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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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#1 JJ
November 10 2013, 08:34PM
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This is the exact kind of mentality that results in 30th place standings year after year.

You know what the problem is with you Oiler fans.. Instead of building a good team, you build and reward failure. Snowpants should be out the door, he's been here how long and he couldn't do anything, can't win a faceoff to save his life. Arcobello? You want this guy on next year's roster.. Good teams do NOT have a guy like Arcobello in their top centres. Good teams have that bastard on a one way ticket to AHL.

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#2 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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#3 DSF
November 10 2013, 09:18PM
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If your "cluster" includes Yakupov, Gagner, Schultz and Ference, you might as well throw in the towel right now.

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#4 JJ
November 10 2013, 09:09PM
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ouch wrote:

ouck ouch ouch ouch,hall,perron,gordon,arco and petry stays,everyone else can go!

Name me one good team that has players like Arco or Snowpants slotting in for #2C. I repeat, get these bastards out of here. They'll only contribute to the losing, plus the Oilers are small enough as it is.

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#5 Quintana
November 10 2013, 10:03PM
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DSF wrote:

I've was a fan from the WHA days and a season ticket holder for many years.

I would love to see the Oilers improve but, as you may have guessed from my posts, I don't think there is the remotest chance the team can be a winner again as long as Kevin Lowe and his his Band of Bozos ® is driving the bus.

Everything I've seen throughout Lowe's tenure convinces me he doesn't have a clue about what he's doing.

And, yet, there he is.

As for the future, I've pretty much become a free agent fan, cheering not for any particular team but appreciating the team management that knows what it's doing and the special players who exceed expectations.

Being freed from the fetters of fandom actually lets you appreciate a beautiful game on another level entirely.

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

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#6 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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#7 Greg
November 10 2013, 09:22PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

And the worst management group in hockey gets to continue a rebuild. Showing off their skill and getting rid of players for even less in return.

a first rounder for hemsky???? What are you smoking and will you share?

agreed. you won't get a first rounder for Hemsky. i have a hard time believing this guy is even tradable. at 5.5 mil next year, who in the hell would take that on. no team with cap space looking for a player to build on would. and most other contending teams don't just have the cap space for a guy like him. i don't know what the hell they were thinking when the signed him to that much money.

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#8 DSF
November 10 2013, 09:29PM
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The Winnipeg Jets just beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 in a shootout...outshooting the Sharks 46-34.

So, the only remaining question this season is "can the Oilers finish ahead of Calgary"?

Calgary is ahead by 4 points with 2 games in hand.

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#9 ouch
November 10 2013, 09:07PM
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ouck ouch ouch ouch,hall,perron,gordon,arco and petry stays,everyone else can go!

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#10 Rheal1
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Some comments from TSN: "If the Oilers don;t have 10 wins by Christmas, the revolving head coach door must continue and the entire staff have to be given their walking papers. Eakins is standing 6 feet tall in 10 feet of water and it shows." "Betting against the Oilers can't even be considered gambling anymore" " Bonehead move by MacTavish to trade smid for a tiny forward and a goalie who won't be ready for a while. The oilers have the worst management in the league. It isn't even close." "Blackhawks proved you only have to show up for 20 minutes to beat the Oilers on any given night." "Honestly, just replace the Oilers with their AHL affiliate team, the OKC Barons. They properly would have a better chance at winning games. " "At least the Sabres have a promising future." "How's that trade working out for you, MacT? You needed D, so you got rid of your best one (plus a decent G prospect) for a low prospect F and a decent G prospect"

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#11 Dave
November 11 2013, 07:40AM
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At the very least MacT should take over as the coach.

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#12 Harry
November 10 2013, 08:44PM
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Dubnyk. Game after game this guy disappoints his team mates. They have to be discusted by his performance.

Load him up in a cannon and fire gis sorry ass out of town asap.

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#13 Soccer Steve
November 10 2013, 11:01PM
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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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#14 Primo
November 11 2013, 08:34AM
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Oh I see...you Oiler writers,fans and management still want your cake and eat it too?? That is let's drastically overhaul and improve our team but we get to keep all of our 1st overalls as well as Eberle and Gagne. I'm sure the other teams will give us great return for our garbage players.

I'm afraid that's the way Kevin Lowe also thinks. You guys in Oilerland just don't get it?

The losing will continue...I'm thinking for the next decade as a minimum.

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#15 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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#16 freelancer
November 10 2013, 08:49PM
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I know I'm speaking blasphemy on this site but Eberle should be traded soon. He's a great player but his skill set matches that of most of our top 6 combined with he plays a less physical game than players like Hall or Perron. Obviously this combination isn't working. A big shake up is needed.

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

Was it?

Show me.

Nah I'm good :).

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#18 Quicksilver ballet
November 11 2013, 08:20AM
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Hockey Problems wrote:

A heads up for all the posters on here hoping on drafting McDavid in June. Connor McDavid is NOTdraft eligible until 2015!!! That would require the Oil to finish in 30th place NEXT year (2014/15) too. Please quit talking about getting McDavid in the draft, wrong year. It makes you look foolish.

Try and keep up with the pace here Zulu.

Everyone knows he's still more than a year away. What you appear to be unaware of is the fact the Oilers will "always" be in the running for that first overall selection. Edmonton has a real shot at a first overall again this coming summer. It isn't at all a reach to assume they're going to be in that race next season as well.

Try and keep up to the pace here, fool.

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#19 Randaman
November 11 2013, 11:02AM
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@Rheal1

Firstly who gives a damn what Aaron Ward thinks? He was a plug when he played and he is trying to be Mr. Controversial and make a name for himself. Dallas Eakins is here for the long term. Get used to it. Time for this so called management team to admit their mistakes and make some bold trades to correct the situation. Smid was expendable, period!! We needed a better goaltending prospect and we got one in IMHO. Gagner needs a fresh start somewhere else, package Eberle and our first for Weber if available. Nurse & Klefbom are coming. The sky is not falling people. I don't like Lowe but I think MacT can right the ship in time and Eakins will be fine.

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#20 Chet134
November 10 2013, 08:40PM
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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.

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#21 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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#22 Hockey Problems
November 11 2013, 09:32AM
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@Quicksilver ballet

I got your fool, right here, clown !!

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#23 DSF
November 10 2013, 09:50PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

I've always been curious. Would you like to see the oilers improve or do you like watching them fail like this? Just curious if your a jaded oilers fan or a fan of some other team relishing in their misery.

I can't tell if your a troll or just past the point of fed up. If this ship ever rights itself where do your allegiances lie.?

I've was a fan from the WHA days and a season ticket holder for many years.

I would love to see the Oilers improve but, as you may have guessed from my posts, I don't think there is the remotest chance the team can be a winner again as long as Kevin Lowe and his his Band of Bozos ® is driving the bus.

Everything I've seen throughout Lowe's tenure convinces me he doesn't have a clue about what he's doing.

And, yet, there he is.

As for the future, I've pretty much become a free agent fan, cheering not for any particular team but appreciating the team management that knows what it's doing and the special players who exceed expectations.

Being freed from the fetters of fandom actually lets you appreciate a beautiful game on another level entirely.

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#24 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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#25 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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#26 GTL
November 11 2013, 08:41AM
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For my mental well being,Would following Justin bieber be a step in the positive?

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#27 Greg
November 10 2013, 09:11PM
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i cant believe i'm saying this, but come this saturday i hope the flames kick our a**. just for the sole purpose that Burke can rub Klowe's face in it!

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#28 DSF
November 10 2013, 09:42PM
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Hockey fan 1976 wrote:

They will not!! And is sad cause part of me actually wants the Flames to beat them bad next Saturday so that Katz can get his head out of his ass and fire everyone. Please let it be 4-0 at least for a final score. PLEASE!!!

The Oilers have more talent (for now) but the Flames work their butts every shift, every game.

Should be interesting.

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.

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#29 DSF
November 10 2013, 10:11PM
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MKE wrote:

Funny..when the Oilers outshot Tampa 39-26 the other night it was just a case of the better team winning...

That's the case you made anyways

Was it?

Show me.

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#30 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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#31 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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#32 John Kirsch
November 11 2013, 09:27AM
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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.

Wait so the assistant coaches are the problem here? Next we will all be blaming the locker room attendants and stick guys maybe the Zamboni drivers should be fired too...

The Oilers do not have the RIGHT talent that is the issue and management has shown itself not capable of making hard decisions to move forward with a new formula of players.

I like Dallas I am not ready to thrown him out at this point.

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#33 freelancer
November 10 2013, 08:33PM
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Yawn. Wake me up in May where we can all pretend that we have a chance.

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#34 DSF
November 10 2013, 09:53PM
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Oile Al wrote:

You forgot to mention that the Canucks lost to the Ducks tonight..

Yes they did.

Despite outshooting the Ducks 36-23 and pretty much controlling the game, they lost a close one.

It happens.

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#35 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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#36 Quicksilver ballet
November 10 2013, 11:04PM
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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!!

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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#37 dave
November 11 2013, 07:37AM
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ON shouid promote a don't wear your Oilers jersey to the rink night.

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#38 The Real Gongshow
November 11 2013, 09:57AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Try and keep up with the pace here Zulu.

Everyone knows he's still more than a year away. What you appear to be unaware of is the fact the Oilers will "always" be in the running for that first overall selection. Edmonton has a real shot at a first overall again this coming summer. It isn't at all a reach to assume they're going to be in that race next season as well.

Try and keep up to the pace here, fool.

Has it become so bad in Oil Country that you are looking past this season, and next to draft McDavid. Nice name, by the way. Kevin Bacon 80's movie with a touch of Fairy Dance ? The Oilers deserve YOU as a fan ! As Napolean D. would say... LOSER !!

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#39 Hockey fan 1976
November 10 2013, 09:09PM
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If anyone wants to watch a great comedy turn unto Sportsnet for the Oil Change episode. It's quite funny actually to watch the part when Eakins had his first media speech. "Compete" hahahahah

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#40 Hockey fan 1976
November 10 2013, 09:34PM
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DSF wrote:

The Winnipeg Jets just beat the San Jose Sharks 5-4 in a shootout...outshooting the Sharks 46-34.

So, the only remaining question this season is "can the Oilers finish ahead of Calgary"?

Calgary is ahead by 4 points with 2 games in hand.

They will not!! And is sad cause part of me actually wants the Flames to beat them bad next Saturday so that Katz can get his head out of his ass and fire everyone. Please let it be 4-0 at least for a final score. PLEASE!!!

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#41 oldhippy
November 10 2013, 09:41PM
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Really? A player is a "Bastard" because he isn't tall enough or big enough.

I'm done here. DSF and JJ can have the site to themselves.

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#42 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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#43 DevoKnows
November 11 2013, 08:46AM
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"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."

I believe this comment 100%, and this is what is/will slow any "fan planned revolt" needed in order to get a message to Katzy that Kblowe must go, McT possibly back to coaching, and Eakins out the door!

I'm afraid this is going to be a long long process. In the meantime, I suggest everyone find an alternative team to cheer, for now

Will keep you posted on when you all can go back to being Oiler Fans

BUMMER!!!!!

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#44 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 10 2013, 08:44PM
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Damn we suck.

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#45 Hockey fan 1976
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@YFC Prez

Made me cry too. Basically we are not only out of the playoffs this year, but we are also saying we'll probably be a joke again next year. This is so sad. Wtf is the obsession with these "wonder kids"? Isn't the goal of any hockey team to get into the playoffs and win eventually the god damn cup? Done cheering for this losers!!

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#46 Randaman
November 10 2013, 09:12PM
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JJ wrote:

This is the exact kind of mentality that results in 30th place standings year after year.

You know what the problem is with you Oiler fans.. Instead of building a good team, you build and reward failure. Snowpants should be out the door, he's been here how long and he couldn't do anything, can't win a faceoff to save his life. Arcobello? You want this guy on next year's roster.. Good teams do NOT have a guy like Arcobello in their top centres. Good teams have that bastard on a one way ticket to AHL.

I agree with your view on Gagner. Unfortunately McTavish doesn't. I don't get it either. Arcs bello on the other hand could hold some depth value and has played well despite his size. Marty St Louis was quite similar earlier in his career and Calgary jumped the gun in getting rid of him. I think Flames fans still loathe that move. Just sayin...

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#47 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 10 2013, 09:13PM
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And the worst management group in hockey gets to continue a rebuild. Showing off their skill and getting rid of players for even less in return.

a first rounder for hemsky???? What are you smoking and will you share?

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#48 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 10 2013, 10:08PM
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LoweBlow wrote:

Maybe we should blow up the team and begin a rebuild..

Interesting. Thats crazy enough to work Dammit get MacT and Lowe on the phone STAT!!!

May need some more management help though, I suggest a young feller full of Pi## and vinegar. Steve Tambellini is his name. Best part is he already knows almost everyones name and directions to the office

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#49 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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#50 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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