The thing that gives us hope

Wanye
October 01 2009 01:52PM

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There have been many occasions during the preseason where we have watched our beloved Oilers play some less than inspired hockey. Remembering the absolute collapse down the stretch last year, we have this sickly feeling from time to time deep down in the pit of our stomach. No, it isn’t the morning Colt 45-old pizza combination wreaking havoc on our nervous system. It’s these ding dang Oilers and their lack of identity or fire. But unlike last season there is one thing that gives us hope early on in the season: the new coaching staff led by Pat Quinn.

The offseason addition of co-coaches Tom Renney and Pat Quinn came as a surprise to everyone in the OilersNation, except Robin Brownlee who famously predicted waaaay back in May that exactly this would happen:

I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Tambellini hire a head coach and an associate coach in tandem, then fill out the bench roster by adding an assistant or two. Why not Pat Quinn as head coach and Tom Renney as his associate?

  

Pat Quinn = Good Coach

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It’s no secret that Pat Quinn has a sterling record coaching to say the least. Quinn is the winningest active coach in the NHL, and 5th all time with 657 wins. Even more tantalizing for Oilers fans Quinn's record includes 11 first round playoff wins in 16 seasons. He has a .569 career winning percentage, despite the unenviable task of coaching the Leafs and the Canucks. He is also believed to be the inventor of the horseshoe drill, cherry flavored Gatorade and coined the term "making the cut" back in 1874.

When Quinn took the helm of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1998-99 season he took the team from a 30-43-9 record to a 45-30-7 record the very next season, where they ultimately lost in the Conference Finals to the Sabres. Goals for jumped by 38% that year and all those people in suits in Toronto were able to look down their noses at each other during three long playoff series.

But Wanye

We can hear people already "but WAAAAAANYE, how can you compare the 2009-10 Oilers to the 1998-99 Maple Leafs? It's like comparing apples to hornets! They had CuJo and Mats Sundin! We have JDD and JFJ! To say nothing of the many contributions Lonny Bohonos made that season with his three goals in seven games! Quinn can't be expected to craft gold out of mud can he?"

We think that a proven winner can step in and make an impact on this underachieving Oilers squad and that all of the pundits that have weighed on so far on the Oilers chances this season are selling the new regime short. Both TSN and THN project the Oilers at a heart pounding 11th place at season's end. Predictions mean about as much as an honorary degree in Chemistry bestowed upon Lindsay Lohan, but we will get to that when our own predictions come out later in the week. We think the Oil are being sold short.

Back to right now

It's clear that Quinn & Co have been less than impressed with some of our beloved Oilers. We recently read this beauty Quinn quote on TSN with his take on some of the Oilers veteran players thus far:

"We have some guys that aren't leaders that are veterans. They've hung around because they know how to play, but we need our veterans to care more about the other people around them," he said. "Some guys don't have time for that. They're busy with themselves."

You have to hand it to Quinn for making statements that are this bold early on in the season. Remember just a few short years back when the veteran Oilers were readily blocking shots with their grills? Remember how they were richly rewarded with legacy contracts and we could all sleep tightly knowing that there was a specific brand of Oilers hockey and that our long term veterans would guard it carefully before it could be handed over to the crop of young hotshots lighting the world on fire?

What happened to those good ol' days? How have things fallen to the point where the incoming Coaching staff assess the scenarios and come up with the conclusion above? Who are these veterans Quinn is lambasting?

In our humble opinion you can't win games on Coaching alone. The fact Barry Melrose wasn’t able to immediately right the Good Ship Lightning speaks to that point very well. But on a team searching for an identity, with veterans "busy with themselves" and the youth searching to find their places in the world, it is clear that there is a sincere desire on the part of the Team to bring a new message into RX1 and rebuild anew. And the guy leading the charge has more NHL wins under his belt than Paris Hilton has had bed partners.

And that right there is the only thing that gives us hope.

Somewhere this guy is breathing a sigh of relief that this season isn't about to go down on his watch.

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#51 Hemmertime
October 01 2009, 04:54PM
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SkinnyD wrote:

Did anyone catch MacT on the TSN prediction panel last night?

I really enjoyed MacT, when Pierre Mguire laid it all on the kids (and didnt anyone teach him its rude to point, that looked to visibly upset MacT) Mac stood up for them and said that its a tall order to lay it all on them

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#52 Joey Moss
October 01 2009, 05:55PM
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Between Pierre's constant barking and MacTs "ummmmmming" they have the makings of a cool voice-only musical group.

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#53 Wanye Gretz
October 01 2009, 06:17PM
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Just watched the first Coaches Corner of the Season. Grapes is already livid.

So good.

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#54 jake
October 01 2009, 07:42PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

Just watched the first Coaches Corner of the Season. Grapes is already livid. So good.

missed it...livid about something in particular?

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#55 Ogden Brother
October 01 2009, 07:47PM
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RossCreek wrote:

Brodziak is no glitz, lots of grit http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/62997452.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUBP7hUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUr The Wild forward is a blue-collar stalwart who works relentlessly to improve his game — and to win. Coach Todd Richards grabbed him quickly when he was available… Brodziak contributed a goal and three assists in six preseason games. Richards now uses other labels to describe him, including trustworthy, versatile and professional. That’s exactly the impression the unassuming Brodziak hoped to make, no matter what role he plays… Brodziak can play center or wing. He’s handy in the faceoff circle and tenacious on the penalty kill. He’s already popular in the locker room, and he gives the Wild a valuable presence as a center with a right-handed shot… Richards prizes his low maintenance factor, as well as his steady energy.

Thanks for rubbing it in....

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#56 Pajamah
October 01 2009, 08:45PM
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@ Ogden Brother:

Brodziak is the new Glencross

A couple of bums we could do without, but get every Oiler fan's attention when they score like 2nd-3rd liners and we regret the situation where we let them walk looking for something better

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#57 DonDon
October 01 2009, 09:37PM
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Chaz wrote:

Here’s hoping we play perennial choke artists San Jose in the first round.

Does this imply the Oil makes the playoffs? The playoffs! What playoffs! The AHL playoffs, perhaps. With the changes Tambellini didn't make to improve the grit, tough-to-play against and hard on the puck team, how can you expect playoffs? Tamby exchanged one old goaltender for another, but for an expensive four-year contract and only added Comrie (one of his few good moves). That was it. Wonderful you say. Pat Quinn and coaching staff may be good, but they are not miracle workers. Be realistic, 11th again until Tambellini finally cleans out the deadwood.

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#58 Milli
October 02 2009, 08:18AM
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I thought MacT was great, even when asked about coaching changes, very well spoken. Players need a new voice, coaches need new players.....Very well said. Also, when talking about what went wrong at the end of the season, how they are a playoff team, that man has a ton of CLASS.

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#59 Chaz
October 02 2009, 09:37AM
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DonDon wrote:

Be realistic, 11th again until Tambellini finally cleans out the deadwood.

I am being realistic. My opinion is that if Visnovsky didn't get injured last year, we would have snuck in and if we stay healthy this year, I also think we'll be in. I don't think we're so awful that you can say absolutely we won't be in the top 8 come April. I have my opinion, you have yours, but don't sell it like it's fact.

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#60 Shannon
October 02 2009, 10:20AM
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Oh Wanye, where do you find those YouTube clips!? Brilliant.

I'm SO excited for the game tomorrow night - Hope Floats even with Captain Glass at the helm.

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#61 McD
October 02 2009, 08:08PM
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@ DonDon: douchebag

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October 10 2009, 06:36AM
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