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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#51 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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#52 Bryan in SK
November 04 2013, 12:48PM
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I AM old enough to remember the glory days.... thanks for reminding me of that, Wanye.

I guess that's what makes this group of Oiler-imposters even harder to take. I remember...

And now the Leafs are (somewhat) winning... #$%!$# it sucks to be a hockey fan right now.

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#53 Lowe Expectations
November 04 2013, 01:06PM
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The Oilers should have concern. Many kids and young people in general are being turned off being fans of a non-stop loser. 2006 cup run is almost a decade old. So what does a 10 year old kid today have as a great Oiler memory. I guess #1 overall picks being announced on a podium.

And Oiler management remember, today's 10 year old is the season ticket holder 20-25 years from now.

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#54 DSF
November 04 2013, 03:52PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Wait so you're saying they actually scored a goal?

U.S Customs was down a man.

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#55 Spoils
November 04 2013, 03:59PM
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Andy wrote:

I'm frustrated as everyone else here.

But I can't cheer for any other team.

Oilers: Please just do something to fix this.

agree.

moved to LA a few years back. I will probably live out my life here. I got right on their bandwagon and enjoyed their cup run.

they have a pretty cool team and all. Drew Doughty - Quick - Anze...

You'd think I could make the change, maybe the extreme glory of the 80s oilers of my youth made that impossible.

For me, to quote another bit of 80s awesomeness "there can be only one"

I believe this is how it goes in sports - I see it like this - fans can complain, rage, demand changes, not pay for tickets until changes happen etc. but you can't jump ship.

If you jump ship, you don't have a right to the glory.

Those are the rules.

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#56 dqgc
November 04 2013, 03:59PM
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@DSF

DSF is right... would it be too dumb an idea to try to organize a 1 game boycott? Maybe on HNIC? To get the attention of those who are not listening???

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#57 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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#58 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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#59 One Who Knows
November 04 2013, 12:51PM
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Andy wrote:

I'm frustrated as everyone else here.

But I can't cheer for any other team.

Oilers: Please just do something to fix this.

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!!!

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#60 Serious Gord
November 04 2013, 12:51PM
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1. The last cup win was 23 yrs ago. Thus any fans 30 or under have nil memory of the glory years. So comments about john short et al ring no bells for 40 to 50 % of oiler fans. For those fans hope is just to see a second round of the playoffs.

2. I have hope - hope that Katz comes to his senses and removes Lowe as POHO.

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#61 Darren
November 04 2013, 02:24PM
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It's only hockey.

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#62 Cynic
November 04 2013, 03:44PM
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The Oilers are a privately owned business that is boning Edmonton taxpayers for $600M+

That's a lot more accurate than the drivel you wrote about Fred Pisani and a bunch of other nearly forgoten sadsacks spread over 23 seasons of craptacular hockey.

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#63 Reg Dunlop
November 04 2013, 06:40PM
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spliff wrote:

I heard they hired Messier, what for? Maybe his job will be to "have a talk" to the players who aren't bringing it.

What else could he do?

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.

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#64 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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#65 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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#66 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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#67 A-Mc
November 04 2013, 12:44PM
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I'm always a believer that things will get worse before they can get better. People settle for mediocrity and old habits will never cease if things are status quo.

This season baffles me because the team IS better than years prior, but you would never know it by looking at a 3 in the wins column.

Maybe, hopefully, this is the final straw that breaks the camels back. Maybe this is the year that 1 or 2 of those previously "untouchable" pieces get moved laterally for a piece that has a better fit or more importantly, hasn't been subjected to 7 years of Oiler's losses.

Do we start researching 1st overall candidates for this seasons draft already? It hurts to think that it'll be a full year before we can even HOPE to see a respectable product on the ice.

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#68 Oiltimer
November 04 2013, 12:53PM
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Can't get my head around how bad this team is. How poorly they are playing. Watched a program yesterday called "Nim". People teaching a Chimp how to communicate using "sign". The language used by the deaf. (Can you see the irony). Had to force myself to watch when it became obvious what was going to happen to poor Nim. He eventually was sent to a Medical Lab to be used as a test animal for human diseases and ended his life living in a cage in California.

Anyway, watching these games recently ... It's been a lot like that. I'm just not real sure who is Nim here.

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#69 Bi-Curious Gord
November 04 2013, 01:31PM
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Hope? That must be what used to fuel my love for this team. I would hope this team would make the playoffs. Then I would hope that they would be playing meaningful games in January. Then I would the team would at least show up once in a blue moon. This team has succeeded in kicking the Hope right out of me. It's all gone and all that remains is the dried up husk of a once proud fan. Screw the owner. Screw the management. Screw the players. They don't give a crap so neither do I.

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#70 ubermiguel
November 04 2013, 01:55PM
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Bishai in the Benches wrote:

Remember when Mike Bishai fought those idiot Atlanta Thrashers from inside their own bench? Remember how sick Andrei Kovalenko was for that stretch in 96-97? Remember how even though Todd Harvey wasnt very good at hockey, he hit everything that moved during the cup run, and he was small and feisty? Remember when Mike Grier would go to the bench between shifts to get his shoulder popped back into place? Remember having a collection of white foam thingies from oilers playoff games at your house, and waving them at the TV during BELLLLLFOOOUUR chants when you couldnt get tickets to a game? Remember how fast Todd Marchant was? Remember Doug Weight's UNREAL move when he split the flames D? Remember when Regehr had doo-doo all over his face? Remember when Fernando scored the most incredible shorthanded OT goal ever? Remember Mike Comrie's first ever fight, and how pumped Rod Phillips was?

I remember when I was 4, at a birthday party, and I asked the face painter to make me Kelly Buchberger. Everyone else was a puppy, or a tiger, and I had a black eye, stitches, and facial hair.

What makes us oilers fans? We are hopeful, throughout all of the mediocrity, we catch glimpses of greatness that keep us coming back for more. We cling to the image of copper and blue sitting right next to the silver of Lord Stanley's cup. While we do not accept poor play and losing results, just imagine yourself cheering for a different team for a second. If you can imagine yourself supporting anyone but the copper and blue, I question whether you really understood what it means to be an oilers fan in the first place.

Yes, yes, and yes to all of the above.

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#71 vetinari
November 04 2013, 03:01PM
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I agree with the hope and "keep the faith" message, Wanye, but it's hard.

We thought that we hit rock bottom the year that we drafted Yak. We then started to move a few places up the standings and the expectation was that we'd continue to move up the standings as the youngsters matured and developed, and eventually we would hit the pay dirt of playoff hockey either this year or next.

We saw other promising signs as well this past year-- Katz canned Tambellini, and we got a new GM that recognized that we had problems across our lineup and had a will to actually do something about it. Our new GM even went beyond what was expected and dismissed our "cerebral, player-friendly motivational" coach and replaced him with a "task master, systems oriented" coach. Fine. No problem. I get that a new GM would want his own coach in place and besides, accountability is always needed in any organization.

We even had some pre-season success. The team looked good and hope filled Oiler Nation once more. SIUTB hockey was here. No more being the butt of every NHL joke. We were ready to win some games and if we lost, it wouldn't be for lack of effort, lack of preparation or lack of discipline. We would fight for every inch of ice and even if we lost, we would earn the respect of the opposing teams and we would take a bite out of each of them and make them remember and dread us for next time we met.

And then the season started and when the games counted in the standings, we buckled and folded and collapsed like cheap lawn chairs at a Weight Watchers sign-up. And the worst part is, all of our gains from the past few years seem to have been erased in one month of regular season hockey. One. Month. October. 2013. And without any fight back from the team.

It was like watching an 8 year old hand over his lunch money to every other kid in the schoolyard without a fight. And it wasn't just to the older kids and the bullies-- it was to everyone who walked by!

Right now, while I hate the Oilers' ownership and I hate the management team and I hate the coaching staff and I hate most of the players... sadly, I still love the Oilers.

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#72 Walter Sobchak
November 04 2013, 03:07PM
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Apathetic Oiler fan.

Young impressionable kid during the glory years!

Scared teenager during the Pocklington almost lost Oiler years.

Young man clinging to hope during the new millennia years.

A man waiting for change.....

An older man who’s become apathetic to the plight of the Edmonton Oilers........

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#73 Oilers Coffey
November 04 2013, 04:57PM
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Here here Wanye! Great article! Keep the faith!

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#74 God
November 04 2013, 05:04PM
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One Who Knows wrote:

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 seriously hope that this is sarcasm. If not, please seek medical attention.

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#75 One Who Knows
November 04 2013, 05:46PM
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Captain Ron wrote:

Kevin....

Kevin...

That you Kevin?

Who let you out and gave you a keyboard?

STOP PICKING ON KEVIN LOWE? PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS the SOFT PLAYERS!,!

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#76 Captain Ron
November 04 2013, 06:19PM
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One Who Knows wrote:

STOP PICKING ON KEVIN LOWE? PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS the SOFT PLAYERS!,!

Sorry Mrs Lowe.

I didn't mean to hurt poor little Kevie.

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#77 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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#78 Voltron
November 04 2013, 12:52PM
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this for me, sums up all my emotions so far this season........ http://i.imgur.com/bAStIyV.gif

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#79 InfiniteJoy
November 04 2013, 01:36PM
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Heartbreaking article because most of the fans feel the exact same way. Thanks for the inspiration for my new screen name Colonel Wanye. (InfiniteJoy is also a fantastic album from the Rheostatics' Martin Tielli, bonus!)

I know the past few years have been a huge test for our patience, sanity, and wellbeing, but as far as 'hope' goes, I can't see that dying. Really, hope is just desire for a particular thing to happen. I can't see anything happening that would kill that in the real fans. I don't care how many old boys we hire (Tony Hrkac for equipment manager!), how badly we get swindled in arena deals (if you want to look at it that way), how many shoulders dislocate themselves completely from their sockets before flying into the 23rd row, how much it seems that the players are entitled brats who don't have a proud bone in their body, I'm not ever going to stop hoping that it turns around one day. In the 14th year of the rebuild, I'm still going to go into every season thinking "hey, maybe we can sneak in if the players stay healthy and everything goes according to plan!". The Oilers are a common interest between myself and my best friends, my Dad, and half of the people who are stumbling home drunk from the Pint. This won't change, and even if it means that we get to be miserable about a team that doesn't know we exist, it still offers a bond between fans.

What the hell else are we supposed to do, cheer for the Flames? *spits*

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#80 admiralmark
November 04 2013, 02:25PM
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Great article. Almost brought tears to my eyes(seriously). For me this all boils down to effort/determination/will etc. I see what should be the sad sack Flames play their guts out night in night out. And it irks me to my soul. This was supposed to be the Oilers this year?! And yet these players act like they dont give a crap! As a fan I didnt expect a Cup this year. Hell I didnt even expect playoffs this year. I did expect this team to show the desire to win. Honestly winning or losing is irrelevant if my team is giving it all. I will always remain an Oiler fan.. But this version of the Oilers i'm looking at this year has no recognizeable qualities from the past Oiler teams that made me the fan i am.

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#81 Rob...
November 04 2013, 02:40PM
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I hope the companies that pay the Oilers advertising dollars are taking note. In the age of the PVR I am not going to torture myself by watching every second of a game where the Oilers are losing badly and showing none of the effort necessary to turn the tide. I will start skipping through the game at a torrid pace, and will not slow down until I see something on the TV that makes me want to start watching at regular speed again.

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#82 rubbertrout
November 04 2013, 02:46PM
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Sigh.

I am old enough to remember the glory days (I was pretty young at the time but that made it all the more glorious).

I was in university when we had the plucky teams of the late 90's that squeaked into the playoffs and made just enough noise to keep the fans happy. We had a poor dollar and a small market and yet we just kept coming.

2006 was wonderful but was (sadly) quickly deconstructed by inept management.

I look at this year's team like game three in 1997 against the Stars. It is our first home playoff game in years and we are down 3-0 with just a three minutes to go. The night is darkest just before the dawn. Anything can, and will happen.

As unlikely as it seems, I'm pulling for our boys to snipe three to put it into overtime so Buchy can get the GW in OT and subsequently lead to Marchant getting the OT winner in game seven.

I'm pulling for our boys to make like Fernando in game 5 in OT and make something incredible out of nothing.

I believe that the playoffs can still happen even if it seems highly unlikely.

I have hope even though I've never been described as an optimist.

I believe.

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#83 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 02:58PM
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Anyone. Anyone name me one player who is proud to be an Oiler at this moment. None? Good luck to the road trip. They'll need it. Wishing for .500 is overly optimistic but... Looking forward to the 16 November Calgary-Edmonton game. Calgary hands down will win by 3 goals. Calgary needed one guy for their quick turn around: Brian Burke. Colorado needed one guy for the quick turn around: Joe Sakic. Congratulations to Kevin Lowe on a job well done on year 7 of the rebuild!!!

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#84 Shredder
November 04 2013, 03:27PM
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Here's a topic to write about: the dissapointment the Oilers have caused their fans...

1 decade of greatness. During which they broke my heart by selling off the greatest player ever. A few years later misery by being a pathetic team. Then they threatened to sell the team. Scared the crap out of me. Cujo kept me around, but they failed to keep him around. They teased at the prospect of playoffs for a few years, but often disappointed in that regard...whether it was making them or getting swept by the Stars. Then they made a big push, got me all excited, but fell just shy...still, good job. Then they traded their best player for Smid. Then they traded Smyth for... Then they got even worse. Then they drafted Hall! YAY! Then Eberle scored the goal of the year in his first game! YAY! Then they finished last. Then they finished last. OMG...they are brutal. Holy crap they didn't draft first overall last year!YAY! Then...Oct. 2013

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#85 Oiler Al
November 04 2013, 04:24PM
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One Who Knows wrote:

Rama you just hit the nail (NO PUN INTENDED)yakupov, etc. right on the head!!!!! ALSO, GROW UP HALL AND BECOME A MAN - LEADER AND GOOD TEAMMATE!!!!! No more piggyback rides in night clubs after losses with a BUM KNEE, and high five all players on your team when you leave the ice after the warm ups - not just your buddies !!!

OWK... good point on the high fives.. I noticed that often with Hall.Late last season, when Yak was having some scoring success, it was noticeable that he wasn't getting the love from the Fab 4.Thats part of maturing, and Hall is living his teens still.Thats why he is not the Captn. today.

This might not be the biggest problem the Oilers have right now [Hall high fiving], but it could be there is a tight clique in the room trying to control the team, wanting things done their way only.

There is not enough veteran leadership to fix the situation.

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#86 Lofty
November 04 2013, 04:58PM
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@Sloppy Joe

Maybe a black garbage bag cut to fit like a poncho. Everyone ones got one and it would look like a blackout on TV.

Plus it works as a full body bib. No damage from hot dog, nacho or beer spills..

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#87 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 06:01PM
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For the love of God, ONE WHO KNOWS aka Kevin Lowe! Do us a favour and commit yourself to the Alberta Hospital TONIGHT!

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#88 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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#89 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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#90 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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#91 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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#92 oilbaron
November 04 2013, 12:26PM
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at least they can only get better from here.

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#93 GriffCity
November 04 2013, 01:02PM
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I like the positive vibe of this post and it's attempt to remain positive. I just ordered my oilersnation sticker. Even as a die hard fan, born and raised in Edmonton, playing hockey, watching hockey, knowing the game, this it tough. When the Wings spanked us Saturday night after having played the night before and on the road against an Oiler team in need of a win, fully rested and coming off a shut-out loss against the leafs, I am at a loss for words. 14 shots on goal. The oilers were simply outclassed, much like in the LA game where we were lucky to steal a point off Bachmans performance. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would play street hockey against my youngest brother. He would try and try to get the ball from me but he just couldn't as I was just that much bigger and faster than him. If for a moment he would find himself with the ball, I would just take it back and be in control again as he tried frustratingly to beat me. This is what it looks like out there at Rexall place, MEN vs BOYS. It's not that im no longer an Oiler fan, I feel almost as though I don't have a choice in the matter, but after such a long time and after being fed so many stories about improvement and rebuilding, its just disheartening to watch.

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#94 Dallylamma
November 04 2013, 01:28PM
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Is there still time to get Nuge hooked up with some of those old school, East German Olympic quality steroids...

...because this team needs to get bigger and meaner fast.

Where's Mike Grier, Bryan Marchment and Bill Guerin when you need them?

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#95 Oil Bog
November 04 2013, 01:50PM
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Preach on Wayne! Although I am in agreement with most of your article (even got me a little misty) I think the Oilers current situation may be viewed differently from our 2 tiered fan base (as per Mr. Lowe). I think those fans that empty their wallets regularly for seasons tickets, beers, and other game day necessities have a different emotional attachment to the situation. For these supporters it is not as easy to dismiss the current oiler organization as transitional especially when the organization has a hand in a supporters back pocket. They feel cheated financially and emotionally. Its like the peasant paying a tithe to the royalty who seemingly don't give a damn. At some point after so much taking a spirit can be broken and new allegiances formed.

As for us TV fans and occasional game guests we can cling to the notion that the Oiler organization is engrained into our being and that the ineptitude of the current regime can not break our continued support. Our emotional state is the only thing being tested. Start taking money from this group and their views will likely change as well.

With all that being said, no matter what tier of fan you are this sucks and for all those fans who regularly contribute to the Oilers, thank you! Really, thank you! The Oiler organization might not appear to mean it by I do. As Wayne has stated, for me, the Oilers are more than just a "now" event. It means so much more and without the support of paying fans I know something real in our community would be lost.

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#96 Bryan in SK
November 04 2013, 02:35PM
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Pretty obvious the fans have more passion than the players, and seem to work harder at being fans than the player do at being players.

I'm cheering for Oilers Nation!

To my wife, however, that means that nobody eats nachos and salsa on game night better than I do LOL

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#97 MessyEH!
November 04 2013, 02:36PM
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I think this may be the time to send one,or two, of the wonder kids to the AHL. Send Schultz and Yakupov. Would it make the team worse? I am not really sure.

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#98 madjam
November 04 2013, 03:03PM
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We wait for fab5 to become more than mediocre , or we dump most of them now for a contending team makeup . The wait , however might not mean we will get better with them . Which way to go ? A young group looking for rest of team to handle grit , etc. , while a veteran core disgusted with their 200 ft.game . Calling them out may back fire ? Team chemistry and accountability seems to be at odds with our team . One part almost seemingly blaming the other part . Looks like a major problem has developed accompanying the losing skid - not healthy.

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#99 where's struds?
November 04 2013, 03:25PM
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I'm a 93… so reading these comments about the glory days are just a tease. While you can all reflect on what I assume would be the most alive this city of Edmonton ever could be, I have one playoff run, a two month span, where everyone was on cloud 9. There was a constant buzz going on that is something indescribable, and since then. It has faded to a utter disgust with the product we are seeing on the ice.

I have been a die hard fan as long as I have been able to comprehend sports, I read all the blogs, listen to the pre game talks, tune in after the game and all that jazz. As angry as I am after every game, I still read the blogs, and the comments of others as disappointed as myself. But it is getting to a point where the desire to be this emotionally invested runs low, the hope however will never fade.

Hope is not earned, respect is earned, which the current Oilers have none of. Not from us, not from the coaches, not from the other teams, not even from their own captain. Hope is what keeps this city running right now. Even though every season we are required to dig deeper down to the bottom of our hearts, we have been able to find that hope. We have suffered the embarrassment of 3 straight 1st overall picks, but we use the hope to justify it. That hope is what fuels us to defend those soft plays, bad coaching decisions, bad signings and terrible Taylor Hall toe drags.

Does this edition of the Oilers deserve us, loyal, hopeful fans? No. They don't, however we are still here, still cheering. Don't stop now, push through these rough times and think of how good it will feel when we crawl out of the depths of the basement of the NHL and have that first playoff birth, first series win, and hopefully first cup.

Its not just a game, it is what gets us through our wretched winters, what brings any two blue and orange jersey wearing people together.

Stay strong, forever a fan

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#100 hallthetime
November 04 2013, 04:07PM
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dqgc wrote:

DSF is right... would it be too dumb an idea to try to organize a 1 game boycott? Maybe on HNIC? To get the attention of those who are not listening???

That's the best idea if it works.

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