As one lame duck leader exits

Wanye
January 12 2009 11:02AM

Another clings to power with all his might here in Edmonton.

We woke up this morning and watched George Bush's final press conference as President of the United States. Other than the fact it should have been held 4 years ago it was a pretty good show. Yep - all in all, the destruction of the free world has been a pretty entertaining spectacle of late.

Kind of reminds us of the Oilers. Inept leadership, poor execution of battle plans and diminished levels of respect around the world. But we can think of one occasion where someone in the media stood up to Bush by sending him a pair of shoes via airmail. The guy was immediately imprisoned for the remainder of his natural life, but still - he had some elan about him didn't he?

We would give anything for a reporter covering the Oil to huck a clog at our lame duck leader at a press conference. Particularly when he is delivering soliliquies of this calibre which was given to non-shoe throwing reporters yesterday:

"I guess every time we call somebody up we've got to explain why it's not Robbie, but the bottom line is it's up to Robbie to be a decent player down there. We all know what he can do, he's got decent hands, he can work a powerplay okay, but he's slow, he's not a physical player, he's soft at this level. There are a lot of things in his game he needs to address before he becomes that player who gets called up. It's getting to the point where you've gotta be honest: he's not helping them particularly down there right now and there's no reason to think he'll be able to come up here and help us. "

One can't help but imagine Schremp will be packaged up in whatever deal eventually is made by the 1,984 GMs of the team. In fact we put a Wanye Guarantee (TM pending) on it. Rob Schremp will not be property of the Edmonton Oilers next year. Not because of skill, not because of attitude - though both could be lacking. He certainly won't get an extended tryout because the parent club is doing really well and doesn't need any offensive aid. No, Rob Schremp will be denied a lengthy NHL tryout - similar to the one's given to JFJ, Pouliot, Winchester, Thorsen or a host of other crappy Oiler prospects - because why? Rob Schremp will not get the tryout on a this terrible Oilers squad because MacT doesn't like him.

Don't get us wrong. Rob Schremp won't save the Oilers. But he is the poster boy for everything wrong with the team right now. Look at what an embarassment MacT has become to this proud franchise. Fighting with fans in Dallas, throwing players under the bus left and right. Speaking with contempt to reporters as though his Jack Adams trophy is waiting around the corner. This all from a coach who is unable to inspire anything but injuries from Oilers at this late stage of his career and has taken to publicly bashing farm team players while his own team sinks.

Buchberger liked Schremp in the AHL last year you will recall and made all sorts of noises that he had come a long way on his game. So it isn't as though he is without his fans amongst Oilers staff who have seen him at length. It's just that his fans don't include a coach who is unable to get anything out of his existing roster of NHL players and is only willing to bring up AHL players who seem capable of "defensive, responsible hockey."

If we could ask MacT one question right now it would go like this:

Wanye: Craig can I ask a question? MacT: Go ahead... Wanye: You seem to have a pretty good read on the skill levels and contribution potential on everyone on the Oilers and Springfield lineups. Would you say that is correct? MacT: Yes, I am a professional coach who has been doing this a long time. Wanye: Perfect. So if you are so smart - why does your team blow?

Then we would throw shoes at this head and be permanently detained in an Iraqi prison complex.

Seriously MacT.  You do realize that the team sucking and failing to convert what is unquestionably a good team on paper into success on the ice is ultimately your responsability right?

You do understand that is your job right? Right?

Shit, now we are all worked up and will probably go yell at a co-worker for something that isn't their fault. There is only one thing to do in times like these.

Party

Not to be a dink and plug Friday night fun on Monday morning but where are you planning on watching the game against the Avs on Friday? Is it at the first ever Nation Game Day Party at Hudson’s Bourbon street? If it is – you so sexy!

If not, perhaps we can make the following case to persuade you to attend:

a) Hudson’s is donating $2 for every evite redeemed to Kids with Cancer – a fantastic cause. We appreciate Hudsons doing this and will reward their charity by personally drinking 5,000 beers and being thrown into the street by their courteous security team.

b) There will be NationGear for sale – and a portion of these proceeds go to Kids with Cancer too. We are still moving solid t-shirt numbers through the Nation Store and will be having to place a new order in the next few weeks. To finish off this batch and make our lump donation to Kids with Cancer we are selling the gear at Hudsons during the Game Day Party. Advantage? You don’t have to go through the efforts of paying on the internet which is nice – particularly for those Citizens of the Nation that deal strictly in cash due to their career as exotic dancers. We will be taking loonies ladies.

c) It is going to be busy – we have a pretty impressive list of confirmed attendees that include Heads of State, a representative of Dr. Randy Gregg, three former US senators and a Baldwin brother (but we aren’t saying which one! Squeee!)

Ok fine. None of those people have confirmed attendance. But lots of Nation Facebookers, regular readers, buddies and members of the entourage have confirmed.

The conversations have gone like this:

Wanye: Want to come to Hudsons for the game on Friday? They sell beer. Entourage: Yes. Wanye: Sweet.

d) Ryan Smyth will be playing – remember Ryan Smyth? Remember when the Oilers had heart? Remember when we let heart walk out the door for Robert Nilsson? That worked well didn’t it. Well, he’s playing the Oil Friday and if you squint at the screen really hard - and have had 11 beers already - you can pretend he is wearing an Oilers jersey and everything isn’t screwed.

And finally we saved the best (or perhaps worst depending on your mood) for last:

e) The Oil are playing and could potentially win. You never know.

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#1 oilersseasonticketholdersince99
January 12 2009, 11:21AM
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Mac T is a idiot for blasting these guys in public.what you do behind closed doors is one thing what you do in public is another.I would love to see klowe or tamballini step up to the plate and blast mac t and the coaching staff but that would never happen give him a taste of his own medicine.We will never attract any free agents here as long as Mac t is the coach he is a player killer,who has he developed as a player? everyone plays crappy for him then go to other teams and go on to bigger and better things.what has he done for us as a coach? Dont bring up the cup run we sqeezed into the playoffs that year and it was guys like Pisani,Pronger,Peca,Roli and others on the team that came out and played, prior to that and since then everyone has tuned him out.The sooner he leaves the better for the Oilers.

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#2 CurtisS
January 12 2009, 11:31AM
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Yeah he made it clear. He doesnt like Robbie.

Oh well best of luck to him. I hope he turns out to be like Satan. That would be awesome.

As for MacClown. Well im not even going to go there this morning. Just squeaked out a win against the worst place team that has more man games lost to injury this year than us. Go figure.

We will lose the next 3.

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#3 SeanS
January 12 2009, 11:36AM
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Honestly I must say I think fans over react and coaches take the majority of the blame for way to much. I have stuck up for MacT for years and im sick of it. I know my voice doesn't matter to him nor does it matter if I agree with him or not but ive been a MacT fan until recently. It seems everytime we go to watch an Oilers game he does something else stupid and enough is enough. Find a new coach, if klowe can't fire his best friend find a new whateverpositionklowehas.

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#4 Maverick
January 12 2009, 11:40AM
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MacT is a complete idiot and how he has been the coach of the ever changing roster of crap is beyond me.

Anyone notice that until last night the Oilers were the only team that were not over 500 at home.

Didn't MacT say at one point that once they were back on home ice things would change?

Didn't MacT say this was the most talented team he's ever coached? Oh yes and what did you do with that talent MacT? Oh of course turn it into lack of.

KATZ step up, did you really spend 200,000,000.00 to watch this crap? I thought you were a "fan", but maybe you're just part of the club now.

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#5 Maverick
January 12 2009, 11:42AM
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only team in the Western Conf@ Maverick:

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#6 smytty777
January 12 2009, 11:43AM
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I don't really understand why the Oilers management is content to be a mediocre hockey team. Frankly I would rather be terrible than mediocre, at least terrible teams eventually get better (see Washington, Pittsburgh and Chicago). Mediocre teams are doomed to be mediocre for ever (see Toronto).

Do we really want to be the Maple Leafs?

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#7 baggedmilk
January 12 2009, 11:57AM
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Wanye so smart. Wanye know what baggedmilk think. Wanye write pretty sentences. MacT bad, Wanye good.

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#8 Greg MC
January 12 2009, 11:58AM
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Ryan Smyth has a huge heart, but a very expensive and aging heart it is.

In a business, the staff performance reflects the quality of management (in most cases). So unless a blockbuster trade is in the works, there appears to me a leadership vacuum as things are SNAFU and the appropriate corrections are not taking place. The longer that this drags out increases the risk for senior managers to suffer dismissal also.

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#9 baggedmilk
January 12 2009, 11:58AM
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@ smytty777:

Even the Maple Leafs have fired their coaches.

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#10 CurtisS
January 12 2009, 12:07PM
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Why does every one use the term mediocre???

Wouldnt Medicore in a 30 team league be 15th???

That would be a playoff spot. We have only made the playoffs 3 times in 8 tries with MacClown and Kdumb behind the scenes.

We are worse than Medicore sorry to tell the truth.

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#11 baggedmilk
January 12 2009, 12:14PM
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@ CurtisS:

I like that. Down with mediocre, up with terrible.

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#12 Teufel
January 12 2009, 12:15PM
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Schremp has 5 points in his 13 games since being sent back down to Springfield and has 1 point in his last 8 games, despite being on the first line AND power play. It's hard to say "Schremp should be back with the Oilers!!!" when he can't even contribute to the AHL team right now.

Obviously MacT shouldn't have made the comments that he did, but it doesn't change the fact that Schremp hasn't done himself any favors with his play since being demoted. I'd scratch my head at any coach or GM who'd promote an offensive forward who has 1 point in 8 games and 5 points in 13 games while being on the top line!

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#13 baggedmilk
January 12 2009, 12:18PM
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Teufel wrote:

I’d scratch my head at any coach or GM who’d promote an offensive forward who has 1 point in 8 games and 5 points in 13 games while being on the top line!

So how about putting a 4th liner in Reddox on the top line rather than someone that can actually score points?

Have to call a spade a spade right?

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#14 CurtisS
January 12 2009, 12:22PM
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@ baggedmilk:

Yeah we are a shitty team trying to get to Mediocre!!

Thats what the Oilers are all about.

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#15 Chris
January 12 2009, 12:24PM
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The season is shot. The Oil aren't going to go 26-15 down the stretch no matter who is behind the bench. There is plenty of blame to go around. I blame Lowe for failing to assemble balanced and productive NHL and AHL rosters. I blame MacT for failing to establish any continuity with line combinations, or systems play. I blame the players for looking flat, lazy and generally disinterested. That being said, there is always next year. I would like to see Tambo assume full control of the GM position. I would like to see a new coach before next season begins. I would like Deslaurier to play the majority of the reamining games so Tambo can make an informed decision regarding goaltending this summer. Lowe, Predergast and MacT assembled this team together, and signed the key ingredients to rich long term contracts. Their vision has been a failure; it's time for a "changing of the guard". Any short term pain, or adjustment period might as well occur this year so the Oilers are better able to hit the ground running next season.

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#16 Teufel
January 12 2009, 12:51PM
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@ baggedmilk:

No one claimed the Oilers make the brightest moves, but Schremp really isn't doing himself any favors by playing like a frozen turd in the AHL right now. I will admit Reddox on the first line in the NHL is definitely a bizarre move.

This is just a weird year in general. There are currently 22 out of 32 teams in the NHL who are at .500 or above right now. Other than Boston, Detroit and San Jose who started out strong and should coast into the playoffs I think the remaining 13 playoff spots are going to be a dogfight to the end of the season. Pretty much every team is playing the same as the Oilers right now, lots of ups and downs, but as long as the team stays in contention I don't see management looking to rock the boat by making any coaching changes, no matter how much dumb crap MacT says in the media.

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#17 Chris
January 12 2009, 01:00PM
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Teufel wrote:

There are currently 22 out of 32 teams in the NHL who are at .500 or above right now.

Did Oklahoma, and Portland finally get teams?

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#18 Wanye Gretz
January 12 2009, 01:12PM
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"There is always next year." : - Chris January 12 2009, 12:24 pm.

That is the earliest recorded instance of 'wait till next year' I have ever seen on this site. I have been waiting for someone to say it.

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#19 Chris
January 12 2009, 01:38PM
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@ Wanye Gretz: I'm daring them to make me wrong.

If Oilers management start making plans for NEXT year, chances are, the team will perform better THIS year. Let's remove the burden of expectation...

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#20 Wanye Gretz
January 12 2009, 01:51PM
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@ Chris:

You make a fair point. It's too bad we can't ice a team that responds to pressure though.

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#21 Matt N
January 12 2009, 02:00PM
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@ Wayne

"Remember when we let heart walk out the door for Robert Nilsson?"

Not to be a nit, but we got Robert Nilsson, a fourth line AHL centre (Ryan O'Marra) who played in the ECHL last year and a first round draft choice we cleverly turned into a defensemen who got benched during last years WHL play offs and then asked for a trade.

I'm just saying!

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#22 Dropping Deuces
January 12 2009, 02:09PM
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Schremp has 5 points in his 13 games since being sent back down to Springfield and has 1 point in his last 8 games, despite being on the first line AND power play.

On December 12th Rob Shremp is thinking to himself "finally I have played in 4 NHL games not on the fourth line and I picked up a few points. If I can play a few more, get some confidence things are shaping up for a good Christmas. I might even buy MacT some new glasses or someting nice."

On December 15th Mact callsShremp and says " Merry Christmas young fella, I bought you a one way ticket to Spingfield."

Rob Schremp says "F**K you I am mailing it in for the rest of my Oiler life. Its obvious I am no Tobey Peterson and never will be."

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#23 King Mob
January 12 2009, 02:55PM
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@ Matt N

Don't forget Alex Plante!

*cough*

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#24 Ender the Dragon
January 12 2009, 03:59PM
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Teufel wrote:

Obviously MacT shouldn’t have made the comments that he did, but it doesn’t change the fact that Schremp hasn’t done himself any favors with his play since being demoted. I’d scratch my head at any coach or GM who’d promote an offensive forward who has 1 point in 8 games and 5 points in 13 games while being on the top line!

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA wrote:

Craig MacTavish appears to have reached his single-season limit for Rob Schremp questions. Not long after the Oilers recalled Ryan Potulny yesterday, the subject of Schremp came up at the morning media conference. As in, why wasn't it Schremp? Tired of having to pussy-foot around the topic every time they call someone up, MacTavish gave his most honest assessment yet in explaining why Schremp's been passed over twice in the last two weeks. "I guess every time we call somebody up we have to defend why it isn't Robbie," he said.

You know, despite the fact that it's hard to deny the damage done to Schremp's trade value by such comments, I still feel for MacT. The MSM presses him every bloody day about the Schemp issue, and then people are upset with him if he refuses to address the issue, while they're equally upset with him if he says what's on his mind. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, and the only way he can shut people up is to play a guy that he's convinced is going to hurt his club. Tell me that it doesn't suck to be MacT right now where there's no right answer in sight.

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#25 Wanye Gretz
January 12 2009, 04:06PM
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Matt N wrote:

@ Wayne “Remember when we let heart walk out the door for Robert Nilsson?” Not to be a nit, but we got Robert Nilsson, a fourth line AHL centre (Ryan O’Marra) who played in the ECHL last year and a first round draft choice we cleverly turned into a defensemen who got benched during last years WHL play offs and then asked for a trade. I’m just saying!

Er - so we got Nilsson for Smyth?

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#26 Wanye Gretz
January 12 2009, 04:08PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

You know, despite the fact that it’s hard to deny the damage done to Schremp’s trade value by such comments, I still feel for MacT.

You bring up a good point here. The absence of any real storylines to report on have everyone scratching in the dust for anything resembling crumbs.

But valid point - you are quite the man (dragon?) for still being in MacT's corner.

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#27 Ender the Dragon
January 12 2009, 04:49PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

Wayne, don't get me wrong. MacT is making it hard to be in his corner at times, and many people have justifiable reasons to question him. I just don't know who honestly could do a lot better with this team right now, and I'm glad I don't dress up in his shoes every day. The fact that the guy gets up in the morning and goes back into that rink with a whistle instead of an AK-47 is what makes me offer my grudging respect. Question his decisions all you want, but I don't think anyone questions that MacT is honestly trying his best when a lot of us would have long since thrown in the towel.

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#28 Halfempty
January 12 2009, 05:27PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

MacT is honestly trying his best when a lot of us would have long since thrown in the towel.

MacT is like that guy who follows the American Idol judges from city to city... Dude! You CAN"T SING!

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#29 Smokin' Ray
January 12 2009, 08:50PM
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Damn you KLowe! I miss Smyth. Expensive of not. He was what we want in out players now. It was a huge mistake on both parts. Pfftftfttt..

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#30 Wanye Gretz
January 13 2009, 12:35AM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

@ Wanye Gretz: Wayne, don’t get me wrong. MacT is making it hard to be in his corner at times, and many people have justifiable reasons to question him. I just don’t know who honestly could do a lot better with this team right now, and I’m glad I don’t dress up in his shoes every day. The fact that the guy gets up in the morning and goes back into that rink with a whistle instead of an AK-47 is what makes me offer my grudging respect. Question his decisions all you want, but I don’t think anyone questions that MacT is honestly trying his best when a lot of us would have long since thrown in the towel.

Best MacT defense ever. I will refer to this mentally from time to time.

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#31 Mike Krushelnyski
January 13 2009, 09:10AM
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@ Ender the Dragon:

There's one strategy for shutting people up that MacT has yet to try - win hockey games.

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#32 T. Slemko
January 13 2009, 02:23PM
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I love mact!

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#33 Milli
January 14 2009, 08:03AM
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Any other team, Schremp stays up. MacT hates him, he's done in Etown. I hope he lights it up wherever he goes. I don't think that he should ahve been called up, but the way MacT answers the question was a total discrace. If MacT was coaching a great team, winning all the time...BIG DIFFERENCE.

On another note, who knew that the oilers have led the league in turnovers for the last 5 seasons???? That must be part of the "system"

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