Hrabal Gone

Josef Hrabal recently refused assignment to the ECHL’s Stockton club and word today (courtesy Guy Flaming’s Coming Down the Pipe) that he’s gone to Sweden and will play for club in the SEL.

Guy quotes Kevin Prendergast as saying he’ll return this fall for Oilers training camp.

Hrabal’s problems seemed twofold: he was injured early (very early) in TC and he is undersized for the NA game. The Oilers website described him as 6.01, 180 when they signed him May 30, 2008 but he was clearly smaller than the description.

Hrabal didn’t put up much offense but was an EV against mid-level AHL competition. Based on math it’s not clear to me that Hrabal was the guy who should have been sent to the ECHL (as was the case with Cody Wild earlier) and it’s safe to begin questioning the decision making process in Springfield this season.

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  1. Lord Bob says:

    Do we know who Hrabel was playing with? Was he out with Peckham a lot or saw lots of time with strong forwards? Numbers are great, but as we all know without context they don’t mean much!

  2. Lowetide says:

    In his final AHL game, he was -2 and lined up with Bina on D for one an Roy for the other.

    The forwards on the first goal were Lerg, Potulny and Schremp. On the second goal the fowards were Lefebre and Brule on what looked like a 4×4.

    A quick zip through a few games suggest he was playing with Roy quite a bit.

  3. Scott says:

    The numbers that LT is referencing are the contextual numbers that Jonathan drew up for the quality of AHL competition. His boxcars weren’t anything special though.

  4. Coach pb9617 says:

    Given what we know about Wild’s treatment, I think it’s safe to say that we can write off the staff in Springfield altogether.

  5. Cloned says:

    Speaking of a player so far gone, Moreau’s post game comments are once again ridiculous:

    http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090128/edm_oilers2_090128/20090128/?hub=EdmontonHome

    From the article:

    Kevin Quinn has been doing the play-by-play for NHL games for nearly nine seasons and he told CTV News that the fans response to the loss Tuesday night was hard to miss.

    “Some of the fans’ frustration level had peaked,” he said.

    And head coach Craig MacTavish had no response for those fans Wednesday.

    “I don’t feel compelled to say anything,” he said.

    Captain Ethan Moreau offered no apology for the loss.

    “We sell out every night, so no complaints as long as we continue to do that,” he said.

    What the hell?

  6. Traktor says:

    If I ever seen Moreau in a bar I’d treat him like an abusive husband.

  7. Schitzo says:

    Moreau must have rocks in his head. Even if that was totally out of context, he has to realize how bad it must sound.

  8. Coach pb9617 says:

    Bring in Emery, maybe he’d fight Moreau.

  9. Coach pb9617 says:

    Please tell me that was in the context of “Ethan, do you have any complaints about the lack of fan support last night?”

    PLEASE tell me that was the question. PLEASE.

  10. PunjabiOil says:

    Souray was just on CBC news and was quoted along the lines of ”Fans pay good money to see us play and we didn’t show up.”

  11. DeBakey says:

    PLEASE tell me that was the question. PLEASE.

    Exactly
    If you don’t know what the question was,
    you can’t knock the answer.

    That was a pretty tightly edited piece

  12. Bill Needle says:

    “it’s safe to begin questioning the decision making process in Springfield this season.”

    It’s always safe to question the decision-making process for any team, anywhere and at any time.
    The time to question the decision-making process for the Oilers franchise began many, many years ago… a good start would be the days before Gretzky was traded to L.A., for instance.
    Every decision the team has made since then should be (and most of the time is) treated with the utmost skepticism.

  13. Lord Bob says:

    Apparently, Ethan Moreau can either use his brain or not tear ligaments in his knee. He’s at his best as a captain when he’s in a wheelchair.

  14. HBomb says:

    ”Fans pay good money to see us play and we didn’t show up.”

    Ladies and gentlemen, more evidence that Souray should be the captain of this team.

    Or Horcoff. Either way works. Just trade Moreau’s ass and send Staios along too, then let Roloson walk this summer. Purge the rotten leadership core.

  15. oilerdiehard says:

    I frequent a Falcons message baord. I can tell you the fans there have been questioning the coaching staff’s decision making process pretty much all year long.

  16. alphahelix says:

    LT! Safe to BEGIN questioning the logic in Springfield???

    From an outsiders perspective, JEFF TRUITT is either INSANE or completely inept. He has been making egregiously frustrating decisions since the beginning of the year.

    You have to think to yourself.. Why was this guy hired in the first place anyways? Was he really the most qualified candidate? I remember he was earmarked for the job WELL in advance and it never really made any sense to me. I could be dead wrong in my assessment because I’m NOT THERE, but his decisions are CONSTANTLY suspect..

  17. Lord Bob says:

    Well, I thought Truitt had to be good because he didn’t play even ten minutes for the Oilers in the eighties.

  18. Lowetide says:

    In the summer when there’s more time I’ll look at how the Habs and Oilers have done at developing AHL kids since the season they shared a team.

    Seems to me the Habs are doing something right and the Oilers are doing something cheap.

  19. oilerdago says:

    I might as well pile on here as well. A lot of the decision making in Springfield this year has put Truitt in the position to be second guessed.

    It would not surprise me though that given the open letter from the owner a couple of weeks ago that there is a big disagreement between how he wants things done and how KP (and Truitt) have wanted things done this season.

    Losing Hrabel is just one more head scratcher though.

    What strikes me though about Springfield (and the Oilers) this season is that people stick very stubbornly to some decisions and it's not always in the best interests of putting wins on the board – or in the development of the roster. You can go right down the line with both rosters (Chorney, Roy, Bisallion, Reddox, etc…).

    Not that I want Oilers management to make fast & stupid decisions like they do in Tampa (where it's run like a fantasy hockey team), but these guys are really asking for it.

  20. Jonathan Willis says:

    Honestly, as much as the treatment of Wild/Hrabal makes me wonder about the coaching staff in Springfield, those are secondary concerns. The real question is why Devan Dubnyk’s been run out there the way he has.

  21. doritogrande says:

    Truitt has made Kelly Buchberger look like a Jack Adams trophy (or AHL-equivalent) winner by comparison.

    It’s been maddening to follow the Falcons this year. The problems with goaltending and the D-lineups game after game have really thrown me for a loop. At this point, I’m surprised David Rolfhs hasn’t had a shot.

    I fear for what happens when Eberle’s season in Regina, Riley Nash’s season at Cornell and when VandeVelde’s season at UND are over. If they manage to get into a couple Springfield games, someone’s development path is going in the shitter.

  22. godot10 says:

    //Captain Ethan Moreau offered no apology for the loss.
    “We sell out every night, so no complaints as long as we continue to do that,” he said.//

    From seeing the clip, the answer was clearly to a question about the fans booing.

  23. godot10 says:

    //In the summer when there’s more time I’ll look at how the Habs and Oilers have done at developing AHL kids since the season they shared a team.//

    The Oilers let the Habs steal their coach…you know, Claude Julien, and then they let Claude Julien and Boston steal their coach last year…you know Geoff Ward. Lowe also had Howson stolen from him.

    Lowe has been stricken will Belichick syndrome.

    I haven’t studied Truitt’s background, but both he and Buchberger were late hires/assignment to Springfield last season after Ward was released to go to Boston.

  24. LV says:

    As a follow up to doritogrande’s comment about “what happens when the University kids enter the system?”

    I’m curious as to how many kids can be developed on an AHL team without the team, the players being developed and the NHL club suffering. We’ve clearly seen that there is a finite limit to kids at the NHL level, so what is the limit at the AHL level, and what do you do when you hit that cap? Another AHL team? ECHL? What are the viable options?

  25. godot10 says:

    Is this a bad resume? He probably had a good recommendation from Habchied.

    “In his three seasons as the Rockets’ head coach, Truitt compiled a 113-76-18-9 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record, winning one WHL championship and advancing to the Memorial Cup tournament in 2005. He served as an assistant coach with the Rockets under former Oiler Marc Habscheid from 2000-01 to 2003-04 before being named head coach in 2004-05. During seven seasons on the Rockets coaching staff, Truitt helped guide Kelowna to two Western Hockey League championships (2003, 2005), two WHL regular season titles (2003, 2004), three consecutive trips to the Memorial Cup tournament (2003, 2004, 2005) and one Memorial Cup championship (2004).”

  26. CM says:

    Time to clean house

  27. Dennis says:

    I haven’t seen the clip and everyone knows I’m not a fan of 18′s but off-hand those look to me like the guy’s saying that as long as the fans are supporting them, they can say what they want.

  28. Jonathan Willis says:

    Truitt had two good seasons, and one train wreck in Kelowna. He joined the Falcons after the train wreck season, and with only three seasons experience, I’d say his aptitude is still open for question. I was cautiously optimistic prior to this season.

    Let’s look at the main Oilers AHL prospects and their seasons-to-date:

    Peckham – good
    Brule – good
    Dubnyk – mixed
    Wild – mixed
    Lerg – mixed
    Trukhno – mixed
    Spurgeon – mixed
    Bisaillon – mixed
    Sestito – mixed
    Hrabal – bad
    Schremp – bad
    Chorney – miserable
    O’Marra – miserable

    Is that a fairly typical mix? I don’t know.

    I do know that the only guys I have been surprised by in a positive way are Peckham and Wild, and one of those two has spent time in the ECHL, and hasn’t had the expected offense. That’s probably not good.

  29. oilerdiehard says:

    Jonathan Willis said…

    Honestly, as much as the treatment of Wild/Hrabal makes me wonder about the coaching staff in Springfield, those are secondary concerns. The real question is why Devan Dubnyk’s been run out there the way he has.

    I have a guy who I PM quite often that is a Falcons season ticket holder. He is buddies with the Falcons VP of Business Operations Bob Oliver.

    I asked him a similar question but I asked it from the angle of does Truitt just have zero faith in Fisher? He said the answer he received was the coaching staff and Oil (and Dubnyk himself) believe that the more he plays the better he plays.

    If that is true then even though they will have a top AHL goaltender in Sabourin. He quite likely will play very little. Which probably will not make Falcons fans too happy.

  30. oilerdago says:

    oilerdiehard:

    It may well be that the more Dubynk plays the better he is, but for cryin out loud, they play 3 games in 3 nites, sometimes in different cities on weekends. Then you do that several weekends and a row and at some point, you have to catch a breath.

    A coach who had his finger on the pulse of the team would sense that.

    A coach who just throws the horses out with no understanding of how they tick does that without regard to how anyone’s doing.

    Maybe Truitt was good in Kelwona because he had enough talent to cover his mistakes, but that is not the case in Springfield.

  31. Steve says:

    I frequent a Falcons message baord. I can tell you the fans there have been questioning the coaching staff’s decision making process pretty much all year long.

    Show me a team where message boards don’t question the coaching. Maybe Detroit in the late 90s, I don’t know.

    (My point isn’t so much to defend Springfield’s coaching, about which I know marginally less than I know about Serbian monetary policy in the pre-WWI era, than to…well, to find an excuse to make a post, I suppose.)

  32. Jonathan Willis says:

    Oilerdiehard, Oilerdago:

    I’ve kind of been afraid that they wanted to run Dubnyk all the time to develop him.

    Now, I’m as clueless about goalies as anyone, but the three games in three nights thing stuck out to me too. There’s no excuse for running Dubnyk like that.

  33. J says:

    Anyone that blocks as many shots as the chopper should consider themselves lucky to be able to string a coherent one.

  34. Bank Shot says:

    Hard to say what’s going on with the coaching in Springfield. It certainly appears that Truit has been given the mandate to develop the kids at all costs, but most of the kids just don’t seem to be that good.

    I don’t know why the Oilers aquire plug sauce like Bekar as a veteran player for their affliate. I’d probably want at least one star forward/defenseman veteran, and/or an ex-NHLer to show the kids the way.

    Apparently Tim Sestito is that guy in the minds of Oilers management.

  35. Lowetide says:

    In that letter on the Falcons site from the owner (Landon? the old goalie?) he mentioned that AHL veterans cost money. I think the Oilers are cheap here.

  36. oilerdiehard says:

    Steve said…
    Show me a team where message boards don’t question the coaching. Maybe Detroit in the late 90s, I don’t know.

    (My point isn’t so much to defend Springfield’s coaching, about which I know marginally less than I know about Serbian monetary policy in the pre-WWI era, than to…well, to find an excuse to make a post, I suppose.)

    Possibly I should also mentioned I was on that Falcons board regularly the season before as well. Let’s just say the complaints about coaching decisions / systems etc… have increased 10 tenfold from one season to the next (ie – Buchberger at the helm vs. Truitt).

  37. oilerdago says:

    LT, your comment about the Oilers being cheap re: vets and Springfield got me thinking.

    Everyone assumes that because Katz has big bucks that he’ll write a check and make the probs go away.

    But so far there’s no evidence of that. Am sure he has set a budget for both Edmonton and Springfield and with the Canadian dollar and the economy I wonder that he may have drawn his line in the sand.

    Further, that could also be an indication of how he might deal with the overpaid vets on the roster – you’re going to live with your mistakes or trade them – but “big daddy’s” not going to bale you out.

    Player movement could be very interesting here over the next few months.

  38. Bruce says:

    I don’t follow the minor league squads as closely as some of you, but it has been apparent all year long that there’s a surfeit of blueliners in the system. If Hrabal goes to the SEL and actually plays, that has to beat being the #8 guy in Springfield. The Eliteserien is surely a step up on the ECHL.

  39. doritogrande says:

    In that letter on the Falcons site from the owner (Landon? the old goalie?) he mentioned that AHL veterans cost money. I think the Oilers are cheap here.

    Grumblegrumble mathieu roy grumblegrumble one-way contract grumble.

    There’s money down on the farm, just in completely the wrong asset.

  40. oilerdiehard says:

    LT – Landon also mentioned a little surprise and shock at how high AHL vet salaries went this past Summer. Is it just possible that the Oil greatly underestimated what those vets would cost when they asked for their budget?

    I do know from a radio interview on his old teams broadcast (Hartford) of a game against Springie. Jake Taylor mentioned he had a number of offers and chose the best (Oilers offer). It could be by the time they started upping (or received permission to increase them) their offers that a lot of the good guys (such as St.Pierre etc…) had already been snapped up?

  41. Rod says:

    Continuing the earlier thread about 18 and 44, here’s a quote from Souray and then one from Moreau re: booing from the fans vs. Buffalo (CTV news clips from their 11:30 broadcast):

    “There was nothing to cheer for last night, except maybe the 50/50 draw”

    “They were a small minority. Most of them were probably wearing Oiler jerseys, so they’ll be back”

    Souray nailed it. And in doing so indicated that expecting more is quite reasonable.

    Moreau? Um, yeah. So Ethan, how about you focus on the effort and giving fans good entertainment value for their money. Then maybe you can assume fans will be back. OK, this is Edmonton… I just don’t want to see a player so obviously taking support for granted like that. Especially the captain. Particularly after setting a new mark for the worst home loss in team history…shortly after tying the previous record. Nothing on the ice gave fans a reason to return. Nothing.

    Corson was ousted as captain. Short of a trade, looks like it’s time for history to repeat itself.

  42. Asiaoil says:

    Moreau’s got a lot of pluck for a guy who’s not that far from begging for job anywhere in the league in a couple of years. The guy is probably the worst captain in team history and I’ll be happy to see him gone. As for the Oiler’s mgmt – I’ve resigned myself to Wirtz-style mismanagement and mediocrity until the old boys are gone.

  43. digger says:

    The Oilers let the Habs steal their coach…you know, Claude Julien, and then they let Claude Julien and Boston steal their coach last year…you know Geoff Ward. Lowe also had Howson stolen from him.

    One way to characterise it is that these guys were ‘stolen’ from the Oilers, and it’s not wrong.

    Another way is that perhaps these guys got out of here as soon as it became apparent that the opportunities for career advancement within the Oilers org were pretty much zero unless you used to be one of the “boys”.

    Things might be different now with Katz as the owner, we’ll see how long Tambellini sticks around.

  44. Bruce says:

    The guy is probably the worst captain in team history

    Asia: That dishonour belongs to Shayne Corson and Shayne Corson alone. He may have been the worst captain in League history.

    I’ve been an Oiler fan since ’72 and the closest I ever felt to real shame in that association was 1995.

  45. HBomb says:

    I don’t think the statement “worst captain not named Corson” when related to Moreau is inaccurate.

    God willing, Tambellini sees the light, realises this team could spend 4.7 million better elswhere, sends Moreau and Staios on their way this summer, and in turn shakes up this team’s leadership core.

    Souray. Horcoff. Hemsky. Those are the guys I want as “leaders” of this team. Having Moreau and Staios on a pedestal is hero-worship of two depth players, something that other team’s fans laugh about when looking at the Oilers. I’m certain of it.

    The salary dumps are enough reason to move those two. The changing of the guard is an added benefit.

  46. kamus says:

    Moreau is getting shafted here by some creative editing. His complete answer to a question about the fans booing:
    “We sell out every night so no complaints, as long as we continue to do that, we know when we win they will be behind us”

  47. Scott says:

    So everyone thinks that Moreau is a terrible captain because he put a bad loss in the rear view mirror and said that the fans would be back? That’s pretty silly. First off, the fans will be back, so it’s not as though he’s blowing smoke here. Second, at least as far as the scoring chance count and shot count were concerned, the Oilers weren’t terrible in the first period. Even in reading this thread it seemed like the majority sense was that the first period could have turned out very differently. So why would we want them dwelling on the fact that they got some bad luck and bad goaltending? He’s having a bad season and is eating up more salary space than is warranted but that does not necessarily make him a bad captain or leader or person. Hanging on to these quotes with little context surrounding them to lament his leadership is ridiculous. Just like the faceoff thing. Everyone assumes Moreau is being a jerk for not letting Pouliot take the draw and then it turns out that they’re doing for Cogliano’s sake. Why do so many want to assume the worst?

  48. HBomb says:

    Scott: there’s been enough little things with Moreau this year to cause some degree of worry.

    For me, it’s simpler than his leadership abilities. It’s 2 million per year for two years beyond this better spent elsewhere. If they’re going to spend big money on one or two veterans for the bottom six, fine, but I’d rather that would be Pisani and a John Madden type centre.

  49. Jonathan Willis says:

    For me, it’s simpler than his leadership abilities. It’s 2 million per year for two years beyond this better spent elsewhere.

    Me too. I’m not going to criticize Moreau as the captain; MacTavish says funny stuff to the media all the time and I don’t question his character, so I don’t feel any differently here.

    My opinion is that Moreau is a) losing a step b) not worth 2-million and c) not in the long-term plans so you may as well trade him. It’s got nothing to do with character.

  50. Rod says:

    kamus said:
    Moreau is getting shafted here by some creative editing.
    —–
    Creative editing? Not in my case at least. Nice assumption on your part that the quote you saw/read was the same as the one I saw on CTV:
    “It was a small minority, and most were probably wearing Oiler jerseys, so they’ll be back.”

    As I said above, it’s likely true that Edmonton fans will be back…but there’s no way the perspective of taking fan support for granted is acceptable. Especially the captain. Souray nailed it, while Moreau showed he’s been an Oiler too long.

  51. quain says:

    So, wait, Moreau drove Hrabal out of North America?

    How does any of this relate to Shawn Horcoff not being a first line center, get with the program, people.

  52. quain says:

    Potulny recalled. That can’t be a good sign.

  53. kamus says:

    Rod:Where did I mention anything about you, check your ego. I also didn’t assume anything,CTV chopped Moreau’s quote to make it sound worse.

  54. Doogie2K says:

    As I said above, it’s likely true that Edmonton fans will be back…but there’s no way the perspective of taking fan support for granted is acceptable. Especially the captain. Souray nailed it, while Moreau showed he’s been an Oiler too long.

    Alright, but to play Devil’s Advocate, how do you know that one wasn’t edited, too? I’m not suggesting that there’s some grand conspiracy against Ethan Moreau, I just think that having one quote put in its proper context should give one pause when regarding another, similar quote. For all we know, it could’ve ended something like, “…and when they are, they should see a much better product on the ice, because that’s what our fans deserve.” See also the quote pulled by Wanye over on ON:

    “If you can imagine how a fan feels or a coach or management feels, it’s always worse for the player,” said captain Ethan Moreau, after a nearly two-hour skate. “We’re out there responsible for the loss. As bad as people feel, as frustrated as people are, you can’t match the way we feel. It’s our livelihood, it’s what we live with every day. A lot of our mood is determined by how we play on the ice and when you lose like that, it’s tough. It’s not fun walking around the city, trust me.”

    Very different. I’m actually inclined to give Moreau the benefit of the doubt, here.

  55. Doogie2K says:

    Corroborating link.

  56. oilerdago says:

    quain: thought the same thing when I saw Potulny being recalled.

    Anyone know if he has to clear waivers to get through?

  57. Schitzo says:

    Anyone know if he has to clear waivers to get through?

    Nope, he can be recalled any time, no problem.

    The concern is that he can only spend a couple of weeks on the roster before he has to clear waivers on the way down. If Gagner is dinged up for more than a few weeks, he might be here for the whole season.

  58. Scott says:

    Potulny doesn’t need to clear waivers. I’m just hoping this doesn’t mean we will see Gagner on IR with surgery. That would be a pretty devastating blow. If it’s Reddox back to Springfield though, then this is great news.

    For all that are arguing that Moreau is a bad hockey player this year, I definitely think the numbers bear that out. I just think that people are projecting that onto him as a person and as a captain. There’s plenty of good evidence to suggest he’s a bad hockey player. I haven’t seen any good evidence to suggest he’s a bad captain (insofar as that can be separated from hockey playing skills).

  59. Dennis says:

    We were only carrying 22 players on the roster before the Poultny recall, no?

    12 forwards from last game; plus 33-89; plus 6 D and then two goalies.

    So, while I normally don’t mind assuming the worst:D maybe this move is just a precursor to 33 or 85 being farmed or we’re just gonna roll with a 15-6-2 format: F-D-G.

    In any case, all the numbers like 21 and I’m glad he’s getting another shot. The kid knows the benefit of moving the play through and towards and from the slot and he also showed some good early flashes of being able to get the puck out of his own end when it came up his side. I’d imagine the guy would have been in the NHL long ago if his skating was better.

  60. Schitzo says:

    Dennis – We were also carrying Sabourin as he hadn’t been officially assigned to Springfield. I think that just occurred today.

  61. Jfry says:

    re: concern over gagne’s injury.

    to be a glass is half full guy…maybe longterm (assuming this heals properly and doesn’t affect his career) this is the best thing for signing him in the future.

    i was a big fan of HSing him and even playing a little ping pong with cogliano up and down to the AHL, just as methods to interfere with their stat development. if we could sign gagne and cogs in the 3 million range as opposed to the 4-5 million range everyone is saying…that’s good news for the oil.

    anyhow…hopefully he heals up and becomes effective in the push to the ploffs, but long term, some stunting of his meteoric rise would be okay for our wallet.

  62. Traktor says:

    “How does any of this relate to Shawn Horcoff not being a first line center, get with the program, people.”

    What is your point with this shit? I have some respect for the readers so I’m not going to take the bait today but why do you continually summon jerk responses?

    Maybe you should come up with something insightful to add to the conversation rather than your stupid fucking taunts that do nothing but dilute this site.

  63. Lord Bob says:

    Proposed Edmonton Sun headline: HRABEL WITHOUT A CAUSE

  64. Master Lok says:

    For Rod and AsiaOil, Moreau’s quote was taken out of context. Jason Gregor talked to Moreau on air regarding his comments

    http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=600806

    Originally Posted by Jason Gregor at Oilers Nation

    To clarify, this is a case of garbage reporting in my opinion. I was doing an interview with Horcoff, while the Moreau scrum was next to us…he basically said he had no complaints about the fans booing or chanting we want ten, because they show up every game…and have the right to complain… Moreau’s scrum lasted about ten minutes, and the only quote the guy uses is that one…I’m sorry, this is a time where I hate being lumped in a group as MEDIA…Just like the Oilers have players that suck more than others, there are media types who suck and are unprofessional.

    It looks like I will have Moreau on my show this afternoon to talk about that and some other stuff

  65. Doogie2K says:

    Based on what we’ve seen to date, Potulny’s the best choice, isn’t he?

    I think that’s less of an “oh God not Potulny” and more of an “oh God not Gagner.”

  66. Bruce says:

    Doogie: Understood. But they been talking 10-14 days since the beginning; might as well fill the spot with another viable alternative.

  67. quain says:

    Maybe you should come up with something insightful to add to the conversation rather than your stupid fucking taunts that do nothing but dilute this site.

    I’m sorry, I figure you do it for six months that I could do it too. Are you upset that I’m stealing your schtick? Can you lay down a code of conduct so I don’t make you mad going forward? Let me know, champ.

    Based on what we’ve seen to date, Potulny’s the best choice, isn’t he?

    Absolutely, I loved what I saw from Potulny when he was up here, but I was unaware we had a free roster spot so I figured it meant a trade or someone was going on LTIR.

  68. Traktor says:

    quain:

    I could debate about Horcoff every day – but the readers here are sick of it so you should apologize to them not me.

  69. Rod says:

    @Master Lok
    Thanks for highlighting the other side of that story (from Gregor).

    Still, I thought it was more than a single quote:
    - one about the booing being OK because the building is always sold out
    - and another about most of the booing fans being in Oiler jerseys, so they’ll be back…

    Gregor’s explanation could possibly be of the quid pro quo variety. OK…while the team basically has the media in their back pocket, I’d have to be quite a conspiracy theorist to subscribe to that one. Much easier to believe that a one-liner (or two separate ones) could be taken out of context. I can easily give Moreau the benefit of the doubt. Instead, as others have suggested, I’ll focus on his on-ice “contributions” (or lack thereof).

    Anyway, I do appreciate the pointer to the Gregor’s take. Thanks Master Lok.

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