GDB 21.0: STARTING OVER

Jason Gregor
November 15 2013 12:30PM

The Oilers enter the second quarter of their season tonight vs. the San Jose Sharks. The first quarter had disastrous results, and cost them a playoff spot. The management, coaches and players can't look at it that way, playoffs being a pipe dream, but a 4-14-2 start has them 15 points out of the playoffs.

The remainder of this season will be about understanding the system, learning to compete, not just working hard, every shift and hopefully the bitter taste and stench of losing will motivate the players to never be in this situation again.

The Oilers must use the next 62 games to build the foundation of continuity and winning. If they want to become winners, they must be committed to the system, their teammates and themselves.

The Oilers are showing signs of improvement in some areas of their game.

Despite going 0-for-5 last game the Oilers PP is 25% in their last eight games. Their PK has killed off 25 of the last 26 powerplays, 96.3%, over their past eight games.

Many will say the Oilers haven't improved enough because they aren't winning, and that is valid. However, the Oilers can't  solve all their problems over night. These next 20 games will be a test of their character and inner strength. Do they have willpower and focus to concentrate on the next game and not pout or worry about the previous 20? Have they learned that they need to play smarter, faster, stronger and with move conviction in order to win?

We won't know until December 29th. That is when they will have played half the season. Can this team stick together, play hard and become competitive? The next quarter of the season will show us a glimpse of whether or not they can execute the system, or if they have the guts to go to the net consistently,  or if they have the intestinal fortitude to try and stop opposing teams from going to the net and the internal desire to finally learn how to win.

The 2nd quarter of the season could show us a lot about which players should be here long-term.

DIFFERENT APPROACH...

If I was Andrew Ference, I would sit the team down and show them some of the great inspirational/motivational speeches from movies. Hockey is a game. You can inject some humour into the game. Try and get the players to relax, inhale and recognize that it isn't life or death.

For some reason our society thrives on negativity too often. Yes, the first 20 games were f^@#*&()*) embarrassing. But whining and focusing on it every day isn't going to change that. Learn from it. Challenge them to be better, and maybe have some fun doing it.

Here are some examples. Guys love this stuff. I know watching these clips made me laugh and they got me fired up.

I'd start with something light... 

"That's what were here for guys, to win." I freaking love that line. Makes me laugh every time...

Most sports movies have a dramatic scene that usually leads to the team bonding or that shows an individual realizing they need to work harder. We eat this stuff up. We love it, and that's why we watch those movies over and over again.

Ference could show them this one. (fast forward to 1:40 to the quicksand speech.) 

"You're playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can't move... you can't breathe... because you're in over your head. Like quicksand." Shane Falco

That could resonate with many Oilers right now. They have had numerous things go wrong...but they can't let it paralyze them.

Then I'd show them this one. It is fitting since the Sharks are in town. (actual words start at 2:00)

For some laughs I'd follow it up with this one. This kid is great.

Then, I would play the greatest sports speech of all-time. I don't care what sport you play, whether you are playing beer league, the NHL, NFL or road hockey this scene/speech will get your blood flowing. 

Eakins could play this one.

"I can't make you do it....Either we heal now as a team, or we will die as individuals...Now what are you going to do?"

Tony FREAKING D'Amato (Pacino) would have made a great coach.

I would leave them with this one.  

I understand the need to talk systems and strategy, but sometimes you simply need to tap into the emotions of the players, and in this case, with the loyal citizens of Oilersnation.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Hemsky-Gagner-Yakupov
Smyth-Gordon-Perron
Joensuu-Acton-Jones/Gazdic

Ference-Petry
Belov-Larsen
N.Schultz-Potter

Dubnyk

Sitting Arcobello is perplexing. I don't get it. He has been solid offensively, defensively and on the PK. 

The Sharks are playing their third game in four nights. They defeated the Flames Tuesday and the Canucks last night, both times in OT. Fatigue

The Sharks have three players averaging a point-a-game. Thornton and Pavelski have 20 points in 19 games, while Logan Couture has 19 in 19. Patrick Marleau has 18 points and Tomas Hertl has 17. The Oilers will face Alex Stalock. He has won both of his starts, and he has a dazzling 0.946 SV% and 1.57 GAA.

GAME DAY PREDICTION: On paper this is an easy choice, the Sharks should dominate, however, it is Positive Friday and if Ference showed even one of the aforementioned videos prior to the game the Oilers will win. Chalk one up for D'Amato, Oilers win 3-2.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers haven't scored at home in 182 minutes. They score in the first period, and combined with the first 8 p.m. Friday game that I can remember, the first intermission beer sales are the highest of the season.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Ilya Bryzgalov stops 33 shots in his AHL debut in a 4-1 victory. During the 2nd intermission the Oilers show highlights of the OKC victory and a few of Bryzgalov's saves. After the highlights, they play the clip of Bryzgalov saying he is only afraid of bears in the woods.   

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#251 God
November 15 2013, 10:38PM
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Joke performance. Effort is fine when you're watching junior A. These are professionals. They're paid to perform.

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#252 Mike Wazowski
November 15 2013, 10:42PM
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Disappointed to see the Oil lose again after a tough start but they didn't fold their tents and pushed back at the sharks. A decent effort and Dubey didn't have much chance on the goals tonight either.

Hopefully a win will come tomorrow night!

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#253 steelymac
November 15 2013, 10:59PM
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@Lowblows

I here ya but you really got to relax or the next thing you know 2006Z24 will be on here telling you to get help for your anger issues. :-)

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#254 Citizen David
November 15 2013, 11:45PM
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Horak had 2 assists tonight.

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#255 Bloodsweatandoil
November 16 2013, 12:06AM
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Damn.......just got home from my son's Bantam game in Rimbey. Was hoping to come home to a closer result. Did the Oilers play tough at least?

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#256 plz gregor
November 16 2013, 12:47AM
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Please Jason, stop pickibg the Oil to win. Prepare for the worst, that way you're never disappointed.

#lifeofanoilersfan

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#257 I tried it at home
November 16 2013, 01:40AM
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I get that it was a great morale booster when he picked us as his new BFF's forever, and he sure did tear up that there AHL something wicked... but seriously, WTF has J.Schultz done for us lately? Hell, at all??? Send him and Yak down to the minors and let them figure it out there. Meantime, more rum. Jeeziz Murphy this sucks

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#258 Taylor Gang
November 15 2013, 02:46PM
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A-Mc wrote:

Ooohhhh that would hurt. Eberle AND JSchultz? I know schultz hasn't had too many fans of late, but i think he'll figure out his D game and be a solid guy going forward.

Yeah then go to Buffalo and get Foligno and Ehrhoff for the 2014 1st (sarcasm)

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#259 A-Mc
November 15 2013, 03:04PM
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@Hemmercules

The only place i know of is to subscribe to a streaming site for hockey. Like: hockeystreams.net or .com or w/e the heck it is.

They have AHL games and you can 'subscribe' for a single day if you want to catch the game.

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#260 BingBong
November 15 2013, 03:27PM
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A-Mc wrote:

Ooohhhh that would hurt. Eberle AND JSchultz? I know schultz hasn't had too many fans of late, but i think he'll figure out his D game and be a solid guy going forward.

Hey I like Schultz too and think he can be a Mike Green-type guy (hopefully), but if MacT doesn't make that trade he's nuts. But I'm betting the Preds would need more. We'd be sending them too much salary for one thing.

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#261 tileguy
November 15 2013, 03:28PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Oilers send down Marc Arcobello to OKC . Second best face off man, most responsible forward, one of their leading pointgetters. And keep the coaches son, a career minor leaguer going nowhere, on the roster. This team gets harder and harder to care about

Maybe they are saving money like they did with Smid.

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#262 A-Mc
November 15 2013, 04:11PM
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@Walter Sobchak

A couple things:

1. The oilers finished 24th overall last year, 12th in the conference. So we're talking about a drop from 24 to 29/30, not 12th

2. The coaching is DIFFERENT. There is always an adjustment period when you experience change. When Ralph came in, he didn't change much due to not having a training camp and already being a part of the system the previous 2 years. Like Gregor has stated, over the last 8 game stretch, the Oilers Special teams has been good so it's likely the adjustment period is over with (for the most part).

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#263 Walter Sobchak
November 15 2013, 04:53PM
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A-Mc wrote:

A couple things:

1. The oilers finished 24th overall last year, 12th in the conference. So we're talking about a drop from 24 to 29/30, not 12th

2. The coaching is DIFFERENT. There is always an adjustment period when you experience change. When Ralph came in, he didn't change much due to not having a training camp and already being a part of the system the previous 2 years. Like Gregor has stated, over the last 8 game stretch, the Oilers Special teams has been good so it's likely the adjustment period is over with (for the most part).

I never said where they finished overall last year, just 12 in the division.

I said where they would finish this year, so I'm not sure what you are getting at there?

I also never said anything about Ralph or Dallas, I'm simply comparing statistic.,

frankly, I don’t care if it’s a different coach or the same coach, the overall record speaks for itself.

As you stated, over the last 8 game the special teams have been better, which is more likely accurate?

The last 8 games or the last 19? During the last 19 games the Oilers have been terrible, the last 8 games so-so.

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#264 camdog
November 15 2013, 04:54PM
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Naky wrote:

@A-mc

Wow, I didn't know Bryzgalov got all those shutouts playing for the Oilers, the perennial worst team in the league with the league's worst d-corps for several years straight. That's amazing! I, too, like to assume that every statistic is equal and every situation is the same.

So if you couldn't tell, I'm saying your numbers are borderline worthless. Sorry to burst your bubble though.

I think that some of the logic MacT used when he signed Jason Labarbera

Save percentages as team mates in Phoenix: Bryzgalov 2009-2010: .921 2010-2011: .920 Labarbera 2009-2010: .928 2009-2010 .909

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#265 A-Mc
November 15 2013, 04:55PM
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Naky wrote:

@A-mc

Wow, I didn't know Bryzgalov got all those shutouts playing for the Oilers, the perennial worst team in the league with the league's worst d-corps for several years straight. That's amazing! I, too, like to assume that every statistic is equal and every situation is the same.

So if you couldn't tell, I'm saying your numbers are borderline worthless. Sorry to burst your bubble though.

Some more stats to further my train of thought that Bryz might not be as bad as we think:

2009 - 1st in SO: 9 Bryz: 8 (2nd) 2010 - 1st in SO: 11 Bryz: 7 (4th) 2011 - 1st in SO: 10 Bryz: 6 (Tied 5th)

Again: winning record in nearly every year he played. There is a small chance that he actually works out for us for a short while..a Chance!

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#266 A-Mc
November 15 2013, 05:04PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

I never said where they finished overall last year, just 12 in the division.

I said where they would finish this year, so I'm not sure what you are getting at there?

I also never said anything about Ralph or Dallas, I'm simply comparing statistic.,

frankly, I don’t care if it’s a different coach or the same coach, the overall record speaks for itself.

As you stated, over the last 8 game the special teams have been better, which is more likely accurate?

The last 8 games or the last 19? During the last 19 games the Oilers have been terrible, the last 8 games so-so.

"I never said where they finished overall last year, just 12 in the division"

Prior: "Through 48 games last year as you mentioned the Oilers sat 12, through 48 games this year my guess is the Oilers will sit 29th possible 30th." You compare sitting 12th through 48 (entire season) with sitting 29/30 after 48 this season. You're making a comparison to say we will go from 12th to 29/30 in 48 games and that is inaccurate. 12th in the conference was actually 24th overall. So you should be comparing 24th overall to 29/30 overall.

Yes you did bring up coaching. your reply was to a conversation re: coaching and you finish off your post by mentioning a coaching fail. Did you read your own post?

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#267 Walter Sobchak
November 15 2013, 05:06PM
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@pkam

I can't believe your comparing last year to this year; completely irrelevant!! It’s like comparing the 80's Oilers to now! Hi Kevin.

Every team has injuries, who's more important? Stamkos or Hall? Yet TBL are in first place.

You can use whatever excuse you want, I could argue last year the coaching staff had zero time to prepare, if given a full training camp plus games the Oilers might have been even better under Ralph.

Taking more shots doesn’t mean jack! Just because you shoot more doesn’t mean anything! So you were the league worst last year, congratulations you moved up two spots!

Winning and losing is all that matters, look at the schedule and telling what is more plausible, the Oilers beating those teams or the Oilers losing against those teams?

December and January are going to be nightmare months.

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#268 pkam
November 15 2013, 05:14PM
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A-Mc wrote:

Some more stats to further my train of thought that Bryz might not be as bad as we think:

2009 - 1st in SO: 9 Bryz: 8 (2nd) 2010 - 1st in SO: 11 Bryz: 7 (4th) 2011 - 1st in SO: 10 Bryz: 6 (Tied 5th)

Again: winning record in nearly every year he played. There is a small chance that he actually works out for us for a short while..a Chance!

I think we have better chance if we can pry the Coyotes goalie coach here.

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#269 Drake
November 15 2013, 05:15PM
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Jason,

You will like this one

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/11/15/video-jean-claude-van-dammmmmnnnn/

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#270 pkam
November 15 2013, 06:04PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

I can't believe your comparing last year to this year; completely irrelevant!! It’s like comparing the 80's Oilers to now! Hi Kevin.

Every team has injuries, who's more important? Stamkos or Hall? Yet TBL are in first place.

You can use whatever excuse you want, I could argue last year the coaching staff had zero time to prepare, if given a full training camp plus games the Oilers might have been even better under Ralph.

Taking more shots doesn’t mean jack! Just because you shoot more doesn’t mean anything! So you were the league worst last year, congratulations you moved up two spots!

Winning and losing is all that matters, look at the schedule and telling what is more plausible, the Oilers beating those teams or the Oilers losing against those teams?

December and January are going to be nightmare months.

Are you comparing last year to this year too?

Through 48 games last year the Oilers gave up 134 goals.

They’ve given up 75 through 19. Now, I'm not a math wizard but I'm willing to bet that the Oilers through 48 games give up more goals then 134.

Through 48 games last year as you mentioned the Oilers sat 12, through 48 games this year my guess is the Oilers will sit 29th possible 30th.

You said "I also never said anything about Ralph or Dallas, I'm simply comparing statistic."

So what statistics are you comparing? Just win and lost and standing? So injury, shooting percentage and save percentage are not statistics? A team can play better and lose, can't they? Penguins dominated the Avs and outshot them 42-18 and lost 1-0. So Penguins played terrible that game?

You also said "You can argue till your blue in the face that it’s not coaching but even the most diehard Oiler fan has to concede that coaching hasn’t been great ether."

I am just arguing that the majority of the problems that contributing to our loss is not the coach's fault. The team isn't any worse than last year despite we face all the injures to our core players. As far as I know, coaches don't shoot the puck and don't tend the goal.

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#271 jbogus
November 15 2013, 08:43PM
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Thoughtful on the LEDs on scoreboard too.

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#272 Alsker
November 15 2013, 08:47PM
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Man that was way to easy. just you like you draw it up. Both D chase puck carrier behind net and plop its in. Frustration already showing, feel for the guys who know how to win.

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#273 YFC Prez
November 15 2013, 08:49PM
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14 shots against in that period. Ouch.

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#274 vetinari
November 15 2013, 09:05PM
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Question of the night:

Will we even get 1 goal?

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#275 Rod from Viking
November 15 2013, 09:06PM
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Loweblows wrote:

Watch them let arco go for nothing- he will turn into a career 3 rd line centre , have a long career and probably score a number of goal against us over the next decade. Why do we need Arco when we have Keith oops I mean Will Acton on our team, he is so much better than Arco. LOL THIS ORGANIZATION IS RUN BY MONKEYS!!

Does anyone remember Ray Whitney one time Oiler given away for nothing at about the same age and size.

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#276 Serious Gord
November 15 2013, 09:09PM
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Freaking clinic...

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#277 Rod from Viking
November 15 2013, 09:11PM
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Has Eakins mentioned we could use more Hemsky's on this team as of late, Ryan Smyth, you have been a warrior but you are done and I can't defend you any more. 3-0 wow.

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#278 Fred
November 15 2013, 09:22PM
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SJ goalie looks bad

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#279 Batfink
November 15 2013, 09:28PM
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can we attach dooby to the net like a table hockey goalie?

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#280 Zamboni Driver
November 15 2013, 09:35PM
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Wow...the TinMan actually made a play.

Shocker.

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#281 jbogus
November 15 2013, 09:39PM
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Not delighted but ok with that effort last 10 or so.

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#282 Mike Wazowski
November 15 2013, 09:40PM
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@Walter Sobchak

"Taking more shots doesn’t mean jack! Just because you shoot more doesn’t mean anything!" Guess that Gretzky guy didn't know much about hockey.

You like to cherry pick stats (and poorly). The fact is special teams and goaltending have been better lately and they are steps in the right direction.

Make no mistake, the team has to be better. There aren't more than a few players that can claim to have had a good start to the season but never acknowledging when they've done some things right is just a fanboy throwing a fit.

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#283 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
November 15 2013, 09:41PM
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CHOP WOOOOD!

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#284 Johnnydapunk
November 15 2013, 11:20PM
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steelymac wrote:

Anyone who thinks Eakins isnt a vindictive prick look no further than the difference in ice between Smyth and Yak and that was long before the bogus 4 minute penalty.

Did you check the difference in icetime between Yakupov and Smyth? It was about a minute, give or take a few seconds if you factor in penalties that both players had.

Event summary Oil v Sharks

The only difference was that Smyth played almost 4:00 whilst they were short handed, otherwise ice time was pretty equal.

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#285 Bloodsweatandoil
November 16 2013, 12:11AM
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Bloodsweatandoil wrote:

Damn.......just got home from my son's Bantam game in Rimbey. Was hoping to come home to a closer result. Did the Oilers play tough at least?

And did Klefboom play?

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#286 Harry
November 16 2013, 07:52AM
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120 stitches wrote:

Another serious error in judgment by the current Oiler leadership. They arrogantly decide to incur the wrath of the Oiler fan base by demoting Arcobello to OKC in order to play Acton. Was it worth it for the 3 minutes and 45 seconds that Acton played? Eakins should have known better than to have a coach-son situation on a professional hockey team. Action should have been sent down to OKC 5 games ago when they started to bench him. The problem appears to be someone made the decision to tell him he could find a place to stay in Edmonton whereas Arcobello does not seem to have received a similar assurance even though it is clear by any standard he has played much better. The optics of this situation once again unfortunately reflect poorly on the Oiler organization.

A trade involving Arco is coming today. It has to be. Otherwise all hope is gone

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#287 Spydyr
November 16 2013, 09:16AM
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Mike Wazowski wrote:

I'm good with you finding a new team. Been tired of your constant b1tching and ragging on the team anyway.

Hope you don't pull anything jumping on and off the bandwagon.

Who said the Oilers weren't still my team.They have been my team since before the became part of the NHL.Just not spending money on them anymore.

Feel free to skip my comments it wont hurt my feelings.Really it won't.

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#288 nick
November 16 2013, 04:20PM
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Gregor you are funny, for Ference to sit the team down would actually mean that he is a leader. Only time he leads is when there is a camera in front of him. He is a media whore and not a leader. Give some of the Boston Bruin players a truth serum and see what you learn about his leadership skills. Taylor Hall basically said it last week saying wish we had Horcoff. Talk about a problematic contract, a 34 year old Ference at $3.25 million for 4 years with a no trade. In a year the new management and coaches of the Oilers will be buying that one out.

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#289 VK63
November 15 2013, 12:40PM
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OGDP

Gags takes over the dubious race to wear the green jacket prompting 8 point game references.

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#290 Rob F
November 15 2013, 12:41PM
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They should get Jimmy Johnson to give them the Jacksonvill Jaguars pre game speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNAqcom3zaY

Imagine if he actually meant it...

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#291 Yak T
November 15 2013, 02:11PM
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Just gave up with posting scores in the schedule tab?

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#292 OilerLand
November 15 2013, 02:25PM
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"I don't wanna see Maurice tonight, I WANT THE ROCKET!"

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#293 Mike Krushelnyski
November 15 2013, 02:29PM
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no1curr

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#294 pkam
November 15 2013, 03:10PM
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Mac962 wrote:

So is it ridiculous to perhaps have Big Boyd Gordon play centre on either the first or second line ? He may be the only one big enough to deal with Jumbo Joe. Yes, he is not really offensive gifted, but does it really matter. We need another Boyd and 2 more Perrons.

Sam should be getting 3rd line minutes right now and go against weaker [ if there is such a thing] sharks players.

Eakins said players who play well , will be rewarded with more minutes, i think Boyd deserves a shot in the top 6.

i Dont know if this game scares me more or tomorrow in craptown. I dont expect the Oil to win tonight but tomorrow, i damn right expect them to win.

That's why we rest Acrobello tonight. We want him to be a factor in the battle of Alberta tomorrow night.

We don't want him to get hurt by those big nasty bastards tonight. Can you imagine Jumbo Joe and Acrobello going into the board hard? Remember Mason Raymond vs Johnny Boychuk?

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#295 A-Mc
November 15 2013, 03:31PM
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BingBong wrote:

Hey I like Schultz too and think he can be a Mike Green-type guy (hopefully), but if MacT doesn't make that trade he's nuts. But I'm betting the Preds would need more. We'd be sending them too much salary for one thing.

If it were evened out a bit with a bigger 3rd line guy that can skate, then i think i'd be good with it. It would give us an awesome D piece and a little more size amongst forwards. This guy would have to be bigger/taller and more capable than a guy like Ryan Jones (and I really like Jonesy!).

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#296 Dallylamma
November 15 2013, 03:48PM
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Gordie Wayne wrote:

Jason Gregor's truest line in the article:

"For some reason our society thrives on negativity too often."

In other words: "Why you heff to be negative?"

The comments section of this site has become far too negative and depressing in the past couple of weeks.

The fans of this team need to start sending out some positive vibes. From now on, I am going to post one positive item regarding the Oilers on every article posted here. I challenge the rest of you to do this too...

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#297 Walter Sobchak
November 15 2013, 05:21PM
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A-Mc wrote:

"I never said where they finished overall last year, just 12 in the division"

Prior: "Through 48 games last year as you mentioned the Oilers sat 12, through 48 games this year my guess is the Oilers will sit 29th possible 30th." You compare sitting 12th through 48 (entire season) with sitting 29/30 after 48 this season. You're making a comparison to say we will go from 12th to 29/30 in 48 games and that is inaccurate. 12th in the conference was actually 24th overall. So you should be comparing 24th overall to 29/30 overall.

Yes you did bring up coaching. your reply was to a conversation re: coaching and you finish off your post by mentioning a coaching fail. Did you read your own post?

Zany actually mentioned that the Oilers finished 12th in the division, I was reiterating what he had said.

I don’t care if its 24th overall or 12th in the division, I simply said they WILL finish 29 or 30th this year.

I did mention coaching, while not completely blaming coaching, it has to be considered! That’s illogical to you? It can’t be coaching even a little?

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#298 Taylor Gang
November 15 2013, 05:31PM
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A-Mc wrote:

Re: Sarcasm, are you implying that Eberle, jSchultz and gagner isn't enough for weber?

I'm in a haze until the work week is over so i'm having a hard time picking up what you're putting down.

I don't even know what I meant by that tbh. I feel like it doesn't matter who we bring in, we'll still find a way to lose

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#299 Taylor Gang
November 15 2013, 05:36PM
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Greg the Hammer Valentine wrote:

I know a lot of people here think the Oil should stick with Eakins no matter what. Ok, I get the argument for that.

But lets pretend I was falsly accused of murder and there is a chance I could spend my life in jail.

I get a first lawyer. That lawyer doesn't have time for my case and wants me to plead guilty. I can't do that 'cause I'm innocent. So I get a second lawyer. That second lawyer is so good, that he is named judge. I have to get a third lawyer. When I first go in his office, that third lawyer convinces me he is good enough. However, after a few weeks of watching him work my file, I find he's totally incompetent.

Should I keep lawyer number 3 in the name of continuity and low cost? Of course not. I could end up in jail for the rest of my life because of that idiot.

It's the same with Eakins. Now I'll admit that the jury is still out on him. But for how long? If things do not improve substantially by mid-season and the front-office decides Eakins isn't doing the job, then the argument that "we changed coach too many times" doesn't hold up.

Sure, good franchises have continuity. But their front-offices usually get it right in the first place. If Eakins can't turn things around, I don't know what makes him immune to being sacked. That being said, I wish him to succeed.

Nice analogy, especially with the word play with "jury is out".

Having said that, bear in mind we haven't really gotten a chance to see what the entire roster is actually capable of. Think about it: at least one quality roster player has been injured in every game. Also worth noting is that Dubnyk has probably singehandedly cost us 3-5 games, give or take, that we should have won. So I wouldn't say Eakins is completely to blame, though I do agree that he hasn't made much of a case for himself.

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#300 Rama Lama
November 15 2013, 06:53PM
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Wonger wrote:

It is way past time to move one or three of the "stars?" out! Let's get some SIZE, GRIT and NASTINESS into this line up! I agree! EAKINS and MACT are not the problem! They are the solution! Eberle, J. Schultz, Gagner, Hemsky, Yakupov, Potter, Petry, N. Schultz, Flubnyk, LaBarbera, Larsen are the problem! CLEAN HOUSE!!!! I don't want anybody coming back, at any position except goal, that is under 6'3" 225LBS, averages less than 1 PIM per game played, and who hasn't had to attend ANGER MANAGMENT sessions because they can't handle LOSING! Simmonds, Ott, Lucic, etc. are the type of sweethearts the Oilers need desparately. PAY THE PRICE AND MAKE IT HAPPEN MACT!!!! ETEM, PRUST, T. JACKMAN, FOLIGNO, MAROON, NEIL, STEWART, REAVES, etc. etc. etc.!!!

Yea Wonger I LIKE YOU BUT YOU DO NOT SEE TO UNDERSTAND SCARCASM!!!!

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