HELL BENT FOR LEATHER

Lowetide
December 14 2013 05:16PM

Craig MacTavish is way more active in the GM role than his predecessor Steve Tambellini. It might be a matter of being at different points during the rebuild, or maybe it's a new coach or the goalie situation, but Craig MacTavish is hell bent for leather.

STEVE TAMBELLINI OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER 2008

In the fall of 2008 I wrote the following about Steve Tambellini:

  • One of the things that marked Kevin Lowe’s tenure as a GM was a galling tendency to wait forever after the start of the season to address an obvious need. So, with the entire human population (well, the ones who pay attention) and the Lords of Math already aware that the 3line needs a RH center, I think it’s fair to say that Tambellini’s first test will be to show us he’s smarter than his boss and pull the trigger on a deal right now.

Well, that was November 2008, and the first trade of the Tambellini era waited until January of 2009. Goalie Mathieu Garonfell out of favor and was dealt for winger Ryan Stone, minor-league goalie Dany Sabourin and a fourth-round pick that ended up being Tobias Rieder. That's a good return, but really didn't address need for the organization.

The next time Tambellini made a deal it was the deadline and he didn't get Justin Williams but did acquire Patrick O'Sullivan. And so it began.

CRAIG MACTAVISH OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER 2013

Since October 1, MacT has done the following:

  1. Traded Mike Brown to San Jose. This was made possible by the emergence of waiver acquisition Luke Gazdic.
  2. Traded Ladislav Smid and Olivier Roy to Calgary for Laurent Brossoit and Roman Horak.
  3. Signed Ilya Bryzgalov.
  4. Traded Jason LaBarbera to Chicago. Made a mistake, fixed it.

And there are rumors this evening (via HNIC) that Linus Omark is the next man out of town (town being OKC).

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Addressing need. Craig MacTavish needed a goalie solution and found one. It's been years since the Oilers had a GM who moved a finger before Christmas to help the roster. Now, the season is lost so there isn't the same urgency, but it's far more interesting to follow this version of the Oilers than it was in the last decade. MacTavish hasn't been on the job long, but is aggressively trying to improve the situation in Edmonton. 

Defensemen coming in? Center? Big winger? He's working on it. And that's progress.

(Brossoit photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved).

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#1 kahmad92
December 14 2013, 05:22PM
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I know a lot of people don't like MacT as GM, and thats mostly due to the whole "boys on the bus club" thing, but overall, he's done a fairly good job so far.

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#2 bwar
December 14 2013, 05:27PM
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I don't even want to think what our season would look like without David Perron. MacT has been a vast improvement in my books.

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#3 Young Oil
December 14 2013, 05:29PM
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Wasn't Labarbera on waivers earlier this season like Omark was? If MacT can get picks for both of them, even if they are 7th rounders, that is quite impressive.

At this rate, maybe we'll own all 30 picks in the 7th round of the 2016 draft!

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#4 kgo
December 14 2013, 05:32PM
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Was born in 85.

Too young to remember Gretz or Mess.

First memory was Vincent Damphousse scoring 4 goals in Dec 91,

It's been a tough 22 years.

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#5 mlcselli
December 14 2013, 10:50PM
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Don wrote:

Agreed, LT start it.

You need to chant "FIRE LOWE" at every home game. A petition won't do anything. Management might pretend they are unaware of it, but they can't pretend they're deaf. When the fans raise the roof off Rexall, ----it will be epic.. FIRE LOWE, FIRE LOWE…Music to my ears .

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#7 **
December 14 2013, 05:47PM
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kahmad92 wrote:

I know a lot of people don't like MacT as GM, and thats mostly due to the whole "boys on the bus club" thing, but overall, he's done a fairly good job so far.

I'd rather have a guy make 4 good moves and 4 bad moves than a guy who waits foerver to make just one move and it turns out to be useless. I still believe in Mac T, and I still believe in Eakins, but there is no denying there are some deeply rooted issues in the Oilers organization that go beyond the on ice product. And I fault Lowe and Katz for that (ditto for Smith and Buchberger).

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#8 Chapps
December 14 2013, 10:20PM
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MacT made a mistake in hiring Eakins then pony up and fire this guy.I have never seen this team this lost playing out there since Quinn. Players seem so lost and scared to make a mistake. Krueger and Horcrapp told Yak to tone down his "cellys" since then he doesn't celebrate his goals,this from Krueger and Horcrapp who score goals. This whole organization has no leadership starting from the top. Lowe has to step down.His plan has not worked for 8 years. He is the one who pulls the strings. He has provided nothing as a coach, GM or Prez, sure he won cups, but it was as a player surrounded by super stars. Get your hands off the team. Its ours and you screwed it. Start a petion!!

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#9 Captain Obvious
December 14 2013, 11:09PM
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Reading these comments you'd think that the fans here don't realize that this is far and away the best Oilers team of the last four or five years.

That doesn't make them good mind you, but so so much better than last year it's incredible.

It's like everyone here has had collective amnesia. Last year's team was dreadful, badly outplayed game after game after game, worst or second worst in the league.

I know, I know, you are going to point to irrelevant things like the standings, while ignoring relevant things like unsustainable shooting percentages on the power play and goaltending. May I remind you that the standings are not necessarily an indicator of team quality. For instance the Leafs are absolutely awful, far worse than the Oilers, and yet they look decent in the standings.

This team has the best coach it has had in years. It has a GM who has made good moves after years in which the team failed to add a single player of quality.

Face it, the Oilers are starting to emerge from the wilderness but the rebuild only started in the spring. If you are frustrated right now it can only be because you had unreasonably high expectations due to the fact that you were unaware of a) how bad the team was last year and what bad shape the organization was in under Tambellini and b)how it is difficult to rebuild under in the NHL under the best of circumstances and almost impossible to rebuild through the draft.

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#10 Romulus' Apotheosis
December 14 2013, 05:30PM
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I'd be delighted for Omark if he can find some NHL work. I think we'll see another 50 NHL games from him like 10-11.

Interesting that the "shed contracts" portion of the trade season is happening so soon. Nice to see MacT recognize another problem (the bloated 50 man) and try to fix it.

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#11 Wintoon
December 14 2013, 11:57PM
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One look at the goals against tells part of the ugly story. Combine that with "Sam the Sham" Gagner as the Oilers 2C and you can immediately see why the Oilers are the worst team in the western conference. Wow. Some people think this team has progressed.

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#12 Chet134
December 14 2013, 06:06PM
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. If macT wanted to make a trade it would be done. However MacT isn't willing to trade a quality asset to fill a need. Sequin and Ryan were traded last summer and both players would fit perfectly with our team. Like tambo unwilling to make that bold move. Gagner, hemsky or yak wont get us that player. Perron has made Eberle expendable. Find that asset and put a package together. This team is painful.

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#13 Serious Gord
December 14 2013, 10:45PM
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Speaking of being dead last...

As far as I can determine the oil have been in dead last since the very first game of the season. And now, believe it or not a discussion can begin as to whether they will stay in last place for the whole season.

The flames are five points up with two games at hand.

Take a look at their schedule between now and jan 15 and compare it to the oil's. There is an excellent chance that the gap will be even larger at that point - more than half way - than it is now.

The grim reality is that this could be the makings of the worst season in oiler history.

Good work MacT, Eakins, and of course Klowe.

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#14 Goonarsk
December 14 2013, 11:24PM
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Leather? Like a gimp? And every other team in the league gets to beat them like, well, you know.

We heard a lot about culture change, etc. Eakins started it by removing the '80s mementos from the locker room. I wish he could've continued by removing the 80's mementos running (ruining?) this team. Here's an idea that may blow Katz's mind; have people who actually know how to build and manage a pro hockey team run your hockey team. No one gives a crap about the Oilers of the 80's outside of the management, the owner, and some fans. Those times are long gone, never coming back. The Oilers are an unbalanced team that look more and more like the Blue Jackets/Thrashers than the Blackhawks/Penguins. And so far, MacT/Lowe have given very little indication they can turn it around. LaBarbera trade? Omark move? "Oh look honey, if you move the chair a hair to the right, you have a MUCH better view of the iceberg!"

Sorry for the wandering, nonsensical rant. And, of course, if MacT does manage to right this ship I reserve the right to take this all back and praise him as the saviour of the franchise. Lowe still has to go, though.

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#15 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 15 2013, 12:25AM
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@Captain Obvious

No disrespect, but I think pretty much everything you said here is wrong. The Oilers suck, and their position in the standings reflects that. Standings ARE an indicator of team quality, and position in the standings is an incredibly relevant thing to most fans. In what world are the Leafs 'far worse than the Oilers'? The Leafs made the playoffs last year, I would've expected them to be about where they are now (middle of the pack).

'Last year's team was dreadful, badly outplayed game after game after game, worst or second worst in the league.' You actually just described the team this year perfectly. You did watch the game against Van, right? One of the worst performances they've displayed this season.

Argue about sustainable PP shooting percentages and corsi all you want, this team sucks and is dead last in the West for a reason.

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#16 Quicksilver ballet
December 14 2013, 10:08PM
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nick wrote:

Perron trade was a good one, Boyd Gordon was a decent signing. The Ference one was not good. He is a decent 5/6 guy but you don't give a 34 year old 5/6 guy a NTC. That contract will have a foul odor in a year.

Worse than even the Gagner deal?

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#17 YFC Prez
December 14 2013, 05:58PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

Agreed. Nothing this season has been MacT's fault, with the possible exception of hiring Eakins but that is to be determined and debatable. Paajarvi for Perron was an epic win, as was the signing of Ference (imo). This season's poor performance is down to the players first, and the coaching staff second.

I still don't understand trading Smid. His salary dump wasn't really needed to sign Bryz. Guess I will have to wait until seasons end to find out.

Mac T> Tambi, even with the brutal season so far I think that's a very fair assessment.

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#18 I am the Liquor
December 15 2013, 06:54AM
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Ive been a fan since the Al Hamilton/Mike Zuke days. Ive never been less interested.

Craig Mactavish is probably the dumbest man in hockey if it werent for Kevin Lowe.

Do you really think those two morons are going to turn this ship around? Theyve been at it for ten plus years already. They seem to have bedazzled the jock sniffing owner into believing they actually know what they are doing..

As an Oiler fan, Ive never felt less confident in the future of this team than I do right now.

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#19 bazmagoo
December 14 2013, 05:49PM
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@kahmad92

Agreed. Nothing this season has been MacT's fault, with the possible exception of hiring Eakins but that is to be determined and debatable. Paajarvi for Perron was an epic win, as was the signing of Ference (imo). This season's poor performance is down to the players first, and the coaching staff second.

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#20 Primo
December 14 2013, 11:36PM
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striker777 wrote:

Agree with you completely. Good moves by MacT, except for moving Smid. He simply gave away a top-4 shot-blocking Defenceman to our biggest rival. I was floored.

Hey hold it! A top 4 shot blocking defenseman?? Are you serious? Perhaps only on the Oilers he is top 4! I'm a Flames fan and been watching Smid closely. He is a joke! Slow skater, tentative, and does not play well without the puck! Flames were desperate because of injuries to Giordano hence were forced to make the trade. Please take him back he fits the Oiler loser culture nicely!

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#21 Oilerz4life
December 14 2013, 08:16PM
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Love how LT tries to set up the thread for speculation. Who will Mac-T bring in, center, defence? But, it regresses into the same broken record...hate Lowe, hate Katz, hate Smith. Yes we all realize that. It goes without saying, but isn't there any intelligence out there that doesn't sound like a mindless lemming or clone? Sheep. What would you do? Derrr me hate Klowe. We hate Klowe. Reset the broken record. Is there any interesting trade speculation out there, or do we have to log into the Nation to hear the same few trolls spout the same rhetoric? Come on. What would you suggest as a solution (besides the same fire Lowe rant)? Try to find some interesting Oilers speculation and it always comes back to this site and the same miserable tune over and over.

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#22 Rheal1
December 15 2013, 06:40AM
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1. When is the Edmonton media going to start calling out Kevin Lowe regarding this atrocious rebuild? 2. When will Mac T either fire the assistant coaches or better yet tell Eaking to choose his own guys? 3. Fans at Rexall must chant "Fire Lowe! Fire Lowe! Fire Lowe!"

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#23 Muji
December 14 2013, 08:24PM
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I still don't know why he traded Smid. Or at least why he didn't at least wait until closer to the deadline to trade him.

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#24 Racki
December 14 2013, 08:50PM
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MacTavish should try and see if he can convince the new Calgary GM (when they get one) to trade that Ladislav Smid guy to us.

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#25 I Remember the Orange Jerseys
December 14 2013, 09:14PM
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Although I disagree about keeping J. Schultz (sorry, I’m just not a fan), Andrew is definitely correct about this team going nowhere as long as MacT treats the Fab-Five as untouchable.

I’ve personally been hoping for a trade involving one of the so-called “young guns” for more than a month. The truth of the matter is Eakins isn’t going anywhere in the foreseeable future. That being the case, MacT should at least give him some semblance of a balanced line up so that we can see what kind of an NHL coach he makes with 3 or 4 actual NHL lines on the roster.

I’m old enough that I witnessed the entire careers of the "Boys on the Bus", and I’ve had my fill of this current "Backstreet Boys on the Bus" version. MacT, please make that bold move you promised us when you were given the keys to the bus.

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#26 gcw_rocks
December 14 2013, 07:16PM
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Four transactions and they will be ridiculously lucky if one of them actually helps the hockey club. Yep, that's progress.

Meanwhile in real GM land, Chicago needs a winger and the GM goes and gets a real NHL player in Versteeg.

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#27 admiralmark
December 15 2013, 02:07AM
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I don't think there's any doubt the mandate changed when MacT came in. It would really be interesting if somewhere way down the road Tambellini opened up about the game plan he was following.

As for filling these needs. I do think MacT is doing his best. And its tough sledding in this current era with the Cap constraints to make as many moves as I'm sure he would like. I don't have much faith in the pro scouting dept of this team. Bringing back Grebs was a fail although low risk. I'm sorry but resigning Gagner to that contract is going to be a huge Albatross. Just like all the Hemsky lovers that just can't seem to understand why there isn't a market for him. Now were gonna have to listen to the Gagner fans wonder why there's no market for him. The one saving grace might be the cap rising so we can accommodate his overpayment for the remainder of his contract.

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#28 Don
December 14 2013, 10:35PM
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Chapps wrote:

MacT made a mistake in hiring Eakins then pony up and fire this guy.I have never seen this team this lost playing out there since Quinn. Players seem so lost and scared to make a mistake. Krueger and Horcrapp told Yak to tone down his "cellys" since then he doesn't celebrate his goals,this from Krueger and Horcrapp who score goals. This whole organization has no leadership starting from the top. Lowe has to step down.His plan has not worked for 8 years. He is the one who pulls the strings. He has provided nothing as a coach, GM or Prez, sure he won cups, but it was as a player surrounded by super stars. Get your hands off the team. Its ours and you screwed it. Start a petion!!

Agreed, LT start it.

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#29 Harry
December 15 2013, 07:16AM
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mlcselli wrote:

You need to chant "FIRE LOWE" at every home game. A petition won't do anything. Management might pretend they are unaware of it, but they can't pretend they're deaf. When the fans raise the roof off Rexall, ----it will be epic.. FIRE LOWE, FIRE LOWE…Music to my ears .

Why even spend your hard earned money on this garbage in the first place?

I for one am not spending a single dime on anythin Oilers until this crap changes.

I strongly encourage my fellow Oilers fans to do the same.

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#30 TeddyTurnbuckle
December 14 2013, 06:12PM
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So far so good for Mac T. I know many people have it in for him because he has been around for so long but this guy knows hockey. I like the fact that he and Eakins can talk coaching and strategies and they both know what type of players they need. Tambellini didn't have that type of knowledge in his resume. Mac T needs a couple of years to prove his worth to Oiler fans. Obviously Kevin Lowe did a lousy job as GM but this is Mac T not Kevin Lowe. Just because they are friends doesn't mean Mactavish can't create his own team. Remember when Lowe stepped down as coach and let the better coach in Mac T take over? I see a few similarities now with this situation. Mac T has been through the trenches and the players respect him. Sail on Silver Fox.

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#31 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 14 2013, 06:30PM
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Oiler record worse than last year and people think MacT is doing well.... Smid was a good trade? no didnt help now at all which is what he said he was going to do when he got the post. Eakins has not been beneficial. He didnt do anything to help the goaltending until they had basically been eliminated from any realistic playoff contention, and nothing is saying that bryz will be a long term success and based on how Mact failed to evaluate talent as a coach how can he be better as a gm? Oh right an online course at Queens made him a genius

Stop the fart catching. its more embarassing than the actual hockey these wimpy excuses for hockey players are delivering

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#32 nick
December 14 2013, 07:26PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Also Tambellini's 1st year as GM both he and Lowe publicly stated that no serious moves would be made that season as they wanted Tambo to evaluate the whole talent pool the Oilers had.

Right or wrong he did what he said that season. But completely unfair to say MacT is at least making moves where Tambo didn't.

THEY ARE WORSE THAN LAST YEAR PEOPLE how in the blue hell is that an improvement.

MacT the genius has said that you cant keep changing coaches yet that is exactly what he did. By the way he was part of the management team that Put Krueger in the Head Coach spot in the first place.

What a Joke

Absolutely correct, they are worse this year than past years. I see some of MacTavish's family is sending in emails. That's nice that they stick up for family. He is brutal, traded Smid for a small and I mean small centre iceman and prospect goalie. That's what this rebuild of the rebuild of the rebuild needs is more prospects. MacTavish could have drafted a better goalie than Broisset at the draft this year but chose to get more lower draft picks. Great plan Oilers, more low round draft picks, they do really good at developing anything but 1st overall picks. The icing on the cake for MacT, hiring a head coach with no experience and an ego bigger than MacTavish's. Bottom line team is worse than last year. GREAT JOB

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#33 striker777
December 14 2013, 07:51PM
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YFC Prez wrote:

I still don't understand trading Smid. His salary dump wasn't really needed to sign Bryz. Guess I will have to wait until seasons end to find out.

Mac T> Tambi, even with the brutal season so far I think that's a very fair assessment.

Agree with you completely. Good moves by MacT, except for moving Smid. He simply gave away a top-4 shot-blocking Defenceman to our biggest rival. I was floored.

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#34 CMG30
December 14 2013, 08:51PM
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Yes the Oilers are worse this year than last but let us not forget that in the 15 games of the year we had some combination of Hall at center, no RNH or Gagner and DD pooping all over the ice.

MacT has made a few fantastic moves a lot of ok moves and at least 1 head scratcher. I'm ok with that.

Judging from his interviews, he seems to have a grasp of this teams weaknesses and has taken several swings at trying to correct them. Granted he's come up empty but at least he's trying.

Frankly it's got to be difficult to make a trade for the kind of players the Oilers need now. Either it has to make sense for both teams or one team has to drastically overpay. Given how this season has unfolded, I don't see any reason why the Oil should overpay right now. (Maybe if the playoffs were still in the picture then I could see an argument.) So, that leaves us waiting for the right dance partner. I don't know how long that will take but I'm confident that persistence will pay off and we'll get the right guys eventually.

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#35 nick
December 14 2013, 09:59PM
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Gaz wrote:

Yeah, I completely agree re: Perron & Gordon. I don't mind the Ference signing either.

That said, the team is dead last in the West...and that's really the only stat that matters. Not enough, and a man, like his predecessor, that's scared to make the tough (bold) decisions (despite chest-thumping pressers). This team doesn't win unless 2 of the 4 kids are used to acquire proper players.

Perron trade was a good one, Boyd Gordon was a decent signing. The Ference one was not good. He is a decent 5/6 guy but you don't give a 34 year old 5/6 guy a NTC. That contract will have a foul odor in a year.

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#36 MessyEH!
December 15 2013, 02:46AM
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They should let Hemsky walk at seasons end. He'll sign somewhere for 3 million. Play excellent. And the Oilers will look like fools once again.

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#37 Rod from Viking
December 14 2013, 06:23PM
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Sounds like Omark on the move, are you OK LT?

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#38 Time Travelling Sean
December 14 2013, 08:04PM
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Go Bruins Go. Beat up those Canucks.

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#39 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 14 2013, 06:49PM
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Also Tambellini's 1st year as GM both he and Lowe publicly stated that no serious moves would be made that season as they wanted Tambo to evaluate the whole talent pool the Oilers had.

Right or wrong he did what he said that season. But completely unfair to say MacT is at least making moves where Tambo didn't.

THEY ARE WORSE THAN LAST YEAR PEOPLE how in the blue hell is that an improvement.

MacT the genius has said that you cant keep changing coaches yet that is exactly what he did. By the way he was part of the management team that Put Krueger in the Head Coach spot in the first place.

What a Joke

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#40 Andrew
December 14 2013, 08:36PM
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By declaring that 8 or 9 players are 'untouchable' I see no way to effect any kind of realistic and meaningful trade. The top 6 as they are now constituted will never be winners. At least two of the top 6 forwards are going to have to be in play. Justin Schultz is the only D I would keep. Trades or waiver acquisitions amount to nothing more than nibbling at the edges.

No GM who wants to keep his job is going to take the bottom players from the Oilers line-up and give up top 6 ir top 9 players. Somebody who suggests that is. Dreaming in technicolor. Perron for Paajarvi us not going to happen very often.

Expecting to build a contending team with more 'nothing' moves like what has happened so far is a total pipe dream.

Oh, by the way, start by bringing a veteran NHL coach in and send Eakins down the road to learn to coach elsewhere. During this entire decade of failure Lowe has hired rookie coaches and what has been the result? Yes, failure. Hiring buddies instead of the most qualified hasn't worked for anyone now has it? Lowe is a complete loser. Apparently everyone else in this parade of the macabre is out if step. He is a joke.

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#41 Greg the Hammer Valentine
December 14 2013, 06:18PM
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Well, he did hire the wrong coach. And he couldn't manage to even get a pick in the Smid trade. And he forgot to draft a goalie, when it was clear we needed more prospects in that department. And when Gagner went down with injury he was confident with the depth at center (???), wich propably helped screw the beginning of the season.

Don't get me wrong, I think MacT has the tools to be a good GM, but one of these tools has to be the ability to learn from his mistakes. Of course, it would help if he didn't have K-Lowe looking over his shoulder.

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#42 spliff
December 14 2013, 07:44PM
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Its hard not to like MacT because he is smart, articulate and does not put forth the arrogant entitlement vibe like KLowe. Therefore, I will give him the benefit of the doubt and hope he does well to fix this sh*tshow of a team as soon as possible.

However, it is a results based business, and the Oilers have sucked for too long, all the while preaching patience to its fanbase and promising greener pastures which right now are no closer then they were five years ago. If MacT cannot significantly improve the roster of this team before next season, then he's gots to go. Then the experiment of hiring unqualified ex-Oilers from the 80's surely has to stop, and Katz can get some qualified 21st century hockey managers on board to spend his money wisely and effectively and give this unbelievably passionate, patient and abused fan base some hope and happiness.

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#43 Quicksilver ballet
December 14 2013, 08:40PM
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Money sure doesn't compensate for character.

In Detroit, every person inside that dressing room is a valued member of the Ilitch family/team. There's nothing the players/former players won't do for Mike or the Ilitch family.

In Edmonton, the players are made to feel like employees. Maybe Daryl Katz was the first human born without a soul. Maybe even North Americas top street pharmacist to boot.

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#44 Quicksilver ballet
December 14 2013, 09:10PM
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Ocean cruiser.....ice.......is this boat you speak of the HMS Titanic by chance?

I hate being a pessimist, but this may not end well.

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#45 Kypreos
December 14 2013, 09:13PM
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Do you really think Mac T has not tried to get assets? Reality is Edmonton is not an attractive market right now. This needs to be torn down to certain extent and started over.

Start at Lowe, Mac T, Rexall and so on....

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#46 nick
December 14 2013, 09:54PM
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striker777 wrote:

Agree with you completely. Good moves by MacT, except for moving Smid. He simply gave away a top-4 shot-blocking Defenceman to our biggest rival. I was floored.

A ridiculous trade. This organization couldn't afford to get rid of grit and for prospects. The Oilers don't need more prospects they need NHL players and they got neither in that trade.

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#47 Spydyr
December 15 2013, 07:34AM
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Dave wrote:

Unfortunately Rexall sells ear plugs.

Lowe does not need ear plugs.He has six rings blocking his ears.He can't hear you anyhow.

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#48 outdoorzguy
December 15 2013, 09:25AM
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I think Eakins is a snake oil salesman! He sure sold McTavish on his useless goods to get hired. Look at the results. Zero. Nada. Last place. Again. Still.

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#49 Neal
December 15 2013, 09:32AM
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I've said "fire Lowe" for years, (and he really should have been turfed). Now I get to say "fire 6 Rings"; but I also realize that if say, he got caught screwing Katz's dog and was actually fired, that it really wouldn't impact this team's performance. I and everyone else here would get alot of personal satisfaction out of it, but it wouldn't improve the team at all.

Mac is the only one who can make meaningful changes. And, within the constraints of trading in this league, I believe he's after it already. The problem is that every GM in the league knows the sh*tpile he's in, so it makes it very difficult to make winning trades. It explains some of the "questionable" acquisitions he's made like Grebeshkov, Belov - gambles that, if they didn't work out, then big deal - the cost wasn't really anything.

It's going to be slow and frustrating, and the people who say "why don't we trade Omark and Gagner for Ekman-Larssen" won't get it. This is a terrible team and it took a long time to make it that way. Even if Mac is a genius, it's going to take awhile to turn around. In the meantime we need to see the pansies playing with more heart - like Arco.

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#50 Gret99zky
December 15 2013, 09:48AM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

Love how LT tries to set up the thread for speculation. Who will Mac-T bring in, center, defence? But, it regresses into the same broken record...hate Lowe, hate Katz, hate Smith. Yes we all realize that. It goes without saying, but isn't there any intelligence out there that doesn't sound like a mindless lemming or clone? Sheep. What would you do? Derrr me hate Klowe. We hate Klowe. Reset the broken record. Is there any interesting trade speculation out there, or do we have to log into the Nation to hear the same few trolls spout the same rhetoric? Come on. What would you suggest as a solution (besides the same fire Lowe rant)? Try to find some interesting Oilers speculation and it always comes back to this site and the same miserable tune over and over.

I love it too.

How will MacT improve the team? Will he bring in the #1 #2 defencemen we have been desperate for since 2007? Will he address size or depth down the middle? Will he find a bonafide NHL starting goalie?

It's kind of like having a Wile E. Coyote blog where the writer asks, "How will Wile E. catch the roadrunner this week?" Will he use a harpoon? An anvil? Rocket skates? Dynamite? Knife?

When all the blog readers know full well the roadrunner will not be caught. And poor Wile E. Coyote will be wrapped in bandages holding a small sign that says, "Help" at the end of the show.

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