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 outdoorzguy
October 08 2013, 01:13PM
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Mactavish has done nothing to improve this team

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#2 outdoorzguy
October 08 2013, 01:12PM
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Still a lousy team and an even lousier organization!!

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#3 Serious Gord
October 08 2013, 01:23PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

Mactavish has done nothing to improve this team

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.

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#4 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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#5 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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#6 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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#7 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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#8 Serious Gord
October 08 2013, 06:13PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

He traded Horcoff, so why did he need to buy him out?

The Oilers went hard after Clarkson and didn't get him. They were willing to overpay to get him. IF they bought out Hemsky, there is NO guarantee they would just magically add these players you talk about.

You make it sound like being a GM is easy. That a GM should be able to make every move he wants to make. Doesn't work that way.

MacTavish made it clear he would move Hemsky, but he wisely didn't give him away for nothing. He can still deal Hemsky, and his trade value will be much higher now that he is playing well.

FYI the Oilers can still buy out a player next year. They didn't have to do it this year.

They traded horc and got back an equally upside down contract - some gain arguably but nowhere near what they could have done with the freed up cap space and open roster spot.

Free cap space and roster spots was in the preseason and will be in the regular season golden - how about trading to get a costly player in exchange for one that has a low cap hit - Toronto Philly and several others will be in dire straights to shed salary and talent.

Where did I say being Gm was easy? All the more reason to hire an experienced and proven one.

That hemsky was untradable only proves my point that he should have been bought out (tambellini should have traded rather than signed him). And I doubt his value has moved much three games in. (And if it has - for godsake trade him!!)

And if you read my post you would have known and acknowledge that the cap next year will be much higher and thus by extension the buyout option will be less valuable.

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#9 Serious Gord
October 08 2013, 05:11PM
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Buy out Hemsky?

Are you serious?

He's been very good, but you think it would have been better to trade him for nothing of value, or buy him out just to save money?

You think signing Grebeshkov has really hurt them? It is called depth, the season is three games old, are you certain they won't have any injuries?

Expecting a GM to fix every problem in one summer of a team that has been bottom 10 for five straight years is ridiculous.

Hemsky isn't hurting the team, and any suggestion that the team would be better by buying him out is inaccurate.

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.

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#10 madjam
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Game analysis : 1. Aren't you glad we don't play bore you to and hockey like the Devils each nite ! The only stars they have of any note is in goal ! 2. My version of probably went down between 2nd period break ? Eakins blast the team and they blast him back . He tells them if they are so good then go out and prove it to me . Presto , they do and Eakins breaks out a smile and serves them Timbits as a reward , and declares every Tuesday will become Fat Tuesday if they keep winning . Finally , something of substance for them to play for .

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#11 Quicksilver ballet
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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#12 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
October 08 2013, 02:07PM
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etownman wrote:

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!

So you like the IDEA of pursuing a netminder like Miller...just not the part where you actually pursue him.

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#13 Serious Gord
October 08 2013, 09:03PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:
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.

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

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#14 Serious Gord
October 08 2013, 04:31PM
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Oilfan wrote:

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.

Not complaining - criticizing - big difference.

Hemsky should have been dealt rather than signed - look at his performance since he signed - not three games. He ties up to much cap room delivering a skill set we already have a surplus of. Cap space is golden in this year more than any other before or since.

I don't give a crap about MacT's non-GM experience - nor should you. Gretz was a great player and a lousy coach. MacT has thusfar failed to address issues that even he has admitted need addressing.

I for one did not "flip" about pajaarvi. Good player again a player with a skillset we didn't need.

The rest of your post is a complaint without substance.

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#15 Quicksilver ballet
October 08 2013, 04:06PM
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I love(d) the Oilers. Now i'm on Prozac. May soon love again if that little poodle Harry will let me.

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#16 Quicksilver ballet
October 08 2013, 09:24PM
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@Harry

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.

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#17 Serious Gord
October 08 2013, 09:35PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

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.

Perhaps you weren't/aren't aware that tambellini and Lowe are the best of friends - that he couldn't get the GM job anywhere else but from KLOWE. That's baggage.

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#18 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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#19 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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#20 Ogden Brother Jr. - Team Strudwick for coach
October 08 2013, 12:18PM
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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.

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#21 Serious Gord
October 08 2013, 09:38PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

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.

And perhaps I should have been more precise - by baggage I meant baggage with the team that he was hired to be GM. Torts has zero baggage with the Canucks roster.

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#22 BingBong
October 08 2013, 01:38PM
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Big win last night, but like others have mentioned, the problems were still there most of the night. The skilled forwards turn it over way too often (usually with cross ice passes), but more noticeably, our defense appears weaker than ever. Ference looked ok, and I thought Petry played well finally, but the other guys just look lost. Smid and N. Schultz can't make a pass to save their lives, Belov looks confused, and J. Schultz has been a turnover machine. I thought his strong suit was his skating and the ability to make that first pass, but he looks totally bewildered when he skates it out of our zone, as well as on the PP.

Also, La Barbarella was brutal, and was lucky that the 2 NJ shooters missed their shots in the shootout because he was caught with his pants down on both.

Can't wait for next game though...

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#23 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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#24 Walter Sobchak
October 08 2013, 09:41PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

He's messing with you Quick, you've been around long enough to know when someone just goating you into a fight.

“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

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#25 madjam
October 08 2013, 10:11PM
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Tied for 29th spot in the league with worst goals against - are things looking up finally ?

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#26 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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#27 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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#28 Quicksilver ballet
October 09 2013, 07:33AM
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@Darrell

Where in any of this statement did the topic of dreaming come up there sugar plum princess?

Take off your rose colored glasses. There's a very fine line between negativity and being a realist. Your predictable Oiler methamphetamine attitude has grown stale.

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#29 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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#30 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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#31 CHRIS
October 08 2013, 02:03PM
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I like the intensity of play from the forwards last night through 60m however the oilers deference were their own worst enemy. All year it will be the same game plan for every team playing the oilers, pressure the D and create turnovers. We desperately need a top 1 2 D pairing. Maybe we should trade omark for one.... :)

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#32 Todd
October 08 2013, 04:49PM
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Quicksilver ballet 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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#33 DrDave
October 08 2013, 06:15PM
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Terrible game with a great finish. I think too many of the players believed their hype going into the season and it caught up with them. Then a string of a 2 bad games (and 2 bad periods) started to wear on them until they got a break that offered some hope and they pounced! Let's hope they can bust it wide open now and Dubbie can bounce back on Thursday!

Side note, I hope the esks keep Greg Marshall. The D hasn't been great this season but he's a great coach and he deserves another season to prove himself again.

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#34 madjam
October 08 2013, 07:53PM
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The young Avalanche team is exploding on the scene this year - can they be for real or be stopped for that matter ? Maybe it's Roy ?

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#35 madjam
October 09 2013, 05:45AM
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StHenriOilBomb wrote:

That's false.

Stop with the misinformation. Some people actually buy it.

We have 2 points which ties us to 18-29th position . Factor goals against and that makes us 29th . My statement stands as written .

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#36 Quicksilver ballet
October 09 2013, 07:24AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

He's messing with you Quick, you've been around long enough to know when someone just goating you into a fight.

“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

Lol, thanks Wes. You're right, I should know better.

Guess it's just the nurturing part of me that even considers trying to rehabilitate/help some of these savages see the error of their ways.

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#37 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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#38 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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#39 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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#40 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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#42 Darrell
October 09 2013, 05:06AM
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Quicksilver ballet 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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#43 Quicksilver ballet
October 09 2013, 11:59AM
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@djc

Hey there hatchet man. Where've you been, that flipping burgers must be a tough gig, we've missed your drive by fruitings.

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#44 Manfly
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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#45 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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#46 Coco crisp
October 08 2013, 01:03PM
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Nick Schultz needs to be a lot better.

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#47 washed up
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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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#48 etownman
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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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#49 Dq
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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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#50 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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