GDB 38.0: Perron Sees His Old Team

Jonathan Willis
December 21 2013 01:36PM

The Edmonton Oilers return to Rexall tonight to face David Perron’s old squad, the St. Louis Blues, in what will be the first of three meetings between the teams.

The Trade

Craig MacTavish hasn’t had a perfect start to his tenure as general manager, but he’s done some nice things and been willing to make improvements when opportunity has come along. One of those opportunities was Perron, who became available as the Blues needed to cut salary to re-sign players like Alex Pietrangelo.

Thus far, the deal’s been awfully lopsided:

  • David Perron (Edmonton): 33GP, 14G-13A-27PTS.
  • Magnus Paajarvi (St. Louis): 15GP, 2G-0A-2PTS.
  • Second round pick in 2014 (St. Louis): Shaping up to be in the 30-35 range.

Once Paajarvi finds his legs and if that second round pick pans out this should get a little better for St. Louis, but it’s a move that made Edmonton a better team right now, and that’s important. If MacTavish can find three or four more of these the Oilers will be in great shape.

The Opposition

Edmonton hasn’t played the Blues so far this year, but the Blues are a good team and Edmonton has trouble with good teams. Many will focus on them being big and strong and tough but the fact that they’re in playoff position right now is what makes them scary. Take a look at the Oilers’ record this season against teams currently sitting in the top-eight in either conference:

  • Team inside the top eight: 2-17-2
  • Team outside the top eight: 9-6-1

Edmonton’s been pretty good against bad teams, but has been getting hammered by the good ones (an 8-2 win over Colorado notwithstanding).

The Lineup

Some interesting items there. With all of 12 healthy forwards, Dalls Eakins hasn’t got much in the way of choices, so he’s put together a power-vs.-power line, a tough minutes line and done what he can with the rest. With Luke Gazdic on the wing it’s a good bet that Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov are the “fourth” line and will be spotted against the weakest available opposition; maybe it will help. The other line is super interesting, because Lander has struggled so far and finally gets a skilled guy (and a guy a lot like his AHL sidekick Linus Omark) on his wing. Jesse Joensuu isn’t exactly a prize as the other winger, but he’s comparable to one guy Lander’s been playing with and better than the other.

On defence it’s just nice to see Philip Larsen, the team’s seventh-best defenceman, taking a seat.

Predictions

Game day prediction: A 1-0 St. Louis Blues victory 

Obvious game day prediction: Dallas Eakins gets many opportunities to work on his facial expressions. They range from incredulous (really, that's a penalty now?) to disgusted (the power play bobbles the puck at the blueline because of course it does) to resigned (well, they were going to score eventually) to a clear desire that he had stayed in the AHL.

Not-so-obvious gameday prediction: While this will be a one-sided and boring game, it won't be the most boring game of the season. That's coming in March when Edmonton next plays the Los Angeles Kings.

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#1 vetinari
December 21 2013, 01:58PM
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I read the first tweet that said "4-93-14" and thought that they were quoting our record...

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#2 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 11:05PM
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Whoever threw their jersey on ice, you are my first, second and third star of the game!! I want to buy you a new stl blues jersey!

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#3 TDSM31
December 22 2013, 01:31AM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

I really hate Kelly Hrudey. Dude seems like a douche. And for a former NHLer, he comes across as knowing next to nothing about the game. Maybe it's just me and all the negativity this season's been stuffing down my throat.

Its the season. Hrudey's far from a douche. My nephew has Down Syndrome and Kelly donates a ton of time and money to the PREP foundation which helps support and teach kids with DS. And this is just one of the many charity's he and his wife donate their time and money to. He might not hit all the marks with his color commentary but he's really a stand up guy.

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#4 Danger Pay
December 22 2013, 01:38AM
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I hate to say it, but thank you to who ever threw Your Jersey on the ice!

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#5 Ed in PV
December 21 2013, 11:06PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Seems like Hall fails this character test. A no-show on After Hours. This is the bottom, finally. At least until we lose to Calgary next week, then THAT'S rock bottom.

Lowe is the only Oil representative that HNIC should have on TV. It is unfair to ask any player to have to make excuses.

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#6 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 21 2013, 03:29PM
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GDP: Game starts at 8:10 pm. Oilers show up at 9:15. Bryz stands on his head Oilers loose 3-0. Eakins finds the silver lining. Kids go out for pizza and pus*y after the game.

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#7 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 01:58PM
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Those lines are sooooooo sad, they're sucking the spirit out of me as I type this.

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#8 6 ring circus
December 21 2013, 10:31PM
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At least the game is on CBC so everyone else across the country can also see the great team Lowe has put together ,I'm sure glad he knows a thing or two about winning,can you imagine how bad this team would be if he hadn't won those 6 cups!!!

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#9 Butters
December 21 2013, 11:06PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Seems like Hall fails this character test. A no-show on After Hours. This is the bottom, finally. At least until we lose to Calgary next week, then THAT'S rock bottom.

The Oilers door was closed, they were wither getting reamed out be Eakens, or more likely, it was Secret Santa gift exchange night.

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#10 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 10:49PM
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I think Rexall is a nice enough arena for an AHL team

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#11 tileguy
December 21 2013, 02:01PM
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vetinari wrote:

I read the first tweet that said "4-93-14" and thought that they were quoting our record...

Lol. I'm still going to watch the game though and look for moral victories.

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#12 Primo
December 21 2013, 10:51PM
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As a Flames fan what really upsets me is that the Oilers are going to be in serious serious contention for the McDavid sweepstakes in 2015. All that outstanding 1st overall talent going to the Oilers year in and year out. What a shame as there are more and more shattered dreams for great young players.

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#13 Spaz
December 21 2013, 11:50PM
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I was down the aisle from the jersey tosser, very tempting to follow his example but like a true Oiler I must confess I lacked the conviction to make the 'right play'.

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#14 FireKLowe
December 21 2013, 10:36PM
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Can't wait to read how Willis and the other EJ homies try to put lipstick on this pig tomorrow. I'm sure they'll find a couple of positive stats to share.

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#15 bwar
December 21 2013, 10:43PM
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Should have just turned the tv off and punched myself in the dick. Would have been painless compared to that beat down I just witnessed.

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#16 Rod from Viking
December 21 2013, 11:07PM
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Some fan had enough and threw his $200.00 jersey on the ice and they just showed it on HNIC, thar should get some attention across the sport hi-lights across North America. (I hope) What was K-Lowe texting? Darryl get carrot top ready for the draft probably picking top 2,by the way who does he want us to pick?

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#17 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 03:35PM
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I'm sorry you got traded to such a crappy team Perron. It must really suck

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#18 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 10:53PM
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@Primo

As a lifelong Oilers fan, I agree.

Agreeing with a Flames fan - folks, I have discovered rock bottom.

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#19 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 21 2013, 11:47PM
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Man that was a close game. We almost had them.

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#20 EP
December 22 2013, 12:14AM
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Smokey wrote:

Jersey on the ice should send a message loud and clear. Think its a sad message.

Clean house. Let's start the rebuild.

To a sports franchise, having jersey thrown on the ice should be equivalent to having the Canadian flag touching the ground. Unfortunately, management will shrug it off and do nothing about it. At least they're consistent.

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#21 Oilergasm
December 22 2013, 01:14AM
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I am ready to be trashed for this, but whatever.

Maybe its time to think about trading one of the young "untouchables" for some dependable depth. Some sort of a 1 for 3 deal consisting of solid bottom 6 FWD's and 3,4,5 D.

I hate to live in the past but how bad was the Stoll/Greene for Visnovsky trade. At the time I was a huge fan of the deal, but the stability that those two bring and have proven in deep playoff runs in LA after the '06 run.

Ever since Stoll and Greene have been gone we've been searching for adequate replacements, mostly for Stoll (Belanger, Fraser, Smithson) and Greene (Fistric, Peckham, Sutton)

The 2013 version of replacements seem to actually be almost holding their own (Ference and Gordon) but the rest of the depth is horrendous, Jones isn't what he was a few years ago and even in his prime he was a fringe NHLer, Hordichuk, Eager, MacIntyre, Gazdic, Joensuu all showing why they've ended up in the butthole of the NHL.

Lars Eller saying the "Oilers play like a junior team" might actually be a backhanded compliment because none of these guys could play in junior either.

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#22 Sir Lurks Alot
December 22 2013, 07:50AM
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Huge props goes out to the fan that threw his jersey onto the ice. We should have a facebook group, and encourage one person to throw on a jersey every game for the rest of the year.

I'm 100% convinced until Kevin Lowe is fired, nothing will change. If I was Lowe, i'd step down. It's embarassing for everyone involved.

People on here keep saying we need a big d man and a few 3rd and 4th liners. Our top 2 lines aren't even close to good enough. If it was just our d and 3rd and 4th line guys that were the problem we wouldn't get shutout this many times.

I love Eberle, but i'd trade him first. Calls out players on his team and is soft with the puck and refuses to shoot. HIs first year he started to believe he was better than he is. Hall, Nuge and Perron would be the only people I wouldn't trade right now.

Gagner, stop chewing on your mouthguard, you're not Patrick Kane, you may as well be his cab driver.

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#23 Rick Stroppel
December 21 2013, 02:18PM
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SOMEBODY HAS TO TELL THE TRUTH!

Puzzle me this. That stunt the referees pulled on Eakins in the last game, do you think they would do the same thing with Ken Hitchcock?

In the eighties the Ghermezian family built three huge mansions in the west end, connected underground by tunnels. Those mansions are now occupied by the Three Unwise Men: Katz, Lowe and McTavish. They do not mix with the outside world. They are ensconced in their urban compound.

A small lake which does not have an inlet of fresh water will soon become a stinky swamp.

Why hasn't the braintrust brought in a coach like Hitchcock, Crawford, or somebody else with HC experience at the NHL level? Why do they hire rookies like Krueger and Eakins? Because they do want anyone to challenge their notions about how to build a competitive NHL team. They have it all figured out already.

The suffering has to end. Civil unrest is imminent. You have to give Eakins the balance of the season, but if there is no major improvement between now and then, I think you need to replace him with a PROVEN NHL coach.

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#24 Jay
December 21 2013, 09:10PM
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Hallsy's on after hours tonight? That's gonna cut into his Bar time. Hope ebs and gang waits for him

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#25 Serious Gord
December 21 2013, 10:19PM
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In these six latest games the oil has been out scored 23 - 6.

The blues never even had to play their typical game tonight to win easily.

The focus IMO really should now be on the cgy game on the 27.

If the oil come up with a lackluster performance and yet another loss, Eakins should be fired before 2014 dawns.

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#26 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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The biggest winner in the Paajarvi/Perron trade was not the Oilers. The biggest winner in that trade was Mangus himself, he is no longer in the black hole of the NHL.

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#27 Hockey fan 1976
December 21 2013, 10:25PM
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KBlow was on his cell phone texting " all good Katzy, arena was sold out, men these and are suckers eh? What you want for Christmas anyways?"

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#28 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 10:45PM
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I broke down and bought tickets to the Oil/Jets game a few weeks ago. I literally feel like I betrayed the rest of the fan base by supporting this team.

Katz and Klowne's Stupendous Six Ring Circus. Hey Lowe, I think I have a question or two about winning for you.

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#29 Brian
December 21 2013, 10:35PM
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Not 1 goal. Jesus H. What a pathetic team. Be proud, 6rings, be very proud. You and your Boys on the Bus blow. Now just F Off.

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#30 Zamboni Driver
December 21 2013, 10:40PM
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FireKLowe wrote:

Can't wait to read how Willis and the other EJ homies try to put lipstick on this pig tomorrow. I'm sure they'll find a couple of positive stats to share.

YES

That will be the positive. Finding out what Boyd Gordon's save percentage will be.

Because non-goalies have save percentages, you know.

It's a VERY important stat! And it is too a real thing. It's ADVANCED, even.

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#31 Zamboni Driver
December 21 2013, 11:02PM
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@**

Apparently a fan tossed his jersey on the ice after the game.

Wonder if Six Cups was paying attention?

Probably not.

It's a process......

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#32 Quicksilver ballet
December 22 2013, 01:50AM
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Life is hell without a couple top pairing blueliners, and a decent 2nd line center.

This isn't the players problem, this just exposes a weak management group. Serious Gord hit the nail on the head when he mentioned the total arrogance in ownership and management. The losing culture starts right there.

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#33 Quicksilver ballet
December 21 2013, 04:35PM
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Despite the fact he's having his best season to date, I'm sure Perron would give anything to be seated on the visitors bench this night with his former brothers.

Oilers outclassed across the board tonight, outworked, outhit, outdesired and outcoached. Not even going to watch the game.

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#34 Oilergasm
December 22 2013, 03:24AM
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When are we going to finally send Yakupov to the AHL? I remember both Perry and Getzlaf being in a similar funk and going down to the AHL and it turned things around for them big time.

On a side note, I just looked up the 2003 draft and it really makes me pissed off to be an Oiler fan, good choice taking Marc-Antoine Chicken, but at least he wasn't the worst pick... Robert Nilsson and Shawn Belle both went in the first round. HAHA!

The only worse player was Hugh Jessiman... maybe that's the next Oiler FA target, at least he's 6'6.

It's funny just stumbled on an old article on the Perry for Comrie no deal, just another reason to question how Kevin Lowe is not sitting next to Mike Milbury on the hot stove. What a meatball!

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#35 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 08:07PM
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Why are the Oilers like grizzly bears? Every fall they go into hibernation.

What do a fine wine and the Edmonton Oilers have in common? They both spend a lot of time in the cellar, cost too much and are only enjoyed on select occasions

Why did the Post Office recall their latest stamps? They had pictures of Oilers players on them and people couldn't figure out which side to spit on.

What do you get when you combine all 23 Edmonton Oilers with 23 lesbians? Fourty-Six people that dont do di(k!

Whats the difference between the Edmonton Oilers and a mosquito? A mosquito stops sucking.

What's the most amazing thing about the Oilers website? The fact that they were able to string 3 w's in a row

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#36 Greg the Hammer Valentine
December 21 2013, 10:20PM
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Remember in The Godfather, that scene when Michael Corleone negociates with Moe Green for the casino? It ends with the famous "don't ever take sides with someone against the family" line. During that scene, Fredo Corleone has a very particular look on his face. It's a mix of anger, fear and utter stupidity. That's the stare! The Dallas Eakins stare! I knew I had seen it before, I just couldn't remember from where. Look it up on You tube.

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#37 FireKLowe
December 21 2013, 10:26PM
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How is it that the Oilers never went after a local guy like Ken Hitchcock? Oh wait, he's not a former Oiler ... Got it!

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#38 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 10:27PM
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I think I'll start following the Blues. Good coaching, speed, size, goaltending and defence. Plus Maggie and lots of cap space! Completely outclassed us without even trying. What a well run organization!! Katz can move this crap to Seattle for all I care!

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#39 Dissapointed
December 21 2013, 10:36PM
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Done for real. My only interest in watching this team is to see how bad it can get. It's like watching Michael Bay destroy the Transformers franchise. Or the unraveling of Michael Jackson. What a purely pathetic display of ineptitude this has become. As a brainwashed 3 year old from '79-80 to now, I am calling it quits. Shame on you Lowe. Shame on you.

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#40 Harry
December 21 2013, 10:54PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

I broke down and bought tickets to the Oil/Jets game a few weeks ago. I literally feel like I betrayed the rest of the fan base by supporting this team.

Katz and Klowne's Stupendous Six Ring Circus. Hey Lowe, I think I have a question or two about winning for you.

BOYCOTT REXALL

BOYCOTT ALL THINGS OILERS.

And if you.dont ypur part of the problem

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#41 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 21 2013, 02:07PM
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tileguy wrote:

Lol. I'm still going to watch the game though and look for moral victories.

I've downgraded even further....now just hoping for molar victories...where all our players finish the game with all their teeth.

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#42 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 08:29PM
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The powerplay is truly a spectacular thing to watch. Every time I think it can't get any worse, the Oilers prove me wrong.

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#43 merfer
December 21 2013, 10:19PM
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I'll bet those beers will taste extra good for the boys tonight considering they were still in the game after the first period. I'm sure Gordon wishes he stayed in Phoenix. This just gross already.

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#44 Walter Sobchak
December 21 2013, 10:10PM
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Eakins is a moron! Absolutely over his head in the NHL. Rewards & punishes the wrong players, ridicules.

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#45 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 10:23PM
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.!..FIRE EAKINS..!.

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#46 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 10:47PM
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How much money is it gonna cost me to build them a new arena to play in again?

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#47 Harry
December 21 2013, 11:02PM
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After the game someone threw their toilet paper I mean jersey on the ice.

WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE

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#48 mlcselli
December 22 2013, 06:00AM
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When a fan throws his jersey on the ice in frustration after another blow-out, that speaks volumes. CBC made sure the nation was made aware if it, and good for them. Now I'm just waiting for any one of the geniuses upstairs to address it. Think I'll be waiting a long time. No balls Lowe will have the muzzles on the his subordinates. That will just be another elephant in the room we're not supposed to notice.

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#49 oasis
December 22 2013, 10:11AM
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I think its time for Fan Protests. It's the only way this management will finally get the message. I just don't see people not going to games as a sign of protest. I think we need to embarrass the Oiler management.

1. Paper bags on heads 2. Oiler jerseys turned inside out 3. Maybe somebody down in the golds should take a white Oiler jersey and pull a Rodger Neilson or something

I don't know, but this fanbase has to do something to get the attention of Oiler management and get the message out that we are tired of being crapped on.

I am a Kansas City Chief fan and last year I donated a fair amount of money to help fly a plane over the stadium demanding change and that the GM be fired. He was. They came in and cleaned house. New GM, New Coaches, New Co-ordinators everybody. Not a shuffling of the deck chairs like we get here in ol Edmo.

I think something similar has to happen here, except K Lowe should be the target.

8 years of Season tickets and I have probably watched a handful of somewhat meaningful games. I am disgusted with this Oiler management. Trash me all you want, I don't care. I guess I am probably just dreaming if I expect anything to change. Rant OVER, for now.

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#50 FireKLowe
December 21 2013, 05:15PM
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I feel sorry for Perron. Poor guy got traded to this mickey mouse club from a contender.

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