FINALLY SOME LEADERSHIP

Wanye
April 13 2010 02:07AM

We were in the midst of peppering Gregor and Brownlee's articles with commentary about Sheldon Souray demanding a trade when we remembered that we could actually write an article of our own and force everyone to listen to our opinion too. We gave 'er a day to calm down, but calm down we have NOT.

Although we generally agree with most everything Brownlee and Gregor have to say, we dispute with the idea that Souray has done the team a disservice by opening his mouth about his disdain for Oilers management. The timing wasn't great we will grant you that, but it pulls back the curtain and reveals the Wizard for all to see.

BEHOLD

One of the things that has pissed us off the most this season was the complete lack of accountability on the part of Players, Coaches and the 7,382 Managers of the team. The arrogance displayed by virtually every single member of this organization has been hilariously disconnected with the performance on the ice. Contenders for the Cup are entitled to a certain level of arrogant swagger.

30th place Crap Squads? Not so much.

With the exception of Ryan Whitney - who has been awesomely honest in the papers and on the air - the Oilers have to a man remained silent all season and have been content to give the usual platitudes as to why things are going poorly.

Finally someone has had the stones to shed light on an area many here on the Nation have long suspected and secretly hoped has been the case - players don't like it here in Edmonton in large part because of team management.

Ahhhhh.

Not because of the pot holes in our roads, not because of the Northernly weather patterns or the lack of night life. Instead it is the people running the team and their attitudes towards the players, which seems to eerily echo their attitude towards the rest of us fans. 

LET'S REWIND

For years now we Oilers fans have been subjected to numerous slights and insults from the other 29 Cities in the League. First CFP left town in a hail storm of rumour and innuendo. Then Hossa spurned us, then Heatley. Jagr burned us too somewhere in there, as did Bouwmeester and countless other free agents that have told Edmonton to eff off behind closed doors.

All the while media types have been quick to suggest that the reason players didn't want to sign here had more to do with things we could not control. Weather, quality of living in the City, ugly ass buildings and uglier citizens. Every insult imaginable was hurled in our direction and resulted in a dark cloud of emotion unfairly hanging over our City since 2006.

Thanks to Sheldon Souray, plans to pick up and move the entire City of Edmonton 500 miles in a warmer direction can be put on hold.  The problem instead is actually quite solveable: get new people to run this squadron.

"You talk about Prongs (Chris Pronger) and guys like that, and it should raise an eyebrow when players who leave town are skipping out with a smile on their face."

Our eyebrow is so raised it popped clean off our head and ran down the street. We hear you loud and clear Big Sexy.

You have to wonder how many players (both here and long since gone) have echoed these sentiments behind closed doors but lacked the nuts to say it aloud, letting the City of Edmonton take the brunt of the blame for the reason why players seek to ply their trade elsewhere.

PRIMA DONNA BS?

The counterpoint to all of this of course is the idea that it is Souray that is the problem and not Tambellini, not Kevin Lowe and not anyone else associated with the team.

This is certainly possible and we wouldn't put it past Souray to be embellishing the issues he has had with the team as part of a larger "get me the hell out of here" type strategy. Some of the other quotes in the article make no sense, at least if you have been paying attention for the past year or two.

QUOTE 1: I WAS OFFERED MORE MONEY ELSEWHERE

"People will question me, that they overpaid me … that it was a bad decision to sign me. But I can tell you this: I turned down more money in other places" Souray was quoted as saying. 

Er, wasn't the story going around that the Oilers came out of nowhere to offer him substantially more money than any other team in the running? Didn't the Oil open up the same vault that they have creaked open from time to time with disastrious results with the likes of Horcoff, Khabibulin et al?

QUOTE 2: I HAVEN'T TALKED TO ANYONE

"The Oilers always prided themselves in being a family. Whatever happened to that? I haven’t talked to (Tambellini) since mid-January."

Er, didn't Souray give the Oilers a list of teams he wanted to go to just prior to the trade deadline? How do you provide a list of teams without speaking to anyone directly? This is shady too, but perhaps one can do all of one's talking via an agent. We don't have an agent, so we don't know.

If we DID have an agent we would be all "what the business Agent? How come you ain't got me no deodorant endorsements? You know I gots them pheremones people wanna emulate!"

AT LEAST KAY-Z NOW KNOWS THE SCORE

 

Much has been said about Daryl Katz's ownership and management style of the team. An admittedly non massive hockey fan, Katz has been content to rule the team from afar, staying out of day to day matters and making the occasional comment or interview to Stauffer.

As is the case with most power ballers,  Katz gets the bulk of his performance reporting on the company from a handful of his top level executives and in the instance of the Oilers, Katz gets all his information from Lowe. It's easy to see how Katz could be led down the proverbial primrose path by eventual Hockey Hall of Famer Lowe and Company.

"Things are working their way through Daryl," they would nervously explain. "We have had some ill timed injuries and some players depart. But once we get through the draft and start winning again people will sign. Don't you worry."

With the revelations courtesy of Big Sexy, a new problem has been brought to the surface. Management seems to be the issue here in Edmonton and now this is all out in the open.

For a guy like Katz, he really just wants to ice a winner and finally receive some good PR for paying close to thrice what this team was actually worth. Comments like these by Souray won't lead to the immediate dismissal of anyone, but it certainly provides some weighty insight as to what is wrong with this team. 

FINAL TEETH GNASHING

Is Souray right or wrong? Is he part of the solution to righting this Titanician hockey team? Or instead is the best looking Oiler since Igor Ulanov part of the very same problem that has led to the considerable decline of the quality of Ice Hockey around these parts?

When #44 looks in the mirror this morning is he gazing longingly at his sexy good looks - content to look out for number one - or is he staring smack dab into the tender eyes of the man who has blown the lid off the real problem with the Oilers?

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#1 Ender
April 13 2010, 04:07PM
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The Real Scuba Steve wrote:

Why is it that all of the big name players who left or didn't come to Edmonton all sound like today's Souray interview? We need new management.

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#2 The Towel Boy
April 13 2010, 11:01AM
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Wanye wrote:

#FIRETHEMALL

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So we're burning down West Ed?

#firethemall

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#3 Harlie
April 13 2010, 08:56AM
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all this talk of retiring Lowe's number 4 jersey should end right now. We should in fact be retiring the 44 jersey. It is the Judas Jersey. We should hang it in the rafters with bullet holes and skid marks on it. The hockey gods may like us for our offering.

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#4 Ender
April 13 2010, 10:11AM
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"People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid it might be true."
Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander

There is no disputing that the Edmonton Oilers management team has it's warts, and some of them are ugly with a capital U. It is important to note in this case, though, that Souray is levelling his allegations with a very obvious agenda. If Souray was being altruistic and had only the welfare of his teammates in mind, many of the issues he brings forward now could have been addressed quietly (or not so quietly, if need be) a long time ago. Make no mistake, Souray said the things he said because those statements help Souray now. If they didn't, he wouldn't have said them. He needed to justify his trade demand and he spun his story in such a way that people would believe him. Just because he said these things does not necessarily make them true. Even if some of it is true, the best lies always contain just enough truth to get people to swallow the story whole.

Are there problems with the Oilers management? Of course there are. There are problems with all management teams and any employee can find something to complain about given three years to collect dirt. This particular management team perhaps even deserves to be fired. (I really think that.) If they are fired, though, I would like them fired because of real mistakes that they have made fielding a competitive team and not because of some spurious comments from a jaded player with an agenda. Fire them for the mud on their boots that they've tracked through the entire organization, not the handful of dust that's been thrown in the air.

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#5 Ender
April 13 2010, 10:52AM
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@Crust

Perhaps 'spurious' is the wrong word. Let's go with 'contrived' instead then. As was beaten to death by numerous posters yesterday, the time to deal with many of Souray's problems was as far back as three years ago when they happened. To bring them up now is far too convenient to carry unquestioned credibility.

Regarding who to tell, Souray should have started by discussing his issues with management. Perhaps he did. If that didn't work, he could have taken his issues quietly to the owner of the team or if he wanted to push from another direction he could have spoken to a member of the media off-the-record. The media would have started to do some serious digging with other team members and if there was something to find, they would have found it. As a last ditch effort, Souray could have spoken publically to the media. As soon as possible after his issues remained obviously unsolved, that is, and certainly before his allegations were in conjunction with other motives. If Souray was stating that he wanted to play here next year but had these concerns, I'd be much more inclined to believe him. He's not being the 'good player fighting the fight for the team' at this point.

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#6 Hemmertime
April 13 2010, 02:36AM
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Offer Yzerman GM.

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#7 The Towel Boy
April 13 2010, 07:40AM
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Raise your hand if you clicked on the "Rewind" picture. I dunno why, but I just did...

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#8 yegCopywriter
April 13 2010, 09:32AM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Raise your hand if you clicked on the "Rewind" picture. I dunno why, but I just did...

Ha, I totally had an urge. My arm twitched.

Regarding Souray, I wrote a limerick about him yesterday. Here it is:

A player named Sheldon Souray

Was so sexy, he turned straight men gay.

"That man has it made!

No need for a trade!"

So they thought until this fateful day.

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#9 Ender
April 13 2010, 10:03AM
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Chris wrote:

Morale alone could be worth 10 points in the standings.

Humourous to note that 10 points wouldn't even get us out of 30th spot.

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#10 rubbertrout
April 13 2010, 10:20AM
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@Ender

Ender it must be the Riker avatar but I'm finding that I'm agreeing with you far too much for my liking these days.

EDIT: although I'd be happy if this management group was fired even for the wrong reasons. If they go I'll be happy.

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#11 baggedmilk
April 13 2010, 01:27PM
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Any chance we can trade Souray for a crew of giant-titted cheerleaders in the stands? just saying.

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#12 Petr's Jofa
April 13 2010, 05:22AM
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In one corner we have an injury-prone NHL D-man who hasn't lived up tp his contract, is on the downside of his career, and has a cap hit of $5.4 mil for the next 2 years.

In the other corner we have a managment team who has missed the playoffs 4 years in a row.

As a fan of this team, it's hard to chose sides in this epic battle of failure. Who should the fans believe? Who do I side with?

I think there's only one answer and it's fairly obvious.... Punt them all.

Step 1) New managment team - how many chances do these guys get? If re-build was truely the plan, why did they sign Khabibulin? Lowe and Tambellini are lucky all the injuries hit and they can take the #1 draft pick and talk re-build like it was the plan all along. With a healthy team, Edmonton would be drafting in the same 6-10th spot of it has been for the past 4 years.

Step 2) Trade Souray. Whether or not he is right or wrong in his evaluation of EDmonton's managment, he doesn't fit into this team's future plans and right now that's all this team has.

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#13 MattL
April 13 2010, 09:48AM
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Harlie wrote:

all this talk of retiring Lowe's number 4 jersey should end right now. We should in fact be retiring the 44 jersey. It is the Judas Jersey. We should hang it in the rafters with bullet holes and skid marks on it. The hockey gods may like us for our offering.

When Niinimaa got traded, his tears of misery forever cursed the #44 jersey. If he can't be the Oilers' 44, NO ONE can be the Oilers' 44.

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#14 Dodd
April 13 2010, 09:52AM
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Chaz wrote:

I suppose we could chalk this up as another whiney overpaid NHLer stabbing backs on his way out of town, but Big Sexy just doesn't seem to be that type. He plays with a lot of honor, and I imagine in this case if he says there's smoke, there must be fire.

Instead of being jilted and focusing our ire on the player leaving town like we in Oil Nation always do, I hope this issue puts an even more glaring light on the management of this team. We'll be watching you Tambo, et al. Tread softly my friends, softly, or we will visit the Interwebs and write about you...

So you know Souray, and this just "doesn't seem like him"? We should just agree with a player who has now joined the ranks of Lindros, Heatley, Yashin, and any gun - toting NFL'er who cries publicly about the wrongs mgmt. have pulled on his $5 Million earning self - because he "plays with honor"?

Laughable. Souray shoots himself in the foot echoing what we all knew anyway. BTW this is the same player who didn't show up to his exit interview last season crying about nobody calling him THIS year.

For $5 mill / year, you are expected to: 1. Play great. 2. Show decorum and class in the community. 3. Tow the company line, and work through problems with mgmt.

Yes our mgmt. are buffoons in many ways, but I have a tough time believing Souray doesn't know how to dial a phone, or that he needs that kind of babying.

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#15 RossCreekNation
April 13 2010, 09:59AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

We went to highschool together and we are facebook friends.

Awwww...

*Real life and pretend-land just crossed paths*

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#16 Dan the Man
April 13 2010, 11:37AM
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@BUCK75

You're right he does come off as high maintenance, it sounds like he chose not to take the Montreal offer because they signed other guys ahead of him so he felt he wasn't their priority and his feelings were hurt.

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#17 MattL
April 13 2010, 12:02PM
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@Deep Oil

"So when Katz approaches his developer friend Mayor Mandel, with Rexall paid lobbyists in tow, the question I have for Mr. Mayor, why does Rexall deserve a free arena in the land of free enterprise, when the Canucks in NDP territory, Maple Leafs and Senators in Liberal Land, and the Canadiens in corrupt Quebec have private rinks with private money."

Maybe because conservatives are worse with money than liberals, despite the backwards stereotypes that float around out here, and despite decades of evidence in North America to show conservative governments plunging countries into debt, and liberal governments bailing them out?

AND negotiations are still ongoing. Of course Rexall is pushing for free money, that's how negotiations go. Katz has already shown a history of starting negotiations in the media as a PR campaign before sitting down with his actual negotiating partners. I'd be surprised if they get anywhere close to the sweetheart deal they bracketed themselves with at the beginning.

"I wonder if Rexall has called in Spector and read him the riot act, for his free speech, spoiling the draft lottery hype."

Spector did more cheerleading for the arena project than any other credible media person not currently employed by the Oilers or Rexall. I don't think he's in their bad books.

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#18 baggedmilk
April 13 2010, 12:07PM
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Anyone else think Quinn's comment on Souray was hilarious? "If you don't want to play here, don't screw around and get the hell out."

I love that old angry bastard.

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#19 Ender
April 13 2010, 12:14PM
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Crust wrote:

As for Dan the Man's quote, it is selective, since it can be interpreted as Souray saying that injuries were not a problem when he was under contract and playing, but now are cited as a problem by Montreal management when it comes to negotiation time.

The quote comes right out and says that Souray had no problem playing injured in the past. Now he throws Oilers management under the bus for making him play injured. Why didn't he raise a hue and cry three years ago when the alleged strongarming took place? The same reason he didn't raise a fuss playing injured in Montreal. Because he was fine with it at the time. It's only now when he needs to throw some dirt that this becomes an issue for him.

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#20 Skidplate
April 13 2010, 01:11PM
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Crust wrote:

*Yeah, everyone is comfortable phoning in sick the first month of a new job.*

You are confusing us sorry saps that have to work to live and can be fired on a whim. Souray does not know the feeling of that.

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#21 rubbertrout
April 13 2010, 01:14PM
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Crust wrote:

My point is that it seems the player is the one that is AUTOMATICALLY the one at fault. The media is now doing research and stories to question the character of Souray. And that's fine. Do you think the same amount of research and effort will be expended to see if his allegations are true? Probably not, if it is already assumed that Souray is the problem.

There is a difference between "being fine" with something and, on the other hand, seeing no way to express that it is not fine without provoking the much admired response of Quinn noted above.

Here is the quote I spoke of earlier, which I don't think Staples included:

"Having previous injuries didn't really have anything to do with it, but the re-hab lenth, I think, did," Souray said. "Coming back to play probably a little bit sooner than I should have, injuring it again — a different injury but still the same shoulder … Without getting too specific there are probably three or four things that were wrong in there."

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2008/02/12/sheldon-souray.html#ixzz0l0QTIVEm

Come on man! Really? Look at every person who is injured and comes back. It certainly isn't out of the ordinary for someone to come back too soon and set back the injury. Recovery times are subjective. Pro atheletes don't wait until they are 100% recovered to come back (the whole "hurt" vs. "injured" situation). As well, let's not be naive. Souray is/was a big boy with an agent. If he really thought he wasn't ready to come back he could have/should have said something. What he's doing now is using 20/20 hindsight.

Of course the team wanted its shiny new toy to be out there to give the fans something but it is ridiculous to suggest that they would try to endanger their "asset" that early on in a long term and heavy dollar contract. Most hockey players want to be out there on the ice and I'd be willing to bet that many of them push up their own recovery time themselves.

If there really is a concern about this don't you think we'll hear that the NHLPA is calling for an investigation?

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#22 rubbertrout
April 13 2010, 01:19PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

True. But one phone call from his agent saying 'Sheldon has no interest in entering your locker-room' and those teams suddenly aren't interested. No-trade or not, he'll have some say in his destination. I'd start with NYR (as Brownlee mentioned) or perhaps St. Louis. I don't see Dean Lombardi in LA touching him with a 10 foot pole.

It is funny that 44 would be able to use his agent to influence where he ends up but he was such a delicate little flower that he wasn't able to pick up the phone to call someone when the big bad team forced him to play.

The Oiler management are idiots for many reasons but 44's "me-first" comments aren't what keeps me up at night.

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#23 Harlie
April 13 2010, 02:10PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

You mean he put up decent numbers and got in a couple of fights last year, something the masses love to see.

Because it highlights how little the fans know about the inner dynamics of a team. All the chicken littles here decided last year that Souray was a good captain, while we've had a steady string of reports that hint (or more) that he wouldn't be.

a steady stream of reports and chicken littles? I don't remember you pointing out any of these reports previously. Obviously it helps with DS's date by date timeline to put things together. Hindsight being what it is and all...

Who would have been better than Souray? An underperforming overpaid guy like Horcoff? A malcontent who leaves practice as early as he can and plays hard when he feels like it yet wants the puck and when he did get it didn't carry the team like he implied, like Hemsky? Or a 4th liner who took more penalties in the offensive zone than he ever got other players to take against him in Moreau?

You and others around here didn't take pride in Souray pounding out anyone who questioned the Oiler's toughness? One punching guys into blackness? Waving off our "captain" to fight his fight and mop the floor with guy? Getting a big goal from the point when we needed one? These are all tangibles on the ice which make a guy a leader. Who gives two squirts about what he feels about the management? Really, I wonder how that makes him a bad captain?

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#24 Maggie the Monkey
April 13 2010, 02:19PM
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I have to say that it makes me sad that we're all caught up in this sorry Sourey vs management business on what should be an exciting day for the Nation: we'll find out in few short hours if the Oilers will get the first overall pick, and nobody seems to be talking about it.

As fans, this is what we've been suffering through for the past few months, and now that the payoff is right around the corner we've all been sidetracked by this latest conflict. Isn't anybody else playing "simulate the lottery" over and over again to get the order that they want? Where's the buzz?

We "succeeded" in the dive for five, our greatest victory of the year - it's time to celebrate, damnit.

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#25 OilCrazy
April 13 2010, 02:33AM
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We'll never know the whole story, however one has to wonder how much of this is personal due to the fact that he originally had a limited no trade clause and had control of his destination via trade, and now will be available to any team Tambi wants to trade him to.

The ironic thing is that he actually hurt his options for potential trade destinations by coming forward with his whining about why daddy doesn't talk to him enough BEFORE he was traded.

He still has some power as no team will trade for him if they don't think he wants to be there, however you have to wonder how many GMs right now are reading his story and thinking he might not be a team player and that he might throw them under the bus in a few years if they don't give him the TLC he wants either?

They were arrogant comments without foresight and he'll end up paying for them in the long run. Karma sucks. Worst thing about the whole thing is that it is a lose/lose scenario with no one gaining from his rant.

So much for his big speech a few months ago where he gave a list of teams he would be willing to go to in order to *HELP* the team... Doesn't make any sense if he has been choked since day 1 when they asked him to play with an injury... and then he chose to fight shortly after...

Shoulda kept his yap shut.

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#26 Hemmertime
April 13 2010, 02:34AM
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Fire em all. Hire pee-wee sensation Gordon Bombay. Led the Detroit Public District 5 Team to the championships. Has some national experience (So does MacT, Spengler cup baby - comparable - till WHC at least)

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#27 Jeff
April 13 2010, 03:36AM
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My only hope now is the Tambo holds out for a somewhat decent return, and doesn't panic and repeat the mistakes Lowe made in the Pronger fiasco.

Also, I agree with your take on Quote 1. Souray didn't sign with the Oilers until July 12. Free agents who have teams beating down their doors, offering them huge deals, are typically signed in the first few days of free agency, not at the end of the second week. I'd love to know what these other deals are that he turned down.

Regardless, I cannot wait to hear what management says in response. How can Tambellini/Lowe possibly spin this? I think I'm looking forward to it more than the lottery.

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#28 The Real Scuba Steve
April 13 2010, 05:42AM
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Hemmertime wrote:

Offer Yzerman GM.

That would sweet, or I wouldn't mind old Slats coming back.

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#29 Petr's Jofa
April 13 2010, 06:19AM
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@The Real Scuba Steve

Why in the world would you want Slats?

What has the man done since 1990?

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#30 Halfwise
April 13 2010, 06:48AM
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So far what I get out of this collective PR disaster is: 1) #44 shows why other teams have not kept him around 2) The likelihood is revealed that emotional elements dominated management decision making, eg post-Pronger panic deals, signing #44 and getting him onto the ice ASAP whether or not his injury was healed, shabby treatment of #94, panic signing of Khabibulin, dumping of Brodziak, shunning of Glencross, futile pursuits of free agent silver bullets and premature elevation of Gagner and Cogliano. 3) Management gets confirmation from the vocal fan base that we would prefer to build a real team from drafts for the top half of the roster and trades of players only in the bottom half. 4) Katz is reminded that loyalties to the brand forged in the first half of his life might blind him to his duties to the brand in the second half of his life.

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#31 baggedmilk
April 13 2010, 07:42AM
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As Wanye and I pondered these points over a blackberry message or two last night, I couldn't help but agree with Sir Gretz. Sexy Sheldon may have said the things that other departing players should have. The fact that our beloved Oilers have failed as often as Steven Seagal loves prostitutes is hard on the psyche. Ahh Big Sexy, what have you done?

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#32 SirFozz
April 13 2010, 07:44AM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

Raise your hand if you clicked on the "Rewind" picture. I dunno why, but I just did...

*sheepishly raises hand*

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#33 Reagan
April 13 2010, 07:47AM
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Thought about it but this isn't the movie with Adam Sandler...

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#34 Jeevers
April 13 2010, 07:48AM
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Everyone says "no other team will take a guy like Souray because of his attitude." I call BS

oilers fans have seen this kind of player behavior before, so rather than chalk it up to a bad attitude it's time to take a step back and accept that there may be something to this pattern.

And guaranteed every other coach, manager, and player in the league is aware that the Oilers are run by idiots.

If souray has trouble finding a new team, it'll be because of his age and the fact that he's injury prone, not because of the things he said the other day.

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#35 HOFFFF
April 13 2010, 07:53AM
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Trade him to the Horse Lake Thunder.

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#36 BUCK75
April 13 2010, 07:54AM
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I don't know what else there is to say about this guy. He had his ticket out of town this past trade deadline, but busted his hand. Playing the rushed back from injury card is weak. As a 'professional' it should kill him not to be on the ice. I would think that the competitive nature of the pro athlete drives these people to come back from injury early. It happens in the 29 other NHL markets. He has probably done as much damage to himself as the MGMT has.

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#37 Lofty
April 13 2010, 08:13AM
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My worry now is that instead of trading his $5.4 cap hit for something more managable and younger the Oil are going to have to bring in another expensive liability. Not that the team would have gotten off with anything outstanding before the trade demand but now its going to be a liability for a liability.

Unless the oil sign a leader in July I think Whitney's got the C locked up.

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#38 madjam
April 13 2010, 08:34AM
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I hope management will now recognize and take accountability for their role in preventing UFA's , etc. from coming here . I also hope they revamp their present modus operandi to accommodate that goal as well ! This is an eye opener for management and a blessing in disguise - i hope they recognize as such and mend fences to keep Souray and others here before we start losing players young and old thru another mass exodus of players . Sourays value will go down no more than Prongers did , but goes a long ways to show how management must do and change in order to prevent these things from happening in the future . If we cannot get rid of management by firing let us hope they make corrections to their odus operandi to address problems like these going into what might be a turn around yet for next season .

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#39 Chaz
April 13 2010, 08:37AM
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I suppose we could chalk this up as another whiney overpaid NHLer stabbing backs on his way out of town, but Big Sexy just doesn't seem to be that type. He plays with a lot of honor, and I imagine in this case if he says there's smoke, there must be fire.

Instead of being jilted and focusing our ire on the player leaving town like we in Oil Nation always do, I hope this issue puts an even more glaring light on the management of this team. We'll be watching you Tambo, et al. Tread softly my friends, softly, or we will visit the Interwebs and write about you...

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#40 Poo Czar
April 13 2010, 08:42AM
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I hereby nominate Dr. Randy Gregg as Oilers Hockey Overlord / Vice-Kingpin to the Throne of remembering The 80's.

Super smart? Check. Boy on the Bus? Check. Non-threatening Ginger? Check. Non-douche? Check. Medical Doctor who won't jeopardize the health of the Players? Check.

EDIT: Formatting fail? Check!

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#41 rubbertrout
April 13 2010, 08:47AM
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44 is garbage. I used to really like him notwithstanding his one dimensional game because I thought he was a classy guy. This whole situation reeks of duplicity. I've already chronicled my thoughts in an epic comment battle with Arch so I won't re-invent the wheel here.

BUT . . .

If 44's comments are the catalyst that results in getting K-Lowe and Tambo punted I will once again bow down at the altar of Big Sexy. I don't care if they would be fired for the wrong reasons as long as they don't let the door hit their asses on the way out.

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#42 Poo Czar
April 13 2010, 09:05AM
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Deep Oil wrote:

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THANK YOU

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#43 Deep Oil
April 13 2010, 09:08AM
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Katz fly's by private jet to meet with Hossa, offers him more than the value of the Tampa Bay Lightning ($80 million) to sign with the oilers, no dice. No word if Katz texted Hossa and thanked him for the meeting.

Tambellini and Lowe charter to Kelowna to kiss the ring of Sir Heatley, the tourism videos were a bad idea.

Souray undergoes surgery, ends up with life threatening post infection, you'd think with all the petty cash at the Heartland of Hockey based on charging prosepctive 1500 chumps $50 each to wait in line for season tickets, that they could go to the drugstore for a card or some flowers......

It is evident that Oilers are not what they appear..... some might say a fraud or corporate phoney.

Heartland of Hockey is having a stroke this week.

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#44 Deep Oil
April 13 2010, 09:10AM
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Jim Matheson claims potential life threatening infection....... for Souray

Souray's pain perseveres14 Mar 2010 ... Souray's pain perseveres. Infection in defenceman's broken hand could have been life-threatening. Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal: Sunday, ... www.globallethbridge.com/Souray+pain+perseveres/2681469/story.html

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#45 Archaeologuy
April 13 2010, 09:14AM
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Deep Oil wrote:

Katz fly's by private jet to meet with Hossa, offers him more than the value of the Tampa Bay Lightning ($80 million) to sign with the oilers, no dice. No word if Katz texted Hossa and thanked him for the meeting.

Tambellini and Lowe charter to Kelowna to kiss the ring of Sir Heatley, the tourism videos were a bad idea.

Souray undergoes surgery, ends up with life threatening post infection, you'd think with all the petty cash at the Heartland of Hockey based on charging prosepctive 1500 chumps $50 each to wait in line for season tickets, that they could go to the drugstore for a card or some flowers......

It is evident that Oilers are not what they appear..... some might say a fraud or corporate phoney.

Heartland of Hockey is having a stroke this week.

Did I just read something that makes sense from you?

This *shudders* is a good point.

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#46 I'm a Scientist!
April 13 2010, 09:18AM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

Did I just read something that makes sense from you?

This *shudders* is a good point.

Makes sense....except hearts don't have strokes.

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#47 Archaeologuy
April 13 2010, 09:25AM
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@I'm a Scientist!

You saved me there. That was close.

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#48 Deep Oil
April 13 2010, 09:26AM
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I'm a Scientist! wrote:

Makes sense....except hearts don't have strokes.

Good Point but then again this organiztion is heartless.

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#49 Tomm
April 13 2010, 09:29AM
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Get rid of 44 and the jersey # as well, 2 strikes and they are out. K-low take a bow and retire. Tambo step up and put your stamp on the team...or be K-lows' caddy, your choice. I shudder at the thought of "THE SAVIOUR", which ever one we pick, reading the news and pulling a Lindros...choosing to be traded than to become an Oiler. The teams down south offer the same money, less taxes, and annonymity when the game is over; the perfect combination for Souray and all the other M and Ms (malcontent millionaires).

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#50 Milli
April 13 2010, 09:34AM
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WOW! that is a lot to digest, anyway this year can't suck anymore? When is tambi gonna trade our #1 pick for, say, Jagr? I thought 2 years ago that Souray was a beast on the ice, and, wow, you gotta wonder with this team being 100 kinds of SUCK, if some of the things he is saying aren't right....And, ya, he is probably responsible for a lot of it, but the Tambi era, not exactly of to a great start.....

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