NW IS KEY... AND A GREAT START

Jason Gregor
December 05 2011 09:33AM

The Oilers are much more competitive this season, and with the emergence of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall the offense should be solid moving forward. We've also witnessed some solid signs from Ladislav Smid, Ryan Jones, Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Smyth and Tom Gilbert that the kids will have some competent veterans around them as they grow.

We've seen improvement in many areas, which was expected after two consecutive 30th place finishes, but if this team wants to be a playoff contender this year or the next they better improve their divisional play.

Since 2007, they've won 52 of 146 Divisional games including only three of ten so far this season.

As the Oilers move forward in their "process" the organization needs to look at how they can compete better within the division. A winning record within your division won't guarantee you a playoff spot, Minnesota proved that last year winning 16 of 24 games, but in the last four years the team with the most wins within the division has won the NW.

The Oilers have lost 16 of their last 18 games v. the Flames. They've won one of their last 18 in Minnesota. They need to start finding ways to beat their NW divisional foes.

Up until their win in Minnesota, the Oilers and Tom Renney tried to downplay their losing streak in Minnesota. "It's just another game," was a common response when asked why the Wild could beat them for fun at the Excel Energy Centre. Losing to the Wild was ugly, but when your biggest rival continually dominates you then something needs to change.

The Flames have now won seven straight v. the Oilers, which if frankly, unacceptable. The Flames aren't a great team, but they have dominated the Oilers for the past three seasons and that has to change.

TAKE A PAGE FROM REED

The coaching strategy from football to hockey is completely different, but I think Renney should take a page from Edmonton Eskimo head coach Kavis Reed's playbook on motivation. When Reed was hired by the Esks last year, his first order of business was to look at all the game tape from the previous season. He noticed quickly how the Esks' long-time rival Calgary Stampeders had manhandled them.

In his first meeting of training camp Reed took the offensive. Rather than follow the usual trend of "one-game-at-a-time or this-is-just-another-game" garbage, Reed preached to his players the history of the Calgary-Edmonton rivalry and what it should mean to them NOW.

"I noticed they (Stampeders) bullied the Esks last year especially on Labour Day," Reed told me early this summer in his rookie season as head coach. "I wanted them to know that wasn't exceptable and one of my main focuses was to ensure our team was strong enough to challenge the Stamps. I told them we wouldn't tolerate not being competitive against them."

I know the leagues are completely different and 3 or 4 games of an 18 game season will have a bigger impact on the entire year compared to 6 of 82 NHL games, but why can't Renney try and grasp the same emotion of his team? In case you didn't notice the Esks won both games in Calgary this year, including a 35-7 drubbing on Labour Day. They also beat the Stamps in the playoffs.

Being competitive or beating your arch-rival won't guarantee you a championship, but it was a great foundation and focal point for Reed to grab his player's attention. In the week leading up to games against the Stamps, Reed would show his players footage of past Esks/Stamps battles. He wanted them to understand how much this rivalry means to the organization and more importantly their fanbase.

SHOW SOME INTENSITY

I don't see that around the organization anymore. A game against the Flames is treated the same as a game against Tampa Bay, and that isn't right.

It's a long season. Players get tired and banged up, and I understand it is impossible to "get up" for every game, so why not ensure from the beginning of a season that regardless of the standings, fatigue, health or any other intangible, when the Flames are the opponent the intensity better be there.

I can't see the players opposing this.

Rivalries are great for sports, and it's about damn time the Oilers start realizing it's unacceptable that they keep getting their asses kicked by their provincial rival.

Ask Steve Smith or Kelly Buchberger if a regular season game against the Flames was just another game when they played? Of course it wasn't and it shouldn't be now. Ask Smyth if the Flames/Oilers rivalry is bigger than a game against Florida?

We always hear about having pride for the jersey, well it's about time this current regime started showing some. Losing seven straight, and 16 of 18 is a big deal, and it should be addressed.

I'm not suggesting the Oilers play goon hockey, but is it too much to ask to have some animosity, intensity and sheer hatred for Calgary. The fanbase still has it, based on how upset you were after Saturday's game, so is it too much to ask that the players and coaches find it?

The Flames seem to have it. For years Robyn Regehr tried to crush Ales Hemsky every chance he could. Curtis Glencross has proudly boasted he plans on "making life tough" for Nugent-Hopkins and he's taken some healthy runs at him in both games this year. Hell, Jay Bouwmeester cross-checks Horcoff, who is one of the Oilers better players, and no one says a word to him. Why is that?

I think Renney should give Reed a call and listen to him talk about the importance of beating Calgary and how he can get that message through to the players.

UNREAL START

Friday was day one of 15 of "Helping Others." We will have an on-air auction every day during the Jason Gregor show until December 22nd. We are raising money for the Christmas Bureau, MS Society and Santas Anonymous.

Friday's package included  a pair of club seats to the Oilers/Red Wings game on February 04th, A Pint Party for 15 at the Pint Off Whtye, and a signed  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jersey...Courtesy of The Sports Closet in Sherwood Park.

Ward from Anderson Industries and Doug from The Tire Warehouse had an epic bidding war that went back and forth all the way up to $6,000. I made an executive decision and asked if both would pay $6,000 I'd get two packages. They agreed and we kicked off the month with $12,000 on day one.

Huge thanks to Ward and Doug, your generosity towards helping others truly warmed my heart on Friday.

DAY TWO

Today we will be auctioning off a World Juniors Championship Package.

We have a pair of seats for all ten games, including all FOUR of Canada's games at Rexall Place.

This package came from an anonymous donor. He read my article last week about the auction and sent me an email offering up all ten games. It was awesome. He asked that his name not be used, but wanted to help out some families who could desperately use the help.

Thanks "G", I have no doubt some good Karma will be coming your way.

If you want to bid you can call 780.426.8326 or email gregor@theteam1260.com Bidding starts at 2 p.m and ends at 5:45 MST.

Thanks in advance.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#1 Steve
December 05 2011, 09:39AM
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Now that is an article. Great stuff. I couldn't agree more. The Oilers have been manhandled for years and it sucks. Let's hope they read this. I loved the Reed story, I didn't know that. Kudos on day one Gregor...Let's hope you raise $25,000 this month.

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#2 Chaz
December 05 2011, 09:52AM
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Totally agree. Renney should be embarassed at how badly out-coached he was on Sat and for the last 7 losses to the Flames. Get angry for once Tom! The guy beating you every time you meet does, and it seems to work for him (At least when he plays against the Oilers that is!)

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#3 DaveChamp
December 05 2011, 09:53AM
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I obviously completely agree with you, Gregor. The Oilers were intense for about 3 minutes against Calgary and then let it all simmer down. Smyth obviously knew what the game meant, hence him running Kipper and showing some intensity. I hope he rails on the team before the next game.

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#4 DSF
December 05 2011, 09:54AM
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Thing is...the Divisions look like they'll be changing next season.

Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, San Jose, Phoenix, Anaheim, Los Angeles will most likely make up the Pacific Division so, while the Oilers will be rid of Minnesota and Colorado, they'll be a getting a steady diet of San Jose and LA to replace them.

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#5 magisterrex
December 05 2011, 09:57AM
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Love Renney when he handles the kids well. Not so much when he has his ass handed to him by the other coach. Even less when that other coach has "Sutter" as a last name.

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#6 ken
December 05 2011, 10:02AM
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Our coaching has to be more proactive.Usually a team only has one or two players that are really out to injure like Wilson or GlencrossTarget these players and go after them and incite them to fight and they wont have as much energy or interest in being engaged.

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#7 Matt Henderson
December 05 2011, 10:06AM
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When nobody stood up for the Captain after he was briefly knocked out of the game by a dirty cross check, I knew there would be problems closing the game out.

Where is the pride?

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#8 Talbot17
December 05 2011, 10:07AM
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Love the article. And this is all true. If you don't take advantage of divisional games then down the stretch your toast. The best game I saw this year divisionally was the 4-3 win over Van when RNH had the hat trick. They had grit in front and around the net, pushed back, it was nice to see that. Calgary is the one opponent that we just cant lose to right now...Bouwmeester's cross check was ridiculous, cause no one pushed back.

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#10 pelhem grenville
December 05 2011, 10:15AM
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...sure the Eskimos were getting bullied over the years by the Stamps except they kicked their collective asses in the Western Semi-Final which is perfectly acceptable ...

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#11 Peter
December 05 2011, 10:21AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...sure the Eskimos were getting bullied over the years by the Stamps except they kicked their collective asses in the Western Semi-Final which is perfectly acceptable ...

Did you actually read the article? Gregor mentioned they beat them in the playoffs. His point was Reed's focus on beating them paid off....

Sometimes I think some people just race to comment without actually reading/digesting the article.

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#12 pelhem grenville
December 05 2011, 10:27AM
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...sometimes people just rush to comment on stuff that has nothing to do with the article Peter except

i was making mention of that payoff being perfectly acceptable

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#13 MAC96
December 05 2011, 10:28AM
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Well, there is only one thing to do. Hordy needs to take out someone,cheap shot or not,suspension or not. Im not saying take his head off, but do what needs to be done ? Hmmm Iggy perhaps. Our captain gets cross checked. Well guess what Jarome You should have a target on you. The deed must be done. And no im sorry going into Calgary and eking out a 2-1 win will not do. They need to have someone run. Notice how timid Calgary was when Smack destroyed Ivanis or what ever his name was. But goon for goon is still not suffice, You dealt a dirty blow to OUR CAPTAIN for FOX CREEK ! Do something and do it soon. That sheet has happened to much, same when Taylor got nailed, clean hit yes, but someone pays. You This if one of the sisters gets nailed on the coast that the nucks as much as i despise them wouldnt retaliate ??

Get in the game Boys- especially you uncle Tom. Your days should be numbered.

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#14 Dman09
December 05 2011, 10:42AM
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I think the fans just have to come to the realization that over the last few years we have seen the pussification of the team and it still lingers now. I have commented before about the lack of passion, energy and determination that the coaching staff demostrates in games and I think that runs downhill right to the players.

I also don't like the article about RNH's defensive play being bad. Um did you happen to notice who was on defense on those bad shifts and how crappy the Dmen played.

The team still doesn't have a balls to the walls energy guy, a position that was supposed to be filled by eager but has failed to this point in the season. And if you don't have players that are going to get your team jacked up then the coaching staff needs to take on that role to ensure the team comes out and doesn't let anything fly. Call me crazy but I want to see a Tulupov type come up and let the other teams know they are going to pay one way or another.

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#15 Quicksilver ballet
December 05 2011, 10:51AM
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I think we can all agree on the new addition to the ONHFD (Oilers Nation Hockey for Dummies) database.

Lie back and think of England... deserves to be acknowledged.

And so it is from this day forward, the term LBATOE has taken its place amongst the WTF (why the face) LMAO (laugh my arse off) and FYATHYRIO's of the world. Please update your files as time permits.

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#16 thepeetso
December 05 2011, 11:00AM
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How they respond Saturday, another backend of a back to back, will be extremely important.

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#17 madjam
December 05 2011, 11:06AM
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Sutter and Flame players realize the necessity to go all out to beat the Oilers , or risk losing their jobs ! Oilers youngsters and veterans are no match for the diving and acting the Flames do . In the same regard , Vanc. is just as good or better than Calgary at the diving and acting game. Thus Calgary predictably usually loses to Vanc.. Sutter should never be able to keep outcoaching Renney here at Rexhall - but he does despite not having last change. Cagary will keep running our star players until such time the Oilers star beating Flames on a more consistant bases.

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#18 VK63
December 05 2011, 11:08AM
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@madjam

i think ur spellchecker is broke,

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#19 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
December 05 2011, 11:23AM
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VK63 wrote:

i think ur spellchecker is broke,

false. madjams keyboard only has 21 letters and no enter button.

hopefully santa brings him a new keyboard with all the buttons this year!

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#20 David S
December 05 2011, 11:25AM
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madjam wrote:

Sutter and Flame players realize the necessity to go all out to beat the Oilers , or risk losing their jobs ! Oilers youngsters and veterans are no match for the diving and acting the Flames do . In the same regard , Vanc. is just as good or better than Calgary at the diving and acting game. Thus Calgary predictably usually loses to Vanc.. Sutter should never be able to keep outcoaching Renney here at Rexhall - but he does despite not having last change. Cagary will keep running our star players until such time the Oilers star beating Flames on a more consistant bases.

ANY team will keep running our players until our PP consistently makes them pay for doing so. We had the game in our hands on Saturday. Had we scored more on the PP, things would have turned out differently.

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#21 VK63
December 05 2011, 11:37AM
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Hey looky over there>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

our next game has already been played......and it was a win.

Suck it calgary!!!!

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#22 Rama Lama
December 05 2011, 11:43AM
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Jason I believe is trying to focus the spotlight where it needs to be. We are being manhandled because the Oilers brass do NOT see the need for tough, rugged hockey players in their system!

Lowe and Tamby have not seriously considered drafting players who display any requisite physical play above skills such as speed and finess. Now if you are drafting first, you take the most skilled players available........but who are these players going to play with? Drafting in the second and later rounds, I suggest taking players who can do a little of both. These types of players should be incorporated into the top lines instead of grouped into third and fourth lines. They will provide deterrence in real time and create some space for the highly skilled players.

Having Ebs, Nuge, and Hall on one line without physical deterrence is tantamount to having signs on their backs saying " hit me hard"! Imagine if we had a Horton ( and he was available) or Lucic playing on the first or second line........just who would run the skilled players we have?

Unless Lowe and a company stop coveting speed above all else, we will have small skilled player on the top two lines and pluggers on the bottom two lines.

Time for a re-think!

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#23 Romulus' Apotheosis
December 05 2011, 11:50AM
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@Jason Gregor

"I'm not suggesting the Oilers play goon hockey, but is it too much to ask to have some animosity, intensity and sheer hatred for Calgary."

couldn't agree more! I would only add the caveat that while we consistently lose to Minnesota and that chaps my gams something fierce... for too long those games have been a snooze (the last game was actually pretty exciting... lots of hits) and haven't really boosted my ire... It's the filthy nucks that I would put next on the list of hate after Calgary, followed closely by Dallas.

If the boys can't muster up any hatred for the lames and the nucks there is indeed a problem.

Perhaps the fans and media need to do a better job of creating a narrative around divisional rivalries and let the players feed off that energy? It's more fun for fans and is certainly a better story to tell for the media so there are a lot of drivers to make that happen.

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#24 Spaghetti - Team Facalto
December 05 2011, 12:01PM
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Talbot17 wrote:

Love the article. And this is all true. If you don't take advantage of divisional games then down the stretch your toast. The best game I saw this year divisionally was the 4-3 win over Van when RNH had the hat trick. They had grit in front and around the net, pushed back, it was nice to see that. Calgary is the one opponent that we just cant lose to right now...Bouwmeester's cross check was ridiculous, cause no one pushed back.

Was at this game, and it was great but unfortunately they lost 4-3.

Too bad Hordichuk wasn't sent out there to give mister Jay I'm to good to play for Edmonton Boumeester a fist to the teeth.

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#25 FastOil
December 05 2011, 12:12PM
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If you don't have many or any mean players you're PP better be devastating. Given that at any time the PP can be shut down it's not the most reliable way to protect yourself as this game demonstrated.

Because of the cap I don't think trying to load up 3 smallish offensive lines can work either. If they do their job and score how do you afford nine or so players getting good points?

Doesn't seem like there is a way around having toughness in the skill group either forward or defense in the NHL at the moment. Maybe one of the bright folk can think of a solution.

It would be a shame to finally get somewhere only to find some good team with goons that can play a bit like the Bruins just beats the crap out of your team and take the Cup, while the refs get that thing where their arms shrink and they can't reach their whistles for a few weeks. Oh to have another Messier type.

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#26 Westcoastoil
December 05 2011, 12:19PM
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iirc, I saw/read an interview with Darryl Sutter when first took over the flames as bench boss. He said to his team that year that one of their priorities was to focus on beating Edm.

There doesn't seem to be enough anger from the team now when they lose to Calgary.

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#27 Spydyr
December 05 2011, 12:33PM
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The Oilers have lacked team toughness for years now.Teams have no fear of retribution for cheap shots.Hortichuk has tried--well a little .Eager has been a bust.To many small skilled forwards not enough big grinding type forwards on the bottom six.Now the one big forward in the minors that may have been ready is out for the year.Unless Peckham Sutton Smid even Jones start to defend their teammates,expect more cheap shots.Final thought---man I hate the instigator rule. Get rid of it.Let the players police themselves more.

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#28 Slats
December 05 2011, 12:45PM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

When nobody stood up for the Captain after he was briefly knocked out of the game by a dirty cross check, I knew there would be problems closing the game out.

Where is the pride?

Totally agree! Bo-bo only plays 30 minutes a game maybe Tom felt there was no opportunity!

Great article - some "controlled fury" against divisional opponents would be the logical next step for this team.

Here's hoping Coach Reed is the motivational speaker on Sat against Flickers!

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#29 CaptainLander
December 05 2011, 12:59PM
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Not sure Tom has the tools on his bench yet. I still think the Oil are missing a big, aggressive power in their top 2 lines. A Lucic like player along side Hall and Horcoff.

Then again their are 2 zebras on the ice that are supposed to help protect players against plays like Bo-Bo crosscheck I thought? Alas once again I may be wrong.

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#30 Slats
December 05 2011, 01:00PM
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"I'm not suggesting the Oilers play goon hockey, but is it too much to ask to have some animosity, intensity and sheer hatred for Calgary. The fanbase still has it, based on how upset you were after Saturday's game, so is it too much to ask that the players and coaches find it?"

Unfortunately though with some of the recent officiating calls this year (see Jones 5 minute elbow or rather shoulder to shoulder hit in Minnie game, See Bo-Bo missed slash/x-check vs. fLames etc etc) you probably just go and get the instigator or a hard cross-check on an icing after the first puck drop and set the tone early - as a clean hit later may have worse ramifications.

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#31 Wax Man Riley
December 05 2011, 01:02PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Jason I believe is trying to focus the spotlight where it needs to be. We are being manhandled because the Oilers brass do NOT see the need for tough, rugged hockey players in their system!

Lowe and Tamby have not seriously considered drafting players who display any requisite physical play above skills such as speed and finess. Now if you are drafting first, you take the most skilled players available........but who are these players going to play with? Drafting in the second and later rounds, I suggest taking players who can do a little of both. These types of players should be incorporated into the top lines instead of grouped into third and fourth lines. They will provide deterrence in real time and create some space for the highly skilled players.

Having Ebs, Nuge, and Hall on one line without physical deterrence is tantamount to having signs on their backs saying " hit me hard"! Imagine if we had a Horton ( and he was available) or Lucic playing on the first or second line........just who would run the skilled players we have?

Unless Lowe and a company stop coveting speed above all else, we will have small skilled player on the top two lines and pluggers on the bottom two lines.

Time for a re-think!

I know! Tambo and Lowe have been drafting all wrong. They need to draft big players with hands that can skate well. Why don't more teams want big, tough, physical players that can score.

We need a Jean-Francois Jacques, or a Dustin Penner. He is big and can score. Or M-A Pouliot.

I know, I'm being a d!ck, but every team wants to find those players. It's a fine line between coke machines and Lucic, and tough to find.

There are players in the system, however. Tyrvainen, Hartikainen, Pitlick, Marincin, Hamilton, and more with size that can play (so far.)

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#32 Team Hall
December 05 2011, 01:19PM
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Great article Gregor. Can we all sign it and mail it to Renney's office? Brutal effort. It was the 2nd half of a back to back, but clearly one team wanted to win a lot more than the other, and thats coaching. Motivation.

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#33 MAC962
December 05 2011, 01:42PM
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Coach Reed wouldnt and didnt stand for this crap. Coach Reed ? You busy this winter ? Make a visit to the oilers dressing room for an out and out dressing down. Dress Jerome Messam.. Se if BO-BO takes liberties with anyone.

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#34 MAC962
December 05 2011, 01:52PM
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One More thing.

Hey Kevin Lowe, What exactly would have happened or how would you have responded in your day to the crap that happened Saturday ? You know as well as i do. Instant retribution. You will never admit this though as you protect that wuss of a coach we have.

You ever been punched in the mouth Renney ? I some how doubt it. You know the game i dont argue that but i am sorry you should be an assistant nothing more. You Sire are not a motivator.

We need JT from NY or Messier to coach this team. Mess would have jumped on the ice even at his age and bitch slapped someone. I know this is all far fetched and extreme, but i am a fan, i love my team and i am pissed off. The End for now.... GO OILERS !!

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#35 Worraps
December 05 2011, 02:02PM
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Good post Gregor.

The Oilers definitely need to play the rest of the North West division - especially Calgary - tougher.

I'd be remiss not to point out that your grammar is less than 'exceptable.'

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#36 Dan the Man
December 05 2011, 02:14PM
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I couldn't help but think during the game that these Battle of Alberta games are much more important to the Flames than they are to the Oilers. As you mentioned Gregor, the Oilers seem to treat them as just another game and I can guarantee you that the Flames don't see it the same way.

I remember several years ago when we had to beat the Flames to secure a playoff spot and we ended up losing the game. In a post game interview Iginla said how much he enjoyed knocking the Oilers out the playoffs. He wants to beat us bad everytime he plays us and so do the rest of the Flames because they hate us. We need some of that.

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#37 Clarko
December 05 2011, 02:22PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

I know! Tambo and Lowe have been drafting all wrong. They need to draft big players with hands that can skate well. Why don't more teams want big, tough, physical players that can score.

We need a Jean-Francois Jacques, or a Dustin Penner. He is big and can score. Or M-A Pouliot.

I know, I'm being a d!ck, but every team wants to find those players. It's a fine line between coke machines and Lucic, and tough to find.

There are players in the system, however. Tyrvainen, Hartikainen, Pitlick, Marincin, Hamilton, and more with size that can play (so far.)

Exactly! It is nice to say in theory that we need to bring in more Milan Lucic types, but it is simply unrealistic. These players are a rare find. Guys like Lucic and Franzen from the Wings are a rare breed.

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#38 Cowboy
December 05 2011, 02:31PM
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Oilers failed to make the Flames "pay" because their PP failed. Goals on PP make teams adjust their play. Failure to score on PP reinforces a teams level of physical attack. No goals on the PP is what cost the Oilers the game. Special teams in the rematch with be the difference maker.Go Oil!

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#39 Quicksilver ballet
December 05 2011, 02:36PM
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Slats wrote:

Totally agree! Bo-bo only plays 30 minutes a game maybe Tom felt there was no opportunity!

Great article - some "controlled fury" against divisional opponents would be the logical next step for this team.

Here's hoping Coach Reed is the motivational speaker on Sat against Flickers!

Not sure what can be done about retailiating on Bouwmeester. Perhaps Hordichuk asked him to go a couple times after that and was refused. At the point it happened, Hordichuk just feeding him his lunch could've put the Lames on a 4 minute powerplay with less than 10 minutes to go in a tie hockey game. In a close game like that an instigator penalty could decide the game.

The Oilers are getting better but more often than not they're still responding to what happens on the ice rather than initiating it.

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#40 jr_christ
December 05 2011, 02:47PM
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The oilers are awesome.

Pumped for the wednesday game.

Kick some butt boys!

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#41 A-Mc
December 05 2011, 03:13PM
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We didn't deserve to win against Columbus (IMO), and had we pulled out a win vs Calgary - we wouldn't have deserved to win that either.

The Oilers look like they blow 70% of their energy on 1 game to win it big, and then they slouch around for a few games afterwards.

Consistency is definitely a big concern for the Oilers. I have no idea how you coach consistency into a group of guys.

Rivalry could be used as a tool to conjure energy when there might otherwise be none and for this reason i Agree 100% with Jason and Reed.

Down playing a rivalry is for teams who are good EVERY night, Not teams who have trouble sustaining energy.

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#42 Wax Man Riley
December 05 2011, 03:35PM
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Clarko wrote:

Exactly! It is nice to say in theory that we need to bring in more Milan Lucic types, but it is simply unrealistic. These players are a rare find. Guys like Lucic and Franzen from the Wings are a rare breed.

I agree. I would love to have Lucic, or Franzen, or Kopitar etc.... but there are only so many out there.

I would also love to have a young, super-talented, PP QB with good defensive awareness to dish to a young, super-talented, stud LW that skates like the wind and goes 200kph every shift, and I would also like to have a super-talented, all-world, all-around excellent player with a nose for clutch scoring.

Every team wants those 3 players mentioned above. But they too, are extremely hard to find.

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#43 misfit
December 05 2011, 03:41PM
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They need to hire the hockey equivalent of George Allen to take over for Renney. They need a little more hate for their rivals if you ask me. But then again, I've never really had a 2nd favorite team in any sport I've followed. I've tried, but I eventually start hating every other team that isn't the one I cheer for.

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#44 MAC962
December 05 2011, 04:05PM
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Cowboy wrote:

Oilers failed to make the Flames "pay" because their PP failed. Goals on PP make teams adjust their play. Failure to score on PP reinforces a teams level of physical attack. No goals on the PP is what cost the Oilers the game. Special teams in the rematch with be the difference maker.Go Oil!

Just had to say. Bill "Cowboy" Flett" that man would have taken BO-BO into the woods and whooped him real good.

I remember ya Cowboy Flett. U were a mans man, tough as nails.

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#45 TLHansum
December 05 2011, 04:07PM
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which if frankly,

which IS frankly, =====

"I wanted them to know that wasn't exceptable

"I wanted them to know that wasn't ACceptable

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#46 Wanyes bastard child
December 05 2011, 04:09PM
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which if frankly,

which IS frankly, =====

"I wanted them to know that wasn't exceptable

"I wanted them to know that wasn't ACceptable

Really?

Give your head a shake.

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#47 A-Mc
December 05 2011, 04:14PM
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The Calgary live chat deal was pretty fun. Although i cant read Degenerate comments and figure out what the hell is going on in the hockey game at the same time =S

Throw a beer into the mix and the whole operation comes crashing down.

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#48 Wax Man Riley
December 05 2011, 04:22PM
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TLHansum wrote:

which if frankly,

which IS frankly, =====

"I wanted them to know that wasn't exceptable

"I wanted them to know that wasn't ACceptable

Thanks, tips.

T.L.Hansum

You, forgot the periods, but I corrected it for you.

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#49 Mouse
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Westcoastoil wrote:

iirc, I saw/read an interview with Darryl Sutter when first took over the flames as bench boss. He said to his team that year that one of their priorities was to focus on beating Edm.

There doesn't seem to be enough anger from the team now when they lose to Calgary.

I also remember this. I think he actually made it his main goal of the season to win the Edmonton series of games, and the rest would fall into place. I think they went 7-1 that year against the oilers.

This seems too easy of a thing to implement for the oilers. If Smith and Bucky are so experienced, why haven't they instilled this already. I know it isn't a given, but athletes of this caliber should be able to understand the importance of the biggest rivalry games and respond accordingly. IMO Steve Smith and Bucky should be held responsible for this, in the past and going forward, and address it immediately. After all they are the link to the past, aren't they?

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#50 Romulus' Apotheosis
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@TLHansum

and @Worraps

My 2 cents on internet grammar:

When a typo results in an unintended factual error, like "x is y," I take it for granted that any writer worth his/her salt will appreciate someone politely pointing it out. The same goes if someone's syntax is so garbled as to be incomprehensible or cloudy.

But when it is merely a typo... especially when the meaning is clear... I don't see the necessity in pointing it out. And beyond that... harping on it is borderline dickish.

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