Now Eventually You Do Plan To Have Power, On Your Powerplay, Right? Hello?

Jonathan Willis
December 19 2013 10:50PM

The game-winning goal in Thursday’s game was scored by the Colorado Avalanche, while the Edmonton Oilers were on the power play. That’s bad. That it’s just the way Oilers power plays tend to go these days is worse.

The Goal!

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Justin Schultz coughs up the puck at the opposition blue line.

This one isn’t especially complex; that’s the crux of it. The initial pass is inexplicable; Schultz had time and space but decided to force a pass to a covered Taylor Hall rather than hang on to it himself or pass it to the open man on the far boards.

That started a two-on-one. Hall did his level best to get back in the play and gained some ground but wasn’t able to get there in time. The Oilers would have been okay if Schultz had played the pass, like every defenceman defending a two-on-one ever is supposed to, but he didn’t and that left Devan Dubnyk hanging out to dry.

The Trend!

Here’s a statistic: In the last 13 games, the Oilers have surrendered 14 shorthanded chances. They have only managed to generate 11 themselves all season.

Here’s another one: in the last six games, Edmonton’s power play has been out-chanced 8-7.

Superficially, the power play ranks 16th in the NHL in overall effectiveness, with 23 goals on 130 chances (17.7%). However, after eight shorthanded goals are taken into account it slips to 25th overall in goal differential/opportunities. It’s a ludicrous number given the talent the team has at its disposal.

Edmonton plays games on Saturday and Monday, but then has a long-ish break before playing Calgary on Friday (Update: as Jason Gregor reminds me, there's a little-known holiday called "Christmas" in that stretch, which makes it somewhat less than ideal as a time for practicing things). That break might be a good time to completely reimagine the power play.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 Brian
December 20 2013, 07:45AM
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I suspect that KLowe will be avoiding open mics for a while yet . Too bad . I quite enjoy his Rob Ford-like sound bites.

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#52 Mikey
December 20 2013, 07:54AM
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Done! Those pancakes are definitely done.

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#53 camdog
December 20 2013, 07:59AM
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DoubleDIon wrote:

What I can't figure out is why Nail Yakupov isn't being sheltered more. He is clearly the worst defensive player in the league. Why the heck is he playing against the Duchene line? The O'Reilly goal is a prime example of his disinterested play. I'd play him the 5 minutes the 4th line plays for the other team until he decides to actually stick with his man.

He went to the media and his agent the last time he got sheltered minutes.

Yak's has great skill, but he needs to be surrounded by a veteran center to develop his overall game. I know there are a lot of Horcoff haters, and he is a shell of a player he once was, but Yak needs a guy like that right now.

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#54 Smokey
December 20 2013, 08:02AM
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Heads should roll. How can a President and GM watch the debacle of a powerplay with that much talent suck so mightily.

The Oilers dzone coverage and inability to defend is laughable. A top pairing of Smid Petry would look lovely right now. Not sure how Lowe and MacT could think a plethera of soft 180 pound defenders with no apparantly no defensive accumen could handle this load. Just pathetic.

They dumped Smid for ECHL goalie and a tweener so they could sign a goalie who they don't play. If your going to dump your only decent NHL defender then roll your goalie till he drops. Total headshaker.

Good on Hall and Nuge to play for pride. The only highlights last night.

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#55 thinkerr
December 20 2013, 08:06AM
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Is the game over, or are we on the power play? I honestly can't tell the difference.

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#56 Taylor Gang
December 20 2013, 08:13AM
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Why are Hall and Nuge the only two producing as of late? Please explain

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#57 Taylor Gang
December 20 2013, 08:13AM
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Why are Hall and Nuge the only two producing as of late? Please explain

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#58 S cottV
December 20 2013, 08:34AM
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-30- wrote:

What happened from last year to this year?

Last year the Oil powerplay was deadly. Zipping the puck quickly and then bang. Goal!

Is it the system? Is it the players? Is it the coach or is everyone else in the league defending the Oil PP better?

Mental lapses happen but lately they seem to be magnified by more lapses. Can't J Schultz be benched at least?

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I think there is truly a disconnect with the Coach.

It's probably a combination of things like different systems that the players are not embracing, off ice protocol and personality.

Eakins admitted that some of his systems were off base for this player group, so that tells me there must have been and probably still are issues between the Coach and player group.

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#59 Bryzarro World
December 20 2013, 08:35AM
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Coach is a joke. We had the same sad line up, even worse in some cases the last couple years but there were still areas the team shined. The Oil were losing but they had a great power play and not bad penalty kills.

Wtf do we have now? An even bigger turd pile. THANKS COACH

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#60 Zamboni Driver
December 20 2013, 08:59AM
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Errrr....Mis-fire on the smart-@ss-ness. Meant to post in the Omark thread.

As you were.

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#61 Loweblows
December 20 2013, 09:02AM
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Eakins said the power play isn't getting it done- correction required-Eakins coaching isn't getting it done! The power play last year was effective and under his stewardship it has regressed. Fire Eakins now! Andvfire KLown while your at it.

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#62 PutzStew
December 20 2013, 09:09AM
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Hey Jonathan.

Sorry I'm not a real big fan of yours. I would like to commend you on your ability to call a Spade, a Spade, especially in the resent months, as fans and former fans watch this team crash and burn.

If more of the Media, especially the main stream media, did this instead of constantly trying to put a positive spin on things, then maybe there would be some changes being made.

Cudos

PS. I you some home magically ended up being the owner of the Oilers, what changes would you make, both on ice and off ice. Also please describe why and why not.

Thanx Jonathan

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#63 OilDieHard
December 20 2013, 09:13AM
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that 3rd goal was soft by Dubnyk. I know he was hung to dry by his defence, but make a key save every now and then would you? and as was mentioned above by Smokey, MacT should be very happy now....he has a bunch of soft, 180 pound d-men on this team, but hey, they can move the puck, right? unfortunately, they can't defend. management is on the hot seat now to find a top d-man in the off season, no more of this Grebs and Larsen crap! I think it was Brownlee or someone who said if the Oilers can't find a #1 d-man in the off season, then management has failed. to be fair, not everyone has one to trade away, and there are 28 other teams who want the same guy. but they really have to get this team as a whole to start playing better "D" and start buying into Eakin's system or they just won't be winning any season soon. my caffeine filled rant for this morn.

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#64 Dan the Man
December 20 2013, 09:18AM
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As awful as Schultz has been this year at times (and there have been many times) he just played in his 77th NHL game. That's not even a full season yet.

Craig Simpson was defending him on Twitter last night and had this to say: "Point being, Schultz better first year than Karlsson, Erik's 2nd was 45pts -30 on non playoff team and knives were out on him. Nothing worse than judging a talented young D, trying to be an impact player in 2nd year, on a bad team that can't defend...Perspective here. Paul Coffey had 32pts in 74gp as rookie, Schultz had 27 in 48gp on a bad team in a tight defensive NHL. The point was, nobody would have pegged Karlsson as a future Norris winner at ANY point in his first 2 years…."

Horrible play last night but you really need to be patient with young defensemen.

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#65 Kr55
December 20 2013, 09:40AM
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It's pretty obvious Krueger took all the brain behind our special teams with him. Gotta really question what Buchy and Smith actually do on this team. I wouldn't be surprised if Krueger asked for extra coaching help because he knew those 2 were useless and he was doing everything himself. Possibly not using those 2 played a part in him getting fired. Only thing worse than asking your boss to fire untouchables like Buchy and Smith is to exclude them and make them feel as useless as they are. Eakins must be more of a "team player".

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#66 S cottV
December 20 2013, 09:50AM
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camdog wrote:

He went to the media and his agent the last time he got sheltered minutes.

Yak's has great skill, but he needs to be surrounded by a veteran center to develop his overall game. I know there are a lot of Horcoff haters, and he is a shell of a player he once was, but Yak needs a guy like that right now.

Well - it might help Yak to have a veteran centreman - but a veteran centreman would not want to carry him.

For sure - Yak and Gagner on the same line is like kids playing with grenades. Gagner must be one of the weakest 2C's in his own end in the league. Maybe the weakest because I cant imagine anyone else putting up with it. Yak is just as brutal in his own zone, its just not as glaring with him being a winger.

So - now what do you do? Put him with RNH - No. That would kill Hall and RNH and you better believe they would and have bitched about it. Dont blame them - he is a line killer. Put him with Gordon? No. Doesn't make sense.

I know Yak gets a lot of support on this site, but guys - really? He does not know how to play this game and I doubt that a lot of progress will ever be made on this front.

Yak and Gagner in particular - need to be traded. Preferably together and to our worst enemy - Calgary. N

No - I wouldnt even want to to that to our worst enemy...

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#67 Say what again
December 20 2013, 09:59AM
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It must be yak's fault. Instead of asking hard, penetrating questions to the management and coaching staff, the media should go corner the young russian some more.

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#68 boxman
December 20 2013, 10:01AM
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All the negativity is wearing but I get the anger. That said I would caution everybody who wants to trade Hall et al. Back in the day many of us called for Messier and Coffey to be shipped out. They were error prone and seemed to lack any semblance of hockey sense. We were wrong and history proves it. As for those who get their backs up with any mention of "the old days"....respect your elders you brats:)

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#69 The 'Real' Ron Burgundy
December 20 2013, 10:10AM
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@S cottV

Yak and Sammy Snow-pants in some sort of package to the Rangers for Callahan and Girardi. It works every time in my own mind.

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#70 Quicksilver ballet
December 20 2013, 10:26AM
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/eryxAcsTcOA?rel=0

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#71 Mikey
December 20 2013, 10:32AM
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The 'Real' Ron Burgundy wrote:

Yak and Sammy Snow-pants in some sort of package to the Rangers for Callahan and Girardi. It works every time in my own mind.

I would make that deal, except, both are UFA.

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#72 Drowning in Oil
December 20 2013, 10:33AM
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Just going to sit back and wait for Omark to start tallying up the points in Buffalo. In a way, I really hope he sticks it to the Oil!!!

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#73 Zarny
December 20 2013, 10:42AM
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Schultz has a brain fart and we get comments about Lowe and Eakins. Good grief.

That's not coaching. That's a dumb play. That's sh*t I see in my men's league. That's all on J. Schultz. If we're going to talk about accountability and such.

Last night was par for the course. A bunch of kids prone to making mistakes on the ice together. Coverage of the Oilers looks a bit like child abuse sometimes.

I thought it was fitting Max Talbot was the difference maker. The Oilers could use a few boring old vets like him.

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#74 Rama Lama
December 20 2013, 10:48AM
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Relax everyone, there is lot's of time left. Coach Eakins has a plan, and I for one think it will work.

1. Mix the line ups and often ( blender at high speeed) because that always works.

2. Play players outside their natural positions because that always works.

3. Make sure that everyone is fit, demand it, because that always works.

4. Bench players and often,( except you favourites) because that always works.

5. Look angry, and talk in a low voice to the media, because that always works.

6. Match lines like your pee-wee hockey team, because that always works.

If anyone still thinks that because Eakins had a good AHL team, he will be a great NHL coach........stop smoking those drugs.

Time to turf MR. Fitness, the team has tuned him out!

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#75 Zarny
December 20 2013, 10:48AM
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Drowning in Oil wrote:

Just going to sit back and wait for Omark to start tallying up the points in Buffalo. In a way, I really hope he sticks it to the Oil!!!

Why?

Omark clearly wasn't better than any of the top 6 F. He certainly didn't have the type of game you need from a 3-4th line player.

What should the Oilers have done? Play him over Eberle or Hall?

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#76 Quicksilver ballet
December 20 2013, 11:02AM
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Life is hell without a couple top pairing blueliners capable of clearing the zone, or getting the puck to the forwards who have time/space to do something with it. Everyone is suffering because of it.

Till they address that 1 and 2 spot, it's all wandering in the desert for these guys.

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#77 BURROWSHASCRABS
December 20 2013, 11:10AM
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I feel bad for Eakins trying to coach this gong show, he should jump ship while he can. Watching LA make San Jose look like an AHL team just made me wish the Oil could play like the Kings. what a hell of a team.

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#78 Joe Mamma
December 20 2013, 11:13AM
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bob wrote:

this 'team' blows........this organization blows........sport announcers on radio and tv blow........no entertainment value at all........

ive heard from buddies with kids......the kids think cheering for oilers youre not cool.....they are cheering for other teams and players............and starting to watch other sports

oilers are on the verge of losing the younger generation.......not good for business

what a shame

Yep. My son told me he is the only oiler fan in his class, and the rest of the kids bug him about it.

I asked him "who do they cheer for then?" And his response should be a very scary proposition for ownership, and maybe even the league... "Nobody. There are a couple kids that are fans of some other teams, but mostly they just don't care about hockey."

In what is considered one of the best hockey markets in north america, to hear that should absolutely send a chill down the spine of Katz.

On the verge of losing them? I think they've already lost them.

Sad indeed.

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#79 Eastern Oil
December 20 2013, 11:16AM
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@pistolpetestar wrote:

I know we joke about it but there has to be some serious consideration taken to declining penalties or firing the puck over the glass to even it up to 4 on 4.

This damn near caused me to spit out my coffee all over the computer screen. Both the comment and the mental picture of it actually being completed.

The in-game commentary would almost have to be completed by Cotton on ESPN 8 to make it make sense.

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#80 BIGDAWG
December 20 2013, 11:24AM
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Sigh, This team seems to be over coached.. I do think Eakins deserves a fair shake. but things are a bloody mess right now.. I remember in the show Oil change last season, Ebs said to Cornet. you should see our powerplay its sick... so wtf happened....put gags on the wing for eff sakes already!!!! and if we are waiting till the off season to get bigger and better D and a Goalie.. then we might as well have Tambo back there....

that game lastnight was there for the taking.... now im not saying the players have tuned out the coach... but... I think the players have tuned out the coach... yay another top 5 pick.. geezuz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#81 DoubleDIon
December 20 2013, 11:30AM
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hall2010 wrote:

i think yak's disinterested in playing for eakins rather than defense.

Then send him to the pressbox and let him eat popcorn. This team has been losing with every coach, not just Eakins. I don't think Hitchcock could help some of these guys get better defensively. The want to has to be there and it isn't. Yakupov just let ROR score last night rather than take one stride and getting there. Completely unacceptable for an NHLer. The kid is an extreme detriment to winning. I don't care about his talent.

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#82 Zarny
December 20 2013, 11:31AM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Relax everyone, there is lot's of time left. Coach Eakins has a plan, and I for one think it will work.

1. Mix the line ups and often ( blender at high speeed) because that always works.

2. Play players outside their natural positions because that always works.

3. Make sure that everyone is fit, demand it, because that always works.

4. Bench players and often,( except you favourites) because that always works.

5. Look angry, and talk in a low voice to the media, because that always works.

6. Match lines like your pee-wee hockey team, because that always works.

If anyone still thinks that because Eakins had a good AHL team, he will be a great NHL coach........stop smoking those drugs.

Time to turf MR. Fitness, the team has tuned him out!

1. Actually most coaches mix lines up all of the time. Torts had the Sedins playing on separate lines earlier in the season in Van. They seem to be doing fine. Datsyuk and Zetterberg have spent half their careers playing with each and half on separate lines.

2. First thing Adam Oates did was move Ovechkin from LW to RW. He struggled at first. He's got 28 G in 32 games this year lol and is close to a G/game over his last 60 games. Because it often works lol.

3. Fitness. Yep pretty much every top player is in phenomenal shape. Worked for Kadri. Pretty much the opinion of the entire league. Go check out Stamkos' workouts.

4. Yep...again common and effective.

5. Irrelevant. Laugh, scream, rant, cry, read Shapespeare or Chaucer. Completely and utterly irrelevant to how a team plays on the ice.

6. What white rabbit should Eakins pull out of his hat?

If Nuge isn't handling a D match-up well his options against the best C on the planet become Gagner, Gordon, Arcobello or Will Acton.

If Ebs is flying the zone let's switch it up because Yakupov and Hemsky are such paragons of reliable, defensive hockey.

Hall or Perron are always the top 2 LW and have been the most consistent players. What's your magic secret for when one or both are out? Moses? Jones? Gadzic?

What top pairing D is he missing? Belov and Larsen? How do you coach brain farts? I like Ference but I don't think Eakins can roll him 25 min a night. Nick Schultz? Is he just being held back and needs 20 min to let his inner Chara out?

The problem isn't coaching. The problem is outside the top 6 F and a handful of players this team is terrible. Below average to AHL caliber players. And the top 6 F all get shutdown by the same game plan and tend to make the same defensive errors.

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#83 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
December 20 2013, 11:33AM
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BURROWSHASCRABS wrote:

I feel bad for Eakins trying to coach this gong show, he should jump ship while he can. Watching LA make San Jose look like an AHL team just made me wish the Oil could play like the Kings. what a hell of a team.

I actually don't watch a lot of Kings hockey. I know they win a lot, but when they played the Oilers the other night I was just floored the whole time.

"Damn. These guys are so good."

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#84 DoubleDIon
December 20 2013, 11:37AM
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camdog wrote:

He went to the media and his agent the last time he got sheltered minutes.

Yak's has great skill, but he needs to be surrounded by a veteran center to develop his overall game. I know there are a lot of Horcoff haters, and he is a shell of a player he once was, but Yak needs a guy like that right now.

I've never been a Horcoff hater. He was your best player after Hall IMO. You win with Horcoff type players. Yakupov types are losers, you'll never be a winning organization (insert Singletary rant) with that type of mindset. Eberle has some excuse, he's small and slow. He'll never be a good defensive player. Yakupov has decent size and great speed, he should be able to play sound defensive hockey. He should sit in the press box until he apologizes to the organization. Letting a kid who isn't even an NHL level player hold your organization hostage is a joke.

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#85 DoubleDIon
December 20 2013, 11:38AM
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S cottV wrote:

Well - it might help Yak to have a veteran centreman - but a veteran centreman would not want to carry him.

For sure - Yak and Gagner on the same line is like kids playing with grenades. Gagner must be one of the weakest 2C's in his own end in the league. Maybe the weakest because I cant imagine anyone else putting up with it. Yak is just as brutal in his own zone, its just not as glaring with him being a winger.

So - now what do you do? Put him with RNH - No. That would kill Hall and RNH and you better believe they would and have bitched about it. Dont blame them - he is a line killer. Put him with Gordon? No. Doesn't make sense.

I know Yak gets a lot of support on this site, but guys - really? He does not know how to play this game and I doubt that a lot of progress will ever be made on this front.

Yak and Gagner in particular - need to be traded. Preferably together and to our worst enemy - Calgary. N

No - I wouldnt even want to to that to our worst enemy...

Ugh, we don't want Gagner, Eberle or Yakupov. You guys can have them. I'd take Hall or RNH in a heartbeat. You can win with those two.

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#86 Rob...
December 20 2013, 11:45AM
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Eastern Oil wrote:

This damn near caused me to spit out my coffee all over the computer screen. Both the comment and the mental picture of it actually being completed.

The in-game commentary would almost have to be completed by Cotton on ESPN 8 to make it make sense.

It's not as far fetched as you think. Sather used to have his players take an offsetting penalty all the time for the very same reason... superior play during 4 on 4. It was so successful they changed the rule for a long time to ensure the teams went back to 5 on 5 if the penalties were offsetting.

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#87 T&A4Flames
December 20 2013, 11:45AM
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** wrote:

Dishonor for Connor

Wow. You guys are already talking about tanking next season. Do you ever plan on being relevant again?

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#88 Bruce McCurdy
December 20 2013, 11:45AM
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"Here’s another one: in the last six games, Edmonton’s power play has been out-chanced 8-7."

... and outscored 3-1.

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#89 Rama Lama
December 20 2013, 11:48AM
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@Zarny

I always wonder about well coached teams.......it seems no matter who is out they find a way to win.

Why, you ask Zarny, well because they have a system of play that all players have bought into and they make it work.

It's called good coaching. We hired a rookie GM who made a rookie mistake and hired a rookie coach. The rookie coach though he was smarter than God......and still does.

Since we cant fire the President, GM, Asst. GM, the only one left is the coach.

We should have hired Brent Sutter in the first place.........he would have never made the STUPID mistakes that Eakins continues to make. Let's stop blaming the players as NOT being good enough. Every time we say that the player leaves only to shine on some other team.

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#90 Joe Mamma
December 20 2013, 11:52AM
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T&A4Flames wrote:

Wow. You guys are already talking about tanking next season. Do you ever plan on being relevant again?

Kindly step in front of a moving semi.

Don't you losers in calgary have anything better to do in your world class city than sit and troll oiler boards? Get a life.

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#91 oilersfan123
December 20 2013, 11:52AM
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I never thought I'd say this, but I really wish Dustin Penner was back.

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#92 S cottV
December 20 2013, 11:52AM
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@Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things

The Kings are a thing of beauty. Get the PP going and they are a money team in the playoffs for the forseeable future.

Yak - Gagner - and Sutter? No - he would probably fight anyone in the Kings organization that would even be dumb enough to suggest it.

The run and gun, free flow hockey thing that the Oilers keep hanging on to is not realistic. Wayne, Mark and the boys on the bus pulled it off, but a special group at a very different time.

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#93 Arius Mumin
December 20 2013, 12:07PM
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DoubleDIon wrote:

I've never been a Horcoff hater. He was your best player after Hall IMO. You win with Horcoff type players. Yakupov types are losers, you'll never be a winning organization (insert Singletary rant) with that type of mindset. Eberle has some excuse, he's small and slow. He'll never be a good defensive player. Yakupov has decent size and great speed, he should be able to play sound defensive hockey. He should sit in the press box until he apologizes to the organization. Letting a kid who isn't even an NHL level player hold your organization hostage is a joke.

Only thing I got from your comment is that your younger sister has a crush on Yak and you don't really like that, much.

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#94 Joe Mamma
December 20 2013, 12:10PM
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Arius Mumin wrote:

Only thing I got from your comment is that your younger sister has a crush on Yak and you don't really like that, much.

Don't feed the trolls.

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#95 Arius Mumin
December 20 2013, 12:10PM
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DoubleDIon wrote:

Ugh, we don't want Gagner, Eberle or Yakupov. You guys can have them. I'd take Hall or RNH in a heartbeat. You can win with those two.

Eberle and Yakupov would be the best players on the Flames as soon as their plane landed.

Flames don't even have anything worthy to trade for Gagner, yet alone for Hall or RNH.

Give your head a shake and go back to talking about the nothing that is Calgary Flames.

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#96 Oasis
December 20 2013, 12:22PM
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Why?

Omark clearly wasn't better than any of the top 6 F. He certainly didn't have the type of game you need from a 3-4th line player.

What should the Oilers have done? Play him over Eberle or Hall?

How about instead of signing Hemsky to 5 million/year, trading him when he still had some value? I think that for this year Omark could have been put into Hemskys spot without seriously affecting this offence.

We sure could have used a defenseman coming back for Hemsky. Even if we just dumped his salary and got nothing back we could have used the 5 million/year saved and signed a Free Agent defence man.

How does having Hemsky on this team right now help us more than having Omark in his spot? This team is a train wreck anyways. Now Omark just walks for basically nothing. After one year and a legitimate shot on the team if Omark isn't a fit let him walk then.

I am not an Omark fan per say, but I hope he does well in Buffalo.

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#97 He Who Knows
December 20 2013, 12:35PM
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Clearly Mac did not evaluate the team properly over the summer. He kept yapping on about his intentions (rookie mistake), gave up all feisty hard nosed D-men like Teubert,Plante,Fistric etc. I personally liked Teubert, he had a mean streak. Mac did not address the blueline with a quality 1st pairing D-man. He did not address size and grit. Mac did well with Perron,Ference and Gordon, although Ference is best suited as a 3-4 slot. He shipped out Smid for reasons that are unknown and basically weakened the most weak blueline in the league.The Oilers need big and steady blueliners to compliment the puck moving type. He brought in Grebs and Belov (who does not use his size to fill spots that are usually filled by guys like Matt Greene. He thought puck movers were the be all end all. Mac has said that he will be judged by his actions......you guys tell me if this guy has a plan that will move this team forward.

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#98 S cottV
December 20 2013, 12:41PM
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I really think Eakins is in trouble with the player group.

You can tell by what is said - what isnt being said, Coach body language, player body language and the performance of the team.

Eakins admitted he miscued on the implementation of systems that did not suit the player group. Good on him to an extent but gives you an idea that the player group probably considers him to be well in over his head. For Eakins to come out like that - tells you he is probably trying to reel back in some credibility with the player group.

A player group that has serious doubts about Coach leadership is way more distracting, than most people would think.

I am not suggesting that Eakins should be fired at this point, just that I really think there is a serious disconnect that has to be dealt with.

Real tough situation for Eakins, with the team under huge scrutiny from disgruntled fans and what has to be growing impatience from MacT. Here they are - no chance at playoffs, trying to beat teams who are battling for the playoffs or playoff position - and we are playing for pride. Well - the other teams have pride too, maybe more. Throw in a Coach disconnect with the player group, that will only widen with more losses and this really could get ugly.

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#99 Smokey
December 20 2013, 12:53PM
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How about instead of signing Hemsky to 5 million/year, trading him when he still had some value? I think that for this year Omark could have been put into Hemskys spot without seriously affecting this offence.

We sure could have used a defenseman coming back for Hemsky. Even if we just dumped his salary and got nothing back we could have used the 5 million/year saved and signed a Free Agent defence man.

How does having Hemsky on this team right now help us more than having Omark in his spot? This team is a train wreck anyways. Now Omark just walks for basically nothing. After one year and a legitimate shot on the team if Omark isn't a fit let him walk then.

I am not an Omark fan per say, but I hope he does well in Buffalo.

I'm preferencing my comment I like both players. A small undersized, defensively irresponsible, below average skater like Omark is not better then anyone in our top 6. Letting him walk for nothing is what he was worth. What would you expect for him, Weber?

Hemsky should be traded to a veteran team if this team is going to play Gagner. You got remove the redundant small skilled player. Hemsky is a way better player, Gagner should be traded in all respect.

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#100 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 20 2013, 01:04PM
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this 'team' blows........this organization blows........sport announcers on radio and tv blow........no entertainment value at all........

ive heard from buddies with kids......the kids think cheering for oilers youre not cool.....they are cheering for other teams and players............and starting to watch other sports

oilers are on the verge of losing the younger generation.......not good for business

what a shame

Just like the Eskimos. Wasting a generation is so sad in a sport crazy town. Sad days

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