GDB 37.0: ASK SAKIC?

Jason Gregor
December 19 2013 12:29PM

As the Oilers get set to face the Colorado Avalanche trying to end a four game losing streak, Taylor Hall and company can take solace in knowing that some other young stars endured many years of losing, before tasting the sweet nectar of victory.

They should ask Joe Sakic, the Avalanche's Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, about losing. He lost way more than these kids have early in his career, and it didn't break him, and he didn't pout about it. He persevered and became a Hall of Famer.

Hall has played 200 games, Eberle has been in 231 games, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has dressed in 136, while Nail Yakupov is at 82 games and Justin Schultz has played 76. No one should be suggesting that all the losing is going to wear down these kids. I don't believe any of them are that fragile, but even if they thought about having a pity party, they should do a quick search of Joe Sakic's career.

Sakic was drafted 15th overall in 1987 by the Quebec Nordiques. He played one more season in Swift Current before debuting with the Nordiques in October of 1988. Keep in mind that in his first three seasons he played in a 21-team league where 16 teams made the playoffs.

In Sakic's first three seasons, the Nordiques finished dead last every year. The Nordiques drafted 1st, 1st, 1st and 4th in his first four NHL seasons.

1989: They went 27-46-7 for 61 points.
1990: They were 12-61-7 for 31 points.
1991: They went 16-50-14 for 46 points.
1992: They went 20-28-12 for 52 points.

In 1993, they were literally twice as good picking up 104 points going 47-27-10, but in 1994 Sakic and the Nordiques dipped back down to 76 points with a 34-42-8 record.

In his first four seasons, Sakic's Nordiques won a measly 75 of the 320 games they played. Sakic dressed in 299 of those games, and he learned much more about losing than he did winning.

Despite all the losses Sakic played exceptionally well.

YEAR       GP      G       A      PTS
1989        70      23     39      62 
1990        80      39     63     102
1991        80      48     61     109
1992        69      29     65      94

In 1990, the second leading scorer on the Nordiques was Peter Stastny with 62 points in 62 games before being traded. In 1991, Sakic had 50 more points than his closest teammate; Mats Sundin tallied 59 points.

Sakic didn't let the losing get to him. He kept battling and kept producing. 

WINNERS KEEP WORKING DESPITE LOSING  

Hall played his 200th game on Tuesday, and despite another loss, Hall, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins haven't come close to experiencing the type of losing that Sakic had to face.

Hall's Oilers have played 248 games since he entered the league and they've won 87 of those. Sakic's team won 75 of 320 during his first four seasons. Losing sucks and I'm sure it can wear down a player, but if Hall wants to become one of the greats he needs to keep playing hard, and hope that eventually he will be surrounded by better players. He needs to continue to show determination and play strong, and like Sakic, at times he will need to carry the Oilers on his back.

Hall was the Oilers most dangerous forward in LA. He needs to keep playing like that, regardless of where the Oilers are in the standings or how often they are losing. Hall has the ability to be a franchise player, and considering how much he has improved in his last 100 games, I suspect he'll only keep getting better.

I've heard some people suggesting the kids will get tired of losing and want out of Edmonton, but competitive people don't think like that. There will be games where they look frustrated, and understandably so, but many elite players have started their NHL careers tasting defeat more often than victory, and the last thing that Hall or any of his teammates will do is feel sorry for themselves.

They need to be part of the solution, and when they start to win the victories will be more fulfilling because of what they learned in their first few seasons.

MORE TOUGH STARTS...

Mario Lemieux missed the playoffs in his first four seasons, and five of his first six. The Penguins drafted 2nd, 4th, 5th and 4th in his first four years.

Steven Stamkos has missed the playoffs four of his first five seasons. The Bolts have drafted 2nd, 6th, 10th and 3rd during those four losing seasons.

John Tavares has missed the playoffs three of his first four years, and the Islanders are poised to miss the postseason again. They have drafted 4th, 5th and 5th thus far in his non-playoff seasons.

Rick Nash played five full seasons without the playoffs, and he missed the dance in 8 of his first 9 years.

Ilya Kovalchuk missed the postseason his first four years and seven of his first eight seasons.

Vincent Lecavalier missed the playoffs his first four seasons. The Bolts were scheduled to pick 1st, 5th, 3rd and 4th in those years.

**Sidenote**.. Rick Dudley was the GM for Tampa Bay in 1999 and he traded the 1st overall pick. He moved down to 4th, and then traded again and didn't pick until 47th. He ended up with Dan Cloutier, Andrei Zyuzin, Shawn Burr and the Rangers 1st round pick in 2000. He could have used the first pick on Patrik Stefan or one of the Sedins, although those two had made it known they really wanted to play together.

The next year, Dudley traded the 5th pick to the Islanders for Kevin Weekes, Kristian Kurdroc and the 31st pick. The Islanders selected Raffi Torres. Despite these horrific deals, the Lightning still won the Cup in 2004. ***

Losing stinks but Hall and company aren't the first group of young stars to endure losing seasons, so let's stop the suggestions that they will want out of Edmonton. Anyone in the media or fan base who suggests these kids have endured too much losing need only look at the career paths of other young stars. Rarely is it an instant path to success.

Winning is difficult and as painful as these past few seasons have been for Hall and company, they need to learn from it, and be willing to ensure they improve their play so the team becomes more successful. Hall is good enough to lead this team to better times ahead, and he'll likely inspire his teammates to follow him in the coming seasons.

LINEUP...

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Gagner-Yakupov
Smyth-Gordon-Hemsky
Jones-Lander-Gazdic

Ference-Petry
N.Schultz-J.Schultz
Belov-Larsen

Dubnyk

Arcobello got rocked by Drew Doughty in the 3rd period of Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Kings, and hasn't skated since. Lander will draw in for Arcobello. 

The Oilers will need to get scoring chances from someone other than Hall tonight. The Avalanche are 6-5-1 in their last 12, and after a 16-5 start they are starting to look more like the team people expected. They aren't a force like the Kings, Bruins or Ducks, but they will provide another solid test for the Oilers.

Dubnyk gets the start. I'm not one who buys into the "Dubnyk plays better when pushed" theory; however, it is obvious that Dubnyk needs to be more consistent.  I want a goalie who plays well regardless of who he shares the net with.

WHAT SEE YOU?

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oilers will end their trip on a high, with a 4-2 victory in Denver.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Bordeleau and Gazdic drop the gloves. Fight fans love it, while anti-fight crowd will complain. This will never change.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Usually it is former Oilers scoring against Edmonton, but tonight Ryan Smyth bucks that trend and scores against his former team ending his 10-game goal scoring drought. In 16 home games, Erik Johnson has only been a minus player twice, but he ends up -1 tonight.

DAY 15 MONTH OF GIVING...

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#101 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
December 19 2013, 09:25PM
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4 first overalls in a 5 yr span is definitely Dynasty territory, no?

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#102 Serious Gord
December 19 2013, 09:26PM
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That is one hell of a power play. - could be 4-2. Amazingly flawed system.

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#103 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 19 2013, 09:35PM
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Mikey wrote:

Yea because he was the one who made the retarded pass.

Nope, he came up with the retarded formations that keep allowing Shorthanded goals

aand the post just made an awesome save for dubie

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#104 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
December 19 2013, 09:50PM
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I know Yak is learning to play away from the puck, but there certainly appears to be a rift between Nail and Eakins.

Dallas is turning him into a 4th line mucker.

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#105 Serious Gord
December 19 2013, 09:54PM
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6:30 left and Eakins hasn't pulled the Goalie yet?

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#106 I tried it at home
December 19 2013, 10:02PM
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Just for fun, every once in a while I think about what would happen if the Oilers had actually invited Bryz to training camp at no cost or obligation whatsoever, and had an open competition, and what this season would look like. Then I get really really drunk.

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#107 Brian
December 19 2013, 10:02PM
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vetinari wrote:

You know, I wasn't necessarily expecting a playoff spot this year but I was expecting:

1. a competitive team every night; 2. more consistency, development and less mistakes from the kids (Hall, Eberle, RNH, Yak and J. Schultz) and from the journeymen (Gagner and Dubnyk); 3. more leadership and structure from the veterans; 4. more tactical coaching from the "hot shot AHL" guy that every team was courting in the offseason; 5. some bold moves to fill out the roster. Heck, I would even settle for some "not necessarily bold but definitely practical and necessary moves" at this point; and, 6. meaningful games at least until the trade deadline.

This year has definitely been a step back for the organization in most facets. Sure, there have been some goods things (acquiring Perron, signing Boyd), but the bad definitely outweighs the good. This is the first time that I've said it but we are "rebuilding the rebuild". How many more years from here???

Nice summary and well said . To answer your question: after Sam Reinhart and Connor MacDavid gain a couple years of NHL experience as Oiler draftees .

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#108 ?
December 19 2013, 10:11PM
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Hall's Oilers have played 248 games since he entered the league and they've won 87 of those. Sakic's team won 75 of 320 during his first four seasons.

That's actually not a HUGE difference. About 12% more wins for Hall, but is that really a lot?

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#109 Naky
December 19 2013, 10:23PM
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Here's a question for the stats guys, has pulling the goaltender ever worked for Eakins this year so far? Because I'm almost positive that it has not and that, even worse, it has more or less guaranteed a goal scored against us in almost every instance.

I only ask because I'm absolutely blown away that he has not quite clued in that his powerplay structure is so poorly implemented that it has lead to a staggering amount of SH goals and quality scoring chances against... and he thinks pulling the goalie for the extra attacker is still a good idea.

As far as I concerned, the third and fourth goals are entirely on Eakins.

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#110 Alsker
December 19 2013, 10:24PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Looking further ahead on the schedule the next game against cgy should be a real Waterloo. If the oil lose to the flames surely something needs to happen in the mgmt ranks.

"Needs to happen" and "will happen" are two completely different things. No way any changes take place as any admittance of guilt/error by mgt ends up coming back to the Lord of the 6 Rings desk. Someday hopefully.

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#111 dougtheslug
December 19 2013, 10:28PM
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Naky wrote:

Here's a question for the stats guys, has pulling the goaltender ever worked for Eakins this year so far? Because I'm almost positive that it has not and that, even worse, it has more or less guaranteed a goal scored against us in almost every instance.

I only ask because I'm absolutely blown away that he has not quite clued in that his powerplay structure is so poorly implemented that it has lead to a staggering amount of SH goals and quality scoring chances against... and he thinks pulling the goalie for the extra attacker is still a good idea.

As far as I concerned, the third and fourth goals are entirely on Eakins.

Hall scored an empty netter against Calgary. But I totally agree pulling the goalie too early and leaving your elite players out for a 2 minute shift at games end is not innovation, its idiocy.

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#112 Rod from Viking
December 19 2013, 10:30PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Looking further ahead on the schedule the next game against cgy should be a real Waterloo. If the oil lose to the flames surely something needs to happen in the mgmt ranks.

Didn't Calgary win the last one? Look on the positive side Gord, Oiler's will pick before Calgary at the draft and I'm sure there will be a diminutive offensive player available.

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#113 Serious Gord
December 19 2013, 10:34PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Didn't Calgary win the last one? Look on the positive side Gord, Oiler's will pick before Calgary at the draft and I'm sure there will be a diminutive offensive player available.

LOL between my tears at the thought of Lowe and MacT at the podium announcing the pick.

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#114 vetinari
December 19 2013, 10:39PM
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Arius Mumin wrote:

RNH, Hall and Eberle are his safety blanket.

If they were the stars that we are led to believe, any "good" NHL coach would use them on multiples lines to spread the wealth and create offense and match-ups.

Instead, no matter their, or their teammates performace, we are guranteed to see the trio together.

Those three are also young, inexperienced and not able to physically manhandle opposing players yet. They need support and experience around them to show them the ropes. Teams like Boston, Detroit and LA can bring in young players easier by putting them on lines where they have veteran experience. We need to trade for actual NHL players at this point and not picks or prospects.

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#115 Quinn the Eskimo
December 20 2013, 12:00AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Had a Coors banquet to start the night then moved into bush mills Black bush single malt Irish whiskey - 3 fingers with about 1/2 teaspoon filtered water. Times two.

I do love my whiskey.

Daily dose: 3 fingers, filtered water. Desert island request: whiskey, whisky or single malt anything. Rum? Feh. You lose me on the Coors though. In Vancouver, we have choices in craft beers.

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#116 MessyEH!
December 20 2013, 02:59AM
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S cottV wrote:

Yeah Rod - that has always bothered me. Like what were those kids doing in the room while team execs pondered the Hall vs Seguin decision in Oil Change? My God - Now boys make sure you don't text your friends about the decision we just made - ha ha ha. Mickey Mouse Club..

I like the way ROY and Sakic did business leading up to the draft. "We're taking Mackinion that's it!"

Oilers have to consult with all the ghosts of Oilers past and Stevie Y before making the decision. They treat it like an episode of the Bachelor. So much drama and spectacle to determine who next they select to screw.

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#117 Craig1981
December 19 2013, 01:02PM
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Does Morgan Rielly no being released to play for the WJs mean there is an opening or is it too late to change Canada's roster?

I think the soon to be EIGHT years of no playoffs have wore down the fans far worst than the 2-4 years for the young guys.

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#118 **
December 19 2013, 02:44PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Was 10-1 the same score against you in your last fight?- against Tonya Harding! lmfao!

No, I got knocked out in the first minute.

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#119 2004Z06
December 19 2013, 03:14PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Okay I just figured out why Eakins is starting Dubnyk. The Oil scored eight goals against the Avs last time they played so he is figuring with Dammit in net they can still win 8-7.

Can't remember...(seriously) who was in the Oilers net for the 8-2 victory?

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#120 Spider
December 19 2013, 04:03PM
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2004Z06 wrote:

Can't remember...(seriously) who was in the Oilers net for the 8-2 victory?

I think it was G bear(poo).

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#121 Dog Train
December 19 2013, 04:22PM
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I don't think that Hall or Eberle or any of the kids got to this level by being fragile or quitting when the going gets tough. That said, players now can become free agents at a younger age so I think it's important that the winning starts sooner than later.

As for tonight, the Avs will come out much better tonight. I'll say 4-3 Oilers.

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#122 Mikey
December 19 2013, 04:27PM
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michael wrote:

The Detroit argument is full of holes. They bought their way out of mediocrity. Pre salary cap they were one of the highest spending teams.

The Nordiques did not have the same option as the Red Wings or the Pens. They were saddled with a 66 cent dollar and a tax structure that in Quebec that ultimately led to their sale to Denver.

The Canadians and Leafs even at 66cents on the dollar were well heeled due to TV and advertising revenue.

The Oilers sold their best players because they could not compete in the pre salary cap era. After PUCK sold Wayne the teams dissolution was assured. It was inevitable. Once the players saw the money that was being thrown at marginal players the Oilers were done. They could not compete financially because PUCK was insolvent and bleeding red from his other interests. Its was only a matter of time before he sold the team. The EIG could not compete also. Thus the flaccid 90's occurred.

My point is that the QNordiques could have been very successful if they were able to compete on the same playing field as teams are required to do today. thus the push for a team back in QC. 7 teams in Canada produce near 54% of the HRR. The QN traded players partly due to money. And partly due to inability to sign Lindro's.

The Oilers need better compete from their current players.I hear all the naysayers. I agree we need to get bigger on the back end. We need to find a couple of bigger/heavier forwards. But what I do not hear is which of the other 29 other GM's is going to provide us with the players we need without gutting the current core of our team.

No pain. No gain. I hate losing. But what I hate more is the thought that trading an Eberle for a coke machine is going to bring us a CUP.

A naïve view.

We need to let the guy steering the ship some time to get this Titanic out of the way of the iceberg. MacT has been on the job less than 10 months. Its Christmas. Feel free to pray for a miracle. Feel free to rant. Chant Fire Klowe. Scream foul. Give up your season tickets. Boycott the games. Do whatever. It will not get any less painful.

Remember this when you look at those Nordique stats. They no longer have a team to complain about in the dead of December. We do. Just sayin.

You should check your records, becuase you will find Colorado was also a huge spender pre Cap. So your argument is null in void.

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#123 Herbie Versmells
December 19 2013, 04:29PM
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@jasongregor

"**Sidenote**.. Rick Dudley was the GM for Tampa Bay in 1999 and he traded the 1st overall pick. He moved down to 4th, and then traded again and didn't pick until 47th. He ended up with Dan Cloutier, Andrei Zyuzin, Shawn Burr and the Rangers 1st round pick in 2000. He could have used the first pick on Patrik Stefan or one of the Sedins, although those two had made it known they really wanted to play together.

The next year, Dudley traded the 5th pick to the Islanders for Kevin Weekes, Kristian Kurdroc and the 31st pick. The Islanders selected Raffi Torres. Despite these horrific deals, the Lightning still won the Cup in 2004. ***"

the last 8 words. you mentioned winning the cup.

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#124 Danger Pay
December 19 2013, 05:06PM
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Kr55 wrote:

Any past team comparable that kept a guy like Lowe in a high up position during the entire streak of futility that we can look at to give us hope? I can't think of one... It's very possible the Oilers will break the 10 season playoff drought record with Lowe at the helm the entire time and beyond.

Maybe then, Mr. Lowe can regale us all about how much he knows about losing?

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#125 bazmagoo
December 19 2013, 05:21PM
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One of the young guns demanding a trade is definitely my greatest fear as a long struggling Oilers fan, so this article was a great read. Still think the mix of the team needs to be addressed, hopefully we can unload Gagner at some stage and not wait for his next 8 point game. He's been absolutely brutal this year.

Still hoping we can turn the corner sooner rather than later!

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#126 Butters
December 19 2013, 06:28PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

Interesting parallels between the Nords and Oilers. The Nords also stockpiled young talent, but didn't turn into a winning team until they made some tough decisions and traded Lindros and Sundin away.

The scary thing is, even at their lowest point the Nords missed the playoffs 5 straight years. The Oilers are going onto 8.

IMO, they lost the Sundin trade. And Lindros wouldn't play in QC so they had to trade him. The Lindros trade led Colorado to a couple cups and cost Philly 1 or 2 imho.

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#127 Alsker
December 19 2013, 07:53PM
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Nice to see Lander and the 4th line so engaged.

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#128 Alsker
December 19 2013, 07:57PM
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Snooooooooooozer!!!! Is this part of Eakins system NOT to shoot?

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#129 vetinari
December 19 2013, 07:58PM
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GET PERRON SOME HELP!!!!! Please...

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#130 Alsker
December 19 2013, 08:06PM
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Hell of a shot Hall...Nice

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#131 vetinari
December 19 2013, 08:07PM
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Hallsy... top shelf where poppa keeps the whiskey!

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#132 Harry
December 19 2013, 08:08PM
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Im sitting here watching the Leafs Coyotes game and I find myself thinking if only Yak could commit and play a 200' game like an EAKINS TAUGHT Kadri.

That would be sweetness

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#133 Saytalk
December 19 2013, 08:08PM
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So when does this team find its own versions of Peter Forsberg, Claude Lemieux, Mike Ricci, Adam Foote and Patrick Roy?

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#134 **
December 19 2013, 08:31PM
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Zarny wrote:

Good grief.

Krueger coached this team to 24th place; not 4th.

Fans seem to forget about the 10 game losing streak last year. Krueger's coaching excellence included doing nothing during a 10 game slide.

MacT wasn't even with the franchise last year. He's a GM not God and half the roster needs to be turned over. Are you really daft enough to think that was going to happen by Christmas?

Sorry (not really) to correct you, but Mac Tavish has been with the Franchise since at least june 11, 2012 when he was hired to be part of hockey operation by the Oilers. Also, Mac Tavish did turn over 40% of the roster in the summer. He just failed to get all the pieces the team needed.

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#135 Johnnydapunk
December 19 2013, 08:33PM
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Hall getting an unsportsmanlike was a bit Pete Tong, and Eakins looks like he is ready to snap! Let the board rattling and water bottle tossing begin!!

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#136 **
December 19 2013, 08:38PM
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Well F%$k the refs. That is all.

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#137 MattL
December 19 2013, 08:41PM
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Isn't that the same ref that was there for the no-goal Kings game when Yak city was born? Revenge on the Oil fans for making him look like a tool?

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#138 Mikey
December 19 2013, 08:44PM
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MattL wrote:

Isn't that the same ref that was there for the no-goal Kings game when Yak city was born? Revenge on the Oil fans for making him look like a tool?

That is in fact not the same ref.

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#139 Alsker
December 19 2013, 08:46PM
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WTF..blind side hit from behind??? Wow maybe I'm being a homer but thats the same type of hit that put Horcs on IR last season

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#140 Rocket
December 19 2013, 08:47PM
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Hit from behind on Hall. No call. These refs make me drink.

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#141 **
December 19 2013, 08:49PM
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Well the AVS got a firecracker up their b^^t$. Guess it did hurt to lose 8-2

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#142 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 19 2013, 08:55PM
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@Zarny

Mact was brought back June 11 2012 as VP hockey operations. Almost every media member in this town at the time said he was going to be the next gm He was credited by the sportsnet sycophants for being decisive for bringing in J. Schultz and helping hire Krueger as Head Coach. no pass for MacT on this one. Good try tho

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#143 MattL
December 19 2013, 08:57PM
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@Mikey

Hmm, I guess I could have spent 2 seconds looking that up instead of 1 second looking like a dummy.

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#144 Alsker
December 19 2013, 08:59PM
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Physical play=GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL....Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuggggeeee...

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#145 Quinn the Eskimo
December 19 2013, 09:11PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

I think the fan-fretting over the kids is worth putting in context like this…

i.e., most of the time teams acquire top 5 picks because they are terrible and it takes a lot more than fresh-faced top 5 picks to drag a terrible team to the promised land.

BUT… the concern isn't exactly without merit.

Sakic did his serious damage as an AV. I doubt Nords fans take much solace in that.

Nash is a NYR. Columbus got to see many of his prime years go to waste and now won't get to see him do anything as their guy.

The Isles showed some signs in the lockout but can't buy wins in the useless East and Tavares, stud that he is, isn't winning right now when he's in his age of flourishing.

These are, basically, the concerns.

That a team will finally be ready to contend but only after missing out on prime years from their kids (and prime contract bargaining position).

Or, that a player will finally be on a team ready to contend, but a team other than yours.

And the Nux held the Sardine Tins through their growing period and reaped the rewards. They took a LOT of flack from their 'fans' who are now happy, but still classless.

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#146 vetinari
December 19 2013, 09:12PM
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Another SH goal????

We've totally abandoned putting a player directly in front of the opposition's net and we now go with a wide umbrella formation around the perimeter and when he give up a turnover near the blue line, it's always an odd man rush back. Fix this Eakins...

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#147 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
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Awesome Shultz pass. Excellent tracking of the puck for the save. I know not dubies fault but here he can steal one and doesnt. Time to sign Shultz to a 6 mill a year deal now.

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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Eakins Rocks!! Coach of the year finalist for sure.

It seems that no matter who's in point they turn it over. The formation needs to change. The difference between the goal and the stop for Dubnyk was that on the goal he buried himself in the crease and for the second breakaway he was right by the top of crease.

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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Eakins Rocks!! Coach of the year finalist for sure.

What frustrates me the most is that the old system worked better and Eakins keeps stubbornly ramming this system down our throats. It doesn't work. Teams pressure the lone defenceman (and I use that term loosely) at the point and there's always a turnover. Always. Spread out two defenceman who can bomb the puck at the points, bring a centre to obstruct the goalie and have the wingers cycle for position. Why the heck does he keep going back to the wide umbrella???

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#150 Alsker
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Awesome Shultz pass. Excellent tracking of the puck for the save. I know not dubies fault but here he can steal one and doesnt. Time to sign Shultz to a 6 mill a year deal now.

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How many times have we seen when the games on the line we just don't get that key save...one of many problems we have. Why is all rum gone?

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