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Robin Brownlee
March 30 2009 12:16AM

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The official sign golf season was underway used to be the opening of Golden West Golf Course, but with the modest old track now closed, the Edmonton Oilers have taken over as the official beacon that's it's time for fans to move along and tee it up.

If taking 40 minutes in the 76th game of the season to play with some passion and purpose in a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild isn't a sure sign it's time to dust off the sticks and think temporary greens instead of hockey in April for a third straight season, nothing is.

Playoff teams, which is what the Oilers were supposed to be when coach Craig MacTavish deemed them contenders for a Northwest Division title in pre-season, don't lose to a team playing it's 14th road game in a 17-game stretch like Minnesota was.

When a team like the Wild straggles into town for the second of back-to-back games at the end of a hellacious stretch, you jump on them early and knock the try out of them. You go for the throat. Not yours, theirs.

Playoff teams don't drag their asses and shrug their shoulders for the better part of two periods like the Oilers did before trotting out their tiresome here-come-the-heroes act late to make it interesting. Playoff teams, at least ones with any chance of contending, don't have as many passengers as the Oilers did against the Wild. They don't sit back and say, "Let Dwayne Roloson do it" on the way to their fourth loss in the last five games.

FEEBLE EFFORT

On a night when the Oilers lost ground to Nashville and saw St. Louis and Anaheim vault over them in Western Conference standings, the Oilers didn't show the will, the smarts or the gamesmanship to seize the moment and put the weary Wild away for keeps. It was close to a total team effort in terms of a no-show for two periods.

"Too many guys are just too content to be a non-factor rather than be a factor and step up and make a play and be assertive in a game you desperately need," said MacTavish, the sound of defeat and frustration dripping off every word.

"With six games left, we're still looking for a team that will take charge of an opportunity."  There were some pretty good examples of some guys who played with the intensity and the passion in the game, but not enough. At no point this year have we exhibited the ability to grab the game within the game. You have to take charge of the game. We just haven't had that ability."

One question: if not now, after 76 games, then when?

THE UGLY TRUTH

While Roloson didn't come up with the best effort of his 32 straight starts against the Wild, let's not forget this team would be in line for a lottery draft pick if it wasn't for him. It's been Roloson's jam and competitiveness that's masked a multitude of flaws in the stretch drive.

-- When you're 16-14-6 at home and you can't mount anything resembling a sustained effort until the third period of a game you have to win, you don't deserve to get into a playoff game unless you buy a ticket.

-- The Oilers power play is 3-for-34 in the last nine home games.

-- The Oilers have been outshot in seven of their last 10 games, including 54-20 by Anaheim, 44-26 by Detroit and 43-31 by Chicago.

-- Shawn Horcoff has two goals in the last 18 games. Andrew Cogliano has one goal in the last 10 games. Patrick O'Sullivan has one goal in 13 games since being acquired from Los Angeles. Dustin Penner has three goals in his last 20 games.

-- Ales Hemsky wants to be the go-to guy? Nice job by Dan Barnes of The Journal getting Hemsky to spill his guts last week, but go-to guys don't vent in the newspapers and score one goal in an 11-game stretch when the team needs them to produce. They shut up and get the job done.

NOW WHAT?

So, do you really think the Oilers have the backbone to climb back into a playoff spot with six games to play? I have my doubts. And, even if they do, does it really make the season a success? Depends on your expectations, I suppose. Would eighth place mean more than two homes dates worth of playoff revenue?

Rhetorical question.

Maybe they can give up 50-plus shots against Anaheim again Tuesday and ride Roloson to another win. Maybe they can show the grit Nashville and St. Louis has and put together a late charge. They'd better, because they'll need four wins in these last six to have any chance. But, well, no.

Be disappointed and angry at yet another mediocre season if you must, especially those, like MacTavish, who honestly believed this edition of the Oilers had a legit chance of taking a run at a division title.

Not me. Playing bad golf beats watching bad hockey any day, and I'm ready to play some. To steal from noted orator Dennis Green, the Edmonton Oilers are who I thought they were.

Not good enough.

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on TEAM 1260.

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#1 Hockey Gods
March 30 2009, 12:32AM
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Amen Brother, dust off the golf clubs Oiler fans it is going to be another spring and summer of no playoff hockey. We can now speculate and prepare for July 1, 2009 so we can see which soon-to-be underperofrmers the brass sign/trade for to renew my optimism for next season.

Ahh the joys of being a die-hard Oiler fan.

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#2 Victoria
March 30 2009, 01:09AM
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And to top it all off, Roloson stands in front of the media and takes the blame for this one. What a heartbreaking thing to have to see; The guy who never takes credit for carrying this team on his back is the ONLY person willing to take the bullet in a loss. Roli: I hope you find a better team to backstop next year - you deserve better. Everone else (mostl of all MacT): Thanks for another disappointing season.

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#3 ScubaSteve*FMNF
March 30 2009, 02:23AM
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This season was a lost cause right from the start, poor coaching, poor management, the list goes on.

I wouldn't have a problem if we were rebuilding and didn't have the players, but we do have them, they are just used in the wrong way.

I don't think there is anyone on here that needs to be convinced about MacT, or the rest of the management, and that change alone in the offseason will make us a better team, but this is the other big thing we need to do in the offseason.

-Get rid of Moreau and Staois. These 2 do not deserve a roster spot, and are holding us back. I'm sure Brule can come up and take bad penalties, and I'm positive we could find a minor leaguer who only knows how to bang the puck up the boards. I don't want to hear the "good in the room" "leadership" "experience" argument. These 2 have never won anything, and have never "led" our team anywhere. Without these 2 in the line-up, we are a better team - addition by subtraction.

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#4 humantorch
March 30 2009, 02:44AM
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The 2008-2009 Edmonton Oilers make me want to punch a baby.

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#5 humantorch
March 30 2009, 02:51AM
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Also, Nickelback? Seriously? If "the industry" thinks that they're worth 3 awards at the Junos, someone needs to get fired over there even more promptly than the Oilers office needs to get cleaned out.

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#6 17
March 30 2009, 07:02AM
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Once again, the Oilers go from having control of their own fate to completely blowing it and now having to rely on other teams choking. Like the year of the Cup run, it's going to be a game of hot potato with the last playoff spot and the team that makes it will be the one that sucks the least. Ugh.

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#7 Peter Pan
March 30 2009, 07:14AM
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I think you're more optimistic than I am. I figure they need 10 points to get in. that means going 5-1 or 4-0-2. Not going to happen. After that PHX loss last week, I knew it was over.

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#8 Colin
March 30 2009, 07:17AM
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Excellent post Robin. I could not agree with you more. This team team, save for the goaltender, doesn't deserve to be in the playoffs. Pretty embarrassing when you look and see how much St. Louis and Nashville are playing their hearts out.

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#9 17
March 30 2009, 07:26AM
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Looks like Smid may have to have surgery on his broken hand, too.

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#10 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 30 2009, 07:39AM
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This is exactly what every fan didn't want I think. Once again we are going to have to go on a run to get into the play-offs. All season they have been playing the same way & the MGMT thought all along the team was better.

Once again we will miss the play-offs & get a pick in the above 10 in the first round & will criticize MGMT for taking some guy with 'a high level of compete' & 'a good team guy'.

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#11 The Towel Boy
March 30 2009, 07:54AM
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F...M...N...F!!!!

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#12 RT26
March 30 2009, 08:04AM
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Well, these last 6 games will show us who should stay long term, and who lacks heart and needs to go.

I think we have too many guys and need to trade away some promising young talent and a few vets to bring in a real top 6 forward. Let's cull the herd, or shape next year's roster with a lot of the younger talent andf re-build. Chicago took its lumps for a few years and now they're playing great.

Either we think this team is close and we tweak, or we look to re-build with a plan this off-season. I say we see what the young talent can do.

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#13 Darcy
March 30 2009, 08:05AM
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Kudos to you Robin for being the only writer to pick the Oilers out of the playoffs at the beginning of the season.

What did you see then that the rest of us were blind to?

I remember reading a preseason issue of the Hockey News (maybe it was the Sporting News),and they proclaimed MacTavish as the pre-season favorite for the Jack Adams trophy.

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#14 Colin-FMNF
March 30 2009, 08:08AM
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Colin wrote:

Excellent post Robin. I could not agree with you more. This team team, save for the goaltender, doesn’t deserve to be in the playoffs. Pretty embarrassing when you look and see how much St. Louis and Nashville are playing their hearts out.

Hey that's my name! I was here first damn it!

Anyway I feel bad for the two goalies: Roli because he's played his ass off and deserves some post season action and JDD because he deserves better than playing 6 games.

Maybe we'll get some nice spring cleaning out of this at least.

Anyway the ninth hole beckons...

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#15 Robin Brownlee
March 30 2009, 08:46AM
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Darcy wrote:

Kudos to you Robin for being the only writer to pick the Oilers out of the playoffs at the beginning of the season. What did you see then that the rest of us were blind to? I remember reading a preseason issue of the Hockey News (maybe it was the Sporting News),and they proclaimed MacTavish as the pre-season favorite for the Jack Adams trophy.

I'm hardly the only one who had doubts about the Oilers in pre-season. Granted, most of the beat guys were buying the NW title talk, but there were quite a few people out there who were skeptical.

I didn't put as much weight in the 14-5-1 run at the end of last season -- and the team's ability to puck up where it left off -- as some people did. I put it down to the Oilers being loose and having no pressure. You can argue that, but that kind of pace wasn't sustainable.

I didn't doubt the Oilers had assembled reasonable individual talent with the addition of Visnovsky and Cole and injured players coming back, but making all the pieces fit is another matter. It takes time. The PK was awful in pre-season and so was the face-off percentage. The three goalies was a bad situation. I thought the Oilers might stumble out of the gate with a tough schedule (even though they got through it OK).

For these reasons, and others mentioned in my pre-season preview, it simply didn't add up to a division title or a playoff spot.

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#16 blu
March 30 2009, 08:51AM
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I think it's as simple as making changes to coaching and management. The problem is it's never that simple.

At least one person has pointed out that Roli was the only one to stand up and take the bullet on this loss. The one guy who has played like he saw where the season was headed. This city deserves a public apology and letter of resignation from MacT and the rest, but they'd never man up and take it.

I feel bad for smasher steve too. He used to get it done. I've no idea whats happened to him this season.

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#17 humantorch
March 30 2009, 09:00AM
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Seriously, I'm still more pissed off about the Nickelback thing than the Oilers.

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#18 Rick
March 30 2009, 09:19AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

For these reasons, and others mentioned in my pre-season preview, it simply didn’t add up to a division title or a playoff spot.

So here's a question, do you see what happened this year as a result of the reasons you had in the fall?

This team has been messed up since the first puck drop of the season in ways that still leave me dumbfounded.

It's one thing to say that they couldn't continue the pace of the stretch drive. That was a slam dunk but didn't, in itself, seal their palyoff fate.

It could be predicted that the kids run in place more than move forward. OR even that there needed to be a period of adjustment with not just the new faces in the room but re-establishing the pecking order with the injured vets coming back.

All of that could be seen with a keen eye early on as reasons why they wouldn't make the playoffs.

BUT, who saw no identity, no direction, no committment, lack of hard work, confused play and all that kind of stuff that even after 76 games is still plaguing them?

Through bad Oilers teams and decent Oilers teams, none of that stuff has ever been an issue. Even if the results didn't bare out.

I am still cheering for them but considering when I look at the standings I wonder more about how they managed the points they got more so than the points they gave away, I don't hesitate in saying this team doesn't deserve the playoffs this year. Regardless if they still manage to sneak in somehow.

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#19 Death Metal Nightmare
March 30 2009, 09:20AM
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i'm not sure why everyone is so disappointed. this team has been transparently bad since pre-season and was just as bad last year. they cant execute passes on a consistent basis to make their game efficient. passes into skates, bad decisions, not shooting in prime areas, giving up high volumes of shots, having undersized D-men or old dogs who cant take on enormous minutes night in and night out, immaturity, passive attitudes, mediocre vets who can play their guts out for minimal results (thats called inefficiency in economics), roster imbalance between "skilled" immaturity / passengers and older players who just arent that good to carry a team, etc, etc, etc...

all this stuff was known months ago and even last season. we just let the chimera of them being in a playoff spot keep us held over until they pooped their race car bed over the last week as the sleeper teams below them finally woke up.

the Oilers are where they deserve to be. Illusion SMASHED.

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#20 AlBundy
March 30 2009, 09:35AM
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Boys, we are not out of it yet. We can still do this. All that needs to happen is our best players need to be our best players. Roli has been great but if he leaves at the end of the season what does that mean?

What happened to our best players over this strech run is really the question?

Have these guys truly given it their all:

-Horcoff, he plays the most minutes of any forward. -Hemsky, "Princess" as Fred called him. -Souray, I can't figure this guy out, he doesn't hit, he doesn't block shots, what happened here? -Moureau- because he wears the "C". Where has he gone. -Cog's, can't win a draw, can't win a battle along the boards, and gives up the puck early in the offensive zone -Gagner, he gets lots of ice with very little in return. Will be a good player in the rebuilding years

These guys I believe have provided the jump: -Zack, man, how can you sit this guy out? -Kyle, steady and a great 4th liner -Fernando, steady 3rd liner like he is suppose to -Penner, say what you want, he is a great 3rd line or 4th line player and good in front of net on power play. Was playing out of position on the 1st line or press box most of the season. -Robert, you know, when a coach benches you and then puts you on the power play, who the h*ll knows what is going on. -Smid, too bad he is hurt cause he is a heck of a player.

I honestly don't blame MacT, I think KLowe sticks his nose in and suggests who should be playing and where. He doesn't want to look bad but honestly, the blame rests 90% with KLOWE.

STEP DOWN KLOWE NOW.

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#21 Sandra
March 30 2009, 09:41AM
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Well another lost season, What we need is a clean start, we won't make the playoffs so what changes now? Lowe? MacT? Horcoff...PLEASE before he is untradeable which might be too late. The D is .......no words, Gagner needs some guidence, Others like Nilson have had thier confedence shattered. This team is one big mess. Now if this was Rexall, what would Katz do? I guess we thought he was our saviour when he took over a year ago.Now any Oiler empoyee, please give your season ticket holders a reason why they should renew? Whats in store for next year. Will Lowe be here? he caused this mess and sure he played 25 years but still can't spot talent or manage. Frustrated.

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#22 Zamboni Driver
March 30 2009, 09:41AM
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@ AlBundy: Uhmm, Al.

"We're not out of this yet"

and

...the only guys playing half decent are the interchangeable parts at the bottom of our barrel.

How, exactly, are 'we' still in this?

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#23 offside
March 30 2009, 09:43AM
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I was never fully on the fire MacT bandwagon until last week. I know that all the players are professionals and they shouldn't need a coach to have to motivate them to win in these situations. My view is that if there is a perception in Edmonton (the media and fans) that there is a problem with MacT, then there is a problem. Whether or not anyone will admit to it something will have to be done next year. As others have mentioned, I don't see MacT getting fired, instead he'll get 'promoted' to some dreamed up behind the scenes job. By the way, the win against Anaheim was pretty ugly, everyone in the dressing room should give Roli their paycheques for that game.

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#24 Sandra
March 30 2009, 09:43AM
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Sandra wrote:

Well another lost season, What we need is a clean start, we won’t make the playoffs so what changes now? Lowe? MacT? Horcoff…PLEASE before he is untradeable which might be too late. The D is …….no words, Gagner needs some guidence, Others like Nilson have had thier confedence shattered. This team is one big mess. Now if this was Rexall, what would Katz do? I guess we thought he was our saviour when he took over a year ago.Now any Oiler empoyee, please give your season ticket holders a reason why they should renew? Whats in store for next year. Will Lowe be here? he caused this mess and sure he played 25 years but still can’t spot talent or manage. Frustrated.

If Roli was dealt at the begining of the season maybe we won't be in this, maybe changes would have come. The excuse that it's hard to make a trade won't be used if other teams saw some value in yours.

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#25 Rick
March 30 2009, 09:47AM
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AlBundy wrote:

I honestly don’t blame MacT, I think KLowe sticks his nose in and suggests who should be playing and where. He doesn’t want to look bad but honestly, the blame rests 90% with KLOWE.

MacT may not deserve as big of a slice of the blame pie that he will ultimately get, it can't be ignored that he was one of the guys picturing a division title at the beginning of the year.

He doesn't do that if he isn't satisfied with the pieces that were given to him to work with.

So it only leaves us with one reasonable conclusion, he never got the job done from his end. Just one of many guys in the oprganization including the players that can be said for.

Let's be realistic, this year hasn't had the same kind of adversity surrounding the team that previous years had. The worst situation was the three goaltenders but goaltending hasn't been the Oilers problem and the injuries this year haven't been unusually devestating like the prior couple years.

This team just flat out never achieved.

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#26 The Menace
March 30 2009, 09:47AM
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Colin-FMNF wrote:

Hey that’s my name! I was here first damn it!

Two Colins? This needs to be looked into further. A "Colin-oscopy" might be in order.

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#27 Smokin' Ray - NNC
March 30 2009, 09:49AM
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I am curious. I want all the 220 people that voted that Hemsky was being misused to explain why you think that.

I am one of the 41 people that voted "Hellz No".

Because as Brownlee writes, "Ales Hemsky wants to be the go-to guy? Nice job by Dan Barnes of The Journal getting Hemsky to spill his guts last week, but go-to guys don’t vent in the newspapers and score one goal in an 11-game stretch when the team needs them to produce. They shut up and get the job done."

That was how I felt as well and always.

"Leadership is action... Not position"

BTW: Great post Robin.

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#28 Harlie Chuddy
March 30 2009, 09:52AM
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Robin - wasn't it only a week or two ago that you wrote that you were wrong and that they were going to make the playoffs? You flip flop more than an ex lib PM who was in office shorter than Bowl-A-Rice's career with the Oil!

I ain't tryin to defecate on your corn flakes...just givin you a hard time. :)

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#29 Chaz
March 30 2009, 09:56AM
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I'm not sure what firing Lowe will do seeing that he isn't the GM anymore. Sure he has say in what the team does, but Tambo is the GM and I think he deserves some time to make his mark on this team. Seeing that he pulled in two good players for a UFA who was not planning on signing here in the summer, I'd say he's off to a good start.

Mac T does have to go IMO. I do like him as coach, but after his pre-season predictions and the year we've had, how could he possibly stay? Time for a new direction.

In terms of Roli taking the blame last night, I do think he let in a couple of softies, but without him this year, the only race we'd be in is the John Tavares sweepstakes race. He's our MVP and if half the players on our team cared as much and played with as much 'Jam' as our 39 year old goalie, we'd be comfortably in the playoffs. It's everyone's fault EXCEPT yours Roli.

And now, here's a little joke to help us forget our pain:

Knock knock. Who's there? Dwayne Dwayne who? Dwayne the tub, the Oilers are drowning.

Fore!!

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#30 Quinn
March 30 2009, 09:59AM
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Robin,

does the loss of Smid mean we have seen the last of him in Oiler silks? I am a huge fan of the kid and feel that he has been jerked around this organisation like so many other prospects have. Will he want to come back? Or does he find greener pastures elsewhere in the offseason?

And if Smid goes, who takes up the tough guy defenceman role to back up Souray? Lots of questions, I know, but I really feel that we need a Smid to complement the Gilberts, Grebeshkovs and Visnovskys of the D-corps.

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#31 David Staples
March 30 2009, 10:06AM
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Hey, Robin, I know you predicted the Oil wouldn't make the playoffs, but did you not catch Oilers fever this year in November-December?

I could be wrong, but I recall some prediction from you that the team was about to go on a massive winning streak, and you challenged some poor soul to point out the games the Oilers were going to lose, saying you just couldn't see them losing the coming 15 game stretch . . . . . . Anyway, this is a small point. ... You've been consistently realistic (pessimistic), so that's why that one moment of optimism from you is sticking with me . . .

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#32 mjsh
March 30 2009, 10:07AM
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It has been a sad year for the fans. I wonder how many of the players actually care. I had a bit of hope until last night. I am not on the blame Mac T bandwagon but i would be prepared to bet that he resigns at the end of the season. I would too if I had this underacheiving group and no contract. Some day the true story will come out and we will hear about the discord in the room.

I think you could count on one hand the number of games this year that the Oilers played to their potential. The lack of heart says to me that no one was able to get this group playing as a team. And still too much snow to golf.

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#33 AlBundy
March 30 2009, 10:10AM
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Maybe owner doesn't care cause it is all about money and the BOYS ON THE BUS. If the owner doesn't makr management changes, we will know what his intent with the team is@ Sandra:

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#34 AlBundy
March 30 2009, 10:10AM
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Well, the Leafs are still in it also@ Zamboni Driver:

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#35 Quinn
March 30 2009, 10:13AM
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mjsh wrote:

It has been a sad year for the fans. I wonder how many of the players actually care. I had a bit of hope until last night. I am not on the blame Mac T bandwagon but i would be prepared to bet that he resigns at the end of the season. I would too if I had this underacheiving group and no contract. Some day the true story will come out and we will hear about the discord in the room. I think you could count on one hand the number of games this year that the Oilers played to their potential. The lack of heart says to me that no one was able to get this group playing as a team. And still too much snow to golf.

I would get behind this even more if there were some management resignations (though I think Tambellini gets some rope), especially KLowe should fall on his sword for this team's performance.

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#36 jayoilfan
March 30 2009, 10:13AM
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Put a fork in them they're done. I can't see them winning out (which they have to do in order to get in).500 hockey is not good enough and with the Blues, Ducks and Preds playing wery good, there will be no room for our beloved Oilers.

I totally wish that they would've found the 'jam' but it is too little to late folks.

Next year country now. Now that I've come to grips with reality and have accepted their position, I can relax and live a normal, healthy life without the mental breakdowns and such that being a Oiler fan gives you at this time of year.

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#37 AlBundy
March 30 2009, 10:13AM
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your right, now Roli will walk at end of season and we will not get anything in return. I suspect he is on his way to Ottawa@ Sandra:

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#38 AlBundy
March 30 2009, 10:17AM
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correct, I do think MacT will step up in the organization as ass't head of hockey operations. Craig Simpson will be new head coach@ Rick:

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#39 Rick
March 30 2009, 10:19AM
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AlBundy wrote:

Craig Simpson will be new head coach@ Rick:

No chance, no how, no way...

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#40 Peter Pan
March 30 2009, 10:20AM
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Can't clear my mind. Things I'm pondering:

Why don't Grebber or Gilbert ever shoot?

Why doesn't Penner use his size?

Why is our 4th line the most effective line we have?

Why did Hemsky quit on the team?

Why does O'Sullivan suck as an Oiler?

Why is Horcoff getting paid as much as Hossa, Spezza, Heatley, Zetterberg, etc?

Why did Visnovsky have to get hurt?

Why is MacT et al still running the bench?

Why is Nilsson always the guy to sit out?

Why is Rollie going to resign in EDM?

Why did Pronger's wife have to be such a bitch?

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#41 Sandra
March 30 2009, 10:25AM
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AlBundy wrote:

correct, I do think MacT will step up in the organization as ass’t head of hockey operations. Craig Simpson will be new head coach@ Rick:

Simpson had asked Lowe if there was a chance of being a head coach here before he took the job at CBC, Lowe said no, as long as he is here, so will MacT. Time for Lowe to go. Tambo is just a puppet for Lowe so the rest of the league will trade with the Oil.If Lowe goes, he will not find another job in the NHL. He played 20years in the NHL and went to University and he has all the knowledge of a 6th grader.

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#42 T-O
March 30 2009, 10:26AM
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Lets hope MacT quits. Katz will not fire him, in his first press conferenc ewhen he bought the team he said the Coach and GM (lowe at the time) hae a two year free pass. Heres to looking forward to another year of reddox on the first line and Cogs on the third.

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#43 Sandra
March 30 2009, 10:28AM
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T-O wrote:

Lets hope MacT quits. Katz will not fire him, in his first press conferenc ewhen he bought the team he said the Coach and GM (lowe at the time) hae a two year free pass. Heres to looking forward to another year of reddox on the first line and Cogs on the third.

and a cap team

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#44 ScubaSteve*FMNF
March 30 2009, 10:28AM
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@Peter Pan

One answer to all those questions

Poor coaching/management.

Period

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#45 Sandra
March 30 2009, 10:30AM
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FLNF I hate MacT for not being able to coach or motivate the team but Lowe is the problem FLNF

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#46 swany
March 30 2009, 10:40AM
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RB so what do they have to do at the draft and on UFA day to fix this team. Will they keep Kotalik, will they resign Roli, what trades do you think will happen, I think Gilbert will be moved along with Nilsson, Schremp (because he wants out). The big change will happen behind the bench. Mact will become Ass to president of hockey ops. My pick for coach is Brent Sutter he wants to come back to his Family, and I think he would do very well. They still need that 40 goal guy and a true shut down D man. Hopefully next year we turn into the Hawks- one year miss by 3 next year end up in 4th.

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#47 Scott
March 30 2009, 11:02AM
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They are done this year, and even worse, I am not sure anyone in the room really cares. I think there is some sort of chemistry issue with the team, I don't know if it is MacT losing the room, or vets v. rookies, but the team is just a bunch of individuals.

So, I have put my (and any other Oiler Fan who has had enough) support up for auction on Ebay. We need to send a message to the team, and this might get some play if enough people get onside. All money raised will go to the EOCF, at least they do some good in town.

Let's get a few hundred fans in this, at least it will raise some money, and I will send the cheque on behalf of "Fans who support Oilers Hockey, not this year's team"

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#48 Mike
March 30 2009, 11:18AM
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This team is a reflection of its coach. When was the last time our stunned 'coach' looked pissed off or got emotional following a goal?!?

Personally, I loved his comment about a lack of a fore-check when he's the brilliant mind who had them in the trap/torpedo immediately following the 2-0 goal. Isn't the trap reserved for when you're winning or tied?!?

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#49 oilersseasonticketholdersince99
March 30 2009, 11:23AM
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I say we bring back Peter Puck put him in charge of Rexal sports give him a few years to screw everybody and then we will run him out of town again,Bring back Slats as GM and have K Lowe apprentice under him once we start to win under slats guidence lets ask him to leave,Bring in a coach not a ex Oiler somebody who has a winning record did I mention we dont want a ex Oiler to see what this team can do, give them 4 years if he has a winning record he stays if he has a losing record get rid of him, dont wait 8 years before running him out of town.

Lets just hope Katz does something anything will be better than sitting there and going through the motions like our hockey team.

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#50 Wanye Gretz
March 30 2009, 12:01PM
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@ Scott:

This is intriguing Scott. Shoot me an email at wanyegretz@gmail.com if you want to discuss this further.

*goes back to smashing stuff*

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