TUESDAY TIDBITS...

Jason Gregor
October 15 2013 07:45AM

Things can change quickly in one week. Last Tuesday, the Oilers were coming off a come-from-behind victory over the Devils ignited by the return of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and many felt things were looking up.

Since then, they've lost three straight, they are still giving up almost five goals a game, Nail Yakupov has been benched and Oilersnation is livid. Welcome to another rollercoaster season of Edmonton Oilers hockey.

There is so much to discuss, I wasn't sure where to begin, but I'll start with the status of Yakupov.

I wasn't shocked Yakupov was scratched in Toronto, although I didn't think it would happen, but I was surprised he sat out vs. the Capitals. Here's my take on it.

I have no problem with Eakins healthy scratching Yakupov. Some will like it, others hate it, but Eakins made it clear from the start of the season what he expects from players. We aren't privy to every conversation that goes on, but Eakins did hint at why Yakupov was scratched. He felt the former #1 pick was frustrated and trying to do things on his own.

I doubt Yakupov pouts. He's a proud kid and he isn't lacking in confidence or bravado. When he plays tonight, no way he doesn't, I'm sure he'll have an extra jump in his stride. The key will be can he maintain that, and will he play the type of game that Eakins wants. I'd like to think he would, but we won't know until the next 10-20 games.

Many great players have been banished to the pressbox for a game or two, and they were better for it. Steven Stamkos and Ilya Kovalchuk spent a game upstairs and they became two of the most lethal score scorers of the past five years. Yakupov's skill didn't evaporate during the past 72 hours. If he hates Eakins, that is fine. Coaches and players aren't supposed to be best friends. Eakins' job is to get the most out of Yakupov, and he clearly feels that benching him for two games will be the right way to motivate him. Time will tell if he was correct.

If Yakupov plays well, Eakins will play him, and he'll likely play him a lot. Eakins challenged him, let's see how Yakupov responds.

LINEMATES...SCHMINEMATES...

I don't understand those who claim Yakupov hasn't produced because of who he's playing with. First of all it is a cop out, and secondly it isn't true.

Yakupov started the year with Boyd Gordon. Gordon is currently leading the team with four goals.

Then he played with Marc Arcobello and David Perron. Both of them are tied for the team lead in points with five. And Arcobello managed to produce playing with Ryan Smyth, who many claim is an offensive anchor, even though he has three goals.

Then he played the final 22 minutes of the NJ game rotating with Gordon, RNH, Arcobello, Perron and Hall.

He was back with Gordon vs. Montreal, before sitting out the past two games.

Since Yakupov has been scratched, Arcobello had a 3-point game playing with Eberle and Smyth. Smyth, Perron, Gordon and Arcobello all found a way to produce without playing beside Hall or Nugent-Hopkins. So tell me again why Yakupov is the only one who is getting "brutal" linemates? It simply isn't the case.

Stop blaming his linemates. They are all NHL players, and Yakupov is skilled enough that he should be able to contribute offensively playing with any of the other top-nine forwards on this team.

QUICK HITS....

  • Even the most anti-Dubnyk fan, wouldn't have predicted he'd start the season this bad. He didn't struggle this bad early in his career, even when he went eleven games without a victory. In those first 11 NHL games, he allowed 47 goals on 338 shots for a .860SV%. In his next six games, he went 4-2 and stopped 193 of 208 shots for a .928SV%.

    During his next three NHL seasons he had a .917SV%. It is fair to question his penchant for allowing a soft goal, but even when he was doing that he still found ways to have a respectable SV%.

    His first four starts has been the worst stretch of his career. I don't think it is possible he can continue to struggle this bad. The question is how long before he gets back to playing like he did last year. Even if Dubnyk played average in his first four starts the Oilers would have won two of them.

    He needs to find his game to keep the Oilers in the hunt, but even if he plays well, I can't see Craig MacTavish starting next season with him as the clear cut starting goalie. At the very least, he'll have a legitimate contender battling for his job, and at worst, for him; he'll be the back up or not in the organization.
     
  • The Oilers have scored the first goal five times this year, yet they've lost all five of those games. Dubnyk and Jason LaBarbera can't complain that their teammates came out flat. One of the goalies has to start making some saves when the Oilers have the lead. Every team will give up leads, but the goalies have to at least make it difficult to tie the game.
     
  • Last year the Oilers scored first in 24 of 48 games. They went 12-6-6 in those games. In 2011/2012 they scored first in 40 of 82 games and went 23-11-6. In 2010/2011 they scored first in 32 of 82 games and went 14-8-6. They are getting better at scoring first, and if they can get some decent goaltending they should start winning.
     
  • The Oilers haven't allowed 29 goals in a six-game stretch since November 9th-17th, 2010. Back then the Oilers were a bad team. They were outshot 235-140 and outscored 33-11 in those six games. Their SV% was .860 at that time.
     
  • This year the Oilers have outshot the opposition 177-170, and they've been outscored 29-18. Their team SV% is a paltry .839. The Oilers are far from perfect, but much of their problems would be solved by even decent goaltending.
     
  • They are still making some key mistakes defensively, but with decent goaltending they would have beat the Jets and Leafs and be .500 which is about where I'd expect them to be. If their goaltending doesn't improve this road trip could turn ugly very quickly. The Penguins got spanked by the Panthers on Friday; they won't be taking the Oilers lightly tonight.
     
  • Arcobello has played very well, but he needs to start hitting the net. Last night he had two great chances from within 15 feet and missed the net both times. You can't score if you don't hit the net. I've been impressed with many facets of his game, but he needs to stop looking for the perfect shot. Just get in on net.
     
  • Hall needs to put away the toe-drag move for a bit. It isn't working. I understand wanting to try it, but he needs to use his speed and go wide, or just rip a wrist shot. He has a great shot. He needs to let it fly.
     
  • The +/- stat isn't the best indicator of how a player is playing, but you can't ignore that RNH is -9, Hemsky is -8 and Hall is -7. They have to be better defensively. No excuses.
     
  • The PK is a mess. Goalies can be better, stating the obvious, but the Oilers are leaving guys wide open all over the ice. They've given up 7 PP goals already. They were 9th in PK last year allowing 29 PP goals all season. Right now Gordon is the only forward with any significant PK experience. Acton, RNH, Hemsky, Perron and Hall haven't done it very often in the NHL. It will take some for them to get comfortable, but I wonder if they look at adding another veteran forward who can kill penalties?
     
  • Alex Steen has to be one of the most underrated players in the NHL. In the summer Hitchcock told me Steen was his best forward, and he thought Steen could score 70 points this year. He said Steen was an excellent two-way player, who was going to focus a bit more on offence this year. It is very early, but Hitchcock looks like a genius. Steen has 4-4-8 in four games for the Blues.
     
  • Speaking of the Blues, Magnus Paajarvi has been a healthy scratch for all four games this season.
     
  • Until the Oilers are better defensively, not just in goal, they won't compete for the playoffs. The Oilers are are 1-4-1 and 19-29 in goals for-goals against. The top-three teams in the west prove defence wins. Sharks are 5-0 and have outscored the opposition 24-7. The Avs are 5-0 and 18-4 in GF-GA while the Blues are also 4-0 and 19-7 in GF-GA.
     
  • The players and organization need to realize the Oilers don't have significantly more skill than the other teams in the west, and until they commit to playing better away from the puck and in their own zone this team isn't making the playoffs. It is early, but team defence and goaltending are the obvious weaknesses.
     
  • Overall I think this team is better than previous years, and eventually they will see results, but they need to try and salvage the month of October. I don't belive they can't be 10-12 points out of the playoffs on October 31st, and still make the playoffs. They must find a way to stay close.
     

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#1 Rival
October 15 2013, 08:32AM
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Jesse Joensuu is officially Teemu Hartikainen. Neither guy does a thing.

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#2 Hayek
October 15 2013, 07:50AM
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Just curious when Brown and Gadzic are required to earn their spot on the team, while a decently productive Yakupov is benched?

Double standard.

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#3 pelhem grenville
October 15 2013, 10:37AM
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TRADE...

Dubnyk, Yakupov, Arcobello & the elder Schultz for Holtby, Johansson and Carlson and two first round picks...

a way to stay close...? jus sayin'

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#4 John
October 15 2013, 08:34AM
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Calgary is lousy on paper but winning. Edmonton is good on paper but losing. At what point is the coach held accountable? I'm not talking about firing Eakins (yet) but where are the questions about his responsibility in this losing streak?

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#5 oilredemption
October 15 2013, 08:10AM
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Hayek even better when should hall, hemsky or j.schultz have to earn it? These three have been major disappointments. Hall is not the superstar everyone thinks he is and never will be. Taylor 'fall' has been terrible

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#6 Zach
October 15 2013, 08:01AM
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@Hayek

Yakupov's role is to contribute offensively and he's been completely UNPRODUCTIVE so far this season. Brown and Gadzic's role is to intimidate and play a physical game, while they aren't perfect anyone can see they are fulfilling their role lights out better then Yak, who thinks he can go around 3 NHL players. Yakupov might be able to dance around our defence at practise but they do not represent the NHL standard.

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#7 Hayek
October 15 2013, 08:09AM
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jeff wrote:

yakupov is benched because he isn't playing up to a standard that Eakin's beleives he can play at. Brown and Gadzic are what they are and they aren't going to benefit much from having a night in the pressbox. He's sending a message to yak

Generating the 2nd most scoring chances on the team is not productive? Results haven't been there with zero points, but the effort and production have.

By setting a below NHL standard for Gadzic and Brown, we are saying they can be terrible every game (not put up points, get outchanced), and you are fine with this as a fan? Just to see a couple hits or fights?

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#8 Hemmercules
October 15 2013, 08:10AM
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"I really don’t like skating all the time, and forechecking, and hitting somebody every shift." -Nail Yakupov

That comment right there is why Yak sat a second game. That's probably one of the worst things a coach could hear from a player. If that's going to be his attitude then trade him for all I care.

Both goalies let in at least 3 goals each tonight. Mact makes a trade in the coming days.

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#9 Hayek
October 15 2013, 08:17AM
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oilredemption wrote:

Hayek even better when should hall, hemsky or j.schultz have to earn it? These three have been major disappointments. Hall is not the superstar everyone thinks he is and never will be. Taylor 'fall' has been terrible

I agree they are playing weak at times too. But they have earned it through their play last season. Hall, Hemsky, Schultz, and even RNH are playing less than optimal, but even at that, they are outshooting and outchancing their opposition.

Maybe you are not happy they haven't been winning games, but these guys are reasons we have a chance in games, not the reason we are losing.

And you are completely wrong, Hall IS the superstar everyone thinks he is.

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#10 pelhem grenville
October 15 2013, 07:57AM
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...I AM "•Even the most anti-Dubnyk fan,..."

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#11 max rockatansky
October 15 2013, 12:58PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Btw....Jason please pass this on to your bosses at TSN.

Lowetide just got clicked off. Permanently.

He and Dellow going on about 'while the Corsi isn't showing things properly right now, we know it will'.

Problem with Allan is he is not a sports guy. He re-invented himself as one to get a gig. He doesnt have an original thought so he relies on stats to provide content. He was annoying at 1260 when he was riding wes montgomerys coat tails playing motown records and hes annoying 30 years later with his advanced stats.

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#12 jeff
October 15 2013, 08:03AM
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@Hayek

yakupov is benched because he isn't playing up to a standard that Eakin's beleives he can play at. Brown and Gadzic are what they are and they aren't going to benefit much from having a night in the pressbox. He's sending a message to yak

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#13 Professor
October 15 2013, 08:51AM
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"I really don’t like skating all the time, and forechecking, and hitting somebody every shift." -Nail Yakupov

A lot has been made about Yakupov's comments here. Should he have said this to the media.....no. At the same time I don't want him going into the corners and hitting people and getting hit himself. That's not why they pay him!!! The pay him to score goals!! The last thing we need is for him to be going into the corner and separating a shoulder. He's is a small guy and if he keeps going into the corners he will get hurt. I understand that he needs to be giving a full effort but don't make him be a player that he is not like all our skill guys playing the PK. How's that working out so far.....

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#14 Zamboni Driver
October 15 2013, 10:14AM
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Btw....Jason please pass this on to your bosses at TSN.

Lowetide just got clicked off. Permanently.

He and Dellow going on about 'while the Corsi isn't showing things properly right now, we know it will'.

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#15 Jeff
October 15 2013, 10:52AM
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I understand and appreciate the thoughtfulness of your tidbits; however there is one thing not mention. The biggest change in the off season was the change in coaches. You discuss, a chaotic PK and poor defense, however no mention of a coaching change and the impact it has had. I am not sure of the mentality of the coaching staff saying, we need to compete, we need to work hard, we need to change the philosophy of the team, yet we have regressed in almost every measurable category. I am not saying push our coach under the bus, but how long will this continue with the players being frustrated, fans being angry, and an organization that can only say, we are getting better. We have been out played, out worked, and out coached.

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#16 Serious Gord
October 15 2013, 08:01AM
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And we wake to the oilers at the beginning of this work week the same as they were last week:

Dead last in the west and still without a regulation win (only NJ shares that crown).

Shots/saves don't tell the whole story sometimes. To my eye at least wash had as many or more high quality scoring chances as EDM but either missed th pass, fanned on the shot or shot wide/was blocked.

The difference btwn Dubnyks svs % this year and last is about 8 svs. It could be argued that four of those were his fault and the other four were better quality opps that the opponent made good on. In some part dubnyk stats are masking an EDM d that is also playing worse than the beginning of last year. And that's the fault of both skaters and coaching. IOW there is blame to go around on virtually everyone.

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#17 JDude
October 15 2013, 08:25AM
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put yak on second line and put perron on third

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#18 Craig1981
October 15 2013, 08:07AM
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I find it hard to put too much merit into +/- right now since I don't think players should be getting punished for some of the goals the have been past the netminders.

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#19 srbuhr
October 15 2013, 08:23AM
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Defensive coverage in our end is an epic fail. The "swarm" isn't working and can be blamed for the high quality chances being given up over ad over. The idea to worry about the puck in the corner but not the player in the slot makes no sense. Until we abandon this failed system this team will struggle. It's going to be a very long season.

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#20 Hemmercules
October 15 2013, 08:26AM
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srbuhr wrote:

Defensive coverage in our end is an epic fail. The "swarm" isn't working and can be blamed for the high quality chances being given up over ad over. The idea to worry about the puck in the corner but not the player in the slot makes no sense. Until we abandon this failed system this team will struggle. It's going to be a very long season.

I noticed that too. Both defensemen in the corner, with an uncovered man all alone in the slot. That's going to be a goal every time on even a decent goaltender.

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#21 CaptainLander
October 15 2013, 08:58AM
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The Oil need to just forget about their offense and press theory, trap, trap, trap. I want wins not flare.

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#22 Zamboni Driver
October 15 2013, 09:07AM
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@Lochenzo

22 years old. Fourth year pro. Can't get into the lineup with Hitch as coach.

What do they say about the opposite of 'prospect'?

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#23 Dallylamma
October 15 2013, 09:20AM
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CaptainLander wrote:

The Oil need to just forget about their offense and press theory, trap, trap, trap. I want wins not flare.

Damn right they need to start running the Trap. The legend of free-wheeling, firewagon Oilers hockey needs to be put out to pasture with the rest of the glory days memorabilia.

Put up some wins and boring hockey will be forgiven.

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#24 Romulus' Apotheosis
October 15 2013, 08:39AM
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"The top-three teams in the west prove defence wins. Sharks are 5-0 and have outscored the opposition 24-7. The Avs are 5-0 and 18-4 in GF-GA while the Blues are also 4-0 and 19-7 in GF-GA. "

How about a nod to variance and/or sample size?

All this "proves" is that goaltending is freaking out across the league. Some teams are getting all-world bad goaltending and other all-world good. Neither can last.

http://stats.hockeyanalysis.com/teamstats.php?disp=1&db=201314&sit=5v5&sort=SVPCT&sortdir=DESC

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#25 Zamboni Driver
October 15 2013, 08:43AM
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Magnus being scratched every night for a decent team speaks VOLUMES about how blind-faithers over value what we have here.

People lost their minds after he got traded. Some have probably already said out loud "How can we get him back?"

Rishaug just said it exactly right on Neilson and Fraser. "The Oilers have good offensive talent. SO DOES EVERYBODY ELSE."

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#26 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
October 15 2013, 10:02AM
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A chain/team is only as strong as its weakest link. Everyone's paying for Devans inability to stop the puck. Eakins needs to be spreading that blame around equally though. Sitting the likes of Hall, Eberle, J.Shultz and RNH will certainly cost the Oilers yet a few more games. If this isn't the case, we know this is much less about team play (everyones accountable while without the puck) and who Eakins little whipping boy has become.

I personally look forward to Dubey rebounding and carrying them back to where his game was at last season....24th place. And for that, we give thanks Mr. Lowe.

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#27 Harry
October 15 2013, 10:09AM
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John wrote:

Calgary is lousy on paper but winning. Edmonton is good on paper but losing. At what point is the coach held accountable? I'm not talking about firing Eakins (yet) but where are the questions about his responsibility in this losing streak?

Weve had 4 coaches in 4 years and you want to fire eakins after 6 games?

At some point the players have to become a problem. For too longwe have had to sit back and watch our GM do next to nothing in terms of trades. Other than the Penner trade what has either of our last two GM's done to better the team through a trade?

As much as I hate Van I cant help but look at the Bertuzzi-Luongo trade. This type of trade is exactly what we need and the sooner the better.

Be bold MacT take a chance!!!

May the corsi be with you

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#28 Dave Lumley
October 15 2013, 10:16AM
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@Cody anderson

"The puck has not been going in so he is squeezing his stick a little."

Squeezing his stick a little! Squeezing his stick?

I am squeezing my stick and it's the only satisfaction I am getting.

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#29 loweblows
October 15 2013, 10:17AM
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The Oilers were winning 1-0 and on two occasions, with the faceoff in Washington's end, Eakins rolled out the 4th line. When a team is struggling and dominating early in a game wouldn't the best strategy be to at least roll with your 1st or 2nd line and try to increase your lead? Its too early to judge his system however the Oilers need wins and we all know that the Oilers cannot defend one goal leads. For this I give an Eakins an F.

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#30 ShakyDS
October 15 2013, 08:26AM
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Jason,

The systems play, especially defensively, has looked disorganized to say the least. Is it a possibility that coaches Smith and Buchberger are also struggling with learning Eakins systems? It would be very hard to teach/coach a system you didn't fully understand. Have you gotten a sense maybe this is a contributing factor? Maybe I'm way off here, but there has to be answers...this is getting painful to watch.

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#31 spliff
October 15 2013, 08:30AM
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Jason, you say "The Oilers haven't allowed 29 goals in a six-game stretch since November 9th-17th, 2010. Back then the Oilers were a bad team." Aren't we still a "bad team"? The management of this team needed a plan and a timeline that corresponded with their acquisiton of supposed skill players, that they acquired from being the worst team in hockey since the 2005 lockout. So far, obviously, they have failed miserably. They have every resource available to them because of a rich fanboy owner, yet their team has had the same issues for year. Compare the work of this management team to other NHL franchise's in similar situations. KLowe and the gang are amateurs, who owe their survival to cronyism. And we, the overpaying fans of this sh*tshow of a franchise, are the ones who pay for it. I am quite certain that interest in this team will start to drop. People, even in hockey crazy booming Edmonton, will see no point in spending hard earned cash on a team with no future, or limited prospects. Its becoming to frustrating, and uninteresting.

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#32 madjam
October 15 2013, 09:53AM
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I said it before and I'll say it again - the swarm system will not work for our team makeup . We do not have the size , toughness and grit as a group to make it work successfully for our squad . Our young stars are not so inclined to excel at such a physical game for any length of time successfully and thus major breakdowns will continue to haunt this team if they do . That is pretty evident already by my estimation . There is not a Messier , Tikkannen , Kurri , Linesman or Anderson in our group of youngsters . Yak could be , but is reluctant to go that way . To much skill and a supporting caste that cannot make a difference ?

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#33 LOIL99
October 15 2013, 10:00AM
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Those saying "Hall Hemsky RNH Schultz" are out-chancing the opposition are just plain wrong. ALL of them have Corsi numbers under 50%. They are not playing well, period.

Hall SHOULD NOT be carrying the puck into the O-zone. He gives it away over half the time when he tries that. He needs to dump it in and skate like balls to go get it. I haven't seen the numbers, but if he is not top 5 in the NHL in giveaways then I would be VERY surprised.

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#34 Oiler Al
October 15 2013, 10:06AM
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Jason, a fairly incorruptible overview, however, team defense is so far off the rails that it goes beyond the goal tending. The minus numbers , like it or not, especially by the top line minute muchers minus 7 8 and 9, must relate to the results.

Also you made no mention of the Defenmen, who have dropped the ball in every game.. this includes the Captn, and veterans like Smid who was terrible in the Washington game.

Also lets mention, that this is probably the softest team in the NHL... forget the fourth line antics, my dog could pull those stunts.

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#36 Clarkenstein
October 15 2013, 10:34AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Btw....Jason please pass this on to your bosses at TSN.

Lowetide just got clicked off. Permanently.

He and Dellow going on about 'while the Corsi isn't showing things properly right now, we know it will'.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out. AMF!

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#37 Neal
October 15 2013, 11:44AM
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Good to see Yak back in. What will be the most interesting is to see if Hall gets a game upstairs if he doesn't improve. Yes, he's had shots and a few goals, but I am really "seeing him bad" on goals against. Look at the video, he's floating in his own end. The transition from what worked in junior, or even the AHL, for these stars has been slow. Ebs looks like he's starting to get it, but Jultz, Hall, Yak and to a lesser extent Nuge, need firm coaching.

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#39 godot10
October 15 2013, 12:25PM
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Jason neglected to mention that the coaches who benched Stamkos (Melrose) and Kovalchuk (Fraser) were both fired reasonably soon thereafter.

And do we really want to run with the Dallas-Eakins-as-Barry-Melrose meme?

Dallas "Queen Bee" Eakins and his Mindless Drones swarming their way into our hearts.

What about elite talent and mindless drone does exactly feel like a well-fitting glove!

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#40 Harry
October 15 2013, 05:02PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

C'mon Harry, even you have to admit the Paajarvi for Perron was a helluva deal for MacTavish.

Absolutely your right. I forgot about that one. I guess I was in a negative state of mind when I wrote that.

This is 100% BS but its gonna take a trade something like this.

Eberle, 1st, 2nd, Klef

FOR

Rinne

Again 100% BS but if they cant pull off a trade like this I hope they do if not Mac either gives Bryz a 1yr deal or stays the course.

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#41 Dave
October 15 2013, 08:18AM
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Sorry, those tidbits were not tasty.

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#42 jeff
October 15 2013, 08:23AM
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@Hayek

I'd be just as happy as you to see real players instead of brown and gadzic, just pointing out that yakupov isn't being benched because Eakin's thinks that gadzic or brown give them a better chance to win than yakupov, but that this is because Eakin's thinks that the time off will help yakupov going forward, or send a message to the rest about accountability. benching mike brown doesn't really do that.

Whether or not this works out or blows up in Eakin's face, well we'll have to wait and see on that front.

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#43 Lochenzo
October 15 2013, 09:02AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Magnus being scratched every night for a decent team speaks VOLUMES about how blind-faithers over value what we have here.

People lost their minds after he got traded. Some have probably already said out loud "How can we get him back?"

Rishaug just said it exactly right on Neilson and Fraser. "The Oilers have good offensive talent. SO DOES EVERYBODY ELSE."

Magnus is a very good prospect. Great wheels for a kid his size. He just needs to do certain things to be successful at this level. We saw that in Magnus and so did Doug Armstrong who traded for him.

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#44 Zamboni Driver
October 15 2013, 09:03AM
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@spliff

You had me until the last line.

For some reason the gluttons for punishment will never stop paying top dollar for barely mediocre performance. So there really is no motivation for Batman to care that much.

He's making his money - no matter what the 'reporter' Stauffer says - plus he gets to fangirl with his boyhood heroes.

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#45 Zamboni Driver
October 15 2013, 10:07AM
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@Cody anderson

So you want your #1 line to be Hall (who has like four billion turnovers)/ Nuge (who has actually been okay) / Yak (who just got benched)?

TOGETHER?

Ostensibly against the #1 line (or #2 line) on Pitts.

I'm going to have to check their Corsi numbers, but I think those two lines have some okay players.

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#46 Dave Lumley
October 15 2013, 10:08AM
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Have you ever climbed up an old rickity ladder, broken out into a sweat and realized that you have have just climbed too high? The old band wagon seems that way today.

The problem is that I like hockey and want to cheer for someone and it is hard today.

Since I grew up during the heady WHA days, by default, one could always cheer for one of the old WHA teams. Hartford had those amazing jerseys. Les Nordiques challenged the Canadians for supremacy in Quebec till they really started to suck and got exiled to the high country. Winnipeg was our arch rival but how could you cheer for someone that you wiped the floor with on a regular basis?

What to do? What to do? Maybe there is someone in the east I could try cheering for, just to try it out.

I wish someone would just fix it, but who? It is just not right.

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#47 tileguy
October 15 2013, 10:14AM
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What I would like to know is who exactly on this team should be going into the offensive corner (first one to the puck)to get the puck? Oh wait, we don't have anybody that can do that without hurting their shoulder.

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#48 james_dean
October 15 2013, 10:19AM
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Betting on oilers is same as the chargers

expect the unexpected

big win on guaranteed win night

Oil ~265 all day

+265

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#50 smiliegirl15
October 15 2013, 10:38AM
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I honestly wondered after the preseason games, if Yak wasn't nursing an injury based on his play.

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