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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#201 lucky
November 03 2013, 03:34PM
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@ James Dean Because there was precious little else to do last night, I decided I would just watch Ference for a few shifts, just to get an idea of this "he's everything a captain should be" diatribe by Eakins at the inauguration. Huh? My God isn't a game like last night a time when a captain should step up a bit? I'm afraid I'm just not seeing it. If Hall were out there, he would have been killing himself trying and maybe, just maybe some of these other stiffs may have got the idea. That and everyone and their dog gets an "A", what's the deal with that?

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#202 LoweBlow
November 03 2013, 03:41PM
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Ryan2 wrote:

We will agree to disagree re: Eakins - it is clear his system does not work. Look at how easily the Wings beat it with fast and accurate puck movement for great chances in the slot. I am coaching my son's Tier 2 Novice team and even at that level the results are the same - if we "swarm" in the d-zone the other team usually gets a good scoring chance (and vice versa). If my Novice kids can recognize the mistake when you ask them to explain it on the bench, then I am sure NHLers can as well.

I'll agree to that. The swarm system has shown serious holes night in and out. I would however suggest that if we had the Hawks D, the system would look like an overwhelming success. I think systems can look good/bad based on who's playing them.

Eakins has tried to employ a lot more than just his D system. Of course the PP/PK look horrible as well. They looked a lot better under Kreuger. I will nonetheless lay most of the blame on the players. Last night's effort was that of a team that has given up, not a team that doesn't understand.

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#203 pkam
November 03 2013, 03:43PM
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Ryan2 wrote:

We will agree to disagree re: Eakins - it is clear his system does not work. Look at how easily the Wings beat it with fast and accurate puck movement for great chances in the slot. I am coaching my son's Tier 2 Novice team and even at that level the results are the same - if we "swarm" in the d-zone the other team usually gets a good scoring chance (and vice versa). If my Novice kids can recognize the mistake when you ask them to explain it on the bench, then I am sure NHLers can as well.

I am not sure if this is a coach problem.

If your player cannot win a 1 on 1 or 2 on 2 puck battle 80% of the time, what are you going to do? Do you send another guy to help hoping we can win the puck with one extra player, or just let the other team take the puck 80% of the time?

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#204 pkam
November 03 2013, 03:58PM
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Spoils wrote:

then add the goalie slump, the heavy road schedule to start, and the new systems.

oh and the curse.

there is a curse right? there's no curse on the team?

hmmm...

OK I'll admit it, I am at a total loss.

Looking forward to an out of the blue turnaround beginning next game without reason.

I wasn't too worry until last night.

The team has been competitive even we didn't get the result, but we were completely dominated by the Wings last night. Not to mention we were well rested and they played the night before.

I was thinking that we can recoup some points from the home games down the road. But so far home game doesn't seem to give us any advantage.

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#205 DSF
November 03 2013, 04:09PM
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Ryan2 wrote:

Wow, I am going to sound more pessimistic than DSF here, but............

DSF, I agree with you on needing two top 2 d-men and a big center, along with better goaltending, but that still would not be enough to push the team into the playoffs. They need more size up front across the board, a more functional third line, and at least one PK or other specialist on the 4th line that can take more than 4 minutes per game.

Even if you do all that, they would still missing the biggest thing.....depth. There are some useful recent draft picks in the AHL and juniors that will hopefully be better than bottom pairing/fourth line contributors in two to three years, but that does nothing to help the team today. The lack of development due to weak drafting (the curse of 2003) and not having a farm team in the early 2000s is crippling the team now. Add in the fact that management dumped the few young depth prospects (e.g. Stoll, Brodziak, Mean Matt Greene) that were developed and are contributing elsewhere in the league, and you can see why the depth is as thin as it is.

As a fan, I hope I am wrong, but last year I was arguing with friends/family/co-workers that the organization was still three years away from the playoffs and this year is basically showing that. The biggest mistake MacT made when he came in was promising bold moves and turning everything around instead of taking the traditional GM gimme of assessing the current roster in year one, slowly disassembling it in years one and two for a noticeable change in year 3. He was too busy trying to placate the fans instead of being realistic about the situation. If MacT had actually paid attention in his MBA classes (I have one as well), or been as smart a hockey man as the organization and media claim, he would have taken a different approach. Yet another rookie mistake in a long list of them, including dumping a head coach that actually accomplished two things that the previous failures had not even without a full training camp to implement his system: 1) drastic improvements in PK and PP, and 2) play meaningful games later in the season. Unfortunately, just like in most of the post-lockout MacT, Quinn and Renney years, it looks like the team will be done by Christmas yet again.

Depth is actually the easy part IF you have a GM who knows what that looks like.

For example, Vancouver was lacking forward depth in the offseason and, without spending a ton of dough or any assets, Gillis acquired Mike Santorelli (now playing #2C and playing well) Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh and Brad Richardson.

Richardson was signed as a cheap free agent while the other 3 were picked off waivers.

In fact, not one of the Canucks bottom 6 was drafted by them since bottom 6 players are always available. Drafting them, and then waiting years for them to develop is dumb.

They also have their core top 4 D locked up and their bottom pairing is a plug and play of Tanev (free agent signing), Ryan Stanton (waiver pick up)and Yannick Weber (free agent signing).

While Boyd Gordon was a good signing and Andrew Ference might be, MacT paid too much and too long for both.

Then he went nuts on 7-8 defensemen while ignoring the top pairing and in a fit of reactionary thinking, brought in SMac AND Gazdik.

Colour me underwhelmed.

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#206 Ryan2
November 03 2013, 04:26PM
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pkam wrote:

I am not sure if this is a coach problem.

If your player cannot win a 1 on 1 or 2 on 2 puck battle 80% of the time, what are you going to do? Do you send another guy to help hoping we can win the puck with one extra player, or just let the other team take the puck 80% of the time?

I disagree with you re: this being a coach problem. IF this roster is more talented than the one last year (it definitely is on the blue line), then how did the supposedly ineffective Kruger get better results?

A more experienced coach would have assessed the roster after being announced and develop a system that fits the players. Eakins did the opposite - he took a Junior or AHL system for a strong team and tried to apply it to a weak NHL team. Now we get to see if he can adapt the system to better fit his team, which is what a good coach would do........

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#207 madjam
November 03 2013, 04:30PM
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If the players cannot make system work , then it is time for change . Either the players go or the coaches and/ or management . In our case it may require all 3 , however . Staying the course is not a likely viable alternative here .

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#208 Rheal1
November 03 2013, 04:32PM
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I'll assess that the Oilers have a 33% chance to make playoffs by the time that new white elephant...heu... I mean that new arena is up & running.

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#209 gr8one
November 03 2013, 04:50PM
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JJ wrote:

Nichushkin got his first NHL goal today. How many does Nurse have? Oh wait..

Just another failure by MacT in his first few months. Ya dun goofed.

Wow, just wow.

That's about all I can say and still be nice.

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#210 pkam
November 03 2013, 05:01PM
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hankthetank wrote:

i don't see enough emotion from eakins on the bench besides pure resignation. why doesn't he get fired up and scream once in a while? when my kids do something wrong, i don't just roll my eyes and swear under my breath...you have to know how to motivate them to do what you ask. motivation = emotion, look at the Avs/Roy, win or lose, the guy is a firecracker and it's infectious!

Do you see Mike Babcock screaming at the bench? I guess you must think Tortorella is a better coach than Babcock.

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#211 Rob Gilgan
November 03 2013, 05:02PM
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Why should any of them care? (DKatz, KLowe, MacT, DEakins, the players….) They’re all making lots of money producing a disgrace. Just like the Leafs, for decades. You don’t need to win the Stanley Cup to make millions in Edmonton or Toronto, or to maintain a sell-out fan base. None of them are the problem. We are. As long as we watch play and pay, they don’t have to change a thing. When the owners weren’t happy, they shut the doors. That’s the only thing the fans can do to respond - and if Oilers fans have any jam at all - the next home game will have a minimum of 10,000 with Rexall bags on their heads. Want to make some money like DKatz, KLowe, MacT, DEakins, the players? Print those bags.

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#212 Rheal1
November 03 2013, 05:06PM
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I also forgot to mention two things: I just returned to Kingston from Ottawa where I saw the Sens-Dallas game this afternoon. Tyler Seguin looks like a legit super star on the making. He has 15 pts, probably what Taylor Hall would register if he wasnt injured and if the team would score at a normal rate. The other thing that got me going a bit was the pre-game show on 1200AM was the suggestion that Craig Anderson would look good for the Oilers but they speculated that one of the kids would be required to Ottawa.

Just saying. Plus when I left Can Tire Centre, Craig Anderson was on a stretcher, injured...

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#213 Oil Fan
November 03 2013, 05:41PM
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David S wrote:

http://lowetide.ca/blog/2013/11/nadirs-raiders.html

No. YOU'RE welcome.

Ok, When Rocky Wirtz took over from the deceased Bill WIrtz he had a mind to improve the team he owned. This team had a long history but had been shortchanged and milked for the fans dollars. (pause to look up Rocky Wirtz)

Now practically the first thing Rocky Wirtz did was to hire a competent president of operations. I am not saying that this is the only reason Mr Wirtz owns one of the top 3 elite teams in hockey today, but the effect of a smart president that can hire the right people and find new ways to improve the teams image around the league is not to be underestimated.

So while I agree that some of the problem is with the players, how they play, and their body types, you must also acknowledge the positive long term impacts of a competent president, and the inverse, the problems of having a guy like KLowe, a retired hockey player... running the Oilers overall.

Fire Lowe

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#214 D
November 03 2013, 06:04PM
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DSF wrote:

For those of you with an interest and access to NHL Centre Ice, in half an hour, the Calgary Flames play the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Now, I have very little double that Chicago will win but I also have little doubt the Flames will show up and bust their butts for 3 periods.

Watch.

Watching the Chicago game. It's interesting to see the difference in compete levels between the Flames and the Oilers.

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#215 Wax Man Riley
November 03 2013, 06:11PM
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Rheal1 wrote:

I also forgot to mention two things: I just returned to Kingston from Ottawa where I saw the Sens-Dallas game this afternoon. Tyler Seguin looks like a legit super star on the making. He has 15 pts, probably what Taylor Hall would register if he wasnt injured and if the team would score at a normal rate. The other thing that got me going a bit was the pre-game show on 1200AM was the suggestion that Craig Anderson would look good for the Oilers but they speculated that one of the kids would be required to Ottawa.

Just saying. Plus when I left Can Tire Centre, Craig Anderson was on a stretcher, injured...

On a stretcher?

Then he WILL fit right in with this team.

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#216 Wax Man Riley
November 03 2013, 06:16PM
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DSF wrote:

Firing Lowe and bringing in a competent Hockey Operations Manager would be the first step toward rooting out the failure and cronyism that infects the franchise. (see Joe Sakic in Colorado for reference)

Given what we've seen this far, I doubt MacT or Eakins would survive for long if they didn't produce results.

As for your assertion that The Oilers forwards are "exhausted" please note that the top 4 forwards for TOI/G are Ryan Kesler (8 goals 12 points), Henrik Sedin (3G 19P), Sidney Crosby(8G 23P) and Daniel Sedin (7G 16P).

Oddly, none of them are exhausted and are producing at a great rate despite being older.

I'm going to point out the obvious irony in stating that the Avs hiring Sakic (and Roy) is rooting out cronyism.

The difference could be that both Roy and Sakic were difference makers on the Stanley teams. Lowe and MacT were..... there.

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#217 D
November 03 2013, 06:21PM
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LoweBlow wrote:

No big egos in that Calgary lineup. Aside from management, I think the Oil have some egos on their roster that think they're too good to listen to the coach.

Hopefully this season will be a pin-prick into their ego bubbles.

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#218 gcw_rocks
November 03 2013, 06:23PM
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"Or the owner can fire everyone again."

When did the owner fire everyone? Last I checked Lowe was still there. MacT was an internal hire. Buchy and Smith are still there despite being attached to the worst coaching records in the history of hockey.

The problem is the owner didn't fire everyone. If he did we wouldn't be in this mess. I wake up every day hoping today is the day he develops the guts to fire everyone.

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#219 D
November 03 2013, 06:41PM
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LoweBlow wrote:

I'm in the market for a new team to cheer for. Any suggestions? They don't have to be a SC favourite, just a dominant, hard-working team.

The Kings and Blackhawks are two organizations that are fun to watch, especially considering that prior to the last decade, they were both mismanaged significantly.

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#220 D
November 03 2013, 06:42PM
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DSF wrote:

Yep.

Agree completely.

They work hard every shift.

Even when the Hawks had Calgary hemmed up in the early second period, the Flames were blocking shots and blocking lanes. Interesting - first time I really watched the Flames this season, but they really hustle.

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#221 The Real Gongshow
November 03 2013, 07:05PM
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DSF wrote:

For those of you with an interest and access to NHL Centre Ice, in half an hour, the Calgary Flames play the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Now, I have very little double that Chicago will win but I also have little doubt the Flames will show up and bust their butts for 3 periods.

Watch.

I have seen a higher level of competition out if the Flames in the 5 minutes of the Flames/Hawks game than I have seen from the Oil since the Phx game. I hear the word "Resilience" when describing the Flames. Somebody should sit the sh*t ass Oilers down and make em watch for awhile. That being said, Go Hawks !!

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#222 Andrew
November 03 2013, 07:13PM
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LT

Why don't you just set up your caldron and boil up a potion with eye of newt, beard of crow, toenail of toad and scalp of KLowe. That imo is just anout as likely to solve this as your unrealistic observations.

Obviously you can't fire everybody. But there are some things the Oiler ownership could do for a good start. How about firing the incompetent at the top of the hesp who has been a colossal failure in building a solid and credible hockey organization beyond 2006?. I think you need to read Staples and Brownlees recent comments about who they think is responsible You are out of touch.

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#223 Nimrod
November 03 2013, 07:27PM
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@Wax Man Riley

Avalanche did get rid of their president in Pierre Lacroix and also his son Eric, who was their VP of hockey operations.

Sakic and Roy have had nothing to do with Avs becoming irrelevant. They're connected to the organization but not to the front office that failed.

Avalanche got rid of their KLowe. Will Oilers?

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#224 Serious Gord
November 03 2013, 07:28PM
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Oil Fan wrote:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Wirtz

Props given to Serious Gord

As I have stated on previous occasions my comparative for Katz is not old man wirtz who was doddering into senility when he drove the hawks into the ground.

Katz is not of unsound mind.

I consider the more apt comparative is Phillip Wrigley

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K._Wrigley

A key, depressing Graf:

P.K. was a fairly visible presence with the Cubs in his younger years, but was seldom witnessed attending games during his final few decades of ownership, making his presence known mostly through memos and sometimes full-page newspaper ads. Early 70s utility player Pete LaCock was best known for being the son of TV personality Peter Marshall and for his unique sense of humor. The Sporting News once reported that he had made a trip to the Wrigley Building and asked for an audience with Mr. Wrigley. P.K. asked him what he wanted, and LaCock answered, "Nothing. I just wanted to see if you really exist!"

He owned the cubs through some of its most miserable years for 45 years (he gave up ownership when he died). He chronically hired sycophants (Leo Durocher being a notable exception) and held into to players far too long (Ernie banks). Sound familiar?

The thought of Katz being the NHLs version of Phillips haunts me. I haven't got 45 years to wait him out...

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#225 Lars Eller
November 03 2013, 07:42PM
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DSF wrote:

For those of you with an interest and access to NHL Centre Ice, in half an hour, the Calgary Flames play the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Now, I have very little double that Chicago will win but I also have little doubt the Flames will show up and bust their butts for 3 periods.

Watch.

Flames 2-1. Still manage to compete and actually lead despite of a crappy line up...this is sad oilers fans. Oh wait, they hv plenty of cap space too...sad. Oh wait, some of their best prospects are not even playing yet... Sad. Yup, fire every1.

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#226 Ever the Optimist
November 03 2013, 07:45PM
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LoweBlow wrote:

I'm in the market for a new team to cheer for. Any suggestions? They don't have to be a SC favourite, just a dominant, hard-working team.

Try the Avalanche ..... same plan from the management without the constant losing

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#227 Greg
November 03 2013, 08:01PM
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the worst part of this whole Lowe situation is that he's smearing that whole era of oilers hockey. before when you thought of that group you thought of the glory and and the cups. now all i think of is nepotism and how its ruined everything here. its not right to look at old images of the 80's oilers and be disgusted. its not right.

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#228 cubsfan
November 03 2013, 08:06PM
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....i am going to save this article, re-read it next year.....it will stand the test of time......lather, rinse, repeat since 2006......

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#229 cubsfan
November 03 2013, 08:17PM
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......Flames win!!!! Crap.....Glencross 1 goal and set up winning goal in OT......why cant the Oilers find someone like Glencross.....Oh!......never mind......

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#230 The Real Gongshow
November 03 2013, 08:19PM
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Hard work combined with some dedication can do wonders. Pay attention, young Oilers !!!

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#231 spliff
November 03 2013, 08:24PM
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Flames win 3 - 2 in Chicago, with GlenX gettting a goal and an assist.

Remember GlenX KLowe? Oiler fans were begging you to sign him, but you were too busy chasing Hossa, trying to get him to come to Edmonton for 10 million a year.

Of course KLowe knows better then Oil nation, we didn't need Glencross, there are lots of his type. Unf*ckingbelievable. I know its useless to keep harping on past mistakes, but KLowe and Tambelini's screw ups have driven this team into the sewer, and right now it looks like it might never get up.

Sure would be nice to have GlenX, Greene, Stoll and Souray in Oiler silks. What an absolute sh*tshow.

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#232 Greg
November 03 2013, 08:35PM
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Lowetide wrote:

Helluva game by the Flames.

my god. i'm not trashing this comment. but how bad are things around here when you see comments like this.

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#234 geoilersgist
November 04 2013, 10:00AM
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I can't remember the last time I turned off a game it was so bad, but I did it on saturday. What a joke. As a second tier fan it has becoming increasingly difficult to still love this team and follow its every move. I feel like I should start getting into the NFL or NBA.

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#235 DoubleDIon
November 04 2013, 10:38AM
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@THE GLASS IS ALWAYS HALF FULL

I'd give you our next two 1st round picks for Hall and Nuge in a heartbeat. No interest in Yak or Eberle though. Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. Hall is your franchise and will be a top 10 player in this league. Nuge puts in the effort to be a 200 foot player, he's just not strong enough yet. The hockey sense and desire is there for Nuge.

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#236 Neal
November 04 2013, 10:45AM
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Love seeing Ference's and Smid's comments. Ference pulling a Messier is exactly what's needed to get the danglers playing hockey.

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#237 outdoorzguy
November 04 2013, 11:30AM
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The title says "The Plan is on Fire". There's a "PLAN"?

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#238 oilerjed
November 04 2013, 11:47AM
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THE GLASS IS ALWAYS HALF FULL wrote:

Trade Hall ( receive 1st round pick plus journeyman third- fourth liner) Trade Eberle ( receive 1st round pick ) Trade Nuge ( receive 1st round pick ) Trade yakapov ( receive 1st round pick )

And start over this is not working

Thats a special kind of stupid that is.

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#239 Captain Ron
November 04 2013, 11:55AM
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NJ wrote:

Flames beat hawks. ON THE ROAD.

Of note. I watched more of the flames game last night than I watched of the oil on Saturday.

Welcome to the fan club!!! Were having lots of fun over here right now!!!

Beat the Hawks on the road with a first game goalie. The Flames best D and captain, and one of their best forwards out of the lineup.

If not for the generous 5 on 3 the Hawks got they would have won it in regulation.

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#240 Pucker
November 04 2013, 01:29PM
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DSF wrote:

For those of you with an interest and access to NHL Centre Ice, in half an hour, the Calgary Flames play the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Now, I have very little double that Chicago will win but I also have little doubt the Flames will show up and bust their butts for 3 periods.

Watch.

This is the first time I've propped DSF.

What's this world coming to ???

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#241 prudhams
November 04 2013, 02:39PM
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@Dangilitis

We have a difference in philosophy, and neither will convince the other, but I'll respond.

A little spurious to say you aren't trying to defend Katz, and then to get emotional and say I'm bitching and so forth...

I don't give him credit for keeping the Oilers in Edmonton. If the EIG - just as one example - had kept the team, it would still be here as well. Any hypothetical owner might just as easily have kept the team here as move it. Ticket sales here are good, other cities like Seattle etc. have been shown to be less profitable. So no, I won't give him my love for dangling the team over two other cities to get more for himself.

As you said things were going better for the EIG. If they had managed to keep the team during the hard Canadian dollar years, they likely could have kept it up then. I can't say that for sure because neither I nor many others know the inner workings, but I can say this - and you'll probably really disagree - a group similar to the EIG would be great right about now. With the cap and strong dollar, an ownership group that exists purely to keep the Oilers in town is something I'd take over solitary businessman that pulls these kinds of moves.

Call it greed or whatever you want. What do you call the Quebec, Seattle, and arena backslide? Don't answer, that's a hypothetical question. Just reflect. Did he donate to the U. of A.? Yes he did. I thought that was cool too until he did this other stuff. Why emphasize the donation over the manipulation? I seem to remember donating to the U. of A. was a promise he made when he bought the Oilers to make his pitch more convincing when they were saying no to him. Is that the same money you're talking about? Philanthropy? Who should laugh.

I don't care if he bought the team because he loves it. Lots of people love it and doesn't make them good people or good owners.

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#242 elpolodiabli
November 04 2013, 06:15PM
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@Mo Playoffs Mo Problems

Lol you're right guess I blame the 3am post

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November 04 2013, 07:48PM
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well... I was living in canucks country for such a long time, never once did I cheer them on. I will always be true to my oilers.... I'm not a die hard hockey fan knowing all these names like you guys obviously do... but Im not retarded when it comes to the game...

My workplace... I was always the only one wearing an oilers jersey holding my head up high... just recently, I still wear my jersey but not with my head held high.

this team is a disgrace! we have all the young talent, have for the past years.... isn't it obvious that something must be wrong?

trading more players would be stupid.. lose the talent we have?? paying them more?? HELL NO, they get paid enough to skate and do what they love...

perhaps it could be the way they're managing their team???

just some food for thought...

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