Did Richard Bachman just win the Oilers’ backup job?

Jonathan Willis
October 28 2013 07:49AM

The Edmonton Oilers have been looking all season for somebody they could count on to play moderately well in net. They didn’t necessarily need a goalie to steal them games, just competent performances that would give the team a chance to win.

They got a lot more than that last night from Richard Bachman.

47 Saves

Regardless of what he does from here on out, Bachman wrote himself into the record books with a 47 save performance on Sunday night. It’s only the fourth time in Oilers history that a goaltender has made 45 saves while allowing one or fewer goals, and it puts Bachman in pretty good company:

  • Bill Ranford on Dec. 8, 1993: Made 45 saves in a 1-1 tie against the New York Rangers.
  • Curtis Joseph on Dec. 10, 1996: Made 52 saves in a 0-0 tie against the Detroit Red Wings.
  • Dwayne Roloson on Mar. 16, 2008: Made 48 saves in a 2-1 win against the San Jose Sharks.
  • Richard Bachman on Oct. 27, 2013: Made 47 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss against the Los Angeles Kings.

Not a bad impression for Bachman to make in his first start for his new team.

The Goaltending Situation

Edmonton faces some tough choices here, because it’s a good bet they don’t want to visit the three-headed goaltending days of years past. Whether it was the Conklin-Markkanen-Morrison trio in 2005-06 or Roloson-Garon-Deslauriers in 2008-09 it never seems to work; not only is roster flexibility reduced but it just doesn’t make sense to carry three guys when one is going to get most of the games.

Devan Dubnyk, who is currently out with a minor injury, seems to be regaining his form of past seasons and based on his long-term track record should get more minutes than either of the Oilers’ other options. After that is where things get interesting.

Jason LaBarbera has been rough in his four starts for Edmonton. Despite some of the comments these days, he was actually quite good in Phoenix (he had a 0.923 save percentage last year and his numbers overall were solid in all four years) and a very reasonable bet for the backup role. The question now is two-fold: a) has he fallen off a cliff at age 33 and b) even if he hasn’t, how long can the Oilers afford to let him find his game?

Richard Bachman has some advantages over LaBarbera. For starters, he costs less against the salary cap; even adding in the $75,000 cost of burying LaBarbera in the minors the Oilers would save $300,000 with him as backup over a full season. Bachman’s also younger (he turned 26 this summer) and has played very well for both Edmonton and Oklahoma this season. The disadvantage is his long-term track record: he’s only been a 0.906 save percentage goalie over 33 NHL games and posted a lousy 0.885 save percentage for Dallas last season.

The Oilers don’t have a lot of time to make a choice. I haven’t seen official confirmation of this, but my guess is that Edmonton recalled Bachman under the 48-hour exemption rule. As Rich Chere of The Star Ledger explains, a team is allowed to recall a goalie for 48 hours without needing to put a mildly injured player on the IR list. If that’s the case, Edmonton’s already almost out of time to make a decision.

Depending on perspective, Bachman’s performance made that decision either extremely easy or extremely difficult.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, 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 loweblows
October 28 2013, 09:50AM
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only 1 game but bachman looked better than anything weve seen all year. still hard to get excited about much though knowing the season is a wash already. it was obvious that last nights game was men vs boys which lies squarely on managements refusal in past years to surround these kids with more seasoned vets. yesterdays article on prospects notably greg chase gives me hope that our bottom segments of the line up will eventually be filled with skilled players instead of plugs. go oilers!

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#52 Mikey
October 28 2013, 09:51AM
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Spydyr wrote:

He did not hold his own,He was owned, his goalie bailed him out.It was plain for me to see.Men against boys owned.

Out shot 48-18 owned.That is almost being out shot 3-1.Do you call that holding your own?

So because the other three lines also got out shot, that reflects on Arco abilities to shut down Kopitar?

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#53 Jakethesnake
October 28 2013, 09:56AM
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The Oilers have to start treating their players like a commodity That is after all what they are If you can't perform you get moved. If I can't do my job do you think I stay where I'm at NO

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#54 Spydyr
October 28 2013, 09:56AM
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Mikey wrote:

So because the other three lines also got out shot, that reflects on Arco abilities to shut down Kopitar?

Obviously everyone got out shot.Bachman shut down Kopitar not Acro.

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#55 Spydyr
October 28 2013, 09:57AM
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Mikey wrote:

So because the other three lines also got out shot, that reflects on Arco abilities to shut down Kopitar?

Obviously everyone got out shot.Bachman shut down Kopitar not Acro.

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#56 My seats resemble a broom closet.
October 28 2013, 09:57AM
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Doug wrote:

I honeslty don't care who is in net....just stop the damn puck!

If its Labby, Dubby or Bach........pick 2 and go with it.

The problem is it may already be too late to turn the season around.

The Kings proved last night that the Oilers are too small. They need bigger, heavier bodies to compete in their division.

Once you pick 2 goalies it may be time for MacT to move one of the skilled kids to get some size that can play. I would never have said that going into this season but it seems inevitable this needs to happen.

Thanks Captain Obvious !! teams aren't trading big forwards, even if you are going to substantially over pay. Big players don't grow on trees. They're like "bonified" starting goalies(although, it has been quite some time since we've seen one in these parts). Even then, knowledgeable players won't come here. This organization is a complete and utter gongshow. The Oiler brass are more worried about putting on a tv show than building this team correctly. The scouts seem to be addressing the problem but only time will tell. We are paying for years of bad drafting and inept management. Please Mr. Messier, will u being us back to glory. We asked 6 rings, but said rings must be plugging ears.

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#57 Tim in Kelowna
October 28 2013, 09:57AM
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spliff wrote:

Just read Gregor's column in the Journal, which criticized the Oilers rebuild. IAFT that our local press started hammering the braintrust. When I read the article it really hit home how screwed up this organization is. They don't need a miracle cure like Bachman to stand on his head every night, they need a Burke type guy to sit the big chair and make some ballsey moves to get this team going in the right direction. Look what happened in Montreal, which proves that a skilled manager can make a difference quickly.

After years of buying into the managements BS and giving them the benefit of the doubt, I can now safely say that I have absolutely no faith in MacT, KLowe, Howson or any other member of this so-called management group. That absolute schlaking we took last night reminded me of 4 years ago, which proves that we have not improved. F*ck the stats, does anyone really feel that we have improved?

You're right, Gregor nailed it in his EJ column. The real the issue is a systemic one. I feel like it might be a bit early to write off MacT, but the organization as a whole has no idea where they are doing. 3 consecutive 1st overall picks SHOULD pull a team out of the basement of the NHL.

The focus on skill has been a huge failure. The team is small and soft. It doesn't matter if we have all the skill in the world, this team cannot compete with bigger and meaner teams (i.e. every team in the NHL).

I bought into the rebuild and I have been patient for many years. I'm out of patience, this team is a joke.

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#58 Spydyr
October 28 2013, 09:58AM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Yes, with your brainy ideas, you would probably send Hemsky out to shadow Kopitar. At least Arco, is trying, unlike some of the other guys with size , doing nothing. The fourth line is a waste of time.

When did they make Hemsky a center?Gordon belonged on Kopitar.

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#59 Mikey
October 28 2013, 10:02AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Obviously everyone got out shot.Bachman shut down Kopitar not Acro.

All right, I guess you didn't actually watch the game. You will say you did, and that's fine. But trust me, you weren't actually watching what happened.

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#60 Mikey
October 28 2013, 10:04AM
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Spydyr wrote:

When did they make Hemsky a center?Gordon belonged on Kopitar.

Ok, what did Gordon do last night? Who was he watching? And who were his line mates? Or do you put Gordon in place of Arco?

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#61 Oiler Al
October 28 2013, 10:06AM
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I think the team played with some passion and effort last night.

Nuge coming back after getting hit , Jones taking on a gorilla etc, Bachmans play in net, on a back to back road game... they took the game to a shoot out...

I think only questionable links were Hemsky and Jr. Schultz. Hemsky should be providing veteran leadership but is playing like a kid out of junior.

Too bad the fourth line cant grow a pair of -alls and look after business. The most usless fourth line in the NHL>.

PS> Gadzic is another Hordichuk...

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#62 Will
October 28 2013, 10:06AM
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This is especially difficult given that both goalies have been so bad early and everyone is calling for their head. All he really had to was play decent and everyone would have been going nuts to get this guy at least as a back up. That he made 47 freakin saves is ludicrous. Had we had goal tending like this all year, we would be in way better position.

As for a guy with a bad track record coming to a new team and turning it around, doesn't this sort of thing happen all the time? Luongo out of Florida, Kipper out of wherever, Smith out of Tampa, Bobrofsky out of Philly? And on and on and on. Maybe we shouldn't be looking a gift horse in the mouth and realize we might have just gotten our sleeper goalie.

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#63 2004Z06
October 28 2013, 10:07AM
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Mik wrote:

I agree 100%. This was totally verified vs the Caps in Edm. You have last change! Match the lines. Why put your ripe, young stars against the crafty veteran stars? Showed on the stats sheets, all 3 were -4 each.

It's your top line! These guys need to be able to hold there own against the other teams top lines. You can't shelter them forever! Time for them to learn to play with the big boys!

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#64 GTL
October 28 2013, 10:07AM
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Keep him!...hire Dwayne Roloson as a goal coach. He did well with training and heart....he hated to loose. I see no hate or emotion on this squad.... And give Roloson frequent flyer points to OKC to guide the next ones. Really ....has DD improved over the last two yrs?

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#65 Spydyr
October 28 2013, 10:07AM
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Mikey wrote:

All right, I guess you didn't actually watch the game. You will say you did, and that's fine. But trust me, you weren't actually watching what happened.

So your argument is I never watched the game?

Go back a read my first comment on this discussion.That is what I saw while watching the game.Not the score sheet saying Acro held Kopitar to no points.What I saw was Acro being owned the whole game and Bachman saving the team.

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#66 Bubba
October 28 2013, 10:12AM
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Bachman should be a contender for backup consideration....Maybe even starter material. One game doesn't make the man, but the l'il bugger sure looked good.

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#67 Spydyr
October 28 2013, 10:15AM
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Bubba wrote:

Bachman should be a contender for backup consideration....Maybe even starter material. One game doesn't make the man, but the l'il bugger sure looked good.

All Bachman earned so far is the next start and if he plays well the next and the next.Until he has a bad game.

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#68 Oiler Al
October 28 2013, 10:15AM
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Spydyr wrote:

When did they make Hemsky a center?Gordon belonged on Kopitar.

Just trying to make a point that Hemsky is flyby cruiser, and as a veteran on the ice he should have displayed more game. This guy is a personified premadonna.

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#69 Rama Lama
October 28 2013, 10:22AM
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The whole hockey world knows about the the Oilers management and their vision for the team. This starts and ends with Kevin Lowe.........the guy covets skill and has reluctantly drafted size with skill.

It's clear the rela plan all along for this team is to draft Connor McDavid so we need to suck for atleast two more years. Combined with bad luck and injuries we should have no problems drafting high in 2015. Mac T can speed things up by making some trades but Yaks and Hemsky are going to have to go.

I do think that if we ever can play our complete team we have a fair chance to win........but the injuries keep following us around and have gotten worse since KLowe fired his brother and all the other trainers.

Eakis has lost the team........probably never had the team to begin with. Going to be a long year again.

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#70 Ynot
October 28 2013, 10:30AM
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2004Z06 wrote:

It's your top line! These guys need to be able to hold there own against the other teams top lines. You can't shelter them forever! Time for them to learn to play with the big boys!

It's not a matter of sheltering. It's a matter of line matching you put good defensive guys to cover or play against the other teams star players. Do you fight fire with fire? Or do you put something over it to smother it out??? God I miss Todd Marchant. He wasn't the big forward everyone thinks we are missing now but he was a great oiler back in the day. He played the tough minutes and kept the other teams stars from lighting up the score board like washingtons top line did.

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#71 BIGDAWG
October 28 2013, 10:31AM
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WTF has happened to our PP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! geezuz effin crips already... that's all I have for now.........wait......... how are the flamers doing?? n/m.... sigh.. 1030am.... where is the rye? eff it im getting drunk

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#72 season not played
October 28 2013, 10:32AM
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It's just really disappointing to be watching meaningless games by the end of October.

It's a complete joke that its already draft season.

I guess.....Aaron Ekblad?

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#73 6 ring circus
October 28 2013, 11:02AM
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Everyone should be reading Jason Gregor's article in the journal,The mismanagement of this team is very obvious, what are the chances we make the post season this year? NONE,there have been way to many mistakes from Kevin Lowe and his management group,The hiring of Tambellini and then Tambellini's hiring of Quinn,Renney and Kruger,Fire Tambellini hire Mactavish (who has no general manager experience at all) he fires Kruger and then replaces him with Eakins(again no NHL head coaching experience) then Eakins is left with Buchburger and Smith who have been here with the previous 3 head coaches.What a gong show this is and we haven't even started with the players and drafting.I wasn't to happy when Pronger left, but is there a slight possibility that he didn't want to play for Lowe? and let's not forget what happened to Souray, he spoke up and then they sent him down to the AHL and then came back to the NHL and we got absolutely nothing for that asset.The Oilers organization is VERY LUCKY to have such a loyal fan base,Loyalty though only lasts so long,I want a competitive team,I want a team that's in the playoff hunt in March and not out of it by December,If this SH*T SHOW continues and its what I have to look forward to as a Oiler's fan,then I will no longer support them as a season ticket holder,after 14 years I have had enough.Its time Mr Katz listens to his fan base and does the right thing, starting with the firing of Kevin Lowe. He has had 14 years as a coach,manager and president of hockey operations, its very apparent he does not know what he is doing,his record speaks for itself.

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#74 David S
October 28 2013, 11:08AM
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Bachman's ridiculous performance aside last night, what struck me was how hard he fought for every save. Really reminded me of Andy Moog, a little guy who would do almost anything to keep the puck out of the net. If you're a forward how could you not lay your guts out for a guy like that?

Bachman as our new Moog? Yeah. I could buy that.

As an aside, I get leaning on historic stats and all but at 26 don't you think there's a possibility an athlete can improve? It seems a bit small minded to assume that just because he had middling stats in his career to date means he's topped out. I'd buy into the stats argument if he was 35 or something, but now? Maybe that's a bit premature in this case.

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#75 bdiddy18
October 28 2013, 11:29AM
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so he is 26...for a goaltender that is entering the prime of his career.

Labarbera is 33 ...for a goltender that is exiting the prime of his career.

decision is easy.. Labarbera on waivers to the minors to go fine his form.

Bachman the backup and possibly an ACTUAL threat to unseed Dubnyk as the No. 1

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#76 madjam
October 28 2013, 11:30AM
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DID YOU MISS IT ? Oilers in second set of 10 games are 2 wins , a close loss and an unfortuneate shootout loss . That's 5 of 8 points and now going over the .500 mark .Victory over Leafs at home and then another Eastern swing (4-5 games) against their weaker clubs and Oilers should be reeling in the points and gaining massively in the Conference standings . So get your motors running and head out on the highway looking for adventure in whatever comes there way . The boys are now Born to be Wild . Sing it out Oiler fans . If they collapse , which I doubt , however , we can always sing that other Rolling Stones song - "19th nervous breakdown " . The boys have snuck up on us and are turning the corner to respectability and wins in this second 10 game stint . All day sit and win , spin there web as they draw you in , spin ,spin , spin ,spin !

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#77 Mikey
October 28 2013, 11:36AM
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Spydyr wrote:

So your argument is I never watched the game?

Go back a read my first comment on this discussion.That is what I saw while watching the game.Not the score sheet saying Acro held Kopitar to no points.What I saw was Acro being owned the whole game and Bachman saving the team.

I believe you are missing my point. I really wish I could sit down with you and show you some video. We are only talking about Mark Arcolbello and Anze Kopitar. And what happened when both players were on the ice at the same time. That's the discussion you started. And as such, with out video it's difficult to prove a point.

But I consistently saw Arcolbello force Kopitar to make a play, or take him out of the play. As a player that's what you are supposed to do. It's then on your team mates to do their job. While you continue to keep your player, who that is depends on what the system dictates, out of the play. And that's what Arcolbello did. Him and Perron are great together.

So I ask again. If you were watching who was Gordon playing against last night?

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#78 watkinator
October 28 2013, 11:37AM
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It surprises me that LaBarbera isn't getting the same consideration as Dubnyk: he has history that he's not living up to. He's going to regress back up towards his career numbers. Dubnyk played terrible for 4 games, that's how many LaBarbera has played. He's due for a regression. I'm completely for giving Bachman some more starts, he's completely earned them, but the level of this overreaction is more of a tell about the emotional state of Oilers fans than it is of LaBarbera's ability to be a decent backup. Make Bachman earn the backup role before you toss or demote the man.

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#79 loweblows
October 28 2013, 11:41AM
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@Jonathan Willis

do most posters here have a mancrush on willis or something?

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#80 Smokey
October 28 2013, 11:44AM
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I think the smaller more agile and mobile goalies right now have adapted to equipment changes better. Some of the bigger goalies like Dubby, Smith, Luongo, Rhine have struggled while it seems the smaller more athletic goalies have done moderately better. What I liked about Bachman game was that he was positionally good, came out to play shots, covered the bottom of the net, did not go down to early and had rebound control.

Not going to crown his savior yet, but last night he gave his team a chance, and the fans hope. Gotta love the guy who got off a plane, and went to war for 65 minutes and inspired the troops, even if was for only a night. I wish him well, and I hope they ride this guy till he breaks.

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#81 MessyEH!
October 28 2013, 11:51AM
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Put Dubnyk on IR

and rock the Bach.

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#82 OilDieHard
October 28 2013, 11:52AM
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Spydyr wrote:

I would much prefer if Eakins coached to, you know, win the game.

at the same time, as a new coach, he needs to find out what his players can and cannot do. well he's finding out isn't he?

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#83 Harry
October 28 2013, 12:09PM
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Jonathan wrote:

Jonathan,

Have you ever thought about actually watching the game?

The game is played on the ice and not the stat sheet.

Dubnyk has been a siv, and the Oilers are not, better than their record, they are their record.

What is sadder than the oilers play of late is the lengths you will contort yourself to defend this team through statistics.

You are exactly right on with your comments.

Furthermore JW, are you saying with your title of this writeup that Edmonton has a starting goalie? I have yet to see one.

I hope bachman makes Dubnyk regret wasting the trillion chances this management team has given him.

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#84 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
October 28 2013, 12:36PM
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Dubnyk regaining his form and still gets 4 goals against and somehow the Dubnyk supporters think this is good news.

Just sayin

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#85 ed in edmonton
October 28 2013, 12:48PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

Just trying to make a point that Hemsky is flyby cruiser, and as a veteran on the ice he should have displayed more game. This guy is a personified premadonna.

Story of Hemsky's career. One never knows what he will bring from one night to the next.

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#86 Joilers8
October 28 2013, 01:12PM
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Start Bachman against the Leafs. Seriously, what do we have to lose? Maybe our starting goalie was sitting right under our noses.

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#87 hockeycrazed
October 28 2013, 01:14PM
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Obviously we can't use one game to determine the value of one player, on the other hand, it is quite obvious that Bachman is an upgrade to what the Oil had in goal so far this season! When you find something that's work, then you should stay with it, until it's not good, you then decide, not before!!! Easy enough decision to make, isn't it???

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#88 Justino
October 28 2013, 01:17PM
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I say play him a few more times, see what the guy can do. He had an awesome camp and just made the other goalies look terrible. If he gives us a fighting chance then the oilers may have found a hidden gem in their roster.

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#89 CrazyCaptain88
October 28 2013, 01:26PM
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I think Bachman deserves an extended stint up with the big club to see if he has what it takes, but I'm thinking the Oilers send him down again because they don't want to risk losing Labarbara on waivers. It is a very slight possibility, however the risk still exsists. That would leave OKC with a tandem of Roy & Bunz and that could be extremely ugly.

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#90 pkam
October 28 2013, 01:35PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

The whole hockey world knows about the the Oilers management and their vision for the team. This starts and ends with Kevin Lowe.........the guy covets skill and has reluctantly drafted size with skill.

It's clear the rela plan all along for this team is to draft Connor McDavid so we need to suck for atleast two more years. Combined with bad luck and injuries we should have no problems drafting high in 2015. Mac T can speed things up by making some trades but Yaks and Hemsky are going to have to go.

I do think that if we ever can play our complete team we have a fair chance to win........but the injuries keep following us around and have gotten worse since KLowe fired his brother and all the other trainers.

Eakis has lost the team........probably never had the team to begin with. Going to be a long year again.

So picking Hall over Seguin is reluctant to draft size with skill?

So the real plan is to draft McDavid, so they purposely finished higher to skip Mackinon and Jones?

If I am correct, Kevin Lowe gired his brother at the end of 2010-11. Do we have a season which the injury is worse than the 530 man game lost in 2009-10?

So the injury is Lowe's fault whether he fired the medical and training staff or not.

And if he didn't fired his brother, it is all his buddy and old boy club. If he did, then he is so cruel and mean that he even sacrificed his brother.

Damn you do and damn you don't, right?

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#91 Smokey
October 28 2013, 01:46PM
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ed in edmonton wrote:

Story of Hemsky's career. One never knows what he will bring from one night to the next.

On pace for 40-50 points as a second line winger that is killing penalties.

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#92 OilDieHard
October 28 2013, 02:20PM
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Smokey wrote:

On pace for 40-50 points as a second line winger that is killing penalties.

^good, i wonder what we could get for him as well as Yak and Ebs? seems Buffalo did quite well trading Vanek. a good roster player, 1st rounder this year, 2nd rounder next year. just sayin.....

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#93 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
October 28 2013, 02:24PM
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[Quote] This guy had a great camp and even Eakins said that he only lost out on the backup spot because Duby and Barbs where Goaltenders with NHL history.

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Another kid who came to training camp without a shot to make it with the parent club. A lot of wasted time and effort accommodating the illusions of attending an NHL T/C. The Oilers are sure paying for all that wasted time now. New systems, rookie coach, a third of the team turned over. I'm sure they wish they could get that 3 1/2 weeks back now. By the time they get their act together the season will be over for them, if it isn't already.

Failure are the results of wasting an opportunity and lack of preparedness. Fire the whole friggen bunch of them, coaches, management as well as the president.

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#94 David S
October 28 2013, 02:51PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

[Quote] This guy had a great camp and even Eakins said that he only lost out on the backup spot because Duby and Barbs where Goaltenders with NHL history.

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Another kid who came to training camp without a shot to make it with the parent club. A lot of wasted time and effort accommodating the illusions of attending an NHL T/C. The Oilers are sure paying for all that wasted time now. New systems, rookie coach, a third of the team turned over. I'm sure they wish they could get that 3 1/2 weeks back now. By the time they get their act together the season will be over for them, if it isn't already.

Failure are the results of wasting an opportunity and lack of preparedness. Fire the whole friggen bunch of them, coaches, management as well as the president.

The cut and paste function on your 'puter would sure save you a whack of time doing all that re-typing.

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#95 Dog Train
October 28 2013, 02:52PM
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It may be only one game but I don't see how you send down a guy who single handedly got us to the shootout last night.

If Dubnyk's injury isn't going to be too long, waive Labarbera and send him to the minors if he clears. His career save percentage may be better than he's shown but I'm thinking there's a bit of a difference between playing goal for the Coyotes and playing for the Oilers.

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#96 Oiler Al
October 28 2013, 02:55PM
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Smokey wrote:

On pace for 40-50 points as a second line winger that is killing penalties.

Hey Smokey, thanks for the tip, now I know why the P K is so terrible.

Dont wish him any bad luck, but his track record is such that he will probably be injured before he has a shot at 50 points.

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#97 MessyEH!
October 28 2013, 03:06PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

[Quote] This guy had a great camp and even Eakins said that he only lost out on the backup spot because Duby and Barbs where Goaltenders with NHL history.

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Another kid who came to training camp without a shot to make it with the parent club. A lot of wasted time and effort accommodating the illusions of attending an NHL T/C. The Oilers are sure paying for all that wasted time now. New systems, rookie coach, a third of the team turned over. I'm sure they wish they could get that 3 1/2 weeks back now. By the time they get their act together the season will be over for them, if it isn't already.

Failure are the results of wasting an opportunity and lack of preparedness. Fire the whole friggen bunch of them, coaches, management as well as the president.

It must be nice to have all the answers with none of the consequences. Tell me, how would you have filled a roster for the inner squad games, and the split squad games. I agree that they shouldn't invite all the prospects but if your on the 50 man list you deserve to be there.

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#98 Mikey
October 28 2013, 03:09PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

[Quote] This guy had a great camp and even Eakins said that he only lost out on the backup spot because Duby and Barbs where Goaltenders with NHL history.

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Another kid who came to training camp without a shot to make it with the parent club. A lot of wasted time and effort accommodating the illusions of attending an NHL T/C. The Oilers are sure paying for all that wasted time now. New systems, rookie coach, a third of the team turned over. I'm sure they wish they could get that 3 1/2 weeks back now. By the time they get their act together the season will be over for them, if it isn't already.

Failure are the results of wasting an opportunity and lack of preparedness. Fire the whole friggen bunch of them, coaches, management as well as the president.

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#99 ed in edmonton
October 28 2013, 03:14PM
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Smokey wrote:

On pace for 40-50 points as a second line winger that is killing penalties.

You led with your chin bringing up the PK thing.

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#100 Ari Gold
October 28 2013, 03:18PM
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To the rest of my ON mates. What's the definition of insanity? Why do we put ourselves through this? Why do we keep drinking this Cool-Aid?

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