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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#51 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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#52 Six Rings
October 31 2013, 01:33PM
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A nice little article for anyone who hasn't read it yet...

http://theoilersrig.com/?p=2063

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#53 achcht
October 31 2013, 01:33PM
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RexLibris wrote:

So, basically something along these lines...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dca_pS9bQE0

I can't find it now, but there was a similar "its not you, its me" breakup video done by a Leafs fan a few years ago. Great stuff.

I think you might be referring to this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcEink9PE9k

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#54 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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#55 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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#56 RealFakeDiesel
October 31 2013, 11:06PM
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It takes strength to stay in a relationship through the crap too!

Through sickness and health.

There was jokes made about 'jumping' after tuesdays game and my Dad told me the only place I would be jumping was on the couch to watch Saturdays game.

He was right.

GO OIL!

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#57 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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#58 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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#59 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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#60 Ron Burgundy
October 31 2013, 10:49AM
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@gooil

"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...

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#61 EricOG
October 31 2013, 11:00AM
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Larry wrote:

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.

Somebody please forward this post right to the batcave ASAP!

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

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#63 madjam
October 31 2013, 11:10AM
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I've been lied to , cheated on , and treated like dirt . Oh , I was born an Oiler fan , and I was born to be hurt .

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#64 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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#65 Tom
October 31 2013, 11:22AM
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mlcsellil wrote:

Money talks and bullshart walks. As long as we fill Rexall at home games, ownership will continue to rob us blind, and change won't come. It is infuriating for the fans to watch incomplete plays and heartless efforts. All we want to see is the Oil ice the best team they can, and if that means changes or trades in the line, then up so be it. The fan base has been patient far too long and the mgt should deliver on the hope the feed us. However, being the die-hard fans we are, the Rexall will be sold out every night and Katz will laugh all the way to the bank.

I disagree, Katz will spend money on players he is not the problem.

Kevin Lowe's philosophy and definition of winning is wrong. Firing him won't help today but perhaps they find someone who knows what it takes to win.

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#66 Souby
October 31 2013, 11:24AM
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DSF wrote:

The cavalry is NOT coming:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Edmonton+Oilers+Craig+MacTavish+Detroit/9104464/story.html

Thanks DSF. After reading Matty's article I think I need a drink!....It's Happy Hour somewhere right?

I understand not wanting to overpay in a trade but they need to do something sooner rather than later IMO. What's worse? Overpaying in a trade or continuing to ice players that know they are playing crappy hockey but aren't going to be traded because the GM fears he will overpay?

I think maybe it is time to send a message? Just a thought.

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#67 Brad
October 31 2013, 11:29AM
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@Souby

The organization is playing prevent defense. Everyone is too scared to make a mistake right now. They think they are protecting their job.

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#68 Hemmercules
October 31 2013, 11:52AM
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This team and season are a steaming pile of crap right now , but I have to agree with Mact. Can't make a trade just for the sake of making one, if and improvement is there and the deal is good, go for it. But don't get fleeced your first season on the job 15 games in.

Start press boxing these guys when they think they can play soft and float around. Someone needs to give Yak another wake up call on how to play a hard shift every shift. I thought I saw on oil change that Eakins isn't even on the ice for practice half the time. Get out there and motivate/teach your system, obviously hanging around in the stands watching practice isn't working out too great.

Anyone who thought they would storm into the playoffs this year is delusional, but this is looking pretty bad. No quick fixes though so we wait.

I will still watch some games but like others here, I need to keep my distance a bit. So many hours watching so many loses takes its toll after a while. Thanks heavens I live far enough from Edmonton that I haven't spent too much on tickets these last few years.

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#69 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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#70 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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#71 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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#72 Gaz
October 31 2013, 12:29PM
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@DSF

Their depth across the board, with limited exception, is poor.

You don't have to "win" every trade in the long-run. People might argue that the Avs will be worse off long-term because Downie is younger (I'd probably disagree anyway, but these arguments will surface), but they upgrade an area with the acquisition of Talbot.

Too often, I feel like the Oilers put a checkmark beside an area and then focus only on the biggest holes.

Good organizations are always open for all business. MacT had me optimistic with the Perron trade as an example of this, but its been silent since then and the team is floundering.

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#73 vetinari
October 31 2013, 12:45PM
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Harlie wrote:

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

I hear your pain, brother.

I let my Hockey News subscription go the year that we ended up drafting Yakupov and I just recently reactivated it when the preseason results seemed to show that maybe we were turning a corner. Now, I got my first issue and all I can think of is when do we get to the draft previews.

As an aside, in their top 30 goaltenders of the NHL for the 2013/14 season, neither Dubnyk or LaBarbera is listed and our best goaltending "prospect" is listed as Bachman. Ouch.

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#74 madjam
October 31 2013, 12:49PM
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What can we surmise why J.Schultz not on the ice for practice today , and believe it or not , Smyth playing defence at practice.

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#75 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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#76 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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#77 jake
October 31 2013, 01:51PM
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Um, how does this go again....it's not you, it's me

No, actually, it is you.

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#78 S cottV
October 31 2013, 01:54PM
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Hopefully the Oilers stop the bleeding and start looking like a team going in the right direction - even if the dreadful start turns out to be, too deep a hole to make a legitimate playoff run. My expectation for the Oilers at the start of the year, was for a serious run at the playoffs - that most likely, would come up just short. I suppose a serious run is still possible but the team really looks in disarray under Eakins, his systems and choice of "go to" players. We all or most - like MacT, but his choice of a rookie coach really doesn't look good at all. Eakins apparent up tempo - pressure forecheck / d zone / penalty kill, all out effort - "approach" is causing a lot of confusion and problems. Overplay at the wrong times will leave you unneccesarily exposed and we have certainly seen the results in the back of the Oiler net. Playing smart - pressuring at the right times and laying back at the right times is something that most successful teams / coaches employ. I think a rookie move perhaps supported by an old guard "run and gun" offence first mentality, that still handcuffs the Oilers organization. Interesting for an example - that the last time we saw the Oilers mix in some pressure forecheck with some lay back trap, the team was one win away from a Stanley Cup. "Patience" / "Picking your Spots" and systems that support this in conjuction with "pressure" / "compete hard" allows a young team to find "balance." Putting RNH, Eberle and Yak out against an opposition veteran first line with instructions to "go-go-go get it" is a sure fire way to go minus 2 for the night. Throw in J. Schultz and its a minus 4. An evolution into smart - balanced - play is the way out of this mess for the Oilers. Don't know why the Oilers never seem to consider a guy like local product - Ken Hitchcock. Sure - you may have to eventually fire him, but that is after 3 winning years before the players end up tuning him out - probably for the wrong reasons....

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#79 Jacques Strap
October 31 2013, 02:20PM
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The "Bold Moves" Action Plan:

1. Fire everybody.

2. Trade all players for better players.

3. Keep Joey. (He has 5 cups under his administration so I think he knows a little about winning).

4. Win Stanley Cup

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#80 Harlie
October 31 2013, 02:56PM
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@vetinari

I wish I only spent money on the Hockey News. I've got autographed game used rookie stuff for each of Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins. I'm starting to feel like a chump for buying that stuff!

1st world problems I know, but still.

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#81 Green and Old
October 31 2013, 02:57PM
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Jay wrote:

Has there been a worst franchise in professional sports over the last 8 years? Pretty pathetic stuff here

The 1967 - 2012 Leafs. But it is an unfair comparison as the Leafs ownership took suckitude to a level that cannot be truly comprehended by mere mortals. Although I'm a hurting Oiler fan today I can hold my head up high and proudly proclaim "I've never been a Leafs Fan....eva"

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#82 Dog Train
October 31 2013, 03:02PM
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The reason this season hurts so much is because it was supposed to be different. New coach, new GM, no Horcoff. Everything should be fine right? Apparently not. The Oilers will not win in this league constructed the way that they are. Too many entitled players. The sad thing is there is no quick fix. The culture of losing runs so deep that I truly believe the only way out of this is to trade one of the wunderkids. Moving Hemsky will not get anybody's attention even though he has been one of our harder working skill players. Moving out bit pieces in our bottom six or third pairing will not change the fact that our top players get schooled by the other team's top players on a nightly basis.

This season is basically lost already so I'm not suggesting that Mactavish panic and ship Yakupov today or anything like that. I'm just saying that by the end of this season, the Oilers need to get used to the thought of building this team around 2 or 3 of RNH, Hall, Yakupov and Eberle.

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#83 Crooked
October 31 2013, 09:14PM
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Jay wrote:

Has there been a worst franchise in professional sports over the last 8 years? Pretty pathetic stuff here

It could be worse.

Minnesota Timberwolves have missed the playoffs the past 9 seasons.

Buffalo Bills haven't been to the post season in 13 years.

The Kansas City Royals are the worst of the bunch. They haven't played a playoff game in 28 years.

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#84 Randy35
October 31 2013, 10:15PM
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The Oilers said that they wanted to model thier team after the Red Wings. When was the last time you saw the Red Wings put every first round pick they get into the lineup the year they draft them? The Red Wings put their rookies in the minors for years to get their game, then bring them up hungry and eager to perform in the system taught by the same system the big teams plays. That gives incentive and makes the players want to perform at a higher level. When your whole team is comprised of rookies you have rookie team. Veteran teams will feast on them.

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#85 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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#86 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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#87 D
October 31 2013, 10:37AM
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Not sure I would pay my annual NHL.com subscription fee if not for the Oilers. So I'll stick around. That being said, their futility has allowed me to cheer for the Kings (lived in LA for a while) and the Blackhawks. So @DSF, I am able to do what you suggested while still cheering for the Oilers.

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#88 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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#89 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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#90 OilCanFan
October 31 2013, 10:41AM
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ReJ wrote:

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

I think that this team is getting pretty close to having no untouchables. I think the only 2 things that could POTENTIALLY remain for another year are MacTavish and Eakins, I'm not sure I see much in anything else.

Eakins simply because they have gone through a bunch of decent coaches with no change so I'd be hesitant to fire him right away. I do question a lot of his decisions such as revamping the previously successful PP/PK and trying to force players into a system rather than create a system around the small team - you have what you have.

MacTavish because I don't think he is able to make any bold trades because all the GMs know the Oilers are terrible and so would look to fleece him in trades and I think he is smart enough to not allow that, or at least I hope he is.

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#91 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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#92 Lucas T
October 31 2013, 10:46AM
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>>>Craig MacTavish's passionate speech about Bold moves had your loins burning with excitement.

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#93 Stephen Sheps
October 31 2013, 10:47AM
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Jason,

I too am a long suffering Dolphins fan not to mention bleeding Oiler blue since what feels like the dawn of time. When does it end? Imagine being a fan of both of these teams?!

I've reached a new sort of middle ground, fantasy football and hockey. I refuse to draft with my heart. My teams contain neither Dolphins nor Oilers so that I can occasionally cheer for winning teams without feeling like a traitor to my real life sports loves. It's not ideal, but it's the best I can do under the circumstances. And while fantasy championships aren't as meaningful as a stanley or a superbowl, it sure beats the emotional roller-coaster both the Dolphins and Oilers put me on every fall.

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#94 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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#95 Souby
October 31 2013, 11:02AM
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Joshua, you put into words what a lot of us were thinking, so thanks for that. It was a great read and hilarious....and a bit sad because your comments are true.

I guess the only way the Oil can go from here is up.....right? On that note, has anyone heard any rumblings/rumours out there for any potential deals that can help this team now? Have any of the insiders like Mackenzie, Dregor, Friedman, Matheson etc. mentioned anything lately on the trade front for the Oil? If I have some potential trades to think about it might distract me from where the Oil are in the standings.

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#96 tileguy
October 31 2013, 11:05AM
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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.

What else are we going to do in the winter Jason, go to THE MALL?

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October 31 2013, 11:08AM
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YFC Prez wrote:

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.

You would have to bring up old wounds. Jean van de Velde, I love you.

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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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#99 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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#100 mlcsellil
October 31 2013, 11:17AM
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Money talks and bullshart walks. As long as we fill Rexall at home games, ownership will continue to rob us blind, and change won't come. It is infuriating for the fans to watch incomplete plays and heartless efforts. All we want to see is the Oil ice the best team they can, and if that means changes or trades in the line, then up so be it. The fan base has been patient far too long and the mgt should deliver on the hope the feed us. However, being the die-hard fans we are, the Rexall will be sold out every night and Katz will laugh all the way to the bank.

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