Questions That Need Answers: Fifth Edition

Jason Gregor
March 25 2009 12:17PM

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When MacT inevitably does get fired, who would you peg as the front runners for Tambellini to replace him with? Does he draw from his Vancouver days to bring in Marc Crawford? Does he go with former teammates? I know he's played with current NHL coaches, Joel Quenneville (unlikely since he's HC of Chicago) and Mike Kitchen (possibility since he's an AC with FLA)? Personally, I'd like to see him go after Brent Sutter if he chooses to resign from NJ. What do you think? —Dino

MacTavish won’t get fired; he will leave on his own. I had a conversation with a member of the Oilers’ organization last week and I left with the feeling that it will be MacTavish’s decision if he comes back next year or not.

If they miss the playoffs, I think MacTavish will resign. But if they make the playoffs it will be interesting if his mindset changes. When MacTavish got his four-year extension in the summer of 2006 he admitted at his press conference that if the Oilers had missed the playoffs, before their magical run, he would have moved on.

MacTavish will eventually get into management for some team, but it’s hard to figure if coaching is out of his blood right now. If he resigns, does he move into a management role or does he look for a coaching position around the league? I sense he still enjoys coaching and his decision will depend on how they do in the playoffs.

As for potential replacements, I don’t see any of the current assistants being promoted. Marc Crawford has ties with Tambellini, but I don’t see him coming here.

Brent Sutter’s name will come up, but I’m hearing that he might just go back to the farm and coach the Red Deer Rebels. He owns the Rebels, and this past year they had close to 1,000 season ticket holders not show up for games periodically. The business side of the Rebels is weighing heavily on his mind, not to mention he misses his family.

If Sutter resigns in NJ, like everyone expects, and the Oilers are indeed looking for a new coach next year, you can guarantee that the Oilers will give him a call to see where his head is at.

Front-runners could be Geoff Ward, assistant coach in Boston; Paul MacLean, AC in Detroit; and possibly a guy like Don Lever, AC in Montreal who played with Tambellini in Colorado. The Oilers won’t even hint at who they are interested in since MacTavish is still their guy.

Which players in the AHL do the Oilers have under contract for next year, and do they have any good new players coming in next year? —Alan

The guys under contract for next year are: Peckham, Sestito, O’Marra, Paukovich, Lerg, Trukhno, Chorney, Hrabel, Bendfeld, Wild and Pitton. They will want to re-sign Brule, Dubnyk Potulny, Stone, Schremp and Spurgeon. It will be interesting if Schremp re-signs or elects to go Europe for a season or two.

They will need to sign some veteran D-men. Jake Roberts is a tough, solid AHL D-man, and they will desperately need some experience on their blueline next year. As for kids coming out, Jeff Petry is a possibility. Linus Omark is someone they would love to bring over from Sweden. Milan Kytnar from the Saskatoon Blades might go down there as a 20-year-old. Chris Van De Velde has one year left at North Dakota, but if he elects to leave he would help a lot.

It will be interesting to see what the Oilers decide to do with Alex Plante. If the Hitmen win the Memorial Cup, I think he goes to the AHL for sure next year, and even if they don’t I think playing in the “A” as a 20-year-old would be more beneficial in his development. The other possibility is Riley Nash, but I’m hearing he will stay in college and hopefully put on more weight and get stronger.

My buddy, who loves Crosby, says that Ovechkin scores more goals than anyone because he plays in the SouthLEAST division. Is this true? —Adam

Ovechkin scores more goals than anyone because he is better than them, plain and simple. But for argument sake let’s look at it.

To date Ovechkin has 51 goals. He has scored 13 goals in 19 games within his division for a 0.68 GPG average, and he has 38 goals in 56 games outside of his division, for a 0.67 GPG average. In fact, the Caps are 12-7 v. their division, 12-4-3 v. the NE and 12-2-4 v. the ATL division.

They have scored 61 goals in their 19 divisional games for an average of 3.2 GPG, and in the 56 against the rest of the league they have scored 179 for a 3.19 GPG.

The Caps have fewer points from divisional games than they do against the rest of the East, so is their division that weak? The stats prove that this season Ovechkin and his teammates don’t pad their totals because they play in the Southeast.

Last year, he had 22 goals in 24 divisional games, and 43 in the other 58 for a 0.91 GPG within his division and 0.75 GPG outside his division. It helped him a bit last year, but definitely not this year.

If the NHL were to once again engage ESPN in contract talks to show games in the US what arguments could the NHL possibly make to encourage ESPN to invest back into the NHL product? (Obviously ratings is not one of those arguments). Do you have any idea what kind of data or information the NHL could use in forming their arguments? —Clarke

The NHL gets more money from Versus than they ever did from ESPN.

Versus is starting to get into more homes every day, and in a few years it quite possibly could be part of the basic cable package. Staying with them, with the money they get compared to ESPN paying them nothing, makes better business sense.

I don't see the NHL having any numbers/stats that could sway ESPN into thinking that buying the rights back would make any sense. Ratings aren’t high and their ticket sales haven’t jumped enough in the States to make the ESPN executives believe that fans are flocking to the NHL.

I don't see the NHL and ESPN being together again in the next two years at least, and probably longer.

Why do people who sit at the back of the plane immediately stand up when the plane reaches the gate?

I don’t understand why so many of you do this. You end up standing for ten to 15 minutes waiting for the people in front of you to get off. Are you in that big of a rush to grab your carry on luggage? Do you think if you stand up first you get off first?

Unless you have made a deal with the flight attendants to let you off first so you can make a connecting flight, standing up first accomplishes nothing. In fact, it makes it harder for those in front of you to get out of their seat and grab their bag. Sit your ass down, relax and wait for the rows in front of you to leave.

Have questions that need answers? E-mail Jason Gregor at jason@justagame.ca.

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#1 Robert...
March 25 2009, 12:33PM
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...well speaking of airline etiquette...why do people stand on the moving walkway. Its there to speed things up over vast distances, not so you can take a rest...

..I got nothin' on coaching..

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#2 Wanye Gretz
March 25 2009, 12:49PM
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Yes Gregor - good call on the plane thing! I also don't understand why people get up from their seats and stand in line to board flights. The plane ain't going anywhere people. Sit and relax in comfort while the cattle stand in line.

And what's the deal with Ovaltine? They should call it roundtine.

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#3 Michael
March 25 2009, 12:53PM
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I stand all the time on the moving walkways...it gives me a chance to organize my carry ons, texting, or even sip my coffee. Just think, you can still go places with out moving.

As far as coaching, the only think I have to say is PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, NOT Crawford

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#4 Archaeologuy
March 25 2009, 12:55PM
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If we got crawford i guarantee this clubs takes it up a notch on the goon-o-meter, this would get a big ol' thumbs up from me.

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#5 rindog
March 25 2009, 12:57PM
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What about trying to get Kirk Muller?

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#6 Ogden Brother
March 25 2009, 01:04PM
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Better not be someone Tambs used to play with.

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#7 Bob Cob
March 25 2009, 01:10PM
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Here's a question, where did Mac T get that awesome grey cardigan sweater he was rockin' yesterday during the presser to discuss the report that Hemsky isn't happy? He reminded me of Bob Saget.

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#8 jeanshorts
March 25 2009, 01:10PM
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@ Wanye Gretz:

Those people on the plane are the exact same people who undo their seat belt the second the wheels hit the tarmac, as if the seatbelt is sucking their life force out of them and they are trying to free themselves. Do they not realize that they are still going to have to stand around for 10-15 minutes or longer to wait for their luggage anway? It's people like this... you know what, excuse me.

*goes on a people punching rampage*

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#9 Wanye Gretz
March 25 2009, 01:16PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

*goes on a people punching rampage*

Get 'em!

*Readies a sucker punch for the first guy who walks past office*

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#10 Jonathan Willis
March 25 2009, 01:16PM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

Better not be someone Tambs used to play with.

Surprisingly enough, that's half of the coaches in the league. There are some good names there too.

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#11 SquidRx
March 25 2009, 01:17PM
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"Why do people who sit at the back of the plane immediately stand up when the plane reaches the gate?

I don’t understand why so many of you do this. You end up standing for ten to 15 minutes waiting for the people in front of you to get off. Are you in that big of a rush to grab your carry on luggage? Do you think if you stand up first you get off first?

Unless you have made a deal with the flight attendants to let you off first so you can make a connecting flight, standing up first accomplishes nothing. In fact, it makes it harder for those in front of you to get out of their seat and grab their bag. Sit your ass down, relax and wait for the rows in front of you to leave."

I ride the bus into downtown everyday and it is the same sh*tshow. The rule is those closest to the door get off first. It is not rocket science people. My favourite is the turd gurgler who runs up to the front just before the stop and before everybody else gets up. One of these days Mr. First Off is going to stumble over my outstretched leg.

*tries taking several deep breaths to suppress the overflowing rage*

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#12 The Towel Boy
March 25 2009, 01:24PM
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I have a rage level with elevator rides too...

There's always some yahoo that thinks he/she needs to get into the elevator b4 all people exiting the elevator have left...I hate that. Wait until the departing elevator people have left...then you can board. !@#$% I'm getting angry thinking about it.

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#13 Ogden Brother
March 25 2009, 01:40PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Ogden Brother wrote: Better not be someone Tambs used to play with. Surprisingly enough, that’s half of the coaches in the league. There are some good names there too.

I know ;)

Just a common beef Oiler fans seem to have... hate to see the hypocrisy that would follow.

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#14 Lowe
March 25 2009, 01:49PM
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The Oilers are believed to be targeting Greg Gilbert, currently coaching the AHL Toronto Marlies. He is well-known to Tambellini.

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#15 Archaeologuy
March 25 2009, 01:51PM
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@ Lowe: as in Greg "Calgary Flames Reject" Gilbert?

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#16 Chaz
March 25 2009, 01:54PM
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Isn't Bucky being groomed for the job?

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#17 joe
March 25 2009, 02:19PM
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They may want to re-sign Brule, Dubnyk, Potulnty, Stone and others but who has to clear waivers? I know Brule, Potulny and Stone do, but I don'think anyone takes Stone. Any thought on what to do with this problem of sending guys to the minors? Seems to me we need more guys that can go up and down without clearing waivers.

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#18 Chris
March 25 2009, 02:24PM
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@ Archaeologuy:

Nobody could have coached those Calagary teams into the playoffs... Nobody.

Gilbert was a good player.

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#19 Librarian Mike
March 25 2009, 02:27PM
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No question, Jason, that MacT will leave on his own terms. I have little faith that anyone other than Huddy, Buchberger, etc will end up with the coaching gig...which means nothing will really change.

I wonder if they'll give MacT a scouting job:

"And with the 4th pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers pick: Skippy Reddox".

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#20 Archaeologuy
March 25 2009, 02:29PM
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@ Chris: Thats what people said about Hartsburgh when he was given another chance, and he didnt last a season.

I'm not saying he cant do well, but I would rather have 1)A proven NHL coach or 2)Someone with 0 NHL experience, not an in betweener. It sounds strange and many will disagree, but its just my opinion.

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#21 Michael
March 25 2009, 02:30PM
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On the topic of line ups, what I really hate is when you're standing in line at the grocery store, there's three people behind you and a couple in front, suddenly another till opens up, and the dork who just wandered to the back of your line gets to the newly opened till first. Brain up idiots!

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#22 Librarian Mike
March 25 2009, 02:32PM
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@ Michael:

You know, that is a perfectly good metaphor for how I feel about ex-players as NHL coaches.

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#23 Bruthah
March 25 2009, 02:33PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

And what’s the deal with Ovaltine? They should call it roundtine.

That's GOLD Wanye, GOLD!

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#24 Harlie Chuddy
March 25 2009, 02:39PM
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"Why do people who sit at the back of the plane immediately stand up when the plane reaches the gate?

I don’t understand why so many of you do this. You end up standing for ten to 15 minutes waiting for the people in front of you to get off. Are you in that big of a rush to grab your carry on luggage? Do you think if you stand up first you get off first?

Unless you have made a deal with the flight attendants to let you off first so you can make a connecting flight, standing up first accomplishes nothing. In fact, it makes it harder for those in front of you to get out of their seat and grab their bag. Sit your ass down, relax and wait for the rows in front of you to leave."

Damned if I'm not guilty for standing up to! But f it. That's how I roll. Even if I physically am not first out the door my mind thinks I'm in the running for getting out first and that I am may be moving forward. Of course sometimes while standing I look around and wonder why I'm not moving and then I start to feel crammed and then I go sit back down again and then I feel claustrophobic from everyone else standing over me while I'm sitting. So I stand the f**k back up! And I feel better. That's how I roll.

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#25 Jonathan Willis
March 25 2009, 02:45PM
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Lowe wrote:

The Oilers are believed to be targeting Greg Gilbert, currently coaching the AHL Toronto Marlies. He is well-known to Tambellini.

Link?

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#26 roughneck
March 25 2009, 02:49PM
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Hey is anyone using that mobile internet stick by rogers advertised over there>>>>

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#27 Jack "FMNF" Bauer
March 25 2009, 03:02PM
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"“Why do people who sit at the back of the plane immediately stand up when the plane reaches the gate?"

Its pretty damn easy. After spending xxxx time sitting in a cramped as hell seat, you want to stand up.

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#28 Ender the Dragon
March 25 2009, 03:24PM
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Robert... wrote:

…why do people stand on the moving walkway. Its there to speed things up over vast distances, not so you can take a rest…

How's this for a good time; you're trying to walk up an escalator and get stuck behind the two people (usually 'ladies') standing side-by-side gabbing away, completely oblivious to you and the 19 people behind you who have places to get to. Is it such a revolutionary concept, the escalator, that people haven't caught on to the idea of keeping left if your legs are broken?!

[vein in temple bulges precariously]

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#29 GSC
March 25 2009, 03:48PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

And what’s the deal with Ovaltine? They should call it roundtine.

BANIA!

*clinches teeth and fist*

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#30 Librarian Mike
March 25 2009, 03:49PM
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@ Ender the Dragon:

There is nothing quite like watching people get bodychecked out of the way in the middle of HUB Mall by stressed out university students.

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#31 Bad Seed
March 25 2009, 03:55PM
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@ Ender the Dragon:

Keeping left? You must be one of those arses who drive in the left lane too at less than the speed limit. Anyone, anywhere who isn't moving their sorry ass should keep right - escalator, moving walkway, freeway...

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#32 Nickler
March 25 2009, 03:59PM
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Why doesn't anyone mention the name Ted Nolan. He has a pretty good track record coaching.

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#33 Dennis
March 25 2009, 03:59PM
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Gregor: that was a nice job of using numbers to prove your point.

Now, how does a guy do that kind of research yet still believe in "energy" over outscoring?

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#34 Harlie Chuddy
March 25 2009, 04:03PM
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@ Nickler:

because his reputation stinks like hot garbage

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#35 Librarian Mike
March 25 2009, 04:25PM
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@ Nickler:

Agreed. By all accounts Nolan is a great coach. His problem is that he made a bad call in Buffalo and got labelled as a troublemaker. In the boys club that is the NHL, that's the mark of death.

There is no way the Oilers will let him into the inner circle.

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#36 Jonathan Willis
March 25 2009, 04:57PM
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Nickler wrote:

Why doesn’t anyone mention the name Ted Nolan. He has a pretty good track record coaching.

I've mentioned Ted Nolan a couple of times, but as alluded to above, he doesn't seem to play well with others.

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#37 Jason Gregor
March 25 2009, 05:28PM
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Dennis wrote:

Gregor: that was a nice job of using numbers to prove your point. Now, how does a guy do that kind of research yet still believe in “energy” over outscoring?

Well common sense also told me that Ovechkin was the best player. I just have to watch games to see that. I've never said numbers aren't useful, but some of so asinine they don't show the whole story.

Since you can't calculate energy it is impossible to put a direct value on it, but that doesn't mean it isn't important. I do actually take stats into account, too bad you don't see the importance of energy...but slowly you will be swayed...

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#38 Jason Gregor
March 25 2009, 05:29PM
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But some of them are so asinine they don't show the whole story...can't wait for the edit button..haha

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#39 AlBundy
March 25 2009, 05:50PM
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It don't matter who is coaching the Oilers. It is much like the Montreal CDN. When you have a bad GM the team will not get better under a new coach. In this case, we don't know anything really about Steve but as long as KLowe has influence on the team, this team will not win. Prove me wrong

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#40 GSC
March 25 2009, 06:12PM
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@ Gregor

Couldn't agree more about the energy factor.

See: Glencross, Curtis. Numbers weren't there, but anyone with an eye for the game could see that he was a great fit in the lineup and was well worth the $1.2-$1.3 MIL he's now earning with the soon-to-be Northwest Division Champs.

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#41 GSC
March 25 2009, 06:13PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Well common sense also told me that Ovechkin was the best player. I just have to watch games to see that. I’ve never said numbers aren’t useful, but some of so asinine they don’t show the whole story. Since you can’t calculate energy it is impossible to put a direct value on it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. I do actually take stats into account, too bad you don’t see the importance of energy…but slowly you will be swayed…

Couldn’t agree more about the energy factor. See: Glencross, Curtis.

Numbers weren’t there, but anyone with an eye for the game could see that he was a great fit in the lineup and was well worth the $1.2-$1.3 MIL he’s now earning with the soon-to-be Northwest Division Champs.

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#42 Volfman
March 25 2009, 06:26PM
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Lowe wrote:

The Oilers are believed to be targeting Greg Gilbert, currently coaching the AHL Toronto Marlies. He is well-known to Tambellini.

Come on man, you can't just write stuff like that unless you can provide proof to back it up. Are you playing a hunch, or did you read or hear something legit.

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#43 Volfman
March 25 2009, 06:31PM
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"Front-runners could be Geoff Ward, assistant coach in Boston; Paul MacLean, AC in Detroit; and possibly a guy like Don Lever, AC in Montreal who played with Tambellini in Colorado. The Oilers won’t even hint at who they are interested in since MacTavish is still their guy".

Read more: "Questions That Need Answers: Fifth Edition - OilersNation.com#comment-47781" - http://www.oilersnation.com/2009/03/qtna-5/comment-page-1/#comment-47781#ixzz0AoagRVN4 Anybody out of Detroit's fine by me. Wonder what Paul MacLean's track record coaching wise is, other than Detroit.

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#44 Madden
March 25 2009, 07:47PM
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Had to give you credit Gregor. The girl from youre just a game site is beautiful.

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#45 Jason Gregor
March 25 2009, 08:47PM
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Nickler wrote:

Why doesn’t anyone mention the name Ted Nolan. He has a pretty good track record coaching.

What is this good track record that you speak of?

He has coached four years in the NHL, and he made the playoffs twice. He has won one round in the playoffs.

His regular season record is:

148-140-40...Winning % is .511

Why do people insist he is a great coach? Because he won coach of the year, when he had the best goalie in the world, Dominic Hasek? He ended up feuding not only with Hasek, but management in both Buffalo and NYI.

He is an obvious problem within an organization, and his record is not good enough to have a team look the other way when those character flaws appear. Unless he grows up one day, I don't see another team taking a shot on him.

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#46 Jason Gregor
March 25 2009, 08:52PM
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Volfman wrote:

Anybody out of Detroit’s fine by me. Wonder what Paul MacLean’s track record coaching wise is, other than Detroit.

He made the playoffs every year, but one. He is 8-6 in playoffs series. Decent numbers.

1993-94 Peoria Rivermen IHL Head 81 51 24 0 6 0.667 Lost in round 1

1994-95 Peoria Rivermen IHL Head 81 51 19 0 11 0.698 Lost in round 2

1995-96 Peoria Rivermen IHL Head 82 39 38 0 5 0.506 Lost in round 2 1997-98 Kansas City Blades IHL Head 82 41 29 0 12 0.573 Lost in round 2

1998-99 Kansas City Blades IHL Head 82 44 31 0 7 0.579 Lost in round 1

1999-00 Kansas City Blades IHL Head 82 36 37 0 9 0.494 Out of Playoffs

2000-01 Quad City Mallards UHL Head 74 55 12 0 7 0.791 Won Championship

2001-02 Quad City Mallards UHL Head 74 57 15 0 2 0.784 Lost in round 2

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#47 Jason Gregor
March 25 2009, 08:53PM
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www.hockeydb.com is where you can see his stats above.

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#48 albundy
March 25 2009, 09:29PM
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Someone smarter than me must know what the records of Pitt and Ottawa and Carloina have been is the coaching change. Does it make sense to make the change?

How about the records of teams that have let their GM's go?

What will Oilers say or do if Ottawa finishes with more points than Oilers.

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#49 albundy
March 25 2009, 09:35PM
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Here is Geno's questions to Hemsky after the news broke:

Geno- Well Hemmer, we have all heard the news- tell us, do you like playing in the NHL?

Hemmer- Ya Geno , great place that NHL

Geno- There you have it folks, Hemmer loves it hear. Don't believe the rumours folks, you heard it hear in person

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#50 redneck
March 25 2009, 09:48PM
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Why is that the people who need assistance to get on the plane never need it to get off?

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