The dreaded vote of confidence

Jonathan Willis
November 15 2013 09:42AM

Yesterday, Craig MacTavish spoke to the media about the Edmonton Oilers’ performance. Among other items, he made it clear that he still has confidence in head coach Dallas Eakins.

After uttering similar lines during his availability and stressing the need for stability behind the bench, MacTavish told Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now that he “really couldn’t be happier with the coaching.”

The Vote of Confidence

The interesting thing about the managerial vote of confidence is that it often seems to precede the firing of said coach in short order. There are, I think, a couple of reasons for that.

The biggest is that managers don’t have to give coaches with good records a vote of confidence. Reporters don’t generally ask whether guys like Jon Cooper or Joel Quenneville are going to get fired; it’s obvious that they’re safe. Columnists don’t speculate on the safety of Todd McLellan or Dan Bylsma, at least not when those teams are winning, because there’s no question that the results support their continued employment.

So by the time the manager is in a position to opine on his head coach, there’s something in the record that suggests said head coach should be fired. And as a general rule, the media will always be ready to fire the coach before management is, which means that even when the coach is going to be fired there’s often a period of time when the media thinks he could be and the manager wants to hang on a little longer to see if the coach can turn things around.

The other reason is a simple trick of memory: we tend to remember the contradicition of a general manager supporting his coach and then firing him a week or two later, while we don't necessarily remember the close call that turned out okay.

Eakins

The thing keeping Dallas Eakins safe right now isn’t necessarily Craig MacTavish’s public statement, and it certainly isn’t the record or the underlying performance of his team (both of which are awful at the moment). It’s history.

Too many coaches in Edmonton have fallen by the wayside. The traditional point of reference is Sam Gagner; he’s just started his seventh season with the Oilers and he’s on his fifth head coach. It's ridiculous. 

There has been too much turnover, and other things need to change before the coaching does.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, 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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#1 Crackenbury
November 15 2013, 10:26AM
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For me the biggest disappointment this year has been the lip service about accountability and earning your ice time. I didn't expect much out of Arcobello when he started the season with the big team, but man he showed himself to be head and shoulders better at a 2-way game than the most of the so-called stars on this team. He was leading the team in points and +/- at various times and where does he find himself? - 4th line. Acton is told he's not going anywhere a few games into the season and arguably your best playing player on the team is shuffled around to make room for an obviously still too injured to play player in Gagner.

If the Oilers would simply ice the lineup that gives them the best chance to win instead of slotting players where they think they should be based on contract/seniority/pedigree they would improve their chances.

Even the most casual fan can see Arcobello should be playing 2nd line centre and Gagner should be moved down the lineup and onto wing. Put Yakupov on the wing with Arcobello on the second line and start using his best asset - his one timer.

Eakins and MacT seem to be cut from the same cloth when it comes to tunnel vision with their players.

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#2 D
November 15 2013, 09:57AM
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MacT made an amateur mistake firing Krueger when he did and the way he did. Ralph was popular with the players and I'm sure it rubbed a few of them the wrong way on how that was handled.

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#3 James
November 15 2013, 09:46AM
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If only MacT realized this before canning another coach at the drop of a hat as his first order of business.

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#4 Kevin
November 15 2013, 09:47AM
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"Other things need to change before the coaching does."

Exactly.

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#5 GTL
November 15 2013, 11:15AM
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Same o'l song and dance I've heard 8 yrs running...

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#6 God
November 15 2013, 11:20AM
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I'm not drinking this Kool-Aid anymore. I've switched to rum. Screwyou Oilers Management.

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#7 Lowe Expectations
November 15 2013, 10:07AM
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This team simply put has too many perimeter players. Not that players like this can't be valuable to a team, this one is overloaded with them. For me, other than Hall & RNH every other player on the current roster is available for trade. It's time to start the overhaul of this roster, as the way it's currently built will never be successful.

I don't know why the management of the Oilers would be so afraid of trading some assets. One of the reasons you draft the most talented player available rather than for positional need is that the more talent a player has the more value in return you'll receive.

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#8 sizzay
November 15 2013, 11:14AM
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I know what needs to change - Sam Gagner as our 2nd line centre

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#9 Jason
November 15 2013, 11:30AM
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Funny how you never hear Kevin Lowe speak in public, they can't trust him in public because he is an idiot yet they pay him to be Pres.

FIRE KEVIN LOWE

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#10 -30-
November 15 2013, 09:48AM
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Analyze. Analyze. Analyze. Analyze.

Paralysis by analysis.

JW, your columns are usually very interesting and relevant. This one... meh

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#11 Walter Sobchak
November 15 2013, 10:00AM
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I see the Oilers winning maybe 3 more games this month on the top end.

why is this important?

Come December & January , the Oilers will be lucky to win 3 games the whole month of December, they may not even win a game in January... there are some tough teams coming this way.

It's going to get nasty.

I'm not sure how Katz or MacTavish is going to spin this.

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#12 oilabroad
November 15 2013, 11:15AM
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JW, I assume they are playing the same style down in OKC (swarm) for easy transition to the bigs, are they butchering it the same way the Oil are? Are we just really bad defensively or is this just a really bad system??

I just can't wrap my head around the stubbornness of Eakins to stick to a system they can't execute. I agree the coaching carousel hasnt been easy on the players, however MacT got them into this situation by putting all his faith in a guy who had never coached in the NHL.

Just like everything else in T.O., Eakins got over hyped. Time for MacT to admit his mistake and right this mess.

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#13 Rama Lama
November 15 2013, 12:24PM
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Just found out Arcabello is sitting..........our most solid player both offensively and defensively, and physically will not be playing.

Yea, coaching is not our problem!

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#14 75ers
November 15 2013, 03:32PM
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Look who's coaching these talented offensive kids. No wonder they don't have a chance. Goals build confidence, confidence builds desire, desire builds a team. With no goals we have no hope for this group.

1. Eakins - NHL Career grinder 2. MacT - NHL Career grinder / checker 3. Lowe - NHL Career Defensemen 4. Steve Smith - NHL Career Defensive Defensemen 5. Kelly Buchberger - NHL Career grinder 5. Keith Acton - Checking Faceoff Guy 6. Fred Chabot - Carrer AHL Goalie

Not one talented offensive minded guy in the bunch. Swarm, how stupid, sounds like something from JR High Girls Basketball (No offence intended) those girls play with more heart than this hockey team.

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#15 RL
November 15 2013, 10:10AM
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Apologize to Krueger and get him back! There was now way his firing was justified after a 48 game lockout shortened season with no training camp. Everytime our guys would go out on the PP under him I felt like we were going to score, or had really good chances to score. When we get a PP now I cringe and turn away from the TV. Eakins has made some very questionable coaching decisions in my mind.

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#16 Cold Hard Truth
November 15 2013, 10:21AM
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You should not keep a bad coach, just for the sake of keeping a coach. If Eakins is not fit for the job, he should be replaced by somebody who is. Yes it sucks that there's been such a high turnover, but sticking with a bad coach won't make things better.

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#17 Dave2
November 15 2013, 09:50AM
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James wrote:

If only MacT realized this before canning another coach at the drop of a hat as his first order of business.

Might have been OK if the new coach had NHL experience.

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#18 Rama Lama
November 15 2013, 10:46AM
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If Dallas Eakins want respect from the fans...........do what you said you were going to do!

Ice time should be earned, and if that is true then Arccabello should be playing top line minutes. Yaks sat and for good reason, now sit Hall, Eberle, and Schultz when they have bad games.

He has two sets of rules, and this will continue to cause division until players tune him out permanently.

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#19 Hockey Problems
November 15 2013, 10:54AM
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Game day prediction, Same Old, Same Old...... No forecheck, No backcheck, No sustained offensive pressure, Weak, barely existent D zone coverage, Motionless power play, Can't finish a check (count the flybys, and stop and waves... Gagner), Goalie gonna let in at least one momentum killing goal, That's all we got, that's all we get ! Don't try to tell me otherwise as I have eyes and can see what goin on. Does Mac T think we are all vision impaired and will take his word for it.

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#20 Please share what ur Smokin
November 15 2013, 11:26AM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Of course it isn't the coach's fault; look at our record we've had in the past 5 years! Our team is simply built to lose! Relying on rookie defensemen to shore up our defensive issues? Give me a break! It's amazing how people still think it's mostly the coach's fault.

It must be the fans fault then, as we've been told umpteen times that it is not management, the coaches are fine, and the players are the "CHOSEN ONES".

Silly me... It must be the Fans !!!

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#21 Hammer
November 15 2013, 09:59AM
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Oilers laughing stock in all sports world!!! Managment needs change. Actually Katz needs to pack his team and get out of Edmonton. We have a better chance at bringing in a new organization with class and integrity. Take down all memorabilia of old Oilers an start fresh. Change Wayne Gretzky freeway back to Capilano freeway. Change Messier Trail back to St.Albert Trail. Close down all rexall and turn them into Shoppers Drug Mart or better year Walmart. Just go Katz and his friends. No longer an Edmontonian. Leave please!!! Gary Bettman we want a new Franchise!!!

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#22 BIGDAWG
November 15 2013, 10:17AM
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In this presser Didn't Mac T say he was looking to get bigger and have more grit??? ooooooooohhhhh wait.. so then why did we trade Smid and Brown??

Sorry Mac T but ur making yourself look like a fool and whats worse is that I actually think you guys think that us as fans are believing your bullsheet.. Lots of interest in the core.. well geezuz.... get gojng and make a sound trade... LETS GO ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#23 Spydyr
November 15 2013, 10:37AM
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It is easy to see the entire "braintrust" is in over their heads.Every last one of them.President, GM and coach the trifecta of incompetence.All hired for their current positions with no experience at the NHL level.This will get way worse before it gets better.

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#24 Jerod
November 15 2013, 11:24AM
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The worst team in the NHL since 2005 lockout. Words lose meaning. Is MacT now head of customer service? I feel your pain.

Watch my feet not my words. Spin as much as you want the record is the record.

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#25 Drake
November 15 2013, 09:55AM
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Mact T called out Eakins by saying Oilers have made Junior hockey mistakes. Safe for now but short leash

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#26 camdog
November 15 2013, 10:38AM
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The immediate concern is the Oilers need to score one measly goal on home ice, if they don't at least score one goal tonight this entire Eakins is safe approach will change dramatically.

Imagine the headlines if the Oilers don't score tonight?

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#27 ghostofberanek
November 15 2013, 11:12AM
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This season makes me sad, but thank goodness it's just a game. Step off that ledge guys, the sun still rises every morning.

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#28 Reality Check to the head
November 15 2013, 10:40AM
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I cannot figure out why they ever canned Tom Renney, A coach who was willing to live through a rebuild. Modern and hard working. They could have fired Renney yesterday and he would have walked away expecting this. He said so himself in an old interview. To paraphrase; 'I (renney) seems to start rebuilds but I seem to be gone by the time the teams is doing well.'

Renney would have been the perfect Stop-Gap coach. Hindsight is 20-20, but I remember thinking that when they seemed to fire him for no reason.

The rest of the moves the Oilers have made in terms of coaching are amateurish. How are the Oilers ever going to attract good players and retain the likes of Hall, Eberle if they are living in a circus.

The Oilers say they are willing to live through a rebuild, but I am starting to think they are really just inept and have no choice but to be cellar dwellers.

Going to the game tonight, but only because the Ticket is free. I am starting to think, there may be more free tickets to be had.

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#29 Taylor Gang
November 15 2013, 11:18AM
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Of course it isn't the coach's fault; look at our record we've had in the past 5 years! Our team is simply built to lose! Relying on rookie defensemen to shore up our defensive issues? Give me a break! It's amazing how people still think it's mostly the coach's fault.

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#30 fig pucker
November 15 2013, 11:39AM
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be carefull what we wish for. if eatkins goes the next coach is already a senior adviser to mact and the six ring circus. thats right, our beloved mark messier will take over. he left the rangers organization because sather didn't give him the head coaching job there. number 11 is my favorite player, i wish we could clone him 12 times and fill our roster that way, but he hasn't even coached in ahl. we all know there will be no interview process, as much as i love number 11 the thought of him coaching this team scares me more than eatkins..

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#31 Rama Lama
November 15 2013, 11:42AM
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This whole mess is going to get worse before it get better. The fact MacT gave Eakins a thumbs up only highlights the problem.

I refuse to believe that coaching has nothing to do with this. Exactly why is Eakins having such a difficult time teaching players defensive minded tactics.? This is not rocket science and many junior hockey players were taught to play defence in junior hockey. Sutter taught RNH to play defence and it's exactly for this reason why RNH was able to land a spot on the team right away.

If the rest of the forwards, ( Hall, Eberle, Gagner Schultz) refuse to play this " new system", that Eakins is preaching then sit them.

To pretend that these player cannot learn a basic defensive system is the cause of all of our problems is simply myopic and stupid! It's time to admit that the line juggling, line matchups, and line combinations that Eakins is coming up with is laughable and causing some of the problems.

Arcabello is superior by any measure to Gagner but is not being utilized properly. The only successful combination we have had ( RNH, Eberle, Hall) are never played together for more than one shift or period. Anyone with a basic understanding of hockey can see they have chemistry, except for our coach who refuses to play them together. As a result of the deficient top-six line combinations, this has had an impact on the bottom six which are continuously mismatched and under played in a game..........exactly how are these guys supposed to get into a game playing 8 minutes a night?

If Eakins could allow line combinations to exist for at least one game, perhaps these guys could develop some chemistry? His bench management skills are junior.........not his players!

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#32 James
November 15 2013, 10:33AM
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pkam wrote:

MacT started a new chapter this offseason, so if any changes need to be made, wouldn't you think it is the best opportunity, and hopefully things will settle down after that for an extended period of time?

Again. MacT can't complain about the coaching carousel then fire a coach who had 48 games with the club. If he wanted to fire him then fine, so be it. But don't complain about the number of coaches when you're part of that problem.

And if his master plan is that "hopefully things will settle down", we're all in for a tough go.

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#33 James
November 15 2013, 09:58AM
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Dave2 wrote:

Might have been OK if the new coach had NHL experience.

Maybe. Or maybe some stability for the younglings would have done more. I guess we'll never know. The Oilers were doing better last season until they petered out towards the end.

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#34 Spydyr
November 15 2013, 11:06AM
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pkam wrote:

The hiring of Eakins started like this. Kureger told MacT that he needed an associate coach. But instead of him searching for the associate coach himself, he left this to MacT. This is where Kureger shot himself in the foot.

In the process of searching for the associate coach, MacT interviewed Eakins and felt he was a better candidate than Kureger. So what should MacT do? Keep Kureger for another year or 2 then fire him and switch to Eakins? If he likes Eakins more, shouldn't he make the change then instead of waiting for the change to happen a year or a few month later?

When I said things settle down, I means his plan. If items on his plan hasn't been accomplished, then we should finish them ASAP. And hopefully it works and we won't need big changes, like management, coaches and core players.

Please show me examples of how Eakins is better then Ralph.His record does not show it.The special teams have gone from top ten in the NHL to bottom five his system sure doesn't work. The kids are a year older and have all regressed this year.Not one player on the team last year has improved this year.

MacT got conned by a good salesman selling himself.

The sooner he admits to and rectifies his mistake the better.

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#35 The Real JR
November 15 2013, 10:52AM
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I am disappointed in all of you .

This has all been a master plan of katz. Field a weak team, surround Edmonton with negatives day and night. then we all get sick , go to our doctors , get prescribed anti depression drugs and go to Rexall pharmacies to have them filled. Katz fills his pockets.

Come on boys and Stauffer figure it out ! and get some new dress shirts Stauffer

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#36 2004Z06
November 15 2013, 10:58AM
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Free tickets or not, I have not and will not go to a game. That is the main problem here. People bitching about change at the top yet still selling out the building.

And before the Tier one fans comment, no one is asking you to give up your season tix, just boycott a game or two.

The images on T.V. of a half empty building (normally standing room only) combined with the loss in parking/concession/merchandise revenue would send a very clear message to ownership.

Further to that a petition was put forward to have Lowe fired. Last count 58 signatures!!!

Have yet to hear the "fire Lowe" chants reverberating through my television speakers as well. Has anyone walked into the Oilers office demanding a refund?

Step up, or shut up!

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#37 Hockey Problems
November 15 2013, 11:17AM
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But, we are perfectly happy with the coaching thus far. We've been told, and you know that we questioning the "winning ways" of management is strictly forbidden.

Hey CFR, we found a few more clowns at Rexall, in the basement. Are you sure you don't want to tak'em with you ? ... ... Please!?!

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#38 Greenlingj
November 15 2013, 11:37AM
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The swarm defence does not work.

Case in point. Chicago game Philip Larsen I think is a highly under rated player... but he left his man alone in the blue paint on numerous chicago chances and a team like chicago will capitalize on those.

The encouraging thing is when Chicago decided to play run and gun the Oilers out played them.

If Nurse was 2 years older and 30 pounds heavier I am sure this record would reflect different if we played a man to man coverage style game.

Nurse is everything we need, intelligent, big, strong, #$%&ing mean, and isnt afraid to take the shots or the hits and he has a good set of hands problem is he will be a year down the road... and that is an ugly road.

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#39 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 15 2013, 12:21PM
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So he wants to show he needs conistency at the head coach position yet he fired Krueger after 1 season... C'MON people. His contradictions in what he says to what he does shows that he is a horrible manager.

What a complete joke. Dumbest organization in professional sport?? If not we gotta be in the running

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#40 The Swarm
November 15 2013, 04:09PM
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I would be the first to admit this year, thus far, has been a diaster, but I keep hearing how the Oilers re-build has been 8-years. Where did this "8-year" thing originate from? The first obvious observation is that they were 1 game away from winning the cup in 2006, which is 7-years ago, so were they re-building as they went to the final too? It is safe to say 1-year after almost winning the cup, they were not re-building, which would have been the 2006/07 season.  The following two seasons they had winning records and still had the core from their 2005/06 roster (Hemsky, Horcoff, Pisani, Roloson, etc.., with the exception of Pronger and other spare parts).  I wouldn't constitute these years as re-building years either, as they were still chasing the latest free agents and were not focused on the draft at all (largely due to Lowe trying to repeat his success with acquiring Pronger, Roloson, Pecka, and Samsonov).

That brings us to the 2009/10 season, when clearly they began to stop chasing free agents (Vanek, Hossa, Nylander, Heatley) and build the team again through the draft.  That would be 4 years ago, so the 8-year re-build is "just a little bit outside".

The blue print for the shift in strategy was the Hawks, who last qualified for the playoffs in 2001/02 prior to their break out season in 2008/2009, which is 7-years.  It's interesting to note when the key pieces of their Stanley Cup team were drafted or signed:

2002 - Keith drafted  2003 - Seabrook/Byfuglien drafted 2006 - Toews drafted 2007  - Kane drafted 2008 - Campbell signed 2009 - Hawks have first winning record since 01/02 2010 - Hawks win the Cup

So you can see, it doesn't happen overnight.

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#41 LOIL99
November 15 2013, 10:09AM
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@JW - your claims that a vote of confidence come in short order before a firing is interesting. So I read on hoping to see examples of this, especially if this was the case for the 4 last Oiler coaches. But you gave none. Just made the claim and left it at that. Weak, weak article from a generally good writer.

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#42 Cold Hard Truth
November 15 2013, 10:25AM
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MacTavish is eating humble pie.

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#43 nick
November 15 2013, 10:27AM
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Not much one can say about this Sh*t show called the Oilers. It is a joke and emarassment to the city. MacTavish is an idiot and should never have been hired back here. We were rid of him and somehow he weasled his way back. With this current group of Management and coaches the Oilers will always be the laughing stock of the NHL

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#44 Dave2
November 15 2013, 11:08AM
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@James

I totally agree with Crackenbury :

"Even the most casual fan can see Arcobello should be playing 2nd line centre and Gagner should be moved down the lineup and onto wing. Put Yakupov on the wing with Arcobello on the second line and start using his best asset - his one timer."

So why doesn't Eakins do this - are we wrong ?

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#45 Smokey
November 15 2013, 01:00PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Just found out Arcabello is sitting..........our most solid player both offensively and defensively, and physically will not be playing.

Yea, coaching is not our problem!

The only thing he hasn't done lately is score. His ice time has gone buy buy after he potted the game winner cause they keep force feeding Gagner time and opportunity. What did Arco do to deserve the benching?

Eakins better not say one thing about accountability or my head will explode. This is about a paycheck and coach who's blind.

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#46 2004Z06
November 15 2013, 04:07PM
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@Zarny

God I hate that on pace crap! Until he does it for real, I don't want to hear it.

His production could have completely fallen off a cliff in the second half and likely would have based on his career numbers. One good 48 game stretch is not justification for your argument. Look at his career numbers as a whole.

Purely point totals are not an accurate depiction of a centermans legitimacy either.

Gagner is likely a decent point producing winger, but with the added defensive, puck possession and face off responsibilities of the position of centerman, he is awful.

I am not saying he isn't a decent player, but he is a horrible centerman. We won't even discuss his +/-, his lack of back checking ability or his size.

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#47 pkam
November 15 2013, 10:07AM
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Drake wrote:

Mact T called out Eakins by saying Oilers have made Junior hockey mistakes. Safe for now but short leash

Didn't Eakins say some players were making junior hockey mistakes too and need to learn to get rid of those bad habits? I think MacT just backed up what Eakins had said before.

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#48 Danger Pay
November 15 2013, 11:35AM
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Mac T also addressed the fact that they are not giving up on Yakupov and he is not going anywhere.

My overall interpretation of this conference was that the Oilers have pressed the re-set button and have started (wait for it, wait, for, it) another Re-Build.

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#49 OilCanFan
November 15 2013, 11:52AM
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Spydyr wrote:

Exactly, along with Hemsky, Jones,Smyth,Arcobello,Larsen,N.Schultz and Potter.

Yak, Hall, Ebs and the Nuge should be the only small skilled guys in the forward group.

Find some players with heart, grit a will to win and for the once in a generation some mean.

This team has been soft for far to long.Time to bring in some players that are no fun to pay against.Some nasty.

I agree with the changes with the exception of Arcobello. He is the ONLY one of tghe Oiler "players with heart". He is the ONLY player I notice throwing what little weight he has. I'd rather have a small player with grit and heart than a big pylon of a player. There is absolutely no reason why Arcobello is not playing ahead of Gagner.

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#50 Todd
November 15 2013, 12:14PM
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Bigge small wrote:

These Funs do not have the heart to do that, except compliant...... In any relationship caring should be at least 50/50 otherwise you get the treatment you getting from oilers. You are right on baby.....

I have gone on rants here about how we need to stop going to the games. Its the ONLY way. I haven't been to 1 game all year, and will not spend $1 on a ticket.

But I was just offered free tix tonight. I took them. I can't help it. I'm a recovering addict. My sponsor wasn't around, and I took the hit. HELP ME!

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