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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#101 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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#102 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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#103 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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#104 Rod from Viking
October 27 2013, 01:32PM
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I would probably be top ten in Streakcred if I would quit picking the Oilers to win and the Flames, Canucks and Leafs to lose, typical Oiler fan picking with the heart not the head.

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#105 madjam
October 27 2013, 01:32PM
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Are we loaded with skill but short on talent ?

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#106 sizedoesmatter
October 27 2013, 02:24PM
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Sorry for being positive but one good winning streak puts the team back in the hunt with a long home stand coming.

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#107 Rod from Viking
October 27 2013, 04:33PM
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@Clarko

The other day on Oilers now Stauffer told the caller to check a date in February which I think was the 21st and his thought was the Oil would be ahead of the Avalanche in the standings, maybe he meant February 2016.

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#108 Crackenbury
October 27 2013, 09:23PM
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Petry and Belov are both twice the defenceman J Schultz is at this point in their careers. The Oilers continue to try and force players into a role they are not ready for. It's time to ease up on the minutes J Schultz is logging.

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#109 Serious Gord
October 27 2013, 10:40AM
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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 "

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#110 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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#111 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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#112 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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#113 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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#114 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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#115 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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#116 Greg
October 27 2013, 12:15PM
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what's with all the Petry talk? a #1 D man? are you crazy? mark my words, this is just the Tom Gilbert experiment 2.0

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#117 David S
October 27 2013, 01:08PM
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Apparently Dubnyk has a "sore ankle", thus the callup per Oilers.

Uhhh yeah, OK.

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#118 dougtheslug
October 27 2013, 01:59PM
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Bachman is 5'10", 176 lbs, with a career save percentage of barely.900. The prototype NHL goalie is a tad bigger in the net.I guess this is where the smartest boys in the room continue to show the rest of the NHL how cool it is to think outside the box - playing with undersized players, using small inexperienced forwards on what once was a useful PK, trying out career minor leaguers (including the coaches son) instead of looking to experienced veterans, like other successful franchises do. I can just hear KLowe and MacT cackling to each other "We'll show these guys how smart we are.We're BOLD"

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#119 Spydyr
October 27 2013, 02:28PM
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sizedoesmatter wrote:

Sorry for being positive but one good winning streak puts the team back in the hunt with a long home stand coming.

Sorry to be a realist but what is this winning streak you talk about?

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#120 6 ring circus
October 27 2013, 06:48PM
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Garth Snow just made a BOLD move trading Moulson,a 1st and a 2nd for a unsigned Vanek UfA July 1!!! Let's hope when Mac T makes his Bold move he doesn't take any lessons from Snow

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#121 Oiler63
October 27 2013, 07:44PM
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They went after our star player yet nobody on our team responded!!! ANYBODY, PLEASE!! This is effing unbelievable.

PP and PK can be worked on but this team culture is fucking unacceptable!!!

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#122 Thumby
October 27 2013, 08:48PM
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Funny how much lower my stress is when the goalie makes a save and doesn't give up many rebounds.

What a revelation - our goalie can actually glove the puck!

I swear our shots against per game would be at least 5 less if Dub was able to move his arms fast enough to grab pucks...

uhhhh...Dub who?

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#123 Romanus
October 27 2013, 09:25PM
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Hangingkayaker wrote:

Another minor league goalie. Another lousy night by a lousy team. This is all on Loser Lowe. I will never have anything good to say about this team until Katz's lapdog Lowe is gone!!

You do have the choice not to support the team by not going to the games, not buying merchandise and not coming on sites like this.

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#124 A-Mc
October 27 2013, 09:57AM
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Such a strange season....Please just win tonight oilers. Pllllleeeeaaaaaasssseeeeee

1-0 Oilers Ben eager scores it.

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#125 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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#126 Rama Lama
October 27 2013, 12:50PM
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DSF wrote:

In other news...Mason Raymond, who was picked up for nothing on a PTO and has a cap hit of only $1M, is on pace for a 27G 61P season.

Yea we could NOT have used him...........he was not in particularly good shape and DE wanted some quality AHL players on his team.

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#127 Loweblows
October 27 2013, 01:27PM
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Despite my negative postings I am excited to hunker down in the man cave and watch the game tonight. I think I have Bi-Poiler Syndrome. Go Oilers!

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#128 MessyEH!
October 27 2013, 02:32PM
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sizedoesmatter wrote:

Sorry for being positive but one good winning streak puts the team back in the hunt with a long home stand coming.

I have this bridge forsale. Hardy used. A little old lady had it for getting to church on Sundays.

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#129 Spydyr
October 27 2013, 03:29PM
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vetinari wrote:

Almost 150 posts of anger and we haven't even got to the game!

Pre-game show.

The almost 150 posts of anger shows we still care.

When the caring stops and there are empty seats things might change.We are all hooked on a drug called Oilers.It is a tough monkey to shake.

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#130 Clarko
October 27 2013, 03:29PM
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Greg the Hammer Valentine wrote:

It's not too early to make Eakins the skapegoat. We're 12 games into the season and his system still isn't working. That swarm defense is total chaos, who else can we blame but the coaching staff? Meanwhile in Colorado, Patrick Roy is having his players being responsible and playing with a high compete level in every game. What about our special teams? That has to be on the coaching also. Do you remember that 2-minutes 5 on 3 in Montreal? I know we won that game, but come on!

It feels like Patrick Roy leads is troops like Horatio Nelson, but we are stuck with Captain Blight.

Patrick Roy is also getting a .958 save percentage out of his goalies. The offenses have been very comparable so far, so hard to say that Colorado is playing that much better other than the goaltending so far.

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#131 Mikey
October 27 2013, 03:42PM
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Clarko wrote:

Patrick Roy is also getting a .958 save percentage out of his goalies. The offenses have been very comparable so far, so hard to say that Colorado is playing that much better other than the goaltending so far.

It's also been 10 games between two goalies. I think it's a bit more than just hot goalies.

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#132 Mikey
October 27 2013, 05:55PM
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Todd wrote:

btw - anyone who trashes my post can kiss DSFs backside. I DESERVE to be negative. I've earned it. This team deserves all the loathing they get.

I have season tickets (the last 4 years...) I have spent many thousands of dollars on this team. (Money where your mouth is.. yadda yadda)

I've made poor monetary bets other more 'realistic' Oiler fans as well as Flames fans as recent as last spring. I always was optimistic we'd be better.... I lost everything.

I have read hundreds of articles on this website, and posted hundreds of comments.

I have watched almost every game and defended this organization, including KBlowe to the death.

I have bashed DSF even when he made sense (sometime he does)

I DESERVE to be pissed. I want a refund for the last 4 years of season tickets. But I can make more money... mostly I want a refund for 4 years of my time that I can never get back.

Anyone who trashes me, should go get a drink of koolaide and talk to me when this team becomes less of a complete joke (if ever)

If you bash someone, even when they are making sense, you sir are retarded. You are what we call a sheep. Blindly following the leader. You can go away now.

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#133 Quintana
October 27 2013, 08:24PM
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Finally YaK City!!!!!!

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#134 YFC Prez
October 27 2013, 09:57PM
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That look on Eakins face says it all

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#135 Rocket
October 27 2013, 11:25PM
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Bachman or GTFO

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#136 Serious Gord
October 28 2013, 07:39AM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Neither team looks tired

FYI - Eakins in the post game presser said that they had nothing "left in the tank" in the third. A surprising admission in light of his promises regarding team conditioning.

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#137 Woogie63
October 27 2013, 09:29AM
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If you could trade the coach and GM as a package is there another coach/GM You would not trade our coach/GM for.

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#138 Serious Gord
October 27 2013, 10:27AM
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Andrew Ference may in time be known as the worst captain in oilers history - though I confess I am not familiar with what happened vis a vis corson.

Hiring a rookie coach who needs, at the very least, some on the job seasoning was a mistake for a team that is of the type that the oil are - young, talented, looking to make the next step as a team. And that is 100% MacT's fault.

While the teams failure is not 100% Eakins fault, he is clearly a net negative on the team thusfar. Thusfar he is part of the problem - not part of the solution.

That may change in time, but presently that is the reality. And with the season now lost leaving him in place does little extra harm. He can either develop into a above avg nhl coach or be replaced at the end of the season.

Were I MacT I would already be looking for a replacement - making a 24 hour decision like he did in hiring Eakins will likely only precipitate another disaster.

LA wins - in LA-sutter speak "easily", 2-1. The oil will never really be in it having been ingested in the belly of the LA python by the middle of the second period and not realizing it until five minutes left to go in the third.

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#139 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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#140 Alsker
October 27 2013, 12:10PM
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DSF wrote:

"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/

Well at least the league is doing something, still does NOT excuse our lack of response.

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#141 madjam
October 27 2013, 01:48PM
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It's become painfully obvious that are fab 5 have not progressed enough to make us a competitive team as yet . Nor is core around them good enough to carry them during this time . Fab 5 doing stutter steps in progression .

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#142 MessyEH!
October 27 2013, 02:42PM
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Fading Five. Fictous five.

Macrobello and Perron have impressed. Gordon meets expectations. Everyone else has checked out. Who knew Horcoff and donuts would be missed this much.

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#143 K_Mart
October 27 2013, 10:14AM
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While it is too early to put any real blame on eakins, and it is too early to say that our record is a true reflection of our play, it is NOT too early to say the playoffs are out of reach.

They are. I could realistically see things turning around this season, and us closing out the season with a record near or even at .500, but our start has put us too far out.

My guess is we might reach .500 by game 70-75 but we will most certainly not reach the playoffs.

Our goaltending, despite my faith that Dubnyk is good enough to be the man, has essentially already cost us the playoffs.

So yeah, a turnaround is still likely, based on the numbers, but missing the playoffs is even more likely.

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#144 Avatarget
October 27 2013, 10:15AM
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Rheal1 wrote:

L.A. to win 3-0

At that rate will the Oilers ever friggin' win? Copy/paste the present roster say, into Columbus, Montreal or even Calgary and you would get a great .700 team. What gives in Deadmonton? Kevin Lowe's head must roll ASAP. Then Katz better stick to Rexall's business plan, not sports.

Ok...so the consensus is that KLowe must go...who should replace him?

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#145 Mikey
October 27 2013, 10:18AM
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Woogie63 wrote:

Agree with the mess in Philly... But after that ....

The guys in Buffalo, Dallas, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, New Jersey.

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#146 michael
October 27 2013, 10:31AM
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Who is Carolina's back up goalie. With Ward down for a month might the return of Bachman spell the end of LaBarbra in Edmonton? Yesterday's game did not endear him to the coach. Carolina may be looking for some NHL experience for short term help.

Klowe is not the problem. Good lad folks your conspiracy theories are getting tired and banal. Try looking elsewhere to satiate your paranoia.

Oilers bounce back and win 3-2 with a PP goal scored to boot.

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#147 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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#148 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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#150 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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