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Lowetide
November 10 2013 08:28PM

The Ladislav Smid exit kicks off 'trading season' in Edmonton, the annual sell-off of actual NHL players for picks and prospects. It has to be a bitter pill for the organization, but it's important for them to make rational decisions and receive value for their veterans. Here's a look at some players who may be headed out of Edmonton long before the deadline.

WHO'S AVAILABLE?

  1. R Ales Hemsky (19, 3-6-9 -12). The veteran winger is spending his 10th winter with the club, but most believe he'll be sent away some time over the winter. The playoffs are not going to happen for the Oilers, and there's a growing number of teams who are losing touch with the front of the pack in their respective divisions. Those teams--especially the ones with offensive problems--may see Hemsky as an attractive option. If Edmonton can keep some of the cap hit, that makes him even more attractive. Estimated value: 2014 1st or 2nd rd pick.
  2. D Nick Schultz (17, 0-1-1 -1). Stay-at-home veteran defenseman always have tremendous value at the deadline, and the appeal of Schultz is the expiring contract. Many Oiler fans were shocked by the Smid return, but long term deals for defensive defensemen reduces value (clubs don't want their cap tied up that way). Schultz can slot right in and play at the NHL level, and that makes him a player of interest. Estimated value: 2014 3rd rd pick.
  3. F Ryan Jones (11, 2-1-3 +3).Having a nice season, Jones is a veteran who can jump in and contribute on more than one line, and his offense is a nice kicker. Estimated value: 2014 4th rd pick.
  4. Any of the goalies who play well. It's open season for goalies in Edmonton. If one of Dubnyk or Bryzgalov plays well enough to attract a team's interest (and the Oil don't feel he's in the future plans), they could be gone.

THE HEART OF THE ORDER

Craig MacTavish has been sending away some players some of us thought were part of the future (Smid most recently), so we're getting a better view of how the new GM sees this team. We're all going to have different names (I suspect) here and there, but the heart of the cluster from my point of view is this:

  1. Taylor Hall
  2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  3. Jordan Eberle
  4. Nail Yakupov
  5. David Perron
  6. Sam Gagner
  7. Boyd Gordon
  8. Jeff Petry (RFA)
  9. Justin Schultz (RFA)
  10. Andrew Ference

That's 10 players, three of whom (Perron, Gordon and Ference) were acquired by MacTavish as GM and two of whom (Yakupov, Justin Schultz) were procured by the organization with MacTavish in the fold.

ANYONE EMERGING THIS YEAR?

  1. D Anton Belov: He's been a revelation.
  2. C Mark Arcobello: I think he's shown enough to be considered a strong candidate for next year's roster.
  3. L Jesse Joensuu: Looked good early, injuries have impacted his season.
  4. C Will Acton: Brings some interesting things, difficult to know how well he's playing because of the enforcer nature of linemates
  5. L Luke Gazdic: Young and tough, he's done well in the enforcer role.
  6. D Phil Larsen: Looked good in early exposure, jury is out as things roll along.
  7. D Taylor Fedun: As with Larsen, we'll have to wait and see. Hit and miss.

BUBBLING UNDER

  1. D Darnell Nurse: He got a long look at training camp this season, and could make the club in 2014 fall.
  2. D Oscar Klefbom: 1st rd pick in 2011 will probably see action in the NHL this year.
  3. D Martin Marincin: In his second season in the AHL, working toward NHL employment
  4. R Tyler Pitlick: Looked good in an NHL cup of coffee.
  5. F Roman Horak: May see NHL time this season, is a better player than some current Oilers.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

 Rebuild. I hate that word.

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#51 BloodyEyes13
November 10 2013, 10:15PM
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The Oilers need to fire Kelly Buchberger and Steve Smith. They need to go out and find two new assistant coaches, one of which needs to be strong at creating & implementing defensive systems & working with the penalty killers, and the other needs to specialize on power-plays & shootouts. They also need to get out there and find a goalie coach, one that can teach our 6'5 goalie to play the proper angles & read the plays.....Dallas Eakins (IMO) is the proper man to run the ship, but he needs the appropriate supporting coaching staff that can help him, as a rookie NHL coach, get this "ship" turned around.

The Oilers have enough talent to build a winner, but they definitely need to put this 80's run & gun system behind them, and start playing a much more responsible defensive system on a nightly basis. It's great that we have all of these young point producers, but if they can't defend our own net, it's pointless.

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#52 DSF
November 10 2013, 10:15PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

I should also mention I absolutely loved Lowe when he was a d man playing for the oil. Hard nosed nasty d man who was tough as nails. I wish he would quit so I can remember his fantastic legacy as a player. Not this Buffon running the oilers into the ground.

Ditto.

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#53 Quicksilver ballet
November 10 2013, 10:15PM
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Quintana wrote:

No you are not. You are just a lame Canuck cupless troll bastard with no life!!!!!! Be honest.....

Look at what you've written.

And ask yourself, who is really the troll. Look in the mirror, because you're it, tool.

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#54 Chainsawz
November 10 2013, 10:18PM
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This season is a write off. No doubt.

But the Oilers don't need more prospects to clamour over more closely than the actual NHL club because they're more interesting.

How about try putting together a competitive club NOW, salvage what we can this season, and go into the '14-'15 season with some actual dignity.

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#55 MKE
November 10 2013, 10:19PM
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DSF wrote:

Was it?

Show me.

Nah I'm good :).

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#56 beloch
November 10 2013, 10:20PM
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Hemsky is probably not going to bring back a 1st round pick unless packaged with some other assets. He isn't putting up points like he used to and he's starting to need a fair bit of shelter.

The Oilers have some great talent, but it's not the right mix of talent. Some of the players in the "heart" need to be traded for the right pieces, like a quality #1D. Trading for more two-way forwards is another possibility, but it might be unwise since the Oilers' current lack of defensive acumen seems systemic.

It might be wise to trade one of the stars for a package of competent bums, as some would call them. Three or four youngish, solid possession players who can replace the incompetent AHL bums in the Oilers lower ranks might help the Oilers win more games than one smallish offensive forward. It's kind of like trading one of your archers for the bricks to plug the giant gaping holes in your fortress wall.

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#57 Quicksilver ballet
November 10 2013, 10:22PM
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Chainsawz wrote:

This season is a write off. No doubt.

But the Oilers don't need more prospects to clamour over more closely than the actual NHL club because they're more interesting.

How about try putting together a competitive club NOW, salvage what we can this season, and go into the '14-'15 season with some actual dignity.

That's the beauty of this whole scenario.

Management actually think they're doing a bang up job.

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#58 Crondor
November 10 2013, 10:27PM
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that is so sweet you picked Maggie Gyllenhaal! what movie is this from? sooooooo beautiful

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#59 DSF
November 10 2013, 10:33PM
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MKE wrote:

Nah I'm good :).

I'm sure you didn't watch the Canucks-Ducks game but, if you had, you would have seen the winning goal hit Corey Perry in the forehead, he headed it at the net and missed, the puck hit the post and bounced in off his stick.

Had the puck not hit the post, the goal would have been disallowed since he would have headed it in.

That's pretty much the definition of puck luck.

Then my boy Andrew Cogliano scored into an empty net...his 3rd goal in 3 games.

In other news, Alex Galchenyuk scored 1G 2A to lead the Habs to a 4-2 win over the Islanders.

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#60 DSF
November 10 2013, 10:35PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

That's the beauty of this whole scenario.

Management actually think they're doing a bang up job.

I've just heard MacT spouting off about how Grebeshkov and Eager are going to be difference makers this season.

Good grief.

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#61 outdoorzguy
November 10 2013, 10:38PM
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While I'm at it, your attempt at humour on your radio show is a waste of time Al. You're not that funny!!

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#62 Sevenseven
November 10 2013, 10:56PM
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Tthe fundamental problem with the team is attracting and retaining top talent here. This is not the gms fault. Here are a few of the reasons:

1. We are a bottom feeder organization right now. So your valuable vetern free agents, wanting to sign for less money to be on a contender, are not going to sign them. This is a vicious cycle, we can't be a contender, because we don't have players. We can't get players, cause we aren't a contender.

2. The fishbowl. Edmonton is home of rabid hockey fans. Look at Dallas eakins kid getting harnessed at school. Dubnyk is probably getting hassled, and if you are a top player in Edmonton, you are a hero, and can't do anything without some jock sniffer eating up your time.

3. The climate. I'm a born and raised Edmontonian, but if I had the opportunity to work in a place like California.... Remember when we tried to trade for Heatly? Pronger only lasted a year. Miller was mentioned, but we're on his not trade list. I wonder how many deals are dead before they happen on this fact alone. Bryz would not be here, but he's desperate for a job.

What's the answer? Let's hope these guys start playing like a contender, maybe then we can attract some talent. Until then, my truck will idle, 24-7. Hopefully global warming can melt this frozen arctic tundra into a place NHL talent will flock to.

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#63 YFC Prez
November 10 2013, 10:58PM
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@outdoorzguy

Ahh the beauty of the net. It lets us all be jerks without consequence due to the anonymity we all have.

Let's try not to forget that the writers are using their real identities and are doing their jobs. Kinda sucks being told your work is a waste of time by random fictionally named people especially when the writers use real names. Unless your name is outdoorzguy , in which case please accept my sincere apologies for my misunderstandings.

Why you being a big meanie anyway ?

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#64 Soccer Steve
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Sevenseven wrote:

Tthe fundamental problem with the team is attracting and retaining top talent here. This is not the gms fault. Here are a few of the reasons:

1. We are a bottom feeder organization right now. So your valuable vetern free agents, wanting to sign for less money to be on a contender, are not going to sign them. This is a vicious cycle, we can't be a contender, because we don't have players. We can't get players, cause we aren't a contender.

2. The fishbowl. Edmonton is home of rabid hockey fans. Look at Dallas eakins kid getting harnessed at school. Dubnyk is probably getting hassled, and if you are a top player in Edmonton, you are a hero, and can't do anything without some jock sniffer eating up your time.

3. The climate. I'm a born and raised Edmontonian, but if I had the opportunity to work in a place like California.... Remember when we tried to trade for Heatly? Pronger only lasted a year. Miller was mentioned, but we're on his not trade list. I wonder how many deals are dead before they happen on this fact alone. Bryz would not be here, but he's desperate for a job.

What's the answer? Let's hope these guys start playing like a contender, maybe then we can attract some talent. Until then, my truck will idle, 24-7. Hopefully global warming can melt this frozen arctic tundra into a place NHL talent will flock to.

The Detroit Red Wings.

There, your list is DOA.

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#65 D
November 10 2013, 11:02PM
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Soccer Steve wrote:

The Detroit Red Wings.

There, your list is DOA.

Detroit is not a bottom feeder organization.

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#66 Ladislav Smid Fan
November 10 2013, 11:04PM
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Is Jones really worth a 4th when teams could have had him for free a month ago?

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#67 Quicksilver ballet
November 10 2013, 11:04PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

While I'm at it, your attempt at humour on your radio show is a waste of time Al. You're not that funny!!

You're probably not old enough to even appreciate the humour. Put a few more miles (maturity) on that odometer of yours.

Yes we like our music loud.

...as long as it Johnny Cash or Frank Sinatra.

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#68 Sevenseven
November 10 2013, 11:04PM
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@Soccer Steve

The red wings are a contender year after year. Lots of top nhl guys want to play on that orginization. Why do you think Alfie went there? Sure it's a fishbowl, but it does not get remotely close to being -30.

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#69 outdoorzguy
November 10 2013, 11:04PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

Ahh the beauty of the net. It lets us all be jerks without consequence due to the anonymity we all have.

Let's try not to forget that the writers are using their real identities and are doing their jobs. Kinda sucks being told your work is a waste of time by random fictionally named people especially when the writers use real names. Unless your name is outdoorzguy , in which case please accept my sincere apologies for my misunderstandings.

Why you being a big meanie anyway ?

My opinion, as is his on many issues, is that he is just not funny. #63 YFC Prez...speaking of hiding!! This is the interweb, you should know this how it works.

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#70 Dave
November 10 2013, 11:08PM
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Can we please trade Sam Gagner ? He is far from being untouchable.

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#71 Soccer Steve
November 10 2013, 11:09PM
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@Sevenseven

They certainly used to be a bottom feeder. Its as simple as top down. We will never succeed with our current top.

If you think Detroit is a better place to live than Edmonton you are out to lunch. The city literally just filed for bankruptcy.

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#72 freelancer
November 10 2013, 11:13PM
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The mentality of "untouchables" is beyond aggravating. Its great to love the players on your team but obviously this combination isn't working. If anyone on our team can be traded to bring in someone who will allow us to win I would do so in a heartbeat

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#73 Walter Sobchak
November 10 2013, 11:15PM
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The player that should be on the list as number one most likely player who should be traded has to be Gagner!!

Except MacTavish had a brain aneurysm and gave Frodo a NTC.

Moving Frodo to the wing is a lateral move and doesn't help, he still small, he still can't skate and he still sucks defensively.

The team has enough "5'10" 190 lbs players, who don't engage, don't hit and don't stick up for themselves or the teammates on the team.

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#74 Paq Twinn
November 10 2013, 11:24PM
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This S-U-C-K-S period. No other way around it but Im choosing to embrace another high quality draft pick. I mean look at how many Pittsburgh had....5-6 top 10 picks. It goes along way to stabilizing a franchise. We got time, whats the hurry? Who's on their death bed? As much as we would all love to "be there" we are not yet there. So lets get the most we can for the few assets we have extra of and get familar with the top jr talent. Welcome to reality.

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#75 Old School G
November 10 2013, 11:30PM
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We have to be able to get a top tier defender for our 2014 first round pick. Seems pretty straight forward from here, what's the hold up MacT?

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#76 Serioisly
November 10 2013, 11:34PM
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Oilers theme song for the 2013-2014 season.. The Beatles.... HELP!!!!

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#77 Sevenseven
November 10 2013, 11:39PM
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@Soccer Steve

No I don't Detroit is better. I wouldnt live in america, but then again, i dont make millions of dollars a year. Unfortunately many NHL players would disagree with us. It is, currently, a more desirable destination to be employed as an NHL player. Hey, I love Edmonton, but if you think it currently isn't one of the least desirable teams to play hockey on, IMHO you are mistaken. I think the weather does make other cities a less desirable option (Winnipeg). Im sure many hockey wives push there husbands to play in warmer climates. I hope we change the culture and performance of the team to attract that. I do like you brining up Detroit. We start building a winning culture, and becoming a contender, we can sign free agents like iginla or Alfie.

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#78 LoweBlow
November 10 2013, 11:40PM
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Sevenseven wrote:

Tthe fundamental problem with the team is attracting and retaining top talent here. This is not the gms fault. Here are a few of the reasons:

1. We are a bottom feeder organization right now. So your valuable vetern free agents, wanting to sign for less money to be on a contender, are not going to sign them. This is a vicious cycle, we can't be a contender, because we don't have players. We can't get players, cause we aren't a contender.

2. The fishbowl. Edmonton is home of rabid hockey fans. Look at Dallas eakins kid getting harnessed at school. Dubnyk is probably getting hassled, and if you are a top player in Edmonton, you are a hero, and can't do anything without some jock sniffer eating up your time.

3. The climate. I'm a born and raised Edmontonian, but if I had the opportunity to work in a place like California.... Remember when we tried to trade for Heatly? Pronger only lasted a year. Miller was mentioned, but we're on his not trade list. I wonder how many deals are dead before they happen on this fact alone. Bryz would not be here, but he's desperate for a job.

What's the answer? Let's hope these guys start playing like a contender, maybe then we can attract some talent. Until then, my truck will idle, 24-7. Hopefully global warming can melt this frozen arctic tundra into a place NHL talent will flock to.

Bang on. You're 100% correct.

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#79 mlcselli
November 10 2013, 11:47PM
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Does anyone know exactly what an "advisor to the president of operations" duties will encompass or what that position even means? I think it really doesn't amount to anything except Lowe creating a reason to bring Messier back into the fold. I didn't think Lowe took advise, thought he was more of a dictator.

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#80 Tay C
November 10 2013, 11:51PM
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In NHL.com's Sunday Long Read today, it talked about the rebuild. This is the time when we should be turning it around. McPhee in WSH mentioned how tough it would be on a fan base if the rebuilding experiment doesn't work. It's tough, lemme tell ya. After tonight's loss I think only Hall, Nuge, and Yak should be untouchable. I would hate to see Eberle go but the return would be significant, everyone has seen him on the world stage. I'll take it shaken, not stirred.

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#81 Serious Gord
November 10 2013, 11:54PM
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Soccer Steve wrote:

They certainly used to be a bottom feeder. Its as simple as top down. We will never succeed with our current top.

If you think Detroit is a better place to live than Edmonton you are out to lunch. The city literally just filed for bankruptcy.

It is you who is out to lunch.

From the perspective of a wealthy hockey player the red wings, being in the Detroit area has far more to offer than EDM. These players have very little contact with the city of Detroit proper. I imagine they live in one of the very beautiful and very wealthy suburbs of Detroit - areas that offer far nicer weather and neighborhoods than anything in EDM. And those areas are an hour and half flight from anywhere in central/eastern North America, including Florida and the carolinas. EDM is part of the gulag archipelago by comparison.

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#82 Serious Gord
November 11 2013, 12:02AM
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Here's who is untouchable from the fans perspective:

The three number ones.

Here's who is untouchable from mr. Katz' perspective:

Lowe, MacT and any other oilers of that era.

.....

Sadly, It may be time for oilers fans to come to grips that the Katz era oilers may well be the same as the Phillip Wrigley era Chicago cubs:

Decades upon decades of futility lie ahead. Many oiler fans will die having never seen their team make the second round of the playoffs let alone get to the final round.

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#83 Step Daddy J
November 11 2013, 12:06AM
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Chet134 wrote:

Awesome. We ll be drafting McDavid then. When are we going to wake up and smell the coffee. This mix of players isn't good enough.

I think Columbus or New Jersey Gets McDavid . Unless Edmonton or Toronto do something .

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#84 ubermiguel
November 11 2013, 12:09AM
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Soccer Steve wrote:

They certainly used to be a bottom feeder. Its as simple as top down. We will never succeed with our current top.

If you think Detroit is a better place to live than Edmonton you are out to lunch. The city literally just filed for bankruptcy.

It took Scotty Bowman, Steve Yzerman learning to play a 200 ft game, and some draft table steals to break out of that Dead Wings cycle.

It's clear our top guys can't play that 200 ft game; that's got to be the top priority. Maybe Eakins is the right coach; maybe we have some of those draft (and free agent) steals in Eberle, Arcobello and Schultz...but until the key guys learn to play 200ft it doesn't matter.

And the players in Detroit probably don't live in the City of Detroit. No doubt they fled for gated communnities in the 'burbs like everyone else with money.

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#85 Andrew
November 11 2013, 12:12AM
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I'm surprised to see some of your comments. As a classic cup-half full kind of guy it has to be a bitter pill. Some of the players I would consider are in the top six not just pluggers. Sam Gagner's overall performance at centre is abysmal. 20 % in the face off circle against the Hawks. Eakins solution was to punt Arco out of the #2 centre spot to replace one of the weakest centres in the entire league.

Nick Schultz is not really the problem here. It is coaching and KLowe. Drop your axe there. It would be where Katz needs to start housecleaning. Schultz and Jones are only the scapegoats not the problem IMO.

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#86 superhall
November 11 2013, 12:13AM
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LoweBlow wrote:

Bang on. You're 100% correct.

Couldn't agree more wise sir......I'll get every engine I own going right this moment

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#87 Thinker
November 11 2013, 12:13AM
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I'm afraid jshultz might not want to stay on long term. I haven't heard anything about it, but he has no reason to stay. Krueger was his biggest reason for coming, and he may want more than he's worth, and as a ufa he 'll get it.

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#88 Crooked
November 11 2013, 12:20AM
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The past 8 years, when watching Oilers hockey I feel like Homer Simpson chasing a rotisserie pig down a hill.

Game 3: "It's just a little dirty! It's still good, it's still good!"
Game 6: "It's just a little slimy! It's still good, it's still good!"
Game 9: "It's just a little airborne! It's still good, it's still good!"
Game 19: "It's gone." "I know..."

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#89 Alsker
November 11 2013, 12:25AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

You're probably not old enough to even appreciate the humour. Put a few more miles (maturity) on that odometer of yours.

Yes we like our music loud.

...as long as it Johnny Cash or Frank Sinatra.

Was having a chuckle at this til the last line, I still go snake everytime I hear them or the beatles or elvis. Older sisters/mom played those 45s til they were worn out. Now if you had said the Ventures well ok....actually considering your dark side youtube/google black mages(not heavy metal dont worry)One winged angel live version. Aaaah Sephiroth!!!

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#90 The Oilers Shot Clock
November 11 2013, 12:43AM
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@Thinker

Luckily he's a RFA and cannot simply walk then.

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#91 Alsker
November 11 2013, 12:43AM
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Does anyone believe that kBlowe + co. have ever put a chart together with each position on it and what skill set would be required to fill said position. With so many redundant type players and still trying to put round pegs into square holes(samwise)I've come to the conclusion they honestly have no f^cking game plan what so ever. Who's brainfart gave 89 a NTC for 4 yrs(yes,yes i know)when he fills no position we already have a better player for? Whats more why are we fans the only ones willing to admit it. Here's to Oilers run for the playoffs 2018.

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#92 ThatButthurtOilersFan
November 11 2013, 01:16AM
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BloodyEyes13 wrote:

The Oilers need to fire Kelly Buchberger and Steve Smith. They need to go out and find two new assistant coaches, one of which needs to be strong at creating & implementing defensive systems & working with the penalty killers, and the other needs to specialize on power-plays & shootouts. They also need to get out there and find a goalie coach, one that can teach our 6'5 goalie to play the proper angles & read the plays.....Dallas Eakins (IMO) is the proper man to run the ship, but he needs the appropriate supporting coaching staff that can help him, as a rookie NHL coach, get this "ship" turned around.

The Oilers have enough talent to build a winner, but they definitely need to put this 80's run & gun system behind them, and start playing a much more responsible defensive system on a nightly basis. It's great that we have all of these young point producers, but if they can't defend our own net, it's pointless.

Agree with everything you say but the goalie coach. Fred Chabot, our goalie coach, can't fix Dubnyk and Labarbera's problems, which are inconsistency and confidence. A goalie coach is supposed to work on technicality and form. A goaltender has to fix these problems on his own, there is no way for a goalie coach to regain a goalie's confidence just by himself, the goalie has to try to regain it somehow. Just firing just to fire isn't going to make everything wonderfully better.

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#93 Cynic
November 11 2013, 01:17AM
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Alice for a 1st rounder? On what planet? A marginally useful, perimeter-playing, full-time member of the Glass Menagerie whose signature move is "drop pass to the opposition." Jones was on waivers six weeks ago. Nobody wanted him when his price was "free." Nick Schultz is a fading Dman who can barely hang on to his job as a member of the cr.app.iest defence in the NHL. Who needs a guy like that? The other NHL GMs are not lining up to relieve the World's Worst Hockey Franchise of their horrible players.

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#94 ThatButthurtOilersFan
November 11 2013, 01:24AM
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Anyone know the ETA on when Bryzgalov will start to play? My gut says Dubnyk is going to have another 4 bad games.

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#95 Cowboy
November 11 2013, 01:25AM
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Lowetide,

Suggestion for your Radio Program:

Can you track down a representative from the Toronto Marlies to provide some insight on how - EAKINS evolved as a coach with his players - Timeline for implementing his systems and philosophies. - Type of players who succeeded under his system - Feedback from players on EAKINS - What observations they have of the Oilers and their struggles with his system.

Question on my mind is: Is EAKINS' system not up to NHL standards or are the players’ hockey senses not up to NHL standards. I suspect it may be a combination of both.

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#96 Devolution
November 11 2013, 01:55AM
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Soccer Steve wrote:

They certainly used to be a bottom feeder. Its as simple as top down. We will never succeed with our current top.

If you think Detroit is a better place to live than Edmonton you are out to lunch. The city literally just filed for bankruptcy.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, if you have money, Detroit is a better place to live than Edmonton.

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#97 mlcselli
November 11 2013, 03:04AM
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Rookie Coach Jon Cooper took over the reins behind the bench in Tampa and is leading a successful team to one victory after another.

Rookie Coach Patrick Roy took over the reins behind the bench in Colorado and is leading a successful team to one victory after another.

My question is: Just how good is Dallas Eakins?

Looks like MacT bet on the wrong horse.

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#98 Oiler Al
November 11 2013, 05:29AM
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DSF wrote:

I'm sure you didn't watch the Canucks-Ducks game but, if you had, you would have seen the winning goal hit Corey Perry in the forehead, he headed it at the net and missed, the puck hit the post and bounced in off his stick.

Had the puck not hit the post, the goal would have been disallowed since he would have headed it in.

That's pretty much the definition of puck luck.

Then my boy Andrew Cogliano scored into an empty net...his 3rd goal in 3 games.

In other news, Alex Galchenyuk scored 1G 2A to lead the Habs to a 4-2 win over the Islanders.

Watched the tail of the game, didn't check scoring, did any of mindless Gorillas score?

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#99 Oiler Al
November 11 2013, 05:34AM
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mlcselli wrote:

Does anyone know exactly what an "advisor to the president of operations" duties will encompass or what that position even means? I think it really doesn't amount to anything except Lowe creating a reason to bring Messier back into the fold. I didn't think Lowe took advise, thought he was more of a dictator.

Not much just a fresh jock for Katz to sniff.

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#100 Rob Gilgan
November 11 2013, 05:41AM
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@DSF

"If the Oilers lose (as expected) to Dallas and San Jose and then stink the joint out against the Flames, I think you'll finally see the Tier One fans go into full rage mode."

I'm not confident that Tier One fans are attracted to winning so much as they're prideful that they can afford Oiler tickets and jerseys and stickers on their trucks. I'm not convinced they're going out to see their team win as much as they're there to be seen. They may get a little bitchier at the continuing slide to the bottom (not much further kids, almost there!), but I don't think they're looking for the best hockey game in town.

And you know what? Those are the fans Daryl Katz wants. They line up, they sign on a waiting list for seasons tickets and they're behind his new arena 100%. For Mr. Katz (and, I believe, for Tier One fans), hockey is a business and a damn good one at that. Sold out home games and local supporters pouring their cash into his coffers make this team a resounding success.

Hell, people sit up half the night writing about it, how can it not be declared a success?

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