INFINITE UNHAPPINESS

Wanye
November 04 2013 12:05PM

It takes everything in our Jordan Eberle loving heart to come on here and write anything other than a 900 word swear parade. We had a very sombre Sunday indeed after the Oil decided to get shelled 5 squat after getting pumped 4 nothing earlier in the week. 

There are no words to describe how bad things are at the moment. On a personal note we can't recall being this unhappy ever really. The comments section here at the Nation is melting with our fellow citizens venting fire and brimstone in every direction. People are getting clever with getting swear words on the site bypassing our naughty filters.

Originally we were going to delete them - but then thought better of it. There are times when swearing is completely appropriate. And with this All You Can Eat Crap Buffet we are being asked to enjoy for 7 years now why not let a few blue words out if it makes you feel better.

It breaks my heart to read comments like this as correct as they might be. And the 139 props from so many of our fellow Oilers fans that feel something is dying inside them too? Unbearable to read. OilersNation.com wasn't built for this.

It's the age of infinite unhappiness.

REMEMBER

You may find it ironic that this is the new NationGear design. Talking about Stanley Cups in Edmonton makes about as much sense as Lindsay Lohan keeping her schedule open on Oscar Night. But it is precisely now at the darkest moment that hope becomes so crucial. 

Hope is one of the most important things we can have. If we believe that this is our lot in life - cheering our collective hearts out for a group of unperforming non caring trillionaires working for an organization that takes us all for granted then the sun will never rise again. The minute we feel that a current squad of losers is all we deserve the light of hope will be snuffed out forever.

We will never let hope die.

We would use this horrid Monday to remind everyone what the concept of the "Oilers" really means. Kevin Lowe is not the Oilers. MacT, Eakins and the rest of the Coaching staff aren't the Oilers. None of the players or Daryl Katz himself are the Oilers. They are merely the current crew piloting a ship that is far bigger and more important than any of their piddling efforts can destroy.

The Oilers are Fernando Pisani and Company bringing us to our feet in 2006 for one glorious spring. It's Doug Weight getting 104 point season back in 1996 blowing minds in the process. It's Cujo flying across the crease to rob Niewendyk in the playoffs. If you are old enough the Oilers are the glory filled 1980s. We are too young to remember them but we understand it was quite the time.

The concept of what being an Edmonton Oiler means might be lost on 75% of the people collecting cheques from Kay-Z but we must all keep our heads held high through this darkest time in franchise history if ever we are going to find our footing again. If this current iteration of players don't want to show up and compete they are free to leave. They are not Oilers and we refuse to acknowledge half of these crumbs going forward.

Being an Oilers fan is the aggregate of all the good times we have had with the team in our lives. The Oilers are the team that we would listen to as a kid on the radio late into the night before John Short would tuck us into bed. The Oilers are Dr Randy Gregg taking an 8 year old Wanye into the dressing room to meet his hero Craig Simpson who couldn't have been nicer.

The Oilers are a rookie Ryan Smyth talking to a 13 year old Wanye outside Rexall Place for a good 15 minutes when he must have had many better things to do. The Oilers are the team that played an OT playoff game during a high school dance that had the entire school watching the game on a tiny TV in the cafeteria while a confused DJ spun tunes for an empty gym.

This current squad is simply an unimportant chapter of a story that will outlive them all.

IRONY

It is some strange sort of a twist of fate that we picked the worst 6 year stretch in franchise history to make the Nation Network and commit a good part of our day to supporting the team. We can't stand the Oilers at the moment but our love for OilersNation grows by the day.

We have made so many friends all around the world from this site and reading the tweets and comments of all these folks we have come to know over the past 6 years is heartbreaking. But it is some small mercy at least we still have each other to talk to in an uncensored environment that is telling it like it is.  A place for top drawer fans that deserve so much better than what we are currently getting.

Fans like Mr and Mrs Towelboy who came in from Lloydminster to take their lovely daughter to her first Oilers game on Saturday night. Driving for hours in the hope that they will give their kid a night she will remember fondly in years to come. The minute folks like this say "yeah it's probably not worth sacrificing the weekend to see the Oilers get pumped" we are all screwed.

They deserve more.

AN OATH

We actually considered taking some time off from the Nation yesterday. We don't intend to be some voice in a chorus of negativity screaming and yelling about how crappy everything is. But there is something deep inside us that believes a better day is on the horizon that prevents us from quitting. So we will slog on even if the divide between the actual Oilers and OilersNation increases by the hour. 

We have been saving free vehicle stickers for a few weeks now hoping something awesome would happen and then we could drop them in celebration. But it seems as though that day is far off in the distance for the time being. In any event our friends at Auto Canada have partnered to distribute awesome free vehicle stickers. You can click here to order them for pickup or delivery depending on your locale - completely free.

Cop these stickers Nation and rep them proudly. Most people with a functioning brainstem would take one look at this team and say "I wonder what's showing on HBO right now?" Luckily we are made of tougher stuff. We are Oilers fans.

And if you want to drop some money on hope - with a portion of the proceeds going to our friends at the ICCP - go buy some NationGear here. Hope must never die no matter how dire things seem.

Meanwhile in Pittsburgh....

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#151 Todd
November 04 2013, 06:51PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Messier's job is to stay in N.Y., reminisce about how great it was to win a cup in N.Y., wax poetic about how awesome it was to enter the Hall of Fame as a Ranger and to generally keep the 'young guns' spirits afloat with the hope that one day they too could be Ranger greats. Oh, also to pose for pictures with Katz' brats.

Messier's official job description reads: "Various non accountable and non measurable tasks mostly involving sitting around with Lowe and Katz to talk about the 80s and how much we know about #Winning"

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#152 Smokey
November 04 2013, 06:53PM
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camdog wrote:

From what I have heard drafting Yakcity was Mr. Katz's decision...

Yak was a consensus first overall pick. The question is not who we chose, its whether we should of traded down.

No one will be debating this in a few years. This is irrational to do it now. He slumping, but who isn't.

The problem in my estimation is KLowe for his appointing a rookie GM. MacT had a poor off season. He was not being able to fill his holes through trading for talent, or signing available free agents. Eakins is at fault too for not implementing a system conducive to the players he inherited He also changed the areas that should of stayed the same. He also should of choosen his own coaches.

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#153 Mason
November 04 2013, 06:56PM
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Brian Burke must be laughing at the hack called Kevin Lowe.

If Kevin was a true Oiler supporter he would resign. You are embarrassing

RESIGN KEVIN LOWE

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#154 BleedOil4Life
November 04 2013, 06:59PM
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Anybody that says they are done watching is bull$&:! They will come back....it's tough and I don't wanna watch but I will continue Because I watched the worst teams play in the 90's and I will continue to Watch this team because I will always have hope and it will turn for the Better....to say you are done is just a lie because if you are a diehard fan you will Stick it out and always tune in.

It's a FACT!

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#155 Quicksilver ballet
November 04 2013, 07:00PM
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A fine effort on display here Wanye. Some of your best work to date. Almost feel like we're all at a crossroads like when Smytty was moved years ago.

It must be tough to sell the farm when you have so little to sell. Rather than compare this team to others who've gone through similar transitions, it's time to reassess and factor in some additional challenges that are Edmontons alone. The fact that the up and coming talent was almost non existent compounded the problem.

Time to re-lower the expectations of the coming next season or two. After 4 difficult years it's easy to see the 5 assets the Oilers have, aren't near enough of a foundation. They need yet another couple lottery picks, along with perhaps Nurse and Klefbom to come in as advertised in a year or two.

MacTavish has 2,5,15,40,77,83 and 89, try and use these guys to try and increase his chances for a stronger selections in the next two entry drafts. Perhaps there's another Toronto/Bruins scenario to occur like the one in 2010, on the horizon for that 2015 entry draft.

The long haul is going to be a little longer than initially anticipated.

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#156 Fatbob24
November 04 2013, 07:00PM
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this started out as such a happy article...

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#157 Shredder
November 04 2013, 07:03PM
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Trade players for draft picks? Isn't that what got us here in the first place?

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#158 Geoff
November 04 2013, 07:03PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

A fine effort on display here Wanye. Some of your best work to date. Almost feel like we're all at a crossroads like when Smytty was moved years ago.

It must be tough to sell the farm when you have so little to sell. Rather than compare this team to others who've gone through similar transitions, it's time to reassess and factor in some additional challenges that are Edmontons alone. The fact that the up and coming talent was almost non existent compounded the problem.

Time to re-lower the expectations of the coming next season or two. After 4 difficult years it's easy to see the 5 assets the Oilers have, aren't near enough of a foundation. They need yet another couple lottery picks, along with perhaps Nurse and Klefbom to come in as advertised in a year or two.

MacTavish has 2,5,15,40,77,83 and 89, try and use these guys to try and increase his chances for a stronger selections in the next two entry drafts. Perhaps there's another Toronto/Bruins scenario to occur like the one in 2010, on the horizon for that 2015 entry draft.

The long haul is going to be a little longer than initially anticipated.

They could have another 5 years of #1 picks and they will lose , until they change their philosophy. Kevin Lowe must go. He is a cancer.

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#159 DSF
November 04 2013, 07:04PM
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Smokey wrote:

Yak was a consensus first overall pick. The question is not who we chose, its whether we should of traded down.

No one will be debating this in a few years. This is irrational to do it now. He slumping, but who isn't.

The problem in my estimation is KLowe for his appointing a rookie GM. MacT had a poor off season. He was not being able to fill his holes through trading for talent, or signing available free agents. Eakins is at fault too for not implementing a system conducive to the players he inherited He also changed the areas that should of stayed the same. He also should of choosen his own coaches.

Galchenyuk was, and is, by far the best player out of that draft.

Not surprisingly:

Yakupov - .56 PPG -16

Galchenyuk - .60 PPG +15

Galchenyuk is already playing a great 200 foot game while Yakupov is still trying to find his ass.

* Galchenyuk is almost 6 months younger.

Once again the Oilers went for the shiny, bright thing rather than picking a player who was bigger, smarter and a centre.

Best player available (snort) is nothing more than opinion and I'd wager not only Galchenyuk but also Ryan Murray, Morgan Reilly, Hampus Lindholm, Matt Dumba, Derek Pouliot and Jacob Trouba end up being better NHL players.

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#160 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 04 2013, 07:05PM
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Boycotting a game wont work since most of the tickets will have been paid for. Boycott the concessions and beer and merchandise for a couple of games. Dont give em any extra until they show that they want to win

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#161 DSF
November 04 2013, 07:08PM
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In other news, the sad sack Winnipeg Jets have outshot the Detroit Red Wings 14-9 in the first period and lead the game 1-0.

For those keeping score at home, you'll remember the Oilers also had 14 shots on goal against the Wings but it took them THE WHOLE GAME to accomplish that feat.

Now back to our regular programming...we'll be joining the "November Dirge" which is already in progress.

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#162 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 04 2013, 07:09PM
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MacT sitting with Messier at this Rangers/Ducks game. I can't even think of something snide to say.

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#163 DSF
November 04 2013, 07:09PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Boycotting a game wont work since most of the tickets will have been paid for. Boycott the concessions and beer and merchandise for a couple of games. Dont give em any extra until they show that they want to win

Nothing speaks louder than empty seats on television even if the tickets have already been paid for.

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#164 DSF
November 04 2013, 07:11PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

MacT sitting with Messier at this Rangers/Ducks game. I can't even think of something snide to say.

Mark: Hey Kev...remember what NHL hockey looks like?

Kevin: Wanna see my rings again?

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#165 Barry
November 04 2013, 07:11PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

MacT sitting with Messier at this Rangers/Ducks game. I can't even think of something snide to say.

Ya, they are looking for a small winger to trade for.

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#166 Doug Diggler
November 04 2013, 07:15PM
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pretty hilarious that someone took the time to make this ad. Wouldn't be surprised to see omark shoot his resume in

http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-jobs-general-labour-Help-Wanted-All-positions-W0QQAdIdZ539499361

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#167 madjam
November 04 2013, 07:17PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

MacT sitting with Messier at this Rangers/Ducks game. I can't even think of something snide to say.

Sather stepping down and leaving things to Messier and MacT..? Jumping ship ?

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#168 Adan
November 04 2013, 07:22PM
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It is amazing the Oilers have the worst record in the NHL since the 2004–05 NHL lockout .

Kevin Lowe is the common denominator and people think that getting a few players will help. Wrong Philosophy that is why they are losing. That is why having the #1 pick for the next 5 yrs won't change much.

The Elephant in the room is KEVIN LOWE.

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#169 DarkLinkCosplay
November 04 2013, 08:03PM
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DSF wrote:

Galchenyuk was, and is, by far the best player out of that draft.

Not surprisingly:

Yakupov - .56 PPG -16

Galchenyuk - .60 PPG +15

Galchenyuk is already playing a great 200 foot game while Yakupov is still trying to find his ass.

* Galchenyuk is almost 6 months younger.

Once again the Oilers went for the shiny, bright thing rather than picking a player who was bigger, smarter and a centre.

Best player available (snort) is nothing more than opinion and I'd wager not only Galchenyuk but also Ryan Murray, Morgan Reilly, Hampus Lindholm, Matt Dumba, Derek Pouliot and Jacob Trouba end up being better NHL players.

Everything you just said was an opinion... and judging by your statement, that automatically means no one should consider your opinion seriously, since it's "(snort) nothing more than opinion". Galchenyuk turned out great, but the reason the Oilers didn't pick him up was because it was a risky one; why take a risk with a player who had been injured for such a long time and not go for the player who was indeed consensus #1 pick? The issue now is whether we trade him for other needs. The problem is, his value is at an extreme low; so it's a lose-lose situation. Might I add that we could have drafted any of those players first, and I'd wager that they would have turned out just as poorly as Yakupov has shown so far. A lot of it is the team and the support cast around the player as they grow and mature into a NHL player. The Oilers, sadly, lack that support.

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#170 DSF
November 04 2013, 08:26PM
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DarkLinkCosplay wrote:

Everything you just said was an opinion... and judging by your statement, that automatically means no one should consider your opinion seriously, since it's "(snort) nothing more than opinion". Galchenyuk turned out great, but the reason the Oilers didn't pick him up was because it was a risky one; why take a risk with a player who had been injured for such a long time and not go for the player who was indeed consensus #1 pick? The issue now is whether we trade him for other needs. The problem is, his value is at an extreme low; so it's a lose-lose situation. Might I add that we could have drafted any of those players first, and I'd wager that they would have turned out just as poorly as Yakupov has shown so far. A lot of it is the team and the support cast around the player as they grow and mature into a NHL player. The Oilers, sadly, lack that support.

The problem with your analysis is that I am right and you're wrong.

The Oilers went with conventional wisdom (although it appears Katz meddled in the decision).

You can argue til your blue in the face that Galchenyuk would have been as crappy as Yakupov but there is ZERO evidence to support that claim.

The problem is, as you've identified, that Yakupov has very limited value based on his play and his inability or unwillingness to play a two way game.

Funny that RNH, under similar circumstances and with even less in the way of "support cast" would have pretty good value in a trade.

Bottom line is Yakupov isn't a very good hockey hockey player, sadly.

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#171 Harlie
November 04 2013, 08:27PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

MacT sitting with Messier at this Rangers/Ducks game. I can't even think of something snide to say.

MacT: Please Mess, I'm begging you, please ask Slats if I can be his Associate GM...things ain't looking so good in E-town for me.

Messier: Go pound sand dude! Haven't you seen that Martin Short has replaced me at Lay's? I neeed this! And what the hell is with this only in Edmonton Associate position role bullcrap??!

MacT: Well, what exactly are you doing in your role with the Rangers?

Messier: Hey! I've won Cups, man.

MacT: Yeah me too! And I never wore a helmet, you pussy.

Messier: FU! And, what? So your telling me that deal with you and Kev and Katz may be off now?

MacT: Hey, I think I saw Glen walk by...hey, hey...Glen! Mr. Sather sir!!!

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#172 morgie
November 04 2013, 08:34PM
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BleedOil4Life wrote:

Anybody that says they are done watching is bull$&:! They will come back....it's tough and I don't wanna watch but I will continue Because I watched the worst teams play in the 90's and I will continue to Watch this team because I will always have hope and it will turn for the Better....to say you are done is just a lie because if you are a diehard fan you will Stick it out and always tune in.

It's a FACT!

To a point you are true, but if losing becomes the norm, endless people will tune out

but until then, hills and valleys, yes we are suckers, we'll stay for that, but always to a point

The level of mediocrity by this franchise is unparalleled and could get worse who knows?

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#173 M22
November 04 2013, 08:35PM
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Rave on Wanye Gretz, rave on thy Hockey fool. Down through the OilersNation pages. In the loss-borne dark dank hockey pools,

Rave on, down through the organizational evolution. Empiricism, atomic and nuclear age. Rave on down through time and space, down through the Oiler corridors. Rave on words on printed page.

Rave on, you left us infinity. And well pressed pages torn to fade. Drive on with wild abandon; Uptempo, frenzied skates.

Rave on, Robin Brownlee, nose down in note pads. Rave on fill the senses, on Rexall's bright white shiny ice.

Rave on Jason Gregor, Rave on Brian Sutherby. Oh, what sweet wine we'll drinketh: The celebration will be held on Whyte. We will partake the wine and break the Holy Hockey bread.

Rave on let a man come out of the draft. Rave on Mr. Katz. Rave on down through Wayne Gretzky Drive. Rave on down through the Oilogosphere, and the Copper Dawn. Rave on through the writing of "A Vision". Rave on, Rave on, Rave on, Rave on, Rave on, Rave on

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#174 Greg the Goalie
November 04 2013, 08:38PM
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The Oilers are Bill Ranford in 1990 in game 5 against Winnipeg reaching back and saving the series to rally and win the Cup. I've waited this long for another cup- can't give up now!

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#175 kawi460
November 04 2013, 09:27PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Boycotting a game wont work since most of the tickets will have been paid for. Boycott the concessions and beer and merchandise for a couple of games. Dont give em any extra until they show that they want to win

Beer is the only thing that makes the home games bearable

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#176 Tinytot
November 04 2013, 09:39PM
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Being a devoted fan for just the past 4 years, I guess I was hoping the talk of rebuilding was done and this team was going far. Thus far it has been frustrating, maddening and even sad for me. Yes I am guilty of calling out players and coaches on twitter but truth is, I still have hope and pride for MY Oilers!

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#177 Rotten Ron
November 04 2013, 09:41PM
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camdog wrote:

From what I have heard drafting Yakcity was Mr. Katz's decision...

According to Pat Quinn, Macgregor and co. wanted Murray, Katz's kid wanted Yakupov. Precursor to the Quinn quote " they've got real problems, WAY up"

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#178 nrXic
November 04 2013, 10:19PM
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I'm glad this is happening, in a sense.

Like most diehard sports fans we're going to microanalyse every single detail on this Oiler team.

But the Oiler problems are far more fundamental, and the recent woes should have made that painfully clear (which is what I'm glad for).

The team is lacking a team game and are often forgoing the fundamentals.

I'd hope that everyone is in agreement that while we don't have the perfect Stanley Cup contending roster (yes there are roster holes) we are underperforming as a team and the reason for that has to do with these basics.

Blaming who we picked during the draft is not going to solve anything. We should be winning without Yakupov, he's just gravy.

Our powerplay stinks and can be faulted for taking us out of games, but let's all keep in mind that the #1 team in the league, the Ducks, are sitting at a PP% of 6.7!

We can blame the GM for not making a particular move for a particular 2nd line D-man, when a team like the Flames are doing more with less.

We can blame a particular roster position for being weak but again that doesn't address the lack of fundamentals that lead to odd man rushes, opposing chances from the slot, and turnovers (that aren't a result of a weak roster spot, but our top end talent not keeping it simple).

So let's just accept this problem and move forward with the most reasonable solution.

This is where we can all disagree and come up with our own solutions, including firing Kevin Lowe if that suits your fancy. But let's focus on solutions rather than harping on the past.

And on a related note...

We have to recognize the Oilers pathetic home record. We have to recognize that we have a quiet barn compared to most teams in the league.

We can blame the Oilers lack of success for Rexall being so quiet...but this is where I'll forever disagree with a lot of the fans in Edmonton (I'm in Calgary). I'm there to cheer the team on, win or lose. Down 5-2? I don't care, I'll yell "Let's go Oilers, let's go!" until we're tied.

I get it, it's frustrating to see your players stinking up the ice. But what if they're one shift away from turning their poor play around?

I'm beginning to hate the boo-birds. Why? Because it's getting nonsensical. If you have a friend struggling with something, do you go "booo! You're horrible! What the hell man? Why can't you be better!" or do you encourage them? Booing has it's place, if the team is cycling and isn't shooting on the PP, it's a good way to get them to do it. But now we're throwing it out there and it's losing it's meaning.

Say the Oilers are stinking up a PP, the opponents send the puck down the ice. "Booo! Your current performance is unsatisfactory! You should be doing better! [like the players don't know that] I do not approve! Boooo!". That's just lame to me. It doesn't communicate anything other than your disappointment. Who cares about your disappointment? Really, these guys are making their money, should they really care?

Alternatively you can cheer them on just before they try another zone entry (booing at that point is just...odd timing). You can get them on positive vibes. This isn't astrology or phony feel-goodery (no offense to those that practice either) it's basic human interaction. A team and their fans constantly feed off of each other, it's how it works.

I know for a fact that as a fan I have a direct influence on the game, whether it is influencing the ref's calls, to hyping up the players on their next shift, to raining down the boos on the opponent's goalie and team hindering communication on their bench during a time out.

I don't see why we have to wait for the playoffs to get these guys pumped. These kids haven't seen anything like it, let's make them look forward to playing at home, at least for the rest of the season.

Let's prove to the rest of the league that even with a freaking embarrassing record of 3-10-X (I stopped checking so hell if I know the record) that we are the best fan base around.

Let's see if we can be the defibrillator and jumpstart this team back into a winning groove.

I know everyone here, save for a handful of crazies like me, are going to disagree with me but I think we need to start some sort of...OPERATION PLAYOFF ATMOSPHERE and get Rexall rocking starting next week when Dallas shows up. Make the place freaking LOUD. Who cares what anyone thinks? What do we have to lose? If you're embarrassed about cheering, give your ticket to someone who isn't. If you loathe the idea of cheering the team when they're down 3 goals, do it anyways, you're out of options now.

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#179 TDSM31
November 04 2013, 10:46PM
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DSF wrote:

Galchenyuk was, and is, by far the best player out of that draft.

Not surprisingly:

Yakupov - .56 PPG -16

Galchenyuk - .60 PPG +15

Galchenyuk is already playing a great 200 foot game while Yakupov is still trying to find his ass.

* Galchenyuk is almost 6 months younger.

Once again the Oilers went for the shiny, bright thing rather than picking a player who was bigger, smarter and a centre.

Best player available (snort) is nothing more than opinion and I'd wager not only Galchenyuk but also Ryan Murray, Morgan Reilly, Hampus Lindholm, Matt Dumba, Derek Pouliot and Jacob Trouba end up being better NHL players.

"Galchenyuk is almost 6 months younger." You're really using that in your argument?? Dude, that age gap might have made a difference when they were both playing atom hockey but when you're an adult that short of a time frame means nothing.

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#180 Mo Playoffs Mo Problems
November 04 2013, 10:47PM
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@DSF

You're 100% right. In related "Hindsight is 20/20" news, I've always thought that the 1999 Thrashers blew an incredible opportunity to draft Henrik Zetterberg in the first 6 rounds...

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#181 Laura
November 04 2013, 11:05PM
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Wow. I didn't expect an article about hockey to make me have Deep Thoughts, but here we are.

I'm thinking about how hockey. for me, was always so tied to my dad, and how Oilers' decline has sort of foretold the decline of my relationship with him.

I grew up in a hockey-watching house, but only started seriously watching in my late teens/early 20s and a big part of it was that it was something I could share with him. We weren`t close when I was a kid or a teenager, he worked lots, I dated boys he didn`t like, no one`s fault. Suddenly we had something in common.

My dad was with me in 2006 on Jasper Ave after one of the final round wins. Then things went south and never really recovered. Now I`m at a crossroads, like you, where I`m trying to figure out how we go on, and if I even want to. Your post has me thinking about lost causes and hope.

Sorry, this comment is probably kind of weird and heavy! This was really well written and I`m glad it`s getting shared widely. I hope you stay an Oilers` fan. I`m pretty sure you will.

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#182 Alsker
November 04 2013, 11:37PM
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Jasmine........is that you?? You are back from self exile defending the un defendable.

Kevin Lowe rules!

I may just be a second tier fan, but six rings is the KING of hockey.

Hahaha..I thought that had Jasmine written all over it...glad Im not the only one(or way to drunk to realize it)...Ok so where's the article on the new POHO for the Oilers?

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#183 David S
November 04 2013, 11:41PM
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Hey, I'm just here to push a Wanye article over the mythical 200 comment threshold.

Go Wanye!

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#185 oilerman53
November 05 2013, 01:00AM
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All the small market charm from this team has gone. Ever since the lockout of '05-06 this has been a cap team. One Stanley Cup Finals appearance had us mezmerized for the next seven years. Gone are the days you felt that you were a part of something real, much the same way a Packers, Athletics and Riders fan feels. The Oilers used to stand for something that just felt right in those lean years.

A young fast exciting team that competed hard everynight against the bug money teams in the US. Hell even Calgary could afford to keep their players in those days. The warm spring night when Marchant took a pass in the neutral zone in Dallas and blew by Grant Ledyard to go roof daddy on Andy Moog is still burned in my memory. That night it felt that the little guy was ready to stand up to the big guy and have his lunch too.

These days all of that small market charm has gone and this pompous arrogant attitude poisons the very foundations of this once proud franchise. Gone are the over achieving big fast strong players who captured our hearts and in are these millionaire pussies who can never backcheck much less throw a check. There isnt anything now that closely resembles why I felk in love with the Oilers in the late 90's here and now. I'm almost to the point where I'm ready to end this affair and move on. This was one of the most poignant articles ever written by Wanye for a group of fans that feels universally alienated and betrayed by an organization that after seven years clearly cares nothing about us. Forget about back checking or checking or fore checking, this team just cashes checks. The hell with us!!

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#186 Naked Mike
November 05 2013, 01:11AM
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Reading this article made me feel sad like I was going through a break up. Then I read the Sidney Crosby article afterwards and I started crying. What a mess. What a mess......

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#187 rubbertrout
November 05 2013, 07:59AM
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OWH wrote:

Kevin Lowe is not the problem! END OF STORY! Soft players, negative reporters and unrealistic fans are the problem!

When did Lowe's mom get an ON account?

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#188 outdoorzguy
November 05 2013, 10:15AM
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Edmonton needs to stop living in the past. This is not the "CITY OF CHAMPIONS" anymore. There hasn't been a championship of anything in what 30 years? Wake up and start voicing your displeasure. Stop going to the games. Stop buying Oiler crap. Stop going to Rexall Drugs. The only way anything might start to get done is if the money stops flowing to Vancouver and Katzs' bank account.

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#189 2004Z06
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27Ginge wrote:

I dove head first into this rebuild thing along with every body else in OilersNation. I just keep wondering where rock bottom is. I've hit my head on some pretty hard s#it on the way down and can't help but wonder if maybe we dove too deep. The water is cold and we barely got enough air to make her back to surface. Not a comfortable place to be.

I hit my head on the way in. Can't feel a thing!

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#190 2004Z06
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As a well connected insider I know this for sure: nobody hurts more when we lose than Lowe, MacTavish and Eakins. Nobody cares more than Lowe, MacTavish and Eakins. Lowe, MacTavish and Eakins are WINNERS and SURVIVORS! They will fix this mess and turn it around! These three men were and are Intense (scary INTENSE) Competitors! EAKINS is well, well respected by most people he has coached, and will be REVERED like his idol ROGER NIELSON 15 years from now! Everything has gone wrong for the OILERS (so far) that can go wrong. PATIENCE, PATIENCE,PATIENCE FANS!!!! The light at the end of the tunnel will emerge soon! PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE!!! THIS WILL GET FIXED!!!! THESE MEN ARE WINNERS AND SURVIVORS IN BOTH THEIR PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL LIVES!!!! I believe in them now more than ever! THEI CHARACTER, INTEGRITY and COMMITMENT WILL TURN THIS AROUND!!!! GO OILERS!!!

I fear the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact....a train!

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#191 2004Z06
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@reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)

Boycott a game. Yes the tickets are paid for, but the loss of concession/merchandise/parking revenue will hurt.

That aside, the most significant impact would be the television coverage. Imagine the impact of the world seeing a consistently packed arena.....EMPTY!!!!

The silence would be deafening!

I guarantee the message would be received!

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#192 Nomad
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oilerman53 wrote:

All the small market charm from this team has gone. Ever since the lockout of '05-06 this has been a cap team. One Stanley Cup Finals appearance had us mezmerized for the next seven years. Gone are the days you felt that you were a part of something real, much the same way a Packers, Athletics and Riders fan feels. The Oilers used to stand for something that just felt right in those lean years.

A young fast exciting team that competed hard everynight against the bug money teams in the US. Hell even Calgary could afford to keep their players in those days. The warm spring night when Marchant took a pass in the neutral zone in Dallas and blew by Grant Ledyard to go roof daddy on Andy Moog is still burned in my memory. That night it felt that the little guy was ready to stand up to the big guy and have his lunch too.

These days all of that small market charm has gone and this pompous arrogant attitude poisons the very foundations of this once proud franchise. Gone are the over achieving big fast strong players who captured our hearts and in are these millionaire pussies who can never backcheck much less throw a check. There isnt anything now that closely resembles why I felk in love with the Oilers in the late 90's here and now. I'm almost to the point where I'm ready to end this affair and move on. This was one of the most poignant articles ever written by Wanye for a group of fans that feels universally alienated and betrayed by an organization that after seven years clearly cares nothing about us. Forget about back checking or checking or fore checking, this team just cashes checks. The hell with us!!

Truer words were never before spoken.

This is exactly how I feel and it's funny because I think we started loving the Oilers at the same time.

The factors that made us love a struggling, small market hockey team are all gone...the team was never flashy or the best, they were never the Red Wings or the Penguins, but they captured your heart with determination. The underdogs that never stopped fighting and players who were proud to be the underdogs. THAT is Oiler hockey.

This team now is just a wet fart...

Trade Hall or Ebbs...send a message to the team that makes them all understand that just because they've signed a big NHL contract doesn't mean they've made it. You have to play to stay.

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