DEAR JOHN....

Jason Gregor
October 31 2013 09:47AM

Breaking up is hard to do. I remember the first time a girl broke up with me, and after the initial blow to my ego, I vividly remember that I felt relieved. There wasn't going to be any tears. I guess I wasn't that into her, but it is funny to recall the sense of relief of not having to be the breaker upper.

Tears are always the worst part when you are the one doing the breaking up. You tell them you aren't feeling it anymore, and suddenly the waterworks come, then the guilt overrides you and you find yourself staying in the relationship for a few more weeks.

We've all been there, well, at least most of guys have. I'm not sure if a guy crying convinces a girl to stick around. I'm certain Wanye could enlighten us on that scenario...but I digress.

The first 14 Oilers games have been very stressful for you the fans.

Anger, disappointment, confusion, heartache and tinges of depression have engulfed you for the past 30 days. You honestly believed this year would be better. The Oilers told you it would be different.

Craig MacTavish's passionate speech about Bold moves had your loins burning with excitement. You and the Oilers were finally on the same page. Your relationship was on the road to repair. You told the Oilers you needed them to change and they did.

You couldn't deal with their indecisiveness any longer, so they got rid of Steve Tambellini.

You asked for more commitment, and the Belanger Triangle was bought out.

The one part of them that you always blamed; Horcoff, was traded.

You didn't want to deal with their baggage anymore, so Pettrell, Whitney, Peckham, Smithson and Hordichuk were flushed from the roster.

You wanted them to be stronger so Paajarvi was traded for Perron. They got grittier, and added an accent. You were giddy.

From July to September you were satisfied and felt secure in your relationship. The Oilers had listened to your concerns and addressed them. What more could you ask for. They were impressing you.

The preseason came and the so did victories. You hadn't felt like this in months. You started watching games in sweatpants instead of jeans so your excitement was more comfortable.

You started trusting the Oilers again, and then, like a well-placed kick to the junk combined with a knife in the back, the regular season happened.

Suddenly, they reverted to their old habits and as the losses mounted so too did your heartbreak.

The last 30 days have been tough, but I never realized how tough they were for Oilersnation until I received the following "Dear Oilers" letter from Joshua. 

Dear Oilers, 

First of all, let me apologize for taking the cowardly way out and doing this via a letter., We’ve been together so long now that I knew if I did it to your face you'd look at me with those Oil Drop eyes, remind me of the way things used to be, and I'd lose my nerve.

My needs aren't being met in this relationship anymore.

The red light isn't going off for me.
There just isn't enough action in the crease.
It seems like we never go out on a decent power play together anymore.
I don't feel supported in our own zone, and you forgot to kill our last penalty together!

I've loved and supported you through thick and thin, for richer or poorer, and even though I can’t afford to take my kids to the game and share them with you, I always felt like we had a great connection.

But there has to be a limit.

I still care about you and wish only the best for you.
 

Make changes to be better, but do it for you, don't do it for me.  

Until then, I think we should see other teams. Maybe it will re-ignite the passion that's gone from our relationship.

Maybe one day we can both look back on this and laugh. I'll just sit in my corner and look longingly at the standings, thinking of how things were. 

I love you. 

Yours in despair and loneliness,

Joshua
 

That. Was. Deep. Powerful. Poignant. Touching.

I'm sure Josh isn't alone, but will he be able to stay away? Many have tried, most have failed, and that is what is so frustrating about sports.

We'd never let a woman/man treat us that way, yet we continually forgive our favourite team.

For years I've tried to breakup with the Miami Dolphins, but every August I find myself looking at their roster, then at their schedule and I get sucked back in.

Those Bastards.

Joshua, I wish you all the best, and hope that you can be stronger than the rest of us. We say we will leave, but we never do.

Be strong, be brave and become a catalyst for change.

Godspeed.

P.S... No one will judge you when you come back. We've all been there.

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#1 Mike Krushelnyski
October 31 2013, 10:00AM
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I've found that my relationship with the Oilers just needs a little space. We used to be together through every game, and there were some great times, but clearly things have changed and some distance is the best thing for both of us.

So we'll take a little time, instead of watching every game like I used to, I'll check in maybe every now and then, once a week, once a month, maybe with some friends to ease the pressure of a 1-on-1 situation. This will be good for us, Oilers! I can take some time to work on myself, you can take some time to work on yourself (you REALLY need it) and we'll both be better off for it.

This isn't goodbye, you just won't be seeing me as much as you're used to. And if some other team with better work ethic that scores more goals comes along and sweeps me off my feet...well you can't say I haven't given you enough chances to put a (Stanley Cup) ring on it.

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#2 Dipstick
October 31 2013, 09:58AM
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Not wanting to be insensitive to actual abuse, but maybe we need to convert a sports pub or two into abused "Oiler fan" shelters. Great letter.

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#3 rubbertrout
October 31 2013, 10:11AM
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The preseason came and the so did victories. You hadn't felt like this in months. You started watching games in sweatpants instead of jeans so your excitement was more comfortable

Line of the year IMO

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#4 Fresh Mess
October 31 2013, 09:58AM
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It is tough to do. Becoming a hockey fan rather than an oiler fan has been liberating for me. It brings clarity.

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#5 ReJ
October 31 2013, 10:32AM
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Way too much talk about how all our pretty little draft picks are untradeable, They have no fear now. They can play however they want, game in and game out and still have confidence their job will still be there in the morning.

Look at Taylor Hall for example. He has been trying to gain the zone 1v1, 1v2, 1v3 his entire career, and he still isn't getting the memo. I thought after Lindy benched him a few times in WC he would finally start understanding, but nope.

When all the kids hear in the media that half the team is on a no-trade list, It's very easy to not change a damn thing

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#6 Quicksilver ballet
October 31 2013, 11:35AM
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Our relationship with the Oilers has similarities to the oldest trade in the world. Fans have a need they would like addressed, the Oilers attempt to provide you with said satisfaction and are more than willing take your money, but the passion only goes one way.

So wash up before you leave Rexall on Saturday. You've been screwed without even knowing it.

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#7 bdiddy18
October 31 2013, 03:58PM
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Looks like Reality has finally sunk in for even the most optimistic Oiler fan out there. Regardless of when you want to start the count of futility - you have discovered why its is so hard to rebuild a team from a draft table...it requires some tremendous gonads to suffer the fate of handing your team over to 18 year olds .

not all the talk in the world nor the optimistic documentaries produced can hide the fact that when you do hand your team over to 18 year olds...it will take at least 6 to 7 years for the first to reach their potential.

Then we did it for three years. At best a player hits their prime at 24 ..more often 25. Taylor Hall is 22, Nugent Hopkins 21, Nail Yakopov 20. keep on waiting...

Changing a coach regardless of how/when/why is a setback - new system, new style, new regiment. Press conferences dont tell you that.

Hiring Eakins was going to have a setback period.

Lars Eller was bang on - THIS IS A JUNIOR TEAM - most of them just lost their eligibility. So the Oilers Management team blew it to not shield these prospects behind some legit veterans....they just threw them into the fire on their own for three years now. Longer if you consider Gagner being placed on a roster as an 18 year old centre because the Oilers really didn't have anyone else to play there period.

so now your in the mushy gunk ugly pile of dung that is part of a rebuild. the second guessing commences and you begin to question was it really all worth it.

well it won't be worth it if you start pulling what Milbury did to the Islanders because of impatience of prospects.

The Oilers deserve a better record this season. But they don't have it...oh well to bad so sad....stop making excuses/trades/firings etc...just tell them to buck up... own it..boys need to become men now...enough is enough...put it squarely on the sholders of these young guns ... demand more from all of them...

J.Shultz play better! J.Petry are you an offesive dman or not? lets see it! N.Yakopov play fearless and backcheck! T. Hall when you return take charge..dont even ask for permission J. Eberle play with an edge! muck it up sometimes! and limit your toe drags to one a game - play smarter! R. Nugent-Hopkins get vocal, challenge your teamates!

so you have talent...great...are you a leader? stop looking around..take the lead! call out your teamates..be pissed ..sound off! BE MEN!

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#8 Cowbell_Feva
October 31 2013, 03:38PM
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I once wished I could live in Edmonton so I could go watch Oilers games live at Northlands. I now live here. I was given two Gold seats for the upcoming Flames game on Dec.7 and I gave them away for free.

How things have changed. Until there are 7000 fans in Rexall nothing will change with this team. Katz is a business man, not a hockey guru. He just likes hanging out with the Boys on the Bus and enjoying the Vancouver winters while his "team" toils in the basement year after year.

This organization has zapped any enjoyment I used to get cheering for the Oilers. It saddens me to say, but they have become the joke of the league. If you don't believe me, then look up the team with the longest playoff drought today. And nowhere near the playoffs I might add.

But this year is going to be different right?, just like the past five??

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#9 TDSM31
October 31 2013, 05:17PM
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DSF wrote:

Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun

As @adater first reported, can confirm Max Talbot traded for Steve Downie

Well, I guess this confirms it...Downie slept with Varlamov's wife.

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#10 Soccer Steve
October 31 2013, 10:05AM
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That this sort of thing comes from a non-affiliated journalist rather than from the organization itself is an apt representation of how the Edmonton Oilers currently are so poorly managed and operated.

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#11 **
October 31 2013, 11:11AM
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for the past 2 weeks oilersnation has been more of a support group than anything else.

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#12 Jay
October 31 2013, 11:59AM
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Has there been a worst franchise in professional sports over the last 8 years? Pretty pathetic stuff here

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#13 No more Xcuses.
October 31 2013, 12:01PM
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It sure is getting easier not to care. The cowpies in cowtown have called the Oilers rebuild an Infinibuild cuz it never stops and there is no end in sight. It's pretty bad when the other fans don't even ridicule us anymore. We aren't even a joke, we are just a sad organization who are too arrogant and pig headed to see this rebuild has taken a turn in the wrong direction. Hey 6 rings, since u know so much about winning, how about you pass it along to the team because it's damn obvious they have no clue what winning is. If I hear anybody elase say "when we're challenging for a cup again" I'll lose my mind. How about you string a couple more wins together without losing four more in between. Until then we wait.

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#14 vetinari
October 31 2013, 10:16AM
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Damn you, Joshua... if my heart could speak, that is what it would say. Unfortunately, watching the Oilers has been killing my spirit, not to mention my liver...

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#15 oilslick
October 31 2013, 10:13AM
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I have been a fan since 1979 and I have been patient during this most recent rebuild. They will eventually come around they've got to get better it's got happen sometime...right? Wrong something has to be done and if it is trading Nail Yakupov or a first round pick or a combination of players to send a message to the core that losing is not acceptable I'm sick & tired of hearing you can't trade so-and-so because he's a young developing asset. We're a team of young developing assets who are not developing. So my message to Mr.McTavish is to get off of your "Assets" and a make a move to send a message to the players and to the fans that this level of play is not acceptable. Thank You..The vein in my forehead isn't throbbing as much now!!!

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#16 D'oh-ilers
October 31 2013, 12:20PM
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As a former Nordiques fan, I can honestly say I'd rather watch 18 years of godawful hockey, than not have a team to watch at all.

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#17 DrDave
October 31 2013, 10:18AM
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Love is pain people, love is pain...

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#18 gooil
October 31 2013, 10:21AM
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I have been reading this site for years but this is my first post. I don't know why so many people are suprised with the record so far this year. The Oilers management have been spinning the same hope for years while not really addressing the actual needs of this team. a #1 D, big #2 C, toughness on the bottom two lines and a goalie that doesn't let in a softie every game.

To me all they did this summer was tread water. Horcoff and Gordon were equal. Sure Ference was an upgrade over what went out but they bring in soft D and let Fistric walk. They did upgrade the bottom lines but that isn't going to win you any games when they play so little.

I have suffered as much as any fan but how I have coped is not to buy into the what the media (sorry Jason) say in the papers and the hype from the boards. Sure, Eakins wants to bring in a tough, accountable team but it is hard to do when we have drafted a bunch of me first guys for our top 6.

I think the most frustrating thing is there is really no quick fix to this mess. The other GM's know we are at a point of weakness and we aren't going to get a break in a trade.

I just hope that this season fans are finally fed up enough to stop supporting this team financially. Until the sellouts stop there is no need for Katz to do anything.

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#19 Harlie
October 31 2013, 12:39PM
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Hi Oilers,

At this point and I just shake my head and laugh at your continued futility. Instead of dreaming about wins I now dream, about the draft.

FU Oilers.

You suck!

Sincerely,

Harlie

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#20 loweblows
October 31 2013, 11:11AM
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being an oiler fan is like bill murray in groundhog day except bill murray figured it out

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#21 YFC Prez
October 31 2013, 10:22AM
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I still love the expos and they haven't existed since I was a young teenager. What chance do I have of letting go of the oilers. NONE.

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#22 Jay Gray
October 31 2013, 10:38AM
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Jason and Joshua, thank you for putting my thoughts onto the internets. It's come to a boiling point. My friend Greg and I text nearly every day about the state of our favourite franchise. Yesterday our conversation turned into which teams may become our new love, because the Oilers have beaten us black and blue. It's becoming harder to take.

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#23 LoweBlow
October 31 2013, 11:07AM
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We as a fan base deserve better.

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#24 mr common sense
October 31 2013, 10:22AM
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Steve Ott.

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#25 Quicksilver ballet
October 31 2013, 01:03PM
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The Oilers appear to have all the scars of an organization that has been blackballed for some reason.

Lowe looks like a 7-8-9 blueliner/GM when he doesn't have a Messier or a Gretzky to carry him.

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#26 They're $hittie
October 31 2013, 01:12PM
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You mean we can break up with the oilers? I thought we had to stay with them for the good of the children.

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#27 Will
October 31 2013, 04:42PM
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Since I am at work dressed as Batman, I will say, "it's always darkest before the dawn." Unfortunately, I still think dawn is a long way off, meaning it's only going to get worse. Especially after watching periods two and three from the game the other night, Ferrence couldn't clear, Yak looked lost, no one could make or take a pass, the swarm might as well have been renamed the giveaway, and the worst were the leaf's fans out chanting the Oil fans in their own barn.

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#28 Jason
October 31 2013, 12:11PM
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Oilers management is stuck on stupid.

Seriously I bet any poster on this site could have done just as well at running this team in the last 8 yrs as management.

These people are suppose to be professionals.

Perhaps we should lower our expectations and accept the reality.

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#29 Spydyr
October 31 2013, 01:23PM
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Someone named David Boles finally did it.Below is a petition asking Katz to relive Lowe of his duties:

http://www.activism.com/en_CA/petition/kevin-lowe-must-go/45607

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#30 Carlos Danger
October 31 2013, 10:22AM
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Bills Oilers Pistons Athletics. This is the hell that is my life. Thank you Joshua for finding the words to express my sorrow, but I can't leave. All their losing is actually my fault I knew i shouldn't change my shirt after the A's took game three in Detroit. They didn't mean to break my heart I shouldn't have been watching when they were in one of their moods.

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#31 Larry
October 31 2013, 10:42AM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

It is tough to do. Becoming a hockey fan rather than an oiler fan has been liberating for me. It brings clarity.

I completely agree. I've been watching Canada's 8th team (Pittsburgh) a lot lately because I have a bunch of them in my hockey pool. Its fun watching a good team that actually moves the puck up the ice and doesn't turn it over 80% of the time (just a guess, thats what it feels like watching the Oil). Its like getting out of a bad relationship and taking home random girls from the bar again. Ive been a fan since 85' but today I am a hockey fan.

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#32 Gaz
October 31 2013, 12:17PM
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@DSF

This proves that there are deals to be made out there with players throughout a team's lineup.

Oilers seem to suffer from paralysis by analysis (and that's being generous, as I may be wrongly assuming that they're spending time analyzing their players against others in the league).

I don't give much weight to the argument that "Old" GM's are trying to fleece MacT the "New" GM.

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#33 braidonh
October 31 2013, 09:56AM
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Today is not the day for failure. Joshua would be embarrassed by your attempt....edited by Nation Moderator

Going to leave the moderator comment, I apologize for my dumbness.

Serious comment time.

Being an Oiler fan since day one (of my life) I grew up during the dry years, the years of Grier, Marchand, Salo, and Niinimaa, and I dreamed of a team with skill. Well, we now have that skill after years of embarrassment. But I think the situation we now find ourselves in might be harder than seeing the losing in the 90's and in the post 06 period.

Like Ben Eager, this team has all the tools to succeed, but fail to deliver. I empathize with Joshua. But I disagree with him. Don't allow the foundation of a relationship to crack, work harder to bolster it. We are in a better position (on paper) now than we were 6 months ago, and it is largely because of us the fans pressuring the organization to make change.

Keep pressuring, keep loving, keep drinking Rexall beers, keep drinking home beers, keep trashing DSF, and although Joshua may have thrown in the towel, take after him and never lose passion for the team that forces you to drink.

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#34 bwar
October 31 2013, 11:50AM
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I was just thinking about getting NHL centre ice and just following the Blues. The games have become too painful to watch. I am no longer excited for game days. I dread having to watch each game. The team seems to be showing no progress and after years of rebuilding I just don't know if I can take anymore. But how could I ever leave the Oil? Maybe I will give them just one more chance.

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#35 2004Z06
October 31 2013, 11:57AM
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Ron Burgundy wrote:

"I think the most frustrating thing is there is really no quick fix to this mess. The other GM's know we are at a point of weakness and we aren't going to get a break in a trade."

I disagree with this notion. Buffalo sucks and is by your theory therefore dealing from weakness also, but were able to turn their overpaid, soft, skilled forward into a cheaper, pluckier version of the same guy and a first and second pick. The Oilers are also by your own assertion the same team they were in the summer, and they were able to turn MPS into Perron. You never know if you don't try.

On another note, before E-town turns into Jonestown after some mass suicide, lets look East. The New York Rangers were a playoff team last year, but this year sit 13th. Derek Stepan in particular was just under a point per game and was a plus 25 in 44 games. This year his point production is down and he's a minus 8 in 11 games. My point? New coach, new system - these things take time. If you want to get to the other side you don't change horses in midstream. Maybe I'm that classic domestic violence victim who always forgives and comes back, but I'm not Joshua - I'm not strong enough to leave this relationship, so all I've got is hope.

Now, if this team is still this mind-blowingly frustrating at the game 40 mark I'll buy the barrels and the kool-aid mix - might need some help on the cyanide...

And how are Vancouver and Colorado doing under their new coaches/systems? The problem here is a lack of commitment to any coach/system!

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#36 2004Z06
October 31 2013, 12:01PM
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Joilers8 wrote:

Perhaps the Oilers should take down the protective netting around the rink, issue helmets with face guards to those fans affected by the removal of the net.

This way there will be some excitement at Rexall.

Yes I am stretching, but not too exciting at Rexall of late.

No helmets or face guards....maybe they can finally put some of us out of our misery!

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#37 bwar
October 31 2013, 12:24PM
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Just had a thought I wanted to throw out there. If a random joe off the street was coaching the Oilers, would our record be any worse?

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#38 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
October 31 2013, 12:48PM
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Just some general comments cause this sucks to always be talking about a losing team

When Mact was hired at the press cinference he said he was and impatient man and things were going to change quickly, now he says that patience is required. Lie here somewhere? And wasn't Tambo fired for being to patient?

When eakins was hired one of the pluses about him was that he could develop the young guys. Sportsnet and some media were quoting regularly the last few weeks on how Eakins said that they are not here to develop but win instead. Lie here somewhere?

About Tambo I don't understand how he was at fault since everything he did was run through Lowe.

Seem Kevin Lowe subscribes to the Fox News theory of "Stick to our narrative no matter what the facts say"

Sorry longer rant than I had planned. I am a longtime sufferer of crap teams I have been a Raiders fan since 81 Been a long time since I have been able to cheer for a quality team. Oh yeah i am also an eskie fan.

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#39 Doug
October 31 2013, 10:55AM
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While I get where Josh is coming from I cannot follow his lead. I'm bleed orange and blue and will through the good times and bad.

Do I get frustrated? YES. Do I want to kick the TV? YES. Do I want to choke MacT? YES. DO I think I can make better decisions than Eakins? YES. Do I shake my head at the lack of hockey sense the players have? YES.

But I am the eternal optomist. Each season I hope the GM (insert name here) finaly puts enough pieces on the roster o allow the Oilers to compete. I turn on my TV, I live in St. John's, NL, each game and hope that this is the game they figure it out. They haven't yet and haven't since the 80's. I remember some of the 80's but my most vivid memory is the 2006 run where Oiler Nation was one Marc-Andre Bergeron blunder from winning the Stanley Cup. I cling to hope that Oiler Nation will get to experience that again.

Who do I blame for this predicament? I blame the owner Darryl Katz who I believe meddles in the decsions of the hockey operations far too often. I blame the GM and Coach of the month who constantly change the blue print of whats going on. I blame Kevin Lowe who started out as such a good GM but has failed miserably as President of Hockey Operations. I blame Chris Pronger and Mike Peca who both bolted from Edmonton after one season, a season both said was one of the most fun either had in their career. I blame the players because I don't think they get the fact that winning and being on top in the NHL is hard work and takes daily commitment. All of he above need to take a share of the lame as to why the Oil are where they are.

Why do I stay "loyal to the Oil"? Because Oiler Nation is among the most passionate fan base in the sporting world, no just the NHL. We love the game and we love our team. Because I so desparately want Nuge, Hallsy, Ebs,Yak, Dubbey, Petes, etc. to succeed and I believe success is not too far off. But mostly I stay "loyal to the Oil" because I can't see myself cheering for the Habs, Leafs, Kings, Flyers, Ducks, Canucks, etc. Their fans are all obnoxious.

It's been a tough run for the past 7-8 years but we are all still here. We all still care. Why would I want to walk away from that? Good times are coming and when they do look out....it's going to be the greatest party ever!

Borrowing a catch phrase I used durig the 2006 Cup run......Always remember GO OIL!

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#40 DSF
October 31 2013, 12:20PM
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Gaz wrote:

This proves that there are deals to be made out there with players throughout a team's lineup.

Oilers seem to suffer from paralysis by analysis (and that's being generous, as I may be wrongly assuming that they're spending time analyzing their players against others in the league).

I don't give much weight to the argument that "Old" GM's are trying to fleece MacT the "New" GM.

Yeah, I hear ya.

The Oilers have dreadful centre depth but both Colorado and Carolina who both have very good C depth just added to theirs today.

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#41 Kumon Iwannasing
October 31 2013, 01:46PM
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Take some advice from a lifelong Leaf fan. Oiler fans must rise up and make their dissatisfaction known. How about a cap burning rally or something...I know jerseys cost too much. There are rumours of young Oilers partying after losses etc. It is in many ways a Winter Camp for Entitled Kids. Want to send a message and expedite cultural change. Break up the little clique in the dressing room by trading the ring leader. Bring in some character guys instead like the Leafs finally learned...Clarkson, Bolland, Reimer.

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#42 AbsolutelyNot
October 31 2013, 07:37PM
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Oiler fans. I myself, is on the verge of giving up and hop on a winning team. I truly admire the men and women who watch and go and pay their hard earned alberta money to see these kids play and soil their jock straps every single game. Unfortunately, one bold move is NOT going to fix this team. Im not going to pretend i know the answer either. But i do have an opinion, and that is that this organization is extremely pathetic, through and through. It shows how pathetic their development personnel is, their scouts pro and amateur (im not talking about the #1 draft picks, its not hard to succeed in that), their trainers, past coaches. EVERY single one of the personnel are pathetic human beings. THE EDMONTON OILERS are absolutely and completely and unfortunately the laughing stock of the NHL. Us fans have no credibility in arguing anything with other fans of other teams because the oilers have given us nothing. But we spend our money anyways on them dont we? This team is a joke!!! And im not putting the blame on the current players. This is the result of a poor organization who seem to be taking advantage of its market.

Slow clap for katz, and i hate to be this guy who says this. But its absolutely true.

The edmonton oilers do not deserve all this talent on the team. MacT should simply release all these kids to the rest of the league!!! It would only be beneficial for the NHL. Because in all reality, even if the edmonton oilers had nobodies on the team, they would still sell out! Let the kids go so the NHL grows! It isnt fair to these superstar caliber players to be on a pathetic team like this. IT IS A COMPLETE WASTE OF TALENT

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#43 Wigswag
October 31 2013, 10:04AM
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I used to be a Jets fan and the only reason I'm not is because they left. Had Phoenix moved back to Winnipeg I would be a Jets fan again but they didn't so I remain an Oiler fan. After the Jets left I became a Red Deer Rebels fan (where I was/am living). It was nice to have a team to cheer for even if it wasn't the NHL. Living in the area I've become an Oilers fan (yes I cheer for anybody but the flames and canucks) and don't see that changeing unless one of us leaves. Fortunately or unfortunately home is where the heart is.

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#44 YFC Prez
October 31 2013, 10:38AM
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Carlos Danger wrote:

Bills Oilers Pistons Athletics. This is the hell that is my life. Thank you Joshua for finding the words to express my sorrow, but I can't leave. All their losing is actually my fault I knew i shouldn't change my shirt after the A's took game three in Detroit. They didn't mean to break my heart I shouldn't have been watching when they were in one of their moods.

I'm a man who doesn't know a lot

But one thing I do know....all this...all this Sh!t

It's not your fault

It's not your fault

It's not your fault

*wraps arms around Carlos Danger*

It's....not...your....fault

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#45 Rama Lama
October 31 2013, 10:42AM
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I just can't pull myself away from the television........... just in case, the Oilers score a bunch of goals and blow the opposition team out of the building. I see the young guns trying very hard to live up to their hype. The skate like the wind and usually past the puck which makes me sick..........that may be the popcorn I'm not sure.

I see the young fit coach whose claim to fame is understanding how to motivate individual players..........but are told he is " learning on the fly", and does not know what wings they play yet. We are told to be patient as he will eventually figure of what position each player is natural and best at playing. We are told to be patient as it takes time for line combinations to work themselves out. We are told that eventually all the injured players will come back and that that's when we can truly assess out team.

While all that may be true, should this work not have been done in the pre-season? Why are certain players allowed to make mistakes play 26 minutes, while others get benched. Why are other teams with half the talent, doing so much better............how have their youth figured out that making highlight reel plays does not win games and ours not?

I am too emotionally attached to this team so I can't break up..........I just can't be the breaker upper. I need to finish watching this train wreck hoping that somewhere along the way a miracle occurs . I'm left with just one thought.........at least Steve Tambellini is gone.

That's almost as good as a Stanely Cup!

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#46 Quicksilver ballet
October 31 2013, 11:10AM
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Look at it from a different perspective gents. Sam Reinhart could be all ours. We need another centerman anyways. With one more added to the fold, parting with one of the firsts++ for a top pairing blueliner won't hurt as much.

I'm fine with one or two more seasons in this state (metaphorically speaking, all of my personal belongings hanging off of a donkey) take this opportunity to do other things. Like growing a pair, and overcoming the fear of violence. That should be first and foremost on the Oils things to do list this season.

Retaliation is unlikely when your opponent has your stick impaled through his abdomen. Learn to embrace confrontation you little burgers....

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#47 Tim in Kelowna
October 31 2013, 11:15AM
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I wish someone could hold the Oilers organization accountable. There are very few fanbases in the NHL that are as powerless as this one. For every season ticket holder that decides to ditch his seats there are 10 people waiting to take those seats.

More than anything I am furious with the organizations blatant disregard for the fans. They simply don't care how upset fans are because we have no way of holding them accountable.

This is when it would be nice to have an owner that gave a damn. Like Melnyk, Pegula or Snyder. Those guys aren't perfect, but when things go sideways with their teams they speak up.

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#48 bdiddy18
October 31 2013, 11:47AM
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So long as you have angry passionate fans who respond to what all is wrong with the Edmonton Oilers - you still have their attention.

However, you always run the risk that continous losing turns into apathy and disinterest. This is where the Oilers are currently at... very soon if there is no sign of postiive things to come

the twitter comments will drop, the comments in these blog posts will be considerably less, the fans will skip watching games to do other things that actually might entertain them...

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#49 Virtual_Xi
October 31 2013, 12:58PM
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@oilerman53

scotty bow's best players were federov and yzerman, 2 unreal hockey players that refused to give up on a play. Until I see some compete from the other 5 top 6 players, wins ain't gonna happen. And yes, hemsky has been competing unreal, best backchecking skill forward we have.

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#50 Chaz
October 31 2013, 01:40PM
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Don't worry everyone. According to K-Lowe half of the teams in the league would trade their line-up for ours. Which I guess means we should have no trouble making some trades to shore up our deficiencies. Problem(s) solved! K-Lowe wins again!

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