Blues at Oilers, G69/08-09

This is Frank St. Marseille. I believe that’s Wayne Merrick (#20) checking him and #16 was probably Pierre Plante. I don’t have a number but I think it’s Steve Durbano (although I’m not sure he wore an “A”) in background which would make this 1973 or 1974. This photo should be of Frank in a Blues uniform, but all I could find were staged shots and this one is so wonderful (the Kings uniform, Frank’s helmet, etc).

Before the 1967 expansion draft, St. Marseille was probably the best player in the IHL. That league would have been behind the AHL, WHL (the old pro league) and the CPHL among minor leagues at that time. I’ve read several references from the era that considered the IHL and EHL semi-pro leagues although the actual quality is unknown.

This is how St. Marseille got to the show. The Douglas Hunter book Scotty Bowman: A Life In Hockey (pages 106 and 107): “Two years earlier (1965), Lynn Patrick (the Blues GM at expansion) had been managing the Los Angeles Blades of the WHL (pro) league when he received a letter from St. Marseille’s brother, a singer in town. The letter extolled the skills of Frank, who was playing for Port Huron of the IHL. Frank’s brother urged Patrick to give him a tryout; Frank would pay his own expenses to Los Angeles and stay with his brother.

Patrick never bothered replying, but then started noticing Frank’s name in the lists of the top IHL scorers (note: probably the Hockey News, who gave weekly coverage of the IHL and EHL). When Patrick was hired to put the Blues together, he decided he should have a look at this playmaking right winger. (Scotty) Bowman scouted him and pronounced him the Gordie Howe of the IHL. When Patrick and Bowman saw him play in the IHL All-Star game, they were disappointed in his performance but decided he still merited attention. Patrick and Bowman took Sid Salomon III on his first scouting trip to see St. Marseille play in Toledo. No NHL team had his rights: he was 28 years old. After the game they got St. Marseille’s signature on an “A” form, which committed both parties to nothing more than St. Marseille coming to the Blues first training camp.

“I thought he was the best player at our training camp,” Patrick would recall. “Scotty and I talked it over and decided that he can’t be as good as he seems to be and we decided to send him to our training camp in Kansas City and see what happens.”

Note: They called him up November 23, 1967 and he played in the show for a decade.

I love hockey stories like that one. Baseball has thousands of stories about pitchers so addled they chased fire engines during their off days, but hockey has never been able to get the attention of enough people to grow the legend of a lounge singer in Los Angeles who wrote a letter and made his brother a star. They can make a movie about a Shark who searches out a specific family across oceans, but they can’t make this one? They could call it “A Saint in the City of Angels.”

Just saying. :-)

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I don’t know what to say about tonight’s game. The Blues are coming on strong and the Oilers are still figuring out their depth chart. The Oilers could outplay St. Louis at EVs and still lose because of special teams.

Still, there’s Gagner coming on a little and Ales Hemsky’s last few games are like watching Tim Raines after hitting two line drive outs and being 0-for-12 about 1986. You know it’s coming, it’s just a matter of when.

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  1. Steve says:

    Honestly though, given the deadline additions, who do you think will be the SO lineup (if it gets that far)

  2. HBomb says:

    This Moreau thing is just amazing. LT is right, I’v never seen anything like Moreau in my life. Barnes had a crazy column a few weeks back trying to justify differential treatment for guys like MOreau and Brodziak on the basis that MacT needs to keep the vets on boards…at what point do the young guys just say “This is fucking ridiculous.”

    Maybe they’ve already said it? Something about a “rift”….

  3. reijo29 says:

    Remember when Cogs scored game winner in OT in 4 straight games. Remember.

    That was cool.

  4. HBomb says:

    What the fuck is Moreau doing out there for a last minute offensive zone faceoff? SERIOUSLY????

  5. Bruce says:

    Holy shit, what a stop.

  6. bookie says:

    If Penner were about 100lbs fatter that rebound would have gone right in off of him.

  7. Steve says:

    12.3 seconds = 2 goals by Strudwick

  8. reijo29 says:

    Shootout Order -
    Gags
    Kotalik
    Hemmer
    O’Sullivan
    Nilsson

  9. Ribs says:

    The Oilers will lose every game from now until forever….Book it.

  10. HBomb says:

    Oh, this O’Sullivan kid, DAMN strong on the puck for a small guy. Loving this player acquisition, despite the fact we gave up a guy I like (and think was something this team is short on) – given Cole’s UFA to be status, they could not not make that trade.

  11. mc79hockey says:

    I think the play is to let SOuray shoot.

  12. mc79hockey says:

    Here comes the OTL. Book it!

  13. quain says:

    Shootout Order

    Let’s not tempt fate, please? If it’s a four-in-a-row OTL outside the shootout, I might harm a drifter.

  14. Steve says:

    The Oilers will lose every game from now until forever….Book it.

    The girlfriend and I broke up the night of the Toronto win, and I admit I’m getting a little superstitious here. If I decide we need to get back together, can I count on the Oilogosphere’s support?

  15. Steve says:

    This is a win. This is a Penner flips off MacTavish win. I feel it.

  16. Bruce says:

    Well it’s been stalemated at 1-all for 38 minutes, but the next 5 ought to be exciting. Thanks again, Gary.

  17. mc79hockey says:

    That’s Roloson’s gig.

  18. Steve says:

    I call sully (can I call him that yet??) in OT

  19. bookie says:

    Shootout Order -
    Gags
    Kotalik
    Hemmer
    O’Sullivan
    Nilsson

    This is another thing that bugs me about this team. I know that Gags put a few pucks in early in his career, but since he has been about 25%. Nilsson, on the other hand has done much better. Why Gags?

    Lets see what MacT does if we get that far.

  20. mc79hockey says:

    Do the Irish use bagpipes? It just sounds like there’s been a ton of pipes at the Rex tonight. Is this “We Will Rock You” on the bagpipes? Good lord.

  21. Ribs says:

    I sure hope I don’t see any 4 on 4 Strudwick this game. I mean, it’s fun to scream at the TV every time, but you know, it gets irritating.

  22. Lowetide says:

    MacT: Okay, boys. Play for the shootout. Turn it over at their blueline, and don’t look for the flea-flicker.

  23. Icecastles says:

    Steve – we’re behind you all the way.

    I don’t know if I’m hoping they go to a shootout or win in the first 5….

  24. reijo29 says:

    bookie – Gags has scored 2 of last 3 plus the sick breakaway goal in Ottawa.

  25. mc79hockey says:

    H – I’ve heard similar things. I don’t know that I read too much into it. This isn’t like the 05-06 team where everyone was tight in age. They’ve got a group of guys with wives and kids and a group of kids. They aren’t going to be as tight and there will probably be some tension between the two. Winning heals a lot of things.

  26. HBomb says:

    Jesus, it’s OT and they’re playing it as if they’re killing a penalty.

    Stupid or what?

  27. Icecastles says:

    I should say, I don’t know whether I want them to try to win in the first 5, or play cautious to get to a shootout.

  28. Steve says:

    SO lineup:
    sully (i’m calling him that)
    pisani
    horcoff

  29. Lowetide says:

    So, like, when do we get the puck?

  30. bookie says:

    bookie – Gags has scored 2 of last 3 plus the sick breakaway goal in Ottawa.

    Ok, but he has been a bit of a favoured son in that role.

  31. oilerdago says:

    Roli w/another huge save.

  32. reijo29 says:

    Backes, Seriously, Edmonton, Backes

  33. mc79hockey says:

    Wow, I’ve been impressed with Grebs/Gilbert tonight but that was hideous.

  34. Steve says:

    “nifty” pass by O’Sullivan (sully)

  35. bookie says:

    Wow, are the Oil ever playing for Shootout, they dont even aim at the Blues net when they have the puck.

  36. mc79hockey says:

    No matter how this turns out, the Oilers have played a pretty solid game tonight. LT was saying the same thing after one of the other OTL. Brownlee kind of set me off today and I was looking at some of the comments from the coaches during last year’s run. They weren’t all gems either.

  37. Icecastles says:

    I don’t think Roli got the memo about loosing in OT… if the Oil wins this, it will be thanks to him (and whoever scores, I suppose…)

  38. bookie says:

    Just send Penner out there to eat the puck!

  39. mc79hockey says:

    I’ve been pretty impressed with O’Sullivan so far. I think that he might be a player. Seems willing to go into the corner and wins his sahre of the battles there.

  40. HBomb says:

    In a perfect world, this team would have acquired a d-man so Staios didn’t have to see the ice in OT.

  41. PunjabiOil says:

    Just send Penner out there to eat the puck!

    And subsequently vomit it into the oppositions goal

  42. bookie says:

    Does MacT put 18 out?

  43. mc79hockey says:

    You write that before or after he took a bullet H?

  44. Steve says:

    *Strudwick* ah-hem. Excuse me

  45. Lowetide says:

    Shootout:

    1. Moreau
    2. Staios
    3. Strudwick

    Lowe & Tambellini are close.

  46. mc79hockey says:

    Gagner
    Kotalik
    Hemsky

  47. reijo29 says:

    Jeeze Andy MacDonald looks good 4 on 4.
    Pretty good trade by Blues getting him for Dougie Weight last year. Gotta love the cap.

    Come on Kotalik. Earn us a frickin point tonight.

  48. mc79hockey says:

    Do other teams Presidents of Hockey Operations watch the game from a private box? I always thought that that was more of a GM thing.

  49. Scott says:

    They made it! They made it! Now they just need to win.

  50. mc79hockey says:

    They pretty much have to use Kotalik to try and salvage something from that trade.

  51. bookie says:

    Shootout:

    1. Moreau
    2. Staios
    3. Strudwick

    Lowe & Tambellini are close.

    It might take that, but I agree, its probably time for Moreau to hang them up and to become the new coach for this team under senior coaching adviser MacT.

  52. Steve says:

    I call 3-0 Oilers. Unprecedented shootout where the winning team takes all 3 shots.

  53. Lowetide says:

    Bob Mason sure looks good. He went to college 25 years ago iirc.

  54. mc79hockey says:

    It might take that, but I agree, its probably time for Moreau to hang them up and to become the new coach for this team under senior coaching adviser MacT.

    President of Coaching Operations.

  55. Steve says:

    Is this “multiple Steves in the comments section” thing confusing anybody else? I’m having trouble keeping us straight.

  56. reijo29 says:

    Not sure about this line-up. Tambo making the call.

  57. bookie says:

    President of Coaching Operations.

    Now, that was funny!

  58. Steve says:

    Is there another Steve?? I’m the one in Yellowknife.

  59. Bruce says:

    MC: The Irish play the “uilleann pipes” which is bellows-driven rather than mouth-driven. It is a much sweeter and quieter sound that the harsher Scottish bagpipes, which are designed to be heard at a distance of at least 500 yards or better yet, not at all.

    Ther uilleann pipes (pron. ILL-an in my limited experience) are really quite beautiful, especially in comparison. I don’t think they’ve been featured on any of the tunes at Rexall tonight.

  60. Icecastles says:

    I wonder what happened with the ice this year in Edmonton… it used to be famous for its quality.

    Does MacT coach the zamboni driver?

  61. reijo29 says:

    Does anyone keep track of battles for the puck?
    I think O'Sullivan one more tonight then Penner did all year & I like Penner on 1st line.

    Patrick O'Smyth???

  62. HBomb says:

    You write that before or after he took a bullet H?

    Before. Cory Cross moment. Every time I was trashing that guy hard, he’d do that bit where he scored right off a faceoff. It was getting creepy after awhile.

  63. Lowetide says:

    I prefer the accordion.

  64. Steve says:

    I once yelled “YOU’RE OVER-RATED NIEDERMAYER” from row 4 the moment before he scored against the Oilers.

  65. bookie says:

    This O’sullivan character sucks

  66. mc79hockey says:

    @Rexi: I was thinking the same thing.

  67. reijo29 says:

    Weak move Patty

  68. Steve says:

    ok Kotalik, time to make me like you.

  69. Lowetide says:

    Kotalik will score. book it.

  70. mc79hockey says:

    Well, that trade was worth it.

  71. HBomb says:

    Jesus. Sweet move Kotalik.

  72. bookie says:

    Coach figures Penner could have done it nicer than Kotalik

  73. oilerdago says:

    Kotalik!?!?

  74. Dennis says:

    http://www.mc79hockey.com/?p=3102

    Here’s the way I saw it.

    Yes, I had time to do it while they were arguing over the ice:)

  75. HBomb says:

    Ok Gagner, your last name in French translates to “win” (more or less). You know what to do.

  76. Lowetide says:

    Sam Gagner will score. book it.

  77. bookie says:

    Gags had all of the time in the world if he had just raised the puck

  78. mc79hockey says:

    Gagner Whiffs.

  79. Steve says:

    Does Gagner know how to “raise” the puck?

  80. Lowetide says:

    Roloson will stop Backes. book it.

  81. reijo29 says:

    Is that Kotalik goal worth a 2nd rounder? If we had made it to shoot out the last 3 OT losses and Kotalik had scored in 2 of them I would say great trade.

    Great move by Gagner. Raise the puck.

    Rollie, Rollie

  82. oilerdago says:

    Roli deserved this one tonite.

  83. bookie says:

    I think that makes Kotalik the Hero.

    Right?

  84. Bruce says:

    Who called Kotalik in the SO?

    Who called Roli in the SO? Wow.

  85. gary b says:

    exhales.

  86. danny says:

    If we didnt lose so many in OT, Kotalik could cover the bet on his 2nd rounder by shootout points.

  87. bookie says:

    Is that Kotalik goal worth a 2nd rounder?

    No, and neither has his play since he has been here, but the guy is a decent player (not a top player) and if his game returns it will be more than worth it.

  88. Lowetide says:

    If Martine Gaillard asked you to run away with her, would you?

  89. Scott says:

    This definitely vindicates playing like we’re on the PK throughout all OT periods.

    It’s a WIN!

  90. Icecastles says:

    Yeeeargh!! Kotalik – season MVP.

    Beauty game by Roli… Oh, it’s about time.

    One thing I don’t get – you see so many guys go in on the SO like O’Sullivan did – dancing the puck on their stick to try to force the goalie to commit early. Stickhandling that fast, there is no way the goalie will ever confuse it for a shot and bite.

    I’m an absolutely horrid goalie (my team has made the playoffs this year in spite of me, I swear) but I have never, ever been sucked in by that move. I just can’t get why guys think it will work in the NHL.

  91. reijo29 says:

    LT – Martine looked pregnant in the last shot. No?

  92. HBomb says:

    Clap clap.

    Beer me.

  93. reijo29 says:

    Oil playing Call on Me in background during Kotalik interview & I hear clapping.

    HBomb – That's a link you should post. Great Video.

  94. Lowetide says:

    Well that would certainly change things. I’d be 70 by the time the kid moved out.

  95. Bruce says:

    Oh yeah… who called the 9th place Oilers to win tonight?

    I told you this morning, it’s in the bag. Never in doubt.

  96. Ribs says:

    LT, Your Book It skills are strong.

    …But 6th in Conference Strong?

  97. Icecastles says:

    Sam Gagner will score. book it.

    LT – We need you you call ‘book it’ on the Oilers missing the playoffs this year. It’s their last best hope to get in. ;)

  98. HBomb says:

    reijo29 – only after wins. That video is the Oilogosphere answer to the Rick-roll….

  99. Lowetide says:

    Icecastles: Book it.

  100. reijo29 says:

    HBomb – Call on Me or Private Eyes? I heard the former during Gene & Ales2's interview.

  101. reijo29 says:

    I’m so confused. Is “Call on Me” Ales Kotalik’s Theme Song?
    Now that I have been directed to that ink I’m unsure.

  102. HBomb says:

    reijo29 – the Private Eyes video.

    Ever since the Moreau “clap clap” interview after the win on Anderson retirement night, it’s the unofficial victory anthem.

    Although, that Call on Me/Kotalik thing is hilarious too.

    Little mentioned fact from the Devils/Hawks game tonight – Patrik Elias passes John MacLean as the all time leading Devils scorer. What a player, what a player – borderline Hall of Fame candidate?

  103. Ribs says:

    Icey – I swear every time I’ve seen or heard of him since he’s been here that damn songs pops into my head. Every damn time.

  104. HBomb says:

    Oh, and I’m glad to see Brodeur pass that arrogant prick Patrick Roy.

    I don’t care how good Luongo is, Brodeur is my starter if I’m the guy running the bench for the Olympic team.

  105. HBomb says:

    PJO: Funny picture, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with a pink golf shirt. NOTHING.

  106. bookie says:

    Goodnight all, see you here on Thursday for our Oilers Fan Group Therapy Session!

  107. HBomb says:

    Ok, next four are against Colorado, Chicago, Minnesota and the Wings.

    The Avs and Wild games are must-haves. The Minny game needs to be a regulation win. And even a point out of Chicago or Detroit is a bonus.

  108. Bruce says:

    Patrik Elias passes John MacLean as the all time leading Devils scorer. What a player, what a player – borderline Hall of Fame candidate?

    What a player. He'll certainly get some HHoF consideration, esp. depending on how he finishes his career. Still only 32, has >700 points and two Stanley Cup rings so far. A complete player.

    Beauty pass he made to set the club record, a shortie that stood up as the game winner on Brodeur's big night. I wonder how many of those 552 wins Elias has been involved in the game winner? Couple hundred I'm guessing.

    I don’t care how good Luongo is, Brodeur is my starter if I’m the guy running the bench for the Olympic team.

    Agreed. He’s ultra-reliable and a great organizer of the defence. Luongo is a great stopper but he seems a little flakier back there. Plus Brodeur has won Gold Medal games, Stanley Cup Finals, that sort of thing, whereas Luongo plays for Vancouver.

  109. Icecastles says:

    HBomb – Agreed on Brodeur.

    I have a feeling Luongo will be breaking records of his own one day…

  110. Bruce says:

    Btw, no Hemsky on the shootout. Maybe he was just happy to be there after giving the puck away 5 seconds into OT.

  111. Dennis says:

    Wow, that was a nice jab, Bruce!

    Nice to see the Oil win – and they once again out-chanced the opp at evens – but when you see penalties like the ones taken by first 44 and then 18, make no friggin’ wonder there’s a disconnect between the kids and the vets.

  112. HBomb says:

    Bruce: Elias is in the Gagne/Frolov family of LW’s that I think would look great with Hemsky and Horcoff. Although Jersey would be bat-shit crazy to trade that guy off. Signed for four years beyond this one at a very nice 6 million dollar cap-hit.

    Between that and having Zach Parise at the bargain-rate of 3.125 years beyond this one, Colin White at 3 million per season, Jamie Langenbrunner for 2 more seasons at 2.8 million, and Brodeur at a criminally cheap 5.2 million cap hit, the Devils aren’t quite in Detroit territory in terms of cap management (see the contracts to Rolston and Zubrus as potential boat-anchors, whereas you won’t find such a bizzaro commitment on Ken Holland’s resume), but they’re not far off.

    Love some of their players (especially Elias and Brodeur), but between Langenbrunner and that ass Lamoriello, I can’t bring myself to cheer for them.

    If Osgood gets hot in Detroit, a Wings/Devils final would be quite the collision between the two primary NHL powers since the 1994 lockout.

  113. mc79hockey says:

    PJO: Funny picture, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with a pink golf shirt. NOTHING.

    Sure. Douchebags wear ‘em all the time.

  114. Icecastles says:

    HBomb – not exactly a clash of the titan goalies though. Detroit would be veeeeeeeery thankful there is no shootout in the playoffs.

  115. HBomb says:

    mc79: Yeah, so do guys with mothers who are breast cancer survivors.

    It’s only a bonus that I look good in it.

  116. Icecastles says:

    Pink looks great on a guy *if* he can wear it with confidence… and chicks love it. It tells them you are sexually confident and you don’t subscribe to a fake macho bravado about yourself.

  117. Bruce says:

    HBomb: Was that really you in that pic? I don’t think you look that good.

    I’m a bigger Jersey fan than most, or should I say, I have more respect for Jersey than most. I too am a huge fan of Elias (have had him in my keeper league pool for all but 5 of his 702 career points) and of Brodeur. Zack Parise is a freaking dynamo, and his line with Zajac and Langenbrunner is terrific.

    As a batshit-crazy goalie with a fondness for hockey history, I’ve taken the opportunity to watch the last two Devils games (on RDS Saturday and NHL Network tonight) and to my eye they are very serious contenders. Having a fresh Brodeur going into the post-season won’t hurt them, nor will the confidence they gained by winning in his extended absence.

  118. Ribs says:

    Plus, chicks love douchebags (Cancer survivor shirts excluded).

  119. HBomb says:

    HBomb: Was that really you in that pic? I don’t think you look that good.

    Not in the douchebag picture no – me, I was the guy double-fisting rum and cokes in the profile pic on my Facebook account. Besides, other than the pink shirt, that photo PJO posted, I hate EVERY SINGLE OTHER THING that was pointed out on that photo. Especially the fake man-tan.

    As for the Devils, I hate to say it, but they’re the favorites in the east. I think all of Washington, Philadelphia and Boston will make a case, but none of those teams has Brodeur in net. He’s a gigantic edge over the rest of that conference in goal, in terms of proven post-season ability.

    And Parise makes me sad we drafted Pouliot, even though I like Pouliot a lot as a player (more than most, at least). Still, given the choice, there’s a few guys taken after him in 2003 that I’d take instead of Parise if given a straight up choice.

    One is Getzlaf, obviously. I’d also probably take Mike Richards over him. I could also say Shea Weber, but he was taken like 50th overall, so that’s a bit of a reach to suggest he would have even entered into the discussion at 17.

  120. speeds says:

    HB: I don’t care how good Luongo is, Brodeur is my starter if I’m the guy running the bench for the Olympic team.

    If you don’t care how good the players are, can I be the 13th forward? I wouldn’t mind a chance at a gold medal.

  121. slipper says:

    Pink looks great on a guy *if* he can wear it with confidence…

    Like taking it in the pooper with a grin on your face… that kind of confidence?

  122. Bruce says:

    One is Getzlaf, obviously. I’d also probably take Mike Richards over him.

    “Obviously”?!

    Parise 40-44-84, +30, 301 shots
    Getzlaf 21-51-72, +1, 199 shots
    Richards 27-44-71, +23, 200 shots

    They’re all terrific, but Parise doesn’t have to take a back seat.

    I also really like Kesler (21-29-50, +11, 154 shots) from that same cluster of later first round gems in ’03.

  123. Icecastles says:

    Stick to the hockey, Slipper. That’s crude, small minded, and I don’t think it’s all that long ago that LT needed to shut this board when things got a bit carried away.

  124. HBomb says:

    Bruce: Obviously, based on my status as an unabashed status as a Getzlaf fan.

    On Kesler – I remember reading back at the time that people didn’t want the Oilers choosing him because he was the safe, dull pic.

    Well, they could certainly use that sort of player right now as the 3C, eh? Funny how it works sometimes….

  125. HBomb says:

    Icecastles: I know that comment was directed at the pink-shirt crowd in general. Personally, I don’t take offense to that kind of trash talk. But your mileage may vary.

    To me, I see who’s posting it (slipper) and just say to myself, meh, he’s probably said worse. All good.

  126. slipper says:

    Is pink the new black over in the ‘Peg, or something?

  127. Icecastles says:

    I know what you’re saying HBomb and at first I was inclined to agree, but that kind of talk crosses a line I think.

    You have to know your audience and a good rule of thumb is that if you don’t, then err on the side of respect. I’m out of here until the next thread.

  128. HBomb says:

    Fair enough Icecastles. Count me as the type of guy who:

    a) Can take it as good as he dishes it out.

    b) Is NOT offended easily, and rather enjoys humor bordering on the tasteless (hence the religious watching of Family Guy, Robot Chicken and the like).

  129. Bruce says:

    Then there’s this:

    Parise: +0.06 QC, 3.17 EVP/60
    Getzlaf: 0.00 QC, 2.26 EVP/60
    Richards +0.06 QC, 2.13 EVP/60

  130. Bruce says:

    Kesler: As safe and dull as construction dynamite. Man, could we ever use a player like that. Not to mention Parise, Getzlaf and/or Richards.

    My wife thinks I look good in pink. Which is particularly impressive when you consider how I look in other colours. Works for me … which reminds me, it’s bed time. :)

  131. HBomb says:

    Ok, I don’t agree with all the points made, but this could be the funniest video in the history of YouTube

  132. bookie says:

    Ok, a few humerous comments by MacT following the game

    “The stats seldom lie,” said MacTavish

    MacTavish was asked to comment on the Zamboni driver in the post-game media conference.

    “The former Zamboni driver,” quipped the coach.

  133. pboy says:

    Hitler/MacT was pretty funny. Hitler (Anthony Hopkins) reacting to anything is good but the best one of all, is Hitler/Dallas Cowboys.

  134. quain says:

    Trusting women to give you accurate representation of how you look in a certain colour is probably ill-advised. In my experience, women care about what you wear only so a) they’re not embarrassed when you show up in sweat pants and a Curtis Joseph jersey and b) you match their outfit.

    You know why chicks dig pink? Because you accentuate their handbag.

  135. Coach pb9617 says:

    The key is to get him off the ice before he does it again. Man, I do not recall a veteran having so many penalties in one season that weren’t even close to necessary.

    This Moreau thing is just amazing. LT is right, I’v never seen anything like Moreau in my life. Barnes had a crazy column a few weeks back trying to justify differential treatment for guys like MOreau and Brodziak on the basis that MacT needs to keep the vets on boards…at what point do the young guys just say “This is fucking ridiculous.”

    What the fuck is Moreau doing out there for a last minute offensive zone faceoff? SERIOUSLY????

    Today’s fun maths:

    League-wide, there are 135 forwards on playoff contending teams that are playing 12 mins+ of ES a night. Ethan Moreau is 132nd in Corsi. Ethan Moreau is second in penalties taken. Ethan Moreau is 134th is taken/drawn differential. Ethan Moreau is 113th in GF/60. Ethan Moreau is 111th in Pts/60.

    Ethan Moreau is last on the team [ALL POSITIONS] in scoring chance differential.

    Conclusion: Ethan Moreau is the worst forward on any of the 21 teams in the playoff race.

    Best of luck to Craig MacTavish in this playoff race.

  136. DBO says:

    coach: well mact said stats don’t lie so I guess that means Moreau will be benched. I like what he brings, but at this point in his career, he shouldn’t see the ice in the last 10 minutes unless it’s to kill a penalty. i know MacT loves his vets, but eventually you have to hope he sees the light. Caught the third period, and my buddy asked if Moreau was on steroids? he’s a monster in the gym, and takes these bonehead over aggressive penalties at the worst times kind of like he can’t help it. he gets caught up in the emotion and goes off. Not saying he is, just an interesting observation.

  137. Coach pb9617 says:

    coach: well mact said stats don’t lie so I guess that means Moreau will be benched. I like what he brings,

    What does he bring? I’m not being facetious either. He doesn’t bring enough to justify 2 mil per. Does he even bring enough to justify 8 mins of ES per on the fourth line? And not a fourth line where the coach feeds them second line minutes like the “fourth line” of 18-51-27

  138. DBO says:

    coach; He’ll never be worth $2 mill. But what he brings is intensity, physical play and he sticks up for his team. i like him as a fourth liner, and he can be effective in limited minutes and the PK. unfortunately he is over used, and like Strudwick or Staios, when they get too much time there is always some big mistake that can hurt the team. i fear that mact will move Moreau up next game to play on the third. I’d like to see Penner on the third line, especially since he’s really good on faceoffs and that takes care of Cogliano’s worst trait.
    penner – cogliano – pisani
    moreau – brodziak – stortini

    those are two bottom lines I hope to see the next few games. Give Storts some run, and let the 4th line be a banging and crashing line (like they had the last 20 games with glencross). Brodziak and Moreau will get their ice on the PK. And we have 2 tough minute lines in the 1st and 3rd lines.

  139. Dennis says:

    I think Hitler’s wrong – 89 actually looked like a decent PKer in a short sample;) – but when Adolf hung his head and said he would kill himself if he say the young fella killing another penalty, I honestly guffawed.

  140. LittleFury says:

    Hitler/MacT was pretty funny. Hitler (Anthony Hopkins) reacting to anything is good but the best one of all, is Hitler/Dallas Cowboys.

    That actor is Bruno Ganz from the excellent German WW2 flick “Downfall.”

    See how Der Fuher feels about becoming an internet meme here.

  141. pboy says:

    I’ve seen that clip dozens of times and I would bet a considerable amount of money that it was Anthony Hopkins as Hitler. Lucky for me, nobody ever put that bet to me! The Oiler’s parody is kinda weak and I don’t think anyone but an Oiler’s fan would really laugh at it. The Brett Favre and Dallas Cowboy parodies IMO were the cream of the crop.

  142. Bruce says:

    I first saw this clip at the sorry end of last year’s playoff “drive” of the Canucks, in which the subtitles captured the mood perfectly and were correct in every factual detail. That one featured a couple of great lines, “He wouldn’t know leadership if it yanked him around by a collar”, and “There, there … he would never do that” which prompted hysterics the first time I saw it.

    Not to mention “Happens every fucking year”, eh, Temujin?

  143. Dennis says:

    Bruce: Hitler and Canucks ’08 was absolute fucking money.

    Now, the comment about Mike Richter made me feel uneasy but everything else was bang on.

    I gotta say, I could watch these all day.

  144. Bruce says:

    Dennis: Yeah, I agree. The thing about the Richter line was how it set up the “there, there” remark, which hey presto! changed the focus of the comedy from the Canucks to Hitler himself. Very unexpected which made it very, very funny, but I did feel unease (a good choice of word) about my own laughter even at a spoof. I think that is what edgy humour is supposed to do. The whole clip was golden.

  145. shep says:

    League-wide, there are 135 forwards on playoff contending teams that are playing 12 mins+ of ES a night. Ethan Moreau is 132nd in Corsi. Ethan Moreau is second in penalties taken. Ethan Moreau is 134th is taken/drawn differential

    please tell me, who is worse?

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