Panthers at Oilers, PS G3/09-10

The Oilers and the rabid fanbase gets a chance to see the brand new goalie tonight. Former Winnipeg Jet Nikolai Khabibulin will be in goal tonight (or at least that’s the plan) and there’s also news Lubomir Visnovsky will play sometime this weekend. The Oilers have been spending to the cap for awhile now but lots of their good players are hurt so bloody often that we don’t see them on the ice together often.

The Oilers are spending a stunning amount of money on D & G and if they’re to make the second season these highly paid men need to stand and deliver.

The lineups (courtesy hfboards and poster “Rin”) are:

  • Jacques(22)-Horcoff(10)-Schremp(88)
  • O’Sullivan(19)-Comrie(91)-Stone(32)
  • Linglet(36)-Brule(67)-Lazo (90)
  • Brennan(26)-O’Marra(42)-Stortini (46)
  • O’Marra(42)-Stortini(46)
  • Chorney(41)-Gilbert(77)
  • Strudwick(43)-Plante(48)
  • Arsene(8)-Staios(24)
  • Khabibulin(35)Dubnyk(40)

A few notes on this:

  • Schremp gets another night in a feature role
  • Jacques does too, he mentioned he was healthy and he looks good
  • Stone also gets another feature shot, meaning he must be in the mix
  • The 3line features Linglet and Lazo, two players we don’t know
  • The 4line features Brennan and O”Marra along with Stortini. Interesting group
  • Chorney, Plante and Arsene are getting second looks and we should probably look at that list (along with the injured Peckham) as a possible callup group.

If we know (and we kind of do) that the Oilers will cut down on Monday then it’s probably a good guess that the AHLers on the 3 and 4 line are getting their shot before heading down and that Jacques, Schremp and Stone will be around awhile next week. Among the blue, I’d guess all of Arsene, Chorney and Plante are sent out on Monday.

NOTE: Pat Quinn’s comments on the Oilers site are really good from last night. He mentioned being impressed with Motin and Plante. He also says “I don’t know who our top 6 is yet” and talks at length about playing a “complete game”. It’s worth viewing and sounds very similar to what MacT had been saying since 2006 summer.

He mentions that they’re going to look at Eberle at least 2 more games (maybe) and that he’s doing some good things. Deja Vu all over again?

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  1. Steve says:

    Alex Plante's brother in to play net for Florida.

  2. doritogrande says:

    Stone can PK too?

    That's going to be a very tough decision for Quinn and Co.

  3. Scott Reynolds says:

    Rod Philipps laughing at a man for having gout. What a night.

  4. bookie says:


  5. doritogrande says:

    Ohhhh lord.

    I do NOT want to see another replay on that Brennan hit. That's not legal.

  6. PDO says:

    Anyone else think Kip Brennan is becoming a dark horse to make the team?

  7. Lowetide says:

    In the portion of the game I've seen Chorney looks pretty good.

  8. Icecastles says:

    I know it's preseason and the Panthers are icing a crappy version of a crappy team, but there are a hell of a lot of reasons for optimism after these games. And a shutout is a pretty nice way to introduce yourself as the new #1 minder. Almost as good as Comrie's re-introduction. I can see myself becoming a fan of the Prodigal Son.

  9. bookie says:

    Its still weird seeing Khabibulin in net and Quinn on the bench.

  10. Phil says:

    Chorney did look decent. Can't say the same for Plante, I'm guessing he's out on Monday.

  11. uni says:

    Stone or O'Sullivan could easily have been 2nd star over JFJ.

    Brennan certainly looks like he's good for 7 minutes a night, and he skates decently.

    The guy I'm very curious about right now is Lazo. I hope he survives for at least another game.

  12. doritogrande says:

    LT: Great jump into the rush for the first goal. Very adept at making head-man passes and plays a sound positional game in his end.

    I'm thinking last year was a major aberration.

    Khabi with the shutout. Not really tested but was there when he was needed.

    Stone really impressed me with his versatility. Brennan looks like a better option than MacIntyre at this point.

    The player that really impressed me was O'Marra. I don't think he was out of place once tonight. Maybe he's finally figured out that he's not going to make the NHL as a top-6er? Possibly the same brainwave that Reddox jumped on a couple seasons passed?

  13. hunter1909 says:

    I hate to say it, but Schremp's starting to look too weak, too hesitant to make this team.

  14. bookie says:

    Schremp was invisible tonight – correct? I only saw parts of the game, but in no way did he stand out.

  15. LaBellePoque says:

    Does anyone know what the victory music was? The synth music that was playing while they were celebrating? It's hilarious.

  16. Bank Shot says:

    Fun game to watch as the Oilers owned it from beginning to end.

    I'm not sure anyone really would have made big inroads on making the team tonight seeing how terrible the Panthers lineup was, but Plante, and Schremp probably hurt their chances.

    Woohoo! Goilers!

  17. uni says:

    Reddox is one of those guys that just gets it. You never know with guys like that. Talent is one thing, but some people are just relentless. They don't change their approach when it goes up or down, they just keep doing what they do and making the smart plays. Steady and consistent. If O'Marra has subscribed to that mentality then he's in very good shape. He looked quite capable on the PK.

    Brule looks good as well positionally, but he just gets knocked around too easily. I wonder how the heck Fleury managed to survive as long as he did at 5'6". Just doesn't seem possible.

  18. hunter1909 says:

    Schremp was good on the powerplay in the first period, then started to play like he doesn't have any strength, timing, whatever.

    He still gets another game or three before he's sent to Wang's World.

  19. rickibear says:

    I come home from a movie with my 5 year old. Sat thru the whole movie for the first time.

    Comrie 4A
    Stone 2A
    O'sullivan 1G 1A

    Jacques 1G
    Horcoff 1G

    Were we playing a junior team.

    And toronto pays 5.4M for 5 years;
    2 1st and a second for a player with a career shooting % of 10.7 for 240 shots and averaged 20 assists the last 3 years. Thats 25G and 20A for 5.4M.

    Penner the last three years is 23G and 20A for 4.25M; 1 1st, 1 2nd and 1 3rd.

    Sell me on this one TSN.

    Toronto better pray that last years 15.5 shooting % is not a fluke.

  20. Bar Qu says:


    don't forget that Willis has reminded us that Kessel is also a total jerk to play with.

    Imagine Penner and all his issues with the addition of being a cancer in the room.

  21. Ribs says:

    rickibear – Was it the meatballs flick? Is it any good?

    Missed the game and awaiting highlights. I hope Comrie isn't the dink he used to be because I'd really like to cheer for him again.

  22. doritogrande says:

    Imagine Penner and all his issues with the addition of being a cancer in the room.

    Not sure if you meant the double entendre comment, but it was fantastic.

  23. CrazyCoach says:

    As someone who suffers from gout, I'd like to kick Rod Phillips in the ass, but can't due to having a flareup.

  24. Brett Gee 英 明 says:

    Just got back from the game. I usually am living in Asia so its nice to have the opportunity, especially with the effort put forth tonight.

    Watching the whole Comrie thing was fun. From the booing to the scoring to the fighting to the chanting to the first star selection, a great night to be at the rink.

    JFJ, Comrie, and POS were the most effective players on the ice. THe new goalie looked good too.

    I really hope Jacque makes this team.

  25. raventalon40 says:

    The guy I'm very curious about right now is Lazo. I hope he survives for at least another game.

    Why? I was at the game tonight and he was invisible except for all the giveaways.

  26. bookie says:

    Here is my prediction for the start of season.

    I predict that LT will once again predict 6th in the west, which will be a surprise for him because he hates how unbalanced the team is, but he will see that the team has some skills and that coaching styles can have a bigger impact (negative and positive) than previously thought.


  27. hunter1909 says:

    I've been predicting 6th for years, lol.

    This year I'm predicting no less than 6th, and I haven't had a drink in three weeks.

  28. bookie says:

    I know it won't happen, but it would be nice to see some young guys play so well that Steve Staios and Jason Strudwick find themselves on waivers…

    I like both as people, but as players, I think both could be improved upon.

    I was hoping for a strong start for Staios, but he has not looked strong.

  29. shanetrain says:

    Now if the Oil can find a spot for Stone, and trade for Dubinsky I would be colored excited.

  30. uni says:

    Why? I was at the game tonight and he was invisible except for all the giveaways.

    As far as I know the guy's never played a North American game before. He's likely still adjusting, and yes he seems to be invisible and he had 2 turnovers I could count after starting up the afterburners. That's why I'm curious about him, it took Kytnar a good season and a patient coach to adjust to the smaller rink and aggressive play, and I wonder if Lazo might be better than his showings.

    His upside could be a David Vyborny type, but it's hard to tell unless we see him more. Of course he could always be a a Jiri Dopita.

    As for the Kessel thing, it makes even less sense, as some people suggested that if Burke made an offer the Bruins could probably match and trade. While Boston could match and keep him, rules are you can't trade him in the season you matched an offer sheet, so they'd have to let him go or trade a bunch of guys they'd rather keep.

    The deal makes a bit more sense when it becomes clear that any offer over 4.867 million sets the compensation at 2 1st picks, a 2nd, and a 3rd. So Burke basically just offered the Bruins the chance to make a trade before he submitted his offer sheet. I still think that's a damn steep price to pay for a guy that's been described as a pain, but for all we know he could be the next Heatley, or he could not.

    I think the Leafs would have been better off with their 15th overall picks for 2 years myself, or offering Kessel 4.6 million for 6 years since he seemed to want to play in Toronto quite a bit.

  31. Bruce says:

    Uni: The thing about Lazo is he turns 32 next month. I don't think "patience" is part of the equation at this point.

  32. Schitzo says:

    I think the Leafs would have been better off with their 15th overall picks for 2 years myself, or offering Kessel 4.6 million for 6 years since he seemed to want to play in Toronto quite a bit.

    Off the top of my head, I believe that for offer sheets the highest term you use to average the compensation is five years. So 6 x 4.6 is 27.6, but you would divide that number by 5 and end up right back at 2 x 1sts + 2nd + 3rd

  33. IceDragoon says:

    Good day.

    Andy Strickland at Hockey Buzz (Yeah, I know… but when he is wrong his article disappears, and this one from June is still alive.) says the salary amounts in the compensation brackets, based on average NHL salaries, are higher this year.

    Offer Sheet (AAV)

    or below
    None (compensation)


    3rd Round Pick

    2nd Round Pick

    1st, 3rd

    1st, 2nd, 3rd

    (2) 1st, 2nd, 3rd

    (4) 1st Round Picks

    Burke is a genius.


  34. Bruce says:

    Burke is a genius.

    He just made Lowe's way look like the right way. Way to go, Burkie.

  35. Aimee says:

    I love you Lance

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