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 Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan"
December 28 2013, 03:22PM
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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

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#2 Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan"
December 28 2013, 03:26PM
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BC BOY wrote:

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

So we traded Smid, the only legit shutdown defenceman we had to dump salary in order to sign Bryz because DD sucked so much as a goalie and we needed help in that area and... you tell me that Bryz can't play back to back games? Who are you people? Kinda validates my post #15. Bye now, kids.

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#3 Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan"
December 28 2013, 03:07PM
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To my trasher: are you a Flamer? Eakins is not only an NHL rookie coach, he's also inconsistent in his decisions. Why switch goalies after a win? Sounds very incredible to me. What does it say?

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#4 Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan"
December 28 2013, 03:16PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

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

What if we lost? You guys make too many assumptions. A real NHL class coach rides the winning goalie. That's all I'm going to say here.

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#5 Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan"
December 28 2013, 03:02PM
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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?

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#6 Rheal1 "Ontario Oilers Fan"
December 28 2013, 03:27PM
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Cubro wrote:

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.....

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

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#7 woodys destroyers
December 28 2013, 05:16PM
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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.

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#8 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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#9 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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#10 woodys destroyers
December 28 2013, 05:20PM
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@woodys destroyers

First time poster. Sorry about the typing.keys are to small...lol

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#11 Jay
December 28 2013, 07:32PM
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The problem with Eakins is that he's coaching the Oilers

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#12 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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#13 RexHolez
December 28 2013, 07:33PM
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So if the oilers win tonight and make it 3 in a row will it be a new 8 year record winning streak

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#14 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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#15 Drowning in Oil
December 28 2013, 06:12PM
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Just listening to Don "your time past....... Long ago" Cherry on HNIC. What a tool.if he only understood the actual plight of an Edmonton Oiler fan, maybe he would shut his mouth!!

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#16 Serious Gord
December 28 2013, 07:52PM
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Philly wins 6-3 Bryz looks bad/distracted

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#17 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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#18 michael
December 29 2013, 09:10AM
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Serious Gord wrote:

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.

Gord statistically your without a doubt right. Cannot argue hard numbers. Yet Gord I like you have been a fan since I was kid in the 70s.I grew up as an Oilers fan. At 48 I have seen a share of games. The expectations going into this season from a lot of fans and some media were imo set to high.

Brownlee I believe had us 12th?Stauffer in the 10ish range. I was more in the 12-13 range.

My reasoning was and still is that MacT has several moves that he needs to make before this team can be competitive.

He signed Ference which I thought brought experience to our backend. He flushed Belanger in favor of Gordon who has been solid.But on the other hand he signed Belov. No NHL experience. He signed Garbagekov.Who proved once already he is no NHL dman. He signed Labarbra who I had mixed feelings about and was eventually proven right as to why I thought he was a risk.He corrected that in one sense but he had to pay Peter to pay Paul. Thus the Smid exit to Calgary. That was a direct cause and effect kind of deal.DD caused the effect by his own poor play early this season. Thus the need to sign IB. Who has been solid.

MacT signed Smack off waivers more as a reactionary move than anything.Gazdic he picked upon waivers too. And you can't argue Gazdic's contribution to this team.

The deal for Perron looks to be the deal of the year. Can't argue that deal.

The coaching. Here is where I take a breath and give my head a shake. A 4 year deal for an unproven NHL head coach. I shudder to think how Eakins must have jumped for joy when he signed that contract. Gord if its me I hire the best available coach with NHL experience. The first 30 games were a disaster. The live and learn motto comes to mind. Eakins found that the systems play he wanted to implement did not match the experience or the kind of talent he had on the ice. Brutal. The PP. Still a disaster and with Yak and Shultz finally earning PP time once again it might improve after the Olympic break. As far as the assistant coaches go I could care less.I hold Eakins responsible for the teams performance. Not Huey Duey and Louie.

The Oilers need a house with skill and who can skate. Last night we saw Simmonds eat our lunch. Need a guy like that. Finding one is like finding needle in a haystack. The defence. It will be 2-3 years before we can honestly say we have one that is competitive at the NHL level. Nurse, Klefbom, Marincin all will take time to learn. (Add Ekblad?)

The learning process takes time. Teams that we have seen win the Cup have gone through that process. Losing, drafting, developing. Winning. when we lose to teams like Chicago, LA, Anaheim, St Louis,San Jose and Vancouver I am not thrilled. But when you look at how much experience their top 6 players have vs the Oilers top 6 its not even close. Their coached by guys with so many NHL games under their belt that its almost unfair. Eakins to a guy like Hitchcock is an ant. Boot meet ant. Presto 6-0. Eakins is so outclassed right now by the WC's top 8 teams coaches its not funny. He'll learn the hard way as they all did at this level. But till then there will be nights when boot will meet ant and more likely than not we'll be the ant.

I can't help but feel your passion on the radio and in your posts. I too am passionate about the Oilers. This is not the season to throw anger into the wind. Its going to get worse before it gets better. Eakins will continue to learn. Yak will continue to learn. JS will learn that his own end comes first. Gagner might learn to backcheck. And DD might learn that he has stop the easy shots too.

Its not easy being us. I hate looking at the standing and seeing us in 14th. But I have faith in MacT and he'll do the right thing.

There is another set of games coming up in January that look like deaths row. Should be fun to see where the emotions will be then.

Happy New Year Gord

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#19 Lawndemon
December 28 2013, 11:06PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

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.

An Eberle for Simmonds trade would be wonderful...

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#20 pelhem grenville
December 28 2013, 05:13PM
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..."Obviously he wants revenge on the team that paid him to leave....."said cubro

...maybe the only reason Bryz gets the start BUT pop a few in early he gets the hook early

Eakins has a lot to learn tonite...

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#21 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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#22 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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#23 DAVE
December 28 2013, 07:32PM
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I for one would like to know why SMid was really traded, I thought he was a nasty piece of business in his own end.

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#24 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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#25 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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#26 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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#27 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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#28 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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#29 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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#30 Oilerz4life
December 28 2013, 10:17PM
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Are the fans at Rexall chanting "lets go Flyers!"??

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#31 FireKLowe
December 29 2013, 08:53PM
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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.

Don Cherry is nothing but a racist blowhard. I can't see Rogers keeping him.

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#32 TayLordBalls
December 28 2013, 03:48PM
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This team is just starting to rock!

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#33 risto siltanen's slapshot
December 28 2013, 04:25PM
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unless marincin brings some grit and edge to the d he'll just be another ryan whitney.bring your a game rook and good luck. here's to breezy makin the d look good.

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#34 Hauk15
December 28 2013, 08:07PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

I hope they play safe defensively sound hockey like they did last night. At least give Bryz a chance to look good against the team that paid him to go away.

Ilya Bryzgalov isn't scared, only bears scare him. He will have a shutout. Oilers win 8-0! hope

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#35 @Oilanderp
December 28 2013, 08:20PM
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Hauk15 wrote:

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..

Yak deserves to have limited ice time until he can learn to do some smart simple plays with and without the puck. Trying to deke 3 Flyers by himself and turning it over didn't cost us only because Philly iced it.

He's young. Eakins will teach him in time.

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#36 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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#37 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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#38 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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#39 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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#40 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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#41 Cameron
December 28 2013, 06:12PM
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Cherry just went on rant about Edmonton having the best fans in the world and that the "sweater on the ice" was disgusting and that fan would never have gotten out of the arena alive if it had happened in Boston. Then he just couldn't resist the put down on Yakipov, from his celebration, to his hit to the Jets goalie. Ended by comparing the play of the good Canadian boy Smythe, to the horrible antics of the (bad Russian-implied) Yakipov

Give it a look

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#42 pelhem grenville
December 28 2013, 06:26PM
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...DSF who?

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#43 Derian Hatcher
December 28 2013, 07:23PM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

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.

Very well said.

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#44 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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#45 Reg Dunlop
December 28 2013, 09:30PM
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Wow are the oiler bad. Tied up near the halfway point and the Flyers might win by 10.

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#46 Harlie
December 28 2013, 09:32PM
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kgo wrote:

insert negative comment about J schultz

Ference was watching Simmonds yet decided not to check him on that play.

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#47 @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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#48 Quintana
December 28 2013, 11:16PM
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Is there any chance we can send Samwise and our 1st to Philly for Couturier, thats what we need badly!!

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#49 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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#50 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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