GDB 13.0: Nothing could possiblie go wrong

Jonathan Willis
October 27 2013 09:08AM

Tonight’s game features a tired Oilers team that lost a one-goal game to Phoenix last night against a rested Los Angeles squad that when last seen trounced those same Coyotes by a 7-4 score on Thursday.

What could possibly go wrong?

The Lineup

There has been no official word on lineup changes yet, but up front there are two items of note. First, Tyler Pitlick left on crutches after getting caught awkwardly by a hip check; hopefully any injury is less serious than the knee injury that sidelined him back in January. Second, Anton Lander was scratched by Oklahoma City last night, so it seems probable that he will be in the lineup for tonight’s game (to which I would imagine Linus Omark’s reaction is a mixture of happiness for his good friend and ‘I just scored FOUR GOALS in ONE GAME’).

Update: The Lander news is official.

With at least one probable lineup shift, I’m just going to guess here and update later once we get official word. I don’t imagine we’ll see major changes to the forward unit, and I’d guess that Nick Schultz draws in as fresh legs on the blue line.

  • F1. Nail Yakupov – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
  • F2. David Perron – Mark Arcobello – Ales Hemsky
  • F3. Ben Eager – Boyd Gordon – Ryan Jones
  • F4. Luke Gazdic – Will Acton – Anton Lander
  • D1. Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry
  • D2. Anton Belov – Justin Schultz
  • D3. Andrew Ference – Nich Schultz

Devan Dubnyk will almost certainly start.

Update: I still think Dubnyk starts, but this is interesting.

Coaching & Signs of the Apocalypse

I knew, what with all the talk of firing coaches and whatnot, that things were getting awfully grim. But I didn’t realize how low spirits were until I started noticing the reaction to DSF’s comments:

  • -8/+25 on a comment saying the Oilers had mostly played Eastern Conference “cream puffs”
  • -6/+18 on a comment saying Vancouver had all of Edmonton’s adversity but was playing great
  • -4/+12 on a comment agreeing that Dallas Eakins was in over his head
  • -4/+11 on a comment extolling the Canucks’ virtues

I won’t argue against the Canucks – they have handled some tough circumstances extremely well, and while like the Oilers they have mostly played ‘Eastern Conference cream puffs’ (8 of 13 games) they have also had a road-heavy schedule early. They just went 5-1-1 on a seven-game road-trip, which is insanely good.

What I will say is that it’s way too make Eakins the scapegoat, something that was being done in the comments here yesterday. Certainly, he’s done things I haven’t liked – he was awfully quick to haul last year’s leading goal-scorer out of the lineup, rotating a bunch of skilled first-time penalty killers into the PK all at the same time hasn’t worked well, and the Gazdic-Acton-Brown fourth line never appealed to me – but isn’t it abundantly clear at this point that firing the coach isn’t the solution?

Besides, we’ve seen this play out in reverse before. When Pat Quinn came in, the Oilers jumped out to a 6-2-1 start – one built on getting outshot badly but posting insane percentages. Quinn turned out to be probably the worst head coach in team history. This is the reverse situation: the Oilers have built a losing streak based on decent shot totals and terrible goaltending. I doubt it lasts either.

I can’t definitively say that Eakins is the solution to the problem, but the problem definitely predates his arrival.

Predictions

Game day prediction: 3-0 Los Angeles.

Obvious game day prediction: Mark Arcobello will take three shots that, while all scoring chances, somehow catch the edge of a pad or bounce off the outside of the post or something like that.

Not-so-obvious game day prediction: In the third period, with the score still 2-0, Nail Yakupov will get a glorious opportunity from the right faceoff circle. Jonathan Quick will flash the leather, then immediately skate to centre ice with his arms stretched out in the air before sliding to his knees at the middle of the ice. Don Cherry will chuckle as he’s playing the tape of it on Coach’s Corner next Saturday.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
October 27 2013, 10:41AM
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@Greg

I agree with your "vote with your dollar" point, but I think Cameron is right about the expectation level for the team. Why should this team be a playoff team? Because they've missed the playoffs for 7 years and "enough is enough"? The truth is they haven't built a winner yet.

During the off-season they marginally upgraded their D (adding Ference/Belov, subtracting Whitney), marginally upgraded their top 6 forwards (Perron) and broke-even on the bottom 6 and goaltending (Dubnyk and Labarbera have both been awful this year though). Why should this team be way better than the team that finished 24th last year? Especially when you factor in the growing pains associated with a rookie coach and the players learning yet another system.

It is frustrating as a fan, but the holes in this team (functional toughness, lack of elite D-men) are not fixable in one off-season. Unless you know of any Drew Doughty and/or Milan Lucic type players that were available and keen to go to Edmonton that MacT missed out on...

Anyhow, until the team rounds into form, I'll continue watching games from home and wearing my 20 year old Oil jersey, patiently waiting until the team has proved that they deserve my hard-earned cash. If ownership eventually stops making money, then they may actually consider making the management changes that so many people here have been calling for...

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#52 a lg dubl dubl
October 27 2013, 10:46AM
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I think it was Thursdays game where I heard that the Oilers have lost 850 man games to injury since the human rake left, most in the league. Im not chalking the downfalls of the team to that but it sure would be nice to see a healthy team for 90% of the season.

Im really curious to know why Bachman was called up?

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#53 Batfink
October 27 2013, 10:48AM
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I am not proposing that Eakins did/does not deserve his NHL shot. Just not with us. He needed to complete his apprenticeship, as an assistant to an experienced NHL coach. We are simply not in the position of hiring unproven (at the NHL level) coaches after the years we've had. You want consistency? Hartley, Ruff, Torts, Vigneault. All these are new hires at their respective teams, instigating new team ethos and philosophies, yet they are, by and large, succeeding. Why? Players? Goaltending? Sure, these are tangibles that certainly contribute. But you tell me we don't have the players? Look at Calgary (turn head and spit). We don't have goal tending? Then you adapt your system to protect the goalie more, a la Nashville. You adapt or die. Not say "I know I'm right" when that record is staring you right in the face. Still, stiff upper lip, eh? If refusing to look facts straight in the face won't get us through then taking away the moral 'moneyball' corsi victories will, right?

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#54 Hair bag
October 27 2013, 10:50AM
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Greg wrote:

Ok I'm going to make things a little clearer. I'm not going to suggest and trades or signings because I don't want Klowe doing anything. Whit I mean by the oilers having to make changes. It's all upstairs. We can change all the players and coaches we want, but the root if the problem still remains. As an oiler fan I would find it easier being patient if it wasn't with Klowe. My patients has run out with that guy. I would feel more comfortable if I knew we were climbing out of this hole without Klowe. there it is, that is the change I want people to get fired up about making, simply put, stop being patient with Klowe

I can agree with you on this point but unfortunately you are just beating your head against a brick wall, KLowe and Katz are buddies and because of that nothing upstairs is going to change for a long long time. I think kLowe still has years to play with before he feels any heat from his boss....this is the sad state of things in Oilerland

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#55 2004Z06
October 27 2013, 10:50AM
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Just a few questions and other thoughts. Do you think anyone from the Oilers organization reads these blogs? Probably not....maybe a bit more productive to aim your ire at the organization. Try emailing, sending a letter, phoning the Oilers office.....Maybe boycott a game or two?

As for MacT he is taking the heat for Labarberra and Grebishkov, but no praise for the moves to bring in Ference, Belov, Perron and Gordon?

Can't win em all.....

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#56 Oil Can
October 27 2013, 10:51AM
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It is easy to blame the coach or Yak, or some other player who someone might not like. But it is the same every season. This team leans on the young stars and they just WILL NOT commit to playing defence. Nuge, Ebbs, Hall, Yak, none of them play defence any better than the others. It is not just Yak. If the top line was able to score more than they give up, then this team would win. Trading just Yak will not fix this team. Ebbs, Hall, and Nuge are terribly soft and never hit anybody. Skill is great, but none of them are willing to do what it takes to win games. But they would be fun to watch play some pond hockey.

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#57 EricOG
October 27 2013, 10:51AM
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TeddyTurnbuckle wrote:

I've watched all of the games this year and have to say this is the best Oiler team since 06 despite their record. We would have won last night if Dubnyk was in net. I find it really pathetic how people are constantly taking shots at K Lowe on this site. How about offering constructive criticism instead of recycling the same old K Lowe bashing. Go to some other forum and take your uneducated hockey opinions with you. The Oilers are competing hard every night which is a vast improvement over past seasons. The team is obviously still too young so a little more patience is needed. Yakupov has to stop giving up 5 star to the other team with his poor defensive play. He is directly responsible for at least one goal against us every game. That being said he is getting better at using his teammates.

And right on cue, someone from the front office steps in to defend his boss.

I respect that, however, wasn't it Lowe who gave out all those dumb contracts? (Souray, thecaptainethanmoreau, Staios). That alone was a big part of the problem. Had to clear all those out just to start getting something into the sistem.

It was Lowe who selected Tambo, and look how that went.

Aside from one lightning in a bottle postseason, there is nothing in his resume that screams managerial succes.

Most important, he was part of teams BUILT to win the cup, show me any proof that Sather ever went to him for advise on how to run those teams.

But, I'm just a Center Ice fan, so what do I know?

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#58 DSF
October 27 2013, 10:52AM
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Henry wrote:

Jeff Petry may be turning into a real 1D. I can't think of 30 guys that I'd play over him.

Seriously?

Not exhaustive and in no particular order:

1) PK Subban

2) Shea Weber

3) Erik Karlsson

4) OEL

5) Keith Yandle

6) Alex Pietrangelo

7) Jaybo

8) Ryan Suter

9) Jonas Brodin

10) Seth Jones

11) Dan Hamhuis

12) Kevin Bieksa

13) Jason Garrisson

14) Alex Edler

15) Mark Giordano

16) Marc Edward Vlasic

17) Francois Beauchemin

18) Drew Doughty

19) Slava Voynov

20) Cam Fowler

21) Zdeno Chara

22) Dougy Hamilton

23) Christian Ehrhoff

24) Duncan Keith

25) Brent Seabrook

26) Nik Hjalmarson

27) Fedor Tyutin

28) Nik Kronwall

29) Andrei Markov

30) Travis Hamonic

31) Ryan McDonagh

32) Kris Letang

33) Paul Martin

34) Olli Maata

35) Matt Carle

36) Dion Phaneuf

37) Karl Alzner

38) Dustin Byfuglien

39) Zach Bogosian

40) Justin Braun

I can't see one D on that list whose GM would trade straight up for Jeff Petry unless he was truing to dump salary.

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#59 -30-
October 27 2013, 10:55AM
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A new coach. A new system to learn. A bunch of new players.

What isn't new is the bipolarity that plagues this board.

With two wins the oil are world beaters. Two losses and it's time to fire and trade everyone away.

It's the same every year. The teams that are going like gangbusters before Christmas are fighting to make the playoffs come March.

At least we're not in as dire straits as the Eskimos where there is NO hope for a few years.

The Oil at least have an upside.

BTW JW, isn't it POSSIBLY in the headline?

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#60 SRELIOFAN
October 27 2013, 10:56AM
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I think we should stop going to the Oilers games and start selling out Oil Kings games...and I mean all 16 thousand seats. It would be a win-win really. We watch good, competitive hockey, save money on tickets, and get the message to management pretty damn quick.

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#62 Greg
October 27 2013, 11:02AM
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Hair bag wrote:

I can agree with you on this point but unfortunately you are just beating your head against a brick wall, KLowe and Katz are buddies and because of that nothing upstairs is going to change for a long long time. I think kLowe still has years to play with before he feels any heat from his boss....this is the sad state of things in Oilerland

I too feel your right. But I won't be giving up my fight. I guess ill keep banging my head against a wall. Maybe I'll bang my head against a Rexall drugs store, that might make me feel better...

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#64 Robert Ore
October 27 2013, 11:02AM
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I have gone to Oiler games since the WHA and been season ticket holder since Oilers entered NHL

Currently: Scouting - have not drafted a player outside 1st round to make impact on team for a long time even with high 2nd round picks Coaching - last year had top 10 in PK and PP - close to .500 team Was suppose to be last year of rebuild-solution fire coach MacT was in media all summer spouting impatience etc - have not heard from him lately

TIme for REAL CHANGE!

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#65 a lg dubl dubl
October 27 2013, 11:02AM
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Eakins could have been hired by at least 5 teams this summer, sure hes made some mistakes but as a rookie HC hes done alright for the most part, I will say this though, I was hoping for AV to be the next head coach here.

Im just as frustrated as the next Oiler fan watching the games only to lose by 1, the team is close IMO, MacT does need to make a trade though, not for the sake of making a trade(Brown) but to shake things up that says to the players that he wont take this laying down. Any trade that is made should involve the 1st round pick.

The defence is the most glaring issue to me that this team has right now, hell Id be glad to take Phaneuf right now.

Time to get crafty MacT!

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#66 Mikey
October 27 2013, 11:02AM
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Greg wrote:

Ok I'm going to make things a little clearer. I'm not going to suggest and trades or signings because I don't want Klowe doing anything. Whit I mean by the oilers having to make changes. It's all upstairs. We can change all the players and coaches we want, but the root if the problem still remains. As an oiler fan I would find it easier being patient if it wasn't with Klowe. My patients has run out with that guy. I would feel more comfortable if I knew we were climbing out of this hole without Klowe. there it is, that is the change I want people to get fired up about making, simply put, stop being patient with Klowe

Haha. I love that you think K.Lowe would come to oilers nation, look for posts by you, to see what trades you would make. That is the reason you wont suggest trades or signings. Haha

At least just say, "I am not sure which players are available, so I cant say which trades I would make."

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#67 Butters
October 27 2013, 11:03AM
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The Oilers have scored more, or just as many goals as 26 other NHL teams. Problem is, they are dead last in GA. There are other problems, but they need to be able to count on their goalies to not let in that 5th or 6th goal.

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#69 Old School G
October 27 2013, 11:04AM
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It's brutal but enduring through these bleak times is what being a fan is all about. This is my team no matter how bad.

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#71 DSF
October 27 2013, 11:05AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Further to my post above:

screw your anecdotal observations - they are worth less than the ether they are displayed via (especially when your bias is taken into consideration.

Point to one stat from these first 12 games that provides real prof that "this is the best Oiler team since 06 "

1) The Oilers are on pace for a 47 point season...the worst in team history.

2) The Oilers are on pace for 328 GA. The dreadful team of 2009/10 gave up "only" 284 goals.

3) The Oilers are on pace to finish the season with a goal differential of -88. That dreadful 09/10 team had a goal differential of -70.

While I don't expect things to stay as bleak as they are, you also have to remember that the current season's numbers have been generated against mostly weak opposition, the second half of the season features a heavy dose of games against the big boys in the WC.

If the Oilers haven't got things sorted out by then, all I can say is yikes.

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#72 Alsker
October 27 2013, 11:08AM
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I am still choked at the total absence of a response to the hit on Petry. A group of individuals is what we are, NOT a team. No way had that been us doing the hit(wait oh ya we dont hit) there would have been immediate reaction from the dogs, at the very least a scrum of gloves to the face and threats. Are we above such things. Have we evolved beyond such acts of violence or do we simply not give a damn bout the other guy in the same uniform? Losing sucks, but losing and running away with your tail between your legs is degrading. Bagskate every guy on the ice when it happened!!! Obviously changing the decor in the dressing room didn't change this teams culture.

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#73 Romulus' Apotheosis
October 27 2013, 11:09AM
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@Jonathan Willis

Not sure elevating DSF to benighted status here is the way to go.

And, you certainly can't trust panicky idiot number 1-67 to handle "props" buttons with any aplomb.

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#74 Henry
October 27 2013, 11:10AM
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DSF wrote:

Seriously?

Not exhaustive and in no particular order:

1) PK Subban

2) Shea Weber

3) Erik Karlsson

4) OEL

5) Keith Yandle

6) Alex Pietrangelo

7) Jaybo

8) Ryan Suter

9) Jonas Brodin

10) Seth Jones

11) Dan Hamhuis

12) Kevin Bieksa

13) Jason Garrisson

14) Alex Edler

15) Mark Giordano

16) Marc Edward Vlasic

17) Francois Beauchemin

18) Drew Doughty

19) Slava Voynov

20) Cam Fowler

21) Zdeno Chara

22) Dougy Hamilton

23) Christian Ehrhoff

24) Duncan Keith

25) Brent Seabrook

26) Nik Hjalmarson

27) Fedor Tyutin

28) Nik Kronwall

29) Andrei Markov

30) Travis Hamonic

31) Ryan McDonagh

32) Kris Letang

33) Paul Martin

34) Olli Maata

35) Matt Carle

36) Dion Phaneuf

37) Karl Alzner

38) Dustin Byfuglien

39) Zach Bogosian

40) Justin Braun

I can't see one D on that list whose GM would trade straight up for Jeff Petry unless he was truing to dump salary.

I knew you wouldn't be able to resist the bait.

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#75 Bag wearing Fan
October 27 2013, 11:11AM
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I hear the Oilers are being relegated to the AHL. I bet they still lose.

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#76 Mikey
October 27 2013, 11:13AM
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@DSF

I see about 5 but your point still stands.

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#77 DoubleA34
October 27 2013, 11:18AM
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Hopefully there is a good looking babe sitting behind Dallas again

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#78 Craig1981
October 27 2013, 11:18AM
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Any thought on to why we are recalling a goalie? Lababera injured, playing poorly, or not a team guy with his outburst (and totally sold acabello out for his tip)

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#79 Batfink
October 27 2013, 11:19AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Eakins spent two years as an assistant to Paul Maurice in Toronto, then a year in a front office role for the Leafs.

Only after that did he become an AHL head coach.

And an AHL coach he remains....Results driven industry. Poop or get off the pot. If your systems are confusing to the players, whose job is it to make absolutely sure they understand? Adapt or die.

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#80 Tim in Kelowna
October 27 2013, 11:21AM
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Whoa, bleak game day prediction. I can't disagree though. In all likelihood we'll let in 4+ goals again, but RNH won't be held pointless. 4-2 Kings.

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#81 Mikey
October 27 2013, 11:21AM
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Butters wrote:

The Oilers have scored more, or just as many goals as 26 other NHL teams. Problem is, they are dead last in GA. There are other problems, but they need to be able to count on their goalies to not let in that 5th or 6th goal.

Or, on the Defensive side of things. So the goalie is not left trying to make up for a porous defense.

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#82 Spydyr
October 27 2013, 11:21AM
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Obvious game day prediction:Oilers lose,again.Nothing happens it is expected.

Sad face.

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#83 D
October 27 2013, 11:23AM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Just a few questions and other thoughts. Do you think anyone from the Oilers organization reads these blogs? Probably not....maybe a bit more productive to aim your ire at the organization. Try emailing, sending a letter, phoning the Oilers office.....Maybe boycott a game or two?

As for MacT he is taking the heat for Labarberra and Grebishkov, but no praise for the moves to bring in Ference, Belov, Perron and Gordon?

Can't win em all.....

The Oilers (as with any business getting free market research) would definitely read this blog.

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#84 Spydyr
October 27 2013, 11:24AM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

I think it was Thursdays game where I heard that the Oilers have lost 850 man games to injury since the human rake left, most in the league. Im not chalking the downfalls of the team to that but it sure would be nice to see a healthy team for 90% of the season.

Im really curious to know why Bachman was called up?

"Im really curious to know why Bachman was called up?"

You must not have watched the Phoenix game.If you did you must be used to seeing a lousy goalie in the Oilers net.

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#85 Sec 118, Row 11... For now...
October 27 2013, 11:24AM
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Bag wearing Fan wrote:

I hear the Oilers are being relegated to the AHL. I bet they still lose.

I wish. That'd save me $20K a year in garbage collection fees... I mean, tickets.

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#86 What tier am I ?
October 27 2013, 11:27AM
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Sec 118, Row 11... For now... wrote:

I wish. That'd save me $20K a year in garbage collection fees... I mean, tickets.

Ya, right !!! Like tickets in THIS town would get any cheaper !

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#87 Dan 1919
October 27 2013, 11:28AM
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11 out of 12 games is how many times the Oilers’ goalies have surrendered 3 or more goals. This is a far better team than last year’s. If they actually go out and address their main problem, this season is still salvageable to give us good hockey down the stretch.

The problem is so much pretending everywhere. Eakins should say we need our goalies to be better, MacT should address the media and say we are looking for help in certain areas as we speak in order to maintain faith amongst the players that the organization is going to help.

How many coaches do we need to go through, let’s be honest with ourselves, is firing another coach going to put the Oilers in the playoffs? Absolutely not. This team needs help now, get either a goalie or at least a Dman, trade this year’s first round pick (what will one more do anyway?). Do something, do not wait until the offseason to make a few minor moves and repeat again next year.

Dubnyk should play tonight, yeah the goalie that when he let’s three goals in a game, is said to have had his best game of the season... Fantastic (seriously, he should play though).

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#88 Hammers
October 27 2013, 11:32AM
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Have we had bad goaltending ? Hell yes . Has Eakins Swarm system cost us in both goals & games ? Also hell yes .Did McT clean house? Hell yes Did he add better players again yes . Perron , Ference Belov Gordon .Also some bit players Joensuu Gazdic ( Still not sure on Acton )So where does the problem sit? If you can't upgrade goalkeeping the system needs to change .

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#89 madjam
October 27 2013, 11:32AM
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So how do we dig ourselves out of this cellar hole we continue to be in is the question ? Recognize all our weaknesses . We trade our way out . If MacT. is finished with his trades , then he must be replaced by someone who is a much better wheeler dealer . Seasons already over/wasted , time to build for next season -the sooner the better. Building thru draft has been bloody awful for what we should be .Time to trade our way out of this mess , as we couldn't be any worse anyhow . FIRESALE,FIRESALE ! Make your best offers .

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#90 DSF
October 27 2013, 11:33AM
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Alsker wrote:

I am still choked at the total absence of a response to the hit on Petry. A group of individuals is what we are, NOT a team. No way had that been us doing the hit(wait oh ya we dont hit) there would have been immediate reaction from the dogs, at the very least a scrum of gloves to the face and threats. Are we above such things. Have we evolved beyond such acts of violence or do we simply not give a damn bout the other guy in the same uniform? Losing sucks, but losing and running away with your tail between your legs is degrading. Bagskate every guy on the ice when it happened!!! Obviously changing the decor in the dressing room didn't change this teams culture.

"Phoenix Coyotes center Martin Hanzal will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Monday for a hit on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry on Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena.

At 13:42 of the first period, Hanzal checked Petry against the boards in the Edmonton end after Petry had moved the puck. Hanzal received a two-minute minor for charging on the play.

Petry was shaken up on the play but remained in the game."

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/hanzal-faces-hearing-for-hit-on-oilers-petry/

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#91 Bags for everyone.
October 27 2013, 11:37AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm not especially an apologist for the scouts in Edmonton, but Jeff Petry has to count as a non first round pick to make an impact, right?

The jury is still out on that one !!

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#92 Rama Lama
October 27 2013, 11:38AM
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I read your player grades after the last game.........just about everyone got passing grades with the exception being Jason Labarbra.

While I agree with your grades and especially your observations, I can't help but ask the logical question, why not grade the coach as well?

I would love to grade the coaches on line combinations that click, line matching, line changes, coaching hunches, no stupid too many players penalties, special team results, etc.

At some point the " professional writer", have to start questioning the true abilities of the coach..........he has received far too much slack for systems that belong in some other league.

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#93 2004Z06
October 27 2013, 11:38AM
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D wrote:

The Oilers (as with any business getting free market research) would definitely read this blog.

I am sure Kevin Lowe and Darryl Katz tune in daily....please! I wasn't referring to the receptionist.

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#94 DSF
October 27 2013, 11:40AM
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Rama Lama wrote:

I read your player grades after the last game.........just about everyone got passing grades with the exception being Jason Labarbra.

While I agree with your grades and especially your observations, I can't help but ask the logical question, why not grade the coach as well?

I would love to grade the coaches on line combinations that click, line matching, line changes, coaching hunches, no stupid too many players penalties, special team results, etc.

At some point the " professional writer", have to start questioning the true abilities of the coach..........he has received far too much slack for systems that belong in some other league.

Just read your post after reading this article on Matt Duchene and his thoughts on how Joe Sacco stifled his team:

http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_24395710/matt-duchene-loves-fast-pace-system-and-personal-style-patrick-roy#ixzz2iuyg9qe6

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Rama Lama wrote:

I read your player grades after the last game.........just about everyone got passing grades with the exception being Jason Labarbra.

While I agree with your grades and especially your observations, I can't help but ask the logical question, why not grade the coach as well?

I would love to grade the coaches on line combinations that click, line matching, line changes, coaching hunches, no stupid too many players penalties, special team results, etc.

At some point the " professional writer", have to start questioning the true abilities of the coach..........he has received far too much slack for systems that belong in some other league.

Just read your post after reading this article on Matt Duchene and his thoughts on how Joe Sacco stifled his team:

http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_24395710/matt-duchene-loves-fast-pace-system-and-personal-style-patrick-roy#ixzz2iuyg9qe6

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#96 Old School G
October 27 2013, 11:41AM
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@Dan 1919

Great points. About Doobie: He is what he is, I like him but he's a tandem type goalie. All we need is a more competent second goalie and like you say I think we could salvage this season. The fact that we have not made a move for a goalie yet is concerning I hope that happens soon.

Which goalie would you want? What would we have to give up to get him?

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#97 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
October 27 2013, 11:42AM
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I was born in '91, last Oiler cup win was '90. I think the Oilers will win a cup in my lifetime, but I'm not completely sure...

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#98 Dan 1919
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The Oilers are terrible until they start addressing problems in net and on the blue line.

Meanwhile, can you do a blog on team Canada assessments thus far, who’d be in who’d be out, if Duchene keeps it up will he play his way onto the team etc.

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#99 Greg
October 27 2013, 11:44AM
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2004Z06 wrote:

I am sure Kevin Lowe and Darryl Katz tune in daily....please! I wasn't referring to the receptionist.

Where else can the oilers get a true read on how the fans feel? Listening to CHED? Ha! This is the one place where they get both barrels. Katz maybe, but Lowe would be an idiot not to read these posts.

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#100 The Oil r in need of P.H.D's
October 27 2013, 11:46AM
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@DSF

(1) So, with 4 officials on the ice, how is it that Hanzal is unpenalized and scoring on us later in the game ? (2) Is that guy available. We haven't had that (type of player)on the Oilers... In my lifetime anyways !!!

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