Famous last words

Robin Brownlee
April 08 2009 01:20PM

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If Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings was Craig MacTavish's last gasp as coach of the Edmonton Oilers, and I suspect it was, don't count me among those overjoyed with his demise.

But listening to MacTavish in the post-game news conference at Rexall Place last night, with each word dripping with defeat and disappointment, I'm more convinced than ever he will meet with team owner Daryl Katz and offer his resignation face-to-face in the next two weeks. No texts.

I'm convinced it's for the best.

"It's kind of a frame on the year we’ve had where we've put ourselves in position many times during the year, but we just haven't been able to capitalize on that opportunity," MacTavish told reporters.

"You can call it whatever you want. There's going to be lots of time for analysis now, but that was indicative of a lot of nights where we've needed a game and just come up short.

"It's not just the game tonight I'm going to wrap myself around. It's a lot of nights like this over the course of the year. Thanks..."

Then, he stepped away.

MacT’s call

Having been up-close-and-personal when MacTavish contemplated walking away before, I can tell you he's a man who doesn't take defeat easily or duck his share of responsibility when it comes to failure, which this season surely was. I can tell you he's an honest, honourable guy.

But, after a season in which MacTavish made too many decisions that didn't make sense or play to the strengths of the personnel on the roster, a season in which he set the bar high in pre-season with talk of a Northwest Division title, it's time to go.

Last night, MacTavish looked so far removed from the optimism of October and so used up, I can't come to any other conclusion, even allowing for the disappointment of the moment.

Make no mistake, this is MacTavish's call to make, and he deserves that much. While we don't talk as much as we used to, I can assure fans MacTavish will look at the situation and make the right call. He won't hang on when he knows he should let go, he won't cling to the spotlight.

No cheering in the press box

Some media types can't wait to fire the coach -- the greatest misnomer in sports because what somebody in the press box writes has absolutely no effect, zero, none, on decisions -- but I've never had the urge to scream that so-and-so must go. Not Ron Low. Not Kevin Lowe. Not MacTavish.

Fans? That's different. You pay your dollar, so you get to holler. With the emotional and financial investment Joe Q has in the team, I get the passion, the over-reaction, the negative buzz on the call-in shows. It's all good.

But, like I said, when MacTavish calls it a day, you won't find me applauding his exit. He's a big boy and he knows the rules of the game. So do I. And I also know he was as committed and passionate and driven to succeed as any coach can be. But, in the end, even with 300 wins and the 2006 Stanley Cup final on his resume, MacTavish didn't succeed enough. He failed.

I find no joy in that, or at what comes next.

Second guessing

There's no question Shawn Horcoff hasn't delivered in the stretch drive with just one goal in his last 13 games, and that falls on him, but why has he been used as a shutdown centre of late?

That part falls to MacTavish, who has seen fit to turn his top-line pivot into a checker -- at least that's what he's said in recent weeks to explain Horcoff's drop in offensive production. With all the minutes he's played, I wouldn't be surprised if Horcoff's simply out of gas. Looks like it to me.

The second part falls to Kevin Lowe, who was GM when the decision was made to let Marty Reasoner and Jarret Stoll go. The lack of a reliable shutdown and face-off guy has been a glaring need since training camp.

Speaking of gassed, Dwayne Roloson is the dictionary definition of that because a Senior B goaltender wouldn't have let in the 1-0 goal by Alexander Frolov 55 seconds in.

As gritty as Roloson's been and as much as he's battled -- the Oilers would've been eliminated weeks ago without him -- he's been victimized by bad goals in the last handful of games.

MacTavish hasn't managed his goaltenders worth a damn since Mathieu Garon was traded. Three times during Roloson's skein of starts, the Oilers played back-to-back games. Not once did Jeff Deslauriers get a sniff. By the time the crunch came, MacTavish left himself no option but to ride Roloson until the wheels fell off.

JUST SAYING...

-- Patrick O'Sullivan might be a first-line talent, but he's got some work to do before he's more than a second-line winger. Not much bang for the buck since arriving at the trade deadline.

-- There wasn't room on Edmonton's coaching staff for Rob Daum this season, but there should be next season. Fact is, Daum should never have been bumped to make room for Kelly Buchberger.

-- Don't hold your breath waiting for the "He'll look like a bargain during this contract" talk from Lowe kick in when it comes to Dustin Penner because you'll turn blue before it happens. From 29 goals with Anaheim to 23 here last season to 17 with two games to play, but the tab, $4.25 million per season, remains the same.

-- With yet another second assist against the Kings, Tom Gilbert is living proof numbers don't tell the whole story. I'm doing a running tally on those, but I'm out of fingers and toes. If I'm GM Steve Tambellini, Gilbert is the defenceman I move -- before other GMs realize he's a soft, complimentary player -- if I'm dangling one of my blueliners in pursuit of a first-line pivot or left winger.

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#51 Jorge
April 08 2009, 10:34AM
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I personally don't want to see too many players leaving this summer. Yes we need a new coaching staff I agree but the players themselves I would hope we only move 2 or 3 at most. Too many times have we moved a load only to start the first quarter of the season saying a team needs to find its 'chemistry' and when that doesn't happen we move players again in the off season.

I deffinitely want to see Gilbert moved #1. He has the league tricked right now that hes worth more then he is so get what you can for him while he still has a good rep because this guy is a hazzard, especially for 4 mil a year.

I deffinitely do NOT want to see O'Sullivan leave. I think he is one of our stronger players and he didnt have the bounces he would have liked since he got here I think he will be much better next season.

I'd like to see a goalie change whether or not we keep roloson I think we need a backup we can depend on instead of making roli play 82 straight. I like the jeff harding idea although I am not sure about what repercussions we might face from that.

and lastly I hope we can succeed on the free market this summer. I know its a long shot but its bound to happen one of these times right?

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#52 Mike Krushelnyski
April 08 2009, 10:35AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

I’m willing to bet a bunch of players have career years next year with a new coach and a clean slate.

Well honestly if guys like Gagner and Cogs don't have career years next year we're boned.

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#53 Chaz
April 08 2009, 10:36AM
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All I can say is this season was a debacle of monumental proportions. I'm going to miss quotes like that from Mac T.

I'll be at the driving range if you need me.

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#54 jeanshorts
April 08 2009, 10:37AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

I’m willing to bet a bunch of players have career years next year with a new coach and a clean slate.

And on a completely different team! God I hope Lowe doesn't strong arm Tambo into doing another team genocide like we've seen every other friggin off season.

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#55 Archaeologuy
April 08 2009, 10:37AM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

baggedmilk wrote: I’m willing to bet a bunch of players have career years next year with a new coach and a clean slate. Well honestly if guys like Gagner and Cogs don’t have career years next year we’re boned.

Then again, if they do have career years we'll have to re-sign them at big bucks. Either way we're boned.

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#56 baggedmilk
April 08 2009, 10:37AM
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Jorge wrote:

I deffinitely want to see Gilbert moved #1. He has the league tricked right now that hes worth more then he is so get what you can for him while he still has a good rep because this guy is a hazzard, especially for 4 mil a year.

I would rather have Gilbert putting up 40 points per year at $4 million than Staios playing Pee Wee hockey for $3.

Use your head the guy is 25 years old.

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#57 Mike Krushelnyski
April 08 2009, 10:39AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Either way we’re boned.

Pretty much sums up being an Oilers fan.

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#58 Jorge
April 08 2009, 10:40AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

Jorge wrote: I deffinitely want to see Gilbert moved #1. He has the league tricked right now that hes worth more then he is so get what you can for him while he still has a good rep because this guy is a hazzard, especially for 4 mil a year. I would rather have Gilbert putting up 40 points per year at $4 million than Staios playing Pee Wee hockey for $3. Use your head the guy is 25 years old.

Ok I forgot I want Staios replaced but it doesnt change the fact that Gilbert has too many screw ups on the ice and isn't the star defenseman we hoped in his rookie year he'd be

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#59 Quicksilver ballet
April 08 2009, 10:42AM
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Sorry to see MacTavish go but this is what happens when the inmates are running the asylum.

With things slowing down and a mediocre top 5 payroll hockey club, we could see crowds of fewer than 10.000 in the very near future, could this be enough to quash any hopes of the new building?

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#60 I'm a Scientist!
April 08 2009, 10:43AM
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baggedmilk wrote:

I’m willing to bet a bunch of players have career years next year with a new coach and a clean slate.

I think it depends on who the coach is. What happens if Charlie Huddy just steps up? *shudder*

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#61 baggedmilk
April 08 2009, 10:45AM
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Jorge wrote:

Ok I forgot I want Staios replaced but it doesnt change the fact that Gilbert has too many screw ups on the ice and isn’t the star defenseman we hoped in his rookie year he’d be

Hey man, I'm with ya. Gilbert has to sure up his game, but it's only his second full campaign so I'm not ready to give up on him or Grebs yet. This team needs a solid shut down D-man and it sure as sh*t isn't Staios nor Strudwick.

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#62 I'm a Scientist!
April 08 2009, 10:48AM
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@ baggedmilk: Are the rumors still flying about Smid wanting out?

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#63 Quicksilver ballet
April 08 2009, 10:51AM
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@ baggedmilk: Are the rumors still flying about Smid wanting out?

I think half the team would rather be somewhere else when the ship is taking on water like this.

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#64 Ducey
April 08 2009, 10:56AM
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First off, I can't get over how many people want Marty Reasoner back when the Blogs all saw him as the problem last year- as evidence of MacT's reliance on checkers.

I also can't get over the fact that the Oilers came into the season with very high expectations - thanks to many on the Blogs. These expectations were unrealistic given the lack of size (no more Glencross, Stoll), the number of inconsistent young players, and the dependence upon overtime wins the year before. However, the addition of Vishnovsky and Cole served to allay any second guesses and everyone pronounced the Oilers contenders.

We now see this all clearly, but the players and coach seemed to be caught up in trying to meet the expectations and the whole approach to the game changed. They didn't play loose or go for broke as they had before, they played a static, conservative game and tried not to screw up. This works if you have a veteran team. The Oilers don't.

I think MacT has to go because he looks all used up - he needs a year away from a bench. Plus he has burned too many bridges with his players in a desperate attempt to meet expectations.

But the question is: Would a different coach in the same circumstances have done any better. I think not.

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#65 Dan from Wainwright
April 08 2009, 10:57AM
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Rick wrote:

Robin, regarding your point on O’Sullivan; I don’t know if this is a logical choice in terms of who will be left standing, but who do you see here in October - O’Sullivan or Nilsson? Or am I missing the target altogether?

I pray we offload Nilsson. Next year's team slogan had better be "Your Edmonton Oilers - Now with 75% less floaters".

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#66 Jorge
April 08 2009, 11:00AM
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Would anyone else like to see the C go to Souray instead of Moreau? Maybe a new coach can make the change. Although I don't think you can take away the C and keep the player

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#67 Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009, 11:02AM
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Ducey wrote:

First off, I can’t get over how many people want Marty Reasoner back when the Blogs all saw him as the problem last year- as evidence of MacT’s reliance on checkers.

Manifestly false. Most of the prominent bloggers wanted Reasoner back; it was places like HFBoards that demonized him. Don't confuse the bloggers with the message boards.

I also can’t get over the fact that the Oilers came into the season with very high expectations - thanks to many on the Blogs. These expectations were unrealistic given the lack of size (no more Glencross, Stoll), the number of inconsistent young players, and the dependence upon overtime wins the year before.

Again, manifestly false. I predicted the Oilers would finish 8th, as did Lowetide, and Tyler agreed with Brownlee that they'd finish out of the playoffs. It was (again) places like HFBoards that assumed a division title was likely. And, you know, Craig MacTavish.

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#68 Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009, 11:02AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I predicted the Oilers would finish 8th, as did Lowetide

Sorry, that should say 6th.

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#69 Rick
April 08 2009, 11:06AM
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Dan from Wainwright wrote:

I pray we offload Nilsson. Next year’s team slogan had better be “Your Edmonton Oilers - Now with 75% less floaters”.

75% less floaters? Who are the other 6 guys that take the pipe?

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#70 Dan from Wainwright
April 08 2009, 11:13AM
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Rick wrote:

Dan from Wainwright wrote: I pray we offload Nilsson. Next year’s team slogan had better be “Your Edmonton Oilers - Now with 75% less floaters”. 75% less floaters? Who are the other 6 guys that take the pipe?

Horcoff would be on that list for sure. I'm with you though, there should be 5 more after these 2 added to the floaters list and be told to go whence they came ...

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#71 Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009, 11:14AM
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On Marty Reasoner:

Lowetide, July 7, 2008:

Why Marty Reasoner? Because the Oilers need someone who can fill that role. Faceoff man, blocking shots with face man, guy who'll accept 15 minutes one night and a HS the next. A penalty killer, a guy who helps the kids who will eventually take his job to perfect the exact skills that have him on the roster. A class act who does his job well and makes himself valuable by doing everything asked while being a positive influence. It's a very important role, especially on a team with a lot of youth.

Me, June 5, 2008:

Hopefully Reasoner returns on a 1yr/800K contract. He isn't worth much more atthis point, but the things he brings to the table (PK, faceoff, savvy) are worth the price tag of a 4th line forward. Even if he's not an everyday player, at 800K I would love to see him return.
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#72 Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009, 11:14AM
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@ Dan from Wainwright:

Yeah, Horcoff's a big-time lazy-ass floater. Do you even watch the games?

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#73 Dan from Wainwright
April 08 2009, 11:16AM
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How about we make the next 2 entertaining? MacT - this is your last kick at the cat for the Oil, mark my words. Care for a rematch with Harvey the Hound? How about Smackintyre lays out Iggie? Or the trainers have some good ol' fisticuffs at centre ice.

Shouldn't we be hoping for a good draft choice? Honestly, remember that year where we won that last game, when we would have been in the draft lottery had we lost? Let's relax, take some liberties with the opposition and entertain the fans. Let's get our #8 pick (the highest we can possibly get). Gagner was a #6.

Fans need something to take away from this craptastic hockey year. Beating the snot out of our hick breathren to the south would suffice for now, but it's obvious big changes need to be made in Oil Country.

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#74 Archaeologuy
April 08 2009, 11:17AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

@ Dan from Wainwright: Yeah, Horcoff’s a big-time lazy-ass floater. Do you even watch the games?

I dont give points for effort, kindergarten is over. He might as well be floating out there.

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#75 Dan from Wainwright
April 08 2009, 11:20AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Jonathan Willis wrote: @ Dan from Wainwright: Yeah, Horcoff’s a big-time lazy-ass floater. Do you even watch the games? I dont give points for effort, kindergarten is over. He might as well be floating out there.

Agreed. Especially for his salary. On any other team he'd be a #2 C at best.

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#76 Primary and Secondary Assists - OilersNation.com
April 08 2009, 11:25AM
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[...] Brownlee mentioned second assists in his latest column, saying that Tom Gilbert’s numbers have been inflated by a bunch of second assists. It’s a [...]

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#77 Darcy
April 08 2009, 11:32AM
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– With yet another second assist against the Kings, Tom Gilbert is living proof numbers don’t tell the whole story. I’m doing a running tally on those, but I’m out of fingers and toes. If I’m GM Steve Tambellini, Gilbert is the defenceman I move — before other GMs realize he’s a soft, complimentary player — if I’m dangling one of my blueliners in pursuit of a first-line pivot or left winger.

While I agree 100% that Gilbert is the one to move, I disagree with discounting 2nd assists.

Its true that some of them are from the lucky to have touched the puck category, but being the guy who starts the play with a good first pass, or keeps the play going in the O zone with a quality pinch or pass should not be under-rated.

Gilbet + Cogliano should equal a good 1st line left wing.

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#78 Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009, 11:33AM
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@ Archaeologuy: @ Dan from Wainwright:

Yes, but that's different than "floating", isn't it?

It's analogous to me calling Jason Strudwick a floater - I don't especially like his game, but I have no complaints about his level of effort.

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#79 J-Bird
April 08 2009, 11:34AM
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Personally, the only worse GM I can think of than Kevin Lowe in the league prior to getting fired was Doug McLean. Playoffs missed for the 3rd time in 4 years in the NHL Cap system these bafoons had all said they needed to compete. We had a max cap rebuild going on here, with still no fruit to bare. And heading into a future in which we're going to have at my count, 17% of our cap tied up in 2 guys who won't score 50 goals combined in Horcoff and Penner.

Kevin Lowe, take a bow. Good job you idiot. I'm not even going to mention Gilbert's or Nilsson's or Pisani's or Moreau's or Staois'. Oooops.....

Mac has some blame Robin pointed out too. But he didn't ask for 3 goalies, no centre who can win a draw, no PK, soft perimeter type players throughout the line up, etc.

Kevin Lowe did this. And we as Oil fans are saddled with this mess for quite some time.

Perfect.

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#80 Archaeologuy
April 08 2009, 11:35AM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

Fair enough.

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#81 AlBundy
April 08 2009, 11:42AM
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Robin great article. In your opinion and that of Jonathan Willis, who are the Oilers that have played their last game and is there ANY chance that KLOWE will step down, please please please?

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#82 George
April 08 2009, 12:04PM
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gilbert for frolov

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#83 Milli
April 08 2009, 12:10PM
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Yep, it's time for him to go, but, I too will miss him. Quick question, where the hell was Hemmer down the stretch? I guess he was with Horc. I think Cogs got totally misused and I sure hope Gags is the real deal, and he sure is starting to look like it, another thing, when he talks about how crapy missing the playoffs again is, I actually think he means it. God I hope penner can bounce back. We do sure look deep at D, maybe that can land us a forward that can SCORE...

I hate this!!!!

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#84 Bill Peters Bandwagon
April 08 2009, 12:15PM
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"If Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings was Craig MacTavish’s last gasp as coach of the Edmonton Oilers, and I suspect it was, don’t count me among those overjoyed with his demise."

me neither...... its going to be sad to watch him tap out

ironic that his demise hinges somewhat on the failure of management to provide a player that had some resemblance to the entity that was craig mactavish the player. Maybe ironic is not the word... incomprehensible might be a better fit.

crawford and fred on the pregame saturday.... foreshadowing? 2 texts from being a slam dunk? Enough burke leftovers for every hole as opposed to enough burke leftovers to make us whole.

bah...

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#85 buffalo farmer
April 08 2009, 12:15PM
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@ George: Why would L.A. give us frolov for Gilbert? We have very few players with any trade value due to some bad contracts. Players for picks is about the most Tambo can get, and that is only if they want to blow the team up and start over. Which right now seems better than another year of mediocrity. Keep the young guns and trade the over priced vets and at least be entertaining next year.

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#86 Payne
April 08 2009, 12:21PM
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"I’ve never had the urge to scream that so-and-so must go."

How about George Burnett?

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#87 Mr P
April 08 2009, 12:25PM
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Jorge wrote:

the fact that Gilbert has too many screw ups on the ice and isn’t the star defenseman we hoped in his rookie year he’d be

I don't think gilbert makes many mistakes in his own end, he's makes very few. If you have a problem with Gilbert its that he's is soft and if we ever make the playoffs he might disapear. That and his shoe fetish.

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#88 Mr P
April 08 2009, 12:31PM
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@ buffalo farmer:

Why would you blow one of the youngest teams in the NHL up for picks? A young team that missed the playoffs by a couple points. I think a little tweaking and allowing some chemistry to form is what this team needs. That and a goalie.

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#89 Mr P
April 08 2009, 12:32PM
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George wrote:

gilbert for frolov

How about Gilbert ++ for Simon Gagne?

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#90 Malc
April 08 2009, 12:52PM
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I have a suggestion - which I am sure I will get ripped for. How long have we been trying to find someone who can play with Hemsky? 4-5 years? The guy has talent, but lets face it, he doesn't play well with others. Move Hemsky, who, with his talent and contract should get a pretty decent return, and lets build a 1st line already. How much longer are we going to continue this? Is he really going to change? And it begins...

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#91 Deans
April 08 2009, 12:53PM
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Lowetide seems to be predicting that Messier will get some kind of a role with The Oilers next season. Assistant coach would be mildly acceptable but if he is MacT's replacment it would be a massive mistake. He would do wonders in the PR department but it would just be another failed attempt to relive past glories. The Oilers need a clean break from the glory days. The Oilers need someone with AHL or NHL coaching experience.

Its just a rumor and all but I seem to remember Messier having a good relationship w/ Katz so maybe this is somewhat possible.

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#92 Harlie
April 08 2009, 12:58PM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

Willis can you do up some stats for Cole's return to Carolina and his chemistry with Staal? We brought him here to do with Hesmky exactly what he has done with Staal since he got traded back. I'd like to see how the numbers spell things out. Thanks in advance.

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#93 Harlie
April 08 2009, 01:04PM
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@ Malc:

I'm starting to have the same feeling on Hemsky. See my post above to Willis. Cole has been on fire since he went back to Caro and his chemistry with Staal looks undeniable. Nothing clicked with Hemsky with Cole. The Penner situation was slightly better and the Kotalik one had some good games and some terrible ones.

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#94 Ducey
April 08 2009, 01:12PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Don’t confuse the bloggers with the message boards. ... It was (again) places like HFBoards that assumed a division title was likely.

Sorry Willis, I did confuse the "Bloggers" like you and Lowetide with those that participate in the discussions on the Blogs. I guess I did not have my terminology correct.

My impression was, and is, that many of those that are calling for MacT's head are the same that like to call Penner lazy, Reasoner was useless, Horcoff is not a #1 centre, etc... all after saying before the season that this team was great.

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#95 Milli
April 08 2009, 01:24PM
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@ Malc: No, I agree. I still find his timing on I want to be the guy damning, especially since he did nothing after saying it. I have kept waiting for him to grow into this amazing player that can dominait games, but, I'm still waiting. For a few games this season, I thought that the wait was over, the DOMINANT HEMMER was here....only to see him disappear when we needed him most. No doubt he has talent, no doubt he will put up numbers, BUT, if i was building this team for the future, he would be a piece of the puzzle, NOT the center piece of the puzzle.

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#96 Harlie
April 08 2009, 01:25PM
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Ducey wrote:

Jonathan Willis wrote: My impression was, and is, that many of those that are calling for MacT’s head are the same that like to call Penner lazy, Reasoner was useless, Horcoff is not a #1 centre, etc… all after saying before the season that this team was great.

I remember Stauffer saying that he didn't think Horcs was a 1st line Center a couple of years ago. Then Horcs went to Mexico and changed his stick and was going great. Then he got hurt. Then this season he sucked and Stauff is no longer on the Team saying what he thinks Horcoff is. Basically what I'm saying is that the Horcoff legit center thing has been debated for longer than just this season and by many sources of media, blogs and boards.

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#97 RossCreek
April 08 2009, 01:27PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ RossCreek: As for head coaching candidates, good question. Pearn is a technician like Daum, but I’m not sure he’d “sell” to fans as the head coach after three years our of the playoffs. Would Habscheid be considered another “old boy” hiring? You mentioned Prendergast, and I’d be stunned if there aren’t changes at the top of the scouting department, and that’s his territory.

I wouldn't consider Habschied as a member of the "old boys club". He wasn't here all that long and has paid his dues in the coaching ranks. Its a little different bringing in a "COACH" that happens to be an ex Oiler than binginig in an ex Oiler that thinks he can just all of the sudden coach at the NHL level (Bucky, for instance). And the Kevin Prendergast headline should read: "KEVIN PRENDER-GASSED"

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April 08 2009, 01:32PM
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@ Milli:

Exactly, that was what I was wanting to say... "NOT the center piece"

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#99 Jonathan Willis
April 08 2009, 01:32PM
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Harlie wrote:

@ Jonathan Willis: Willis can you do up some stats for Cole’s return to Carolina and his chemistry with Staal? We brought him here to do with Hesmky exactly what he has done with Staal since he got traded back. I’d like to see how the numbers spell things out. Thanks in advance.

I don't want to do it because: a) I hate Eric Staal. b) I'm depressed enough right now when it comes to this hockey team.

Anyhow, the Stall/Cole combination have combined for 12 goals for and 7 goals against, and outshot their opponents 120-104. Their Corsi number is also very nice (+218/-179). That's just at even strength.

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April 08 2009, 01:36PM
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Jorge wrote:

I’d like to see a goalie change whether or not we keep roloson I think we need a backup we can depend on instead of making roli play 82 straight. I like the jeff harding idea although I am not sure about what repercussions we might face from that. and lastly I hope we can succeed on the free market this summer. I know its a long shot but its bound to happen one of these times right?

You could always make a trade with Minnesota for Harding as opposed to an offer sheet if that's what you're thinking. He WILL be moved this summer. I'm sure teams like Detroit & Philli mite have interest in him as well as others though. He's capable of starting next season IMO.

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