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 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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#2 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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#3 Hemmertime
April 13 2010, 02:36AM
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Offer Yzerman GM.

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#4 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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#5 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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#6 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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#7 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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#8 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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#9 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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#10 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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#11 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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#12 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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#13 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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#14 HOFFFF
April 13 2010, 07:53AM
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Trade him to the Horse Lake Thunder.

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#15 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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#16 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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#17 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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#18 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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#19 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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#20 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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#21 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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#22 Poo Czar
April 13 2010, 09:05AM
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Deep Oil wrote:

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THANK YOU

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#23 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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#24 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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#25 Matt Henderson
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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#26 I'm a Scientist!
April 13 2010, 09:18AM
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Matt Henderson 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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#27 Matt Henderson
April 13 2010, 09:25AM
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@I'm a Scientist!

You saved me there. That was close.

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#28 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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#29 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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#30 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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#31 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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#32 RossCreekNation
April 13 2010, 09:34AM
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Brownlee, Gregor, et al speak with Souray this morning...

http://twitpic.com/1fbvop

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#33 Matt Henderson
April 13 2010, 09:36AM
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@yegCopywriter

Funny. I happen to know an R Kenny who has a limerick blog. I wonder...

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#34 Trenton L
April 13 2010, 09:38AM
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Tampa managed to fire their GM how come we can't. Least points of any team since 2006 WTF???

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#35 Golden Moment
April 13 2010, 09:40AM
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Has anyone considered the impact all this turmoil might have on the Edmonton Oilers and the community? We might have a first or second draft pick but does that mean that the chosen player will sign to play with the team. Lindros, Stoll, Lombardi and others have chosen to disregard the draft. Were I a budding hockey player I would think TWICE about playing in Edmonton given the problems that are being aired. Edmonton Oilers - get your act together and quickly otherwise quite a few young players might well say "I'm not interested in going to Edmonton".

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#36 RossCreekNation
April 13 2010, 09:43AM
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Willis had the link that Montreal offered 5.5 per for 4 years... SEMANTICS, people... Technically 5.5 per is MORE than 5.4. Souray could then say he turned down more money and he's not necessarily lying. IF that is the specific offer he's talking about.

Sure, technically the Oilers offered more money (with the extra year), and sure, when you factor in tax in Alberta v. tax in Quebec that 5.4 in Edmonton is actually more than the 5.5 in Montreal, BUT he could technically say he turned down more money (per year), no? Half-truths aren't complete lies... right?

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#37 JohnQPublic
April 13 2010, 09:44AM
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Most people are knee-jerking on the Souray comments. This isn't an Oiler issue, this is a Souray character issue.

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#38 yegCopywriter
April 13 2010, 09:45AM
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@Matt Henderson

You probably wonder correctly. Do you know me through the magic of the interwebs or in the real world?

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#39 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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#40 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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#41 Chris.
April 13 2010, 09:52AM
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Calling Souray a liar or a prima donna skirts the issue. Saying Souray wasn't that great a player and can easily be replaced also skirts the issue.

The issue is this management team, it's treatment of players, and how it is percieved around the league. Every office, factory or place of business has some higher maintenance employees. If you axe the guy who is out of step with the herd there is always a second guy who becomes the new axeable employee. The process continues until you lose all quality in your organization. Given that the Edmonton Oilers are lacking in true quality: Maybe it's up to a new management team to create a positive environment where everybody feels valued... even right up to the point where necessary personnel changes are made. Morale alone could be worth 10 points in the standings.

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#42 Matt Henderson
April 13 2010, 09:52AM
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Golden Moment wrote:

Has anyone considered the impact all this turmoil might have on the Edmonton Oilers and the community? We might have a first or second draft pick but does that mean that the chosen player will sign to play with the team. Lindros, Stoll, Lombardi and others have chosen to disregard the draft. Were I a budding hockey player I would think TWICE about playing in Edmonton given the problems that are being aired. Edmonton Oilers - get your act together and quickly otherwise quite a few young players might well say "I'm not interested in going to Edmonton".

Here's why I dont think the Lindros thing will happen during this CBA:

When Lindros was drafted it took a player until they were 30-31 years old before they hit Free Agency.

As it stands today, assuming these players play at 18 (as most 1-2 picks do on bad teams), the drafted player can be a Free Agent at 25. It isnt a life sentence to be drafted by a team anymore.

That and the Lindros move turned out to be the wrong move for him in the end.

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#43 Matt Henderson
April 13 2010, 09:54AM
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@yegCopywriter

We went to highschool together and we are facebook friends.

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#44 LoyaltotheOil
April 13 2010, 09:57AM
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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...

I did!

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#45 RossCreekNation
April 13 2010, 09:59AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

We went to highschool together and we are facebook friends.

Awwww...

*Real life and pretend-land just crossed paths*

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#46 I'm a Scientist!
April 13 2010, 10:00AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Awwww...

*Real life and pretend-land just crossed paths*

*grabs a tissue and awaits the big slow motion reunion hug...*

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#47 mowgli
April 13 2010, 10:02AM
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Souray talked and people here what he has to say.

Now I hope some one like Moreau(C)would say Horcoff is playing like s*it and why the hell did Strudwick have an A on his jersey.

Oh yah! Khabbys drinking problem maybe thats why he sweats so much.

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#48 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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#49 Crust
April 13 2010, 10:09AM
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I don't think the timing of this is all that bad. Souray waited until after the regular season and did it before the lottery and playoffs, which will likely take media attention away from this issue.

Souray's comments about lack of communication and concern for him could be read as examples of why he believes management has given up on him rather than simply whining. i.e. If they thought he was an "asset" then why wouldn't they treat him as one.

I have read lots of comments like "Why is Gagner playing hurt?" "Why doesn't Horcoff sit out and take care of his shoulder?" So, Souray gives a pretty good answer to these questions, and everybody condemns him for stating a problem we all suspected. WTF?

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#50 Bruthah
April 13 2010, 10:10AM
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@mowgli

He doesn't get dehydrated during games... he's going through withdrawals!

CELEBRITY REHAB-ibulin.

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