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 Zarny
November 04 2013, 04:22PM
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admiralmark wrote:

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.

I think this is what is making it difficult for some fans; false expectations.

The worst thing Lowe and MacT did in the off-season was start talking about winning.

This was never going to be the Oilers year. Not in the sense of being a true contender mentioned with Pit, Chi, LA and Bos. Look at the roster. Not a chance.

Best case scenario would have seen the Oilers rise to 7th or 8th. They would have been pasted in the first round but the experience and exposure to just how intense playoff hockey is would have been valuable.

Unfortunate circumstances with key injuries on a team that lacks depth, young players learning new systems and new responsibilities ended up with the Oilers doing a face plant to start the season. Now they are shell shocked.

So this year won't be best case. Unlike many fans I'm fine with that. Maybe it's because I expected the Oilers to struggle to start the season.

The Oilers won't finish 29th or 30th; sorry for all those campaigning for a lottery pick already. They'll finish 20-24th and end up with a top 10 pick which can be used for another D like Nurse or a power F.

The plan (and yes I use that term loosely with the Oilers) is for the core to be ready to contend in 2-3 years.

This year was always about answering questions. Is Dubnyk good enough? Gordon was a nice addition...are any of the other 7-14 F good enough? What holes need to be filled on the blueline?

We're getting those answer and MacT will have to act accordingly but it won't happen overnight. It took 2-3 weeks for Phi to pry Steve Downie out of Col. The players the Oilers need are much tougher deals than that.

In the meantime, the young kids need to learn to play 200 ft hockey. And no, it won't be pretty at times. It wasn't pretty when Bylsma first threw Crosby on the PK either. They'll learn and they will be better.

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#52 Oiler Al
November 04 2013, 04:38PM
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and.... wrote:

Taylor Hall texting and the two smiling and joking back and forth as the team was losing 5-0....I watched the whole game from the press box ust down from these two carefree rich CLOWNS!!!!!!

Might be a mistake at the end, but the Bruins did not tolerate Seguins actions and moved him out...one rotten apple cannot spoil the barrel. At the end they have no left their teen years, even though they are in their 20's. I guess its more fun being a kid. The results show on the ice.

I never taught I would say this, but I think its time to move one of the Fab 4 ASAP.

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#53 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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#54 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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#55 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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#56 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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#57 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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#58 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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#59 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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#60 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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#61 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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#62 mayorblaine
November 04 2013, 12:29PM
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i remember saying "we" when i spoke of the Oilers. now i say "they".

that's a very real disconnect. good for fans.

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#63 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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#64 Ales Hallsky
November 04 2013, 12:55PM
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Hey Wanye, I think there may be a structural defect in our beloved Eberle's skate laces. He seems to be inspecting them every time a scrum ensues.

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#65 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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#66 Bishai in the Benches
November 04 2013, 01:49PM
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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.

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#68 Gorbahchano
November 04 2013, 02:26PM
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I'm honestly too young to remember a lot of the greater moments, being 20 and all. However, I remember games my dad took me to when I was younger where bench brawls happened when we were getting pumped, when it was about grit and not holding back. I've always loved the oilers, and I know the feelings I had when the oilers made the 06' run. I don't hold on to that as my reason to keep watching, I keep watching because even though there seems to be less and less of a point, that feeling creeps back when I see things like Gagner's 8 point night where I put down my books and instead of studying for a midterm, made a memory. Maybe it'll be after I'm done university the oilers make the playoffs. I know I'll be watching day in and day out. Hope my friends may seem like the wussies way out, but I'll be damned if Ever see myself not watching the team and game I love. Oilers nation is the best nation for a reason, no one can handle what we do, and when we make the next big step, we'll be happier than ever.

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#69 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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#70 Oilforlife
November 04 2013, 02:49PM
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I haven't made a comment in some time. I still read the comments and all the articles. Most times I am so pissed and dis-heartened that I feel that any comment is just negative. I don't want to contribute to the negativity, but thats seems the only thing there is to say. So let's be honest with ourselves, this Franchise is a joke. It's so bad my friends tease me that the Oilers are now called the "Coilers". I can't dis-agree. The route of this problem starts with Katz and his love of the old oiler bastards running this team. K. Lowe's comments at the hiring of Mac T say it all. Ignorant, delusional, cocky pride based on years gone bye. And now they hired Messier! For what. Katz has got to get rid off all the old Oilers, And give Eakins and the team legit experienced managers and assistant coaches to help the players. Trade the players with no passion, and finally use some of our acquired assets like Yakipov for a true 1-2 defensemen. We don't need anymore offensive flash, we need the role players now, and Mac T just sits and waits for things to get worse. I will still remain a fan, but I feel like I am stuck in an emotionally abused marriage, just hoping for things to get better.

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#71 Curtis
November 04 2013, 02:55PM
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I like positive thinking.

I positively would rather go to the dentist then watch another Oiler game this season.

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#72 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 03:32PM
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What will it take for Kevin Lowe to stand down?

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#73 Harlie
November 04 2013, 04:29PM
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Ferraro calling a spade a spade today and questioned Yak draft on JG Show. Epic indictment on our management's decision making.

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#74 @schmidty66
November 04 2013, 04:40PM
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You should have left the middle finger up on that new sticker and placed a caption underneath it that said "Oilers Management for ruing our team"

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#75 God
November 04 2013, 04:52PM
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@Wanye

From the sounds of that article, I believe we went to the same High School Wanye.

I've been to a few places around this globe and have enjoyed sport every where I go. Having been a former Seahawks season ticket holder, lived a block from the Bell Centre, a block from Rogers Arena (I loath the Nucks) and been to see Palmeiras in Sao Paulo, there's one thing I can say about Edmonton Oilers fans:

These are the best fans in sports. Classy. Patient. Loyal. These are fans that will cheer through thick and thin. The copper & blue means much more than Gretzky & Messier to us. We don't riot and destroy when our team loses, we celebrate in pure jubilation when the team does well.

I'll always have the hope deep in my heart. This current edition of the Oilers garners little interest from me now, but I'd be glad to give some love if the players show that they want it.

This undeserving team has the best fans in sports, and they have the nerve to be a cap team that plays like one of the worst teams in North American Sports (their playoff record of the past 20 years would be an example).

We come from a place with an amazing work ethic. This has aided me in my career wherever I go. Sadly the current edition of the Oilers doens't have this work ethic. I do appreciate Eakins appreciation of haute-fitness though I'm disappointed at his lack of a tough-love approach. Unfortunately it seems like the Flames current edition has the good 'ol Alberta work ethic. I wish that was my team..

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

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#78 Rheal1
November 04 2013, 05:39PM
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Katz & Lowe have sucked the careers out of the kids already...

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#79 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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#80 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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#81 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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#82 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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#83 27Ginge
November 04 2013, 12:12PM
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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.

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#84 Fatbob24
November 04 2013, 12:48PM
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The link at the end made me smile. You are, of course, right Wanye, it is the idea of the oilers that should be remembered, not this cheap excuse that Katz has put in front of us now. I find myself forgetting that and becoming inconsolable at times, whew, man I love the Oil too much, gotta loosen the grip and just enjoy hockey for awhile. No more oilers games for me! Not until they win a couple in a row.

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#85 tileguy
November 04 2013, 12:51PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I hope the link to Pittsburgh at the bottom of the item provides some perspective for those of us who have lost it.

As bad as this season has been for fans who expected and deserve better, what we're seeing now is not life and death. It's a game.

You are right Robin it is a game, one not worth shelling out hundreds of dollars for. I'm gonna buy a hotel on boardwalk.

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#86 Spydyr
November 04 2013, 01:24PM
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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!!!

Bob Stauffer is that you?

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#87 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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#88 The Towel Boy
November 04 2013, 01:49PM
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PREACH IT, BROTHER WANYE!

...AND ALSO BROTHER ERIC.

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#89 Zipdot
November 04 2013, 02:10PM
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When I was a kid, coming towards the end of the glory days, I moved away. Then I moved back for about a year in 1990-1991. At that time, all of my classmate friends who collected hockey cards and stuff (actually stickers at that time) were not interested in the Oilers ones. Those were the throwaways.

I can't imagine what we'd think of the current Oilers. Like ... Throw away and burn the house down that the garbage bin was in...

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#90 Neal
November 04 2013, 02:23PM
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We’ve seen dark days before. Remember the Miracle (I mean Debacle) on Manchester? The difference this time is because then we DID have hope. But after all the friggin years of losing and watching an under talented Calgary do better; after all the promises; watching the stupidity and arrogance of 6 Rings, we ARE still there. We sell out every game. We’ve had our Hope taken away every year, and this year it’s finally just about gone. It’s hard to have hope when we’re treated with such contempt by the Oilers organization.

But as black as it seems, it would be blacker if they weren’t here. Indianapolis felt that knife when they lost their Colts. We have a bunch of spoiled kids as the “core” of our team. Last year Mac said, diplomatically, that certain gifted players were “naïve about what it took to win” in the NHL. So, he knows. Eakins knows now. Poor bastard. And now Ference knows. I see a light, because I think each of these guys can be part of the solution. My jersey is number 14, but if takes Ference to slam his head against the dressing room wall and explain what being a team mate is – then so be it.

6 Rings created this over years. Mac’s only been in his job for 6 months. Eakins for less. They didn’t do this. It’s the lack of character and fight in the players. Maybe if I hear that Smid put his hands around the throat of one of these guys and explained his assignment to him again, I’ll gain hope. If I see effort and selflessness, I’ll gain hope. Even if they lose and I saw they put everything they had on the line, I’d gain hope. I don’t expect anything from the guy at the top, because I know he’d as soon spit on me while he took my money, but there IS hope to be had… but this team is going to have to take it from a dying spark, and re-kindle it.

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#91 Shredder
November 04 2013, 03:20PM
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The Oilers are making me apathetic towards not just them, but to hockey in general. No, expand that, professional sports in general.

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#92 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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#93 Rama Lama
November 04 2013, 03:36PM
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Rheal1 wrote:

What will it take for Kevin Lowe to stand down?

A frontal lobotomy!

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#94 Oilfan
November 04 2013, 03:46PM
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I love reading Wayne`s articles. Mostly because my mental image of him is a cross between Morgan Freeman and Jay Z

United We Stand Ladies and Gentlemen

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#95 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 04 2013, 03:48PM
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DSF wrote:

It's always a good time for some gallows humour.

The Oilers went through U.S. Customs on Sunday.

They lost 6-1.

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

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#96 Mike Krushelnyski
November 04 2013, 03:52PM
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http://imgur.com/ihzsAHB

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#97 hallthetime
November 04 2013, 03:57PM
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This one is better then my six rings.

http://youtu.be/yztuw7CJdbw

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#98 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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#99 Greenlingj
November 04 2013, 04:02PM
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I remember the spring of 2006 with fond memories

I was in full tilt Oiler mode, I had turned 18 I was hitting the bars, watching the games and seeing something I had never seen in Edmonton.

Pride, I don't see any of it anywhere these days.

People wore they're colors and they wore them with pride, not today.

That team in 2006 had pride had confidence and they took it to game 7 of the finals.

How many people on here are proud to say I am from Edmonton or I cheer for the Oilers? I am, I still am, I am a die hard and I am gonna die hard to cheer for this team.

I have one request to all the players us fans will die hard for you, we just ask you go out there every night and give all you got.

You back check, you finish your checks, you fore check you be hard on the puck on and off it and just when you think you don't have it in you keep going that wins you games.

If you cannot do that this team and this fan base does not have time for you. Pride comes from confidence... confidence comes from success and success comes from hard work and not taking a single second of a shift off its balls to the walls hard skating hard checking 200 foot hockey from all 20 skaters on that bench.

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#100 BRobert
November 04 2013, 04:20PM
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Not a big fan of the current Dread Pirate Roberts; as it turns out he's a terrible pirate. Hopefully the next manifestation will be less disappointing.

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