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, 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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#101 Spaz
December 21 2013, 05:44PM
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Going to the $#%# show tonight but a silver lining watching HNIC early game - we didn't give David Clarkson 7+million dollars.

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#102 Rheal1
December 21 2013, 06:18PM
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Krueger must be super happy not to be part of this horrible organization. Smid, Horcoff, Omark & LaBarbera as well. Horcoff looks very happy & productive in Dallas. This is Oil country!!!!!!!! This team sucks!!! Eakins sucks!!!! His assistant coaches suck!!!! This team will lose again this evening by a few goals, ONLY because the cosmonaut is in net. BTW Eakins decision to go with DD in net last game proves he is INCOMPETENT.

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#103 madjam
December 21 2013, 07:27PM
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Smid was a contract dump just like Horcoff . If gagner doesn't improve vastly , I believe he'll be next and probably with little in return once again . Peron a nice deal for us . Gordon and Ference (two valueable pieces) overpayment offset by luckily not getting Clarkson . Have to wonder if we had kept Nurse on board if our results would be better at this stage.

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#104 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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#105 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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#106 Reg Dunlop
December 21 2013, 08:29PM
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Win or lose, the oil, through the 1st 10 minutes, have looked like I thought they would at the start of the year. It's like they finally tried the blue pills and gave up the red ones. GO OIL.

Oh oh, I spoke too soon.

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#107 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 08:53PM
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David Perron will one day coach in the NHL.

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#108 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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#109 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 09:16PM
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Eberle couldn't hit a soccer net with one of his PP shots.

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#110 Zamboni Driver
December 21 2013, 09:16PM
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Honestly, people who think commentators (and referees for that matter) "hate" the Oilers really need to a) give head a shake; b) Understand just how bad it is having to listen to Debrusk and Stauffer doing 'colour commentary'.

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#111 Zamboni Driver
December 21 2013, 09:23PM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Debrusk is especially horrible. Stauffer did okay on the play by play the other night, I think that might be his true calling.

Hrudey is just crappy behind a microphone, he constantly stumbles over his words and you end up with half formed sentences that make no sense. It makes him sound like an oaf.

I agree with that. Liked Hrudey in the studio, not so much in the booth. Can't see him getting a ticket to Mister Rogers' neighbourhood.

Debrusk is an embarrassment - I understand what his paycheque says, but from time to time, when a team finishes at the bottom of the league, it is okay to mention a 'booboo' or two by one of the players. Listening to Debrusk everyone wearing god-awful orange and blue is destined for the Hall of Fame.

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#112 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 09:24PM
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@RexHolez

Hey come on now, let's not get carried away. I don't like Hrudey, but no one's THAT bad at it.

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#113 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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#114 Reg Dunlop
December 21 2013, 09:39PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Man, St. Louis is good.

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

Yep, a top 5 team, they would be a cup contender if the Kings and Hawks were not on the same side of the draw. Tonight, if the oil don't get shut out it will constitute another moral victory.

Off topic, is it possible that the oil are trying to maximize Bryz' value, fully intending to trade him by the deadline? Nothing but glowing comments, no sideshow. Our best shot at Ekblad is to have DD between the pipes.

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#115 Arius Mumin
December 21 2013, 09:58PM
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OMG!the effort by the Oilers 1st line on that last goal was a #@$%ing joke!

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#116 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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#117 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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#118 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 10:09PM
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You could clearly hear a Blue there saying 'What are you gonna do huh? What are you gonna do?' Out hit, out played, just straight up out gamed.

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#119 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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#120 @Oilanderp
December 21 2013, 10:16PM
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Gazdic, Perron, Potter penalties seem to have gotten themselves.

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#121 Jay
December 21 2013, 10:18PM
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@Robfra50

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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#122 He Who Knows
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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Everytime the oilers suck the life out of me, I watch this press conference for a good laugh. Kevin Lowe cracks me up.

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#123 @Oilanderp
December 21 2013, 10:21PM
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Whaaaat the.............

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#124 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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#125 The War Amp Champ
December 21 2013, 10:28PM
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Well I figured out how to win in Edmonton!!! All you have to do is play for the other team!! Good old 6 rings really has taken the soilers to a whole new level of suckcess. Can't wait for 2016 when good old Rodger invites us to his place where we can pay double to watch such awesome hockey. #rebuild year 15 and counting

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#126 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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#127 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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#128 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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#129 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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#130 Oilcruzer
December 21 2013, 10:46PM
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Fank wrote:

Imagine paying to watch the Oilers.

Does management actually get a pay check?

Some of us don't have to imagine too hard.

I might bring paper bags on Monday.

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#131 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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#132 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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#133 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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#134 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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#135 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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#136 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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#137 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
December 21 2013, 11:17PM
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@FIREEAKINS

HA, I saw that too. Watch out guys, it might explode and get ink on you. That stuff is a pain to get off, y'know.

JW should set an ON record for shortest article ever tomorrow.

"Wow. Just, wow." And nothing more need be said.

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#138 The War Amp Champ
December 21 2013, 11:28PM
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Could someone ask Ferrence to knock out Petry and that Potter before the jets game please and thanks

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#139 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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#140 Oasis
December 21 2013, 11:40PM
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Oilcruzer wrote:

Some of us don't have to imagine too hard.

I might bring paper bags on Monday.

I have been thinking about paper bags for weeks. It's TIME !

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#141 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 21 2013, 11:51PM
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If we keep playing like that the rest of the season, we should make playoffs easily.

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#142 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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#143 Drowning in Oil
December 22 2013, 12:48AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

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?

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!!!

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#144 TeddyTurnbuckle
December 22 2013, 12:54AM
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@Rod from Viking

That's a good one. I laughed pretty hard.

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#145 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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#146 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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#147 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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#148 Ed in PV
December 22 2013, 05:31AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

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?

This team through the 1st 38 games are the worst in Oil history.

Willis, I think you should start a game by game chart showing how the Oil are tracking against the worst teams in NHL history. I wonder if they have a chance to be the worst of all time?

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#149 michael
December 22 2013, 05:32AM
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No disappointment from this cat.Went to be bed expecting a 3-0 shut out. Woke up. 6-0.

Expectations exceeded. Does not take a PHD to figure out where the Oilers need to improve.Need bigger heavier Dmen, and Forwards on their 3rd and 4 th lines who are willing to get dirty.

ST Louis has a plethora of these guys and a coach with more experience in his thumbnail than Eakins has total. Hitch was going to make the Oil look brutal and he did.

Eakins only need look at who is kicking his ass coaching wise to see how little he knows and open his mind to the possibility that he does not know everything. The more I watch the team.The more I see how much further we have to go both on and off the ice.

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#150 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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