GDB 15.0: RED WINGS

Wanye
November 02 2013 01:09PM

 

Jason Gregor texted me to say "I have baby business to attend to on Saturday. Gregor 2,0 is only weeks away. I will need you to write the GDB for the Red Wings game." "Me?" we replied "last time I wrote a GDB people said it was silly and cried for you to write every one until 2099."

Well one doesn't argue with Jason Gregor if one hopes to be alive for the next Oilers win. So here goes nothing.

AND SO IT CONTINUES

How many ways are there to say that the Oilers rebuild is taking longer than it took to rebuild Europe after WWII?  At some point we start to scramble for new acronyms making a chase for last place an exciting proposition.

After the pantsing the Leafs gave the Oil on Tuesday - in front of LeafsNation Steve Dangle who had flown in for the match no less - it is hard to make bold predictions of Oilers wins. We sat there at Rexall Place, next to the King of all Maple Leafs fans watching them cheer and smile and raise their fists in triumph. We want that so badly for all our fellow Oilers fans it hurts.

Yes, if you told us "Wanye, all you have to do is get hit by a car and the Oil will turn around quick as a flash" we would run screaming from Wanye Manor and get hit square by the first motorcar we happened to see. Sadly it ain't that easy. But there are still things we can do as Oilers fans to try and turn the ship around.

In fact we have an idea.

AN IDEA

We hockey fans are a superstitious lot. Lucky underwear, lucky beer brand, lucky type of fur coat deodorizer. Cheering from the same seat on the couch. We all have some little foible we cling to in the hopes it makes our beloved Oilers win. Well Nation whatever we are doing is wrong.

We need to collectively reboot our lucky charms and send a wave of new karma out into the universe. Rather than focusing on what we don't want - more losses, more injuries, more Grebeshkovs in the lineup - we need to take new actions focused on what we want.

Wins.

Pictured at the top of the article is our most prized possession - our Eberle jersey purchased minutes after 14 scored his mind shattering first goal in the NHL. Thinking it was lucky we haven't so much as cleaned it once in the 4 years since. At the quarter pole of his 5th season it is clear the luck ain't working.

So we took the jersey to the cleaners on Thursday and got it back clean as clean can be. This was our major good luck charm these past 4 years and we wouldn't dream of doing this normally. But drastic times call for drastic measures. We invite you to reconsider whatever lucky charms you have and bring new ones out. The team needs it Nation. It's the only thing left we can think of doing.

Let us know if you think of anything you can do to reboot the franchise's luck. Burn your lucky drawers. Switch brands of game day beer. Remarry a new luckier wife if you think it will help. Just do something positive that is a break with the past.

We beg you.

LINEUP - GOOD

 

According to DailyFaceOff.com the Oilers are icing the forward corps above and the defensive pairings below. And according to the very same site Bachman will get the start in between the pipes tonight.

LINEUP - BAD

 

Forwards up, defense below and something called a Petr Mrazek will be tending for the Wings tonight. Poor bugger won't even have a chance. 

 

PREDICTIONS R US

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers win 4-2 shocking many including the Oilers themselves.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: During the second intermission Coack Babcock screams at Mrazek to step his game up to which the goalie tearfully replies "I don't even know who I am. WHY ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH DID YOU START ME IN AN NHL GAME?"

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Hearing about the jersey cleaning Jordan Eberle pots a pair of goals. In the post game scrum he comments "I knew something was holding me back this year. Here all this time it was a ratty jersey covered in shots of Jack Daniels from the Pint. I wish Wanye had gotten his hygenic act together years ago."

Hearing my name mentioned by King Jordan I immediately transcend into a beam of pure joy and shoot into space.

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#102 LJAC
November 02 2013, 01:23PM
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Lineups need to be slightly adjusted.

Perron out for the Oilers

Franzen out for the Wings

Get your game together Wanye!

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#103 Loweblows
November 02 2013, 08:51PM
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youguysarehotgarbage wrote:

As a flames fan, i am wanting to see wins from you guys.

Do you realize how bad you need to be for this to happen,Detroit of a back to back and your supposed to be young fit team andthey jump on guys... wow

eakins might want mix some hockey stuff with strength and conditioning program

F off we dont need your pity.

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#104 Outdoors guy
November 02 2013, 08:57PM
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The Oiler organization started to suck many years ago. When the Laforge group with Lowe took over, they became an orginazition that disenfranchised the people. Despite what they say, they don't care about the game. It's dollars. Plain and simple. As long as money flows into the coffer of the team, they don't care. STOP SPENDING $$$$$$$$ on this team. It's the only message they wiifm understand. There is nobody to blame but the Oiler fan for the state of today's team. If you keep going to the game and buying the jerseys, they don't care. That's money in Katz's pocket. Stop going to the games and supporting this organization that has been terrible for the last 15 years and maybe they will get the message. But somehow I don't think they're that smart.

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#105 I tried it at home
November 02 2013, 09:26PM
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I dont know what Im getting more sick of, seeing other teams score on us, or hearing right after "his FIRST GOAL since coming back from whatever however long ago." What are we, E-Z goals R us? More rum....

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#106 LoweBlow
November 02 2013, 09:46PM
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I have a sneaking suspicion that the Oilers don't have that many more injuries than all the other teams. I bet these players simply don't want to play. Playing on a team like this can kill your confidence and your career.

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#107 .??? IRON
November 02 2013, 10:03PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Eakins has clearly lost the room. Time to remove him.

Bring in IRON MIKE KEENAN and give him free reign to blow up this MESS and rebuild it!

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#108 Toro
November 02 2013, 10:23PM
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So has management just accepted another year of failure or are they gonna do something .... Anything to try and make this team into and NHL squad.... What a joke , never been ashamed to be an Oiler fan but it's really getting hard to stick behind this team

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#109 Serious Gord
November 02 2013, 10:26PM
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kale wrote:

What is shocking is that the Oilers are a cap team

And that is on MacT.

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#110 Fresh Mess
November 02 2013, 10:33PM
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Now Belov taken out by his own team mate. There goes their best D man. Keystone cops. Pure comedy.

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#111 Crusty Grit
November 02 2013, 10:45PM
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Alsker wrote:

You got it all wrong, 6M a year to do as you please, no pressure, no worries, maybe 4/5 years from now BUT today, not a chance.

It is Saturday night. Obviously confirming the reservation for the boys.

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#112 Alsker
November 02 2013, 10:46PM
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Doug Diggler wrote:

oilers should have taken a page out of the flyers playbook and started a line brawl

First we need 5 guys with willing to fight, there goes that idea(though I wish it were us not Philly able to do it).

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#113 Johnnydapunk
November 03 2013, 12:26AM
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Did you ever get the feeling you've been cheated....

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#114 Hemmercules
November 03 2013, 05:44AM
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I can't watch another season knowing the playoffs are out of the question. After one month they are done. So sad. I guess I just watch flames games the rest of the year and cheer against them. The oilers are ruining nhl hockey for me. How do you cheer for another team with any seriousness after being an oiler fan for 25 years.

Next comes the players only meeting. Followed by a few decent games and then back to the same old bucket of crap. Clean out the management and coaching staff and start over, again. Ference Looked like he was going to cry after that game, the leader of the team was lost for words and ready to break down. The oilers are at their lowest right now. How much further down can they be driven. So so sad.

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#115 FIREEAKINS
November 02 2013, 08:54PM
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Well i'm gonna go play some Battlefield 4, f u c k this horse $hit game and this horse $hit team. F u ck you Eakins! Fu ck you Lowe! Fu ck you lazy Oiler players!

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#116 spliff
November 02 2013, 09:28PM
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Wow are the Oilers terrible. No passion, no intensity and not enough effort. These players should be giving full effort in front of their long suffering fans, on a HNIC game, against a road-weary team. What I am seeing is shocking. How to MacT and KLowe explain this? We can't get another coach, so what happens now? And does anyone really care anymore?

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#117 Seriously
November 02 2013, 09:29PM
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I'm sure that they are on the bench trying to determine which bar they are going to after this poor pathetic excuse of a game!!! Reading all these comments about this s#!¥ team is more entertaining than the game! Keep them rolling in!! LOL

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#118 Dallas Oilers
November 02 2013, 09:35PM
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Guys, what do you expect? You're putting junior players against an elite team...there aren't any quality veterans to shield your #1 overall picks. They will get manhandled until they reach their prime. Kane and Toews had Ladd, Byfuglien, Sopel, Keith, Seabrook, Bolland, to learn from. Crosby had quality veterans to grow under, albeit a very short time, because he's a generational talent. This isn't a balanced team. It's basically players that are just removed from junior hockey playing top line minutes against NHL players in their prime. You will get killed.

Eakins can do all the coaching he wants, but nothing will happen until the roster is fixed. They can have all the compete and hard work you want, but if you play a junior player against an NHL player in his prime, 10 times out of 10, the NHL player wins.

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#119 Alsker
November 02 2013, 10:30PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

5-0 2 shots in ten minutes of the third.

This is

Rock.

Bottom.

Heads Have To ROLL.

I thought the leafs game was rock bottom...maybe bring up the whole OKC team coachs and all and see what they can do??? If someone isnt fired by Monday AM or traded than Katz must step in.

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#120 Cynic
November 02 2013, 10:31PM
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"Like how could you even own a team like this and not cry yourself to sleep. I guess as the old sane goes... moneytalks."

He's wallet-raping your ma and pa for a new arena. That's how he sleeps at night.

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#121 Smokey
November 03 2013, 12:36AM
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After the second goal, I told my wife the games over. She looked puzzled thinking your sure given up easy. I told there is no fight left. You gotta change the culture of losing from the top down. Its the only answer.

I said I hope this team looses 9-0 because maybe there might be enough outcry to get rid of Lowe and MacT.

The reason there is not 500 posts is fans are starting to stop caring. There should be at least that many post calling for Lowe's head.

If they fire Lowe tonight, I'll buy tickets tomorrow. I'm not supporting this culture of losing this year. Maybe if we had 500 posts saying the same thing maybe we'd get somewhere.

Dump Lowe, reassign MacT, send Eakins to OKC. Bring in Nelson to develop these kids. Hell I'd even sign Sutter, cough cough, to coach this team to play better defensively and teach these kids to play proper systematic hockey. If you don't salvage what's left of this year, next year will be the same.

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#122 6 ring circus
November 03 2013, 10:04AM
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(Gretzky): "It got to the point where it wasn't even funny" "How long has it been for them? Three years? Five? Seven? Probably closer to nine. Well, it's about time they got their act together. They're ruining the whole league. They better stop running a Mickey Mouse organization and put somebody on the ice." ... 30 years later and it's the Oilers who are the Mickey mouse organization.

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#123 Zamboni Driver
November 03 2013, 10:32AM
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@Zarny

Oh another person smarter than all the rest of us.

Good.

you let us know when it's okay to be concerned.

3 wins in 15 games is not a problem then. Second last in the NHL is a-okay. WHEW. Here I thought the point was to, you know, WIN a few more.

In fact the point is.........well actually I don't know.

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#124 NJ
November 02 2013, 02:39PM
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I'm gonna change my game day ritual ...

I'm not gonna watch the game ... Seems like a good plan for the rest of the season actually.

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#125 K_Mart
November 02 2013, 04:34PM
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*removes '06 M-A Bergeron jersey.... throws it in the trash. Held on too long.

Yes, you read that right. I owned the jersey of the player that ran into roloson, indirectly costing us our beloved stanley cup.

I apologize.

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#126 Puritania
November 02 2013, 06:13PM
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Keeping with Wanye's wishes, I have switched to inhaling carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen.

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#127 Newj
November 02 2013, 09:34PM
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I'm curious about what Tom Renney's thinking as he watches his Wings annhilate his former club?

I'm hoping he takes pity on us.

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#128 oilredemption
November 02 2013, 09:51PM
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Boyd Gordon with the red wing flu too. I wonder if Katz ever even watches these games. The rest of us sit in our tightie whities with a glass of whiskey half empty in the dark muttering words that aren't even English anymore and suffering from severe depression. Like how could you even own a team like this and not cry yourself to sleep. I guess as the old sane goes... moneytalks

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#129 Walter Sobchak
November 02 2013, 10:19PM
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Dallas Eakns is in way over his head!!

Completely out coached.

That, or the boys have tuned him completely out.

Is Brent Sutter available.

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#130 Doug Diggler
November 02 2013, 10:43PM
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oilers should have taken a page out of the flyers playbook and started a line brawl

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#131 Johnny Larue
November 02 2013, 11:00PM
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I have been season ticket holder since 1994 but I can't evan force myself to go to the games anymore. This team is brutal can't win at home can't even compete at all. Eakins has been a total failure they are so brutal I don't even know where to start. They need do something drastic to get the teams attention. Eager had to be sent down Action,Hamilton also. Season is already shot and it makes me sick.

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#132 Buzz
November 02 2013, 11:09PM
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Oiler fans if you want to see changes , boycott this gongshow organization. Stop giving Katz your hard earned dollars. He might have to stop bathing in Krugerands. Boo freaking hoo...

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#133 Btk1979
November 02 2013, 11:11PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

I give full credit to Ference for facing the HNIC panel after that debacle. Doesn't he know he will be late to the nightclub? Taylor Hall's sloppy seconds for the captain.

I respect Ference as well. He could have many excuse to avoid the interview. Too bad no one else in management takes responsibility.

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#134 hemi
November 03 2013, 05:03AM
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Like the vast majority of loyal Oil fans, I really am finding that this year has been the hardest to be supportive to the team. Drinking the Kool-Aid just doesn't do it anymore. Could this be the year that fans like me finally say the hell with it? Sure is starting to feel like that. Bloody depressing!

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#135 Lowe Expectations
November 03 2013, 07:56AM
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From the amount of comments here, the care people have for this team is strong. But the Oilers are like a child approaching adulthood that make bad decisions. You try your hardest to steer them down the right path, but they continue to do stupid things. Your love will never disappear, but you realize they have to face the consequences of there actions alone and take full responsibilty.

Thank you NFL for giving me this day to enjoy sports and not have my emotions ripped out of me.

Will Eakins make the Bugsy Watson line, 18 games.

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#136 Zarny
November 03 2013, 10:23AM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

This whole mess is on upper management, remember after the 06 run, Pronger traded for peanuts, overpaying Horcoff, Pisani etc, trading the young core that actually had some size and grit (Stoll,Green and Torres), offer sheets to Penner and Vanek, this not only was the beginning of the end it enabled the Ducks and Kings to win a cup. Stauffer was so adamant that EIG sell to Katz and what a difference it would make and a lot of us bought in because we had loved Bob's candidacy at another time and place radio show. Well it has made a huge difference, Katz got a new toy, Stauffer got his dream job, and Kevin Lowe got an apparent live time contract. It would not have been to difficult to have drafted smarter on the 2012 FOA and bridge contracts for the fab 3 would have been more logical. I am a tier 1 season ticket holder and leaving the seats empty not giving them away and no renewals is the only way anything is going to change and that is tough at the price we paid for them but an empty building will produce changes.

Actually we didn't get peanuts for Pronger.

We got Smid, Joffrey Lupul, a draft pick which was flipped for Marincin, a conditional pick which turned out to be Jordan Eberle and a 2nd round pick which turned into Oscar Klefbom.

That's pretty good return for a guy everyone knew wanted out of town ASAP.

Offer sheets to Vanek and Penner. Skipping bridge contracts with Hall, Ebs and Nuge.

You don't seem to realize Edm is the 29th most popular destination for free agents...just ahead of Buffalo.

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#137 boxman
November 03 2013, 10:27AM
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michael wrote:

Suck it up you bunch of fair weather pansies. What did you expect coming out of the gate this season? 10-0 ,20-0.

I expected just what I am seeing. I thought we would get 8 points in October. We got 8 points.

There was o way in my mind that we were going to any better. No RNH.NO Gagner.New systems. New coaches. New coaches. The chemistry for this team was and is so messed up its not even funny.

Who expected to win last night give your head a shake.

A veteran team that plays a system that they have had for years under a coach they have had for years with a group of players that have played together for years. Yup we should have beaten that team.

Reality check over. Now that you've all been put in your right frame of mind I'll tell you what else I believe.

I believe that this team will not make the playoffs. Given what we know about the analytics that was easy to say. The harder thing to say is that I believe that Dallas Eakins will turn this team around by the Olympic break. Till then it will not be pretty. At all. Put your fire Klowes,trade Yakupov, and all your other fear driven ideas to rest and for the next little while watch this team learn and grow. It'll like watching a two year old toddler. It won't be pretty but eventually the toddler learns.

Fair weather pansies you say......I say lose your holier than thou attitude and give your own head a shake. The seats I was " lucky " enough to be gifted last night are $280 each. For that princely sum I didn't see one Oiler player that gave his best. You in all your self anointed glory prattle on how you predicted this calamity. Who the hell cares what you predict! People paying $280 a night for tickets damn well don't. If people want to watch a toddler grow they will check out the tom thumbs at the local rink. There were 17,000 at Rexall last night that hoped for the Oilers to put forth a professional effort. It didn't happen and hasn't happened far too often. If you want to talk reality checks try watching the effort the Flames put out compared to the Oilers. I guess what I'm trying to say if you are all for patience and watching the Oiler toddlers grow there is a long line up of season ticket holders willing to sell you their tickets while this is happening! Child....please.

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#138 Reggi
November 02 2013, 09:20PM
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Fire Lowe , Bucky and Smith .

Now that is a good start for turning this team around.

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#139 Andrew
November 02 2013, 09:24PM
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This is the worst owner, prez of hockey, GM and coaches in all of hockey. The Oilers have unquestionably the worst 'D' squad in the solar system. Smid and Petry are gutless and clueless on their positions. How the heck did they get this far? Nick Schultz would make a fair lawn jockey.

And Mact does.....nothing!

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#140 Zamboni Driver
November 02 2013, 09:27PM
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This actually is getting hilarious.

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#141 Gordie Wayne
November 02 2013, 10:32PM
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The only thing worse than watching the Oilers get schooled by the Wings, is watching them with Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey blathering on about how terrible the Oilers are...please tell us something we don't know...

Oh, and now Belov hurt...for f%^& sake.

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#142 lastpl4ever
November 02 2013, 10:44PM
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Next marketing idea pink third jersey as they play like a women's Jr team! Crest should be a broken heart to represent how they play with no heart or passion.Too many Barbara Ann Scotts on this team. Remember the glory days of Pat Quinn's first 10 games as coach.

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#143 Fresh Mess
November 02 2013, 10:49PM
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Were Gadzic and Eager dressed tonight? Why was Acton the one dropping his mitts at the end?

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#144 TonyT
November 02 2013, 10:52PM
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I'm not going to pretend I have an idea of what to do. I among many thought this team would be better. Injuries have depleted them, but this is a defeated team. It would be folly to panic, but I fear this "team" will never learn to win. The time for bold is now, it is not a shakeup, not a wake up call, but a plea for this team to wake up. These are desperate times, I tried one of the untouchables...

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#145 FireKLowe
November 02 2013, 10:55PM
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Lowe must have some incriminating evidence on Katz such as Katz sucking Lowe's cock or something during the glory years to explain why Lowe still has a fcuking job with the Oilers!!!

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#146 Andrew
November 02 2013, 11:04PM
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Kevin wrote:

He's polishing Katz's shoes.

Hey, those shoes aren't going to polish themselves.

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#147 StHenriOilBomb
November 02 2013, 01:23PM
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Perron? Really?... and Schultz?... At least get Gregor to help you with the lineups!

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#148 konst16
November 02 2013, 01:49PM
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No Gags ? Line up looks like the one from a week or so back.

I've been with my girlfriend since the last game of the SJ series in '06....

Oh dear.

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#149 Cynic
November 02 2013, 04:49PM
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I cherish my Steve Smith throwback jersey. I like sitting behind my buddy in the Grant Fuhr jersey.

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#150 LoweBlow
November 02 2013, 08:26PM
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2-0 Wings.

Loving the team D by the Oilers.

I thought Eakins was supposed to bring effort and accountability. What gives?

I guess you can't teach effort. Bring out the paper bags.

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