A Comedy of Errors

Jonathan Willis
December 31 2013 10:40PM

On Tuesday night, the Edmonton Oilers lost a game by a 4-3 score, falling in overtime to the Phoenix Coyotes. The score and standings point flatter Edmonton, but the comedy of errors on the final goal was something not to be missed.

The Chain of Screaming

We set the scene with 17 seconds left in overtime. Jeff Petry (2) has the puck and is in a bit of trouble, but Anton Belov (77) is in good position to cover him and Petry is about to dump the puck along the boards to where Jordan Eberle (14) can recover it. Provided he does so successfully, the Oilers will have possession in the Phoenix zone with barely any time left.

Two seconds later, all is well. Eberle is under pressure from Radim Vrbata (17) and Keith Yandle (3), but he has possession and even if he somehow loses the puck Yandle is going to need to beat two defencemen back to the Oilers net. Besides which, if Eberle gets into trouble he can dump the puck along the boards and Sam Gagner (89) will be in decent position to recover it.

Well, Eberle doesn’t get it deep and worse gets cut off by Yandle after coughing up the puck. Oh well, no worries; Yandle has to beat two defencemen and he isn’t totally clear of Eberle yet. Good luck with that.

Uh oh. Petry has pinched to hold the puck in, and it’s gone off his skate. Eberle isn’t moving his legs, so he’s out of the play. Suddenly Petry’s vulnerable, Eberle’s irrelevant and Belov is the only player standing between Yandle and Bryzgalov. It shouldn’t be a problem, though, because Belov sees what’s happening and has a lead on Yandle.

Petry’s out of the play and Eberle’s somehow almost as far out of things as Gagner, who started much further back. And suddenly Belov’s lead on Yandle is looking a lot less impressive.

At this point, Petry’s in position to take the second Phoenix attacker, and Belov is in position to take Yandle. There are less than 10 seconds left. Despite some gains made by Yandle on Belov, Petry’s inability to hold the line and Eberle’s inexplicable disappearance from the frame, there’s no problem here that Belov can’t solve.

Oops. Belov went from a slight lead to neck-and-neck to being cleanly beat by Yandle. Oh well, with 8.5 seconds left he might as well wrap Yandle up in a big bear hug and let Bryzgalov get set for a penalty shot.

Or I guess Belov could let Yandle shoot. That’s not what I would have advised, personally.

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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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#1 huskamania
January 01 2014, 06:32AM
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wow wow I must say with all the hate to players,seems like every post I hear is blame for Ebs,Bel or Pet, Look at the bigger picture people. First Ebs and Gags are not on team for defence, quit saying these guys need to sit or get traded for playing as the players they are, you want defensive team get different players. 2nd players are put out there to do a certain job by the coach, I always hear by the posters of what this player did or what that player did I call BS look at the coach who is putting the players out HE MAKES THOSE CHOICES just like sitting Yaks he made that happen. I blame 3 people for this lose and ever lose to follow Lowe, Eakins and the coaching staff. I am a fan and hate losing but have seen this before when there is nothing to fight for, people say fight for pride, um play the sport and it gets into your head that you are so brainwashed that you can win by willing it. Things will not change no use to get pissed and blame this guy or trade that guy, untill the team is fixed by right people put into every position starting from top , the team wont go no where btw Happy New Year

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#2 Lawndemon
January 01 2014, 12:48AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Hemsky had three defensive zone takeaways in the first period alone, and aside from that kind of committed backchecking had six different shot attempts at the Phoenix net.

I don't really think Eberle's lazy, despite that ugly play above, but I really don't know how anyone who watched tonight's game would be ripping on Hemsky's effort level.

Since when is one game enough to warrant a free pass? His body of work for the last 3 years (injuries aside) has been sorely lacking.

Moreover, anyone who watched tonight's game and gives a free pass to anyone in an Oilers jersey needs to give their head a shake. I think you may have the hockey fan equivalent of Stockholm Syndrome... Being the least useless player on the Oilers doesn't mean you are a quality asset to an NHL hockey team.

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#3 Fresh Mess
January 01 2014, 06:19AM
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The love in for Fail continues. Hilarious. I'm sure it would have been a much better result if Eakins dressed the worst player in the NHL.

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#4 OilDieHard
January 01 2014, 01:17AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Not really; I'm in Oklahoma City so the only players I have contact with are Barons.

you actually live there?? poor bugger, I feel for you! :-P

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#5 Harlie
December 31 2013, 11:47PM
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Petry sucks.

Bad backchecking by Eberle.

Belov sucks.

Bad tending by Bryzgalov.

MacT needs to find a Yandle.

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#6 drdoogie16
December 31 2013, 11:17PM
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I have better advice for Oil fans. Stop griping on this blog and get a new team already. They is the king of suck!!!!!

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#7 sureyadid
January 01 2014, 07:43AM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

Exactly!

Season tickets had been in our family since 82, I dumped them the minute they had the last lockout and so glad I did.

The no hockey for several months opened my eyes to better things and I maybe watched a handful of games the rest of that year. I have barely watched any since and I don't miss it at all.

They turned this team into a joke ever since KLowe has been involved. He can't coach so he gets to be GM and them pre and has failed every step of the way.

How long do we have to keep watching them lose when leading? How long do we have to watch them constantly be out shot? 10, 20 more years?

I don't know if I should feel sorry or laugh at the idiots spending money on tickets. Worst excuse is " I don't wanna lose the seats in the new arena".... Screw the arena and screw this team. They count on the mindless sheep supporting crap. I smartened up a bit, when will the rest?

And yet here you are, submitting your frustrations on a forum dedicated to all things Edmonton Oilers with the rest of us. You "smartened up?" I got sad news for ya, you're one of the mindless sheep just like everybody else...welcome home.

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#8 JustThink
January 01 2014, 02:22PM
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@Loweblows

You sound like a nut job. Yeah, we all get it. When Kevin Lowe was the GM he screwed this team up royally. However, where is the proof that he swayed any decision Tambo or MacT has made in the last few years? Its know it alls like yourself with no insight into what goes on in the front office that chats on the internet all day playing pretend GM that p!sses off anyone with a brain.

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#9 Lawndemon
January 01 2014, 12:23AM
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OilDieHard wrote:

^doesn't a play like that really piss a guy off or what? how many times have we seen similar plays like this from the Oil this year? love the disappearing act that is Eberle!

Eberle is a complete waste of space out there... I wonder if he and Hemsky have some kind of inside bet to see who can be the first to play soft and lazy enough to get press box time.

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#10 Rob...
December 31 2013, 11:06PM
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Boy oh boy did Eakins ever do the right thing in making Yak watch from the press box. He sure learned a valuable lesson in how to put in a solid defensive effort.

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#11 Bryzarro World
January 01 2014, 08:33AM
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@sureyadid

See you can't even handle simple concepts with that pea brain of yours. Keep spending money you knob, Katz needs idiots like you...

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#12 RexHolez
December 31 2013, 10:52PM
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I didn't watch the game tonight and I bet I'm starting the new year off in a better mood than those who did!!

Can we just pick names out of the phone book to pick a G.M!!? I'm willing to bet good money that a random edmontonian could put together a better team than this!!

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#13 Andrew
January 01 2014, 01:19AM
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Talk about regressing I can't believe how much I can't stand that useless tit Eberle. I would trade his useless and gutless ass for a bucket of donkey snot.

How bad do Eberle, Petry, Gagner and Belov have to be to stand out as lazy fly-by players when they are far from being the only guilty players? Every time that dope Dullass Eakins comes out after a game and makes those unbelievable comments about not seeing lacklustre effort just a few more goals against I perform a primal scream into my pillow.

How can this asinine situation be permitted to continue. If the GM can't deal with a 'whyo' coach like Eakins how the hell is he going to build a winning team. Not an SC winner just a solid competitive team. It's too bad the Oil faithful are faced with the fact that the GM and Hockey Ops are more interested in saving face than doing the right thing by sending the entire coaching and pro-soouting people down the road.

The Oiler organization is truly run by idiots. I feel sorry for the faithful season ticket holders who have fronted big bucks for their tickets and look what they get for their hard-earned dollars.

Apart from Taylor Hall and David Perron I sure don't see any character showing at all. What an embarrassment the organization is to proud and faithful Oiler fans.

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#14 JustThink
January 01 2014, 04:22PM
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@Loweblows

I'm not sure if you understand the definition of hypocrite. You seem to be the one condemning others (wanker?)

Anyways, why even reference Lowe if your point is about Katz not cleaning house? At this point, what would getting rid of Lowe do? According to you (and the other know it alls), he's telling MacT what to do daily. Does that mean, according to your job chart, that MacT is telling Eakins how to coach the team every practice and game? Of course not. Lowe was removed from his position as GM years ago and does not call the shots anymore, he simply still has a job with the team because his buddy is the owner. So unless you have some insider info or first hand experience with evidence that you work in the organization, your opinion is moot. Improve your reading comprehension. My post clearly said that there is no proof that Lowe has no say in the work of the GM these days so getting rid of him would do nothing in the improvement of the team. Thanks for the history lesson though. I should spend less time correcting armchair hockey managers like yourself I suppose.

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#15 oilerman53
December 31 2013, 10:45PM
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Ba Dum Bum *fist*

Then I take that fist and use my other fist and open them both up and throw my weepy face in there.

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#16 michael
January 01 2014, 09:44AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I was out grocery shopping the other day and I realized it was plus-16. In December.

Don't cry for me too hard.

I'll file this quote for later when its Tornado season in OKC and your cowering in your underground bunker.I'll take the -30 any day of the week over the "Where the hell is my house gone" kinda weather that is a regular occurrence down in that part of the US. Tornado Alley indeed.

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#17 admiralmark
December 31 2013, 11:03PM
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Don't worry everyone Eakins will send a message to the team by sitting Yakupov for "another" game. He must of had something to do with that poor play.

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#18 RexHolez
December 31 2013, 11:09PM
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RexHolez wrote:

I didn't watch the game tonight and I bet I'm starting the new year off in a better mood than those who did!!

Can we just pick names out of the phone book to pick a G.M!!? I'm willing to bet good money that a random edmontonian could put together a better team than this!!

Lets take this further! Whatever side you're on I'll put up good money that Stauffer, Lowetide, Gregor, Brownlee, Willis, jack or even Ron Burgandy could all put together a more competitive team

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#20 Jill
December 31 2013, 11:25PM
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Belov Stopped skating on the over time goal. What a terrible skater.

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#21 RexHolez
January 01 2014, 03:57AM
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lets all just be happy that #Yakcity didn't play tonight! the playoff race is too tight to give him time to build confidence!! he'll either learn how to bail out JSchultz and block shots or we'll trade him to Calgary for that stay at home dman we need like Smid!

I hate what this team has become!

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#22 Spydyr
January 01 2014, 07:05AM
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Don't eevn get me started on the smurf line of Gagner, Eberle and Horak. Is there a softer line in all the NHL? I don't think so.What is the coach thinking here?

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#23 Oiler Al
January 01 2014, 09:20AM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Hemsky had three defensive zone takeaways in the first period alone, and aside from that kind of committed backchecking had six different shot attempts at the Phoenix net.

I don't really think Eberle's lazy, despite that ugly play above, but I really don't know how anyone who watched tonight's game would be ripping on Hemsky's effort level.

Hemsky 6 shots most all from 50 ft out. He wont score to many from that far out.Cant recall when he last scored or made a meaningful play to help win a game.

I would hope he had some take aways, playing on the third line against softies.

He is so great, that two years later 29 GM.s won.t touch this guy with a 10 ft pole.

Jonathan your a strong analyst and a good scribe, but don't let the Kool Ade get to you.

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#24 Goalpost
January 01 2014, 11:04AM
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@offthebandwagon

I can't understand why they keep this loser Petry around. He's the biggest liability on the team. Ebbs didn't look hood on that play either.

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#25 Brian
December 31 2013, 11:08PM
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Relax. 6Rings has it all under control. He knows how to draft first overall If there was ever any concern. Loser.

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#26 Alsker
December 31 2013, 11:14PM
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OilDieHard wrote:

^doesn't a play like that really piss a guy off or what? how many times have we seen similar plays like this from the Oil this year? love the disappearing act that is Eberle!

Hey he's learning well from his veteran presence: Gagner.

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#27 Oiler Al
December 31 2013, 11:15PM
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Eberle on the ice for 3 Coyote goals, along with Petry. Petry was on for the last three goals.

Eakin sends out the vets .. Smyth, Gagner, Eberle, Hemsky, Petry, to protect the lead, and these Bozos get three goals scored on them when they wre suppose to be protecting a lead. What a joke.

Gagner, and Eberle on the friggin ice with less than a minute to play.. joke.

Flat foot Belov, got ten minutes of ice time , but is on the ice in the dying minutes of the game... joke

Eberles star isn't shinning to bright when hes not playing with # 4 and 93.

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#28 RexHolez
December 31 2013, 11:17PM
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Alsker wrote:

Well, we can hope for the best that Yak did learn from this experience in the pressbox and now understands as the coyotes forwards do...what he must do. Oh with both Smith and Bucky on the bench, who was with Yak upstairs to explain to him what was he was doing wrong and what was the right thing to do? Please don't tell me it kBlowe!!!!

The only thing Yak learned tonight is why he should ask for a trade!

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#29 Death Metal Nightmare
January 01 2014, 03:28AM
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this team is a bunch of child clowns and the Adults running it are even more incompetent. it's become dull and depressing.

sit Yakupov, he doesnt know how to play D. then watch your 6 million dollar child backcheck like a f---ing Coach's Kid in Peewee's. SO CLUTCH, EBERLE. YOURE A HERO OF CANADIAN CHILD HOCKEY.

everyone on this team outside of Taylor Hall (and you could make an ok case for Perron) should pretty much be destroyed.

no joke.

benching Yakupov is the least of this piece of garbage teams worries and they still do it as if it matters. "TEACH HOW TO BE CANADIAN, BOY! MACHO STYLE. HARD LOVING. I DO IRONMAN'S! FITNESS TEACHES YOU TO SURVIVE IN A MAN'S WORLD"

Lowe, Eakins GTFO

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#30 bwar
January 01 2014, 03:40AM
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SO how exactly does Gagner's no movement clause work? Seemed like he was exercising it to its fullest tonight. Yak better look out his minus lead is looking more in jeopardy everytime Gagner steps on the ice.

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#31 Lemieux66
January 01 2014, 05:03AM
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@oilerman53

Sorry bada bum fist this us not on you.

This game is lost on Belov. Belov is not good enough to play here. I am sorry. At the beginning of the year I was like wow, but now it is like wow, you are terrible. Anybody that coaches hockey or knows wtf they are talking about will look at this footage and send him packing. First he completely decides to coast into a battle behind the net which he looses and ultimately results in an amazing save by Bryan to keep it tied.

The play gets tied up in his end finally the puck gets out and he does not. Change with ample opportunity. Instead he stays out cannot keep up with whoever the Phoenix player was ( after 90 seconds could have been me in tier 8 men's) and they score.

By belov. You are not good enough!

Mike

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#32 Lofty
January 01 2014, 08:36AM
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sureyadid wrote:

And yet here you are, submitting your frustrations on a forum dedicated to all things Edmonton Oilers with the rest of us. You "smartened up?" I got sad news for ya, you're one of the mindless sheep just like everybody else...welcome home.

The Oilers are a business and its all about the money. The nation is free. Props to everyone who does not spend money on anything that supports this sham. Is it time for a public Jersey burning?

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#33 michael
January 01 2014, 11:11AM
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JW. Watching the WJHC has given me opportunity to watch Eckblad for the first time. I like what I see. Sam Rheinhart has impressed also.

Could it be possible that the Oilers wind up with 2 picks in the top 5 if they decide to trade Yakupov? Who would not look out of place with Grigerenko. The Isles free fall could also benefit the Oilers. The Isles need a winger who can snipe. Eberle? The Isles are moving to Brooklyn next season I believe. They'll need to be a lot better than they are now if they wish to compete.

MacT certainly has some decision's to make come trade deadline and at draft day. The FA market for defencemen is next to bare now that Phaneuf has signed. The rest are just fodder mostly.

If IB continues to play well. Do we resign him? Or is he in play on trade deadline day? DD will bounce back but as an upcoming UFA Will MacT resign him for another 2 years at 4.0 million? I don't think that will happen.DD has not shown he is a number 1 consistently enough though his numbers say he is in the midrange of NHL goalies. He gives up the goals that kill you.

The defence will definitely see an overhaul this off season. Hopefully MacT will look to NA rather than Europe for the solutions he needs.

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#34 Bryzarro World
December 31 2013, 10:57PM
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This team blows. A TOTAL joke. From 6 rings to the assistants to every freaking one in between.

My resolution is to not watch another oilers game or spend another cent on them until Kblowe is gone.

Until then I will just hang out here and watch the suffering from afar...

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#35 Rob Gilgan
December 31 2013, 11:19PM
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Been a fan of Jordan Eberle since the get-go, but he quits on plays. Yandle's goal is on him. If he hadn't quit, Petry and Belov would have handled Yandle and there would have been a different outcome. Bet Eakins doesn't have balls enough to sit Eberle for a little look-see.

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#37 Bryzarro World
January 01 2014, 01:36AM
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@Tuningout

They're idiots. They have sales on different items each game and people eat it up. They stand around like morons bitching and complaining but unwilling to do what needs to be done. Katz banks on those people because without sheep like that he wouldn't have bought the team.

I have been a fan since my first birthday which is 30+ years ago and honestly, I don't care anymore. I'm done and if the coach or anyone else wants to call me a quitter I got 2 words for ya... "SUCK IT"

"The road dog" Jessie James and "Bad ass" Billy Gunn could do a better job on the ice than this bunch of heartless turds.

Oh and to the media that has their BS excuse "You go try it tough guy. It is a hard sport", guess what... LIFE IS HARD! There are MANY jobs that are MUCH harder and people do them DAILY, not once every few days. If we did our jobs as poorly as these aholes we'd be canned a LONG time ago.

PEACE OUT

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#38 SRELIOFAN
January 01 2014, 01:48AM
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Derian Hatcher wrote:

why in the name of curt brackenbury did Belov stop skating for 3 strides??? What the frick is wrong with 14, 2 & 77 that they did not (could not???) recognize the immediate danger. Un frickn believable. Have a great New Year in Phoenix boys....you've earned it! Out

*drops Mic and walks off stage *

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#39 TDSM31
January 01 2014, 03:02AM
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I know this is totally off topic of the main concerns about the Oilers ineptitude but whats with the announcers overtime call of "...Keith Yandle...USA!!!.."?? WTF...this is all of a sudden a battle of international supremacy?? Most of the players on the ice on any given night are Canadian but do you hear any other commentators shouting "Canada!!" after a game winning goal by the multitude of Canadians that score?? I know its trivial but listening to that made me want to jump through the screen and strangle that douchebag announcer. F*ck, I'm so pissed about the state of this organization right now I can't stand it....every little thing is making me snap.

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#40 G-Unit
January 01 2014, 12:18PM
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That loss falls 100% on Eakins. Argue whatever you want about mistakes in the game, but the line he had come out with a minute left and a defensive zone draw is laughable. Gordon (ok), Hemsky (??) and Smyth(?????????). How do we not have 2 more defensive fourth liners that can shut down for 60 seconds? Unbelievable. I was against changing coaches again for this season, because of the optics, but I might be fine with another change this summer. Unforgivable to dump 3 points like that.

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#41 Loweblows
January 01 2014, 03:17PM
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JustThink wrote:

You sound like a nut job. Yeah, we all get it. When Kevin Lowe was the GM he screwed this team up royally. However, where is the proof that he swayed any decision Tambo or MacT has made in the last few years? Its know it alls like yourself with no insight into what goes on in the front office that chats on the internet all day playing pretend GM that p!sses off anyone with a brain.

Actually the point I was trying to get across was that Katz is responsible for letting the madness continue by not making the changes necessary ie. getting rid of KLowe and Bucky and Smith. I would suggest that you improve your reading comprehension. Nero was a Roman Emperor who according to legend allowed Rome to burn. Inwould suggest you improve your history. And in conclusion it is obvious that you are a hypocrite by posting your insight and condemning others. What a wanker!

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#42 Alsker
December 31 2013, 11:10PM
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Well, we can hope for the best that Yak did learn from this experience in the pressbox and now understands as the coyotes forwards do...what he must do. Oh with both Smith and Bucky on the bench, who was with Yak upstairs to explain to him what was he was doing wrong and what was the right thing to do? Please don't tell me it kBlowe!!!!

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#43 Tuningout
December 31 2013, 11:29PM
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Bryzarro World wrote:

This team blows. A TOTAL joke. From 6 rings to the assistants to every freaking one in between.

My resolution is to not watch another oilers game or spend another cent on them until Kblowe is gone.

Until then I will just hang out here and watch the suffering from afar...

It is sad. Even worse it's pathetic. Honestly I think I would still be watching if it wasn't for the lockout. I was a fan, the lockout made me realize it's just an entertainment business. Then the lockout ended and slowly I have come to the realization that I'm not being entertained. The oilers aren't my "boys". They're a bunch of highly paid kids and young men that are not getting a penny more of my money that could be going to my family or myself.

Though I do still love oilersnation :)

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#44 Bryzarro World
December 31 2013, 11:59PM
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@Tuningout

Exactly!

Season tickets had been in our family since 82, I dumped them the minute they had the last lockout and so glad I did.

The no hockey for several months opened my eyes to better things and I maybe watched a handful of games the rest of that year. I have barely watched any since and I don't miss it at all.

They turned this team into a joke ever since KLowe has been involved. He can't coach so he gets to be GM and them pre and has failed every step of the way.

How long do we have to keep watching them lose when leading? How long do we have to watch them constantly be out shot? 10, 20 more years?

I don't know if I should feel sorry or laugh at the idiots spending money on tickets. Worst excuse is " I don't wanna lose the seats in the new arena".... Screw the arena and screw this team. They count on the mindless sheep supporting crap. I smartened up a bit, when will the rest?

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#46 Slavelakeoilers
January 01 2014, 03:04AM
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I followed the oilers for years. Now I am living in Asia. I paid my money to watch them on the internet. I don't even watch anymore or visit oiler web site. I give up wasting my time on this bunch. Klowe and his cronies. I wonder when they will wake up.

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#47 Spurzey
January 01 2014, 06:22AM
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Anybody see the play where Horak sets up Gags to come around front and get stopped by Greiss. Horak then is digging for the rebound and gets tossed to the ice by two or three dmen. Gags is already watching the replay with his mouth guard hanging out to see how cute he looks. He has no intent at all to come to his teammates aide. He just needs to see himself on the big screen. That folks is what is wrong with this team.

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#48 michael
January 01 2014, 09:39AM
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Petry still making first year mistakes 250 games into his NHL career. Yak has not even played a 82 games and Eakins beats him down like sledgehammer on a post.

Belov is not,not, an NHL defenceman. He should be in OKC. Or the KHL. He has found out quickly this season that the gap between being a defenceman in the KHL and one in the NHL is not so small a gap. I believe he will make a good NHL defenceman in 2-3 season. But right now he is at best a 6-7. His lack of physicality showed on that GWG by the Yotes.

JW my biggest concern was that Belov was on the ice at all in that last minute. Eakins/Smith rotated their dmen poorly. Ference with the most experience needs to be on the ice at that point. Why waste him beforehand playing on offense? Frustrating.

MacT needs another NHL Dman and he needs it sooner than later.

What would it take to get a guy like Matt Greene from LA? Or Braydon Coburn?

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#49 wizeman
January 01 2014, 11:26AM
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Im not an oiler fan but a hockey fan here in Edmonton. Sadly the defence is not of NHL quality and the constant thru the last four years has been the assistant coaches. They had no prior experience prior to their hire in Edmonton. The scouting staff has to be the worst in the league. Beside the first overall picks, not one other pick from the last six years is on the team or pushing existing players for playing time. Other teams expect at least one player from the draft to be ready for primetime in two to three years.Reports from OKC indicate that Klefbom has been scratched for a couple of games (sound familiar)and is not close to being ready for the NHL. Given all of the above you will not see any vast improvement in this team for at least two to three years. The only thing MacT has left is trading existing players. In my opinion the organization has historically over valued its assets and other clubs know this.

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#50 Sisyphus
January 01 2014, 11:44AM
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K_Mart wrote:

This team doesn't need a d man who is 4 years away from being nhl ready. It needs a d man that is ready to go right now.

Ebs, Yak, or the Pick should be pushed in order to bring in a top pairing d man asap.

I still say Ebs is the only one of those 3 who could bring in a top pairing guy alone. If the Oilers weren't dealing from such an obvious position of weakness/desperation, Yak might have been enough, but every GM in the league can smell blood. They know MacT doesn't really have the luxury of time, of waiting for the right deal, and they're going to take advantage of that. What's worse, however, is that even if you trade Ebs for a top-pairing Dman, you still have a mostly terrible Dcorps otherwise, and outside of Hall/Perron, not much skill in forwards, and no solid franchise goalie. You'll have plugged one hole on a ship filled with them.

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