GDB 41: FLYERS V OILERS, BRYZ GETS PAID!

Lowetide
December 28 2013 02:18PM

In a season where we've seen Oiler goalies do the regrettable, the impossible awaits. After Devan Dubnyk posted the first Oiler shutout in Shametown ever, Ilya Bryzgalov has a chance to play his old team—the Philadelphia Flyers!

BIG FACTS!

Hello! Devan Dubnyk has an answer for every Calgary bullet, Ryan Smyth hearts a goal and then sends the slowest moving puck in NHL history into the net for a 2-0 win in Sin City. It was a beautiful moment, made even more enjoyable because the Flames were wearing their new "we have Crayola" uniforms.

But, enough about the past.

BIG NEWS

Dittrick brings the news: Martin Marincin, the tallest building in Edmonton, will draw into the lineup tonight for Corey Power Potterplay. I like it—give these towers a chance to play an NHL game or two and maybe they'll be regulars before I get the pension!

BIG BIG NEWS

Wait, there's more! The Oilers signed Mitchell Moroz to his entry level deal today, meaning he's bona fide and buying root beer floats for everyone! Seriously, congratulations to a guy who took a lot of heat for no reason (Moroz didn't control where he was drafted, only his performance and today's signing tells us he was plenty good enough) and this is a day us to congratulate him.

YAK CITY!

Russia's coolest export is BACK ON THE POWERPLAY according to coach Dallas Eakins! Music! I have no idea what he'll do, but will guess 'score with a ricochet off the shot clock" for the win.

LINEUP

  • Hall-Nuge-Perron
  • Joensuu-Gagner-Ebs
  • Smyth-Gordon-Hemsky
  • Gazdic-Lander-Yakupov
  • Ference-Petry
  • Belov-J Schultz
  • Marincin-N Schultz
  • Bryzgalov

BEAT THOSE FLYERS!!!

GAME DAY PREDICTION: Oilers take the Flyers to overtime before Wayne Simmonds walks Nick Schultz and Philly wins 4-3

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins put on a show for the home crowd, but the big news is Bryzgalov stopping 42 shots.

NOT SO OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Bryzgalov turns into a real life Jigglypuff and sings the Flyers to sleep in a 7-1 romp.

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#1 @Oilanderp
December 28 2013, 03:13PM
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@Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan"

Are you actually complaining about a decision which resulted in a shutout?

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#2 Cold Hard Truth
December 28 2013, 11:30PM
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Don Cherry said that the fan who through his jersey on the ice owes management an apology. That's rich. If anyone owes anyone an apology its Kevin Lowe to the fans for his offensive presence.

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#3 BC BOY
December 28 2013, 03:20PM
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Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan" wrote:

Why does eakins still starts DD when they signed the cosmonaut? Also, why make the goalie switch after Bryz did good on Monday vs the Jets?

Cause he wanted to start Bryz against his former team and be well rested

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#4 @Oilanderp
December 28 2013, 03:37PM
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@Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan"

I still don't think that they moved Smid as a salary dump to sign Bryz. There were other reasons.

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#5 Bucknuck
December 28 2013, 03:44PM
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What's that smell? *sniff* *sniff* Ooooh, it's a troll.

It was nice to see Dubnyk get the start against the popgun Calgary offense so that our starter could be fresh for his old team. Smart play by Eakins.

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#6 master of my domain
December 28 2013, 04:19PM
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Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan" wrote:

Looking at all the trashes on my posts #9, 10 & 12. I had no idea that this site was used by teenagers. I'm moving over at lowetide.ca

complains that site is used by teenagers, threatens to "run away" to another site (like a teenager)

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#7 Ivan Drago
December 28 2013, 04:08PM
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Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan" wrote:

Fail. Playing starters back to back works in the other 29 NHL franchises. Only in Edmonton.

You still here? I thought you were moving on? Please hurry.

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#8 Bloodsweatandoil
December 28 2013, 02:47PM
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I just hope the Oilers break the CBC curse, or at least show the rest of Canada they have heart and a pulse!

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#9 Danger Pay
December 28 2013, 02:42PM
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So Dubnyk earns the 1st Donut in Cowtown, ever?! Oh the irony. Good one Hockey Gods, good one!

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#10 I tried it at home
December 28 2013, 02:28PM
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This should be interesting, Ive been waiting a while to see what Marancin looks like on the big ice. Good on DD too, Im no longer a backer of his, but good work gets good applause.

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#11 steelymace
December 28 2013, 09:50PM
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OUT COACHED!!!Can anyone tell me why in the hell Smyth has played 2:20 minutes more than Hall and 5:40 more than Yakupov?Eakins starts the period with a powerplay and Smyth is on it if he can not see Smyth is 2 steps behind then we are in big trouble.Ralph Kreuger would have this team in a better position,I am certain of that.

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#12 Bucknuck
December 28 2013, 03:17PM
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Can the Oil make it three in a row? Yes, they can. 5-2 Oilers, and Yak gets a pair.

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#13 wiseguy
December 28 2013, 04:29PM
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Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan" wrote:

Fail. Playing starters back to back works in the other 29 NHL franchises. Only in Edmonton.

You're like a bad parent. You threaten to do something if we continue to trash your comments. We keep doing it and you don't leave. You even said "Bye now kids". Please learn to follow through with your threats otherwise it'll just diminish your credibility.

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#14 @Oilanderp
December 28 2013, 11:05PM
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Great game by Bryzgalov. The Oilers almost won a game by only playing 5 minutes.

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#15 Offthebandwagon
December 28 2013, 06:14PM
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Don Cherry blasting Yakupov again on Coach's Corner. Had his best game of season and Cherry keeps going back to his celly from last year. What a douche.

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#16 Cubro
December 28 2013, 03:22PM
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Lol, okay mr coach, after playing bryz in both of a recent back to back, why would you want the same results? I think Eakins is learning the ropes, he tried and Clearly playing a goalie back to back doesn't work. Which game would you want bryz in? Obviously he wants revenge on the team that paid him to leave.....

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#17 kale
December 28 2013, 11:01PM
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What has Gags done this year to earn "go to" guy status. I wonder if we are going to hear from Igor soon

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#18 Oilers Coffey
December 28 2013, 02:45PM
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Great read and an even more sizzling GIF WOW. Oilers pull off a 3 game winning streak with a win tonight!

Damn it was fun chanting LetsGoOilers in the dome last night!!!

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#19 Naky
December 28 2013, 04:21PM
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@Rheal1

Your logic is heavily flawed. By your logic, Bryz should not have played against the Jets in that 6-2 win because he stunk the joint out against St. Louis the game before (the whole team did, but Bryz wasn't exactly stellar either).

So by your reasoning, DD should have played the Jets and if the results had been the same, still earned the game last night.

You've got a short memory, my friend.

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#20 Spydyr
December 28 2013, 06:03PM
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Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan" wrote:

Looking at all the trashes on my posts #9, 10 & 12. I had no idea that this site was used by teenagers. I'm moving over at lowetide.ca

Remember when the site troll DSF actually knew about the game even though he cherry picked his stats.

Now the new troll Rheal1 knows little about the game. Then keeps threating to leave but never does.

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#21 Arius Mumin
December 28 2013, 11:22PM
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Quintana wrote:

Is there any chance we can send Samwise and our 1st to Philly for Couturier, thats what we need badly!!

Gagner is a curse.

Since he put on the Oilers jersey, the Oilers have done nothing but sucked. Check the stats. #@$% the corsi.

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#22 TigerUnderGlass
December 28 2013, 06:41PM
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Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan" wrote:

Looking at all the trashes on my posts #9, 10 & 12. I had no idea that this site was used by teenagers. I'm moving over at lowetide.ca

The funniest part of this comment is your belief that Lowetide.ca is the place to find support for your plan of starting a goalie in back-to-back games.

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#23 @Oilanderp
December 28 2013, 10:12PM
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@steelymace

Smyth is third all-time in PP goals for the Oilers. He is 1 behind Gretzky and 2 behind Anderson. He is also one of the only guys on the team that knows what to do in front of the net. You don't have to be fast to screen the goalie.

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#24 Quinn the Eskimo
December 28 2013, 08:31PM
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How is the PP so ridiculously bad? I don't get it.

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#25 Oilerz4life
December 28 2013, 08:39PM
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I respect that Kelly Hrudey had a decent NHL career and maybe its just me, but most everything he says as a color guy just annoys me. Its not that everything he says is stupid, but he just sounds like such a dunce saying it. That and what's with CBC's little HNC clown boy PJ Stock? Also, I can't take anything seriously whenever that guy with a transparent grey comb-over interviews somebody.

On a side note I understand that Yak needs to mature as a player, but I don't see how a player with his talent can grow his game playing 7 minutes a night on the forth line.

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#26 Wintoon
December 29 2013, 07:33AM
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What is truly sad is that Don Cherry is still getting air time. I find his perspective on hockey, and often on hockey issues, to be off the mark. That, combined with his bigotry, is really a pain. Hopefully Rogers will put him out to pasture soon.

Would much rather here from an analyst like Bob MacKenzie or Elliotte Friedman. They bring a balanced view of the issues and make sense.

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#27 Stack Pad Save
December 29 2013, 09:03AM
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Wintoon wrote:

What is truly sad is that Don Cherry is still getting air time. I find his perspective on hockey, and often on hockey issues, to be off the mark. That, combined with his bigotry, is really a pain. Hopefully Rogers will put him out to pasture soon.

Would much rather here from an analyst like Bob MacKenzie or Elliotte Friedman. They bring a balanced view of the issues and make sense.

At the very least you must respect Don Cherry. He has an opinion and isn't afraid to say it. I can't stand guys like Friedman or MacKenzie who hide behind what they say by going "well this isn't my opinion I am just reporting what he said", but by the air time they give one side of the opinion it is obvious what their opinion is.

You might not agree with Don Cherry and that is fine, but the man offers insight into the game that very few other people are willing to give.

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#28 Turnover
December 29 2013, 11:40AM
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The real minnow wrote:

Hey everyone with Dennis Seidenberg sidelined for the rest of the year there may be a suitor for mister Nickolas Pylon Shultz.

FINGERS CROSSED!!!!!

Wow. That is rich. You must believe Boston is where they are by making stupid moves.

I believe they had three rookie d-men in their lineup aganist Ottawa. All very much above the level of Shultz(either one of them).

Here's what the Bruins have, that the Oilers don't have. 1)No rings Neely. Competent person in his position.

2)GM that knows what's needed to compete. And gets it.

3)A professional scouting group finding "people who go to work"

4)Professional coaching staff. Both competent and intelligent.

5)All players with dedication, determination, grit and ability to do their job.

6)The "me" player Seguin, sent packing. No team concept. No grit. In return, they picked up the people who could be coached.

7)TEAM.

Look at that. I just gave you 7 ways to build a team. ONE more reason then LOWE has rings.

I think I know a thing or two about winnig. How many of these seven do this Oilers group have in place? If you check even one, you probablt believe Boston would trade Rask, Chara and a couple first liners for Dubnyk.

Your Oilers are about 10 players away from "playoff contenders", and 16 away from Cup contenders.

You may or may not like the sweater tosser. I ave more respect for him/her then just about anybody in this organization at this point.

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#29 THRNHJE
December 28 2013, 03:46PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

I still don't think that they moved Smid as a salary dump to sign Bryz. There were other reasons.

Agreed. I know the rest of the team was around Smid numbers in Corsi for before he left as well, but look at the lowetide article that posts the corsi for and guess which defenseman is at the bottom of the pile.

Hint: He plays for the fLames now.

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#30 andrewmk20
December 28 2013, 04:41PM
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@Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan"

Very simple, the games are back to back and all NHL teams will play both goaltenders in a back to back.

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#31 vetinari
December 28 2013, 02:36PM
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Hope that they can bring it, two games in two nights is not easy. Bryzer should be motivated.

Oilers 4 Philly 3 in the shoot out

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#32 boxman
December 28 2013, 05:42PM
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woodys destroyers wrote:

just wondering why everybody's trash rheals comments.what he says make sense you do play your goalie that is now your number your number one.its not like bryz has played a lot this year.

You actually changed your name to support yourself rheals. You sound "walmart" special.

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#33 Hauk15
December 28 2013, 08:03PM
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Jay wrote:

The problem with Eakins is that he's coaching the Oilers

He plays Joensuu on the 2nd line with Nail Yakupov, #1 overall on the 4th! The problem with Eakins is hes a bad coach. with hipster tool hair..

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#34 Oilerz4life
December 28 2013, 09:13PM
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Quinn the Eskimo wrote:

How is the PP so ridiculously bad? I don't get it.

Special teams are terrible, couldn't look any worse.

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#35 Arius Mumin
December 28 2013, 11:04PM
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The Oilers need to trade RNH and Yak: they don't deserve this.

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#36 Serious Gord
December 28 2013, 11:46PM
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Cold Hard Truth wrote:

Don Cherry said that the fan who through his jersey on the ice owes management an apology. That's rich. If anyone owes anyone an apology its Kevin Lowe to the fans for his offensive presence.

That the jersey toss made it all the way to HNIC tells you there is more to it than just one disgruntled fan. The oil were fortunate not to lose in cgy and could have shelled tonight were it not for an all world effort by Bryz. Imagine if they had lost those two games - more oiler memorabilia on the ice I bet.

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#37 The real minnow
December 28 2013, 02:42PM
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Hey everyone with Dennis Seidenberg sidelined for the rest of the year there may be a suitor for mister Nickolas Pylon Shultz.

FINGERS CROSSED!!!!!

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#38 Serious Gord
December 28 2013, 09:30PM
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Two things confirmed for me watching the flyers for the first time this season:

1. They are far better than their overall record shows - their record over the last 20 has been much better.

2. There are a half dozen or more players on the flyers who would look awesome in oilers silks.

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#39 2004Z06
December 28 2013, 10:14PM
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steelymace wrote:

OUT COACHED!!!Can anyone tell me why in the hell Smyth has played 2:20 minutes more than Hall and 5:40 more than Yakupov?Eakins starts the period with a powerplay and Smyth is on it if he can not see Smyth is 2 steps behind then we are in big trouble.Ralph Kreuger would have this team in a better position,I am certain of that.

Probably because Smyth is the only player on this team that isn't afraid to go to the front of the net.

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#40 Quinn the Eskimo
December 28 2013, 10:52PM
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Bender wrote:

Is Hrudey hammered?......"mumble mumble...stick on the ice....mumble mumble...penalties. Mumble mumble burp."

I thought the same thing. And he's getting the Oilers names all mixed up: that's Gagner, not Eberle with that "trade mark move".

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#41 Gk1980
December 28 2013, 09:33PM
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If Bryz plays well up until the trade deadline, would you trade him if the right fife was presented? I say yes, there seems to be a lot of goalies available on the market next year.

Man these guys look lost in their own end. They look competly stunned. When is Smith going to be fired? It's embarrassing watching them in their own zone.

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#42 DAVE
December 28 2013, 10:12PM
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Why is kevin weekes still have a job. If you need a black dude on your staff,wouldn't Mike Grier be a better choice.

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#43 boxman
December 28 2013, 03:01PM
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All good news and thx LT for helping an old guy pitch a tent.

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#44 Dog Train
December 28 2013, 04:17PM
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Win one for Captain Bryzgalov! Show those dirty Flyers what they are missing out on!

Seriously, no more post-mortems after sad HNIC games. We need to look like we're something other than a joke on national TV.

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#45 Bucknuck
December 28 2013, 06:08PM
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Spydyr wrote:

Remember when the site troll DSF actually knew about the game even though he cherry picked his stats.

Now the new troll Rheal1 knows little about the game. Then keeps threating to leave but never does.

What's going on with DSF anyways. I haven't seen him in ages. Did he finally get himself banned and I missed it?

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#46 Rick Stroppel
December 28 2013, 06:35PM
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WHY DALLAS EAKINS BUGS ME

Eakins breezed into town with the smug self-assurance of a guy who had won two or three Stanley cups. He should have shown the humility of a guy who has accomplished just about zero in the NHL, as player or coach.

He should have pondered the case of Scott Arniel, the last "flavor of the month" from the AHL. Ariel got 1.5 seasons as HC in Columbus, accomplished nothing, and got fired.

I think Eakins has made many mistakes and you could justify firing him a fast as you can say "George Burnett". But you probably have to give him the rest of this season and next, for these reasons at least. Fire him and you give Management (who made this mess) another reason to postpone expectations of success. Also, we are quickly approaching the point where no coach in his right mind will want to work here. So Eakins and Edmonton are kind of stuck with each other.

Sometimes Eakins seems smart and innovative. As an Oilers fan, I WANT him to succeed. I just hope his Christmas dinner included a big slice of humble pie.

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#47 Hauk15
December 28 2013, 09:07PM
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Bryzgalov looking fierce

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#48 FireKLowe
December 28 2013, 11:12PM
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Another 41 games left of this crap!!! Now that is depressing.

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#49 kdunbar
December 29 2013, 12:44AM
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The game day predictions are so close to what actually happened it is scary.

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#50 Serious Gord
December 28 2013, 11:17PM
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41 games - halfway - and the oil have 30. Pts. Take away the four OT win pts and you get 26. That is the worst half-season performance in oiler history. And that is THE story tonight.

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