NEVER LET GO

Lowetide
October 30 2013 07:04AM

I'm not sure if this is a sign of age, I'm going crazy or it's a reflection of current turmoil, but my love for the 2006 Stanley team continues unabated 88 months later. 

Many believe the 2006 team got "hot" or "lucky" during their run, but the fact is the 2005-06 Oilers were a powerhouse in search of goaltending pretty much the entire year. Much has been made of their just slipping into the playoffs, but once Dwayne Roloson came over from Minnesota the club was a tight unit, and after the deadline they were loaded for bear.

They were deep, ladies. Deep at center (veterans Horcoff, Peca and Stoll), deep at defense (Pronger, Smith, Spacek, Staios, Tarnstrom) and deep on the wing (Smyth, Hemsky, Samsonov, Pisani, Torres, Dvorak) and deep (but not deep enough, as it turned out) in goal.

They were a wonderful team, they caught fire and they ran deep into the spring and then well into summer.

VALUE CONTRACTS

The Oilers had a tremendous 6-pak of value contracts in 2005-06, and that helped increase their depth and quality to Stanley calibre levels:

  • Ales Hemsky ($901,740). Hemsky played 1375 minutes in the 05-06 season, slightly over 400 of them on the powerplay. His PP/60 number (6.17) was very nice, his EV number 2.25 but that PP number helped him lead the team in scoring (19-58-77) and he delivered 6-11-17 in the playoffs too. A wonderful payoff for less than a million, a season to remember.

  • Shawn Horcoff ($1M). Horcoff played almost 1600 minutes, almost 300 on the PP and 225 on the PK. In 05-06 he went 3-3-6 on the PK (about 1.6/60), went 4.82/60 on the PP and then 2.44 at EVs and this was against the other team’s good players.

  • Fernando Pisani ($611,800). In 05-06 he was excellent in the regular year and ridiculous in the postseason. Pisani played 1100 minutes in 05-06, 150 on the PP. He did a lot of heavy lifting at EVs and still managed to score 1.84/60 and 3.59 on the PP. Pisani was Guy Lafleur in the post season, 14-4-18 in a run I will never forget. At $611,800 he was ridiculous value.

  • Jarret Stoll ($501,600). Stoll played 1500 minutes in 05-06, 410 on the PP and 200 on the PK. He was a pretty valuable hockey player. On the PP he was 4.53 and at EVs he was 2.35 on the way to 82gp, 22-46-68 totals. At the price, he was extremely valuable.

  • Raffi Torres ($875,000). Raffi played 1100 minutes in 05-06, 224 of them on the PP. His EV number in 05-06 was 2.07 and his PP number was 2.95. Torres biggest moments in the season came during the playoffs when he made some massive hits (one of which had an impact on the SJS series). At this price, he was a bargain.

  • Marc Andre Bergeron ($931k). Bergeron played 1600 minutes in the 05-06 season, 350 of that on the powerplay. He delivered 2.74/60 with the man advantage but was pretty solid at EVs (1/60) and his 15-20-35 for the season was exceptional for the price.

  • The quality of the youngsters in their entry level deals is actually higher now (Nuge, Yak, Schultz, etc) but the pricetag (that includes bonus dollars) is very dear, and gives the current team a distinct disadvantage. All those #1 overall's come at a significant price, and there are few value deals on the current club that compare to the 2005-06 group (Petry, Arcobello, Belov being the best of the current group so far this season to my eye). 

     

I am writing this in the exact spot I was sitting the night of G7 SCF. It's a new sofa, but I never sit on this side--it still reminds me of G7 SCF 2006. Maybe I should sell the house.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Oilers Nation needs new memories. Soon. Situation critical. Shirts off for Yakupov? Soon, please. And one more thing: when this thing turns around, how about we make a deal that crushing Toronto every time is job 1?

Thanks. 

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Lowetide has been one of the Oilogosphere's shining lights for over a century. You can check him out here at OilersNation and at lowetide.ca. He is also the host of Lowdown with Lowetide weekday mornings 10-noon on Team 1260.
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#2 Quicksilver ballet
October 30 2013, 07:11AM
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Will you wrap your arms around each one of us, hold us tight, and promise us everything will be alright LT?

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#3 OilDieHard
October 30 2013, 07:24AM
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sad to think this team has sucked since 1992!! if it wasn't for the '06 cup run, we'd be into our 22nd straight year of more or less sucking!

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#4 Robin Brownlee
October 30 2013, 09:15AM
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I am writing this in the exact spot I was sitting the night of G7 SCF. It's a new sofa, but I never sit on this side--it still reminds me of G7 SCF 2006. Maybe I should sell the house."

The Never Let Go theme: if it's been seven years since your wife dumped you and she's re-married and had two children since then, but you're still waiting for her to come back with the porch light on, it's beyond time to move on.

That was then. This is now.

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#5 PutzStew
October 30 2013, 10:08AM
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Poor Lowtide

You know it has ben a long time since I agreed with you on anything. I actually quit reading your blogs, because I was sick of hearing about 2006. I clicked on this one today because I'm sick and I thought reading about pathetic Oilers fans, hope would give me a laugh. Unfortunately today it just made me feel even sorrier for you.

So lets start like this. The 2006 Oilers were a good time. They were also a complete fluke of a team that just happened to gel at the right time. The were no more a power house then the 2004 Flames, 1999 Sabers, 1996 Panthers, heck you can even put the 2011 Canucks on this because they haven't been able to follow it up with any thing. Relish in the moment but that team that made it to the finals in 2006, has no relationship to the team that is iced to day. None.

As with any great business, home, relationship, Etc. a team needs to be built with a strong foundation. Pittsburgh, Boston, LA, Chicago, all developed good strong foundations before they became successful. That 2006 team was built with no foundation. There was no way that team wasn't going to collapse at some point.

I had the privilege of listening to Lanny McDonald talk last week, at a motivational thing at work. First of what a great guy and second what an interesting view of all things hockey. Being as how I live/Work in Central Alberta, there where a great number of die hard Oilers fans. Lanny was talking about team work and he referred to the current group of Oilers and Flames. He pointed out that the Flames, with limited talent, where competing because of team work. The Oilers with the huge amount of talent were loosing because of lack of team work.

He's right.

Detroit is a bigger dump then Edmonton but Ownership and Management have built a winning atmosphere and if you look at where the Wings have finished the past 10-15 years, it seems to work. You don't hear about the Ilitchs arguing with the City about not making enough money son a new arena. Ken Holland isn't gloating about how many cup rings he has. Other teams around the league are going out of their way to land management/administrative people that developed under the Red Wings banner.

What does Edmonton have???? They have a owner that is robbing the city for Billions. The have a President who is unaccountable and blames everyone else. The GM has NO MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE, and is in way over there head, other wise he probably would have kept his mouth shut in regards to big moves last summer. The Head coach is a rookie and isn't even aloud to hire his own staff (Guessing here). The top player on the team (Hall) was benched at the World Cup because he can't play a team game and this whole season all I hear is the Yak is trying to do to much on his own.

This is a bigger problem then a Poisoned Dressing room. This is a Poisoned organization. These same players in a Detroit, San Jose, Montreal, Chicago, Nashville, ETC, ETC. system would be lights out.

Lowtide, I really wish fans like yourself would take all that energy you use to defend the team/management, reminiscing about the 2006 SC or hoping for a blockbuster trade and instead direct it at the hack jobs, Ownership and Management has done, that tuned this once proud franchise in to the Mickey Mouse Club of the NHL. They don't deserve your praise, they don't desire you attention and the don't deserve your money. Until fans, like yourself, realize this and quit giving it to them, no changes will be made and the losing will continue. It's your choice.

On thing to close with. You and I have been on the different sides of the fence, many times in regards to Hemsky. I have been thinking lately though. How much different would Hemsky's (Can insert Gagner, Smid, Petry, ETC. here too) career have been if he had brought along in a different organization?

My Friend…Please let go. It may be time to move on.

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#6 Gerald R. Ford
October 30 2013, 08:03AM
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Since game seven, the Oilers have played 554 games. They've won 217, or 39.2%. Out of a possible of 1,108 points, they've earned 495, or 44.7%. That is some impressive ineptitude, and some even more impressive patience from the fan base.

Love stinks.

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#7 Sean17
October 30 2013, 08:53AM
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Ewww, ill-timed post Lowetide. I usually like your posts and don't mind going down memory lane too but, not today. This post reeks of MacT and KLowe slipping you a fiver to write something that says "trust us, we know what we're doing, it's all good"... When will the link to a Youtube Oilers video montage set to Tim McGraw's "Back When" song be up? No, wait Sarah Mclachlan - ya know that SPCA commercial with all the sad looking dogs - replace the dogs with Oilers fans - can somebody get on this...

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#8 Spydyr
October 30 2013, 07:48AM
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When will this thing turn around? It looks like they are regressing this year.The infinite rebuild.

Time for a BOLD move.Hey, look squirrel.

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#9 OilCanFan
October 30 2013, 08:11AM
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EricOG wrote:

I can think of a few things the Oilers can let go of:

1. Kevin Lowe 2. Dallas Eakins (the bold move) 3. Craig McTavish 4. Bucky 5. Steve Smith

It is obvious that something has gone way past rotten. All these people have proven that they are not the smartest men in the room. Now we find out if Batman really is the savvy business man we all think he is.

They should start at the top and then a few of the other pieces:

1. Lowe 2. LaForge 3. Howson 4. Olczyk 5. Buchberger 6. Smith 7. Chabot

Too soon imo to make a call on MacT and the revolving door of head coaches

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#10 Loweblows
October 30 2013, 07:58AM
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I hope management finds out which Oilers were in the bar after the game and punish them. Who exactly is leading this team? Can someone , anyone step forward and show these losers how to win?

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#11 Serious Gord
October 30 2013, 07:34AM
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Is this post lowetide's attempt at shouting "squirrel" in order to distract oil fans from looking at the bloody mess that is this franchise today? I refuse to be a chicken wearing rose-tinted glasses. I see the blood - and so do you.

When can we expect you evisceration of the present-day team (including) management LT?

Ps - love TW - been a fan since "Martha" and everything since then.

Pps- the '06 team didn't get, nor did they deserve, much love until very late in the season until that point MacTs(and lowes) job(s) were very much on the line. And it was those few weeks of success that are largely to blame for the failures of the team post facto. Your memories of that team are deeply distorted.

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#12 HugThePost
October 30 2013, 07:55AM
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Sigh. Another game, another soul-crushing loss with continual exposure of the team's flaws and shortcomings.

Just checking in here to what has become a support group of fans who keep getting abused by this lousy organization which keeps icing some of the worst teams people in these parts have ever seen.

This year's team is right up there with the mid-90's Oilers in terms of their hopelessness. You just **KNOW** they will lose.

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#13 Loweblows
October 30 2013, 08:33AM
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Armchair GM: Wednesday morning- Fire Lowe,Bucky, Smith and bring in Eakins people.If you are going with Eakins than you better go all in and use his people that were familiar with his system. Wednesday afternoon-Trade for picks every d man not named Petry. Recall Larson, Fedun, Klefbom, Marincin, Gernat ( my logic is that the season is a wash anyways so throw them in the ocean, find out who can swim)- Wednesday Afternoon, Sequester Hall, RNH, Yakupov, Eberle, Perron and tell them that junior teams go to bars after losses and that winners don't. Ask them who is on board and who isn't. If they don't agree to those terms, trade them. Keep Gordon and Arcobello andl give them a raise. Trade everyone else.

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#14 EricOG
October 30 2013, 07:49AM
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I can think of a few things the Oilers can let go of:

1. Kevin Lowe 2. Dallas Eakins (the bold move) 3. Craig McTavish 4. Bucky 5. Steve Smith

It is obvious that something has gone way past rotten. All these people have proven that they are not the smartest men in the room. Now we find out if Batman really is the savvy business man we all think he is.

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#15 oilbaron
October 30 2013, 07:54AM
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As an Oilers fan living in Calgary, I just gotta say RELAX people. These guys are still boys, 20 and 21 and 22 and 23.... wait til they are a few years older, then the Oilers will dominate. Look at Kessel, it took him a few years, but now he's 26 and he's top level elite.

Our team will get there, you'll just have to wait a bit longer, sorry to say!

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#16 Zamboni Driver
October 30 2013, 08:24AM
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What does it all mean??

Absolutely Nothing

Sorry Lowetide, this was utter nonsense. You've gone from lamenting the glory days of LUMMER to Pisani.

And 'advanced' math.

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#17 SmokeyXIII
October 30 2013, 07:46AM
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I can't help but feel that I'm the only one to make the realization that the last time we were in the cup finals was the last time we had Zombie Nation as a goal song. Everyone tells me that I'm crazy and that this doesn't matter but you have to admit there is not much incentive to score goals when they just end up playing some Pitbull song.

Our problems might not be defence, offence or goaltending. Just sayin'

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#18 non descript
October 30 2013, 09:39AM
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looks like you'll have to come up with four more months of filler until you can legitimately talk about the odds of picking first overall again and who it will be. some ideas for you:

does oiler management have any clue whatsoever?

did they take the right players at number one?

bridge deals v. six million dollar handouts.

signing 34 year old number five defencemen to four year deals who essentially duplicates the skillset of two other left handed number five defencemen already on the team

playing a minor league centre on the fourth line because he smells bad

constantly switching lines even if they show chemistry during the game

carrying one experienced penalty killing forward on the roster and expecting success from guys who have never killed penalties

employing a minor league system

head coach lives in fantasy world

a power play that looks like it takes effort and thought to make that bad

and as we get closer to the draft, the old standby. should they trade the pick?

your optimism never fails to astound me lowetide.

i personally am very disappointed in the garbage product on the ice and am actually envious of other organizations that employ capable managers who know how to assemble a hockey team and actively seek out transactions to improve their teams. i find the losing culture in this organization disturbing.

thank god for pvr as I can fast forward through most of the crap. unfortuntely for me i enjoy watching well played hockey and cant watch my favourite team to see it.

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#19 Old School G
October 30 2013, 07:37AM
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Thanks LT that post made me smile. I will continue to sit on my couch and watch my team, shaking my head at their lack of desire, while the rest of us working stiffs dream of having their job for one minute.

A "spark" is bound to happen to get the boys going...there I go again.

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#20 OilDieHard
October 30 2013, 07:57AM
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@Hug....i was in the stands in the 90's watching a lot more lousy hockey than good hockey. i wonder how many forks i can actually fit into my eyes?

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#21 Rob...
October 30 2013, 09:25AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I am writing this in the exact spot I was sitting the night of G7 SCF. It's a new sofa, but I never sit on this side--it still reminds me of G7 SCF 2006. Maybe I should sell the house."

The Never Let Go theme: if it's been seven years since your wife dumped you and she's re-married and had two children since then, but you're still waiting for her to come back with the porch light on, it's beyond time to move on.

That was then. This is now.

Except the wife hasn't actually left the house yet, Robin. She just isn't performing any of the actions you'd expect a wife and partner to perform, though there's always promises of improvement that never amount to anything. Unfortunately that pre-nup means if you kick her to the curb you'll be in for a world of hurt and she won't go anywhere on her own cuz she knows what a good thing she has going for her in a sucker like you.

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#22 ubiquitous
October 30 2013, 08:47AM
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The problem with talking about "when this thing turns around" is that it probably won't this decade.

Think about the current situation.

A new GM has a big offseason, signs a few key free agents, hires a brand-new coach, and spends to the cap. But with massive roster issues left unaddressed, the team sinks to the bottom of the standings.

Sound familiar?

This post might be about 2006, but this organization is clearly stuck in 2009.

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#23 Oasis
October 30 2013, 10:17AM
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You guys can talk about what kind of music to play at Rexall all you want because it doesn't matter:

1)Once the music stops Rexall becomes a morgue. It's been a morgue since the Cup run. When was the last time any of us watched a meaningful game at Rexall? Heck, you can go to a Saturday night CBC game against the Flames these days and it's pretty lifeless in there.

2) This team isn't going to intimidate anybody. Every Oiler could come out in full-blown Grim Reaper costumes and they wouldn't scare anybody. This team has become a joke.

8+ years of Seasons tickets and I can count the number of games on one hand that actually meant anything.

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#24 StHenriOilBomb
October 30 2013, 08:58AM
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Just got home from a therapy session... I mentioned the frustration that I felt last night during and after the game, and how it kind of threw me off for the rest of the night.

My therapist suggested that I stop watching hockey for a while.

Maybe I should send KLowe my therapy bill.

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#25 Hayek
October 30 2013, 10:39AM
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OilCanFan wrote:

They should start at the top and then a few of the other pieces:

1. Lowe 2. LaForge 3. Howson 4. Olczyk 5. Buchberger 6. Smith 7. Chabot

Too soon imo to make a call on MacT and the revolving door of head coaches

You realize Laforge has nothing to do with hockey operations. He runs the business aspect of the team. To even mention his name here is just a total lack of knowledge, and malicious with no need to do so.

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#26 aeiouY
October 30 2013, 10:58AM
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I am sick of hearing people say that it is so hard to go out and get these types of players.....

Off of the top of my head I can name at least 10 big strong forwards that have been traded for or picked up in free agency that we could use.

lets try it....

chris stewart zack kassian jeff carter ryan clowe mikael hanzus jarome iginla wayne simmonds rich nash JVR bobby ryan we tried on david clarkson

These types of players are moved. get to work MAC T

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#27 Rob...
October 30 2013, 07:52AM
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Last night the refs missed an obvious no-brainer call and I didn't get upset about it. That has never happened before. Likely because I've realized that the current team isn't worth it. Hall and Perron show fiery need to win, none of the others do. Without both of them in the lineup this team doesn't have a chance of willing themselves to a victory.

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#28 Loweblows
October 30 2013, 09:47AM
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I have notified all my family members to refrain from buying any oiler related products for Christmas until Lowe is fired. I urge one and all to join the boycott of oiler products. If anyone is tech savvy please develop a link with a petition and post it. I live in Calgary, have been ridiculed too long and want to see change. Since I cannot attend games I realize that my opinion means naught to KLowe ! Remember only ticket holders matter. I have 2 options right now. Quit supporting the Oilers or get counselling for this nightmare.

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#29 OilDieHard
October 30 2013, 08:04AM
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@Loweblowes....he certainly does!!

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#30 Serious Gord
October 30 2013, 09:52AM
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Rob... wrote:

Except the wife hasn't actually left the house yet, Robin. She just isn't performing any of the actions you'd expect a wife and partner to perform, though there's always promises of improvement that never amount to anything. Unfortunately that pre-nup means if you kick her to the curb you'll be in for a world of hurt and she won't go anywhere on her own cuz she knows what a good thing she has going for her in a sucker like you.

Brilliant. Reminds me of Walter sobchak:

The Dude: What's in the fu-kin' carrier?

Walter Sobchak: Huh? Oh, that's Cynthia's dog. I think it's a Pomeranian. I can't leave him home alone or he eats the furniture. I'm watching him while Cynthia and Marty Ackerman are in Hawaii.

The Dude: You brought the fu-kin' Pomeranian bowling?

Walter Sobchak: What do you mean brought it bowling, Dude? I didn't rent it shoes. I'm not buying it a fu-king beer. He's not taking your fu-king turn, Dude.

The Dude: Man, if my fu-kin' ex-wife asked me to take care of her fu-kin' dog while she and her boyfriend went to Honolulu I'd tell her to go fu-k herself.

And:

The Dude: Will you come off it, Walter? You're not even fu-king Jewish, man.

Walter Sobchak: What the fu-k are you talkin' about?

The Dude: Man, you're fu-king Polish Catholic...

Walter Sobchak: What the fu-k are you talking about? I converted when I married Cynthia! Come on, Dude!

The Dude: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah...

Walter Sobchak: And you know this!

The Dude: Yeah, and five fu-king years ago you were divorced.

Walter Sobchak: So what are you saying? When you get divorced you turn in your library card? You get a new license? You stop being Jewish?

The Dude: It's all a part of your sick Cynthia thing, man. Taking care of her fu-king dog. Going to her fu-king synagogue. You're living in the fu-king past.

Walter Sobchak: Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax... [Shouting] You're goddamn right I'm living in the fu-king past!

...

Damn I needed that laugh. I should watch that movie again...

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#31 oilerman53
October 30 2013, 10:00AM
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The real tragedy of the Oilers sucking so bad this year and potentialoy being a lottery team again is....... Connor McDavid isn't eligible til next year!!!!

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#32 Sammy
October 30 2013, 10:41AM
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LT,

Love is blind, but in your case I'm assuming it's also deaf, dumb, and completely brain dead

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#33 Zarny
October 30 2013, 04:05PM
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Timely article.

The central theme in 2006 was depth. All contenders are characterized by depth.

The 2013 Oilers are the antithesis of depth.

The core of the rebuild (Eberle, Hall, Nuge, Yak and Schultz) average 123 NHL games.

They've insulated that young core with a 27 y/o "prospect" in G who might be good enough, an average to below average blueline and a 3rd and 4th line with borderline NHL players like Acton, Joensuu, Jones, Gazdic and Acrobello who have virtually no NHL experience.

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#34 fatso
October 30 2013, 08:54AM
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oilbaron wrote:

Seriously I was explaining to my friend recently that arena music has to have a huge effect on the mentality of some players.

I noticed Pittsburgh's arena in particular just seemed to send out an intimidating vibe, one that the home team could really feed off.

We should write a letter to Mr Katz suggesting that YOUNG THE GIANT might not the best music to pump up your team

I remember when the Black Eyes Pea song played before every playoff game in 06, it was ok for like a game or two then I just ended hating it(Louder). I kept thinking play me some rush or something.

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#35 Serious Gord
October 30 2013, 08:54AM
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Re: Players Drinking in the bar after the loss

The great Sparky anderson said* on the eve of game seven in the '75 world series: "The winner of this game will walk straight into the Hall of Fame"

To which the great Bill Lee responded: "Win or Lose I'm going walk straight into the Elliot Lounge"

*paraphrasing

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#36 NsxZero
October 30 2013, 09:04AM
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Someone help me on this. What do the Oilers do now? If they try to make a trade, odds are very high that they're going to get fleeced. Do we just ride out the rest of the season? Does MacT's Boldness finally come in the off season?

At least we have the Olympics to look forward to in February.

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#37 outdoorzguy
October 30 2013, 02:24PM
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aeiouY wrote:

I am sick of hearing people say that it is so hard to go out and get these types of players.....

Off of the top of my head I can name at least 10 big strong forwards that have been traded for or picked up in free agency that we could use.

lets try it....

chris stewart zack kassian jeff carter ryan clowe mikael hanzus jarome iginla wayne simmonds rich nash JVR bobby ryan we tried on david clarkson

These types of players are moved. get to work MAC T

Nobody wants to come to Edmonton. Anyone we would want here has a no movement/no trade clause. The team is a joke and management is worse. Why would you want to come into that environment? Our Old Boys Club ensures this happens.

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#38 PutzStew
October 30 2013, 04:35PM
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Cynic wrote:

I wish I had written what PutzStew has written. I might even steal it and claim it as my own.

Please do. The only way this team will change is if the fans start to demand it. Until then…well you see what happens.

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#39 oilbaron
October 30 2013, 08:06AM
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SmokeyXIII wrote:

I can't help but feel that I'm the only one to make the realization that the last time we were in the cup finals was the last time we had Zombie Nation as a goal song. Everyone tells me that I'm crazy and that this doesn't matter but you have to admit there is not much incentive to score goals when they just end up playing some Pitbull song.

Our problems might not be defence, offence or goaltending. Just sayin'

Seriously I was explaining to my friend recently that arena music has to have a huge effect on the mentality of some players.

I noticed Pittsburgh's arena in particular just seemed to send out an intimidating vibe, one that the home team could really feed off.

We should write a letter to Mr Katz suggesting that YOUNG THE GIANT might not the best music to pump up your team

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#40 Dallylamma
October 30 2013, 10:45AM
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A Clown Shoes blog post for a Clown Shoes team...fitting.

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#41 StHenriOilBomb
October 30 2013, 09:18AM
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NsxZero wrote:

Someone help me on this. What do the Oilers do now? If they try to make a trade, odds are very high that they're going to get fleeced. Do we just ride out the rest of the season? Does MacT's Boldness finally come in the off season?

At least we have the Olympics to look forward to in February.

don't forget the WC where the Oilers look primed to represent well.

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#42 2004Z06
October 30 2013, 09:55AM
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EricOG wrote:

I can think of a few things the Oilers can let go of:

1. Kevin Lowe 2. Dallas Eakins (the bold move) 3. Craig McTavish 4. Bucky 5. Steve Smith

It is obvious that something has gone way past rotten. All these people have proven that they are not the smartest men in the room. Now we find out if Batman really is the savvy business man we all think he is.

Yet you don't mention a single player? The only constant other than Lowe, Bucky and Smith has been the players. Bigger issues here than coaching and mgmt.

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#43 oilerjed
October 30 2013, 09:59AM
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Loweblows wrote:

I hope management finds out which Oilers were in the bar after the game and punish them. Who exactly is leading this team? Can someone , anyone step forward and show these losers how to win?

can you give some background for this comment??

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#44 aeiouY
October 30 2013, 10:39AM
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I am very torn this morning....

All of the screaming in the stands and at home doesn't make me feel any better.... the reality is the team is not very good.

So what do we do....

Patience is the word we keep hearing, but it is so hard to justify. We have been patient. Extremely patient. So do we trade one of our prize assets on a down swing to pick up a couple of steady eddy defence man? The answer is obviously NO

with Klefbom and Nurse coming you would have to think they will be top 4 players, if nothing else than steady eddies

The real "bold" moves have to be made by trading perimeter players (ie. smid, petry, hemsky) packaged up with draft picks and prospects.... even if it is a lottery pick this year to add good HARD players with size and grit around them.

We all know this has to happen. I think it is a matter of time before it does happen. Unfortunately, until then, we have to be.... wait for it

patient *sigh*

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#45 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 30 2013, 11:33AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Will you wrap your arms around each one of us, hold us tight, and promise us everything will be alright LT?

Keep dreaming there LT. Keep popping those happy pills. Don't forget your re-fills at Rexall. Is that a unicorn, mommy? LOL

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#46 #YakCityGettingScrewedOverByCoach&Mgmty
October 30 2013, 11:34AM
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Lowetide wrote:

No. I will suggest drink recipes however.

Keep dreaming there little fella (LT). Keep popping those happy pills. Don't forget your re-fills at Rexall. Is that a unicorn, mommy? LOL

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#47 Dog Train
October 30 2013, 02:29PM
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Oh yeah winning. I forget what that feels like.

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#48 Slats
October 30 2013, 04:08PM
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oilbaron wrote:

As an Oilers fan living in Calgary, I just gotta say RELAX people. These guys are still boys, 20 and 21 and 22 and 23.... wait til they are a few years older, then the Oilers will dominate. Look at Kessel, it took him a few years, but now he's 26 and he's top level elite.

Our team will get there, you'll just have to wait a bit longer, sorry to say!

Really Phil Kessel

That guy is a 30 goal sniper . . . .for the last 6 years! They are naming pucks after this guy.

Please when or who was last 30G we had?

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#49 Casey
October 30 2013, 08:16PM
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aeiouY wrote:

I am sick of hearing people say that it is so hard to go out and get these types of players.....

Off of the top of my head I can name at least 10 big strong forwards that have been traded for or picked up in free agency that we could use.

lets try it....

chris stewart zack kassian jeff carter ryan clowe mikael hanzus jarome iginla wayne simmonds rich nash JVR bobby ryan we tried on david clarkson

These types of players are moved. get to work MAC T

Chris Stewart Jeff Carter Wayne Simmonds Rick Nash JVR, and Bobby Ryan all got signed before we even got to offer them anything. Plus no one wants to come out and play here. Soo tell me if it is easy

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#50 StHenriOilBomb
October 30 2013, 09:17AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I am writing this in the exact spot I was sitting the night of G7 SCF. It's a new sofa, but I never sit on this side--it still reminds me of G7 SCF 2006. Maybe I should sell the house."

The Never Let Go theme: if it's been seven years since your wife dumped you and she's re-married and had two children since then, but you're still waiting for her to come back with the porch light on, it's beyond time to move on.

That was then. This is now.

I appreciate your analogy, but what's your point? Move on to what?

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