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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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#101 D
November 14 2013, 12:32AM
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Yakupov was not used at all on the 5 on 3 PP.

That alone should be enough for Larionov to blow his stack.

Eakins should be fired.

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#102 nrXic
November 14 2013, 12:38AM
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Props to the crowd being classy and cheering on the Oil even when there wasn't any flow to the game.

Now...

I can point out various flaws on the parts of the players, as well as the coach.

But ultimately none of that matters when you consider the biggest issue with the team, they simply aren't working hard enough.

As much as I hate to say this, I think the Oilers have to watch a few Flames games to see how hard those guys are playing.

My biggest fear is that they're going to experience first hand on Saturday (the second of a back to back). The Flames are going to outwork them, and show the Oilers how a team wins games in the NHL.

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#103 Butters
November 14 2013, 12:40AM
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@The Real Ronnie_Mac69

All this and the worse Oiler record in history & we have not even seen the absentee owner.

Don't worry, I'm building the Bat Signal. Should be ready by the time we lose to the Flames on Saturday.

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#104 VK63
November 14 2013, 12:44AM
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D wrote:

Eakins should be fired.

he actually seems to fit the Oiler mould.

Didn't earn his big contract but is payed lots over a long term because... whelp.... he showed "potential"

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#105 Donkey
November 14 2013, 12:46AM
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Our little fancy pass girls got manhandled tonight .Get some size on this team!

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#106 Nimrod
November 14 2013, 12:55AM
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The scary part is that Oilers haven't even started to play the West. You know the conference that plays a more physical and structured style of play.

Unless the team competes harder and wins more puck battles, the next 20 games may be as ugly as the previous 20.

S.O.S

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#107 Pouzar99
November 14 2013, 01:52AM
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Since scoring the opening goal against the Habs a few weeks ago the Oil have been outscored on home ice by a 20-1 margin. Surely that must be some kind of record. The Habs scored the next 4, and since then the boys have lost 4-1, 4-0, 5-0 and 3-0 (to the Caps, Leafs, Wings and Stars) in front of their long suffering home fans. The only goal, for trivia buffs, was scored by Justin Schultz in front of a half empty building with just over 2 minutes left against the Caps, who were up 4-0, so there was only a ripple of polite applause. That consolation marker is the only chance season ticket holders have had to cheer in 4 games and two periods.

Like my buddy, Doug the Slug, I have been going to Oil games since the late WHA days and this is easily the lowest point I have experienced. There is no simple solution as the problems begin at the top and go right through the organization. The worst defence corps in the league, the worst team save percentage, The worst defensive coverage I have ever seen, the least physical players ever on an Oiler team, A total lack of gritty goals, abominable coaching from Eakins and the assistants, a gift by MacT of Smid to Calgary for essentially nothing and on and on and on.

This is a train wreck. When Dubnyk is hot, like tonight, we can't score. When the boys are scoring he can't stop a beach ball. We obviously have a terrible mix of skills on our top two lines and desperately need at least one legitimate top pairing D man and there are none in sight. Klefbom is hardly tearing up the AHL and Nurse looks very promising but at best will be a difference maker in a few years, and you can't even count on that.

As a long time season ticket holder I have no plans to stop coming to the games, but it increasingly feels like I am paying a pretty good price to suffer. I missed the Jersey game, so I haven't even seen a win. I have a friend who comes to a fair amount of games and hasn't seen a win since the 2011-12 season. Honest. Obviously major, major changes are necessary but where do you begin? Kevin Lowe. Yes. Eakins? Yes. All the assistant coaches? Yes. MacT is in trouble, but for now at least should get to stay but the entire league is licking their chops to deal with him, knowing he is desperate and has no leverage. Plus our recent first overall pick is eyeing greener pastures and maybe even the KHL.

Can it get any darker? I don't know. I think when you start gauging the top players in the upcoming draft before the first month of the season is over you must have hit bottom. Sorry for venting but that's all we have left right now. This too shall pass, but God only knows when.

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#108 Big Cap
November 14 2013, 02:07AM
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Question:

If Yak is this Frustrated and Upset over the debauchery of the past shortened season and first 20 games... then after living 4 years of this joke, how much longer till Hall, Ebs, & RNH "privately' chats with MacT and informs him they too are looking to get the heck out of this nightmare.

Its only a matter of time.

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#109 YFC Prez
November 14 2013, 02:44AM
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Big Cap wrote:

Question:

If Yak is this Frustrated and Upset over the debauchery of the past shortened season and first 20 games... then after living 4 years of this joke, how much longer till Hall, Ebs, & RNH "privately' chats with MacT and informs him they too are looking to get the heck out of this nightmare.

Its only a matter of time.

The past 5 or 6 games hall doesn't have any fire or the usually emotion both positive or negative he usually plays with.

I fear it's not long now.

If the oilers lose Hall or RNH I'm taking a break. I'm going down with this ship but I won't watch k Lowe build another, captain the boat yet again and go down with that one too.

I've waited patiently for 4 years watching this oiler rebuild. I need some damn results.

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#110 Chris
November 14 2013, 02:47AM
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Oh, good, we're playing San Jose next game, that should be easy.

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#111 Rheal1
November 14 2013, 04:10AM
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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.

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#112 Rheal1
November 14 2013, 04:33AM
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I wonder how many baskets of fruit and bottles of wine Herr Eakins have received lately? What a flake...

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#113 WinterNightSky
November 14 2013, 05:24AM
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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.

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#114 HardBoiledOil
November 14 2013, 05:56AM
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@pouzar99.....you and the rest of the fans must have a high tolerance for pain because, as a tier 2 fan, sitting at home watching the Oilers is torture enough....I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to sit there in the stands, night after night, watching a team that has clearly quit on yet another coach!

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#115 Serious Gord
November 14 2013, 05:59AM
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Don W wrote:

I need someone to remind me how the oilers had to trade smid for salary cap reasons. Capgeek says they have $5,683,467 in space today so I don't get the timing of the smid trade. I guess they just have too many NHL quality dmen who are tough and block shots . Honestly, if they feel he is just a bottom pairing guy next year trade him in the off season. I just can't see how you wouldn't be able to trade him for magic beans at that time.

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.

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#116 MMAX
November 14 2013, 06:10AM
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I know what's wrong, it's so easy to figure out. The goal horn is broken and they are having a hell of a time finding parts.

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#117 KenL
November 14 2013, 06:30AM
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china town man wrote:

Maybe just maybe a new third Jersey will bring some good fortune to the oilers!!!

Ever since Katz bought the team and brought back the original jerseys to relive old glories, the team has sucked! Bring back the dark navy blue and copper of the EIG group and break this curse.

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#118 JJ
November 14 2013, 06:46AM
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It's time to unleash the Omark. Eberle, byebye mother******, go sit in the dressing room for the rest of the season ***wipe, or Hall, you're gonna sit for 7 games bitch.

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#119 Ybang
November 14 2013, 07:04AM
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Anyone else watch tsn's sweet post game highlights? Brutal. Yakupov yakupov yakupov. Idiots, the whole team stunk and I'm pretty sure nothing yak did led to a goal.

Management sucks. Resign Lowe you ass.

Suck bad for ekblad! No heart for Reinhart!

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#120 RDS
November 14 2013, 07:04AM
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Clearly another high first round pick is not going to help this team. Please trade it for some defensive help. That is all. Thanks for listening.

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#121 RDS
November 14 2013, 07:06AM
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MMAX wrote:

I know what's wrong, it's so easy to figure out. The goal horn is broken and they are having a hell of a time finding parts.

I think it just seized up from lack of use.

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#122 Loweblows
November 14 2013, 07:06AM
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One positive- this team is so bad there is no doubt in my mind that we will be terrible next year( don't see any easy fixes here) and be in the running for McDaniel however since incompetence reigns in oilerville I am sure Mac t will probably trade that pick- what an abortion

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#123 Yak yak yak
November 14 2013, 07:23AM
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Rightly or wrongly, not playing Yak on that 5 on 3 has, I suspect, finished thd relationship between Eakins and the #1 pick. That would have been a perfect opportunity to perhaps get Yak going, show some trust/respect and prove that the past was not personal. Bad, bad judgement by Eakins.

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#124 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
November 14 2013, 07:34AM
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Big Cap wrote:

Question:

If Yak is this Frustrated and Upset over the debauchery of the past shortened season and first 20 games... then after living 4 years of this joke, how much longer till Hall, Ebs, & RNH "privately' chats with MacT and informs him they too are looking to get the heck out of this nightmare.

Its only a matter of time.

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.

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#125 Loweblows
November 14 2013, 07:40AM
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Yak yak yak wrote:

Rightly or wrongly, not playing Yak on that 5 on 3 has, I suspect, finished thd relationship between Eakins and the #1 pick. That would have been a perfect opportunity to perhaps get Yak going, show some trust/respect and prove that the past was not personal. Bad, bad judgement by Eakins.

not only did eakins not put yakupov on for the 5 on 3 but then he puts him on the ice right after the penalties expired-i was on board with keeping eakins to try and get some continuity going however this coach has proven that he is over his head and has absolutely no right coaching an nhl team- MOST USELESS COACH EVER!

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#126 GK1980
November 14 2013, 07:42AM
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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.

Should have got a Bill Ranford Jersey and not a Hall jersey.

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#127 Dave
November 14 2013, 07:42AM
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Time MacT to come back to coaching for the rest of the year. Eakins does not know what he is doing.

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#128 Loweblows
November 14 2013, 07:48AM
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Katz should just buy " the rack" and give the boys a running tab. If I played on this abortion of a team I would get drunk every night.

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#129 nick
November 14 2013, 07:57AM
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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.

Good post, The Oilers don't need any tough Dmen, that would make them to hard to play against. I know lets keep Belov, a soft player that can't get points playing cream puff power play minutes and will be gone in a year. Oh ya but we got a 6' 170 pound center iceman for Smid, geez we don't have any of those guys. This Oiler organization is a 5 RING circus

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#130 michael
November 14 2013, 07:58AM
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This team needs a weekend in Las Vegas. A voodoo priest and case of Rum. This team need to get rid of all the bad juju that is attracted to these players. There is some kind of unexplainable mumbo jumbo affecting these guys. Their sticks are cursed. Its time to bring in some voodoo dude to remove the stain of futility surrounding this team.I am for trying anything because the current state of affairs is not getting any better.

I have never in all my days on God's green Earth have ever seen the Oilers shut out 3 games in a row at home. It's mindboggling. Its in the realm of impossible. Never happen. But lookee lookee it has happened.

We have sucked hind teat for how many season's to watch as the Oilers go 0/6 on the PP. Get a 5 on 3 and get 1 shot. WTF? At some point Dallas Eakin's is going to have to admit that the system is hooped.

We bitched and moaned about the goaltending. DD was fine. 1 goal allowed. In Chicago he saved their butt's. Now we have a goal outage. Huh? At some point we'll score again at home. It might even be against San Jose. Whether we win or not I don't care. Really I don't.

At this point I'll take a goal. Good defense. Goaltending and maybe if were really good Santa will bring us a PP goal.Its no longer about winning this season. Its now about re-educating these players on how to play without the puck. All 23 of them.

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#131 michael
November 14 2013, 07:58AM
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This team needs a weekend in Las Vegas. A voodoo priest and case of Rum. This team need to get rid of all the bad juju that is attracted to these players. There is some kind of unexplainable mumbo jumbo affecting these guys. Their sticks are cursed. Its time to bring in some voodoo dude to remove the stain of futility surrounding this team.I am for trying anything because the current state of affairs is not getting any better.

I have never in all my days on God's green Earth have ever seen the Oilers shut out 3 games in a row at home. It's mindboggling. Its in the realm of impossible. Never happen. But lookee lookee it has happened.

We have sucked hind teat for how many season's to watch as the Oilers go 0/6 on the PP. Get a 5 on 3 and get 1 shot. WTF? At some point Dallas Eakin's is going to have to admit that the system is hooped.

We bitched and moaned about the goaltending. DD was fine. 1 goal allowed. In Chicago he saved their butt's. Now we have a goal outage. Huh? At some point we'll score again at home. It might even be against San Jose. Whether we win or not I don't care. Really I don't.

At this point I'll take a goal. Good defense. Goaltending and maybe if were really good Santa will bring us a PP goal.Its no longer about winning this season. Its now about re-educating these players on how to play without the puck. All 23 of them.

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#132 nick
November 14 2013, 08:02AM
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@Serious Gord

Don't think Smid was overpaid. Now Ference is overpaid move that useless signing. Oh wait they gave him a no trade and the C because he know's how to win. Ya right he was lucky to hitch his cart to the Bruins horses. He was just a passenger

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#133 Chris
November 14 2013, 08:06AM
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It won't happen but I would just do the same as Buffalo did. The city shouldn't have agreed to the arena and let Katz sell the team and change entirely the management up to the owners! That would have really change the team culture.

5 on 3 PP ... Eakins put all one's eggs in the same basket!

Eberle, RNH, Perron, all like to hold on to the puck and set the play ... when one of them have the puck the rest doesn't move at all. Too stationary and no screening.

And then the only real sniper, Hall, plays down low !! I get it, he's the best among them to play in the scrum but who's going to shoot it ?!

Everyone knows RNH isn't going to shoot, even he should because he shoot with precision. Maybe not a quick release like Yak and Hall but remember his first year. He got to mixte it to become a threat again. He lookes like someone who forgot his natural talent and just do what the coach says like a robot.. or a troll !

And Yakupov gets no time on the PP. Don't you want him to be successful and not cost you a goal ? Then PP is the best moment. Low risk and he gets more time to do what he is best at.

Everyone know Oilers are missing a Simmonds like, the one that could grind and wins battle, that plays hard in front of the net, that doesnt hold on too long to the puck. Then why not using Joensuu on the PP ? Or even Smyth.

I don't get it. True Im not a career coach but I feel like they have to take one step at the time and the first one should be the PP. This is where they get confidence back, where they get their chemistry back. You got to be successful somewhere in order to turn things around. Not trying to do all at once.

Anyway ... lots of frustration but still love that team!

*Lots of Habs fans in the west but also lots of Oils fans in the east ;)

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#134 Drowning in Oil
November 14 2013, 08:08AM
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Listening to the media defend this coach and management is beyond pathetic. Eakins cannot coach this team and what he has done with Yakupov is disgusting. Im not going to completely let Yak off the hook, he isn't playing great but he was our leading goal scorer last year, and for some reason Krueger could get the most out of him. Eakins likes his Marlie boys and he really likes Smyth. I guess this is what bothers me most. He keeps putting Smyth out in situations where he doesn't belong. I thought Smyth wasn't in the long term plans. Thid team is a joke.

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#135 chis
November 14 2013, 08:11AM
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This team is pathetic, where's the effort, I'm going to cancel my cable so I have no choice but to spend the quality hours I have after work doing something that's meaningful, not watch a bunch of losers skate around the ice.

After years of suffering through this crap I'm sick of it. Dare I say, I wish shawn ethan and Jason were back running this team because who ever leads it now sucks.

sell the farm and lets start another rebuild, this time will draft big skill.

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#136 chris
November 14 2013, 08:18AM
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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.

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#137 Donkey
November 14 2013, 08:28AM
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Is it too late to send Eakins back to minors?

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#138 Jacques Strap
November 14 2013, 08:29AM
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I have a simultaneous fear and hope that rock bottom is coming Saturday night when the AHL team that Calgary ices hands the oil their a$$es.

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#139 Hockey Problems
November 14 2013, 08:31AM
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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.

Bob Stauffer is an Oiler appologist. Don't wanna hear it anymore.

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#140 Jaw17
November 14 2013, 08:31AM
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Why did we ever fire Tom Renney?

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#141 The_CWD_GarbageMan
November 14 2013, 08:31AM
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Again! This wretched landfill of a season is brought to you by CWD Waste Disposal! You want Eakins gone? Our Disgusting defensive responsibility out with the tampons? Our Jungle B scoring touch gone with the rest of the infectious needles?

Give us a call!

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#142 Hemmercules
November 14 2013, 08:31AM
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Missed the game. Probably for the best. How long does it take for Katz to drop the hammer on these guys? Does Katz even care?? Maybe this is is his plan so he can move the team, just let them suck for 10 more years. I can't for the life of me find any other reason as to why the "President of Hockey Operations" still has a job when the team is in the toilet for this long. If Lowe isn't gone soon its obvious that Katz cares only about money and not winning. The games will keep selling out win or lose. Lowe has to strike gold eventually right? He did it once before. Not likely again at this rate.

Clean house. Get Krueger back here with Mact on the bench for now. Search long and hard for a GM and coaches with competence and ditch that useless "President of Hockey Operations" position that no team needs anyway.

I bought into the rebuild at first but the string of bad moves is getting ridiculous. So many coaches and GMs. Half the team is new players every year. Our favorite players probably just want outta here and that hurts pretty bad. Hurts even more gearing up for a second rebuild after enduring the last one.

Go Oilers?

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#143 Hockey Problems
November 14 2013, 08:33AM
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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.

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#144 Donkey
November 14 2013, 08:34AM
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Off with their heads including the media lol

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#145 Donkey
November 14 2013, 08:36AM
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Lets change the team name, it might remind the new players of our loosing ways.

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#146 vetinari
November 14 2013, 08:39AM
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Chris wrote:

Oh, good, we're playing San Jose next game, that should be easy.

Rumor has it that San Jose was nice enough to send over a fruit basket, a Costco-sized bottle of lube and instructions on how to properly grab your ankles to the Oilers' coaches in anticipation of Friday's game.

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#147 Cynic
November 14 2013, 08:43AM
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The new arena will fix everything.

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#148 Cold Hard Truth
November 14 2013, 08:44AM
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@Pouzar99

Stop buying season tickets.

Fans who continue to prop up this team in spite of the abysmal play are enabling it. By enabling this terrible team, you're only getting what you deserve.

To Katz, you are a customer, not a fan. And as long as the oilers have a steady flow of customers, then he won't be pushed to change things.

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#149 Mike Krushelnyski
November 14 2013, 08:49AM
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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.

Go beyond that, package RNH, Yak, Hall and Ebs to one team for a lot of overpaid veterans and some draft picks. Preferably a team in a similar time zone, with lots of TV coverage and nice jerseys. Thanks in advance.

P.S. NOT CALGARY!

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#150 Cold Hard Truth
November 14 2013, 08:50AM
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I really hope Yakupov goes to the KHL then signs with another team in the NHL.

The coach says he needs to earn his time. That's rich. And moreover, a false argument.

Nobody is saying Yakupov doesn't need to earn his icetime.

Yakupov feels he is being singled out, and from what I've seen, I don't blame him.

After scoring a goal in Chicago, he was benched the rest of the game.

No time on the 3 on 5 last night.

Sure. He's a defensive liability, but who isn't? Did you see Hemsky's giveaway? Eakins is applying a different set of standards to him.

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