All Festivus Eve

Lowetide
December 22 2011 09:47PM

Last Festivus I was grumbling about the PK and faceoffs, plus the Katz group and their sabre rattling. With those problems solved, all is well in OilersNation, right? You know, you'd think so.

If there's one thing I've learned since joining Oilers Nation (and doing the radio show) it's that OilersNation is actually about four groups:

  1. The old timey guys like me who were lucky enough to see the Glory Years and are impatient for another Stanley but also aware that wandering in the wilderness is as possible as a strong Stanley run.
  2. The group that became engaged the moment Todd Marchant scored in OT against Dallas. That group is extremely impatient, a blood in the water bunch with vitriol standing by aside their laptop computer and internet portal.
  3. The '06 bunch, who appear to be a little less intense than their older brothers and sisters but are definitely more impatient than the older crew. This group can be convinced it's a process with an energy drink and an Eberle goal.

I will try to be grumpy for all three groups, but feel free to chime in.

  1. Coach Renney: Why do I always get the feeling the other coach is getting the better matchups? The other night RNH couldn't hit the urinal without Zetterberg in the photo. When the kid line was ripping it up. you line matched and now you've stopped. Why? Is winning still important?
  2. Mr Tambellini: You spent the free agent money for defense on Cam Barker, whose track record as a legit top 4 NHL defender was, well, there wasn't one. I understand it is difficult to deal for actual NHL defensemen during the season, they are playing in other towns or Brian Burke has Ron Wilson picking them apart in practice. That said, is it possible that you will find a real defenseman next summer? Considering Ryan Whitney's health it's a real big item.
  3. Daryl Katz: Now that the arena deal has been agreed on, perhaps something from you for the fans? I'm not suggesting some free agent signing, but perhaps a grand gesture like another press conference where you'd take questions from reporters and the public? A town hall forum, since the town delivered in a big way? It would help to hear you say that the Oilers will stay here for decades (and I know that's part of the deal but put this would put your stamp on it), that the Oilers organization appreciates the enormous commitment from the city and its citizens. Shouldn't take more than an hour.
  4. Edmonton Oilers dot com: You know, with all of the interest in the OKC Barons and with Oiler fans unable to see the games, perhaps you could stream a Barons game once a week on your website. It doesn't have to be on a game night, hell you don't have to do it on a night when the Oilers play or the Oil Kings are in town. But I think you'd be surprised by the interest level.
  5. Kevin Lowe: Two things. With the arena on the horizon, perhaps it would be a good time to bid for a future NHL entry draft. Since we've watched the last two so closely, it would probably sell out in Edmonton. Also, I'd love to hear the story about how Ryan Smyth was re-acquired. Sounds like a beauty.
  6. Ales Hemsky: It's been an absolute pleasure watching you play. Best of luck in your new town.

So, that's all I have. Hopefully it'll be a stellar 12 months and next Festivus will be a blank page.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The Oilers have improved since last December. The storyline is strong, the back stories are interesting and the future is white lightning. Still, a real winner takes time, and honestly the Oilers management seem to have done a few things contrary to their pre-season comments about the importance of winning.

Having said that, the road is smoother than a year ago. 

NO REALLY, WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Oiler opponents should look out for snipers. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and all the best for the holiday season.

 

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#51 Romulus' Apotheosis
December 23 2011, 10:58AM
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JorgeR wrote:

Group 4 must be the group that can't count.

I was a long time Detroit fan but joined Group 3 in 2006. Wow that was an exciting year. I've been hanging on waiting to enjoy the playoffs since.

You Benedict Arnold you!!

That's hilarious! You left your old team right after we beat them in the first round? amazing turncoat abilities!!

Great story. It made me relook at the 06 run

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Stanley_Cup_playoffs

I had completely forgotten that in the west the bottom 4 teams ALL knocked out the top 4 (the east was the reverse), how weird is that!? and isn't it nice to look at a nuck-less playoff bracket... how I pine for those future days.

great your an Oil fan... every fan is sacred.

oh and Have a Fesitivus Smythmas Everyone!

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#52 justDOit
December 23 2011, 11:07AM
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@Romulus' Apotheosis

Yup - nothing like an Olympic year to wear out the top teams. Detroit was definitely hurting in the playoffs.

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#53 GSP
December 23 2011, 11:27AM
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Group 1 here...remember being at the last draft held in Edmonton..was one of the ones chanting "Doan, Doan, Doan" & we got Kelly :(

Would love for the draft to come back, would be awesome as it has grown in popularity since it was here last especially since Gregor and Brownlee have been covering it live.

As for Hemsky, I agree with the others that say if he is not 95-100% dont play him as it takes up a spot and just risks reinjury. Let him rest up and rehab another month or so, let him audition for other teams for 4 weeks before trade deadline and get what you can for him. Even if he wants to resign here, I wouldnt go for it.

Merry Ho Ho Nationers!!!!!

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#54 book¡e
December 23 2011, 11:37AM
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Oilerbill wrote:

I have my aluminum pole erected

I couldn't get mine through the door.

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#55 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
December 23 2011, 12:00PM
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DSF wrote:

As a Group 1 observer, only the removal of Lowe and his band of nincompoops will suffice.

Not a clue what it takes to win.

06 was a fluke and any honest observer knows that.

6 years and running out of the playoffs would not be tolerated anywhere else.

Eberle/RNH >>>>> Seguin/Skinner

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#56 Pajamah
December 23 2011, 12:00PM
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book¡e wrote:

I couldn't get mine through the door.

Try walking in backwards, or tuck it in the elastic band of your sweatpants. Works every time

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#57 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
December 23 2011, 12:43PM
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book¡e wrote:

I couldn't get mine through the door.

~must have been an awfully small door~

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#58 Wanye
December 23 2011, 12:48PM
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OMG NATALIE PORTMAN! SHE IS THE JORDAN EBERLE OF MOVIE BABES!

Thanks LT! And Merry Christmas to you and the family.

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#59 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 23 2011, 01:02PM
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@Wanye

Jordan Eberle is the Jordan Eberle of movie babes.

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#61 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
December 23 2011, 02:32PM
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I'm not sure how, but my keyboard notified me i was posting while legally impared.....take THAT Apple.

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#62 Bob
December 23 2011, 04:12PM
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Merry Xmas to all the posters on oilernation. Thanks for the good reads all year long and may all you fcuks have have happy one.

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#63 OILERSORDEATH
December 23 2011, 06:59PM
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Wouldn't Hemsky our first this year be enough for Weber?

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#64 andrewmk20
December 23 2011, 08:58PM
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@DSF

Not a fluke. They did a great job acquiring Pronger and Peca during the offseason. Even with the one year he stayed here I'd say the Oilers fleeced the Blues as they gave up Brewer, Lynch, and Woywitka. Then the acquisitions of Spacek, Samsanov, Tarnstrom, and Roloson etc. were all trade wins for the Oilers. It's not exactly their fault that the players in question couldn't handle the travel and preferred playing in the East or had personal issues(family). The Oilers were a pretty competitive club from about 97-06 with a very tight budget for almost all of that time period outside of 06. With that said if there isn't at least some improvement from the Oilers this year than they should look at other options as far as management/coaching. But again don't forget that this present management established the Oilers amateur scouting staff, which is fast becoming one of the best in the league.

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#65 DSF
December 23 2011, 10:31PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Eberle/RNH >>>>> Seguin/Skinner

Yeah...in the battle of Lottery Bozos, your horses finish 26th while the nags finish 27th..

BTW.

Marchand is better than the whole bunch.

That's a hockey player.

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#66 DSF
December 23 2011, 10:37PM
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andrewmk20 wrote:

Not a fluke. They did a great job acquiring Pronger and Peca during the offseason. Even with the one year he stayed here I'd say the Oilers fleeced the Blues as they gave up Brewer, Lynch, and Woywitka. Then the acquisitions of Spacek, Samsanov, Tarnstrom, and Roloson etc. were all trade wins for the Oilers. It's not exactly their fault that the players in question couldn't handle the travel and preferred playing in the East or had personal issues(family). The Oilers were a pretty competitive club from about 97-06 with a very tight budget for almost all of that time period outside of 06. With that said if there isn't at least some improvement from the Oilers this year than they should look at other options as far as management/coaching. But again don't forget that this present management established the Oilers amateur scouting staff, which is fast becoming one of the best in the league.

Bull.

Had the Canucks not had 5 of their 6 defensemen injured, the Oilers would have gone quaintly into the night.

The Oilers amateur scouting staff has proved nothing other than they can pick the consensus #1 pick.

Pouliot - whiff

Dubnyk - whiff

Shremp - whiff

Cogliano - whiff

Gagner - whiff

Plante - whiff

Nash - whiff

Eberle - ding, ding, ding

Paajarvi - whiff

Hall - Seguin is a better player

Hopkins - looking good.

That's a HORRIBLE record.

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#67 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
December 23 2011, 11:25PM
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DSF wrote:

Yeah...in the battle of Lottery Bozos, your horses finish 26th while the nags finish 27th..

BTW.

Marchand is better than the whole bunch.

That's a hockey player.

Eberle/RNH >>>>> Marchand

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#68 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
December 23 2011, 11:26PM
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DSF wrote:

Bull.

Had the Canucks not had 5 of their 6 defensemen injured, the Oilers would have gone quaintly into the night.

The Oilers amateur scouting staff has proved nothing other than they can pick the consensus #1 pick.

Pouliot - whiff

Dubnyk - whiff

Shremp - whiff

Cogliano - whiff

Gagner - whiff

Plante - whiff

Nash - whiff

Eberle - ding, ding, ding

Paajarvi - whiff

Hall - Seguin is a better player

Hopkins - looking good.

That's a HORRIBLE record.

DSF - Whiff

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#69 michael
December 24 2011, 09:42AM
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I'd settle for an occasional radio broadcast via 1260 of the Barons.

NHL Entry Draft. They give tickets away in most cities for this event. Why should we pay? Gouge the fans some more. If you want me to pay to see the Oilers draft last, then I want that money to go to the Stollery or the Oilers Foundation.

When Katz is building his new hockey arena I would like to see a section for the kids set aside every game. 500 seats for the little tykes. Or Mom and Dads on marginal incomes so they can take thier kids out to a game during the season. This game cannot and should not be kept out of reach of those in society who have less. You do a great job Gregor of promoting the Donate your seat. Something more structured is needed to ensure that the fanbase continues to grow through the development of programs that ensure that children are in the seats at New Rexall Place.

Lastly. I would like to see Oilers Nation more visible in the community . This blog needs to do more. It needs to expand from a "guy in his underwear in his mom's basement"(Jay Feaster 2011) to something more concrete. The Nation fan base here in Edmonton is growing and growing. OilersNation needs to be at the forefront. The leading edge of the cyberworld and of the real world. This blog needs to morph into something more than it is now. We are the leading fansite on the Nation. We need to take it one more step. Lowetide brought OiilersNation to the airwaves in 2011. Its time for a rethink and I think that we'll find a way to make OilersNation the sports blog in all of hockey.

Happy Festivus

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#70 Milli
December 24 2011, 12:28PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

DSF - Whiff

I'll props the HELL outta that!!!!!

DSF -THE BIGGEST WHIFF EVER!!!

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