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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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, 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 #Six Rings
December 21 2013, 09:37PM
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@Zamboni Driver

Notice how all five Blues players support the puck in the d zone? Notice how all the Blues players on the ice forecheck like mad?

You've probably also noticed there are no Blues players cheating for offense, waiting around at the blue line and hoping someone else will do the hard work of retrieving the puck.

That's what a real NHL team looks like.

It's depressing because the Oilers are light years from being remotely close to consistently competent, never mind that level of quality.

*Sigh*

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#52 S cottV
December 22 2013, 12:22AM
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I really can't see Eakins getting through this.

It's so bad - and while much is self inflicted, you gotta feel for him.

The player group is disillusioned by his and the organizations leadership. They have lost faith in the cause and it is probably time for a major change.

MacT should not have put Eakins in this position. It was a mistake.

I really think MacT is going to have fire Eakins and put himself squarely in the line of fire by getting behind the bench to get this thing reasonably back on the rails thru the remainder of the year. He should fire Acton and put Messier on the bench as an Associate.

While not a big fan of the "boys on the bus" hold on this organization, I think this may be the best short term play for them to make.

Something has to give...

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#53 Serious Gord
December 22 2013, 12:29AM
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Hey Jonathon: here's a blog post topic for you:

Just looking at the stats for the year compared to the worst year ever for the oil 92-93 when they got 60 pts in 84 games

This year they are on track to easily shatter that record.

At 25 in 38 they are in track for 54 points in 82 (or 55 in 84).

But wait!! It gets worse:

In 92-93 there was no OT/SO point. Therefore were they playing using the old system they would have only 7 regulation wins and 4 more ties and thus only 21 points in 38 games.

Using the old system they are on track to get 45 in 82 or 46/47 in 84.

That's 25% worse than the worstest the oil has ever ever been before.

Just to get back to tying for being the worst team in oilers history they are going to have to have a playoff level winning percentage for the remainder of the season.

Just seems impossible that nothing will be done if the oil lose to cgy on the 27th. Is there another organization in all of pro sport that would not terminate its coach at such a juncture - especially in light of the promises the organization made during the off season?

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#54 Alsker
December 21 2013, 08:11PM
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vetinari wrote:

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

Definitely worth reposting this!!!!!!

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#55 Zamboni Driver
December 21 2013, 09:28PM
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Man, St. Louis is good.

They're absolutely toying with the Oilers. Playing an entirely different game.

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#56 Reg Dunlop
December 21 2013, 10:12PM
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The oil are a completely beaten and demoralized team, just like their fanbase.

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#57 Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)
December 21 2013, 10:49PM
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@Jordan Nugent-Hallkins

Maybe I'll see you at the Jets game as I'm also going.....though my loyalties because I'm originally from Winnipeg will be with the Jets....trash me if you want LOL.....though good times for sure!

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#58 FIREEAKINS
December 21 2013, 11:04PM
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Is this the third or forth 6 game loosing streak of the season? Starting to lose count...very, very sad. At this point I'm just disappointed in the team. That's all. Don't care anymore, I'll be back when Eakins is fired and 2014-2015 season rolls around. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night and new year.

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#59 The Real Scuba Steve
December 22 2013, 07:02AM
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Too bad none of the Edmonton media will not show the jersey on the ice. CFRN skip it, only TSN and SPORTS NET did.

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#60 Bryzarro World
December 22 2013, 07:43AM
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Nowuknow wrote:

Amen

You hit the bail on the head!!!! Skinny Bob is a good example of money can buy a person. He used to dump on oilers management group when he used to work for the other people in the past. Now he is sucking up to Kathy and her group.

You mean slobbering Bob? I stopped listening to that fart catcher a long time ago. I can't stand listening to him drown in his own saliva. SWALLOW FFS

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#61 Zamboni Driver
December 21 2013, 10:29PM
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FireKLowe wrote:

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!

Great questions.

I can only guess that it's because he wouldn't do what he's told. And only has one cup!!

So doesn't know enough about winning, if that were ever a question.

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#62 merfer
December 21 2013, 10:38PM
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Belov is just lost out there. I guarantee you won't hear a word from the Oiler management. They are just as chicken sh$t as a lot of oiler players. Time for the management to stand up like men and take some blame for this disgrace and help take some heat off these guys. A simple apology to the fans would be a start. This is just sick.

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#63 Freewheeling Freddie
December 21 2013, 10:54PM
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Folks this team will be part of oiler history they will end up with the lowest point totals !992 93 we had 60 points no way in hell will this team get 60 points. The management is a complete joke. Why would any player want to play here? One positive we will be in the Connor Mcdavid sweepstakes. There is absolutely no hope now or in the future. Daryl please go to Seattle. Maybe then we could have a competent owner. We are the laughing stock of the hockey world. Cant blame the coach or the players this is all on the the useless management team .Merry Christmas

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#64 Dallylamma
December 21 2013, 11:02PM
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tileguy wrote:

Did I hear the 50/50 draw being announced with 3 minuets left in the game? I guess thats one way to keep fans in their seats a bit longer, lol. Optics were not that good with all those empty seats on the national broadcast.

Speaking of optics...a fan threw his sweater on the ice at the end of the game...I guess someone forgot this to tell him that he's supposed to be patient and have faith in old Six Ring's plans.

http://i.imgur.com/k0SFAry.jpg

edited because words

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#65 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 21 2013, 02:55PM
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"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."

Like dumping smid for nothing in a panic move cause he was worried about his cap space/contract limit/BOLD trade, take your pick.

Signing an old, career backup to make Dubnyk better.

Signing Grebs and telling us he was here early to get in shape then told us he needed to be sent to OKC to get in shape.

Signing the best available D-Man, that he personally scouted, from the KHL who, certainly not awful, has not lived up to the hype of working towards a Russian Olympic spot.

Full credit for picking up Perron (not a steal because it was a Blues salary dump and he was first in line)

Did dump the Horc contract

Fired a coach he helped hire to bring in Eakins who right now looks like he conned the BS'er. In the name of halting turnover in the coaching position. Perhaps too early to tell with Eakins but certainly does not look like an NHL coach.

MacT cannot recognize talent nor can he develop it. He has no idea what substance is but he certainly knows how to talk like he does.

Looking forward to his contract extension

Six Rings and counting....

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#66 Oilers4ever
December 21 2013, 10:32PM
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Hope their asses are booed right to the damn parking lot... hell to their homes. Yheir lucky I am not their coach. 30 minute bag skate right after the game... while the blues are still there. Embarass the crap out of them. They deserve it with the number of embarrassments they've done at home this year.

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#67 Brian
December 21 2013, 10:53PM
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Lowetide will interview some pajama clad 20 year old from Newfoundland who will point out that Horsey looks good , Box Cars are full of Hobos, NHL Equivalency does not exist in Edmonton. And Bruce "Yawn" McCurdy will wake up long enough to say that a #1 D Man is needed.

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#68 tileguy
December 21 2013, 10:53PM
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Did I hear the 50/50 draw being announced with 3 minuets left in the game? I guess thats one way to keep fans in their seats a bit longer, lol. Optics were not that good with all those empty seats on the national broadcast.

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#69 FIREEAKINS
December 21 2013, 11:14PM
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"Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins showed some frustration out on the ice during morning skate today. While explaining a drill, he got flustered and end up throwing his sharpie as a result.

It was no big deal, said Eakins" -Oilers App

He threw his sharpie! Way to show them! Good on you buddy! All sarcasm. Eakins is actually a pretty funny joke.

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#70 DoubleDIon
December 22 2013, 01:31AM
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Yakupov had 9 minutes of ice time today. Good on Eakins. Too bad he can't bench everyone who is sloppy defensively and doesn't give effort. Gadzic, Hall, Ference, Perron and Jones can't play all 60 minutes. Eberle is good at calling out his teammates. Too bad his play doesn't speak for him.

Fun fact: Yakupov is on pace to shatter the worst +/- since 1976 even playing extremely sheltered minutes. I wonder if you could get a top 4 defenseman for him? I'd trade him now if you could. The problem is he's the worst player in the entire league despite his potential and I doubt anyone wants to give up much for him.

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#71 Nowuknow
December 22 2013, 02:16AM
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Drowning in Oil wrote:

You make to much sense. I am fairly certain Mac T will not admit his failure and he will use the "CONTINUITY" card to justify his mistake. This team is a train wreck........ the best thing any of us can do is just ignore the Oiler propaganda lead by that know it all Stauffer and just continue to hound this team until change comes. If we stop hounding them, the tunnel will just get longer and darker!!!

Amen

You hit the bail on the head!!!! Skinny Bob is a good example of money can buy a person. He used to dump on oilers management group when he used to work for the other people in the past. Now he is sucking up to Kathy and her group.

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#72 Czar
December 21 2013, 01:44PM
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After the Perron trade no one in the Blues organization is taking calls from MacT.

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#73 Dog Train
December 21 2013, 03:10PM
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That Gazdic-Gagner-Yakupov line is going to get eaten alive. Yikes.

Hard to see us having a chance in this one but the Oilers tend to play their best when they should get blown out on paper. I'll say 2-0 Blues. The players will have fun though and that's the most important thing.

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#74 **
December 21 2013, 08:39PM
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The refs are giving this game to St. Louis. Stop giving Edmonton power plays!!!!

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#75 Walter Sobchak
December 21 2013, 08:45PM
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I just love how Eakins new PP units looks just like the old one, I also especially like how great they pass the puck around the perimeter, and I'm guessing Eakins has told the 1st PP unit not to change for at least 1:40 seconds, no need to throw on that 2nd PP unit that's filled with new spare players out there.

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#76 Bubba
December 21 2013, 10:02PM
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3rd Goal equals why Hall and Olympics are never to occur.

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#77 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 10:02PM
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The line of Hemsky, Lander and Joensuu was doing good to begin the game. Then, Egins decided to put Gagner on the line instead of Lander and both lines disappeared.

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#78 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 10:06PM
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How do we apply to be dropped down to the AHL?

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#79 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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#80 Rod from Viking
December 21 2013, 11:52PM
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@Serious Gord

Don't always fully agree with you but your comment's on Ched were bang on, I hope Mac T is man enough to admit he F#*! up and correct his mistakes, this team has tuned out Eakins, a good start would be the assistant's shown the door, Mac T also made the comment that Eakin's could hire his own assistant's but hoped he wouldn't, that comment had Macro-management all over it.

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#81 **
December 22 2013, 12:18AM
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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all. I need a break from this Oilers misery. Read you after boxing day. Maybe I'll get a deal on a new flat screen where I can watch in smooth detail how the Oilers get pummeled night in and night out.

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#82 @Oilanderp
December 22 2013, 12:29AM
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Or....they could get the players to backcheck, stop cheating for offence, shoot the puck, and keep doing these things even when not immediately rewarded for their behaviour.

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#83 john
December 22 2013, 02:23AM
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Oilers were shut out 3 of last 5 games, scored 4 goals in 5 games. Fire that clown Eakins, he is not doing the team any good. A fan threw a Jersey into the ice after the game, fans have had enough of this crap. Bring in an established coach to run the team. Eakins threw out old Oilers great photos and replaced them with the young guns photos. It's not working they have no identity, it's a shamed to be shut out that many games in a season. Shoot the damn pucks from anywhere all over the ice and it will go in. Look at the Blues 2 goals went in when they shot the pucks towards the net. Wake up boys, we had enough of this craps.

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#84 brad
December 22 2013, 06:23AM
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We should all mail our jerseys back to the team head office that would send a huge message! I'm up for it... anyone else. Worth making a facebook page for too to get the word out that enough is enough!!

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#85 6 ring circus
December 22 2013, 09:50AM
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Lowe better be careful,if he is caught inside Rexal , some fans might get together and throw him onto the ice!!!!

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#86 tileguy
December 21 2013, 01:59PM
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94-27-57 is the second scoring line, yikes! or is it 6-51-83? double yikes!!

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#87 RexHolez
December 21 2013, 08:27PM
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When CBC has to air an Oilers game do they change the name from "Hockey Night in Canada" to "Waste of a Night in Canada"?

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#88 Jay
December 21 2013, 10:18PM
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I think players, fans, management, media are all alcoholics by now. Wish the lockout neverended! We were almost a playoff team down in the AHL

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#89 Hockey fan 1976
December 21 2013, 10:39PM
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Anyone who thinks Oilers won the trade with St. Louis, maybe should watch the smirk and smiles on their bench tonight. They were literally making fun of the Coilers tonight. Marcus is thanking his fu$;.@ stars he got traded to an actual contender and Perron is wondering what the hell he ever did to deserve this crap. Wow. Just garbage!!!

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#90 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 10:50PM
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@Robert (AKA Hockey Fan)

I'm tempted to cheer for the damn Jets myself...

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#91 Butters
December 21 2013, 11:05PM
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Which one of you threw your Oiler sweater on the ice after the game?

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#92 hemi
December 22 2013, 04:25AM
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Pretty much a done deal, the fans have had enough. Perhaps the Jersey tossing incident will be the last straw for the owning turning a blind eye to a very poorly managed team. Edmonton does not deserve this crap.

This is the first year that I have never bought anything (playing cards to Jerseys)Oiler related. I actually felt bad about it first but now I feel okay with it. No longer will this clown show known as the Mighty Oil will have any of my money.

It has taken me years to get to this point and it may take years (if at all) to reverse my negativity toward my once beloved Oilers.

The players, the coaches, the management and the owner are all responsible for this. I salute every Oil fan whom has had to put up with this garbage for as long as you have.

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#93 Walter Sobchak
December 21 2013, 05:47PM
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MacTavish is a fool himself, this team was better under Ralph Krueger, he (Krueger) almost got them into the playoffs despite being decimated down the middle and arguable a worse defense, all while having to play only the harder Western conference teams.

This team has badly regressed this year; the team is the worst out of the 8 years of suck!! If MacTavish was so smart he wouldn’t have advertised so publically that he was going to trade Horcoff & Hemsky, if he was so smart he would have kept Horcoff.

Letting Horcoff go when you had no 4th line center & the 1st line center was out for an undetermined amount of time IS Tambellini .

Trading Smid for prospects when it’s clear that both your defense & size on defense are questionable at best is baffling and a damning indictment of this organization, especially when the Oiler could have drafted a goalie earlier in the year instead of trading one for one.

Smid would have gathered a hell of a lot more come the trade deadline with a team that needed a hard nose shot blocker.

The statistical player on defense that should have been traded was Schultz Sr yet, here he is still playing?

So far we have seen MacTavish fill holes in this organization with players that 29 other teams would have passed on.

The Oilers played the month of October & most of November with a 3rd & 4th line of AHL players?

We have witnessed MacTavish do nothing since to fix organizational needs, same as Tambellini!!

The one player that had any type of trade value prior to the season starting he gave an inflated contract to with a NTC? Now that player is struggling like we have never seen before and isn’t worth a puddle of piss.

Eakins has not worked out and is not better then Krueger so far, keeping him because the organization doesn’t want to look bad or not wanting to upset continuity, makes the organization look bad.

Trading for Peron was good, Peron is hell of a player, however he gave up a 2nd rounder that is going to be in between the 31st pick & 35th pick + Paajarvi.

In 5 years we might be saying that was a lot to give up, so while the Oilers are obviously benefitting now..... in 29th place with Peron for two more years....this team is nowhere near ready to compete after 8 years of failure which MacTavish was an original party of.

Lastly Gordon & Ference were decent signings,but they are depth players, and are being asked to play a bigger role then they should be playing on a worse team.

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#94 He Who Knows
December 21 2013, 07:00PM
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Daryl Katz, sell this team you jock sniffing fanboy stuck in the 80's. Get over guys like Lowe and Mac and those two phony assistant coaches. Clean house and hire professionals with managerial background. Eakins does not make sense.

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#95 @Oilanderp
December 21 2013, 08:53PM
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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.

My god man, the guy played in the best league in the world for I think 16 seasons. I know you're mad at your team but give your head a shake and have at least a little bit of respect. You are making the rest of us look bad.

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#96 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 09:23PM
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Egins is the dumbest coach in the NHL.

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#97 Fank
December 21 2013, 10:34PM
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Imagine paying to watch the Oilers.

Does management actually get a pay check?

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#98 Reg Dunlop
December 21 2013, 11:03PM
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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.

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#99 Kevin
December 21 2013, 11:34PM
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Hey Burke, Klowe here. I need to free up some cap space to sign Yaks to a $40million dollar contract plus I need to re up Symty. I have a hard nosed D-Man, lots of character- Laddy Smid. Do we have the making of a deal here ? Katz- enough is enough already- Stop this insanity !!

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#100 6 ring circus
December 22 2013, 12:44AM
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I think it would be a great gesture on Katz to refund season ticket holders money back , if the Oilers don't make the playoffs next year!!! At least he would know how the season ticket holders have been feeling these past 8 years ,supporting this team and having nothing to show for it, except for financial losses.

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