WHY DID WE HAVE ALL THESE KIDS, ANYWAY?

Lowetide
December 22 2013 10:12AM

We're almost 40 games in to this season, and the Edmonton Oilers are in a world of hurt. Nothing rhymes, the shooters aren't shooting, the defenders aren't defending, the goalies aren't stopping anything, and the fans are increasingly indifferent. WHAT can Craig MacTavish do? Aside from rescinding the Smid trade, there are a few things he can do.

PROBLEMS!

  1. Too many kids! This one is obvious. If we name all of the Oilers with less than 200 games NHL experience (Nuge, Yakupov, Justin Schultz, Petry, Arcobello, Belov, Larsen, Potter, Joensuu, Gazdic) it's almost half the roster.
  2. Too many kids in feature roles! Hell, Taylor Hall just passed 200 NHL games for crying out loud—and maybe that's the best way to frame this issue—there are too many kids in important roles. The entire 1line lacks experience, the top pairing many nights is Belov-Petry and the veterans (Ference and Nick Schultz) are overwhelmed.

INDIFFERENCE

The smart move for Craig MacTavish should be 'stay the course' and wait for a trade that makes sense. However, fan rage is giving way to indifference, and that's a very dangerous neighborhood for a sports franchise. I think the odds of Edmonton making a significant trade went way up last night, and the chances of seeing one of the gifted youngsters heading out of town rose with it.

Bold can be beautiful, but you better be right.

WHO'S GOING?

The 2014 1st rd pick, Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz, Jeff Petry and any combination of that group. I don't think they club moves Hall, Nuge or Eberle, and until last night would have included Yakupov on that list.

No longer. The die is cast.

WHO'S COMING IN?

Christian Ehrhoff, Brian Campbell, Dustin Byfgluien, a veteran defenseman who can play big minutes in all three disciplines.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

From the 2010 draft through MacT's arrival as GM, the Oilers were basically running in place, gathering talent. This next move—the bold one—is going to send away a significant piece of tomorrow for some sunshine today.

And Craig MacTavish has to make that deal with 29 jackals. Next stop, Pottersville.

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#2 The Real Scuba Steve
December 22 2013, 10:54AM
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I'm disappointed I really expected to see that jersey on the ice on the front page on The Sun or The Journal, What better image to send to Katz, What happens NOTHING! Every sports channel outside of Edmonton made remarks about it. In Edmonton nothing, all you writers in Oilernation have yet to comment about it. Does the Oiler WarMachine really have every media outlet in Edmonton by the balls?

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#3 Rheal1
December 22 2013, 10:19AM
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I wonder what MacT might be thinking now? "What the hell did I got myself into?" I wonder what Eakins might be thinking now? "I really miss my Marlies now". I wonder what Kevin Lowe might be thinking now? "We ought to auction that jersey that was thrown on the ice last night". I wonder what Katz might be thinking now? "Another $ell out la$t night!!!!!"

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#4 Greenlingj
December 22 2013, 10:16AM
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You don't trade 1st overall picks without having a full season under their belts.

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#5 Concur
December 22 2013, 10:28AM
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For the people that talk about the problem of bringing in Eakins. Eakins is the hire of MacT and the team was doing better under Kruger. People think that replacing Kruger was the problem. The real problem was replacing Tom Renney with Ralph Kruger. I don't want to knock Ralph Kruger, but the for the people that talk about consistency, this is where it was lost for me.

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#6 Slanto
December 22 2013, 10:21AM
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Find someone with a set and some drive to fill that jersey tossed onto the ice. It's almost time for scorched earth from the top down. I don't even care anymore....trade every single one of them just don't send them to the Canucks.

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#7 -30-
December 22 2013, 10:27AM
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Why trade out of desperation?

Expect the Oil to stink the joint out. Expect #1 draft picks to get their feathers ruffled.

Aren't we really FOUR years into the actual rebuild. Pittsburgh, Chicago and LA all took longer than four years to rebuild.

Do something hasty and you hurt the product down the road.

Wait until the trade deadline. Deal if it's there and then again wait until the draft and see what is available.

Doing a trade out of desperation almost never works. MacT hasn't even been on the job a year yet.

This is like saying something you don't mean in an argument and then having to take it back afterward. They don't offer refunds in trades.

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#8 Rheal1
December 22 2013, 10:30AM
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A rookie GM hired a rookie head coach. Either the rookie GM forbid the rookie head coach to fire the assistants or the rookie head coach was too green to hire his own assistants. Bottom line is that it snow balled from there... What to do? Trade(s)? No. The fingers are pointed solely at the development staff & the assistants.

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#9 Brian
December 22 2013, 11:56AM
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For God's sake, run Bushberger and Own Goal Smith the hell out of here and get some assistants who can actually assist. This fiasco is not all on Eakins as he has no qualified help. The cronyism is sickening and Lowe's lap dogs need to be put down.

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#10 D
December 22 2013, 10:35AM
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A trade right now would be selling low and I hope that the Oil resist the temptation. If fan indifference is becoming an issue, then the owner should step in and address the fan indifference.

But to start moving pieces that took years of bad hockey to acquire would essentially convey that all those years were a mistake, and that might be even worse from a fan perspective.

This team used to be able to find the Jason Smith's of the world with a lot less talented team on the ice and ownership with fewer resources. Are we conceding that the Oilers cannot do that anymore?

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#11 Oilers42
December 22 2013, 10:39AM
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I wouldn't trade any of those guys you listed including the 2014 pick IMO Yak has been one of the only players that is actually trying but Eakins continues to give him the Kadri treatment

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#12 Concur
December 22 2013, 10:22AM
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This all started with Tambo, the word 'rebuild' was used and the concept of losing was deemed 'ok'. Losing is never OK. If losing happens, deal with but do not plan for and expect it. That was a loser vision from the start. The losing atmosphere was probably here before the number one overall because the team was performing terribly thus the need for a 'rebuild'.

MacT has inherited this losing atmosphere and it should have never been here. The objective of the team is to win. It doesn't matter that they had to turn over half the roster back in 2009. But not having a bar set and a plan set for your number one(s) to learn and grow was a terrible strategy. They team needs to be better now just like MacT said at the start of the season.

A trade is coming...

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#13 Serious Gord
December 22 2013, 10:23AM
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There could not be a worse time to make a trade. Lack of Oilers negotiating strength And mgmt desperation make it so.

If Katz really cares about this teams future he should prohibit any trades until the deadline is close.

That said, fans are rightfully demanding blood/change. And something needs to happen to take the heat off of these young players.

Thus Lowetide the correct thing to do is fire one or more of those in management. And the best choice - the one that keeps the wolves at bay the best is KLOwe. That you did not begin this post - the first one after the abomination of last night makes your position as an unbiased (read: not a lapdog for management) commenter suspect in my eyes at least.

And it's high time you make the same gesture as the jersey thrower and abandon the moniker Lowetide.

Now that would send a message...

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#14 Sevenseven
December 22 2013, 11:43AM
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Can anyone sell me tickets to tomorrows game? I really want to get a fire Kevin Lowe chant going and throw my jersey on the ice too. Maybe it's time to "rebuild" management, then do the team on the ice. Is it the rookie gm's fault? Is it the rookie head coaches fault? The scouts fault? The assistant coaches fault? Maybe, just maybe, it's the fault of the guy who orchestrated this mess. Six rings.

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#15 Slanto
December 22 2013, 10:27AM
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We need a partnership with a liquor store chain where they offer a steep discount to anyone flying full Oiler kit just to have a good reason to wear full Oiler kit. Have it prorated to how badly our team gets killed. 6-0 shutout on home ice=50% off and a free slap back to reality.

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#16 Taylor Gang
December 22 2013, 10:28AM
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Position of strength: skilled wingers who can* score.

Position of weakness: everywhere else

Solution: Time to make a trade

*I say can score VERY cautiously

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#17 Btk2222
December 22 2013, 11:37AM
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Come on Conner McDavid and Arron Ekblad and just save this team already.

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#18 rob
December 22 2013, 12:30PM
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I took my 6 year old son to his first hockey game last night,drove from spruce grove in minus 25,paid 12 bucks for parking,6.50 for pizza,5 something for a pop,5 something for popcorn,8.25 for a beer but through all of this showed up for a hockey game,to bad the oilers did not!

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#19 Zamboni Driver
December 22 2013, 10:38AM
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I would say the axe at least should fall on Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger. A REAL NHL coach should be brought in to help.

I actually think this won't change much as I'm quite sure Smith and especially Buchberger contribute nothing, but it would be a demonstration that the 'braintrust' knows that something is, in fact, wrong.

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#20 Cam
December 22 2013, 10:45AM
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Great article LT,

Sad to say but I'm almost happy to see them lose at this point. Maybe the whole Tambellini experience helped condition us to think that the only way changes will be made is for us to tank. I'm a fan of the teman since I was 5 in 78', so it's with remorse I admit that. As soon as the 'Rake' left town, Spacek, Bergeron... And the C's in Marty, Jarret, and Michael the problem was created. No defense coupled with lack of strength up the middle spells DONE. I know you have respect for KLowe as a citizen and former Defender, but I do believe his failure to adress the issues will forever mark him in this town. It has to be terribly uncomfortable for him whenever Big D calls... Hard to put lipstick on this pig. Whatever happens I hope they hang onto Belov and Larssen. I don't think the big Russian has been given near enough credit for what he's come into here. No NHL experience, and barely any camp. I think he's a depth defender on many good teams in this league. Larssen might be just what we don't need at times given his lack o size and grit... But I remember a smart man by the name of Slats say one time how important a mobile defenseman is. (Talking about Coffey). Phillip may not be Paul, but damn if him and Justin aren't the fleetest defenders we've seen here since those days. I watched Darnell close up at the Bears Rookie game, and he went end to end from a standstill behind his net twice. It was a walk in the park for him. Add him into the mix and we might have one the best skating defence in the leauge if we can shore up 4 more spots rounded out with a legit top pairing. One more thing... Oscar K was to my limited view not that great. I hope it was a popr sample at that Rookie game but he was outclassed by several Bears forwards that night which leads me to believe he is no answer. Love your stuff LT!!! Keep it up and Merry Merry Cam

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#21 Roga35
December 22 2013, 11:39AM
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@-30-

Seriously guys!!!! Let's be honest here.... The Oilers have been using the term "rebuilding" for the last 20 years. I've heard "We are a young team with a great deal of speed and skill but we just need to wait , be patient and get the young boys some experience" for 20yrs as well. The best years for the Oilers are long gone and to think things are going to get better is a laugh. They haven't put a competitive team on the ice since the last cup... 2006 cup run was a complete fluke and what really screwed the team is offering Hemskey, Pasani, Horcoff, etc outrages contracts just because they put a good show on for 5 weeks . A great deal of things could have been done with that money instead of paying those players millions of dollars to never play due to injuries. Now all we are left with are a bunch of teenagers who are all undersized trying to play a man's game. Simple as that !!!

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#22 Pennerwise
December 22 2013, 11:38AM
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"Frank the dog" wrote:

Paper clips are more effective and cost even less. But in view of the harm either would do to a player tripping over one, I think doing either verges on criminal.

What if a player that tripped on a coin or paper clip smashed himself full speed into the boards head first, crushed his neck and died?

I'd suggest the top tier fans start wearing paper bags over their faces at games until further notice.

Steaming piles of dog sh@ would also be effective when thrown on the ice.Just one problem..

How could you tell what was thrown in protest, and what was the normal Oilers line up.

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#23 THE PUZ
December 22 2013, 12:02PM
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Katz has let management run this franchise into the ground. Our management has hung our core forwards, and Eakins for that matter, out to dry. "Bold move" MacTavish, with limited experience, has provided ZERO support to enable our star players to play the role they are supposed to play. He hired an inexperienced coaching staff. He did not even let Eakins choose his own assistants. MacTavish has not provided an NHL caliber goaltender, any bottom 6 players or any defence to allow the emergence of our top players. Trading away a player like Smid for 2 non-NHL players should have prompted an NHL investigation. The management has let down every one of our "core" forwards and feel sorry them as they never were given a chance to succeed. Oiler fans are frustrated and want retribution for this mess. The dismantling of this disaster should start from the top down starting with Kevin Lowe and MacTavish.

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#24 RexHolez
December 22 2013, 04:51PM
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Can you pretend to be mad and sick of this loosing just once LT?? This never ending optimism and forever undying support is starting to bug me

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#25 Walter Sobchak
December 22 2013, 11:27AM
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Pennerwise wrote:

I really think a statement needs to be made on mass.

Pennies for change! Throwing coins on the ice creates a very real disturbance. Would get lots of attention in the media. Very little cost. It would send a message that we, as fans, are fed up with spending our hard earned money on an inferior product. We would be" tipping" the Oilers organization for their hard work and effort. Plus we could all wish for some real change.

This is an insane response to the Oilers! Be better than this!

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#26 Paq Twinn
December 22 2013, 11:28AM
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A jersey was actually thrown on to the ice lastnight. Cheers to that fan. Someone had to and we all know every single last one of us WANTED to or still does but can't justify doing it after forking out $200 plus for the damn thing. Oh and go oilers.....I guess or whatever.

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#27 Soccer Steve
December 22 2013, 11:37AM
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Pennerwise wrote:

I really think a statement needs to be made on mass.

Pennies for change! Throwing coins on the ice creates a very real disturbance. Would get lots of attention in the media. Very little cost. It would send a message that we, as fans, are fed up with spending our hard earned money on an inferior product. We would be" tipping" the Oilers organization for their hard work and effort. Plus we could all wish for some real change.

Don't go and don't watch. Much more effective en masse than your ridiculous suggestion.

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#28 Rob...
December 22 2013, 12:17PM
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Started watching yesterday's PVR'd game at about 9:30. After the second goal I started skipping forward until I caught up to the live broadcast and then turned off the tv. An hour later I checked the score on TSN's website, laughed, and deleted the remainder of the recording.

Advertisers, take notice: You are not getting the proper bang for your buck when it comes to Oiler's broadcasts. Consider asking for discounts or find other ways to push your products and services.

Katz, take notice: Until you ice a competitive hockey team you are going to lose more and more money. You live in Vancouver and moved Rexall's headquarters to Toronto so I don't buy for a second that what you do is for the love of Edmonton... it's money or nothing. Enjoy your 30 year deal.

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#29 outdoorzguy
December 22 2013, 11:00AM
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Now that Rogers has come on board as sponsor of the new building and they get mentioned every 12 seconds on the radio broadcast it's fitting that the worst cell phone company is now linked to the worst hockey team. I listened to some of the game last night on the radio and ended up turning it off because every third word out of Stauffers mouth was a sponsor. Sponsor of this, sponsor of that. I even think some sponsors had sponsors ads!! This was all nicely worked around the every 12 second Rogers ads. No wonder nobody wants to change anything with this team. The $$$$$ just keeps flowing in. I don't go to games, I don't have one piece of clothing with an Oiler logo on it and I don't shop at Rexall. There is a lot of talk of fans doing something, a boycott, an effigy burning, anything to let management and ownership know we are not happy. Whoever threw that jersey on the ice last night should be the catalyst for change. But nobody in the rink supported him. No other jerseys or hats were thrown on the ice. This person was just like the guy in Tiananmen Square who stood in front of the tank and sparked a revolution. Just picture Lowe driving the tank, with Katz sitting behind him. Ensconced in the steel, deflecting all the bullets of criticism, oblivious to what is happening around them because they are afraid to stick their head out for fear of what they might see. We see it! If you were at the game last night, and truly care about this team, you should all have thrown your jerseys on the ice. I don't hear any "Fire Lowe" chants (not sure if he even goes to the games?). The fans are proving to be just as uninterested in driving change as the management/ownership team is. There was a chance to take the bull by the horns last night, and out of nearly 17000 people at the game, only 1 chose to stand up and try!!

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#30 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
December 22 2013, 12:58PM
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@Concur

So when we say that you can't make a trade when your losing cause everyone is looking to fleece you, are you suggesting that people are more willing to make good deals for teams that are winning? That doesnt sound correct.

I understand that the Oilers feel pressure and may make a rash decision but I can guarantee thast opposing GM's don't care if your a winner or loser they are looking to fleece you no matter what.

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#31 Zamboni Driver
December 22 2013, 10:34AM
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-30- wrote:

Why trade out of desperation?

Expect the Oil to stink the joint out. Expect #1 draft picks to get their feathers ruffled.

Aren't we really FOUR years into the actual rebuild. Pittsburgh, Chicago and LA all took longer than four years to rebuild.

Do something hasty and you hurt the product down the road.

Wait until the trade deadline. Deal if it's there and then again wait until the draft and see what is available.

Doing a trade out of desperation almost never works. MacT hasn't even been on the job a year yet.

This is like saying something you don't mean in an argument and then having to take it back afterward. They don't offer refunds in trades.

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This is probably all true.

But the exact same thing has been said year over year, and the results are at best the same (which is to say, horrific).

People pay A LOT of money, tax payers of Edmonton are on the hook for millions of dollars for these guys - to sit there and do nothing cannot be. As Lowetide mentions, the real problem is apathy.

Empty seats, $300 jersey tossed on the ice...it's getting ugly.

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#32 Zamboni Driver
December 22 2013, 10:42AM
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Oilers42 wrote:

I wouldn't trade any of those guys you listed including the 2014 pick IMO Yak has been one of the only players that is actually trying but Eakins continues to give him the Kadri treatment

Okay this is insanity.

Who exactly would you move?

Hemsky? Good luck.

Gagner? Funnier.

None of the 'huge upside great skill talent', also not this year's pick....what in the world is left?

(P.S. Yakupov is running away with the NHL Green Jacket this year.)

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#33 Harlie
December 22 2013, 10:46AM
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What we really need is our players to be 3 - 5 years older and more experienced than what they are. If we were a middle of the pack team that is showing improvement I'd prefer to wait. But we're in the dumps and appear to be getting worse. Something has to be done and will be done, but be careful for what we wish for?!

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#34 Walter Sobchak
December 22 2013, 11:20AM
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Ehrhoff, Campbell and Dustin Byfgluien!!

No offense LT but This makes me laugh out loud.

Both Ehrhoff & Campbell are overpriced & Byfgluien never meet hamburgers, fries & a milk shake he wouldn’t destroy!

This is what the Oilers need two butter soft players and fat guy playing hockey! This will make us so much better!! On the other hand it seems to be working for the Jets, the Panthers and Sabers.

Everyone not named Hall or RNH should be traded along with picks & prospects, this crap has to end!!

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#35 #ThereGoesTheOilers
December 22 2013, 11:53AM
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I missed the game last night (mercifully).

Did anyone see what jersey it was on the ice? I think it would be fitting if the name on the back was Lowe.

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#36 vetinari
December 22 2013, 12:09PM
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Take a lesson from "Breaking Bad": "No more half measures..."

Katz:

There are problems with your management team.

There are problems with your mix of coaches and assistant coaches.

There are problems with the current roster of players and how they relate to the coaches.

Where do you want to start because the ball is in your court?

I suppose that as long as this investment continues to make you money, there is no incentive for you to change business practices.

I only hope that you get to feel the pain that we all do in some small way, whether it's a fan boycott for all games from February to the end of the year, or some other collective action by the fans (anyone have management's e-mail addresses?).

Just a little piece of free advice for you, Mr. Katz-- when your management team is the basically the one that got you into this mess, maybe you should hire a consultant from outside of the organization to do a review of what's currently wrong from top to bottom... but that would only be needed if you actually thought that there was a problem and that the problem needed to be fixed.

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#37 Gaz
December 22 2013, 10:38AM
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This team needs to move significant pieces (read: two of the anointed "kids"), bolster their blue line to the point where J. Schultz can develop on the third pair and pp time, and develop a team-wide work ethic and expectation of effort (not expecting to win; that's a byproduct of the effort).

All that said, I am against a trade at this time. Management is inept. They can not and should not be trusted to move significant pieces. Aside from Perron, there is nothing to indicate senior management is capable of executing a proper transaction.

Off season plans should include retaining the head coach (its never been about coaching). Hell, they should probably beg Krueger to come back in some bench role too. Then allow him to choose his own support group (bye bye Bucky). Then - here's the biggie - remove senior management. There is no persuasive argument that can be made in favor of retaining them. Well, maybe Howson; make him the salary cap brain. Otherwise, adios.

This post, like the season, is off the rails.

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#38 oilers1168
December 22 2013, 10:47AM
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what was interesting was the Blues is one of the shortest teams but they also are the 2nd heaviest in weight. Short heavy players with a low enter of gravity is a good thing.

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#39 TonyT
December 22 2013, 11:52AM
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@Sevenseven

I have tickets for tomorrow and I was thinking the same thing, I do however dread the 2nd game (which is usually the only win during an Oiler homestand)... I do however hope that that jersey throwing incident becomes a tradition and a catalyst for change. Realistically the odds of emptying out that building are pretty slim, and having endured so much (regardless of management's efforts) we will all cling to a sliver of hope. That doesn't mean we have to become "yes" men and blindly support the team. If the Oilers have another lacklustre effort tomorrow night, I will be tossing my jersey to the ice. My years of support have afforded me the ability to do this for at least 8 games. Sometimes, you need a little tough love.

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#40 Oiler Al
December 22 2013, 12:02PM
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#ThereGoesTheOilers wrote:

I missed the game last night (mercifully).

Did anyone see what jersey it was on the ice? I think it would be fitting if the name on the back was Lowe.

Can't be Lowe's shirt on the ice, Katz as cornered the market on all Lowe shirts available, and has made them into bed spreads for house, and seat covers for this cars.

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#41 oilers1168
December 22 2013, 11:00AM
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@Oilers42

I believe in Yak. I feel Yak is a dangerous player to make an example of. By giving him the business and the others get away with it, Yak will demand a trade or run to KHL and then we are selling low. If he is not part of the core play him make him successful then trade him.

This is a lost season. Accountability now shifts to development of the player and that is on eakins and his coaches

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#42 "Frank the dog"
December 22 2013, 11:22AM
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Pennerwise wrote:

I really think a statement needs to be made on mass.

Pennies for change! Throwing coins on the ice creates a very real disturbance. Would get lots of attention in the media. Very little cost. It would send a message that we, as fans, are fed up with spending our hard earned money on an inferior product. We would be" tipping" the Oilers organization for their hard work and effort. Plus we could all wish for some real change.

Paper clips are more effective and cost even less. But in view of the harm either would do to a player tripping over one, I think doing either verges on criminal.

What if a player that tripped on a coin or paper clip smashed himself full speed into the boards head first, crushed his neck and died?

I'd suggest the top tier fans start wearing paper bags over their faces at games until further notice.

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#43 Quicksilver ballet
December 22 2013, 02:17PM
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rob wrote:

I took my 6 year old son to his first hockey game last night,drove from spruce grove in minus 25,paid 12 bucks for parking,6.50 for pizza,5 something for a pop,5 something for popcorn,8.25 for a beer but through all of this showed up for a hockey game,to bad the oilers did not!

The Oilers thank you for your patronage, but they aren't in the least bit concerned if you received your moneys worth or not. Please, try not to bug the players for autographs while you're here.

Kindest regards, Kevin

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#44 Chet134
December 22 2013, 10:32AM
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Lowetide, ur evaluation of our players is as bad as managements. U can't trade yak, Schultz,petry, Gagner or hemsky cuz there value is at an all time low. To get value u have to give value. We will lose those trades. Imagine if macT gave up Eberle for Sequin or Bobby Ryan. Oh ya those clubs didn't want to trade with us. The Oilers life story. Management and most of the press make excuses why we don't give effort, put there bodies on the line for each other, win one on one battles, dont pay enough attention to detail to the gameplan etc. Hey we learned a valuable lesson last night. Great. I was surprized that more jerseys weren't thrown on the ice. Oh ya cuz there expensive. Cha Ching more money in Katz pockets.

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#45 GTL
December 22 2013, 10:51AM
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You reap what you sow, .... Case in point, Kevin Lowe

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#46 Arius Mumin
December 22 2013, 11:19AM
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.!..FIRE EAKINS..!.

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#47 Spydyr
December 22 2013, 11:36AM
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The only thing left to do to fix this mess is to fire the training and equipment staff....... Oh wait.

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#48 Cold Hard Truth
December 22 2013, 11:37AM
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bazmagoo wrote:

Doubt the Oilers do anything except offload salary at the deadline. Nor should they imo, unless the right deal comes along. Panic deals are rarely good deals. Just hoping they can find the next diamond in the rough (Jason Smith). The one constant through all the agony has been Kevin Lowe and the two assistant coaches. It's time they all go. Will it happen? Not likely until Katz starts losing serious amounts of $.

I've heard this year after year after year after year. The word panic has negative connotations; I prefer urgent. If the ex-Oilers cabal is not showing any urgency, all the more reason for them to go.

Second verse, same as the first.

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#49 Oilergasm
December 22 2013, 11:55AM
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@TonyT

I would love to see a teddy bear toss of Oiler jersey's when Winnipeg scores their first goal.

Everyone talks about the magic the crowd was in '06, time to show what we can do again.

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#50 TeddyTurnbuckle
December 22 2013, 11:40AM
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LT you are right about the core being too young and inexperienced. I've been saying that for a while. Its not just the young guns though, the problem is that we keep bringing in more and more rookies each year. Example: Arcobello, Gazdic, Acton, Fedun, Pitlick, Hamilton. Some of these guys have played well and are older but have little NHL experience. We are supporting young stars with more rookies. The Oilers need more guys like Ryan Smyth and Brendan Morrow (why didn't we sign this guy?) to bridge the gap. This team has such a high turn over rate every year that too many rookies find their way onto the team. As for a trade I say wait for the draft or after free agency to see what holes we need to fill. I don't see the point in trading for a player now when our winning window starts in two years. The player we trade for would become a free agent before this team turns it around. I could care less about the jersey on the ice, just some drunk fan. Good job by Hall on after hours, he is a good kid.

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