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Lowetide
November 13 2013 05:18PM

 

I know this is petty, we're better than that and it's a small victory. There is absolutely no way it's going to be enough, the season is an out of control train and beating one bad team counts for zero in real life. 

Don't care. Whatever else happens, beat Calgary.

AS IT STANDS

The team is 1-5-0 at home, 3-8-2 on the road and 2-7-1 in their last 10. They have so many holes defensively the mind boggles, and the mood of the city is toxic. Into that atmosphere the Oilers have to score early, get the crowd behind them and improve that home record in a big way.

The two teams (Calgary and Edmonton) are both 2-7-1 in the last 10, and the Oilers can close the gap to three points tonight (Calgary will have two games in hand). Their first 10 games (3-6-1) were better than the next nine games (1-7-1 entering tonight) but it's also true tonight's game is only their 7th at home all season. That could make a difference if they take advantage of last change, and the Rexall crowd needs to cheer like mad, too.

COME ON, MAN

The goals for is no screaming hell, but that GA total is ghastly. If the Oilers are going to get anything done this season--and we're not asking for much--then the goals against total must go down. At their current pace, the club is on track to allow 324 goals, the highest total for an Oilers team since 1992-93, their black hole season.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME, LATELY

The offense lost both Taylor Hall and David Perron for extended periods during the last 10 games, and Justin Schultz was ineffective/injured. Oilers used 28 position players during the last 10 games.

Holy mackerel, that's a lot of goals against!

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

This team needs to focus on the detail work, the defensive chores, the scut work. They need to catch Calgary. After that, they can find another target.

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#151 Hockey Problems
November 14 2013, 08:50AM
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Why is it that all the recent home games look like a non contact practice for the visiting team. Do the Oil wear "white" jerseys for non contact in practice or something ?

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#152 Ed in Edmonton
November 14 2013, 08:52AM
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chris wrote:

Isn't TSN so much better than Sportsnet, does anyone else think louie debrusk is chromosome short. Why does he think he has to explain every play like Oiler fans have never seen a hockey game before. Douche. they need to put bob stauffer in the color chair, it doesn't matter that he looks like a truck ran him over, he's a great hockey mind.

Ray Ferraro is the best hockey analyst ever. Louis must have took one too many punches during his day.

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#153 fig pucker
November 14 2013, 08:54AM
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the real problem here is katz, i'm beging to think that he's a flames fan dressed in oiler clothing. he takes off to vancouver where he can't be harassed by oilerfans sits in his batcave feeding on the souls of small children while his henchmen ensure the demise of our once glorious and proud frachise. literally this like watching some sick freak murder your child right in front of you and not be able to do anything about it. i think after these last 8 years we'll all be scared for life.

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#154 camdog
November 14 2013, 08:55AM
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Jaw17 wrote:

Why did we ever fire Tom Renney?

I didn't really like Renney, but I was dead against them firing him because if you were to fire him and the team still sucks, well then you have to fire even more coaches and then well you get this.

And make no mistake Tambelini was getting preasure from Lowe to make the playoffs asap, hence the early firing of Renney. Tambelini wasn't really the type of guy to make a "bold" move like that unless he was forced too.

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#155 OilDieHard
November 14 2013, 08:59AM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

odds are those chats have already happened.

ol' 6 rings probably sat in the chair in the corner giggling at the thought he still has a job through all this.

full disclosure: i was all for the rebuild. i drove the tank train bandwagon. i suffered through YEARS of shat, knowing (hoping) it would turn around. I believe it still can turn around.

however, heads have to roll. not just another coach. not the GM (i am willing to give MacT a chance). Scouts? byebye. 6 rings? dont let the door hit you on the way out.

accountability needs to happen. it needs to start at the top. it needs to start now.

as much as we like to call Stu MacGregor "The Magnificent Bastard", he and his staff's draft record from the 2nd round on during his tenure here has been piss poor, and maybe it's time to refresh that position as well. what did it for me this year was the fact that the Oilers once again didn't draft a goalie when the prospect pool appeared to be fairly deep and the drafting of Aidan Muir and Evan Campbell (who?) too early in my opinion, when they likely would have been there for the taking by the end of the draft (and even if they weren't, who cares?), all the while letting Greg Chase sit on the board for anyone to take when we appeared to be interested in him. i personally am getting a little tired of Stu's B.C. league gambles.

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#156 Hockey Problems
November 14 2013, 09:04AM
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But, we have a team built on skill.

Grit ?............. No !

Heart ?...........No!

Will to Win ?... HELL NO!

We have been weighed, measured, and at best we offer Mild Competition. My buddies down the QE2 just feel bad for us now. I go to the game expecting a funeral atmosphere. I have noticed that when leaving the games, the fans are looking more and more like zombies. More often than not hearing the " why do we even bother showing up" comments.

"Next Week, on The Walking Dead"... ...

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#157 Rob...
November 14 2013, 09:06AM
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Hockey Problems wrote:

Please trade Yakupov so I can have a new team to cheer for. My Old team is broken and I think it's beyond repair.

Yakupov was skating like Dustin Penner last night. Until he consistently fore-checks, never mind back-checks, he's getting the minutes he deserves. It's a shame we can't run 12 players on the 4th line though, because Yak is far from the only one who deserves to be there.

With that said, Yak should have been on the ice for the 5 on 3. Eakins was being an idiot with that setup, and thinks we're idiots when he comes out after the game and said their setup was 'close' to what he wants.

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#158 Shane
November 14 2013, 09:06AM
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Why did we fire this coach? Why did we fire another coach? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON! Its all because Lowe is hiding behind GM'S and coaches HES GOT TO GO!

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#159 2004Z06
November 14 2013, 09:06AM
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steelymac wrote:

Eakins CAN fuc% right off with the all mighty bullship.How in the hell your special teams can go from top five to bottom of the fu&$in league is beyond me.Time to put your fu%#in ego aside and keep what worked last year.But as long as you got a FU@KIN ego maniac running the show whats going to change.

Have you met the man? What the hell is he supposed to say in the media? He has made mistakes no question and so has every player on this team. He has also tweaked the system to try and rectify those mistakes and he certainly doesn't need to explain what goes on in the room to you or any other fan out there.

If the coach isn't committed to the system, how do you expect the players to be.

It's called leadership and this is a game for crying out loud. If you or anyone is losing their minds to the point of posting on a fan blog the crap you just spewed out, you need to seek the help of a professional, or get a different hobby.

My god people it's a bloody hockey game.

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#160 Hits from the BoNg
November 14 2013, 09:08AM
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I keep waiting for Ashton Kutcher to jump out from behind the scenes and tell us that "We've Just Been Punked"!!

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#161 Joilers8
November 14 2013, 09:15AM
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Who knows what the bookings in LV are giving for odds on:

Rob Ford resigns/fired?

OR

Oilers score a goal at home?

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#162 2004Z06
November 14 2013, 09:15AM
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I am no coach but the problem with the powerplay is the same as it has always been. No net front presence. Everything is on the perimeter. Teams now know how to shut the Oil down by pressuring the puck carrier and getting sticks in the lanes. The numbers last year were not reflective of the PP system, the Oilers bread and butter was that down low pass across the front of the net. Teams have taken that away this year.

Lehtonen saw every shot last night.

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#163 Randaman
November 14 2013, 09:25AM
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@ Lowtide, Seriously? Beat Calgary? I think not. We want change and losing to Calgary might just be the straw that breaks the camels back. I hope they get shut out again. Blow it up!!!

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#164 15w40
November 14 2013, 09:26AM
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I will throw in my 2 cents on the PP. Much of it has been said already. RNH below the goal line running things from there, another soft hands setup/passer type Defensemen on the left point Yak on the right half wall where RNH is now, Smyth in front of the net & either Hall or Eberle at the right point.

I'm no NHL coach & didn't play a high level of hockey but it really couldn't do any worse could it.

Not putting 64 on that 5 on 3 looks outright punitive. He may not be a great defensive player but he can shoot the puck like no one else on that team or many teams for that matter.

It might hold a little more water when the coaching staff is sitting him & saying that they are just putting him in positions to succeed when they limit his ice time if they actually use him where he suits better than anybody else on the bench.

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#165 tileguy
November 14 2013, 09:27AM
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Hockey Problems wrote:

Why is it that all the recent home games look like a non contact practice for the visiting team. Do the Oil wear "white" jerseys for non contact in practice or something ?

They are all too small and will get hurt.

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#166 Randaman
November 14 2013, 09:29AM
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No excuses can be left in the cupboard can they? Something has to be done. Trade Yak or Eberle or Gags or a combination, oh and Petry (wuss). We need some truculance.

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#167 vetinari
November 14 2013, 09:33AM
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How about some new T-Shirt Suggestions:

"HOPE Died 2013"

"RIP Oilers Playoff Dreams"

"If it ain't broke... oh wait... it is broke!!!"

"Fracking Oilers"

"The Oilers: Bringing You the Best in AHL Hockey since 2008"

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#168 Oiler Al
November 14 2013, 09:35AM
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Maybe,just maybe, the Lotto Kings are not the elite stars many taught they were . Sure is obvious that the performance and scoring ability against other top players is not evident here.

How is it that players with lesser press clippings are out performing the Fab Five.

Cant all be on the coach, when you cant even score 5 on three two differenct times.Give aways , bad passes, turnovers are not the coaches fault... you are getting paid $6 million friggin dollars a year...to play in the NHL, so play like an NHL player not a peewee who is still learning the basics.

Look if it is the coach... then MacT and Lowe man up and fire the guy,,,, along with your resignations... this is a disaster ..

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#169 Clarko
November 14 2013, 09:35AM
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15w40 wrote:

I will throw in my 2 cents on the PP. Much of it has been said already. RNH below the goal line running things from there, another soft hands setup/passer type Defensemen on the left point Yak on the right half wall where RNH is now, Smyth in front of the net & either Hall or Eberle at the right point.

I'm no NHL coach & didn't play a high level of hockey but it really couldn't do any worse could it.

Not putting 64 on that 5 on 3 looks outright punitive. He may not be a great defensive player but he can shoot the puck like no one else on that team or many teams for that matter.

It might hold a little more water when the coaching staff is sitting him & saying that they are just putting him in positions to succeed when they limit his ice time if they actually use him where he suits better than anybody else on the bench.

The special teams have been much better over the last 8 games despite last night's 0/5 on the PP. Even including last night, the Oilers have been 25% on the PP and 94.1% on the PK in the last 8 games outscoring their opponents 6-2.

Unfortunately, the same issue of bad 5-on-5 play is a theme we have seen the last few seasons. They have been outscored 27-7 at even strength over the same 8 games.

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#170 Hockey Problems
November 14 2013, 09:39AM
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Last one out ...

Turn off the Lights !!!

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#171 Oilerfan81
November 14 2013, 09:44AM
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Its time for change!!

If the core of the team is Nuge, Hall, Eberle with there long term deals it is time to support them.

Since we cannot seem to sign quality free agents it is time to strategically build a team around those three and their strengths and weaknesses. Every other player is expendable.

I realize that Mac T will be getting terrible return on any trades he tries to make because of the situation, but he needs to make the BOLD moves promised giving more value with our draft picks than getting in return.

Gagner, Hemsky, 2014 1st Pick Top 5, J Schultz or Petry, D Prospect (Gernat, Klefbom)

Stalberg, Weber, Forward Prospect, Conditional 2nd Round Pick

Is a thought if Nashville would even consider it. I think they might with all the talented young d they have and lack of offensive touch.

This season is a wash so lets build for next. I wouldn't stop there. Every draft pick we have is available for next 3 years (hang onto 2015 1st just in case we lose again and can get Mcdavid)Revamp the whole team keeping our core 3-5 players and go. Look at the turn around Montreal has had after completely demolishing there team.

Most important K Lowe has to resign. If change is to be seen and players are to believe in management change needs to start at the top and bring in a new culture. Just my thoughts as a die hard fan how is sick to his stomach but will not stop believing in the orange and blue.

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#172 BIGDAWG
November 14 2013, 09:44AM
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Is it the coach??? No seriously.. is it? or is this team uncoachable?? 2 rookie head coaches back to back.... im lost I don't know.. Duby cant play much better than he did last night.. ZERO PP preasure!!!! two guys beside the net on the pp how about put 2 guys in front and fire away.. geezuz.. I don't know.. Is it coaching??

Is it me? how can I help?! im here to help.. please........ watching TSN trash us for 2 hours was...... brutal..

I feel like the fans are Miley Cyrus as she sings Wrecking Ball hahahahaha geezuz.. wheres my gun.

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#173 Doctor Smashy
November 14 2013, 09:48AM
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Yaz wrote:

WTF..Does Eakins ever look engaged in the game ? For whatever reason this guy shows no emotion or leadership on the bench, no damn wonder the players are disconnected, they're struggling and this dude just looks at the roof ? How the hell did he ever get hired, bad call Mac T ..I hoped he'd really help the young guys, how well is that working for us ....Looks like we're pitching another home ice shutout..going to bed, screw it.

Exactly. Interesting how the pundits criticized Roy for almost climbing the divider to stand up for his players....how are the Avs doing? Where did they finish last year with basically the same team? Roy is pacing back and forth behind them slapping shoulders - totally engaged. Sure he's a loose cannon but the players know who he is there for.....Eakins looks like a bad hockey Dad glowering at his underachieving son in peewee...

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#174 Walter Sobchak
November 14 2013, 09:53AM
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Rob... wrote:

Yakupov was skating like Dustin Penner last night. Until he consistently fore-checks, never mind back-checks, he's getting the minutes he deserves. It's a shame we can't run 12 players on the 4th line though, because Yak is far from the only one who deserves to be there.

With that said, Yak should have been on the ice for the 5 on 3. Eakins was being an idiot with that setup, and thinks we're idiots when he comes out after the game and said their setup was 'close' to what he wants.

And how bad would the Oilers love to have Penner!

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#175 Doctor Smashy
November 14 2013, 09:54AM
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WinterNightSky wrote:

Just had a thought... I used to think that it must be sad for fans of clubs who are relegated. But I think I get it now. We say let's send Yakupov down or Pajaarvi down, let him get some confidence, get some ice time, some wins, and make them stronger. It might be the same for the fans too. Sure, the fact of being relegated would be a target for fans of other teams, but it's no different than being terrible every year. And we'd be good in AHL, and have good competitive games. Might be worth watching.

Wow. What planet are you from? You spelled P-E-R-R-O-N wrong buddy.....

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#176 $2H
November 14 2013, 10:17AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Rishaug thinks it might be because now that the oil aren't making the playoffs Katz wants to move any overpaid players that can be moved to improve his bottom line.

Rishaug is a meathead, who cares what he thinks. Watching him grill Yak and twist his words was embarrassing.

I've never liked his reporting or opinions and this week I was completely justified. He's a hack with paparazzi-like motives and I hope TSN cans this clown, or at the very least get's him out of my city!

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#177 Hockey Problems
November 14 2013, 10:24AM
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@$2H

Yep. Ryan Rishaug is a Gossip Girl !

This isn't TMZ buddy !!!

Go throw yourself and your Papparazzi media skills off a cliff you loser.

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#178 Hockey Problems
November 14 2013, 10:25AM
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New Rule !!!

The media in Edmonton will be known hence forth as The Local Papparazzi.

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#179 Rob...
November 14 2013, 10:57AM
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OilDieHard wrote:

as much as we like to call Stu MacGregor "The Magnificent Bastard", he and his staff's draft record from the 2nd round on during his tenure here has been piss poor, and maybe it's time to refresh that position as well. what did it for me this year was the fact that the Oilers once again didn't draft a goalie when the prospect pool appeared to be fairly deep and the drafting of Aidan Muir and Evan Campbell (who?) too early in my opinion, when they likely would have been there for the taking by the end of the draft (and even if they weren't, who cares?), all the while letting Greg Chase sit on the board for anyone to take when we appeared to be interested in him. i personally am getting a little tired of Stu's B.C. league gambles.

How hard is it to evaluate scouts? Before each draft they must have lists of what order they'd take players. These lists can be compared over the next several years against each players success to see whether the scout actually had it right or if they were way off.

Is it not possible to turf scouts who are consistently clueless or who champion players who turn out to be duds? Can you not find and promote those scouts who show tremendous insight into what players are diamonds in the rough?

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#180 kevins
November 14 2013, 11:10AM
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Shane wrote:

Why did we fire this coach? Why did we fire another coach? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON! Its all because Lowe is hiding behind GM'S and coaches HES GOT TO GO!

we the fans of oiler nation plead with Katts to rid us of the ex-oiler player management from head office to behind the bench.The time is now! my seat in the arena called rexall will remain empty in protest.

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#181 kevins
November 14 2013, 11:24AM
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Rheal1 wrote:

I live in Kingston, Ontario. For those who may not be aware this is home to Taylor Hall. Some local sources that seem to be close to his family here have disclosed that Hall is looking to get traded by the deadline if things won't change. I do not have any info on the validity of this source or the actual truth of it. I can deduct that it is not impossible that Hall would ask for a trade.

out of the potential talent Hall would be the top player to move in a trade. we could get something in return. i believe he is prone to injury and will have a short career.

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#182 Serious Gord
November 14 2013, 11:31AM
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$2H wrote:

Rishaug is a meathead, who cares what he thinks. Watching him grill Yak and twist his words was embarrassing.

I've never liked his reporting or opinions and this week I was completely justified. He's a hack with paparazzi-like motives and I hope TSN cans this clown, or at the very least get's him out of my city!

I have no problem with his line of questioning of yak. My problem with him and all of the other gutless wonders in the EDM sports journo market is that they have not point blank asked Eakins anything about what he promised to do at the outset:

1. Make them a team that out competes the opponent every single night

2. Be the fittest team in the league

3. Meet one on one daily with every single player (he said he hadn't talked to nail for some time.)

NONE of those things have happened.

He gave MacT and Lowe a snowjob. And then he did the same to fans and the press. Now it is time to drag him over the coals for not delivering.

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#183 J.P Michaels
November 14 2013, 12:44PM
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@Clarko

Who cares about the percentage and other numbers???? They didn't score and lost again.End of Story.

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#184 K_Mart
November 14 2013, 12:56PM
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Too many players that play exactly the same way. You need guys like Toews in your top six. Period. If we don't have a physical defensive specialist on both of the top lines we will never win with this core. I hope Nuge can get better defensively and focus more on that part of his game. Offense be damned. Hall will take care of that.

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#185 2004Z06
November 14 2013, 02:01PM
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Rheal1 wrote:

I live in Kingston, Ontario. For those who may not be aware this is home to Taylor Hall. Some local sources that seem to be close to his family here have disclosed that Hall is looking to get traded by the deadline if things won't change. I do not have any info on the validity of this source or the actual truth of it. I can deduct that it is not impossible that Hall would ask for a trade.

Hall isn't going anywhere without his best buddies J Schultz and J Eberle. Once Eberle is traded (and he will be) then and only then will Hall ask to be moved.

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#186 BobbyCanuck
November 14 2013, 02:47PM
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@Loweblows

Remmy made (in hindsight) a very perceptive comment a few years back. He said that this is the NHL, I cannot intimidate, or threaten players to perform like I did in the AHL, and players in the NHL will just tune you out. Mr. Eakins are you listening?

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#187 m steiert
November 14 2013, 05:05PM
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Shane wrote:

Why did we fire this coach? Why did we fire another coach? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON! Its all because Lowe is hiding behind GM'S and coaches HES GOT TO GO!

Finally,someone figured out the obvious problem and his solution is only a couple of years late...perhaps an owner who knows next to nothing about hockey can come up with a solution???

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#188 Don
November 14 2013, 06:35PM
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Lets not get too uptight! The owner of the Oilers has proven to be a succesful buisness man. All we can hope for is that he as I would believe is annalizeing the situation and probably about ready to drop the hatchet.For us fans time is of essence. To resell us fans things have to change. He would be looking at the two yo yo,s that are directly responsible for the situation his investment is in. Dallas Aekins is comparable to Nail Yakopov.They are both rookies in the NHL and if they are going to suceed, need motivation as do the rest of the team. Hopefully we wont get to little to late and save this season

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#189 b24
November 14 2013, 06:57PM
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I believe the players are lost in a twilite zone the coach has lost them all ready and all his excuses have lost me. they fired krug without giving him a training camp? The players liked him and I bet they are still upset over that betrayal.

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#190 superhall
November 15 2013, 12:53AM
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Hockey Problems wrote:

Why is it that all the recent home games look like a non contact practice for the visiting team. Do the Oil wear "white" jerseys for non contact in practice or something ?

Actually yellow. Good one though real fuc%ing clever

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