This is Edgar Patenaude. Rusty. Groovy sideburns, Rusty. You see, that’s why guys from my era were tougher than today’s kids. I mean, you walk down the street with those sideburns, wearing Hai Karate, you had to be able to defend yourself. Chances are you didn’t get up until noon, and your Dad called you and your friends “hoods” or “hippies.”
Rusty Patenaude was not a hippie. He came from Williams Lake, BC and was a wonderful player for the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA. Since Mark Messier in a Stinger uniform was successful for G1, I’m going to try Rusty today.
Rock on, Rusty, wheverer you are. Bet your hair is shorter and you can still pick a corner.
As for the Oilers tonight, Pouliot has apparently drawn into the lineup although it’s possible he’ll fall down the stairs or take a bit of MacT’s sandwich before his skates hit the ice in anger.
The lines apparently start like this:
If Marc Pouliot gets a similar ATOI total to the JF Jacques number the other night (maybe three minutes) he should pull a Nelson Santovenia and ask to be sent to the minors. Jacques and Mikhnov died at the end of MacT’s bench last fall and it looks like the coach is going to roll 3 lines plus whoever hasn’t pissed him off from the fringe bunch. On D:
I imagine the Pitkanen-Staios combo will get the heavy work against Briere, Gagne and Gary Dornhoefer. The Oilers have a beauty chance at a nice start here, here’s hoping they can do it tonight.
PS, All the best to Jason Smith. Quality player left it all on that sheet of ice he’ll play on tonight.