THE PLAN IS ON FIRE

Lowetide
November 03 2013 12:32PM

The Edmonton Oilers (MacT as GM edition) are 3-10-2 fifteen games in, and OilersNation has gone from anger to real disillusionment. Up next for the fanbase is indifference, but before they get there is there anything the GM can do?

 

  • Darcy Regier: "These GM jobs, they're good jobs. But waiting for a GM opportunity that's structured for success? I'm not sure it exists. When I was assessing the problems in Buffalo before I joined, Al Arbour said to me "Darcy, do you think there would be an opportunity there if there weren't problems? Go in there and do something about it.'" (from the book Behind the Moves).

I'm sure Craig MacTavish knew there were problems (he was part of the organization before agreeing to the job in spring) but there are elements out of the control of the GM that have (at least to this point) conspired against him. His new coach has gone from being seen as confident, fresh and relentless to another in a ever lengthening line of failed coaching hires in Edmonton.

His club has been rocked by injuries (two more last night, and as Robin Brownlee tweeted that Belov injury looked bad) goaltending maladies and confidence issues. I haven't seen locusts, but haven't been looking either.

It's a team in a bad way.

WHAT CAN THEY DO?

As the playoff hopes unhook and release (November 3rd!!!!) there's a sense that the club should do something--anything--to improve things. There are options:

  1. FIRE SOMEONE! Age old solution, find some poor schmuck who was in the room at the time. Candidates often include assistant coaches, pro scouts, the guy who brings the towels and people with one eyebrow. It usually doesn't help.
  2. HIRE SOMEONE! Oilers have already hired Messier, we just don't know what he's going to be doing.
  3. TRADE SOMEONE! Good idea, but you can go from 'we can't trade that guy' to 'no one wants our crap' in a heartbeat and the reality is that it's really early for a significant deal. Besides, the Oilers have traded Mike Brown which means they've used their "Steve Tambellini trade chips mid-season" allotment.
  4. CALL SOMEONE UP! They could call Omark, but I suspect he's broken his phone.

THIS IS GOING TO END BADLY

Probably. However, there's very little that can be done about things as they stand today. Firing the coach would be crazy, trading players when you haven't actually seen your entire team healthy is equally addled and despite being 3-10-2 after fifteen games you could make a case that with goaltending and better luck they could be 6-7-2.

That may sound like sunshine, and hell maybe it is, but from here there's not a lot going on here that some timely goaltending, a better penalty kill and better health can't fix.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

The plan is on fire, the season is gone, but there's still a chance to get something out of it. Fix the PK, find useful 6's and 7's and 9's for the 3line with Gordon and the 4line overall. Get Yakupov scoring, get everyone else healthy, find a way to finish above Calgary and then work like buggers next summer to make certain that 2014-15 is the year we see a second season.

Sound horrible? It is. It's also the truth.

Or the owner can fire everyone again.

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#1 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 03 2013, 12:37PM
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Fire and trade everyone.

Woman holding the leash = Lowe and friends, dog = Oiler fans, guy with eggs = DSF

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#2 The Real Gongshow
November 03 2013, 12:39PM
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Not falling for it this year. Infinibuild is right. I'm not jumping off the bandwagon, I'm blowing it up !!! Oh ya... One more thing... M...I...C...K...E...Y, M...O...U...S...E !!!

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#3 Rama Lama
November 03 2013, 12:41PM
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Start with firing the coach and all his junior systems.

Bring in Brent Sutter.........a real NHL Coach.

Start observing players to see who stay and who goes.

Trade as many players as possible for draft picks.

Bring in as many AHL players and see what we really have........I mean could they be worse that what we have?

Start assembling a team for next year.........this year is over.

Embrace change as it is all we have left...........do not attend a game ( fan revolt) to send a clear message to Katz that Six Rings has to go.

Drink and drink heavily, this will be a long second rebuild!

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#4 Seriously
November 03 2013, 12:41PM
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LT, you sure they hired messier ? This is now just a tragic joke of a franchise. Utterly pathetic and unconscionable to keep brining in ex -oilers who could play and nothing more.

LT, say it ain't so....

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#5 K_Mart
November 03 2013, 12:41PM
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TRADE EVERYONE, THEN FIRE EVERYONE

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#6 Get me outta this Mess !
November 03 2013, 12:42PM
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What ?!?!?! Where's the advance stats ?? Can't pull some numbers out the butt now, can you ?!?

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#9 Neal
November 03 2013, 12:45PM
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How about implementing Home Game System Play:

1) PVR it 2) Down by 1 - Play and Pray 3) Down by 2 - Fast Forward to (maybe)Oil goal 4) Down by 3 - Max Fast Forward 5) Down by 4 - Turn off. Wonder why you bought the f@#$%^& Mini Pack anyway.

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#11 D
November 03 2013, 12:49PM
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When a patient is in triage, the first step ER doctors take is to stabilize. Figure out what will get the patient through the night and then the week. Once the patient is clear from mortal danger, then follow-on medical personnel can determine how to rehabilitate the patient.

For the Oilers, it should be no different. We now have talented players that we were unable to retain in the late 90s and early 2000s. Determine this season what is missing in order to stabilize the team (while retaining the top end talent) and at least make it a passable NHL organization.

Okay, so there's no playoffs this year, but what could the Oilers do this season to compete at the level of say, Carolina or Nashville. Not elite, but at least passable NHL franchises. Once you get to that point, then worry about jumping to the Chicago-Pittsburgh level.

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#12 Jay Gray
November 03 2013, 12:51PM
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I really think this is a low point in franchise history.

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#13 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 03 2013, 12:52PM
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Man, four years ago the Oilers looked to be on the verge of something special. We've gone beyond embarrassing, we have achieved carney status. We are circus folk.

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#14 Kevin Lowe
November 03 2013, 12:55PM
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I am sure there is a perfectly reasonable solution that only an Ex-Oiler with not Hockey Business or Administration skills can fix.

Start bringing merit based positions into the origination and things will change in time.

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#15 JonSwift
November 03 2013, 12:58PM
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I am now indifferent.

While I still consider myself a fan, it now doesn't bother me to miss games. If I have something else to do, I do it without regret.

The only thing making me keep my share of season's tickets is that I don't want to lose my seat at the new arena. I am not sure this is enough to hold on to them for 3 or 4 more years though. Still thinking about this...

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#16 Dan 1919
November 03 2013, 12:58PM
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It’s been going on too long to accredit the downfalls to injuries and bad goalies (even though they’re both true). As mentioned many times by many people, the NYR couldn’t get a skilled team working together with a group of elites in their prime, the Oilers clearly are not going to do it with a group of skilled guys under 23. It’s time to build a team. Who should be safe... no one. So where to start.

Hall is clearly the catalyst for sparking all the Hemskys on the team (Hemsky, Eberle, Gagner, RNH, Arco... yes too many Hemskys), so he should stay for now.

RNH is/will be the best centre, so let’s not start with him either. Gordon and Perron seem to be self motivated, keep them, do not trade Nurse.

With Eberle, Gagner, Yakupov, 2014 1stRound, Arco, Hemsky, J.Shultz, Klefbom, Petry and more on this team being expendable, you would think there is some sort of package deal that could bring a stellar defenceman to this town, maybe management deems goaltending to be the main culprit, get a goalie first then reassess... Do something............................

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#17 Greg the Hammer Valentine
November 03 2013, 12:58PM
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Firing the coach would be carzy? I'm not so sure. From what I see since the beginning of the regular season, I would say the players have no faith in Dallas Eakins. But I'm no sport psychologist, so I could be mistaking.

What I'm sure of, is that:

1- The special teams are a total mess. Man advantage in particular, has no structure at all.

2- The swamp defense is not working. At all. It's chaos on ice.

The Eakins hiring was done too hastily and it turned into an epic fail. The entire coaching staff needs to be changed. Again.

That, plus we need goaltending. And depth at center. And grit. And a no.1 defenseman...

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#18 K_Mart
November 03 2013, 12:59PM
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So our entire left wing position is gone. Hall,Perron,Joensuu,Smyth

Macintyre and Pitlick being out doesn't help either.

Justin Schultz and Belov are out.

Dubnyk is out.

Before that, Nuge, Gags, Grebs, Potter, and Hamilton were all injured.

Grebs, Potter, Hamilton, and Macintyre are the only injuries that aren't significant.

Not only are we leading the league in man games lost due to injury, almost all of ours have been to significant pieces. This is far from our only problem, but is almost certainly the biggest one this year.

The healthiest team in the league, Colorado, seems to be fine.

Pitt, Detroit, and Anaheim are up there in man games lost, but haven't lost any significant time from major players.

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#19 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 03 2013, 12:59PM
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I'm starting to think they should raffle off the assets one at a time, ask for nothing but first round picks. Keep Nuge and Nurse.

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#21 Thinker
November 03 2013, 01:02PM
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Soneone call the oilers and tell them mcdavid isn't elligible until next year.

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#22 6Rings
November 03 2013, 01:02PM
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Doug Messier to be named Head Coach Monday morning. Son Markie to be named special assistant to Joey Moss.

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#23 PutzStew
November 03 2013, 01:03PM
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"The Edmonton Oilers (MacT as GM edition) are 3-10-2 fifteen games in, and OilersNation has gone from anger to real disillusionment. Up next for the fanbase is indifference, but before they get there is there anything the GM can do?"

LMAO

Disillisionment = Lowetide

1) MacT is in over his head and was not the right man for the job. If he was then he would have made sure that he had enough NHL player to start the season with, never mind injuries. Never mind all the other crap he said, He started the season with One NHL caliber center. That was the beginning of the end right there. And a smart Hockey man would have never said Horcoff should be on the 2010 olympic team. That was one of the stupidest hockey moments ever.

2) Klowe should have been fired as soon as his comments about "stanley cup rings" and "2 tiered fans". Seriously could you image Scotty Bowman saying something so pathetic?

3) Katz is going to make Pocklington look like an angel. You folks got screwed badly with the arena deal.

4) Hall, RNH, Yak, Gagner, ETC are all good hockey players and should be in the NHL. But as Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock made clear last spring, none of them know how to play as a team. This is an organizational issue. It isn't knew either. As I asked a couple blogs ago, How good would Hemsky actually have been if he was brought up in a good system.

5) No successful team would start the season with Smyth on the first line. In fact no good team would even have Smyth on the rosters. Why? BECAUSE HE CAN"T PLAY ANYMORE. Enough said.

So to you Mr. Allen. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. You want to choose to support a pathetic team like the Oilers, then I will enjoy laughing my arse off at you and the other like you. You want to waste you time and money supporting a organization that doesn't deserve it then I will enjoy making fun of your misery. So again to you sir……BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! SUCKER!!!!

PS are you ready to give up yet and start demanding change from these losers or are you going to continue with your false hope.

PPS BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. shut out in 2 games straight. I love it. Lossers.

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#24 -30-
November 03 2013, 01:03PM
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Whatever the Oil do please keep the assistant coaches for the sake of continuity. K?

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#25 Wanyes bastard child
November 03 2013, 01:06PM
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Neal wrote:

How about implementing Home Game System Play:

1) PVR it 2) Down by 1 - Play and Pray 3) Down by 2 - Fast Forward to (maybe)Oil goal 4) Down by 3 - Max Fast Forward 5) Down by 4 - Turn off. Wonder why you bought the f@#$%^& Mini Pack anyway.

Sadly.... this is what I have been doing...

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#26 Randaman
November 03 2013, 01:08PM
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D wrote:

When a patient is in triage, the first step ER doctors take is to stabilize. Figure out what will get the patient through the night and then the week. Once the patient is clear from mortal danger, then follow-on medical personnel can determine how to rehabilitate the patient.

For the Oilers, it should be no different. We now have talented players that we were unable to retain in the late 90s and early 2000s. Determine this season what is missing in order to stabilize the team (while retaining the top end talent) and at least make it a passable NHL organization.

Okay, so there's no playoffs this year, but what could the Oilers do this season to compete at the level of say, Carolina or Nashville. Not elite, but at least passable NHL franchises. Once you get to that point, then worry about jumping to the Chicago-Pittsburgh level.

So what you are saying is we are where we were 4 years ago and we should relax and start over. No thanks. Lowe, buchberger & Smith have to go. This circus is a complete and utter failure.

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#27 15w40
November 03 2013, 01:10PM
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D wrote:

When a patient is in triage, the first step ER doctors take is to stabilize. Figure out what will get the patient through the night and then the week. Once the patient is clear from mortal danger, then follow-on medical personnel can determine how to rehabilitate the patient.

For the Oilers, it should be no different. We now have talented players that we were unable to retain in the late 90s and early 2000s. Determine this season what is missing in order to stabilize the team (while retaining the top end talent) and at least make it a passable NHL organization.

Okay, so there's no playoffs this year, but what could the Oilers do this season to compete at the level of say, Carolina or Nashville. Not elite, but at least passable NHL franchises. Once you get to that point, then worry about jumping to the Chicago-Pittsburgh level.

They are still at the point where they are yelling "CLEAR" and seeing if they can get a pulse.

Sad when your already in to a salvage operation from a smoldering heap of a season on the 1st weekend of November.

They need a fresh set of eyes - not the coach, (how many coaches has this group skewered), to evaluate the talent without any prior baggage of scouting or drafting them.

Look what Burke had to say about Sven Baertschi in Calgary. The current management has hitched their wagon to these guys and will ride them on greased rails into a lake of fire because they have painted themselves into a corner.

The 80's were great - but they are over. Time for a new perspective.

IMHO

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#28 Dan 1919
November 03 2013, 01:10PM
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Remember when Oiler fans laughed at trading Eberle for Suban... Suban would be nice right now.

I do wonder what would have happened if the Oilers started the season with a goalie like Schneider had the Canucks traded him here. Would getting Miller right now be enough to spark the team, maybe compete down the stretch, still highly unlikely to make the post season obviously.

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#29 oilerman53
November 03 2013, 01:11PM
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I've been following the Oilers closely ever since they captured my heart again the night Marchant silenced that Texas crowd on a warm spring night. This is by far the worst team I've ever seen assembled, they play with zero passion and zero accountability. There isn't any fire throughout the whole lineup, I think the first mistake was giving up too early on Krueger. Then giving an outsider the captaincy, Taylor Hall was poised to lead this team. Before all of you naysayers come in with your catty remarks. Look at Colorado and their young captain, I'm sure Landeskog has some growing up to do but his team goes as he goes. With Hall in the lineup this team looks different, this is becoming a huge joke in itself and the fans are the real losers in the whole situation. I'm just frustrated beyond belief, I just wanna see some effing results. As a fan don't I deserve that much?

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#30 Robster88
November 03 2013, 01:14PM
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Blow it all up. We need to start fresh, that means we need to fire everyone all the way up to the owner. Have we ever had a successful oilers team since Katz took over? No, we have missed the playoffs every year that he has been owner. The old boys club is ruining everything, no more hiring of ex-oilers! We will also need to trade all our young guns are restart because they all lack that character that you need in order for a team to win. If none of this happens we will be forever a losing team that is consistently at the bottom of the league in standings.

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#32 I Remember the Orange Jerseys
November 03 2013, 01:15PM
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Hi. First time poster here at ON. I’ve been coming here regularly for a couple years to read insightful thoughts about my favorite team. So far, you good people have never let me down!

What I took away from Andrew Ference’s interview last night on Hot Stove was that DE has lost a significant part of the locker room, and that it’s largely the “young guns” that he’s lost. I think Ference was also suggesting he believes Eakins’ system would work if the team would actually buy in.

There’s little doubt in my mind that MacT needs to trade one of the so-called untouchables, and he needs to do it now. Given the potential return, and (in my opinion) his complete lack of commitment to the game when the puck isn’t on his stick, Eberle would be my first choice.

This team has become too much of a sh** show to fix with one trade, but trading one of the young guns at this point would bring back something else in return that the team does need, and it would send a message to the locker room that the coach, not the players, run the team.

I’m definitely not sold on Eakins myself, but it does appear to me that a large segment of this team will not commit to defense, and this hasn’t been a problem just since Eakins came along.

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#33 Slats
November 03 2013, 01:17PM
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THE NEW VISION

I think that this has to start with a new philosophy of Team and Organization.

1. Start by being self-critical, perfectionist of all details, and a militaristic approach to the game;

2. Emphasis on Team - individual great players who are not team oriented are traded for multiple pieces/assets and are replaced for ones who are.

3. Equality among players and lack of individual ego (see above)

4. Complete devotion and strong work ethic, intelligence and high level of focus and preparation for each individual game

5. Be versatile and have players who are versatile, able to play multiple positions and systems (not 1 but multiple!)Multiple schemes intended to take advantage of their opponent's weaknesses.

The above is from the New England Patriots. The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club does about 10% of these and that's why their results are about 10% of what a great team is.

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#34 Dan 1919
November 03 2013, 01:17PM
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oilerman53 wrote:

I've been following the Oilers closely ever since they captured my heart again the night Marchant silenced that Texas crowd on a warm spring night. This is by far the worst team I've ever seen assembled, they play with zero passion and zero accountability. There isn't any fire throughout the whole lineup, I think the first mistake was giving up too early on Krueger. Then giving an outsider the captaincy, Taylor Hall was poised to lead this team. Before all of you naysayers come in with your catty remarks. Look at Colorado and their young captain, I'm sure Landeskog has some growing up to do but his team goes as he goes. With Hall in the lineup this team looks different, this is becoming a huge joke in itself and the fans are the real losers in the whole situation. I'm just frustrated beyond belief, I just wanna see some effing results. As a fan don't I deserve that much?

Well are you a tier 1 or tier 2 fan?

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#35 fig pucker
November 03 2013, 01:23PM
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here's a concern, anyone posting on this site or off the street could have drivin this team into the ground every the same as kevin lowe at company. if i'm mr. katz iwould be very concerned about the fact that my expert well paid upper managment has run this organization no better than some idiot off the street. katz, just saying, i could have landed the oilers where the are now for way less money than lowe. this is why it's so important to fire upper managment, and through an exaustive search, interviewing many qualified canadates hire the most competent one to be the new president then have him do the same for the gm position. with a fresh set of eyes and an unbiased approach maybe we can get this rebuild back on the rails. mr katz, i understand how you feel about lowe, mactavishand messier, igrew up watching these guys to, but just because rhey can drive a car does not qualify them to build one. after seven years it's prety clear kevin lowe doesn't know how, the results speak for themselves.

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#36 madjam
November 03 2013, 01:27PM
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Firesale : Hold onto Nurse , Hall and Perron . Rest all needs upgrading , and start from the backend this time .

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#37 Sammy
November 03 2013, 01:27PM
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If Oilers are serious about winning they will fire Kevin Lowe, Bucky and Smith. Clean house.

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#38 M22
November 03 2013, 01:31PM
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D. Katz,

Thank you.

P. Pocklington

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#39 Oil_is_runnin_dry
November 03 2013, 01:31PM
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As a die hard oilers fan i have to say this. In the last 5 years the Edmonton Oilers are the worst team in all of sports.

thank you that is all.

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#40 master of my domain
November 03 2013, 01:31PM
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I wish my girlfriend sucked as much as the Oilers do

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#41 Wax Man Riley
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PutzStew wrote:

"The Edmonton Oilers (MacT as GM edition) are 3-10-2 fifteen games in, and OilersNation has gone from anger to real disillusionment. Up next for the fanbase is indifference, but before they get there is there anything the GM can do?"

LMAO

Disillisionment = Lowetide

1) MacT is in over his head and was not the right man for the job. If he was then he would have made sure that he had enough NHL player to start the season with, never mind injuries. Never mind all the other crap he said, He started the season with One NHL caliber center. That was the beginning of the end right there. And a smart Hockey man would have never said Horcoff should be on the 2010 olympic team. That was one of the stupidest hockey moments ever.

2) Klowe should have been fired as soon as his comments about "stanley cup rings" and "2 tiered fans". Seriously could you image Scotty Bowman saying something so pathetic?

3) Katz is going to make Pocklington look like an angel. You folks got screwed badly with the arena deal.

4) Hall, RNH, Yak, Gagner, ETC are all good hockey players and should be in the NHL. But as Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock made clear last spring, none of them know how to play as a team. This is an organizational issue. It isn't knew either. As I asked a couple blogs ago, How good would Hemsky actually have been if he was brought up in a good system.

5) No successful team would start the season with Smyth on the first line. In fact no good team would even have Smyth on the rosters. Why? BECAUSE HE CAN"T PLAY ANYMORE. Enough said.

So to you Mr. Allen. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. You want to choose to support a pathetic team like the Oilers, then I will enjoy laughing my arse off at you and the other like you. You want to waste you time and money supporting a organization that doesn't deserve it then I will enjoy making fun of your misery. So again to you sir……BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! SUCKER!!!!

PS are you ready to give up yet and start demanding change from these losers or are you going to continue with your false hope.

PPS BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. shut out in 2 games straight. I love it. Lossers.

Yep.... The Oilers are a terrible team.

Personal attacks though? Way to go internet tough guy.

You too are a "losser."

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#42 Reagan
November 03 2013, 01:33PM
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@I Remember the Orange Jerseys

I couldn't agree with you more. Eberle has been pulling the puck hog BS for ten games now. Several instances he could have dished off nice passes to Yakupov but choose to dangle and lose the puck. To much young and not enough veterans to work. It would appear the majority of the younger players carry a cop on their shoulder.

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#43 **
November 03 2013, 01:33PM
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at this point there's really only two paths for this team:

1.- They tank the season and get a high draft pick and maybe trade it in a package for a stud D man. 2.- Start playing hard and finish around 20th place. It will be useless in terms of getting a good draft pick or reaching the playoffs, but it might give them confidence for next season.

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#44 Jeffff
November 03 2013, 01:34PM
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Every year young fast talented team. New coach every couple years. Rinse wash and repeat.

“Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.”

FIRE KEVIN LOWE

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#45 james_dean
November 03 2013, 01:34PM
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oilerman53 wrote:

I've been following the Oilers closely ever since they captured my heart again the night Marchant silenced that Texas crowd on a warm spring night. This is by far the worst team I've ever seen assembled, they play with zero passion and zero accountability. There isn't any fire throughout the whole lineup, I think the first mistake was giving up too early on Krueger. Then giving an outsider the captaincy, Taylor Hall was poised to lead this team. Before all of you naysayers come in with your catty remarks. Look at Colorado and their young captain, I'm sure Landeskog has some growing up to do but his team goes as he goes. With Hall in the lineup this team looks different, this is becoming a huge joke in itself and the fans are the real losers in the whole situation. I'm just frustrated beyond belief, I just wanna see some effing results. As a fan don't I deserve that much?

Since that warm spring night in Texas a few friends and I have recorded a version of tom pettys free fallin

With the following lyrics change:

"and hes tood, hes Todd marchant"

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#46 The Real Gongshow.
November 03 2013, 01:35PM
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@Dan 1919

This is a list cause but, here goes. The above listed players have stopped trying, 15 games into the season. We work hard in this city. I would trade away them all for a team that gives us everything they've got on a nightly basis. The so called Young Guns have listened to the soft media in this town hype them up to a status not even closely deserved. You could play post game comments from one of any of the games played in the last 5 years. It all the same. How about that Yakupov ?!? Can we but out a guy still on an ELC ? When did Nuge start playing with a wet noodle instead of a stick... Finish a Bloody check !!! Somebody!!! Anybody !!!

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#47 HeavyChevy
November 03 2013, 01:35PM
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I didn't think I would ever write this but I would like to see Katz hold a press conference announcing the firing of Lowe (maybe others) and the hiring of a Brian Burke type. There is talent on this roster. The pieces just don't fit and a couple are missing. Management are the puzzle builders. Yes injuries are not helping but this culture of losing has gone on for a long time now. It's time to bring in proven NHL management. When they hire unproven/unknown staff and it works, they look like geniuses. After a few attempts and it doesn't work it looks bad. It's time for Katz to put aside his love of the old Oilers and hire someone who's had even some success building an NHL team puzzle. I get it. I love the old Oilers too, but despite Lowe maintaining he know a thing or two about winning, it was from the passenger seat of the Gretzky and Messier driven bus.

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#48 nuge2nail
November 03 2013, 01:36PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

I haven't missed an oilers game since the invention of the PVR, and this is the worst Oilers Team I have ever seen..

Worst Goaltending. Worst Defence. Absolutely the Worst Forward Group.

No grit, no forecheck, no passion, no desire.

Team seems confused out there, with no idea how to score and how to keep the puck out of the net.

It's so sad.

Trade Weber for Yakupov, Smid + parts. Trade Gagner for Bogosian.

Trade N Shultz for a second rounder.

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#49 The Real Gongshow
November 03 2013, 01:36PM
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@The Real Gongshow.

Lost cause

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#50 prudham's
November 03 2013, 01:39PM
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Your article is a correct assessment as far as I can tell. I'll throw in two peripheral points:

1. Wasn't the Oilers power play last year really good? Did they try to change to he Eakins way this year? If so, why not revert back to last year's PP system tout de suit? They still have two coaches that know it.

2. My anecdotal, but constant observation about organizations of any kind is that everything is affected by the top. This is not an original idea, but every aspect of a company is eventually suffused in ways subtle and overt by the topmost human element. D. Katz: Pressured the EIG into selling, using his love for the city and team as a talking point / went off to Quebec city in order to imply the team was not secure in Edmonton so he could gain leverage / went off Seattle to do the same thing / made secondary purely selfish demands after an agreement that was favorable to him had been made on the arena / then made extra threats based on that situation I believe.

The problem is that the Oilers really are a beloved institution, and the city deserves someone who actually thinks this too, and is not more motivated by greed than the good of the team/community. He doesn't deserve to own the Oilers, and I wish I heard more people strongly suggesting to him that he should sell to a better element.

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