I THINK THE LINGO IS "BOOK IT"

Robin Brownlee
November 01 2012 10:21PM

Edmonton Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe had a chance Thursday to throw a big bucket of cold water on suggestions his team might make a "wow" move once the NHL lockout is over. Instead, he brought a gas can.

Lowe appeared on Oilers Now on 630 CHED with host Bob Stauffer, who created a buzz in recent days with his suggestion the Oilers were poised to make a noteworthy player acquisition, in large part because of the depth of young talent they've amassed during six years out of the playoffs.

Lowe did nothing do dismiss Stauffer's contention – one that was dismissed and ridiculed in some corners as guessing and blatant speculation on the part of the always opinionated Stauffer. If anything, Lowe's take from the top on his team's organizational depth and the possibilities that come along with it was very much along the same lines.

FROM THE BOSS

"You’re going into a game with lots of trump cards," Lowe said. "That’s the only way you can make deals is if you have assets that are attractive to other teams. When you have assets then you can make deals.

"So, absolutely, we’re at some point, whenever that is, we’re probably not too far down the road, we’re going to have to make some tough choices and maybe move some players, or a player, draft picks, to get a piece or two that finishes off the formation of what you feel is a championship team.

"I mean, we need to get to the playoffs first, so you can’t put the cart ahead of the horse, but no question. I don’t talk to managers on a regular basis any more, that’s (GM) Steve Tambellini’s job, but I do know from my past experiences that we won’t have a tough job selling anybody on anybody that we have in the event we’re interested in a player on another team.”

For full context and the entire interview you can go here, but like I said when Stauffer began hinting something could be coming down the pipe once the NHL actually gets back to playing hockey, don't be surprised if Lowe and Tambellini get busy. Wow? Stay tuned.

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#51 Dave
November 02 2012, 04:26PM
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Just seems to me that the media ( Stauffer ) should be reporting the news not making it.

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#52 MattL
November 02 2012, 04:59PM
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@Dave

Stauffer isn't the media, he's a PR man for a company. There's a big difference.

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#53 westcoastoil
November 02 2012, 05:53PM
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Lowe, Mac-T & Tambellini have more NHL knowledge than all posters here put together. NO BODY knows what it takes to make a deal and what all the background shenanigans are other than those involved.

Adding a legit 1st line centre a la Getzlaf or a Yandle completely changes the complexion of this club. Let's hope and pray they see the same things we do and don't come back and say "the Oilers have just traded Devan Dubnyk and Sam Gagner for Luongo and Jordan Schreoder". If they do then the whole aura and belief that you have to play the game to know how to build a team is out the window (see: Milbury, MacLean, Dudley, Feaster)

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#54 Cheese
November 02 2012, 06:34PM
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@westcoastoil

If they ever made that trade please lube up the 2X4 immediately.

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#55 I am the Liquor
November 03 2012, 02:42AM
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jeanshorts wrote:

I mean, I understand not agreeing with his points of view, or even (to a much lesser degree) the fact that he is basically just a mouthpiece for the franchise, but my god man, how many more times does he have to keep nailing these things (regardless of the fact that he's got an inside line) before some of these fartbags concede that at the very least he's a good source of information?

Some of you should probably go back to spending hours a day in front of the mirror practising yelling "SHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTT" every time an Oiler comes within 10 feet of the puck on the powerplay.

Bob Stauffer is an embarrassment to sports broadcasting.

The way he went on and on about Murray, pumping his tires day after day while at the same time offering garbage like "the Kremlin could give money to some khl team to sign Yakupov" and other assorted nonsense or saying that his gut says Murray but his head says Yakupov- gee, got your bases covered there Bob, no matter what happens you can say you called it right?

Sadly there is no John Short or Rod Phillips on the airwaves today. Not to say there are not some good one's, there are, but you wont find any of them on Ched that's for sure.

Maybe one day you will come to know the difference?

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#56 NewAgeSys
November 03 2012, 11:28AM
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I am the Liquor wrote:

Bob Stauffer is an embarrassment to sports broadcasting.

The way he went on and on about Murray, pumping his tires day after day while at the same time offering garbage like "the Kremlin could give money to some khl team to sign Yakupov" and other assorted nonsense or saying that his gut says Murray but his head says Yakupov- gee, got your bases covered there Bob, no matter what happens you can say you called it right?

Sadly there is no John Short or Rod Phillips on the airwaves today. Not to say there are not some good one's, there are, but you wont find any of them on Ched that's for sure.

Maybe one day you will come to know the difference?

There has been no changing of the guard in Hockey commentating,we have great old pros supporting us,but the guys in their 40s who should have been breaking in in their early 30s and taking over today were frozen out because all of the Baby Boomers kept their jobs longer than they were supposed to,they didnt allow anyone to get near their money makers--their jobs.Now the natural fits at the right ages are all doing other things mostly blue-collar jobs--if I hadnt been injured at work I myself would never post here or anywhere else I would be doing construction like many of my peers .Just kids made it to broadcast school and as we all know the old folks club didnt let anyone in for so many years all we have to choose from now are Cotton-tops and Kiddie Pops.The same problem we see everywhere just watch the evening news--Cotton-Tops and Kiddie Pops everywhere you look---an entire generational dynamic in their 40s has been deleted because the Boomers wouldnt let them in,they treated their own kids like the competition and crushed their nuts--forced them into fast food jobs and labor jobs-utterly abusive. This is what we get now,because nobody was policing the Boomers back then--the real question is how the heck did these people hold on to their jobs for so long???Crooked old folks network thats how,they will tell you they are the best at what they do,sure they were that 15 yrs ago,my grandpa was great at his job as well anyone who has been around for that many years is obviously a pro at their job,but no generation ever fed on their own children like the Boomers did.

I am glad the old boys are gone,we cant call them legends until they are gone,and the names you listed are legends.

We are missing the balance that the 40something generation gives us,it just isnt around unless its in workboots and a hardhat,its not a joke that the Boomers redefined the word divorce and crippled themselves from being able to put their own kids in post secondary school as their parents did for them--they have another BS story though. Put it this way,who has the god given right to stand face to face with these old codgers and hold their own without disrespecting them???Just their children and thats me and my generation and we are in our 40s.Without us to temper the Boomers they run rampant and destroy dynamic growth in the workplace and everywhere else.Because they forced their kids into predominantly blue-collar jobs on a GENERATIONAL scale--they kept all of the White-collar decision making jobs to themselves and silenced their own kids,first pimped them out to manual labor then kept them out of power and managment positions.They even took buyouts from their employers and became entrapeneurs enmassse further screwing their own kids into slave labor at fast food counters and retail stores,remember that when they all took these buyouts they were already supposed to be into the last third of their working lives and preparing to pass the torch getting their proteges ready,ha ha ha,they were treating their proteges{kids} like the competition and keeping them suppressed and slaving for them. In every generation before the Boomers there was balance between incoming and outgoing generations but the Boomers were the biggest generation ever in history and were an Elephant in the room and rewrote EVERY rule and law to suit themselves at the exclusion of even the next rightful generation-----and they justify this with the explanation they had a right to behave that way--they broke convention from day one.And in doing so broke most systems they encountered.I mean half the useless high paying jobs we are cutting today were actually CREATED by the boomers for themselves same with all the schools and courses we are forced to take and pay millions of dollars for ,they CREATED these things to keep the econemy stimulated enough to feed themselves with money and power.

The reason I made this long rant on the Boomer dynamics is because it directly affects us in Hockey as well,think about the keeping of defensemen down on the farm for so long??It was done for this dynamic reason,for a very very long time there were so many millions of kids playing hockey that there had to be a way artificially devised to fight the incoming generation and protect jobs,so guys were routinely buried across the board--get it--everytime the Boomers made an across the board decision right or wrong it became tradition or the status quo by PROXY--no one got a chance to debate them because they always manipulated the numbers game in an informal but crooked vote.

Just like sending all these critical assets to their farm teams to play,and doing it across the board to self-validate the action--its a croc of BS,and I have no problem calling them on it,in a respectfull manner of course.These people built the ship we are sailing along and deserve respect for that holes or not we are all sailing together here.But the time for mutiny is long past and the crew is looking pretty lost right now across the board.

You need a healthy cycle of evolution within the dynamic structure of any system,hockey or society,progressive growth and evolution are critical to overall health.Everyone needs to feel the heat of those coming up in the system and they MUST BE EXPOSED to that heat or the cycle is disrupted and the dynamic becomes artificially manipulated---like life support.It can happen in a Boardroom or a Dressing Room,and due to the generational dynamic it has been happening across the board on a record historic scale.This is why I created the NHS to challenge all of these dynamics i have witnessed and been an involutary part of my entire life,I am confident in myself and my ideologys,I do not feel the need to bow to tradition or the Old Boys Club,I dont even feel challenged by them because they are my elders,I just find it amusing to watch them try to be immortal,to be frank although they are screwing up the system they are a wealth of experience the problem is they cant get their hands off of the ball and simply offer that wisdom from the backseat.So if you ever want to best them and their methods you are up against an artificially created and maintained glass ceiling,and if you challenge it they accuse you of disrespect ,if you out their crooked old school tactics they accuse you of being disrespectfull and dismiss you because they still have a huge numbers advantage anywhere they happen to be.

You must embrace change to understand your own place in the big picture,Wayne Gretzkys retirement timing is a perfect example of this dynamic when it is working properly and in a healthy manner.Look at Waynes stats and then look at when he retired,he left room for the next generation to have a fair crack at him and his records--he didnt stick around for three or four more years burying his legacy under BS he let his best efforts represent him for eternity ,he did that out of respect for himself and the game,I watched a certain young man VERY respectfully refuse a cherry shift on an 8-point night for the same reasons----there is hope if you look in the right places and learn from the people evolving in a healthy manner.

I watch Tom Gazolla and I always hope one of these old codgers takes him under his wing and fast tracks him,simply because as i said my generation isnt available most are blue-collar workers--so now we NEED young guys like this absolutely fast tracked.The Boomers find it easier to work with 20yr olds like their grandchildren than 40 somethings that challenge them to grow and progress every day and pressure them constantly.

I hope the Oilers embrace healthy evolution and growth as well and keep the pipeline flowing by moving players and personnel along in a natural manner according to the dynamics of those coming up from beneath them,let natural and fair competition dictate dynamic growth and personell.No life-support please.

I have developed a new respect for Kevin Lowe because he has done the exact right thing this year,he has evolved his professional perspective and has quietly and naturally fallen back into a leadership position which maximises his potential,he is using his experience now from the drivers seat and taking it to the next level by keeping his hands off the ball--his position and influence are stronger now than ever and the respect base is deepening.It is very nice to see this type of professional evolution from the top down,it is a championship attitude.I am in defensive mode for managment since this change,it warrants 100% support.And right now Kevin Lowe has my 100% support.

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#57 pelhem grenville
November 03 2012, 12:41PM
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...newage

...sounds like old fart Boomers won't all be dead soon enough for you...we're a big crew

... be patient

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#59 Dave
November 03 2012, 04:47PM
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westcoastoil wrote:

Lowe, Mac-T & Tambellini have more NHL knowledge than all posters here put together. NO BODY knows what it takes to make a deal and what all the background shenanigans are other than those involved.

Adding a legit 1st line centre a la Getzlaf or a Yandle completely changes the complexion of this club. Let's hope and pray they see the same things we do and don't come back and say "the Oilers have just traded Devan Dubnyk and Sam Gagner for Luongo and Jordan Schreoder". If they do then the whole aura and belief that you have to play the game to know how to build a team is out the window (see: Milbury, MacLean, Dudley, Feaster)

Bob Stauffer would be the first to say.... Lowe, Mac-T , Tambellini and I have more NHL knowledge than all posters here put together.

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#60 Primo
November 04 2012, 09:32AM
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Oilers have limited options when trading for established veterans.

Edmonton is not a preferred destination to begin with and finishing with a pathetic embarrassing record the last few years doesn't do much to attract these guys who have trophy wives that are more familiar with the geograhy of Siberia than Edmonton.

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