne miscast as a top pairing partner for Sekara (a Smid like anchor to his Petry) but as a some what capable vet mentoring Nurse on the bottom pair he might have some value.

    I am in for a Bakersfield road trip!

  9. lynn says:

    I hope Yakimov becomes the man of your dreams, LT. His training camp was nothing to scream about. He was with the AHL guys from the get-go.

  10. G Money says:

    oliveoilers,

    Justin Schultz is on a one-year show me contract this year. He’s a bubble player and he knows it.

    I’m mystified that *anyone* thinks established NHL players take the preseason as seriously as the regular season.

  11. geowal says:

    Lt,
    I’m always a little puzzled by this notion that the club can IR whoever they want. Would the player not have to be in on this if its just a scam? Why would they agree to it? If bullied in would the nhlpa not complain?
    Not trying to be a pain, just don’t see the precedence for it.

  12. Pete says:

    Those tacos look legit. I’m imagining a weekend of quality minor league hockey, awesome tacos, cheap American booze, and Buck Owens songs. Sounds absolutely fantastic.

  13. JDï™ says:

    Looks like Chia’s really got a Tiger by the Tail with this last roster move.

  14. Lowetide says:

    lynn:
    I hope Yakimov becomes the man of your dreams, LT. His training camp was nothing to scream about. He was with the AHL guys from the get-go.

    As he should have been. No hurry on Yakimov but a feature role in the AHL, after last season’s second half, is the right call.

  15. Lowetide says:

    JDï™:
    Looks like Chia’s really got a Tiger by the Tail with this last roster move.

    Damn. I didn’t even think of that one. Well done.

  16. Lowetide says:

    geowal:
    Lt,
    I’m always a little puzzled by this notion that the club can IR whoever they want. Would the player not have to be in on this if its just a scam? Why would they agree to it? If bullied in would the nhlpa not complain?
    Not trying to be a pain, just don’t see the precedence for it.

    Hendricks hurt his hand. That would take zero convincing. Seriously.

  17. Woodguy says:

    Don’t have a Westfalia, but do have a 1940 Chevy Styleline.

    Also known as a Woodie.

  18. G Money says:

    Both my sisters live in Sillycon Valley, which means a trip down south most years.

    Three times in the last five years, that has also entailed a road trip to Disneyland and/or San Diego.

    The drive on I-5 takes you through the outskirts of Bakersfield. Never stopped, for fairly obvious reasons.

    May have to see if the next trip can be scheduled around a Condors game plus a Sharks and/or Kings and/or Ducks Oilers road trip. Man that’s going to take some family favours being called in.

  19. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide,

    I was raised on both kinds of music – country and western! Buck, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Willie… still love the oldies.

    My girls did a great version of Tiger by the Tail when they were younger.

  20. Ryan says:

    Магия 10:
    LT. Ference cannot be forced to move anywhere. But can he be taken off the 23 man roster?

    Yes he can, but not until the next buyout window opens after the scf… Or LTIR… Or a very unlikely trade.

    Spector had some kind words for the captain:

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/pain-not-over-yet-for-oilers-as-tough-roster-decision-looms/

  21. Lowetide says:

    JDï™:
    Lowetide,

    I was raised on both kinds of music – country and western! Buck, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Willie… still love the oldies.

    My girls did a great version of Tiger by the Tail when they were younger.

    Me too. My Dad loved Roy Acuff, Hank Williams and the Carter Family, really old time stuff. My Mom loved Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves and Marty Robbins. Absolutely immersed in country and western as a kid.

  22. geowal says:

    Lowetide: Hendricks hurt his hand. That would take zero convincing. Seriously.

    Ok fair enough. It just seems when this is usually put forth (by many, not necessarily you) it is made to sound as if the candidate is pulled out of thin air, regardless of whether or not there are injuries.

  23. JDï™ says:

    Ryan: Spector had some kind words for the captain:

    But managed to find the most embarrassing picture of him for the article. Maybe it’s just me, but I found that to be typical Spec class.

    Although maybe the intern picks the photo for the site.

  24. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide: Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves

    How remiss of me to not think of those two. Reeves had such a pure voice, and we don’t need to say anything about Cline.

  25. oliveoilers says:

    G Money:
    oliveoilers,

    Justin Schultz is on a one-year show me contract this year.He’s a bubble player and he knows it.

    I’m mystified that *anyone* thinks established NHL players take the preseason as seriously as the regular season.

    Yes, he’s on a one year contract, but he knew he was making the team. It was my understanding that the term ‘bubble player’ as you meant it, means a player on the cusp of making the team. If your interpretation of player competition is correct, how does any progress happen in the team? We’d still be playing Belanger and Eager.

    What are the asterisks for?

  26. G Money says:

    oliveoilers: What are the asterisks for?

    Faster than typing <i> and </i>.

    As a young and shitty team for so many years, the Oilers you would expect would have a higher percentage of bubble players than most. It’s probably why the Oilers preseason record is typically far better than their regular season record. Thats also what got Eakins in trouble last season – not recognizing the value of giving the non-bubble players some time to get used to each other and the system.

  27. JDï™ says:

    This is encouraging:

    Jujhar Khaira drew rave reviews from Fleming.

    “I thought JJ was a man amongst boys. That was the best game I’ve seen him play. If he brings that every night he’s going to give himself a chance this season to play in the NHL.”

    And this:

    Darnell Nurse played a good overall game with a highly evident nasty streak. He ended one shift in the third with a long barking session with the San Jose bench. Nurse looked especially smart at making long breakout passes to get the Condors out of their own end. He also played on the second-unit power play with Jordan Oesterle.

    http://oilersnation.com/2015/10/4/keeping-up-with-the-condors

  28. Zelepukin says:

    G Money: I’m mystified that *anyone* thinks established NHL players take the preseason as seriously as the regular season.

    So in the last game (after an effort/bag skate practise) what instances were there for you that clearly exemplified a vet putting in a half effort because it’s pre-season?

  29. Woogie63 says:

    I would like to see Purcell start in the pressbox, he just does not bring enough to the party anymore.

    The right side with, Korpi, Slepy, Yak and Klink is “heavier”, and I like the forecheck better.

  30. zatch says:

    Hate to highjack this slightly, but does anyone have an online pool they needs someone for or is interested in setting one up?

  31. stephen sheps says:

    Lowetide: Me too. My Dad loved Roy Acuff, Hank Williams and the Carter Family, really old time stuff. My Mom loved Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves and Marty Robbins. Absolutely immersed in country and western as a kid.

    No mention of Glen Campbell? Really? ok… anyhoo…

    On the subject of your desire to come down to my neck of the woods and this classic country music thread – beyond Memphis and Nashville, there’s also Dollywood. I have no idea what it’s like, but a Dolly Parton themed amusement park can’t be bad, can it? I still haven’t had time to go yet, but from what I’ve been told, it’s pretty ridiculous.

    Also, while we’re on the subject of the older country music, everyone should listen to Townes Van Zandt. That is all.

  32. G Money says:

    Zelepukin: So in the last game (after an effort/bag skate practise) what instances were there for you that clearly exemplified a vet putting in a half effort because it’s pre-season?

    You’d hope the Oilers overall would be working harder than most teams. New coach, new system. Got a lot to prove.

    The bag skate (it was actually battle drills, and rightly so) was a system failure. You don’t have to treat the game as a regular game (it’s not, it’s meaningless), but damn you better be working the system. Its the process that matters, not the result. Especially for this team.

    So you get a 6-1-1 record. Anyone want to bet that has sustain once the games mean something?

    Other teams, on the other hand, exemplified the preseason. Vancouver (and I suggest you listen to the Sedin – can’t remember H or D – post-game interview, when asked about the single point in PS, he shrugged and basically said, no one cares about points in the pre season, its meaningless, its all about the process).

    That’s why their kids outplayed their veterans, who were mostly invisible, for the two games. Those games mean something for the former, nothing but a tuneup for the latter.

    Because pre-season.

    I’ll ask again when the playoffs start if you think players also treat playoffs as being the same and having the same importance as the regular season, which would be the logical flipside of them treating preseason the same as regular season.

    Again, I’m baffled by this line of questioning in the first place. Am I the only one that has watched more than one preseason?

  33. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Woogie63:
    I would like to see Purcell start in the pressbox, he just does not bring enough to the party anymore.

    The right side with, Korpi, Slepy, Yak and Klink is “heavier”, and I like the forecheck better.

    Did you happen to note the two great passes that Purcell made to set up the Oilers’ (only) two goals last night?

    I get the Purcell hate to a degree, but FFS people, give the guy a particle of credit when he does something right.

  34. Centre of attention says:

    Purcell can stay with Nuge as long as he produces. If he goes cold, try Slepyshev on the Nuge line and put Yakupov on the McDavid line, can’t hurt to have a couple different looks depending on the competition.

  35. G Money says:

    Roster:

    – Can’t waive Ference, he goes to the PB
    – Either Gryba or Davidson goes down. I’d keep Davidson, but Gryba is Chia’s guy, and he’s “heavy”.
    – If Hendricks is hurt, Klink draws in. Gazdic at 13F.
    – that’s it, isn’t it? Purcell-Sleps-Yak-Klink down the right. Drai at 3L.

    You have the lines until one of the injured guys comes back (or someone else gets hurt).

  36. JDï™ says:

    stephen sheps: Townes Van Zandt. That is all.

    He wrote Poncho and Lefty, did he not?

    Also got to see Campbell a few years ago at the Calgary folk festival. He was still great.

    Not many people know that he played on a bunch of old classic songs through the 60s, as he was a go-to session musician in LA. He’s featured in a documentary on the Wrecking Crew, which I’ve watched recently but can’t remember if it’s on one of the Netflixes or Youtube.

  37. rickithebear says:

    2013 subway super series
    Klimchuk-Khaira- Chase;
    Chase 2 EVG-0A +1
    Khaira 0G 1EVA-1PPA +1
    Klimchuk 0G 1 EVA +2

    Kessey-Khairs-Chase
    when you look at Kessey’s groupings last year.
    HE was effective with skill

  38. Tire Fire says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Did you happen to note the two great passes that Purcell made to set up the Oilers’ (only) two goals last night?

    I get the Purcell hate to a degree, but FFS people, give the guy a particle of credit when he does something right.

    He is also really good at entering the zone under control, very crafty. Granted, he causes the odd offside with slow entries, but his linemates can adapt to that.

  39. Jim says:

    I think you’re missing Simpson from the mix – INJURED. Perhaps in limbo for the time being.

  40. Oil2Oilers says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    I think Purcell has at least one more contract (3-4 years) in the NHL. But, is better suited to the Eastern Conference game. He would look good on Ottawa or NJ on a 3d line pay check.

    For the Oilers he is ideal veteran cover for this Fall. Talented (all be it slow ) veteran cover has possibly not existed on the Oilers since the 70’s or early 80’s.

  41. Eastern Oil says:

    I assume the rosters have to be set Tuesday at some point meaning tomorrow is the big waiver day

  42. flyfish1168 says:

    Is there any blogs out there on the Bakersfield Condors?
    Will miss Neal Livingston with his tend the farm blog

  43. stephen sheps says:

    JDï™: He wrote Poncho and Lefty, did he not?

    Not many people know that he played on a bunch of old classic songs through the 60s, as he was a go-to session musician in LA. He’s featured in a documentary on the Wrecking Crew, which I’ve watched recently but can’t remember if it’s on one of the Netflixes or Youtube.

    Indeed Townes wrote Poncho and Lefty, among other greats.

    I did know that about Campbell. I’m a recent convert to his music, but a very happy convert! Didn’t realize he was still touring a little. Would’ve been a fun show.

    That documentary is great (it is Netflix) but not nearly as good as the documentary about the Muscle Shoals studio and the swampers. I’m about 2 hours from there and plan to do a music history road trip when I have the chance, likely on my spring break.

  44. JDï™ says:

    Eastern Oil,

    I read somewhere that Wednesday is final roster day, making Tues as last chance Waiverco.

  45. JDï™ says:

    stephen sheps: Muscle Shoals

    Agree – another good doc. If you’re looking for more music docs, there’s a YT one about Springsteen’s making of Born to Run which is very revealing and in-depth, and this one on my fav artist – Frank Zappa:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpJOkWG6Bmk

    I think it has to have been 5 or 6 years since Campbell was at the folk festival. Not sure what he’s up to these days.

  46. Lowetide says:

    stephen sheps: No mention of Glen Campbell? Really? ok… anyhoo…

    On the subject of your desire to come down to my neck of the woods and this classic country music thread – beyond Memphis and Nashville, there’s also Dollywood. I have no idea what it’s like, but a Dolly Parton themed amusement park can’t be bad, can it? I still haven’t had time to go yet, but from what I’ve been told, it’s pretty ridiculous.

    Also, while we’re on the subject of the older country music, everyone should listen to Townes Van Zandt. That is all.

    I love Dolly Parton (Glen Campbell too, his TV show was a hit at our house). Her songs are incredible, downhome style but with a message. Love her music. Van Zandt’s songs have been favorites of mine forever, including Pancho and Lefty and If I Needed you.

  47. Lowetide says:

    flyfish1168:
    Is there any blogs out there on the Bakersfield Condors?
    Will miss Neal Livingston with his tend the farm blog

    Scott Zerr will be writing for Oilers Nation and he’ll be on my show a lot. Beyond that, still searching.

  48. stephen sheps says:

    JDï™: Agree – another good doc. If you’re looking for more music docs, there’s a YT one about Springsteen’s making of Born to Run which is very revealing and in-depth, and this one on my fav artist – Frank Zappa:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpJOkWG6Bmk

    I’ve watched the Springsteen. And love Zappa. Will have a look at that one soon. Added to my Youtube watch list! Thanks.

    So, about that last roster spot… sorry I’ve got nothing about hockey today. I really couldn’t care less who the 13/14F is at this time of year. Let’s see what this team looks like in 10-15 games and reassess the roster makeup, but I really don’t think the difference between Gaz and Klink is so stark that the team will be adversely affected on the ice, whereas Gazdic lives with McDavid, so it may have off-ice ramifications if he’s farmed. Other than that, truly I couldn’t care less at all. For the first time in forever, the final roster spot is not a decision that will hurt the team in either the short or long term. Competent coaching and management – it’s a thing.

  49. Snowman says:

    Anyone ever had any experience offering to buy a home that wasn’t listed? There’s a house that my fiancee and I both really like. Its an older couple that owns it and we’d like to ask if we can buy it. Any thoughts? (Assume the financing is in place)

  50. stephen sheps says:

    Lowetide: I love Dolly Parton (Glen Campbell too, his TV show was a hit at our house). Her songs are incredible, downhome style but with a message. Love her music. Van Zandt’s songs have been favorites of mine forever, including Pancho and Lefty and If I Needed you.

    Her music really is great, isn’t it? (14 year old punk me is screaming right now, but nearly 34 year old me is ok with it).

    LT, I stand by what I said yesterday… if you find your way down while I’m still here (could be a year, could be the golden handcuffs if the hiring committee decides to take the inside candidate for the tenure line job), I’m happy to be your tour guide to the area.

  51. JDï™ says:

    Lowetide: I love Dolly Parton

    She had a tv show for a while as well, but I think it might have been later on, maybe in the 80s. That woman has written a lot of great songs – the big one from The Bodyguard was hers. She probably can’t spend money fast enough to keep up with those royalties alone.

    I’m with Sheps – I’ve seen all I need to for now, and can rest assured that this group makes the right decision on the last roster spot.

  52. The Hermit says:

    I think it has to have been 5 or 6 years since Campbell was at the folk festival. Not sure what he’s up to these days.

    http://www.newsmax.com/health/Health-News/glen-campbell-alzheimer-facility/2014/04/17/id/566238/

  53. JDï™ says:

    The Hermit,

    Well that’s a shame.

  54. Tire Fire says:

    Snowman:
    Anyone ever had any experience offering to buy a home that wasn’t listed? There’s a house that my fiancee and I both really like. Its an older couple that owns it and we’d like to ask if we can buy it. Any thoughts? (Assume the financing is in place)

    My coworker once told me a bit of an annoying thing that can happen. He had a real-estate agent helping him look, and after he asked for advice on an unlisted home, the agent started showing it to all his other clients who ended up putting higher bids on it.

  55. Snowman says:

    Tire Fire,

    Well my realtor is my brother in law so I don’t think that would happen. I was thinking of either knocking on the door and just talking to them or writing them a letter explaining things.

  56. stush18 says:

    Tire Fire: He is also really good at entering the zone under control, very crafty.Granted, he causes the odd offside with slow entries, but his linemates can adapt to that.

    This is the biggest reason I like Purcell. He might actually be the best oiler in terms of actual possession. I personally think the Oilers create more offense off a controlled entry vs dumping it in. Not sure what the stats are, but that’s what my eyes see.

  57. Woodguy says:

    @USHL: NHL @EdmontonOilers defensive prospect John Marino (@j_marino03) has 5 points in 3 games for @TriCityStorm #USHL pic.twitter.com/khvCruRGo6

  58. The Hermit says:

    JDï™:
    The Hermit,

    Well that’s a shame.

    For sure.

  59. Bruce McCurdy says:

    stush18: This is the biggest reason I like Purcell. He might actually be the best oiler in terms of actual possession.I personally think the Oilers create more offense off a controlled entry vs dumping it in.Not sure what the stats are, but that’s what my eyes see.

    He’s also very good at the creative outlet pass just at his own blueline. Last night on the 1-1 goal he hit RNH on the fly with about a 10-foot-pass & Nuge was off to the races. I’ve noticed that from him before, give him the puck and half a second to find his target and click! it’s on the tape. Not always, but often enough to be dangerous.

  60. Drew says:

    stephen sheps: No mention of Glen Campbell? Really? ok… anyhoo…

    On the subject of your desire to come down to my neck of the woods and this classic country music thread – beyond Memphis and Nashville, there’s also Dollywood. I have no idea what it’s like, but a Dolly Parton themed amusement park can’t be bad, can it? I still haven’t had time to go yet, but from what I’ve been told, it’s pretty ridiculous.

    Also, while we’re on the subject of the older country music, everyone should listen to Townes Van Zandt. That is all.

    Glen Campbell was pretty boy stuff for my dad, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings etc.

  61. Lowetide says:

    The Hermit:
    He’s also very good at the creative outlet pass just at his own blueline. Last night on the 1-1 goal he hit RNH on the fly with about a 10-foot-pass & Nuge was off to the races. I’ve noticed that from him before, give him the puck and half a second to find his target and click! it’s on the tape. Not always, but often enough to be dangerous.

    He has dementia or Alzheimer’s. As someone who has had it in the family, I can honestly say it’s the absolute worst.

  62. Bruce McCurdy says:

    stephen sheps: Also, while we’re on the subject of the older country music, everyone should listen to Townes Van Zandt. That is all.

    Townes Van Zandt is legendary. I once went to a concert by Steve Earle — a legend in his own right — where he devoted an entire set to songs written by TVZ; indeed he had just put out an entire album (named “Townes”) to that end.

    If you love music & have five minutes, use it to listen to (& watch) this cover of TVZ’s Waiting Around to Die by the Be Good Tanyas. Killer version of a killer song.

  63. Drew says:

    Snowman:
    Anyone ever had any experience offering to buy a home that wasn’t listed? There’s a house that my fiancee and I both really like. Its an older couple that owns it and we’d like to ask if we can buy it. Any thoughts? (Assume the financing is in place)

    Ask Verdad 2.0

  64. Lowetide says:

    I know it was a hit but this is my favorite version of If I needed you. Probably because of Emmylou but still

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHoAg-LlVVM

  65. stephen sheps says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Waiting Around to Die

    I was actually listening to Townes’ version of that very song when I saw your post. Listening to this version now. (Holy shit – thank you Bruce. Wow)

    I have the ‘Townes’ album you speak of… love Steve Earle, one of the all-time greats. He named his own son Justin Townes Earle as a tribute of sorts, too. I had the pleasure of seeing him live when I still lived in Kingston and he did not disappoint. Nearly 3 hours of music and stories. Probably the best show I saw in my 5 years living in that city.

  66. The Hermit says:

    Lowetide: He has dementia or Alzheimer’s. As someone who has had it in the family, I can honestly say it’s the absolute worst.

    My Grandmother passed due to Alzheimer’s.

    Her quote when diagnosed “The Doctor told me I had Alzheimer’s . Thank God, I thought I was losing my mind”.

  67. wheatnoil says:

    So, is the final cut all about waiting to see if Hendricks will be ready or IRed?

    Or are they sending down someone who doesn’t need to be waived, so Scrivens (once cleared) and either Drai or Slepyshev get sent down tomorrow at the same time?

  68. wheatnoil says:

    #Isles are sending No. 16 overall pick Mathew Barzal back to WHL Seattle. He had an impressive camp. Tons of talent.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 5, 2015

    Reinhart also had a good camp, I think, and there’s verbal the Oilers wouldn’t have picked Barzal anyways, but it’ll be interesting to follow this guy over time.

  69. Lowetide says:

    Slap Shot Ch 260

  70. Woogie63 says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    Bruce

    I did see this and agree with the possession and zone entry points made in this tread…. All correct and good. No hate here, I am just looking for a line up that compliments our elite talent with enough skill and heavy players.

  71. Pouzar says:

    I f^cking hate Music-centric blog comments.
    But after today we need it here.

  72. G Money says:

    Man oh man.

    Back in the days when I programmed for a living, I used to look down condescendingly upon weakling laptops, which had nowhere close to the speed or memory needed for compiling, running, and testing 1M+ lines of code applications.

    Then as I moved from programming to the dark side aka management, and at the same time laptops became more powerful, at some point I made the switch. Looking at financial statements, a little bit of financial or strategic modeling, and documents – so many documents – did not ever push the limits of those laptops, mid grade business type machines, even while mega-multi-tasking.

    Now I’m coding this hockey stuff … and I’m starting to routinely hit the memory limits of the laptops I run (three of them). Loading 5 or more x 1 GB each play by play Excel or CSV files into memory and then repeatedly running massive joins, filters and computations against them chews up an incredible amount of both memory and CPU.

    I haven’t thought about the speed of my processors in a decade.

    I’m now finding myself idly considering getting at a powerhouse desktop, thinking a modern equivalent of my old programming workstations – multicore i7, 16GB RAM, multiple blazing fast hard drives, 2 x 23″ monitors maybe – would be just the ticket.

    You *can* go nerd again!

  73. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Woogie63:
    Bruce McCurdy,

    Bruce

    I did see this and agree with the possession and zone entry points made in this tread…. All correct and good.No hate here, I am just looking for a line up that compliments our elite talent with enough skill and heavy players.

    File Teddy under “skill”.

  74. Pouzar says:

    G Money:
    Man oh man.

    Back in the days when I programmed for a living, I used to look down condescendingly upon weakling laptops, which had nowhere close to the speed or memory needed for compiling, running, and testing 1M+ lines of code applications.

    Then as I moved from programming to the dark side aka management, and at the same time laptops became more powerful, at some point I made the switch.Looking at financial statements, a little bit of financial or strategic modeling, and documents – so many documents – did not ever push the limits of those laptops, mid grade business type machines, even while mega-multi-tasking.

    Now I’m coding this hockey stuff … and I’m starting to routinely hit the memory limits of the laptops I run (three of them).Loading 5 or more x 1 GB each play by play Excel or CSV files into memory and then repeatedly running massive joins, filters and computations against them chews up an incredible amount of both memory and CPU.

    I haven’t thought about the speed of my processors in a decade.

    I’m now finding myself idly considering getting at a powerhouse desktop, thinking a modern equivalent of my old programming workstations – multicore i7, 16GB RAM, multiple blazing fast hard drives, 2 x 23″ monitors maybe – would be just the ticket.

    You *can* go nerd again!

    LOL…I too am a nerd (somewhat) heading to the darkside (mgt….well project mgt).

    It’s time.

  75. G Money says:

    Pouzar,

    Just remember: never go full nerd!!

  76. innercitysmytty says:

    Check out Sound City and It Might Get Loud for music docs.

    Regarding the house offer, I’ve seen it done before by simply knocking on the door and making an offer.

  77. innercitysmytty says:

    stephen sheps,

    A lot of classics recorded at Muscle Shoals.

  78. stephen sheps says:

    Pouzar,

    we really did need it; no offence intended to any of the louder voices in the room – you know who you are and you know that I deeply admire and respect the time and effort you put into the discourse, but this afternoon was a slog. I read it all, but felt like there was nothing left to contribute. It’s all been said by people who analyze the available data far better than I could. Now all we can do is wait and see how it plays out.

    Besides, a blog that has an ongoing RE: series set to the bands/eras of our host’s choice means that talks about music are par for the course, not to mention a chance for the community to re-set. It’s good for the soul to talk about the other things in life that we love.

  79. stephen sheps says:

    innercitysmytty:
    stephen sheps,

    A lot of classics recorded at Muscle Shoals.

    I’m really excited to see it in person

  80. JDï™ says:

    stephen sheps: I’m really excited to see it in person

    I hate you envy you.

  81. JDï™ says:

    G Money: Loading 5 or more x 1 GB each play by play Excel or CSV files into memory

    Gordness that’s a lot of memory use. Most people never use what they have, and you…

    You need one of these:


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    64GB (4x16GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
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    Apple Magic Mouse
    Apple Wireless Keyboard – English
    User’s Guide (English)

    $9,137.00
    Financing available*

    http://www.apple.com/shop/buy-mac/mac-pro?product=MD878LL/A&step=config

    I tried to save you a little money on the vid card…

  82. Pouzar says:

    stephen sheps:
    Pouzar,

    we really did need it; no offence intended to any of the louder voices in the room – you know who you are and you know that I deeply admire and respect the time and effort you put into the discourse, but this afternoon was a slog. I read it all, but felt like there was nothing left to contribute. It’s all been said by people who analyze the available data far better than I could. Now all we can do is wait and see how it plays out.

    Besides, a blog that has an ongoing RE: series set to the bands/eras of our host’s choice means that talks about music are par for the course, not to mention a chance for the community to re-set. It’s good for the soul to talk about the other things in life that we love.

    Nice post. The “louder voices” and the “not so loud voices” make this the “place to be”.
    Never change folks.

    Travis Yost ‏@travisyost 8m8 minutes ago
    Underrated Seinfeld scene: Kramer and Frank playing pool in George’s old bedroom.

    [Setting: The Maestro’s Office]

    (Kramer and Frank are in a meeting with the Maestro)

    FRANK: His name was Carlo Costanza. We played together everyday until I was four. If I could just look through your photographs, maybe I could recognize him.

    MAESTRO: Unfortunately those photographs are at home.

    KRAMER: Well, listen, if you bring ’em by, maybe we could interest you in a game of pool.. Yeah, Frank here – he’s got his own billiard room.

    FRANK: (Trying to concentrate) Yes, It’s, uh, it’s.. uh, uh.. What do you call it, Kramer?

    KRAMER: A billiard room.

    FRANK: No, not billiard.. (Scolding) Not billiards.. it was.. Come on, already. Come on..

    KRAMER: (Confused) What?

    FRANK: We call it.. the, uh..

    KRAMER: (Snaps) The Place To Be!

    FRANK: The place to be! Yes! It’s the place to be.

  83. Sugar Reijo says:

    Somebody own da Chiefs. We go to Florida and I get the money.

    Truer words…

  84. stephen sheps says:

    JDï™,

    remind me in February (or march – whenever my “spring break” is) and I’ll send you photos. It’s going to be a fun road trip I think. I really don’t love my job or much of life around here, but the history of the area is so incredible that I know I have to put aside how I feel on a day-to-day and just take advantage of the opportunities to explore and learn a little.

    I’ll definitely be sending in a report from the game in Nashville next Saturday (and possibly a report about whatever random band I see after)

  85. stephen sheps says:

    Pouzar,

    Gold, Pouzar. Gold!

  86. innercitysmytty says:

    stephen sheps,

    Based on where you’ve mentioned you’re living that’s pretty much the cradle of American (and really the western world) music. Between the musical history and the live music options you’re a lucky man!

    I don’t post here often but love the music references that show up here almost daily. Thought I knew a lot of music, but some of you have introduced me to some great stuff I didn’t know!

    Too quiet on the Klefbom front, hope he starts against STL.

  87. Kmart99 says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Did you happen to note the two great passes that Purcell made to set up the Oilers’ (only) two goals last night?

    I get the Purcell hate to a degree, but FFS people, give the guy a particle of credit when he does something right.

    Top six skill with the puck. Slow. So slow. Defensive play? I don’t notice it…. So is that good?
    Soft as a Charmin bear’s bottom.
    There’s really not much to say about him is there?

    Purcell is that guy who can stick handle and pass really well, but brings very little outside of that. Did I mention how poor his skating is? That is kind of an important part of the game.

  88. Snowman says:

    Kmart99,

    Skating poorly and skating slowly are very different things. Purcell is slow. He can skate pretty well, he’s got good edges and footwork. He just lacks a fourth and fifth gear.

    He’s a great passer, good shot, solid defensively. He’s not a hard guy to play against but he contributes. He’s expensive but he contributes.

  89. russ99 says:

    Sugar Reijo:
    Somebody own da Chiefs.

    Owns!!! Owns!!!

  90. speeds says:

    Rosters are due Tuesday, correct? So if one of Gazdic, Davidson, or Klinkhammer is the final cut, they’ll be waived tomorrow?

  91. wheatnoil says:

    For those on Twitter, @NMercad had a great discussion going regarding Dubnyk vs Scrivens vs Nilsson using his adjusted GAA formula.

    Take home is that Dubnyk was well above average for two years before he tanked one year and bounced back to his previous level. He was no different in Arizona vs Minnesota.

    Scrivens looks below average every year outside of 17 games in LA (agreeing with Woodguy but in contrast to the data that G Money and I had).

    Nilsson, of course, has too small a sample size. However, in his games in NYI prior to going to the KHL, he had a poor regular save percentage but actually an above league average adjusted GAA (so adjusting for shot location). Now, there are concerns about shot location data in NY and its a small sample size, but interesting stuff.

    I retweeted a few relevant graphs on my Twitter.

    Cool stuff. Nick Mercadante has some cool goalie data stuff going on that’s really interesting to follow.

  92. Gret99zky says:

    Circle October 16th on the calendar. The Condors roll into San Diego to destroy the Gulls. I hope they really cream those guys. Don’t be fooled by the swarm, fellas!

  93. Lowetide says:

    speeds:
    Rosters are due Tuesday, correct?So if one of Gazdic, Davidson, or Klinkhammer is the final cut, they’ll be waived tomorrow?

    That’s my understanding, yes.

  94. "Steve Smith" says:

    JDï™: Gordness that’s a lot of memory use. Most people never use what they have, and you…

    You need one of these:


    Summary
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    2.7GHz 12-core with 30MB of L3 cache 64GB (4x16GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC 1TB PCIe-based flash storage Dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM each Apple Magic Mouse Apple Wireless Keyboard – English User’s Guide (English)

    $9,137.00
    Financing available*

    http://www.apple.com/shop/buy-mac/mac-pro?product=MD878LL/A&step=config

    I tried to save you a little money on the vid card…

    You know, some people just put together fantasy hockey teams.

  95. wheatnoil says:

    “Steve Smith”: You know, some people just put together fantasy hockey teams.

    Pfff… Fantasy hockey teams are for nerds.

  96. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    Snowman:
    Anyone ever had any experience offering to buy a home that wasn’t listed? There’s a house that my fiancee and I both really like. Its an older couple that owns it and we’d like to ask if we can buy it. Any thoughts? (Assume the financing is in place)

    I just bought an unlisted place. Knock on the door or call.

    Telling someone you are interested in buying their house is a serious compliment. After that, treat it normally, arrange for walkthroughs, etc. No big deal.

  97. leadfarmer says:

    Drew,

    He will just tell you your an idiot for not trading the house for Ekman Larsson.

  98. stevezie says:

    Bruce McCurdy,

    Love it. Covered the songin the BGTs style thw first several live shows i played

  99. Drew says:

    leadfarmer:
    Drew,

    He will just tell you your an idiot for not trading the house for Ekman Larsson.

    If OEL cuts a tree down in the forest with no one there, does the tree become hockey sticks? or does he get traded to Buffalo?

  100. bendelson says:

    Snowman:
    Anyone ever had any experience offering to buy a home that wasn’t listed? There’s a house that my fiancee and I both really like. Its an older couple that owns it and we’d like to ask if we can buy it. Any thoughts? (Assume the financing is in place)

    Bring Cash-McMoney.

  101. jp says:

    zatch:
    Hate to highjack this slightly, but does anyone have an online pool they needs someone for or is interested in setting one up?

    I don’t have a league for you, but if you go to the Yahoo fantasy hockey site you can join existing leagues. Look for one that has most of the team slots filled already. I’ve had good experience doing that in the past.

  102. Yeti says:

    G Money: Now I’m coding this hockey stuff … and I’m starting to routinely hit the memory limits of the laptops I run (three of them).

    It’s fairly common knowledge that excessive compelting is a real memory hog.

  103. Bruce McCurdy says:

    stephen sheps: I was actually listening to Townes’ version of that very song when I saw your post. Listening to this version now. (Holy shit – thank you Bruce. Wow)

    Just goes to show, even a Townes Van Zandt fan living in freakin’ Music City can still find out something new, eh Shepso? Your reply made my day.

    Sorry, Pouzar, but I for one enjoy the occasional threadjack on the music side. Lots to learn in many avenues of life from the posters here, not least of whom being Mr. Lowetide himself.

  104. Oilanderp says:

    G Money,

    Make the jump to a 2.5″ SSD. Cheapish with comparatively massive results. My computer boots in 20 seconds. Moving massive amounts of data is much quicker. I would recommend one brand over others.

    Oh, and Purcell is a poor man’s Hemsky. That ain’t bad at all.

  105. Woodguy says:

    wheatnoil:
    For those on Twitter, @NMercad had a great discussion going regarding Dubnyk vs Scrivens vs Nilsson using his adjusted GAA formula.

    Take home is that Dubnyk was well above average for two years before he tanked one year and bounced back to his previous level. He was no different in Arizona vs Minnesota.

    Scrivens looks below average every year outside of 17 games in LA (agreeing with Woodguy but in contrast to the data that G Money and I had).

    Nilsson, of course, has too small a sample size. However, in his games in NYI prior to going to the KHL, he had a poor regular save percentage but actually an above league average adjusted GAA (so adjusting for shot location). Now, there are concerns about shot location data in NY and its a small sample size, but interesting stuff.

    I retweeted a few relevant graphs on my Twitter.

    Cool stuff. Nick Mercadante has some cool goalie data stuff going on that’s really interesting to follow.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Also,

    *dislocates shoulder patting self on back*

  106. Pouzar says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Sorry, Pouzar, but I for one enjoy the occasional threadjack on the music side. Lots to learn in many avenues of life from the posters here, not least of whom being Mr. Lowetide himself.

    I misrepresented myself there. It absolutely is a great way to get into bands/musicians you’ve never heard before and that is awesome. I love music and been playing guitar for years ( I suck at it however) but sometimes musical tastes and opinions on music degrade into an underlying discussion akin to arguing over who’s orgasm is better. Not saying that happens here because we have some grounded dudes posting but it’s happened to me in many online and offline discussions so I tend to stay away.

    So what is the equivalent of a Foodie in music? A Moodie? 🙂

  107. Woodguy says:

    Ryan: Yes he can, but not until the next buyout window opens after the scf…Or LTIR…Or a very unlikely trade.

    Spector had some kind words for the captain:

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/pain-not-over-yet-for-oilers-as-tough-roster-decision-looms/

    He also had some not so kind words:

    Even still, there will be an elephant in the Oilers’ room, and that elephant is wearing the ‘C’ as Edmonton’s captain.

    Ference, who Chiarelli had cut loose in his former job as the Boston Bruins GM, was signed by MacTavish to a four-year, $13 million deal that still has two seasons to run (this one and next). The problem is, as training camp comes to a close, Ference’s game does not rank among the Top 6 in Edmonton — despite the fact the Oilers can not claim a defensive corps in the top half of the NHL as far as quality.

    Spector writing the truth about a vet who’s a good quote.

    Spector also had a piece that used fancy stats and didn’t deride the stats or those who use them.

    I may like this version of Spector.

    Maybe.

  108. Kmart99 says:

    I hope Scrivens clears waivers. I recognize that you really can’t cut a goalie who has a perfect training camp, but Anders Nilsson’s regular season NHL numbers, the ones that count, don’t really stack up well enough for me to agree with waiving Scrivens, especially when Anders doesn’t have to clear waivers.

    Anders had 23 NHL gp with an .899 sv% at the age of 24. Not great. He’s young, which is nice, and 23 gp is miles from enough games to gauge his actual talent level, but now somehow two preseason games of good play means he’s ready ahead of Scrivens?

    I don’t see the harm in making the safe bet by sending Nilsson down and having him play 20 games in the AHL to see if he sustains a high level sv%. Meanwhile, Scrivens can play a competent back up role here and potentially rebound.

    Oh well. It isnt a major factor IMO. So it’s not a big deal.
    If Scrivens clears waivers then no harm no foul.
    Nilsson is significantly younger.
    I never watched any of the games from his KHL season last year so I really don’t know the context of his sv% over there.
    Maybe the scout’s saw something beyond the solid nbrs that made them think it might translate to the NHL more than other high khl sv% goalies.

    Not a huge deal, but based on the actual regular season NHL nbrs and AHL nbrs, I’d have gone the other way…. At least to start the year.

  109. Kmart99 says:

    Woodguy,

    When Nurse, Reinhart, and Davidson all show up and outplay
    Ference, how can you justify putting him on the ice? Especially since you cut Nurse.
    It’s only preseason, but Ference looked awful for all of last year, Davidson looked better in his short cameo, and JW’s
    scouting report of Griffin’s actual NHL games still has me liking him more than Ference.

    So we really don’t need to put any value on preseason to see that he is not one of the 6 best options for Edmonton.
    If we did put any value on it, he just sinks further.

    Great guy, great career, but father time adds another notch to his belt.

  110. russ99 says:

    I’m hoping Scrivens doesn’t clear waivers for a few reasons:

    More cap space for Chia to play with in on-the-fly moves this season and Brossoit needs to get the large majority of starts in Bakersfield.

    Also, with the two goalies on the roster and no NHL veteran in the AHL, that diminishes greatly the amount of “goalie swapping” that could occur, that I can’t completely discount with MacT in the room. We haven’t seen two goalies with hard set #1 and #2 roles on this team for some time, and we really should now.

    Oilanderp:
    G Money,

    Oh, and Purcell is a poor man’s Hemsky.That ain’t bad at all.

    Purcell is a poor man’s Hemsky who can’t skate well, which makes that a really poor man.

  111. Woodguy says:

    Kmart99,

    Anders had 23 NHL gp with an .899 sv% at the age of 24.

    Actually he played 4 as a 22 year old and 19 as a 23 year old.

    Last year was his 24 year old year and he was in the KHL.

    He turned 25 in March.

  112. Ca$h-McMoney! says:

    russ99:

    Purcell is a poor man’s Hemsky who can’t skate well, which makes that a really poor man.

    Any Oilers fan who complains about Purcell’s actual play hasn’t been paying attention.

    He’s not a fantastic hockey player and his salary is hyper inflated relative to his skill. From a contract management perspective he’s a problem, albeit one that expires in June.

    He’s not the problem on the ice. We don’t lose hockey games because he’s on this team. There are so many problems that need to be dealt with ahead of Teddy Purcell, it’s not even worth counting.

    If we get to the point where we can look to Teddy Purcell as the biggest problem on the team, we’ll be making at least the second round of the playoffs.

  113. Woodguy says:

    Kmart99,

    When Nurse, Reinhart, and Davidson all show up and outplay
    Ference, how can you justify putting him on the ice?

    The previous management would have made sure Ference plays regardless of who outplayed him.

    The point of my post is that it has been very rare for Spector to correctly criticize a vet, especially a Canadian one who wears a C and is a good quote.

    Its a new day.

  114. Kmart99 says:

    Woodguy:
    Kmart99,

    Anders had 23 NHL gp with an .899 sv% at the age of 24.

    Actually he played 4 as a 22 year old and 19 as a 23 year old.

    Last year was his 24 year old year and he was in the KHL.

    He turned 25 in March.

    I meant ‘by’ not ‘at’.

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