GDB 17.0: BRACING FOR THE BOLTS

Jason Gregor
November 07 2013 12:06PM

When you are a 28th place team every game is tough. Two days after a 4-3 OT victory over the 27th place Florida Panthers, the Oilers at least have some momentum heading into a showdown with the 10th place Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Oilers, most likely Andrew Ference and Jeff Petry, will have the pleasure of trying to shut down the dangerous duo of Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis. Stamkos is 2nd in NHL scoring with 20 points, while St. Louis is tied for 17th with 16.

Those two have scored 40% of Tampa Bay's goals, and only twice this season have both of them been held pointless. The Bolts lost both games, 3-1 and 5-0, and both losses came against the Bruins.

The Oilers don't have a Zdeno Chara, so it is unlikely the Oilers can shut out Stamkos and St. Louis, but they will need to contain them.

The Bolts have five players with 4+ goals, while the Oilers only have two, Gordon and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Twenty different players have scored a goal for the Oilers this year, but they need get a few more players scoring consistently. It is difficult to win regularly without a few go-to players, but the Oilers will get a huge boost as Taylor Hall returns to the lineup.

LINEUP...

Hemsky-RNH-Eberle
Hall-Gagner-Yakupov
Omark-Gordon-Arcobello
Jones-Smyth-Gazdic

Hall will play his first game since being injured in Ottawa and Eakins is hoping Hall can jumpstart two struggling players, Gagner and Yakupov. Hall is the best option to do that.

The only aspect of the line juggling that I question is moving Ryan Smyth to centre. Smyth struggled mightily last season playing in the middle. He excels on the wall, not in the middle of the ice. You can't expect him to contribute when he is playing centre.

There is no way you could demote Mark Arcobello or Boyd Gordon to the 4th line. They've arguably been the two most consistent forwards all year. There is no way Eakins could retain respect within the room if you demoted them, yet played struggling players like Yakupov, Gagner, and recently recalled Linus Omark ahead of them in the top-nine.

Smyth at centre has to be a short-term experiment. He is better on the wall.

I'm most interested to see who Eakins will use to try and contain Stamkos and St. Louis. Gordon is his best defensive forward, but with his wingers I'm not sure that is a matchup Eakins wants to run. I'm guessing he'll try to get the RNH line out against them.

Ference-Petry
Smid-Larsen
N.Schultz-Fedun

There is no reason to switch up the D pairs. Petry and Ference are the Oilers best option to face 91/26. I liked Larsen's game in Florida, especially on the PP. Fedun and Schultz won't outmuscle many players, but both play smart, positional defence.

Dubnyk

Tampa Bay is getting solid goaltending. Dubnyk needs to match Ben Bishop's play to give the Oilers a chance. 

YAK SUPPORT....

Yesterday head coach Dallas Eakins and Craig MacTavish made it clear that Nail Yakupov wasn't being shopped.

“Nail Yakupov is not being shopped, he’s not going anywhere and I wanted him to hear that from me, look me in my eye, and let him know that we’re attached at the hip," Eakins said after he had a heart-to-heart chat with Yakupov on the ice in Tampa Bay that had some speculating the first pick in 2012 might be a healthy scratch.

While scouting the Rangers/Pengiuns game, MacTavish said this to the media, "We very much believe Nail will evolve to become that dynamic, electric player — become one of the most entertaining guys in the game. I told that to Igor (Larionov) (Yakupov's agent) and I told that to Yak. Development is very rarely a straight line. It has ups and downs.”

It was smart for the coach to tell a young player who is struggling he believes in him, but the harsh reality of pro sports is that if you aren't performing you likely won't be playing much. Yakupov didn't see the ice for the final 9:30 or regulation, and the 1:55 of OT, while the Oilers were trying, unsuccessfully, to protect a lead.

That isn't surprising, considering he's not a defensive stalwart just yet, but if he continues to sit for long stretches, and continues to struggle offensively, will the Oilers consider a stint in OKC?

MacTavish wisely said development is rarely a straight line. Yakupov isn't the first sophomore to struggle, but due to his age they could let him gain some confidence in OKC. Yakupov has high-end skills, so he could score tonight and no one will worry about his offence, but if his slump continues the Oilers should consider OKC a viable option.

QUICK HITS...

  • Unless they acquire another goalie the Oilers need to stick with Devan Dubnyk. Jason LaBarbera is not going to perform better, so tell Dubnyk he's your guy, and tell him to stay focused the entire game. Challenge him to be consistent.  
     
  • The Oilers have actually played pretty well at ES on the road this year outscoring teams 26-25. They've been decent at ES, but they've been outscored 9-3 on PP. Their PP is only 9.4% on the road. Their PP looked much better in Florida, and if it can get going, they might start to pull out some wins away from Rexall.
     

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Four of the last five games between these two teams in Tampa have ended in 3-2 scores with each team winning twice. In those four games Oilers won, Tampa won, Oilers won and Tampa won, so based on extensive scientific research (none whatsoever) the Oilers continue that trend tonight with a 3-2 victory.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Omark scores, because Oilersnation thrives on drama/debate.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: After opening the Florida broadcast with a muscle shirt and shorts, Mean Gene Principe starts his segment standing along the boards at the zamboni entrance. He does a quick spin-o-rama then walks towards the camera talking about the return of Hall and Omark's recall from OKC. As he gets closer, he tosses it upstairs to two guys who are "classy" and "no joke", Louis Debrusk and Kevin Quinn, and then stares into the camera and drops the mic. BOOM.

** Principe was playing off the words of the Tampa Bay Lightning players after Omark's infamous SO goal on December 10th, 2010, when they whined about his move being a joke and Dan "cancelled my twitter account" Ellis claimed it "wasn't very classy."

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#151 fig pucker
November 07 2013, 07:32PM
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michael wrote:

P Lasen got caught. Can't blame DD on the 3rd goal. It was tic tac oh no! Hall is on his horse tonight. Can he buy a goal against Bishop? The guy is a monster in net. Why isn't he on our team? Right. ST. Hopefully the 3rd period brings better news. I did not think we would win this game. But one can have hope. I do think that The Flyer is winnable. There as woeful as we are. Plus Perron will add net prescence.

really? how many breakaways has bisop stoped tonight? to put this in perspective if the oil and bolts swapped goalies we'd be up 6 to 1 by now. duby is as useless as they come, if the only way we can expect a save is if everyone plays perfect defence? the bolts have played sloppy on d, but bishop bails them out. i say suck it up, overpay and get a real goalie. then take duby out behind the barn and put us all out of his misery!

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#152 Rocket
November 07 2013, 07:59PM
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If only The Oilers had a goalie like Ben Bishop who could steal games when his team gets outshot.

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#153 DSF
November 07 2013, 08:02PM
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Randy wrote:

This is the 8th year and Edmonton is not getting better. Something is very wrong. They have changed coaches GM's and nothing has worked. Someone is making bad decisions. Were all the coaches bad?

Kevin Lowe must know at some level he has been responsible for this mess you would think. Daryl obviously is protecting him because if this was a business and he was losing money based on results he would have been gone already.

So does this mean another decade of losing . I wonder

Yes.

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#154 DSF
November 07 2013, 08:05PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Battle for 28th overall on Saturday.

Someone is going to get hurt.

Hopkins?

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#155 Bad with names much
November 07 2013, 08:27PM
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Cory Conacher

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#156 LoweBlow
November 07 2013, 08:34PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Oh Yeah........and Taylor Hall's a BEAST!

He was certainly a step behind tonight. I bet he is being rushed back far too quickly. Hope there's not chance of making the injury worse.

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#157 Seriously
November 07 2013, 08:39PM
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Poolanov wrote:

Not sure why, but I smell a comeback...

I smell Bulls$it!!! Must be from the CFR or dubnyk's performance

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#158 BingBong
November 07 2013, 08:47PM
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The Real Gongshow wrote:

The Oilers offered Jones and a 3rd. The Bolts offered Conacher and a 4th. Who would you rather have if you were the Sens ?

I think it was Jones and a 2nd no?

Either way, the Sens obviously wanted a legit roster player.

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#159 Batfink
November 07 2013, 08:47PM
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MacBlender was dusted off and used to full effect tonight. Seriously, Hall & Yak grinding with Smytty as centre. WTF.

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#160 Stack Pad Save
November 07 2013, 09:35PM
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DSF wrote:

Might want to send a memo to SJS, STL, MIN , PHX, WSH, VCR that, since they've never won a cup, the Oilers are better because they won almost 25 years ago.

Oiler fans are becoming Leaf fans.

It's quite sad, actually.

I would hate to be a fan of any of those teams. To come so close and then not get it and know that your window is closing or is closed and you might hold on to being good for 5 more years and than go in the tank and eventually rebuild when your sisters get too old to score and Jumbo is too Jumbo to skate, and Ovechkin has finally gone back to the KHL.

BTW DSF "it" was the cup and it is the only thing that matters. Also why would you include Minnesota, they suck.

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#161 MKE
November 07 2013, 10:09PM
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DSF wrote:

Those " windows" are just stupid.

5 years ago, everyone was predicting the Sharks window was closing. It isn't.

Now it's the Canucks. It isn't.

Minnesota is 9-4-4 and 2 points out of the Central Division lead.

Yeah, they suck.

After you put on the nose...the rest of the clown costume is just makeup.

Takes one to know.

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#162 acg5151
November 07 2013, 10:16PM
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As a Canucks fan, I really don't see how you guys can honestly say your team is better just because the Oilers won 5 cups 30 years ago. I swear that the only fanbases more entitled than you guys are the Red Wings and the Canadiens. I really wish the Oilers were competitive but after hundreds of Oilers fans told me my team sucks when your team hasn't made the playoffs in like 7 years, I really don't even pity you guys anymore.

So explain to me how a team that won 5 cups 30 years ago but has won nothing since and has picked first 3 times in a row and has missed the playoffs 7 years in a row, soon to be 8 years, is better than the Canucks or for that matter the Sharks.

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#163 Serious Gord
November 07 2013, 10:41PM
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Harlie wrote:

And how many years did the Canucks wallow in the quagmire until they got competitive? It was from Richard Brodeur until the Sedin twins and they still ain't got a cup. Some could say that they are the one's that are cursed.

At least we have had the cup. Many times at that.

I prefer not to cling to past glory but rather work on attaining future glory. Otherwise you become France or Greece - a doormat.

Someone needs to explain this to oilers management.

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#164 MKE
November 07 2013, 10:41PM
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Is this the point where we start hoping the Oilers give in and finally see they need to give up Omark if they ever hope to get Webber? #omark4webberstraightup

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#165 PapaMike
November 08 2013, 08:07AM
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Florida just cleaned house and fired all coaches.

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#166 Oiler Al
November 08 2013, 08:53AM
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Interesting , Eakin loses and says they played a pretty good game, Tampa wins and their coach says they played a poor game.

The real point is that Dubby sucked the big banna again, and Bishop outplayed him 2 to 1.

Dont know if this is good news or bad, but Nuge was on the ice for all six goals.

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#167 Rocket
November 07 2013, 12:21PM
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I'm amping to see how Stamkos lights The Oilers up. Watching him play against Hall (maybe) should be fun to watch.

Also, I wonder how Hedman is doing? He was drafted high but since then I haven't really heared much about him.

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#168 Reg Dunlop
November 07 2013, 01:22PM
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The lightning rely heavily on their top line. The oil don't have a Chara. So what? Has everyone forgotten the concept of shadowing? Assign Gordon and MarkArc to wear Stamkos and StLouis like hair shirts. Forgo any offence to shut down Tampa's threats. Follow them EVERYWHERE, scrum it up with them every whistle.

The oil won't do this and will lose 5-1.

Yak is here to stay. At least until he joins his doppelganger Nik Zherdev in USSR. Hello lottery.

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#169 6rings
November 07 2013, 01:39PM
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How is it that a #1 pick does not know how to use his teammates? After all the games he's played over the, top notch skill , and all thd coaching he can't look up for an open linemate?

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#170 pkam
November 07 2013, 02:10PM
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Gordie Wayne wrote:

Gagner should not be playing ahead of Arcobello at this time (especially coming off of a 2 goal game) and Smyth should not be playing center. I would include Gagner on the PP, but until he gets his timing back I would change the lines from:

Hemsky-RNH-Eberle
Hall-Gagner-Yakupov
Omark-Gordon-Arcobello
Jones-Smyth-Gazdic

TO:

Hemsky-RNH-Eberle
Hall-Arcobello-Yakupov
Omark-Gordon-Jones
Smyth-Gagner-Gazdic

The problem is Gagner is not physically fit to play. In the last game, his jaw hurt after taking a big hit to his shoulder.

He never plays physical even when he is healthy, how can you expect him to play in the 4th line with a broken jaw?

I don't understand why they didn't let him rest for another week or 2.

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#171 Ignoramus
November 07 2013, 02:41PM
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bwar wrote:

Hall Gagner Yakupov? Every time that line hits the ice somebody is scoring. GDP: It's a tight one with The Lightnings top end out powering the Oils in the end 10-9 TB in a thrilling game then ends with a dramatic "classy" SO.

Apparently you didn't watch the end to last season. That line was producing and had chemistry.

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#172 Hall's Knee Brace
November 07 2013, 02:57PM
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uh oh...Gregor picked the Oil to win predicting 2 wins in a row for the Oil is the kiss of death!

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#173 pkam
November 07 2013, 03:30PM
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Zarny wrote:

Eakins didn't win an AHL championship but had equally as impressive records as Cooper.

So why do you think Cooper would be any better than Eakins?

You don't think Cooper would be trying to get the kids to play 200 ft hockey?

You think the kids would be any better at playing mistake free hockey under Cooper than Eakins?

Not likely.

The Oilers problems aren't coaching. Eakins is a good coach. The young kids simply haven't accepted the fact that all of the top lines have players as good as they are and they can't make mistakes or get caught cheating trying to score goals.

I never say Eakins or Nelson is not a good coach. But Cooper's track record is better.

He joined the Lightnings organization 3 years ago. Norfolk Admirals had missed the playoff 3 years in a row. He lead the Admirals to Calder cup in 2 years, and Admirals had a lot of small and skill forwards which was similar to the Oilers in many ways.

Before he joined the Lightnings, he coached the Green Bay Gamblers in 2008-09 and 09-10. Green Bay was dead last in USHL the year before. He lead them to win the Championship in 09-10.

Tampa finished 2nd last in the East and 3rd last overall last season, they are 2nd in the east at this moment and 1st in their division. How did he do that?

Can he make the kids to play 200 ft hockey? I don't know, perhaps he can.

But one thing no one can deny, he had turned bad teams into championship teams in a very short duration.

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#174 Poolanov
November 07 2013, 06:16PM
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100% Ference's fault

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#175 jonny94
November 07 2013, 08:50PM
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Clarko wrote:

Well, Dubnyk is the official whipping boy for Oiler fans everywhere. The Oilers played well tonight, but we are all delusional to think that goaltending is the only thing that is stopping this team from being a contender.

The giveaways on the first were absolutely terrible. They were both no pressure giveaways to one of the best two goal scorers in the game. But that was Dubnyk's fault too.

Then Smid gets turned inside out and a one-timer from 5 feet goes in. But that was Dubnyk's fault too.

I am not saying that Dubnyk has played well this season...he hasn't been good. But the giveaways and defensive liabilities were far more atrocious in this game then our goaltending.

I don't think anyone figured the Oilers were going to be contenders this year but some meaningful hockey in November would be nice.

It's sad to say but it's seemingly becoming more truthful that if the Oilers want to win they need at least 4 goals with Dubnyk in net.....and even if they do that's not a guarantee they get the W

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#176 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 07 2013, 09:05PM
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DSF wrote:

I agree.

The Oilers had a chance to trade for Bishop but decided to sign Dubnyk to a stupid contract instead.

Because Oilers.

I have problems with both of those management decisions… but your sense of history is weird if you think they are related in some way.

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#177 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 07 2013, 09:08PM
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Harlie wrote:

Sorry old man, the cup is the barometer and you know it. Don't try bending the rules now.

Sounding desperate, haha!

The Cup isn't the main thing.......ITS THE ONLY THING!!!....Just ask Stan Smyl...

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#178 MKE
November 07 2013, 09:54PM
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Evilas wrote:

Really ???

DSF, what does that stand for anyway?

BTW, despite whatever drivel you may spew, YOU follow the Oilers, otherwise how could you not possibly be so knowledgeable about this team?

Oh, Okay now I get it Definitive Sage Facts

Or maybe definitive sage farts?

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#179 bazmagoo
November 07 2013, 10:50PM
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#1 - Eakins needs to go, bring back Ralph!

#2 - Chemistry isn't right on the team, too much offense not enough defense. Need to get a legitimate top 4 defense, Ference and Belov aren't legit top 4 guys, Smid and Petry are #3-4 d-guys. Justin Schultz should have been playing bottom pairing minutes from the start of the season, I've been saying it for a month now. I wonder if the #1 pick where they got Yakupov was a bit of a curse. Ryan Murray playing 20 minutes a night in Columbus with a solid rating. Love Yak though, but somethings got to change with the team chemistry.

#3 - Fire Lowe, Messier in as President Of Hockey Operations!

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#180 Rob...
November 08 2013, 09:23AM
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11 games last night and in 9 of them the winning team scored 3 or more goals. As pissed as I am that Dubnyk let in 3 goals last night, I guess he is an average goalie.

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#181 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 08 2013, 11:30AM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

I thought this was a site for HOCKEY fans to discuss the Oilers. Apparently you feel it should remain a giant circle jerk of delusional Oiler superfans and other assorted enablers to fantasize.

Seriously, no sarcasm, I've always thought that this is a site where Oilers Superfans come to fantasize with other like minded enablers. And that's not a bad thing....it's entertainment...it's a place where people come to vent and to celebrate....nothing that's said or shared here has ANY affect on the Oilers organization.

Seriously, with all due respect, to think otherwise is delusional.

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#182 mayorblaine
November 07 2013, 12:11PM
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we must be show casing Ryan Smyth...~

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#183 Bucknuck
November 07 2013, 01:54PM
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I think this should be an interesting game to watch. I am at a loss why you would play Smyth at centre when you have five centres healthy in the lineup. Seems dumb to me. If Gagner and Yakupov are struggling, put them with Gaz and there's your low minutes line. I just don't get it.

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#184 Zarny
November 07 2013, 02:56PM
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6rings wrote:

How is it that a #1 pick does not know how to use his teammates? After all the games he's played over the, top notch skill , and all thd coaching he can't look up for an open linemate?

It's not that they can't look up for an open linemate; they're just used to being able to beat 2 or even 3 guys 1 on 1 in junior.

Can't do that in the pros. Even the best players have to play as a unit.

The biggest problem for almost every draft pick is too much junior in their game when they first get into the NHL.

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#185 A-Mc
November 07 2013, 03:17PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Well once Joensuu and Perron get back, our team suddenly looks pretty good up front. Assuming Arco can play at least half as good as he is right now, maybe, JUST MAYBE, we can get this season rolling...

I agree. I think Joensuu is a big piece. I really liked his game in the few game's he's played.

It's really sucked with out him. I think he brings an element the oilers have almost Zero of.

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#186 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 07 2013, 04:44PM
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@pkam

I think I remember hearing Sid actually had two surgeries. Either way, comparing Gagner to Crosby is ridiculous, no matter what aspect you're comparing.

EDIT: http://www.businessinsider.com/video-sidney-crosby-lost-hit-in-face-by-a-puck-lost-teeth-and-needed-jaw-surgery-2013-4

One surgery at least.

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#187 Retsinnab5
November 07 2013, 04:53PM
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BorjeSalming-IanTurnbull wrote:

The broadcasting crews for radio and TV are so bad that I always watch the opponent's broadcast. It's the only way to keep me sane.

Gene Principe = Buzz Killington

Bob Staufer = Mediterranean Chicken

Thats not very Punny

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#188 Jeff Petry
November 07 2013, 06:17PM
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Poolanov wrote:

100% Ference's fault

It was my fault! I'm a retard and raced over to Ference's side leaving my side wide open for Stamkos to do a wrap! Idiot learn your hockey!

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#189 PoolanovIsStupid
November 07 2013, 06:25PM
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Poolanov wrote:

Get a grip loser. Watch the replay. Ference was behind the net and telegraphed a suicide pass that was easily turned over .

HE CHASED STAMKOS BEHIND THE NET! THEREFORE PETRY SHOULD HAVE BEEN COVERING HIS SIDE BECAUSE THATS WHERE THE PUCK IS GOING! YOU DON'T KNOW $HIT ABOUT HOCKEY IF YOU CANNOT UNDERSTAND SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS THAT!

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#190 Serious Gord
November 07 2013, 07:34PM
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StHenriOilBomb wrote:

I doubt it. It sounds like he wants to win with this group. After a couple of more years if they're not winning, he can go wherever he wants as a free agent.

Either way, it's a long shot. Solutions with him are far more likely, and so for me, far more interesting to consider.

I suspect he will have tears of joy if he gets dealt to a contender.

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#191 James
November 07 2013, 07:46PM
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@Rocket

Yeah who knows? Half the time I think those guys who keeps those stats are smoking something.

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#192 Drowning in Oil
November 07 2013, 08:04PM
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Smyth plays 6:00 minutes more than Yak..... I thought Eakins was giving him a chance. When you are down by 2 goals, that kid should be out every second shift. When he breaks out, he's going to make Eakins look like the idiot he is!!

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#193 DSF
November 07 2013, 08:17PM
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Rob F wrote:

even a crack head could tell we need a goalie....today the team with a better goalie won

You know goalies are part of the team, right?

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#194 Mikey
November 07 2013, 08:29PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Here is one of the things that is wrong with the Oilers.

A couple of years ago the Tampa Bay Lighting sign a 21 year old undersized undrafted player to an AHL contract. Kid plays well in the AHL, gets a shot with the big club. Kid exceeds expectations, so they showcase him, sometimes with sheltered minutes, sometimes with talented line mates. At age 23 kid gets serious consideration for NHL Rookie of the Year. The kids name is Cory Conacher. So, what do the Lightening do? Rather than sit around and thank their lucky stars, they have the COURAGE to trade the kid while the kid is at his peek of expectations/potential, to the Ottowa Senators for back up goalie Ben Bishop.......THAT TAKES COURAGE! THATS NOT EASY...THAT IS BOLD !

Except for the part where they showcase him and then have the courage to trade him at peek value, this is actually the story of the Oilers Mark Arcobello.

The two kids Conacher and Arcobello are one year apart in age.

*edited ..took out Gallagher....put in Conacher*

Cory Conacher

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#195 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 07 2013, 08:36PM
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Bad with names much wrote:

Cory Conacher

Damn!.......except for the alcoholic dyslexia...it was such good post....

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#196 Randaman
November 07 2013, 09:39PM
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Far too easy to play against. No grit. I could go on and on but maybe I will start watching the Leafs more often. Back to my childhood roots. The Oilers aren't earning anyone's loyalty these days . Seven years and rings is still there. Something has to give

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#197 MKE
November 07 2013, 09:47PM
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Randaman wrote:

So you are saying you don't mind staying the course (losing) and waiting for the perfect deal to just fall into our lap? Sorry, been there, done that and look where we are. Eberle, Smid and a second rounder for Subban would be BOLD. Not saying that would happen but we have to be worth more as fans than we are receiving. Am I wrong?

No what I'm saying is you have to look beyond saving one season.

Before I moved anyone I would want to let Eakins have at least half a year to see what he can do with this team.

Do they need to get better? Yes

Is change needed? Yes

Do I want a winning team? YES!

Making one deal is not going to fix anything.

Without a culture change you can fire people and trade people all day long and nothing will change.

I want a team that contends year after year. That's what I want.

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#198 MKE
November 07 2013, 09:59PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

I could be wrong but I think he's on a two way deal. But he's someone i'd love to have on my team. But I don't think he's the guy the ducks would move

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#199 DSF
November 07 2013, 10:00PM
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Stack Pad Save wrote:

I would hate to be a fan of any of those teams. To come so close and then not get it and know that your window is closing or is closed and you might hold on to being good for 5 more years and than go in the tank and eventually rebuild when your sisters get too old to score and Jumbo is too Jumbo to skate, and Ovechkin has finally gone back to the KHL.

BTW DSF "it" was the cup and it is the only thing that matters. Also why would you include Minnesota, they suck.

Those " windows" are just stupid.

5 years ago, everyone was predicting the Sharks window was closing. It isn't.

Now it's the Canucks. It isn't.

Minnesota is 9-4-4 and 2 points out of the Central Division lead.

Yeah, they suck.

After you put on the nose...the rest of the clown costume is just makeup.

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#200 MKE
November 07 2013, 10:08PM
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@Serious Gord

Gord lets face it. This team needs to become much better. But even if this team was contending, you would still find a way to suck all the fun out of it.

Enjoy life sometimes :). It's good for you

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