The Coach

Jonathan Willis
November 14 2013 09:32AM

On virtually any other NHL team, Dallas Eakins would be out of a job right now. A 4-14-2 start is a fireable offence for most NHL teams, but here Eakins has a protective barrier formed by the ghosts of Criag MacTavish and Pat Quinn and Tom Renney and Ralph Krueger.

The Path Forward

It isn’t too early to think about firing the coach. It’s just too early to actually fire the coach. Edmonton has fired coaches so many times without results (on that note, wouldn’t it be nice to go back two years and let Tom Renney keep coaching the team?) and it’s time to go a different route.

This is one of the things Craig MacTavish is here for. In previous years, Steve Tambellini proved remarkably unwilling to address simple team needs (such as fourth line centre). MacTavish is already one up on Tambellini because he’s been willing to try plugging in minor leaguers (recall Mark Arcobello rotting on the farm while Chris VandeVelde and Ryan Smyth failed as fourth line centres) but that’s not enough.

It’s trade time. And not a ‘move Ladislav Smid for futures’ trade. A trade that actually brings in NHL talent. Maybe it’s a defenceman who can play in the top-three. Maybe it’s a big forward who can play in the top-six. Maybe it’s a good third-line wing so that Boyd Gordon doesn’t have to drag around Jesse Joensuu and Ryan Jones. I don’t know what’s out there, or how much what’s out there costs to acquire; I do know that this team isn’t getting the job done and Dallas Eakins seems like he’s out of answers.

Normally, when the coach is out of answers the coach pays the price. In this case, so many other coaches have been out of answers that it’s time to try giving the man behind the bench some different pieces.

Lousy NHL Debuts

Some very good coaches have had some very bad starts to their careers, generally because opportunity arises with bad (or expansion) teams. Here’s a brief list of some very good coaches who started out on the wrong foot:

  • Scotty Bowman: 4-13-2 with St. Louis
  • Dick Irvin: 2-6-4 with Chicago
  • Ron Wilson: 4-13-2 with Anaheim
  • Lindy Ruff: 5-10-4 with Buffalo
  • Ken Hitchcock: 10-18-8 with Dallas

Naturally, I’m not saying ‘oh man, Dallas Eakins is Scotty Bowman!’ That would be crazy. What I am saying is that it’s possible that the Oilers will end up benefiting from their (essentially) forced patience with Eakins. Of course, it’s just as possible that 20 games from now nothing has changed and Eakins is out the door, but it’s at least plausible that the coach can right the ship.

So, About That Trade…

It has to be coming, and it has to be meaningful.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#101 Oilcan
November 14 2013, 11:30AM
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After how many years of being terrible and during coaches is it now on the players. Again it would be great to have a coach work well with this group and everything clicks but after 5 coaches I don't know if that exists. Yes Eakins has made some questionable decisions (gagner still playing center and given prominent minutes) but I would bet it is not Eakins philosophy to turn the puck over in our zone 8 times a game, or get cute with scoring chances instead of putting it on net.

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#102 LOIL99
November 14 2013, 11:31AM
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Real questions. Who can fire who?

1) Can Lowe fire MacT? 2) Can MacT fire Lowe? 3) Can Lowe fire Eakins? 4) Can Eakins fire Bucky and Smith? 5) Can Lowe fire Bucky and Smith?

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#103 Oilcan
November 14 2013, 11:35AM
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I might have sounded to pro-Eakins there so here is my critique: I still don't get the PP and why the coaching staff hasn't changed this is but why they put a left handed shot at the point with yak on the right half wall, it takes away the easy one time pass and makes it so easy to defend because the left hand shot has a terrible passing angle. They double shifted Larsen and he made a nice easy pass for a one time goal. I won't start about yak being in the first PP unit but if they keep the units the same that should be the change. I think they should also move RNH to the other half wall with ebs on the goal line and hall on the right half wall, ebs has great hands to make the dish from down low and Hall would have more space to charge the net for rebounds. My two cents on the PP.

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#104 tileguy
November 14 2013, 11:51AM
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** wrote:

Compare Colorado and Edmonton. VEry similar make up, similar shortcomings up to last season. BOth rookie coaches. What is making the difference?, if that answer can be adequately answered then the Oilers can begin to turn this around.

read the article, does a very good job of explaining. Mostly luck.

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9973203/the-colorado-avalanche-edmonton-oilers-rebuilds/

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#105 DigDeepNBleedBlue
November 14 2013, 11:54AM
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Wow! It's ugly out there. Stay inside. Hell, get your ass in the storm shelter! The sky is pucking falling.

I think I'll risk it.

Is there a need for a trade. Yup, big hillbilly boy who can spell his own name, stands 7 feet tall and can play defence. That hasn't changed. But, at this point who and from where is completely speculative. So, lets not worry about what can't be controlled.

What can?

Effort. Can't teach that, though. It's something you need to find inside of yourself. You gotta dig deep and….. Man in the mirror. Right?

System. If your personnel can't do it, change the personnel or, hey, change the system to work within the parameters of the players you employ. Just a thought. But, many say it's not the issue. Me, not convinced. Work at it.

Lines and call-ups and demotions ARE something that can be controlled on a daily basis.

Jones and Acton on the demotion.

Call-up Eager and Lander.

I'd call up a D-man too, but there's no one.

Hall-RNH-Eberle They can do a lot. Was nice to see them back together for a spell last night.

Perron-Arcobello-Yakupov Arcobello is definitely growing on me every game. Smart kid and effort. Perron isn't quite back to early season form yet, but when he gets back he'll be a bad moe foe. That I love about him. Yak. Less b*tching. Just shut up and play…

Smyth-Gagner-Hemsky Lets see what happens….

Eager-Gordon-Lander Forecheck. Dig. Hit (Everyone needs to hit. Everyone!). Drive the net*.

*see last parenthesis and make the appropriate changes.

The defence: Throw out whatever you got and pray….

San Jose is going to expose a lot. Keep your eyes on the road. Remember that mirror thing.

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#106 LOIL99
November 14 2013, 11:58AM
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** wrote:

There is one man who can fire everyone: Daryl Katz.

Thanks...for not answering my questions. Anyone else?

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#107 mlcselli
November 14 2013, 12:06PM
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MacT needs to admit he was wrong and too quick to pull the trigger on firing Kruger. Rookie coach Jon Cooper took over in Tampa, installed a new system and is very successful with it. Rookie coach Patrick Roy, went to Colorado, put in a new system, and is enjoying great success. Rookie coach Dallas Eakins comes to Edmonton, put in his new system, and it is an epic fail. It's not working, and the arrogant pompous AH won't change a thing. The players morale and confidence is at an all time low, and MacT is sitting upstairs watching a living nightmare, because he thinks things will get better.This is a shame. The analysts are predicting we are on course for a 40 point season. That's a .250. This is not acceptable and someone (not a player) needs to go now.

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#108 DoubleDIon
November 14 2013, 12:15PM
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LOIL99 wrote:

Half the moves you mentioned were good moves!!

Penner scored 20+ goals in 3 of 4 years on the Oilers.

Pronger got us, almost singlehandedly, to Game 7 of SCF. And then demanded a trade.

Glencross wanted too much money, he signed for less in Calgary.

He drafted Eberle, Gagner, Petry, Hemsky...

Don't get me wrong, I think Lowe needs to move on, but your examples of reasons why are hilarious.

I was talking about the return on Pronger in the Anaheim deal, not the St. Louis one.

Penner cost significant assets.

Glencross wanted a 1.4 million dollar one way deal. Easy signing.

Eberle, Gagner, Petry and Hemsky are part of the problem. Not part of the solution. Petry is an overpaid #5 on a decent team. The other guys are not 200 foot players. Eberle was good value where we drafted him, but is the poster boy for what's wrong with this team. Hall and RNH are keepers. I'd be dealing Eberle and Yakupov(wouldn't deal Yak right now).

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#109 Drowning in Oil
November 14 2013, 12:21PM
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Of course, no matter how bad this gets, Mac T is going to keep his coach, and all because of the excuse of this team needing to stick it out finally with a coach!! Unfortunately for Krueger, Renney, and Quinn, they were all hired by the previous GM. If anyone of them was hired by Mac T, they would also have complete job security!! Brutal coaching, brutal management, brutal team!!

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#110 Drowning in Oil
November 14 2013, 12:24PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

I love the old boys club analogies....I have news for you all. Many teams have old boys clubs.....Colorado, Chicago, Philly, Pittsburgh NYR and soon to be Buffalo.

That argument is getting really old.

Wow, there are big diffences, maybe you just don't see it...... besides Buffalo, all the teams you mentioned have had success in recent years. The reason those old boys club guys have their positions is because they actually get results!! Explain to us all what our own Boys on the Bus have done!!! Big difference!

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#111 VMR
November 14 2013, 12:51PM
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Impartial Oilers Fan wrote:

Well, if you're cherry picking items from Lowe's tenure as GM, then you should also include the trade to get Pronger from the Blues, the trade to get Roloson, the trade to get Visnovsky, etc.

However, as I stated, what EXACTLY has he done as a President, that has effected the Oilers roster and results in a negative way. Not his comments, not his demeanor, just his actions as President! I'm not saying there isn't any, but I'd like to hear exact details rather than speculations because your frustrated and want to stomp your feet because your hard earned money bought a jersey.

So go ahead, someone inform me. I want to hear it!

He's the one who decided Tambellini was the right guy to turn the team around. That's one big failure.

He's the guy that decided to replace him with the inexperienced MacT who has managed to make the team worse.

Worst of all he's been in charge of this organization as it's floundered and crashed all the way down the standings and shows no sign of improvement since 2006.

Then consider it the other way round, what exactly has he done that show signs this team is getting in any way better? Can you name one?

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#112 Hangin@Bangin
November 14 2013, 12:56PM
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@Clarko

Is this Kevin Lowe? Only Kevin could defend his revolting decisions that have put his team in the sewer ( thanks for pointing that out Brian Burke), who hit the nail on the head I must say. Yes that Visnovsky trade was stellar hey? We gave up Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene to eventually get Ryan Whitney & Brandon Davidson both of whom you will never see in the NHL again one never even came closing to cracking the big dance, Davidson making a career with 40 AHL games. I hope your just trolling for a response from the fans of the Oilers because if you are serious you make me sick. Excuse me while I go vomit.

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#113 A-Mc
November 14 2013, 12:57PM
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I hope we lose the next 2 games in shutout fashion.

I share the same sentiment of a prior post: We need to absolutely STINK STINK STINK before something finally gets done.

I thought MacT's moves over the summer were good. Perron and Ference were definitely a step in the right direction! He needs to put a few more good ones together before we start to see some success. At this rate, we are a lock for last place in the league: HELLO 1st overall!

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#114 Hangin@Bangin
November 14 2013, 12:58PM
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@Impartial Oilers Fan

Is this Kevin Lowe? Only Kevin could defend his revolting decisions that have put his team in the sewer ( thanks for pointing that out Brian Burke), who hit the nail on the head I must say. Yes that Visnovsky trade was stellar hey? We gave up Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene to eventually get Ryan Whitney & Brandon Davidson both of whom you will never see in the NHL again one never even came closing to cracking the big dance, Davidson making a career with 40 AHL games. I hope your just trolling for a response from the fans of the Oilers because if you are serious you make me sick. Excuse me while I go vomit.

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#115 OilCanFan
November 14 2013, 01:17PM
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Kevin Lowe appears arrogant, just look at his comments. Eakins is one of these: arrogant, stubborn, or not too bright - his coaching decisions have not been good and I don't see anything indicating accountability. It's my opinion that the biggest difference between Krueger and Eakins is the adaptability; it appeared that Krueger was adapting his systems to what he had where Eakins is trying to make his players adapt to his brilliant systems. It is possible Eakins is just a good AHL coach and that is all he will be?

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#116 DSF
November 14 2013, 01:32PM
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15w40 wrote:

I'm beginning to wonder if there were any overtures made toward candidates like Jim Nill.

The more that this team deteriorates, the more I wonder if Jim Nill and guys of his ilk might have just given Lowe the "don't bother" message. He had received numerous offers to work for other teams before he jumped to Dallas.

I think there was zero chance Jim Nill would come to Edmonton unless there was a complete enema of the management starting right below Katz & finishing at basically with anybody that had to do with player/personnel issues.

Even that may not have been enough depending on how Katz wants to run his toy from YVR.

Jim Nill & management types like him would never come here. The Oilers will be stuck with puppets, former Oilers, or people with no concrete track record.

IMHO

Quite possible I suppose but I would wager Lowe didn't even inquire.

Agree that finding someone competent to work under Lowe might be a big issue.

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#117 Dave
November 14 2013, 01:50PM
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This is amazing. There are only two times that Oilers Nation will get this much traffic and exposure. One: suck to the great beyond which they are doing. Or, two: win the cup. I really, really hope that the folks running this site are fully seeing the business opportunity and potential to captivate more widespread audience and take this site to the next level with the crazy # of hits they HAVE TO be getting. This thread is incredible when it comes to potential ad sales.

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#118 Bleak Winter
November 14 2013, 01:59PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

The idea that it's going to get better under Eakins is just terrible foresight, this record is compiled under playing mostly Eastern based teams, there schedule is going to be mostly the tougher western conference from here on out.

Do you have any idea how badly they have been out played against the west teams? 10-1 goal ratio, 107 + shots to 50 or so in THREE games!!

So you want to keep a coach in that can't clearly coach at this level? But you’re willing to move Eberle -Hall - Yakupov - Schultz - Gagner - Jones - because they became un-coachable under Eakins??

You can’t trade half the team and your only stars.

This is the worst Oiler team ever.......EVER!! thats a ringing endorcment of the coach, not the players.

It's probably not going to get better under Eakins, but it's not going to get better under any of the stop-gaps we could replace him with either. That's what we're limited to now. Stop-gaps.

Who is your ideal coach to right the ship? Now explain how does that guy even want this job? We aren't in a position to hire a saviour-level coach here. We fire Eakins and I guarantee you that we get either Buchberger or Smith as interim head coach. Do you want that? Absolutely best case scenario MacT steps back in. Todd Nelson would be smarter to stay in Oklahoma and wait for a real NHL team to poach him.

The guy who would take this job now is likely not a guy who is capable of leading us out of this on his own. Anybody who is good enough has much better options for their career.

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#119 pkam
November 14 2013, 02:48PM
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RealFakeDiesel wrote:

If Rob Ford can apologize and continue to govern Toronto, could we not man up and say sorry to Ralph Kruger giving him back head coaching duties and force him to keep Eakens on staff as an assistant ready to take the role in the future?

Outlandish, I know. But that way there is a consistency for the young guys and still a change.

Did you remember in the press conference that introduced Eakins, they said they talked about hockey for nearly 5 hours in their first meeting?

So basically MacT and Eakins have the same philosophy. There may be some minor differences, but MacT should be able to communicate them to Eakins.

So what is the point to fire Eakins if MacT is going to take over?

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#120 TRAV
November 14 2013, 04:12PM
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GregDonaldson wrote:

Answer me this angry Oilers fans...

Tell me exactly what it accomplishes by firing Kevin Lowe?

Do you honestly think all of the team's struggles and problems will magically be cured as soon as Lowe is turfed?

You so badly need your scapegoat and your pound of flesh that you don't care how ridiculous you all sound.

Firing Lowe solves nothing, he is not going anywhere, GET OVER IT.

Go back to booing Yakupov and chase him out of town just as you did with Jason Arnott among others. The typical Oilers fan will want that "spoiled brat" Yakupov ran out of town on the first thing smoking but those same exact typical Oilers fans will lament how they don't have and need a sniper like Yakupov when he is gone.

I love the Oilers, I despise most other Oiler fans, you give the rest of us a bad name. Yes I am talking to you the ones who would yell shoot at Hemsky when he wasn't even in a position to shoot. The ones who said Horcoff was useless. The ones who bashed Penner while he was here and wanted him bought out but then turned around and complained that his trade return wasn't enough. The ones who live to bitch, whine and complain about every little thing.

Dude I agree with you but it seems if ever there was a time to "whine, bitch and complain" now would be an appropriate time...

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#121 Zarny
November 14 2013, 04:20PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

So sad to hear the ringing endorsement of Eakins.........it's very difficult for Mac T to admit that he made a mistake.

For all those people who continue to say it's all about our players and that none of them are any good, exactly where do we find good players?? Is there a factory where you can acquire these guys? No they are developed.......by the organization over a number of years, unless you are the Edmonton Oilers.

What Mac T should have said, is we are going to develop our players, and move them along slowly including time well spent in the AHL. No more drafting players and then developing them in the NHL. Every player has to prove themsleves in the minors........now I would be totally impressed by that statement.

Stating he is willing to trade what will prove to be another first-first rounder, is just plain stupid. Are we suppose to believe that he can turn this magic bean into a player/players, that can solidify our team? What so we can find another midget like Ference??

Sorry Mac T you will and can do better than that!

Who said none of the Oilers are good players?

Hall, Eberle, Nuge, Yak, Gagner, Perron, Ference, Schultz, Gordon, Petry are good players.

The top 6 F are too much of the same but they are all good players. 10-12 good players doesn't make a good team though.

You make an excellent point about developing players. The OKC Baron's first season was 3 years ago. Prior to that the Oilers didn't have a dedicated farm system.

Top end picks like Hall, Nuge and Yak can play in the NHL right away but 99% of draft picks can't. Not having a farm system to develop players certainly hurt the Oilers big time and is undoubtedly a factor as to why so many draft picks have failed to develop into NHL players.

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#122 A-Mc
November 14 2013, 04:45PM
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bdaZZler wrote:

Usually not one to create trade offers but would this be a viable option for both teams:

Hemsky/N. Schultz/ 1st Rounder in 2014 in exchange for Simmonds/Coburn/Meszaros....

Time to overpay on some trades...I would love to see management overpay to pry Steve Ott out of Buffalo...Poor man version of Clarkson who we offered the world too a summer ago....

Hemsky is a UFA right quick here, N.Schultz is expiring, but the 1st rounder might end up being a 1st overall.

Unless Philly makes the playoffs, Hemsky is useless to them, so we're talking N. Schultz and 1st for Simmonds/coburn/mesz. I think you could probably get Coburn for that, and ONLY if it's a 1st overall could you even attempt to squeeze Simmonds out too but i doubt it would happen unless Philly was desperate. Philly recently spanked a team 5-0 and just beat PIT last night 2-1.. Philly is likely feeling pretty good right now.

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#123 Overwatchedandunderpaid
November 14 2013, 08:01PM
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As awful as this sound i hope the oilers continue on this downward spiral. I have to hope that katz has to do something if things dont start to change. However, if we start to win every second game but still find are self well out of competing for a spot the oil brass will not change and everything will stay the same. It is time for a big, BOLD change.

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#124 m
November 15 2013, 06:06AM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

"Bold Moves" or "Consequences"??

Consequences? Isn't Kavis Reed looking for a job? Now that would be a bold move.

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#126 Muller
November 14 2013, 09:51AM
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Something has to change....

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#127 Sutter
November 14 2013, 09:52AM
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Just wondering ... if they would go so far as to fire the coach, would any one WANT to coach this team? A few years ago, at the start of this "rebuild" seemingly everyone wanted the Oiler coach gig. I am not so sure that it is still the dream job.

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#128 Muller
November 14 2013, 09:54AM
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Something has to change....

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#129 Zamboni Driver
November 14 2013, 09:58AM
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Also...please tell me "Fenwick" is not really a thing??

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#130 vetinari
November 14 2013, 09:59AM
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It seems that if it wasn't for us burning through as many coaches as what we did the last few years, Eakins would have been fired by now.

If there was a coach that we should have been more patient with, it likely was Renney because he came with actual NHL experience.

The alternative would have been to at least give Krueger a full training camp and this season (because the team did move up the standings and show improvement under him) with Eakins as his associate coach.

MacT made this move to "take the team to the next level" and to bring the team under a coach with a philosophy closer to his own. MacT has to own this decision and if I was him, if the team doesn't play close to .500 hockey between now and new year's with the addition of Bryzgalov, mercifully let Eakins go and step behind the bench for the balance of the season.

How can you say that anyone is learning in this environment? In fact, morale has never been lower, and the only option to trading 23 players is to fire the coaches, and while you are at it, include the assistants and the president of hockey operations.

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#131 D-Unit
November 14 2013, 10:00AM
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@Sutter

I agree. Only going to have Rookie NHL coaches trying to get a shot in the big to coach this "team". Maybe a coach who has been out of the league for a while would. Sign a 3 year deal, coach part of one and collect cheques for the rest of the contact. The Oilers are definitely not a stepping stone to a full-time NHL head coaching job at this point.

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#132 sizzay
November 14 2013, 10:05AM
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There will be no major moves for a defenseman because the plan all along was to wait for Klefbom and Nurse. Add Ekblad (possibly) to that list now.

I hope we stand a chance at getting Kulemin or Steve Ott in the offseason, but I won't hold my breath.

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#133 pkam
November 14 2013, 10:09AM
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@Rick

I don't think Todd Nelson will be interested to be an NHL assistant coach. He had been a NHL assistant coach with the Trashers. I believe he'll rather be an AHL head coach and waiting for that NHL head coach job.

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#134 Lowe Expectations
November 14 2013, 10:13AM
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Mark Twain "It isn't the size of a dog in a fight, but the size of the fight in the dog". The Oilers are nothing but lap poodles who have either size or fight. I really feel sorry for the people who pay hard earned money to actually go to watch this. They don't score, they don't hit & heaven forbid they don't fight. It's like that guy in the office that charms the receptionist, has lots to say at the water cooler, smiles a lot but at the end of the day has actually accomplished nothing.

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#135 **
November 14 2013, 10:22AM
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I wonder what's the line in the sand, if there is any at all, for MCtavish to conclude he made a mistake and it is time to fire the coach.

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#136 outdoorzguy
November 14 2013, 10:28AM
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Muller wrote:

Something has to change....

"Bold Moves" or "Consequences"??

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#137 Mike Krushelnyski
November 14 2013, 10:30AM
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Muller wrote:

Something has to change....

Except it won't be what needs to change. The management is the biggest problem and the only facet of the club that is untouchable. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

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#138 birdieman
November 14 2013, 10:31AM
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Fire the Coach really how can any one make decisions with Lowe & mCtavish looking over his shoulder. I believe Tom Renny was not a yes man and had to go I along with many others feel it is time to let go of the 80's with X oiler players and start fresh they (Lowe) has added Messier to the fold as an advisor. Tom renny was very well liked by fans and players. This has gone on for to many years.

Frustrated

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#139 Mike Krushelnyski
November 14 2013, 10:32AM
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Last one out, turn off the lights. wrote:

Well. If this keeps up, the team will be playing in front of your said "ghosts".

I think available evidence points to the contrary. I would say it would take 5 more years of this horrendous suckage before you see attendance drop off, but factor in excitement over the new arena and it changes to 10.

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#140 kevins
November 14 2013, 10:38AM
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Pharmboy wrote:

Agreed, patience is important here, it is interesting to note that during preseason when our lineup was about equal in terms of quality with the opposition, the team had a decent record, so maybe it isn't all the new systems and motivational tactics. Big trade required. Additionally, I love Ryan Smyth but it is time, it's getting sadder to watch each game, a horrible ending to an otherwise admirable career.

we should go the way of Buffalo and clean out the brass. just because these guys could play the game don't mean they can teach it. out with Lowe,Mac-T and Eakins.

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#141 Yaz
November 14 2013, 10:39AM
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** wrote:

I wonder what's the line in the sand, if there is any at all, for MCtavish to conclude he made a mistake and it is time to fire the coach.

Saturday night after the Calgary game.

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#142 Alsker
November 14 2013, 10:40AM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

JW all those coaches were already successful at some point in there careers before they had bad starts. Eakins has no sample size.

I don't care how many coaches have been through here!!

Eakins cannot be allowed to continue this gong show!!

Two 5-3 and he never put Yakupov on one! The guy is holding a grudge, how do you not put the purest shooter on a 5-3??

It cost the Oilers the game!!!

He hasn’t done very much right since he got the job.

Allowing this to continue is going to cost MacTavish and Lowe their jobs, in the interest of self-preservation I would fire Eakins after the San Jose game in which the Oilers get throttled 6-1, if MacTavish has any kind of foresight

I like your optimism, 6-1 Sharks. You mean we actually score a goal, nice. Doubt a coaching change, system or strategy adjustment will make any difference. There has been a black cloud over this team ever since kBlowe went chasing tier 1 players(Hossa,Heatley) and turned his back on guys like Stoll and GlenX.

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#143 MB
November 14 2013, 10:46AM
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Time for a colorful metaphor????

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#144 Taylor Gang
November 14 2013, 10:48AM
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I wish that we could fire the head coach. I wish Lowe decided to hire people who can actually help this franchise. I wish the players on the team could put a 60 minute effort in. I wish that Katz cared for this team.

But I wish for many things.

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#145 Hangin@Bangin
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Well I don't think anyone in Oil Country can honestly say they wouldn't like to see Dallas Eakins standing in line at the local unemployment office, but with that I agree with the sensible thought that a move like that may be a bit brash 20 games into a season. Eakins new "swarm" style defence seems to "swarm" defenders in any area where the oppostion aren't, resulting in A+ scoring chances being offered up like those "working girl" business cards you get on a Vegas street corner. What's more alarming than the defensive woes is that a power play last season under a skepticized Kruger was one of the best in the league and now is a dismal laugher that has no opposition fearful of taking a trip to the sin bin. I understand that the transition to the NHL can't be easy and that taking on a new group of players and getting them to share your vision would be a challenge to say the least, but taking most every statistical area of the game and going in the exact opposite direction must be a red flag of some sort. It's not hard to see he's a man under the gun whose running out of options but at some point the stubborness in ones head has to be overcome by sense and rationality. Eakins must be willing to comprimise as much as he expects his players too and coach to there strengths not his.

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#146 **
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there are two comets flying by this week, maybe if we all at Oilers nation close our eyes and open our hearts and wish upon these shooting stars, maybe we can have a winning Oilers team.

*contains laugh for another 2 seconds*

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#147 Mac962
November 14 2013, 10:54AM
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Mac962 wrote:

JW - Perhaps Eakins is given a longer rope, but how long do we wait until something is done with Bucky and Smith ? I mean come on, they were not Eakins first choice, he was saddled with them. IMO - If he accepts it or not, Todd Nelson deserves a promotion and perhaps could ride shot gun with Eakins as well. Nelson also works with the young guns and knows them pretty well from the OKC stint. That all aside, yes it is time to part with one of our darlings, too much of the same. Its time.

Forgot to mention -maybe the right coach was right under our noses all along in Nelson. Just maybe. Could he be worse ? I somehow doubt it. Eakins will learn but needs help right now - he is as green to this as Yak.

The AHL is not the NHL- the best league in the world.

Dont can him yet, it does wont get us to the promise land, but get him some proper help on the bench and give up one of the kids with a draft pick - this is the year to give it up if you are going to do it.

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#148 vetinari
November 14 2013, 10:56AM
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If the fans start a "swarm" at the next game, would it be considered a lynch mob?

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#149 **
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vetinari wrote:

If the fans start a "swarm" at the next game, would it be considered a lynch mob?

"Cerebrate, the enemy has deployed a psi disruptor, causing your broodlings to run amok without any control. They have began destroying the hive. The overlords have proved useless as well"

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#150 pkam
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Spydyr wrote:

We already know the wheel (Lowe) is cracked but that is not going to get fixed so you have to replace the tires. Or drive around on your rims 4-14.

Admit the mistake, fix it and move on.

The result of your solution is another flat tire. Now the question is how often do we plan to replace the flat tire.

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