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10-08-2003, 08:16 AM
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Quick question:

Is Bergeron a regular this season? Or does he has some tough competition?

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Is Bergeron a regular this season? Or does he has some tough competition?

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He is battling Luoma for the #7 spot.

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How many games do you seem him play? And will he be on the opening night roster?

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How many games do you seem him play? And will he be on the opening night roster?
As of now, he is part of the 23 man roster. As for how many games he will play, that is literally impossible to figure out.

Basically, he is a power play QB who is a little shakey in his own end, so it really all depends on how the Oilers are playing. If I were to venture a guess, I would say 45 games.

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As of now, he is part of the 23 man roster. As for how many games he will play, that is literally impossible to figure out.

Basically, he is a power play QB who is a little shakey in his own end, so it really all depends on how the Oilers are playing. If I were to venture a guess, I would say 45 games.
I'd say that's a fairly good guess. I'd be in the same range (45-55 games). However, if the Oilers get a Top 4 d-man in the Comrie trade, I'd expect those numbers to be a little lower...

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I'd say that's a fairly good guess. I'd be in the same range (45-55 games). However, if the Oilers get a Top 4 d-man in the Comrie trade, I'd expect those numbers to be a little lower...
I heard the Lowe interview on the TEAM 1260 radio station today and he suggested that Bergeron's just fine defensively. He has to work a little harder to make up for his size, but he's tenacious and fairly heavy (200 lbs +).

I don't quite think they feel as comfortable with his play as, say, Ferguson's yet, but if they do, you could see Fergie riding the pine a lot this season (barring some trade deal).

And Luoma might complicate matters further if his play improves in Toronto as he gets more used to the NHL game...

Oddly, Lowe also said that the team was BETTER on defense this year than last, whereas most people would suggest NOT, since we'll have a full season without Niinimaa. Maybe he meant after the trade last season, we're better now...?

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Oddly, Lowe also said that the team was BETTER on defense this year than last, whereas most people would suggest NOT, since we'll have a full season without Niinimaa. Maybe he meant after the trade last season, we're better now...?

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Not really odd. Lowe is, of course, trying to steer the fan's reactions in a certain direction. If we traded Salo and went into the season with Conklin and Valiquette, he'd probably say he feels the Oil are better in net than they were last season.

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10-08-2003, 11:10 AM
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Not really odd. Lowe is, of course, trying to steer the fan's reactions in a certain direction. If we traded Salo and went into the season with Conklin and Valiquette, he'd probably say he feels the Oil are better in net than they were last season.
Heh - fair enough. I guess I meant "odd" in the sense that most people on this board would find it an "odd" statement, but I'm sure you're right about how he meant it. And of course, if he does trade for some young d-man stud, he'll talk about how it's an upgrade at the position, etc.

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IMO, Bergeron's offense will make him a regular on the blueline by the quarter point of the season. I think Ferguson will be the 7th D man by Christmas.

We just need his creativity from the point.

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I heard the Lowe interview on the TEAM 1260 radio station today and he suggested that Bergeron's just fine defensively.
Watching him in camp he likes to stickhandle as the last guy.

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Not really odd. Lowe is, of course, trying to steer the fan's reactions in a certain direction. If we traded Salo and went into the season with Conklin and Valiquette, he'd probably say he feels the Oil are better in net than they were last season.
So true. All I've been hearing from MacT and Lowe is how strong our defense corps is, and how they will be bailing us out if the goaltending and offense isn't up to snuff.

All the while, us fans are crying for another d-man to be slotted in the top 4.

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So true. All I've been hearing from MacT and Lowe is how strong our defense corps is, and how they will be bailing us out if the goaltending and offense isn't up to snuff.

All the while, us fans are crying for another d-man to be slotted in the top 4.
The Oiler's defense will actually probably be a fairly strong group if they all progress. Of course, that means Brewer has to step into his #1 role, Smith and Staios have to play a full and consistent year, and Semenov has to avoid the sophmore jinx. I think we all realistically don't believe this is going to happen, and therefore we perceive the need for a solid number 3 to 5 guy to make up for whatever d-man falls short.

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