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 Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#1 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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#2 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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#3 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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#4 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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#5 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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#6 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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#7 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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#8 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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#9 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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#11 **
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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#12 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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#13 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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#14 ?
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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#15 Death Metal Nightmare
December 11 2013, 10:26AM
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...but the best joke is that he's trolling himself and his career the entire season.

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#16 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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#17 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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#18 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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#19 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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#20 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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#21 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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#22 Romulus' Apotheosis
December 10 2013, 11:47PM
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The thing about the PP is that shooting % (just like at 5x5) can vary wildly from year to year as luck is want to do and shots are a far better predictor of PP strength:

http://www.fearthefin.com/2013/3/2/4056828/sharks-vs-predators-has-the-power-play-righted-the-ship

http://www.arcticicehockey.com/2011/4/9/2100045/what-drives-power-play-success

13-14: SH/60 (52.6, 16th in the league); SH% (12.10% 16th)

12-13 SH/60 (41.5, 29th); SH% (16.86% 2nd)

11-12 SH/60 (44.5, 24th); SH% (16.07 1st)

10-11 SH/60 (41.6, 30th); SH% (12.32 13th)

What this shows:

1. From 10-11 to 12-13 seasons the team was in the basement of the league in terms of generating shots 5x4.

2. From 11-12 to 12-13 the team was elite in terms of shooting % 5x4 (a fact that is incredibly hard to repeat, and often a product of luck)

3. This season we have regressed to 10-11 levels of shooting (about league average), but are generating WAY more shots on the PP.

This is actually encouraging despite the fact that the PP looks like an all-world mess, struggling with everything from zone exits/entries to net front presence.

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#23 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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#24 Rocket
December 11 2013, 12:32AM
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Eakins: "Yak city lights up, Hall is erry day, PP is happened, Ebs torches Whyte."

*Paraphrase*

*1970's laugh track*

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#25 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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#26 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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#28 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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#29 **
December 10 2013, 11:48PM
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Eakins: "they see me trollin, they hatin..."

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#30 S4H1
December 11 2013, 02:32AM
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@JJ

Sometimes an incorrectly formed sentence or improperly used word is intentional. The purpose is to cause the reader to evaluate the words to determine the intended meaning, thereby creating a stronger hold on the readers' attention.

"lets eat Grandma!" "Lets eat, Grandma!"

Which sentence will you remember longer..?

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#31 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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#32 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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#33 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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#34 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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#35 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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#36 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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#37 Butters
December 11 2013, 01:19AM
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@JJ Grammar police eh? Let's see some badges.

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#38 Spydyr
December 11 2013, 07:05AM
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@Professor Q

Opps double post.

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#39 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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#40 ?
December 11 2013, 08:51AM
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** 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?"

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?

I would explain it to you g bear but you would be to dumb to understand. You took to many head shots and lost too many fights in your foxy boxing days!

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#41 Wäx Män Riley
December 11 2013, 09:00AM
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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.

Hey, the irony police called, you didn't capitalize your "H" in hilariously.

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#42 hall the time
December 11 2013, 09:00AM
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The pp wouldn't be so glairing if we didn't have to score 4 goals everynight so we could at least have a chance to win.

Dubnyk may be good for this team this year, it will teach us to play proper defence, be he's no number one.

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#43 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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#44 2004Z06
December 11 2013, 09:52AM
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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...

And yet the building is full every game....Hmmmm

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#45 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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#46 pkam
December 11 2013, 10:22AM
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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 is all Eakins fault. It would not have happened if Eakins didn't dodge the question in such a hilarious way.

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#47 loweblows
December 11 2013, 11:01AM
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john wrote:

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!

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.

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#48 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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#49 Ryan14
December 11 2013, 11:52AM
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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...

I have been a season ticket holder since the 2005-06 season. I am saying be patient.

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#50 **
December 11 2013, 01:25PM
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? wrote:

I would explain it to you g bear but you would be to dumb to understand. You took to many head shots and lost too many fights in your foxy boxing days!

Hahahahaha. My post was a reference to Sheldon cooper. If you don't know who that is maybe it's time to get out of that rock. It is a fairly complex joke if I may say so myself. My melon is fine from my boxing teens (or so I think lol). My jaw is slightly displaced though, makes one of my inner ears hurt sometimes and it clicks when I move it around.

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