TUESDAY TIDBITS...

Jason Gregor
October 08 2013 12:09PM

We start a new weekly item today called, Tuesday Tidbits. After last night's stunning come-from-behind Oiler victory, our timing couldn't be better.

After two periods of the Oilers/Devils game Oilersnation was on the verge of a mental breakdown. The season was going to be over. The Oilers were destined for another top-ten pick, and I even received my first outlandish trade request of the season.

I was asked about a Nail Yakupov for Ryan Miller trade. Trading a 19-year-old first overall pick for a soon-to-be UFA, 33 year-old goalie, is the definition of panic. Or delusion. Calm down, three games does not make a season, but I don't believe you can downplay last night's third period.

Through 40 minutes the Oilers looked disinterested, excluding one excellent rush by Ales Hemsky, that actually started with a lucky bounce after a bad clearing pass.

It took the Oilers almost ten and a half minutes to register a shot on goal, and after 40 minutes they had more turnovers than shots on goal, eleven.

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Oilerville 20 this night...

But then they got a break.

Bryce Salvador shot the puck over the glass at 5:19 of the third frame, and that minor miscue injected some much needed energy into a listless Oilers squad.

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored 24 seconds later on powerplay and suddenly the Oilers had a pulse.
     
  • Three minutes and 45 seconds later Andrew Ference scored on a shot from the point, and Rexall Place erupted. Prior to that the biggest applause was for Joey Moss' 50th birthday celebration.
     
  • Two minutes and 19 seconds later David Perron ripped one over Brodeur's shoulder and the game was tied. Prior to that shot, Perron, like most of his teammates, was fighting the puck, but once he scored you could literally see his body replenishing with confidence.
     
  • One minute and 43 seconds later Taylor Hall found himself all alone in front of Martin Brodeur, after a nifty tap/push pass from Ales Hemsky. Hall made a quick move to avoid the pokecheck and slid it home for a 4-3 lead. Prior to that goal, Hall had been visibly frustrated. He couldn't make a pass, and he'd been fighting the puck during the previous 153 minutes of play. His goal celebration and reaction seemed like more relieve than joy, but like Perron, suddenly Hall had confidence with the puck.
     
  • To add to the drama the Devils got a lucky goal in the final minute to send the game to overtime, before Jordan Eberle and Perron displayed their version of shootout "Horse." Eberle went first, had a few quick stick handles/dangles, before roofing a backhander upstairs. Perron mirrored Eberle's attempt, and then Jason LaBarbera stopped Ryan Clowe for the victory.
     
  • The Oilers clearly needed the win, but I think the psyche of the fanbase might have needed it more.

By the sounds of it, some of you turned the game off after 40 minutes and missed the epic comeback, but for those who stuck through the painfully agonizing first two periods, for once you were rewarded for your undying loyalty.

OTHER TIDBITS

  • It was a great comeback, but it doesn't overshadow the fact the Oilers are still turning the puck over far too frequently, and most of the turnovers are coming from their skilled forwards. Dallas Eakins will have lots of examples to show during their video session. If the turnovers don't stop, I'm curious to see when or who he will use to make an example of. It is a bad habit that needs to stop, if the Oilers are serious about becoming a contender in the next few seasons.
     
  • Ryan Hamilton didn't come out for the third period, and for the final 22 minutes (17 regulation and 5 in OT) Eakins only used eight forwards.

    Nugent-Hopkins played a career-high 28:12. Does anyone still think they rushed him back?
    Hall played 25:44.
    Perron played 25:15
    Eberle played 22:34

    Eakins isn't afraid to use his skilled guys. I don't believe he can use them that often all season, but they are young and in certain situations it makes sense.
     
  • Anton Belov was bumped ahead of Ladislav Smid. Belov played with Petry and logged 21:33 of icetime. He looks more comfortable every game.
     
  • Currently the Oilers have four of the top-14 forwards in TOI. Nugent-Hopkins is first, albeit in one game, while Hall is 2nd at 23:05, Perron is 11th at 21:39 and Eberle is 14th at 21:23.
     
  • Last season, Carolina, Minnesota, Tampa Bay and the Rangers each had two forwards in the top-14 of TOI for forwards. I suspect you'll see Nugent-Hopkins and Hall up there this year.
     
  • So far Boyd Gordon has more shots, 8, than Yakupov, 6. That is great for Gordon, but Yakupov needs to use his potent shot more.
     
  • 15 Oilers have points in the first three games. Only Yakupov, Belov, Nick Schultz, Mike Brown and Ryan Hamilton haven't registered a point. That is very balanced scoring.
     
  • Marc Arcobello is 3rd on the Oilers in hits with eight. He isn't running over guys, but Arcobello has shown a willingness to finish his checks and get in the way. He's done a lot of the small things well thus far.
     
  • The Oilers have given up 15 goals in three games. That is horrendous. Neither goalie has been stellar, but they aren't the only ones to blame. While the 3rd period was a treat to watch, the Oilers have to clean up their defensive zone before making stops in Toronto, Washington, Pittsburgh, New York (NYI), Ottawa and Montreal.
     
  • Twelve of their next 16 games are on the road, which makes Thursday's home game against the Habs a really-really-need-to-win game.
     
  • It is early, but once again the Oilers are near the top in minor penalties. The Oilers have been shorthanded 13 times thus far. In the last three years, the Oilers were shorthanded the 5th, 5th and 3rd most times. They need to cut down on their penalties. It is a disturbing trend.
     
  • Most teams have only played two or three game, yet we only have six undefeated teams remaining. Toronto is the only 3-0 team, while Pittsburgh, Boston, Colorado, St.Louis and San Jose are 2-0. I'll pick the Penguins to have the longest undefeated streak, not including SO losses.
     
  • Tough break for Fantasy Football owners of Julio Jones. He is done for the season. Ouch.
     
  • I have no issue with the new Hockey Canada Jerseys. I think the white ones will look sharp.
     

  • Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed won't be back after the season, and I doubt many of the position coaches will be either. Rumours came out of Winnipeg last week that Stampeders D coordinator, Rick Campbell, is a leading candidate to replace Reed. That won't happen. Campbell is a good coach, much better than some think, but Ed Hervey will hire someone with no previous connection to the Eskimos. He doesn't seem like a revisionist history type of guy.

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#1 Oilfan
October 08 2013, 01:53PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I disagree.

MacT has done some things to improve the team - Perron, Gordon and (perhaps) belov are positive acquisitions.

But he has done a lot of damage in two ways:

roster changes - adding grebeshkov for example,

and not making changes - leaving dubnyk as #1 signing gagner; keeping hemsky instead of trading/buying him out; no significant 1/2 line fierceness added etc.

so on the whole MacT has not done "nothing"

he has in toto - done DAMAGE both in the near term and in the long term.

I just wonder sometimes if complainers complain just for the sake of it or if they have no control over it.

- Hemsky leads the team in assists and points after 3 games. Before last night's game, the coach was saying he has been the best forward so far. Huge damage so far, yes.

- Not sure what mistakes Grebeshkov has made in the regular season thus far to warrant the "damage" you say he's responsible for either.

- Craig MacTavish played 1,093 NHL regular season games and 193 NHL playoff games. He played on one of the strongest and most successful teams the sport has ever known. He's coached 656 NHL regular season games and been involved in the game in a professional capacity for most of the last 30 years. He also coached Grebeshkov in the NHL earlier. Yet you have the audacity to claim all of that experience means zero compared to your expert knowledge of player ability. Impressive.

Everyone flipped out about Paajarvi for David Perron. Perron's at a point-per-game pace while Magnus is in the press box.

Would be nice if there were at least a quarter mentions of what has been successful (thus far at least) compared to the number of complaints and "fixes" the experts love to throw out.

So, do complainers ever think about what they're saying or does it just make them feel better to complain. Might as well throw out your reasoning behind Horcoff's responsibility for the 1st 2 games as well as I'm sure there's something specific he did in each of those games to cost the team 2 points.

Sometimes it's just kind of hilarious to read some of these posts and wonder whether they are serious or just eager to jump on the trend of whatever's popular to say at a given moment.

Having said all that, no one is forced to read any of it and, at the end of the day, it's "too each their own." Sometimes some of the posts just make a person wonder tho.

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#3 Dq
October 08 2013, 01:37PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I disagree.

MacT has done some things to improve the team - Perron, Gordon and (perhaps) belov are positive acquisitions.

But he has done a lot of damage in two ways:

roster changes - adding grebeshkov for example,

and not making changes - leaving dubnyk as #1 signing gagner; keeping hemsky instead of trading/buying him out; no significant 1/2 line fierceness added etc.

so on the whole MacT has not done "nothing"

he has in toto - done DAMAGE both in the near term and in the long term.

You do know Hemsky leads the team in scoring right? It's a long season and Hemmer goes through great streaks and then randomly comes up lame ... But at this stage, *not* letting him go in exchange for a bag of pucks has to be seen as a very very wise decision.

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#5 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 08 2013, 12:21PM
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Didn't result in much, but Brown needs credit for taking one of the Devils top d-man off for 5 minutes.

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#6 DigDeepNBleedBlue
October 08 2013, 01:41PM
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Rant time!

Goaltending? Not good, man. Not good. It's early though.

Smyth doesn't need to retire just yet. He needs to be used sparingly and lower down the batting order. That's all. He's still got compete and is a vault of experience. Now, with saying that, should he jump into the 3rd line LW if Hamilton and Joensuu are still hurt on Thurs? No. Bring up Eager or even Pitlick. Some speed and some grit will help, IMO.

On Pitlick: What a training camp! Nice sh*t. Kid's putting it together.

Perron. I like this cat! Straight up prick. Man, we needed one of these for years. A prick with skillz. The other night he was grabbing legs and getting dirty in the scrums. I had a flash back of Jacky Moon (Will Farrell) screaming, “Somebody hit somebody!” And, last night competing hard right off of a face off. Me like. A lot.

I want more scrums.

Good on Hemsky.

Criticizing Hall is asinine. Center didn't work. It probably pucked with his psyche. He'll be fine. He's just trying too hard I believe. Nice goal on a future Hall of Famer.

Gordon IS better than Horcoff. Sorry. Hits more and that helps cause positive plays. Nice pickup and dump.

Fistric would be nice right about now. Need a heavy D when things get ugly in their own zone. It's a definite need. One I hope isn't costly.

Still not sold on Arcobello. But, not hating either. What's for certain is that this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Good for him.

Finish your checks. No pucking around, blue! Finish your checks last night and you win in reg.

Great game last night. Ugly as sh*t! But, a win is a win.

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#7 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
October 08 2013, 08:35PM
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@Serious Gord

First let's set the stage:

starting a post like that generally means you are going to try and talk out of your ass to try and make your point.

you didn't disappoint.

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#8 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
October 08 2013, 12:51PM
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"Trading a 19-year-old first overall pick for a soon-to-be UFA, 33 year-old goalie, is the definition of panic. Or delusion. Calm down, three games does not make a season, but I don't believe you can downplay last night's third period."

Agreed.

Another Tuesday Tidbit: Yak turned 20 on Sunday.

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#9 David S
October 08 2013, 03:32PM
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"Serious Gord"

BAH-HAHAHAHAHA!!!

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#10 916oiler
October 08 2013, 12:10PM
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We got our Fist win of the season! Nuuuuuge is back!

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#11 oilbaron
October 08 2013, 12:58PM
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Anyone see Jonathon Quick last night? Guess its time the Kings find a new goalie with some actual talent

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#12 OilDieHard
October 08 2013, 12:25PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

Didn't result in much, but Brown needs credit for taking one of the Devils top d-man off for 5 minutes.

i just wish Brown would quit stumbling when he fights other players. but he did his job didn't he?

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#13 Todd
October 08 2013, 04:49PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

I love(d) the Oilers. Now i'm on Prozac. May soon love again if that little poodle Harry will let me.

Are you trying to be funny?? FYI - Its not even remotely working...

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#14 Rob...
October 08 2013, 12:34PM
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Was there any news on Hemsky's or Perron's 'injuries'? Hemsky almost looked like he concussed himself...but those two toughed it out and were key players in the win, so I'd hate to see them have to take a game or two off to heal.

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#15 WhattaMike
October 08 2013, 12:36PM
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Ohhhh you are so right JG in that I was one ready to dice and slice up the way the Oilers were playing, especially when they were embarassed against the Canucks thye game before. Should've, Could've, and definitely....the team had to come out flying against these Devils...and they did not (for 45 minutes anyways). The sticks were gripped too much and the tenseness was sooooo visible.

I was ohhhh so close to changing the channel by the end of the 2nd period...but....I gutted it out like the Oilers did in the third...lol.

Now, there was no such displayed confidence for the team and far too many tunrovers again....during the first 40-43 minutes. Also, I saw LaBarbera not play any to much better than Dubnyk's first two horrible games, and but yet, he did very well in the shootout....got the win.

But, But, But......Thank goodness for Nuge coming back and stroking up the team with his goal. Thank goodness the flood gates opened finally the right way and good for Ference, Perron and Hall.

Last I want say its great the Oilers won.... which I dearly want them to do alot of this year...and also, I will say I am very pleased with Gordon and Hemsky right now. Koodoes to Arcobello and Acton again with play and faceoffs.

Now please someone help Yak get scoring right away!!! Now Lets get a big win over them Habs!!!!!!

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#16 Soccer Steve
October 08 2013, 01:13PM
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@Jason Gregor

"Anton Belov was bumped ahead of Ladislav Smid. Belov played with Petry and logged 21:33 of icetime. He looks more comfortable every game."

Belov looked like absolute garbage last night.

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#18 Harry
October 08 2013, 10:44PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Happens all the time Harry, where've you been. Ever hear of GDB?

Why don't you stalk and hassle Jason Gregor as well, when he predicts the exact same thing in his GDB's? Don't you ever get sick of forcing yourself to like this shippy team some nights. You've obviously been fooled into thinking this is some sort of reverse upward trend here these last 5 yrs.

Stalk and hassle?

Your constant put downs of this team are making me and others sick. Ive only been here a couple months and all I read from you is whining crying BS. Grow up

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#19 Rama Lama
October 08 2013, 12:47PM
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I too watched in frustration and wanted to trade the whole team but kept telling myself........everyone is feeling the pressure and squeezing their stick too hard.

I feel that the entire organization is holding their collective breath and as a result not playing a natural game of hockey.

The guys that most stood out for me was Boyd Gordon......doing all the small things right. I would credit him with contributing more to the goals scored last night than any other player.

Eakins has balls playing RNH and Hemsky as the first unit PK ..........am I missing something here? If he starts to lean too heavily on the first line ( 28 mins for RNH) they will be burned out by game 50. I hope he spends time calibrating and assessing the bottom six as the line combinations down there make no sense......time to send Smyth and Brown to the light.

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#20 ghostofberanek
October 08 2013, 12:58PM
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I'm ashamed to admit that I was one of the guys who shut the game off after the 2nd period. It was the first time in 2 years I've done such a thing, and boy do I regret it. That being said, was I ever happy this morning!

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#21 Coco crisp
October 08 2013, 01:03PM
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Nick Schultz needs to be a lot better.

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#22 Harry
October 08 2013, 08:21PM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

I love(d) the Oilers. Now i'm on Prozac. May soon love again if that little poodle Harry will let me.

Fans dont predict the team will lose before the puck has even been dropped.

Your behavior towards edm is exactly how Canuck fans act.

Get your stuff together

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#23 2004Z06
October 08 2013, 12:52PM
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Though the third period was great, that game never should have made it to overtime. The Oilers had a power play and decided they would just coast through it and the last 33 seconds of 5 on 5. That power play was the opportunity to put the game away. They were noticeably lazy during that PP. Lots of folks blaming Labarberra for the tying goal, but the PP is the reason Jersey even had a sniff.

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#24 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
October 08 2013, 02:09PM
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Dq wrote:

You do know Hemsky leads the team in scoring right? It's a long season and Hemmer goes through great streaks and then randomly comes up lame ... But at this stage, *not* letting him go in exchange for a bag of pucks has to be seen as a very very wise decision.

Or an outright obvious one.

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#25 ubermiguel
October 08 2013, 05:53PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

First let's set the stage:

This year more than any other is about cap room. It is also the only time (or next year when everyone seems to agree there will be far more cap room) teams can (or rather could) buy out two of their contracts. Thus the smart thing to do if an owner was Willing to spend the dough - was to buy out the two most expensive/underperforming contracts.

In edms case that was Horcoff and hemsky. Doing so would have reaped the most cap room and opened up two roster spots. That hemsky was essentially untradable - to hear it from MacT at least - puts paid to the wisdom of buying him out rather than being stuck with him. (It is not about "saving money" it's about getting more cap room when the market for it is at a historical peak.

That he has played well in three games is irrelevant. He has skills that are surplus to the team when compared to what the team needs (and as was demonstrated in those same three games). Either he or one of the four untouchables has to be moved to make room. His presence indeed does hurt the team by blocking the addition of a player who bring some of the attributes the steam is starving for.

As for fixing in one season all that ails the team - MacT let his love/allegiance/stubbornness prevent him from moving the surplus - hemsky, gagner; pruning the deadwood - Smyth and hiring retreads when other options were available (at the cost of significant and inflexible cap room) - grebeshkov. More could have been done - MacT promised more AND DID NOT deliver primarily because of flaws in his attitude. Hiring an outsider without his baggage likely would have seen far more get done towards curing what ails this team.

Actually the smart thing to do would be to trade those players (Horcoff and Hemsky) for other assets...oh that's right, MacT did that with Horcoff (a fact you conveniently neglected to mention).

Buy out Hemsky and sign whom? One of those first line centres that were begging to come to Edmonton? You must assume Lecavalier, Ribero and Weiss were falling over each other to sign here.

And what players was MacT unable to sign because of Grebs 1.5 million hit?

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#26 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
October 08 2013, 09:14PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Excellent, well argued rebuttal. Brilliant how you pointed out a different view of the facts. You must be a lawyer or something.

What on earth do I need to waste time and argue for? You mention the oilers would have been better off hiring someone with no baggage.

How did tambellini do? He was hired with no baggage.

At least when DSF talks out of his ass there is some challenge to it.

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#28 Hemmercules
October 08 2013, 02:28PM
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I also noticed Dubby was the first guy over to Labarbera at the end with a huge smile on his face. You can't deny Dubnyks attitude is great. I hope he stands on his head next game and gets some mojo back.

Who do they start next game?? Neither guy has been great. Lab just got a win but I'm sure Dubby is itching to get back in and prove hes capable.

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#29 Joelbaby
October 08 2013, 12:17PM
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its amazing what a lil pep in your step can do. Bottle it up boys and bring it to the next game!!!! We know they can play, they sometimes know they can play.. Its weird.. Stil plenty of room on the bandwagon here.. lotta broken ankles so far.. OILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#30 washed up
October 08 2013, 01:04PM
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As great as the third period was for the oil, when they went on that late power play I thought to myself, this should seal the game. However it seemed to me that I was watching the Oilers team from the first 40 min. They could not break out of their own zone, and could not get set up in the offensive zone. It was like they were just hanging on. Although the goal the devils scored was a lucky one I had the feeling the oilers would not be able to close out the game. Was it just me, or did others notice this as well.

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#31 ed in edmonton
October 08 2013, 04:58PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

I disagree.

MacT has done some things to improve the team - Perron, Gordon and (perhaps) belov are positive acquisitions.

But he has done a lot of damage in two ways:

roster changes - adding grebeshkov for example,

and not making changes - leaving dubnyk as #1 signing gagner; keeping hemsky instead of trading/buying him out; no significant 1/2 line fierceness added etc.

so on the whole MacT has not done "nothing"

he has in toto - done DAMAGE both in the near term and in the long term.

I certainly don't agree with your conclusion but your bring up some interesting points.

As previously stated, what has Grebs done to harm the team from the IR? He might eat up cap space if he can't play well enough to break into the rotation. If this comes to pass how MacT handles that might be a better meter stick to judge him by.

MacT has been quite frank about where the team needs to improve. He hasn't sugar coated his opinion of DD and he made a significant pitch for Schneider. Apparently Gillis wanted the world for Schneider and any potential deal fell through. Doesn`t mean MacT still isn`t looking to improve, but deals during the season are rare.

Size and grit up front was sought by giving Clarkson an offer with more $ than the buds but he chose the buds (IMO long term this will not be a bad thing for the Oil).

I`m not a great Gagner fan, but the Oil and terribly thin at center with him, if they chose not to sign, that`s a huge risk and Arcabello and Acton might not just be short term injury replacements. Ganger does not have a NT so there is still hope he will be dealt for a player that brings some of the things the Oil lack.

MacT hasn`t addressed all the teams needs, but he seems realistic in his assessment of what they need. Ticking off the entire shopping list in one off season might not be a realistic expectation.

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#32 Thumby
October 08 2013, 06:59PM
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bwar wrote:

First off, Belov might be the teams best defenseman so far. I think that if he's playing well then Eakins should reward him.

Second, when the Oilers started churning out the offensive blender (only using 8 forwards), it seemed like the game changed dramatically. Prior to the shortening of the bench the Oilers seemed extremely stagnant and the game seemed like it was going to slip away from the Oilers. There seemed to be no pressure being applied in the offensive zone and the Devils were clearing the zone with ease. Then the Oilers entered attack mode. It was hard to keep track of who was on the ice and the almost randomness of the lines seemed to put the Devils at a disadvantage. With the Oilers offensive talent I think that running a system like this has many positives. If the fourth line can have their player weaved in occasionally, for player relief and to maintain a more physical presence, I think that the Oilers become a much harder team to match up against (ie. harder to shutdown one line when that line is always changing). Obviously you would have certain pairings and groupings that would remain favored but having a more dynamic approach to line combinations could benefit the Oilers.

Third, we were pretty bad in OT. Nearly every breakout ended up sending one Oiler way ahead into a 1v2 or 1v3 scenario that the Devils were easily stopping. A more balanced attack would result in more offensive zone penetration and would most likely end up with a few more scoring chances. I think the first step to cleaning this up would be giving the defensemen more freedom to carry the puck out of the zone during OT over firing off the long pass. This keeps the attacked more balanced and offers more time to read the defensive setup as well as setup the attack to break into the zone.

It was great to see the Oilers finally get some life back into their game and hopefully they will be able to carry some of the third period into Thursdays game.

Holy NewAgeSystem Batman!

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#33 French Toast Mafia
October 08 2013, 03:43PM
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These go after Ryan Miller comments are quite scary. Ryan Miller is not an elite goalie and he is 33 years old...

Fortunately, MacT is an intelligent man and I don't see him giving up anything for a washed up, overrated tender that had one solid year in his career.

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#34 @Oilanderp
October 08 2013, 05:51PM
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Arcobello third on the team in hits! AHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAA!!!!! Good on you Arco!

Nevertheless that is alarming, yet not surprising. Not a lot of guys are finishing their checks out there. I guess they are too skilled!

I'm not saying hits win games but it sure helps to get things back on track when the puck isn't bouncing your way. Things not working out? Work hard, make simple plays, finish your checks, take a shot instead of risk a fancy pass. I really really think this is the Oilers' number one problem.

I'm not sure how since they've been at the bottom of the league for so long, but it's almost like this team thinks they are too skilled or good to do all of the above. I hope Eakins can break them out of this horrible horrible habit.

I can take a loss if they work hard and do the simple things. I just haven't seen it yet this year.

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#35 Smid
October 08 2013, 05:58PM
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I was surprised Smid was used so little in comparison to Belov. It says volumes about what this organization sees in Belov. Seeing Smid as a 5th defensemen is a good sign that we have depth at that position. I still would love to see a nasty number 6 defensemen, but oh well a defence 5 solid guys deep is nice.

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#36 The Soup Fascist
October 08 2013, 10:35PM
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madjam wrote:

Tied for 29th spot in the league with worst goals against - are things looking up finally ?

Glass half full - we were tied for 30th on September 30th, so in a way there has been progress over the last week. ;^)

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#37 djc
October 09 2013, 07:45AM
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Harry wrote:

Stalk and hassle?

Your constant put downs of this team are making me and others sick. Ive only been here a couple months and all I read from you is whining crying BS. Grow up

Your visits to Oilersnation will be much less aggravating if you just skip over comments from the whiny trolls (Quicksliver, DSF, serious Gord, etc).

They all seem to be the same person - cranky seniors, experts about hockey, always talking about how they have been fans since the 80s but stopped supporting current management, calling others who don't agree with them "fanboys" and "drinking the Koolaid", blah, blah, blah.

They say they hate the current Oilers yet they have the time to post on an Oilers fan website 50 times a day. It's pretty sad they are so desperate for attention. Just ignore them and hopefully one day they will just go away.

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#38 Fresh Mess
October 08 2013, 12:40PM
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It was a win, but not a good game from the Oilers. NJ is not a good team.

Eakins needs to make an example of Hall and J. Schultz otherwise he is all talk. A game on the bench or press box.

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#39 Senator Theo
October 08 2013, 12:42PM
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Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach wrote:

I have to ask. Were you in the seats or PB? They showed a guy that looked like you in the seats a couple times.

I saw that guy too, but I think it might have been Tarzan Dan.

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#40 Simpsonite
October 08 2013, 01:12PM
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Do posts count as shots? I think Yak has had a crossbar and a post...not sure if they count. If they don't count then he has as many shots as the other guy...if they do count...oh geez.

He still needs to shoot more. He is really frustrated as well. When he does score he better slide right into the zamboni loading dock...

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#41 etownman
October 08 2013, 01:19PM
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I like the idea of pursuing a netminder like Miller but definately not at the expense of 20 yr old Yakupov! A big happy b-day to Yak, let's score a goal against the Habs to celebrate only the way Yak can celebrate!

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#42 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
October 08 2013, 07:23PM
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Todd wrote:

Are you trying to be funny?? FYI - Its not even remotely working...

Jason wasn't a fan of my original post, so he edited it. If he didn't want it there, then that's his call. I can respect that.

You writing a book about me, or work for Interpol, the Internet Police? Take a hike Todd. I'm in no way in need of your approval.

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#43 Jackson
October 08 2013, 12:16PM
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Here is a tidbit Jason will like

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlOxlSOr3_M

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#44 Serious Gord
October 08 2013, 01:10PM
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"...but I don't believe you can downplay last night's third period.."

absolutely you can AND should do so. And you do just a couple of sentences later.

It was 15 minutes of an otherwise awful game against a weak,old team that made some big mistakes that the oil capitalized on.

3 games do not make a season - nor does 15 minutes...

The flaws - glaringly - remain.

2. And in light of Belov's play, why did Mact blow 1.5 million of precious cap space on his friend grebeshkov?

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#45 Ron Burgundy
October 08 2013, 02:11PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

I'm ashamed to admit that I was one of the guys who shut the game off after the 2nd period. It was the first time in 2 years I've done such a thing, and boy do I regret it. That being said, was I ever happy this morning!

In contrast, I didn't turn the game off on Saturday, and boy do I regret it. They made up for it last night though!

Seemed to me like Eberle got bumped down the lineup as the game went on last night. And did Perron play the entire 3rd/OT? Maybe Eak sending messages?

Hemsky's trip and fall looked like it hurt his back more than his head - we'll see I guess.

I am glad we signed Sammy, but boy Arco seems to do a lot of the same things (and some better things), and way cheaper...

Last tidbit - Petry looks brutal so far this year.

Stay classy.

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#46 Sidney Frosby
October 08 2013, 02:41PM
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Wonder if NJ would trade Volchenkov, he had 177 hits back in 2011-2012, blcoks a ton of shots...

He is 4-5 on NJ's depth chart, and makes $4.2 ( a little too much) and has 2 more years on his deal.....

Maybe a pending UFA named Nick Schultz who makes $3.5 mill + a sweetener would suffice for NJ.

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#47 yegCopywriter
October 08 2013, 03:24PM
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Seeing RNH healthy yesterday got me thinking about what a fully healthy forward lineup would look like. Now that we know Hemsky is back to his old self and Joensuu, Gordon, and Arcobello are the real deal, this just might be the strongest group of forwards in the league.

Hall-RNH-Eberle

Perron-Gagner-Yakupov

Joensuu-Gordon-Hemsky

Smyth-Arcobello-Gazdic/Brown

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#48 Poolanov
October 08 2013, 06:49PM
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Dallas Eakins' Post game was epic. Watch the whole thing and I am sure you will like him more.

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#49 Eddie Shore
October 08 2013, 11:11PM
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Hemsky has been the best Oilers player thus far. How are the Oilers a better team without him?

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#50 Darrell
October 09 2013, 05:06AM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

Happens all the time Harry, where've you been. Ever hear of GDB?

Why don't you stalk and hassle Jason Gregor as well, when he predicts the exact same thing in his GDB's? Don't you ever get sick of forcing yourself to like this shippy team some nights. You've obviously been fooled into thinking this is some sort of reverse upward trend here these last 5 yrs.

It's not dreaming its called being as Oiler fan douche bag ballet ! Why don't you fack off and go play in the streets as your negativity is not welcome here.

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