Dallas Eakins Trolls Oilers Fans/Media

Jonathan Willis
December 10 2013 10:45PM

 

Reporter: "[Inaudible] won the game on the power play, power play was struggling again tonight..."

Eakins: "The power play was one-for three, 33 percent. That's a hell of a night."

For those who didn't see the game, the power play allowed one shorthanded goal on it's first attempt, created almost nothing in five full minutes late in the third with the Oilers holding a one-goal lead (after which the Hurricanes scored to tie it) and then won the game in overtime.

Which rather strongly suggests that whatever else coaching the Oilers has done to Eakins, it hasn't robbed him of his sense of humour.

Final note for the irony-impaired: I think this is funny , and you look ridiculous when you angrily demand why I'm 'calling out' Eakins.

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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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#1 Oiler Al
December 10 2013, 11:26PM
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Good thing this game didn't last another five minutes, otherwise, Oilers would not have even received one point.. the late Canes penalty saves their bacon.

Potter and Nuge get splatter all over the boards, and not so much as a face wash from the team mates... terrible . Should take away all their jock straps... its only for guys that have balls. Give them some panty hose instead.

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#3 PleaseHireMeWanye
December 11 2013, 12:18AM
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-Oilers scrape up a win, all of our elite players contribute -JW writes up a nice little lighthearted article -Oiler fans respond appropriately ^^^

Holy crap guys, this is sad.

I feel embarrassed of the team when they lose, embarrassed of the fans when they win.

Let's just all unite and celebrate the top notch offensive powers we have in Hall, Eberle, Nuge and Yakupov. Sure for the right package all could be moved, but while they're here lets celebrate them and act like fans should. If these guys stay around for the next 3, 4, or 5 years, this team will have some amazing moments. There isn't a guy in the world who can argue against that. There will be big shakeups, MacT will move guys and prospects and picks for grit and size and defence and experience, but lets remember that nobody, not a single team in the NHL, as as much potential and promise as these 4 together (not to mention the start of a good supporting group in Perron, Ferrence, Schultz Jr and ...dont kill me... Petry).

Chill out everyone, this season is a wash so who gives a crap if they win by 1 or 6 goals. Just cheer for your young guns and fuel their drive to hoist the cup for you one day. It might be closer than you think.

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#4 Retsinnab5
December 10 2013, 11:38PM
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I think Hemsky thought it was Game 6 out there! He played his best game in a long time!

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#5 Retsinnab5
December 10 2013, 11:38PM
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Anyone else think Kevin Quinn sounded like a teenage boy going trough puberty?

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#7 Old Timer
December 11 2013, 11:34AM
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Been reading the comments on this site for a few years, but this is my first time adding my 2 cents. First off, I like Eakins sense of humour. Classic. Secondly, Has anyone noticed that Alex Ovechkin is a -10 on the year. The Washington fan base must be screaming for management to get rid of him. I can't believe Russia would consider him for their Olympic team. Glad Canada isn't going to consider a player like Taylor Hall who is a terrible -6. It's much better that they will go with proven defensive talent like John Tavares. (also -6) Also, did I mention that Taylor Hall has played fewer games than anyone else in the top 30 scorers. And he's number 3 in scoring for Canadian left wingers. Don't want guys like that on our Canadian Oly team

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#8 Arius Mumin
December 11 2013, 12:14AM
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Eakins has an account on ON and is a regular poster, probably one of the guys that keeps defending Gagner's ice time and use.

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#9 ubermiguel
December 11 2013, 09:52AM
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Professor Q wrote:

“It was a weird game. The crowd was with us, then against us, then back with us.” – Jordan Eberle, with the defining statement of Oilers fans.

I'm against blind passes that send Eric Staal in on a partial break away. Just sayin' Ebs.

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#10 Spydyr
December 11 2013, 07:27AM
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Spurzey wrote:

I see now why MacT wants 200' players. To retrieve errant passes that sail back to their own end or end up on opposition tape. All the young guns are guilty of this. Was Smitty a healthy scratch? Gags needs to smell the pine for a few. Did the troll cops smash DSF's computer with a sledge or did he just get tired of defending himself?

The DSF thing is strange. As much as most of us don't agree with him on most topics. I hope everything is fine with his health.

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#11 Spydyr
December 11 2013, 07:06AM
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Professor Q wrote:

“It was a weird game. The crowd was with us, then against us, then back with us.” – Jordan Eberle, with the defining statement of Oilers fans.

Well Mr.Eberle that is beacuse the team started great, went to crap, then played just good enough to sneak out a win.

Try playing like you did at the beginning of the game for the whole game.Then do it every game.

Most of us understand you are learning and growing as a team.You are missing some big pieces.As long as you put in the effort EVERY game ALL game. Win or lose all most of us fans ask for is you care and play hard every shift .You bring the passion the fans will return three fold.

This City is dying for a winning team.They are sick of losing.As you should be too.

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#12 TDSM31
December 10 2013, 10:59PM
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JW, for a guy that uses numbers to justify one's abilities, you now feel the need to call out Eakins for doing the same thing?

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#13 nowsthetime
December 11 2013, 12:02AM
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So. Of Edmonton's actual NHL talent on the roster, who do most think is the one to be traded for actual useful, team building assets? Now remember, we gotta give something to get something (yes, one of the proven young stars under contract for a decent return).

IMO: Eberle.

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#14 Young Oil
December 10 2013, 11:01PM
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That particular soundbite is at 19:39 just to let people know!

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#15 Professor Q
December 10 2013, 11:15PM
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“It was a weird game. The crowd was with us, then against us, then back with us.” – Jordan Eberle, with the defining statement of Oilers fans.

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#16 ?
December 10 2013, 11:07PM
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TDSM31 wrote:

JW, for a guy that uses numbers to justify one's abilities, you now feel the need to call out Eakins for doing the same thing?

Bad form. JW always gives context to the numbers that he uses.

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#17 JT
December 11 2013, 02:24AM
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"Well JW now I'm going to have to call you out on your grammar.

So he didn't answer the questions in a hilarious way, meaning he answered the question in a non-hilarious way...

OR

hilariously, he didn't answer the question. (He didn't answer the question and it was hilarious)

That's a dangling modifier and if you're a writer then I'm very disappointed you didn't catch your sloppy grammar."

Hey grammar police, I just signed up on ON to call you a douche. That is all

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#18 john
December 11 2013, 03:51AM
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How's Yakupov got -1 (only Oilers with minus on the team tonite) when he was on the ice for Oilers 2 even strength goals scored? Weird stats, the poor guy got shafted with plus/minus stat again. Put Nail on power play, he is the only guy that shoot the puck. You cannot score if you don't shoot the puck, they kept passing around out there. Look at the Canes tying goal, the defenseman threw it at the net and it went in. Shoot the damn pucks!

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#19 Loweblows
December 11 2013, 06:48AM
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When will Eakins see that gagner is not a second line center. His current play pegs him as a fourth line center. Put him on the wing because his defence is terrible. Considering this is his 7th year his pond hockey defence is not working.

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#20 Spydyr
December 11 2013, 07:20AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

All you that preach patience, say 'keep positive' and cheer have NEVER had season tickets for any length of time. Stfu and put your money where your mouth is, then we'll see how freaking happy you are with this garbage after 20 years and 200,000 plus in money flushed...

Did someone hold a gun to your head and make you buy the season tickets?

Oh, you did it of your own free will.

I think P.T. Barnum had a quote about that .

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#21 HairyCanairy
December 11 2013, 02:04AM
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Some of us may have been guilty of a knee-jerk reaction in terms of how some folks responded to Eakin's comments post-game. But JW even you would have to admit this Oiler fiasco has robbed many of us of a sense of humor when we have watched this organization try and sell us B.S and patience when we see 27th place, 11-18-3 after 32 games. They almost blew this game to a weak team on a back to back.

Do you not get the point that patience is rather frayed and almost non-existent? Your attitude is at the very least condescending and out of touch. You call commenters ridiculous but are hyper-sensitive when one of your writers catches a little flak.

If you want to see ridiculous...look in a mirror.

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#22 Professor Q
December 11 2013, 05:57AM
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I noticed, and I realise it was only one play, that Arcobello was very Peca-esque on that one goal (chasing the puck on a dump in when most others would change lines or whatever). Nice to see. I haven't watched any other games this season really, so I guess I'm asking if he's playing regularly like so? Hence the praise?

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#23 ubermiguel
December 11 2013, 09:50AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Well, obviously you're right that the grammar in that sentence was terrible, though I would have bet the meaning was plain.

I hate to disappoint you and I'm even more crushed because here I'm a writer and I there I went and wrote a sentence in bad English.

I'll just have to try and fit the pieces of my life back together. Somehow.

Now THAT'S sarcasm.

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#24 TonyT
December 10 2013, 11:22PM
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I believe the single most frustrating thing about this team isn't the defence (which we all know is sub-NHL level), 2 way play, or getting out muscled (all things we knew were areas of need), but the idea of being able to pass the puck into the net. This team is skilled, we get it, put it on net and good things happen, then with any sort of success, resort back to trying to pass it into the net. MADDENING!

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#25 **
December 10 2013, 11:48PM
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Eakins: "they see me trollin, they hatin..."

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#26 Justin
December 11 2013, 11:32AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

All you that preach patience, say 'keep positive' and cheer have NEVER had season tickets for any length of time. Stfu and put your money where your mouth is, then we'll see how freaking happy you are with this garbage after 20 years and 200,000 plus in money flushed...

My heart bleeds for you and the money you have and have been forced to spend on entertainment.

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#27 Butters
December 11 2013, 12:09AM
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The Oilers are 7-3-1 in their last 11. Eakins has to feel prety good right now.

My Oil, 7-3-1, sounds nice.

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#28 Butters
December 11 2013, 01:19AM
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@JJ Grammar police eh? Let's see some badges.

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#29 Bryzarro World
December 11 2013, 07:08AM
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All you that preach patience, say 'keep positive' and cheer have NEVER had season tickets for any length of time. Stfu and put your money where your mouth is, then we'll see how freaking happy you are with this garbage after 20 years and 200,000 plus in money flushed...

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#30 hankthetank
December 11 2013, 08:45AM
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@Bryzarro World

lol. you are the one that opens your wallet every time you buy those tickets. but hey, thanks for paying for the garbage I watch on tv. Also, I put my money where my mouth is on a regular basis, like when I drink myself into oblivion during and after watching said garbage kindly sponsored by suckers like you.

GO OILERS SPONSORSHIP!!

-type two fan-

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#31 Spurzey
December 11 2013, 07:25AM
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I see now why MacT wants 200' players. To retrieve errant passes that sail back to their own end or end up on opposition tape. All the young guns are guilty of this. Was Smitty a healthy scratch? Gags needs to smell the pine for a few. Did the troll cops smash DSF's computer with a sledge or did he just get tired of defending himself?

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#32 **
December 10 2013, 11:43PM
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@Jonathan Willis

"JW, for a guy that uses numbers to justify one's abilities, you now feel the need to call out Eakins for doing the same thing?"

Was that sarcasm?

"I'm not 'calling out' Eakins.

He didn't answer the question, but he didn't answer it in a hilarious way.

That's ENTERTAINMENT."

Was THAT sarcasm?

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#33 Romulus' Apotheosis
December 10 2013, 10:53PM
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Well, considering the "organization… believe[s] that the PP is the engine that drives the team," it's a good thing Eakins has a handle on what a good special teams night looks like!

;)

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#34 prudham's
December 11 2013, 02:11AM
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JJ wrote:

Well JW now I'm going to have to call you out on your grammar.

So he didn't answer the questions in a hilarious way, meaning he answered the question in a non-hilarious way...

OR

hilariously, he didn't answer the question. (He didn't answer the question and it was hilarious)

That's a dangling modifier and if you're a writer then I'm very disappointed you didn't catch your sloppy grammar.

Your corrected sentence doesn't convey the exact same meaning though.

If I understand Willis correctly, maybe something like "He didn't answer the question, and the way in which he didn't answer it was hilarious."

I'm not saying he should even switch to my way, this is directed to your correction. Sometimes there's a natural opposition between grammar and colour, like when there's no sufficiently short or properly rhythmic way of conveying something that depends on humor or the character of the speaker.

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#35 Twoskidoos
December 11 2013, 08:14AM
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@PleaseHireMeWanye

I'd suggest Perron is more than a support player. He's an integral player. Support players don't lead their teams in goal scoring.

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#36 S cottV
December 11 2013, 07:26AM
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Loweblows wrote:

When will Eakins see that gagner is not a second line center. His current play pegs him as a fourth line center. Put him on the wing because his defence is terrible. Considering this is his 7th year his pond hockey defence is not working.

Yes - that pond hockey play on the Canes 2nd goal was unforgiveable for a 7 year 2C. Nothing special there - no mesmerizing dangle or high speed offensive move to confuse anyone into some understandable puck sucking. It's almost like he's doing this kind of stuff to get outta here, but that doesn't make sense because who wants a centreman who is really that bad in his own end? So - maybe its the opposite, he's doing it so he cant get traded...

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#37 GVBlackhawk
December 11 2013, 11:15AM
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loweblows wrote:

He is minus 1 because if you watch a rerun of the game and isolate him out you would see he is guilty of coasting. He has an annoying habit of leaning over with his stick off the ice and then stops skating. A number of times last night he essentially stopped skating and put no pressure on the puck carrier. Rookie mistake that hopefully he corrects.

No. He was minus because he was on the ice when a) the fourth goal was deflected into the net -- a play he had nothing to do with, and b) the second goal when Gagner decided to skate into the Oilers crease and leave his man open in the slot. Once again, his 'coasting' had nothing to do with the goal against but he was penalized for it with a minus.

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#38 OILERSORDEATH
December 11 2013, 11:16AM
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2nd and 3rd periods were painfull to watch. I was suprised at Eberle's turnovers. That's the most I've seen him do in a while. Not sure what's going on with him because he's better than that.

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#39 mlcselli
December 11 2013, 06:33AM
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JJ wrote:

Well JW now I'm going to have to call you out on your grammar.

So he didn't answer the questions in a hilarious way, meaning he answered the question in a non-hilarious way...

OR

hilariously, he didn't answer the question. (He didn't answer the question and it was hilarious)

That's a dangling modifier and if you're a writer then I'm very disappointed you didn't catch your sloppy grammar.

Asshat--see anything wrong with that?

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#40 Boourns99
December 11 2013, 08:00AM
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EAKINS IS A BAD ASS. Everything else with this team aside, his ability to drop that line without cracking is amazing. With all of the changes coming, let's hope there is a modicum of consistency when it comes to the head coach - he is the real deal.

P.S. @JW did you expect to kick off an oxford grammar debate? Good grief.

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#41 Zarny
December 11 2013, 09:00AM
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Sarcasm.

More people should look it up.

Eakins' response is hilarious.

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#42 Zarny
December 11 2013, 09:02AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

All you that preach patience, say 'keep positive' and cheer have NEVER had season tickets for any length of time. Stfu and put your money where your mouth is, then we'll see how freaking happy you are with this garbage after 20 years and 200,000 plus in money flushed...

STFU yourself and own the decisions you make.

No one put a gun to your head to buy season tickets for any amount of time.

And in case you missed the memo, your season tickets say nothing about winning.

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#43 Ducey
December 11 2013, 09:34AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

All you that preach patience, say 'keep positive' and cheer have NEVER had season tickets for any length of time. Stfu and put your money where your mouth is, then we'll see how freaking happy you are with this garbage after 20 years and 200,000 plus in money flushed...

People preach patience because its a virtue and the right strategy. Trading the kids for some vets WILL NOT get this team into the playoffs this year. It might next year, but then the team won't be good enough in the long term to win a Cup.

You don't get the last word on the best strategy because you supposedly have season tickets.

Anyway, it could be worse. You could be sitting in this section in FLA: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/did-you-see-that-panthers-put-up-covered-plexiglass-1.2459361

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#44 JJ
December 11 2013, 12:39AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I'm not 'calling out' Eakins.

He didn't answer the question, but he didn't answer it in a hilarious way.

That's ENTERTAINMENT.

Well JW now I'm going to have to call you out on your grammar.

So he didn't answer the questions in a hilarious way, meaning he answered the question in a non-hilarious way...

OR

hilariously, he didn't answer the question. (He didn't answer the question and it was hilarious)

That's a dangling modifier and if you're a writer then I'm very disappointed you didn't catch your sloppy grammar.

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#45 Freewheeling Freddie
December 11 2013, 07:44AM
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I do feel sorry for the kids on this team getting ripped constantly. What will happen if they start demanding trades? Sure we get pissed off at them , but I know they aren't quitters. I have been watching this team since they were the Alberta Oilers and have seen some very bad hockey. However I am very proud to say I have a NHL team in my city. People are very emotional about this team ,I get that but we should try a more positive approach. We all got to watch the best hockey team in the world with Wayne and the gang. Soon it will be Taylor and the gang making us proud. It was sure nice paying $500 a season ticket .Unfortunately 2 tickets can cost that much.Tier 2 and 3 fans like myself now have to watch on TV. Everybody take a step back take a deep breath. GO OILERS GO

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#46 tileguy55
December 11 2013, 09:58AM
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Eakins next job is to teach baby Nuge not to put himself in vulnerable positions. I would not of called a penalty last night as he turned his back at the very last second. If he does that again he might not get up so quickly. Protect yourself at all times!

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#47 oilbaron
December 11 2013, 12:01PM
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Anyone else noticing how Eakins is fundamentally changing the way this team plays? I used to cringe anytime the Oilers gave up the puck because their defensive play was so erratic and lackluster.

Last night though for at least half of the game, the Oilers looked like a team that knew how to dominate the play offensively and defensively. Sticks in lanes, incredibly persistent fore-checking and back-checking, sound positional play.

No offense to Renney or Krueger, but I would bet that lately the Oil would be playing to the standards of their former coaches. Something tells me however, that this team is nowhere near the expectation level set by the newest coach, and if you're a fan of this club that means the future is bright. Bring it home Dallas!

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#48 camdog
December 11 2013, 09:06AM
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@PleaseHireMeWanye

"Let's just all unite and celebrate the top notch offensive powers we have in Hall, Eberle, Nuge and Yakupov. Sure for the right package all could be moved, but while they're here lets celebrate them and act like fans should."

I have never been a fan of soft, offensively gifted players that make turnovers and won't stand up for their teammates. If Mike Grier or Todd Marchant were on this team, they along with Perron would be my favourite players on this team. Sorry I will not be celebrating a losing group that continues to be dead last in the west division with only the Calgary Flames in striking distance. Even during our worst years, this team was still in the race after 10 games. THis is by far the most disappointing season during the entire process.

As to Eberle's comment about the fans, he's lucky that there's anybody even in the building right now. Any other franchise and nobody would even care by now.

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#49 Smokey
December 11 2013, 09:54AM
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I thought Eakins was impaired when I heard the comment. He must be sniffing the same glue that Patrick Roy was high on, which was apparent during the interview after the Oiler's game.

I think he's trying to find a positive...and trying to find a balance between being the head cheerleader and the grim reaper.

I looked at the game as the Oiler's escaped playing 20 minutes. Its one of those things I think teams that are good do. Find a way to play a few minutes and then float the rest. They pulled it out it was not pretty, but its better then loosing. The Oilers never win that way, and we have seen teams like San Jose, Chicago do that to the Oilers where they play one great period and are blah the rest. I think its a positive that we played one period of hockey and won.

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#50 TigerUnderGlass
December 11 2013, 10:07AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Well, obviously you're right that the grammar in that sentence was terrible, though I would have bet the meaning was plain.

I hate to disappoint you and I'm even more crushed because here I'm a writer and I there I went and wrote a sentence in bad English.

I'll just have to try and fit the pieces of my life back together. Somehow.

It'll take time, but you're still young Willis.

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