GDB 42.0: GOODBYE 2013...

Jason Gregor
December 31 2013 03:16PM

2013 has not been a good year for the Oilers.

They won 32 of 89 games going 32-46-11, and only Florida (71) and Buffalo (74) compiled fewer points than the Oilers' 75. It was not a banner calendar year for the Oilers, and tonight they will try to end a disturbing trend vs. one of the top teams in the western conference.

The Oilers are 1-11-1 against the top-eight teams in the west since October and have been outscored 53-27. They beat Colorado 8-2, but in the other 12 games they've been dominated by combined scores of 51-19.

Opponents    Record         GF-GA            SF-SA
Anaheim:           0-1                2-3              25-34
Chicago:            0-2                5-10            48-63
Colorado:          1-1               10-6             57-74
Los Angeles:    0-1-1            1-4               40-88
Phoenix:             0-2               6-11             63-61
San Jose:          0-1               1-3               31-37
St.Louis:            0-1                0-6              23-33
Vancouver:         0-2               2-10            42-84

The Oilers have given up143 more shots than they've taken during these thirteen games. On average they've been outshot by 11 shots. The Canucks and Kings have thoroughly dominated the Oilers, but the only current playoff team they've outshot is the Coyotes. They have to continue that tonight if they have any hope of beating the Coyotes.

The above stats illustrate just how far the Oilers need to go to become a playoff team. It's a bitter reality pill, but one the organization needs to be aware of. There are no short cuts or easy paths to becoming an elite team in the NHL, and the Oilers need to work on becoming more competitive against the top teams.

It won't happen overnight, because their talent level isn't going to magically increase, but their core players should be inspired to work harder and smarter against the best teams.

LINEUP

Hall-RNH-Perron
Horak-Gagner-Eberle
Smyth-Gordon-Hemsky
Joensuu-Lander-Gazdic

Ference-J.Schultz
N.Schultz-Petry
Belov-Marincin

Bryzgalov

Roman Horak will play his 83rd NHL game tonight and first as an Oiler after coming to Edmonton in the Ladislav Smid trade. Horak has been playing centre in OKC, but he'll play the wing tonight. He hasn't shown enough offence at the AHL level (27-25-52 in 104 games) or in the NHL (5-13-18 in 82 games) to be considered a top-six forward, but Oklahoma head coach Todd Nelson thinks he could be a solid two-way 3rd liner.

Nail Yakupov will watch from the pressbox tonight. Dallas Eakins had this to say about Yakupov after the morning skate, "We're going to get him back in the lineup ASAP. I'm going to do some things differently and so is he. The plan is one game."

Eakins hinted that he will play Yakupov with Gagner and Eberle when he returns and he'll keep him there if Yakupov is more committed away from the puck, especially in the defensive zone. Many feel that the Oilers should automatically give Yakupov significant minutes, and while I agree players need to play in order to improve, Yakupov has to show that he is willing to learn to be committed.

I don't blame Yakupov for not being great defensively. Prior to playing in the NHL he didn't have to worry too much about the defensive side of the game, because he was so dynamic offensively. That changes when players reach the NHL, and it is up to the individual player to adapt.

If Yakupov shows a new dedication and awareness to the defensive side of the game, his offence will improve, but if he struggles learning to play defence, which would be understandable considering he's trying to do it in the toughest league in the world, why wouldn't the Oilers consider a short stint in the American Hockey League?

I've yet to see one legitimate reason why the Oilers couldn't let Yakupov gain confidence and improve his defensive game in the AHL.

Would 10-15 games in the AHL ruin him? I don't think so.

Also, the threat of him bolting to the KHL is a hollow threat. The KHL honours NHL contracts now, and he has one with the Oilers until the spring of 2015. Does anyone honestly believe that if he returned from the AHL a better player, had a strong final 20 games and a good NHL season next year that he would still hold a grudge over a one month stint in the AHL? I sure hope not.

Who cares if his agent Igor Larionov spouts off again? When he and Yakupov went public earlier this year it didn't cause a major disruption. It was talked about for a day and then people forgot about it. I'd like to believe that the Oilers organization has thick enough skin to not let a vocal agent dissuade them from making a move that will benefit the player and their organization long term.

Maybe this one-game benching will grab Yakupov's attention and he'll realize in order to succeed in today's NHL you need to be responsible in both ends of the rink. Time will tell, but if he struggles with his defensive assignments, I would strongly consider a stint in the AHL. I don't consider a stint in the AHL a negative.

Most players need time to develop and the goal of the Oilers and Yakupov should be to improve his overall game, and if a stint in the minors is the best option, then they should take advantage of it.

I understand the situation is different, but when Hall went to the minors he wanted to focus on becoming a better passer. In his first 136 NHL games Hall had 46 assists. In the 79 games since playing in the AHL he has 54 helpers. He used his time in the AHL to improve his passing, and he admitted it was much easier honing that skill in the AHL than it was against the best players in the NHL.

COMPARISONS...

I've noticed many feel that Yakupov hasn't been given the same opportunities as Hall, RNH or Eberle. Of course he hasn't, because every situation is different. Every situation is different, and when Yakupov came here the Oilers already had RNH, Hall and Eberle, something those three didn't have to deal with when they entered the league.

The other main difference is their production. Yakupov had one outstanding month, one good one (January) and he's been consistent in the other five, but not been nearly as effective. That isn't a knock on Yakupov, just the .

Month GP G A PTS
January 7 4 1 5
February 12 2 4 6
March 15 0 4 4
April 14 11 4 15
October 12 1 2 3
November 13 3 3 6
December 14 2 3 5
Totals 87 23 22 45

Yakuopov had an outstanding April, and he produced 1/3 of his career totals in those 14 games. In the other 73 games he has 12 goals and 30 points. He has struggled a bit adapting to the NHL, which is understandable, and by no means would a short stint in the AHL suggest he can't be an effective NHL player.

I believe the benefits from a stint in the AHL would significantly outweigh seeing him play limited minutes in the NHL>

Every player will mature and produce at different rates, so no one should have expected that Yakupov, just because he was a #1 pick, would automatically produce or develop at the same rate as Hall or Nugent-Hopkins.

They had different linemates and they are different players. Hall is more dynamic and Nugent-Hopkins has a much more complete overall game. I think is it unfair to expect them to all produce the same, and it is unrealistic to expect them to be used the same.

The most important thing when it comes to Yakupov is ensuring he develops properly. Much of that is on him, as Struds pointed out in his article, but the Oilers are also responsible for watching how he develops. If he continues to struggle in the NHL, then they must strongly consider sending him to OKC.

TONIGHT....

GAME DAY PREDICTION: At some point they have to beat one of the top teams, don't they? They end 2013 with a 4-3win.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Perron, three goals, is the only Oiler dressed tonight who has scored against the Coyotes this year, (Acton, Jones, Pitlick also scored). He continues to produce against the Dogs picking up a goal and an assist.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Bryzgalov plays his first game with his new mask and plays great stopping 34 of 35 shots. He makes a save with the right side of his mask and after the game credits his son's drawing for that stop.

 

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

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#1 FlamesRule
December 31 2013, 04:03PM
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Would you guys please get your act together and get ahead of us in the standings...you're hogging all the first overalls!

Happy New Year Oiler fans!

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#2 6 ring circus
December 31 2013, 04:47PM
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Does anyone else have the same bad feeling Eakins will be coaching Edmonton longer than Yakopov will be playing here?

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#3 papler
December 31 2013, 03:36PM
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oilers lose 5-2. Gagner floats around in the D-zone covering no one and gets a -3. Horak scores a goal on the powerplay and even Eakins wonders why he was out there. Oilers allow a shorthander on that same powerplay. Happy new year everyone.

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#4 Arius Mumin
December 31 2013, 09:43PM
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Bryzgalov is beating Petry in the locker-room at this very moment.

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#5 They're $hittie
December 31 2013, 03:47PM
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best family picture ever

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#6 Robin Brownlee
December 31 2013, 03:26PM
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Oilers win 4-3. Yakupov doesn't get the winner.

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#7 Taylor Gang
December 31 2013, 03:33PM
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Oilers win 2-1 in a very boring game. The music is better in Phoenix than Edmonton

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#8 RexHolez
December 31 2013, 10:07PM
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bulldog12 wrote:

Instead of continuously ripping on Gagner,watch non factor Hemsky. He accomplishes absolutely nothing. How many points has he got in the last 10 games. Other than the 5 ft high pass to Smyth for an assist. I will take Gagner over him any day. The trade deadline can't come soon enough.

How old are you?? Do you remember the '06 playoff run?? Without hemsky getting us past detroit that would of been fictional! Hemmer is the only 1st rnd draft pick from that era that ever worked out. Hemmer is probably the only reason Lowe and MacT still have jobs with this organization!! Hemsky carried this organization for a decade!! He's the reason Horcoff got his contract. Extended smyttys career and took the pressure off hall when he was growing up. I'd like to personally thank Hemsky for wasting his career keeping this franchise afloat! If you have a problem with hemmer you have a problem with me

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#9 HardBoiledOil
December 31 2013, 10:25PM
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Harlie wrote:

Wow, I wonder what Brizz yelled at Petry just after the puck went in?

"Why heff to be so bad, Zef?

I have seen him yelling at the d-men on more than one occasion....that's fine by me!

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#10 Oilers4ever
December 31 2013, 09:43PM
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And the edmonton arseholes blow another one. Well done losers.

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#11 Alsker
December 31 2013, 09:45PM
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Oh well, for the second game in a row the team that played better won the game. Got to feel for Bryz, back to back star worthy performances and his team lets him down. Happy New Year everyone.

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#12 Johnnydapunk
December 31 2013, 09:46PM
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That was a sh*tshow...

I will be shocked if The Bryz sticks with the Oil as the last couple of games he is looking more and more annoyed with being hung out to dry. He looked pretty pissed off...

I feel sorry for him.

I'm off to drink and forget the standings and all this bollocks.

Happy New Year to all whenever it happens to be for you.

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#13 Danger Pay
December 31 2013, 04:15PM
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FlamesRule wrote:

Would you guys please get your act together and get ahead of us in the standings...you're hogging all the first overalls!

Happy New Year Oiler fans!

Flames rule about as much as MacDonald's coffee, only Good for one Cup!

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#14 Lawndemon
December 31 2013, 09:32PM
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This just in - Petry is a terrible hockey player. Poor Bryz...

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#15 FlamesRule
December 31 2013, 04:19PM
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Danger Pay wrote:

Flames rule about as much as MacDonald's coffee, only Good for one Cup!

Your choice in coffee matches your choice in teams

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#16 Oilcruzer
December 31 2013, 04:26PM
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Yak's stats are one thing, but Yak is one of the all time ugliest women I have ever seen.

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#17 The PUZ
December 31 2013, 04:49PM
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Yakupov is NOT the problem. Eakins should sit in the press box with Bucky, Smith and Acton to see what actual NHL coaching looks like. "6 Rings" and "Bold Moves" have provided ZERO support to their star players. This does not allow these players to thrive in roles that they are familiar with. This is odd as Lowe and MacT have made careers off of the backs of star players. Mid-term grade for coaching/management in Edmonton=F.

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#18 ValleyviewSports
December 31 2013, 10:10PM
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RexHolez wrote:

How old are you?? Do you remember the '06 playoff run?? Without hemsky getting us past detroit that would of been fictional! Hemmer is the only 1st rnd draft pick from that era that ever worked out. Hemmer is probably the only reason Lowe and MacT still have jobs with this organization!! Hemsky carried this organization for a decade!! He's the reason Horcoff got his contract. Extended smyttys career and took the pressure off hall when he was growing up. I'd like to personally thank Hemsky for wasting his career keeping this franchise afloat! If you have a problem with hemmer you have a problem with me

Preach! Hemmer needs to be here till he retires. He is really our 2nd best player over 200ft. K, maybe 3rd.

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#19 michael
December 31 2013, 10:28PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

OT goal was Belov's fault, nothing to do with Petry. What was with the hesitation to close Yandle down? Belov is responsible for that one, plain and simple.

Belov is not responsible for that goal. Eakins is responsible for putting out Belov in the last minute of a period. No NHL experience going into the season and Yandle plays him like a fiddle. WTF was Eakins thinking putting him out there. You need experience out on the ice.

I told my wife this was going to happen. You could see how the d was being cycled through and this is what happens when you get a Rookie coach. Not thinking ahead. At all.

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#20 Hockey fan 1976
December 31 2013, 07:48PM
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If it wasn't for Hall, Nuge and Bryz this game is as usual a freaking joke. Gags sucks so bad why is he not getting the press box as well? That's right, Eakins likes him.

This is honestly my last post until Eakins is fired. He's an arrogant, self-absorbed a-hole.

Good luck Oiler fans, have fun cheering for this awful team. Not the players fault at all which is the real tragedy here.

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#21 The Soup Fascist
December 31 2013, 07:32PM
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Now this is TEAMWORK.

With Yak in the pressbox requiring real time knowledge of how to play in his own zone, his teammates graciously comply by not leaving their own end of the ice.

Brings a tear to your eye, don't it.

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#22 Harlie
December 31 2013, 09:52PM
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Wow, I wonder what Brizz yelled at Petry just after the puck went in?

"Why heff to be so bad, Zef?

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#23 spliff
December 31 2013, 10:38PM
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Not a big Eakins fan, obviously because we suck, but I can't direct anger at coaches anymore. This team is missing significant pieces, but his has been talked about on this blog so many times its pointless to continue to discuss it.

There is something that bothers me though, why let Souray go for nothing? Piss poor management.

Why let Smid go for next to nothing? Again, piss poor management.

I'm not sure how MacT plans on upgrading his defense? I really can't see this team being able to improve unless at least 5 - 6 major changes take place, but how the hell can we get these pieces?

Also, if MacT thinks Gagner is a good hockey player with character then am I missing something? When MacT says sh*t like that it makes me question his ability, which makes the future of this team very questionable.

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#24 Kevin
December 31 2013, 09:51PM
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and Bellov - what a great find Mac T- you and six cups know talent !! Wonder if that was a scouting trip the three blind mice went on to Russia on the fans dime to sign this gem. I note the Smid trade brought in another no pulse Oiler- how do you spell JOKE ???

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#25 Lawndemon
December 31 2013, 09:53PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

OT goal was Belov's fault, nothing to do with Petry. What was with the hesitation to close Yandle down? Belov is responsible for that one, plain and simple.

When you watch the replay you will notice the Petry gong show at the Phoenix blue line... Watch him gain the zone, stumble around a bit, turn his back to the play, kick the puck to Yandle, back check in slow motion.

Sadly, Belov is just as bad... He should go back to Russia and take Petry with him.

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#26 FktheseOilers
December 31 2013, 09:54PM
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LOL, this team man is such a fkin joke. Petry amzazing pass....then Belov half asses to break up the breakaway after your fkin goalie been bailing the team out the entire game. Fk I haven't played in 10 years I bet I could win a fkin puck battle once or twice a game Oilers are lucky to win that in a entire fkin game. 4-3 PP fkin pass fest and no one wants to just grow a fkin set and just go for it. Geez this team sucks.

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#27 Old Timer
December 31 2013, 03:47PM
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Oil win 4-2 with Smytty getting an EN. Bryz's new mask is awesome by the way.

Completely off topic though - How about that Curtis Lazar kid. It would have been nice for the Oil to pick him up from Ottawa but I'm afraid his price tag has gone away up in the last week.

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#28 Thomas
December 31 2013, 03:59PM
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You just don't send a first overall pick to the AHL. Too many goons down there that will target him. The only reason Hall and Nuge where there was due to the Lock out and the league address the issue of targeting player during that time. Ask Hall, Nuge and Eberle if it helped them. It didn't ! Infact it was a huge adjustment for them due the scrambly ,disorganized play. But go ahead send Yak down and turn him into Paul Comrie.

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#29 admiralmark
December 31 2013, 09:45PM
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D-Unit wrote:

#1 Yak isn't being asked to produce on the 4th line, he is being asked not to F___ Up. No one is expecting Yak to get hat tricks on the 4th line.

#2 Gagner definitely needs some time in the press box. But who is supposed to play centre in his place right now? Options are pretty limited at this point. Would you like Yak at 2C? Or do you want an AHL call up?

Hmmmm i dont know? I seem to remember this player called Arcobello that up until a week ago(injured) was clearly superior to Gagner in the 2C role. And yet Gagner continued to crap the bed with no repercussions.

When the season has zero chance at playoffs what does it matter? Put Boyd Gordon at 2C for a game or 2? The point is different standards for players sends a poor message. How long do we need Gagner to get the message his poor defensive play doesnt matter because management is gonna coddle him?

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#30 Oiler Al
December 31 2013, 10:53PM
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Yes, maybe Yak, needs a game up in the press box... How about sending Eberle up there with him.. #14 was on the ice for three Coyotes goals, along with Petry.

And what the fflux was Eberle , Gagner and Belov doing on the ice on the last minute of the game.

Hair, didn't have the confidence to play Belov all game , only 10 min. of ice,yet puts him on the ice in the last minute.

The first line and Bryz worked their butts off, too bad the other clowns didn't show up.

Speaking of clowns, none bigger than Hemsky, hasn't contributed sheet in the last dozen games. jTired of watching this useless Glider play.

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#31 Taylor Gang
December 31 2013, 04:34PM
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FlamesRule wrote:

Your choice in coffee matches your choice in teams

McDonald's coffee is unreal, don't hate

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#32 ValleyviewSports
December 31 2013, 10:08PM
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Night in night out, Petry scares me more than any other dman. He needs a one way ticket to out of here, quick.

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#33 TeddyTurnbuckle
December 31 2013, 05:16PM
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@FlamesRule

Ha! Good one. I laughed pretty hard. We are trying but since we are down here we might as well get Mcdavid too.

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#34 Alsker
December 31 2013, 07:17PM
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Who's in the pressbox with Yak explaining the difference between what he's doing wrong and what the coyote forwards are doing right?

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#35 bwar
December 31 2013, 08:03PM
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Are we winning? I wasn't aware that was an option.

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#36 admiralmark
December 31 2013, 08:38PM
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Once again another commentary that leaves out the detail that Gagner has been playing as bad or worse then Yak with zero repercussions. he continues to get better linemates, more minutes, PP time you name it. Yet Yak is put down on the 4th line and asked to produce.

Like you said in reference to EBS , Hall, and Nuge that they were given the slack because of the lack of talented players above them. That was then and this is now. But "right now" Gagner is playing like crap. Game in game out horrendous play and yet he gets a flyer and nobody in the MSM is willing to point out the outright favortism this player has been recieving for a very long time. Where's the accountability there? The same thing is now happening with Gagner that has happened with Hemsky. recognize the players with defficiancies in the system and trade them before the other 30 teams know as well or be stuck with them.

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#37 D-Unit
December 31 2013, 09:54PM
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admiralmark wrote:

Hmmmm i dont know? I seem to remember this player called Arcobello that up until a week ago(injured) was clearly superior to Gagner in the 2C role. And yet Gagner continued to crap the bed with no repercussions.

When the season has zero chance at playoffs what does it matter? Put Boyd Gordon at 2C for a game or 2? The point is different standards for players sends a poor message. How long do we need Gagner to get the message his poor defensive play doesnt matter because management is gonna coddle him?

I was not meaning to defend Gagners playing, just at this moment no one really to replace him. If Arcobello was healthy, I would have him in 82 games instead if Gagner.

If I had my way, Gagner would be playing for any of the other 29 teams in the league, would have never got a $4.8 deal, and even at league minimum I wouldn't have given him any sort of NTC verbal or actual. I have been thinking Gagner should be traded going on 7 years now. He has never been an answer to who should be a centre for the Edmonton Oilers.

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#38 Rod from Viking
December 31 2013, 10:19PM
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How many games would have ended differently if the Oilers had a couple real NHL shut down D-men to put out at the end of the periods and game when you are leading, might as send Grebeskov and Belov back to the KHL asap, Yak would have looked good out there on the 4 on 3, did anyone else notice the Oiler fan behind Eakins in the Yakapov jersey.

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#39 Bryzarro World
December 31 2013, 10:38PM
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I am SICK of this garbage!!!

How many FREAKING years do we have to endure this crap!! CONSTANTLY outshot! CONSTANTLY tank at the end! CAN'T hold a lead to save their children's lives!!!

Pathetic!

Flush EVERYONE out already! From that douche 6 rings all the way down to Moss!

This management team can't find talented, useful players. The coach can't get anyone to play for him and the players themselves are embarrassing!!

Belov and Petry are freaking tools and not even useful ones.

Glad it's New Year's Eve, we can drink and forget about this joke for at least one night.

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#40 RexHolez
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Serious Gord wrote:

Then I have a problem with you.

Hemsky has been a waste of cap space for over two years now.

Lowes deputy signing him to a contract so ridiculous that he is virtually untradable.

He brings nothing to this team that it doesn't already have a surplus of.

Should have been bought out but now is an albatross on a team that has a flock of them.

I'm gonna have a field day with this one! where even to begin!? lets run down your list

Waste of cap space?? how so? is dubnyk not making enough for his quality goaltending? is gagner not happy with 3.5... does Eberle want more than 6? who havnt we paid enough cuz hemmers contract is hampering us?

untradeable?? would you rather have him locked up for the next 5 years? he's off the books at the end of the year. if im gearing up for a palyoff run i'm very interested in a ppg player who's contract I don't have to worry about.

brings nothing to this team is your last point... that doesn't even dignify a response

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#41 Rama Lama
December 31 2013, 04:02PM
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I do believe that you can teach a little defensive play in the NHL, but only if you are getting adequate minutes.

Struds pointed this out and I have to agree with him........IMHO the more important issue with Yaks is his inability to play a team game........all too often he wants to dangle through the entire opposition line-up.

I'm praying he does not turn out to be the second coming of Hemsky.......tons of talent playing solo in a team game is not my idea of development.

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#42 bwar
December 31 2013, 07:06PM
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Roman Horak playing on Gagner's wing? Yup obviously what this club has been missing this whole time. I see nothing but great things ahead in 2014.

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#43 admiralmark
December 31 2013, 10:03PM
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D-Unit wrote:

I was not meaning to defend Gagners playing, just at this moment no one really to replace him. If Arcobello was healthy, I would have him in 82 games instead if Gagner.

If I had my way, Gagner would be playing for any of the other 29 teams in the league, would have never got a $4.8 deal, and even at league minimum I wouldn't have given him any sort of NTC verbal or actual. I have been thinking Gagner should be traded going on 7 years now. He has never been an answer to who should be a centre for the Edmonton Oilers.

Well then you and I are completely on the same page. Happy New Year my fellow suffering Oil fan!

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#44 cubsfan
December 31 2013, 10:09PM
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i debated watching this game but didnt want to ruin the last day of 2013 watching half arse hockey...

watched Chick-fil-a bowl

Johnny Footballs last college game(?)

Texas A&M 52 Duke 48......great game.....way more entertaining than oilers games

if youve never watched NCAA football.....try it.....in many ways more entertaining than NFL......closer to CFL brand/game excitement

good choice by me.....happy new year all

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#45 Retsinnab5
December 31 2013, 05:43PM
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Oilers score 3 goals in the first period and look outstanding. Then $hit the bed in the second and third and lose 5-3 and go 0 for 5 on the PP.

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#46 bwar
December 31 2013, 07:09PM
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Honestly wrote:

Watching the WJ I can't decide which I'd like to see more in oilers silk, Ekblad or Reinhart. Both are playing key roles with the team as underagers and both look great defensively. Suter has these guys out when they need a shut down. What say you nation? Ekblad or Reinhart?

Ekblad. Why? We already have one #1 overall forward playing on the 4th line / sitting in the pressbox.

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#47 bazmagoo
December 31 2013, 09:44PM
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OT goal was Belov's fault, nothing to do with Petry. What was with the hesitation to close Yandle down? Belov is responsible for that one, plain and simple.

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#48 DrDave
December 31 2013, 03:30PM
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End this year on the right note and carry it forward into 2014! GOILERS!!!

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#49 Serious Gord
December 31 2013, 06:54PM
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Rod from Viking wrote:

Maybe Brent Sutter should be the other coach they have talked about adding, make Eakins pick up his game, he knows a bit about winning as well 2 rings more thaan Eakins.

No way they hire sutter - he is too high a stature - and thus would challenge the Edmonton old boy hierarchy. Just look at all of lowes hires - only Quinn had stature and he was hired by tambo on the understanding that it was a transitional position.

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#50 Serious Gord
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RexHolez wrote:

How old are you?? Do you remember the '06 playoff run?? Without hemsky getting us past detroit that would of been fictional! Hemmer is the only 1st rnd draft pick from that era that ever worked out. Hemmer is probably the only reason Lowe and MacT still have jobs with this organization!! Hemsky carried this organization for a decade!! He's the reason Horcoff got his contract. Extended smyttys career and took the pressure off hall when he was growing up. I'd like to personally thank Hemsky for wasting his career keeping this franchise afloat! If you have a problem with hemmer you have a problem with me

Then I have a problem with you.

Hemsky has been a waste of cap space for over two years now.

Lowes deputy signing him to a contract so ridiculous that he is virtually untradable.

He brings nothing to this team that it doesn't already have a surplus of.

Should have been bought out but now is an albatross on a team that has a flock of them.

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