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10-07-2003, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by thome_26
wow..... seeing that I can't help but think something is in the works... and who's saying that Luoma/Semenov aren't the third pairing and not Bergeron/Ferguson? MacT likes Luoma quite a bit from what I've herd - and you know he isn't crazy about having an unreliable defender that is small...... Oh well... all I can say is that seeing these pairings (which seem off to me) and with Comrie back in town, I can't help but think something is up.

Because at practice they had the shirts of the fourth pairing, shirts that guys out of the lineups for the games are wearing.

And Thome_26, I know your high on Luoma but to be objective I re-watched the tape from the game against Calgary and if you think Bergy's defence is bad, then you'll be asking yourself why the Oilers have signed Luoma. He made a lot of mistakes, 3 passes on the wing that became icing, a lot (5) giveaways in the neutral zone. He isn't tough in front of the net and his feet are very slow. MacT hesitates to send this guy down because they've promised him a lot to get him out of his finnish league. That's the only reason why. He brings nothing to the Oilers, he doesn't hit, he's slow and the only time he moves the puck quickly is on D to D plays. Nothing to write to his mother.

the unreliable Bergeron like you've said in your post is not an actual analysis. Maybe last year but not anymore. Bergy played a nearly perfect game against Calgary and his size doesn't matter. He handled Iginla pretty easily all game long especially during a 1 on 1 in the third. I didn't see Luoma being hard on anybody. He's pretty aware of his defensive play and he is learning very quickly. he's very coachable.

ANd ask anybody on the Oilers which guy they fear the most between Luoma and Bergy on a 1 on 1 situation. 100 % will choose berg. He's not satisfied until your in big pain. That's far from being the case for Luoma.

This analysis was based upon what I've seen frome the game tapes. So it's pretty objective.

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