Disaster

Jonathan Willis
November 09 2013 03:09PM

The Edmonton Oilers had a chance on Saturday to pick up two points from one of the league's worst teams. They had healthy bodies back, the Flyers had lost two straight, and this game represented a real opportunity to start things turning around after a strong effort in a win over Florida and a stronger one in a loss to Tampa Bay.

It didn't happen.

Losing Badly

It's not just that the Oilers lost, or who they lost against, but how they lost. Some fans will want to place the blame on Devan Dubnyk - who was actually reasonably solid until that fourth goal - or on the referees for mistakenly assessing a major penalty against an innocent Anton Belov.

But the real problem was the skaters. The following chart shows on-ice scoring chances at even-strength for the Oilers forwards against Philadelphia, as counted by me.

Player EV+ EV- Percentage
Luke Gazdic 0 1 0.0%
Jordan Eberle 1 7 12.5%
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1 6 14.3%
Boyd Gordon 1 4 20.0%
Ryan Smyth 1 4 20.0%
Taylor Hall 4 8 33.3%
Jesse Joensuu 1 2 33.3%
Mark Arcobello 2 4 33.3%
Sam Gagner 4 6 40.0%
Ales Hemsky 5 7 41.7%
David Perron 3 3 50.0%
Nail Yakupov 2 1 66.7%

And for the defence:

Player EV+ EV- Percentage
Nick Schultz 1 6 14.3%
Taylor Fedun 1 5 16.7%
Andrew Ference 2 9 18.2%
Jeff Petry 2 7 22.2%
Philip Larsen 6 6 50.0%
Anton Belov 6 5 54.5%

For the most part, it was the Oilers' best players getting killed against the Flyers. Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall all had among the worst marks on the team in this regard. These are the guys that typically push results - and did last year, even as the rest of the team gave everything back and then some. On defence, the Oilers top pairing of Andrew Ference and Jeff Petry were lit up, too.

The Oilers play in Chicago tomorrow. It seems unlikely to go well.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#151 hemi
November 09 2013, 03:50PM
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My better half and I were doing the BANFF shopping extravaganza this weekend and silly old me, I decided to show my Edmonton pride by wearing my Mighty Oil hat. I actually had some other hockey fans poke a wee bit at me due to my attire......I almost felt like a leaf's fan at times. Being laughed at and or smirked at was and still is a favorite pastime of mine whenever I spot some fool with a Maple Leaf hat and or etc. Sadly, who's laughing now!

All my years as a loyal Edmonton Citizen, I have never been embarrassed to heap the praises of my fair city but the dismal display of the Oil has really made it hard for me to be boastful these days.

What the heck has gone wrong with our sport teams? Is there any way out of this black hole that has become the Edmonton Sports scene?

A very disappointing year!

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#152 Greg the Hammer Valentine
November 09 2013, 03:59PM
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JW, I think it's time for you start telling us about Sam Reinhart, Aaron Ekblad and Leon Draisaitl. Please divert our attention to something other than the on-ice product we have right now.

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#153 Johnnydapunk
November 09 2013, 04:02PM
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Woogie63 wrote:

Has/is the window closed to be a team that will attract a top free agent, college player, or a player from the KHL. Would we rank up there with Buffalo as team that players with no or limited trade contracts have select as the will not accept a trade to?

With 49 players under contract, at the cap, we seem to have very few options but draft well and develop player. Ebs and RNH way over paid for way too long.

I think we are going to watch this group of players for a long time.

Yikes, how are Eskies doing?

There are options, but it don't think much can be done except damage limitation as there are a lot of contracts that expire at the end of the season.

This won't make any difference in making anything better but here is the contract situation for the Oilers .

Oilers under contract and cap hit

Unfortunately Edmonton is not an easy sell for players, as much as we can deny it and everything, players nowadays would rather live and play somewhere with milder temperatures and perhaps a place where they can be a bit more anonymous. Irrelevant on their performance, I don't agree that players or staff are fair game to be yelled at when they are not at the rink. I am aware than a lot of people are super pissed off that the Oil are crap right now, but screaming at the players or coaches on the street will not solve anything, it will only make it harder and harder to attract players here.

Regarding players wanting to play elsewhere, there are players who of course want to play here because of the history of the club, but sadly the Oilers are on a lot of players list of no trade teams.

Apologies for any rambling, my dental surgery and painkillers have turned me into a gibbering mess :)

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#154 6 ring circus
November 09 2013, 04:11PM
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@reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)

The bigger problem than Lowe is Katz,He does not hold his hockey management team accountable,he does not care about his fan base, if he did he would've made made changes by now,his only concern is that he gets to hang out with the glory day Oilers and the end result is this sorry excuse of a hockey team we have left after Kevin Lowe has screwed it up so bad.Good luck attracting any free agents here,it wont be much longer before the stars on the team ask for a ticket out of town,as a fan base we are all frustrated and have pretty much given up all hope with Lowe running this team,how do you think the players feel and why would they want to continue to play for such a MICKEY MOUSE ORGANIZATION!!!!

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#155 Clarko
November 09 2013, 04:12PM
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The optimist in me tells me there are only two problems with this team:

1. We can't keep the puck out of our net (dead last in goals against in the league).

2. We can't score goals with any consistency (13th out of 14 teams in our conference in goals scored).

Other than that, the Oilers are on the pathway to greatness!!

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#156 Spydyr
November 09 2013, 04:18PM
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Eakins in his post game interview."We were out battled and out sized."

Good thing you traded away you most physical d-man for prospects.

The whole team is just lost.Desperation has set in.This whole rebuild never had a plan.Just play it as we go.That what you get when you don't hire the best people for the job instead hiring your friends.It is shameful what this once great team has become.

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#157 Alsker
November 09 2013, 04:19PM
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Gerald R. Ford wrote:

It's only a matter of time before one of these high-potential first round draft picks simply refuses to sign here. I don't think I could blame any kid who'd wait to go back into the draft rather than waste an entry level contract "developing" in this organization.

And everyone questioned the length of 4,14,93 contracts...by the time these are up maybe this a competitive team...but honestly the bus is on cruise control and no one at the wheel.

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#158 6 ring circus
November 09 2013, 04:24PM
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Gerald R. Ford wrote:

It's only a matter of time before one of these high-potential first round draft picks simply refuses to sign here. I don't think I could blame any kid who'd wait to go back into the draft rather than waste an entry level contract "developing" in this organization.

Dillon Simpson will be the first player that does not sign with the Oiler's, He will not be the last, until there is significant changes at the top of this organization and I wouldn't blame him either for not signing .His dad Craig knows a thing or two about hockey and the Oilers organization and I bet he wouldn't want his kid playing for the Oiler's.

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#159 -30
November 09 2013, 04:26PM
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Does this team suffer from owner interference/incompetence? I am beginning to think so.

How on earth can one team continually make the same mistakes over and over again? They tease us with a period of encouraging play and then tank it because of what seems to be indifference.

There is a culture of losing here from top to bottom and that includes players, coaches, managers and owner.

How can otherwise brilliant business people be so stupid when it comes to running a professional sports franchise?

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#160 Eddie Shore
November 09 2013, 04:35PM
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-30 wrote:

Does this team suffer from owner interference/incompetence? I am beginning to think so.

How on earth can one team continually make the same mistakes over and over again? They tease us with a period of encouraging play and then tank it because of what seems to be indifference.

There is a culture of losing here from top to bottom and that includes players, coaches, managers and owner.

How can otherwise brilliant business people be so stupid when it comes to running a professional sports franchise?

I'd like to know when Eakins is going to start holding our top players accountable? As long as our guys continue getting their shifts after they make the same mistakes over and over, nothing will change. Start stapling their asses to the bench and start sending the message that it is unacceptable. Our chance of winning diminishes with our top guys sitting but we are losing anyway so what is there to lose? Short term pain for long term gain.

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#161 Batfink
November 09 2013, 04:36PM
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Never mind refusing to sign, I'm waiting for the first guy to refuse to play! Last power play, Debrusk actually got something right when he said "you HAVE to get that on net straight off the face-off, not keep it on the boards for 10 seconds." Do people honestly think that Perron would do this if he wasn't told to? He played for Hitch, for Jeebus sake. Terrible coaching. Do the other coaches have ANY input? You can see the players looking behind them on the bench for guidance but the staff say nothing, like zombies! Even with that crappy call on Belov. Get angry Dallas, anything.

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#162 Spydyr
November 09 2013, 04:37PM
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@Batfink

Dallas is too tired from his bike ride to get angry.

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#163 kale
November 09 2013, 04:38PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Its only early November and I am already googleing next years draft.........

What took you so long? I started in October.

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#164 Slats
November 09 2013, 04:50PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Dubnyk will probably play better when people aren't trying to figure out if his putrid play has a historical precedent on blogs.

It works that way, right?

and it will start around game 62 when loosey goosey Oilers will be wheeling around the the NHL scoring 5 Goals vs 1 against and the Oilers will go 14-4-2 to finish the season 26-44-12

AND then what??

Rinse and repeat for 2014-15

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#165 Newj
November 09 2013, 04:51PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Formula for disaster

Have a new owner hire his buddy to run his NHL team.Then hire a rookie GM who hires a rookie coach because he gets a man crush.The rookie coach is then saddled with the owners buddy, buddies as assistant coaches.

How could that ever go wrong?

True, it started at the top - this formula for disaster.

Its been stated repeatedly, this organization has regressed. Very difficult to remain optimistic unless meaningful changes in management are made.

Also as stated before, the dismissal of Kevin Lowe or MacTavish will not likely alter results this year, but changes are needed in management to move forward in the long run. Why wait until next year to implement those changes?

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#166 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 09 2013, 04:52PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

The bigger problem than Lowe is Katz,He does not hold his hockey management team accountable,he does not care about his fan base, if he did he would've made made changes by now,his only concern is that he gets to hang out with the glory day Oilers and the end result is this sorry excuse of a hockey team we have left after Kevin Lowe has screwed it up so bad.Good luck attracting any free agents here,it wont be much longer before the stars on the team ask for a ticket out of town,as a fan base we are all frustrated and have pretty much given up all hope with Lowe running this team,how do you think the players feel and why would they want to continue to play for such a MICKEY MOUSE ORGANIZATION!!!!

agree, but we cant fire an owner

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#167 yawto
November 09 2013, 04:56PM
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I'm just going to start calling Dubnyk the slump buster. If you are on a cold streak, circle Edmonton and pray he is in net. Him and mason had basically the same record at the start of the game, only difference, mason is losing without giving up 4 a game. Ridiculous. Bring on Bryz, it couldn't be worse.

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#168 DSF
November 09 2013, 04:57PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Tyler Dellow posted a nice chart that seems relevant.

Dellow posted a "rolling average save percentage" chart which looks at averages.

While that approach has some validity, it doesn't mean Dubnyk WILL return to his career average.

Some goalies have certainly done that...many haven't.

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#169 DSF
November 09 2013, 04:58PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

The chart doesn't say Dubnyk hasn't been horrible.

It simply says it is not uncommon for average goaltenders to have terrible stretches outside of their historical average.

Just because it's "uncommon" doesn't mean he will return to his "historical average".

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#170 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 09 2013, 05:00PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Almost as well as a nice chart.

I hope Rom can take a joke....I have this picture in my mind...it's like that guy in Philly years ago used to sit in row one behind the net and hold up signs throughout the game....the guy had a sign for EVERY occasion......I picture Rom doing this....only instead of signs with words.....it's CHARTS....lots and lots of charts....team has a poor shift....Rom holds a up a CORSI chart...we get scored on ... It's a + - Save % chart......pie charts, bar graphs....THE CROWD LOVES THIS GUY.

Seriously ...the Philly guy was a legend with Fans around the league!

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#171 Alsker
November 09 2013, 05:00PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Oh no, I'm quite easily baited :)

Besides, it's not really that bad. I've had some poor experiences with individuals, but by and large the readers here and on Twitter and elsewhere have been awfully good to me.

To borrow from Joe Walsh, I can't complain though sometimes I still do.

Joe Walsh: haha, wait a minute wasnt he sleeping on the floor `cause he couldn`t find the door, no wait thats me..no worries

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#172 Alsker
November 09 2013, 05:04PM
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Randaman wrote:

I don't get this obvious trend of Dubnyk being on his knees ALL the f$&@! Time. That has to have something to do with coaching in my mind. Chabot should be shown the door with Lowe, Bucky & Smith. You can't stop high shots from your knees. Huff said. What a sad team we have. Mac T can't fix it all at once and Eakins should be given at least a full season so I give them a pass on the firing parade that should take place. Come on Katz, get off your throne and do SOMETHING!!

How bout Dubs off ice workout is in a pool with a waterpolo team..no seriously, if he goes down as often in net there he`ll drown.. Can only help

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#173 Smokey
November 09 2013, 05:09PM
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Clarko wrote:

Stop giving all the other players on this team an excuse not to put in a good effort. Has Dubnyk been bad? Absolutely. But that doesn't give an excuse for the rest of the team to give up.

It is funny that a lot of fans are willing to blame one player for all of this teams woes. But this team also ranks 13th out 14 teams in their conference in goals scored. Bad goaltending and terrible defensive zone coverage (too hard to count how many Flyers had wide open opportunities in the slot today) PLUS no goal scoring support will plummet a team down the standing extremely fast.

This abomination of a team is the ENTIRE team's fault...not just one player's.

I'm looking forward to Bryzgalov's comments when he's letting in point blank wristers from the open slot. At least the quotes will be better...I have hope...even if its comedic.

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#174 6 ring circus
November 09 2013, 05:10PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

agree, but we cant fire an owner

I will no longer buy season tickets or Oiler's merchandise,I will gladly take the family on a nice winter holiday instead of supporting the Oiler's by buying seasons tickets,after 14 years. I have had enough of this,It's sad to say, but I bought into the rebuild and believed all the hype that the Oilers propaganda machine puts out in the off season and pre season every year, but no more,I am tired of wasting my hard earned money on Katz and Kevin Lowe and this so called hockey team,I have lost my patience and will not wait another 5-7 years before they get it right.

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#175 Slats
November 09 2013, 05:12PM
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There is so many remarks on fire 6 Rings and I get it. We have an Ex-Oiler Regime. We need change. But who?

If you were the owner who would you hire?

If it were me and I wanted to really start organizational change - I would go take that $3.5mm you just saved from the early Smid contract exit and ask for permission to go start discussions with Lou Amoriello - watch the sparks fly!!!

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#176 Reality Check to the head
November 09 2013, 05:12PM
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Is it too early to wonder if there is an elite center or Dman who can play for us next year, that will also be available in the first 3 picks of the up coming draft?

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#177 Bucknuck
November 09 2013, 05:14PM
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yawto wrote:

I'm just going to start calling Dubnyk the slump buster. If you are on a cold streak, circle Edmonton and pray he is in net. Him and mason had basically the same record at the start of the game, only difference, mason is losing without giving up 4 a game. Ridiculous. Bring on Bryz, it couldn't be worse.

oh no man... you didn't just say it couldn't get worse. Did you?? Did you really??

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#178 Oiler Al
November 09 2013, 05:14PM
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Spydyr wrote:

"leaders"

You are funny, you make me laugh.

Spyder, good point, should have said " should be leaders", but they are not playing like they are.

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#179 Soccer Steve
November 09 2013, 05:22PM
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Clarko wrote:

Because firing our coach has worked brilliantly the last 4 times we did it...

Because Bucky, Smith, et al have such incredible results so far...

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#180 Eddie Shore
November 09 2013, 05:28PM
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FMNF!

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#181 Ed in Edmonton
November 09 2013, 05:29PM
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Soccer Steve wrote:

You spelled edmonton wrong

What can I say, I are an engineer.

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#182 Serious Gord
November 09 2013, 05:31PM
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Ed in Edmoton wrote:

Thinking about the Smid move of yesterday, I'm thinking perhaps MAcT has already put this season in the history books and is long to next year. Trading a roster player for 2 prospects is hard to interpret any other way.

I'm also wondering is Katz might be pissed that he's paying Grebeshkov 1.5 M to play in the AHL and told MacT he doesn't have a blank check and needs to save some cash.

then how do you explain getting bryz? that is 100% a short-term move.

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#183 DSF
November 09 2013, 05:34PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

No one implied that was a necessary eventuality.

However, it is a great deal more probable than his historical play suddenly and forever cratering.

What are the odds of that, exactly?

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#184 DSF
November 09 2013, 05:35PM
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Dan 1919 wrote:

Haha it should, but the 8th spot playoff team will not have 106 points, things will cool down. Mac-T will have one of the young guns traded this year before the TD if things don’t shape up... or the 1st Rounder traded for a solid piece.

Is one of the guys in the top three projected to end up better than Ebs/Yak, then they will trade one of those guys and keep the pick or vise-versa. The Tambi erra is over, if there’s one thing I’m confident of, it is that.

We'll see.

But I think the final playoff sport in the WC will likely be around 100 points.

The Oilers haven't played many games against the WC yet and that could be very, very ugly.

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#185 Alsker
November 09 2013, 05:35PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

oh no man... you didn't just say it couldn't get worse. Did you?? Did you really??

Well prohibition could be re-instated!! Oh hockey wise, well how!! Blowehard fires Eakins, names MacT coach steps into GM position himself and tells Katz its time to rebuild and HE will lead it this time!!!

Signed Freddie Kreuger

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#186 Alsker
November 09 2013, 05:37PM
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Oops forgot Mess becomes pres of Ops.

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#187 D-Unit
November 09 2013, 05:37PM
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So Eakins made headlines by changing things in the dressing room, taking the old pictures down and such, so this team could have it's own identity and not have to live in the shadow of the old greats. But here's a thought, maybe some of the guys from the Great, Good and even mediocre Oilers teams of the past, that are not employed by the Oilers, put him up to it, because this heartless team doesn't deserve to be associated with any past Oilers glory.

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#188 Hockey Problems
November 09 2013, 05:37PM
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Bucknuck wrote:

oh no man... you didn't just say it couldn't get worse. Did you?? Did you really??

Out of the playoffs by the 5th week of the season ?!?

This comedy has turned into a tragedy !

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#189 Ari Gold
November 09 2013, 05:43PM
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I'm sick of this entire organization but I can't like another team. I'm staying with them because I can't stand anyone else. Now that's a dysfunctional relationship.

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#190 Virtual_Xi
November 09 2013, 05:44PM
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6 ring circus wrote:

The bigger problem than Lowe is Katz,He does not hold his hockey management team accountable,he does not care about his fan base, if he did he would've made made changes by now,his only concern is that he gets to hang out with the glory day Oilers and the end result is this sorry excuse of a hockey team we have left after Kevin Lowe has screwed it up so bad.Good luck attracting any free agents here,it wont be much longer before the stars on the team ask for a ticket out of town,as a fan base we are all frustrated and have pretty much given up all hope with Lowe running this team,how do you think the players feel and why would they want to continue to play for such a MICKEY MOUSE ORGANIZATION!!!!

Why do people compare Mickey Mouse with being unsuccessful pretty damn successful if you ask me... More like wiley e coyote organization! Geez!

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#191 woodenshoes
November 09 2013, 05:59PM
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Alsker wrote:

How bout Dubs off ice workout is in a pool with a waterpolo team..no seriously, if he goes down as often in net there he`ll drown.. Can only help

How about the Eddie Shore method where he tied a rope around his goalies neck and tied it to the cross bar b/c he thought his goalie was going down too soon. With Dubnyk you'd have to hang it from the rafters as he's so tall, and with today's CBA the NHLPA would have a field day but we can dream right?

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#192 Spaz
November 09 2013, 06:06PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Of a level of play regressing to the mean?

Pretty high I gather…

The only factors we know about for Gs for sharp and sustained drops in performance (injury and age) don't appear to be in play.

I wonder if there are any statistics on equipment changes?

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#193 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 09 2013, 06:10PM
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Spaz wrote:

I wonder if there are any statistics on equipment changes?

Not that I'm aware of.

However, all the goaltenders are subject to the same pressure in this instance.

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#194 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
November 09 2013, 06:12PM
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Spaz wrote:

I wonder if there are any statistics on equipment changes?

I wonder if there are any statistics on Justin Schultz playing in front of you?

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#195 Hockey Problems
November 09 2013, 06:26PM
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Man, this is about to get even uglier !!

I live in a drinking town, with a Hockey Problem !!

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#196 Kirk brackenberry
November 09 2013, 06:26PM
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Gerald R. Ford wrote:

That may be the most sobering statistic of this sad mess. I can't wait for THAT question this off-season!

"So, Craig... where are you going to find those extra THIRTY-ONE (!) wins just to crawl into the playoffs this year?"

"..."

Yikes!

Does Katz even know what's happening these days? I know it's hard to see over the Rockies...

Oh remember we have these great defenders nurse and klefbom cause smid was expendable and they will save the day....*tongue meet cheek

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#197 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 09 2013, 06:26PM
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Watching the Leafs/Bruins game right now. We look like a WHL team next to Boston. Like, it's not even close. I ragged on Eller after he called us a junior team and we beat them. I'm now in the process of shoving my foot as far into my mouth as I can get it.

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#198 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 09 2013, 06:35PM
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On the plus side, watching actual NHL teams play is refreshing my interest in hockey.

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#199 Alsker
November 09 2013, 06:37PM
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woodenshoes wrote:

How about the Eddie Shore method where he tied a rope around his goalies neck and tied it to the cross bar b/c he thought his goalie was going down too soon. With Dubnyk you'd have to hang it from the rafters as he's so tall, and with today's CBA the NHLPA would have a field day but we can dream right?

That would work tho I feel the team may be at legal risk. My way its simply an unfortunate accident that the life guard is an Oilers fan.

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#200 Spaz
November 09 2013, 06:38PM
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woodenshoes wrote:

How about the Eddie Shore method where he tied a rope around his goalies neck and tied it to the cross bar b/c he thought his goalie was going down too soon. With Dubnyk you'd have to hang it from the rafters as he's so tall, and with today's CBA the NHLPA would have a field day but we can dream right?

I don't think he needs any more help when it comes to choking.

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