GDB 32.0: SINGING THE BLUES

Jason Gregor
March 26 2013 01:29PM

The frustration is mounting in Oilersnation. The Oilers have won 8 of their past 26 games and once again they find themselves closer to the basement than a spot in the playoffs.

For the first 40 minutes last night the Oilers didn't play with the smarts, energy or passion you'd expect for a team fighting to stay in the playoffs. They were good in the 3rd period, but this team isn't good enough to play one solid period and win. 

The bigger question is what is ailing the Oilers?

The harsh reality is there is no quick fix for the Oilers. One or two moves won't suddenly make this team a contender. They need to upgrade their blueline, they need to mix in some size in their top-nine and they need to find more players who will go to the net regularly. They could improve their 4th line, but that isn't the main concern.

Do the Oilers have the right mix of players to win moving forward? It seems everyone wants to ship out veterans or fringe players, and I see why, but when you get rid of them do you believe the core group has the right combination of skill sets to win?

Some will say it is too early to tell. I'd agree it is too early to know how productive the young kids will be in the future, but is it too early to tell what style of game they'll play?

Can they alter their games to the point they go to the net regularly, or become better puck retrievers, or win more one-on-one battles?

I think the Oilers have a lot of good young players, but I'm not sure that collectively they possess the right mixture of skills to win regularly in the NHL. I assume they will put in the necessary work during the off-seasons to get stronger and quicker and improve any deficiencies in their game, but will that be enough?

I just don't see how the Oilers can develop all their young, skilled forwards at the same time and expect to win. Can six skilled forwards between the ages of 19-23 , none of whom are over 200 pounds or possess a consistent physical element in their game, simultaneously develop the skills, work ethic and gamesmanship that lead to winning ?

I'm not sure anyone knows for sure, but when I look at the history of the game, it seems very unlikely that could happen.

Tonight is another good test to see how the Oilers match up vs. a veteran team filled with numerous strong, heavy players. On Saturday, David Backes, Patrick Bergland and Chris Stewart were too big and strong for the Oilers. Tonight we'll see if they can alter their game and force the Blues to match their speed. The Oilers can't match the size and strength of the Blues, so they'll need to try and quicken the pace. If that doesn't happen, this could be another agonizing evening for the Oilers and their fans.

LINE UP

Eric Belanger aggravated his groin injury after only eight shifts, and he's headed back to the IR, however the Oilers will make the mistake of moving Ryan Smyth back to centre. He's more effective as a winger, there is no point moving him to centre. They should have called up Chris Vande Velde or Anton Lander.

Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins played pretty well last night. Taylor Hall continues to be their most dangerous forward and while the 4/93/14 trio was great together in the 3rd period they ultimately didn't produce anything. I'd keep the triple-H line together, play Eberle with RNH and slide Gagner back with Yakupov and Paajarvi.

I think Theo Peckham has gotten the message. He screwed up in December and January, by not staying in game shape, and he admits as much, but he played decent the games he dressed and after last night's struggles for the 3rd pair I'd dress Peckham tonight. However, it looks like Whitney will draw in for Fistric.

The Oilers aren't mathematically out of the playoff race, but their chances of making it are extremely low. It is inevitable they will move Whitney, so they will showcase him for the next four games, unless he gets moved earlier.

Hall/Horcoff/Hemsky
Jones/Nugent-Hopkins/Eberle
Paajarvi/Gagner/Yakupov
Brown/Smyth/Petrell

Smid/Petry
N.Schultz/J.Schultz
Whitney/Potter

Khabibulin

QUICK HITS

  • I watched the replay numerous times and I still don't understand what Fistric was doing on the Mueller goal. I also am perplexed as to why Potter elected to go that far to his left. Fistric's lapse in judgement was the worst, but Potter's wasn't good either. Maybe lack of communication from rarely playing together was a factor, but it is hard to excuse that type of play.
     
  • Bad timing for Belanger to get injured. If he isn't healthy by next week, it is unlikely they can move him. A source told me they would have certainly moved him, but if his groin doesnt' heal then a deal is unlikely.
     
  • Alex Semin gets $35 million over five years. Did Jim Rutherford honestly believe someone would have paid him that on the open market?
     
  • Currently there are only two potential free agent D-men younger than Ladislav Smid, and one of them is Mark Fistric. Here is the complete list of the potential free agent D-men. If the Oilers don't re-sign him do any of these names excite you as possible replacements for him? I don't see many, if any, who play the same role as Smid and would be an upgrade moving forward. It would be foolish to not re-sign Smid.

 

  Team  Age  Cap Hit 
Aucoin, Adrian  CLB  39 $2,250,000
Gonchar, Sergei OTT  38 $5,500,000
Hamrlik, Roman  NYR  38 $3,500,000
Sutton, Andy EDM  38 $1,750,000
Visnovsky, Lubomir  NYI  36 $5,600,000
Zidlicky, Marek NJD  36 $4,000,000
Poti, Tom  WAS  36 $2,875,000
Streit, Mark NYI  35 $4,100,000
Lydman, Toni ANA  35 $3,000,000
Corvo, Joe CAR  35 $2,000,000
Wade Redden STL  35 $1,000,000
Scuderi, Rob  LAK  34 $3,400,000
Ference, Andrew  BOS  34 $2,250,000
Rozsival, Michal CHI  34 $2,000,000
Hannan, Scott  NAS  34 $1,000,000
Murray, Douglas  PIT  33 $2,500,000
Hainsey, Ron WIN  32 $4,500,000
Regehr, Robyn  BUF  32 $4,020,000
Leopold, Jordan  BUF  32 $3,000,000
Walker, Matt PHI  32 $1,700,000
Bergeron, Marc-Andre  TBL  32 $1,000,000
Alberts, Andrew  VAN  31 $1,225,000
Whitney, Ryan  EDM  30 $4,000,000
White, Ian  DET  28 $2,875,000
Babchuk, Anton  CGY  28 $2,500,000
Pardy, Adam  BUF  28 $2,000,000
O'Byrne, Ryan COL  28 $1,800,000
Lundin, Mike  OTT  28 $1,150,000
Smid, Ladislav EDM  27 $2,250,000
Clitsome, Grant WIN  27 $1,250,000
Fistric, Mark EDM  26 $1,475,000

  •  I'm curious which teams Doug Maclean thinks would offer up a 2nd rounder for Nikolai Khabibulin? Do you see a fit for him?
     
  • Would you re-sign Khabibulin to a one-year deal at $1.2 million to be the back up next year? His injury history is the major concern, and I wonder if the Oilers would want a veteran or a younger, unproven goalie to push Dubnyk.

TONIGHT....

 

GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Blues are healthy and they are too big, strong and experienced for the Oilers. The Oilers lose 3-1.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Chris Stewart, Alex Steen and David Backes have their way with the Oilers all night. The Oilers aren't big enough, strong enough or skilled enough to handle them.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Some of the most dedicated and diehard Oiler fans will walk away from the TV tonight. Guys like Racki, Humantorch, Vetinari, Geoilersgist, Newj, Bucknuck, Crusty Grit, Archaeologuy, Ducey, Smokey, A-Mc, Phixieus666 and many more Nation loyalists will switch the channel. They'll end up in the fetal position questioning their sanity and wondering why they are more loyal to the Oilers than they were to any of the first few girlfriends.

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#1 Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!
March 26 2013, 01:30PM
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Friend: "Why watch?"

Me: "Maybe the Blues will take a night off..."

Friend: "And still beat us?"

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#2 Ducey
March 26 2013, 02:38PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

For the life of me, I can't understand the love for Taylor Hall. I'm very disappointed in his play this year. He makes terrible decisions in the offensive zone time after time, trying to pass through legs and split defenders with no results.

Don't get me wrong, I was as excited as anyone else when they drafted him, but in my eyes he's just not progressing. Is it just me?

Hall is tied for 35th in the league in points, despite playing fewer games than most others.

He is tied with Patrice Bergeron, Zach Parise, Corey Perry, Ilya Kovalchuk, Brad Boyes, and Daniel Sedin. Thats good company.

He is also a Corsi machine. He is about 35th in shots taken.

He HAS progressed into one of the top 30 wingers in the game.

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#3 Bryan in SK
March 26 2013, 03:29PM
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Gregor: Don't forget about Bryan in SK. I was 11 when we won the first Cup. I cried. Now I'm 40. I watched Saturday's game. I cried.

Tried listening on NHL.com last night. Turned it off when the Predators made it 3-1. I cried. (Then I kept checking the score on TSN... like a dog returning to its vomit.)

For some reason, I'll be checking in when the puck drops tonight. I think I need to go to Oilerholics Anonymous. Can't stay away from it, even though I know I'll feel worse after.

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#4 BigE91
March 26 2013, 01:40PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I can't imagine an NHL team being willing to swap a second round pick for Nikolai Khabibulin.

I also think the Oilers will be better off if they don't even entertain the possibility of signing him to a one-year deal.

~Still thinking three or four year pact, Jonathon?~

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#5 Archaeologuy
March 26 2013, 06:00PM
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I actually START all Oiler games in the Fetal position now. It's just safer this way.

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#6 Bucknuck
March 26 2013, 02:00PM
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I agree with pretty much every prediction you made. My "patient fan" phase is over. I live in Canuck land and I am soooo tired of having to put up with all the comments because I have the Oilers logo prominently displayed all over my store.

It's ironic that I largely blame an ex-Canuck guy (Tambellini) for the Oilers troubles.

Say what you want about Lowe, but at least he had some balls. This "wait and see" BS is crap. Win now or GTFO.

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#7 The Soup Fascist
March 26 2013, 02:18PM
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BigE91 wrote:

Love the NSOGDP........

this team is slowly painfully driving everyone away.

"Storage Wars" Marathon on A&E tonight. My interest has been piqued .......

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#8 GVBlackhawk
March 26 2013, 03:07PM
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Gregor,

I do not agree that the Blues were too big for the Oilers or that the Oilers couldn't handle the size of the Blues.

The Oilers did not play with any desire or effort that last game versus St.Louis. They would have lost to a team of dwarves playing that way.

Additionally, it was St.Louis's forecheck that the Oilers had problems with, not necessarily the size of their players.

TJ Oshie, who is not a big player, made the Oilers look foolish. He was skating hard and playing smart -- something the little Oilers could do and have some success.

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#9 Racki
March 26 2013, 03:21PM
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I have to say I'm coming close to proving my piece of the NSOGDP correct ;) But not quite there yet.. thankfully the current g/f (fiance) is an equally dedicated Oilers fan, so I have someone to spoon while in the fetal position when that time comes.

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#10 Bucknuck
March 26 2013, 04:48PM
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Why is it that the #1 (Gagner) and #2 (Hall) point producers are the ones getting flack lately. I don't think those two are the problem. How about you look at #3 thru #23 and blame one of them instead.

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#11 Jonathan Willis
March 26 2013, 01:38PM
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I can't imagine an NHL team being willing to swap a second round pick for Nikolai Khabibulin.

I also think the Oilers will be better off if they don't even entertain the possibility of signing him to a one-year deal.

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#12 dmac4532
March 26 2013, 01:39PM
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It would be easier to take if the effort was there. They apear lost for large parts of the game and then disapointed when their " supperior" skill for 20 minutes a game doesn't win it. At some point these kids will have to get their noses dirty.

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#13 oliveoilers
March 26 2013, 01:46PM
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Please guys, win or lose, let's just see some effort!

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#14 northof51
March 26 2013, 01:49PM
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For the 4th consecutive year I have grown numb to the losing. I'm an Oiler fan, it's March, I expect them to lose...

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#15 Phixieus666
March 26 2013, 02:01PM
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Gregor

"Some of the most dedicated and diehard Oiler fans will walk away from the TV tonight. Guys like Racki, Humantorch, Vetinari, Geoilersgist, Newj, Bucknuck, Crusty Grit, Archaeologuy, Ducey, Smokey, A-Mc, Phixieus666 and many more Nation loyalists will switch the channel. They'll end up in the fetal position questioning their sanity and wondering why they are more loyal to the Oilers than they were to any of the first few girlfriends."

This is awesome and I have an answer,...cuz we can ignore, mute, and say nasty things about the oilers without repercussions. Sadly however the Oilers cause the build up of more tension as opposed to releasing it.

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#16 Dallylamma
March 26 2013, 02:19PM
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I know this verges into 'What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room' territory, but has a vet (Horcoff, Smyth) or team leader (Hall, Gagner) gone off on anyone or everyone yet?

How verbal do the leaders get? I can't imagine that Gagner who has suffered an entire pro career to this point of sucking can be feeling too great about another bad year while he's putting up his best numbers.

Is the age of Messier putting guys up against the wall and telling them to get their shiot together over? If Horcoff spent an intermission smashing sticks and cussing guys out would that help or hurt at this point?

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#17 K
March 26 2013, 02:33PM
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No desire, no work ethic. The only desire this team has is for collecting pay cheques. Am sure we could all remain patient if they worked hard & lost, but relying on skill or talent alone will never get more W's than L's.

I will never understand the no work ethic aspect - why aren't they ready to play at the drop of the puck? Why don't they play a full 60 minutes?

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#18 OilDieHard
March 26 2013, 02:34PM
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another Oiler game and another loss...

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#19 geoilersgist
March 26 2013, 02:36PM
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I've already stopped watching most of the games. Its less painful to just watch the 5min of hightlights than 60min of pure torture*

*tonights agenda is getting my legs waxed**

**it is less painful than watching the game

#omarksadface

I wouldn't mind seeing Teddy get thrown on the 4th line. It's working in San Jose why not give it a try to shake things up and get him some ice time.

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#20 French Toast Mafia
March 26 2013, 02:46PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

For the life of me, I can't understand the love for Taylor Hall. I'm very disappointed in his play this year. He makes terrible decisions in the offensive zone time after time, trying to pass through legs and split defenders with no results.

Don't get me wrong, I was as excited as anyone else when they drafted him, but in my eyes he's just not progressing. Is it just me?

Gotta disagree there. Hall has progressed a lot in my eyes and is by far the the best player on this club. Say what you want about him falling or making a bad pass but he creates more chances than anyone and puts up the numbers to support it even with some bad shooting percentages this year.

Put him on a line with Bergeron and Marchand, with Chara and Seidenberg on D and people would be talking about him as a top player in the league I think.

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#21 DC
March 26 2013, 03:27PM
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Squeeeee! My Squee shirt is ordered. It will go great with my O.N. Hoodie. Oh and the Oilers better show up tonight.

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#22 Oiler Al
March 26 2013, 04:00PM
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I dont want to throw a can of beer at my TV screen, but have been tempted. I am totally baffled as to why this team plays this "lazy hockey" is best I can describe it!

To quote Jason, " go to the net, better puck retriving, one-on-one battles, add to that finish checks... etc. Every game I ask myself, why cant they play like other teams.

You all don't have to be 6'4'- 225 lbs power guys., to do the basic stuff within the game. There are hundred of smallish guys, teams with youth and short on experience that play hard on the puck hockey. Montreal and Toronto are not really big teams.. watch their work ethic. Nashville is not overly big, certainly not skilled on the front end. .. there are many examples in the NHL.

If they play their butts off, work like dogs all night and lose, I am OK with that,, but when you play slacked ass hockey most of the night... thats a problem.. I dont care how much skill you have or how small or big you are, you put in a honest effort you will your games.

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#23 Ambassador humantorch
March 26 2013, 04:46PM
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NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Some of the most dedicated and diehard Oiler fans will walk away from the TV tonight. Guys like Racki, Humantorch, Vetinari, Geoilersgist, Newj, Bucknuck, Crusty Grit, Archaeologuy, Ducey, Smokey, A-Mc, Phixieus666 and many more Nation loyalists will switch the channel. They'll end up in the fetal position questioning their sanity and wondering why they are more loyal to the Oilers than they were to any of the first few girlfriends.

Maybe the greatest paragraph ever written on ON.

Also, I've been questioning my own sanity for a couple of decades already.

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#24 2004Z06
March 26 2013, 05:02PM
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Ragging on Fistric? Really? Lets look at the Oilers defensive blunders this year shall we?

Petry...own goal, Jagr embarasses Whitney, Fistric....own goal, Potter...too many to count.

These things happen but guess what? If your team averages more than 15 s.o.g per game then maybe they score a few more and those odd defensive breakdowns don't cost you games. Then again maybe Dubnyk staying on his skates a little more often instead of dropping to his knees instantly prevents the repeated "over the shoulder" goals every night.

Maybe any forward not named RNH comes back to help his D?

It is a team game! Every player makes the odd mistake. A good team finds ways to overcome them!

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#25 Dog Train
March 26 2013, 05:20PM
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If somebody offered us a 2nd rounder for Khabby today, I would be all over that. Under no circumstances do I re-sign him. He isn't capable of pushing Dubnyk because he can't even play a few games in a row without getting injured. Dubnyk needs to feel the heat from somebody who is younger and poses a more legitimate threat to the starting job.

I would have Peckham in instead of Potter. No idea why Potter gets chance after chance when Peckham has hardly played this season, is younger and we need to make a decision on him sooner or later.

4-1 Blues. This matchup is horrible for us.

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#26 justDOit
March 26 2013, 05:45PM
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GDP: I don't make GDPs any more.

OGDP: See Above.

NSOGDP: Upon waking this morning, the St. Louis players chuckled with delight as they saw this game on today's sched. To a man, they all decide to phone this one in tonight, and some don't even wear shoulder pads or cups for the warm up.

With a sharp eye, Krueger spots some of the Blues' players missing equipment during the warm up, and sends his staff on a mission to find a sports store in St. Louis that is still open.

The Oilers step out onto the ice at gametime, with every player sporting a new, black, full-faced cage on their helmet, and chanting a Mongol war cry. Carrying their sticks high, and leading with their cages, the spirited Oilers cause tremors throughout the Blues lineup in the first minutes of the game and quickly score the first goal.

And with that, the Blues don their spare equipment and squash this uprising of the visitors by the 3 minute mark, coasting to a 4 - 1 victory. Chalk this one up to a learning experience.

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#27 Ambassador humantorch
March 26 2013, 06:04PM
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It's ok, you guys, everything will get better when the Oilers fire Tambo and name Howson the new GM this summer.

*drinks*

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#28 Zamboni Driver
March 26 2013, 06:31PM
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michael wrote:

At this rate the only people making money will be the psychotherapists. The negativity is so thick you can cut it with it a knife. Does everyone here believe a thing that Tambo spews from his mouth.Really? If so I question your intelligence.Did we really believe him when he said he wanted the Oilers to play meaningful games in March? Really? Were you that blind not to see that snowjob. Its like watching a magician , you never see the trick because your watching the magician wave his arms and spewing abracadabras.

Stop the moaning and groaning.Stop the woes me. Grow up Oilersnation and put the blame where it belongs.On you. You bought the mans bag of magic beans. You believed in the flim and the flam.You all wanted to believe that Yak(18),RNH(19),Ebs(21),Hall(20) would become the 80s Oilers overnight.You bought the hype.You bought it like a starving man buys lottery tickets hoping that the next draw will be the one. Hook.Line and sinker.

What should you expect? More of the same.For how long? As long as it takes.

Should we believe in Tambo? Klowe? No. We.Should. Not.

Gregor has the right of it.Question everything.Until the results change we should not expect more of the same.

Gregor alwways says it.The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results.

The trade deadline approaches.Tambo once again will be a seller. Opportunity knocks to improve this team via the trade deadline. Can Mr.Dithers overcome and be more than the Wizard of Oil.

Gregor was the one who gave the definition of stupidity??

Gosh I thought it was someone slightly more famous.

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#29 Racki
March 26 2013, 06:42PM
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GVBlackhawk wrote:

Did you see Mike Brown step up after that hit and 'protect the kids'?

Oh right. He didn't do anything. He only punches faces when there is no purpose behind it.

Another waste of a roster spot.

He actually knocked Clune on his ass (Clune was the one that hit Eberle) later in the game. Clune went down in a pretty good heap on the hit and looked hurt. DeBrusk also noted that Brown did try to fight him, but Clune declined. Blame the instigator there.. but at least Brown finds other ways to get even if the guy won't go.

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#30 TonyT
March 26 2013, 08:14PM
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Wow Bulin wall looking clutch. Oilers need a fight or some kind of response, as I can't see another 20 min of this without someone getting hurt.

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#31 voom04
March 26 2013, 08:35PM
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#32 BigE91
March 26 2013, 01:35PM
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Love the NSOGDP........

this team is slowly painfully driving everyone away.

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That Fistric/Potter play was horrible.

So they want to showcase Whitney, but sit him last night? Seems like last night against the Preds would've been a better game to showcase him.

I agree on Semin, even if you really like the guy how do you commit so much after 30 games? Did Semin light up the Canes when he played for WSH? Because there was no reason to give him 5 years at 7mil.

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#34 Miyagi Chopsticks
March 26 2013, 01:42PM
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Why would any team give up a second rounder for khabby? I don't even think teams would want him if the Oilers waived him. If your starter gets injured, he's not the answer to back stopping your team to a cup.

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#35 jzed
March 26 2013, 01:45PM
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Snag Justi, call up Harti and Toni, unleash your all Fin fourth line along with Hall-Nuge-Ebs, Parvo-Gags-Yak, Smitty-Comrade-Hemsky . Better than same old, same old....

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#36 Marty
March 26 2013, 01:48PM
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@BigE91

Slowly??? Too much (perceived) skill and nowhere near the required heart/soul/grit/p&v/spit disturbing needed to play a man's game.

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#37 Ducey
March 26 2013, 01:48PM
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Some of the most dedicated and diehard Oiler fans will walk away from the TV tonight. Guys like Racki, Humantorch, Vetinari, Geoilersgist, Newj, Bucknuck, Crusty Grit, Archaeologuy, Ducey, Smokey, A-Mc, Phixieus666 and many more Nation loyalists will switch the channel. They'll end up in the fetal position questioning their sanity and wondering why they are more loyal to the Oilers than they were to any of the first few girlfriends.

I will be watching. I wasn't expecting them to make the playoffs this year. I take solace in the draft and next year.

Loyalty to team thru thick and thin is a sign of character.

And you can always get another girlfriend :)

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#38 Neil
March 26 2013, 01:54PM
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There is always next year, with another high draft pick, we can can have expectations of a better year again. When the expectations meet reality we will be going through the same articles for years gone by. Nothing will ever change it will be deja vu all over again.

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#39 Eddie Shore
March 26 2013, 01:58PM
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Why does Theo Peckham never play? Does anyone know? Anyone?

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#40 Supernova
March 26 2013, 02:03PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

I can't imagine an NHL team being willing to swap a second round pick for Nikolai Khabibulin.

I also think the Oilers will be better off if they don't even entertain the possibility of signing him to a one-year deal.

A team like LA could be interested if it traded Bernier for something else (Iginla ???)

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Chris Stewart, Alex Steen and David Backes have their way with the Oilers all night. The Oilers aren't big enough, strong enough or skilled enough to handle them.

Thats been the problem for a long time. Any team with Size and discipline runs the Oilers show.

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#41 ghostofberanek
March 26 2013, 02:08PM
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For the life of me, I can't understand the love for Taylor Hall. I'm very disappointed in his play this year. He makes terrible decisions in the offensive zone time after time, trying to pass through legs and split defenders with no results.

Don't get me wrong, I was as excited as anyone else when they drafted him, but in my eyes he's just not progressing. Is it just me?

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#42 Alex Mathis
March 26 2013, 02:10PM
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I agree that the Oilers can't change everything at the trade deadline or over the summer. Getting rid of some underachieving veterans is easier said than done. But don't we know this process from three years ago, dumping players like Moreau, Staios or O'Sullivan? Actually and in this case, the Oilers walk sideways or even a step back. As a result, we seriously must question the management and demand a change.

What I can't understand is why managment didn't react after some serious injuries or sthort comings at different positions, e.g. at center. I'm sure there were some possibilities, either via waiver claim oder via trade. Why is Steve Tambellini so passive and lame?

I wouldn't sign Khabby as a back-up, we have to go in another direction. If we can't find a reliable backup, why not sign a European goalie?

The problem regarding Smid is: Would the Oilers find an adequate and cheaper solution on free agency? I highly doubt.

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#43 Sanaa Montana
March 26 2013, 02:11PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

Why does Theo Peckham never play? Does anyone know? Anyone?

He is busy paintballing.!..

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#44 Sanaa Montana
March 26 2013, 02:14PM
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ghostofberanek wrote:

For the life of me, I can't understand the love for Taylor Hall. I'm very disappointed in his play this year. He makes terrible decisions in the offensive zone time after time, trying to pass through legs and split defenders with no results.

Don't get me wrong, I was as excited as anyone else when they drafted him, but in my eyes he's just not progressing. Is it just me?

No, it is not just you. I also can not understand why he keep taking shots from the sharpest angles possible.

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#45 Phixieus666
March 26 2013, 02:14PM
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Sanaa Montana wrote:

He is busy paintballing.!..

Nope tracking down the worlds best double with extra cheese.

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#46 Sanaa Montana
March 26 2013, 02:15PM
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Are they Oilers converting Smyth to a full time centre next year? Is that why they keep sliding him in at centre any chance possible?

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#47 Sanaa Montana
March 26 2013, 02:19PM
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Nope tracking down the worlds best double with extra cheese.

I wish he showed that kind of determination on the ice.

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#48 Jay
March 26 2013, 02:19PM
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I predict Hitchcock pumping up our tires saying how good this team is after his team beats us into submission with a 7-2 laugher.

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#49 LinkfromHyrule
March 26 2013, 02:24PM
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the st louis blues are everything the oilers need to be..

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#50 Sanaa Montana
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Dallylamma wrote:

I know this verges into 'What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room' territory, but has a vet (Horcoff, Smyth) or team leader (Hall, Gagner) gone off on anyone or everyone yet?

How verbal do the leaders get? I can't imagine that Gagner who has suffered an entire pro career to this point of sucking can be feeling too great about another bad year while he's putting up his best numbers.

Is the age of Messier putting guys up against the wall and telling them to get their shiot together over? If Horcoff spent an intermission smashing sticks and cussing guys out would that help or hurt at this point?

it would be very hypocritical of anyone of those to try that. Hall goes out and does what he wants, shift in shift out. Gagner makes the most random passes to no one most of the night. Smyth is the slowest guy on the ice any given night.

This team is not a team, it is a bunch of individuals led by the blind.

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