December 17 2014 11:55AM
The Oilers losses keep mounting, and the Nation awaits what kind of changes will be made (if any) throughout the organization. Until then, it's my job to keep things light around here, and try to have some fun in one of the darkest times in Oilers history. Enter the photoshop contest. As always, the entries were hilarious. Today, we pick the winners.
December 17 2014 07:49AM
I appreciated Dallas Eakins' honesty when discussing his time with the Oilers. "We probably got ahead of ourselves systems wise. We should have focused on the fundamentals more," Eakins said.
He also stated that he should have been more patient. "The thing you forget, and I was guilty of it too, is that you forget the players are 19, or 21 or 23. They are pulling on the jersey and going on the ice and you expect them to play like they are 28 or 29 years old. It just isn't there yet."
I agreed with those comments, however, I couldn't get behind his statement to the fans. "My message to the people here and to the fans is, I can speak freely now, and like it or not you need to be patient."
December 16 2014 09:53PM
Welcome back, MacT! Final Score: 2-1 Coyotes in OT.
December 16 2014 12:40PM
The MacNelson regime begins tonight. Craig MacTavish will go behind the bench for an unspecified amount of time, to help transition the team to Todd Nelson, and then Nelson will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
MacTavish wants to get a more accurate pulse of his team, and I believe get a firsthand insight into which players he likes and who he wants to jettison out of town.
The pressing question is: will this coaching change help the team?
December 16 2014 09:53AM
One of the interesting complications to the Edmonton Oilers’ decision to dismiss Dallas Eakins and promote Todd Nelson is that the new coach brings with him a firm understanding of what’s happening in Oklahoma City, a firmer understanding than probably anyone else in the organization.
The general manager sets the roster of the team, but the head coach has the power to influence those decisions and it’s going to be awfully hard to tell Nelson that he can’t have Player X from the farm if he thinks Player X will help the situation. Which players currently on the farm might benefit from that?