ABOUT THAT FAST START . . .

Robin Brownlee
February 20 2013 12:09AM

With 33 games remaining in this shortened 48-game NHL season it's premature for those of us who thought (or hoped) the Edmonton Oilers had an opportunity to make the playoffs to write-off their post-season chances for a seventh straight season, but those so inclined might want to get started.

What those of us – there were many – who picked the Oilers to sneak in based, at least partially, on the feeling that Ralph Krueger's team would get off to a quick start because so many core players were tearing it up in Oklahoma City and elsewhere, can't argue is that premise is officially shot to hell now.

The Oilers are 6-6-3 for 15 points after Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. And, while that leaves them just two points out of a playoff position with 66 points remaining on the table, what we've seen so far hardly qualifies as a fast start.

Yes, it's better than the 4-8-3 record for 11 points they had after 15 games in 2010-11, when they finished 30th, but well off the 20 points (9-4-2) they had last season when they finished, ahem, 29th. It's a record that'll likely look a helluva lot worse by the time the "hurry hard" types vacate Rexall Place after the Brier – an event that puts the Oilers on the road for nine straight games.

It oughta be a barrel of laughs around here by March 12.

 

ARE HAVING FUN YET?

Dissecting why the Oilers find themselves where they are today makes for great copy in the daily sheets and blogs everywhere – and we'll get a heaping helping of that in coming days and weeks by media types patrolling the rink and those nowhere near it – but the fineries of why, or why not, is wearing mighty thin with fans who expected more. Results, please.

With the fast start angle out the window, one glance at the schedule tells fans yet another season could go south in a hurry. After closing out this homestand against Minnesota and Phoenix, the Oilers embark on that nine-game swing, and it's hardly a stroll down the garden path.

The fun begins in Chicago (they're pretty good right now), where they play twice during the trip, and wraps up in Denver, where I'm guessing a weary outfit might have issues with altitude in the Mile High City. The other stops are in Dallas, St. Louis, Minnesota, Columbus, Detroit and Nashville.

I'm not seeing a bushel of easily acquired points on that trip. By the time the Oilers return, they'll have played 26 games. How many points out of a playoff position might they be by then? Six? Eight? They could be closer to 15th place than eighth by then, no? Fast start my eye.

A real laugh riot, this bunch.

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#51 Crackenbury
February 20 2013, 10:08AM
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@VK63

I think there have been a few more moves than you're implying; Bergevin, Cunneyworth, Therrien, Gomez to name a few. I'd think swapping out GM's is fairly significant.

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#52 Sanaa Montana
February 20 2013, 10:09AM
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Oilers number one problem is the coaching, and the lines that are the product of stubborn coach. Krueger maybe a good life coach for some but he isn't a good hockey coach for the Oilers.

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#53 michael
February 20 2013, 10:10AM
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As far as the road trip goes Brownlee.A 3-6 road trip see's ST "body of work" out on his ass. The Oilers come back from this roadtrip 15th in the conference it'll be time to for a change to take place and a new GM in place before the trade deadline. Just sayin.The "expectations" are that we are no longer a 15th place team. In one sense I am rootin for a 3-6 roadtrip but on the other hand the diehard fan in me wants us to succeed in spite of our recent travails.

The NHL has become a league once again where size matters.The refs no longer call the stick infractions. Remember the San Jose game? Where was that last night? A LA King could have rode on Taylor Halls back and it would not have been called. The league can't make its mind up.Sad

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#54 Todd
February 20 2013, 10:11AM
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Crackenbury wrote:

Haven't posted in over a year. The low expectations article by Strudwick got my attention. I'm wondering how an article like that would go over in Montreal? Many considered Montreal to have a very bleak future just 2 years ago. Today they're in first place. Why? Their fans demand it! The crap we've been subjected to for too many years wouldn't cut it there. The Oilers have some serious shortcomings even the average fan can see. Size down the middle and on the top two lines. It's been a problem for years yet Tambo sits on his hands and does nothing. How many times have we heard about a trade that almost happened during the year after the season is over?

As long as the fans in Edmonton keep drinking the kool-aid , show up in the stands and politely keep supporting the team nothing will ever change here. I doubt very much whether Montreal fans would be quite so patient.

I don't buy it. I have no doubt that mgmt is trying very hard to win. From Katz to Lowe to Tambo on down the team has nothing but a desire to win. There is no way you'd spend to the cap and tank job 30th place for years on end. It has nothing to do with mgmt's effort or the fans demanding more.

What it does show me is incompetence or lack of ability. When you try your hardest at something with unlimited support and resources and still fail then you just suck and should either be fired or quit.

#FireTambo #FireLowe

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#55 Phixieus666
February 20 2013, 10:12AM
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@Wendy01

I say they sit on their fingers until the trade deadline. But I think they need to make a 2 or 3 for one deal. Oilers have too many useless contracts and makes it hard to acquire positions you need when you have no roster slots.

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#56 Sanaa Montana
February 20 2013, 10:13AM
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@michael

1st, Oiler will not fire ST, they will fire Krueger and MacT will step down and replace him.

2nd, NHL refs and officiating is a joke and shouldn't not be taken serious or into serious consideration at any time.

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#57 Oiler Al
February 20 2013, 10:16AM
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How is year 4 of the rebuild so far?

This team with one of the worst minus rating in the league, cannot sustain in games by just scoring one goal. If you cant or wont play a defensive team game, then for god's sake score some goals.

Check the stats, plus minus , scoring %, shots on goal, etc etc are at the bottom of the heap. What is Kruger and Tambo rebuilding here.

Too many Junior style players running around , not realizing they are in the NHL. If I was Kruger I would be mad is hell. Its one thing to lose, but to play terrible and responsible is not in this teams lexicon.

Kruger is not impressing me. Too many stories, here, more of what we have been hearing for the last 4 years.

This is a bottom 5 team,never mind the playoffs.

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#58 Reg Dunlop
February 20 2013, 10:20AM
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The problem here is the mistaken impression that the NHL wants to move away from intimidation and towards fancy skill; the mistaken impression that the league will call obstruction fouls consistantly; the mistaken impression that the 80's oilers won solely based on superior skill. In fact, the league is putting progressively larger and faster players into the same sized rink, no longer are small skilled players substantially faster than the big bullies. The oiler mgmt seems to believe that the NHL is going towards Olympic sized ice and limited physical contact. The oiler mgmt seems to think that Edmontonians prefer a clean-hands, fancy white-collar approach to the game when, in fact, Edmonton is a no-collar meat and potatoes city and a hockey club mirroring that would be much more appropriate, beloved and successful.

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#59 Crackenbury
February 20 2013, 10:21AM
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@Todd

I'm not sure what you don't buy. I agree with your comments 100%

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#60 Wendy01
February 20 2013, 10:23AM
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@Phixieus666

I agree with the 2 or 3 for one concept, but maybe it will be 2 or 3 and a draft pick for 2? Nah.... I'm just dreaming again. Tambo is not that sly to steal a good player out from under the nose of another team. It just might be a long off season again.

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#61 RexLibris
February 20 2013, 10:28AM
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Given the Oilers play of late, and that I don't see any team as being easy points this season, I can't say that I am either hopeful or fearful of this roadtrip.

Maybe I've just gone numb, but I suspect they'll come back just under .500 and coasting along somewhere south of the playoff cut line, but likely north of the absolute bottom.

In fact, and this is what really scares me, I have to wonder if the Oilers aren't going to take over the Flames' precious spot in the standings - east of the rock and west of the hard place.

For the record, I had anticipated a finish somewhere between 12th and 10th in the West.

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#62 thefullnelson
February 20 2013, 10:32AM
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I know it's been a long time since the playoffs and I know it's frustrating to watch a team that seems so close at times and so far away at others... but haste ruins the work! If we make the playoffs this year it should be a pleasant surprise. If we deal a bunch of picks and prospects to get better right now, we'll have a better squad for the next couple/few years... then a much worse squad for the next six/eight years. You wanna challenge for 3 Cups or 10? A 5 year plan is a powerful thing - we shouldn't abandon one that is unfolding to a T just because of our impatience.

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#63 Phixieus666
February 20 2013, 10:37AM
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Would it be crazy to bring Torres back?

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#64 Todd
February 20 2013, 10:50AM
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Crackenbury wrote:

I'm not sure what you don't buy. I agree with your comments 100%

You suggested that the Montreal fans wouldn't accept it and we do, so thats why we stink. Maybe I misread your post. I thought you were suggesting mgmt doesn't care or isn't trying because nobody holds them accountable. Happy to fill the stands, sell merch and trudge along. Some markets are like that (Calgary?),but I don't buy that in Edmonton. I think mgmt wants to win more than anything, but just sucks at their jobs.

But if you are suggesting that as fans and media we should rise up, protest, demand change I'm all for it. If that change means firing the incompetents running the team.

You are right, the HEAT would be on Tambo and Lowe if this was Montreal. Maybe thats what they need. Media, fans and everyone to just start ragbombing everything they have done, and even attacking them as people. Thats what Montreal does. I'm game, I can't stand the clowns running this team and would like nothing better than to run Tambicakes and to a lesser extent KLowe right out of town Montreal style.

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#65 Todd
February 20 2013, 10:51AM
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thefullnelson wrote:

I know it's been a long time since the playoffs and I know it's frustrating to watch a team that seems so close at times and so far away at others... but haste ruins the work! If we make the playoffs this year it should be a pleasant surprise. If we deal a bunch of picks and prospects to get better right now, we'll have a better squad for the next couple/few years... then a much worse squad for the next six/eight years. You wanna challenge for 3 Cups or 10? A 5 year plan is a powerful thing - we shouldn't abandon one that is unfolding to a T just because of our impatience.

The Islanders are real patient and they challenge for 0 cups. At this point if we are debating if we want to challenge for 3 cups for sure or some hypothetical 10 cups I'll take the former all day long.

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#66 Mikey
February 20 2013, 10:54AM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

Would it be crazy to bring Torres back?

No. It would be a good idea.

Once again calm down we are a win away from being tied for 8th.

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#67 Quicksilver ballet
February 20 2013, 11:02AM
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5 pts out of last as they prepare to head out soon on that roadtrip from hell. Hopefully we'll see a leader emerge on this team as our Oilers play out the season. With Hemsky and Gagner elevating their game, perhaps this summer is the year Lowe blows everyone away at the Entry Draft?

Yet another top 3 pick along with a Shea Weber type deal before the end of the summer is what's needed. The current leadership on this team has never won anything on this team, only thing they're accomplishing it to show the kids how to lose with class. Losing is becoming an acceptable outcome even for the kids now. Lowe needs to do something substantial, or this could go on forever.

O fer 3 Kevin, time to take control sir.

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#68 etownman
February 20 2013, 11:02AM
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Quick played extremely well last night denying Hall & Eberle in particular! Would have been a different story if those go in instead of Carter getting the tip in to make it 2-1! It's amazing how quickly everyone in these parts want to jump down the throat of our 19, 20, 21 & 22 year old rising stars who all the pundits predicted wouldn't make the playoffs this year!

I will say i'm disappointed in Whitney's play last night! The guy just seems slower, less agile & lost without someone stroking his ego! He would be the right guy at this time to package in a deal for some size that can play up & down the line up where needed!

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#69 thefullnelson
February 20 2013, 11:05AM
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@Shredder

Don't worry... that is as inevitable as the tide!

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#70 Quicksilver ballet
February 20 2013, 11:07AM
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Shredder wrote:

I just want them to be higher in the standings than Calgary.

Not going to happen my friend. Tambellinis Lie back and think of England managerial methods aren't as effective as he hoped. Our chances of this occuring are looking better for next season.

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#71 etownman
February 20 2013, 11:08AM
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One last observation from last nights game! Is there a shift Jarret Stoll takes in a game where he couldn't be called for an infraction? Right from the face off out, watch this guy! In one particular sequence alone he was holding two Oilers sticks at once, yes two! The only time size plays a factor into a game is when the refs decide 'to put the whistles away' & 'let them play hockey'! Never a good thing for the skilled Oilers!

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#72 Lochenzo
February 20 2013, 11:10AM
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The upcoming road trip may be a blessing in a way though. When you're on a gauntlet trip like that, you just want to simplify things. Chip and chase and pucks on net, things we have heard lately about the direction of this team. Last night, I watched Jordan Eberle receive the puck in grade A scoring position on his forehand. Of course, he couldn't resist deking out the last Dman and taking it to his backhand, but by then, he was just 2 feet off of the goalline and his shooting angle was nowhere near as good as he had when he started. Keep it simple, shoot!

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#73 Spydyr
February 20 2013, 11:12AM
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Mikey wrote:

No. It would be a good idea.

Once again calm down we are a win away from being tied for 8th.

With a nine game road trip with two stops in Chicago coming up. Let us see if they are still a win from being tied for eight when they get home.

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#74 Rama Lama
February 20 2013, 11:14AM
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@Reg Dunlop

You are right the NHL does not want a fast contact free hockey with no clutching.......if that were the case they would change more rules to move to a European style of hockey, with a larger ice surface.

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#75 Lochenzo
February 20 2013, 11:18AM
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Yeah, I saw a few hooks there that were not called. Stick parallel to the ice and into the player's hands. That's a standard we have heard over and over again for several years now. Last night, it didn't apply.

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#76 thefullnelson
February 20 2013, 11:20AM
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Todd wrote:

The Islanders are real patient and they challenge for 0 cups. At this point if we are debating if we want to challenge for 3 cups for sure or some hypothetical 10 cups I'll take the former all day long.

lol the Islander's problem isn't patience... it's competence! If you crossbred Tambi with a monkey, cloned his offspring, lobotomized him and gave every management position to one of those zombie half-monkey clones, we would STILL be more competently run than that pitiful joke of a once-proud franchise!

Some fans won't watch Edmonton play if the Oilers aren't in the running (not saying you're one of them). They should by no means be given any credence because they haven't been paying attention for years, except at the start of every season, when they make a bunch of noise clamouring for instant gratification, then sit in sullen silence from, oh, November onwards when it becomes obvious to everyone and their dog that this is not our year!

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. Boy I hated hearing that when I was a kid!

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#77 Rama Lama
February 20 2013, 11:21AM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

Would it be crazy to bring Torres back?

YES this would be a good idea........or get Cody McCormick from Buffalo! Size with skating ability, what's not to like?

Well both of these players would probably be too big and nasty for our team.......we seem to covet skill over everything else.

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#78 OilerLand
February 20 2013, 11:42AM
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Just remember, when we win the cup, you will have EARNED the right to run down the street naked.

EARNED.

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#79 The Goalie 1976
February 20 2013, 11:53AM
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Another Diving penalty for Ryan Kesler.

In other news ..... The NHL just changed the name of the “Diving” penalty to “Keslering.”

So from now on the announcers will say, “wow did you see that player flopping and Keslering all over the place, what an embarrassment.”

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#80 Mike Krushelnyski
February 20 2013, 12:00PM
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@Todd

U mad?

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#81 Dog Train
February 20 2013, 12:03PM
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I think that we missed our boat personally. There won't be many easy points out there the rest of the season. We still have control but count me as pessimistic about our chances of going on a run to get into the top 8.

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#82 Mike Krushelnyski
February 20 2013, 12:11PM
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@Todd

Just checking. I agree with you btw. No team just drafts and drafts until they become cup contenders. You need to be proactive and tinker until you can produce a winning team.

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#83 Todd
February 20 2013, 12:25PM
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The Goalie 1976 wrote:

While I agree with your assesment of management, I think Booing at home games is a real no-no. Even if the players somehome realize it's not against them personally. I think it just sets a bad mood and tone in the rink.

A different approach would be to hammer the talk shows on 630 and 1260 with your exact complaint relentlessly until the brass gets the message. Also maybe a bunch of people could show up at one of Tamby's pressers and boo him personally, and hold up signs expressing your displeasure.

I'm not a fan of booing at the rink. It might turn future RFA and UFA's off Edmonton, thinking we are as crazy as leaf fans or something.

You are right, I hate people who boo at games. Thats why I suggested booing before the game and during intermissions. I'm desperate.... But I really do agree with not booing the players. I hated when fans ran Arnott out of town with their boos and have ever since been fiercely against it.

I wish the media in this town would get critical of mgmt instead of people either paid puppets or too scared to speak up.

I like the idea of going to a presser and booing. That would be awesome. I'd pay someone to do it in fact.

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#84 Rob...
February 20 2013, 12:38PM
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Multiple times on the radio today I've heard the phrase 'they managed the game, instead of called the game'. What that translates to for me is, 'the officials did everything in their power to fix the game'.

This isn't the first time this season that the Oilers came out with a full head of steam, but by the second period were flat. I think this is a 'Second Period Sulk' after coming to the conclusion that the refs were gunning for a specific outcome to the game.

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#85 VK63
February 20 2013, 12:39PM
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"If you crossbred Tambi with a monkey, cloned his offspring, lobotomized him and, gave him a guitar... he too could bang averil lavigne.

* stream of consciousness posting*

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#86 RSD
February 20 2013, 12:40PM
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Shredder wrote:

I just want them to be higher in the standings than Calgary.

I bet my dweeb bro.-in-law whom cheers for Calgary (jaded since they traded smyth in 2007) 50 bones. I was so certain that no matter how bad it was this yr. they would be better than the Lames, there is still lots of hockey to played and we can still at the very least beat them in the standings. * crosses fingers *

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#87 Quicksilver ballet
February 20 2013, 12:41PM
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Todd wrote:

YES. I'm so tired of this sh1t show. I've been patient for 5 years while Tambolini and the clowns running this mess told us to be patient.

In general fans have become so accepting of losing, and patience and 'the process'. Its a big pile of steaming BS.

#FIRETAMBINOW

I wish more people would get mad.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

(practicing for the game tomorrow)

Steve is only doing what he was brought in here to do, drive this franchise face first into the mud. He certainly has accomplished this. Katz and Lowe i'm sure gave Steve a five yr blueprint for this rebuild. It obviously hasn't gone as expected with Steve needing to be extended for a still undetermined number of years.

The remaining veterans let them down, combined with the slow developement of the kids who've been thrust onto this what obviously was just a glorified AHL team. Steve sitting idly by while a first year NHL'er is by far his best blueliner must reveal tanking is on his agenda again this season. Needs are very apparent and he sits doing nothing.

Tambellini will be let go at seasons end and be made the scapegoat. With Katz and Lowe in hiding, they're pissing in our ears, and telling us it's raining.

This we've known for well over a year now.

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#88 vetinari
February 20 2013, 01:00PM
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What's funny is that over the last four years, Columbus has finished higher in the standings than the Oilers -- from the most recent season, they were 30th, 24th, 27th and 16th (!) in the league while we were 29th, 30th, 30th, and 21st... so why are we hanging on to a GM that could not outperform Scott Howson (and Columbus) over these past four years?

For almost half a decade, we were the worst team in the league under the stewardship of Tambellini-- how many more years do we want to give him? How much more evidence of his handy-work does Katz need to see before doing something?

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#89 Todd
February 20 2013, 01:12PM
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vetinari wrote:

What's funny is that over the last four years, Columbus has finished higher in the standings than the Oilers -- from the most recent season, they were 30th, 24th, 27th and 16th (!) in the league while we were 29th, 30th, 30th, and 21st... so why are we hanging on to a GM that could not outperform Scott Howson (and Columbus) over these past four years?

For almost half a decade, we were the worst team in the league under the stewardship of Tambellini-- how many more years do we want to give him? How much more evidence of his handy-work does Katz need to see before doing something?

^^ AGREE

FIRE TAMBELINNICAKES

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#90 OilClog
February 20 2013, 01:33PM
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Does MacT automatically replace Steve?

Does MacT make crazy trades?

What's MacT's GM record..

I'm just as nervous going that way, Mac can talk but does that translate into negotiation power. With all the trade chips the Oilers have we need someone in charge that can make the most of them. It's a tough call.

Maybe another figurehead is brought in as GM named Messier. Elbows to the face until he gets the trade he wants.

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#91 Taylor Gang
February 20 2013, 01:42PM
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I don't understand why sports writers seem insistent on blaming the players for lackluster performaces when they're for the most part playing to the best of their abilities. The best teams in the NHL have a balanced roster with seasoned veterans who can chip in, not just raw young talent with the weight of an entire franchise on their backs.

Tambellini's work as Oilers GM is poor to say the least. Just like my comrades before me have said already, Tambellini has done virtually nothing to improve this team. The only move he can take credit for that has improved this team is the Schultz-Gilbert trade. Other than that, this team is almost identical to when we first started this hopeless rebuild in 2010. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that Edmonton's defense is one of the worst in the NHL. Even Tambellini knows it. And what has he done to improve that? Fistric for a 3rd rounder? Hardly shaking up the D core. In other words nothing. And just to top the cake, he teases us saying a wow factor trade is in the making. How's that going? And yet they still want us to be patient?!?! As much as I was against it before, we need to bring in somebody with the kahonas to make a deal that can improve this roster.

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#92 Cowbell_Feva
February 20 2013, 02:23PM
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Almost all these posts are exactly what I have been thinking for some time now. Glad to see I'm not the only one in town that is sick of watching the organization become the laughing stock of the NHL. Bronte said it, and it's true, this team could be near the basement come the end of this next road trip. I'm an Oiler fan and hate to be so downcast, but really, what has management done to give the fan base any sort of boost in confidence.

Now saying that, I feel the real issue here is Kevin Lowe. This is the guy who signed Pisani, Moreau, Staios, and Horcoff the gawd awful contracts and got rid of the best d man in the league two seconds after he demanded a trade. What did he get? A promotion. Tambellini is nothing but a figurehead in my mind. Until Lowe is shipped out I have zero faith in where this ship is headed.

Given the fact that Katz seems to be wanting another ride with the Boys on the Bus, I feel this may be a bad situation for a long time. I hope I'm wrong.

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#93 Mike Modano's Dog
February 20 2013, 02:23PM
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While I agree with the many here who are frustrated by the lack of moves I have to admit I am thinking a little differently.

The difference between us and Columbus is that while we both suck (and them a little less) we have gone the entire 'blow it up' and into a FULL rebuild. In other words the longer we will go in the future the more disparity there will be between us and almost all the other teams, regarding talent (and young talent, at that.) We have been the #1 team on THN's top young talented teams for a couple years in a row. I know that doesn't translate to wins yet - and I get it that that isn't acceptable...but I have to admit it makes me think of another team.

The Quebec Nordiques, and many here might be too young to have lived through that experience, did a similar thing in the early 90's. THEY SUCKED...and man, did they ever - for about 5 or 6 years straight. All the while acquiring high or 1st overall picks...and still sucking. Everyone could see what they were building - and yet it seemed so distant. When it finally came together - and Quebec never did get to enjoy it as the team moved to Colorado, they won the Stanley Cup that year - and were a force to be reckoned with for the next 10 years or so! Perenial Stanley Cup contenders, year after year. I know they did a big trade with a first overall pick that helped, mainly as it brought Peter Forsberg to them - but you could argue that we could get/or already have that kind of a talent here...and RNH is sort of a dead ringer for Sakic.

My point isn't that we ARE the Avalanche of old, or are going to be - it's just that they were the LAUGHING STOCK OF THE ENTIRE LEAGUE for years, with 1st overall picks - until it all came together and a couple trades were made, using all that talent acquired. That might happen here one day too, apparently overnight, even though that's not the case because we're paying our dues in full right now.

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#94 Mike Modano's Dog
February 20 2013, 02:34PM
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I agree with a lot of what you're saying too...K-Lowe is the guy in charge, and responsible for what the team has done more than anyone else!

I do say though (though very few will like it) wait it out for this next year ONLY. The talent at the top of this next draft is TO DIE FOR.

Once that is done, we should be able to get our stud d-man, physical forwards, etc...whether through drafting or trading the assets we have by that time. I think then we should expect this team to compete mightily with the amount of talent that will be on board. That should be sufficient by that time...but we do need just that little bit of extra patience - still, for one more year.

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#95 vetinari
February 20 2013, 03:08PM
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Mike Modano's Dog wrote:

I agree with a lot of what you're saying too...K-Lowe is the guy in charge, and responsible for what the team has done more than anyone else!

I do say though (though very few will like it) wait it out for this next year ONLY. The talent at the top of this next draft is TO DIE FOR.

Once that is done, we should be able to get our stud d-man, physical forwards, etc...whether through drafting or trading the assets we have by that time. I think then we should expect this team to compete mightily with the amount of talent that will be on board. That should be sufficient by that time...but we do need just that little bit of extra patience - still, for one more year.

We can be patient without the burden of Steve Tambellini weighing us down. If he can't or won't do anything to help this roster and team, then we should find someone that can. If his mandate from above is to drive this team into the ditch for as long as he can, then maybe it's time for fans to stop going to Rexall.

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#96 Walter Sobchak
February 20 2013, 03:23PM
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Phixieus666 wrote:

I sorry I see this team still being in the bottom 5. You ever watch the interviews after a loss. Seriously the other teams must be thinking, oh right on we are going to play those nice guys in Edmonton. None of them seemed pissed or angry at the loss it was just a whatever, we just have to do better next time. That linesman needed to get his A$$ out of the way because he cost the Oiler's a point. Does anyone care. NO. This team needs to grow some balls and Kruger seemed to think it was a good game. Give me Tortorella any day at least that guys shows passion.

I agree, I don't see them as a lottery team but close, after this road trip we will know where they stand, with what we have seen in the past as soon as the Oilers are not in the playoff race, I fully expect the veterans to fold up shop for the year.

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#97 Walter Sobchak
February 20 2013, 03:33PM
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What's worse, that was L.A not good!

If you get Brown going, Kopitar going and they have there regular NHL defence and not the AHL one..........The Oilers get crushed in that game.

L.A will soon pass the Oilers, with Minny coming into town.....Do the Oilers ever play good against Minny?

Not looking good folks.........For the record if the Oilers are losing to Minny in the third, I'm starting the fire Steve chant.

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#98 Oiler Al
February 20 2013, 03:47PM
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You forgot, about getting your face boutoxed . { if you seen him lately!}

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#99 Joe Nosabonada
February 20 2013, 04:11PM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

Just checking. I agree with you btw. No team just drafts and drafts until they become cup contenders. You need to be proactive and tinker until you can produce a winning team.

I've said it before and i'll say it again, too many Oilers Fans believe this management team has been tasked in building a cup contender. Is it too crazy to believe Katz wants to rebuild a cup dynasty? The only way to do that is building thru the draft, if that means drafting inside the top 10 for the next 4 years until RX2 is finished so be it.

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February 20 2013, 04:15PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

You forgot, about getting your face boutoxed . { if you seen him lately!}

Seriously?

~I can't imagine~

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